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2/13/2018: Mark Lamping; Moveable Feast; First Coast Connect Book Club; Catholic Charities

The Jacksonville Jaguars

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping about the tarps coming off Everbank Field and other changes on the way (01:10).

Our latest segment of Moveable Feast featured Walter Bianchi of Gusto Restaurant (32:32).

First Coast Connect Book Club leader Stacy Goldring highlighted Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (36:41).

We heard about some upcoming events to raise funds for Catholic Charities of Jacksonville with Executive Director Lauren Weedon Hopkins (46:00).  


Mark Lamping

It was an announcement that surprised and delighted Jaguars fans across the First Coast.

For the first times since 2005, the team will sell tickets across the entirety of Everbank Field by taking off the tarps.

It raises the capacity of the stadium to just under 68,000. Ticket prices will be going up a bit, but concession prices are going down.

More changes are coming for the Jaguars next season, including new uniforms and helmets.

Lamping also discussed the latest news regarding potential future development of the Shipyards and an anticipated entertainment-based project for Lot J.

Moveable Feast

It’s a taste of Tuscany in Jacksonville Beach.

In Tuesday’s Moveable Feast, our look at dining and hospitality trends around town, Leigh Cort of the Women’s Food Alliance talked with Walter Bianchi of Gusto Restaurant we heard music from his in-house players, the GROOV BAND.

First Coast Connect Book Club

It’s a classic mystery novel that has been made into a movie on several occasions.

Ten strangers are lured to an island under false pretenses. But one has a score to settle with the others and one by one they are murdered.

And Then There Were None is not only considered to be the best of Agatha Christie’s work, it’s her top seller, with more than 100-million copies sold, making it the most successful mystery novel of all time.

Catholic Charities

It began as the first child care institution in Florida back in 1886.

Since then, Catholic Charities of Jacksonville has grown to provide everything from emergency financial assistance with rent, mortgage, deposits, utilities, and food, to adoption services and refugee resettlement.

Catholic Charities has two big fundraisers coming up. The Camp I Am Special fashion show will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb 24 at St. Matthew Catholic Church and the annual Black and White Ball will be Sunday, March 3, from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. at Everbank Field.

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.