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2/15/2018: Parkland Shooting; Compassionate Alternative Care; Craft Breweries; Bansky Display


Thursday on First Coast Connect in the wake of the mass school shooting in Parkland we spoke with WLRN Miami Reporter Caitie Siwalski who was on the scene and Chad McIntyre, manager of TraumaOne Flight Services at UF Health Jacksonville Medical Center (01:03).       

We heard an update on the Medical Marijuana dispensary business in Jacksonville with Daniel Locke from Compassionate Alternative Care (30:14).

Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons told us about a story this week looking at the rise of craft breweries in Jacksonville (38:03).   

On the heels of a $2 million Bansky work of art on display at the downtown Main Library we spoke the Executive Producer of the film Saving Bansky (46:00).  

Parkland Shooting

For the 18th time since the beginning of this year, gunfire has broken out at a school in the United States.

Seventeen people are confirmed dead after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire on students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, down in South Florida.

It’s the highest number of fatalities at a school shooting since Sandy Hook in Connecticut.

Compassionate Alternative Care

After Florida approved the use of medical marijuana, a number of registries around the state sprung up to provide the medication for patients.

Compassionate Alternative Care is one of them. It’s located just west of downtown. Locke gave us an update on the business and what patients need to do to receive proper treatment.

Craft Beers

The local craft beer industry started about 10 years ago in this area, and has seen steady growth ever since.

Last year, the foam crested over the top of this business, with several new breweries opening up.

The Jacksonville Business Journal has an upcoming story about this business sector this week.

Bansky Display

The work of Bansky, who is widely regarded as one of the best street artists in the world, has come to the First Coast.

A $2 million piece of original Banksy art is on display at the downtown Main Library through mid-March.

Brian Grief, executive producer of the film Saving Banksy joined us to talk about his documentary. His film focused on saving the piece that is on display at the library.  

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.