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3/2/2018: Media Roundtable; Veg Fest; Brett Tutor

Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, WJCT business analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride (01:15).  

We spoke with Julie Watkins, Executive Director of The Girls Gone Green about Saturday’s annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest (38:57).

Trading Spaces star Brett Taylor joined us to talk about the return of the show and his appearance this weekend at the Jacksonville Home and Patio Show (46:00).  

Media Roundtable

Our panel discussed Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to spend $500 million to improve school safetyin Florida, Mayor Lenny Curry saying he will meet with JEA union members about the possible sale of the utility and the bill moving through the Florida legislature that could eventually lead the state to implementing Daylight Saving Time year-round.      

Veg Fest

Record numbers of food and business vendors are expected for this year’s 7th annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest, a festival of all things local, sustainable, eco-friendly, organic and humane.

It will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday at Riverside Park.

The event will feature fabulous vegan eats, live music, cooking demonstrations, a beer garden, a kids zone, a pie-eating contest, freebies, raffles, a scavenger hunt and more.

Brett Tutor

After a ten year hiatus, the hit home improvement show Trading Spaces returns to TLC on April 7, and devoted fans of the show excited about its return will get to know a new face, carpenter Brett Tutor.

Tutor is not only handy with a hammer, he’s also a surfer, mixed martial artist, even a musician.

You can meet him at the Jacksonville Home and Patio Showthis weekend at the Prime Osborn Center

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.