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Michael Ward On Potential JEA Sale; Connectable Campaign; Jax Tree Symposium


Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former CSX CEO Michael Ward who is co-chair of a Jacksonville Civic Council committee looking into the possible sale of JEA (01:06).

Renay Daigle from Daigle Creative and Delores Barr Weaver told us about the Connectable Campaign (32:03).

John November, Executive Director and General Counsel for The Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida, talked about Tuesday’s Jacksonville Tree Symposium (46:00).


Michael Ward On A Potential JEA Sale

More meetings and a discussion are taking place this week on the potential sale of the city’s utility, JEA.

The JEA board holds a workshop on Tuesday and a special City Council Committee will meet on Thursday to discuss a sale.

Meanwhile, the high-powered Jacksonville Civic Council will add its voice to the debate over whether the city should sell JEA. The Civic Council, a group of business and non-profit leaders, is forming a special committee that will “assess the pluses and minuses of the possible sale of the city’s electric and water utility.”

The Civic Council’s views have helped shape the debate at City Hall on other big issues for the city, such as pension reform.

Connectable Campaign

It’s a public awareness campaign focused on enhancing connections for local people with IDDs or intellectual and developmental differences.

The Connectable Campaign focuses on creating and enhancing connections within the Northeast Florida community with people who have IDDs, such as Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and Fragile X syndrome.

Jacksonville Tree Symposium

The symposium Tuesday at Intuition Ale Works takes a look at Jacksonville’s tree canopy. Participants will learn how the canopy is inventoried. They’ll also hear about a recent assessment report of Jacksonville’s canopy and how the public can get involved to protect Jacksonville’s trees.   

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