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3/28/2018: Garrett Dennis; Great St. Johns River Campout; Dr. Estrellita Redmon; Nick Loren

Kevin Meerschaert

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis (01:16).

Our Going Green segment featured Shannon Blankenship and Kelly Patton with the St. Johns Riverkeeper. They discussed their upcoming Great St Johns River Campout (29:06).

This month’s Women with Heart for Volunteers in Medicine featured Dr. Estrellita Redmon, President of St. Vincent’s Medical Group (37:57).   

We spoke with local actor, producer and author Nick Loren about his latest children’s book (46:00).


Garrett Dennis

Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis is becoming known as a vocal opponent of the Lenny Curry administration on a number of issues affecting the city.

Dennis has criticized everything from a potential sale of JEA, to the leadership of the new Kids Hope Alliance child welfare agency to accusations of intimidation against council members by the administration’s staff.

Great St. Johns River Campout

Here’s your chance to explore the natural beauty of the St. Johns River. The St. Johns Riverkeeper and their partners have created a three day adventure. The Great St. Johns River Campout is coming up next month. You can camp, hike, go birding, paddling, take a sunset boat trip, and much more.

Dr. Estrellita Redmon

A year-long celebration to recognize female leaders in this community is underway and it’s all in the service of Volunteers in Medicine. That’s the free downtown clinic providing healthcare to hundreds of working, low-income, uninsured patients here in Jacksonville.

All year long, the Women with Heart - as they’re called - will take turns wearing a stunning heart-shaped diamond necklace to raise awareness about the organization.

Dr. Redmon is the March honoree.

Nick Loren

You know him from his many appearances on TV, in movies, and even from work as the stuntman for star John Travolta.

Now, actor, producer and author Nick Loren is out with his newest book in the Panshoo children's book series.

It’s called Farful Foolong From Oolong Panshoo Learns ABCs at the Panshoo Zoo.

The book takes children through a zoo in the World of Panshoo, where unique animals like Alliskators and Zig-Zaggy Zebras illustrate the ABCs.

The book benefits cancer research through ESPN’s V foundation.

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.