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5/31/2018: Connell Crooms; Spoiled Parks; Drools Of The Trade

Connell Crooms, Jacksonville mayoral candidate.
Connell Crooms
Mayoral candidate Connell Crooms appeared on First Coast Connect on Thursday.

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville Mayoral candidate Connell Crooms. He is best known as one of the members of the Hemming Park 5, who were arrested and beaten by police at a protest last year in the park over the Trump administration’s bombing of Syria (01:16).     

We heard about a new reportconcerning the dangers national parks, seashores and monuments would face if offshore drilling is expanded in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans with Nicholas Lund from the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Resources Defense Council (32:13).

Related Story: Four First Coast Area National Parks Could Be Impacted By Offshore Drilling

Credit Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT
Some of the items available at Drools of the Trade.

Bryce Pfanenstiel from FORGE Manufacturing talked about their new invention to help dads bond with their new babies with teething tools called Drools of the Trade (46:00).   

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.