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7/9/2018: St. Johns River Algal Bloom; Hurricane Preparedness; Tony Allegretti: Cole Pepper

Blue green algae in the St. Johns River.
Edie Widder
St. Johns Riverkeeper
This algal blooms was photographed on July 5 at Blue Cypress Lake.

Monday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinamen joined us to talk about the recent algal blooms that are threatening the health of the river and its wildlife (00:57).

With hurricane season well underway we talked about some of the things you should to do prepare your home for the season with ServproDirector of Marketing and Business Development Pauline Gerry and Project Manager Chris Ryan (27:48).       

After four years at the helm of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Tony Allegretti is stepping down. He talked about his time at the JCC and growth in Jacksonville’s art community (37:52).

WJCT Sports Analyst Cole Pepper told us about the Armada earning its first ever playoff spot, the World Cup reaching itsFinal Four countries, Ponte Vedra Beach resident Russell Knox’s chances at The British Open in two weeks and the beginning of Jaguars training camp is just around the corner (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.