9/21/2018: Media Roundtable; Quiltfest
Our First Coast Connect Friday Media Roundtable with guest host A.G Gancarski Our panelists were Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton (00:58).
- Jacksonville’s six current and former mayors got together at Jacksonville University this week to talk about the 50th anniversary of consolidation in Jacksonville and its impact on the community.
- The Downtown Investment Authority approved plans for a renovation of the long unfinished Berkman II project and a new convention center at the site of the old county courthouse and City Hall annex.
- Mayor Lenny Curry named his Chief of Staff Brian Hughes as interim director of the DIA.
- The city’s Chief Financial Officer Mike Weinstein announced his retirement.
- President Donald Trump, an early endorser of Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis, put DeSantis in a difficult situation over Trump’s inaccurate tweets regarding the death toll in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria.
Quiltfest is taking place through Saturday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. We spoke to one of the organizers of event now in its 32nd year, 96-year-old Frances Case (46:00).