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10/16/2018: Florida's Coastal Building Codes; Star Trek Sets In Kingsland, Ga.; Moveable Feast

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President Donald Trump talks with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (from left), Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Lynn Haven Mayor Margo Anderson, and FEMA director Brock Long, as they tour a neighborhood on Monday.

Tuesday on First Coast Connect  we looked at some big holes in Florida’s building codes that Hurricane Michael exposed.

Jennifer Suharmadji, an architect at Haskell Company and President of the American Institute of Architects Jacksonville, joined us along with Jacksonville resident Hilary Keely.  Keely’s mother, Margo Anderson,  is the mayor of Lynn Haven, Fla. in the Panhandle, a town that’s been decimated by the storm.

See Also: President Trump Visits Florida Panhandle and Lynn Haven, Fla.

Hilary, who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, has been raising money and collection items to send in trucks to her mother’s town.

How To Donate: Jacksonville Woman Collecting Items For Town 'Decimated' By Hurricane Michael

John Upton, a features Journalist at Climate Central, also joined us for the discussion.

Moveable Feast

In our regular segment Moveable Feast, Leigh Cort of the Women's Food Alliance brings us a tase of old world Italian in St. Augustine Beach as she talks with Benedetta Arena of Amici.

Star Trek Comes Alive In Kingsland

If you’re a Star Trek fan, you need to get up to Kingsland, Ga. this weekend.

Credit Stage 9 Studios
Stage 9 Studios
Recreations of sets used in the original Star Trek series will be on display and open to the public this weekend in Kingsland, Ga.

Stage 9 Studios, home to fan film productions like the award-winning Star Trek Continues, is opening its hangar bay doors to a three day fan appreciation extravaganza. It will be free for all visitors.

Dan Scanlan, who regular listeners know is a reporter at The Florida Times-Union,  joined us to give fans an idea of what to expect. What listeners may not know is that Scanlan is also a volunteer with Stage 9 Studios and has been on the production crew of many Star Trek fan film productions.

Stage 9 Studios has meticulously recreated most of the sets used in the original series; including the bridge, transporter room, sick bay and engineering.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.