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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

1/2/19: A Look At 2019’s Top Stories; National Blood Donor Month; Starship Reef

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From L-R: A.G. Gancarski, Timothy Gibbons, Melissa Ross, Lauren Titus and Joey O' Hern

First Coast Connect kicked off 2019 with a look at what’s in store for Jacksonville in 2019 -  including everything from local and state politics, to business trends, to food and pop culture.

Timothy Gibbons, Editor-in-Chief, Jacksonville Business Journal; A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics; Lauren Titus, Editor, Edible Northeast Florida magazine; and Joey O’Hern of The Coastal joined us to discuss what to expect.

National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month, which is a month set aside to pay tribute to existing voluntary blood donors and encourage others to donate. Dave Halverson, LifeSouth Community Blood Center’s District Director, joined us with the details.

Starship Reef

Starship Reef

The Starship Reef, a man-made reef, has been created just off of Mickler’s Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach. Creator Joseph Kistel, the Executive Director of TISIRI, joined us with more on this new fishing and diving destination.

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Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.