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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

1/3/19: Local Leaders On Climate Change; Art Attack; First Coast Tourism

Flooding in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert
Flooding in Jacksonville during Hurricane Irma is pictured.

Has this unusually warm winter weather got you thinking about climate change? Well, you’re not alone.

Activists around the world and in the United States are emphasizing the need to take bold steps to reduce carbon emissions to fight the dangerous effects of a warming planet.

Here in Florida, several local leaders around the state are taking action and investing in clean energy solutions to protect their communities. Chris Castro, Director of the Office of Sustainability & Resilience for the City of Orlando and Susan Glickman, Florida Director with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy spoke to us about these efforts.

Melissa Ross speaks to Bradley Akers, Jason Woods, Suzanne Hudson Smith and Lee Hamby (L-R)
Credit Heather Schatz/WJCT

Art Attack

Jacksonville has a thriving local theatre scene. And this year, it’s poised to be bigger and bolder than ever. Lee Hamby, Managing Director of The 5 & Dime and freelance director; Suzanne Hudson Smith, Executive Director of Players by the Sea; Jason Woods, Theatre writer & composer; and Bradley Akers, Freelance Director and Theatre Arts Marketing Professional, joined us for Art Attack to discuss what we can expect in 2019.

Credit Ryan Ketterman for Visit Jacksonville
Jacksonville Beach

First Coast Tourism

In 2018 both the state and the First Coast enjoyed another year of record-breaking tourist visits.

Michael Corrigan, the president of Visit Jacksonville, joined us to explain how the First Coast is being marketed to the world and why are more people choosing to vacation here.

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