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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

1/8/19: Amendment 4; Reading for Renewal; Jason Tetlak

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John Philips, Melissa Ross and Ben Frazier outside of Studio 5

Tuesday morning, Floridians with a felony conviction became eligible to get their voting rights back under Amendment 4, which was approved in November. We spoke to Ben Frazier, President of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, and local attorney John M. Philips of the Law Offices of John M. Philips about how the process was going, and what all these new voters  - there could be more than a million – could mean for future elections.

Reading for Renewal

First Coast Connect Book Club leader Stacey Goldring joined us with her picks for folks who are hoping to use reading as a form of renewal in the new year.

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Artist Jason Tetlak and his Guinness World Records mural

Jason Tetlak

Jason Tetlak creates interactive artwork, and was recognized by the Guinness World Records for creating the largest hand-painted 3D mural in the world last year. It’s located on a 90-foot-by-22-foot wall at 250 Park Street in Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood. He currently has an exhibition called “Burn After Reading” up at Space 42 in Riverside - and is planning to burn all of the unsold pieces at the closing reception on Saturday. He joined us to explain why.

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

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