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2/22/19: Roundtable On Jax Landing's Future; Douglas Anderson Extravaganza

Jacksonville Landing owner Toney Sleiman (left) and Mayor Lenny Curry flashed a thumbs up on Twitter Thursday, with the message, "stay tuned."

Topping our weekly Media Roundtable is word of a deal between Mayor Lenny Curry and Jacksonville Landing owner Toney Sleiman.

If the $18 million settlement deal is approved, Sleiman’s company will get $15 million and the city will take control of the Landing. The proposed deal includes $1.5 million for tenant relocation. Another $1.5 million listed in an ordinance introduced to the City Council is earmarked as demolition money.

Our panel of journalists discussed the future of the Jacksonville Landing from a variety of business and community angles.

Joining us were:

  • Florida Times-Union Reporter David Bauerlein
  • Jacksonville Daily Record Associate Editor David Cawton
  • Freelance Journalist Claire Goforth
  • WJCT Contributor Charles Griggs

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Our panel also looked at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to deny JEA’s attempt to get out of the project Vogtle nuclear deal, which is running billions over budget.

The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts 32nd annual Extravaganza Showcase is this weekend. Acting, musical performances and more will be showcased at the event.

Douglas Anderson Extravaganza

DA spokesman Scott Reneau joined us with a preview along with Rhea Ailani, a senior Musical Theatre major, who sang "Waiting for Life” from the Broadway musical, Once on This Island.

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