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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

2/25/19: Adaptive Reuse; Inclusive Museums; First Coast Success; Cole Pepper

The Jacksonville Landing

Supporters of what’s known as “adaptive reuse” say the city is acting recklessly by demolishing buildings without a plan for what will go in their place. A petition drive is  now underway to keep the Jacksonville Landing in place and repurpose it into something else, rather than demolish it. Steve Williams, CEO of Harbringer Sign; and Rob Zinn, Principal Architect, the Office of Architecture and Design joined us with more.


First Coast Success

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Zarkas at European Street Sweets

He’s branching out from the iconic European Street chain - to ice cream and candy. In today’s “First Coast Success,” Karen Mathis, Editor of the Jacksonville Daily Record, speaks to Andy Zarkas, owner of the European Street Cafes.

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Levine, Ross and Cole in Studio 5 (L-R)

Inclusive Museums

Last night, the Cummer Museum of Art & and Gardens hosted a sold-out talk on “The Inclusive Museum,” led by Johnnetta Cole, a Jacksonville native, Museum Director, Anthropologist, Educator, College President and author of “Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums.”  She joined us, along with Dr. Adam Levine, the Cummer Museum’s George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director & Chief Executive Officer, to discuss the topic in more detail.

Cole Pepper

The Jaguars and the rest of the NFL are heading to Indianapolis for the annual scouting combine this week. Cole Pepper joined us with more.

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