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4/1/19: Cumberland Island; Mark & Melissa Walk Jax, Alcohol Awareness Month


We revisited the fight over development on Cumberland Island with Bill Bruce, a retired lawyer and former legislator who filed the first appeal which blocked attempted development on Cumberland.

On a related note, the National Park Service is holding public listening sessions  about the visitor experience to the park on April 12 and 13, and is also accepting online comments. Any comments about the proposed development will be considered as part of the public record, but the Park Service cautions that its recreation plan does not include the proposed development.

Mark and Melissa Walk Jax

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Mark Woods and Melissa Ross in Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

For months now, Florida Times-Union Columnist Mark Woods has been taking long walks across the city. Last week, Melissa Ross had the opportunity to join him as he ventured through the Theodore Roosevelt Area in the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Woods then joined us in Studio 5 to tell us more about where he’s been - and where he’s headed.

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Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Local media personality Tracy “Dot Com” Collins is the author of a personal memoir on dealing with alcoholism called Stumbling Into Sobriety. She joined us with more.

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The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

Cole Pepper

Opening Day for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp is Thursday. Cole Pepper joined us with details – and plenty of other sports news.

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

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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?