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5/15/19: South Shores Flood Buyouts; Stroke Risks; Yellow House Exhibit

This is a flood layer zone from that shows Jacksonville's South Shores neighborhood is vulnerable to flooding.

The city of Jacksonville is moving ahead with a plan to spend $4.5 million to buy and demolish 17 homes in Jacksonville’s South Shores neighborhood near St. Nicholas and Downtown.

The city is not calling this a "managed retreat" from flooding.

But the action closely matches what climate scientists define as managed retreat: gradually retreating from areas prone to flooding as water levels rise.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Advocacy Director Shannon Blankenship joined us to look at the buyouts and the wider issue of rising seas as well as an acclaimed documentary coming to Jacksonville.

The Human Element will be screened at Sun-Ray Cinema on May 29 along with a panel discussion from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

New Stroke Prevention Guidelines

New guidelines are out from the American Heart Association that say taking aspirin daily can help prevent stroke.

Stroke is the second most common cause of death worldwide, according to the association, and 1-in-6 of us will experience a stroke in our lifetime. That includes younger Americans.

Dr. Anthony Magnano, a cardiologist with St. Vincent's in Riverside, joined us with the details as part of National Stroke Awareness Month.

New Yellow House Exhibit

A Simple Show is the latest exhibit at the Yellow House in Jacksonville’s CoRK Arts District. The show aims to present seemingly simple moments, sometimes with surprising depth. 

Hope McMath, the Founder and Director of Yellow House, joined us with a preview.

Selected Images From A Simple Show

paintings from the show
Credit Provided by Yellow House
Credit Provided by Yellow House
Credit Provided by Yellow House

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

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.