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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

5/22/19: Prepping for Hurricane Season; Decriminalizing Marijuana; MOCA Jacksonville

A satellite image from 1 p.m. ET Monday shows "Disturbance 1," which at the time had a 70% chance of becoming a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane season begins on June, but the first named storm of the season, Andrea, has already formed in the Atlantic.

Andrea isn’t expected to get very strong or pose any threat to Florida, or the East Coast in general.

Florida residents know firsthand the importance of hurricane preparation. That’s why Florida State College at Jacksonville is having a free event Thursday, May 23, called Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Storm Planning.

Christian Smith, the Regional Chief Development Officer with the American Red Cross, and Tameiko Grant, an instructional program manager at FSCJ, joined First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross to talk about tips to prepare for the Hurricane season.

Decriminalizing Marijuana


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Folio Weekly columnist Shelton Hull (right) joined WJCT's Melissa Ross in Studio 5 Wednesday.

There is a bill before the Jacksonville City Council that would decriminalize marijuana possession in small amounts.

Shelton Hull writes a weekly column on cannabis for Folio Weekly. Hull joined us to share his thoughts about the proposed legislation.

MOCA Jacksonville

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Director at MOCA Jacksonville Caitlin Doherty (left) joined WJCT's Melissa Ross in Studio 5 Wednesday.

MOCA Jacksonville has two exhibits that are now traveling to other cities, along with a new curator and permanent collection.

Caitlin Doherty, Director at MOCA, joined us to explain how she is trying to bring the world to Jacksonville and Jacksonville to the world.