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5/23/19: First Coast Beaches; National Save A Life Day; Florida Folk Festival

Heather Schatz
Melissa Ross and members of the trauma one team


Trucks and cars on the beach have been a Florida tradition. But it's also proved to be a dangerous combination.

A woman was run over last month while sunbathing in Nassau County, leading to a renewed push by some that say all First Coast area beaches should be vehicle-free.

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Pedestrian vehicles are still allowed on several First Coast area beaches such as Vilano, St. Augustine and Fernandina. Jacksonville Beach banned vehicles back in the 1970s.

Attorney John Phillips joined us with more information.

National Save A Life Day


Thursday is National Save A Life Day. Four years ago, the American Heart Association began suggesting hands-on CPR for the public. Knowing how to perform CPR until help arrives can increase chance of survival by two to three times. Doctor Andrew Schmidt, Nurse Rita Duke, and  TramaOne Preventable Death Coordinator Kristin Levita joined us with more.


67th Annual Florida folk festival

Every Memorial Day Weekend, the oldest state-produced festival in the U.S. comes to life along the banks of the Suwannee River at Stephen Foster State Park. The Florida Folk Festivalcelebrates music and Florida culture.


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Tom Shed

Spokesman and featured artist Tom Shed joined us to play a song that he will sing at the festival. The festival will run from May 24 -May 26.

Avery Latta-Raines can be reached at, 904-358-6317.  

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