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8/28/19: City Council Meeting; Cannabis; Permaculture; First Coast Success

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The Council Chambers after it was cleared out by order of the Council President on Tuesday night.

An extraordinary scene last night at a meeting of the Jacksonville City Council.

The Council ordered the removal of the public from the chamber as members prepared to vote on a controversial issue involving school funding.  The Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein was there, and joined us with more.

Cannabis Update

There's also lots going on with cannabis here in the Sunshine State this week. Sally Peebles, a Partner at Vicente Sederberg, and member of the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee; and Shelton Hull, a writer who covers cannabis for Folio Weekly, joined us with an update.

Related: Split Court Refuses To Revisit Major Pot Case

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Permaculture is a field using science to transform any property into an environmentally positive space. And, it’s a growing trend. Josh Rosenberg, the Owner of NativeJax Permaculture Designs and Real Estate, told us more about it.

First Coast Success

We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of First Coast Connect this week, and as such, we are taking a look at some of the changes around Northeast Florida over the last decade. Karen Brune Mathis of the Jacksonville Daily Record, joined us to discuss the area’s robust business growth.

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