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10/16/19: Camden Spaceport Opposition; Sandhill Cranes; Free Art Lessons; VIGLO

2017 file photo of Spaceport Camden, Ga.

Plans are in the works to bring a new spaceport to Camden County, Georgia.

Supporters of the proposed port include everyone from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

However, a vocal contingent of local residents is speaking out against the spaceport. In particular, they say they’re worried about the impact of launching experimental rockets over the environmentally sensitive Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Steve Weinkle, a Camden County resident who’s part of a group of folks in South Georgia opposing the spaceport, joined us for a closer look.

Going Green: Sandhill Crane Preservation

The popular restaurant Crane Ramen, and the North Florida Land Trust have teamed up to raise funds and awareness for sandhill crane preservation. Fred Brown, Owner, Crane Ramen; and Genevieve Fletcher, Development Officer for North Florida Land Trust, joined us with more for our Going Green segment.

Free Art Instruction

Jacksonville’s Performers Academy is offering free art instruction to high schoolers from a Title I school, those involved or referred from Juvenile Justice, or involved with Family Support Services. Ebony Payne-English and Kathryn McAvoy with the program joined us with more information.

Credit Heather Schatz/ WJCT
Chef Mimi Lan and Melissa Ross outside of Studio 5.


Jacksonville’s culinary scene is exploding these days, with an incredibly diverse range of restaurants and chefs with influences from around the world. One local star is Chef Mimi Lan, aka The Taste Curator. She's known for her intimate VIGLO (Vietnamese with Global Influences) pop-up dinners.

Her next VIGLO event will take place Sunday, October 20, at Matthew’s Restaurant in San Marco. She joined us with a preview., 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.