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11/7/19: New UNF Poll; Clean Fuel Summit; Chef Tom Gray; Mindi Abair; Pamela Elaine

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JEA's downtown Jacksonville headquarters

A new UNF poll shows there is strong, bipartisan opposition to selling JEA to a private company, with 59% of the Duval County voters polled saying they do not favor a sale.

Michael Binder, the director of UNF’s Public Opinion Research Lab, joined us to discuss these results, as well as a number of others on an array of topics, including the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cleaner Fuels in Florida

We talked with Tom Larson, the chair of The North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition, about alternative fuel use in our area and throughout Florida. He also previewed the Clean Fuels Summit that the North Florida TPO is hosting on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

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Melissa Ross and Chef Tom gray outside Studio 5.

Local Chefs Help Raise Funds for March of Dimes

Nine of Jacksonville’s top chefs will lead an evening of culinary adventure at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction on Thursday, Nov. 14.  Funds raised by the event will help support the organization’s research, programs, and advocacy work for healthy moms and babies. Chef Tom Gray of Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails and Town Hall, one of the participating chefs, joined us for a preview.

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Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers

We spoke with Mindi Abair of Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, who are currently on tour and will perform at the WJCT Soundstage in partnership with the Florida Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Tickets are available here

Pamela Elaine

Singer/songwriter Pamela Elaine told us about the inspiration for her music and performed a song for us. She’ll be releasing her new album, As You Go, and performing in support of it on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Blue Jay Listening Room.

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