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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

ADAPT; First Coast Success; The Up Bar; Remembering Kobe Bryant

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Construction along Jacksonville Beach's coastline continues. A crane can be seen in the background working on the under-construction Margaritaville.

On this episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we discussed climate change and sea level rise on the First Coast.

ADAPT is WJCT’s online publication covering how the first coast is adapting to sea level rise, as well as other impacts of climate change. On Monday, January 27, the ADAPT podcast was launched, as well as a special edition of the magazine. Brendan Rivers, WJCT reporter and host of the podcast, joined us along guest host Jessica Palombo with a few of the ADAPT podcast guests: 

In First Coast Success, Jacksonville Daily Record Editor Karen Brune Mathis spoke to VyStar Credit Union CEO Brian Wolfburg about tapping into one of the largest financial institutions in Northeast Florida.

Mocktail Social

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Jamie Rice

As Dry January ends, the Up Bar pop-up in Atlantic Beach is hosting a “Mocktail Social” in collaboration with the Glass Bottle Society. Up Bar owner, Jamie Rice joined us to explain the business and why she feels there is a need for it. Jina Paollio, who owns the Glass Bottle Society also joined us to tell us more about the event.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2002 file photo Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant points to a teammate during an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles.

Remembering Kobe Bryant

WJCT Sports Analyst Cole Pepper addressed the death of former basketball player Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26.

Sarah Glenn can be reached at, 904-358-6317