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Remembering Mayor Jake Godbold; ADAPT; Black History Month


The public celebration of the life of the late Jacksonville Mayor Jake Godbold is set for this Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The event is free and open to anyone. Godbold’s lifelong friend Mike Tolbert joined us to talk about the big event. Godbold was mayor from 1979 to 1987. He was called a "mayor of the people" and has often referred to as Jacksonville's greatest mayor.


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

On this episode, we also 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. We invited WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo to tell us about what's being planned next for ADAPT, including the public ADAPT Summit on June 4, 2020. Mark your calendars!

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and we highlighted two local events. Local civil rights icon and author Rodney Hurst is speaking Tuesday evening about the historic events of Ax Handle Saturday in Jacksonville during the height of the civil rights movement. Hurst will share his first-hand knowledge and experience of the Jacksonville civil rights movement, as well as how Jacksonville African-Americans affected the city and the nation.

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A Malcolm Jackson image from 'Black Beach

And The Black Beach is a new exhibit showcasing black history in Northeast Florida. It opens this Thursday at the Heather Moore Community Gallery on Laura Street Downtown. Artist Malcolm Jackson and Cathedral Arts Project Board Member (and gallery namesake) Heather Moore joined the show.

Peter Hoban can be reached at, 904-358-6317.

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Peter was an intern with WJCT during the 2020 spring semester from the University of North Florida, where he is majoring in communications.