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Reopening Florida; Cutting Your Own Hair; Girls Night In; Face Shield Donation; TPO

Beachgoers on Atlantic Beach on Saturday, April 18

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says it’s time to take incremental steps to partially reopen the city’s economy. He’s assembled a group of local civic leaders to advise him.

In making this move, he cited data that shows Jacksonville is already reaching some milestones when it comes to testing for COVID19 and flattening the curve of positive cases being treated in area hospitals. Mike Mendenhall is following this for the Jax Daily Recordand joined us for a closer look.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

Cutting Your Own Hair

Have you tried to cut your own hair lately? With the pandemic, many people have been taking grooming into their own hands at home. And if you’ve been on social media, you’ve seen some of the hilarious results. We asked Scott Redfield of Redfield Salon in 5 Points for some advice.

Girls Night In

A new national website, Girls Night In (GNI), is spotlighting women’s stories and initiatives in the midst of the covid pandemic. Jacksonville Executive Coach Terry Hoffmann will appear on GNI Online Thursday night, and joined us with a preview.



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A worker demonstrates the face shields the company is making

Face Shield Donation

First Coast Home Pros recently pivoted from its main business line of home services, to producing face shields for the University of Florida. They’re working to provide UF health care workers protection from COVID19.

First Coast Home Pros President Josh Kennedy joined us with more.




North Florida TPO

The public now has a chance to have a say on the future transportation needs of this growing region. Jeff Sheffield, Executive Director of the North Florida TPO, joined us to explain how.


Heather Schatz can be reached at or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.

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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?