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Staying Safe As Florida Reopens; HRO; ServPro; Giving Tuesday Now

A food server wears a protective face mask as he delivers food to customers.
Chris O'Meara
Associated Press
A food server wears a protective face mask as he delivers food to customers at the Parkshore Grill restaurant Monday, May 4, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Family physicians are often the first line of health care providers that patients turn to when they present with COVID-19 symptoms. 

And even though Florida is opening back up for business, this vital group of health care providers wants to help reiterate the important message of staying safe, staying home and wearing a mask when you go out.

Dr. Christie Alexander is president of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and a Professor  in the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health at Florida State University’s College of Medicine. She joined us with more.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance

On Friday, an Appeals Court struck down Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance (HRO), because even though it was updated three years ago, they said the legislation was apparently not written properly.

The updated HRO was passed into law back in 2017, after a long battle. The updated ordinance added LGBTQ residents as protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Jacksonville attorney Jimmy Midyette was the legislative director of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality at that time and helped write the ordinance, and is now running for Duval County Clerk of Courts. He shared his thoughts with us, as did Jon Harris Maurer, Public Policy Director of  Equality Florida


Well here’s a question: Is your home or office in need of a serious cleaning after weeks of quarantine? Since this is something many folks are wondering about, we asked an expert  - Chandler St. Peter of ServPro of Jacksonville (ServPro Jacksonville South and Arlington/Jacksonville East).



Due to the coronavirus, the folks behind the #GivingTuesday campaign - which usually takes place in November -  have created a second campaign, today’s #GivingTuesdayNow, to help nonprofits that are struggling to maintain funding during this challenging time. 

WJCT Public Media’s President & CEO, David McGowan, joined us with details on how the station is participating - and how to support those efforts.

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