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Duval Superintentent; First Responders' Day; Amendments 2, 3; Alhambra Theatre

Duval County Public School's Headquarters Building

Duval voters are making their voices heard on many issues, including how to fund Duval County Public Schools. A half-cent sales tax would go toward replacing or upgrading old school facilities.

The proposed tax would could also fund safety and security measures, as well as maintenance for local schools.

Diana Greene, DCPS Superintendent, joined us to discuss the tax, as well as DCPS’s plan for what to do if Mayor Lenny Curry’s mask mandate is not renewed after its 5 p.m. expiration  Tuesday. She also spoke about distance learning options for the next semester and the tentative reopening dates of two local high schools heavily affected by the pandemic.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

National First Responders' Day

Today is National First Responders' Day, a time set aside to honor the people who keep us safe.

Guest Dr. Tracy Hejmanowski is helping the helpers through her charity, the First Responder Project. The charity, founded in January, seeks to support first responders’ psychological and emotional needs during the pandemic and beyond.

Amendments 2 And 3

Florida State College at Jacksonville Professors J.R. Woodward and Daniel Cronrath, professors of sociology and political science respectively, joined us to discuss ballot Amendments 2 and 3.

Alhambra Theatre Reopening

The Alhambra Theatre in Jacksonville is the oldest continuously operated dinner theatre in the U.S. Through a combination of to-go dining and socially distanced performances, the theatre is thriving even amidst the pandemic.

Alhambra owner Craig Smith spoke with us about his plans for the next phase of the theatre’s reopening.

Katherine Hobbs can be reached at or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.