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Resiliency And Housing; Minority Health Month; What's Good Wednesdays; The Firewatch

Jacksonville's City Hall
Jacksonville's City Hall

Florida could soon redirect hundreds of millions of dollars to efforts to combat sea level rise and increase resiliency in the state. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville City Council has voted unanimously to accept its Resiliency Committe's final rpeort. 

However, controversy surrounds where some of the money to pay for resiliency will come from. Some sppeculators believe the state’s housing trust fund will be one of the place's lawmakers turn to. 

Missi Howell, president of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) and Diana Galavis, who sits on the Jacksonville Housing and Community Development Commission joined us with more.

Minority Health Month

From the stress of racism, to being undercounted in clinical trials - people of color have faced barriers to better health. Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero, oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville joined us with more on minority health awareness. 

What’s Good Wednesdays

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The Firewatch

A local organization in Jacksonville has a national outreach. The Firewatch organization helps veterans at risk of suicide and they do it with a unique, volunteer-based model. Firewatch’s executive director Nick Howland joined the show during the organization's recruitment drive seeking more local volunteers.