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Jobs For Jax Plan; Family Nutrition; Atlantic Beach Murals; NFL Draft

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File photo of a motorist pumping gas

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the Jobs for Jax transportation plan, which would raise the gas tax by 6 cents a gallon to pay for infrastructure projects across the city.

But as local officials take a look at this proposal, some are arguing that Jacksonville first needs to fulfill the promises it made to neglected neighborhoods more than 50 years ago when the city and county governments consolidated

Chris Hand, a local attorney and the Chief of Staff for former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, joined us with more.

Family Nutrition

Over the last year of the pandemic, families have needed plenty of extra resources. One of them is a free family nutrition program, which is now serving most Florida counties. Denise Cox, Nutrition Educator with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, joined us with additional information on it.

New Atlantic Beach Murals

Atlantic Beach is a lot more colorful these days, thanks to a number of new murals. Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser joined us with details.

NFL Draft

Jacksonville is still buzzing with excitement over last week’s NFL draft.  First Coast Connect Director Josh Torres joined us to explain why.

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?