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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

Emerald Trail; TAVR; Stronger Than Stigma; JME DJ Sessions

Groundwork Jacksonville volunteers from FSCJ working on a spice garden on the S-Line Biodiversity Corridor of the Emerald Trail.
Brendan Rivers
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WJCT News

The future of the city's proposed Emerald Trail is looking bright.

The Jacksonville City Council voted 14 to 4 Wednesday to approve $132 million out of a proposed increase to Duval’s gas tax to help pay for the roughly 30-mile green belt that will encircle the city's urban core.  Kay Ehas, CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville, joined us.

TAVR 

A local hospital has greatly reduced the need for open heart surgery.  They do it by using a cutting edge, less invasive procedure called TAVR.   Dr. Samer Garas, a cardiologist at Ascension St. Vincent's, joined us with details on the procedure. 

Stronger Than Stigma

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Stronger Than Stigma, a Jacksonville based non-profit dedicated to mental health advocacy for millennials, by millennials, is hosting its first in-person event in 15 months this SundayGabby Magid, the organization's CEO, joined us with what’s to come. 

JME Music Of The Month

On the monthly Jacksonville Music Experience DJ Sessions, we took a listen to summer jams by Northeast Florida’s best artists. WJCT music contributor Matt Shaw returned with his picks.

Patrick Cantin can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org and on Twitter.     

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.