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Jaguars 1st Downtown Jacksonville Plan; Duval Dems; Hurricane Insurance; WGW

this rendering illustrates the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences the Jaguars are proposing to build.
Jacksonville Jaguars
this rendering illustrates the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences the Jaguars are proposing to build.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be holding town hall-style meetings called Community Huddles to promote their new plan for the Shipyards and sports complex area of Jacksonville, which is dubbed 1st Downtown Jacksonville. 

The 1st Downtown Jacksonville plan comes after the Jaguars' failed bid to secure taxpayer incentives for the now-defunct Lot J entertainment complex plan. The team's new plan for Downtown includes a Four Seasons Hotel and a new football sports performance complex. The new development wold cost an estimated $441 million, with Jaguars owner Shad Khan saying he would split the cost with the city. 

Jaguars President Mark Lamping called in to discuss the new plan.

Duval Democrats 

The chair of the Duval County Democratic Party says he’s looking forward. Daniel Henry survived a recent attempt to remove him from his post, and says he’s focused on winning the midterms for North Florida and registering new voters in a region whose demographics are changing.

Henry  joined us to discuss all this.

Hurricane Insurance 

The 2021 hurricane season is upon us, and some homeowners have the threat of their insurance policies being dropped looming overhead. The start of this hurricane season saw almost 50,000 homeowners being dropped from their insurance policies, leaving them scrambling to find insurance. 

Related: DeSantis To Sign Property Insurance Changes

Gina Clausen Lozier of Berger Singerman law firm joined us to discuss hurricane season, and what it means for homeowners. 

Girl Scout Camp Returns

After a summer away, the Girl Scouts summer camp has returned. The camp season kicks off on June 13, and runs until the end of July. 

Mary Anne Jacobs , the CEO of  The Girl Scouts of Gateway joined us to talk about the summer camp's return.  

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Mackenzie Guiry is a senior multimedia journalism major at the University of North Florida. She spent her first two years of college at Florida Atlantic University.