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Shipyards Development; COVID Variants; Crayfish Study; What's Good Wednesdays

This rendering illustrates a Four Seasons hotel and office building that is part of the 1st Downtown Jacksonville plan.
This rendering illustrates a Four Seasons hotel and office building that is part of the 1st Downtown Jacksonville plan.

Earlier this week, Jaguars owner Shad Khan made a fresh pitch for his plan to redevelop the Shipyards.

David Bauerlein of the The Florida Times Union  joined us to discuss what it entails, how it would be paid for, and a number of other issues related to the proposal.

COVID Variants 

The emergence of COVID variants are posing a new threat to the return to normalcy, especially as some people continue to decline the vaccine. Researchers are looking at new therapeutics that could possibly treat some of them.

Dr. Chris van de Wetering, Executive Vice President of New Amsterdam Sciences, joined us to discuss the threat of the new variants of the coronavirus.

Crayfish Study

A newUniversity of Florida study has found that traces of antidepressants and other pharmaceuticals, which are commonly found in bodies of water in Florida and around the globe, are altering the behavior of marine creatures like crayfish.

The study looked at crayfish, and how the exposure to antidepressants affected their behavior. Some of the observed behavior included crayfish exhibiting more aggressive behavior when exposed to the antidepressant, and a change in attitude such as the crayfish becoming more bold.

AJ Reisinger, Assistant Professor, at the University's Institute of Food and Agriculture, and lead author of the study, joined us to discuss it in more detail.

'Finding Contentment in a Chaotic World'

After a year in which many people are feeling stressed out, author and life coach Karen Nutter, who joined us, is offering solace with her new book Finding Contentment in a Chaotic World. Nutter’s book focuses on teaching readers practical and easy techniques to help you achieve contentment. 

What's Good Wednesdays 

  • Episcopal Children's Services is providing mobile COVID-19 vaccination vans. The mobile clinics kicked off June 18, and there’s another one in Jacksonville Friday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 
  • Jacksonville Yoga for Justice and Inclusion is hosting an event Saturday, June 26, at James Weldon Johnson Park. The event,which starts at 9:00 a.m., will feature a yoga class, voter registration, and live music.  
  • 121 Financial Credit Union and The Sulzbacher Center have partnered to host a back-to-school supply drive. The school supply drive will run through July 29. Donations can be dropped off at any 121 Financial branch. 

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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.