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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

Local School Mask Mandates; See The Girl; Restaurant Mask Mandates; Book Club

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Students in Duval County return to school today with a mask mandate in place (that parents can opt out of). Duval, along with six other school districts around the state, is getting as close as it can to mandating masks for students without violating new anti-mandate rules ordered by Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

Meanwhile, in St. Johns County, the school board hears comments from families, medical professionals, and the community concerning the county’s mask policy.  

Gov. Ron DeSantis is named in two lawsuits, one state and one federal, in response to his executive order banning mask mandates. He also states that he will dock pay of school officials who defy him.

Attorney Charles Gallagher of Gallagher & Associates Law Firm in. St. Petersburg is working on one of the lawsuits while Attorney Stephanie Langer of Disability Independence Group in Miami is working on the other one.  They joined us with more details.  

See The Girl Monologues

A new performance of monologues shows the audience how girls on the First Coast are dealing with a range of issues.  Dr. Vicky Basra of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center joined us and spoke with us about the See The Girl Monologues and what to expect.  

Restaurant Mask Mandates

Some local eateries are bringing back mask mandates and other safety measures due to the surge in local cases and hospitalizations.  1748 Bakehouse in Springfield is one of them. Baker and co-owner Allison D’Aurizio joined us to share about her decision.  

Book Club

This month’s book club takes a look at the famed designer of New York’s Central Park. Our book club leader Stacey Goldring gives us a preview about the accomplishments of Frederick Law Olmsted, and even some accomplishments in Duval County.  

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