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Florida Sees a Positive Turn; Riverfront Activation; Sports Update; Sober September


Florida appears to be finally turning a corner in the coronavirus suge that’s been ravaging the state. 

While infection rates are trending down, holiday weekends and students returning to college campuses could be a setback. Epidemiologists say Florida has taught the nation important lessons as the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus accounts for nearly all new cases.  

Guest: Cindy A. Prins, infectious-disease epidemiologist at the University of Florida

Jacksonville Riverfront

Last week, the local Riverfront Parks Now coalition endorsed the Jessie Ball duPont Fund’s recently unveiled Esplanade Plan for the publicly owned Shipyards and Metropolitan Park along the Northbank of the St. Johns River. 

Guest: JPL+D’s James Lima, a national real estate, planning, and public policy advisor specializing in the economics of placemaking 

Jaguars Game Week

WJCT sports analyst Josh Torres joined us with an update on how the Jags are prepping for their first game of the regular season, plus a recap of the first weekend of college football.

Sober September

To honor those in recovery and those who are just sober curious, the Sober September campaign is underway. 

Guest: Tracy Collins, author of Stumbling Into Sobriety

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