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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

Four Seasons; St. Johns Mask Fight; #FluVaxJax; Acupuncture; What’s Good Wednesday

Jaguars owner Shad Khan has proposed building a Four Seasons hotel at the site of Metropolitan Park as illustrated in this rendering.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan awaits City Council’s vote on a taxpayer-funded proposal to build a Four Seasons Hotel and Residences as well as an office building at the former Kids Kampus site in Metropolitan Park along the Downtown riverfront.

The bill was introduced Tuesday by Mayor Lenny Curry and could see a vote by the end of October. 

Guest: Mike Mendenhall, staff writer with the Jax Daily Record.

St. Johns Parents File Complaint 

St. Johns County parents turn to the feds in their fight for a school mask mandate. Thirteen other Florida school districts mandate masks for students in defiance of Gov. Ron DeSantis, citing scientific evidence showing masks limit the spread of COVID-19.

Guests: Gus Leathers and attorney Angelique Kelley are among the growing number of concerned parents fighting back with legal action. Kelley filed a complaint with the Department of Education.



County Medical Society launched #FluVaxJax, a campaign to encourage Duval County residents to get the flu vaccine.

Guest: Duval County Media Society Foundation President Dr. Sunil Joshi spoke with us about the importance of mitigating the effects of flu season amidst the pandemic.


Many Americans are turning to acupuncture to help alleviate a host of symptoms as the pandemic brings new sources of stress and anxiety. 

Guest: Dr. Julee Miller, founder of Health Pointe Acupuncture and Wellness

What’s Good Wednesday

  • The Museum of Science & History debuts its newest exhibition to the public on Sept. 18. "Da Vinci: Machines & Robotics" celebrates the iconic Rennaisance artist and inventor through dozens of reproductions of his machines and art. Museum by Moonlight offers a sneak peek of the event on Sept. 17. The exhibition is a part of the Museum’s 80th anniversary celebrations.
  • The Amelia Island Museum of History hosts the third annual Fiesta de Santa Maria this weekend to celebrate the island’s Hispanic roots with music, entertainment, and food. Dr. Berta Isabel Arias spoke with us about the Island’s Cuban connections.
  • Sept. 18 is the Walk & Roll to Cure FSHD, featuring National Walk & Roll Ambassador Max Adler. The Jacksonville Zoo hosts the event, which raises funds to cure FSH Muscular Dystrophy.
  • Saturday evening, local photographer Renee Parenteau is one of the local celebrities in the spotlight as WJCT Studios hosts First Coast Dancing with the Stars benefitting Beaches Fine Arts. Parenteau invites the community to purchase tickets and vote for her and her professional dance partner. 

First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Associate Producer Katherine Hobbs can be reached at or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.