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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

City Hall Restrictions; Climate Week; Jacksonville Symphony; Local Sports

Signs like this went up at City Hall after the protest on Tuesday.

Protestors demanding the removal of a Confederate monument in Springfield Park tried to take their group into Jacksonville City Hall to meet with Mayor Lenny Curry.

In response, the city enacted a new policy limiting the public’s access to the upper floors of City Hall.

Signs posted Wednesday on the first floor of City Halls say that the only way to gain access to the second through fourth floors is by “appointment, consent, or invitation of a City Hall official or department.” Violators may face arrest.

Guest: David BauerleinThe Florida Times-Union

Climate Week

This summer brought record-setting heat, droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes, which affected families across the country.

According to a new survey conducted in August and released today by the nonprofit climate marketing firm Potential Energy Coalition (PEC), more than 60 percent of Americans are concerned or very concerned about climate change in the environment. Still, only 14 percent talk about the issues often.

The PEC launched a new campaign in partnership with the Ad Council called Science Moms. The public awareness and engagement campaign seeks to educate and empower moms and all parents on climate change. 

A nonpartisan group of scientists and mothers heads up the campaign to break down climate change in simple, relevant ways and offer tangible opportunities to take action for children’s futures.

Guest: John Marshall, co-founder and CEO of Potential Energy Coalition

Jacksonville Symphony

The Jacksonville Symphony is now selling single tickets for its upcoming fall season.

Upcoming shows include Defying Gravity: The Music of Steven Schwartz and Spooktacular.

Guest: Jacksonville Symphony Conductor and Musical Director Courtney Lewis

Pledge Drive

Station Manager David Luckin joined us for WJCT News 89,9’s fall radio pledge drive celebrating 50 years of NPR.

Local Sports

WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres joined us with updates on the Jaguars’ home opener against the Denver Broncos, NASCAR’s decision to move “The Clash” from Daytona Beach to L.A., and Florida’s college football teams.

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

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