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Media Roundtable; 'Secret Jacksonville: A Guide To The Weird, Wonderful, And Obscure'

A temporary regeneron Jacksonville clinic, which has since been moved to the Main Library is pictured.

Today’s Media Roundtable discussed some of the top stories in the First Coast, including: 

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo as Florida surgeon general and secretary of the Florida Department of Health. Controversy followed as Ladapo issued a change in COVID-19 policy, allowing parents to send their children to school after a COVID exposure without quarantining. 
  • Jacksonville’s main library Downtown is closed indefinitely while it hosts the city’s state-run Regeneron clinic. The library cites “upgrades” as its reason for remaining closed, and city spokeswoman Nikki Kimleton said no formal contract details how long the state plans to use the library.
  • Jacksonville and other municipalities nationwide are dealing with labor shortages resulting in delays in waste pickup. In August, the city received more than 9,000 complaints from frustrated residents who say they pay waste removal taxes but are not receiving any service.
  • With fewer than 10 days to pass legislation preventing a partial government shutdown, congressional Democrats hope to force Republicans to pass a suspension of the federal borrowing cap; however, most Republicans oppose the law.


'Secret Jacksonville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure'

Local author Bill Delaney of The Jaxson has a new book that provides insight into some of Jacksonville’s most interesting locales. Delaney has several upcoming reader presentations and signings across Jacksonville.

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