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Poor, Homeless On First Coast; Jags Unveil Shipyards Proposal; & Dixie Eggs — #27

Bonnie Zerr

Updated March 17 1:05 p.m.

On this episode of Redux, we look at poverty on the First Coast.

In Duval County, roughly a third of the families here live on an income lower than what’s known as a “survival budget.”

Then there’s the homeless population on the First Coast, which has grown to more than 3,000, including approximately 2,000 in Jacksonville. We have an open letter from a homeless woman to Mayor Lenny Curry about how the city treats those without shelter.

But, homelessness isn’t exclusive to the urban core. We’ll look at what one organization is doing at the Beaches to help those most in need, help themselves. 

We also have an update on the Jacksonville Jaguars and the downtown shipyards project.

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The Jaguars released renderings as part of Shad Khan’s Iguana Investments’ proposal for the shipyards project that will be submitted to the city.

Jaguars Unveil Shipyard Proposal At 'State of The Franchise ' Address

The Jacksonville Jaguars have submitted a proposal for redeveloping downtown’s former shipyards property into a mixed-use residential and entertainment district, announced Wednesday During an annual “State of the Franchise” address.

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Wendy Jenkins recently wrote to Mayor Lenny Curry and the City Council a letter titled "Here’s your solution to Hemming Park."

Jacksonville Homeless Woman Writes To City Leaders: ‘Stop Pushing Us Away And Help Us’

A Jacksonville homeless woman is speaking out about the city’s treatment of those who live without shelter. She recently wrote to Mayor Lenny Curry and the City Council.

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Jacques Klempf joined his family's Dixie Egg distributing company in 1978.

Jacksonville Restaurateur Jacques Klempf Sells Family's Dixie Egg Co.

Jacques Klempf has made a name for himself in the Jacksonville restaurant business. From Bistro Aix to Il Desco, his eateries are destinations where people go to celebrate. Klempf talked to WJCT about selling his family’s other business, the Dixie Egg Co.

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Nassau County Superintendent Kathy Burns, Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, FSCJ President Cynthia Bioteau, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega and National College Promise Director Matt Caffrey.

FSCJ Promises Debt-Free College For Some Lower-Income Students

Florida State College at Jacksonville is committing to help pay for school for first-time college students seeking an associate's degree. It’s designed to help lower-income students get an associate’s degree without debt.

Beaches Homelessness On First Coast Connect

On “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Mission House Executive Director Lori Delgado Anderson about their mission and work they do to help the homeless at the Beaches.

Digital Content Editor Vince Kong can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter @teamvincek

CORRECTION: Jacksonville's homeless population should have said about 2,000. The total number of homeless on the First Coast is more than 3,000.