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Springfield's Historic Housing Debate; Florida's Tallest Structure; & From Robotics To Reading — #28

Bonnie Zerr

Updated March 17 1:10 p.m.

On this episode of Redux, we’ll look at a dispute between one historic Jacksonville community, two non-profits and the Department of Justice that already will cost taxpayers millions of dollars — and possibly much more when the issue is settled.

Then, in collaboration with public radio stations throughout the state, we bring you our contribution to Decision Florida, which is a look at the issues during this legislative session. And finally, who says it’s a bad idea to play video games in class? Certainly not this Jacksonville middle school.

But first, one developer wants to make Jacksonville the home of the tallest structure in Florida.

Credit Presidium Group
Rendering of the tallest building in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Shipyards Proposal Calls For 'Tallest Structure In Florida'

A Texas-based real estate developer Presidium Group wants to build a fine art museum, aquarium and a 1,000-foot observation deck on Jacksonville’s vacant Shipyards and Metropolitan Park property. It’s one of three development proposals submitted to the city.

stethescope listening to piggy bank
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Lawmakers Attack Health Care Costs With Sunlight

After battling for years over how to make healthcare more accessible and affordable, Florida lawmakers landed on a compromise. Instead of expanding Medicaid to cover more people, they decided during last year’s session to attack the cost of care directly, creating a database to make procedure pricing transparent.

Jacksonville City Hall
Credit Ray Hollister / WJCT News

Jacksonville Ex-Offender Employment Bill Approved By Council

The Jacksonville City Council approved a bill Tuesday that encourages city contractors to consider hiring felons.

Credit Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News
Northwestern sixth-grader Dalilah Josinvil was kneeling on the floor next to several small robots on wheels in her school’s media center.

Duval’s Northwestern Middle School Gets Computer Science Academy

Jacksonville’s Northwestern Middle School will soon have its own computer science academy, thanks to a $2.1 million state grant.

Listen To The Full Interview From Ability Housing

On “First Coast Connect” we discussed the proposed settlement between the city of Jacksonville and two nonprofits regarding a plan by Ability Housing to renovate an apartment building in Springfield that would house homeless veterans.

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

Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that the settlement is between the city, two nonprofits, and the Department of Justice.