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Friend (Or Foe) Of Hemming Park; Skateboard Safari; & Medical Pot In St. Johns County — #29

Bonnie Zerr

On this episode of Redux, the Friends of Hemming Park have a friend in Mayor Lenny Curry — at least for the next six months, anyway.

The city is giving the nonprofit more time to find more ways to improve the city’s marquee park. We’ll hear from the nonprofit’s interim CEO, nearby business owners and you, our listeners.

We also have a couple updates, including how one company wants to transform Jacksonville’s downtown into an innovation hub. And finally, remember when we brought you that story about Jacksonville becoming a skateboarding Mecca? Well, the idea of an urban skateboard safari idea is still on the table.

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Friends of Hemming Park via Facebook

Downtown Business Owners Weigh In On Battle Over Hemming Park

The nonprofit that manages downtown Jacksonville’s Hemming Park is getting another chance to prove it can handle the responsibility.

Gov. Rick Scott
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Gov. Scott In Jacksonville: Incentives, Marketing Brings Jobs To Florida

Gov. Rick Scott said the state needs to market itself and offer business incentives in order to continue growing jobs, but the House has voted to eliminate Florida’s economic development organization and cut marketing dollars.

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Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach

Gov. Rick Scott On First Coast Senator’s Ethics Complaint: ‘You Should Know’

Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, is under an ethics investigation for potentially profiting off a budget item he requested for a friend.

hand lighting marijuana joint
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St. Johns County Wants Residents' Input On Medical Marijuana Shops, Treatment

St. Johns County officials want to hear what residents think about potential medical marijuana regulations.

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A rendering Jacksonville's "Innovation District."

Jacksonville Shipyards Proposal Would Create 'Innovation District'

A proposal submitted to the city of Jacksonville would turn downtown’s shipyards and Metropolitan Park into what developers are calling an “innovation district.”

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Jacksonville Councilman Continues Discussion About 'Skateboard Trail'

Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Gulliford introduced a bill in June that would have made skateboarding illegal in most of downtown — and skateboarders weren’t happy.

Listen To Hemming Park Discussion On First Coast Connect

Guest host Ryan Benk spoke with Friends of Hemming Park interim director Bill Prescott, Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails co-owner Jen Earnest and Wolf and Cub Boutique co-owner Emily Moody about the future of Hemming Park.

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