Beatrice Sanchez

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Beatrice Sanchez is a senior at the University of North Florida. She will graduate this year with a bachelor's degree in communication with a concentration on media production. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she moved to Jacksonville four years ago to finish school. She spends most of her time at school or work, and if she ever does get free time, she enjoys watching re-runs of "Grey's Anatomy" or taking pictures of surfers out at the beach.

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Jacksonville Beach lifeguards are making changes to graduation traditions this year after increased scrutiny.

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Jacksonville’s crowd funding festival is back today under a new name and new terms.

Spark Walk is a combination of One Spark and the monthly downtown Art Walk.


In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women.  

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The Jacksonville City Council will soon decide whether to transfer ownership of the St. Johns River Ferry to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. As part of the ferry negotiations, Council member John Crescimbeni says, JTA asked the Council to extend the local option gas tax that helps fund road construction.

Crescimbeni says the gas tax was set to end in August, but the city has extended it for another 20 years.

Crescimbeni says now the Council must decide how much of the Mayport Ferry to give up.

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The University of North Florida aims to improve students’ health by selling produce grown on campus to its food provider, Chartwells.


In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women.

Tina Lifford is an actress, author, and founder of The Inner Fitness Project. You might know her from roles on “Scandal,” “Parenthood,” or several other television shows and movies.

Lifford says acting continues to be a passion even after being in show business for 25 years.

“The passion that I have for acting is equal to my passion that I have for my community building and life transforming project called the The Inner Fitness Project,” she says.

Lifford speaks about the project around the country.

Lifford says, “The Inner Fitness Project was birthed out of my desire to literally speak to inner fitness in a way that we now understand physical fitness in a well-understood, applicable way to healing and strengthening ourselves on the inside.”

She says she has always envisioned herself happy and joyful while doing what she loves.

“I discovered that the inner work was a part of that,” she says. “So now that I have the career, but I’ve also got the inner experience of myself that fully allows me to not just have success, but success and happiness.”

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The city of Jacksonville funds some maintenance for Riverside’s Memorial Park, but the nonprofit Memorial Park Association fills a large gap.

This weekend, the group is holding its annual lobster bake fundraiser, “Claws for a Cause,” to support its efforts.

Memorial Park Association President Agnes Danciger says “Claws For A Cause” will be hosted by Cool Moose Cafe on Saturday.

All money raised will go to keep up the riverfront park up the road from the cafe.

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In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women. 

JeffriAnne Wilder founded the Institute for the study of race and ethnic relations at the University of North Florida.

“There are a number of things that happened over the course of my lifetime that have really pushed me even further into examining racial interests,” she says. “So for me as a sociologist, it’s something that’s very interesting, it is always very timely, and I think, given what’s happened in our society since the dawn of our new millennium, is showing us that racial issues are really at the forefront of our nation’s concerns and, unfortunately, social issues.”

Wilder says her parents were born and raised in the South, and many people in her mother’s family were active during the civil rRights movement.

She says being able to see how people in her family tried to overcome barriers during a difficult time period made it easier for her to follow in those footsteps.

“What I would say to younger women, in particular, is to take things step by step and celebrate the everyday successes, to recognize that the long-term impact of change does not happen overnight, to be kind to yourself, and to recognize that failure is a part of growth,” she says. “Visualize what you want to do, and dream big. I think that’s really important for us to do, even the not-so-young women.”

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A bill to fund improvements to the Jacksonville Farmers Market will be up for a vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

City Councilman Garrett Dennis says revitalizing the Farmers Market is important to that area, which has been a "food desert" lacking healthy options.

Market General Manager Greg Tison says the the company has been planning the improvements for years. 

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In today’s digital world, many kids don’t know how to tell time on an analog clock.

The Boys And Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida tried to help change that today with a time-telling relay race for elementary schoolers.


The deadline to update voter information ahead of Florida’s presidential primary is next Tuesday, Feb. 16.

St. Johns County Elections Supervisor Nikki Oakes says people can change their name or party affiliation easily — it doesn’t even require an official form.

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The American Red Cross is hoping to help Jacksonville residents prevent house fires.

Red Cross regional CEO Patrick Shea says free fire alarms are available for residents.

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Jacksonville’s One Spark crowdfunding festival is scaling back from a week-long event to possibly one day in April.

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A regional nonprofit is hoping to raise $1 million to end hunger in Northeast Florida.

Feeding Northeast Florida has a distribution center that helps feed people in 17 counties.

CEO Luke Layow says his organization could feed even more.

“The message that we want to get across is that the food is there. We don’t lack food to distribute. We distributed more than 21 million pounds of food last year; we can distribute 40 million pounds of food. It’s there. We just need the resources to get that done,” he says.

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A Jacksonville Beach community theater is offering aspiring playwrights the chance to bring their vision to life.

Players by the Sea is looking for writers with ideas for plays. The theater will help two lucky winners develop those ideas into full scripts, and then produce the premiere performances of the plays. The writers will also get a $2,000 stipend.


Players Associate Director Bradley Akers says the new, year-long program is called New Voices.

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Jacksonville clergy spoke out in favor of expanding Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination ordinance to protect LGBT residents on Monday. 

Jacksonville Baptist Rev. Torin Dailey is one of more than 100 religious leaders who support a bill that will be introduced Tuesday in City Council

Dailey says his support for the bill comes from his religion.

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The Christmas season seems to start earlier every year, and 2015 is no exception. The Avenues Mall and the St. Johns Town Center kicked things off with Santa's Arrival and the Holiday Spectacular, and St. Augustine Night of Lights and Jax Illuminations begin this weekend. Here is WJCT’s list of holiday events happening in Northeast Florida.

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We begin the hour by talking about the election going on in St. Johns County today to decide whether to approve a 10-year, half-cent sales take hike to benefit public schools. If voters approve the sales tax, the revenues would be used to build four new schools, and fix up or expand most schools across the county.


Federal inspectors say they’re investigating the ministry that’s running Eureka Garden, the Westside apartment community that has been plagued by high crime and deplorable living conditions.

Denise Hunt, a local activist, joins us today with her thoughts on the investigations – and what she calls Jacksonville’s “tale of two cities.”

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Plenty of Florida and Georgia fans have already set up their recreational vehicles for this weekend's game.

Every year, Florida and Georgia fans come out to Jacksonville to root for their teams.

A lot of the fans started tailgating in front of EverBank Field since Tuesday with their RVs decked out with their team colors, and their bars stocked up for the whole week.

Most fans have been doing this with their families for a long time and consider it as the biggest event they plan with their family and friends every year.

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Looking for something spooky to do this October? There are events all over the First Coast from special concerts from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, corn crop mazes and trick-or-treating for kids and the kid-at-heart. Here is WJCT’s list of Halloween events in Northeast Florida.