10/31/2016: Chad Griffin; Veterans Business Week; FCS-Rosenblum; Cole Pepper

Oct 31, 2016

With Election Day just over a week away, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin appeared on First Coast Connect Monday. The group has long advocated for the rights of the LBGT community and Griffin is a long time supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. In honor of National Veterans Small Business Week, host Melissa Ross spoke with local veteran and business owner Gina Garcia and Natalie Hall with the Small Business Administration. This month’s First Coast Success segment with Karen Brune Mathis featured Richard Rosenblum from the local third-generation clothier Rosenblums, and Cole Pepper spoke about the Florida-Georgia game and the other weekend sports news. 


Chad Griffin

With talk shifting toward recently discovered emails and other issues, the 2016 presidential campaign and their surrogates are crisscrossing the country looking to get supporters to the polls. Griffin was in Jacksonville to tout the Clinton campaign and meet with the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality.        

Veterans Small Business Week 

In honor of Veterans Day Nov. 11, Monday kicked off National Veterans Small Business Week. Garcia, a Navy veteran, is owner of Trikaroo — a local bike shop that features the three-wheeled battery operated carts — and discussed programs available to veterans looking to start a business on the First Coast.   

First Coast Success — Richard Rosenblum

It’s one of the First Coast’s premiere clothing stores. Rosenblums has been part of the Jacksonville since before the Great Fire of 1901. It was one of the first men’s clothing stores in Jacksonville and has gained a national reputation for quality work.      

Cole Pepper

Florida held off Georgia on Saturday to keep its championship game hopes alive in the Southeastern Conference. Pepper also spoke about the firing of Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson and Head Coach Gus Bradley still being on the hot seat after another disappointing loss last Thursday.     


Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at kmeerschaert@wjct.org, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.