8/17/16: John Rutherford; Amendment 4; UF Accreditiation

Aug 17, 2016

Former Jacksonville and 4th Congressional candidate John Rutherford on WJCT's First Coast Connect.
Credit Kevin Meerschaert

Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, a candidate in Florida's District 4 congressional race, appeared on First Coast Connect on Tuesday. 

Also on the program, Steve Smith, the executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, talked about solar energy Amendment 4, which is on the Aug. 30 ballot. We also heard about a prestigious honor awarded to University of Florida Health Jacksonville.

John Rutherford

Voters in Northeast Florida are deciding on the area’s first open congressional seat in 16 years. Former Sheriff John Rutherford is looking for your vote in the District 4 GOP primary. Rutherford leads in the polls to replace retiring North Florida Congressman Ander Crenshaw. With early voting already underway, Rutherford joined host Melissa Ross to take your calls. 

Amendment 4

Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but the use of solar energy here is still sporadic and contentiously debated. Backers of Amendment 4 say their proposal is one way to advance the use of solar power in Florida. Ross spoke with executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Steve Smith about the amendment and it's benefits.

UF Heath Jacksonville

UF Health Jacksonville has been awarded top honors for heart disease care, becoming the only hospital in Florida to receive accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as a designated chest pain center. Dr. Joseph Sabato of UF Health Dept of emergency Medicine spoke about the achievement.