9/22/2017: Media Roundtable; Gabriel House Of Care Live Well Symposium; Larry Baker

Sep 22, 2017

Friday on “First Coast Connect” our weekly Media Roundtable featured Tessa Duvall from The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and blogger Fred Matthews (01:16).


Gabriel House of Care Executive Director Valerie Callahan talked about their upcoming Living Well Symposium (42:05).

We also spoke with author Larry Baker who sets his novels in Northeast Florida (46:24).

Media Roundtable

Our panel discussed the decision by State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office not to press charges against Jacksonville Sheriff’s officer Tyler Landreville in last year’s shooting death of Vernell Bing Jr. They also spoke about Nelson establishing a Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the continuing after-effects from Hurricane Irma.    

Gabriel House of Care Symposium

It’s a chance to learn about living well, everything from mindfulness to acupuncture and more.

The Gabriel House of Care Living Well Symposium is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27. It features a panel discussion with experts from Mayo Clinic, Brooks Rehabilitation and UF Health.

Larry Baker

Author Larry Baker might live in Iowa, but his fictional home is definitely Florida. Four of Baker’s six novels are set in the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of his first Florida novel, “The Flamingo Rising,” Baker returns to North Florida this weekend to do four public events in three days. He’ll be giving a talk at St. Johns Technical High School on Sept. 22. He’ll then appear at the Florida Heritage Book Festival at Flagler College at 9 a.m. on Sept 23, followed by an appearance at the Corazon Theatre at 4 p.m. for a screening of the movie version of “The Flamingo Rising,”  along with a talk with audience members.

At 2 p.m. on Sept. 24, he’ll appear at the Downtown Jacksonville Library.    

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