Civic Council on JEA; Coding Bootcamp; Gingerbread Pirate Ship; 'Around Town'

Dec 19, 2019

The Jacksonville Civic Council is calling for a grand jury investigation into JEA board and senior management.  Michael Ward, the retired CEO of CSX Transportation and Co-Chair of the Council’s JEA Special Committee, joined us to explain why.

Coding Bootcamp

UNF now has a coding bootcamp, for young professionals looking to build their resume or change careers. Dr. Edythe Abdullah, Dean of the Division of Continued Education at UNF; and UNF Coding Bootcamp Student Colleen Dunion joined us with details.

Credit Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Gingerbread Pirate Ship

The Ritz Cartlon’s gingerbread pirate ship - a holiday tradition on Amelia Island – is back. Joe Murphy, the resort’s Director of Public Relations, joined us with more.

Around Town

Matt Pittman of Main Events Jax joined us for a look at what else is happening Around Town this weekend. His picks included:

Holiday Markets

Holiday Gift Guide Pop-Up with Void and Edible Northeast Florida

Southern Swells & The Mini Bar in Jacksonville Beach

Dec. 21, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Palms Market

Hotel Palms in Atlantic Beach

Dec. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Vagabond Flea

Vagabond Coffee, Murray Hill

Dec. 22, 4pm

PRICE: free

Related: First Coast Connect’s Local Holiday Gift Guide

Music and entertainment

Jacksonville Symphony: Symphonic Dances Masterworks

Times-Union Center

Dec. 20 & 21 at 8 p.m.

PRICE: starts at $19

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 2019

Times-Union Center

Dec. 21, 8 p.m.

PRICE: starts at $42

Venardos Circus

The Amp St. Augustine

Now through Jan, 5, times vary

PRICE: Starts at $25 and $15 for kids

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Matinee

Florida Theatre

Dec. 22, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

PRICE: starts at $32


Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.