Downtown's Future; Joe Peppers; Eco-Friendly Straws; 'The Food Of Love'

Jan 19, 2021

What’s next for Downtown Jacksonville, now that the proposed Lot J development is dead?

We discussed that, and more with David Miller,  who is CEO of Brightway Insurance and secretary of Our Jax. Our Jax spokesperson and attorney Audrey Moran also joined us. 

Joe Peppers

Joe Peppers, the former head of the city’s Kids Hope Alliance child welfare agency, resigned under fire last year after a troubled tenure. He is now breaking his silence about his time working for the city of Jacksonville and Mayor Curry, and shared his story with us. 

Eco-Friendly Straws

There’s a new eco-friendly drinking straw on the market, which looks like it could be a viable option for businesses seeking alternatives to traditional plastic straws.  It’s called phade, and it was created by WinCup, which has a manufacturing facility in Jacksonville. Brad Laporte, CEO of WinCup, Inc., joined us to share more.  

'The Food Of Love'

Jacksonville’s Phase Eight Theatre Company created a romantic hit for Valentine’s Day two years ago, which it brings back each Valentine’s Day. “The Food of Love” is a romantic tale that’s  paired with a delicious dinner. This year, however, it is going virtual. Kelby Siddons, the show's creator, explained how.

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