LGBT Rights As Human Rights In Jacksonville; El Faro Civil Suit; IceMen Cometh — #23

Feb 9, 2017

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On this episode of Redux, Jacksonvillians weigh in on the contentious debate over expanding the city’s human rights ordinance to include protecting the rights of LGBT folks. 

Then, little more than a year ago, Hurricane Joaquin slammed into the SS El Faro, sinking the cargo ship and killing all 33 people aboard.

While 28 families have since settled, we have an update on the five remaining families and their attempt to bring a civil lawsuit against the ship’s owner.

We also bring you the latest on a workforce diversity bill, which was prompted by a WJCT investigation, and the IceMen cometh to Jacksonville.

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Final Jacksonville Council Committee Votes Yes On LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

The last of three city council committees voted in favor of passing an LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance bill, which will be voted on next week by the full council.

First Coast Connect: Politics Of Human Rights Ordinance

Listen to the entire interview with University of North Florida political science professor Matt Corrigan and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride.


Fight Over ‘Equal Opportunity’ Ordinance Will Move To Full Council Vote

A Jacksonville City Council committee approved proposed workforce diversity ordinance.

Despite some misgivings, the bill has cleared its last hurdle before going up for a full Council vote.

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El Faro Owners To Testify In Civil Case

Executives who ran the company that owned and operated the cargo ship El Faro will testify about the ship’s operation as the company seeks to limit its liability in federal court.

Jacksonville Hockey: IceMen Cometh

Jacksonville is getting its first minor league hockey team since the Barracudas disbanded in 2008. 

Digital Content Editor Vince Kong can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter @teamvincek