OurJax Calls For Lot J Timeout; Blueval; MOCA Family Day; Audio 'Void'

Nov 12, 2020

Local watchdog group OurJax is calling for a timeout on Lot J development.

The group, which first formed over the failed attempt to sell JEA, is urging the City Council to pursue due diligence before finalizing plans to give $233 million in taxpayer money to Shad Khan’s proposed development in the Sports Complex. 

Proponents argue that developing Lot J will create jobs and stimulate the economy. Opponents counter that Jaguars owner Shad Khan should not receive taxpayer money unless he renews his leases around the city. The return on investment is a big question and some argue the public money should instead go to things like free school lunches, healthcare, or public housing.

OurJax Spokesperson, attorney Audrey Moran and David Miller, Executive Chairman of Brightway Insurance and Vice-Chair or OurJax, joined us on the program to discuss the development.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

Blueval

On November 3, President Trump won his home state of Florida by more than three points, and Republicans made gains across the state.

But, for the first time in half a century, Duval County flipped blue in the presidential election, despite down-ballot elections remaining mostly red.

Political strategist Phillip Singleton spoke with us about the so-called Blueval phenomenon and how activists made it happen.

MOCA Family Day

This Saturday, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) hosts Family Day from 11 AM to 3 PM with live music, kids’ activities, and free admission. Musical guests include Mal Jones with the Lyrists Live and DJ Enerji. Activity partners include the Jacksonville Zoo and the Art League of Jacksonville.

Nan Kavanaugh, MOCA’s Director of Communications and Marketing, joined us on the show to discuss the event’s CDC safety guidelines, how to register for the event, and an exhibition closing soon entitled Breaking Boundaries: The Vision of Jacqueline B. Holmes.

Audio 'Void'

Void Editor Matt Shaw’s new project Audio Void captures the sounds of the First Coast. Shaw calls the musical performers featured in the project “beautiful noise.”

Featured musicians on his “Feel Good Fall Playlist,” designed to provide listeners with a pleasant sonic distraction, include Hensley, Lost Club, and GeeXella.

Katherine Hobbs can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.