RNC Safety Concerns, School Reopenings; Breweries Battle COVID Restrictions; What's Good Wednesday

Jul 24, 2020

The St. Johns County School District announced Tuesday that it will push back its start date, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in part, to Jacksonville's Republican National Convention.

The postponement came the same day that Mayor Lenny Curry said he is still confident Jacksonville can safely host the convention, despite concerns raised by Sheriff Mike Williams about security.



Andrew Pantazi, a reporter for The Florida Times-Union; and St. Johns County School District School Board Chair Beverly Slough joined us with more.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

Breweries battle COVID-19 Restrictions

One group that’s been hit particularly hard by the pandemic is Florida’s craft beer brewers.

On Tuesday, the Florida Brewers Guild sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis, noting that “our internal polling has revealed that we are likely to lose more than 100 breweries permanently if this continues for more than two weeks.” 


Ben Davis is the owner of Intuition Ale Works in Downtown Jacksonville, and joined us to discuss it in more detail.


What's Good Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday, so we took our weekly look at What’s Good, including Downtown Vision Inc.’s new way to help us all shop the urban core. Katherine Hardwick, the organization’s Vice President of Marketing, joined us with details.

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Heather Schatz can be reached at hschatz@wjct.org or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.