Street art, medical marijuana, Springfield, and Hemming Plaza were among our top stories this week.
Here are the top stories on WJCTNews.org from June 16-20:
'Keith Haring's Ghost' Will Not Face Jail Time, Conviction - Kevin "Chip" Southworth, also known as Keith Haring's Ghost, entered a no-contest plea to a charge of misdemeanor criminal mischief for painting utility boxes. A judge withheld adjudication in the case, meaning Southworth will not face jail time and no criminal conviction will appear on his record.
Jax Arts Advocates Propose New Street Art Legislation - Following the resolution of charges against Keith Haring's Ghost for painting utility boxes, city lawmakers soon could consider legislation brought by arts advocacy groups to begin paying artists for public works of art.
With 'Charlotte's Web' Marijuana Approved, Growers Eye Florida Market - Evan Nison, director of the East Coast cannabis division of TerraTech, a California-based agricultural technology firm, joined Melissa Ross to discuss how cannabis growers are eyeing Florida now that the "Charlotte's Web" strain of marijuana has been approved for medical use.
Solving Springfield's Code Enforcement Issues - Jacksonville City Councilman Robin Lumb joined Melissa Ross on First Coast Connect to discuss what some Springfield residents believe are targeted efforts by the city's Code Enforcement Department to cite violators in their neighborhood.
City And Businesses Partner For Hemming Plaza Revitalization Effort - A public-private partnership whas been formed to to revitalize Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville with an initial budget of $1 million.