First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross

Weekdays 9 a.m. Rebroadcast 8 p.m.

Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, artists and people planning a variety of events across Northeast Florida, along with a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

First Coast Connect is sponsored in part by Baptist Health and North Florida TPO.

WJCT Sport Analyst Cole Pepper's sports wrap is sponsored by the Black Sheep Restaurant Group, which includes BellwetherRestaurant Orsay and Black Sheep.

The twice-a-month Going Green segment is sponsored in part by A1A Solar and the monthly First Coast Success segment is sponsored in part by Iberiabank.

The monthly First Coast Connect Book Club is sponsored in part by San Marco Books and More.

Former First Coast News anchor Donna Deegan is a Jacksonville native, a public figure, and an activist.

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Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News


A series of landlord disputes in different neighborhoods across Jacksonville has communities across the region either up in arms, or at the very least, confused about what’s next.


It’s Veterans Day, an important day of remembrance to honor all those in this country who have served and sacrificed in the armed forces.

School Board building exterior
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Friday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross featured some of the top stories of the week, including:

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    A new UNF poll shows there is strong, bipartisan opposition to selling JEA to a private company, with 59% of the Duval County voters polled saying they do not favor a sale.

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    Corporate leaders know having a diverse workforce that stresses inclusion and equity is good for the bottom line. But sometimes getting there is easier said than done.


    A group of local scientists, scholars, and concerned citizens recently sent a letter to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry asking him to develop a comprehensive climate action plan for Jacksonville. So far the mayor has not responded.

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    Ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Sunday game in London, owner Shad Khan alluded to what he called a “50 year curse” when it comes down to Downtown development. Khan said he’s hopeful his plans to develop the area around the stadium will help downtown take off.


    According to the Human Trafficking Hotline, Florida ranks third for human trafficking cases in the U.S., behind California and Texas. Human trafficking can include both forced labor and sexual exploitation.

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    Sixty-four percent of North America's bird population is at risk of extinction from climate change.

    That's according to a report released this month by the Audubon Society called, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink.


    Publix says it plans to close its Gateway Town Center store in late December, which has raised concerns about the area becoming a food desert.

    WJCT's Jessica Palombo (left) with JASMYN CEO Cindy Watson.
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    Media members sitting at roundtable ready for air.
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    Friday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the media roundtable looked at some of the top stories of the week, including:


    Do Florida voters want President Trump impeached?