Media roundtable; Drive Electric Week
Today’s Media Roundtable discussed some of the top stories in the First Coast, including:
- The city of Jacksonville is using millions from the American Rescue Plan to resume yard waste and trash collection. That's as tens of thousands of taxpayers across Duval County complained of delays in garbage collection and on Tuesday, Mayor Lenny Curry announced recycling services are stopping due to labor shortages.
- The Jacksonville City Council voted 12-1 on Tuesday to approve Mayor Lenny Curry’s $1.41 billion budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year.
- Late Tuesday night, City Council voted to approve $500 thousand to a nonprofit with a spotty history run by Councilman Reggie Gaffney, in addition to $100,000 grants for three other councilmembers' nonprofits. None of the organizations awarded money had to compete for the grants.
- Duval County Public Schools continue to push back against the state’s edicts on masks and quarantining in schools.
- The Jaguars lost again last night to the Bengals, with a heartbreaking final score of 24-21. This is the Jaguars’ 19th consecutive regular-season loss.
- The DONNA Foundation kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a return to in-person races. The PLAYERS DONNA 5K is tomorrow at the PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
- AG Gancarski of Florida Politics
- Dan Scanlan of The Florida Times-Union
- Tim Gibbons of the Jacksonville Business Journal
- Writer Shelton Hull
Drive Electric Event
JEA and JTA’s first-ever Drive Electric event is this Saturday at the Museum of Science and History. Attendees can test drive the newest electric cars and bikes.
Guest: JEA Electrification Manager Dave McKee
First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Associate Producer Katherine Hobbs can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.