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Confederate statues; Riverfront progress; Toxins in our rivers; New breast cancer tech

Confederal Memorial Statute
Kevin Meerschaert

The Jacksonville City Council could soon decide the fate of a Confederate monument in Springfield Park.

Mayor Lenny Curry’s office says it will file legislation to move the monument, months after there were calls to remove the statue originally. Several activist groups have put pressure on Mayor Curry after he made a promise to remove the monument.

Jacksonville Riverfront

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has helped to convene a series of conversations about how best to activate our city’s downtown waterfront for the benefit of all residents and visitors. On Oct. 19, the group plans to host a public presentation outlining options.

Guests: Mari Kuraishi - President of the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund.
David van de Leer - Cultural forecasting firm DVDL.
Claire Weisz - WXY Architects.

Toxins in the St Johns River

Last month, the St. Johns Riverkeeper took samples of toxic blue-green algae blooms found in the St. Johns River. According to their report, Riverkeeper found toxin levels up to 300 times the recreational safe limit for microcystins.

The toxic algae blooms devastate river ecosystems by blocking sunlight from reaching submerged plants and clogging fish gills. When the blooms die, oxygen levels caused by decomposition kill fish.
Guest: Lisa Rinaman - Riverkeeper.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer Technology

It's a cutting-edge breakthrough in breast cancer detection and treatment. Contrast-enhanced mammography uses a special contrast dye to help diagnose breast cancer more accurately.

Guest: Dr. Gaelyn Scuderi - Ackerman Cancer Center.

Patrick Cantin can be reached at or on Twitter.

Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.