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Rep. Val Demings; Yoga studio under fire; Vietnam homecoming; 'Age of Cognizance'; 400th anniversary of first Thanksgiving

Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., is seen in December.
Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., is seen in December.

Some of the state’s most prominent politicians have been dropping by Jacksonville this week.

Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at a local school yesterday to talk about his education budget proposals, and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is challenging DeSantis, was also in town, to tout the recently passed federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Central Florida Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings is in Jacksonville to discuss her run to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Guest: Congresswoman Val Demings, candidate for Senate

Yoga studio under fire

Local business owner Ashley Hanna says she did not intend to defy DeSantis when she offered vaccine-only classes at her yoga studio. Hanna wanted to accommodate clients who were concerned about the delta variant of COVID-19, so she expanded her weekly schedule to include two classes for vaccinated clients only.

The decision but Hanna on a list of more than 100 businesses and local governments reported to the state for violating a Florida law prohibiting vaccine mandates championed by DeSantis.

Guest: Ashley Hanna, owner of Titanium Yoga in Ponte Vedra Beach

Vietnam homecoming

To celebrate Veterans Day, the VyStar Memorial Arena is planning a Welcome Home Ceremony for Vietnam War veterans. The ceremony is this Sunday at 1 p.m. Veterans can register online or call 904-399-4486.

Guests:

  • Judge Mose Floyd, retired Marine and the event’s emcee
  • Ret. Col. Ben Abramowitz, two-tour Vietnam veteran
  • Command Sgt. Maj. Eddie Harrison, Vietnam veteran

Age of Cognizance

Yellow House has a new exhibition two years in the making. It features the work of three young Jacksonville artists who created pieces on the theme of the Age of Cognizance.

Guest: Hope McMath, Yellow House founder and director

400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving

William Cheshire is a local physician with an interesting side job. He serves as the governor of the Richard Warren Colony of Mayflower Descendants. The group, chartered in 1957, serves Florida’s First Coast. Cheshire says modern folks still have a lot to learn from the Mayflower’s story.

Guest: William Chesire, governor of the Richard Warren Colony of Mayflower Descendants

Florida Roundup Associate Producer Katherine Hobbs can be reached at khobbs@wjct.org or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.