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Federal Trade Commission probe; film incentives; Mary Daniel named “Influencer in Aging"; “1781 Tribute”; what’s Good Wednesday

The sun sets behind The Mediterranean Shipping Company ship MSC Meline, front, which is in the process of being loaded at the Virginia International Gateway Marine terminal Wednesday Dec 1, 2021, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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The sun sets behind The Mediterranean Shipping Co. ship MSC Meline, which is in the process of being loaded at the Virginia International Gateway Marine terminal on Wednesday Dec 1, 2021, in Norfolk, Virgina.

Pandemic-induced supply chain shortages are causing shipping delays as holiday shopping gets underway.

On Nov. 29, the Federal Trade Commission announced its investigation into the disruptions. Amazon, which has a significant presence in Northeast Florida, is among the wholesalers required to turn over internal records to help the FTC contextualize the extent to which shortages cause price increases.

Guest: Tim Gibbons, editor, Jacksonville Business Journal.

Film incentives 

Florida used to be a mecca for film and TV production.

Feature films shot in Jacksonville, America’s first Hollywood, include "GI Jane" with Demi Moore, "Devil’s Advocate" with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, and others.

When Florida phased out taxpayer incentives for film shoots, filmmakers took their business to other places, notably Atlanta and spots in Louisiana.

Local filmmaker Warren Skeels is shooting a film set in Florida in Louisiana right now due to the state’s lacking incentives.

Guest: Warren Skeels, local filmmaker.

Mary Daniel named “Influencer in Aging”

Next Avenue, the national news and community destination for older Americans part of the PBS system, has named Mary Daniel of Jacksonville one of its 2021 “Influencers in Aging.” She is one of 12 innovators driving change in how Americans approach getting older.

Daniel launched Caregivers for Compromise, a national caregivers’ advocacy movement, in response to her husband’s isolation in a long-term care facility when the pandemic struck.

Daniel gained national attention after taking a job as a dishwasher at the local memory care facility on lockdown where her husband was living so they could continue to spend time together.

Guest: Mary Daniel, Next Avenue “Influencer in Aging.”

“1781 Tribute”

A special concert is coming up in St. Augustine that celebrates Spain’s 240-year relationship with this country.

The "1781 Tribute" is a collaboration between the Beaches Fine Arts Series and the Saint Augustine Music Festival. The concert is this Saturday night at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College and admission is free.


What’s Good Wednesday

  • The LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida approved $107,000 in grants to five local nonprofits in its continuing quest to build a community that welcomes and supports all people. Grantees will be funded from Dec. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2022. The Fund’s Advisory Board also placed a premium on programs that benefited aging adults, Black/African-Americans, gender minorities and youth.
  • Local recording artist Brinson is delivering thousands of dollars worth of toys and other items to local hospitals this month.
  • The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens invites the community to witness the transformative power of light and color through Illuminating Nature, a magical outdoor experience featuring more than a dozen illuminated fabric sculptures placed throughout the gardens’ 2.5 acres.
  • The Hip Hop Nutcracker returns to The Florida Theatre this Sunday. The reimagined version features hip-hop pioneer Kurtis “The Breaks” Blow as MC, along with a cast of a dozen dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist.
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Katherine Hobbs was Associate Producer of talk shows at WJCT until 2022.