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Duval’s cultural evolution; IQ Fiber; Jumbo Shrimp season preview; What’s good Wednesday

Coffee from Community Loaves in Murray Hill, Jacksonville, Florida.
Heather Schatz
Coffee from Community Loaves in Murray Hill, Jacksonville, Florida.

On Sunday, radio personality Buck Sexton sent out a viral tweet that highlights the way Duval’s culture has changed. The tweet garnered thousands of replies and an impassioned debate about local coffee.

The message read:

“In northern Florida, when you ask for “milk” in your coffee, they just put milk in. There’s no long discussion about “do you mean oat milk?” or “soy” (come on) or even almond (chalk water) Milk means milk. It’s civilized down here.”

Sexton’s comments about how the 904 takes its coffee were almost universally debunked. Not only do baristas here use all kinds of milk, but the social media discussion about North Florida culture brought up a larger truth — Jacksonville is not the city it used to be. Its traditional cultural identity as conservative, resisting lattes and electric cars, is no longer the reality here on the ground in Duval.


IQ Fiber

IQ Fiber, a Jacksonville-owned residential fiber-optic service provider, began installing underground conduit and fiber-optic cable in San Marco on March 15. They aim to expand high-speed broadband across the region and already have plans to service homes in Atlantic Beach.

Guest: Ted Schremp, CEO of IQ Fiber.

Jumbo Shrimp season preview

The Jumbo Shrimp will once again play ball next week, with their season opener set for April 5. We got a preview of what Crustacean Nation can expect this season.

Guest: Scott Kornberg, Jumbo Shrimp director of broadcasting and media relations; play-by-play broadcaster.

What’s good Wednesday

  • Next month, GO RUCK is coming to Jacksonville for a three-day fitness festival featuring military-inspired obstacle challenges, the chance to break records, TED Talk-style lectures for leading fitness experts and more.
  • This Saturday, park partners and nonprofits will present the Inaugural 7 Creeks Fest, and the community is invited to celebrate and explore the 7 Creeks Recreation Area. 
  • This Saturday is the Spring Shoporium Saturday at the Family Life Center on Rowe Avenue. Dozens of vendors, food trucks and a kids zone will be on-site to raise money for Camp Fixel, a nonprofit run by a local teenager.
  • JDRF, the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research, announces Darnell Smith, market president, North Florida Region of Florida Blue, as the 2022 JDRF One Walk Jacksonville corporate chair. Smith will partner with JDRF staff and volunteers in engaging our business community and the community at large in supporting this year’s walk presented by Florida Blue.
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