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Times-Union building demolition; tiny-house living; efficacy of stormwater ponds; local sports

Jacksonville Daily Record

More than 50 years of memories are brought to rubble as the building that housed The Florida Times-Union is demolished. We spoke with former Times-Union staffers about the old building and the changing newspaper business.


  • Karen Mathis, business columnist and business editor, began working at The Florida Times-Union in 1978.
  • Darryl Swearingen, a long-time press room worker, began in 1964 and retired as Production Manager and Newsprint Inventory Manager, head of the Times-Union Alumni Group on Facebook.
  • Carolyn Gentry, The Florida Times-Union public affairs director 1975 to 2007 and former head of the Times-Union’s Eve Awards.
  • Sarah Wood Hunt, Features Department editor and Waters Edge magazine editor began working at the T-U building two months after it opened in 1967.

Tiny-house living

It is reasonable to think the demand for tiny-house living would have done a 180 during the pandemic. Tiny homes previously had soared in popularity, as people looked to shed many of their belongings and downsize to a small space. But even in times when people have spent a lot more time at home, tiny-home living is more popular than ever.

More than half of Americans said they would consider living in a tiny home, according to a 2018 survey from the National Association of Home Builders, and the trend still holds true today.

Companies are racing to capitalize on the trend. The Simple Life company is expanding its tiny-home concept here in Florida.

Guest: The Simple Life Chief Operating Officer Andrew Ward.

Efficacy of stormwater ponds challenged

According to a new University of Florida study, stormwater ponds do little to prevent pollution in nearby lakes and ponds.

Guest: Kayla Hess, University of Florida master's graduate and a biologist with CZR Inc.

Local sports

From opening day at the Jumbo Shrimp ballpark to the Jaguars’ stadium negotiations, WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres has you covered with sports news and notes.

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