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Rising gas prices; tips for navigating Medicare; LGBTQ+ Support Guide; Pilot Club scholarship opportunities; What’s good Wednesday

Gas Prices
Morry Gash
High gas prices are seen in front of a medical billboard Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Milwaukee.

Florida drivers continue to suffer the effects of record-high gas prices. The average price per gallon right now is $4.50, which is $1.60 higher than the average a year ago.

Mark Jenkins joined us to discuss the factors influencing rising gas prices and the future of Florida gas.

Guest: Mark Jenkins, Florida AAA spokesman.

Tips for navigating Medicare

Insurance agent Bill Green of Orange Park, author of "The Alphabet Soup of Medicare," wants to help seniors navigate complex insurance processes with advice and tips for better decision-making. Those interested can contact Green Insurance to request a free copy.

Guest: Bill Green, CEO, Green Insurance Agency.

DCPS revises “LGBTQ+ Support Guide”

In response to Florida’s new so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law, Duval County Public Schools plans to slash the district’s LGBTQ+ support guide down to an eight-page section of a larger student support manual. The changes will strip out almost all sentences that explicitly protect transgender students’ rights, including that students should never be “outed” as LGBTQ+ without their consent.

Guest: Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today.

Pilot Club scholarship opportunities

A guiding force for community projects, the Pilot Club of Jacksonville is a volunteer organization of executive, business and professional leaders who work together to improve the quality of life in North Florida. The Pilot Club is involved with a scholarship foundation that sends hundreds of Florida students to college every year at very low cost.

Guest: Betty Dubovsky, Port of Jacksonville Pilot Club.

What’s good Wednesday

  • The Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale is a non-auditioned community chorus that’s been around for over 30 years. Their “Voices + Strings” concert will feature Brittany Fouché and a string quartet to share Schubert’s "Mass in G," Handel’s “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” and Four Gospel Songs by Gwyneth Walker. Grace Episcopal Church in Orange Park will host the concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free; donations are welcome.
  • The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum and Flagler College are delighted to announce the inaugural Finger Mullet Film Festival this Friday and Saturday. The festival is dedicated to nurturing an experimental art and film culture in St Augustine by providing an inspired platform for the best national and international short films alongside a burgeoning local and regional culture of time-based creators and storytellers. 
  •  Gallery 725 announced a new exhibit featuring the artwork of Angelo Moore, the famed lead singer and saxophonist for the iconic rock-ska-punk band Fishbone. “Angelo Moore: AVANT ICONS: The Collected Works” is a limited engagement presentation for nine days only starting Friday. Melissa spoke with Moore about the exhibit and what drives his art.
  • Jacksonville native Shaleen Shah and his wife, Shilipi, run a farm animal sanctuary in Colorado called “Luvin’ Arms.” Shah says his upbringing here in the 904 helped him bring his message of compassion to animals to this effort. Shaleen’s parents also run the 7th Wonder Holistic Spa in Avondale.
  • WJCT’s own Carlos Semidei is appearing in "Southern Fried Funeral" at St Marys Little Theatre in historic St. Marys, Georgia, this weekend. 
  • Sunday, the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra will partner with Learn to Read of St. Johns County to host its annual Rubber Duck Race by dumping thousands of rubber ducks into the Intracoastal Waterway from the Palm Valley bridge. Each duck bought helps local nonprofits. 
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