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Public School Defenders; Here Tomorrow; Amelia Island development; Yard Milkshake Bar

Claire Heddles

A coalition of grassroots groups is forming to protest what’s happening in our schools. Amid the debate of Critical Race Theory in schools and how some feel about the rules for LGBTQ+ kids, residents are speaking up.

Guest: Dr. Jen Cowart,Public School Defenders.

Here Tomorrow

Here Tomorrow is a Neptune Beach mental health resource focused on suicide prevention with a unique peer support model.


  • Joe Kenney, founder and board chair.
  • Paul Quinnett, internationally recognized suicide prevention expert and author.

Amelia Island development

A proposed development on Amelia Island has many residents there up in arms. Eleven 85-foot towers could be built there; however, opponents say it’s the site of the last virgin, maritime forest on the island, a 50-acre site adjacent to the state park at the southern tip of the island.

Guest: Lyn Pannone, Amelia Island resident.

Yard Milkshake Bar

The Yard Milkshake Bar just opened a location at the St Johns Town Center. It’s a “Shark Tank” TV show winner known for its over-the-top shakes, pints, sundaes, dips, cookie dough and other ice cream specialties.

Guest: Beth Davall, franchise partner.

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.