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USL comes to Jacksonville; Cade Prize; Dolphin research program; What’s good Wednesday

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Will Brown
Will Brown
The United Soccer League announced it will field an expansion team in Jacksonville starting in 2025. The ownership group includes Jacksonville-based venture capitalist Ricky Caplin, right, and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, left.

Soccer is huge around the world, but for decades now it has struggled to get a foothold here in the U.S. Lately, popular culture has started to change that with hit shows like Ted Lasso sparking more of an interest in the massive global sport.

Yesterday, the United Soccer League announced it is partnering with a group of local investors to bring an expansion team here to Jacksonville.

This isn’t the first time the city has seen an effort at pro soccer, and Jacksonville’s soccer scene is already crowded at lower levels.

Guest: Tony Allegretti, JAXUSL investor

Cade Prize

The 13th annual Cade Prize for Innovation has announced 21 Fibonacci Finalists, who will be vying for $64,000 in prize money for their early-stage inventions. Among them is a Jacksonville-area inventor.

Guest: Stephanie Bailes, CEO, Cade Museum.

Dolphin research program

The University of North Florida’s Dolphin Research Program is offering the opportunity to symbolically adopt a local dolphin to support marine mammal research.

Guest: Dr. Quincy Gibson, director, UNF Dolphin Research Program.

What’s good Wednesday

  • For more than half a century, architect Ted Pappas has designed some of Jacksonville’s most visionary buildings and restored the city’s most important historic architecture. His work moves in two directions at once, exploring deep historical influences as it looks toward the future. Pappas will be on hand tomorrow night at the Jacksonville Historical Society, as local author Tim Gilmore debuts his latest book, Box Broken Open: The Architecture of Ted Pappas.
  • Florida’s first “tool time” sales-tax holiday on tools and other home-repair and construction items will kick off during the Labor Day weekend. The seven-day holiday, which was part of a wide-ranging tax bill passed this year, will allow shoppers to avoid paying state sales taxes on home-repair and construction items through Sept. 9th.
  • Dr. Mark McKenna recently opened OVME Jacksonville to provide cutting-edge skin care treatments in an elegant setting.
  • 904 Day is a grassroots campaign that celebrates all things local on September 4th here in Jacksonville. The concept is modeled after similar campaigns in Jacksonville’s sister cities across Florida, including 305 Day in Miami and 407 Day in Orlando.
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