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Hurricane protection; Camden Spaceport; Desmond Tutu; best Jax events

Damaged homes and debris are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Fla.
Wilfredo Lee
Hurricane Ian left a trail of destroyed homes in Fort Myers.

As the state is just beginning to recover from Hurricane Ian, the next disaster could depend on more than emergency response. What can we do to better prepare ourselves for storms moving forward?

Guest: Mark Woods, columnist at The Florida Times-Union.

Camden Spaceport

Oral arguments are taking place today before the Georgia Supreme Court about the long-running battle in Camden County over a proposed spaceport. A group of Camden citizens got a court injunction this year to keep the spaceport from taking flight, but Camden County officials appealed.

Guest: Steve Weinkle, Spaceport opponent.

Desmond Tutu

The late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s birthday is tomorrow, Oct. 7. His legacy is being celebrated around the world by Jacksonville’s own Fresh Ministries.

Guest: The Rev. Robert V. Lee, CEO of Fresh Ministries.

Best Jax events

Toni Smailagic of Cre8Jax has been photographing Jax events — and the people who attend them — for years. He also puts together a list of the best events and places to check out and shares them online.

Local multimedia personality Catalina Selvagn can often be found at these events alongside Toni. Catalina shares THE MOVE, their picks for this week and next. For the full list, got to

Guest: Catalina Selvagn, multimedia host and personality.

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Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.