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Friday Roundtable; Super Girl Surf Pro

Memorial Park in Riverside
Ric Anderson
Jacksonville Today
Memorial Park in Riverside

Today’s media roundtable discussed some of the top stories on the First Coast, including:

  • Tropical Storm Nicole barreled through Jacksonville on Thursday, but the storm's departure doesn't mean it's safe outside. Mayor Lenny Curry warned residents to be aware of high tide this morning, when the risk for flooding at the beaches and along the St. Johns River is high, especially for those who live in low-lying areas. Jacksonville residents are being asked to stay out of the ocean and off roadways. Residents who encounter a flooded road are advised to turn around and not try to drive through it.
  • T.K. Waters, a former chief of investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, was elected to be Jacksonville’s next sheriff after securing 55% of the vote in Tuesday’s election. Waters, a Republican endorsed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, focused his campaign on increasing the number of police officers in the streets and decreasing the size of officers' beats. 
  • Both DeSantis and U.S. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio won reelection in Tuesday’s midterms. At the same time, former president Donald Trump, who is a Florida resident, is throwing insults at DeSantis and indicating he will soon declare another run for president in 2024 — although candidates he endorsed did poorly around the country in the midterm election. 
  • Jacksonville’s Veterans Day parade was canceled due to the threat of Tropical Storm Nicole.


Super Girl Surf Pro

The World Surf League’s Air ForceSuper Girl Surf Pro returns to the Jacksonville Beach Pier and SeaWalk Pavilion Friday through Sunday. Lindsey Jacobellis, Super Girl Surf Pro ambassador, and 17-year-old professional surfer Sawyer Lindblad, joined us in the studio to give a preview of the event’s lineup of activities. While the world’s leading female surfers compete in the water, free concerts from major headliners, women’s sports competitions and a festival village will entertain festivalgoers on land. All events are free and open to the public.

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Gary Autry is joining WJCT from Florida State College at Jacksonville as a production intern for the fall 2022 semester. A native of the First Coast, Gary is finishing his bachelor’s degree in communication and media this fall.