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Trump 2024 announcement; national high school goalball tournaments; The Greenhouse and Bar; What’s Good Wednesday

Former President Donald Trump and wife Melania in Palm Beach on Tuesday.
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Former President Donald Trump and wife Melania in Palm Beach on Tuesday.

Former President Donald Trump officially entered the 2024 presidential race Tuesday night with an announcement at his Mar A Lago resort. At the same time, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is widely considered to be among the frontrunners for the 2024 Republican nomination for president. Trump once counted DeSantis among his staunchest allies but has recently launched attacks on the governor since his reelection in the 2022 midterm election. On Tuesday, DeSantis brushed off the criticism he’s received from Trump before the former President’s announcement by contrasting his own victory in the midterm.

Guest: AG Gancarski of Florida Politics and Jacksonville Today.

National high school goalball tournaments

Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for athletes with a vision impairment. Recently, the national high school goalball tournaments took place at the Florida School For The Deaf And The Blind in St. Augustine. Keith Young, the men’s coach of the National USA Goalball team, spoke with us about sport and the tournament.

The Greenhouse and Bar

The Greenhouse & Bar is a lush space filled with indoor houseplants, cacti, plant related merchandise, coffee, wine-based cocktails and beer. It just opened in Brooklyn, and it is already growing in popularity in Jacksonville. Co-owner Lauren Henry joined us in the studio and spoke with us about the details of this new establishment.

What’s Good Wednesday

  • This year, Family Support Services is working to fulfill Christmas wish lists for nearly 1,200 kids in foster care through their Christmas gift giving program: Be an Angel. Be an Angel runs through Dec. 2. Octavius Davis, director of community engagement, recruitment and grants, spoke with us about this important community service. 
  • Black Restaurant Week is a black-owned organization created by three friends that are striving to revitalize Black-owned culinary businesses. The organization’s Jacksonville branch joins the nationwide tour from the parent organization. The palate-pleasing showcase goes through Sunday. Jacksonville residents can show their support to this business sector during this time by patronizing Black-owned restaurants in the area. Last year, the organization supported 1200 Black-owned culinary businesses across the United States —including Toronto and Vancouver — and generated an average of 15% sales increase. 
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is getting ready to celebrate its 60th Anniversary with the 13th Annual McKenzie’s Run. This popular, family-friendly 5K and 1-mile run is expected to draw more than 1,000 people this year to help create great futures for local kids and teens. All proceeds benefit the 48 local Boys & Girls Clubs across Northeast Florida that serve more than 4,800 young people, ages 6-18, daily. This event is part of the Great Futures Weekend, which also includes the 2nd Annual Great Futures Golf Classic held on Friday, Nov. 18 at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. 
  • The University of North Florida’s Opera Theater will give two performances of its fall 2022 production of Mozart's comic masterpiece, “Così fan tutte”. The performances are free and open to the public. The performances include English subtitles of the Italian story this Friday and Sunday at UNF’s Robinson Theatre. Guests are invited to dress in formal opera attire of suits and gowns and enjoy refreshments before the show and at intermission.
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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.