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Mudslinging mayoral candidates; Jacobs Jewelers closes; measuring the region’s unhoused; the Jags’ run ends

Unhoused men speaking near the north end of the Main St. bridge in Jacksonville.
Michelle Corum
Unhoused men speaking near the north end of the Main Street Bridge in Jacksonville.

The field of candidates is set for the city’s March mayoral election, along with 19 City Council seats, and voters will receive mail ballots as soon as early February. But what are these races really about? What do the candidates stand for?

Attorney and author Chris Hand joined us to talk about the mayor’s race and his guest editorial on The Jaxson from Jacksonville Today, where he lays out the 20 questions he would ask each of the candidates.

Guest: Chris Hand, author and attorney.

First Coast Success

Jacobs Jewelers closes on Jan. 31. They’re having a retirement sale until that date.

Jacobs Jewelers first opened in 1890 along East Bay St. and was rebuilt after the Great Fire. For more than a century it has stood on Laura Street, right by the clock on the corner.

Roy and Delorise Thomas bought Jacobs Jewelers in 1968 and have served four generations of customers. They tell their story in today’s First Coast Success segment with Karen Brune Mathis of the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Guests: Roy and Delorise Thomas.

Point in Time Count

This year’s Point in Time Count, which measures Northeast Florida’s unhoused population, will take place on Wednesday.

Guest: Dawn Gilman, CEO of Changing Homelessness.

The Jags’ run comes to an end

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ magical run has come to an end after a playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Guest: Josh Torres, WJCT sports analyst.

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Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.