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Downtown development; food insecurity; WJCT’s TEACH Conference; sports update

Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield
Downtown Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville is hosting a free community event this week that will give residents the chance to learn about the current status of destination parks and projects planned for development on the North and Southbank of Downtown.

The event, called “Riverfront 2025: A Look Ahead,” will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Jacksonville Main Public Library Multipurpose Room and is being hosted by the city of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority and Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services in collaboration with Build Up Downtown, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Riverfront Parks Now.


  • Laura Edgecomb, director of development at Build Up Downtown.
  • Daryl Joseph, director of the city of Jacksonville Parks Department.

Food insecurity

Many Floridians are experiencing symptoms of food insecurity, even those employed with median or higher household incomes, according to a new poll commissioned by No Kid Hungry Florida.

Parents and Floridians who live in rural areas are being hit the hardest and the end of pandemic relief is making the situation worse.

Guest: Sky Beard, Florida director of No Kid Hungry.

WJCT’s TEACH conference

WJCT’s annual TEACH Conference is coming up soon.

It’s a special event created to engage, empower and inspire educators.

Educators from across the region are invited to spend the day meeting and sharing ideas with fellow teachers, learning new ways to engage students and empowering themselves to further inspire others.


Sports update

The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to bring honors home, even after the conclusion of their season. Two players were selected for the Pro Bowl.

Guest: Josh Torres, WJCT sports analyst.

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