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Fears about JEA sale; help for troubled girls; Vincent Van Gogh's birthday

JEA headquarters exterior
Bill Bortzfield

The specter of selling JEA to a private utility is back again.

JEA’s board is meeting today, just as legislation moves forward in Tallahassee to cap how much money public utility companies can contribute to local governments. JEA currently gives the city more than $120 million each year.

Efforts to sell JEA to the parent company of Florida Power and Light Co. back in 2019 failed, due to widespread public opposition. The privatization attempt also sparked a federal grand jury investigation and indictments.


Help for troubled girls

Local advocates are sending out a call to action around the crisis facing girls.

According to new data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, adolescent girls reported high rates of sadness, suicidal thoughts and sexual violence, as did teenagers who identified as gay or bisexual.

For the past decade, the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center has done the work to uplift girls and bring to light the system failures and considerable challenges they face.


  • Lawanda Ravoira, founder and president emeritus of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center.
  • Stacey Ellison, vice president of development and communications.

Happy Birthday, Vincent Van Gogh

This Thursday, Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will host an all-day celebration for the iconic artist Vincent Van Gogh on his 170th birthday. Guests will receive a sweet treat (sponsored by Sweet Pete’s) and those who share Vincent’s name or birthday will enjoy the experience free of charge.

The traveling Van Gogh exhibit has sold more than 100,000 tickets during its stay in Jacksonville.

Guest: Fanny Curtat, Beyond Van Gogh's art historian.

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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.