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Protecting beach life; Medicaid losses; Interfaith observance; health topics

Protect the Beach Life website

A new political action movement just formed at the Beaches. It’s called Protect the Beach Life.

Residents are speaking out about a height referendum for buildings along the shore, and other issues too.

Guest: Georgette Dumont, founder of Protect the Beach Life.

Medicaid losses

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Congress has required states to maintain Medicaid coverage for participants while providing additional federal funding for states to administer their programs.

However, a separate law Congress passed late in 2022 effectively ends the official public health emergency, meaning states were allowed to resume Medicaid terminations on April 1.

What does this mean for Florida?

Guest: Kathy Hempstead, senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Interfaith observance

The Interfaith Center of Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville Jewish Center will host their seventh joint program tonight.

Jewish, Muslim, Christian and interfaith communities will join together for a discussion embracing various religious holidays, rituals and traditions and this is followed by a festive Iftar meal — the traditional meal eaten by Muslims to end their daily fast during Ramadan.


  • Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner.
  • Dean Reverend Kate Moorhead Carroll.
  • Dr. Parvez Ahmed.

Health care topics

Next week, Dr. Joe Sirven, the host of “What’s Health Got to Do with It?,” will host a live discussion here at our WJCT Studios with a panel of experts on timely health care topics that affect us all.

Guest: Dr. Joe Sirven.

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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.