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Voting; Phoenix Arts District; Public Media Day; NFL draft

Roberto Roldan
WUSF Public Media

Early voting has begun across Duval County, but Florida keeps on making it harder for some individuals to cast a ballot — thanks in part to a few new bills passed by the Florida Legislature.

Under Senate Bill 90, passed in 2021, everyone who requested a Vote By Mail ballot before the 2022 general election had their request expire after that election.

Senate Bill 7050, which is currently in the state Legislature, will make it harder for outside voter organizations to register people to vote.

We talked with Larry Hannan, communications director for State Voices Florida, about these and other changes.

Phoenix Arts District

Future of Cities Founder Tony Cho on his big plans for the Phoenix Arts District in Springfield and the Eastside.

He calls it regenerative placemaking: a design approach that maximizes sustainable building practices, biophilic design (integrating nature), and embraces the assets of a region — in this case the Emerald Trail — to unlock a more equitable future.

The result will be a district offering affordable housing, business and innovation opportunities, infrastructure for sustainable food options and a better quality of life through wellness, culture, and harmony.

Public Media Day

WJCT Public Media will join the inaugural celebration of Public Media Giving Days across the country — shining a light on the remarkable durability, vitality and value of our public media institutions, including here in Jacksonville.

David McGowan, the president and CEO of WJCT Public Media, stopped by to talk more about how you can get involved.

If you are wanting to share what public media means to you, be sure to visit our webpage!

NFL draft

Lastly, our own Josh Torres stopped by to talk more about the Jacksonville Jaguars' picks in this year's 2023 NFL Draft.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.