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Confederate monuments; environmental justice; mental health awareness; the Flip Side of Florida

The "Tribute to the Women of the Southern Confederacy" has stood in Springfield Park since 1915.
Bob Self
Florida Times-Union
The "Tribute to the Women of the Southern Confederacy" has stood in Springfield Park since 1915.

All options are still on the table when it comes to taking down Jacksonville’s monuments to the Confederacy.

That’s because Florida lawmakers never took a vote on the matter in their just-concluded legislative session.

At the same time, the debate about the future of the Confederate monument in Springfield Park could be coming to a head in Jacksonville City Council over the next couple of months.

David Bauerlein of the Florida Times-Union joined us to talk more about the issue.

Environmental justice

After massive flooding shut down Fort Lauderdale last month, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Miami to talk about new federal cash to help protect Florida's coasts from storms.

It’s part of the Biden administration’s commitment to combating the climate crisis and building community resilience against extreme weather.

President Biden also signed an executive order in April advancing the cause of environmental justice.

We spoke with Dr. Frances Colón, senior director for international climate policy at American Progress.

Mental Health Awareness

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and dietary problems are serious emotional well-being conditions that can devastatingly affect an individual's life.

Lakeview Health, a leader in addiction treatment, is expanding its patient offerings with the opening of Koru Spring, a full-spectrum eating disorder center. The 26-bed facility recently began accepting patients.

Dr. Lantie Jorandby, chief medical officer, joined us to talk about how to identify eating disorders and how to get help.

Jax: The Flip Side of Florida

It’s National Travel and Tourism Week, and to mark it, our local tourism office is out with a new campaign called the Flip Side of Florida.

The campaign kicks off just as new data shows Jacksonville is rising as a Florida tourist destination.

Michael Corrigan, CEO of Visit Jacksonville, told us more.

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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.