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Transgender health care; Florida’s Hispanic vote; 'Pioneers in Brain Therapy'; What's Good Wednesday; Dave Eggar

Across the country and right here in Florida, Republican leaders have passed laws banning minors from accessing transition-related care.

These new regulations disregard the direction of major health authorities, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization.

As a result of a bill signed by Gov. Ron Desantis last week, Florida’s health care restrictions now extend to transgender adults.

We were joined by Dr. Jen Cowart, a Jacksonville hospatilist, and Leslie Schaefer, an adult hormone replacement therapy patient, to discuss the restrictions and what they mean for patients.

Florida’s Hispanic vote

DeSantis is expected to make his presidential bid public tonight through a Twitter discussion with Elon Musk, the owner of the social media platform.

The upcoming election will heavily depend on the Hispanic vote, both in Florida and throughout the country.

The Hispanic population here in North Florida is continuing to grow at a fast pace, The figures hold a deeper significance than what initially appears.

Today Jorge Bertran, a representative from the St. Johns Hispanic American Advisory Council, provided valuable insight on the growing Hispanic population in North Florida.

'Pioneers in Brain Therapy'

Filmmaker Victor Zumet from St. Augustine has recently released a project that was inspired by his wife's struggle with dementia.

Zumet will screen his film, "Pioneers in Brain Therapy," tonight at Sage Brain Academy in Jacksonville.

For more, we spoke with Zumet and Ginny Bullard, director at Sage Brain Academy.

What's Good Wednesday

  • The annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival will be this weekend in Downtown Jacksonville. The event will begin with the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition on Thursday night, followed by three days of live, free entertainment in the heart of Downtown.
  • A special concert will end the 50th anniversary season of the Beaches Fine Arts Series. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7: 30 p.m. Friday.
  • Palatka’s iconic Blue Crab Festival has been bringing crab and family fun to the Downtown waterfront for almost 30 years. This year’s festival will kick off Friday and run through Sunday
  • Main Street Food Park will host the Summer Sun, Fun and Safety Event on from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Main Street Food Park is at 1352 N. Main St. in the heart of Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhood, Springfield.

Dave Eggar

Dave Eggar was a musical prodigy at a very young age. He was a student of the great American composer Aaron Copeland and studied under legendary cellist Yo Yo Ma at Harvard.

Friday Musicale, along with Atypical Arts, will present the return of the five-time Grammy nominee and cello and piano virtuoso. We got a preview in studio today.

The show is 7 p.m. tonight at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St. in Jacksonville.

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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.