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Friday Media Roundtable; PlacemakingJax

Jacksonville Jaguars

Our Friday Media Roundtable reviewed a week of significant news in Northeast Florida. Joining us on air were Ben Becker of Action News Jax, Alexandria Mansfield of the Florida Times -Union and Tim Gibbons of the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Among the topics:

  • The Jacksonville Jaguars have revealed their plans for renovating TIAA Bank Field. The Jaguars said the stadium plan, unveiled online Wednesday at, would "secure NFL football in Northeast Florida well into the future." The renovation is expected to cost $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion, which could be split between the Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville.
  • Dexter Barry died three days after being released from the Duval County Jail. This came as a result of cardiac arrest after he did not receive anti-rejection medication for his heart transplant. New details of his death have now emerged. Barry’s lifesaving medication was ordered but was never delivered to the jail before he was release. The story, (first reported by The Tributary), has sparked questions about the health care overseen by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. 
  • Duval County Public Schools are unsure what to do with books that were pulled off the shelves due to content that conflicts with Florida law. Teachers and librarians say they have received little direction about what to do with discarded books. Schools around the state are wrestling with how to implement Florida’s new rules, which make it easier for the public to contest schoolbooks.  


Kady Yellow, senior director of creative placemaking and events for Downtown Vision Inc., sat down with Melissa Ross to discuss events and upcoming projects going on at PlacemakingJax this week. Check out their website for more information.

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Kelila Ritchie is a junior at the University of North Florida. She is majoring in mass communications with a focus in multimedia journalism. She is minoring in African American history.