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Friday media roundtable; Summer at the Cummer

Donna Deegan was inaugurated as the 45th mayor of Jacksonville on Saturday, July 1, 2023.
Will Brown
Jacksonville Today
Donna Deegan was inaugurated as the 45th mayor of Jacksonville on Saturday, July 1, 2023.

Our Friday media roundtable highlighted the top stories of the week in Northeast Florida. Joining us on air were Hanna Holthaus of the Florida Times-Union, Claire Heddles of Jacksonville Today, Dan Scanlan ofWJCT News and regular contributor Charles Griggs.

Among the stories:

  • Inauguration: Mayor Donna Deegan was sworn in Saturday, in front of a large and diverse crowd. We discussed what her first weeks in office looked like and also the budget that will be presented soon.
  • Riverfront Plaza: Construction is scheduled to begin again at Riverfront Plaza. Jaxons also refer to this as the former Landing site, Lenny’s Lawn and the Lawnding.
  • Duval Schools: Claire gave us insight into bus cutbacks discussed at Duval County Public Schools.
  • Ben Frazier: The funeral for the late community activist will be 11 a.m. Saturday. All services will be at The Bethel Church, 215 Bethel Baptist St. in Jacksonville.

Summer at the Cummner

Summer at the Cummer is one of the First Coast’s most anticipated community events, bringing peopole together for a Friday evening of live music, art and family fun at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

Kim Kuta Dring, the museum's director of learning and engagement, joined us with details, along with musician Connor Hickey.

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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.