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Immigration law; Four Seasons in Jax; Paying to Play; Rethreaded

Marchers in Fort Myers protest Florida's new immigration law on June 28, 2023.
Andrea Melendez
Marchers in Fort Myers protest Florida's new immigration law on June 28, 2023.

On today’s program, we took a closer look at the potential impact of Florida’s new immigration law and the challenges that many are facing.

Civil liberty and immigration advocates filed a federal lawsuit over the law last week. They are challenging part of this law that makes it a felony to transport people into the state if they've entered the country illegally.

Andrea Reyes, an immigration attorney and the owner of Reyes Legal PLLC and president of the Northeast Florida Immigrant Resource Alliance, discussed the topic with us. Joining her were one of her clients, BG, and Tania Lugo, president of the Latino American Builders Association of America in Jacksonville.

Four Seasons Hotel

For the first time, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts confirmed Tuesday that it plans a five-star hotel on Jacksonville’s Northbank.

The company said it is working with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan to develop the project as part of the Shipyards development south of TIAA Bank Field.

Stephen Ponson of Jax Today has been covering the story.

Paying to Play

Should musicians have to pay to play shows and festivals? Matt Shaw for has been examining this growing practice for the Jacksonville Music Experience. He told us more.

What’s Good Wednesday

Kristen Keen, founder and CEO of Rethreaded, a group that helps survivors of human trafficking, will celebrate its 12th anniversary Saturday. The group is hosting a party and coming out with a new line for everyone to come out and enjoy.

Kristen Keen, Rethreaded's founder and CEO, filled us in.

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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.