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First Coast Connect

State of Downtown Report; Florida flamingo mystery; college football

Today on First Coast Connect, we took a look at the heartbeat of our city, Downtown Jacksonville. The recently published 2023 State of Downtown Report serves as a comprehensive guide to the vitality of this crucial area.

Guest: Lori Boyer, the CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority

Mystery of Florida flamingos

Flamingos, those iconic symbols of Florida, have long been more mythical than real in the Sunshine State. Michael Adno, a prolific Florida-based writer and photographer known for his work in esteemed publications like The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Bitter Southerner magazine, joined us to delve into his motivation to search for the elusive flamingo and how he uncovered the intriguing history of the birds in Florida.

Read Adno's article.

Sports recap

WJXT sportscaster Alessandra Pointbrand joined us to talk about last week’s college football games

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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.