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First Coast Connect

Our monthly Q&A with Mayor Donna Deegan

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

Mayor Donna Deegan joins us today on First Coast Connect. In a show we titled “Ask the Mayor,” the community gets an opportunity to voice concerns or questions directly to the mayor herself.

Among the topics discussed:

  • The City Council's approval of more than $27 million for initiatives addressing homelessness, health, housing, business and public art, as well as family, youth and literacy programs. 
  • “Get Covered Jax,'' an initiative that aims to improve health outcomes by encouraging residents to enroll in the health insurance marketplace, a creation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
  • The reunification of the city’s two MLK breakfasts after five years of competing events. 
  • A hold on the proposed $60,000 raise for Jacksonville Housing Authority CEO Dwayne Alexander. The city awaits a investigation of the Housing Authority by the Office of Inspector General.

Harlem of the South

Local historian Ennis Davis explains the widespread practice of labeling historic Black neighborhoods as the "Harlem of the South." Davis provides a historical perspective on Jacksonville's LaVilla neighborhood, contending that it not only earns the title but carries even more significance.

Chunky and Funky

The dynamic duo behind Chunky and Funky, Amanda Rosenblatt and Haley Wright, talk about their second plus-size clothing swap and sale happening from 6 to 9 tonight at Myrtle Avenue Brewing.

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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.