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First Coast Year in Review

Police officers attend a City Council meeting.
Police officers attend a City Council meeting.

As we wrap up 2023, we dive into the most significant headlines of the year for our annual Year in Review.

Among them:

  • A shooter who killed three black individuals at a Dollar General store because of their race.
  • The election of Mayor Donna Deegan.
  • The reunification of the city’s MLK observances.
  • Deaths in the Duval County jail. 
  • Book bans across Florida, removing thousands of books from classrooms and libraries due to complaints about inappropriate content.
  • The departure of Duval Schools Superintendent Diana Greene. 
  • The forceful arrest of Le’Keian Woods.
  • Charges against Shanna Gardener in the murder of Jared Bridegan. 
  • The proposed renovation of EverBank Stadium. 

Our panel:

JME Best Albums 2023

The Jacksonville Music Experience curated a list of their top albums for the year. Musician Mr. Al Pete, writer Carissa Marques and Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw share them with us.

You can read the full list of JME’s 60 favorite albums here.

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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.