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Mayor Donna Deegan answers your questions

Mayor Donna Deegan speaks at a health care symposium at the University of North Florida.
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Mayor Donna Deegan speaks at a health care symposium at the University of North Florida.

Mayor Donna Deegan joins us today on First Coast Connect. This is the community’s opportunity to voice concerns or questions directly to the mayor herself.

Among the topics discussed:

  • The long-awaited reopening of Friendship Fountain today. This iconic structure, designed by Jacksonville architect Taylor Hardwick, first opened in 1965.
  • The mayor's initiative motivating children to read for a minimum of 20 minutes daily. She talked about the kickoff event and also her vision for the future.
  • Streamlining the permitting process in a city with a history of extensive growth.
  • City Council's vote to grant certain officeholders authority to approve legal settlements. The decision came despite concerns expressed by Chief Financial Officer Anna Brosche, the Risk Management Office and the Office of General Counsel.
  • The relationship between the mayor and city leadership. 


Stacey Goldring and Cindy Edelman have teamed up to merge their passions and created LiterARTure, a cultural arts series that explores the connections between literature and art. They talk with us about the program.

Event details

  • Location: The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida Building, 245 Riverside Ave., Riverfront Room.
  • Time: Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Parking: Free parking next door at the Winston Family YMCA.
  • Format: Bring your lunch or you can order in advance and pick up your lunch at Little Joe’s Cafe/Akel’s Deli, located just across the hall.

The LiterARTure 2024 Book Bundle is now available from San Marco Books and More. A portion of every purchase benefits Searching For Identity, a program for the children of Holocaust survivors.

Local events

Yaya Cardona of Cre8Jax reveals this week’s list of local happenings, including the Black Opry Revue tonight at the WJCT Soundstage.

If you are interested in tonight's event, you can find more information 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.