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First Coast Week in Review

The Jacksonville Beach Pier.
Will Dickey
Florida Times-Union
The Jacksonville Beach Pier.

It’s Friday, and we're capping off a bustling week here on the First Coast. We explored the week’s most significant headlines with our dedicated team of local journalists.

Among the topics discussed:

  • City officials, for the first time, publicly recognized Donal Godfrey and his mother, Iona King, after the documentary screening of Just Another Bombing. The film recounts the 1964 bombing of their home in Murray Hill. This acknowledgment, coming 60 years later, is a crucial step in addressing the historical injustice. 
  • The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp announced that they are planning $32 million in renovations to 121 Financial Ballpark. It's noteworthy that when the park opened in 2003, the cost was just $34 million. 
  • Mayor Donna Deegan made a major announcement Monday, revealing the establishment of an African American Advisory Board. The board will serve as a crucial bridge between the Black community and city government. Consisting of 11 members, the board will report directly to the mayor and collaborate with the City Council. 
  • HB 49 now clarifies that minors aged 16 and 17 need permission and signed waivers from parents or the school superintendent to work over 30 hours a week. Another bill, HB 1, would prevent children 15 and under from using social media due to safety and mental health concerns. 



Electro-Lounge host David Luckin closed the show by telling us what events we can attend this weekend that are either indoors or out.

Some of the events include:

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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.