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A look into Jacksonville city government

The Historic Saint James Building in Downtown Jacksonville serves as City Hall.
Bob Self
Florida Times-Union
The Historic Saint James Building in Downtown Jacksonville serves as City Hall.

Today, we took a closer look at the dynamics within Jacksonville City Hall, particularly the relationship between the City Council and the mayor, and how these dynamics will shape the path forward.

Our discussion begins with breaking news: One of Jacksonville’s prominent Downtown revitalization projects, the Emerald Trail, has received $147 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. This funding stems from an agreement last October involving the city, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Groundwork Jacksonville.


  • Chris Hand, attorney, author and former mayoral chief of staff.

River cleanup

Jimmy Orth, executive director of the St. Johns Riverkeeper, talks with us about the importance of conserving our waterways. He emphasizes the crucial role of volunteers in cleaning up trash from these vital natural resources.

More information can be found here.

'Wild Florida '

Kirsten Hines, a Florida- based biologist, conservationist and photographer, joins us to dive into her latest book, “Wild Florida.” We explore the extensive effort involved in crafting a book centered on wildlife and plants, as well as her skill in capturing the essence and individuality of the natural world’s inhabitants.


For the second year in a row, the Ritz Theatre and the Museum of Science & History are collaborating to showcase Black art, history and culture in Northeast Florida in POWER: A Celebration of Black Art, History, & Culture. Anthony Mortimer, MOSH’s vice president of education and exhibits, discusses the event's festivities.

Event details can be found 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.