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Mayor Donna Deegan answers your questions

Will Brown
Jacksonville Today
Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan celebrates the city earning a $147 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Emerald Trail project on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at the Phoenix Arts District.

Today we sit down with Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan to discuss the latest city updates. This segment is the community’s opportunity to have questions answered by the mayor herself.

Among the topics discussed:

  • Jacksonville has created its first African American Advisory Board, which will include 11 members serving as the vital link between the Black community and city government.
  • The city received $147 million in federal funding toward creating the Emerald Trail, a 30-mile pathway connecting urban neighborhoods and waterways, providing an essential greenspace for the community.
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Wednesday that will ban those who are unhoused from sleeping on public property. This bill is unfunded and leaves cities to make sure that people are not publicly camping or sleeping on the streets and create facilities for them to live in. Deegan highlights solutions for homelessness that the city is working on. 

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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.