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Ending squatters' rights

Damage caused by squatters in Patti Peeples' Jacksonville home.
Patti Peeples
Damage caused by squatters in Patti Peeples' Jacksonville home.

After discovering squatters had taken over her rental property, Patti Peeples called police. But after the "renters" produced a fake lease, officers told Peeples their hands were tied. Today, she recounts her monthslong fight to evict them and to change the law that protected them in the first place. Real estate attorney Zach Roth weighs in on the recent changes to Florida law.

'The Color Purple'

Then, cast members Akia Uwanda and Dee Dee Ellis of The Color Purple join us ahead of their Stage Aurora performance. Based on the Alice Walker novel, the play is staged in Jacksonville for two shows only, on April 6.

An ExZooberant Wildlife Wanderer 

Finally, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens ambassador Curtis Dvorak offers a behind-the-scenes look at Ali the elephant’s recent dental surgery, along with info on how to participate in the zoo’s annual fundraiser this Friday.

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Anne Schindler joined WJCT News 89.9 as host of First Coast Connect in October 2023, after nearly three decades in Jacksonville print and television. Anne has worked in the Jacksonville media market since 1995, first as a reporter for the original Folio Weekly, then as the publication’s editor-in-chief from 2002 until her departure. In 2012, Anne transitioned to television as executive producer of special projects for First Coast News, Northeast Florida’s NBC and ABC affiliates. You can reach Anne at <a href=""></a>.
Stacey Bennett is the producer of "First Coast Connect" and "What's Health Got to Do With It?" She is a Jacksonville-based singer-songwriter who performs under the nom de plume Folk is People. Stacey holds bachelor's degrees in both political science and psychology from the University of North Florida and a master's in business administration from Saint Leo University.