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New leadership at JEA and Earth Day opportunities

The JEA headquarters in Downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Daily Record
The JEA headquarters in Downtown Jacksonville.

On today's show, we catch up on the latest tumult at JEA, including the end to CEO Jay Stowe’s four-year tenure at the city-owned utility.

Stowe resigned in a "mutual" agreement with the JEA board. We’re joined by Florida Times-Union Metro Columnist Nate Monroe to discuss that, as well as a new filing by former (now convicted) JEA CEO Aaron Zahn, who is asking the federal judge in his case to either acquit him or grant him a new trial.

Then we talk about opportunities to participate in the 54th annual Earth Day on April 22. This year’s theme: the planet versus plastics.


We also talk to multiskilled performer Jason Woods about his upcoming performances of The Near-Disaster of Jasper & Casper.

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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.