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First Coast Connect

The tourist climate on the First Coast

We talk with the president and CEO of Visit Jacksonville about the job of marketing and selling Northeast Florida.


  • Michael Corrigan.

Then, measuring the health of the St. Johns River by documenting its sea grasses. Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman joins us to talk about an upcoming river voyage of exploration.

And, spreading the message of mental health on the streets — literally. We talk with organizers of Chalk It Up 4 Life about resources for people in crisis. Sheryl Johnson founded Hearts 4 Minds after losing her son, Alex (pictured), to suicide.

Plus, WJCT reporter Dan Scanlan gives us the latest on JTA’s increasingly controversial automated vehicle system.

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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>.