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First Coast Connect

First Coast Week in Review

Stacey Bennett

Our media panel discusses the biggest stories of the week:

  • The city of Jacksonville reaches a deal with police and firefighters that also includes a sizable pay increase and changes to pensions.
  • The Jacksonville City Council votes to split funding for the proposed stadium deal’s “Community Benefits Agreement,” delaying most of the deal for a vote later this summer.
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoes millions from the state budget, eliminating all local arts and culture funding.
  • Parents in St. Johns County sue the state over book bans that they say offer no recourse to those objecting to the removal.
  • Duval County teacher Amy Donofrio, fired after displaying a Black Lives Matter flag at school, will keep her teaching certificate.


Then, a new documentary, Wade In the Water, tracks the dismantling of racial barriers in conventional surf culture. We'll talk to a local surfer about the overlooked history of Black surfing and how it’s inspiring the next generation of Black surfers.


  • Deyona Burton, TEDx speaker, surfer and White House honoree.
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Jamie Valet has covered local news and entertainment in Northeast Florida/Southeast Georgia for over 25 years. One of her favorite roles was co-producing and booking guests for a live local talk show, "The Chat," which aired live weekdays on First Coast News. Jamie has a decade of experience working in corporate communications, most recently for IKEA U.S., where she was responsible for media relations, marketing, and external and internal communications in the Jacksonville market. She also has experience in the nonprofit sector, where she coordinated area events and managed multiple social media platforms. <br/><br/>