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A neighborhood battles a morgue

Lydia Bell is the President of Metro Gardens Neighborhood Association. She and other residents are suing the city of Jacksonville over the construction of a morgue in their neighborhood. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
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Jacksonville Today
Lydia Bell is president of Metro Gardens Neighborhood Association. She and other residents are suing the city of Jacksonville over the construction of a morgue in their neighborhood.

A group of Duval County residents has sued the city of Jacksonville over the construction of a morgue being built in their Brentwood neighborhood. The lawsuit accuses the city of violating the Neighborhood Bill of Rights by failing to give advance notice of the project or take feedback from residents.

Guests:

  • Lydia Bell, president of the Metro Gardens Neighborhood Association.
  • Neil Henrichsen, attorney for the plaintiffs.

Then, a Downtown park years in the making, Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing, gets a much-awaited grand opening. We talk to a longtime project champion about the journey to get the park built, as well as its historical and cultural significance.

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And, we look at at the library's musical programming for kids.
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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/>