Bill Gulliford

Friday our First Coast Connect Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Action News Jax anchor John Bachman, radio host and former First Coast News anchor Angela Spears and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons.

Issues discussed included:

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The Jacksonville City Council will soon consider a bill that would allow sexual predators to live closer to day care centers, schools, playgrounds, and parks. The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Bill Gulliford wants to reduce the boundary from 2,500 feet to 1,500 feet.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we heard from City Council member Bill Gulliford about a possible lawsuit filed by the city of Jacksonville against opioid manufacturers (01:08). Author Michael Gordon Bennett told us about his new book, “Rusty’s War: A Battle of the Mind,” (34:26) and Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news (43:06). 


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Tessa Duval, reporter for the Florida Times-Union; blogger Fred Matthews, WJCT reporter Ryan Benk and Lynn Jones of the Jacksonville Free Press (01:12). We heard about the upcoming comedy event “Solid Laugh Advice” to benefit Stronger Than Stigma with organizer Nick Davis and Stronger Than Stigma Executive Director Gabrielle Magid (39:42), and we heard about this weekend’s Apex Theatre Studio production of “Godspell” with director Ian Mairs including a live, in-studio performance by Joshua K.A. Johnson (44:46), who plays the role of Jesus.   

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The city of Jacksonville is considering suing prescription drug makers for deceptive marketing.

One city councilman believes pharmaceutical companies are complicit in Northeast Florida’s opioid addiction epidemic.


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Jacksonville City Council passed a bill Tuesday that will put $1.4 million dollars toward a six-month pilot program to help treat opioid addiction.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed a Jacksonville City Council ordinance to fund a opioid epidemic pilot program with Councilman Bill Gulliford a and Dr. Raymond Pomm (00:59), medical director with Gateway Community Services and River Region Community Services. Dig Local Network director Devon Rich and its board Vice President Brittany Norris (30:35) told us about their three urban gardens and an event coming up on Sunday. Actors David Girard and Terrence Scott (37:35) talked about the upcoming production at the 5 and Dime Theatre and we spoke with acclaimed classical organist Christopher Houlihan (44:12), who is performing Wednesday night at the Jacoby Symphony Hall.   


       

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Jacksonville City Council will soon consider funding a six-month pilot program to help treat opioid addiction with nearly $1.5 million city dollars. Councilman Bill Gulliford is introducing the bill Tuesday.


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Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Gulliford has scheduled his second meeting to address the opioid epidemic in Jacksonville for April 3, at 3 p.m. at City Hall.


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Councilman Bill Gulliford wants to convene a community task force to combat the opioid epidemic in Jacksonville.

He made the announcement at a town hall Thursday night, where he said heroin and other opioid overdoes kill more than three times as many people as guns do in the city.

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Jacksonville councilman Garrett Dennis received input from colleagues Tuesday about his proposed ordinance tackling diversity of the city’s workforce.

Much of the discussion hinged upon how the bill should be expanded.


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Jacksonville skateboarders are hoping to turn city-owned land into what they’re calling ‘DIY skate spots.’

Councilman Bill Gulliford, eight skateboarders and a real estate agent were sitting around a long conference table Monday morning at City Hall. The skaters met with Gulliford to talk about skate locations.


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Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Gulliford says he’s willing to compromise with skateboarders on an ordinance he introduced in May.

Skaters rolled up to City Hall Tuesday afternoon to meet with him.

Gulliford introduced a skateboard-regulation bill after he said a skateboard defaced government property by taking a chunk out of the marble exterior of City Hall.  

“Then I’ve had several people that have indicated they were almost hit by skateboards in the general vicinity of City Hall,” he said. “I thought, ‘We’ve got to protect our building; protect our people.’”

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A Jacksonville committee on vehicles-for-hire ended its tenure with little agreement on how to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft.

It could be weeks before the committee drafts recommendations for the City Council.


Bill Gulliford is one of two city councilmen who sponsored -- and then recently withdrew -- bills related to expanding anti-discrimination protections to LGBT residents.

Gulliford’s bill would have put the question on a local ballot: Should people be allowed to turn someone down for a job, housing, or service in places like restaurants because they’re gay or transgender?

We speak with Jacksonville City Council Bill Gulliford about the issue.


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