Councilman Matt Schellenberg


Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Schellenberg about his support of looking into the possibility of privatizing JEA (01:01).

We heard about next week’s Equal Pay Day with Patricia DeWitt, the Public Policy Director for the American Association of University Women. Co Chair of Equal Pay Day Jax Donna Kuldau also joined us (33:15).

Ahead of this year’s Jax Poetry Fest kickoff Wednesday night at the Jacksonville Art Walk we spoke with Executive Director of Hope at Hand Steffani Fletcher (46:00).    

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed the fallout from the firing of FBI Director James Comey with international experts Ambassador Nancy Soderberg; Ed Coyle, the foreign counterintelligence representative to the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic; and the Division Chief for the Combatting Terrorism Directorate for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Jacksonville United Nations Association Secretary Jill Dawson (1:17). Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Schellenberg (28:00) talked about the Homestead Tax Exemption ballot proposal placed on the November 2018 ballot by the state legislature. We interviewed former Supremes singer Mary Wilson and her co-star Terry Adams (37:11) about their show “Menopause the Musical,” and we heard from local author Valerie Bowman (48:32). 

Uber app on screen
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Discussion over how to regulate ride-for-hire companies continues here in North Florida and across the nation.

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Sparks flew Monday night at a town hall meeting in Mandarin over a request that would allow two restaurants be built at the corner of San Jose Blvd. and Oak Bluff Lane.

Kevin Meerschaert


  A fast-growing local area is getting a new fire station.

Local officials gathered this morning to break ground in Jacksonville’s Bartram Springs neighborhood.

The area, in Southeast Jacksonville near the border with St. Johns County, has been in need of a fire station for several years.

The $2.4 million project is expected to be completed by early next year.