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Thursday on First Coast Connect in the wake of the mass school shooting in Parkland we spoke with WLRN Miami Reporter Caitie Siwalski who was on the scene and Chad McIntyre, manager of TraumaOne Flight Services at UF Health Jacksonville Medical Center (01:03).       

We heard an update on the Medical Marijuana dispensary business in Jacksonville with Daniel Locke from Compassionate Alternative Care (30:14).

Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons told us about a story this week looking at the rise of craft breweries in Jacksonville (38:03).   

On the heels of a $2 million Bansky work of art on display at the downtown Main Library we spoke the Executive Producer of the film Saving Bansky (46:00).  


WG Pitts

A new craft brewery is set to open in Jacksonville’s Mandarin neighborhood this summer, and another one in Murray Hill is looking for a storefront.

The latest offerings will bring the number of Jacksonville breweries to 10. But even with so many choices, the town continues to be quite thirsty for local beer.


Former Jacksonville mayor John Peyton joins us to discuss his decision to endorse Lenny Curry in the 2015 mayoral race.

The we look at the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Nate Monroe, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; and John Burr, WJCT business analyst.

Topics include the 2015 local elections, a standoff between Gov. Rick Scott and the federal government over health care funding, and more.

The Florida Legislature may be at odds over Medicaid expansion, but at least it agrees on the long-awaited growler.  The House approved the measure Friday.

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We speak with Ben Davis, owner of Intuition Ale Works, about several legal disputes between craft breweries, large beer distributors and the state of Florida that are currently coming to a head. Points of contention include small brewers not being allowed to sell their product in 64-ounce containers known as "growlers," and challenges to their ability to serve their beer in tasting rooms

Miami's beer makers have officially unionized. Sort of. The owners of two Miami-Dade County breweries rallied their brewer colleagues to form the Miami Brewers Alliance, a sort of advocacy and education group for local craft-beer businesses.

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Small craft brewers in Jacksonville and around the state are speaking out against a bill that they say would heavily restrict their burgeoning industry. 

"This is not a fair fight," said Ben Davis, owner of Jacksonville's Intuition Ale Works.