Cumberland Island

Left: U.S. Mint, Right: RyderAce/Wikimedia Commons

The United States Mint has released a new quarter featuring Cumberland Island, Ga. on the back.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable panel included Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, David Cawton from the Financial News and Daily Record, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and A.G. Gancarski (01:33) from Florida Politics. We heard about a rally Saturday in St. Mary’s, Georgia, to protest proposed development on Cumberland Island with Alex Kearns (33:41) with St. Mary’s EarthKeepers. Thrasher-Horne Center executive director Denton Yockey (41:10) told us about what’s in store for their upcoming Broadway Orange Park season and we heard a live in-studio performance by the Sapphire Quartet (46:09). 

Cumberland Island National Seashore / National Park Service

A new poll finds most Camden County residents don’t want more houses built on Georgia’s Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we have an update on the possible development on Cumberland Island with former St. Mary’s (Georgia) City Councilman Sam Colville and Jamie Ferguson (01:01), a member of the extended Carnegie family, who owns the island. We spoke with Zachary Schwartz (31:38), the developer of the app intoGo. University of North Florida program director Wanda Lastrapes (39:14) told us about the Jacksonville Teacher Residency program and Cole Pepper (45:13) talked about a great week for Jacksonville sports teams.   


  Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we heard the controversy over developing of up to 10 homes on Cumberland Island National Seashore with former Georgia legislator and Camden County resident Bill Bruce. We heard about the program “Money Matters” with Holly Tyrrell of Legacy Trust Family Wealth Offices and Chriss Spires of Montoya & Associates, who teach young men and women proper financial management. We discussed a new collaborative with Matt Mannick from Forking Amazing Restaurants and Amy Pierce, director of development for the Jacksonville Humane Society and we spoke with writer Norine Dworkin-McDaniel about her latest book “Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Baffling Parenting Situations.” 

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed a controversial proposal to allow new development of 10 houses on Cumberland Island in Georgia. We discussed Charles Seabrook’s non-fiction work“Cumberland Island, Strong Women, Wild Horses” with First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring and Lisa Williams with the North Florida Sierra Club. We also heard from University of North Florida Coggin College of Business professor Parvez Ahmed about some of President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial cabinet selections. Commentator Jay Solomon remembers covering and meeting the late John Glenn. Solomon was a news director in Ohio when Glenn was in the U.S. Senate. We also met Dr. Tra’Chella Johnson Foy, the first African-American women to be named president of the Duval County Medical Society.