The Emerald Necklace

Groundwork Jacksonville volunteers from FSCJ working on a spice garden on the S-Line.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Groundwork Jacksonville is getting a $30,000 grant to build the first segment of the Emerald Trail, a planned 30-mile urban trail system around Downtown Jacksonville.

McCoys Creek flows into the St. Johns River from underneath the Morris Publishing Group property.
Modern Cities

A local environmental trust has been awarded a more than $350,000 grant to help clean up and restore McCoys Creek.

City Council Approves Jacksonville Emerald Trail Master Plan

Mar 27, 2019
Groundwork Jacksonville

The groundwork has been approved by the Jacksonville City Council to create and connect 30 miles of trails in the urban core.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we were joined by Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton who gave us an overview of the proposed budget presented Monday by Mayor Lenny Curry to the Jacksonville City Council (01:15).   

‘Emerald Necklace’ Plan Sparking Hope For Progress On McCoys Creek

Mar 30, 2018
Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

People have big plans for McCoys Creek. There’s the plan to clean up lead-contaminated incinerator ash. The one to create a greenway for running and biking. The one to, someday, really handle flooding that has regularly closed roads and sometimes damaged homes.

Monday’s “First Coast Connect” examined a Tampa Bay Times story that states Jacksonville could experience severe flooding if it takes a direct hit from even a weak hurricane. Corey Johnson of the Tampa Bay Times, Nate Monroe from The Florida Times-Union and WJCT’s Ryan Benk (01:07) joined in on the discussion.   

We spoke with the new CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville, Kay Ehas (37:08).  

Cole Pepper brought us the local sports news, including the Jaguars big win in Pittsburgh (44:01).