First Coast Success

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An extraordinary scene last night at a meeting of the Jacksonville City Council.

A spilled pill bottle of hydrocodone.
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New data shows the extent of the nation’s opioid crisis and the major role Florida played in it. 

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A report in The Florida Times-Union shows Duval County Public Schools paid more than $9 million in air conditioning-related maintenance and repairs in just one year.

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We took a closer look at plans to help make Northeast Florida a “smart region” with Jeff Sheffield, Executive Director, North Florida TPO; and John Schultz, Chief Innovation Officer for Allied Reliability, Inc.

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Supporters of what’s known as “adaptive reuse” say the city is acting recklessly by demolishing buildings without a plan for what will go in their place.

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The city’s newly-formed Task Force on Safety and Crime Reduction - charged with combating violent crime in our area – met for the first time Friday. David Bauerlein of The Florida Times-Union covered the meeting and joined us to discuss it in more detail.

First Coast Success

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The government has released a new climate report that says climate change is already causing more frequent and severe weather across the U.S., and the country is poised to suffer massive damage to infrastructure, ecosystems, health and the economy if global warming is allowed to continue.

Monday on First Coast Connect we heard about the JAX Chamber’s upcoming Infrastructure Innovation Summit with Chamber Vice-President for Entrepreneurial Growth Carlton Robinson and Amin Toufani, CEO of T Labs in Silicon Valley who will be one of the event’s speakers (01:03).    

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Tuesday is Florida Primary Election Day. On First Coast Connect we spoke with University of North Florida Political Science Professor Mike Binder about the races and what we might expect heading to the general election (00:39).  

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  Monday on First Coast Connect we got a preview of what are expected to be the most interesting local and state primary races with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and FSCJ Political Science professor Daniel Cronrath (01:22) now that the Friday filing deadline for local and state races has passed.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we heard about Florida’s growing medical cannabis industry with attorney Matthew Ginder. He’s senior counsel in the Cannabis Law practice group at the South Florida firm Greenspoon Marder (01:12).  

Travis Trice (far right), pictured with Elaine Carson (left) and World Relief Jacksonville CEO Jose Vega, compares the refugee vetting process to "torture."
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Monday on First Coast Connect  we spoke with Travis Trice with World Relief Jacksonville about the work the organization does to help refugees who relocate to the First Coast and some upcoming fundraisers to benefit the group’s efforts (01:09).


Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Coastal School of Law professors Ericka Curran and Kara Roberts on the school’s upcoming Citizenship Day (01:09).  

This month’s First Coast Success featured real estate leader Heyward Cantrell (23:20).

Looking ahead to the latest Generation W event we spoke with Generation W Executive Director Donna Orender and APR Energy President and COO Chuck Ferry (33:14).

Cole Pepper joined us with the latest sports news and a look at the Final Four (46:00).    

        

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Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Dr. Madeline Joseph, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at UF College of Medicine Jacksonville, who is looking at bullying as a public health issue (01:15).   

This month’s edition of First Coast Success featured Jacksonville University President Tim Cost (26:54).  

Our latest Art Attack roundtable featured (32:26):

  • Lee Hamby of the 5 and Dime Theatre
  • Shawana Brooks with the Jacksonville Public Library
  • Robert Arleigh White, Vice President for Development at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History
  • Suzanne Hudson Smith, Development Director at the Florida Theatre
  • Ryan Ali, Director of Development for Baptist M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

We heard about Saturday morning’s MOOVE-IT 5K beginning at the Cowford Chophouse with race organizer Nicole White and Jamie Rosseland and Michelle Lasky from the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming up in March around Jacksonville (46:00).   

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Monday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace about some of the development projects downtown (01:13).    

This month’s edition of First Coast Success with Karen Brune Mathis featured local developer Ed Burr (23:14).

As part of the Real Men Wear Pink fundraising month for the National Cancer Society we spoke with participant Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails owner/executive chef Tom Gray (28:12).   

Timucuan Park Superintendent Chris Hughes and Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods joined us to talk about the national preserve (34:46) and national park fees.

Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news, including the University of Florida firing head football coach Jim McElwain (46:00).  


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