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A day after President Donald Trump announced it was canceled, the Jacksonville City Council is demanding details on how much staff time and city funding was diverted to the Republican National Convention.

Skyline view of the St. Johns River and Downtown Jax.
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Initially, Jacksonville city officials thought they received $159 million in Federal CARES Act funding. 

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A Jacksonville City Councilman is introducing a bill to change the name of Hemming Park. 

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The Jacksonville City Council is filing legislation to help JEA customers who are at risk of utility disconnections.

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A little over half the members of Jacksonville’s City Council, Duval Public Schools administration, and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried took part in a solidarity walk beginning at City Hall on Sunday morning. 

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The Jacksonville City Council held a pair of public discussions Friday on legislation that would get more money into the hands of small business owners and, potentially, residents.

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The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved a $159 million stimulus package that Mayor Lenny Curry’s office proposed late last week.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on Tuesday announced seven appointments to the JEA Board of Directors, at the same time that one city council member introduced emergency legislation requesting the mayor to consider candidates suggested by the City Council.

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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis is leading an effort to garner support for his bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

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Legislation filed this week by Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana is getting pushback from top city officials.

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In response to a recent criminal investigation of several Jacksonville City Council members, the Jacksonville Ethics Commission is asking Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to issue a legal opinion on local ethics commissions’ ability to enforce the state’s Sunshine Laws.

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A Jacksonville City Council member says a county panel put together in 2002 to examine the election process and make recommendations to the Elections Supervisor needs an updated mission. Councilman Garrett Dennis wants the Duval County Election Advisory Panel to shift its focus to voter experience.

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Two councilmen, one an emergent critic of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and another known to be a close ally of Curry, are castigating each other for possible violations of Sunshine Law.

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City Councilman Garrett Dennis appeared on WJCT’s First Coast Connect on Wednesday and said he doesn’t believe there is enough support currently on the City Council to approve a sale of JEA.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis (01:16).

Our Going Green segment featured Shannon Blankenship and Kelly Patton with the St. Johns Riverkeeper. They discussed their upcoming Great St Johns River Campout (29:06).

This month’s Women with Heart for Volunteers in Medicine featured Dr. Estrellita Redmon, President of St. Vincent’s Medical Group (37:57).   

We spoke with local actor, producer and author Nick Loren about his latest children’s book (46:00).

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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis said he wants to discourage violence on city properties by declaring them “Hit-Free zones.”

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Nine of Jacksonville’s 19 council members discussed the potential JEA sale before a throng of utility employees Tuesday.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT business analyst John Burr, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT contributor Fred Matthews (01:13).   

  

Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Sabrina Phillips and Florida Blue Market President Darnell Smith talked about Friday being National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease among women (39:02).  

Mayo Clinic Dr. Aubrey Thompson and former TV anchor Donna Deegan joined us to talk about breast cancer research and the upcoming 26.2 with Donna marathon (46:00).    


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Jacksonville homeowners pouring money into Hurricane Irma related fixes can now get reimbursed for permit fees.


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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis wants the city to take some of the financial burden off of folks dealing with Hurricane Irma repairs.


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Jacksonville progressive activists are asking city Finance Committee Chairman Garrett Dennis to gut Mayor Lenny Curry’s plan to beef up the city’s police force.

Curry is recommending adding as many as 100 new officers, he said, to make neighborhoods safer.

But the Jacksonville Community Action Committee is arguing that more officers don’t equal less crime.


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Jacksonville Finance Committee Chairman Garrett Dennis is asking city agencies to report on staff demographics as part of their budget presentations next month.


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Updated 7/18 to include Graham's clarified position on the proposed JAXPORT dredge.   

Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis and former Mayor Jake Godbold are endorsing the former congresswoman over her two major rivals in the Democratic primary.


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A Jacksonville city councilman is withdrawing legislation that would have allowed for thousands more kids to get free swimming lessons, after his colleagues didn’t support the measure. However, the city is already funding lessons for more than 1,500 children.

Seven-year-old Loralei and her little brother, Mark, were taking swimming lessons at the Mandarin YMCA Tuesday.


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The Jacksonville City Council approved a bill Tuesday that encourages city contractors to consider hiring felons.

The bill, 2017-35, sponsored by councilman Garrett Dennis requires businesses contracting with the city for at least $200,000 complete an extra step toward considering  ex-offenders to fill job openings.


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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis is rethinking his bill aimed at getting ex-offenders jobs, which has received pushback from contractors over some of the bill’s original requirements.

Dennis rolled out some possible amendments Tuesday morning at a special meeting about the bill.


Our weekly Media Roundtable on Friday featured Tessa Duval from the Florida Times-Union, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride. We also spoke by phone with award winning movie director Mira Nair and CEO of Volunteers in Medicine Mary Pat Corrigan and Lisa Weatherby from Wells Fargo joined us to talk about the Women with Heart fundraising campaign. 

    

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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis is dialing back his bill aimed at getting more city contractors to hire ex-offenders.

He’s said he’s received pushback from construction contractors.


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The Jacksonville City Council has passed a law requiring more demographic reporting from city agencies.

It also recommends funding the position of equal opportunity manager to ensure city entities are doing everything they can to broaden their workforces.

Councilman Garrett Dennis, the bill’s sponsor, told his colleagues the law affirms Jacksonville’s commitment to diversity.

Our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Bauerlein, reporter for the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth, editor of Folio Weekly; Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We spoke with Peggy Bulger, the author of “Stetson Kennedy, Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy.” Host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with Branden Miller, creator of YouTube sensation “Joanne the Scammer” and we spoke with City Year AmeriCorps recruitment manager Mia Francis and participant Lindsey Rose. 


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