Hart Bridge

Our Friday First Coast Connect Media Roundtable featured WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Tim Gibbons, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk.

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Ryan Benk / WJCT News

After convincing state lawmakers to approve a pension sales-tax extension, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has a new request for Tallahassee: cash to rebuild a portion of the Hart Expressway.

Curry said the ramps near Everbank Field are from a bygone era.

Protesters Gather In Support Of Jax 19

Mar 10, 2015
Denise Cox / WJCT

Protesters gathered outside the Jacksonville Courthouse on Tuesday demanding the charges against the Jax 19 be dropped.

The group was originally arrested in December after they stopped traffic on the Hart Bridge during rush hour traffic protesting what they called “brutality against blacks,” stemming from the shooting of Michael Brown and the death of Eric Garner.

Peter Haden / WJCT

Protesters who held up traffic on the Hart Bridge last month had their first court appearances today at the Duval County Courthouse. Supporters rallied outside, calling on State Attorney Angela Corey to drop their charges.

The Dec. 8 protest was to demand justice for Eric Garner, who died after a New York City policeman put him in a chokehold during an arrest.

Members of the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition were among those at the courthouse. Member Joseph Willis says the actions of the so-called “Jax 19” protestors should be viewed in a larger context.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

The Jacksonville Sheriff's office is changing the traffic patterns for Sunday's Jaguars game against the San Diego Chargers.

All lanes on the Hart Bridge will flow into downtown from 9 a.m. until 2  p.m.

Assistant Chief Leonard Propper says the change is being made to be more accommodating to Jaguar fans who normally use the currently closed Mathews Bridge. There will be plenty of signage and a police presence to direct traffic around the stadium.