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Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman held a meeting Monday to start assembling a task force to address public safety and crime.

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Rewind to April of 2016, to a protest on Oak Street in Riverside.

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Prominent African-American architects and Northwest side cemeteries are just a couple of areas of significance Jacksonville’s planning department may recommend for national historic designations.

Brenda Priestly Jackson and Terrance Freeman.
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Brenda Priestly Jackson, an attorney and a former Duval County School Board member, is vowing to continue her fight against City Councilman Terrance Freeman's appointment by Governor Rick Scott, despite a judge dismissing her lawsuit.

City Councilman Terrance Freeman
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Terrance Freeman says the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging his appointment by Gov. Rick Scott to the Jacksonville City Council “opens the door” for his district to “move forward.”

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office exterior
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Story updated on 9/17 at 4:55 p.m. with comment from Hogan.


Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan emailed City Council President Aaron Bowman Sunday evening saying his office will be opening additional early voting sites at the campuses of the University of North Florida and Edward Waters College this November.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Andrew Pantazi of the Florida Times Union, blogger Fred Matthews, A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics and Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton.

Topics included,

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City leaders say they plan to award $350,000 in mini grants to small community organizations as part of an effort to stem the tide of gang violence.

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October marks the 50th anniversary of the consolidation of the City of Jacksonville with Duval County. A Jacksonville Historical Society task force is planning how to commemorate the occasion.

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This week both Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Jacksonville City Council member Reggie Gaffney have called for additional anti-violence funding.

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A Jacksonville City Council committee on Monday approved a bill addressing where medical marijuana dispensaries can set up shop.

Our Friday First Coast Connect Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Charles Griggs and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski.

Our topics included,

  • Mayor Lenny Curry presenting his budget to the Jacksonville City council with an emphasis on public safety, libraries and infrastructure improvements.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville’s most impoverished neighborhoods could receive infrastructure improvements if Mayor Lenny Curry’s latest budget is approved in September.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we were joined by Jacksonville City Councilmember Anna Lopez Brosche to discuss whether Jacksonville should place a memorial to those lynched in Duval County in Hemming Park.

She also talked about a potential run for mayor (01:20).

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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).   

Interim District 10 Councilman Freeman Met With Opposition At Town Hall

Jul 20, 2018
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Just over a week following his appointment to Jacksonville City Council District 10, Terrence Freeman held his first community town hall meeting Thursday night.

WJCT and The Florida Times-Union

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we discussed the growing controversy around the appointment of Terrance Freeman to the Jacksonville City Council by Governor Rick Scott by speaking with attorney and political consultant Obi Umunna (01:06).   

Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured guest host A.G. Gancarski from FloridaPolitics.com. Our panelist were:

  • Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall
  • WJCT contributor Fred Matthews
  • Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton
  • WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:11).

Issues discussed included:

A recently completed Jacksonville Task Force report finds the city’s government needs to be more transparent to better serve community needs.

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State law says medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to open up where pharmacies can, which means a couple different types of commercial zones in Jacksonville.

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Our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on First Coast Connect featured guest host A.G. Gancarski, a Florida Politics reporter.

Our panelists were Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (01:09).

Our topics included

Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured David Bauerlein from The Florida Times-Union, WJCT contributor Charles Griggs, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski.

Topics included:

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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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Monday on First Coast Connect with guest host Ryan Benk we heard about the Jacksonville City Council Civil Rights Task Force with Council President Anna Lopez Brosche and civil rights icon Rodney Hurst  (01:19).

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Jacksonville City Councilwoman Joyce Morgan wants business owners to receive more information about properties before they enter into leases. She’s introduced legislation to require it.

Our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union Reporter Tessa Duvall, radio host Angela Spears, Jacksonville Daily Record Reporter Dave Cawton and WJCT Reporter Ryan Benk.

The topics discussed included

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The City of Jacksonville has given away nearly $525,000 in permit refunds for homeowners making post-Hurricane Irma fixes. But there’s still time and money left for more refunds.

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The City of Jacksonville could soon acquire 6.72 acres of Mayport waterfront property with the goal of attracting private developers to transform the area into a mixed-use development.

Friday our First Coast Connect Media Roundtable featured Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski.

Issues discussed included,

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

First Coast Connect was live Friday from downtown Jacksonville at Chamblin’s Uptown to celebrate the 2018 Jacksonville Jazz Festival.  We spoke with Jason Lewis, founder of Jazz Fest After Dark and Damien Lamar host of 89.9’s Taste Test.

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