JAX READS

Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable. Our panel included Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, blogger Fred Mathews and WJCT business analyst John Burr. We also spoke Jacksonville Library director Barbara Gubbin about the this year’s Jax Reads initiative with the book “The Namesake.” Dr. Amy Pollak from the Mayo Clinic and heart attack survivor Kathy Ellis talked about Go Red for Women Day, as part of Heart Disease Awareness Month and we met Kim Brown, head coach of the newly formed Jacksonville professional female football team the North Florida Pumas.


    

We examine the rising cost of housing on the First Coast. New York and San Francisco still top the list of the costliest places to rent in the U.S., but over the last year demand has pushed up rents by more than 20% in some surprising locations, including Jacksonville. What’s driving this? Tim Gibbons, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal, joins us.