John Delaney

Developer Drops Julington-Durbin Creek Land Swap Plan

Jun 28, 2018
Adam Arendell

A developer is abandoning a controversial land swap involving 403 acres of environmentally sensitive land on Black Hammock Island and a plan to develop a like-size tract in the Julington-Durbin Preserve. Instead, he intends to sell the Black Hammock land to the state for conservation. 

Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect with guest host Ryan Benk featured Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth.

Topics discussed included:

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we continued our commemoration of Public Service Recognition Week by speaking with retiring University of North Florida President John Delaney (01:20).

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:03).  

We spoke with Jennifer Harrison with the Amelia Island Museum of History about the upcoming Cottages and Courtyards tour. (46:00).

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The Daily Record

University of North Florida President John Delaney will join a strategic alliance formed by the Rogers Towers law firm and The Fiorentino Group government relations provider.

Delaney will join the alliance June 1. He retires May 31 from UNF after 15 years as president.

University of North Florida

Florida’s University system Board of Governors Thursday confirmed David Szymanski as the University of North Florida’s sixth president.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs (01:51).

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Principal Melanie Hammer, Executive Director of the Douglas Anderson Foundation Jackie Cornelius and former student Tanner Lane talked Saturday’s annual Extravaganza (38:49).

Author Amy Chua told us about her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (46:00).  

Univ. of North Florida

UNF President and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney is not ruling out another run for office as he steps down this May from his tenure leading the university.

University of North Florida

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with outgoing University of North Florida President John Delaney and Ambassador Marilyn McAfee of the World Affairs Council on the upcoming appearance by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on campus later this month (01:08).      

Florida Forum Speaker Series chairs Jane Pomar and Katherine Forrester told us about the upcoming speakers to benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital (34:07).

Local singer Dalton Cyr joined the show and performed in-studio from his latest album (46:00). 


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Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT’s Ryan Benk (01:10).

We heard about the upcoming Tour de Farm event with Slow Food First Coast Chapter Leader Kurt D’Aurizio and Farm Tour Coordinator Kyle McBride (38:52).

St. Augustine-based folk/rock band Wingfield performed live in-studio (46:00). 


Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with University of North Florida President John Delaney. He announced last week he’ll be retiring from his position in May 2018. We also heard about senior care from Penney Farms director of marketing Rebecca Padgett. Commentator Jay Solomon spoke about President Donald Trump calling the media the enemy of the people. Host Melissa Ross spoke with Celtic Woman violinist Tara McNeill and we heard from Zach Rocheleau owner of Genetic Potential Academy. 


University of North Florida

University of North Florida President John Delaney announced in a press release Monday he’s retiring from his position at the end of 2018.

The UNF Board of Trustees selected Delaney in the summer of 2003 and is the longest serving president in UNF history.

U.S. House of Representatives

In the 24 hours since announcing his retirement from Congress, Northeast Florida Representative Ander Crenshaw has set off intense speculation about who will run to replace him.

But some politicians are counting themselves out of the contest.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Peyton Hopson is an Engineering fellow with Johnson & Johnson. On Friday he held up a pink and yellow plastic wrench, printed at the University of North Florida.

“So this is basically a simple wrench with an actuating part in it that sort of opens and closes,” Hopson said. “[It] was generated with no assembly whatsoever.“

 


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

As new Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry creates a city budget, he’s asking for recommendations from his transition committees.

 

On Monday,  Curry’s Economic Development subcommittee met at the University of North Florida to start finalizing its proposals.

 

UNF President and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney is heading up the committee. He says downtown growth should be a priority.

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