Mayor Lenny Curry

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Tuesday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk.

A recently completed Jacksonville Task Force on Open Government report states the city’s government needs to be more transparent. We spoke with task force co-chairs Hank Coxe and Sherry McGill (01:06).   

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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

Mayor Curry Sells Part Of Ownership In Former Company, Net Worth Drops

Jul 6, 2018
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s net worth declined in 2017 by more than $700,000, according to his latest financial disclosure, a year during which he also sold part of his ownership interest in a private staffing company he co-founded before becoming mayor.

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:

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan and WJCT contributor Fred Matthews.

Topics included

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:

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,

Connell Crooms, Jacksonville mayoral candidate.
Connell Crooms

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville Mayoral candidate Connell Crooms. He is best known as one of the members of the Hemming Park 5, who were arrested and beaten by police at a protest last year in the park over the Trump administration’s bombing of Syria (01:16).     

The Jacksonville Landing

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we heard the latest about the battle over The Jacksonville Landing with Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein and Daily Record reporter David Cawton (01:09).

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche about her relationship with Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration, the future of JEA and her future political plans (01:18).

 

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured reporter Tessa Duvall from The Florida Times-Union, WJCT contributor and Board Member Charles Griggs, Daily Record reporter David Cawton and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons. Their discussion included:

Friday on First Coast Connect  our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union Reporter Dan Scanlan, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Beaches Leader Columnist Jon McGowan (01:06).

And a living musical legend is coming to the Florida Theatre next week. Melissa interviews the great Johnny Mathis (46:00).


Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski regarding the JEA Board of Directors hiring Aaron Zahn as interim CEO (01:10).

Local attorney Wayne Hogan told us about April being national Distracted Driving Awareness Month (28:15).

Hope McMath from Yellow House talked about a new project at the house called Voices Unearthed (38:39).

WJXT anchor Melanie Lawson told us about next week’s She is Fierce! Spring event (46:00).

A city inspector and her supervisor have been placed on leave following a controversial citation issued to Jaguar Power Sports for flying military flags, according to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s office.

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with JEA employee unions leaders Randy Hilton, President of the local Professional Employees Association and Valerie Gutierrez, President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2358 about their opposition to a possible sale of the utility (01:01).  

In our latest Going Green segment we spoke with Groundwork Jacksonville CEO Kay Ehas about the proposed Emerald Necklace (29:58).

Donna Fenchel, the owner of several local Orangetheory Fitness franchises and Flagler College’s Leslie Gordon talked to us about an upcoming fundraiser for Volunteers in Medicine (38:30).

We heard about how the Jacksonville Public Library is commemorating National Library Week from Assistant Director of Community Relations Chris Boivin (46:00).        

Friday on First Coast Connect  our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Bauerlein from the Florida Times-Union, WJCT business analyst John Burr, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and First Coast Connect producer Kevin Meerschaert (01:06).

We spoke with Generation W founder Donna Orender and guest speaker Shelley Diamond about next week’s big Gen W conference (46:00).

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Schellenberg about his support of looking into the possibility of privatizing JEA (01:01).

We heard about next week’s Equal Pay Day with Patricia DeWitt, the Public Policy Director for the American Association of University Women. Co Chair of Equal Pay Day Jax Donna Kuldau also joined us (33:15).

Ahead of this year’s Jax Poetry Fest kickoff Wednesday night at the Jacksonville Art Walk we spoke with Executive Director of Hope at Hand Steffani Fletcher (46:00).    

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 and board member Charles Griggs.

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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).

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT contributor Fred Matthews (01:06).

Ahead of this weekend’s Phoenix Rising Festival we spoke with Phoenix Arts District founder Christy Frazier and event coordinator Ari Gaskin (46:00).     

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured guest host Ryan Benk and featured Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duval, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan.  

Media Roundtable

Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable featured Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth, Financial News and Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT contributor Fred Matthews (01:09).

We spoke with Albert Syles, President of Romanza, on St. Augustine’s history around St. Patrick’s Day and Bolshoi Ballet Academy Director Davis Robertson, who is in town for a show Saturday night (46:00).

Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, WJCT business analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride (01:15).  

We spoke with Julie Watkins, Executive Director of The Girls Gone Green about Saturday’s annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest (38:57).

Trading Spaces star Brett Taylor joined us to talk about the return of the show and his appearance this weekend at the Jacksonville Home and Patio Show (46:00).  

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Mario Decunto, who is chairman of Mayor Lenny Curry’s Hispanic American Advisory Board, about the  U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on DACA students and this week’s Hispanic American Leadership Awards (01:06).   

Our premiere edition of #realtalk hosted by WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs featured public safety analyst Ken Jefferson, attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters and meteorologist Steve Smith (25:20).

WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo talked about the next Beyond The Core event taking place in Arlington (40:15).

Travel blogger Judy Wells told us about what it’s like to take a Carnival cruise out of Jacksonville 46:00). 

 

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall, contributor Fred Matthews, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan (01:21).  

Florida Blue and Guidewell CEO Pat Geraghty talked about grief counseling they are making available to anyone in the wake of the Parkland shooting and his recent trip to the World Economic Forum and Davos (46:00).   


City of Jacksonville

Mayor Lenny Curry’s chief of staff, Brian Hughes is being formally accused by a city employee of accosting her using “fierce anger” and “creating a hostile work environment.” A complaint, that Hughes says is false.

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Politics reporter AG Gancarski about the most recent news regarding the possible sale of JEA and the latest poll numbers showing Florida voters know little about the candidates for Governor in both parties (01:15).

We spoke with Jeannette Walls, bestselling author of The Glass Castle ahead of her talk next week in Jacksonville (27:23).

With Valentine’s Day around the corner we heard a live in-studio performance from the Sapphire Quartet (38:54).

Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news including next weekend’s Daytona 500, golf, men’s college basketball and the Winter Olympics (46:00).  

  

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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