Reggie Gaffney

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The Duval School Board’s request for the Jacksonville City Council to put a half-cent sales tax before voters is gaining some traction.  

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In response to a recent criminal investigation of several Jacksonville City Council members, the Jacksonville Ethics Commission is asking Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to issue a legal opinion on local ethics commissions’ ability to enforce the state’s Sunshine Laws.

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More than 100 people in Jacksonville’s faith community are coming together to call on residents, businesses, and public officials to put a stop the growing violence.

Friday on “First Coast Connect,” we had our weekly Media Roundtable.  David Bauerlein from The Florida Times Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (01:46) took part.

We heard about the upcoming Sulzbacher Center’s “Transformations” event with co-chair Darnell Smith and Sulzbacher Chief Development Officer Eileen Briggs (40:41)  

We also spoke with the editor in chief of the new local publication, Salty at Heart, Kirstin Thompson (47:25).  

 

Sheriff clears councilman, officers involved in high-profile traffic stop

Oct 5, 2017
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No laws were broken by a Jacksonville City Councilman who drove with a vehicle tag he previously reported stolen; a report that led to a high-profile traffic stop last month, Sheriff Mike Williams said Wednesday. 

Friday on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable featured Mark Woods from The Florida Times-Union, Charles Griggs from the Jacksonville Free Press and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride (01:53).

We heard about an event this weekend at the Jacksonville Landing to help Puerto Rico victims of Hurricane Maria and also spoke with author Steve Werlin, who wrote “To Fool the Rain: Haiti’s Poor and Their Pathway to a Better Life.”

Jacksonville Historical Society president Alan Bliss and Jacksonville attorney Michael Fisher with the Haitian advocacy group Fonkoze spoke about Haitian relief (28:31).              

Jacksonville AARP Field Coordinator Justine Conley talked about an upcoming race in downtown Jacksonville in conjunction with the YMCA (39:40).

Ahead of his appearance this weekend at the Jacksonville Home and Patio Show we spoke with “This Old House” host Kevin O’Connor (43:56).

      

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with WJCT’s Corporate Secretary Carlos Semidei and local resident Elisha Sosa. Both have relatives and friends in Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria (01:02).

Local Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Zona joined us to talk about his call for the resignation of two city council members after they had an altercation with police (11:11).       

We heard about this being Banned Book Week in America with First Coast Connect Book Club leader Stacey Goldring and Keli Likins, who is the regional manager of the Jacksonville Public Library (30:33).

Kelly Mannel with Jacksonville’s Image Partners discussed a national conference coming to Jacksonville focusing on mindfulness (42:44).  


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Updated 2/28 3:06 p.m.

Jacksonville City Council members heard concerns Monday from Springfield residents about a proposed legal settlement between the city and two disability-rights nonprofits.

The settlement, in part, mandates the city approve a permit for an apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless,  at 139 Cottage Ave., or face a battle in court.


Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union columnist; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; and WJCT News analyst John Burr.

Topics include the controversy surrounding a recent Florida Times-Union profile of City Councilman Reginald Gaffney and his nonprofit Community Rehabilitation Center, a new poll showing Marco Rubio neck-and-neck with Democrat Patrick Murphy for the US Senate, and more.

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The Jacksonville City Council is asking for more information about a homeless day shelter that’s set to close at the end of this month.

Dozens of shelter advocates showed up at City Hall Monday night, pleading for funding to not be cut from the city’s budget.