Stacey Goldring

A recent 90-day audit of the Jacksonville's city finances revealed serious problems with unsustainable budget deficits and looming challenges down the road, from pension obligations to how to pay for an expensive dredging project for the St. Johns River. We discuss the findings of the audit and what could be next for the city with A.G. Gancarski, reporter for Florida Politics.


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.

The gaps in Florida's mental health care system are laid bare in the experiences of Sean Harriford and his family, detailed in the Florida Times-Union this week. We discuss their story and the state's treatment system with Florida Times-Union reporter Derek Gilliam, Sean's brother Jonathan Harriford, and Mental Health America of Northeast Florida director Denise Marzullo.


At a rally on the Miami Dade College campus Monday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush formally declared his 2016 presidential bid. We discuss his campaign, political record and his position in the Republican party with Matt Corrigan, UNF professor of political science and author of "Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida."

As voters cast their ballots for mayor, sheriff and City Council seats, Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland joins us with an update about voter turnout in this election.

The WJCT and NPR program "State of the Re:Union" was recently awarded a George Foster Peabody Award for its 2014 season. We speak with host and producer Al Letson about the honor, and look back on the show that is currently in its final season.

In our monthly First Coast Connet Book Club segment, book blogger Stacey Goldring joins us to discuss Cristina Garcia's novel "Dreaming in Cuban" along with two special guests.

And we preview the return of the Jacksonville Greek Festival with event members Father Nicholas Louh and Tom Gibson.

Ken Jefferson for Sheriff

We speak with Jacksonville sheriff candidate Ken Jefferson. He will face Mike Williams in the May runoff election.

Book blogger Stacey Goldring joins us for this month's edition of the First Coast Connect Book Club. We discuss Anthony Doerr's novel "All The Light We Cannot See" and our new partnership with the Jacksonville Public Library. Stacey will join us again in April to talk about Cristina García's novel "Dreaming in Cuban". 

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Seismic airgun testing by the oil industry has received approval by the Obama Administration and should commence this year, followed by potential drilling off Florida’s coast in 2017. Recently Fernandina Beach and St. Augustine joined with 25 other Eastern Seaboard towns that have passed resolutions opposing the testing. Marine scientists and environmental groups oppose drilling off Florida’s coast.

  We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union reporter; John Burr, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; Eric Smith, People and Politics host; and Jeff Billman, Folio Weekly editor.

Topics include a proposed amendment from Sen. John McCain that could have an impact on the First Coast's shipbuilding and repair industry, the Jacksonville mayoral and sheriff's races, supermarket chain Kroger potentially purchasing the Bi-Lo company.

This month, our First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring is stepping into the kitchen.

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