Monthly Archives: January 2016

Mayor Curry Asks Jax Journey To Divert Dollars For Extra Officers

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wants to divert emergency funds from the crime-prevention Jacksonville Journey program to beef up police presence in areas with high violent crime rates.

On Thursday, at the Journey committee’s first meeting since Curry took office, the mayor expressed sorrow at the increasing murder rate in some of the city’s neighborhoods.

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Coast Guard To Hold El Faro Hearings In Jacksonville Next Month

The U.S. Coast Guard will hold hearings in Jacksonville next month to try to find out what caused the El Faro cargo ship to sink last October. The hearings are open to the public.

The testimony is part of the Coast Guard’s investigation into what led to the loss of 33 crewmembers’ lives in Hurricane Joaquin.

“It’s one of the worst marine casualties in the last 35 years. That’s the reason we’re holding these hearings,” says Coast Guard Capt. Jason Neubauer.

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Palatka’s Blag Hog Farm To Begin Regional Distribution

A local favorite farm is hooking up with one of the biggest distributors in the world.

Black Hog Farm in Palatka has signed a contract with Sysco, which will ship the farm’s produce to local restaurants.

The deal is expected to widen the reach of Black Hog. Its meats and vegetables can now be found in about a half dozen local restaurants, but could soon be delivered as far south as St. Augustine and as far north as Savannah.

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Shorter One Spark Festival Could Help Keep Focus On Creators

Jacksonville’s One Spark crowd-funding festival is scaling back from a week-long event to possibly one day in April.

One Spark spokesman Michael Munz says the atmosphere will still be festive.

“We are looking at how we can maintain that in a full day of activities for people,” he says.

The festival’s big winner last year was the nonprofit Yoga 4 Change.

Executive Director Kathryn Thomas says shortening the festival from five days will help attendees focus more on creators.

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01/27/16: HRO Latest; Troo Organics; Travel Expert Judy Wells

The Jacksonville City Council heard three hours of public comment Tuesday night on whether to update the city’s human rights ordinance to cover LGBT citizens from discrimination.

City Councilmen Bill Gulliford and Tommy Hazouri are both sponsoring bills that could expand the city’s human rights ordinance to protect people in the areas of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The Council is expected to start deliberation on the bills soon.

We discuss the latest on Jacksonville’s HRO with WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride.

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