Our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Bauerlein , reporter for the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth , editor of Folio Weekly; Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk . We spoke with Peggy Bulger , the author of “Stetson Kennedy, Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy.” Host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with Branden Miller, creator of YouTube sensation “Joanne the Scammer” and we spoke with City Year AmeriCorps recruitment manager Mia Francis and participant Lindsey Rose.
On this episode of Redux, Jacksonvillians weigh in on the contentious debate over expanding the city’s human rights ordinance to include protecting the rights of LGBT folks. Then, little more than a year ago, Hurricane Joaquin slammed into the SS El Faro, sinking the cargo ship and killing all 33 people aboard. While 28 families have since settled, we have an update on the five remaining families and their attempt to bring a civil lawsuit against the ship’s owner. We also bring you the latest on a workforce diversity bill, which was prompted by a WJCT investigation, and the IceMen cometh to Jacksonville.
Internationally renowned research organization OCEARCH is making Jacksonville University its academic home. The two organizations are partnering to allow students to participate in real-world marine science research.
The Jacksonville City Council is expected to approve new park regulations and strengthen enforcement of them at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Jacksonville police have been banning people from parks only for crimes listed in the city’s code , like sexual battery and prostitution. But officers have said that limits their ability to enforce park rules because other crimes aren’t listed.
Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Cultural Council executive director Tony Allegretti about U.S. News and World Report ranking Jacksonville 45th on the list of best U.S. cities to live in. We also heard from Douglas Anderson School for the Arts principal Jackie Cornelius about this year’s Extravaganza.
After several Duval students were caught with guns at school over the last two weeks, the School Board and the superintendent said Tuesday they’re working on an intervention plan. Board Chair Paula Wright said board members have met with groups of students at each of the eight schools where guns have turned up this year.
Jacksonville is getting its first minor league hockey team since the Barracudas disbanded in 2008. The Jacksonville IceMen are coming to the Veterans Memorial Arena in October. The East Coast Hockey League team is transferring to the First Coast after …
Ronnie Simmons, who was chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL5) and is a co-defendant on federal corruption and conspiracy charges, has changed his plea to guilty on counts one and 18 of the indictment.
For the second day in a row, a Jacksonville city council committee Wednesday approved proposed workforce-diversity ordinance. Despite some misgivings, the bill has cleared its last hurdle before going up for a full Council vote.