Left-leaning activists rallied Sunday evening in Jacksonville’s Memorial Park and held a candlelight vigil mourning the one dead and several injured at the “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia Saturday.
On this episode of Redux: The Florida Times-Union is being sold to GateHouse Media. Jacksonville may take on big pharma. Millennials are gravitating to older neighborhoods. And finally, meet Jacksonville Jaguars team barber, 27-year-old Eric Rivera.
The Jacksonville Public Library is asking for a nearly $2 million increase in the mayor’s proposed budget, and several city council members say they may consider at least a smaller bump. The library’s executive director stressed the growing demand for libraries during budget hearings Friday.
Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed the surprise announcement Wednesday that Morris Communications is selling the Florida Times-Union, St. Augustine Record and other newspapers to GateHouse Media with the Poynter Institute media business analyst Rick Edmonds and WJCT business analyst and former Times-Union editor John Burr (01:14). Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, Selena Shilad, told us why her organization opposes the proposal to privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers (27:07). APR Energy CEO John Campion talked about his Jacksonville-based company’s providing portable power facilities to South Australia (37:00), and we heard about “The Call,” the latest production from the 5 & Dime Theatre Company with founder Lee Hamby and star Erin Salem (45:56).
Nonviolent ex-offenders now have a school designed to quickly train them for jobs at the JaxPort. The school, called the Jacksonville Port Academy, was created by the nonprofit Operation New Hope, Florida State College at Jacksonville and JaxPort.
Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with Mike Binder, the director of the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida, about a poll released this week giving Senator Bill Nelson a six-point lead over Governor Rick Scott in a hypothetical 2018 U.S. Senate race. Dr. Peter Szatmari from the University of Toronto and Dr. Peter Mundy from the University of California-Davis Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute joined the show to talk about Wednesday’s ninth annual Autism Symposium on the UNF campus. Jacksonville Pen Women President Duncan Sawyer talked about the national organization’s 120th anniversary and Pixie Larizza from the Women Business Owners of North Florida talked about their event next week “Unstoppable.”
President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.
The Jacksonville City Council Neighborhoods Committee voted Monday to recommend the full council withdraw a bill to designate Hemming Park’s confederate monument a historical landmark. Council president Lori Boyer called for the withdrawal, but said she wants to bring back a more thought-out plan for preserving the park’s history.
A new University of North Florida poll could spell trouble for one potential Republican candidate next year. But UNF Public Opinion Research Laboratory Director Mike Binder is cautioning against reading too much into the data more than a year away from…
The Jacksonville Landing is going to brighten up its interior walls through a local-artist mural project. Its mostly blank walls currently feature simple green tropical plants and light blue pelican figures. Local artist Nicole Holderbaum wants to chan…