A Jacksonville homeless woman is speaking out about the city’s treatment of those who live without shelter. She recently wrote to Mayor Lenny Curry and the City Council. Wendy Jenkins was spending Thursday morning at Hemming Park. It’s where she normally goes after waking up and then again after breakfast at Clara White Mission. She used to stay in shelters but said they feel like prison.
Northeast Florida residents are asked to help remove an invasive plant species Saturday. The Army Corps of Engineers is holding “ air potato roundups ” in various parks and gardens to kick off National Invasive Species Awareness Week, beginning March 3.
Florida patients could soon have access to more information about the average costs of their prescription drugs.
Our weekly Media Roundtable on Friday featured Tessa Duval from the Florida Times-Union, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride. We also spoke by phone with award winning movie direc…
Drive around Jacksonville and you’ll eventually see the Confederate Monument at Hemming Park or maybe the Women of the Southern Confederacy Monument. While some view these sites simply as a reminder of the city’s past, others see these displays as a nod to a darker side of the River City. On this episode of Redux, we’ll hear from the experts as well as our listeners. Then we’ll fill you in on mental health first aid on the First Coast, as well as bringing you a story about Jacksonville’s first streetcar suburb. And finally, we’ll have a tale about everyone’s favorite lumbering marine mammal. Here’s a hint, it has an egg-shaped head, flippers and a flat tail.
Jacksonville’s Planning Commission unanimously approved zoning changes Thursday for Springfield that pave the way for an apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless. The approval is the first step in a settlement agreement between the city, two disability-rights nonprofits and the U.S. Department of Justice. Disability Rights Florida and Jacksonville-based Ability Housing sued after Ability Housing’s permit request to build the complex in Springfield was rejected. Ability Housing was awarded a $1.4 million grant in March 2014 to rehabilitate a 12-unit apartment building at 139 Cottage Ave. After the initial permit and appeal were rejected the DOJ opened an investigation in December 2015. A year later, the federal agency filed its own lawsuit, saying the city provision preventing the permit violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The three parties reached a tentative settlement agreement, but it must be approved by City Council to prevent a court battle. The
Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with former State Senator Tony Hill about an event Friday to honor Jacksonville native and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson. We also heard about the tragedy of babies being born to opioid addicted mothers and the treatments available, and University of North Florida assistant professor of physics Jack Hewitt told us about NASA’s announcement Wednesday.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is planning six town hall meetings to gather input on a body camera pilot program, which is scheduled to roll out by this summer. Some local civil rights leaders were upset JSO hadn’t been holding public input meetings all along.
Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis is dialing back his bill aimed at getting more city contractors to hire ex-offenders. He’s said he’s received pushback from construction contractors.