Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Jim Murley (01:20), chief resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County, on the threat of sea level rise. This month’s edition of “First Coast Success” features Lee and Cates Glass CEO Tommy Lee III (31:58). We heard the story behind a tombstone found at a home build in Springfield with TerraWise Homes owners David and Melody Shacter, and Springfield historian Jeff Gardner (40:19) and Cole Pepper (46:26) brought us the latest sports news.
Jacksonville’s Whole Foods store is among the company’s more than 400 nationwide that will soon be owned by retail giant Amazon. In this “Business Brief,” Modern Cities founder Ennis Davis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the sale is part of a retail trend of companies’ responding to customers’ changing needs.
The Georgia-Pacific paper company, the largest private employer in Putnam County, announced on Friday it’s expanding its Palatka operation with a giant new machine. The $400 million piece of equipment is expected to help the company add more than 120 jobs.
An army of volunteers will descend on downtown Jacksonville’s Hemming Park Saturday to begin planting gardens and making other improvements. Friends of Hemming Park CEO Bill Prescott walked through the park Friday morning, stopping next to the Laura Street fountain. It’s surrounded by a chain-link fence.
Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said filling teacher vacancies will be a focus of next year’s budget. As nationally fewer people are deciding to become teachers, Vitti said, during a workshop for next school year’s budget Tuesday, Duval is having trouble recruiting for the upcoming year. Over the last two years, the district recruited more than 500 new teachers from across the country. Duval currently has about 100 vacancies.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made his first trip to Jacksonville for a tour of the troubled Eureka Garden housing complex Tuesday. He met with residents and local officials, laying out his plans to reform the public housing system.
Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we heard from local labor attorney Tad Delegal about Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension reform plan. The First Coast Connect Book Club with blogger Stacey Goldring focused on the classic novel “The Stranger.” University of North Florida Communications Department Chair and director of the master’s program Brian Thornton talked about the school’s new master’s degree program in communication management and Florida Blue Foundation vice-president Susan Towler talked about being this month’s “Woman with Heart” raising awareness of Volunteers in Medicine.
Tuesday is the last day for Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp fans to pick a name for the team’s new mascot. Last year, when the Jacksonville Suns became the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp , the team adopted a pink, muscle-bound, fighting crustacean as its logo. Spokesman Marco LaNave calls it “the J shrimp” because it’s “in the shape of a J naturally — for Jacksonville.” But the scrappy little fellow is as yet nameless. “So we asked our fans to submit names for the mascot and we got over 2,000 entries,” he said. LaNave said that list has been narrowed down to five finalists: Jimbo, Mayport, Rocky, Scampi and Shelley. Fans can vote for their favorite at jaxshrimp.com The newly named mascot will be introduced to fans at the Jumbo Shrimp’s season opener Wednesday night at the Jacksonville baseball grounds. Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at 904-358-6351, email@example.com or on Twitter @cydwjctnews.
Jacksonville attorney John Phillips said he’s conducting a review of what happened during a Hemming Park protest Friday as he prepares to represent at least one of those arrested. Several protesters were arrested during a demonstration against last week’s U.S. airstrikes in Syria. Philips said he’s reviewing all available evidence of what led to the arrests.
Florida’s smoking rate is at an all-time low, and state officials attribute the precipitous drop to aggressive anti-smoking campaigns. But some North Florida counties are struggling to keep pace with statewide success.