Media Roundtable; Jax Next 100
Today’s media roundtable discussed some of the top stories on the First Coast including:
- Jacksonville activist Ben Frazier, founder of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, will do it speak next week in Geneva, Switzerland, before a United Nations committee. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is dedicated to monitoring human rights abuses around the world. It will meet in Geneva for its 107th session in August. Frazier said he was asked to speak in Geneva because the Northside Coalition is a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Florida’s “anti-riot” law.
- That candidates running for two open seats on the Duval County School Board are in the midst of our current culture struggles. Elizabeth Andersen is running for re-election in District 2. She faces a challenge from Moms for Liberty member April Carney. At a school board forum on the beaches earlier this week, Carney appeared to support the idea of arming teachers in the classroom. Andersen also sent campaign mailers around the district this week, where he was rumored to have met Carney, saying she was part of the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol rally. In the other hard-fought local school board race, incumbent Charlotte Joyce is facing re-election and is being challenged by Tanya Hardaker in District 6. Both Andersen and Hardaker are committed to keeping politics out of these local races, saying Joyce and Liberty are too partisan. Gov. Ron DeSantis has endorsed Carney and Joyce, which is virtually unprecedented in historically bipartisan races.
- Real estate prices continue to be a major challenge in Florida. To try to bring some relief, the city of Jacksonville can let people build small rental apartments on their land. The aim is to solve two problems: inflation and housing shortages. Legislation introduced by Councilman Rory Diamond would allow the construction of accessory dwelling units. Diamond envisages 100,000 of these new rental properties if its measure, the Keep Our Families Together Act, is approved.
- Nearly 350 lawsuits were against Dr. David Heekin, a former orthopedic surgeon in Jacksonville, who alleges he caused hundreds of injuries while operating on a neurological condition that caused him to slur his speech and lose his balance. dr Heekin voluntarily relinquished his medical license in 2021 after the completion of an investigation by the state board of medicine, records show.
- That Jags took on the Raiders at the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio last night. And ex-Jaguar Tony Boselli will finally be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend – the first player from the franchise to receive the honor.
Jax Next 100
Jessie hosts the Jax Next 100 initiative, a five-day celebration of Jacksonville’s past, present and future with an arts, music, film and literature festival next week. The celebration will also include some educational components, including an artist salon to help Jacksonville artists navigate the ins and outs of running a small art business.
- Josue A. CruzInterim Director of Development, The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.
- Huston PullenDirector, Small Business Development Center, Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida.