First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross

20 EpisodesProduced by WJCT

Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities across Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

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7/18/19: Media Roundtable; Bluegrass, Beer and Barbecue Festival

July 19th, 2019


Friday on the First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross media roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at the top stories of the week, including:

7/18/19: Amazon Working Conditions; MOCA Jax Refugee Exhibit; Beer That Gives Back

July 18th, 2019


Some Amazon employees have complained about harsh working conditions at the online retailer's fulfillment centers. A journalist went undercover to …

7/17/19: A Victory For Cannabis Growers In Fla.; Going Green; The Moon Landing & R2-D2

July 17th, 2019


Last week, a Florida appellate court ruled that the system set up for distributing medical marijuana in Florida is unconstitutional. This could be …

7/16/19: Jacksonville's Budget Priorities; 'Luna: The Science and Stories of Our Moon'; New App

July 16th, 2019


Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented a $1.37 billion budget to the City Council on Monday . The spending plan is focused on public safety and economic development.

7/15/19: Beaches Solar Co-Op; “DUUUVAL” Sculpture; Cole Pepper

July 15th, 2019


Local homeowners and businesses in Jacksonville and Neptune Beach are the latest groups to form a solar co-op.

7/12/19: Media Roundtable; Freedom Festival; The Band Be Easy

July 12th, 2019


Friday on the First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at the top stories of the week including:

7/11/19: Clara White Mission; Supermarkets And Single Use Plastics; Al Letson

July 11th, 2019


Downtown Jacksonville’s Clara White Mission put out an emergency call to action funding appeal last week. It’s needed to avoid drastic service cuts. Jacksonville City Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman runs the organization, …

7/10/19: JSO Controversial Arrest; Lights For Liberty; She Is Fierce!

July 10th, 2019


On the Fourth of July, a video broadcast by WJXT news partner News4Jax , showed a white JSO officer slamming a black suspect’s head into the pavement.

7/9/19: Front Yard Vegetable Gardens; Allergies; 'First Coast Connect' Book Club

July 9th, 2019


It’s now legal in Florida to grow a vegetable garden in your front yard. The new law is seen as a victory for urban gardeners and food activists working to fight hunger and food insecurity.

7/8/19: Unbroken Horizons Scholarship; Chasing the Moon; Cole Pepper

July 8th, 2019


Seth Owen has become a Jacksonville's LGBTQ icon. But before that he was shunned from his family for being gay, faced homelessness and couldn't pay …

7/2/19: State Representative Tracie Davis; Preserving Fish Island; Road Trip Vacations

July 2nd, 2019


Representative Tracie Davis State Representative Tracie Davis is in her second term representing the 13 th District. On Tuesday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. …

7/1/19: Reggie Fullwood and Operation New Hope; Vaping Ban; Cole Pepper

July 1st, 2019


Former state representative Reggie Fullwood has a new leadership position, two years after he was sentenced in federal court in 2017.

6/28/19: Media Roundtable; 'Raw Talks'

June 28th, 2019


Friday on the First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week including: Mayor Lenny Curry weighing in on the push by Duval County …

6/27/19: JEA; Reducing Algae Blooms; Bifurcation; ADAPT

June 27th, 2019


JEA may have to lay off more than 500 workers to avoid a big spike in customer’s electric bills . The public utility has been in downsizing mode for more than a decade. JEA decreased from 2600 employees in 2006 down to …

6/26/19: Democratic Primary Debates; Climate Change; Sickle Cell

June 26th, 2019


As Democratic presidential canidates prepare for the 2020 primary debates in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday nights, 74 medical and public health groups are pushing candiates to make commitments to help fight against …

6/25/19: Pride Prom; 'Northern Lights' Author; Nonalcoholic Bar Coming To Jax

June 25th, 2019


June is Pride Month and to celebrate it, a pride prom was going to be held at the Willowbranch location of the Jacksonville Public Library on Friday, June 28. But the event has now been canceled by the library due to …

6/24/19: State Of Duval Schools; First Coast Success; SailTime NE FL; Cole Pepper

June 24th, 2019


A report in The Florida Times-Union shows Duval County Public Schools paid more than $9 million in air conditioning-related maintenance and repairs …

6/21/19: Media Roundtable; International Yoga Day

June 21st, 2019


Friday on the First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week …

6/20/19: Duval Schools Sales Tax Proposal; 'Cracker Gothic'; 'Void On Vinyl Volume 2'

June 20th, 2019


Duval County's Half Cent Sales Tax The push for a November referendum on a proposed a half-cent sales tax for better school buildings in Jacksonville …

6/19/19: Affordable Housing; Hemp Industry; 'Chicago'

June 19th, 2019


A new report says affordable housing is out of reach for millions of Americans.

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