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On First Coast Connect: City Budget

The Council met on Tuesday evening until the wee hours of the morning, trying to find additional cuts to make to the budget. After anti-tax protestors crammed into the Council Chambers to express their opposition to a proposed 9 percent millage rate increase.
UNF economist Dr. Paul Mason and our own Kevin Meerschaert joined us today as we dicussed Jacksonville’s city council approving the budget cuts but increasing property tax.

There’s an email circulating online right now that has some homeowners in a panic. It warns that if you sell your house after 2012, you’ll pay a hefty sales tax on it—courtesy of the health care reform law. We heard from Wallet Doctor, Ron Allen to clarify.

Jimmy Saal, producer of Atypical Arts Presents and Ashley Kahn, critically acclaimed author, music journalist, and jazz historian joined us today. They’re an exciting new addition to the Jacksonville cultural scene. Atypical Arts has been producing exclusive and exciting events in Jacksonville for the last year now. They are here to kick off MUSIC IN MOTION: Miles, Marley and Beyond. It’s a 4-part film and interactive multimedia series spotlighting four extremely talented music artists.

Music in Motion: tonight at 6:30 pm at the Five Points Theatre

Kerry Speckman, from Jacksonville Magazine visited us today to tell of all the events happening around town this weekend. In case you missed it, visit JacksonvilleMag.com with a list of upcoming events.

Thanks for listening and if you missed any of our show today listen to our podcast at www.wjctondemand.org

Gulf Coast Live: Arts Edition – Women Call for Peace Exhibit

The artists featured in Women Call for Peace at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs denounce violent aggression and advocate global peace through conflict resolution and the power of art. Sixty works disavow personal, political, domestic and international violence. Their messages reflect a range of religious beliefs, racial identities, and personal encounters with violence. We’ll meet some of them on Arts Edition.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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On First Coast Connect: Florida’s Tight Governor Race

-Dueling polls show different results in Florida’s tight governor’s race.
And depending on which poll you like, either Republican Rick Scott or Democrat Alex Sink is leading in the race to replace Charlie Crist.
This morning— we began the hour a closer look at the data and where the candidates stand in terms of fundraising and voter enthusiasm.
We were joined by:
Brad Coker, nationally regarded pollster of the Mason-Dixon Polling and research firm

Matt Corrigan, chair of the UNF Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

-With the housing market still sluggish and many unable to sell their homes- upgrades that fit a tight budget are a popular alternative.
If you’re looking to make some changes around the house- the Fall 2010 Jacksonville Home and Patio Show is an easy place to get some ideas. We were joined by:
Liz Morgan

-Electro Lounge host David Luckin joined us to talk about new releases and updates of the classics listeners love. Listen to his podcasts

-Jacksonville Beach performer Jordyn Jackson is developing an international reputation for her captivating vocals, and her modern interpretation of jazz and blues classics. e spent time recently in New Orleans’ famed Garden District- the birthplace of jazz- to record her new album, “September in the Garden.”
Jordyn Jackson

If you’d like to hear today’s show again, just check out our podcasts Or listen to the replay of this program tonight at 8pm on WJCT Arts

Gulf Coast Live: Boys & Girls Clubs / A Growing Lee

The non-profit Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County were recently awarded a grant for their commitment to providing academic opportunities to at risk youth.  We’ll talk to someone from the clubs, and to a high school student who received a scholarship as part of the same grant.  Plus since the mid 1990s Florida’s panther population has rebounded somewhat…thanks in part to the genetic diversity of eight female pumas from Texas.  We’ll learn more…

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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Florida Matters: The Debate Over Amendment 4

Proponents call it “Hometown Democracy”; critics call it a disaster for the state’s economy. Amendment 4 has been proposed as a way to give voters more control over growth and to reign in unchecked development. But it’s stirring up fierce opposition from builders and business groups. They say it’s a jobs-killer and will deepen the recession. Hear both sides of the debate, tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7.

Weigh in: What do you think about the plan to have voters go to the polls to approve or deny changes to cities’ and counties’ comprehensive land-use plans?

More on Florida Matters “The Debate Over Amendment 4”

Intersection | New Orlando Venue Opens This Week

Are you sorry to see the Old Amway Arena go?  Do you think that Orlando should have built a new performing arts center before a new sports complex?

Tell us what you think.  This week on Intersection, we talk with Senior Reporter Mark Schueb of the Orlando Sentinel about the path that lead to this week’s opening of the new Amway Center.  Plus, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts President Kathy Ramsberger updates progress on Orlando’s second venue.

Catch Intersection Wednesday evening at 6:30 and Saturday Morning at 7:30 on 90.7 FM.

Gulf Coast Live: Elections & Oil Laden Kemps Ridley Turtles

Kevin Rader is the Democrat vying for State Senate Seat 27. The district stretches from Palm Beach to Lee County.   And we’ll also be joined by John Studebaker, an NPA Candidate running for House Seat 67 – which includes Manatee and parts of Sarasota County.  Later in the program – the prospects for rehabilitated, oil laden Kemps Ridley sea turtles released this summer in the Ten Thousand Islands.

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