Rising gas prices; suggestions for navigating Medicare; LGBTQ+ Support Guide; Pilot Club scholarship opportunities; What’s good Wednesday

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Florida drivers proceed to suffer the consequences of record-high gas prices. The common price per gallon right away is $4.50, which is $1.60 higher than the common a yr ago.

Mark Jenkins joined us to debate the aspects influencing rising gas prices and the longer term of Florida gas.

Guest: Mark Jenkins, Florida AAA spokesman.

Suggestions for navigating Medicare

Insurance agent Bill Green of Orange Park, writer of “The Alphabet Soup of Medicare,” desires to help seniors navigate complex insurance processes with advice and suggestions for higher decision-making. Those interested can contact Green Insurance to request a free copy.

Guest: Bill Green, CEO, Green Insurance Agency.

DCPS revises “LGBTQ+ Support Guide”

In response to Florida’s latest so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law, Duval County Public Schools plans to slash the district’s LGBTQ+ support guide all the way down to an eight-page section of a bigger student support manual. The changes will strip out just about all sentences that explicitly protect transgender students’ rights, including that students should never be “outed” as LGBTQ+ without their consent.

Guest: Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today.

Pilot Club scholarship opportunities

A guiding force for community projects, the Pilot Club of Jacksonville is a volunteer organization of executive, business and skilled leaders who work together to enhance the standard of life in North Florida. The Pilot Club is involved with a scholarship foundation that sends a whole lot of Florida students to school every yr at very low price.

Guest: Betty Dubovsky, Port of Jacksonville Pilot Club.

What’s good Wednesday

  • The Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale is a non-auditioned community chorus that’s been around for over 30 years. Their “Voices + Strings” concert will feature Brittany Fouché and a string quartet to share Schubert’s “Mass in G,” Handel’s “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” and 4 Gospel Songs by Gwyneth Walker. Grace Episcopal Church in Orange Park will host the concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free; donations are welcome.
  • The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum and Flagler College are delighted to announce the inaugural Finger Mullet Film Festival this Friday and Saturday. The festival is devoted to nurturing an experimental art and film culture in St Augustine by providing an inspired platform for one of the best national and international short movies alongside a burgeoning local and regional culture of time-based creators and storytellers. 
  •  Gallery 725 announced a latest exhibit featuring the artwork of Angelo Moore, the famed lead singer and saxophonist for the enduring rock-ska-punk band Fishbone. “Angelo Moore: AVANT ICONS: The Collected Works” is a limited engagement presentation for nine days only starting Friday. Melissa spoke with Moore in regards to the exhibit and what drives his art.
  • Jacksonville native Shaleen Shah and his wife, Shilipi, run a farm animal sanctuary in Colorado called “Luvin’ Arms.” Shah says his upbringing here within the 904 helped him bring his message of compassion to animals to this effort. Shaleen’s parents also run the seventh Wonder Holistic Spa in Avondale.
  • WJCT’s own Carlos Semidei is appearing in “Southern Fried Funeral” at St Marys Little Theatre in historic St. Marys, Georgia, this weekend. 
  • Sunday, the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra will partner with Learn to Read of St. Johns County to host its annual Rubber Duck Race by dumping hundreds of rubber geese into the Intracoastal Waterway from the Palm Valley bridge. Each duck bought helps local nonprofits. 

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