Buzz: Swamp Radio, One Spark, Noise Ordinance and More

Swamp Sequel

Playwright Ian Mairs and a cast of local storytellers, songwriters, poets, musicians and artists will take Swamp Radio to The Florida Theatre stage on Jan. 19, according to the theater’s press release. Mairs created the scripted variety series to share the history, culture and identity of Northeast Florida. The first performances were in July and November at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. Swamp Radio company members include David Girard, Kevin Roberts, Maya Adkins, Lauren Fincham, Rich Campbell, Simone Aden-Reid, Charlotte Mabrey, Wayne Wood and Mark Woods.


Where’s Tim Deegan?

One of our favorite TV meteorologists, Tim Deegan, seems to have vanished from the airways. The FTVLive website reported that First Coast News is advertising for a new forecaster, surmising the longtime weatherman may not return. The station has been mum about Deegan’s Nov. 2 DUI arrest, saying it does not comment on personnel matters. The station’s news director, Kathy Williams, didn’t return a call asking for comment. There was no telephone listing for Tim Deegan.


Noise Ordinance Deferred

The Jacksonville City Council has deferred action on a controversial noise ordinance for Metropolitan Park, but granted waivers for two upcoming events. Concert promoters had told Council members they were opposed to a compromise ordinance crafted over several months. By a 13-6 vote, the Council granted waivers to the ordinance for the Nov. 30 Soul Food Festival and The Big Ticket, set for Dec. 8. The Council has said it needs more time to consider amendments to the proposed ordinance.


Coles Plans Downtown Jacksonville Restaurant

Former NFL star Laveranues Coles is planning to open a gourmet hamburger restaurant in a Downtown Jacksonville building he purchased last month. The former Ribault High School, Florida State and NFL player bought the building that’s across the street from the old Duval County Courthouse on Bay Street for $750,000. He plans to open his place next Feburary or March, according to The Financial News & Daily Record. JAA Architecture is designing the structure, to include two floors with a stage for live music on each floor. JAA’s John Allmand said Coles is leaning toward the name Levels.


Human Rights Ordinance Considered

The Atlantic Beach City Commission will continue the process of adding a human rights ordinance at a Dec. 9 meeting. Dozens turned out Nov. 25 for a public hearing on the proposed ordinance which would protect against discrimination based on age, race, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or veteran’s status in housing, employment and places of public accommodation.


Creators Wanted for One Spark 2014

Regular registration has begun for One Spark 2014, billed as “the world’s crowdfunding festival” to match creators in the fields of art, music, science, technology and a new category — innovation — with resources to help support their ideas. The cash pot is increasing from $250,000 to $310,000. A total of $200,000 will be distributed proportionally based on votes for creators’ ideas, and $10,000 bonuses will go to each category’s top vote-getters. Another addition is jury awards, to provide $10,000 to selected creators in each category. The project receiving the most donations from individuals will score a $10,000 bonus. The festival, set for April 9-13, is expected to attract 150,000 people to Downtown Jacksonville, organizers said.


Bank Gives $200,000 to Nonprofit

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Jewish Family & Community Services as the recipient of the 2013 Neighborhood Builders award. The honor comes with a $200,000 unrestricted grant. Each year, JFCS (founded in 1917) serves more than 15,000 clients throughout Northeast Florida, providing family-centered services to address issues of hunger, child abuse, mental illness and homelessness.


UNF Hosting TEDx Women Simulcast

The University of North Florida presents a simulcast of “TEDx Women: Invented Here,” 3:30-9 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Student Union Auditorium. The event, sponsored by TEDWomen, TEDx Jacksonville, University of North Florida’s Taylor Leadership Institute and UNF Women’s Center, includes speakers Sheryl Sandberg, author of “Lean In,” and record-breaking open-water swimmer Diana Nyad. Admission is free for all UNF students, $9 for the general public. A light dinner is offered. For more information, call Taylor Leadership Center at 620-5934 or email [email protected].