BRICKBATS TO ERIC FRIDAY Speaking on WJCT just days after the most recent mass shooting on a college campus in Oregon, the lead attorney for the gun rights group Florida Carry Inc. argued in favor of allowing students to bring firearms into classrooms, despite virtually all stakeholders affiliated with local schools – including professors, university presidents, and campus police officers – opposing such measures.
BOUQUETS TO BROOKE AND HAP STEIN for their generous gift to Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. The Brooke & Hap Stein Emerging Artist prize will help the museum seek out, feature, and assist local, regional, and national artists. Benefits for the recipients include an exhibit of their work at MOCAJax, a public program at the museum, acquisition of a work for the permanent collection, and a stipend. The inaugural prize will be awarded in March 2016.
BOUQUETS TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY FUND FOR NORTHEAST FLORIDA for donating a total of $108,000 in grants to four local nonprofit organizations: ElderSource, Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN), University of North Florida LGBT Resource Center and PFLAG of Jacksonville (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). The monies will benefit programs ranging from care for the elderly and disabled to LGBT advocacy and support.