BOUQUETS TO THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP The annual golf tournament played on the Stadium Course at Sawgrass raised $8.1 million during 2015’s event, all of which will be donated to support charity efforts in Northeast Florida, ranging from health and wellness programs for local youth to veterans services.
BOUQUETS TO THE REVEREND R.L. GUNDY Formerly a vocal critic of the 2012 Human Rights Ordinance, the pastor from Mt. Sinai Baptist Church has changed his mind and joined a group of around 50 local interfaith leaders supporting legislation that would expand discrimination protections to Jacksonville’s LGBT community.
BRICKBATS TO THE ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT BOARD In an effort to ensure Central Florida’s water supply for the next two decades, the board – which included little in the way of representation from Jacksonville – approved an option to extract 160 million gallons of water per day from the St. Johns River, which environmentalists say puts the health of the river in jeopardy.