BOUQUETS TO RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET (RAM) The local Saturday marketplace for farmers, artists and artisans is now participating in Fresh Access Bucks, a program that increases access to healthful, local, fresh produce for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. RAM, with help from Florida Organic Growers (FOG), will now match what a SNAP cardholder spends with free Fresh Access Bucks – up to $20.


BOUQUETS TO THE JAX CHAMBER At the Tuesday, Jan. 26 City Council meeting, the Chamber’s board of directors – composed of prominent Jacksonville business leaders – presented a written statement urging councilmembers to pass a fully inclusive Human Rights Ordinance, stating, “We know when all of our citizens have an equal opportunity to succeed, that’s good for business and good for quality of life.”


BRICKBATS TO JAY FANT Last week, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court restated its ruling affirming women’s right to abortion procedures, the state representative (R-District 15, Jacksonville) voted – as a member of the House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice – in favor of HB 865, a bill that would make performing an abortion or operating an abortion clinic a first-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.