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Email insights: Coast Guard, JAX Chamber team up on gas safety

The Coast Guard and the JAX Chamber have announced a new partnership promoting safety measures around the use and transport of liquefied natural gas or LNG in Jacksonville.

The region has become a hub for LNG activity in recent years, particularly in North Florida’s thriving maritime industry.

In a statement, Chamber CEO Daniel Davis said the agreement is recognition of the area’s growing LNG prominence.

“The investment that private businesses are making in LNG here, combined with the expertise of the Coast Guard, makes Jacksonville the ideal location for this type of partnership,” Davis said. “To fully realize the potential of the energy economy in Jacksonville we need to look for innovative ways to partner, and this agreement is a big first step.”

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In addition to her work writing for Florida Politics, Melissa Ross also hosts and produces WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program. The show has won four national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). First Coast Connect was also recognized in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as Best Local Radio Show by Folio Weekly’s “Best Of Jax” Readers Poll and Melissa has also been recognized as Folio Weekly’s Best Local Radio Personality. As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital. During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional Emmys for news and feature reporting. Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications. She can be reached at m.ross66211@gmail.com.

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