Tallahassee Mayor John Marks


Tallahassee Mayor John Marks is in Washington D.C. to take part in a national discussion about ending veteran homelessness. He says White House officials could even use Florida’s Capital city as a model.

Wednesday’s meeting at the White House is part of an ongoing initiative called the Mayors Challenge to challenge mayors across the U.S. to end veteran homelessness in their cities by the end of 2015. Marks says there are multiple reasons why he’s attending.

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This Sunday is National Missing Children’s Day, and local law enforcement joined with Tallahassee's Mayor as well as an elementary school to encourage parents to take part in a child safety campaign.                                                         

In the cafeteria of Astoria Park Elementary School, a group of Preschoolers is about to graduate, and they’re the school’s first Pre-K graduating class of 2014.

Perspectives: CASCADES PARK

Mar 13, 2014

Tallahassee’s long-awaited Cascades Park is officially open March 14.  In advance of the occasion, we get a preview- and a historic overview of the project – from Blueprint 2000 Planner Wayne Tedder, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, Leon County Commission Chair Kristin Dozier, and John G. Riley House and Museum Director Althamese Barnes.

Marks Not Running For Fourth Term As Tallahassee Mayor

Oct 1, 2013
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

When Tallahassee voters choose their next mayor, one thing is certain: It won’t be three-term incumbent John Marks. Marks announced Tuesday he’s not seeking reelection and plans to focus on a nonprofit venture.

Marks’s announcement ends months of uncertainty after City Commissioner Andrew Gillum announced earlier this year he plans to run for mayor.

Marks says he and his son, a Florida State University professor, plan to start a non-profit foundation connecting underserved communities with technology.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

A slew of big-name retail chains are slated to soon open in Tallahassee. Some have already opened their doors, and Bass Pro Shops is having its Grand Opening Wednesday afternoon with Governor Rick Scott in attendance. But, with Big Box stores making the move to the Capital city, what does that means for the smaller retail stores and local vendors that have made a home and built a following in the community?

Bass Pro Shops Opens Its Doors

Sascha Cordner

An administrative law judge is deciding whether Tallahassee Mayor John Marks violated the state’s ethics laws in a series of complaints filed against him. Some have raised questions about a possible conflict of interest when Marks voted in favor of the city spending millions to contract with a company, that was represented by a law firm where Marks worked at the time of the vote.

Perspectives: Health and Wellness

Aug 9, 2012

This week’s show topic is focused around on the 95210: Wellness and Nutrition Initiative, with overall fitness and wellness tips for all.

95210: The Whole Picture of Health is based on the idea that if families are exposed to the health promotion and chronic disease prevention messages of 95210 through several sector- wide settings, and if t hose settings have policies and environments that are the easier choice, they will be more likely to adopt or maintain the 95210 behaviors in their daily lives

During a closed-door hearing, the Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause Tallahassee Mayor John Marks violated the state’s ethics laws. Erwin Jackson, who brought two ethics complaints against Marks said the commission found cause in both cases.

“The Ethics Commission simply confirmed what is obvious. That John Marks has used the office of Mayor for his personal gain and that of his business associates,” Jackson said.

Sascha Cordner

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital is expanding its emergency services by constructing a new off-campus Emergency center. City and county officials helped Tallahassee Memorial Hospital kick off the construction of a new Emergency Center in the northeast part of Tallahassee Tuesday.

The new 45-thousand square foot facility will be called Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center-Northeast. Mark O'Bryant, the hospital’s President and CEO, says it’s intended to meet the community’s growing need.