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Roger Bull's Sunday Notebook: Senior housing getting several new options in Jacksonville
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:28:52 +0000

There’s a lot of stuff happening with housing for low-income seniors in Jacksonville.

Cathedral Terrace, a 240-unit apartment building downtown, will undergo a $27 million renovation as part of the Renew Jax project. The funding is coming from a variety of public and private sources, including $803,000 from the city.

The Retirement Housing Foundation, a nonprofit based in Long Beach, Calif., paid $10.38 million for the Towers of Jacksonville, a 192-unit apartment building at 1400 E. Lebaron Ave. It’s for low-income residents ages 62 and up and on the river in San Marco.

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VyStar Credit Union founder Michael Cascone Sr. to step down from board after 63 years
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:28:25 +0000

When Michael Cascone Sr. helped found a credit union in 1952 for military and civil service personnel at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, it was based in a building similar to a barracks, a banner saying “credit union” strung across the top. Not many even understood what the institution was about.

Now, the VyStar Credit Union’s 100,000-square-foot headquarters on Jacksonville’s Blanding Boulevard is named after Cascone. The institution has about 486,000 members and assets worth about $5.5 billion, according to VyStar figures.

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Good News: These shoes are made to be as artistic as Jimmy Choos
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:01:54 +0000

Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik they’re not. Nor are they meant to be. Yet these shoes have every bit the artistic flair or more.

They are four shoes designed by Kelly Delaney’s art students at Atlantic Coast High School. And they’re in the running for thousands of dollars and a trip to New York as part of the Vans Custom Culture art competition. Their entry was chosen among the top 50 of almost 2,300 submissions and as one of the top 10 in the Southeast.

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First apartments at 220 Riverside open May 4; Unity Plaza opens May 1
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:46:53 +0000

In just over a week, Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood’s population will increase by a third, and it will become home to Unity Plaza, the city’s newest urban park.

While plans for developing vacant lots in Brooklyn have come and gone for the last decade, the first residents at 220 Riverside’s apartments will move in May 4, just days after next-door Unity Plaza’s Friday soft launch.

Residents will move into the 26 units on the top floor of the six-floor building while construction continues below. Leases at the apartments run from $900 to $1,900 per month.

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Local business set to use The Players golf tournament as its showcase
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:52:19 +0000

With the Players Championship PGA golf tournament only 10 days away, local businesses are expecting success in a variety of ways.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is this is one of the most important weeks of the year for local businesses,” said David Davis, chairman of the JAX Chamber sports and entertainment committee. “Many local and national businesses will make TPC Sawgrass their office the week of May 5.”

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JaxPort sets another record with largest container ship
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:51:07 +0000

The MOL Northern Juvenile became the largest container ship ever to dock in JaxPort when it arrived on Friday.

The Northern Juvenile, which is owned by the Tokyo-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines shipping company, is capable of carrying 8,800 twenty-foot-long containers, according to a press release from JaxPort. The previous record was set in January by the MOL Competence, which can carry 8,100 of the containers.

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Jacksonville Landing set to lose another of its original tenants
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:18:28 +0000

The Toy Factory, one of the last original tenants of The Jacksonville Landing, is closing.

Owner Richard Stoecklein said he’s retiring as soon as he sells the rest of his toys.

“It’s going to be soon,” he said, “we’re getting pretty low.”

Only four businesses remain from The Landing’s opening day in 1987, according Janice Lowe, the center’s general manager: The Toy Factory, Hooters, Coastal Cookie and Hana and Her Sister Fine Jewelry.

“I’m happy for Dick,” Lowe said. “He’s been a great person to have here. It’s been wonderful.”

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Stocks rise on tech earnings; Nasdaq adds to record
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:16:44 +0000

NEW YORK  — Stock indexes edged higher Friday, helped by gains in big technology companies including Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose five points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,118 as of 12:05 p.m. Eastern. The Nasdaq composite added 38 points, or 0.8 percent, to 5,094 and the Dow Jones industrial average was up 38 points, or 0.1 percent, at 18,073.

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Georgia firm picked for 'total redevelopment' of the Jacksonville Landing
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:39:46 +0000

After a meeting Thursday, it is now known what company will redevelop the Jacksonville Landing.

Wakefield Beasley and Associates, a firm based in Georgia, got the green light.

Lamar Wakefield is the CEO of the firm picked to undertake what he calls a monumental task.
"Oh it's huge. This is a total re-development," he said.

Plans include better use of the waterfront, filling up the empty spaces and keeping people at the Landing with entertainment and apartments.

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'Skimmers' found at three Jacksonville-area gas stations
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:37:19 +0000

TALLAHASSEE | State officials have identified three Jacksonville-area gas stations as the sites of “skimmers” — devices that enable someone to illegally obtain credit card and debit card information.

The stations, which were named Thursday as part of a statewide sweep, included a BP station at 715 Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach, a BP station at 3247 Emerson St. in Jacksonville and a Kangaroo Express at 11869 Pulaski Road in Jacksonville.

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Trashy art or artsy trash? At Satchel's, pizza is just one of the attractions
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:43:06 +0000

GAINESVILLE – There’s a 50-year-old Ford van parked out front. You can eat your pizza in that. There’s a airplane out back, where you can’t.

And in between, there seems to be an infinite amount of ... well, just about everything. And everything has something else on it. The bathroom walls are covered with paintings, the trashcans are covered with tile. Hubcaps here, bicycle wheels there, discarded toys planted permanently in cement.

Whether it’s trashy art or artsy trash, that’s purely left to the mind of the beholder.

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Business calendar
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:34:55 +0000


Kiwanis Foundation Golf Tournament, registration 7:30 a.m., shotgun start 8:30 a.m., DeerCreek Golf and Country Club. Includes a lunch, awards ceremony, raffle and door prizes. Registration, (904) 434-9133 or email

Beaches Business Association, 11:30 a.m., Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Speaker: Aaron Bowman, JaxUSA Economic Development. $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or

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Former exec working out of Port of Jacksonville indicted
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:01:24 +0000

Federal authorities Wednesday arrested a former executive of a Port of Jacksonville business in a multi-layered fraud case.

An unsealed indictment links Andrew A. Rooks, 58, with two separate conspiracies to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and 10 counts of wire fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. A return of approximately $2.1 million is being sought.

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Comcast to launch super-fast Internet service for Jacksonville residential customers
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:55:51 +0000

A new high-speed residential Internet service to be offered in Florida by Comcast is going to be really fast. It also will be really expensive and it will be aimed at the techno-elite.

Comcast officials announced this week that the company will begin offering a two-gigabit-per-second service for web access. 2 Gigabit Pro will transfer data at about two thousand megabits per second. That’s 40 to 80 times faster than the speeds used by most residential customers now.

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State, city consider $1.4 million incentives package for Fanatics to expand in Jacksonville, hire 80
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:44:00 +0000

The state and city are teaming up to offer Fanatics Inc., an Internet retailer specializing in the sale of licensed sports merchandise, up to $1.4 million so the Jacksonville-based company will hire 80 more employees and expand its headquarters here.

The state would put up about $1.07 million. The city’s incentives would total $348,000.

Fanatics, which began in 1995 as a small sports apparel store at The Avenues mall, has grown into one of the biggest Internet retailers in the country, offering a huge line of officially licensed sports merchandise and memorabilia.

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Last updated at: 4/26/2015 2:54:18 AM ET

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