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Maple Street Biscuit Co. to open in Julington Creek
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:25:29 +0000

Just two years after opening its first restaurant, Maple Street Biscuit Co. is opening its fifth. Scott Moore, one of the two owners, said he’s planning to open the restaurant the first week of December in the former Applebee’s at 1627 Race Track Road in north St. Johns County.

It will have the same biscuit-centric menu and hours as the other locations, but at 5,000 square feet, is larger than the others. Moore said part of that will be taken by a coffee roasting operation.

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Business calendar
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:33:39 +0000


Beaches Business Association, noon, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Speakers: Yevgeny Morozov (D) and Lake Ray (R, incumbent), candidates for State Rep. District 12. $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or

Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1201 Riverplace Blvd. Speaker: Amanda Sauer, principal at The Grasp Choice Academy. (904) 398-5566, or email



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Pete's Bar working to return Thanksgiving party to the street
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:30:27 +0000

Major reaction to the announced cancellation of the annual Turkey Day Party held by Pete’s Bar in Neptune Beach has the establishment’s ownership taking steps to reverse the decision.

Nancy Jensen, co-owner of Pete’s, announced this week that after nearly 30 years of the Thanksgiving Day street party, she decided to shut it down due to an inability to get insurance coverage for the event.

Jensen said Thursday that reaction to the cancellation was so strong that she’s trying to cobble together some agreement to allow the festival to return.

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Shipyard to pay $1 million to settle federal suit
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:25:55 +0000

North Florida Shipyards and its president will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit that said the company created a front business to get Coast Guard contracts intended for disabled veterans, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

“Those who expect to do business with the government must do so fairly and honestly,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Joyce R. Branda. “We will not tolerate contractors who seek to profit at the expense of our veterans and taxpayers.”

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Atlantic Coast Bank, Rayonier Advanced Materials. EverBank and FIS announce quarterly reports
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:46:09 +0000

Several Jacksonville-based companies announced third quarter results Wednesday:

Atlantic Coast Financial Corp., holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank, reported earnings of 3 cents per share. Net income improved to $500,000 from a net loss of $900,000 for the same quarter last year.

EverBank Financial Corp. reported net income $41 million and diluted earnings of 33 cents per share, compared to $30.6 million and 25 cents per share for the third quarter 2013.

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Former First Coast News anchor Phil Amato moves to rival Action News
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:17:24 +0000

Well, that wasn’t a very long departure from broadcast news in Jacksonville for Phil Amato.

The former First Coast News anchor who abruptly parted ways from that operation in June has been hired by Action News, WFOX TV-30 and WJAX TV-47.

Action News General Manager Jim Zerwekh announced the hiring of Amato Wednesday.

“We were given the opportunity to bring on a pillar of the Jacksonville journalism community and we couldn’t pass it up,” Zerwekh said in a news release.

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Monument Road Publix reopening after complete rebuild
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:28:43 +0000

The Publix in Cobblestone Crossing on Monument Road re-opens Thursday after almost nine months. The store closed in January, was torn down and replaced by a new $3.5 million building that’s about 15,000 square feet larger than the previous one.

Almost $1 million was spent remodeling the exterior of the entire shopping center.

Roger Bull: (904) 359-4296

Transdev finishes major acquisiton of cab services in Florida and Jacksonville; plans tech upgrades
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:27:29 +0000

Cab service in Jacksonville and St. Augustine is about to get more high tech as a major corporate acquisition has been completed for several markets in Florida.

Transdev on Demand Inc. this month completed buyouts of multiple taxi cab operations in the state. Transdev, based in Phoenix Ariz., bought PTG Enterprises LLC, which has cab services in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, most notably Gator City, Yellow and City Cab services.

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Jacksonville Business Journal: Shad Khan moves closer to revealing proposal for Shipyards
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:22:08 +0000

Jaguars owner Shad Khan expects to present a plan to the city of Jacksonville in the coming months to establish the Shipyards on the Northbank as a mixed-used development, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal.

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Work Wanted: Communication at work without blame, excuses, whining
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:27:48 +0000

Every time you open your mouth to speak, you’re selling something. That’s the message Mark Vickers delivers to companies when he’s called in to help them untangle communications.

“All speech is persuasive speech,” Vickers says. “You’re selling your idea, your product, your opinion, or yourself.” Vickers is a certified professional coach and speaker with more than 5,000 hours in front of corporate audiences. He knows what works on stage to win people over, and he helps companies transfer these skills to communications at work.

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Hyppo ice pops to open in Brooklyn Station
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:34:09 +0000

Brooklyn Station on Riverside has added two more tenants. Hyppo, the St. Augustine maker of gourmet ice pops, will open next summer. Marilyn Monroe, an upscale nail salon, will open early next year, said a spokesman for Regency Centers, the shopping center’s developer.

Fresh Market opened in the center last month. Others committed: Corner Bakery Cafe, Lucy’s, Hair Cuttery, Navy Federal Credit Union, Burger Fi, Zoes Kitchen and Burrito Gallery.

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Sweet Pete's on track to open in November in renovated downtown Jacksonville Seminole Club
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:06:23 +0000

In some spots, tile is being laid and wooden floors refinished. But in others, there are rafters where ceilings should be, doorways that still need to be cut, not to mention kitchens for both a restaurant and a candy-making facility that still need to be installed.

Turning the old downtown Seminole Club into a Sweet Pete’s still has a long way to go. But Marcus Lemonis, the entrepreneur, financier and television star behind it, said he’s still hoping to open it by the end of November.

After all, it’s got another appearance coming up on national television.

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RedCoach offers new bus routes from Jacksonville to Tallahassee, Orlando
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:49:54 +0000

RedCoach motorcoach company has returned its off-again-on-again association with Jacksonville by offering new trips to Tallahassee and Orlando.

The bus company announced this month it is establishing connection routes from Jacksonville to Tallahassee and from Jacksonville to Orlando. An original promotional price for the trips was at $20 for the ride to Orlando and $30 for the trip to Tallahassee.

A company news release said the Jacksonville stops include boarding at the Kings Avenue Station at 1003 Kings Ave. and at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

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Pete's Bar cancels annual Thanksgiving Day street party in Neptune Beach
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:50:17 +0000

A Beaches holiday tradition for decades has been scrapped for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day observance, at least for the time being.

Citing growing crowds and related insurance coverage problems, Pete’s Bar in Neptune Beach has called off the annual Turkey Day Party this year. The event had blossomed in recent years into a major draw for thousands of people who filled the streets of downtown Neptune Beach in a precursor to holiday dinner later in the day.

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Career Track: A look at who's on the move in First Coast business
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:09:14 +0000

Paige Barfield joined Hanson Professional Services as a designer responsible for all phases of design and plan production.


RE/MAX Unlimited in Ponte Vedra Beach hired Pat Day as a realtor.


The Quick Law Group is pleased to announce the addition of two new associate attorneys, Katie Bruce and Anna Mikhaliants.


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Last updated at: 10/31/2014 2:12:48 AM ET

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