Gas prices inch back up in Florida
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:34:05 +0000
Gas prices rose an average of 3 cents a gallon in Florida in the past week. But they stayed stable nationally and were the lowest for the Labor Day weekend in four years.
According to AAA’s weekly report, the average price for a gallon of regular gas was unchanged at $3.43 nationally, went from $3.34 to $3.37 in Florida and $3.32 to $3.33 in Georgia.
In Jacksonville Tuesday morning, the average price for regular was $3.34, up from $3.31 a week ago, down from $3.42 a month ago and $3.56 a year ago.
Man stabs pit bull in Newnan pet store
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:00:42 +0000
NEWNAN, Ga. | Police say a pit bull was repeatedly stabbed during a pet adoption event inside a PetSmart store in the west Georgia town of Newnan, horrifying adults and children.
A police report states that a man stabbed the pit bull, Clara, after it slipped out of its collar and began tugging on the ear of his dog, a Westie Terrier.
Teresa Reeves tells WXIA-TV that the man pulled out a pocket knife and repeatedly stabbed Clara. Reeves said there was “blood everywhere” and the worst thing she’s ever seen.
With declining electric and water sales, JEA looks outside the box to make money
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:49:37 +0000
Facing unprecedented, industry-wide declines in electric and water sales over the last decade, JEA officials are searching for new ways to make money.
Some of those ways, like managing timber on thousands of acres of land near Baldwin, seem at first blush odd pursuits for a municipal electric, water and sewer utility.
But JEA officials say the ideas, which in most cases would generate relatively small revenue, would use the utility’s existing manpower, expertise and assets and help pad the $1.8 billion budget supported by electric and water sales.
Career Track: First Coast professionals on the move
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:45:03 +0000
Almost a third of Smith Hulsey & Busey lawyers have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession along with two who have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year.”
One Spark looks toward ignition in Berlin; Sept. festival smaller than 2014 Jacksonville version
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:37:29 +0000
One Spark packed in huge crowds in downtown Jacksonville this year. But the crowdfunding festival organization is about to find out how well the brand plays outside the First Coast.
One Spark organizers are putting the final touches on their next festival, which runs Sept. 12-13 in Berlin. In many ways, it’s an expansion of the One Spark concept that drew an estimated 260,000 people to a 20-square-block area of the Jacksonville urban core. In other ways, the Berlin effort is a whole new twist to the crowdfunding festival paradigm, said One Spark founder Elton Rivas.
Your Office Coach: Corporate world can intimidate; find role models, observe them
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:29:28 +0000
After accepting a position in my company’s corporate office, I have found that I’m not very comfortable here. In engineering, where I previously worked, everyone was much less formal and communication was more direct. But this environment seems to require some special interpersonal skills. I am also interacting with top executives for the first time in my career.
The Color of Money: Air travelers aren't entitled to be rude to other passengers
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:26:52 +0000
If you pay good money for an airline ticket, should you be free without guilt to recline your seat?
Likewise, if you pay good money for a gadget that would stop the passenger in front of you from reclining his or her seat, should you have the right to use the device?
Those were the questions facing two passengers who got into a fight on a United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver.
Sunday Business Notebook: 2 stores to move to old Stein Mart location in Jacksonville
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:25:25 +0000
TJ Maxx and Bealls Outlet will be moving into the former Stein Mart space in the University Center shopping center at the corner of University Boulevard West and St. Augustine Road. TJ Maxx will take 24,067 square feet and Bealls will take 21,020 square feet, said Chris Kieffer of Ram Realty Services.
The center has undergone a complete transformation in recent years. First, it lost anchors Publix and Stein Mart with the grocery moved into a new building across the street and the department store moved farther west on University.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:35:23 +0000
Military Officers Association of American, southeast region president’s symposium, Monday-Sept. 7, 400 people, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
Southeast Clown Association, annual conference, Monday-Sept. 7, 250 people, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
Florida Association of Museums, annual conference and exposition, Sept. 7-10, 160 people, Omni Jacksonville Hotel.
Crowne Plaza on Southbank to become DoubleTree by Hilton
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:32:51 +0000
The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville-Riverfront on the Southbank is going to become a DoubleTree by Hilton, its owners have announced. SoTHERLY Hotels said the change will take effect Monday. The hotel is currently undergoing a $5 million renovation that began early this year and is scheduled to be complete late next year.
Free ride: Jaguars and Gators fans go from parking lots to stadiums in new carts
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:55:10 +0000
Bill Guerrant always seems to have plenty of business ideas, usually involving sports. He made a CD of Gator songs, he put coffee in Gator bags with plans to expand to other colleges. His bean bag chair business didn’t take off when the Chinese factory couldn’t match Gator blue well enough.
But he got his latest idea at a Jaguars game.
“My wife and I were walking to the stadium and there was an older couple in front of us, the woman was a little overweight, and her left ankle was really swollen,” he said. “It was a half-mile walk to Gate 1, and they were having a battle.
St. Augustine rail firm has new owner
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:43:54 +0000
Roadway Worker Training in St. Augustine has been acquired by a Kentucky firm. R.J. Corman Railroad Group announced its purchase of RWT on Thursday.
RWT was founded in 2001 and provides training to the railroad industry. It has about 150 employees working on railroad projects throughout the United States and Canada.
R.J. Corman operates 11 short-line railroads and provides a variety of railway services. It employs more than 1,400 people in 23 states.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:22:42 +0000
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Arlington Real Estate Networking Group, Jacksonville Real Estate Investors Association, 9 a.m., Cracker Barrel Restaurant, 438 Commerce Center Drive, Southside Connector, across from Lowe’s. Speaker: David Doyle on “Finding the Money to Buy and Sell.” (888) 545-7342 or jaxreia.org.