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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:39:40 +0000

MONDAY

Beaches Business Association, 11:30 a.m., Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Includes a guest speaker and a raffle. $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or bbajax.org.

Wholesaling Networking Group, 6-8 p.m., Property MOB Office, 830 Third St. S., Jacksonville Beach. Speaker: Tracy Caywood on “Wholesaling.” Registration required in advance. (888) 545-7342 or jaxreia.org.

TUESDAY

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St. Augustine pizza restaurant named No. 2 in the country
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:11:30 +0000

A popular website has named a St. Augustine restaurant as the second-best pizza place in the country. TripAdvisor.com, which calls itself the world’s largest travel site, went through its user reviews to determine the 10 best pizza joints in the United States.

At No. 2: Pizza Time of St. Augustine.

To be considered, restaurants had to have at least 500 reviews on TripAdvisor. Pizza Time, on St. George Street in the heart the city’s historic district, has a 4 1/2 star rating on the site with 625 of of 839 reviews calling it “excellent.”

The Top 10 list:

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Craft breweries see biggest increase yet
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:35:09 +0000

The number of breweries in the United States has taken its biggest jump yet. According to the Brewers Association, there were 3,739 breweries in the country as of June 30. That’s up 699 from a year earlier. And it’s almost 2,000 more than there were at the mid-point of 2011.

Each year there’s more breweries, and each year the increase has been higher than the year before.

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EverBank net income up 27 percent over a year ago
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:27:46 +0000

EverBank Financial Corp. has reported a second quarter net income that’s 27 percent above that of a year ago. Its net income available to common shareholders was $43.9 million in the second quarter, compared to $39.1 million for the first quarter of 2015 and $34.4 million for the second quarter of 2014.

Adjusted diluted earnings per share were 35 cents, compared to 31 cents in the first quarter and 27 cents in the second quarter of 2014.

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TierPoint buys Jacksonville's CxP
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:40:30 +0000

A St. Louis company has purcahsed CxP Data Centers, which has what it says is Jacksonville’s largest colocation facility, where other companies can rent equipment, space and bandwidth.

TierPoint LLC paid $11 million for it, according to court records.

The company provides cloud, colocation and managed services in 13 markets, said Patrick Baczenas, its marketing manager. Jacksonville is the 14th market and the company’s first in the Southeast.

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Judge denies Shad Khan request for foreclosure of Barnett National Bank building
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:04:41 +0000

A judge denied Shad Khan’s request for a quick foreclosure on the Barnett National Bank downtown.

Khan’s Stache Investment Corp. has filed a foreclosure suit against Barnett Tower LLC, the corporation set up to own the building.

In a hearing earlier this month, Stache’s attorney Bill Adams requested a summary foreclosure, which is basically a fast-track. In an order filed Monday, Circuit Court Judge James Daniel denied the summary foreclosure. The case now continues through the standard foreclosure procedure with the eventual possibility of going to trial.

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Consumer confidence drops in past month
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:23:28 +0000

WASHINGTON | Consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July from a revised 99.8 in June. That’s the lowest since September’s reading of 89.

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Inflation calling: Prices on everything from rent to haircuts to coffee are going up
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:22:23 +0000

WASHINGTON | Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee.

For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up.

The price increases remain modest. In many cases, they’re canceled out by price declines for other items that are keeping overall inflation historically low.

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It's Your Money: Just start with what you have
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:53:18 +0000

Pixar’s latest movie, “Inside Out,” tells the story of an 11-year-old girl named Riley from inside her head, with her five emotions playing starring roles — Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger. Joy wants to be in charge all the time, as she wants Riley to always be happy. But good movies point out deeper truths for us, and in this case, we learn that every emotion plays an important role in our lives. While we all, deep down, want to be happy all the time, life is not always about happiness. When we have had a loss, it’s appropriate to be sad and to grieve.

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Work Wanted: Wisconsin offers model for graceful approach to retirement
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:49:15 +0000

Many people think of work as an all-or-nothing proposition. They work full-time (sometimes upwards of 60 to 70 hours a week) during a busy career. They then put on the brakes, retiring to pursue leisure activities. They seldom work in retirement, because meaningful part-time work is so rare. Most of the smart and energetic boomers I know are giving away their time after they leave their careers. Great for the many volunteer organizations that need their talent, but I wondered if there might be another solution.

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Fresh Market in plans for Fleming Island shopping center
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:21:10 +0000

The last bit of commercial land next to Eagle Harbor along County Road 220 is being developed, and plans for include the first Fresh Market grocery store in Clay County.

Called Island Walk North, the 6.5-acre center is at the west end of East West Parkway, across the street from Island Walk which is anchored by Kohl’s. It’s currently in the permitting phase, and plans filed with Clay County show a 41,500-square-foot shopping with a Fresh Market, Loop and Sola Salon.

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OSHA cites Jacksonville's Jasper Construction for unsafe working conditions
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:31:27 +0000

A Jacksonville roofing company has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for having laborers work on roofing projects without safety protection.

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Record year for ports of Brunswick, Savannah
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:23:02 +0000

SAVANNAH, GA. | Buoyed in part by labor woes on the West Coast, the booming seaports in Savannah and Brunswick saw another fiscal year of record-smashing amounts of cargo moving across their docks, the Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday.

The two coastal ports handled 31.69 million tons of cargo during the 2015 fiscal year that ended June 30. That’s their greatest tonnage ever and an increase of nearly 8 percent from a year ago.

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New York Gov. Cuomo announces new LaGuardia Airport
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:20:44 +0000

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday introduced a plan to redesign and rebuild LaGuardia airport, replacing the cramped, outdated hub with a unified terminal that will have more than double the operational space for airliners.

"Welcome to the new LaGuardia Airport," Cuomo said. "This is what New Yorkers deserve and have deserved for a long time. And now we're going to get it."

He said the current airport is a collection of cramped terminals with high volume and low ceilings, and is "un-New York."

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U.S. stocks continue to slump; Chinese shares plunge
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:18:02 +0000

NEW YORK  — U.S. stocks are closing lower following a steep sell-off in China and losses in other global markets.

The Shanghai stock index plunged 8.5 percent Monday, the worst fall since 2007, despite government efforts to calm the market.

Prices for safe-play assets rose. Utilities stocks, U.S. government bond prices and gold all rose.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 127 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 17,440.

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