Career Track: Who's on the move on the First Coast
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:55:40 +0000
Marco Ophthalmic appointed Michael J. Crocetta as vice president of marketing and Robert Kalapp as vice president/corporate accounts.
Crocetta’s contributions include seven patent awards and numerous new surgical and diagnostic technology launches. Kalapp’s experience will be utilized to accelerate corporate growth and market penetration.
Ability Housing hired Joe Johnson as Housing Programs Administrator and Phylicia Adams as Operations Administrator.
Closed Jekyll Island resort to be sold, piece by piece
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:43:39 +0000
Jekyll Oceanfront Clarion Resort closed four years ago. Starting Tuesday, it’s going to be sold piece by piece like one big yard sale.
The resort will be demolished to make room for Cottages at Jekyll Island, the first residential development on the island in about 40 years.
Every item in the resort has been tagged for sale, said Nicole Schlicher, who’s in charge of the sale for Hotel Content Liquidators. That means everything from linens and lamps in the rooms to stoves and pans in the kitchen.
Average Jacksonville gas prices inch toward $2 with many stations already below
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:57:01 +0000
Though many stations in Jacksonville are selling gas below $2 a gallon, the statewide average is still $2.08. That’s a decrease of 5 cents in the past week, though.
In Georgia, the statewide average dropped 2 cents to $1.99, according to AAA’s weekly report. The national average for a gallon of regular gas dropped 3 cents to $2.03.
The average in Jacksonville Monday morning was $2.02, down from $2.10 a week earlier.
Sunday Business Notebook: Celebrity chef Kenny Gilbert plans Fernandina Beach restaurant
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:22 +0000
The last time we talked with Kenny Gilbert, he was talking about his plans to open a restaurant in downtown Jacksonville, next to the Florida Theatre. He’s still working on that, but he has something else going in the meantime.
Gilbert, who has the label of celebrity chef after appearing as a contestant on “Top Chef,” has signed a lease for the former Merge restaurant on South Eighth Street in Fernandina Beach.
It’s going to be called Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen and the core menu, he said, will be deep Southern.
Jacksonville International Airport still trying to overcome decline in flights, passengers
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:59:42 +0000
The check-in counters at Jacksonville International Airport have illustrated the turmoil in the airline industry over the past decade.
When Delta Air Lines fused with Northwest Airlines in 2008, so did their counters. Same with United Airlines and Continental Airlines, which merged in 2010, and Southwest Airlines and AirTran, in 2012. Some airlines left when they cut flights to Jacksonville, and a newborn airline, Silver Airways, has moved in.
Former SEC chairman gives us a peek into what we can expect from global markets
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:48:22 +0000
Climate change and extreme weather events pose risks not fully accounted for in financial markets, and that could adversely affect investors and consumers, according to former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro.
In connection with a visit to Jacksonville last week, Schapiro shared her views about the future of global markets, the lack of retirement savings, possible downsides of falling oil prices and the dim prospects for adequate financial regulation.
First Coast finishes 2014 with strong jobless figure that dropped lower than state, national rates
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:46:21 +0000
Unemployment figures for December show dramatic drops in the jobless rate for the First Coast and nearly an entire percentage point decrease in Duval County alone, pointing to upbeat economic news to end 2014.
The unemployment rate for the entire First Coast fell from 5.47 percent in November to 5.38 percent in December after seasonal adjustments. Duval County’s seasonally adjusted rate, which contributes the largest population concentration to the full-area number, fell from 6.03 percent in November to 5.15 percent in December.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:02:11 +0000
Beaches Business Association, noon, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Speaker: Gary Sease, vice president corporate communications at CSX, with an update on one of the largest companies in Jacksonville. $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or bbajax.org.
As first-timer struggle to find inventory, home buying appears poised to improve
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:56:37 +0000
WASHINGTON -- More Americans purchased homes in December, yet total sales slipped in 2014 as first-time buyers struggled to find houses.
The National Association of Realtors said Friday that sales of existing homes rose 2.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million. But over the course of the entire year, sales fell 3.1 percent to 4.93 million.
Predictive index shows U.S. economy building strength
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:51:36 +0000
WASHINGTON -- An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy posted a fourth straight solid gain in December.
The Conference Board said Friday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.5 percent in December after a revised gain of 0.4 percent in November. The index also posted solid gains in September and October after a flat reading in August.
The December increase reflected widespread strength with eight of the 10 forward-pointing indicators that make up the index showing strength.
Jacksonville woman files lawsuit seeking millions over air bag malfunction
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:50:23 +0000
An elderly woman who was paralyzed after a Jacksonville car crash filed a lawsuit this week against Honda and Takata, saying she became a quadriplegic because of a too-powerful air bag in her Honda Civic.
Patricia Mincey, 76, filed a 60-page lawsuit Wednesday related to her accident last June at the intersection of Rampart and Collins roads. She said the air bag in her 2001 Honda Civic deployed late, and it violently exploded.
She filed the suit against Honda, Takata and Duval Motors of Jacksonville. Takata made the air bag that exploded, her lawsuit said.
Caterer Vernon Dean: 1954-2015
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:44:48 +0000
Vernon Dean liked to trade good-natured insults and jokes with his customers as he dished up pulled-pork sandwiches, chicken wings and black bean burgers from a corner of Bold City Brewery. On top of the counter was a statue of his red lei-bedecked parrot, Sanchez.
“He was the personality of the place,” said Susan Miller, co-owner of the Riverside brewery and tap room where Mr. Dean worked part time for six years.
Amid Kroger acquisition rumors, Jacksonville-based Bi-Lo names new CEO
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:18:49 +0000
Bi-Lo Holdings has its new president and chief executive officer. He’s Ian McLeod, who most recently led the Coles grocery chain in Australia and has been credited by the Australian media for turning the chain around.
He will take the positions on March 2 when Randall Onstead steps down. Onstead had been with Bi-Lo since 2008 and had been president and CEO of Bi-Lo Holdings, the Jacksonville-based parent company of Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo and Harveys grocery stores, since 2012.
The company gave no reason for the change.
68th annual Jacksonville Boat Show this weekend catching a wave of low gas prices
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:16:01 +0000
Kenny Sherwood and Rusty Gardner had an extra spring in their step as they set up booths and displays for the 68th annual Jacksonville Boat Show at the Prime Osborn Convention Center downtown this weekend.
They have about 100 vendors, dealers and other booths for this year’s show, an increase of about 10 percent from the 2014 show. And as Sherwood and Gardner were hurrying to position the vessels into place at the expansive convention center, they were anticipating a big crowd this year.
Call Box: Reader wants to join community garden
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:58:49 +0000
Last updated at: 1/27/2015 8:16:10 AM ET
Dear Call Box: I would like some information on community gardens. I want to plant vegetables, but my yard is too shady. So I’m just looking for some way to be able to buy into one of the community gardens at the Beaches.
S.M., Atlantic Beach.