Good News: Florists make nursing home residents happy with smiley face bouquets
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:55:16 +0000
Some hadn’t smiled in a long time. But there were plenty of happy faces this week at two Jacksonville nursing homes, thanks to Deerwood Florist and Jacksonville Florist.
Eighty residents of Life Care Center on Lenoir Avenue and 40 at All Saints Nursing Home on Blanding Boulevard were treated to bright yellow smiley face mugs filled with yellow and white daisies.
Whiskey Joe's planned for Baymeadows
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:51:08 +0000
The eastern end of Point Meadows shopping center on Baymeadows Road has seen its share of restaurants come and go. Times-Grill, Bubba Burger Grill and then The Public House, which lasted less than six months.
Now Whiskey Joe’s Kitchen & Cocktails is scheduled to open there in August or early September.
Jaguars' practice in St. Johns County Monday promises big business opportunities
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:36:22 +0000
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice in St. Johns County, which the team expects will bring in a new fan base, is shaping up to be a big deal as an economic boost for the community, too.
All 2,500 free reservations for the Monday night event were snatched up this week for the scheduled practice of the Jaguars at Bartram Trail High School. And for many in St. Johns County, the chance of glimpsing the players preparing for the upcoming NFL season will be about a lot more than football.
Jacksonville lands International Pageants through 2016
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:01:46 +0000
Jacksonville will serve as the base for International Pageants for the next three years.
Visit Jacksonville announced in a news release Thursday that the tourism bureau for Duval County has landed a deal with International Pageants that returns events here through 2016. This year’s Mrs. International, Miss International and Miss Teen International pageants are already taking place through Aug. 2 at the Moran Theater at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.
Latitude 360 plans Minnesota location
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:48:31 +0000
Latitude 360, the Jacksonville-based entertainment venue, has signed a lease to open a location in St. Louis Park, Minn. The 43,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open the first quarter of 2015.
The company opened its first entertainment complex on Philips Highway in 2011 and has since opened in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. The fourth venue is scheduled to open Oct. 17 in Albany, N.Y.
Roger Bull: (904) 359-4296
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:32:06 +0000
Beaches Business Association, noon, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Program featuring two on-duty police dogs. $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or bbajax.com.
Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1201 Riverplace Blvd. Speaker: Ruth Hepler, development officer at the City Rescue Mission. (904) 398-5566, kiwanisjax.com or email email@example.com.
Jacksonville's Crowley gets famed cruise ship wreckage on the move
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:43:02 +0000
Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Group Inc. has successfully moved the Costa Concordia cruise ship off its place of wreckage two and a half years after the vessel ran aground off the coast of Italy.
Crowley officials announced Wednesday that its subsidiary Titan Salvage indeed got the ship moving and it is now en route to Genoa, Italy. About a week ago, Crowley and Italian officials were satisfied that Titan workers got the ship refloated and were waiting to tug the ship.
Now that it’s actually moving, the Costa Concordia is expected to arrive in Genoa Saturday or Sunday.
Southwest to scale back Vegas flights out of JIA to seasonal routes
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:28:45 +0000
Southwest Airlines will no longer offer year round direct flights to Las Vegas, Nevada, from Jacksonville International Airport.
Michael Stewart, director of external affairs for the Jacksonville Airport Authority, said Southwest will be ending the flights to the casino capital as of Aug. 10. But the flights to Las Vegas by Southwest out of Jacksonville will return in the spring on dates that will be determined later.
The flights to Las Vegas are the routes that go furthest west out of Jacksonville on a direct flight, Stewart said.
Florida willing to invest in future of veterans
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:40:35 +0000
Florida is home to about 1.5 million veterans and more than 3,000 military personnel separate every year from regional commands here in Northeast Florida. Veterans, valued for their skills and training, make up an important part of Florida’s workforce, and the state hopes they stay to find jobs or start their own business.
Chrysler recalls 790,000 Jeep SUVs for ignition switches
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:37:25 +0000
DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could cause engine stalling.
Tuesday's recall covers 2005-2007 Grand Cherokees and 2006-2007 Commanders.
Chrysler says it's not sure exactly how many will be recalled. The company says an outside force such as a driver's knee can knock switches out of the "run" position, shutting off the engine. This disables power-assisted steering and braking and the front air bags might not inflate.
Consumer Price Index for First Coast dips in June
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:28:03 +0000
The Consumer Price Index for the First Coast in June fell for only the second time this year.
The CPI, after seasonal adjustment, went from 116.02 in May to 115.65 in June, said Paul Mason, an economist at the University of North Florida. That’s the first time since January the local CPI fell this year. Mason said if the June rate continued the same pattern for the rest of the year, the annual inflation rate would be 1.13 percent.
The national CPI figure went up from May to June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, edging up from 237.9 to 238.34.
Working on the First Coast: Swimming Safari a major business adventure for veteran aquatics instructor
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:27:11 +0000
The water, lifeguarding and respect for all things aquatic are central in Joani Maskell’s life so she decided to create her own business out of it.
Only four months after opening Swimming Safari Swim School Inc. at 4775 Windsor Commons Court off Hodges Boulevard in Jacksonville’s Intracoastal West area, Maskell now has more than 1,100 clients. The school is targeted to children, but Maskell also provides swimming and aquatics therapy for seniors.
Crenshaw snags small business legislative award from SCORE
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:12:00 +0000
Last updated at: 7/25/2014 9:23:00 PM ET
U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Florida) was recognized Tuesday for his work with enhancing and encouraging the growth of small businesses.
The Service Corps of Retired Executives on Tuesday gave Crenshaw the SCORE Hill Champion Award. The honor was given to Crenshaw because of his support of America’s small business through his legislative record, a news release said.
SCORE CEO Ken Yancey presented the award to Crenshaw at the JAX Chamber offices in downtown Jacksonville.