What should The Landing be? Owner's vision includes direct river view and residences
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:51:40 +0000
The Jacksonville Landing opened 26 years ago, and there has been discussion about how to change it almost ever since.
“It’s always been a struggle,” said Janice Lowe, the general manager who first arrived at the Landing as an intern in 1989. “When we opened, the whole second floor was a food court. Within two years, we had to close half of it.”
Four of the nine food court spaces are now empty. Though more storefronts are occupied than there used to be, some are at free or reduced rents.
Sunday Business Notebook
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:05:24 +0000
Mike Langton said he’s getting close to buying the Old Republic National Title Insurance building at 120 E. Forsyth St. in downtown. He plans to close Jan. 7, paying $450,000 for the two-story, 11,730-square-foot building.
Old Republic will move out Feb. 2, he said, and then he’ll start renovating it.
The plan is restore the front of the building to the way it looked when it opened as New York Steam Laundry back in 1903. The front was originally mostly glass, but was bricked up in the 1940s and stuccoed in the 1970s.
Fewer first-time jobless claims on the First Coast
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:51:51 +0000
Unemployment in Northeast Florida remains below the national average and fewer people are filing for new claims along the First Coast.
While the jobless rate in the United States dropped to 7 percent for November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which released the figures Friday, First Coast figures are notably below that.
White Springs mining company laying off 350 over next year
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:19:00 +0000
It’s a very trying holiday season for hundreds of workers who are losing their jobs at a mining company in White Springs in Hamilton County.
Agricultural Chemicals, Inc. is laying off 350 employees in the next year, according to a 2013 state of Florida worker adjustment and retraining notice update Wednesday. The WARN notice said the company, also known as PCS Phosphate, which is a subsidiary of PotashCorp, will cut ties with those employees officially on Feb. 2 and will continue the job reductions through Dec. 31 2014.
U.S. unemployment falls to 7 percent on 203,000 jobs added
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:33:36 +0000
WASHINGTON | A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate in November to a five-year low of 7 percent. The surprisingly robust job gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate.
It also fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve will scale back its economic stimulus when it meets later this month.
Employers added 203,000 jobs last month after adding 200,000 in October, the Labor Department said Friday. November's job gain helped lower the unemployment rate from 7.3 percent in October.
Ford unveils 2015 Mustang
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:58:43 +0000
Ford Mustang enthusiasts around the world got their first look Thursday at the all-new 2015 model with a series of events on four continents.
Enthusiasts in Europe and Australia were among the first to see it. In Dearborn, Mich., employees and dealers were invited to the standing-room-only event to see the 2015 model that is lower, wider and sleeker than the outgoing model.
“I was going to throw my wallet on the stage,” said Bill Cook, a Ford employee in sales and marketing who owns two Mustangs already and lined up to attend the Dearborn event.
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:31:30 +0000
Beaches Business Association, noon, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Speaker: Toney Sleiman from The Jacksonville Landing. $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or jaxbba.com.
Sierra Club, Northeast Group, 6 p.m., Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 2001 University Blvd. W. Program: Potluck and Paddle to the Sea with Delany Dean and Debbie LaFreniere on their two-week kayak journey down the St. Johns River from Lake Monroe to the Atlantic Ocean. Bring a dish to share. Reservations, email JCLarson168@msn.com.
Railroads, including Jacksonville's CSX, to offer health care to same-sex spouses
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:47:19 +0000
By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press
A day after being sued by legally married, gay engineers, the nation's largest freight rail carriers announced they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees.
Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF Railway Co., read the statement Wednesday from the National Railway Labor Conference to The Associated Press. The conference represents the railroad companies in dealings with labor groups, lawmakers and courts.
Jacksonville-based CSX Corp. is a member of the conference.
Jacksonville's Patriot Transportation shows huge spike in income
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:08:02 +0000
Jacksonville-based Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc. reported net income of $6.99 million or 72 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter this year, an increase of $5.63 million over the same time frame a year ago.
That’s about a 415 percent increase compared to net income of the $1.36 million or 14 cents per diluted share in the same period last year. The spike in earnings was attributed to gains from sales of investment properties, a news release said Wednesday.
Organizers of Connector buses from Beaches to downtown Jacksonville aren't giving up
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:02:35 +0000
As envisioned by several supporters and organizers, The Connector private bus service not only would link the Beaches to downtown Jacksonville through transportation, but bolster business in both locales.
The campaign to raise $100,000 in contributions in about one month by Nov. 30 to pay for the proposed bus service fell well short of its goal, coming in at $6,572. But organizers say they haven’t abandoned the concept yet. They are regrouping, hoping to have an announcement Dec. 13 about the viability of continuing the effort.
Permits issued for Riverwalk, Nordstrom and FedEx facility
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:49:24 +0000
Building permits were issued Tuesday for several previously announced but high-dollar projects:
■ Demolition and reconstruction of the Southbank Riverwalk, $11,670,040, Haskell.
■ Interior build-out for Nordstrom at St. Johns Town Center, $14,380,000, 130,000 square feet, Ibex Construction.
■ FedEx Ground’s new small package sorting facility on Waterworks Street in Cecil Commerce Center: Main building, $18,668,000, 304,700 square feet; Gateway building, $130,212, 2,110 square feet; Truck maintenance, $314,113. Evans General Contractors.
Roger Bull: (904) 359-4296
Working on the First Coast: Bowling enthusiast making second go with game board
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 01:00:01 +0000
Jim Stanford is betting his money on a game board, a big game board. He first created Shufflebowl 300 more than 20 years ago and had a successful run with it in the 1990s. But then it got put on hold. He’s back at it now, making and selling the 10-foot-long table with dozens of possible games, from shuffleboard to bowling to bocce ball.
Stanford was born without central vision and had to rely on peripheral vision.
“I could get around OK,” he said. “But I couldn’t drive.”
Candace Moody: What happens after you apply for that job online
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:51:44 +0000
The modern job search takes place, in great part, online. Third-party job boards like Monster.com aggregate opportunities, but almost every mid to large-sized company also has its own online recruiting site. Many companies require applicants to apply through those sites and will no longer accept an unsolicited resume.
Most jobseekers have no idea how online applicant tracking systems work, so I took a look under the hood with help from an expert.
Martha Cox: How one man is digging out of $30K in credit card debt
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:29:46 +0000
I met Paul at a community event and when he heard that I work for a nonprofit agency that assists people with financial struggles, he wanted help immediately. Paul saw one of our financial counselors, who told him he needed to make some significant changes in his money management. Paul had over $30,000 in credit card debt and was not making even the minimum payments. The advice was grim — this debt will take over 30 years to repay unless he made some significant changes.
Jaguars ink new advertising, marketing contract with On Ideas of Jacksonville
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:26:34 +0000
Last updated at: 12/8/2013 2:34:29 PM ET
The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a switch with their marketing and advertising firm handling the team’s promotions.
The NFL franchise announced Tuesday that a deal has been signed with On Ideas Inc. of Jacksonville to handle branding, creative services and public and community relations for the Jaguars. On Ideas replaces the Dalton Agency, also of Jacksonville, who handled those duties for the Jaguars for 18 years, since the beginning of the franchise.