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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the first time in several years, Duval County jumped to the top among in the number of home permits applied for in May.

St. Johns County namely with the Nocatee development had commanded the top spot among four First Coast Counties monitored by Northeast Florida Builders Association.

Of the 589 permits in May, 227 were for Jacksonville with St. Johns County slightly behind with 223.

Home construction is showing signs of recovery as on Beach Boulevard the Tamaya development is taking shape with land being cleared for a project when completed will have 2,400 homes.

In Atlantic Beach a new country club is taking shape with a golf course and club house along with amenities expected to be finished later this year. The Atlantic Beach Country Club off Selva Marina Drive has 178 home sites with most under contract. Home construction is expected to begin later this year.

"Sales have exceeded expectations," said General Manager Karen Donnelly about what is happening on two fronts: golf memberships and home contracts.

For people who work in the trades the uptick in both residential and commercial construction is bringing back reminders of how it used to be.

"I remember 70 hours a week. I remember 24 hours a week," said Roy Clark who works in the air conditioning trade. Clark says he is not complaining that the work week for him now involves more than 40 hours.

New home construction on a rebound in Duval County Roger Weeder, First Coast News

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