Timothy Gibbons

Editor in chief - Jacksonville Business Journal

Timothy is editor in chief of the Jacksonville Business Journal.

A Jacksonville furniture store owner accused of faking his death plans to plead guilty to federal charges.

Jose Lantigua owned the Circle K furniture store chain in Jacksonville. In 2013, he vanished in Venezuela and was declared dead.

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A bar, bistro and club looking to open in downtown Jacksonville has received preliminary approval  for a forgivable loan from the city.

The venue would be known as Element Bistro, and on Monday, it went before the Downtown Investment Authority’s retail enhancement committee. That committee approved a request for a $90,000 loan that will not have to be paid back if certain conditions are met.


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The state may be providing more than $86 million for deepening the St. Johns River, but plenty of questions still remain.

The state’s five-year work plan includes the $86 million, including $10 million in the 2016 fiscal year. That figure would have to be approved by the state Legislature when it next meets.

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A Jacksonville-based company is being accused in a lawsuit of scheming to defraud Medicare.

The company, called Healogics, has been accused in a federal lawsuit of performing unnecessary treatments and then billing Medicare for them. The suit is being brought by two former employees under whistleblower laws.

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Less than two years after moving into a brick-and-mortar location, a former Jacksonville food truck is getting national recognition.

Corner Taco, which is located near Five Points, was named one of the top 100 restaurants by rating site Yelp. It’s the only restaurant in Jacksonville on the list.

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In March, the Maverick’s music venue in the Jacksonville Landing underwent some major renovations.


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Jacksonville finally has a Great American Beer Fest winner.

Hundreds of beers in 92 different styles competed at the festival, which awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.

San Marco-based Aardwolf's Belgian Style Blonde Ale won a bronze medal in its style, Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale.

The gold medal went to a beer from Missouri and the silver medal to a beer from New York.

The other Florida beer to win came from Tampa-based Brew Bus Brewing. It won a silver medal in the Fruit Wheat Beer category for its "You're my Boy, Blue!".

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A Ponte Vedra-based property rental company has made another acquisition, expanding its presence in Florida. 

Vacation Rental Pros has purchased Five Star Vacation Rentals. That Orlando company manages about 60 properties, including several near the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Those interested in growing Downtown Jacksonville can chalk one more win, albeit a modest one.

The design and consulting firm Gresham, Smith & Partners is moving its office to the urban core.

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Stein Mart

A national department store chain based in Jacksonville has been hit with a fine from the federal government.

Stein Mart received the $800,000 penalty after the Securities and Exchange Commission said the company improperly valued its inventory.

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Regions Bank has been expanding its presence in Jacksonville over the past year, and now it’s taking another step forward.

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The number of tourists coming to the First Coast is increasing, according to figures compiled by Visit Jacksonville.

More than 3 million visitors have stayed in the city overnight since the year began, which represents a 2.5 percent increase from last year.

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Jacksonville’s Skyway people mover is almost 30 years old. Now, the authority that owns the system is taking steps to figure out what should be done with it next.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority commissioned a $350,000 study to see what its options are. The consultants came back with a few choices: upgrade the equipment, replace it with new equipment, or shut the thing down.

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After the Macquarie Group announced in July that it would be establishing its Southeastern U.S. office in Jacksonville, the big unanswered question was exactly where it would be.

The Australian financial firm answered the question Monday. It's Jacksonville operation will be housed in the Riverplace Tower building on the Southbank of the St. Johns River. The company will lease 17,500 square feet on the 5th floor of the tower.

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In a surprise move, a top executive at CSX Corp. has left the railroad to become the chief executive officer at United Airlines.

Oscar Munoz was named head of the airline after former CEO Jeff Smisek abruptly announced he was departing. United has been the subject of a federal investigation into its relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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