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Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A long-planned mixed-use development called East San Marco is finally proceeding in the historic Jacksonville neighborhood after building permits were issued last week.


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Mike via Flickr

It’s a new year, and I'm predicting big things for Northeast Florida.

Among them: the first sighting of a boom economy in a decade, high consumer confidence, more home construction and gas prices’ staying relatively low.

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Northeast Florida Regional Airport via Facebook

Starting in the spring, the regional airport in St. Augustine will once again offer direct flights to Philadelphia.

The service is resuming as airlines are taking note of the explosive population growth in St. Johns County.

The Nocatee development in the Northern part of the county is one of the fastest-growing areas of the country, and county spokesman Michael Ryan says airlines are taking note.

“For many years, we did not have any passenger flights out of St. Johns County. We had to travel to Jacksonville, Daytona or Orlando,” he said.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The record shop in Jacksonville’s Five Points neighborhood is going silent on Friday.


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Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park could soon be developed into a shopping and residential area across from EverBank Field. The city is planning to solicit development proposals starting in January for the park and neighboring Shipyards property.


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Online retail giant Amazon is planning to build two Jacksonville distribution centers — with the latest slated to go near the Cecil Commerce Center on the city’s Westside.

It’s the latest example of industrial development’s booming at the site of the former Navy base.


River Club dining room decorated for a wedding
Gate Hospitality

The University Club on Jacksonville’s Southbank is closing this month after nearly 50 years of offering its members full-service dining with a spectacular skyline view.


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Jacksonville’s Eastside is about to host its first public market, thanks to a partnership with the nonprofit Groundwork Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Public Market will be located on A. Philip Randolph Boulevard. Its goal, according to its website, is to connect food, culture and people.


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Glen Scott via Flickr

Florida retail sales are projected to be 4 percent higher this holiday season than last, which is expected to outpace the national average of between 3.3 percent and 3.5 percent growth.

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John Burr

One of the most successful businesses based in Jacksonville doesn’t do any business in Jacksonville —or even the U.S.

This is the story of APR Energy.

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Lis Ferla via Flickr

With the holiday shopping season already underway, internet hackers and scammers are expected to be busy, too.

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Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to get employers to give people with arrest records a chance.

Representatives from dozens of large and small companies gathered on the steps of the Chamber building Tuesday in support of Project Open Door.

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Klempf at egg plant
John Burr

Jacques Klempf has made a name for himself in the Jacksonville restaurant business. From Bistro Aix to Il Desco, his eateries are destinations where people go to celebrate. This week,  Klempf talked to WJCT about selling his family’s other business, the Dixie Egg Co.


Maple Street Biscuit Co.

Maple Street Biscuit Co. co-owner Scott Moore is having a busy week. 


GE

General Electric employs more than 400 full-time workers at its oil- and gas-drilling services plant on Jacksonville’s Westside.

General Electric shook up the financial world last week with its takeover of a Texas-based oil- and gas company called Baker Hughes, creating a combined company with annual revenue of $32 billion and 70,000 employees.

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