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John Burr

As diplomatic relations improve between Cuba and the U.S., more and more people are traveling to the island nation.  Among them is WJCT business analyst John Burr, who traveled there recently with a group from his church. 


John Burr

"Localnomics” is the idea that cities’ and businesses’ working together is the best way to solve long-simmering economic problems. The concept was discussed last week at a meeting of the Jacksonville World Affairs Council.


CSX train
Nate Beal / Wikimedia Commons

This week, the board of the Jacksonville-based CSX railroad will consider a company takeover.

CSX is the largest publicly owned company in town and North America’s third-largest railroad, valued at $43 billion. About 3,500 employees work for the company in Northeast Florida.


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Financial News and Daily Record

Jacksonville’s Financial News and Daily Record is under new ownership as of this month. It was the last Jacksonville newspaper owned by a local family.


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Bfi Bussiness Furniture via Flickr

Jacksonville’s Hidden Hills Country Club is opening its golf course to the public after suffering declining membership. Arlington’s Hidden Hills is just the latest indication that golf as a business is in the rough.


San Marco lion fountain
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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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.


WJCT News

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.


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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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