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Local officials joined Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) administrators Monday to break ground on a new 150,000 square foot hangar for Flightstar Aircraft Services at Cecil Airport.

When completed next year it will be the largest facility built by the Authority at Cecil.


The Jaxport Board of Trustees has named former Horizon Lines Executive Brian Taylor as CEO. Taylor replaces Paul Anderson who stepped down last year to take over the Port of Tampa.

Taylor has over 30 years of experience in the maritime shipping industry.

Earlier this year the Board had offered the top job to Juan Kuryla who initially accepted the offer but a week later decided to stay with the Port of Miami.   

State Reaches Deal With Amazon; Online Retailer To Bring 3,000 Jobs To Florida

Jun 14, 2013
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TALLAHASSSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida has reached a deal to bring major Internet retailer Amazon to the state.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that Amazon would bring more than 3,000 jobs to the state between now and 2016. The company is poised to spend more than $300 million on new warehouses.

The governor had previously said no to a deal to bring Amazon to the state. He had expressed concerns that signing off on such a deal would result in tax increases for Floridians.

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The Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority has named Aundra Wallace as its Chief Executive Officer. Wallace is currently the Executive Director of the Detroit Land Trust, and organization dedicated to redevelopment efforts through public-private partnerships.

In a ranking of the candidates skills Wallace edged out Kevin Hanna from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority.

Wallace has over 20 years of experience in redevelopment projects.


If you’re house hunting for a fixer-upper at a bargain-basement price, then you’re in luck.

Realty Trac ranks Jacksonville number 13 on its list of the 15 best cities for finding rundown properties at reasonable prices.

Realty-Trac Vice President Daren Blomquist says they used 3-criteria when compiling the list.