2011 August 23rd
8/23/2011 headlines...
Boselli on blackouts: ‘I’m believing no’
Port lands $13 million for Blount, Talleyrand
Five in Focus: Doyle Carter, District 12
Committee calls for stronger cost management in City operations
Redistricting timeline drawing fire
Nonprofit News: Highlighting Jacksonville’s Philanthropic Community
Nonprofit CEO Showcase: Susan Main

City Notes


• Gov. Rick Scott will do a “Let’s Get to Work Day” in Jacksonville, but it hasn’t been decided when and where, said press secretary Lane Wright. Wright said Monday the office received more than a dozen requests from Jacksonville for Scott to spend a day doing a job. Scott started the days Aug. 3 in Tampa at a doughnut shop. Wright said Scott plans at least one a month. Wright didn’t have the information available about the Jacksonville requests, although the Jacksonville Port Authority reports it issued one of them.

• Scott revived a tradition started by former Gov. Bob Graham, also a former U.S. senator, working side by side with Floridians at businesses throughout the state. Suggestions can be submitted to www.flgov.com.

• New Jacksonville Port Authority Board Chairman Buck Fowler thanked immediate past Chairman David Kulik Monday for his leadership at the port while the authority searched for a new CEO in the fall of 2010.

• Becky Dicks, assistant to former Mayor John Peyton, has been hired by the Jacksonville Port Authority as executive assistant to CEO Paul Anderson.

• The proposed pedestrian bridge connecting the new Duval County Courthouse and the existing federal building that will house the State Attorney’s Office is on the agenda at Thursday’s 2 p.m. Downtown Development Review Board meeting at the Police and Fire Pension Fund Building on West Adams Street.

• Also on the DDRB agenda are the sign request by Wells Fargo for its newly leased Wells Fargo Center and a sign exception for Jenkins Quality Barbecue.

• Want to see the sites in Riverside, Downtown and Springfield? Yes, sites. The Urban Land Institute North Florida plans a “Sustainable Neighborhood Tour” from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 22. Two buses will take travelers on a tour starting at Intuition Ale Works in Riverside. Guest speakers after the tour are Bill Killingsworth with the City and Brad Thoburn with JTA. Information: www.northflorida.uli.org or call 486-8256.

• The Jacksonville Country Day School Board and the Head of School Terry Bartow said ground will be broken at 8:30 a.m. Friday for the Smith Center, named in honor of Dr. Dennis M. Smith Jr., his wife, Julie, and their daughter Morgan. The Smith Center will include a regulation size basketball court, a dance studio, an aerobic/karate studio, a language arts classroom, locker rooms, two conference rooms, a snack bar and four study rooms. It should be completed for the 2012-13 school year. The campus is along Baymeadows Road.

• More people are flying through Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Aviation Authority said the number of passengers traveling through Jacksonville International Airport increased nearly 4 percent in July. The total number of passengers leaving and arriving through JIA was 531,390. The total number of daily plane departures in July was 105, up 7 percent from the 98 daily departures in July 2010.

• Jacksonville City Council scheduled public hearings for the redistricting plan that will redraw lines for 14 Council districts, five Council at-large districts and seven school board districts. The meetings all start at 6 p.m. and will be Wednesday at the Florida State College at Jacksonville North Campus; Thursday at the FSCJ Kent Campus; Monday at the FSCJ South Campus; and Sept. 1 at the FSCJ Deerwood Campus.

• Firehouse Subs plans to expand into Puerto Rico in its first move outside the continental United States. With 441 locations, the restaurant chain plans to open 26 restaurants on the island in the next few years, with an ultimate goal of 50 to 60 locations.
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