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• Gov. Rick Scott has reappointed Stanley Weston to the state Commission on Ethics. Weston, an attorney with Moseley, Prichard, Parrish, Knight & Jones, was reappointed for a term that began Tuesday and ends June 30, 2015. The commission is a nine-member panel that serves as "the guardian of the standards of conduct for officers and employees of Florida and its political subdivisions," according to its website.

• HCI Group, a locally based health care information technology consultancy, was named by Inc. magazine as the nation's fastest-growing health care company and fourth fastest-growing company overall for 2013 on its Inc. 500 list. The annual list shows the fastest-growing private companies and ranks them according to percentage revenue growth over a three-year period.

Obama appoints Harris to White House Council

President Barack Obama has appointed Carla Harris, a St. Vincent's HealthCare board member, to serve as chairperson for the National Women's Business Council. The nonpartisan federal advisory council was created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the president, Congress and U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. Harris joined the St. Vincent's board in September 2012 and will serve a three-year term.

Zoo holds name-that-cub contest

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Jacksonville Jaguars are having a naming contest for the zoo's new baby jaguar cub, which shares his July 18 birthday with Jaguars owner Shad Khan. "We look at this cub as more than a mascot for the Jags and for the zoo. We'd like to think of him as the City of Jacksonville's mascot," Tony Vecchio, zoo executive director, said in a news release. Based on general feedback, people will have the option to vote for five names: Khan, Shad, Jaxson, Jax and Ponce de Leon. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 2 and fans may cast their vote at jaguars.com/babyjag.

Environmental Symposium Friday

The City Environmental Protection Board and University of North Florida will present the 2013 Environmental Symposium from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at the UNF Herbert University Center. The annual event brings together members of the community and regulatory agencies responsible for developing and implementing environmental policy. This year's theme is "Innovation, Conservation and Sustainability" and will feature about 30 exhibitors and an awards presentation. The 2013 State of the River Report, which describes the health of the Lower St. Johns River Basin, also will be released. For more information, visit coj.net/epb.

Volunteers needed for annual coastal cleanup

The City's Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission invites residents to participate in the 2013 Florida Coastal Cleanup event Sept. 21. Last year, 746 volunteers donated 1,583 hours and picked up 21,320 pounds of trash in Duval County. For information, call (904) 630-3420, (904) 630-2489 or visit coj.net/kjb.

Site work for Fire Station No. 62 begins Thursday

Auld & White Constructors LLC will begin site work Thursday on Fire Station No. 62 at 14559 Bartram Park Blvd. The three-bay station designed by Dasher Hurst Architects will be completed by spring.

Local bill deadline is Oct. 17

The deadline to file local bills, also known as J-bills, with the Duval Legislative Delegation Office is noon Oct. 17. A date for the public hearing of those proposed bills will be announced at a later time, as will an organizational meeting and general public hearing. Such bills have local impact and must be reviewed by the state Legislature.

DIA meeting scheduled today

The next meeting of the Downtown Investment Authority is at 5 p.m. today in the Lynwood Roberts Room at City Hall. The agenda includes an introduction to new CEO Aundra Wallace and action on the authority's budget and a resolution regarding City Council action on diverting $9 million slated for Downtown.

JaxPort to host golf tournament

The Jacksonville Port Authority will host its first charity golf tournament Nov. 4 at Hidden Hills Country Club, with proceeds to benefit the United Way of Northeast Florida and Community Health Charities of Florida. To register and for more information, visit jaxportcharitygolf2013.eventbrite.com.

Port tour this Friday

The Jacksonville Port Authority still has a limited number of tickets for its free, guided public tour, held the fourth Friday of each month in honor of the port's 50th anniversary. The next tour departs from its cruise terminal at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Registration is required. For information, call Joanne Kazmierski at (904) 357-3056.

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