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January Permits For New Homes Highest For The Month in a Decade

Florida Times Union, February 2, 2016. Led by St. Johns County, last month was the busiest January for new single-family building permits since 2006. According to the Northeast Florida Builders Association, a total of 572 permits were issued in the four-county area. That's over 100 more than January 2015 and almost 350 more than were issued in January 2009 at the depths of the housing recession. New Home Permits Highest in Decade

Although Manufacturing Down Nationwide, Local Companies Find Growth

St. Augustine Record, February 1, 2016. While a report issued Monday suggests that manufacturing is slowing — if not contracting — some local companies say that any downward trend nationally isn't affecting them. According to The Associated Press, U.S. factory activity shrank in January for a fourth straight month as a strong dollar and weak demand overseas pinched American manufacturers. That information came from a report by the Institute for Supply Management released Monday. Local Companies Find Growth

St. Johns County has Head Start for Success, Economist Says

St. Augustine Record, January 29, 2016. In order to achieve sustained success in the modern economy, the key is investing in the education of the future workforce, state economist Jerry Parrish says. And that's one of the areas where St. Johns County is already well ahead of the curve. Parrish, the chief economist and director of research at the Florida Chamber Foundation, spoke to members of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce on Friday morning. He said that while economic indicators are good for Florida right now, a strong dollar and global uncertainties will weigh down the current momentum. Head Start for Success

Gatlin, Gate to Launch Durbin Lakes Retail Center

Financial News & Daily Record, January 28, 2016. When veteran developer Frank Gatlin moved his company's headquarters to Jacksonville in June, he promised to bring more retail stores and restaurants to the area. That promise should start yielding results over the next year as he develops at least 600,000 square feet of commercial space in a joint venture with Gate Petroleum Co. at Gate's Durbin Creek property along Interstate 95 in northern St. Johns County. Durbin Lakes Retail Center

Could St. Johns County be Getting its Own Version of the St. Johns Town Center?

Jacksonville Business Journal, January 28, 2016. Imagine the St. Johns Town Center spread over 1,600 acres with lakes and trees and nature trails surrounding big box retailers, high-end restaurants and entertainment businesses. That is long-time developer Frank Gatlin's vision for Durbin Lakes in northern St. Johns County. The development is owned by Jacksonville-based Gate Petroleum Co. and the two have teamed up to build 600,000 square-feet of commercial space for the first phase of a massive development in Northern St. Johns County. Getting Own Version of St. Johns Town Center

Major Residential Community in St. Johns County Celebrates Opening

Jacksonville Business Journal, January 27, 2016. A 1,500-acre master-planned community in St. Johns County will open to the public this weekend. Shearwater can build a maximum of 2,000 homes on the site on County Road 210. The development includes 600 acres of preserved natural habitat with 13 miles of trails and a kayak launch point on Trout Creek as more residential developments move to healthy-living-focused themes that have gained popularity with residents. Residential Community Celebrates Opening

Bahama Lifestyle Coming to St. Johns County?

Jacksonville Business Journal, January 26, 2016. Blue waters that appear ripped straight from the Caribbean lap against sandy shores. You can almost feel the cool Bahama breeze. But this isn't some tropical island paradise, it's St. Johns County — or it soon could be. Bahama Lifestyle Coming

St. Johns County's Unemployment Rate Remained Second-Lowest in State in December

St. Augustine Record, January 22, 2016. The unemployment rate for St. Johns County was 3.5 percent in December, it was reported Friday, the same rate as in November. And again, that rate was the second-lowest in the state, trailing only Monroe County at 3.2 percent. Unemployment Rate Second-Lowest

This Man-Made Lagoon Puts Your Pool to Shame

New York Post, January 21, 2016. With turquoise waters hugging sandy shores, wide waterside boardwalks and people paddling away on kayaks, you may think you're looking out a t a beachy scene in the Caribbean. But looks can be deceiving: It's actually the coolest amenity in the middle of a 3,000-acre real estate development in northern Florida, and it's not even located on the coastline. Man-Made Lagoon

Strong Sales Keep Nocatee No. 3 Master-Planned Community in Country

St. Augustine Record, January 12, 2016. Having celebrated its 4,000th home sale last year, Nocatee was again ranked as the nation's third-best-selling master-planned community, behind only The Villages near Ocala and The Irvine Ranch outside Los Angeles. The numbers were recently released by real estate advisory firm RCLCO in its report of the top-selling master-planned communities of 2015. Strong Sales Keep Nocatee No. 3

Nocatee Third in Nation in Master-Planned Community Sales

Jacksonville Business Journal, January 15, 2016. The Nocatee community continues to see impressive sales, once again ranking as the third best-selling master-planned community in the country. Nocatee saw 1,105 houses sold in 2015, 30 percent more than in 2014, when it also ranked third, according to RCLCO real estate advisers. Nocatee Third in Nation

Frontier Airlines Adds Nonstop Service from Northeast Florida Regional Airport to Philadelphia and Chicago

Frontier Airlines, January 7, 2016. Frontier Airlines today announced it will continue its low-fare service at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST) in St. Augustine, FL with the addition of two new, nonstop routes to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). Service to Chicago will begin on April 14, 2016 while service to Philadelphia will begin on April 15, 2016. Frontier's Low-Fare Nonstop Service


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