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St. Augustine's The Floridian Hopes to Broaden Horizons With New Location

Jacksonville Business Journal, August 21, 2015. When Jeff and Genie McNally were offered an opportunity to take over a larger spot in St. Augustine, it was an instant gamechanger. The Floridian co-owners and husband-and-wife duo faced an ultimatum: either continue their lease at the existing location, which would have required them to close for extensive renovations, or set up shop in a new location — a place they could grow with and own. The Floridian's New Location

How NTE Energy is Making a Power Play

Jacksonville Business Journal, August 21, 2015. NTE Energy has flown under the radar in this area since Seth Shortlidge founded it in St. Augustine in April 2009, but it recently took a first step toward locking in decades of explosive growth. NTE has spent the past couple of years developing three natural gas-fired electric power plants that it will build, own and operate. NTE Energy Making a Power Play

Major Building Materials Wholesaler Returns to Northeast Florida

Jacksonville Business Journal, August 17, 2015. After more than a four year absence from the Northeast Florida market, major building material wholesaler 84 Lumber Co. is returning to St. Augustine.
The store located at 3670 Deerpark Boulevard in Elkton will serve professional residential and commercial contractors, as well as DIY home renovators in the region. 84 Lumber Returns

FCTC Launches Clean Diesel Program as Demand Grows For Automotive, Alternative Fuels Education

St. Augustine Record, August 17, 2015. Automotive students at First Coast Technical College are staying ahead of the curve and changes anticipated in the industry. In short, these aren't your grandfather's mechanics. FCTC Launches Clean Diesel Program

New Publix on its way to St. Augustine

Jacksonville Business Journal, August 13, 2015. Skinner Bros Realty Co. will be building a 54,000-square-foot Publix in the Moultrie Square Shopping Center in St. Augustine as part of a "large-scale enhancement project" of the center. A 48,500-square-foot store is at the site now; that will be demolished (although the pharmacy will stay open throughout the project). New Publix on its Way

Ideal's move to St. Augustine Just One More Step Toward Vitality

St. Augustine Record, July 19, 2015. Now firmly planted in its renovated home off Inman Road near the Interstate 95-State Road 16 interchange, Ideal is growing at a rate of about 35 percent per year with expectations of continued growth of at least 20 percent annually. Ideal's move to St. Augustine

West Augustine Overlay District Approved

St. Augustine Record, June 16, 2015. St. Johns County Commissioners on Tuesday voted in favor of the West Augustine Overlay District, moving forward with a measure that is intended to draw economic development. Tuesday was the final adoption hearing for the land development code changes, which create “a limited commercial overlay district” that includes parts of West King Street and North Volusia Street, according to backup materials. West Augustine Overlay District Approved

K9s for Warriors Opens Expansive New Nocatee Home Ready to Help Veterans for Free

Florida Times-Union, July 8, 2015. Just a week ago, K9s for Warriors operated out of a four-bedroom house in Ponte Vedra Beach. Sunday, it opened the doors of a new 17,000-square-foot facility six miles away, complete with five fenced-in dog parks, 27 climate-controlled kennels and a bone-shaped pool with a fire hydrant fountain. K9s for Warriors

West Augustine Family Dollar Could Open by December

St. Augustine Record, May 29, 2015. A Family Dollar in West Augustine could open by the end of the year. In December, the St. Johns County Commission approved a rezoning application for a Family Dollar on West King Street, east of North Volusia Street. The store could open in December, said Stephen Pistorius, real estate manager for Family Dollar developer Twin Rivers Capital. Family Dollar Could Open by December

St. Augustine Ranks No. 4 in List of Top 100 Best Small Towns

St. Augustine Record, June 1, 2015. St. Augustine has been getting a lot of attention lately for its beaches, celebrations, churches and more. Now the city's progressive business climate, history and art community have allowed it to trump Livability's inaugural list of top 100 Best Small Towns. Out of the 100 named towns, St. Augustine was listed at No. 4 Monday on livability.com. No. 4 in Top 100 Best Small Towns

How Jacksonville Made Florida the Second Best State for Business

Jacksonville Business Journal, May 29, 2015. Florida has been ranked the second best state for business by Chief Executive Magazine. High-profile deals like the one that's bringing General Electric to Jacksonville are helping build Florida's reputation as a go-to place for business development. Florida Second Best State for Business

St. Johns County had Second-Lowest Unemployment Rate in Florida During April

St. Augustine Record, May 22, 2015. St. Johns County had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state last month, according to information released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. For April, St. Johns County had a rate of just 3.7 percent, trailing only Monroe County, which had a rate of 3.6 percent. The St. Johns County's rate declined 0.4 of a percentage point from March and was down 0.7 of a percentage point from a year ago. Second-Lowest Unemployment Rate in Florida During April

Northrop Grumman Shows Off New Building to Employees

St. Augustine Record, May 11, 2015. Although they've been watching it grow quickly over the last few months, most Northrop Grumman employees have only been able to stare and wonder what the enormous new building was like inside. That changed Monday when St. Johns County's premier private employer opened Building 100 to many of the hundreds of people who will eventually work there. The company's expansion of its St. Augustine campus includes the addition of the nearly 400,000-square-foot structure near the Northeast Florida Regional Airport. Northrop Grumman Shows Off New Building to Employees

Northrop Grumman Takes its Next Giant Leap in Florida

Enterprise Florida Cover Wrap for The Economist, February, 2015. State-of-the-art aircraft and unmanned systems are the lunar modules of today. In the past year, Northrop Grumman has expanded its Aerospace Systems sector—and its Florida presence—with the decision to build two of five nationally-designated Centers of Excellence within the state. Northrop Grumman Takes its Next Giant Leap in Florida

St. Augustine Outlets Adding Old Navy, Renovating Interior

St. Augustine Record, April 21, 2015. A release from Lightstone has announced the addition of two new anchor stores at St. Augustine Outlets and a multi-million dollar interior renovation. Leases have been signed with two new major retailers, the news release said. Old Navy was named as one of the new anchors, and the other is simply called a "major fashion forward retailer." St. Augustine Outlets Adding Old Navy

Upscale Residential Communities List: Greatest Growth from 2010

Jacksonville Business Journal, February 19, 2015. Based on Northeast Florida's Association of Realtors (NEFAR)'s 2014 Annual Report, St. Johns County Southwest had the greatest percent change in median homes price from 2010 to 2014 at 80.79 percent. St. Johns County (St. Augustine Area, East of U.S. 1) came in second with a 50.6 percent increase in median homes price from 2010 to 2014. Greatest Growth from 2010

See Inside Metro Diner's New St. Augustine Location — Already a Hit with the Ancient City Crowd

Jacksonville Business Journal, March 5, 2015. To say Metro Diner's first location outside Jacksonville is a hit is an understatement. The popular eatery — known for its signature fried chicken and waffles — opened its St. Augustine store Monday and the 3,500-square-foot space has been packed ever since, workers said Wednesday. Metro Diner Already a Hit

H & M to Open in St. Augustine Outlets; Torrid and Swarovski Also Coming to St. Augustine Premium Outlets

St. Augustine Record, March 11, 2015. St. Augustine's two outlet malls off State Road 16 will soon offer some new choices. H&M, Hennes & Mauritz AB, one of the world's largest fashion retailers, announced that a new store will be added to the St. Augustine Outlets in the fall. ....Just down the road, Torrid and Swarovski will open at St. Augustine Premium Outlets. New Choices at the Outlet Malls

Second Phase of Sawgrass Village to Include Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Jacksonville Business Journal, March 11, 2015. Demolition recently began on several office buildings and lakefront shops for the second phase of the Sawgrass Village commercial redevelopment in Ponte Vedra Beach. The demolition will make way for new restaurant and retail buildings, including Aqua Grill, Peterbrooke Chocolatier and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. Sawgrass Village

St. Johns County Named Healthiest County in Florida for Fourth Consecutive Year

Health Department Press Release, March 25, 2015. For the fourth year in a row, St. Johns County has been ranked #1 in Florida in Health Outcomes (measures of today's health) and #1 in Health Factors (measures of tomorrow's health). The study highlights the many community factors that influence health such as the physical environment, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care. Healthiest County.

Optimum Spring Solutions

SBDC at UNF, 2015 1st Quarter Report. When Optimum Spring Solutions was established in 2007, owners Andrea de Palma and Marco Fortini had years of experience in the business because of their involve-ment with de Palma's family who had been manufacturing springs in Argentina since 1970. The company, located in Ponte Vedra, FL manufactures compression, extension, torsion springs, and spring conduits composed of specialty alloy wire suitable for operating under high temperatures and in corrosive environments. Optimum Spring Solutions.

St. Johns Closer to Landing Bass Pro Shops

Financial News & Daily Record, February 5, 2015. Bass Pro Shops, the only announced anchor for a proposed northern St. Johns County development along Interstate 95, should find it easier to reel in the site. On Tuesday, the St. Johns County Commission approved the Durbin Urban Services Area, which encompasses 1,624 acres east and west of I-95, south of Race Track Road. Bass Pro Shops.

More Than 1,600 Acres in St. Johns County Designated for Future Development

St. Augustine Record, February 3, 2015. St. Johns County voted in favor of several changes for 1,624 acres in the northwest, which officials see as a key opportunity for commercial development. County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of four Durbin Creek National LLC items related to the land south of Race Track Road, which stretches east and west of Interstate 95. 1600+ Acres Designated for Future Development.

County Unemployment Numbers for St. Johns County Released

St. Augustine Record, January 23, 2015. Florida's unemployment rate continued to fall in December, and the rate in St. Johns County followed the trend as well. In a report released Friday morning by the U.S. Department of Labor, Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported as 5.6 percent for December, a decline of 0.2 of a percentage point from the previous month. County Unemployment Numbers.

ViaAir Says it Will Continue its Service Between St. Augustine and Charlotte Through 2015

St. Augustine Record, January 23, 2015. Following a successful run of "seasonal" service, ViaAir announced Friday that it will continue offering commercial airline service between Charlotte, N.C., and St. Augustine. The airline sent out a release detailing its commitment to flying to/from the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine. ViaAir Will Continue Service.

Famous Toastery Restaurants Will Soon Pop Up In North Florida

St. Augustine Record, January 16, 2015. There's going to be a new choice for breakfast in St. Augustine, but diners will need something to hold them over for a while until it gets here. The Famous Toastery restaurant chain, which serves only breakfast and lunch, is in the process of opening a handful of stores in North Florida, and St. Augustine is on the list. Famous Toastery Restaurant.


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