Business

Jacksonville Dining, Nightlife & Shopping, Spring 2011

The historic Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant in Jacksonville Beach has opened their Penthouse Lounge with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean for lunch service.  Lunch is now available 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.  Previously the lounge opened at 4 p.m. for cocktails and appetizers.

 

Chef Aaron Webb has designed a New Beach Cuisine menu for the penthouse luncheon that includes appetizers such as polenta sticks, salads including a goat cheese salad, sandwiches such as the chicken caesar wrap in herb tortilla and the mahi calypso. Sandwich prices start at $7.95 and entrees start at $11.95.

 

McDonald's Set to Hire More than 1,500 Employees in Florida

McDonald's Set to Hire More than 1,500 Employees in Florida

McDonald’s and its franchisees are looking to hire more than 200 new crew and restaurant management positions at it’s northeast Florida area restaurants on April 19.

Standard Pacific Homes Launches New Samara Lakes Neighborhood

Standard Pacific Homes Launches New Samara Lakes Neighborhood

Today Standard Pacific Homes announced their newest community, Samara Lakes in North West St. Johns County, offering ENERGY STAR homes with top-rated schools, great amenities and lush surroundings.

Samara Lakes is a 245-acre serene community near the World Golf Village, with a tranquil environment of beautiful lakes and wooded home sites. This community also features the Stone Brook Park amenity center, which includes a pool, cabana, playground, basketball courts, and sports fields. Samara Lakes is located in close proximity to highly rated St. Johns County schools, incredible golf courses, shopping and beautiful beaches and only minutes from Interstate 95, the St. Augustine Outlets and a short drive to historic downtown St. Augustine and the beaches.

Local United Way Announces 2010-2011 Turnaround Campaign Results of more than $25 million

Local United Way Announces 2010-2011  Turnaround Campaign Results of more than $25 million

United Way of Northeast Florida announced today 2010-2011 Annual Campaign results of over $25 million – a turnaround campaign with a three percent increase over the previous year. This marks a significant improvement in giving since the economic downturn began in 2008.  These strong results will help address the human service needs across our community including United Way’s focus on keeping more than 10,000 students on track to high school graduation.

First Florida Credit Union Receives National Awards

First Florida Credit Union’s efforts in providing financial literacy programs were recognized with two Merit Awards at CUNA’s Marketing and Business Development Council’s 18th annual conference held March 16-19 in Las Vegas, NV.

“We are extremely proud of the recognition, as helping people build financial strength through hands-on educational programs is a core service which we provide,” said First Florida’s Senior Vice President Michelle Troha.

Holiday Donations by Publix Customers Totals Over $100,000

Holiday Donations by Publix Customers Totals Over $100,000

The Salvation Army of NE Florida has been awarded a check for a whopping $100,169 from Publix Supermarkets for its hunger-serving programs. The donation will be presented to The Salvation Army by Dwaine Stevens, Media and Community Relations Manager for Publix, Jacksonville Division, at a luncheon at Metropolitan Park on Thursday, April 21.  The funds were donated at the holidays by Publix customers in an ongoing drive to support charities fighting hunger in the community.

Uptick in NE Florida Pending Condominium Sales

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors’ monthly indicators report showed that pending condo-townhouse sales in Northeast Florida were up 40.3  percent in February 2011 over the previous year and 45.7 percent in January 2011 as compared to January 2010.