Several offices in Jacksonville were closed for 4th July, America's Independence Day. Several Northeast Florida government's non-emergency offices were closed Thursday in observance of this national holiday. Credit unions, banks and financial markets were closed. The buses of Jacksonville Transportation Authority will operate on a general Sunday schedule.
Public libraries in Nassau, Clay, Duval, Putnam and Baker counties were also shut down Thursday. St. Johns County libraries were shut through the whole weekend, reopening on Monday. The Museum of Science and History, the Maritime Museum and the Jacksonville zoo were open on Thursday.
Animals adopted from 1st June through 15th July from the Jacksonville Humane Society would be eligible to take part in ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge photo competition.
The weather was not really preferable to Reggie Bratton and the right leg of the Jacksonville High School senior was not hundred percent healthy. But Reggie still had his time in the sun on a rainy and cool Saturday at the O’Brien Stadium of the Eastern Illinois University.
After successfully defending the hundred meter dash title as well as securing the Crimsons to a 2nd straight 4 x 100 relay title at Class 2A Boys State Track and Field Meet, he told that it has been quite a crazy weekend for him. First it was his hamstring, and later it was the bad weather. He added that he does not like these conditions. He could not run in the cold or the rain. It was really awful. If the weather had been better, he would have run a faster time, for sure.
Organizers had actually expected to have two hundred people to take part in a run at the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville on Monday to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. However, 30 minutes before, the the number of registration puffed up to 2400 and the Runners for Boston T-shirts sales has already reached a figure of around US$ 38000 and still counting.
Fifty two year old Myrna Brannon ran with her husband Mike Brannon, both are avid Neptune Beach runners. Myrna Brannon told that they could not be there; we could not help; they could not even give the victims a hug. But now this is their long distance hug.
A Washington DC area investment firm has purchased a Jacksonville student housing complex for US$ 21 million, reveals old public records. Varginia Reston's Chain Bridge Capital has bought The District on Kernan, a 1092 bed student housing complex at 3601 S. Kernan Blvd. from LA based Lowe Enterprises.
Lowe paid US$ 33 million for the whole property in the year 2005. It was actually built in 1996 and the place is a bit more than a mile away from both the Florida State College at Jacksonville South Campus and University of North Florida.
In the year 2012, Chain Bridge started an equity fund to aim on purchasing student housing facilities as well as investing in properties. The District is the third acquisition by the fund, and it has programs which include restructuring the large resort style pool, updating the thirteen thousand square foot clubhouse, painting the complex, replacing all roofs, as well as finishing some much required deferred maintenance.
A new poll conducted by the University of North Florida reveals that a most of Jacksonville residents are really satisfied with their city’s scopes to relish arts as well as other cultural activities, and open spaces and parks — but at the very same time most people does not want to give more taxes to help them.
The vote of 917 people in the Duval County revealed that seventy three percent are really satisfied with Jacksonville's parks or open spaces and seventy seven percent are mainly satisfied with cultural activities and arts. But, is spite of that satisfaction, people does not want to give more taxes to maintain those parks.
It is estimated that on Friday thousands of people were packing their bags and are heading to Jacksonville International Airport. The airport authority reports that they have evaluated 10,192 passengers flight reservation throughout the day. Now it will be difficult to say whether all the passengers will travel or not. The number is more from December 21 when it was estimated 9,678 passengers who went through Jacksonville international airport.
On Saturday, the airport authority expects 7,469 passengers but the volume drops to 6,876 on Sunday. On Christmas Day, few passengers travelled to fly Jacksonville Airport this week – as reported by preliminary estimates. It seems like travelers have been enduring the rush of holiday travel all throughout the week.