Jacksonville runners give Boston Marathon victims long-distance hugs

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.

DC company purchases student housing for US$ 21 million in Jacksonville

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.

Jacksonville people like their parks

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.

Jacksonville Airport estimates 10,200 passengers

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.

Anthony Bourdain to visit Jacksonville

Anthony Bourdain, the renowned television host, author and chef, is coming to Jacksonville. Bourdain is best known for his television show called ‘No Reservations’ and his book ‘Kitchen Confidential’. On Tuesday, The Artist Series stated that now Bourdain would bring ‘Guts & Glory’ in Jacksonville on 25th April, Thursday, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theatre.

Tickets for ‘An Evening with Anthony Bourdain’, which are priced at $ 38 to $ 75, have already went on to sale from 2nd November. To avail tickets, call (904) 442-2947 or www.artistseriesjax.org. In the event, Bourdain will talk about his travels and his life’s works and more importantly there will also be a questions and answer session with the audience. $ 135 VIP tickets (though limited in numbers) are also available. VIP benefits include a post-show meet as well as a limited edition tour poster.

Railway travel to Jacksonville

A new bus route would bring the service of Amtrak within a 4 - hour ride of east North Carolina’s cities. The service took its very first ride on Tuesday and started their business from 3rd October, Wednesday.

One of the two coastal links begins in Wilmington before going to Jacksonville, Kinston and Goldsboro and finally the tour will end at the Amtrak station in Wilson for after around 4 hours.

Richard Woodruff, the Jacksonville City Manager, told that this was a new scope for people of their community to travel in a way which has not been available in the city of Jacksonville for a long time. He further added that this service would offer rail availability in the same path in which Albert J. Ellis Airport offers an entrance to flight travel.