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Northeast Florida Builders Association Endorses Political Candidates in Advance of Primary Election on Aug. 26

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

The Northeast Florida Builders Association announced its political candidate endorsements that included Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election bid as well as endorsement of Jeff Atwater as Florida’s returning CFO.

The association – one of the largest member organizations in the Jacksonville area – endorsed political candidates in four counties of Northeast Florida in statewide, district, county and local elections.

It backed Aaron Bean and John Thrasher for the state Senate; and Janet Adkins for the state House of Representatives.

In Duval County, it supported Lake Ray, Reggie Fullwood, Mia Jones, and Paul Renner for the state House of Representatives; and Samuel Hall and Darryl Willie for the Duval County School Board.

In St. Johns County, NEFBA endorsed Doc Renuart and Travis Hutson for the state House of Representatives; Jeb Smith and Jay Morris for county commissioner; Ken Bryan for St. Augustine mayor; and Todd Neville and Grant Misterly for the St. Augustine city commission.

In Nassau County, the association backed Stephen Kelly and Barry Holloway for the county commission.

In Clay County, it supported Travis Cummings and Charles Van Zant for the state House of Representatives; Trish Kolosky and Gavin Rollins for the county commission; and Amber Sheppard, Betsy Condon and Brian Graham for the Clay County School Board.

The primary election is Aug 26. The general election is Nov. 4.

For more information about NEFBA, visit its website.


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New Sales Director Named for Beacon Riverside, a Luxury Condominium High-Rise Near Downtown

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Beacon Riverside, a luxury waterfront condominium high-rise in Riverside, announced the hiring of Nicole Dana as Director of Sales for the 15-story tower in conjunction with its newly formed partnership with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty.

Dana, with the support of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, will spearhead the sales effort for HP 500 LLC, an affiliate of Hallmark Partners developing the 45 upscale riverfront residences along the St. Johns River near Downtown.

“We are delighted to be able to bring on a Director of Sales as skilled, experienced and talented as Nicole – and to be associated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” said Bryan Weber, Principal, Multifamily of Hallmark Partners.

Dana has specialized in the on-site sales of luxury waterfront condominiums since 2001, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is the leading agent of luxury properties in Northeast Florida.

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Formula for Success: Old San Jose on the River

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

The popular riverfront community of Old San Jose on the River is building on its success and expanding to meet the market’s growing needs.

Construction is underway on two new condominium buildings, each containing only three residences, which will be complete in the spring of 2015. For buyers considering a purchase at the riverfront community, Old San Jose on the River is making the opportunity even sweeter by offering special, limited-time pricing on these six new condominium residences for sale.

“This is an exciting time at Old San Jose on the River and we are very pleased with the community’s success,” said Victoria “Vikki” Robbins of Victoria Robbins Realty, Inc., the real estate company responsible for sales at Old San Jose. “Our buyers recognize the overall value of our condominiums, which offer quality construction, magnificent amenities and an exceptional location. The special pricing offers tremendous savings and makes purchasing a condo at Old San Jose on the River even more attractive.”

The limited-time savings are available on the Halstead design with pricing of $394,900, and on the Novella plan, which is specially priced at $462,900. Those interested should contact the sales office at Old San Jose immediately for more information and updates on availability.

The condominium homes at Old San Jose on the River are innovatively designed so they feel like a luxurious single-family home. Interior spaces feature 10-foot ceilings and abundant natural light. The condos are housed in low-rise buildings with only three residences per building, one lower-level and two upper-level residences, ranging in size from 1,967 square feet to 2,075 square feet.

Each condominium residence has a private entry, a gourmet kitchen with large island and offers direct access to an attached two-car garage. The master suites feature luxurious bathrooms and walk-in closets and the secondary bedrooms, which are designed away from the master, also include walk-in closets. The first-story Novella features an expansive lanai and the second-story Halstead includes a large balcony and a private elevator as standards. The community has a designer-decorated model for visitors to tour.

Old San Jose on the River is an award-winning community with a beautiful riverfront setting and exceptional amenities including private, convenient access to the St. Johns River and a boating day dock exclusively for the community’s use. The community’s Mediterranean-style amenity center overlooks the river and includes a swimming pool and spectacular outdoor living area with summer kitchen and fire pit. The clubhouse includes a fully equipped fitness center and multi-purpose room. The residential district is designed with meticulously maintained gardens and a gated entrance assures the privacy of all residents.

Old San Jose on the River offers multiple financing programs and is a Fannie Mae approved condominium, making it possible for prospective buyers to take advantage of attractive mortgage rates and the most competitive financing options on the market.

Old San Jose on the River is located at 5000 San Jose Blvd. The sales office is open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (904) 733-6399 or visit www.oldsanjose.com.

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What’s Happening in Northeast Florida

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Let’s not hear any complaints there’s nothing to do this weekend. As we approach mid-summer, we also find ourselves heading into a busy couple of days for entertainment.

At EverBank Field on Saturday, July 26, Jacksonville Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan’s Fulham soccer club of the Premier League plays DC United of Major League Soccer in a “friendly” match beginning at 6 p.m.

Then stick around because Khan, and the Jaguars, at 8 p.m. unveil two of the world’s largest stadium videoboards recently erected at each end of EverBank field. They measure about 60 feet high by 300 feet long. If you can’t be at the stadium, reports say the boards are visible from about 12 miles away – so try poking your head out a window.

If that’s not enough, country superstar and Grammy Award-winner Carrie Underwood performs a concert beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets to the Jaguars Mega Event are nearly sold out, but visit Ticketmaster for details.

Prefer glamor mixed with competition? Check out the Mrs. International 2014 competition on Saturday, July 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The Times-Union Center for Performing Arts.

The event has given each contestant from countries around the world a chance to learn about cultures and family life in other countries during a week that culminates in competition to crown a new Mrs. International.

The price of admission is about $60 and tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

They say Sunday is a day of rest, but when there’s this much to do it’s difficult not to get out there. Fall Out Boy performs at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The band’s Save Rock and Roll is a gold-certified fifth album for the Grammy-nominated artists. It features platinum hit “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up.)”

Tickets begin at $35 – a small price to pay – and are still available online at Ticketmaster.

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What’s News – JAX Residential Real Estate: Beacon Riverside Begins Preliminary Site Work for Condominium Tower

July 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

The Jacksonville Business Journal reported July 22 that Hallmark Partners has begun work on Beacon Riverside, a 15-story luxury waterfront condominium tower near The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Riverside.

The residences will range in size from 2,400 to 5,000 square feet, with prices starting in the upper $700,000s, the newspaper said.

The homes will feature amenities, such as 10-foot ceilings, spacious terraces, full-time concierge service, property management and maintenance, and private dual elevators.

Construction is slated to be completed in spring 2016.

The Jacksonville Business Journal also reported July 22 on another development milestone – Nocatee in St. Johns County is adding two new neighborhoods to meet growing demand in the community.

Nocatee announced the additions of Addison Park and Cypress Trails neighborhoods at Nocatee – which was named the third best-selling master-planned community by real estate advisory firm NCLCO.

Home builders David Weekley and Providence Homes will construct single-family residences priced from the low $200,000s in Addison Park. Lennar Homes and Mattamy Homes will be the builders of homes priced from the low $200,000s in Cypress Trails, according to the newspaper article.


The Financial News & Daily Record, the Jacksonville Business Journal and other area media outlets reported July 15-18 that former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow purchased a home in Glen Kernan Country Club for $1.4 million.

Reports said Tebow, who also played in the NFL and is currently an ESPN broadcaster, bought the property on Swilcan Lane on June 27. The home is more than 6,000 square feet in size and was built by custom builder Collier Homes.

After his release by the NFL’s New York Jets in April 2013, local football fans lobbied the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign the Heisman Trophy winner to play in Northeast Florida.


Mesa Capital Partners purchased the Canopy at Belfort Park apartment complex for about $21 million, the Jacksonville Business Journal reported July 17 citing a deed filed pertaining to the deal.

The Canopy, a 192-unit complex developed by Arlington Properties of Birmingham, Ala., is located at 7750 Belfort Parkway. Mesa Capital Partners also owns Seagrass Apartments on San Pablo Road and The Hawthorne, a 239-unit complex on Point Meadows Drive, according to the newspaper.

What’s News – JAX Residential RE is a roundup of area housing news that is posted on Wednesdays. To contribute, contact info@whatsupjacksonville.com

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Announces Annual Backpack Challenge

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty welcomes everyone to “take the challenge” and support its 15th Annual Backpack Challenge.

The Northeast Florida real estate firm is collecting backpacks and school supplies for local children at all area Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty offices through Thursday, July 31.

“A new backpack filled with school supplies prepares students for a successful school year,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “For many children, it boosts their self-esteem and confidence.”

Last year, the company’s team gathered more than 450 backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies. This year, the company has set a goal to gather even more backpacks and exceed last year’s results.

Backpacks and supplies may be dropped off at the following Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices office locations:

  • Home Office – 4190 Belfort Road, Suite 475, Jacksonville
  • Atlantic Beach/Arlington – 375-1 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach
  • Avondale/Ortega – 3627 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville
  • Fleming Island – 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island
  • Mandarin/St. Johns – 11567 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville
  • Ponte Vedra – 1000 Sawgrass Village Drive, Suite 101, Ponte Vedra Beach
  • San Marco/San Jose – 1983 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville
  • St. Augustine – 112 Sea Grove Main St., Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach

Backpacks should be labeled by grade and gender. The company is collecting backpacks for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Suggested school supply items to fill the backpacks include lined paper, pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, highlighters, pencil cases, rulers, glue sticks, blunt scissors, folders, three-ring binders, dividers, one-subject spiral notebooks, copy paper, colored pencils or markers and a scientific calculator. Additional items that would be appreciated include stuffed animals or toys, baseball caps and socks, tissues, toiletries (shampoo, toothbrushes, etc.) compass/protractor, water colors, white glue, activity/sticker books, journals and index cards.

“We welcome everyone to join us in our effort to help children in need,” said Christy Budnick, executive vice president of residential real estate. “With the new school year approaching, let’s ensure that each child in the community has the tools to succeed. Together, we can make a difference.”

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What’s Happening in Northeast Florida

July 18th, 2014 · No Comments

The summer is a great time to take advantage of quality theater performances in Northeast Florida. This weekend offers at least two great choices.

Players By the Sea in Jacksonville Beach hosts performances of “Rent,” the Tony Award-winner for “Best Musical,” with performances beginning Saturday, July 19 and continuing through Aug. 31.

On Saturday, the curtain rises at 8 p.m., and tickets are $28.

A phenomenon since its debut on Broadway in 1996, “Rent” is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. It follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

For more information visit The Players By The Sea website.


Another great theatrical offering this weekend is “The Sound of Music” being performed at the Amelia Island Playhouse on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20. Northeast Florida doesn’t have hills, but the theater will be alive – for sure.

When it debuted on Broadway in 1959, it was the final – and some say the best – musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, who died of cancer nine months after the premiere.

It tells the story of the von Trapp family living in the mountains of Austria, and is a timeless classic to be enjoyed – even in the swamps of Florida.

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $15 for children. Visit the Amelia Island Playhouse box office online.


Of course, there is a variety of entertainment options covering all genres in Northeast Florida. So how about a little comedy?

Sheryl Underwood hosts, and Lavelle Crawford and others perform a high-octane comedy show “License to Laugh” at The Times-Union Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, July 19, beginning at 8 p.m.

If you can believe it, the show promises to have the audience “gasping for air from the gut-busting laughter.” Sometimes, pain is pleasure, so join Underwood, Crawford, Tim Murray and Lavar Walker for this experience.

Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at TicketMaster.com.

Then on Sunday, July 20, consider taking things down a beat. Visit The Jacksonville Landing for Reggae Jammin’ on the River – live music at 4 p.m. on the Coca-Cola Riverfront Stage by 418 Band.

The price is right – it’s free.

Check out The Landing website for more information.


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HabiJax Announces the Addition of Four New Managers

July 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) announced new additions to its team with the hiring of a volunteer manager, a development manager, a portfolio manager and a manager of the HabiJax ReStore.

Davetta Williams, whose background includes work in human resources for the Defense Department and as coordinator of programs for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, joins HabiJax as its volunteer manager. Williams will oversee HabiJax’s use of thousands of community volunteers each year in construction and non-construction capacities, including groups and volunteers who work at the organization’s 38,000-square-foot ReStore.

Chris Folds, a Jacksonville native, is the new development manager for HabiJax. Folds previously performed public policy duties for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida and is alumnus of Florida State University and the University of North Florida. He is responsible for donor prospects and retention, engagement and outreach, special events and grant applications.

The organization hired Harry Peltz as manager of its ReStore, the retail store that sells new and refurbished home goods and serves as a funding source for HabiJax. Peltz comes to HabiJax with a retail background, having worked in management at Pantry Pride and in sales and management for Lance, Inc. He will manage day-to-day operations at the store including, inventory, pricing, store layout and display and customer experience enhancement.

Octavious Carr, an experienced mortgage service industry professional, joined HabiJax as its portfolio support manager. In this role, Carr will focus on reporting, client relations and loss mitigation, working closely with mortgage servicers, the HabiJax team and homeowners to manage assets of the loan portfolio.

“We are excited to have Davetta, Chris, Harry and Octavious on board at HabiJax at this active time for our organization,” said HabiJax President and CEO Mary Kay O’Rourke. “They each bring a strong background in their respective professions as well as a love for helping people and the community. We look forward to our sponsors, donors, volunteers and the community getting to know our new team members.”

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Leadership Jacksonville Names New Board for 2014-15, Including President Deborah Moore

July 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Deborah Moore

Leadership Jacksonville, an organization that develops youth and adult leaders in Northeast Florida, recently named new officers and members of its 2014-15 board of directors led by president Deborah Moore.

In addition to the election of Moore, senior vice president and marketing director at EverBank, as the board president, the organization also announced the election of the following officers to the board:

  • President-elect – Charles Hedrick, partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Clark Robertson, assistant vice president, CSX Transportation, Inc.
  • Immediate Past President – Stephen Goldman, senior vice president, commercial banker, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

 “I am excited about the opportunity to lead the board of an organization that informs, shapes and guides our community’s leaders as they strive to make Northeast Florida a better place,” said Moore. “Leadership Jacksonville is a vital part of our community, and I’ll be working with a diverse and talented group of board members to administer and improve the programs of Leadership Jacksonville for the benefit of the community as a whole.”

New members of the Leadership Jacksonville board are Tricia Cannan, Kim Holland, Carl Patten, Harold Stankard, Monica Whiting and Gary Wilkinson. Returning members are Peggy Bryan, Scott Chamberlayne, Moody Chisholm, Broderick Green, Gwen Griggs, Ia Morales Howard, Karen Mayfield, Maxine McBride, Mobeen Rathore, and Clark Robertson.

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Monique Burr Foundation Announces July 24 Lunch Discussion with Special Guests

July 15th, 2014 · No Comments

 The Monique Burr Foundation will host a Roundtable Lunch at Roy’s on Thursday, July 24 at noon for a discussion on protecting children from bullying and child abuse. Special guests include host Mary Baer, WJXT-TV anchor and Amy Gregorio, Mrs. International 2013 and National Advocate for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, MBF Child Safety Matters™ and its mission to provide bullying and child abuse prevention education to children throughout Florida.

Roy’s Restaurant is located at 2400 3rd street south, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Lunch tickets are $50 per person. RSVP to Callie Hugo at chugo@moniqueburrfoundation.org or 904-562-1844. More information is available at www.moniqueburrfoundation.org.





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