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January 20, 2011

■   Jacksonville planners eye new rules to discourage urban sprawl -
Half a year from now, Jacksonville developers could operate under an entirely new set of rules when it comes to paying for transportation infrastructure around their projects. The result, according to a range of development...

May 31, 2008

■   Nelson said to press for favorites -
A Jacksonville Port Authority consultant who complained about the role Tony Nelson played in choosing contractors to build a new terminal was ousted from that job after relaying his concerns to the board. The complaints...

March 15, 2008

■   Runway extension: Really about safety? -
Numbers swirl around the fight over the possible extension of a runway at Craig Municipal Airport. The weight of aircraft, the size of crash zones, the cost of construction: Each side has its own figures....

October 12, 2007

■   Port ready to land major deal -
The Jacksonville Port Authority plans to ink a deal next week with a major shipping line who wants to build a massive port facility along the St. Johns River, people familiar with the negotiations said...

August 27, 2007

■   Frustrating travel woes may worsen -
Brett Waller wasn't having a good day. After several hours of delays at Jacksonville International Airport, Waller received the news no flier wants to hear. His flight was cancelled because of weather. That's when Waller...

August 12, 2007

■   CSX VS. THE HEDGE FUND: The company is at odds about what's best for it, consumers and investors. -
Snehal Amin has big plans for CSX Corp. Over the next few years, he'd like the Jacksonville-based railroad to increase its debt load, buy back more shares and increase the rates it charges shippers, all...

August 3, 2007

■   Area has share of questionable bridges -
There are 43 "structurally deficient" bridges in the greater Jacksonville area, including 18 owned by Duval County, according to federal data analyzed by the Times-Union in the wake of Wednesday's Minnesota bridge collapse. Twenty-three of...

June 4, 2007

■   Jacksonville's Global Ambitions -
It's been a steady drumbeat for almost two years, since the day a Japanese ocean carrier said it was establishing its East Coast hub in Jacksonville. More trade is coming, the drumbeat goes, more international...

May 9, 2007

■   Local crane operator sets the bar high -
Although he's sitting still, Homer Wright is dancing. It's not his legs that are dancing, but his hands - and his hands' extensions: the flippers dangling 100 feet below the cab of the crane Wright...

April 23, 2007

■   Trucking takes a different route -
Ledell Hayward can get to sounding pretty poetic when he starts talking about some of the sights he's seen. "The farms, the animals - you just see different things. That's good," he said. "And the...

April 22, 2007

■   The perfect storm -
Forget Jaguars teal or Main Street Bridge blue. Spend a little time on the First Coast, and it's obvious the area's colors are the orange and white of the barrels strewn up and down our...

April 6, 2007

■   Shipping port rules burning daylight -
When an NYK Lines ship loaded with cars showed up at the mouth of the St. Johns River last month, it had to sit at anchor for several hours before being allowed into port. The...

March 21, 2007

■   JEDC pursuing big projects to go into Cecil -
The Jacksonville Economic Development Commission is pursuing at least a dozen specific projects that it hopes to lure to Cecil Commerce Center, according to an internal planning document prepared by commission staff. If all of...

February 22, 2007

■   Helicopter repair firm Sikorsky plans to vacate Craig -
Sikorsky Support Services Inc. is likely to shut down its Jacksonville operation and move the 75 workers there to a facility in Beeville, Texas, employees were told this week. The company - which handles maintenance...

February 18, 2007

■   A safer track? -
Anna Garcia was drifting off to sleep when she heard the train. It began with the usual noises, noises she was used to: Living just a couple dozen yards from the railroad tracks, Garcia often...

January 14, 2007

■   Airport overhaul -
The end of 2001 was a bad time for airports. The combination of economic downturn and travelers fearful in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks kept planes empty and airport revenue down. In Jacksonville,...

November 19, 2006

■   Moving on distribution -
Brown and blue. Blue and brown. No rhyme. No reason. Or, at least, not an obvious one; not to a human. To the computer brains inside Coach Inc.'s worldwide distribution center in Jacksonville's Tradeport industrial...

October 6, 2006

■   Proposed whale rule would slow ships -
Mike Getchell has spent years around ships sailing on the St. Johns River, working as a tug captain and now serving as manager of marine operations for Crowley Liner Services' East Coast division. With his...

September 10, 2006

■   Cargo security: A weak link? -
Stephen Flynn's nightmares are rather specific. In one - the one that most keeps him awake at night - a dirty bomb is loaded into a shipping container in Indonesia with the aid of a...

September 3, 2006

■   Jacksonville shipping salivates about Cuba -
When Dick Morales was growing up in Cuba, his family's concrete products business would buy wire mesh from the United States. It was a product that would be shipped through the then-much-smaller Port of Jacksonville...

September 2, 2006

■   Airport gun rules tested at hearing -
Jacksonville International Airport's rules for law enforcement personnel boarding planes with handguns are "extremely confusing," according to an arbitrator hearing the first official grievance filed by a Jacksonville Aviation Authority police officer. Among the signs...

August 24, 2006

■   TNT Logistics sold in $2 billion deal -
TNT Logistics has been sold to a private equity firm for 1.5 billion euros -- almost $2 billion -- meaning a new name and a sharper focus for the firm, whose North American headquarters...

August 18, 2006

■   Some aboard Carnival ship complain about ruined trip -
Hundreds of disgruntled passengers streamed off the cruise ship Celebration Thursday morning, returning to Jacksonville without ever setting foot in the Bahamas after the vessel's propeller scraped the ocean floor while the ship was...

August 11, 2006

■   Water, makeup, liquor land in JIA trash bins -
Mark Adams hauled away his first load of the day around 8:45 a.m. Inside the rolling red trash receptacle, black plastic garbage bags. Inside the bags, liquid-filled containers: Evian. Clinique. Jim Beam. All day...

June 24, 2006

■   Cold storage business heats up -
Twin forklifts dance around each other in the frigid air, readying pallets of fish, shrimp, pancakes and other delicacies for their final trip. The shrimp, to pick one, began its journey days ago, in...

June 8, 2006

■   STUCK IN TRAFFIC: Would you call 911? -
From his office on Park Street, Orange Park Town Manager John Bowles can tell if the morning commute is bad, as drivers start backing up onto nearby Kingsley Avenue. A block away, the Orange Park...

May 27, 2006

■   JIA rips out $15 million baggage system for newer one -
In the bowels of Jacksonville International Airport, 1.16 miles of conveyor belt carry bags through a cramped room, transporting the luggage through scanning machines and into the hands of security personnel. That $15 million scanning...

January 30, 2006

■   JIA soars through turbulence: Flight numbers are down, but officials see clear skies for the facility, saying it will weather the industry's unrest -
Bob Molle is under no illusions about what the coming year holds for him. "I'm calling this spring 'the perfect storm,' " he said, a half-smile on his face. Even he's not sure if he's...

December 7, 2005

■   TNT NV set to sell logistics business -
TNT NV is looking to sell its logistics business, including its North American unit, which is based in Jacksonville. The Netherlands-based company announced the sale Tuesday during a news conference in Amsterdam. It said it...

November 29, 2005

■   Why you pay what you do: Statewide and environmental inspection taxes, plus distance from ports influence fuel prices. -
While the Senate grilled oil executives about September's record high gasoline prices on Wednesday, Sharon Perez was quietly rejoicing about the drop in prices. With the Citgo on Beach Boulevard where she's assistant manager selling...

October 5, 2005

■   CSX Corp. moving 10% of area dispatchers -
CSX Corp. is eliminating about 10 percent of its dispatcher jobs in Jacksonville and moving the positions to other locations, the company told the dispatchers' union Monday. Although several employees have said they fear the...

September 15, 2005

■   Airport fraternity answers Biloxi's call for help -
Kurt Ferguson got the call at 10 a.m. Sept. 1. His instructions were simple: Be on a plane that afternoon. Be ready to help. "I left a note for the missis on the table: 'Gone...

September 12, 2005

■   Katrina Ignites Fuel Prices -
Gas prices were already ticking their way toward a true record this year, one that would top the charts even after adjusting for inflation. And that was before Hurricane Katrina. Afterwards? "It was exactly what...

July 15, 2005

■   Port close to signing huge deal with line -
The Jacksonville Port Authority is on the verge of signing a deal with an Asian shipping line that will bring a mammoth new facility to Dames Point and could create thousands of jobs, double the...

May 3, 2005

■   'Is it even a business we want to be in?' -
Port wants to nourish growing cruise ship industry, but it must find balance with lucrative cargo trade The board of the Jacksonville Port Authority was just settling in to a discussion of the future of...

April 16, 2005

■   Driven to Desperation -
Joe Knowles has been hauling long-distance loads for years, but never, the grey-haired trucker said, has he seen diesel prices reach the levels they have in recent weeks. "It's about to break us," he said...

March 13, 2005

■   Railroads run into new regulators: State, local governments try for more oversight -
When New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer told CSX Corp. that he was investigating the railroad because of safety issues at railway crossings, CSX responded that the state didn't have the right to do so...

March 2, 2005

■   99 sick following Carnival ship's cruise -
When Dean Adams walked onto the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Celebration, the smell of raw sewage, he said, hit him almost immediately. When he walked off the ship five days later, Adams and his wife...

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