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  • JEA Board passes $27 million credit to customers for coronavirus
    by Ellen Schneider on April 3, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    The JEA Board unanimously approved a $27 million fuel credit to customers to help alleviate financial stress during the coronavirus pandemic. "Thanks to the board's action at today's meeting we will also be able to provide a rebate for all our customers in May and provide customers who wish to contribute to those in need convenient choices to do so," said interim CEO Melissa Dykes. The credit will be dispersed to customers in May of 2020 and will result in a bill reduction of approximately $25…

  • Jacksonville telemedicine startups see growth -- and industrywide change on the horizon
    by Ellen Schneider on April 3, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    As the coronavirus overwhelms health systems all over, telemedicine has stepped up to fill the gaps.

  • Memorial Hospital seeks permit for $15.5M project in Jacksonville
    by Will Robinson on April 3, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Memorial Hospital has applied for a permit to begin a $15.5 million expansion of its hospital at 3625 University Blvd. S. The work would be carried out by The Robins & Morton Group and would consist of an operating room addition and interior renovation, according to the permit application. Memorial, owned by HCA Healthcare, is also underway on an $800,000 renovation to hospital's pharmacy space that was started last August, and it purchased vacant land along Philips Highway last year for $3.7 million…

  • Tired of your home cooking? Jax chefs are offering virtual classes for those looking to shake things up
    by Alex Wilson on April 3, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    In response to social distancing mandates, some local organizations are turning towards online cooking classes as both a way to maintain revenue streams and provide a medium for social interaction. Organizations such as Jacksonville Restaurant Reviews and Chef’s Garden of Jacksonville are offering interactive, online classes that allow participants to cook along with the instructor. Chef’s Garden’s classes feature co-owner and Executive Chef Jamey Evoniuk, while Jacksonville Restaurant Reviews…

  • Jobless claims skyrocket in Florida, other states
    by News Service of Florida on April 3, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Florida accounted for 227,000 of the 5.8 million unemployment claims filed across the nation last week, according to information released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor. Nationally, the number of new claims jumped 99.4 percent from the prior week as many businesses across the country have closed or scaled back because of COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “Nearly every state providing comments cited the COVID-19 virus,” a Labor Department…

  • Florida to beef up overwhelmed unemployment system
    by Jim Turner on April 3, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Paper applications for jobless benefits will soon be accepted as Florida’s rapidly growing ranks of out-of-work people have overwhelmed the online unemployment-compensation system. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday expanded the way people can file applications for benefits while directing agency heads from throughout state government to find employees --- many now working from home because of the novel coronavirus --- to “beef up” unemployment assistance call centers. He also directed Department…

  • Hotel occupancy report shows continued decline in Jacksonville, predicts worst year on record for U.S.
    by Alex Wilson on April 3, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    The newest STR report for hotels in Jacksonville shows a continued decline in hotel room occupancy as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on travel and tourism.

  • Meet Jacksonville's 2020 class of Ultimate Attorneys
    by James Cannon on April 3, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Being an attorney brings with a host of challenges and opportunities — and the 2020 JBJ Ultimate Attorneys have embraced all of them. Coming from a range of backgrounds and specializing in a variety of areas, these men and women represent the best that the legal profession has to offer. As well as excelling in things like mastering regulations and effectively litigating, they've also had an impact on the broader community, donating their time and effort to a number of community causes. This…

  • The National Observer: Friday, April 3, 2020
    by Mark Mensheha on April 3, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Welcome to Opening Day — for applications to the Paycheck Protection Program. Don’t expect it to be a quiet day. Here’s why — and what else you need to know to start your Friday. (If you'd like to receive this newsletter directly to your inbox, sign up here. You'll receive the content as an email to start your business day.) Bankers and small-business owners today can start accessing $349 billion in funding that wasn’t even in existence a week ago. The funding for the Paycheck…

  • Cruise ships with confirmed coronavirus cases expected to dock at Port Everglades
    by Matthew Arrojas on April 3, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Two Holland America Line ships with some passengers in critical condition due to the coronavirus docked at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday afternoon. According to a statement form the Seattle-based cruise line, a subsidiary of Doral-based Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL), more than 200 passengers and crew members across the two ships have exhibited flu-like symptoms since March 22. There have been four onboard deaths reported by the cruise line. Multiple reports said at least two of…

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