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Past articles by Roger:

Washington Oaks Gardens recovering from storm damage

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, about an hour south of Jacksonville, offers many faces. There’s the Matanzas River and the beach with its famous rocks, though it’s closed at the moment.There are formal, well-tended gardens and trails through native oak hammock. Some of those groves are still intact, while others were ravaged by Hurricane Matthew and then Irma.But it’s still a good visit, 425… → Read More

Sunday Notebook: One building to be finished, another torn down at The Palazzo on St. Johns

The Palazzo on St. Johns, the condos at Goodbys Creek and San Jose Boulevard, are taking a major step forward. Remember these are the buildings that sat unfinished for seven years as they were hit by a triple whammy of the recession, a bankrupt contractor and a failed bank. → Read More

CSX unions not happy with CEO Harrison’s letter or changes

Two of the unions that represent CSX workers aren’t happy with Hunter Harrison’s letter to the railroad’s customers earlier this week. In the letter, Harrison, the CSX president and CEO, apologized for recent disruptions in service and laid some of the blame on employees. → Read More

Federal agency sues CSX alleging sexual discrimination

It hasn’t been a good week for CSX. → Read More

Southside apartments sell for $28.3 million

A Southside apartment complex has sold for $28.3 million. Bay Club Apartments, 9009 Western Lake Drive off Southside Boulevard, were built in 1990 and last sold for $18.8 million in 2012. The 200-unit complex is 96 percent occupied. → Read More

Harrison’s changes bring slowdowns and complaints to CSX

CSX’s efforts to streamline its operations have brought complaints from customers about deteriorating service. But the head of the railroad is blaming the problems on resistance to change within the company. → Read More

Jacksonville Yellow Pages office to close, laying off 105

YP LLC will lay of 105 employees next month, the company has reported. The Dallas-based Dex Media, also a phone book publisher, acquired rival YP and, publishers of the Real Yellow Pages, in June for $300 million. The combined marketing company was to be called DexYP. → Read More

Business Notebook: Apartments for Southside, townhomes for Jax Beach, more homes for Arlington

Construction will begin soon on Ciel Apartments, going in on the northeast corner of the Butler and Southside Boulevard. It will be 400 units over six four-story buildings with amenities such as a clubhouse, pool and fitness center, but also a dog park, electric car charging stations and a bike shop. → Read More

Work to begin soon on development near Town Center with new restaurant from Medure

Work is expected to begin soon on a new development near the St. Johns Town Center, and it includes a new restaurant with a new concept from Matthew Medure. → Read More

UPS to hire 1,600 part-time employees for holidays

UPS plans to fill 1,600 part-time, seasonal jobs in the next few months to staff its Westside facility over the holidays. → Read More

AT&T to hire 59 across Jacksonville, First Coast

AT&T is trying to fill 59 mostly full-time jobs in Northeast Florida. The positions: → Read More

Unnamed company seeking $700,000 in incentives for $28.5 million expansion in Jacksonville

An unnamed company is seeking $700,000 in incentives with promises to add at least 10 jobs and spend $28.5 million expanding its Jacksonville operation. → Read More

Sunday Notebook: Indoor skydiving coming to Town Center

Golf balls won’t be the only thing flying out by the St. Johns Town Center. An indoor skydiving center called iFly has a contract on a piece of land near TopGolf. Actually, it’s right across the retention pond from TopGolf. → Read More

Frontier adding flights in and out of Jacksonville International Airport

Frontier Airlines will offer its first flights in and out of Jacksonville International Airport next spring, the company announced. As part of an expansion to 21 new cities, the airline will offer flights between Jacksonvillle and Denver and Cincinnati. → Read More

One Enterprise Center office building in downtown Jacksonville sells for $15.2 million

One Enterprise Center has been sold for $15.2 million, according to its broker, less than one-third of what it sold for nine years ago. → Read More

Sunday Notebook: Veterans group buys Timuquana apartment complex

A nonprofit group called Investing in America’s Veterans Foundation has purchased the Mission Springs apartments, 5327 Timuquana Road, for $26.3 million. The 444-unit complex was built in 1972 and last sold for $17.9 million two years ago. → Read More

Georgia-Pacific to expand Palatka mill, add 80 jobs

Georgia-Pacific is going to spend $400 million expanding its paper and pulp mill in Palatka, adding an additional 80 jobs. About 850 people work there now. → Read More

Chuy’s to hire 175 at Town Center

Chuy’s plans to hire 175 people for its new Town Center restaurant, with hiring to start right after the Fourth of July. The Tex-Mex restaurant is going into The Strand, one of the new developments under construction across from the St. Johns Town Center. → Read More

Genpact to open office in Jacksonville, hiring up to 200

A business services company is opening an office in Jacksonville, with plans to hire up to 200 people in its first year. → Read More

Amazon starts taking applications this week

Amazon will start accepting applications for the bulk of the 1,500 jobs at its new fulfillment center in North Jacksonville Wednesday, and people who want to apply for some of the new jobs can get help this week. Two organizations will be showing people how to apply for the jobs online. → Read More