Business

Downtown Mortgage Broker Expanding, Volume Up

Foundation Financial Group with local offices at 225 Water Street, Suite 2100 in Jacksonville reports its volume for the first four months of 2011 is up 14 percent over the same period one year ago. This comes despite the fact that The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Index of Loan Applications dropped 5.6 percent in April. In addition, Foundation Financial Group received its license to offer mortgages in two additional states - Kansas and North Dakota.

With a presence now in 35 states, Foundation Financial Group actively serves thousands of customers with prime, government-sponsored and Federal Housing Administration-backed loans and refinancing. Foundation Financial Group closes mortgages in an average of 16.72 days, while the industry average is 45 days. The financial services company is now hiring. Learn more at www.ffg.com.

WRH Realty Services, Inc. Fourth Annual “Operation Overseas” Drive

WRH Realty Services, Inc., a leading property management company serving key markets throughout the Southeastern US and Texas, has kicked off its fourth annual “Operation Overseas” drive, which is one of four companywide community service projects WRH holds annually. WRH’s community service program is as diverse as the apartment communities that we manage so that they appeal to a large audience. WRH manages over 13,000 apartment units in eight different markets; our goal is to reach as many people as possible through the diversity of our community service projects.

Jaguars Ask City to Amend Lease to Get Suite Back

Jaguars Ask City to Amend Lease to Get Suite Back

JACKSONVILLE, Fla - The city hasn't used its Everbank Field suite or tickets for two years, so the Jaguars have asked to amend the lease to get them back to sell to someone else.

City councilman Warren Jones is sponsoring an ordinance to amend the lease and give back the rights to a 48-seat suite and tickets to games. Tight budgets have led the city to stop purchasing the tickets that went to the mayor and city council offices.

"If we are not going to use the suite, not going to use the tickets, by right they should have it back so they can generate added revenue," said Jones. "It's the right thing to do , the fair thing to do."

Bill Prescott, senior vice president of the Jaguars, said the team's hands were tied when the city did not buy tickets.

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center Wins Prestigious Governor’s Sterling Award for Sustained Perform

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center Wins Prestigious  Governor’s Sterling Award for Sustained Perform

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center is proud to announce its recognition by Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Sterling Council for Sustained Performance Excellence for 2011.

“Shands Jacksonville understands the importance of providing the best care possible to its patients and their families and strives to meet those expectations every day. The Sterling Sustained Excellence recognition shows just how hard every caregiver and employee within our organization works, and we are proud that Governor Rick Scott and the Sterling committee have recognized our efforts,” said Jim Burkhart, Chief Executive Officer of Shands Jacksonville.

Community Foundation Names Two New Trustees

Two new trustees have joined the board of The Community Foundation in Jacksonville.

Martha Frye Baker and Ryan A. Schwartz were approved as new members by the Foundation's board in April and their terms of service began May 1.

Ford F150 Under Investigation For Fuel Tank Fires

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A few weeks ago the F150 was recalled for an airbag problem, now it is being investigated for a potential fire problem. 

It is the best selling vehicle in the U.S. for three decades, but this Office of Defects Investigation resume reveals the straps on the F 150 fuel tank can rust and break.

Kevin White of Whites Automotive showed us where the fuel tank is held to the vehicle by metal straps on a 2001 F150.

"These are the metal straps, and the problem is they are rusting," said White. 

Federal investigators say there are reports of straps breaking,tanks collapsing and causing fires, but no injuries. Investigators want to know the frequency,severity and the scope of this problem.

"I haven't seen it unless the whole vehicle was rusty underneath from being use up North where they use salt on the roads," said White.

Grocer Offers Cookie Decorating for Kids/Special fuelperks Promo

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., offers customers the convenience of shopping at one location for everything needed to celebrate Mother’s Day, having fun and saving money in the process. From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, kids can decorate a 12-inch cookie with a Mother’s Day message and get a Mylar Mother’s Day balloon for $9.99. The grocer also has a number of special gift bundles combining flowers, bakery items, chocolates and greeting cards.