New St. Johns Riverkeeper Announced


The St. Johns Riverkeeper organization is pleased to welcome aboard Lisa Rowe Rinaman, former City of Jacksonville Policy Director, as the next St. Johns Riverkeeper, the chief advocate and public voice for the St. Johns River.   Rinaman will assume the role in February from Neil Armingeon who previously announced his intent to retire at the end of January.

"The St. Johns River plays a critical role in our region's quality of life and our economy. To ensure that this great natural resource is protected for generations to come, we must build on St. Johns Riverkeeper’s past accomplishments and continue our campaign for a clean and healthy river," said Rinaman. "For years, my passion has been working to identify opportunities to advance legislative and policy initiatives that protect the environment and our waterways.  I am honored to once again have the chance to combine my advocation with my vocation for the betterment of the St. Johns River."

Cold Weather Tips from JEA

A dip in temperature can lead to a rise in your electric bill because of the direct correlation between weather and energy consumption. JEA recommends the following tips to keep energy use in check during cold weather.

Crowley Acquires 500 New 40-Foot High-Cube Containers


Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group is continuing to grow and update its equipment fleet to better serve customers with the addition of 500 new 40-foot, high-cube containers. The acquisition adds to the company's already robust equipment fleet of more than 45,000 units, as well as phases out some older containers.

Summer May Be Gone but Mosquitoes are Not


The weather may be cooling off but that doesn’t mean that mosquitoes aren’t still around and potentially carrying West Nile Virus (WNV). Both WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes and can cause mild to serious illness. Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night and early morning.

City Beautification Efforts Nationally Recognized


For the second consecutive year, the City of Jacksonville and the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission have been recognized nationally by Keep America Beautiful in two award categories. This year, KJB earned a distinguished service citation in the Affiliate Award category and second place for its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. This recognition builds on KJB’s first-place wins in the same categories in 2010. KAB will present the awards to KJB at the 58th Annual National Conference at the end of November. The conference will be in New Orleans and affiliates nationwide will attend.

Foundation Financial Group makes commitment to go green with Project Sequoia

When Mark W. Boyer took over as chief executive officer at Foundation Financial Group in January 2011 he had a vision of developing a paperless culture within the growing national financial services company.

By midyear, his vision had taken not only taken root, but had sprouted into an entirely new companywide initiative to go green. Thus, Project Sequoia was born. Named after the mighty tree that lines the deep, lush forests of northern California, Project Sequoia aims to save Foundation Financial Group upwards of $50,000 its first year.

The cornerstone of Project Sequoia is Foundation Financial Group’s new fully secure, integrated paperless document management system.

“We have integrated an entirely paperless origination, processing, shipping and storage process for all of our affiliates,” CEO Boyer said. “The new system has multiple environmental benefits, is totally secure and improves efficiencies and time management at Foundation Financial Group.”