JCCI Polling Hospitality Industry on Racial Issues

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Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union

The Jacksonville Community Council Inc. Forward is polling the hospitality industry to determine if racial and ethnic minorities are excluded from policy-making, executive management positions.

The organization sent 58 surveys to convention business executives in Jacksonville on March 29 with an April 19 deadline. But that deadline was extended to Friday mostly due to the low response rate, JCCI spokeswoman Jennifer Parsons said.

The survey is part of JCCI Forward committee's action plan related to the city's convention business industry. Committee member Dennis Wade said minorities have been left out of high-ranking industry jobs and the survey is expected to confirm that.

"We are a Super Bowl city, yet in the hospitality industry African-Americans and other minorities have been locked out of these executive positions," he said. "Florida has seven hospitality schools. We have the resources to find and hire minorities for these executive positions."

New Publix

Jacksonville developer Regency Centers broke ground on a shopping center at the new Johns Creek community and bought two other commercial parcels at the new development in St. Johns County.

Regency Centers plans to develop up to 120,000 square feet of commercial space at the 15-acre shopping center site. Publix Supermarket, the center's anchor tenant, is scheduled to open by the end of this year, according to a news release by the community's developer, The Hutson Cos.

Johns Creek is off County Road 210 in St. Johns County, 2 miles west of Interstate 95.

Regency Centers' other parcels at the site include a 3-acre location that will be occupied by two buildings for retail use and a 5.6-acre site that will be held for future sale, the release said.

Regency will begin construction on the 3-acre parcel this summer with completion this fall.

Johns Creek features a 10-acre park, an athletic center and preservation areas.

The Hutson Cos., which started in 1973, has developed dozens of residential communities consisting of over 14,000 home sites in northeast Florida. …