Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ParkSpace Making Room for More Cars at JIA

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ParkSpace Making Room for More Cars at JIA

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Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer

ParkSpace, the independently owned parking service outside Jacksonville International Airport, is doing a booming business and is now planning a major expansion.

ParkSpace President Kevin O'Neill said the Airport Road business plans to add 400 covered parking spaces within the next year. ParkSpace already has 900 covered spaces at $9.89 per day.

Through Oct. 15, ParkSpace is offering a $5.99 per day coupon. But if you're in the military, that $5.99 rate is available all the time.

ParkSpace also has a $7.89 rate for corporate customers.

O'Neill said the ParkSpace lot has been operating at 70 percent to 75 percent capacity.

"It's been pretty good," he said. "We've kind of turned the corner."

About 70 percent of ParkSpace customers are business travelers, O'Neill said.

In addition to parking, ParkSpace offers customers a free USA Today in the morning and a free beverage as they exit the lot. Customers can also get their vehicle washed and detailed or a $30 oil change while they're traveling.

The additional 400 spaces will be built on an adjacent 6-acre parcel, O'Neill said.

ParkSpace is a division of Atlanta-based Camp Creek LLC, a commercial development and management company.

Same name

The State Legislature has formally changed the Jacksonville Port Authority's name from the Jacksonville Seaport Authority back to the Jacksonville Port Authority, the JPA announced.

The Port Authority temporarily took the name Jacksonville Seaport Authority to avoid confusion when it split from the city's airports in 2001.

The Port Authority said it sought the name change for two reasons: It is common throughout the U.S. maritime industry for ports to have their governing bodies referred to as port authorities and not seaport authorities; and the Port Authority has marketed its preferred name internationally for 40 years.

Although the JPA has never ceased doing business as the Jacksonville Port Authority, the name change formally became effective in mid-July.

The Port Authority operates three terminals in Jacksonville, the Talleyrand Marine Terminal, Blount Island Marine Terminal and Dames Point Marine Terminal.

Flying low

Shipments of general aviation airplanes for the first half of 2003 totaled 1,031 units, a drop of 13.8 percent from the same period last year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Industry billings for the first six months were $4 billion, down 32.3 percent from 2002.

"The shipment numbers are largely in line with the production schedules our manufacturers announced for the year and they reflect the continued weakness in the economy," GAMA President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Bolen said. "The positive news is that single-engine piston shipments are holding steady and we are beginning to see some indications that the accelerated depreciation GAMA pushed to have included in the recent tax bill is stimulating some new orders. …

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