Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Morning Briefing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Morning Briefing

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*******************CORRECTION September 3, 2003

Kathryn Cowling is president of ATS Health Services. Because of incorrect information from Women Impacting Public Policy, an organization that recently named Cowling a founding partner, and an editor's error, her employer was incorrect in a news brief on Page D-1 Aug. 30.



A state agency ordered the Hooters bar and restaurant at The Jacksonville Landing to shut down temporarily yesterday because of a roach "infestation," said Meg Shannon, spokeswoman for the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees Florida's restaurants.

A Hooters employee stood at the door with a Jacksonville sheriff's officer, barring patrons and saying the restaurant would reopen at 11 a.m. today. The person at the door declined to give her name to a reporter but said the business was closed because of an air-conditioning failure.

Shannon said agency inspectors will return today to see whether there are still large amounts of roaches present. If the roaches are gone, the restaurant will be permitted to reopen, she said.

New Landing owner Toney Sleiman said he wanted to keep Hooters as a tenant, but it will have to run a sanitary operation.

"It's a new era for the Landing. We're going to have good restaurants, clean restaurants," he said.


Local developer Toney Sleiman completed his purchase of The Jacksonville Landing yesterday, paving the way for him to transform the downtown shopping complex. He paid Columbia, Md.-based Rouse Co. $5 million for the center, $100,000 less than was announced earlier. Sleiman received a discount because "minor stuff" like painting had not been completed prior to the close.

Earlier yesterday, Sleiman met with Mayor John Peyton to transfer the lease of the city-owned ground that the Landing sits on from Rouse to him.

Sleiman said first on his Landing to-do list is adding more parking spaces downtown. He said of the Landing: "If it has parking, it's successful. If it doesn't have parking, it's the same old thing. …

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