Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Region

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Region

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Got something you'd like to share about your community? Send news-related tips to staff writer Jim Schoettler at jim.schoettler@jacksonville.com or (904) 359-4385.

CLAY COUNTY

ROAD PROJECT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

A $64 million road construction project connecting Interstate 295 and Collins Road north of the Argyle area at the Clay-Duval County line should be completed later this year, according to the state Department of Transportation. The project, which began in February 2011, is ahead of schedule; initial completion date was early 2014. It includes a new I-295 interchange at Collins Road, improvements to the northbound Blanding Boulevard on-ramp to I-295, and the resurfacing of Blanding from the Clay County line to Collins Road.

CLAY COUNTY

PROPERTY VALUES UP, DATA SHOWING

County property values increased by 2.3 percent, preliminary data from County Appraiser Roger A. Suggs shows. The taxable value of property in the county is $8.1 billion, up from $7.9 billion last year. It is the first time in five years that the taxable value has not decreased. The County Commission and other Clay taxing authorities have until Aug. 5 to report their proposed property tax millage rates to the appraiser and set public budget hearings, Suggs said.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY

EDUCATION BUSINESS PARTNERS HONORED

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve were recently recognized as the 2012-2013 St. Johns County School District Outstanding Business Partners of the Year at the 26th annual Commissioner's Business Recognition Awards. The event was produced by the Florida Department of Education in association with the Florida Education Foundation and highlighted the contributions of honorees chosen from each school district throughout the state. The SJCSD and the GTMNERR partnership was created through the Academy of Coastal and Water Resources at St. Johns Technical High School. The Jaguars and GTMNERR will be recognized at Thursday's school board meeting.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY

SHOW SOME APPRECIATION FOR BATS

All hail The Bat! …

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