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Earlier this month, the state of Florida passed laws that make 64-ounce growlers legal for distribution. As a result, breweries around town already have their jugs to go!

Distilleries can expect sales to increase in lieu of the new law, since customers can now take home half-gallon jugs of draft beer.

Florida has been one of three states that did not allow half-gallon growlers and limited them to quarts and gallons. As of the first week of July, the law was overturned and local breweries were already armed with cases of new glass growlers to be filled. If you are moving to Jacksonville and love draft and craft beers and local breweries, grab a 64-ounce glass growler and bring it to a local brewery to get filled!

Growler fillings at Intuition Ale Works will cost $10-$20.

Growler fillings at Bold City will cost $7.50-$10.

According to local beer sellers, one thing that the law will help to alleviate is the embarrassment that they face when people come from out of town looking to fill their growler with a local brew, and they have to tell them “no.”

Jacksonville moving companies also want new residents to know that a new local brewery opened last year, called St. Augustine Distillery. The new distillery features two brands: Florida Cane Vodka and New World Gin. With the new law, visitors will be able to take home two bottles of each.

Moving means transferring all of your utilities over to your new home. If you are moving to Jacksonville, or any other city in Florida, Comcast is most likely the company you would switch to. Comcast is the service that most Florida residents have, which comes as no surprise seeing as how they have the largest amount of revenue and provide the largest amount of service out of any cable company.

Jacksonville movers are proud to announce that Comcast has released its South Florida pricing plans for Gigabit Pro. Gigabit Pro is a premium service that Comcast is offering, but at a high price. With Internet speed increasing by 50 percent and reaching speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second, early adopters are running to be the first in line for the service.

If you are moving to Jacksonville and are interested in Gigabit Pro, it will cost you a pretty penny of $159 per month with a three-year contract. A two-year contract will cost you $299.95 per month. As if that was not expensive enough, you will also have to pay an activation fee of $500, which could be waived with special promotions where applicable, but there are installation fees as well.

Comcast spokeswoman Mindy Kramer explained that the pricing comes from the fact that a specially trained technician would have to be sent to the home to survey and then install the professional-grade equipment. Kramer said, “This product is for the most advanced digital households and consumers who want the fastest Internet connection available in the marketplace.”

For more information on Gigabit Pro you can visit xfinity.com/multi-gig.

If you are moving to Jacksonville, beware that a new law could pass that would make it illegal to back your car into any private, residential driveway. Sounds ridiculous right? Although the city government is allowed to make restrictions regarding motor vehicles, many are arguing that the restrictions need to be sensible, and Jacksonville moving companies agree.

Lawmakers in Jacksonville are pushing for legislation that tip-toes on the line of reasonable and downright controlling.

According to Autoblog, Jacksonville lawmakers have proposed making parking backwards in driveways illegal for the purpose of city inspectors not being able to easily view your tags from the street. Since the city already has a law that makes it illegal for residents to keep non-operational cars and trucks on their private property, the new law is another facet of the already existing one.

A way around the new proposed law: have a tag on the front of your car.

So what if you are moving to Jacksonville and are a car enthusiast who does not drive all of their cars, and has them parked in the driveway rather than a large garage? Unfortunately, you would most likely have to find somewhere else to store them if Jacksonville lawmakers have their way.

During the first week of August, Outcome Equality will be holding a three-day Just Culture Certification Course, which will be hosted by the University of Florida – Florida Health. The Jacksonville Just Culture Certification Course will equip attendees with the necessary tools and techniques for building aptitude and conviction in Just Culture. Knowledge of Just Culture will provide better working conditions and minimize combative events in the workplace.

Outcome Equality CEO and Father of Just Culture, David Marx, explains that, “People are recognizing that the issue of justice isn’t simple. There is some complexity to it. There are multiple types of duties that we human beings have – whether it’s to produce outcomes, whether it’s to avoid harm or whether it’s to follow sort of ‘how-to’ procedural rules. And we take all of the notions of Justice and we boil them down into a…class that we call the Just Culture Certification Course.”

Jacksonville movers are excited to see how the course will help the Jacksonville workforce and how widespread Just Culture can be. At a registration cost of $3,200 per person, the course may not be affordable for numerous attendees. If all business owners cannot afford to attend the Just Culture Course, how beneficial will it be for the city?

On the plus side, moving companies in Jacksonville agree with the message of Just Culture’s attempt to provide knowledge and justice, as well as move towards a positive cultural shift and societal outcomes. If you are moving to Jacksonville and are looking for more information on the Jacksonville Just Culture Certification Course and a more elaborated mission plan for the course, you can visit the article on Globe News Wire or www.justculture.org

The Outings Project has officially made its way to the Jacksonville community.

The project, explained as “a global participative project, initiated by Julien de Casabianca, a French visual artist and filmmaker. Anyone in their own town can go to their museums, take pictures of portraits with their phones and set them free,” has officially introduced itself to Jacksonville and local art fanatics as well as art professionals who have recently moved to Jacksonville – are excited to be showcased.

This past Saturday, a small group of art fanatics involved with the project, put up six prints of figures found in paintings in the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ permanent collection on walls in downtown Jacksonville. By doing this, the project added another city to the list of those involved with the Outings Project, moving initiatives farther than they predicted would occur right now.

Another artist, Dolf James, who has been involved with other public art projects and was the driving force behind the creation of the CoRK Arts District in Riverside, has recently been made aware of the Outings Project and suggested it to Hope McMath, director of the Cummer, as a great project to take part in.

And it’s a great thing that James thought to mention it, as McMath stated that, “we have had an interest since our 50th anniversary in 2011, in putting our images outside the museum and onto the streets.” Previously, those at the museum had thought that pulling off something like this would be too time and cost consuming.

According to James, “the response has been just fantastic,” and as a result, they plan to add more copies of the museum’s artwork to the walls of downtown Jacksonville this weekend. If you are moving to Jacksonville and you are an artist, an art teacher, or even just an art fanatic – be sure to check out the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and other Jacksonville art galleries that now allow the Outings Project or photo sharing of the art that is displayed.

This past weekend, a Summer Food Program geared towards giving free healthy lunches to children younger than 18 in the Jacksonville area was launched at Philip Randolph Heritage Park.

In fact, Joey Heymann, executive director of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, went to the Jacksonville City Hall in an effort to request $500,000 in funding for the commission’s summer camp program, which has recently faced budget cuts by the city.

At the park, the program not only gave over 300 Jacksonville youth free meals, it also allowed them the opportunity to explore the one of the city’s firetrucks, dance to music from a DJ, and meet Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard. This is not the first time the organization has had an event like this. In fact, this is the 21st year they have been helping give healthy lunches to youth in Jacksonville, and this past weekend marks over 438,000 meals served.

This year notably distinguishes itself from previous years. Instead of food only being available at one location, this year multiple venues have offered up their shop as a place where kids can find meals this summer while school is out. Specifically, over 200 Jacksonville churches, apartment complexes, libraries, schools and day-care centers will have food available until August 7th.

The Summer Food Service program comes in the wake of a huge population of kids not being able to receive their normal free breakfasts and lunches at school due to summer break.

According to Rev. Lee Harris, chairman of the commission’s board, “when school is out, that’s when a lot of children go hungry.”

This year, your local Jacksonville movers are happy to see that so many local children are receiving free meals. If you are new to the Jacksonville area and your child was receiving free meals at school and still needs meal assistance during the summer, check out the Jacksonville Children’s Commission website.

The taxpayers have spoken and they want downtown water taxis in Jacksonville.

It only makes sense that a city on the water would vie for a public means of transportation by boat. While the Jacksonville water taxis offer residents and tourists a unique take on the city, it has not been enough revenue in recent years to keep the company afloat.

In order to keep from going under water, Lakeshore Marine Services, the company that runs the taxis, has announced that it is looking for multiple public partnerships that will allow it to keep operating in the city of Jacksonville. So far, the Florida Times Union and the Jacksonville Jaguars have become “founding partners” and will donate money each year in order to help save the water taxis.

While this is a strong start towards keeping the tradition alive, much more funding is needed if Jacksonville plans on keeping the water taxis as a staple of the city. While taxpayers have made it known that they do not want the water taxis to go anywhere, their recent track record of actually utilizing the alternative means of transportation says otherwise.

Specifically, the company shared that the amount of riders aboard the taxi had significantly decreased since the start of the company on the water. In fact, the taxis had drawn half the amount of riders this year as it had years prior.

As a means of attracting more riders to the water taxis, the option of incorporating sunset cruises into the water taxi schedule has been pitched by the local community. While your local Jacksonville movers and the rest of the community certainly do not want to lose the water taxis, much more funding will be needed in order to keep them afloat.

Those of you planning on moving to Jacksonville, who have preexisting health conditions, BEWARE! Orange Park Medical Center in Jacksonville was recently named one of the most expensive hospitals in the nation, according to the Journal of Health Affairs. The Jacksonville hospital had the fourth highest mark-up over cost of services among the 20 Florida hospitals on the list, and was ranked 8th out of the 50 hospitals in the United States that charge the most for being treated there.

The medical center showed a 1,140 mark-up, which equals out to them charging $1,140 for every $100 in cost. This comes as no surprise in the wake of the 2014 report that revealed that Orange Park Medical Center was the most expensive hospital in the state of Florida, with the same mark-up percentage.

Not only that, but Florida came in second in the country for hospitals with the highest prices, which was based off of Medicare cost reports for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. In the wake of the recent news, Orange Park Medical Center has released a statement stating that the amount that each individual patient pays, varies on the different types of coverage that they have.

The medical center also went on the record stating that it offers little to no-cost care for those with no insurance coverage options. However, in 1997, when Governor Rick Scott was CEO of Columbia/HCA, the company was also accused of fraudulent Medicare billing that exceeded hundreds of millions of dollars. As a result, Scott resigned and Columbia/HCA agreed to pay the federal government over $600 million.

Looks as if the Jacksonville medical center will continue to have similar problems that they once faced back in 1997.

This past week, a supermarket closing has your local Jacksonville movers, along with the rest of the residents of the community, shocked over the recent announcement.

The store met its untimely closing when the police were called to the store in order to investigate other charges from Ameer Issa, who had gone to the store and made several charges with unauthorized purchases using EBT cards.

While the initial felony committed by Issa is what drew the police to the store, while they were there they ended up discovering major problems with the quality of the food inside the store. Specifically, it was uncovered that the way the raw meat were being handled was not at all proper, or in a way that was fit to sell to customers.

While state agencies have begun investigating the supermarket, most people are shocked by the closing of Lawtey Supermarket because it is the only supermarket in the town. Locals have mused that they “thought it was a robbery actually. We don’t get much excitement here in Lawtey.”

Once the agencies began investigating further, they discovered that the supermarket was using expired meat and repackaging it with new dates added to the package.

Mike Starling, a frequent customer of the store commented on the findings, expressing that, “when it first happened, the employees were talking about all kinds of stuff. Homeland Security, this, that and the other. So I didn’t really know, but to hear all of that, it’s very gross.”

Apparently, the discovery of the mishandling of the meat in the supermarket came as a shock to the new owners of the Lawtey Supermarket. The owners had just bought it two weeks prior to the incident occurring, and stated that they were currently trying to figure out what how to overcome this unforeseen obstacle.

A program aimed at keeping local kids out of trouble, has announced that it will be returning this upcoming summer to the Jacksonville community.

Not only is the Rec ‘N Roll completely free, but it will also help out the parents who are not able to take time off of work to watch their kids. Coaches will be in city parks offering guidance and supervision to kids, much like they were last year when the program first started.

When Rec ‘N Roll first started last year, it went on for eight weeks at 10 different parks throughout the Jacksonville area. Most of the parks were in areas with a high-crime rate and by the end of the summer program, crime had declined significantly.

According to Jacksonville mayor, Alvin Brown, “having the opportunity to invest in programs that would target at-risk youth, to ensure that they’re not getting into gangs or participating in criminal activity, I think that’s important.”

Moving forward with this upcoming summer, Rec ‘N Roll will grow from 10 to 18 parks around the city – seven of which are located in the Operation Ceasefire zone. One of the major funders for the program is attorney Steve Pajcic, who donated an upwards of $50,000 in order to help pay for the program.

The program this summer will run from June 15 until August 7, and this year they have included some additions to the agenda. Along with the normal itinerary, the mayor also announced that the Department of Justice would be adding a team to work on helping reduce Jacksonville youth crime.