Rubio Roundtable Explores Small Business Expansion, Obstacles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sandy and Gary Polletta have owned the Edgewood Bakery for 21 years and said their business has picked up over the past few months.

But they are worried that increased costs and more government regulation will set them back. "Commodities keep going up, regulations keep going up. The cost of doing business, your taxes, your JEA bill all keep going up," said Sandy Polletta.

JEA Paid More Than $12 Million in Overtime in 2010

JEA Paid More Than $12 Million in Overtime in 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bob Cole is out on the banks of the St. Johns River every chance he can get.

Cole said fishing is pretty much like paying his electric bill: he never knows what he will get.

"The month before last it was $303, but this time I got it yesterday, Saturday it was $160.

Cole said his JEA bills on average have gone up $100 a month.

While he is paying more, the electric authority has paid out $12.4 million in overtime in just the last year.

DATABASE: See What JEA Employees Earn

JEA said overtime makes up less than 8 percent of the salary base, which is $158 million.

Councilmember Explains San Marco Tree Removal | SLIDESHOWS

Councilmember Explains San Marco Tree Removal | SLIDESHOWS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the second time in the past few months, the city is cutting down trees in San Marco.

In July, city crews traveled up and down Hendricks Avenue and San Jose Boulevard removing trees from the median.  The city said the trees were dying anyway, and replaced them in the ensuing weeks.

Over the weekend, the oak trees along LaSalle Street by the San Marco library were the targets of chain saws.

Duval Tax Collector Changes Office Hours


Duval County Tax Collector Michael Corrigan announced today that office hours for all nine Tax Collector branch locations will change effective Dec. 5, 2011.  The new office hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Current office hours are 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The office hours for the Ed Ball Building Satellite Office located at 214 North Hogan St. will remain 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Republican Presidential Debate Tonight in Orlando

Republican Presidential Debate Tonight in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Republican Presidential hopefuls will meet in Orlando for another debate.

All eight candidates confirmed they will attend the forum.

The debate will incorporate video and text questions submitted by the public on YouTube.

The debate sponsored by Google and FOX News will air live tonight on FOX News at 9 p.m.

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There was a swath of red in council chambers Tuesday night, worn in protest to the proposed deep cuts to library funding.
The city's Finance Committee recommended reducing the library's $39 million dollar by about $3.5 million.
Library staffers, volunteers and patrons said the resulting cuts in services would reduce the quality of life in Jacksonville and remove a vital resource for job seekers.

"Our libraries are the place where anybody who does not have a computer at home, the libraries are the only place where there's free access to computers," said a member of the Friends of Murray Hill Library.

A final vote on the matter is expected later this month.