September 29, 2020

Northeast Florida Roundup

Mayo Clinic plans multimillion-dollar proton therapy center in Jacksonville

Amy Martinez | 9/25/2019

SERVICES

  • DialAmerica reopened a 7,000-sq.-ft. call center in Ocala and will create about 100 jobs. DialAmerica, which provides call center services, closed the facility in 2015. Workers will handle calls for health insurers.
  • Darian Pickett has been named CEO of Jacksonville-based sales and marketing firm Acosta. Pickett, previously chief client officer, succeeds Alejandro Rodriguez Bas, who left after a year to “pursue other opportunities,” Acosta says.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Jacksonville-based website services provider Web.com acquired Australia-based Dreamscape for about $73 million.
  • India-based software company Mindtree will close its 7-year-old development center at the University of Florida’s Innovation Square in Gainesville by late December.

HEALTH CARE

  • UF Health Shands Hospital opened a renovated intensive care unit for burn and serious-wound patients. The 34,000-sq.-ft. unit now has 27 patient rooms, up from eight rooms previously. The twoyear renovation cost $30 million.

GOVERNMENT

  • The Gainesville City Commission approved a plan to draft a new rental housing ordinance that would require landlords to meet energy-efficiency standards and codify renters’ rights. The ordinance also would establish a mediation program to handle landlord-tenant disputes and create a staff position to oversee rental housing issues. Commissioners could vote on the ordinance later this year.
  • Jacksonville Beach’s planning commission approved new rules for short-term renters, including requirements that they register with the city, be inspected and follow occupancy and parking restrictions.

SPORTS

  • Andrew Kaufmann, a Jacksonville resident and businessman, purchased the city’s minor league hockey team, the Icemen, from El Acquisitions, a group led by former CEO Ron Geary. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Icemen are an affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Earlier this year, Kaufmann bought a controlling ownership interest in the Fort Myers Miracle baseball team.

FINANCE

  • Mark Bennett is Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s new Southeast region executive for business banking in Jacksonville. Bennett oversees commercial banking efforts for companies with between $5 million and $50 million in annual sales throughout the Southeast.
  • New York-based Voya Financial, a retirement, investment and insurance company, will close its Jacksonville office and lay off 267 employees by the end of next April.

 

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