Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Colton Collins to the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.


Colton is beginning his career as a Realtor with Florida Network Realty, and he is excited about what the future holds. When asked why he joined the Beaches office of Florida Network Realty, he states, “When looking for a brokerage, Florida Network Realty really stood out to me. They seem to be willing to help their agents at any cost, and genuinely care about their agents.”

When not working Colton enjoys taking advantage of all of the outdoor activities that Northeast Florida has to offer. He enjoys fishing, surfing and golfing, as well as traveling to new destinations.

“Please join me in welcoming Colton to the Beaches office. Although new to real estate, Colton is eager to grow his career as a Realtor. With the support of his family of Realtors and now the Florida Network Realty team, Colton’s career will reach new heights. We look forward to celebrating his accomplishments,” shares Don Cline, Assistant General Manager and Broker/Manager of the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

For more information, Colton can be reached by phone at 904.330.8743 or at and website: The Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office is located at 375-1 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 11, 2013) – Prudential Network Realty is supporting “Wreaths Across America,” a national campaign designed to honor fallen veterans. Wreaths Across America’s goal is to place a commemorative wreath upon every headstone in the Jacksonville National Cemetery and the St. Augustine National Cemetery in December during the holiday season.

“We are fortunate to have a strong military presence in Northeast Florida and we are proud to support this meaningful program,” said Prudential Network Realty Broker/Manager Ann King of the company’s St. Augustine office, who initiated Prudential Network Realty’s participation in the program last year. “We are honored to be a part of this national effort to place a holiday wreath on every veteran’s headstone.”

The campaign collects donations to purchase commemorative wreaths, which will be placed on the headstones of veterans buried at national cemeteries and other locations across the country. Simultaneous wreath-laying ceremonies will be held at more than 700 locations on Saturday, Dec.14, including the national cemeteries in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

A single wreath costs $15. Prudential Network Realty is accepting donations in support of Wreaths Across America through Monday, July 15. Please make checks made payable to Wreaths Across America. Donations may be dropped off at the following Prudential Network Realty office locations:

  • Home Office – 4190 Belfort Road, Suite 475, Jacksonville
  • Avondale/Ortega – 3627 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville
  • Mandarin/St. Johns – 11567 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville
  • San Marco/San Jose – 1983 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville
  • Beaches/Arlington – 375-1 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach
  • Fleming Island – 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island
  • Ponte Vedra – 1000 Sawgrass Village Drive, Suite 101, Ponte Vedra Beach
  • St. Augustine – 112 SeaGrove Main St., Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach

“We believe in the American dream, and it is our privilege to be a part of a campaign that acknowledges those who sacrificed so much to protect our freedom,” said Christy Budnick, executive vice president of residential real estate, Prudential Network Realty. “We appreciate the opportunity to support this program and its efforts to remember and honor veterans in Northeast Florida and across the country.”

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The Beauty of Upcycling


For consumers with a passion for do-it-yourself projects, and the boards on Pinterest to prove it, upcycling has taken root. Some ideas are as simple as investing in a set of sharpies to transform ordinary cabinetry knobs into one-of-a-kind home accessories. Others require more time, as in creating a working chandelier from white plastic spoons. It’s a small step considering that Americans throw out enough disposable dinnerware to circle the equator 300 times, according to

The Internet is littered with statistics estimating when our landfills will reach a tipping point. Other stats concentrate on the fact that trash must travel farther to meet its fate, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, individual states continue to consider putting in place stricter regulations for commercial businesses in order to save landfill space.

In answer to the call for smarter manufacturing practices, many brands have found ways to reduce their contribution to landfills. For instance, fashion brand H&M recently announced its partnership with I:Collect. H&M customers may donate any article of clothing from any brand to any H&M retailer worldwide in exchange for a store voucher.

Collect then repurposes the donated clothing. Since The Council of Textile Recycling reports that the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year, this is yet another small dent in keeping usable materials out of landfills.

Another example is upcycling pioneer, Nike. Its Reuse-a-Shoe program launched in 1990, with more than 1.5 million pairs of post-consumer shoes now collected annually. Today, the company transforms those recycled shoes into Nike Grind, an ingredient used in making rubber flooring for gyms and weight rooms, along with running tracks and playground surfaces.

For some, finding meaning in waste, especially when it comes to manufacturing, may be a new idea. However, many companies have been out in front of this trend long before it became fashionable. For instance, ECORE is North America’s largest consumer of recycled scrap-tire rubber, reusing over 80 million pounds of material each year. Rubber is engineered to never degrade, decompose or deteriorate. This is a great quality, except when tires are left to decompose in a landfill. The company partners with Nike and uses Nike Grind as an ingredient in its recycled rubber flooring.

“At ECORE, we don’t just follow best practices – instead we develop smarter processes and systems to make best practices better,” says ECORE chairman and CEO, Arthur Dodge III. “It’s how we produce 2.6 million pounds of waste a year, but send only 1.3 percent of it to the landfill.”

Recycling rubber might be too high of a commitment when at home, but there are a few easy steps people can take to keep reusable waste out of landfills:

Separate trash: If you don’t already, separate your trash over the course of a week or two. In doing so, you’ll gain an understanding for exactly what you throw away. Once you know what you have, find the right recycling centers in your community. And when it comes to food, consider composting.

Research alternatives: A certain segment of do-it-yourselfers already appreciate that one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. Think about all the ways you can use, and reuse, materials in your home.

Buy smart: A little consideration in advance can go a long way in making your purchasing decisions. That may mean investing in products that are higher in quality, but enjoy a longer lifespan.


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