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Loose Change

SIGN OF TIMES: Before NationsBank officially changed its name in Florida this month to Bank of America, many of the temporary NationsBank banners that draped the new signs were swiped as memorabilia. Some of the larger NationsBank banners even showed up in Florida back yards as hammocks.

ALL ABOUT JOE: Two people on hand for the recent annual meeting of giant real estate developer St. Joe Co. of Jacksonville indicated they are doing research for books about the company. St. Joe, the state's biggest private landowner, was started by the vast holdings of the duPont family and has a long history in Florida.

HOT HOUSING: If you thought Florida real estate is getting overpriced, consider this bargain home in Palo Alto, Calif., for the "mid-level" buyer: A house at 4020 Amaranta Ave. sold for more than $1.5-million. Oh yeah, the house itself is damaged by fire and uninhabitable.

WHAT WOULD MICKEY SAY? While Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisner oversees his company like a mother hen, son Eric Eisner, 26, is building a dot-com business that won't be seen in any Disney theme park. At, the young Eisner lets viewers "Mail a Ho" online to friends or play "Celebrity Pinata" by maiming an animated Ricky Martin or Woody Allen with acid and fire.

BAN THE BUCK? The only way the new golden dollar coins will gain widespread use is if the United States stops making $1 bills, says veteran coin and paper money dealer David Sundman at Littleton Coin Co., Littleton, N.H. England, Canada and Australia eliminated their one pound and one dollar bank notes when new coins of the same denomination were introduced as pocket change.

_ Compiled from Times wires.