Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center's Buddy Bus Offering Mobile Mammograms at 2nd Annual Health and Safety Expo - Deadline to Register is June 15th!
The DEADLINE is June 15th!
Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center's Buddy Bus will be doing Mobile Mammograms at the First Coast YMCA on June 24th during the 2nd Annual Health and Safety Expo at the YMCA Wildlight!
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Nelson & Associates Insurance 2nd Annual Health and Safety Expo Less Than a Month Away!
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The Nelson & Associates Insurance 2nd Annual Health and Safety Expo at the YMCA Wildlight is less than a month away, and we are expecting an amazing turnout!
The 2nd Annual Health and Safety Expo is scheduled for June 24th from 10 AM to 4 PM. There will be FREE Sports Physicals, Mobile Mammograms, LIVE music, Vendors, Food Trucks, Nonprofit Resources and MORE.
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Nassau County, Florida, May 30, 2023 – The Board of County Commissioners is excited to introduce its Productivity Dashboard. This new, on-line feature provides a reporting of activities of key departments and services and places them in one location for residents to easily access, thus further increasing transparency and reporting of data in real-time. The new Productivity Dashboard currently features Nassau County Animal Services, the Building Department, the Library, and the Road Department. New departments will be added in the coming months.
The Department of Strategic Advancement has been working closely with the Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office for several months to make this information available to the public, utilizing the GIS Software the PA office already had in place. The project began with departments entering metrics back to the beginning of 2021 so they could begin to build a history of data in the system.
Each month, these departments will enter metrics of services/activities they track such as number of permits issues, number of intakes at the shelter, number of pet adoptions, number of books circulated, etc. This information provides residents with detailed information of activities that are taking place each month. It also provides the Board the necessary data needed to make informed decisions during the budget process to ensure that the department has what it needs to keep up with the current demand while planning for expanded services as the County continues to grow.
Director of Strategic Advancement, Brandy Carvalho, stated, “The Productivity Dashboard is one of the ways we are honoring our Strategic Planning initiatives to ‘improve transparency and be the catalyst for a collaborative approach to governance that facilitates the shared pursuit of the common good’. Starting with these 4 departments, we will use community feedback and user experiences to expand the Dashboard and features, growing into a robust and multi-faceted tool for the residents to see the impact of our County’s departments and staff. We would like to thank Property Appraiser Mike Hickox’s GIS team, particularly GIS Director, Jason Gregory, and GIS Analyst/Programmer, Kathy Mulcahy, for their expertise, creativity and time in designing the Dashboard.”
The Productivity Dashboard can be located at: https://bit.ly/NassauDashboard.
Should you have any questions, please contact Brandy Carvalho at (904) 530-6010, Option 7, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consumers can purchase qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from tax during the 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis, the sales tax holiday begins Saturday, May 27 and extends through Friday, June 9. A second exemption period will begin Saturday, August 26 and extend through Friday, September 8.
During the 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, the following qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax:
The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.
For more information on implementing the sales tax holiday, please see the Department of Revenue's Taxpayer Information Publication on the 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday or the 2023 Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday FAQs for Businesses.
CBA’s customers include wineries, alcohol importers, wholesalers, producers, and private collectors who import from all over the world
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 30, 2023) – The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) announced today that Convoy Beverage Alliance (CBA), a Florida-based warehousing and transportation provider for alcoholic beverage companies, has joined Northeast Florida’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 64. FTZ No. 64 is Florida’s largest FTZ by area and provides cost-saving options for importers.
Through the activation, CBA’s 220,000-square-foot Jacksonville warehouse and distribution center is now eligible for FTZ benefits, including the ability to reduce, defer or eliminate U.S. Customs duties on products imported into the U.S.
“We strategically chose Jacksonville to grow our alcoholic beverage 3PL warehousing business because we’re close to port terminals and there is fast access to national and regional distribution routes from Jacksonville,” said Convoy Beverage Alliance Senior Manager of Brand Development Joseph Ortega. “We want to provide something unique, solely dedicated to alcoholic brands, and joining JAXPORT’s FTZ allows us to strengthen partnerships with existing and emerging brands, as well as other FTZs to expand and provide more efficiencies to the businesses we serve.”
Foreign Trade Zones are federally-designated areas that are inside the U.S. but legally considered outside of U.S. commerce. By joining the FTZ, CBA can defer U.S. Customs’ duties until the imported products clear the zone. Their customers include wineries, alcohol importers, wholesalers, producers, and private collectors who import from all over the world. CBA helps facilitate the beverages’ final delivery to their destination from the warehouse.
“We are excited to grow this new partnership between JAXPORT and CBA that will attract more business to Northeast Florida,” said JAXPORT Foreign Trade Zone Manager Justin Ryan. “Joining the FTZ enables CBA to expand in the Jacksonville market and efficiently serve their customers all over the U.S.”
FTZ 64 covers more than 5,000 square miles throughout 10 counties in Northeast: Eastern Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties.
FTZ No. 64 operates under the Alternative Site Framework (ASF), which allows warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturers within any of the 10 covered counties to utilize FTZ benefits while operating in their existing facilities. For example, an FTZ can be as small as a single room within a building or as large as a warehouse or entire manufacturing plant.
Any company within the 10-county area service area wanting to take advantage of FTZ benefits must submit an application through JAXPORT and receive designation from the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board and subsequently with U.S. Customs and Border Protection for activation to be an FTZ operator. The entire application and approval process typically takes less than 60 days. Connect with JAXPORT Foreign Trade Zone Manager Justin Ryan to inquire about the FTZ.
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Subsidiaries Earn American Gas Association Safety Awards
DOVER, Del. – Florida Public Utilities Company, Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company and Aspire Energy of Ohio, subsidiaries of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK), were recognized by the American Gas Association (AGA) as top safety performers in 2022. The awards were presented at the 2023 AGA Operations Conference, which is the natural gas industry’s premier gathering of natural gas utility and transmission company operations management from across North America.
Florida Public Utilities Company and Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company earned the AGA Safety Achievement Award, which is given to companies that demonstrate outstanding commitment to employee and vehicular safety.
Aspire Energy of Ohio was named an industry leader in accident prevention for achieving a DART (days away, restricted or transferred) rate below industry standard for local distribution companies. DART is a metric used by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to measure the impact of workplace injuries.
“We are pleased to be recognized by the American Gas Association for our exceptional safety performance and the collective dedication of our team members in upholding our safety values. These awards reflect our positive safety culture and underscore our commitment to protect our employees, our customers and the communities we serve,” said Jeffrey Sylvester, senior vice president and chief operating officer.
About Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified energy delivery company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation offers sustainable energy solutions through its natural gas transmission and distribution, electricity generation and distribution, propane gas distribution, mobile compressed natural gas utility services and solutions, and other businesses. For more information, visit www.chpk.com.
Florida Public Utilities Company
Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU), headquartered in Yulee, Florida, distributes natural gas and propane and provides electric services to approximately 120,000 customers in markets throughout Florida. For more information, visit www.fpuc.com.
Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company
Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company owns and operates a 516-mile Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulated interstate transmission pipeline system that transports natural gas from four upstream pipeline interconnection points in Pennsylvania and Delaware to customers along the Delmarva Peninsula, including Chesapeake Utilities’ distribution systems. For more information, visit www.esng.com.
Aspire Energy of Ohio, LLC
Aspire Energy of Ohio, owns and operates a non-regulated natural gas gathering infrastructure, including over 2,800 miles of pipeline, throughout 40 counties in Ohio. Aspire Energy provides natural gas supplies to several local distribution companies and cooperatives. To learn more about Aspire Energy of Ohio, visit www.aspireenergyco.com.
Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida has Lowest Unemployment Rate Amongst the 10 Largest States in the Nation and Experienced Record Tourism in First Quarter of 2023
Florida’s unemployment rate remains at a near record low 2.6 percent for the 4th consecutive month. Florida also saw the largest volume of visitors ever recorded in a single quarter between January and March of this year.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida has the lowest unemployment rate among the top 10 largest states in the nation at 2.6 percent, as Floridians see continued economic stability spurred on in part by the thriving tourism industry. Between January and March of 2023, Florida saw a record 37.9 million visitors, the largest volume of visitors ever recorded in a single quarter. In April 2023, Florida’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the fourth consecutive month, which is 0.8 percentage points lower than the national rate of 3.4 percent. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has remained lower than the national rate for 30 consecutive months since November 2020.
In April 2023, the labor force was 10,960,000, an increase of 5.8 percent since February 2020. Between April 2022 and April 2023, Florida’s total private sector employment grew by 336,200 jobs (4.1 percent), which is faster than the national private sector job growth rate of 2.7 percent during the same time period. In April 2023, with the exception of October 2022, Florida employers have added jobs for 35 months since May 2020. Florida’s over-the-year private sector job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s growth rate for 25 consecutive months since April 2021.
“Through strong economic policy and strategic investments, Florida is outperforming the nation and providing more opportunity for its citizens, resulting in more than 200,000 new business formations this year alone and an unemployment rate near an all-time low,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “In Florida, we are combatting negative national economic headwinds by promoting policies that support Florida businesses and families and attract record numbers of tourists every day.”
“Florida’s low unemployment rate of 2.6 percent – the lowest among the top 10 largest states in the nation – is a testament to Governor DeSantis’ bold leadership,” said Meredith Ivey, Acting Secretary of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). “Governor DeSantis’ Freedom First policies are helping Florida businesses continue to create jobs and Floridians feel confident in the meaningful job opportunities available to them, ensuring the economic prosperity of the great state of Florida and its residents.”
“The Q1 estimates show that 2023 is on track to continue Florida’s outstanding performance in welcoming visitors,” said Dana Young, VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO. “Each quarter shows that Florida is the most sought-after destination for visitors and we are excited to continue our efforts in welcoming more throughout the year. VISIT FLORIDA is proud of the work we have done with our partners in sharing Florida’s sunshine with the world and we thank Governor DeSantis for his unwavering support of our organization and the tourism industry.”
Florida’s strong economy and freedom first policies continue to draw record numbers of visitors that support Florida’s businesses. Florida welcomed 37.9 million total visitors between January and March 2023, according to VISIT FLORIDA estimates. This is the largest volume of visitors ever recorded for a single quarter. A record high of approximately 34.6 million domestic visitors traveled to Florida in Q1 2023, continuing the trend of domestic visitation growth for an eighth consecutive quarter. Florida welcomed 1.8 million overseas travelers in Q1 2023, an increase of 36 percent from Q1 2022. This marks the closest that overseas visitation has come to full recovery since the onset of the pandemic. Total enplanements at 19 Florida airports rose 11.8 percent in Q1 2023 from Q1 2022, reaching 27.6 million visitors.
Florida’s labor force grew over-the-year by 2.3 percent (+248,000), faster than the national labor force growth rate of 1.7 percent. In April 2023, Florida’s labor force grew by 0.3 percent (+38,000), while the national labor force declined by less than 0.1 percent over the month. In April 2023, total private employment increased by 18,200 (+0.2 percent), growth on par with the national rate of change.
In April 2023, the professional and business services sector gained the most jobs among all major industries, adding 10,900 jobs (+0.7 percent) from the previous month, followed by education and health services with 7,100 jobs (+0.5 percent) and financial activities with the addition of 2,700 jobs (+0.4 percent).
Data from the month of April continues to indicate there are many job opportunities available for Floridians throughout the state, with more than 464,000 jobs posted online. Floridians in search of work and new job opportunities are encouraged to turn to the CareerSource Florida network for help. Floridians can find guidance on how to register with Employ Florida and search listings of available local job openings. Career seekers also can improve their employability by perfecting resume writing and interviewing skills, establishing career goals and pursuing customized career training. These services are provided at no cost to job seekers.
To view the April 2023 jobs reports by region, please see below:
To view the April 2023 employment data, visit: www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.
Visit Florida Insight for more information on labor market and economic data. Additionally, the Department has provided a video to assist users in explaining the data provided through Florida Insight.
Florida Division of Emergency Management Encourages Floridians to Participate in Florida's Two Disaster Sales Tax Holidays
~The First Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will last two weeks, beginning May 27 through June 9 ~
Tallahassee, Fla – Today, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) encouraged Floridians to purchase disaster preparedness items during Florida’s two 14-day Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays beginning May 27 through June 9 and August 26 through September 8. Floridians are expected to save an estimated $144 million on the purchase of tax-free items - more than five times the amount of savings when compared to the $25.6 million Floridians saved during the 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.
“I want to thank our Governor and the Florida Legislature for their commitment to making disaster preparedness affordable and accessible to all Floridians,” said FDEM Executive Director Kevin Guthrie. “I encourage residents to take time now to finalize their disaster supply kits and take advantage of these tax holidays in preparation for hurricane season.”
"As we saw last year with Hurricane Ian, a disaster can bring a host of needs to people in its path. Advanced preparation can help keep people, homes, and pets safe when disaster strikes," said Jim Zingale, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Revenue. "The 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday helps Floridians save money while gathering essential supplies."
House Bill 7063, the largest tax relief plan in Florida’s history, was signed into law by Governor DeSantis extending the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from a single 14-day holiday to two separate 14-day holidays. This year, common household supplies such as toilet paper, paper towels and soap are also included in the list of items eligible to be purchased tax-free.
The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and lasts until November 30. A full list of eligible tax-free items is available here. Floridians can find a full disaster supply kit checklist here.
For weather updates and safety tips, follow the Division on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @FLSERT.
CPR and AED Awareness Week
5/25/23 @ 3:10 p.m. - At the Monday, May 22nd meeting, the Board approved Resolution No. 2023-112 proclaiming the week of June 1 - June 7, 2023, as CPR and AED Awareness Week.
This week is recognized nationally by the American Heart Association to spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know how to administer Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year and of those, 70% happen in the home. About 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die, however the victim's chance of survival more than doubles if a bystander immediately performs hands-only CPR.
The Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has spearheaded a free hands-only CPR and AED public education program and has already trained more than 800 Nassau County residents. The Board recognizes the value MRC's Lifesavers Initiative Outreach Program and extends their gratitude to its volunteers and educators for their service to the residents of Nassau County.
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Community Health Assessment
5/25/23 @ 9:30 a.m. - Nassau County Department of Health is conducting a Community Health Assessment (CHA) to identify factors that affect the health of our community, and to determine available resources to addresses those factors. The information gathered is also used to prioritize issues and make decisions on programs and health improvement plans that serve our county.
Please consider taking this community health survey. The survey has about 29 questions (not all questions may pertain to you but you are able to skip them) and only takes a few minutes to complete. All responses are important, fully confidential and anonymous. And if you finish the survey and provide your email address at the end, you will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad.
If you have any questions, please contact Barb Baptista, Community Engagement & Minority Health Liaison for DOH-Nassau at (904) 557-9168 or via email at Barbara.Baptista@flhealth.gov.
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