The City’s Conservation Land Trust recently received a generous anonymous donation in an amount of $100,000. Additionally, the donors wish to provide the City with an additional $100,000 though a matching donation program.
“The parameters established by the donors for matching collected donations are as follows:
Individuals and organizations wishing to donate may direct funds to the “City of Fernandina Beach.” In the reference memo please include “Land Conservation Trust Fund Account# 135-36601 – matching donation.” Checks can be mailed to the Planning & Conservation Department, 204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034. The City will maintain a log of donations received and provide an update to the Commission at future meetings. The City is not a Charitable Organization and donations are not a charitable contribution for tax purposes.
Although the donors wish to remain anonymous, they have issued the following statement:
“With our gift and matching opportunity, we are hoping to jump-start a better conservation effort among the general population of Fernandina Beach, more awareness, more participation. We are willing to spend some of our children’s inheritance so as to make for a better community for them and future generations. Our matching opportunity is meant to encourage broad community participation…We hope this match campaign will align nicely with the proposed ballot initiative in the fall to make the conservation tax permanent. Let our current gift and our matching gift be part of the positive momentum needed to pass this permanent tax. We are hoping that we owe you another $100,000.00 and hope that the concerned citizens of Fernandina Beach take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference using their collective checkbooks.”
The City continues to work the North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) as part of its conservation land acquisition efforts. Within the past year, the City has successfully acquired almost 9.0 acres of land to be set aside for conservation. Thank you to all who have assisted the City with this effort.
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SERVSAFE® FOOD SAFETY MANAGER CERTIFICATION CLASS
Tuesday, FEBRUARY 25, 2020
9 am to 5 pm
Yulee County Building
The University of Florida/IFAS, Nassau County Extension Service will be holding a ServSafe® Food Safety Manager Certification Class and Exam.
Physical address: 86026 Pages Dairy Road, Yulee, Florida 32097.
This is an 8-hour class which includes 6 hours of instruction followed with a 2-hour exam. Those that pass will have a valid 5-year food safety manager certification. The class content is based on the 2017 FDA Food Code.
Registration is completed online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yulee-fl-servsafe-managers-class-and-exam-tickets-53068614655
Class and Exam $110 plus $8.33 processing fee
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It’s common to check online ratings before making a purchase decision. When it comes to health care, consumers can compare hospitals through the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS) Hospital Compare ratings. Baptist Medical Center Nassau recently received a 5-star rating in the national ranking.
CMS’ Hospital Compare ratings are based on a variety of measures in seven quality areas: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging.
CMS assigns star ratings to more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. The most common overall hospital ratings are 3 or 4 stars. All four Baptist Health adult hospitals received 4 and 5-star ratings. Only 6.5% of the hospitals in Florida received 5-star ratings.
“To be rated as one of only 11 hospitals in Florida with five stars is a testament to our entire team’s continuous monitoring of quality and safety,” said Ed Hubel, president of Baptist Medical Center Nassau. “We regularly evaluate and improve our safety and quality measures to ensure patients are getting the best care possible.”
Hospital Compare ratings come from data that hospitals report to CMS, the federal agency that runs the Medicare program. The data are based on Medicare and non-Medicare patients.
You can find Hospital Compare ratings at: www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html.
Christiania Piano Trio To Perform Works of Brahms and Dvorak At Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival on Sunday, February 23
The Christiania Piano Trio, consisting of violinist David Coucheron, cellist Christopher Rex and pianist Julie Coucheron, will perform music of Brahms and Dvorak at a February 23 concert of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.
This 5:00 PM concert will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. Tickets for this and every concert in the 2020 season are available at www.aicmf.com or 904/261-1779.
Violinist David Coucheron joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in 2010. He has soloed with many leading orchestras and given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Kennedy Center. Artistic Director of the Kon Tiki Chamber Music Festival in his hometown of Oslo, Norway, he is on the artist faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and Brevard Music Festival.
Cellist Christopher Rex is the founder and artistic and general director of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. He retired as principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2018 after serving in that position for 39 years.
Pianist Julie Coucheron, sister of David, has established an international career, winning major awards in Italy, Germany, the U.K. and U.S. She has performed at many of the world’s leading venues with such luminaries as Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, and Elton John. Ms. Coucheron regularly performs at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Bergen International Music Festival and La Jolla Summer Fest.
Upcoming performances of the Festival’s 2020 season include violinist Pamela Frank and pianist Stephen Prutsman on March 1 and superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman on March 19.
The Amelia Island Plantation Community Association (AIPCA) has opened The Oaks, a new community center designed to enhance daily life in this storied residential resort community.
The centerpiece of The Oaks’ 6,845-square-foot first floor is an upscale, casual "living room" where community members may gather and relax with neighbors. The Sunset Room event space is perfect for private parties, while The Oaks’ two multi-purpose rooms allow for expanded community activities and engagement.
The Oaks also features an 1,835-square-foot outdoor seating area which maximizes the site's splendid views looking west over the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort's Oak Marsh golf course, the marsh and on to the Amelia River.
In a unique initiative, the new community center includes an unfinished, 4,385-square-foot second floor for current storage and future growth, providing Amelia Island Plantation significant flexibility to meet future demand for additional space.
The new $3.8 million, 11,230-square-foot community center was built on the site of the previous 4,456-square-foot Property Owners Club, originally built in 1986.
“This is the largest capital project ever undertaken by the AIPCA,” said Immediate Past President Rick Mesard. “It has been accomplished without debt, and without a special assessment of our membership. In addition to its beauty and usefulness, The Oaks is a tribute to the Association’s continuity and financial prudence.”
The construction of The Oaks caps a period of strategic capital investment by the AIPCA in Amelia Island Plantation’s future.
Improvements in the last three years include the reopening of Sunken Forest, an observation platform that provides views of a preserved maritime forest and the Amelia Island shoreline, substantial improvements to community parks and trails, and creation of a navigational mobile app, the “Amelia Island Guide,” that helps visitors explore Amelia Island Plantation’s neighborhoods and amenities.
“The Oaks joins Amelia Island Plantation’s long list of undeniable assets -- our beautiful tree canopy, our more than 3 miles of beach, the marsh, the wildlife, our proximity to Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville, and the world-class amenities provided by the Amelia Island Club and the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort,” said AIPCA President Tom Sutton.
“As we approach our 50th anniversary in 2022, Amelia Island Plantation continues to expand offerings to our members while sustaining our incredible environmental heritage as a community in harmony with nature.”
About Amelia Island Plantation
Amelia Island Plantation is a master-planned community encompassing more than 1,350 acres of maritime forests and marshes, alongside three and a half miles of uncrowded beach front on Amelia Island, Florida. It is home to approximately 900 single-family homes and 1,200 condominiums as well as the family oriented, private Amelia Island Club and a world-class resort owned and operated by Omni Hotels & Resorts. For more information, call (904) 491-9850, go to www.aipca.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos courtesy of the Amelia Island Plantation Community Association
PLEASE NOTE: NO cases have been reported in Nassau County or Florida but this CDC guidance promotes strategies to promote a healthier workplace and to prepare for continuity of operations in the face of infectious disease outbreaks.
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
CDC is working across the Department of Health and Human Services and across the U.S. government in the public health response to 2019-nCoV. Much is unknown about how the 2019-nCoV spreads. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.
CDC Industry Guidance
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in humans and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people, such as with MERS and SARS. 2019-nCoV is spreading person-to-person in China and some limited person-to-person transmission has been reported in countries outside China, including the United States. However, respiratory illnesses like seasonal influenza, are currently widespread in many US communities.
The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including nCoV, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of 2019-nCoV.
To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described below to determine risk of nCoV infection. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed coronavirus infection. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of 2019-nCoV and investigations are ongoing. Updates are available on CDC’s web page at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.
Recommended strategies for employers to use now:
Planning for a Possible 2019-nCoV Outbreak in the USThe severity of illness or how many people will fall ill from 2019-nCoV is unknown at this time. If there is evidence of a 2019-nCoV outbreak in the U.S., employers should plan to be able to respond in a flexible way to varying levels of severity and be prepared to refine their business response plans as needed. For the general American public, such as workers in non-healthcare settings and where it is unlikely that work tasks create an increased risk of exposures to 2019-nCoV, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV is considered low. The CDC and its partners will continue to monitor national and international data on the severity of illness caused by 2019-nCoV, will disseminate the results of these ongoing surveillance assessments, and will make additional recommendations as needed.
Planning ConsiderationsAll employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread of acute respiratory illness and lower the impact of 2019-nCoV in their workplace in the event of an outbreak in the US. They should identify and communicate their objectives, which may include one or more of the following: (a) reducing transmission among staff, (b) protecting people who are at higher risk for adverse health complications, (c) maintaining business operations, and (d) minimizing adverse effects on other entities in their supply chains. Some of the key considerations when making decisions on appropriate responses are:
Important Considerations for Creating an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response PlanAll employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from 2019-nCoV while ensuring continuity of operations. During a 2019-nCoV outbreak, all sick employees should stay home and away from the workplace, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene should be encouraged, and routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces should be performed regularly.
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Live2Lead, a half-day, leader development experience designed to equip attendees with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways, will be presented on Monday, February 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G, Fernandina Beach, FL. Attendees will learn from world-class leadership experts, be immersed in an environment of inspiration and growth and will learn skills they can immediately put into use to up-level their leadership and influence. The worldwide leadership simulcast event will be hosted locally by JTR Leadership Training.
“Attending Live2Lead not only gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with leaders you would never otherwise have the chance to, but it gives you the opportunity to be challenged to think differently. John taught that the big picture needs to keep getting bigger and this has completely changed the way I have looked at my personal growth.” Amy Modglin
Speakers include: John C. Maxwell, leadership expert, bestselling author and coach. Marcus Buckingham, a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance and pioneering the future of how people work. Angela Ahrendts, most recently Senior Vice President of Apple Retail based in Cupertino, CA. Rachel Hollis, a #1 New York Times & #1 USA Today Bestselling Author, a top business podcaster and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world. Chris Hogan, the #1 national best-selling author of Everyday Millionaire and Retire Inspired: It’s Not an Age. It’s a Financial Number.
Live2Lead is designed to deliver the very best leadership content to inspire and motivate you and your team. It will also connect you with other influencers in your community and expand your business network with relationships that produce tangible results. Live2Lead is being presented to the Jacksonville area by a local company owned by Certified John Maxwell Team members. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Jason Roberts at 904-878-0126 or by emailing JTRLeadershipTraining@gmail.com.
JTR Leadership Training is focused on helping leaders grow leaders. As certified speakers, trainers and coaches with The John Maxwell Team, we offer workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching to resource individuals, teams and organizations reach their highest potential. Founded in 2018, JTR Leadership Training operates nationally from it’s office based in Fernandina Beach, FL. For more information on JTR Leadership Training, visit www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/jasonroberts or follow our social media at www.facebook.com/JTRLeadershipTraining or www.linkedin.com/company/jtrleadershiptraining.
The internationally acclaimed Dover Quartet, the quartet-in-residence of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, will play works of Mozart, Shostakovich and Dvorak on February 16 at a performance of the Festival’s 2020 season.
This 3:00 PM concert will be held at the Historic Nassau County Courthouse, 414 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. Tickets for this and every concert in the 2020 season are available at www.aicmf.com or 904/261-1779.
The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition. The first-ever quartet-in-residence of the Kennedy Center and recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker has called the Dover “the young American string quartet of the moment.”
The Dover also is quartet-in-residence at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere and Peoples’ Symphony in New York. The ensemble will make over 100 North American appearances during the current season.
For its performance of the Dvorak Sextet, the Dover will be joined by violist Roberto Díaz, president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, and cellist Christopher Rex, the Festival’s artistic and general director and former principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Upcoming performances of the Festival’s 2020 season include the Christiania Piano Trio on February 23 and a concert by violinist Pamela Frank and pianist Stephen Prutsman on March 1.
About the AICMF
Now in its 19th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the nation’s most respected music festivals. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Visit us on Facebook.
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