2/17/21 @ 4:45 p.m.- Nassau County recently won Awards of Excellence from the Northeast Florida Regional Council for two planning related projects. The first project, the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Vision Book, was selected in the Planning & Growth Management category. The Nassau County Conservation Land Acquisition and Management Program was selected in the Environmental Stewardship Category.
Beth Payne, Chief Executive Director for the Northeast Florida Regional Council, attended today's Board of County Commissioner's meeting and presented the County with two plaques. Planning & Zoning Board member, Linda Morris, was invited to accept the award for the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Book. Ms. Morris served on the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee and has been credited with keeping the Committee on task and ensuring they succeeded in their goal of adopting a vision book that will guide the future of western Nassau. Staff members from the Department of Planning & Economic Opportunity were in attendance to accept the award for the Conservation Land Acquisition and Management Program.
Ms. Payne stated, "These awards are showcasing the work that you (the county) are doing now. These innovative, forward thinking, public engagement related activities are valued. Surrounding counties value it as well and it will be immolated across the region".
Thank you Ms. Payne for visiting with us today! And a big thank you to Ms. Morris for all her contributions, as well as to the Planning Department staff, for overseeing the process of these two very large projects.
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Nassau County Seeks Qualified Individuals to Serve on Conservation Land Acquisition & Management Committee
Nassau County Insider
By Sabrina Robertson
Public Information Officer
February 16, 2021
The Board of County Commissioners adopted their first Conservation Land Acquisition and Management (CLAM) Plan on January 25, 2021. This plan summarizes the collective goals that have been expressed by the County Commissioners, County staff, and the general public and provide guidance in the selection of lands to be acquired by the County and set aside for conservation.
Lands nominated for consideration will be reviewed by a CLAM Committee, prior to being submitted to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration.
The County is currently seeking volunteers to serve on the CLAM Committee. Candidates at a minimum should have skills, expertise or demonstrable experience that relate to the acquisition of conservation lands, either in:
The ideal candidates will have experience in at least two of the above categories or ten years of experience in at least one. You must be a Nassau County resident.
To apply, please click here. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Planning & Economic Opportunity at (904) 530-6300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtyard By Marriott Amelia Island and SpringHill Suites By Marriott Amelia Island will be hosting a job fair on Monday, February 22nd from 9am - 1pm at The Amelia Tavern, located at 318 Centre Street in Fernandina Beach.
For more information and to apply online, head over to the Facebook pages for the Courtyard Amelia Island and SpringHill Suites Amelia Island and click on 'jobs' or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will host Virtual Mobile Office Hours for residents of Nassau County on February 24th to assist constituents with issues involving federal agencies. These virtual mobile office hours will allow Nassau County residents the opportunity to seek assistance directly from Senator Rubio's staff. Please register for a time to meet with Senator Rubio’s staff at the Eventbright link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-mobile-office-hours-tickets-141154744641
If for some reason you are unable to sign up via the Eventbright link, please call the Jacksonville Regional Office at (904) 354-4300 and ask for set up a virtual meeting with one of our staff members.
Join the Inaugural Bow Wow Walk 2021 Fundraiser, a Benefit for Community Hospice & Palliative Care Pet Programs, Presented by Pet Paradise
February 16, 2021 (Jacksonville, Fla.) - Community Hospice & Palliative Care is hosting the inaugural Bow Wow Walk 2021, presented by Pet Paradise. This month-long walk, marathon challenge is a benefit for the Community Hospice & Palliative Care pet programs.
With the goal of helping patients with advanced illness keep their pets at home, the pet assistance program can help with nearly all the responsibilities of pet ownership. Specially trained volunteers visit patients at home to provide care for their pet, including feeding, dog walking, and litter box changing. Volunteers deliver complimentary pet food and supplies, arrange transportation for pets to and from veterinary and grooming appointments, and provide prescription medications and flea, tick and, heartworm treatments as the need is identified. Because of this program, elderly hospice patients can continue to enjoy the companionship of the animals they love, and who love them back, without worry.
“At Pet Paradise, we know how special pets are and they play an integral part of our families,” said Pet Paradise President and CEO Fernando Acosta-Rua. “We are honored to support this fundraiser that provides much-needed assistance to Community Hospice & Palliative Care patients and gives companion pets the care they need while allowing them to stay with their beloved owners.”
The Pet Therapy program is one more way Community Hospice & Palliative Care brings comfort and compassion to patients and families. Pet therapy teams visit patients at Community Hospice Centers for Caring – or wherever they call home. This program benefits to patients by reducing stress, increasing sensory stimulation and relief from pain. Studies have shown that pets can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages.
Kickoff is “Love Your Pet Day” on Feb. 20, 2021, and ends on Mar. 20, 2021. Take part in supporting these unfunded programs while exercising and getting outdoors. How can you help? Paw-ticipate as an individual or team and share the news. Get your family, friends, and neighbors to pledge support for your walk and the programs. Throughout the month-long challenge, awards will be announced including “Participant that Walked the Most”, “Best Furry Companion Photo”, “Team that Raised the Most Money” and many more.
For more information or to get registered visit BowWow.CommunityHospice.com or call 904.886.3883.
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Nassau County, Florida, February 11, 2021 – As many of you may know, you can submit maintenance requests for county facilities and/or parks, as well as maintenance requests for road, drainage or bridge issues, through our official website, www.nassaucountyfl.com.
Currently, Maintenance Requests submitted through the website are emailed to the appropriate staff/departments, however there is no way for you to know for certain that your request has been received or to check the status of your request.
We are happy to report that beginning on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Public Works will be implementing a new software called Asset Essentials to streamline maintenance requests and associated tasks. This new cloud-based computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) will prioritize, schedule and manage tasks and will allow technicians to monitor and track work orders on-to-go utilizing a mobile application. This will increase productivity and allow us to better serve our residents.
The most exciting feature of this new software is that Maintenance Requests are now submitted directly into the County’s work order system. The system will then generate automatic emails to you, notifying you of updates as the work progresses. Please note that this new system will require you to register with an email address in order to receive the updates.
If you have any questions, please contact Raven Jones at (904) 530-6120 or via email at email@example.com.
The County is currently seeking citizen input related to the conceptual plan of the Westside Regional Park. This park will be located off of US 1, between Hilliard and Callahan. Citizen feedback will be used to establish the Goals, Objectives, and Statement of Intent and will guide the design solution created for the park.
Take this opportunity to tell the County what amenities and features you would like to see included in this park. Click below for a link to the survey, which will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23rd.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2021) – GreenPointe Communities, LLC was honored by the Northeast Florida Builders Association Sales and Marketing Council with seven Laurel Awards. Marketing Director Gaynelle James was named Marketing Professional of the Year and the company received several awards for its community of TrailMark including Best Consumer Promotional event award for Groove in the Grove.
“Gaynelle continues to take our company’s marketing excellence to new heights and her contributions have made a significant impact to multiple operating divisions within our organization,” said GreenPointe Regional President Mike Taylor. “Gaynelle is an accomplished marketing executive and recognized by her peers and colleagues for her creativity and spontaneity. I am thrilled for her to receive this honor for her dedication and commitment to GreenPointe.”
James is responsible for creating the marketing vision, producing strategies and executing tactics that consistently communicate the company’s brand message for GreenPointe’s three operating divisions, corporate headquarters and communities throughout Florida. Among her achievements during the past year, she developed and managed the marketing and promotion for the launch and opening of Tributary, a new master-planned community in Northeast Florida, and held a high-profile groundbreaking for Tributary Regional Park, a public and private partnership between GreenPointe and Nassau County. James developed and managed marketing campaigns for on-site promotional events for three different GreenPointe communities. When the pandemic brought on-site tours by prospective buyers to a halt, James responded by creating virtual tours for five communities throughout Florida. Her efforts and success enhance GreenPointe’s reputation for innovation and results.
With more new communities than ever attracting buyers to Florida, the best way to demonstrate what sets it apart is to showcase the lifestyle through a community event open to all. With expansive outdoor common areas, TrailMark provided the perfect location for a free, live music festival, Groove in the Grove. From midday to sunset, a trio of regional bands entertained approximately 2,000 people next to TrailMark’s Lakeside Camp House. Attendees enjoyed popular local bands and a Family Fun Zone with inflatables, face painting, a mechanical bull, 15 vendors and food trucks, and more. The event resulted in community goodwill, increased awareness and generated hundreds of leads for TrailMark builders while providing a day of music, fun and entertainment for residents and area music-lovers. The extensive and targeted promotion for Groove in the Grove across multiple platforms earned Laurel Awards for Best Overall Advertising Campaign and Best Digital Campaign.
TrailMark received the Laurel Award for Best Facebook page. During 2020, GreenPointe shifted its social media strategy to provide rich content since more people are spending time on social media in lieu of in-person socializing. The Facebook page includes TrailMark announcements, builder news, event promotions, lifestyle tips and provides opportunities to virtually “visit” model homes and the community. With a focus on TrailMark's nature-first and active living features, the Facebook page showcases the community’s amenities, including biking and walking trails, sports courts, a Camp House amenity center, indoor fitness center and the resort-style pool. Posts include resident- and realtor-shared content. The platform continues to attract followers and helps users make a connection to TrailMark Living.
GreenPointe’s new community of Tributary was honored with Best Print Ad and Best Logo awards. The new community is located along the banks of the Nassau River in the rapidly expanding area of Nassau County, FL. The “Prepare to Blow Your River Lovin’ Mind” ad creates the expectation of a truly life-changing community where families can connect with nature and enjoy special moments through adventure in the neighborhood they call home. Tributary’s pure natural setting served as the vision for developing the logo and brand. The logo is inspired by the natural waterways throughout the area and conveys a true sense of what life has to offer at Tributary.
“GreenPointe shares these Laurel Award honors with our creative partners, Ruckus Advertising and Cotton & Company, and we thank them for bringing our vision to life,” said GreenPointe Marketing Director Gaynelle James. “I am grateful to work with such talented partners and truly appreciate their many contributions to our success.”
GreenPointe is developing communities throughout Florida. For more information, visit www.GreenPointeLLC.com.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual ‘Doing Business with Big Business’ event on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
‘Doing Business with Big Business’ is a program that provides small Nassau County businesses the unique opportunity to meet with some of the largest companies in our community. Attendees will gain an insight into the decision-making process at big companies and learn what these organizations are looking for from smaller suppliers.
This event is perfect for local, existing businesses, entrepreneurs and startups that want to learn more about how procurement works in large organizations and are looking to gain an understanding of the considerations of buyers during a negotiation.
This year’s ‘Doing Business with Big Business’ event will take place virtually via Zoom. Representatives from each business will be placed in a ‘Zoom Room’ and will speak one-on-one with attendees for 2 minutes each. Local businesses and organizations in attendance will include the City of Fernandina Beach, Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, Rayonier Advanced Materials, and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
‘Doing Business with Big Business’ is free for Chamber of Commerce members and $50.00 for prospective members. Advanced registration and payment are required to attend. For more information and to register, click here or call (904) 261-3248.
Fernandina Beach Library Branch
Submitted by Janet Loveless
February 10, 2021
Dr. Johnetta Cole will be the guest speaker for the Nassau County Public Library System’s Black History Month’s virtual program on Thursday, February 18 from 6-8 pm. Dr. Cole is a distinguished educator and museum professional; noted author and speaker on issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion; and a committed advocate for social justice. She currently serves as the Chair and Seventh President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), an advocacy organization with more that 2 million members, working in the interest of women’s rights and civil rights and as Special Council on Strategic Initiatives at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Dr. Cole rose to national prominence as the first African American woman President of Spelman College and, later, as President of Bennett College, making her the only person to serve as president of both historically Black colleges for women in the United States. Over the course of her career, she has held teaching and administrative positions in anthropology, women’s studies, and African American studies at several major colleges and universities.
After retiring from academia, Dr. Cole served as the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art for eight years. Dr. Cole has a long history of community service and was the first African American to serve as the Chair of the Board of United Way of America.
This county wide program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library, The Association for the Study and Preservation of African American History in Nassau County and the Nassau County Public Library System.
To join the Feb. 18th program visit the Library website at www.nassaureads.com and click on the link. For more information, please call the library at 530-6500 and select any library branch extension.
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