FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (February 24, 2022) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County is excited to announce that our services will now be available in Hilliard starting March 1, 2022.
The Club staff have been hard at work developing a pilot program to bring our services to the west side of Nassau County. Thanks to Journey Church, we are able to utilize their West Campus location to bring afterschool programs to children from Hilliard Elementary beginning March 1.
This pilot program will initially be limited to 25 members, and thanks to generous support from the community, those children will be able to attend free-of-charge for this 12-week first phase of the program. The pilot program will run from March 1 through the end of the school year with afterschool programs resuming when the school year begins this fall.
The program will create at least five new employment opportunities in the County and is currently hiring staff to eventually increase our services at this location to approximately 50 children. Offerings at this Club will mirror those of our other two Clubs but will be limited to children ages 6-10 in order address transportation limitations by focusing on just Hilliard Elementary. The goal of the program is to eventually see a permanent Club in the Callahan/Hilliard area.
For more information on or to apply for employment with Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County please visit bgcnassau.org.
Beware of Tree Removal Scheme
Nassau County, Florida, February 25, 2022 – The Board of County Commissioners has been made aware that a local contractor is reaching out to homeowners stating that they have unhealthy trees on their property that need to be removed. Residents have reported hiring this business to have the tree(s) removed, only to find out that the trees were actually healthy and that this may have been a scheme to generate business. If you are contacted, please do your due diligence to investigate the matter to ensure that you are not a victim of a scam. Contact an ISA certified arborist to conduct an inspection and to provide a tree risk assessment report prior to making any decision to have it removed. You can search for an ISA Arborist at https://www.treesaregood.org/findanarborist.
It's also important to note that Nassau County’s new Tree Protection Ordinance went into effect on February 7, 2022, and it applies to properties in the unincorporated area of Amelia Island (outside of the City limits). This ordinance requires that a tree removal permit must be issued before the removal of a protected tree can occur. Removal of a protected tree without a permit is a violation of the Land Development Code and can result in the enforcement of penalties ranging from mandatary tree replacement, inch-for-inch and/or up to a $15,000 fine. Property owners and contractors can be held jointly liable for violations.
Nassau County’s Tree Ordinance can be found at: https://library.municode.com/fl/nassau_county/codes/code_of_ordinances. See Article 37, Section 37.02.
If you have any questions, please contact County Arborist, Garner Cox, at (904) 530-6300 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2/24/22 @ 9:35 a.m. - The County has received notification that CSX Transportation has secured Southern Commercial Development, LLC, to conduct emergency repairs to the railroad crossing on Sandy Ford Road, between US 1 and Cow Bird Lane. The work will take place on Friday, March 4th beginning at 9am and ending at approximately 6pm. The repair will require a complete closure, therefore no traffic will be permitted to cross the track until the work is complete.
Southern Commercial Development has indicated that appropriate signage will be put in place prior to the closure date. Motorists should avoid the closure area. If you have any questions, please contact Erika Elmore of Southern Commercial Development at (229) 262-4394.
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February 21, 2022
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2022) – For car enthusiasts, the annual Amelia Island Concours Week (March 3-6) is a multi-day celebration of automotive excellence that is not to be missed. The centerpiece of this island-wide celebration is now known simply as The Amelia, an internationally acclaimed event recently purchased and rebranded by long-time sponsor and classic car insurer Hagerty. Now in its 27th year, The Amelia has created a 2022 schedule reflecting an evolution in the event, designed to attract more families and connect with the next generation of fans while honoring the best traditions of car culture. The Amelia’s stellar lineup of driving experiences and events includes the grand finale Concours d’Elegance (March 6), which showcases hundreds of historically significant vehicles from seldom seen private collections around the world.
Among other highlights of the 2022 Amelia Island Concours Week are auctions by Bonhams and Gooding & Co.; more than 600 Porsches on display at Werks Reunion; and The Amelia’s new Cars & Community events, including an 1980s-‘90s focused RADwood display, the fun and low-brow Concours d’Lemons, a Supercar Celebration and The Amelia’s first-ever Kids Zone.
The complete head-spinning, family-friendly schedule of dinners, auctions, road tours, seminars, and more can be found online at AmeliaIsland.com/ConcoursWeek.
About Amelia Island
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; come make memories on Amelia Island. For visitor information and online planning, visit AmeliaIsland.com.
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Presents Concert in Memory of Susan Wilson Goldman
AICF Press Release
February 23, 2022
A Concert Dedicated to the Memory of Susan Wilson Goldman
March 31st at 7:30 PM at the Amelia Plantation Chapel
Amelia Island, FL — The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents the Danish String Quartet on Thursday, March 31st at the Amelia Plantation Chapel. The concert is being dedicated to the memory of Susan Wilson Goldman, a founding member of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Susan was a tremendous supporter of the arts on Amelia Island. She met Christopher Rex, General and Artistic Director of the Festival, when he performed for a women’s group called Centered Ladies. Susan, along with four other volunteers, took on the project of supporting Mr. Rex’s vision of producing a Chamber Music Festival on Amelia Island. Susan became President of the Board of Directors, a job she held for five years and then continued to be a supporter and advocate of the Festival throughout her life.
“Thanks to Susan’s leadership, energy and enthusiasm The Festival has grown to become a signature event for Amelia Island bringing internationally acclaimed artists to our community,” said Emma Mills Bledsoe, President of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s Board of Directors. “To say she will be missed is an understatement, but her legacy lives on, and we are forever thankful for her inspiration and support of the arts community. It is genuinely our pleasure and appropriate to honor Susan by dedicating the performance of the talented Danish String Quartet to her memory,” added Ms. Bledsoe.
About the Danish String Quartet
Among today’s many exceptional chamber music groups, the Grammy nominated Danish String Quartet continuously asserts its preeminence. The Quartet’s playing reflects impeccable musicianship, sophisticated artistry, exquisite clarity of ensemble, and, above all, an expressivity inextricably bound to the music, from Haydn to Shostakovich to contemporary scores.
Performances bring a rare musical spontaneity, giving audiences the sense of hearing even treasured canon repertoire as if for the first time. The Quartet is the recipient of many awards and prestigious appointments, including Musical America’s 2020 Ensemble of the Year and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. The evening’s program will include Britten: 3 Divertimenti and Schubert: “Death and the Maiden.” For tickets and more information visit www.aicmf.org or call 904.261.1779.
The Festival’s 21st Season Complete Lineup Includes:
For information and tickets visit: AICMF.ORG.
About the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is a not-for-profit, tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The office is located at 1405 Park Avenue, Suite 101, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034. For additional information, concert tickets, or to learn more about becoming involved visit www.aicmf.org or call 904.261.1779. Follow The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival on Facebook.
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is registered with the State of Florida and is in good standing with regards to its Solicitation of Contributions registration (#CH19166).
Nassau Habitat for Humanity's First Annual Golf Tournament, Tees Fore Keys! - Scheduled for March 25
Nassau Habitat for Humanity
Submitted by Cindy Jacoby
February 22, 2022
We are excited to announce Nassau Habitat for Humanity’s first annual golf tournament, Tees Fore Keys!
This event will help us meet our goal to build six affordable new homes annually by 2026 (a 300% increase over 2021). The demand for affordable housing has increased by 87% over the last two years and we need everyone to come together to support this important cause.
Proceeds from this event will be used to construct affordable housing in our local community – building family strength, stability, and self-reliance by lending a hand up through sweat equity, not a handout.
When: March 25, 2022 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM EDT
Where: Amelia River Golf Club,
4477 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, USA
Please visit: www.nassauhabitatforhumanity.org
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Provides Weekly Reemployment Assistance Update - February 22
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued its weekly Reemployment Assistance updates. Daily updates can be found on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard.
IRS 1099-G Tax Forms
Customer Service Centers
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce, and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.FloridaJobs.org.
"How to Differentiate Yourself and Your Business" Topic for March Businesswomen's Meeting
Fernandina Beach, FL, February 17, 2022 - All Nassau County Businesswomen are invited to join the Eight Flags Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), March 8, 2022 at 5:30 pm for a presentation on “how to differentiate yourself and your business.”
Starting at 5:30 pm at Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Bill Melton Road in Fernandina Beach, the chapter will host Ms. Jodi Henson, business consultant and entrepreneur; Henson also serves as an advisor with the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Yulee. She consults with existing and prospective small business owners in northeast Florida on all aspects of small business.
“In this climate of enormous competition, employing effective methods to stand out among the pack is critical. I will cover the various strategies that help differentiate a business, and help you find the one that best serves you,” says Henson.
Each monthly meeting of ABWA provides a professional development speaker who imparts the motivation and skills needed to create success in today’s business world. In addition, there is time to network with women from variety of businesses, skill sets, and experience. The organization meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm, beginning with networking, a light meal, and followed by a program starting at 6 pm. Please visit www.abwaeightflags.org to learn more and to register for the meeting. The cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members.
The mission of the American Businesswomen’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition. The Eight Flags charter Chapter has been helping the women of Nassau county succeed for 52 years. This year’s ABWA theme is Together Towards Tomorrow.
The bi-annual Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Event will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. - noon (or until trucks reach capacity... whichever comes first).
Examples of items that will be accepted include:
What: Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event
When: Saturday, April 16, 2022 from 8am-12pm (or until truck reaches capacity)
Where: Nassau County Road Department, 86200 Gene Lassere Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097
Please enter the facility utilizing Courtney Isles Way from Chester Rd.(see map below for details)
This event is FREE to Nassau County residents with proof of residency. Small businesses may also be approved to dispose of items for a small fee, however you must call Keep Nassau Beautiful in advance to register at (904) 261-0165.
Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Barnabas Food Pantry.
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