Nassau County Emergency Management
March 31, 2021
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One Nassau has a new, airconditioned, CoVID Vaccination “POD-in-a-Tent” located at the AMC Theaters’ parking lot on Lofton Square Court in Yulee.
Starting today, residents will be vaccinated on weekday afternoons/evenings – first appointments at 1:30 p.m., and last appointment at 7:00 p.m.
Anyone 16+ years old can be vaccinated here, and we have more than a thousand appointment slots available next week.
If you are 40 yrs old, we also have 100 slots available for our Saturday, April 3rd, POD 9Point of Dispensing) at Yulee Middle School.
All of our vaccine is the Pfizer-BioNTech brand and requires two doses. Second dose appointments are automatically scheduled for 21 days after the first one, and the same time and location as the first dose.
Vaccinations can keep you from getting sick or dying from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and it will help us stop the pandemic!
Protect yourself and your family.
Go to www.OneNassau.com and schedule your first shot
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Amelia’s Fine Jewelry has appreciated our local health care heroes. To show gratitude for the sacrifices so many have shown, Amelia’s Fine Jewelry owner Gigi Grubner is donating a $500 gift certificate from her store to Robin Thomas, who works at Baptist Nassau Hospital in Environmental Services.
In nominating Robin for this honor, her supervisor Don Gabriel noted that Robin has worked for the hospital since March 2004, devoting 17 years of her life to extraordinary service.
“Robin has worked in all the areas of the hospital, but for the last three years she has been in the AAU unit (commonly called the ICU). Every day she faces the challenge of COVID patients. She doesn’t complain at all. She actually takes ownership saying, ‘Those are my rooms.’ She is a team player and works with Nursing hand in hand removing linen or wiping up spills, taking out trash or providing great service to our patients. She also has four more rooms on the Medical floor where we have adapted more COVID rooms. She is a go-getter and takes full responsibility to make sure her patients have everything taken care of and provides a nice clean environment for them. Robin is dependable and someone we count on every day. Robin’s heart is always in the right place, and we are so proud to have her in our department,” Gabriel said.
Grubner said she wanted to find a way to show her appreciation for a health care hero who might not otherwise be recognized.
“Throughout this difficult year, so many people in the community have gone above and beyond to help their fellow citizens. As the owner of Amelia's Fine Jewelry, I wanted to find a way to recognize a community member who has gone above and beyond. We have all struggled in one way or another this year, none more than our health care heroes. I decided to reach out to Baptist Hospital to honor an employee who has been directly involved with Covid-19 patients and has become an example of selfless service. Each department in the hospital nominated an employee, and while each and every one was deserving, I am so pleased to present this $500 gift certificate to Amelia's Fine Jewelry to Robin,” Grubner said. “Her nomination stood out because she put herself at risk everyday making sure the Covid patients were cared for in a clean environment. So often, the housekeepers are overlooked in this life and death struggle, so our store wanted to make sure someone with Robin’s dedication was thanked and celebrated.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GREENPOINTE DEVELOPERS ANNOUNCE OPENING OF MODEL HOME VILLAGE AT TRIBUTARY IN NASSAU COUNTY
Six new decorated model homes by Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes Now Open
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. (March 30, 2021) – GreenPointe Developers, LLC proudly announce the opening of six new model homes at Tributary, North Florida’s best new master-planned community.
“We are pleased to reach this milestone – the opening of these expertly crafted model homes from Tributary’s premier builder team of Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes,” said GreenPointe’s Regional President Mike Taylor. “Our community offers a convenient location, miles of scenic nature trails, direct access to the Nassau River and exceptional amenities. We look forward to welcoming new homeowners to Tributary soon.”
At Tributary, Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes are offering a distinctive collection of award-winning home designs ranging in size and style to meet the needs and lifestyle of today’s homebuyers. The Tributary model home village features six model homes, two from each builder, showcasing innovative features and flexible spaces for family living and entertainment.
Dream Finders Homes Avalon II model at Tributary presents an open concept design showcasing a modern rustic style in neutral shades of greige and pearl with pops of color. The Driftwood model exudes a coastal vibe with sea glass tones mixed with bright, light neutrals. The Avalon II and Driftwood models showcase many of Dream Finders Homes’ designer options, such as a summer kitchen, stainless steel appliances, a gourmet kitchen with farmhouse sink and oversized granite island, a gas fireplace, and more. Dream Finders Homes offers personal customization, making it possible for homebuyers to select the features and upgrades they want for their new home.
Lennar’s new models highlight two of Lennar Jacksonville’s most popular plans, the Tivoli and Trevi. Both homes showcase open floor plans promoting an airy ambiance and are Wi-Fi certified, a feature Lennar offers with every home it builds at Tributary. The models are designed in soothing coastal shades of tapioca pearl, silver mist and taupe. With clean aesthetics evoking the serenity of the beach, the Tivoli model is from Lennar’s Imperial Collection featuring upgraded stainless appliances, quartz countertops and 42” raised panel cabinets. From Lennar’s Classic Collection, the Trevi’s clean lines, meaningful pieces and minimalist feel create a distinctively modern vibe in this free-flowing floor plan.
Richmond American Homes at Tributary is showcasing floor plans from the innovative Seasons™ Collection. The Sapphire and Larimar models present airy 9' main floor ceilings and hundreds of structure and style options. Perfect for entertaining, the Larimar plan has an inviting great room, covered patio and spacious owner’s suite. The Larimar is professionally decorated in mellow blue hues with cheerful pops of yellow, blending elegance and ease. The Sapphire plan features a contemporary open design with numerous options including up to five bedrooms. The Sapphire is beautifully styled with deep shades of its namesake gemstone, rich espresso wood tones and abstract artwork.
The Tributary builders are offering more than 30 floor plans that include one- and two-story single-family homes ranging in size from approximately 1,600 square feet to more than 3,200 square feet. Many of the neighborhood’s home sites will feature preserve or lake views. Homes at Tributary are priced from the $200s.
Spanning 1,550 acres, Tributary’s prime location amongst the natural waterways and majestic evergreen forests truly complement the community’s mantra of Exploring More. Tributary residents will enjoy on-site amenities including The Lookout, a lakefront resident gathering spot with a resort-inspired pool and plenty of room to kick-back and relax. Workout warriors will appreciate the club quality fitness studio while the younger crowd will delight in the Adventure Zone tot lot. Tributary will also host an array of sports courts including a Pickleball court and the community’s furry friends will adore Pawsome Park designed just for them.
Tributary’s neighborhoods will include family friendly pocket parks, while miles of scenic nature trails will provide quick access to the community’s amenities as well as The Landing kayak and canoe park, the neighboring protected sanctuary of Four Creeks State Forest and the new Tributary Regional Park, currently under construction. Tributary Regional Park plans include baseball and multi-purpose fields, a kayak launch, concessions, and multi-purpose trails. Tributary is within the Nassau County Public School District and zoned for A-rated schools that are among the best in Florida.
Tributary is 1.6 miles west of Interstate-95 on State Road 200. The community’s location is two exits north of the Jacksonville International Airport and the River City Marketplace. The historic town of Fernandina and the beautiful beaches of Amelia Island are located east of Tributary on Scenic A1A/SR 200. Tributary is near dining, shopping, recreation, medical centers, services and more.
For more information about Tributary, visit www.TributaryLiving.com.
3/29/21 @ 2:15 p.m. - At the Monday, March 22, 2021 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution 2021-36 proclaiming April 2021 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Nassau County, Florida. This was done to raise public awareness sexual violence, provide education on its impacts and encourage community response to sexual violence.
Lori Armstrong of the Women's Center of Jacksonville attended the meeting remotely to accept the Resolution. She stated, "It's because of our community partner relationships that survivors are able to get the support they need in Nassau County". She also thanked the Board of County Commissioners for their support.
The Women's Center of Jacksonville is the only certified rape crisis center in Nassau County. Their office is located within Family Support Services located at 96116 Lofton Square Ct. in Yulee. If you or someone you know needs help, please call their 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline at 904-721-7273 or visit their website.
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3/29/21 @ 3:15 p.m. - On Friday, March 26, 2021, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 21-79, expanding the eligibility requirements for COVID-19 Vaccinations to include individuals age 40 and older beginning today. As of April 5th, any ADULT in Florida shall be eligible to receive the vaccine.
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3/26/21 @ 3:30 p.m. - Please see the below notice from the Road Department regarding work which will require a small segment of the Amelia River-to-Sea Trail to be closed beginning Monday, March 29th through Friday, April 16th.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nassau County Road Department
Nassau County, Florida - The Nassau County Road Department is issuing a Notice of Intent to begin construction March 29, 2021, on a retaining wall located on the south side of Simmons Road at the Amelia River-to-Sea Trail (Simmons Road Multi-Use Trail) across from Will Hardee Road. A small portion of the trail will be closed to pedestrians and bicycles for 175 feet West and East of Will Hardee Road between the hours of 8:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday until April 16.
For additional information, please contact Nassau County Road & Bridge Department at 904 560-6715 or toll free at 1-877-588-6860.
Story & Song
March 29, 2021
Local photographers are invited to submit photos of beautiful, exciting and unique features of Amelia Island for a new book, Amelia Island’s Happy Places: The Insider’s Guide to be published this summer by Story and Song Bookstore Bistro.
To highlight the many delights of our community, the book will include about 30 terrific color photos– from turtles on the beach, to fresh veggies at the Farmer’s Market, outdoor activities, sunrises and sunsets, car shows … everything and anything’s possible.
It will showcase Amelia Island’s many “Happy Places” and the wonderful photographers who enjoy them. To have photo(s) considered, just e-mail high-resolution JPG or PDF photos to donna@StoryandSongBookstore.com by April 30!
Include your name, address and when and where the photo was taken. There will be no payment but photographers will be named in the book. If your photo is chosen for the cover, you’ll get a $35 gift card at Story and Song, and every photographer who enters our contest (even if their photo is not selected for the book) will be eligible for a drawing to win a $100 gift card at Story and Song, 1430 Park Avenue, Fernandina Beach.
Nassau County Library
Submitted by Janet Loveless
March 26, 2021
The Fernandina Beach Branch Library has another reason to love your local library; we are celebrating National Passport Awareness Day! The Fernandina Beach Branch Library will have extended hours for passport application processing on Saturday, April 17th, from 9:00 am til 4:00 pm. Appointments are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!
For adults we can process first time applications, and renewals for passports if issued over 15 years ago. For minors 15 and under we process first time AND ALL renewals. We process all applications for those 16 & 17 years old as well. Has your passport been lost or stolen? Did you have a name change? We can do these also. Don’t forget, now you can get a passport card in addition to the book!
Getting your passport is easy and can be done quickly, if you are prepared! You will need to bring three items 1) evidence of your identification such as your FL driver’s license; 2) evidence of your citizenship, typically your birth certificate. The birth certificate must be the original or a certified copy and 3) two checks for payment. We are happy to take the photographs for you! We have all forms available at the library; stop in before-hand to pick up yours.
Phone lines too busy? Try our new online appointment calendar!
Please check the library’s website for details www.nassaureads.com; or visit travel.state.gov. New!
A dedicated line to help you 904-530-6508 for appointments, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Coffee provided by Friends of the Fernandina Beach Branch Library.
From the County Insider
Office of the Nassau County Manager
March 25, 2021
3/22/21 @ 8:10 p.m. – In early March, two public outreach sessions were held regarding the conceptual plan for the Westside Regional Park. The first was a virtual meeting held on Monday, March 1st. The presentation used for the virtual meeting was also used for the in-person meeting held on Thursday, March 4th.
Approximately 30 people were in attendance at the in-person meeting and several expressed their thoughts on amenities they would like to see included in the park. The County’s consultant, Prosser, Inc., also provided the results of a recent survey in which citizens were given an opportunity to share their opinions about the possible amenities and the overall appearance of the park. The results of the survey were shared county-wide and then broken down further by zip codes and age groups.
Top priorities identified included:
To view the presentation, please see the You Tube video link.
Public Information Officer
March 25, 2021
Although the 64th annual Adrian Awards Gala had to be held virtually last night, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) once again celebrated the tourism industry in style, honoring the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (AICVB) with one Silver Award and two Bronze Awards. The focus of this year’s Adrian Awards was on best practices, innovation and community in categories related to work done in response to the coronavirus crisis. The three awards won by the AICVB were for marketing initiatives that reflect this challenging new tourism landscape, including an augmented reality portal, the “Tourism Gives” program, and the “Moments” campaign.
“To have our marketing team’s work again recognized as some of the best in the world is particularly meaningful this year,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island CVB. “Slashed budgets and unprecedented blows to global travel required us to dramatically alter our marketing strategy, with award-winning efforts to rally our community to help sustain our most vital industry and workforce, and appeal to an entirely new reality for travelers.”
During the 2020 Adrian Awards ceremony, the AICVB received a Silver Award in Digital Marketing for its Augmented Reality (AR) portal. The AR portal is an extension of the 2019 Augmented Reality mobile app program that enables visitors to experience a collection of custom-designed, three-dimensional animations they can bring to life at key locations around the island and through the Amelia Island Visitors Guide.
The AICVB also won a Bronze Award for the “Tourism Gives” campaign (crisis communications), and the “Moments” campaign (integrated marketing). Created in April 2020, Tourism Gives was designed to provide support for the destination’s vital hospitality industry which has been devastated by the pandemic. It grew from efforts to provide the most meaningful assistance possible to local employees and businesses directly impacted by the dramatic drop in travel. The Moments campaign utilized pre-existing assets from the award-winning “Come Make Memories” campaign, and focused on digital advertising.
All winning entries will be accessible in the Adrian Awards Winners Gallery online at www.AdrianAwards.com. Visit the site for more information on the event and competition.
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 Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as the Marketing Strategy Conference, Adrian Awards, and HSMAI ROC. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is a membership organization comprising more than 5,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at hsmai.org, HSMAI Facebook, HSMAI Twitter, and HSMAI YouTube.
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