FERNANDINA BEACH, FL - Amelia River Cruises would like to announce the return of their much loved, kid friendly, Shrimping Eco Tour! The Shrimping Eco Tour’s first cruise of the 2021 summer season will be June 10th at 10am. Subsequent tours are scheduled at 10am every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through August and 10am Saturdays only in September.
Amelia River Cruises’ Shrimping Eco Tour is filled with hands on fun and excitement for the entire family. An interactive exploration of the surrounding intercoastal waters, our guests will be coached on how to use a shrimp net. Then they will be welcome to try out their new skills but deploying and retrieving the net themselves. Any catch will be displayed in an on-board aquarium. Our Marine Biologists will be on board to identify each creature, provide information, answer questions then safely release the animals back into the wild.
Our guest Mrs. Bryan said, “The Shrimping Eco Tour was so much fun! My kids loved learning about the local birds and animals and the fact they were able to help the Marine Biologist with the nets and see the creatures up close, well, that was really special. It’s a memory I’m sure they will enjoy for years to come.”
ABOUT AMELIA RIVER CRUISES & CHARTERS
Amelia River Cruises is located in the historic section of downtown Fernandina Beach. They provide a variety of sightseeing and sunset cruises showcasing beautiful Amelia Island and the shores of Cumberland Island National Seashore. Amelia River Cruises caters to a variety of guests. Current tour offerings include sightseeing and historic tours such as the Cumberland Island Tour, Beach Creek Tour and Family Friendly Sunset Tour, as well as adults-only BYOB Cruises on the weekend with live music. The Adult Twilight BYOB Cruises are currently running on Friday & Saturday evenings and Thursday BYOB’s will resume in June. Sunday Funday BYOB Cruises and Shrimping Eco Tours will return to the schedule in June as well.
The Amelia River Cruises staff is the best in the industry. They always put the client experience first and truly love what they do. Visit www.ameliarivercruises.com for up to date tour availability and online booking.
ABOUT DOWNTOWN FERNANDINA BEACH
Amelia Island and Downtown Fernandina Beach have nearly 100% reopened since the COVID-19 closures last year. Our award-winning restaurants, hotels, and other area activities, including historic tours, nature tours, and Fort Clinch State Historic Park are very excited to welcome guests back to the island and are making sure everything is in tip top shape to ensure the safest trip possible. Visit www.ameliaisland.com for a full lists of businesses that have re-opened, including up-to-date hours and information.
Thursday, May 13, 2021 is Keller Williams Realty Red Day! It's the day that Keller Williams Realty Agents and Offices all around the world get together to donate their time and volunteer for the communities in which they live.
The members of Keller Williams Atlantic Partners, Amelia Island, will be doing their part this year with a “Drive Through Food Drive” for Barnabas. It will take place in the Harris Teeter Shopping Plaza located at 4800 1st Coast Highway, Amelia Island, from 9am – 2pm. Food may be also donated at the Keller Williams Realty office location in the Plaza, at Suite #230, all week from Monday, May 10th – Thursday, May 13th, 9am- 2pm.
All donations will benefit the Barnabas Food Pantry. A Nassau County nonprofit which services include assisting individuals and families who are struggling with knowing where their next meal will come from. During the pandemic, the Food Pantry has been especially hard hit and in need of support.
The most pressing food needs are currently any brand of the following: Soup, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Pasta, Canned Vegetables, Cereal, Canned Beans, and Rice. But any unexpired, unopened and nonperishable food is so welcome.
In keeping with the theme, “Loading up for Barnabas”, Keller Williams will be raffling off a MiniStar wagon - a handmade Aluminum and Steel Wagon replica of a full-sized trailer. This wagon has it all including mud flaps, inflated tires and running lights! This handmade and collectable wagon was donated by CMD Truck & Trailer Sales of Jacksonville and has a value of $1,400. Perfect for fun, the avid outdoors person or gardener!
For every bag of food donated, donors will receive 1 raffle ticket to the drawing. Raffle tickets may also be purchased from a Keller Williams agent/office or at the event for just $1.00 each. The drawing takes place following the event and 1 winner will be notified. Do not need to be present to win. All proceeds go to assist Barnabas as they serve Nassau County, Florida.
Thank you so much for “GIVING WHERE YOU LIVE”
Friends of the Library
By Hope Foley
April 19, 2021
Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) are pleased to announce the upcoming art exhibit “Just Above Water: Florida Folk Art” on display at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library, 25 N 4th Street, from May 1 to October 30, 2021.
This exciting traveling art exhibit comes to Fernandina from the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee and includes a varied collection of objects made from diverse materials such as textile, metal, and wood. Most of the folk artists are self-taught and have been inspired by their customs and traditions. All have been recognized by the State of Florida with the Florida Folk Heritage Award and are residents of Florida.
FOL member Peggy Bulger will serve as guest curator. Ms. Bulger remains active as a Fellow in the American Folklore Society, Florida Folklife Council, and the Florida Humanities Council.
The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Art Committee will be looking for possible loans of folk art to be displayed with this exhibit. Please contact Christine Meehan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peggy Bulger (email@example.com) if you have a Florida folk art item of note that you are willing to loan for display at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library.
For further details on this exhibition as well as membership information and volunteer opportunities with the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library, please visit www.fernandinaFOL.org.
Nassau County Council on Aging
Submitted by Liz Dunn
April 26, 2021
We’re Back…We’re AWESOME…and You’re Invited! Grand Reopening…NCCOA Fernandina Beach Life Center, May 14
After being closed to the general public for more than a year, NCCOA’s Fernandina Beach Life Center is reopening in May with in-person classes, programs and activities…AND a Grand Reopening Celebration on Friday, May 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. As a thank you to our community, through Dec. 31, 2021, we will not be charging class fees nor requiring a membership to participate in any of our awesome offerings.
Stop by anytime on Friday, May 14, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and celebrate with us…
We can’t wait to see you at the Fernandina Beach Life Center for the return of your favorite classes, activities and events…with CDC-recommended safety protocols of course, including temperature checks, mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing.
Questions? Contact NCCOA at 904-261-0701 or Liz Dunn, Marketing & Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library Present Gift of $25,000 to the Fernandina Beach Branch Library to Promote Literacy and Life-long Learning
Fernandina Beach, FL (April 23, 2021) – The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) presented their annual gift of $25,000 to Nassau County Library Director Dawn Bostwick at the annual meeting of the FOL on February 25, 2021. “We are pleased to be able to make this gift to the Fernandina Beach Library,” said FOL President Jody Mackle. “It is made possible by the generosity of local patrons and book lovers throughout our community.”
The annual gift will be used for a variety of books and materials that will support literacy and life-long learning for members of the Fernandina Beach community. “We will be using the funds to purchase ebooks and audiobooks with cloud Library, digital media with Hoopla, print newspapers and magazines, ALE (Ancestry Library Edition), small equipment and other books,” said Bostwick. “It is amazing that in these challenging times the Friends of the Library can offer such a generous gift again. I am so grateful to the Friends and their dedication to the Library. We would not be able to offer these additional items without their help.”
For further details on the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library as well as membership information and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.fernandinaFOL.org.
Photo caption: Front row: FOL President Jody Mackle presents the annual FOL gift to Nassau County Library Director Dawn Bostwick. Other board members from left: Terri Dean, Joan Sheppard, Chuck Comeau, Ann Freeman, Mary Louise Hester, Christine Meehan, Claudia Zane, Vicki Harnage Whittemore, Margaret Bellucci. Board members not pictured: Hope Foley, Ann Martin, Virgina Mealing, Sara Moerman.
Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library is a 501 ( c ) (3) nonprofit corporation.
Friends of the Library is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to promote literacy and lifelong learning in our community through programs, advocacy and fundraising for the Fernandina Beach Library. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 800-HELPFLA (800-435-7352) OR VIA THE INTERNET AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION #CH18122.
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The City of Fernandina Beach is pleased to announce that Deputy Chief Mark Foxworth will be promoted to Chief of Police. He will assume command of the 42 sworn officers and 5 support staff of the Fernandina Beach Police Department (FBPD).
The current Chief, James Hurley, will retire this month after fifteen years of dedicated service to the City of Fernandina Beach and over forty total years to law enforcement.
“I have full faith and confidence in Chief Foxworth to continue the professionalism and integrity instilled in the Police Department by Chief Hurley and expected by this community,” said City Manager Dale Martin, who was responsible for making the appointment.
Foxworth, who has over 40 years of law enforcement experience, started with the FBPD in 2008, serving in the role of second-in-command, creating policy, managing the budget, and managing day-to-day operations.
Before joining FBPD, Foxworth worked with the University of North Florida Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. He has an extensive educational and leadership background, including a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University, and 400 hours of a Command Officers Development through the University of Louisville.
Outside of work, Foxworth enjoys photography and spending time with Mary, his wife of almost 40 years, their three children, and 15 grandchildren.
Says Foxworth, “I look forward to continuing Chief Hurley’s legacy of building trust with the community and making agency transparency a priority.”
In his final words to the City Commission at a proclamation in his honor, Chief Hurley said of Foxworth, “I am very, very confident in the next Police Chief, Mark Foxworth. We are planning a seamless transition.”
This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
Sign up to receive email alerts from SBA as additional information about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund becomes available.
3 Things to know about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)
1. Get the program details.
Get the program details such as eligibility, funding amount, allowable use of funds and more. If you haven’t already, sign up for RRF email updates.
2. How to prepare.
Currently, SBA is not accepting applications for RRF. However, you can prepare your application by reviewing the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. You will be able to apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal. Registration with SAM.gov is not required. DUNS or CAGE identifiers are also not required.
3. When to apply.
The official application launch date will be announced shortly. Ahead of the application launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RRF application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training on how to apply, application requirements and where to apply. Participants in this pilot will be randomly selected from existing PPP borrowers in priority groups for RRF and will not receive funds until the application portal is open to the public.
Following the pilot, the application portal will be opened to the public. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications.
4/21/21 @ 4:30 p.m. - At today's meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2021-52 proclaiming April 2021 as Water Conservation Month to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation.
Every business, industry, school, and citizen can help save Florida's precious water resources by practicing water conservation measures and becoming more aware of the need to conserve water.
For information on the importance of water conservation and tips on how you can help save Florida's water, please visit the St. Johns River Water Management District website.
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4/20/21 @ 4:15 p.m. - It's Flood Awareness Month in Nassau County, Florida!
Did you know that many areas in Nassau County are potentially prone to some amount of flooding from excessive rainfall (or tidal influences)? As a property owner, it's important that you know your flood risk.
The first step to understanding your risk begins with reviewing flood maps. A flood map offers useful information regarding flood hazards for a community. To learn your flood zone, visit www.nassauflpa.com.
Note: Your property can still be at risk of flooding, even if it's not located within a designated flood zone. Therefore, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that all homeowners purchase flood insurance.
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Barnabas Center Nassau
Contact: Alexandra Winsor
April 21, 2021
As the major safety net organization for Nassau County residents in need, Barnabas Center is on the front line of helping residents in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Services offered to Nassau County residents with low to moderate incomes include food assistance, financial assistance, and medical and dental care.
Upcoming Food Distributions:
For information about available assistance and eligibility, contact Barnabas at (904) 261-7000, visit www.BarnabasNassau.org, or follow our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/BarnabasNassau. For your safety and others during the pandemic, please call Barnabas for a telephone pre-screening for financial assistance, food stamp and/or Medicaid applications before visiting the office.
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