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In May 2017, the Board adopted a resolution creating the Essential Housing Advisory Committee (formerly known as the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee) to review affordable housing and strategize on ways to bring more affordable housing to our community.
There are currently two vacant positions on the Essential Housing Advisory Board. Florida Statutes, Chapter 420.9076, mandates that the committee be comprised of at least eight, but no more than eleven members.
Below are background/criteria recommended for the new appointments:
If you meet any of the above criteria and are interested in serving, please email your resume to Joshua Macbeth at firstname.lastname@example.org by the close of business on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
EHAC meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers located at 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097. These are volunteer positions therefore, members do not receive any compensation for their time and/or service.
If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department at (904) 530-6300.
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It's Flood Awareness Month! As a voluntary participant in the National Flood Insurance Program that provides residents with flood insurance at premium rates, we will be publishing periodic flood awareness messages throughout the month as it helps us maintain our flood management ratings.
Tip # 6: Protect Our Natural Floodplain Functions
Floodplains are areas located near rivers, ponds, lakes and ocean that flood periodically. They contain both cultural and natural resources that are good for the environment. Flood waters can carry nutrient-rich sediments that contribute to healthy vegetation. Flood plains are also beneficial to wildlife as they create a variety of habitats for fish and other animals.
Protect our natural floodplain functions, keep swales and drainage ditches clear of debris to ensure water flow, and report the dumping of materials to the appropriate agency. Learn more about natural floodplains by visiting Nassau County's webpage dedicated to floodplain management and resiliency.
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Southeast Toyota Distributors and JAXPORT Announce $210 Million Agreement to Relocate and Expand Company's Vehicle Processing Operations
Today, the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) Board of Directors unanimously approved a $210 million long-term lease and relocation agreement with Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET), the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota vehicles. SET is a subsidiary of Deerfield Beach, Florida-based JM Family Enterprises.
SET will relocate operations from its 50-acre facility at JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal and an adjacent 23-acre private facility into a single 88-acre property at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. Combining operations at Blount Island creates operational efficiencies and additional space for SET to accommodate more vehicles.
The agreement is for 25 years with three additional five-year renewal options. The public-private partnership includes a nearly $180 million lease with JAXPORT and an additional $16.5 million from SET to modernize the Blount Island terminal. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will also provide a $16.5 million grant to assist with terminal development.
“This public-private partnership is an example of FDOT’s continued investment in the state’s transportation system,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared W. Perdue. “This type of collaboration helps market Florida’s world-class infrastructure to the world, bringing more jobs and businesses to our state while maximizing the return on the investments we’ve made for the citizens of Florida.”
Terminal upgrades at Blount Island include two state-of-the-art processing buildings and associate work areas totaling more than 250,000 square feet, as well as the addition of new on-site rail connections and truck loading areas. SET will remain at its current Talleyrand location until construction on the new facility is complete in late 2024.
“We appreciate the entire JAXPORT team for their business-forward thinking and their focus on our continued partnership. We are excited about this new facility, which will provide our dedicated associates with modern amenities while also increasing production efficiencies to serve our dealers,” said Southeast Toyota Distributors Group Vice President Casey Gunnell. “We are bullish on Jacksonville’s business climate, including ongoing diversification and development, and the availability of a skilled labor force looking to join our growing organization.”
SET has been operating at JAXPORT for more than 50 years and is one of the port’s longest-standing tenants.
In 2021, SET moved approximately 157,000 vehicles through JAXPORT. The company’s Jacksonville operations support more than 800 jobs, including processing, parts and distribution, and technical support and training.
“Last year, five of the nation’s 15 best-selling vehicles were Toyotas, many of which move through JAXPORT, including the country’s best selling mid-sized pickup, the Toyota Tacoma,” said JAXPORT Board Chair Wendy Hamilton. “Despite global supply chain challenges impacting the automotive industry, SET has increased the efficiency of their operations to meet dealer needs, a reflection of the strength of their leadership team and workforce.”
“We are proud that a company of this stature continues to grow its footprint in Jacksonville,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “This public-private partnership, along with the investments being made in the terminal by FDOT, allow us to build on our position as one of the country’s top vehicle-handling ports and meet the growing demand for vehicles in Florida and throughout the nation.”
In partnership with FDOT, $45 million in berth upgrades will soon be underway to enhance JAXPORT’s vehicle capabilities at Blount Island. The upgrades include expanding one auto berth to accommodate two larger vehicle ships simultaneously instead of one and the expansion of a second berth to more efficiently accommodate the larger vehicle ships calling the terminal.
JAXPORT is currently negotiating with a global vehicle manufacturer for use of the 50 acres at Talleyrand which will be vacated by SET. The property offers a dedicated vehicle berth with a 200,000-square-foot auto processing facility.
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About Southeast Toyota Distributors LLC
Southeast Toyota Distributors is the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyotas. The company distributes vehicles, parts and accessories to 177 Toyota dealerships in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. Dealers in this region sell approximately 20% of all Toyotas sold in the country. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, its vehicle processing facilities are located in Jacksonville, Florida and Commerce, Georgia.
Southeast Toyota Distributors is a subsidiary of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a privately held company with $18 billion in revenue and more than 4,500 associates. JM Family has earned various awards for its culture, products and services, including 24 consecutive years on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Interact with JM Family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Located in the Southeastern U.S. at the crossroads of the nation’s rail and highway network, JAXPORT is a global gateway to Florida, the nation’s third-largest state. Jacksonville is Florida’s largest container port and one of the nation’s largest vehicle-handling ports. The port offers no harbor or terminal congestion with same day access to nearly 100 million consumers. JAXPORT offers shippers seamless transportation via 100 trucking firms and 40 daily trains via Class I railroads CSX and NS and regional rail line FEC.
FSCJ Receives National Recognition for the Second Time in the 2022 Most Promising Places to Work in Community College
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the second year in a row, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) was selected as one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education,” the nation’s only biweekly newsmagazine dedicated exclusively to diversity issues in higher education.
FSCJ was one of 24 colleges selected for the award in recognition of workplace diversity, staffing practices and work environment. Using a web-based survey approach, the selection committee examined categories such as family friendliness, salary/benefits and professional development opportunities.
“At FSCJ, we are working hard to emphasize and enhance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in everything we do for our students, faculty, staff, and this community. To receive this national recognition once again is a great reflection of those efforts,” said College President John Avendano, Ph.D. “We know that a diverse team that takes pride in their work and feels valued, respected and supported in their role, while also being representative of the students we serve is critical to our student and institutional success.”
“Diverse: Issues In Higher Education” will present the recognition to each of the winners during the NISOD annual meeting, which will be held May 28-31, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
To learn more about the award and to see all recipients, visit diverseeducation.com/press-releases/press-release/15291073/2022-most-promising-places-to-work-in-community-colleges.
Known as “the community’s college,” Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) exists to provide valuable, high-quality learning opportunities to anyone with the desire to enhance themselves through the pursuit of higher education. Serving more than 45,000 students and awarding nearly 7,000 degrees and certificates on an annual basis, the College plays a significant role in supplying the region’s employers with a highly skilled, educated workforce.
Jax Black Car Transportation was recently featured in the April 2022 edition of the Chauffeur Driven publication. Click here to learn more and read the digital version of the magazine.
4/22/22 @ 5:15 p.m. - Attached is the March 2022 edition of the Board of County Commissioner's newsletter. This monthly publication features a variety of information related to projects and activities for departments under the Board of County Commissioners. It also includes information about road projects, special events, adopted policies and procedures, budget discussions, and more!
Topics in this edition includes:
If you have any questions, please contact the County Manager's Office at (904) 530-6010 or email email@example.com.
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4/22/22 @ 11:30 a.m. - The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is conducting a feasibility study to evaluate the possibility of extending Pages Dairy Road to provide additional east/west connections and alleviate traffic on State Road 200. Two viable segments have been identified. The first segment would extend Pages Dairy Road across Chester to Blackrock Road. The second segment would extend it even further from Blackroad Road to Barnwell Road.
The TPO has created a community survey in an effort to learn more about how residents are currently utilizing Pages Dairy Road and whether there is community support for the project. The survey can be accessed here and takes about 3-5 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey you will be given an option to provide your name and email address to receive updates about the project. Please note that this section is optional. The survey will close on May 7th so don't delay!
If you have any questions, please contact County Engineer, Robert Companion, at (904) 530-6225 or via email a firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - April 24, 2022 - Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, has chosen the winners of the third annual Earth Day-themed coloring contest, “Brightening the World,” for children from five to 10-years of age.
“This is our third year of the contest with the goal to create a greater awareness about our collective responsibility and take care of the Earth,” said Meridian Waste CEO Walter “Wally” Hall. “Contest entries were up 44 percent since 2021. We had so many creative and artistic entries that we expanded the prizes to include a first, second, and third place in each age category.”
The contest has two age categories for children with specific coloring sheets for age groups from five to seven years and from eight to 10-years of age. The first-place winners will receive a custom garbage truck wall plaque, a tee shirt with their artwork printed on it, a $25 gift card, and a first-place rosette ribbon. Second and third place winners will receive a tee-shirt with their artwork printed on it, a $25 gift card, and a rosette ribbon.
Winners Ages Five to Seven:
Winners Ages Eight to 10:
“Meridian Waste invests in our planet from the daily work provided by our collection teams. They properly dispose of garbage, collect and sort recyclable materials in one of our materials recycling facilities, and through our gas-to-energy partnerships at the company’s landfills,” Hall said. “We also invest in supporting the communities we serve through public education about proper disposal methods. Meridian Waste hopes to ignite a spark of caring for the environment in young people through this contest.”
The winning artwork can be viewed at https://www.MeridianWaste.com/Earthday. Meridian Waste will gear up for the next contest in March 2023.
The efforts reinforce Meridian Waste’s commitment to supporting the simple joys of coloring while utilizing green efforts as the subject matter of the coloring sheets. For more information, visit https://www.MeridianWaste.com/Earthday.
FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (April 22, 2022) – The 15th Annual Gala benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island on April 10, 2022.
The generosity in the room was astounding as over 500 guests joined to celebrate the efforts of Nassau County’s leading afterschool and summer program provider. During both a silent auction and a live “fill-the-heart” effort, the community showcased its commitment to philanthropy and support of the children and families in Nassau County.
Unfortunately, we lost our friend and former MC, Ben Hynson, last year to cancer. This year’s MC, Bradley Bean, led the inaugural “Ben Hynson Fill The Heart” and raised a record amount in just ten minutes. In addition, every single auction item was bid on and sold during the evening.
Entertainment this year was a dueling pianos team, Copper Piano, featuring Boys & Girls Club alumnus Jason James with Genesis Lorraine.
Special Thanks to our Gala Committee Co-chairs Nancy Carpenter and Rose Baugh, along with committee members Claire Cameron, Jim Carpenter, Cindy Dickinson, Jen Edgington, Nancy Graham, Antoinette Richter, Andrew Schmidt, and Joan Sheppard.
Every year the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation relies on the Gala as its largest fundraiser of the year. For more information on how to sponsor a table at the 16th Annual Gala on February 18, 2023, please visit bgcnassau.org or call Andrew Schmidt at 904-261-8666.
4/21/22 @ 2:15 p.m. - On Saturday, April 16, 2022, the County hosted the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event. We are pleased to report that during the 4 hour event, a total of 348 vehicles came through. The event also included a food drive for Barnabas' food pantry. It has been reported that a total of 587 pounds was collected! This will have a positive impact on individuals in need right here in our community and we are grateful to everyone who made a donation.
Thank you as well to each and every resident that attended the event and did their part to ensure that harmful items are kept out of the landfill. And a big thank you to the employees at Nassau County Solid Waste and Keep Nassau Beautiful for coordinating the event, and to the public works employees who spent their morning with us clearing out vehicles for the residents, sorting materials, and placing them in the proper truck for disposal.
Below are some photos from the event. It will still be several weeks until we know the exact weight/tonnage of hazardous materials collected, but we will share that information as soon as it's available.
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