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Traffic Light Timing on State Road 200
Nassau County, Florida, May 21, 2021 – Nassau County is aware of concerns expressed by many residents regarding the timing of traffic lights on State Road 200/A1A, particularly those between U.S. 17 and Nassauville Road. These lights are not owned by the County and we are not authorized to make changes to the timing with approval by the State.
After reporting our concerns about the timing on numerous occasions, the State has hired Albeck-Gerken, a traffic engineer/operations consultant, to do a complete review of the timing of the lights along the SR200 corridor and to recommend changes as they deem necessary. At this time, we do not have information on when the review is expected to be complete, however they will begin their analysis on Monday, May 24, 2021.
If you have any questions related to the traffic lights/timing issue, please contact the Florida Department of Transportation directly at (904) 360-5643 or email their Traffic Operations Engineer, Glenn English, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six new decorated model homes by Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes Now Open
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. (May 12, 2021) – North Florida’s best new master-planned community, Tributary, will celebrate the grand opening of its model home village and six new decorated model homes on Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The grand opening celebration will feature fun for the entire family including a Family Fun Zone with rock climbing, a 22’ slide and monkey motion bungee jump. Featured food trucks at the event include Twisting Roots, What’s the Catch, Ice Busters and Rad Ringo’s Donuts. There will be giveaways and more. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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.
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. Tributary is near dining, shopping, recreation, medical centers, services and more. For more information about Tributary, visit www.TributaryLiving.com.
About GreenPointe Developers, LLC
GreenPointe Developers is the community and urban development division of GreenPointe Holdings with extensive real estate market data and analytical systems to rapidly assess real estate values and challenges.
The GreenPointe team has more than 140 years of collective experience in developing some of the most sought-after master-planned and condominium communities in the Southeast. The team creates and transforms residential and mixed-use communities into neighborhoods for today’s homebuyer while providing lasting, sustainable value.
Having the utmost respect for the land, the GreenPointe team works diligently to protect and enhance nature’s best assets. This thoughtful practice allows GreenPointe Developers to create and reenergize communities that provide for an enduring lifestyle where people want to live, work and enjoy recreation.
More information is available at www.GreenPointeLLC.com or (904) 996-2485.
Nassau County, Florida, May 12, 2021. – One of the annual programs sponsored by the Florida Urban Forestry Council (FUFC) is The Friends of Our Urban Forest Awards program. This program recognizes achievements of organizations and individuals in their efforts to manage, promote, educate, and advocate for urban forests in their communities. Categories for nominations include outstanding professional, outstanding tree advocate or advocacy group, outstanding project, outstanding urban forestry program, outstanding tree ordinance, and lifetime achievement.
The FUFC is proud to announce that Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc. (KNB) is being recognized as the winner of the 2020 Friends of Our Urban Forest Award in the category of Outstanding urban Forestry Program. Through their Planting Nassau’s Future program, the Adopt-A-Tree workshops and Legacy Tree programs have surpassed their original goal of planting 300 trees across Nassau County. The program will continue to provide sustainable, repeatable programs to educate and motivate residents on the importance of Nassau County’s urban forests.
The award was presented at a Nassau County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting by Joe Anderson, FUFC President, where he thanked and encouraged the BOCC and Public Works Dept. for their support of KNB and its programs which help make Nassau County a beautiful, sustainable, and resilient community.
“Keep Nassau Beautiful has demonstrated to FUFC that they take their role very seriously in supporting the future of Nassau County through their urban forestry program Planting Nassau’s Future,” said Mr. Anderson. “Planting Nassau’s Future is building a green infrastructure that does not depreciate, it appreciates.”
“2021 has already surpassed our 2020 success by assisting in the planting of more than 760 trees and 800 Florida friendly flowering plants,” said Lynda Bell, KNB Executive Director. “We are proud to be celebrating our 30th year and we appreciate the community support of our mission to help highlight the beauty of Nassau County.”
For information and to get involved in Planting Nassau’s Future: www.KeepNassauBeautiful.org or 261-0165.
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
Contact: Eric Sakurai
May 11, 2021
On Saturday, May 22nd a Four-Hand Piano and Dance Performance of Peter and the Wolf will be performed at the Amelia Community Theatre. The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and the Amelia Island Dance Festival collaborated on this music and dance production. This family concert is for all ages and the 11 am and 2 pm performances can be attended in-person or via live stream. This concert is developed in association with the Chamber Music Festival’s Young Patrons. This children’s theatre composition is based on the Russian folk tale by composer Sergei Prokofiev. Pianists Julie Coucheron and Elizabeth Pridgen will perform a four-hand version of the iconic composition. Dancers include Brady Massey, Zoe Gilsenan, Marco Tacandong, Skye Palmer, Stella Urbano, Jules Bouchard, and Lacey Mickler, who are all Fernandina Beach residents from the Amelia Island Dance Festival, and they will perform under the direction of Susan Dodge, founder, and president.
Christopher Rex, the Chamber Music Festival’s General and Artistic Director and producer of this performance said, “Engaging children and families in music and dance grows their appreciation and love for the performing arts. These are gifts that bring lifelong pleasure and another dimension into all our lives.”Julie Coucheron is an award-winning pianist who tours internationally. She began playing the piano at age four and later earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors from the Royal Academy of Music in London. She is the Artistic Director of the Fjord Cadenza Festival and the Kon Tiki Chamber Music Festival, both in Norway. Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen is a distinguished soloist and chamber musician. As Artistic Director of the Atlanta Chamber Players, Ms. Pridgen performs regularly at the Rome (Italy) Chamber Music Festival, the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. A graduate of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and a Summa Cum Laude graduate in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University, Susan Dodge has taught at multiple dance universities and dance companies across the U.S. and was a co-founder of the Dance Project of Washington Heights. She currently teaches at the Royal Amelia Dance Academy and is a member of the board of the Florida Ballet of Jacksonville.
A familiar figure at Amelia Community Theatre, Frank O’Donnell who is narrating the performanceand portraying the grandfather, is locally best known for his iconic roles including Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and as “Scrooge in Scrooge! The Musical”. Amelia Community Theatre, located on Cedar Street in Fernandina Beach, has been staging artistic performances on Amelia Island since 1981. The Theatre opened the Main Stage in its current location in 2010.
“I look forward to the Festival’s collaboration with the Amelia Island Dance Festival and the Amelia Community Theatre. Bringing together three partners who whole-heartedly support the arts is very gratifying and will provide a special treat for the audience,” said Chamber Music Festival President Emma Mills Bledsoe. Peter and the Wolf is Sergei Prokofiev’s most frequently performed works. He is considered one of the greats of 20th Century music and his works range from ballets, including Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet, to film music.
Peter and the Wolf has been recorded many times including Disney’s animated versions in 1946 and 2020 with narration by David Bowie. Every major orchestra throughout the world has included Peter and Wolf in their repertoire. The Young Patrons of the Chamber Music Festival, who helped develop this concert, are guided by a group of Amelia Island business and professional women who have collaborated with the Festival Board to introduce children to classical music through special concerts. Led by Lauren Templeton, owner of the Amelia Art Studio, members include Carrie Mays, owner of the Amelia Music Studio, Ktimene Axtelle, vice president of Insights and partner at Arrivalist, and Amelia Island Little Blooms partners Jennifer Bauer and Trang Weist.
Also on the committee are Emma Mills Bledsoe, Barbara Gant, and Vicki Whittemore. Membership in the Young Patrons is free and like-minded Islanders are welcome to get involved. The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, one of the nation’s most renowned classical music festivals, celebrates its 20th season with a wide array of internationally recognized award-winning superstars. Respecting the safety of both musicians and the audience, the Festival has arranged for both socially distanced live and virtual venues. Information about all concerts and tickets is available at www.AICMF.com or 904-261-1779.
The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival1405 Park Avenue, Suite 101 – Fernandina Beach Florida 32034 – www.AICMF.com
5/11/21 @ 10:05 a.m. – A few weeks ago, we reported about individuals dumping materials at recycling bins around the County. That story included photos of a mattress, two larges couches and other items that were dumped by recycling bins on Goodbread Rd.
This Monday, Public Works employees arrived at the Bailey Rd. recycling location to find several boxes of hazardous materials. Items such as paint, fertilizers, gasoline, cleaning products, motor oil, batteries, etc. cannot be disposed of at the landfill and should not be left at the County recycling sites.
Sadly, dumping occurs regularly on County property and County rights-of-ways. Not only is this harmful for the environment, it costs the County thousands of dollars a year in labor, equipment and disposal costs.
The County, in conjunction with Keep Nassau Beautiful and the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, organizes 2 Household Hazardous Waste Events per year (once in the fall and once in the spring) where these items are collected and taken to a proper disposal location out of County. While it may be a minor inconvenience, we encourage residents to store these items at home and dispose of them at a future recycling event. The next event is already being coordinated for October 2021!
Here is a link to a Recycle and Waste Disposal Tool created by Keep Nassau Beautiful that provides information on how to safely dispose of hundreds of types of items. Also, as a reminder, furniture and household items can be taken to the Convenience Recycling Center located at 46026 Landfill Rd. in Callahan and disposed of at no-charge.
While graduations may continue to look a little bit different this year, there’s just as much excitement to honor these hardworking students. At Orange Park Mall, we’re excited to honor the graduates of 2021 and all of their accomplishments through special opportunities throughout the summer:
We look forward to these different ways to safely celebrate the class of 2021 in our community.
After months of postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of Leadership Nassau, a premier Leadership Development program.
Leadership Nassau provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the various socio-economic aspects that directly affect our region. During the 10-month program, students engage in activities that connect them with local leaders, while simultaneously helping them form a life-long bond with fellow classmates.
More than 325 members of the Nassau County community have participated in Leadership Nassau, with graduates ranging from Circuit Judges to small business owners and everything in between. The program is open to any resident of Nassau County, but recruitment targets individuals with diverse backgrounds and seeks a racial, gender, and age mix that is reflective of the local population.
For more information and to receive a Class 21 application, contact Leadership Nassau Coordinator Alex Wilmer at Alex@NassauCountyFLChamber.com. Interested parties may also click below to download a copy of the application. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 18, 2021 by 5:00 P.M.
Presented in partnership by the Florida SBDC Network and the Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, the Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference is a no-cost event for Florida's small businesses and entrepreneurs. The purpose of this virtual conference is to assist and provide resources for small businesses to #SustainThePivot most have endured due to the global pandemic, as well as highlight the expertise, knowledge, and available assistance the Florida SBDC Network and the Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio have to offer.
The network's mission is to assist small businesses throughout the state during blue and dark sky days. This engaging conference will feature useful presentations with impactful tips that businesses can implement quickly and affordably resulting in a high return on investment. There will also be keynote presentations by Emily Ley, CEO of Simplified, and John Gilmore, former NFL tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and President and CEO of Brandthumb, LLC. During these presentations, attendees will learn additional skills and knowledge to help their business succeed despite difficult circumstances.
NOTE- When registering multiple people, please make sure to list a separate email for each attendee in order for each participant to access the event platform.
Tuesday, May 18 :
11:30am - 12:30pm EST: Doors open and virtual booths open for attendees to visit
12:30pm - 5:00pm EST: Program Begins
Wednesday, May 19:
8:00am - 9:00am EST: Doors open and virtual booths open for attendees to visit
9:00am - 1:00pm EST: Program Begins
Should you have any questions, please contact Allison Romer at email@example.com.
Office of the Nassau County Manager
May 8, 2021
Nassau County, Florida, May 7, 2021 – The 2021 Concours d’Elegance will take place at the Ritz Carlton from May 20-May 23, 2021.
Please be advised that the Board has authorized use of the Peters Point and Scott Road Beach Front Parks for parking related to the event. As a result, there will be limited parking spots available for the general public during the following dates:
If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (904) 530-6120.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend ‘Hot Topics: Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace’ on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 8:30-9:00 A.M. This hybrid event will take place in person at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G in Fernandina Beach, and virtually via Zoom.
The market for people from an employer’s perspective continues to tighten, even in the current COVID environment. Leveraging the growing diversity in Nassau County by creating an inclusive work environment is an untapped opportunity for many organizations, small and large. This brief talk will include the “what, why, and how” of attracting, retaining, and engaging a diverse workforce, through the broadest definition of diversity, as well as introducing the group to the newly formed Nassau Racial Equality Coalition.
Guest speaker Samir Gupte, Executive Director of Nassau Racial Equality Coalition, is an agile, balanced, and compassionate thought-leader with over 30 years of successful leadership experience in business (publicly traded, private equity, founder-led), entrepreneurship, non-profits, and consulting. His accomplishments include leading the human capital strategy that doubled the size and profitability of an award-winning airport concessions company, achieving consecutive years of a rising position on Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work list for the largest full-service dining company in the world, the integration of a $1B acquisition, the start-up of a Latin America division for an industrial automation manufacturer which integrated acquisitions in five countries, doubling the size and profitably growing an international hotel chain, the turnarounds of a distressed polished-casual restaurant chain and a specialty materials manufacturing plant, profitably growing a small-chain of Gold’s Gyms and improving a fiber optics manufacturing department from the lowest to top operational performance.
Hot Topics workshops are free for Chamber members and $50.00 for prospective members. In-person attendance is limited to 10 people; advanced payment and registration are required. For more information, email info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com or call (904) 261-3248.
To register, CLICK HERE.
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