July 22 | 10am - 11am | No Cost!
Small business owners are not just responsible for running the business but also the health and well-being of their employees, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will touch on both the business side as well as the psychology effects of this new normal.
For the business side, we will focus on:
** Participants in this webinar can sign up for a one-hour, no-cost, individual follow-on session with the two presenters to develop strategies for their specific business! Details will be sent after webinar
The City's local planning process is not static. It is continuous, evolving, and ongoing. As such, the Comprehensive Plan is audited from time to time. Pursuant to Chapter 163.3191, F.S., the City completed and adopted an Evaluation and Appraisal Review (EAR) Report in December 2019.
Policy amendments are required to satisfy requirements of Florida Statues 163.3177 (Seasonal Population), 163.3178 (Peril of Flood), and 163.3177(6)(c) (Water Supply Facility Work Plan). These documents serve to fulfill these requirements and complete the City’s EAR based Comprehensive Plan Amendments. The proposed changes will be reviewed by the Planning Advisory Board through two meetings in July and proceed to the City Commission for consideration in August. Following first reading of an ordinance to adopted the proposed policy changes, the City will transmit the documents to the appropriate Florida agencies for review. Once reviewed and any comments are addressed, the City can adopt the amendments at 2nd Reading which is anticipated in late September 2020.
The following documents will be presented at the Planning Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 and receive formal consideration by the Board on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. A virtual meeting is scheduled for both dates. Details for log-in will be provided as part of the published agenda for those meetings. In addition to meeting attendance, written comments are encouraged by email to Kelly Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seasonal Population 2020
Seasonal Population Data and Analysis
Peril of Flood 2020
Peril of Flood Data and Analysis
Water Supply Works Plan
Water Supply Works Plan Data and Analysis
Bureau of Economic and Business Research Population Estimates and Projections
Bureau of Economic and Business Research Population Estimates and Projections (DOC)
YOUR INPUT IS WELCOMED AND ENCOURAGED!
The Planning and Conservation Department welcomes your input. Please feel free to email Kelly Gibson directly at email@example.com or by using the feedback form provided. If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss the items by phone please call 904-310-3480.
Notice: Paycheck Protection Program has reopened
The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Click here to read more about PPP loan forgiveness.
How To Apply
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. View a list of lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program by state.
If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download a copy of the PPP borrower application form (revised June 24, 2020) to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender.
Loan Details and Forgiveness
The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 60% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll).
Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease. The loan forgiveness form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:
Who Can Apply
The following entities affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) may be eligible:
For more information, please visit www.SBA.gov.
Barnabas Center and Elm Street Sportsman Association food distribution in partnership with Feeding Northeast Florida occurs the 2nd Saturday of each month at the MLK Jr. Center, located at 1200 Elm Street, from 9:00-11:00 am. This is a drive-through distribution- please stay in your vehicle and have your ID ready.
At the Board of County Commissioner's meeting held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Health Director, Dr. Eugenia Seidel, made a presentation containing important information related to COVID-19. Her presentation included a demonstration on how to utilize the Health Department's dashboard to locate a variety of things including cases by State, County and Zip Code, cases by age, cases in care facilities, hospitalizations, results of COVID testing, deaths, etc. The information is updated on this site daily at 11am and can be accessed by anyone, anytime.
Dr. Seidel also covered frequently asked questions and misinformation related to contact tracing, increase in cases by percentages, monitoring of active cases, effectiveness of face coverings, and rapid result testing. She also discussed different types of anti-body cases, their accuracy and which antibody tests are counted as a case when positive (not all antibody tests are counted because some are not as accurate for various reasons in which she explains).
We encourage all residents to watch this informative presentation to gain ACCURATE information. The video can be accessed here.
Anyone with specific questions can email the Health Department at DLCHD45PIOStaff@flhealth.gov.
One thing that won’t be delayed or canceled by the global coronavirus pandemic: hurricane season.
Florida Power & Light Company always prepares for hurricane season and urges its customers to do the same. This year, preparation is more important than ever as hurricane season arrives amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the early days of the crisis, FPL has implemented a robust pandemic plan that has allowed it to continue to safely deliver the reliable, affordable energy its customers expect. As hurricane season approaches, FPL has factored COVID-19 into its planning – for instance, adjusting the layout of staging sites with large numbers of restoration workers to account for social distancing, limiting interaction and adding more micro-staging sites.
FPL trains its employees to respond safely and as quickly as possible if a hurricane threatens its 35-county service area. Throughout the year, FPL invests to make the power grid stronger, smarter and more storm-resilient to help prevent outages and get the lights on faster if outages occur.
FPL works closely with local emergency officials and secures agreements with out-of-state utilities, contractors and suppliers to amass the workforce, material and equipment needed to respond to a hurricane.
For Hurricane Irma in 2017, FPL assembled a restoration workforce of more than 28,000, including utility workers from 30 states and Canada. Given the current travel restrictions and guidance from health officials, it is unlikely FPL can put together a restoration workforce of that size, which may cause some delay in restoration.
That’s why FPL is asking customers for their patience if severe weather strikes during the pandemic. FPL’s commitment to work around the clock to restore everyone’s power will not change, but it could take longer to do so under these extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances.
Residents and businesses should begin planning now. Customers’ hurricane plans, like FPL’s, should consider the current pandemic and anticipate that a direct strike by a major hurricane could damage the energy grid, causing residents and businesses to be without power for an extended period.
For tips and checklists on everything from essential supplies to generator safety, go to FPL.com/storm.
Stay connected with FPL during hurricane season
To download the FPL Nassau County Fact Sheet, click here.
Florida Power & Light Company urges customers to prepare for hurricane season and to have a plan in place. In addition to preparing year-round, the company holds an intensive annual dry run event to ensure the efficiency of its hurricane restoration efforts, as shown by crews above in Altha, Fla. following Hurricane Michael in 2018.
Impact Fees are a one-time fee collected when building permits are issued to fund future construction and improvements needed to accommodate growth.
There are currently five types of impact fees collected by the County: educational impact fees, recreation impact fees, administrative impact fees, fire impact fees, and law enforcement impact fees. The County also collects mobility fees to fund road improvements. While not an impact fee, it is still a fee charged during the permitting process to ensure that the builder bears the costs for improvements necessary to accommodate extra vehicles or “trips” to a home or business.
In August 2018, the Board hired a consultant to review recreation impact fees to ensure that adequate funds are being collected for construction of parks and recreational facilities to meet the demands created by residential development. The study is still underway and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.
In February 2019, the Board directed staff to move forward with ordering a study to review Fire Rescue Impact Fees, Sheriff Impact Fees and Administrative Impact Fees. This is being done to ensure amounts being collected are sufficient in comparison to counties of similar size and to ensure that any needed improvements are paid for by the individual pulling the permit rather than burdening taxpayers by using ad valorem revenues.
Sheriff Impact Fees are Fire Impact Fees are based on the knowledge that public safety needs are directly proportional to the presence of people. With growth comes the need for new fire stations, larger jails, and equipment for public safety personnel. Administrative Impact Fees are used for building, renovating, and/or expanding public buildings such as courthouses, maintenance facilities, and administrative offices. Sometimes a project will require use of multiple impact fee funds for a project. For example, the Sheriff’s Administrative Building was partially paid for with a combination of Law Enforcement and Administrative Impact Fees.
The County secured Tischler Bise, a fiscal and planning consulting firm, to perform an update/calibration of the County’s Fiscal Impact Model used to assess the fiscal impact of proposed development projects and rezonings in the County. The preliminary results were presented to the Board of County Commissioners at their meeting held on December 9, 2019.
Below is a chart reflecting the total impact fees currently being collected by Nassau County, as well as the maximum supportable fee for each development type.
The study also included projections for future facility and equipment needs such as fire stations, 911 call centers, sheriff vehicles, rescue vehicles, fire trucks, etc., based on a 10- year projected growth trend. Pursuant to these projections, it is anticipated that the County will need an additional 117,798 square feet in facilities at a cost of $28,308,912, and 64 new emergency apparatus (vehicles) at a combined cost of $5,762,521 to meet future needs. If the maximum supportable impact fees are adopted as recommended by Tischler Bise, it is anticipated that there will be enough impact fee revenues to cover approximately 67% of these growth-related costs.
Below is a chart showing the current and proposed fees to be considered by the Board:
The Board will hold a public hearing to consider these changes on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers located at 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097. The meeting is open to the public. The County has implemented additional procedures to allow proper social distancing to protect individuals wishing to attend in person. The meeting can also be streamed live at www.nassaucountyfl.com/watch-meetings. Anyone wishing to participate remotely can submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call (904) 530-6009 and submit a verbal comment for the record. Individuals wishing to be called during the meeting can email or call as directed above and request to be called. Please provide your name, address and the topic you wish to speak about and you will be called when that item comes up for discussion.
Now that the Governor has implemented Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery, government entities are allowed to resume in-person meetings with the understanding that social distancing guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) should be followed.
The Board of County Commissioners had previously been holding virtual meetings while under Phase One and all Public Hearings were temporarily postponed. Now that the Board has returned to Commission Chambers for meetings, County staff has been busy establishing methods for individuals to attend meetings while maintaining social distancing.
Chairs in the Commission Chambers have been reduced to achieve proper spacing, however additional seats and monitors are being added to the hallways to allow individuals to watch the meeting from outside the Chambers. A number system will be implemented so that individuals wishing to speak can be called into the Chambers individually.
A large tent has also been set up in front of the building to allow for additional seating outside, should someone choose to use it. This area will be equipped with monitors and speakers to broadcast the meeting taking place inside, as well as fans to make users more comfortable. Should it be raining, residents will be able to utilize the hallways and monitors inside the building.
These are just a few of the changes being made to increase safety for residents wishing to attend Commission meetings. Other changes include distribution of masks, installation of sanitizer dispensers, and designated points to enter and exit the facility.
For those not wishing to attend in person, please note that meetings will continue to be streamed online as they always have. We also have also established an email address and phone number for residents to be able to submit public comments for Board meetings. You can email email@example.com or call (904) 530-6009 and leave a message. Your comments will be read aloud at the meeting. You can also request to speak by sending an email or calling the number above and leaving a message with your name, phone number and a brief description of what you would like to speak about. We will call you during the meeting.
If you have any questions, please contact the County Manager’s Office at (904) 530-6010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the recent dramatic increase in numbers of positive cases in NE Florida, and the exponential numbers of contact tracing investigations that must be performed, “close contacts” of cases may be notified by the individual positive case before they can be reached by Public Health Officials. Take immediate action if you are notified that you are a close contact to a positive case or have a positive test result.
If you have had a sample collected for testing, you should self-quarantine (i.e. sequester yourself from others) until you know your results.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolate (i.e. “lockdown” at home – you should not go out, you should not let non-household members inside with you, and you should not let others get close to you). Public health officials will let you know when you can be released from isolation. Let your close contacts know you have tested positive.
If you are told you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, stay quarantined at home for 14 days and monitor your health for symptoms. Getting a negative test result while you are under the 14-day quarantine does not change the length of time you are required to stay sequestered at home.
These instructions must be followed if we are to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Community members are encouraged to work together to minimize exposure by using cloth masks whenever in public indoor spaces. Free cloth masks are available throughout Nassau County. Please see below for the infographic from the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At Thursday's meeting, the Board approved Executive Order No 16, mandating face coverings at all indoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible.
”Every operator, employee, customer or patron, over the age of six (6), of a business establishment must wear a face mask or covering at all times while indoors at that business establishment unless he or she is able to engage in social distancing or unless wearing a face mask or covering significantly interferes with the provision or receipt of goods or services offered or received at that establishment (i.e. patrons at a restaurant, clients at a barber shop or hair salon, patients at a dentist’s office).”
The Order does provide exemptions for public safety and law enforcement personnel because their personal protective gear is governed by their agencies.
The Order goes into effect at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020 and will remain in effect for 30 days.
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