7/28/22 @ 5:15 p.m. - The Nassau County Health Department has issued a Press Release regarding free back-to-school health exams taking place on Saturday, August 6th from 9am-1pm at the MLK Recreation Center. Please click here for details.
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Bothast of the Nassau County Health Department at (904) 832-2644 or via email at email@example.com.
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All members of the public are invited to join us on Monday, August 8, in the City Hall Commission Chambers (204 Ash Street) for an historic experience.
The City's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), a group of seven high school students who volunteer their time each month to stay involved in City and community issues, is hosting its first ever Candidate Forum.
“We at the Youth Advisory Committee are excited to begin the City’s campaign season with the first ever candidate forum featuring questions written by youth”, says YAC Chair Tytus Boston.
Topics being addressed include tourism, outreach, governing, and youth.
5:30-6:30pm will be dedicated to candidates running for Seat 4.
6:45-7:45pm will be dedicated to candidates running for Seat 5.
All declared candidates are expected to attend. Refreshments will be provided.
7/28/22 @ 9:30 a.m.
At the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting held on Monday, July 11, 2022, the Board approved a Capital Improvement Plan valued at $133 million with $49 million in CIP Projects funded for Fiscal Year 2022/2023. We are pleased to announce that the Board was able to determine funding sources that will not require the use of FY 22/23 projected ad valorem revenues earned from property tax collection, but instead utilize a diverse mix of funding sources including grants, impact fees, mobility fees, tourist development tax funds and other restricted funds.
What are capital improvement projects you ask? Capital improvement projects refer to physical assets that include the design, purchase, construction, maintenance, or improvement of public resources such as land, buildings, parks, public infrastructure, equipment and public spaces.
The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a working blueprint for building and sustaining the community’s publicly funded infrastructure. It identifies capital improvement projects and funding sources; prioritizes improvements based on available funding; and provides an estimated timeline for completion of each improvements project.
Each year, the County compiles a list of identified projects for the CIP. The current CIP reflects the goals and objectives in the County’s first interim Strategic Plan, adopted earlier this year. The interim Strategic Plan sets a definable course, expectations and fearless targets to work towards a more resilient, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous County. The Interim Strategic Plan can be found at https://www.nassaucountyfl.com/1282/Strategic-Plan.
Projects identified in the updated CIP include a variety of ongoing and new projects focused on quality-of-life, public safety, economic development, job attraction, public facility needs, maintenance or replacement of existing facilities in infrastructure, and pavement management.
Sampling of Funded Projects for Fiscal Year 2022/2023 includes:
Parks, Recreation & Quality of Life
Again, this is just a sampling of capital improvement projects that have been approved for the next Fiscal Year. To see all projects in 5-Year CIP (fiscal years 2022/2023 through 2026/2027), including the current fiscal year (2021/2022), visit https://bit.ly/NassauCIP.
Please note that projects placed into the County’s 5-year CIP are considered to be funded, however the CIP is subject to the adoption of the annual budget which is considered at two public hearings each September.
Peck High School Exhibit Opening
Saturday August 13th
Open to the public, 2pm to 5pm
516 S. 10th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL
Come join us as we celebrate the opening of a new permanent exhibit celebrating the legacy of Peck High School and its importance to the community.
Peck High School was built in 1927 as part of the Rosenwald Schools program which constructed approximately 5,000 schools in the South. It was named after William Henderson Peck, the school’s influential second principal and champion of African American education in Fernandina Beach.
The school closed in 1969 after desegregation and became vacant in 1976. In the 1980s, community activists including former students, historic preservationists, and local government officials joined forces to save the landmark. Today Peck Center is recognized as a significant component of African American heritage in Fernandina Beach.
The Historic Peck Center, A Rosenwald School Heritage Education Project (“Peck Exhibit”) was sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and the State of Florida, in collaboration with the City of Fernandina Beach, the Peck Alumni Association, and the Amelia Island Museum of History.
7/26/22 @ 4:50 p.m. - The Nassau County Road Department has been notified of upcoming Railroad Crossing repairs from CSX Construction, some of which will require closures and/or detours. Please see complete information below and reach out to Ericka Nickell at Southern Commercial Development (CSX's contractor) at (229) 262-4394 with questions or concerns.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nassau County Road & Bridge Department
Nassau County, Florida July 21, 2022 – On behalf of CSX, the Nassau County Road Department is issuing a Notice of Intent to Begin Construction on the following railroad crossing due to repairs needed. Crossing will be closed between 2 to 5 days, except one way in/out crossings, varying on repairs needed:
Please note that any/all dates are subject to change due to weather and/or other conditions.
For additional information, please contact Ericka Nickell at Southern Commercial Development 229.262.4394.
7/26/22 @ 4:30 p.m. -
The Thomas Creek Watershed has been a drainage concern for a number of years. Previous efforts to mitigate the flooding with structural components, drainage system maintenance, and snag and clearing have been futile.
In November 2017, a meeting was held between representatives of the Army Corps of Engineers, Senator Aaron Bean’s Office, State Representative Cord Byrd, and various County staff to discuss other possible solutions. It was discovered at that time that there are programs available under the Army Corps of Engineers’ Continuing Authority Program (CAP). Subsequently, the Board sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers requesting an investigation of the problems under the authority of Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948. The letter was signed at the December 11, 2017, Board of County Commissioner's meeting.
In April 2018, the County was notified that the project would exceed the limitation of the CAP Program and was recommended to seek a Planning Assistance to States (PAS) Study to help the County identify solutions to resolve the flooding issues. The study began in 2019. It entailed extensive modeling with multiple scenarios considered. The Board of County Commissioners approved the final report in June of 2022 with a directive to staff for an Implementation Plan to be presented in six months. Part of the Implementation Plan will be community involvement. Staff hopes to discuss the outcome of the study at the public meeting with the path forward given the report findings.
Please be advised that a Thomas Creek Community Meeting has been scheduled to discuss the results of the Planning Assistance to States (PAS) Study conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers. The meeting will take place at the Callahan County Building located at 45401 Mickler Street on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Senior Stormwater Engineer, Katie Peay, at (904) 530-6225 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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7/26/22 @ 4:00 p.m. - On January 25, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners adopted the Parks Recreation and Open Space Master Plan which outlines an updated level of service for all existing and future parks. In the report, recommendations were given to enhance park experiences, including upgrading or adding playgrounds at various locations throughout the County park system.
During the planning of the initial Five-Year Capital Improvement Program in 2021, Hilliard Ballpark was identified as one of the locations that could benefit from the addition of playground space. During adoption of the Fiscal Year 2021/2022, the project was funded 100% utilizing Impact Fees (a one-time fee collected when building permits are issued to fund future construction and improvements).
We are excited to announce that at the July 11, 2022 meeting, the Board approved the purchase and installation of the playground equipment. Below are renderings of the future playground which is anticipated to be installed by November 2022.
If you have any questions, please contact Parks & Recreation Director, Jay Robertson, at (904) 530-6120 or email email@example.com.
Fernandina Beach Main Street will hold its 2022 Summer Sip & Shop on Friday, August 19th, from 4 to 7 PM. Celebrate the end of summer in historic downtown Fernandina Beach with some evening shopping while enjoying sips of wine provided by local retail shops. Shoppers will receive a souvenir insulated Main Street wine cup with registration. Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, First Port City Bank, and our Wristband Sponsor, Century 21 Miller Elite. Shoppers can check in at the Pocket Park next to Amelia Island Coffee on Centre Street to receive their wine cup, event map, and wristband beginning at 4PM. Participants must be at least 21 years of age and proof of age is required. Tickets are $20 when purchased in advance. Additional tickets can be purchased the day of the event at registration for a price of $25 each. This event will be held rain or shine.
Main Street volunteers will assist in the shops during the event. To purchase tickets for Sip and Shop, please go to https://tinyurl.com/ye22tpxr. To become a volunteer for this event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For up-to-date information on Sip and Shop happening in the Fernandina Beach Main Street District on August 19th, visit https://www.facebook.com/FernandinaMainStreet.
Proceeds from this event support Main Street to promote a vibrant, business-friendly historic community that is a destination for all!
Come by the Rayonier building to donate blood on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. You can still help even if you can't donate yourself; share this message with friends and family. Make your appointment today, click on the link: Blood Drive - Wednesday, July 27, 2022; from 8:30 - 3:30 pm
While appointments aren't required, appointments get first priority.
All donors will receive a OneBlood Hero Towel and a $20.00 eGift Card! Plus, a wellness checkup includes blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol screening. Tips for a successful donation: Include red meat in your diet (2-3 meals), drink water regularly, and drink 16 oz before donating, eat a meal 2 hours before your donation. After donation: no heavy lifting or vigorous exercise the rest of the day, grab a healthy snack and drink plenty of water.
7/22/22 @ 5:25 p.m. - The Nassau County Supervisor of Elections released this important reminder today:
From the SOE
Monday, July 25, 2022, is the deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation before the August 23 Primary Election. To register to vote or change your party affiliation, visit www.VoteNassaufl.gov or download the new Vote Nassau FL mobile app.
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