8/8/22 @ 3:30 p.m.
Flooding along Thomas Creek has been an area of concerns for many years. Previous efforts to mitigate 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 includes community involvement. As such, Engineering staff hosted a community meeting the evening of Friday, August 5th to discuss the results of the (PAS) Study and to determine interest in the different types of grant opportunities (buyout or modification of structures).
Many in attendance questioned why the County isn't dredging Thomas Creek. To do so would require a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and at this time, the Army Corps has NOT granted approval. This was discussed in great detail during a presentation made by Senior Stormwater Engineer, Katie Peay. The presentation can be found here. Anyone who provided an e-mail address should have received a follow up e-mail from her this morning containing a copy of the presentation and a recap of the meeting as follows:
"Dredging did not lower flood waters out of ANY structures. The biggest impact of 8 inches was never in someone’s home. This was mostly wetland areas or the Duval side. We are still looking at options with the Army Corps. Nassau County did install a rain gage and sensor on the Creek to continue to truth the model with actual rain events". (gage link below)
Engineering staff was very pleased with the community turnout and looks forward to working closely with the residents as we move forward. Multiple homeowners offered to walk with Engineering staff to review areas with debris and blockages including the stagnation around the railroad bridge and beaver dams. Staff will be reaching out to a few of those individuals to coordinate dates and times in the next few weeks. Staff will also be meeting today with the Army Corps of Engineers to further discussion options. Staff will continue writing the implementation plan with grant cycle information, community input, and gathering partners to team up on this large project.
If you have any questions, please contact Katie Peay at (904) 530-6225 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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Please see below for a list of free support and educational sessions being presented by Community Hospice & Palliative Care throughout the month of August. For questions or additional information, please visit www.CommunityHospice.com.
Friday, August 19, 2022 from 3 to 4 p.m. – Understanding Grief: A Program for The Newly Bereaved
Understanding Grief is designed to help people learn that healing is possible after the death of a loved one and there are effective ways to cope with grief and loss. The 1-hour presentation will help attendees:
Understanding Grief is designed to be most helpful for those who have experienced a loss within the last 90 days, and are at least 18 years old. Register today by calling 352.204.9876. This is an in-person session located at our Anne and Donald McGraw Center for Caring
Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Caregiver Conference at Edward Waters University
Are you the caregiver for a parent, loved one or another adult? Join us for a free workshop to discuss the common struggles caregivers face and discover resources that are available to help them. This FREE event is sponsored by Edward Waters University, UF Health Center for Equity and Engagement Research, New Town Success Zone, Preventing Alzheimer's with Cognitive Training, and Community Hospice & Palliative Care. Event Topics: Caring for the caregiver, how to recognize the signs for more care, preventing Alzheimer’s with cognitive training, ACTS2 faith-based caregiver skills-building and support, COVID-19 now, and community and community initiatives.
Free Continental Breakfast and Lunch. Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
Edward Waters University | Milne Auditorium in the Lee Cousins Building
1658 Kings Road Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Register at: https://CaregiverConference.eventbrite.com or call (904) 407-6121.
8/4/22 @ 11:15 a.m. -
In partnership with Tobacco Free Nassau, the Nassau County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Drive-in Movie night at Peters Point Park on Sunday, September 4th. The featured film for the night will be a showing of the cult classic, “Jaws”.
PARKING AND MOVIE TIME
Parking for the event will begin at 7:30pm with the film starting at 8:30pm. The running time for the film is 124 minutes.
Concessions will be available for purchase from Tobacco Free Nassau with all proceeds benefitting their organization.
The movie will be shown on an inflatable 25ft movie screen and can be heard through an FM station in your vehicle or broadcast through the PA system. There will be a designated space for those that want to bring a chair and enjoy from outside their vehicles.
For more information, please contact Jay Robertson, Nassau County Parks and Recreation Director, at 904-530-6127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Friends of A1A and Florida Scenic Highway partners are promoting the longest Garage Sale in Northeast Florida for the 14th year! There will be many locations along the 150 mile route to stop and shop. Some are residences along the A1A Byway and others are community centers or businesses. Click here to view the official registration form for the 2022 sale.
Buyers and Sellers are invited to participate from 8 am to 2 pm. Pre-registration allows coordinators at the Friends of A1A to limit the number of participants in small areas. At larger areas, the host property owner decides set up and location. Other facts you may need to know are listed below. If you have any questions, please find more information at www.scenica1a.org or contact A1A Super Scenic Garage Sale Coordinator Danielle Anderson at (904) 425-8055.
11/19/2022: 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Name: Danielle Anderson
Email: Email the project administrator
Amelia Island has been voted No. 10 among the “Best Islands in the Continental United States” by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, one of the world’s most popular travel publications. This is the fourth consecutive year Amelia Island has made the travel magazine’s “World’s Best Awards” list, now in its 27th year. The No. 10 finish in 2022 puts Amelia Island in good company, joining other destinations including the Golden Isles, Georgia; the Outer Banks, North Carolina; and Hilton Head, South Carolina.
“By once again voting Amelia Island among the best in the country, the discerning readers of Travel + Leisure have made it clear this destination has what they value most in an unforgettable island getaway,” said Gil Langley, President of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Beyond our remarkable natural beauty and growing list of amenities and attractions, it is our local tourism industry’s commitment to delivering the kind of memorable experiences that have made Amelia one of the world’s best places to travel.”
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, was also recognized by the readers of Travel + Leisure, being voted No. 9 among the “Best Resorts in Florida.”
To see the complete lists of the Best Islands in the Continental United States, and Florida’s Best Resorts, visit TravelAndLeisure.com.
The World’s Best Awards is a travel awards program run by Travel + Leisure and based on an annual reader survey. The prestigious annual awards honor the top travel destinations, hotels, and companies worldwide. This year’s winners will appear online and in the August 2022 issue of Travel + Leisure magazine.
8/3/22 2 10:45 a.m. - JEA has notified the County of their intent to upgrade their water treatment plant located at 111 St. Mark Trail in Yulee. (see aerial)
According to their website, the facility is nearing the end of its useful service life and will be upgraded and replaced to ensure they can meet user demand and improve water pressure and system reliability.
JEA has indicated that the work will primarily occur on the property at 111 St. Mark Trail and in nearby rights-of-way and utility easements. Normal construction hours will be Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. There may be occasions where extended hours or night and weekend hours may occur. The project is anticipated to be complete by January 2024.
For additional information related to this project, please visit JEA's website by clicking here. If you have any questions regarding the Lofton Oaks Water Treatment Plan Facility Project, please contact JEA Project Outreach at (904) 665-7500 or by email at email@example.com.
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8/2/22 @ 9:15 a.m. - A property owner on Lee Street in Historic American Beach has hired Daymon Well Drilling and Pump Services to construct a well on their private property. This work will require the corner of Lee Street to be closed from August 22-August 24, 2022.
A detour has been established for through traffic, however residents living within the closure area will be given access to get in and out of their properties.
If you have any questions, please contact Chris Heffner with Daymon Well Drilling and Pump Services at (904) 545-7687.
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WIC COUNSELORS SUPPORT MOMS DURING NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING MONTH
Contact: Jennifer Bothast, PIO
While breastfeeding may seem like the easiest and most natural thing for mothers to do, it can be overwhelming and frustrating for many. That is why August is observed as National Breastfeeding Month, to ensure that new mothers understand the importance of breastfeeding in the lives of their children.
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program at the Florida Department of Health in Nassau County has a team of knowledgeable and compassionate breastfeeding counselors to offer advice and lend mothers support to achieve their breastfeeding goals. Their motto is “Breastfeeding Shouldn’t Hurt and Babies Should Latch!”
For moms who qualify for WIC, there is a breast pump program which allows moms to return to work or school while still giving them the opportunity to provide breastmilk for their baby. There are in-person appointments for WIC clients and virtual prenatal breastfeeding classes. Breastfeeding services can be provided in the WIC client’s preferred language through a bi-lingual staff member or an interpreter service, if needed.
There is a breastfeeding help line at (904) 344-6317 available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week to provide breastfeeding support and answer questions.
This program is part of the commitment that WIC has to support breastfeeding as the normal and healthiest way to feed babies. To see if you qualify for the WIC program call or www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/wic/wic-eligibility.html.
For information about DOH-Nassau, go to www.nassau.floridahealth.gov or call (904-875-6111).
About the Florida Department of Health
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7/29/22 @ 1:00 p.m. - The Nassau County Extension 4-H is hosting a party to celebrate the end of the 2021/2022 4-H year. This year's theme is "Tacky Tourist Luau" and will include games and fun activities including a Best Dressed Tacky Tourist Competition and a tacky tourist tropical themed photo booth. All project/record book, youth and volunteer awards will also be announced during this event.
The Extension Office will provide the main course but are seeking help with the sides. You will be given an option to sign up for a side at the RSVP link.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Irvine at (904) 530-6353.
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Cars and Cannons is a unique, once-a-year, opportunity to see more than sixty vintage and classic cars inside historic Fort Clinch. The car show is on Saturday, September 24, 2021, 9 am – 2 pm and the public is invited to view these cars inside the walls of this unique 19th-century coastal fort setting. Visiting Fort Clinch State Park is special anytime, but the day of the Cars and Cannons Vintage Car Show is a bonus. Attendees will vote for a “People’s Choice Award” among the cars on display.
The regular park entry fee of $6 per vehicle (2 to 8 people) or $4 single-occupant vehicle is required along with $2.50 per person for fort admission. The Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset, while the fort is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Do you own a vintage car, 1997 or older, and have an interest in showing your car inside this very unique 19th-century coastal fort setting? This is an exclusive opportunity to participate in the 4th Annual Cars and Cannon Vintage Car Show. Go to www.fortclinch.org for more information and to register.
All cars must be pre-registered. Any car entered must not exceed 90” in width so it can fit into the fort. Registration closes on September 19. There will be no day of show registration. This is a cruise-in event and owners are responsible for driving their cars to the park and into the fort.
Cars and Cannons registration is $50 per car. Registered participants receive a one-year Friends of Fort Clinch membership, valued at $72. This membership includes 12 FREE park visits for the year.
All proceeds are for the benefit of Fort Clinch State Park. The Friends exist to support the preservation of Florida’s natural and cultural resources while providing outstanding recreational and educational opportunities to the public in Fort Clinch State Park. Through fundraising and grant acquisitions, the Friends enable restoration projects at historic Fort Clinch, support special events and educational programming, provide tools and equipment to assist park rangers, and expand and improve the park’s renowned living history program.
For further information, contact FriendsOfFortClinchInc@Gmail.com www.fortclinch.org
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