Yesterday, the National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Warning and High Surf and High Wind Advisories for Nassau County. As a result, the County Manager, in consultation with the Emergency Management and Public Works Directors, made the decision to temporarily suspend driving on County beaches (Peters Point south to State Park) due to the hazardous weather conditions.
The National Weather Service has now extended the High Surf Advisory through 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
Site visits made this afternoon determined that the tides are still pushing into the dune area, therefore, the temporary suspension for beach driving is extended through 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, pending an assessment of erosion and beach conditions tomorrow morning. We will provide an update as soon as possible.
If you have any questions regarding, please contact Nassau County Emergency Management at (904) 548-0954.
IRS Releases State-By-State Breakdown of Nearly 9 Million Non-Filers Who Will be Mailed Letters About Economic Impact Payments
The Internal Revenue Service today released a state-by-state breakdown of the roughly nine million people receiving a special mailing this month encouraging them to see if they’re eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment.
The IRS will mail the letters to people who typically aren’t required to file federal income tax returns but may qualify for an Economic Impact Payment. The letter urges recipients to visit the special Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool on IRS.gov before the Oct. 15 deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment.
“The IRS continues to work hard to reach people eligible for these payments,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “These mailings are the latest step by the IRS to reach as many people as possible for these important payments. We are releasing this state-by-state information so that state and local leaders and organizations can better understand the size of this population in their communities and assist them in claiming these important payments. Time is running out to claim a payment before the deadline.”
These letters are part of a final stage of the IRS’s sweeping outreach and public awareness campaign on the Economic Impact Payments that began in March. These efforts included IRS outreach to thousands of partner groups across the nation, including partner groups serving underserved communities, people experiencing homelessness, and those whose primary language isn’t English.
So far, more than 7 million people have already used the Non-Filers tool to register for a payment.
This month’s letters, delivered from an IRS address, are being sent to people who haven’t filed a return for either 2018 or 2019. Based on an internal analysis, these are people who don’t typically have a tax return filing requirement because they appear to have very low incomes based on Forms W-2 and 1099, and other third-party statements available to the IRS.
The breakdown below shows the number of individuals in each state to whom the IRS is sending a letter.
The letter urges the recipient to register at IRS.gov by Oct. 15 in order to receive a payment by the end of the year. Individuals can receive up to $1,200, and married couples can receive up to $2,400. People with qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2019 can get up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child.
The letter, officially known as IRS Notice 1444-A, is written in English and Spanish and includes information on eligibility criteria. If they haven’t done so already, this letter urges eligible individuals to register using the free Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool, available in English and Spanish and only on IRS.gov. To help address fraud concerns, a copy of the letter is available on IRS.gov.
The IRS cautions that receiving a letter is not a guarantee of eligibility. An individual is likely eligible for an Economic Impact Payment if they:
For more information on eligibility requirements, see the Economic Impact Payment eligibility FAQs on IRS.gov.
The registration deadline for non-filers to claim an Economic Impact Payment through the Non-Filers tool is Oct. 15, 2020. People who are eligible should not wait to receive a letter and should register now. Alternatively, people can wait until next year and claim the recovery rebate credit on their 2020 federal income tax return by filing in 2021.
The IRS emphasized that anyone required to file either a 2018 or 2019 tax return should file the tax return and not use the Non-Filers tool. That tool is designed for people with incomes typically below $24,400 for married couples, and $12,200 for singles. This includes couples and individuals who are experiencing homelessness.
Those unable to access the Non-Filers tool may submit a simplified paper return following the procedures described in the Economic Impact Payment FAQs on IRS.gov.
People can qualify for a payment, even if they don’t work or have no earned income. But low- and moderate-income workers and working families eligible to receive special tax benefits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit, cannot use this tool. They will need to file a regular tax return as soon as possible. The IRS will use their tax return information to determine and issue any Economic Impact Payment for which they are eligible.
Anyone using the Non-Filers tool can speed up the arrival of their payment by choosing to receive it by direct deposit. Those not choosing this option will get a check.
Beginning two weeks after they register, people can track the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool, available only on IRS.gov.
For more information on the Economic Impact Payment, including updated answers to frequently asked questions and other resources, visit IRS.gov/coronavirus.
Halloween Doors & More Presents a Drive-In Movie Experience: Three Days of Classic Family Movies Benefitting Community PedsCare®
Join us on Oct. 15 through 17, at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, for something a little different this year! Halloween Doors & More presents a drive-in movie experience with three days, four showings of family favorites. Admission is $25 per car and must be purchased in advance with limited spaces available. Costumes and car decorations encouraged for this his year’s theme, “Safari Life.”
In addition to our drive-in movie experience, come along with us on Oct. 11 through 18 for the Halloween Doors Safari. Families can enjoy this self-guided tour around the community of decorated front doors and yards in support of Halloween Doors & More.
Sign up to get the road map and activity sheet.
For more information or to purchase admissions, sign up for the Safari or become a door decorator, visit HDM.CommunityHospice.com or call 904.886.3883.
Halloween Doors & More raises funds for Community PedsCare, Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s pediatric program, while delivering a memorable experience for First Coast families. Community Hospice & Palliative Care established Community PedsCare in 2000 recognizing the special needs of pediatric patients. Services are delivered in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care and the University of Florida-Jacksonville. All proceeds from Halloween Doors & More benefit Community PedsCare.
Community PedsCare is a pediatric palliative and hospice program for children with complex life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. This year more than 190 families will receive support services from a care team uniquely skilled to work with our youngest patients. Community PedsCare services are offered at no cost to families and philanthropic support is needed to ensure availability of services.
The City Commission is seeking public input for its waterfront development effort. At the September 15 City Commission meeting, Mr. Jeremy Marquis of Marquis Latimer + Halback introduced conceptual renderings of the waterfront. The renderings were based upon previous comments received from the City Commission and several other boards and commissions as well as reviewing 20+ years of previous design efforts and feedback.
Mr. Marquis indicated to the City Commission that the concept is based upon overwhelming support for a waterfront greenspace and sunset vistas and incorporates many elements often used to define Fernandina Beach, most notably the wood of the waterfront, the brick of downtown, and the trees of the island.
In general, the concept includes an expanded waterfront boardwalk, an event lawn, a bandshell, and expanded open space. The plan also illustrates a reconfigured Front Street to accommodate on-street parking (no reduction of currently available parking) and the relocation of the waterfront Veterans Monument (slightly elevated and closer to the river). The intersections of Ash Street and Centre Street will be modified to include safety improvements funded, in part, by the Florida Department of Transportation. The re-opening of the Alachua Street crossing at Front Street is also incorporated into the design.
Marquis Latimer + Halback has designed a Community Hub to solicit community feedback. The Community Hub can be reached at this link: https://fernandina.mlhhub.com/. The concept plans for the waterfront can be viewed and downloaded and comments can be offered on a variety of the waterfront components. The Community Hub will remain accessible for public comments until October 18. A summary of the comments will be presented to the City Commission.
The waterfront plans can also be accessed on the City’s website and Facebook page. Additionally, plans developed by Passero Associates to address waterfront resiliency (tidal flooding, storm surge, and sea level rise) can be reviewed on the website and Facebook page.
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Announces A Free Virtual Concert on Sunday, September 20, at 2:00 pm
On Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT the AICMF presents The Christiania Piano Trio in our first Virtual Concert!, The trio will present selected romantic works of Schumann and Mendelssohn. This free concert will be available to view on the Amelia Island TV website (ameliaisland.tv) and the Festival website the (www.aicmf.com). Although you are welcome to watch for free, donations are encouraged to support the AICMF.
Recorded on September 8, 2020, at The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, this concert features violinist David Coucheron, concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO); Christopher Rex, the AICMF’s artistic and general director and retired principal cellist of the ASO; and Julie Coucheron, an acclaimed pianist who tours internationally.
For 19 years, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has provided an increasingly bright light in the cultural landscape of Northeast Florida. As we anticipate the start of an exciting 20th Anniversary Season in 2021, we are working to continue to provide music to soothe our pandemic tired souls.
Please join us in this opportunity to enjoy beautiful music from The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival to you!
About the AICMF
Now in its 20th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the nation’s most respected music festivals. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information, please visit us at www.aicmf.com and Facebook.
Dr. Joe Marasco, Executive Director
2020 Election Information
October 5, 2020
Book Closing Deadline for New Voter Registration
October 19 – November 1, 2020*
Early Voting Click Here for Voting Locations open from 9am to 6pm*
November 3, 2020
Election Day Click Here for Voting Locations open from 7am to 7pm
*Dates, times and locations are subject to change.
** Includes City of Fernandina Beach, Town of Callahan and Town of Hilliard.
Be Bold Go Gold: Join PrimeSouth Bank to Help Raise Awareness and Funds for Childhood Cancer in September
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. For the past few years, PrimeSouth Bank has promoted an annual campaign offering our employees and customers the opportunity to “give back” to this worthy cause. Keeping one of our Core Values, Service, in mind, our Employee Engagement Team has created campaign offering two options to secure donations. Proceeds from the Nassau market will benefit Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital.
For more information and to purchase either a gold ribbon or mask, stop by the local PrimeSouth Bank branch, located at 1500 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach, or call (904) 432-3125.
Option 1: Each Branch will offer Gold Ribbons for a $1.00 donation:
Option 2: Each branch will offer BE BOLD GO GOLD masks for a donation of $5 or more:
Rayonier is hosting the OneBlood bus at Wildlight on Wednesday, September 16th from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM in front of the Rayonier building, located at 1 Rayonier Way in Yulee, Florida.
As you know, hospitals have resumed elective surgeries, triggering a surge in blood needs. Donors are needed now for critical patient care and community recovery that lies ahead. Donate Blood and find out if you have the COVID-19 antibody within approximately 48–96 hours*. The antibody test is authorized by the FDA and will indicate if your immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether you ever showed symptoms. Plus, all donors will receive a One Blood Cancer Awareness Socks, plus wellness checkup including COVID 19 antibody test, blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol screening.
Click the link to make your appointment: OneBlood at Rayonier
Tips to a successful blood donation: Drink plenty of water regularly and 16 oz before your appointment. Also, eat a meal at least 2 hours before your donation; 10 days prior to donation include red meat in your diet (2-3 meals) and be sure to eat broccoli.
After donation: to avoid dizziness no heavy lifting or vigorous exercise the rest of the day, grab a healthy snack, and drink plenty of water.
On Thursday, September 10, 2020, Halsey Beshears, Secretary for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, issued Executive Order No. 2020-10, to allow alcohol vendors to operate under guidelines outlined in Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery was established by Executive Order No. 20-139, issued by Governor DeSantis on June 3, 2020. A copy of it can be found at: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-139.pdf.
According to the DBPR website, bars and other alcoholic beverage vendors may resume sales of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, September 14, 2020, provided that that the operations comply with the parameters of the Phase 2 Plan. Vendors can operate at 50% of the facility’s indoor patrons, allow bar service to seated patrons, and permit outdoor seating and service with appropriate social distancing. For additional information, please visit: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/press-releases/.
DBPR Secretary Halsey Beshears stated, “In meetings with hundreds of owners of bars and breweries across the State, I’ve heard their stories of struggle, and I’ve observed their serious commitment to making health and safety a continuing priority in their businesses. It’s time that we take this step, and it’s vital that we start moving forward with this sector of our hospitality industry who have endured one of the toughest paths for sustaining a business during this pandemic.
If you have any questions, please contact the County Manager’s Office at (904) 530-6010.
On December 19, 2018, the Board of County Commissioners formed a Beach Community Working Group to review current beach related Ordinances and use of the beach. A total of sixteen (16) meetings were held in 2019. Hundreds of individuals appeared at meetings and hundreds more sent emails expressing concerns about a myriad of issues including but not limited to, items left on the beach, horseback riding, safety issues, and littering. However, most of the concerns related to beach driving and unregulated camping.
After a year of meetings and thousands of testimonies, it became abundantly clear that the current Ordinances are not working and that changes need to be made to protect the citizens, environment and wildlife. The Beach Community Working Group presented their recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners at a Workshop held on January 16, 2020.
Following the Workshop, the Commissioners held individual meetings with the County Manager, Mike Mullin; Assistant County Manager, Taco Pope; Public Works Director, Doug Podiak; and Butch Osborne, Director of Operations for the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. During these meetings, the Commissioners further discussed the recommendations made by the Beach Community Working Group and provided input about language they would like included in the final Ordinance. A public hearing was initially scheduled for March 23rd, however that was postponed due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s orders to suspend in-person quorums for local government meetings.
The Board of County Commissioners has worked hard to find ways to address concerns that have been brought forth. While they want to maintain the customary uses of the beach that make our County unique, they also want to ensure we are being good stewards to the environment and eliminating some of the unwelcomed behavior that is threatening the safety of our residents and wildlife and impacting the quality of life for those who live nearby.
A public hearing to consider a new Beach Ordinance will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers located at 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097. The public is welcome to attend. Additional measures have been established to allow for social distancing. This includes additional seating and video monitors outside the Commission Chambers.
You can also participate remotely using the following options:
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The meeting agenda containing the proposed Ordinance will be published on our official website at www.nassaucountyfl.com by the close of business today.
If you have any questions, please contact the County Manager’s Office at (904) 530-6010.
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