The Board of County Commissioners is currently seeking Nassau County residents who own homestead property and meet other criteria below to serve on the Value Adjustment Board (the VAB). One resident will serve as a member on the VAB, and another resident will serve as an alternate member on the VAB.
The purpose of the VAB is to hear appeals regarding property value assessments, denied exemptions or classifications, ad valorem tax deferrals, portability decisions, and change of ownership or control. Taxpayers or their representatives file petitions with the VAB clerk in the county where the property is located. The VAB is an independent entity not affiliated with the property appraiser or the tax collector.
Per Florida Statute 194, appeals will be heard before the VAB’s appointed Special Magistrates who will make recommendations to the VAB in order to render a final decision.
The Board consists of the following:
The VAB holds meetings as needed. Board members do not receive any compensation for their time and/or travel. Board members are required to file financial disclosure.
If you are interested in serving, please submit a resume to email@example.com by October 30, 2020. Resumes will be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners in November for review and consideration.
For more information regarding the Value Adjustment Board, please contact the Nassau County Clerk of Courts by phone at (904) 548-4662 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fernandina Beach Main Street
October 25, 2020
It is with great pleasure that we announce our new Executive Director for the Fernandina Beach Main Street organization. Lisa Finkelstein will be joining us effective November 2, 2020.
Lisa has owned a second home here in Fernandina Beach for many years and had recently decided to make this her permanent home. Lisa owned Attick’s Inc., a wholesale floral importing/distribution business which was started by her parents in 1975. She has been on several non-profit boards including the CAN DO Economic Development Corporation and the Conyngham Valley Civic Organization.
Lisa was most recently the Assistant Scout Executive for Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. During her tenure with the BSA, she supported volunteers in all aspects of the Scouting program with youth and adult recruitment, fundraising, training, and activities. Most recently, she was responsible for special event fundraising, grants, and working with individual donors to support the local Scouting program. Lisa has been active in Rotary International since 2007.
Lisa and her husband, Mark, have two sons. One currently living in Kampala, Uganda and the other in Denver, Colorado. They also have one grandson, Max.
We welcome Lisa and her family to Fernandina Beach fulltime and to Main Street. We believe that Main Street will thrive under Lisa’s direction and that the businesses and historic resources within the Main Street district will all benefit greatly from her experience.
During her first couple of months, she will transition work from Arlene Filkoff who served as the Executive Director of the program since 2017. Arlene will be retiring December 31, 2020. Fernandina Beach Main Street thanks her for all her hard work and dedication to our program. We wish her and her husband Steve the best in their retirement.
Starting Oct. 26, the following change will be in effect for bluefish:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regulations for bluefish do not extend into federal waters of the Atlantic.
This change was approved at the July Commission meeting.
Bluefish from Maine through the Atlantic coast of Florida make up a single population. A 2019 federal stock assessment found that this Atlantic population of bluefish is overfished. Because of the assessment results, federal fishery managers adopted more restrictive recreational bag limits in Atlantic federal waters, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission requested states implement similar regulations.
Learn more about bluefish recreational regulations at MyFWC.com/Marine by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Bluefish,” which is under the “Regulations By Species – General Species” section.
Starting Point Is One of Only 20 Selected for A National Project on Trauma, Racism, and Resilience-Oriented Care
The Only Provider in Florida Chosen
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare (SPBH) is one of only 20 providers nationally – and the only one in Florida – chosen to participate in the Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Equity Call to Action Community of Practice, sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health. This project will provide training to SPBH staff from a national team of experts to help them provide more informed treatment to individuals affected by trauma and/or systemic racism.
“Because there are a limited number of slots available for this training, Starting Point faced a very competitive process to become approved,” said CEO Dr. Laureen Pagel. “This recognition reflects the commitment we have to providing care to clients with the latest approaches. We know that trauma can often be intergenerational, and it can also be the result of lifelong systemic racism. Knowing how to identify and treat these issues will help our clients during their therapy. It also educates and informs our own staff, so they can identify these issues in their own lives.”
Once the 12-session training is complete, Starting Point’s mental health professionals will have a completed plan to educate staff on the effects of trauma, micro-aggressions, inequity, and systemic racism for the individuals they serve.
“This is a 12-month learning collaborative focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion,” Dr. Pagel said. “I am very proud that this has been an effort driven by our own staff. Our Diversity Steering Committee completed this competitive application process and will be the core implementation team. This is a very exciting opportunity for our organization.”
“Trauma-informed, resilience-oriented care asks not, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ but, ‘What happened to you?’ and ‘What’s strong with you?’, “ she said.
Today, we celebrate and acknowledge our Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, a national day dedicated to ‘support your local Chamber of Commerce’.
One organization that has championed our businesses during both prosperous and challenging times is our local Chamber of Commerce, a membership-based organization of business professionals who live and work in Nassau County.
During COVID-19, The Chamber has been confronting the challenging issues and talking to local, state and federal representatives to advocate for the needs of our business community. As soon as business owners needed to make decisions during this pandemic, The Chamber was the trusted resource for information and disseminating critical updates. We connected people to resources and transitioned opportunities to virtual platforms to keep partnerships and services growing.
This is nothing new for our Chamber – as members we receive the benefits of advocacy, networking, credibility, partnerships, business education and promotion, however during this unprecedented and difficult time, these resources have been available to all businesses in our community.
Now, more than ever before, your Chamber of Commerce is trumpeting the needs of our members and communities. Every step of the way, the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is diligently monitoring and, as needed, influencing policy so that the needs of businesses are addressed with the urgency and leadership that this pandemic warrants.
I am proud to serve as the 2020 Chairman of the Board of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce.
Ed Hubel, Chairman
Nassau County Chamber of Commerce
The Institute for County Government (ICG) presented Nassau County Commissioners Aaron Bell and Thomas Ford with the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by ICG.
Commissioner Bell stated, “I highly recommend the Advanced County Commissioner Program to any Commissioner wishing to expand their knowledge and maximize their leadership skills. I personally feel the information learned will make me a better advocate for the citizens I represent”.
Commissioner Ford added, “The ACC Program provided an opportunity for me to hear about issues other counties are facing and learn from their experiences. The complexity and the diverse subjects have given me invaluable knowledge”.
Launched in 2006, the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) education program is an advanced leadership program designed for graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) program.
The course content focuses on leadership with an emphasis on the future of Florida. Participants are tasked with preparing for the future by thinking and acting anew and asserting skillful leadership in times of daunting challenges and rapid change.
“Through this program, veteran commissioners from across Florida are able to work collaboratively on the state’s most pressing challenges,” said the Institute for County Government’s Executive Director, Eric Poole. “Those that choose to participate are further prepared to meet the unique demands of a public servant.”
The ACC program is organized as a series of three seminars, with 27 total hours of course work. Participating commissioners must commit to fully participate in all three seminars in order to graduate.
The University of Florida/IFAS Extension sponsors ICG’s educational programs. For more information about ICG or the ACC program and courses, visit ICG’s website at https://flicg.org/.
For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.
If you have any questions about the Advanced County Commissioner Program, please contact Jennifer Laxner with the Florida Association of Counties at (224) 216-3744.
Six new decorated model homes by Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes Coming Soon
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2020) – GreenPointe Developers, LLC, Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes recently celebrated the start of construction on six new model homes at Tributary, North Florida’s best new master-planned community.
“We anticipate high demand for our distinctive home designs from our premier builder team at Tributary,” said GreenPointe’s North Florida Regional President Mike Taylor. “Our community will offer a wonderful environment with a convenient location, miles of scenic nature trails, direct access to the river and exceptional amenities. We look forward to welcoming future homeowners to North Florida’s most exciting new community.”
Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes at Tributary 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 will feature six model homes, two from each builder, showcasing open concept designs, 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 and pre-sales are underway. Tributary’s model home village will open in early 2021.
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 private on-site amenities including The Lookout, a lakefront resident clubhouse with a resort-inspired pool and relaxation areas. Workout warriors will appreciate the state-of-the-art fitness studio while the younger crowd will delight in the Adventure Zone tot-lot and array of sports courts. The community’s furry friends will adore Pawsome Park.
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 will include baseball and multi-purpose fields, a kayak launch, concessions, and multi-purpose trails. Tributary will always have an adventure waiting to be taken.
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. The community’s location is two exits north of the Jacksonville International Airport and River City Marketplace, a regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The historic town of Fernandina and the beautiful beaches of Amelia Island are located east of Tributary on Scenic A1A/SR 200. Tributary is near dining, shopping, recreation, medical centers, services and more.
For more information about Tributary and the community’s builder team, visit www.TributaryLiving.com or call 904.299.6124.
10/13/20 @ 1:30 p.m. - At the Monday, October 12, 2020 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2020-166 declaring the week of October 18 through October 24, 2020 as Breast Cancer Awareness Week in Nassau County, and proclaiming Wednesday, October 21st as "Pink Day".
Resident and survivor, Jennifer Freeman Suggs, was in attendance to accept the Resolution. She was just 38 years old when she was diagnosed. She had her annual wellness exam just a few months prior and everything was normal at that time.
She stated, "I encourage everyone to do self-checks. Early detection is key... it could save a life. It saved mine". Ms. Suggs stated that she will share and help anyone else battling breast cancer. Click here to learn more about Ms. Suggs' journey through her FaceBook page, Jen's Fight Club.
All Nassau County residents are encouraged to wear pink on Wednesday, October 21st to promote breast cancer awareness and to remind everyone of the value of early detection.
County Manager's Office
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
“The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued. “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds. We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.”
“Nothing will stop the Trump Administration from supporting great American businesses and our great American workers. The Paycheck Protection Program has been an overwhelming success and served as a historic lifeline to America’s hurting small businesses and tens of millions of workers. The new form introduced today demonstrates our relentless commitment to using every tool in our toolbelt to help small businesses and the banks that have participated in this program,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza. “We are continuing to ensure that small businesses are supported as they recover.”
SBA and Treasury have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly.
SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers on October 2, 2020. SBA will continue to process all PPP forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.
Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.
Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.
Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.
The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners recently designated a portion of the funds from the CARES Act to be used for the distribution of sanitizing supplies to local businesses and reimbursement funds for disinfectant foggers to certain qualifying businesses. Sanitizing supplies will be available to all local businesses free of charge on a first-come-first-serve basis. “Providing these programs for the Nassau County business community is critical to the ongoing efforts to assist our citizens, community partners, and businesses recover in these unprecedented times. We are extremely appreciative to the Chamber Board of Directors for the opportunity to partner and execute this program.” Taco Pope, County Manager.
Three distribution dates and locations have been established, making it easier for all businesses throughout Nassau County to access difficult to acquire sanitizing supplies. Each business will be provided supplies based on the number of employees and materials will be available until all supplies have been distributed. Businesses must bring a copy of either their utility bill or Florida Division of Corporations 2020 registration to receive free supplies. The provided document must show the name of the business and a Nassau County address.
Supplies will be distributed on the following dates and locations:
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 8:00-11:00 A.M.
Eat The Frog Fitness parking lot
1531 Sadler Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Monday, November 9, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 A.M.
The Journey Church parking lot
95707 Amelia Concourse
Yulee, FL 32097
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 A.M.
West Nassau Historical Society parking lot
45383 Dixie Avenue
Callahan, FL 32011
Daycares and Hospitality businesses may participate in the reimbursement program by submitting a receipt for a disinfectant fogger. For more information and restrictions, please contact the Chamber of Commerce.
According to Regina Duncan, President of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, “This program, coupled with the recent distribution of small business grants, will play a significant role in the recovery of our business community. We are pleased to partner with Nassau County to aid the entire business community.”
Supply distribution is available for every Nassau County business. For more information about this program, please contact the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce at (904) 261-3248 or at info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com.
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