Phase 1 of new Nassau County Regional Park to open Nov. 1
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. (Oct. 31, 2022) – GreenPointe Developers, members of the Nassau County Board of Commissioners and other Nassau County leaders recently celebrated the Phase One completion of Tributary Park with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The new regional park, which will open to the public on Nov. 1, 2022, is located adjacent to GreenPointe’s master-planned community of Tributary.
“As a developer, this is one of those special moments where you see a community come to life and see people enjoying a place that was once only a dream,” said Ed Burr, President and CEO, GreenPointe Holdings. “At GreenPointe, we are committed to making our communities a special place to live while enhancing the overall community, and there is no better example of that than Tributary Park.”
Tributary Park is located on Edwards Road, just west of I-95, and is a result of a public-private partnership between GreenPointe Developers and the Board of County Commissioners. GreenPointe donated more than 40 acres to Nassau County for conversion into a regional park available for all Nassau County residents to enjoy.
“Seeing a new park open up in our community is a dream come true,” said Jay Robertson, Nassau County Parks and Recreation Director. ‘I am certain that Tributary residents and all of their Nassau County neighbors will enjoy this beautiful new park,”
Tributary Park Phase One consists of new a playground, two baseball fields, a batting cage, two multi-use fields, a walking trail, a concession stand, and restroom facility. Future phases will include additional baseball fields, a dog park, a board walk with canoe and kayak launch, multi-use trails, and nature trails.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this wonderful new addition to our park system and we thank GreenPointe Developers for their collaboration.” said Jeff Gray, Chairman, District 3, Nassau County Board of Commissioners. “We look forward to seeing Tributary Park filled with families enjoying this park for many years to come.”
In addition to building Tributary Park and preserving a significant portion of the community’s uplands and wetlands, GreenPointe has donated a site for a Nassau County public school and a fire station.
“As our Tributary community grows, so will the facilities that serve Nassau County, and we are excited to be a part of that,” said Liam O’Reilly, Regional President, GreenPointe Developers. “Tributary Regional Park will be a gathering place for team sports, outdoor fun and community bonding for athletes, fans and spectators of every age, and an asset for those currently living in the community as well as for generations to come.”
The community of Tributary includes residential neighborhoods offering resort-style amenities and has been thoughtfully planned to highlight the community’s premier location and geographical features. The Lookout, Tributary’s lakefront resident social hub and gathering spot, includes a resort-style pool with water features and an expansive sundeck with plenty of space for parties and get-togethers. A separate stand-alone, state-of-the-art fitness center featuring cardio, strength and free weight equipment will delight workout warriors. There is an Adventure Zone tot lot for the younger crowd, pickleball courts and a Pawsome Park for the community’s furry residents. Tributary’s neighborhoods will include family friendly pocket parks, while miles of scenic nature trails will soon provide quick access to the community’s amenities as well as the planned Landing kayak and canoe park, the neighboring protected sanctuary of Four Creeks State Forest and Tributary Regional Park. Tributary is within the Nassau County Public School District and zoned for A-rated schools that are among the best in Florida.
Tributary offers an impressive collection of one- and two-story home designs to meet the needs of every family no matter what stage of life they are enjoying, and home designs by Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes. Many of the neighborhood’s home sites have preserve or lake views. Tributary’s Model Home Village features six designer-decorated models and is open daily for tours or can be viewed online. Homes at Tributary are priced from the $300s.
Tributary is located just west of Interstate-95 on State Road 200. The historic town of Fernandina Beach and the pristine beaches of Amelia Island are located east of the community on SR 200. The community is two exits north of the Jacksonville International Airport and River City Marketplace, a major regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Tributary is near dining, shopping, recreation, medical centers, services and more. For more information, visit www.TributaryLiving.com.
Fernandina Beach, FL October 16, 2022 – Lisa Jones, president of LR, Holistic Life and Leadership Coaching, LLC, is the featured presenter at the American Business Women's Association's (ABWA) Eight Flags Chapter November 8, 2022, meeting. The gathering starts at 5:30 pm at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.
"The holiday season almost always brings increased activity and stress--parties, family and business gatherings, shopping—in addition to keeping our businesses and careers going," says Lillie Marie Rogers, ABWA professional development Co-chair. "Join us as Lisa shares tips for natural ways to reduce stress while running our businesses and growing our careers during the coming holiday season, " she adds.
Lisa is a passionate and dedicated holistic life and leadership coach. As an entrepreneur, wife, and mother of three, she has vast experience and a demonstrated history of working in the Business, Wellness, and Fitness arena. She is the founder of LR Coaching and has worked in Life Development Leadership and Wellness for 25 years.
"Putting in more 'hours' is not the answer to your growth goals. Your path to exponential success means infusing your hours with more quality," says Lisa.
Lisa supports clients by helping them clarify their vision, pushing through self-doubt, and creating more self-confidence to live the life they want. Her motto is "Starve your fears; Feed your dreams."
The Eight Flags Chapter of ABWA meets the second Tuesday of each month starting at 5:30 pm to offer Professional Development via interactive speakers who can impart the motivation and skills we all need to create success in today's business world. Each meeting also offers ample time to network with women from various businesses, skills, and experiences. Please visit www.abwaeightflags.org to learn more and to register for the meeting.
ABWA reminds all women to vote on November 8.
The mission of the American Businesswomen's Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.
The Eight Flags Charter Chapter has been helping Nassau County businesswomen succeed for 53 years.
10/28/22 @ 11:50 a.m.
At the American Planning Association’s Florida Chapter Conference held in Orlando this past August, Nassau County received a State-wide ‘Award of Excellence’ in the Best Practices category for the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan (PROSMP).
The Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan (PROSMP) represents a fundamental shift in how public and private recreation demands are addressed from a county-wide perspective. The PROSMP couples traditional planning and design principles with progressive regulatory standards that treat parks as essential infrastructure similar to electricity, water, and streets. This shift in local public policy has charted a course for developing and maintaining a fiscally sustainable parks system that is representative of all citizens.
County Manager, Taco Pope, AICP, stated, “It is a great honor for the County to receive an Award of Excellence from the American Planning Association. It’s an even greater honor to play a small part in facilitating public policy that will improve the quality-of-life for residents of Nassau County for generations to come”.
The annual award for Best Practices from the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association is given to a project or program that represents “…a significant advancement to specific elements of planning. This category emphasizes results and demonstrates how innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices helped to implement a plan”.
While Nassau County has received several regional and state-wide community planning awards over the past few years, this particular award is Nassau County’s first state-wide ‘Award of Excellence’. The distinction as an ‘Award of Excellence’ indicates that the review panel for the American Planning Association found Nassau County’s PROSMP to be innovative, of superior quality, and transferable to other communities.
Information on the Nassau County PROSMP and implementing legislation can be found at https://bit.ly/NassauCountyPROSMP.
A special thanks to the late Dr. David Barth for all his hard work and efforts. He was instrumental in creating a plan that will serve the residents and future generations for years to come. We encourage residents to view a 2-minute project spotlight/video that highlights the project and recognizes Dr. Barth posthumously on this outstanding achievement. The video can be found on our YouTube Channel at https://bit.ly/VideoPROSMP.
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Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces Application Window and Support Webinar for the Broadband Opportunity Program
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced that the application window for funding through the Broadband Opportunity Program will be open for 30 days, beginning on November 2, 2022, and closing on December 2, 2022. Awards will be granted to applicants who seek to expand broadband internet service in unserved areas. Additionally, DEO’s Office of Broadband will host a technical assistance webinar for rural communities ahead of the application window opening to assist prospective applicants in navigating the application process.
$400 million in total is available through the Broadband Opportunity Program and will be awarded through grants of up to $5 million. This program funds the installation and deployment of broadband Internet infrastructure in unserved Florida communities, providing valuable access to telehealth, economic, educational, and workforce development opportunities to offer a brighter future for all Floridians.
“Broadband infrastructure expansion is vital to the growth of our state’s communities and the Broadband Opportunity Program will allow unserved communities across the state to seek major investments for service expansion that will shape the future of broadband in Florida. The time to prepare applications for this program is now,” said DEO Secretary Dane Eagle. “I strongly encourage community leaders to use these next 30 days to attend our webinars, receive technical assistance, and develop the strongest possible applications for assistance so that DEO can award funds to communities as quickly as possible.”
DEO’s Office of Broadband will host a technical assistance webinar to provide rural communities with information on the timeline, scoring criteria, and funding and eligibility requirements for the Broadband Opportunity Program. The Rural Technical Assistance Webinar, will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time. This webinar will assist prospective applicants in developing applications for funding. DEO staff will also be available to provide support throughout the application process.
In order to ensure that communities recovering after Hurricane Ian have the opportunity to apply, applicants in FEMA designated counties can request to submit their application past the deadline. DEO staff will be available to assist in this process.
For additional information about the Office of Broadband, or to view the Broadband Opportunity Program’s draft rule, application, and scoring criteria, visit www.FloridaJobs.org/Broadband.
Additional Broadband Efforts
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.FloridaJobs.org.
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), CareerSource Northeast Florida and Patriots for Paychecks have partnered to bring job seekers together with local and regional employers who are looking to fill open positions.
Representatives from more than 100 companies will attend the Fall Career Fair, including:
The Fall Career Fair is open to FSCJ students and alumni, our community’s veterans, military spouses and their families, as well as the general public. Attendees should dress appropriately and be prepared to share an updated resume.
To see a complete list of employers and the pre-fair workshop schedule, visit fscj.edu/careerfair.
Thursday, November 3, 2022
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FSCJ Advanced Technology Center
401 W. State Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
10/27/22 @ 1:25 p.m. - The Board of County Commissioners would like to invite you to attend a Grand Opening Event for the Nassau Crossing Park located at 77480 William Burgess Blvd.
The park currently includes 2.5 miles of multi-use trails, children's play equipment, restrooms, picnic area with gazebos, outdoor fitness stations, open green space and a community plaza with a train caboose. Coming next year are two multi-use fields, nature outlooks, a water feature, and a dog park.
This park is the result of a public-private partnership between the Board and developer, Matovina & Company. Matovina & Company donated the land and funded construction of the 15 acre park. We are grateful for these partnerships as they allow amenities to be built quickly and at a more affordable rate.
At the Groundbreaking Ceremony held on September 27, 2019, Greg Matovina stated, "We are proud to partner with Nassau County to meet the recreational needs of current and future residents of the County."
The Board of County Commissioners looks forward to celebrating with the community on Saturday, November 5,2022 at 10:00 a.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Parks & Recreation Director, Jay Robertson, at (904) 530-6120 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By L. Najimy
$1000 Start-Ups will hold its Annual Celebrate Small Business Fair on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Peck Center Gymnasium at 516 S. 10th St. in Fernandina Beach.
The event will feature over 30 vendors, including the 2022 $1000 Start-Ups Cohort and other local small businesses. The public is invited to come out and support the entrepreneurial spirit of Nassau County and get a jump-start on holiday shopping with unique local items from our small business community.
The event will include music, food, artisans, services, and retail businesses. Admission is free.
$1,000 Start-Ups is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering an entrepreneurship, financial management, and life skills training program at no cost to adults, including up to $1,000 business start-up funding.
To learn more about $1000 Start-Ups mission and programs visit the website at www.1000dollarstartups.org.
10/25/22 @ 3:30 p.m. -Please see the below Press Release from the Department of Health Nassau.
Contact: Jennifer Bothast
[NASSAU, FL] — In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the Florida Department of Health, Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in Nassau encourages all women to receive regular breast exams and mammogram screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. According to Dr. Danso-Odei, Nassau County Department of Health Administrator and Health Officer, “This program helps us better meet the needs of uninsured women who would otherwise not be able to afford to receive these life-saving cancer screenings.” He further explained, “physician referrals are not needed, and women aged 50-64 interested in participation should call the Health Department at 904-875-6110, option 1 to receive information and make an appointment for these services. If a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, this program will follow through with immediate entry into care. Our department promotes awareness through a variety of outreach efforts and collaborations with area churches and other community- based organizations through participation in local events and developing cooperative partnerships with community health care providers.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 21,000 new cases will be diagnosed in Florida this year alone. In 2022, it is estimated that 3,150 women in Florida will die from breast cancer. According to FL CHARTS, the rate of breast cancer incidence was 150.9 per 100,000 females in Nassau County in 2019, which was the most recent data year available, and is much higher than the Florida state rate which was 128.0 during this same year.
Over the past ten years, breast cancer mortality rates in Florida have decreased by 14.8%. Early detection of any cancer is critical to supporting a long and healthy life. Breast cancer is no exception and getting routine screenings is vital to your health. Women are urged to talk to their health care provider about possible individual risk factors and the frequency of mammograms, as well as complete any recommended mammogram screenings.
The Florida Department of Health provides access to free or low-cost breast cancer screenings statewide to women who are uninsured or underinsured, have a low income, and meet the program eligibility requirements. For more information about the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program please visit MakeTimeForScreenTime.com.
Additionally, visit Florida Cancer Connect, a centralized resource hub for cancer patients, caregivers, and loved ones. Florida Cancer Connect provides tools to access a centralized resource of trusted information to help you and your family make informed decisions when it matters most.
About the Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts. To learn about resources in your area, contact your county health department.
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Baptist Health Recognized for Providing Gold Standard of Nursing Care with Fourth Consecutive Magnet Designation
Baptist Health hospitals are among only 9% of nation’s hospitals with designation.
October 24, 2022
Baptist Health hospitals once again received the coveted Magnet Recognition® from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Magnet is considered the gold standard among health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
The ANCC first granted Baptist Health the four-year Magnet designation in 2007; at that time, it was the first health system to simultaneously achieve this distinction for all its hospitals. Baptist Health earned its second and third consecutive designations in 2012 and 2017, respectively.
The renewal of the Magnet designation for the fourth time reflects Baptist Health's commitment to professional development of the organization's staff as well as overall excellence in patient care. All five Baptist Health hospitals, as well as freestanding emergency centers and Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, earned Magnet status.
"Embracing the culture of Magnet elevates the level of care provided throughout the entire system," said Tammy Daniel, DNP, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Baptist Health. "This recognition is a true testament our team members are committed to continuous improvement to provide the highest quality care to our patients."
To earn Magnet status, organizations undergo a vigorous, multi-faceted evaluation. The process begins with an application and written documentation of evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If documentation is deemed excellent, the Commission on Magnet completes a site visit at each campus before voting to determine whether the recognition will be granted.
Magnet redesignation recognizes Baptist Health among the top decile in the country in terms of professional practice and patient outcomes.
"I commend the extraordinary efforts of the Baptist Health team in achieving Magnet status," said Michael A. Mayo, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of Baptist Health. "It takes interdisciplinary collaboration to accomplish this designation and demonstrates our entire team's commitment to excellence throughout the system."
By Cindy Jacoby and Dee Torre-Kaufman
Photographer: Holly Bonner
Nassau Habitat for Humanity Month is ending with a bang as 30 all-women teams compete to win the coveted hand-painted hammers and the prize of highest fundraising team.
Nearly 300 people attended an Oct. 23 event at Mocama Brewery and the New South Food Truck Park. All fundraising goals were exceeded. As of Oct. 25, the $50,000 goal has passed $70,000, and donations are still being accepted.
Participants enjoyed food and beverages, a silent auction, raffles, and a fierce hammering competition on the Fernandina Pirate’s Club ship (stage). The event culminated in the three teams with fastest time taking home one-of-kind hammer trophies donated by Turner ACE Hardware and decorated by the Shady Ladies Art Studio. In first place were the Pickett Pounders (sponsored by Pickett Construction). Second place went to Keeping it Real-l-ty (sponsored by Amelia Coastal Realty) and third place to the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach.
To enter the competition each of the 30 teams agreed to raise a minimum of $1000, but they did not stop at minimum. The highest fundraising team, Pickett Pounders, raised over $6,600. There was a photo finish for the next three spots with Newcomers Hammer Time and Buchanan Builders barely edging out First Presbyterian Church Staff – each team raising nearly $6000.
Nassau Habitat recognized many sponsors at the event, including WestRock, RPM Lumber, First Federal Bank, Pickett Construction and Wallace-Pierson Travel. A full list is available at www.nassauhabitatforhumanity.org.
Special thanks were given to the She Nailed It! Judges: Dr. Kathy Burns, Commissioner John Martin and Mr. Adam Kaufman, and Emcees Mr. John Drew and Commissioner Bradley Bean.
Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will go to fund Habitat Florida’s efforts in the rebuild after Hurricane Ian. All proceeds from the event will go to help build three homes on Elm Street this year. Please visit the Nassau Habitat website for more information on She Nailed It! and how to donate.
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