Nassau County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has adopted by resolution the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Vision Book. The adoption of the Vision Book is the culmination of a community-driven process to proactively plan for the future of western Nassau County, including all of the County west of I-95.
In response to a Fall 2017 Urban Land Institute report on the impacts of growth on Western Nassau, the Nassau County Planning and Zoning Board (PZB) formed a subcommittee, the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee (WNHPC). Five PZB members who live in Western Nassau served on the WNHPC. The committee was charged with discussing the future of Western Nassau, and to work with the Planning and Economic Opportunity Department to determine how they can best assist in planning efforts. The Committee’s logo “Our Heritage, Our Future” echoes the historic Hilliard Poultry Association signage as a nod to the County’s past.
During the process, Nassau County Department of Planning and Economic Opportunity (PEO) facilitated an extensive public outreach campaign to gather input from residents, property and business owners, and state and local agencies to craft their vision for the future. On March 26, 2019, after a full year of community engagement, the WNHPC adopted the following mission statement: The Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee exists because there is a genuine desire on the part of our citizenry to ensure what our name implies–Preservation! We enjoy a rich heritage in Western Nassau County. Through purposeful community engagement, we are driven to gain perspective and insight for inevitable growth. The underlying impetus of our goal is to maintain a high quality of life, preserve rural character, and ensure fiscally sustainable and appropriately controlled development.
The Committee and PEO staff then translated community input into the Vision Book’s goals, objectives, and strategies to be implemented over the planning horizon through 2045. Objectives and strategies relate to community goals including history, natural resources, health, quality of life, recreation, jobs and education, and public spaces and infrastructure. Community partners and other related planning efforts such as Vision 2032 and the County Comprehensive Plan are also included in the Vision Book.
The Vision Book was approved by the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee on October 22, 2019. The full County Planning and Zoning Board recommended approval to the BOCC in November 2019. Last month, the County PEO staff received the Outstanding Public Participation award from the First Coast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association for efforts related to the Western Nassau Vision Book. The WNHPC and County staff extend many thanks to the numerous citizens who took time to attend meetings and events, or stop to talk to staff during community events. The Vision Book is truly a citizen-led plan and would not have been possible without their time and interest.
More information on the work of the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee and the Vision Book can be found at: www.nassaucountyfl.com/westernnassau.
The Nassau County Planning and Economic Opportunity Department is charged with leading long-range and current planning for the community, with a focus on technical planning, implementation and management of the Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan, development and site plan review, and assistance to citizens, the Board of County Commissioners, County Manager and other staff, advisory boards, government agencies, and the private sector regarding growth and development in Nassau County. For more information on our Plan, Code, or current initiatives, visit www.nassaucountyfl.com/planning, call (904) 530-6300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nominations are officially in! The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards process is an opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Nassau County. Congratulations to all of the nominees!
The winners for each category will be announced on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Annual Awards Dinner & Gala, the Chamber of Commerce's biggest event of the year. Tickets are still available, but space is very limited and filling up fast.
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And the 2019 nominees are...
LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
GREEN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
YOUNG BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
CUSTOMER SERVICE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
NONPROFIT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Hubel, FACHE, President of Baptist Medical Center Nassau, as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2020. Ed officially took his place as the Chairman on December 12, 2019 at the Chamber of Commerce's Annual Membership Luncheon.
Ed Hubel has been with Baptist Health since 1986 in various capacities but has served as the President of Baptist Medical Center since 2016. Under his leadership, Baptist Nassau has received an A rating in patient safety four consecutive times. Ed serves on several community boards and as a mentor for future healthcare leaders through the American College of Healthcare Executives and local college and health organizations.
Looking ahead to 2020, Hubel said it was imperative the Chamber embrace change and continue to be precision focused on the mission. "Our membership is changing, and we must find a balance to preserve some of the tried-and-true traditions but also be willing to introduce new ways to engage our business community that are different than what we've done in the past. We must utilize new resources to change and prepare for tomorrow which include collaboration with and learning from our young professionals and preparing for the future of our next generation of leaders and decision makers," said Hubel.
The Board of Directors sets the goals and policy direction for the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce. Its mission is to promote a vibrant business environment and economic prosperity in Nassau County by providing vision, expertise and innovative solutions.
Help students discover their job skills.
Join with other local businesses for a one day event,
Friday – February 21, 2020 at FSCJ - Bean Center – Nassau Room; 76346 William Burgess Blvd, Yulee, FL to showcase the abilities of individuals with disabilities.
Participants will rotate through your workstation, competing with others to complete your job task. Celebrity judges and special guests will cheer on participants and give out awards.
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
Each company will have a station with a job task that a potential employee will complete. Students (14-21 years old) will practice & then compete.
BENEFITS & RECOGNITION
WHAT TO BRING
Set Up: 8:30am
Student Practice: 9:30-11am
Competition: 11:30am – 1:30 pm
Awards – 1:30 pm-2:00pm
Janet Cunningham 904-225-9355 or 904-610-6204
Registration Deadline: January 31st, 2020
Have you ever wondered how people get elected to local office or how to volunteer to help with a political campaign? Perhaps you’re considering running for office yourself but don’t know where to start. The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce announces a new program, “Candidate Boot Camp” which will provide training for those interested in seeking elected offices.
"Candidate Boot Camp" consists of three separate morning sessions, all covering different but important topics; The first session is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2020 and will address running for office, how to engage with the media throughout a campaign and working with political parties. Former candidates, elected officials and campaign managers will be on hand to share experiences and insight. John Delaney, former Mayor of Jacksonville and now working with the Fiorentino Group, will be the special guest speaker.
The second session is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2020 and will examine the rules and regulations of campaigning. The Nassau County Supervisor of Elections office will be on hand to go through the process of filing and reporting.
The third and final session is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2020 and will explore creating a campaign, research, strategy design, fundraising and how to use digital and media outlets.
Each session will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G, Fernandina Beach, Florida. Registration is now open and the deadline to register is January 16, 2020. The cost is $25.00 per person, whether you attend one or all three sessions. The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization with a mission to promote and maintain a healthy business environment and quality of life for Nassau County.
World-Renowned Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter Launches 2020 Season of Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
Anne-Sophie Mutter, universally considered one of the greatest violinists of modern times, will make one of her few North American appearances at the inaugural concert of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s 2020 season on Friday, January 24. She will perform Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Nos. 4, 5 & 9, with her long-time accompanist, pianist Lambert Orkis, one of the most respected American pianists in the fields of chamber and modern music.
This not-to-be missed 7:30 PM performance will be held at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8th St. in Fernandina Beach. Tickets for this and every concert in the 2020 season are available at www.aicmf.com or 904/261-1779.
A fixture on all of the world’s major concert halls for more than 40 years, Ms Mutter was born in the German Black Forest town of Rheinfelden in 1963 to a non-musical family. She began to study piano at five but wanted to play the violin after listening to an album of the Mendelssohn and Beethoven violin concertos that her parents had given to each other as an engagement present. She received her first violin lessons from Erna Honigberger, a pupil of the great violinist Carl Flesch. At the age of nine she commenced studies at the Winterthur Conservatory near Zurich.
Ms Mutter made her professional debut at the Salzburg Music Festival in 1976 at age 14 with the English Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. The legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan invited the young violinist to make her concerto debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at the 1977 Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Their partnership continued in 1978 when Ms Mutter made her first recording for Deutsche Grammophon, an album of Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 3 and 5. Ms Mutter continued to collaborate regularly with von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic to create a landmark series of recordings of violin concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch and Mendelssohn.
She made her American debut in 1980 with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and later debuted in Tokyo (1981) and Moscow (1985). These performances garnered critical acclaim and helped establish her regular presence at the world’s major concert halls.
Ms Mutter has been awarded four Grammys during her illustrious career. One was for best chamber music performance of Beethoven violin sonatas with pianist Lambert Orkis, who will accompany Ms Mutter at her January 24 concert. Three other Grammys were awarded for best instrumental soloist with orchestra. She owns two Stradivarius violins: the Emiliani of 1703 and the Lord Dunn-Raven Stradivarius of 1710.
In 1985, at the age of 22, she was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the following year she was appointed International Chair in Violin Studies at the Royal Academy.
Ms Mutter founded the Rudolf Eberle Trust in 1987 to support the development of gifted young string players throughout Europe. The reach of this initiative was extended worldwide in 1997 after it was incorporated into the Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Then in 2008, she established the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, itself. These charitable institutions provide support for scholarship recipients. Since 2011, Ms Mutter has regularly shared the spotlight on stage with her ensemble of fellows, “Mutter’s Virtuosi.”
Ms Mutter’s commitment to the future of string playing extends to her championship of contemporary music. She has given the world premiers of 27 works composed especially for her by such renowned composers as Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Witold Lutosławski, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm and John Williams.
She also has used her public profile to support and promote charitable causes, notably those associated with the alleviation of medical and social problems. Her benefit concerts have raised funds for Save the Children Japan and Save the Children Yemen, the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society, victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami and nuclear energy disasters, the UK-based Beethoven Fund for Deaf Children, SOS Children’s Villages in Syria, the Leipzig Refugee Council and the “Healing Arts Program” at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha.
Upcoming concerts in the Festival’s 2020 season include A Musical Carnival for Children of All Ages on February 1, followed by county and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs on February 9.
Community Hospice and Palliative Care is hosting a Pet Loss Workshop on Wednesday, December 11th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Nassau County Council on Aging, located at 1901 Island Walk Way, Fernandina Beach, FL.
Losing a pet can be as difficult as losing a family member. Making the loss more difficult is people may not understand this grief and are often times not as sympathetic toward the pet's companion.
This workshop will provide information about grief related to pet loss, offer ideas about what helps with the grief and an opportunity to meet others with similar experiences.
To register, visit petlossworkshop.eventbrite.com or call (904) 407-6464.
Presenter: Jim Monahan, M.Ed.
Jim has over 25 years of experience working with grief and loss. He has a number of grief related publications and has lectured in China, Portugal, Australia and Barbados about bereavement and related topics. Most important, Jim is a pet lover.
Planting Nassau’s Future is a Keep Nassau Beautiful program to beautify spaces in Nassau County. It’s first project is Adopt-A-Tree. To donate, www.keepnassaubeautiful.org/donate/.
Over a five-month period beginning December 2019 and running through April 30, 2020, Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) volunteers, partner organizations, and community residents will plant up to 300 trees in Nassau County.
The Adopt-A-Tree project is launched in response to the loss of trees in Nassau County due to development, weather events and age. Trees may be adopted by individuals, businesses, and organizations, and will be planted on private and public property as approved for the tree species. A limited number of legacy trees will be available for those wishing to donate funds for the planting of a larger tree on public property, and if desired, the donor will receive public recognition. Educational support for the Adopt-A-Tree project is being provided by University of Florida’s Nassau County Cooperative Extension Service. The project is being generously funded through dedicated grants, fundraising activities and private donations.
“Trees are essential to reversing climate change, maintaining wildlife habitat, retaining property values and providing aesthetic beauty,” said Kelley McCarter, KNB Board Secretary and Project Chair, “that is why Keep Nassau Beautiful is introducing Adopt-A-Tree as the first project of its newest program, Planting Nassau’s Future.”
To donate, www.keepnassaubeautiful.org/donate/. For more information on Planting Nassau’s Future and Adopt-A-Tree or to donate a legacy tree, KNB@KeepNassauBeautiful.org or 904-261-0165.
Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc. is working to inspire, educate, and equip individuals, groups, businesses and governments to take action to make Nassau County a place where residents, visitors and wildlife can thrive and experience the beauty of Nassau County. www.keepnassaubeautiful.org
Innisfree Hotels has broken ground on its latest development project, a dual-branded SpringHill Suites and Courtyard by Marriott hotel located at 2900 Atlantic Avenue in Amelia Island, Fla. The hotel company will partner with Main Beach Sojourn LLLP, carrying on a 26-year affiliation of principals associated with the former Amelia Island Care Center located on the site.
The all-new hotel boasts 239 rooms including suites, a resort-style pool deck with in-pool seating, a courtyard with fire pit area and poolside bar, a fitness room, 6,086 sq. ft. of meeting space and a location within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean.
“We’ve had the privilege of being part of the Amelia Island community for the past three years,” says Ted Ent, CEO of Innisfree Hotels. “The growth and development happening on Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island as a whole is exciting, and we’re looking forward to being able to welcome even more guests to the Atlantic Coast.”
This is the second Marriott property in the Innisfree Hotels portfolio, and Ent and his team are partial to the brand.
“They have an outstanding reservation system, unparalleled customer loyalty program
and a robust marketing strategy that spans the entire globe,” he says. “It gives us
confidence knowing we will be offering a top-notch, quality product to our guests.”
Innisfree Hotels was recently ranked by Hotel Business , the top source for hotel industry information according to Harvey Research, as the 40th largest hotel owner and
developer in the United States.
“Our recent ranking at No. 40 is a direct result of our team's dedication to a sustainable
beach-oriented development strategy, our partners and our commitment to providing
fun, memorable experiences to our guests,” Ent says.
The hotel is slated to open in the spring of 2021.
ABOUT INNISFREE HOTELS
For more than three decades, Innisfree Hotels has expertly managed, marketed and
developed dozens of hotels in partnership with many of the world’s most recognized
hotel brands. Today, the company owns or operates over 2,500 hotel rooms, with
approximately 1,573 employees. Innisfree is the largest beachfront hotel owner-operator
on the Gulf Coast.
Innisfree is a triple bottom line company, measuring success not only in profits but also
through its impact on people and the planet. To these ends, Innisfree strives to promote
a culture of responsibility and service to humanity. A value-driven corporate culture
enables the company to have a deeper understanding of the needs of its guests,
partners, and clients, thus delivering service that is synonymous with creating fun and
memorable experiences. To read more about Innisfree Hotels, visit
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