Nassau County Insider
March 2, 2021
Yesterday afternoon, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-47, expanding eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 Vaccination. The County can now vaccinate the following groups:
Nassau County Emergency Management has implemented a second “waitlist” to schedule appointments specifically for:
Links to both waitlists [can be found by clicking on the icons below.]
If you have any questions, please contact Emergency Management at (904) 548-0900.
NOTE: The previous Executive Order allowed for hospitals to issue vaccinations to persons whom they deemed as “extremely vulnerable”, regardless of their age group. The new Executive Order now allows for certain physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and pharmacists to administer them to extremely vulnerable individuals as well. The County, however, can only administer vaccines as outlined above. We will continue to administer them as directed by the Governor.
Amelia Community Theatre
Submitted by Linda McClane
March 1, 2021
Amelia Community Theatre presents a comedy production for the entire family on March 5 and 6 on the main stage at 207 Cedar Street. The Peppermint Players, adult actors who perform theatre for young audiences and the “young at heart,” will perform two 30-minutes shows that entertain and introduce children to live theatre.
The first play, “All at Sea,” takes place on the beach. A fisherwoman has reeled in a blob of pollution by the name of Polly who is made up of plastic bags, soda cans, and all sorts of trash. Polly tries to help a shrimp who is being chased by a grouper and encounters a trucker turtle and surfer pelican. They all ponder the solution to pollution, and how they can protect sea creatures. The cast includes Pat Henderson, Jayne Jeney, Kay Stephens, Peggy Strickland, Jennifer Webber, and Sue Weiner.
The second show is an old-fashioned melodrama called “The Marshmallow Mystery or Marvin, Grab that Music Box because the Villain Can’t Carry a Tune.” In typical melodrama fashion, there is a villain and a hero, and the audience participates with cheers and boos as encouraged by a cat named Mellow Drummer. The melodrama cast includes Ellen Blair, John Chastine, Pat Chiarelli, Diana Herman, Billy Powell, and Chris Twiggs.
Both shows are written by Mary Leonard Hurt, retired artistic director at ACT who founded the ACT Peppermint Players in 1981. For many of ACT’s 40 seasons, the Peppermint Players performed for thousands of children and adults at daycares, preschools, elementary school, and senior centers throughout Nassau County.
ACT is excited to bring the community the 2021 version of these Peppermint Players shows, with options for in-person attendance with socially distanced seating and masks required, and livestreamed performances. Shows are at 7 p.m. on March 5 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 6. In-person tickets are $5 for children/students and $10 for adults. Livestream tickets are $5 for an individual and $15 for a household.
ACT Box office hours are from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Call 904-261-6749 or visit the theatre website, AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org for tickets and information.
Barberitos, a fast-casual burrito restaurant with 50 locations across the Southeast, named Kate and Bobby Wilder as its 2020 Franchisees of the Year Award recipients.
The award was presented at the chain’s annual National Franchisee Convention held virtually Jan. 27.
The Franchisee of the Year Award recognizes a franchisee for overall sales, active participation in its community, creating a positive work team environment, encouraging team members, utilizing the Barberitos App, involvement in Barberitos corporate initiatives, attending Barberitos webinars and meetings, and embodying the Barberitos’ brand.
These characteristics support Barberitos’ mission statement to serve others with a focus on food, community and people. The Wilders’ own four Barberitos’ locations that include the restaurants at 1519 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach and 463867 State Road 200 in Yulee. They also own restaurants in Jacksonville and St. Marys, Ga.
“To win this award is a tremendous honor, and we are so thankful for our incredible teams at each location that played such an integral role in us receiving this recognition,” Bobby Wilder said. “Even more so during this difficult year, it has become our passion to make a difference in the community serving our fresh, healthy food and providing firstclass customer service.”
Barberitos is a Southwestern Grille dedicated to serving farmfresh, high-quality food in a fastcasual restaurant environment. Many of the restaurants’ menu items are prepared or cooked in-house daily, including handsmashed guacamole, homemade salsas, fresh-cut vegetables as well as chicken, steak, turkey, pork, tofu, rice and beans.
“Kate and Bobby always believe in the brand and embody everything we value in a franchisee,” Barberitos founder and CEO Downing Barber said. “During 2021, we hope all of our operators can make as big an impact in the community as the Wilders have done.”
For more information about Barberitos, visit www.barberitos.com.
Barnabas Center will be opening a second New to You Resale Store in Yulee in late spring 2021. Income earned from sales throughout the Yulee store will help support expanded services in west Nassau county. This includes medical and dental care, food assistance and crisis assistance.
The Yulee New to You resale store will be located at the corner of US-17 and State Road 200. In addition, donations of gently used clothing, furniture, household, and other items are currently being accepted at New to You Resale Store’s Fernandina Beach location at 930 South 14th Street.
For more information, call Barnabas Center at (904) 261-7000.
Steps to Promote Equitable Relief for Mom-and-Pop Businesses
February 22, 2021 | Release Number 21-17
Contact U.S. Small Business Administration at Press_Office@sba.gov
WASHINGTON – Building on a month of strong results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses.
The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding opened one month ago and already the Biden Administration has succeeded in making major improvements to the program’s implementation:
These simple progressive steps by the Biden-Harris Administration further demonstrate the commitment to racial and gender equity, reaching low and moderate-income, rural, urban, and other underserved areas. The SBA will:
These actions will help to lay the foundation for a robust and equitable recovery for small businesses across the country. Small businesses employ nearly half of the American workforce; they create 2 out of 3 net new private-sector jobs; they reinvest 68% of revenues to build and sustain communities. Borrowers can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program by downloading the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application and working with a participating PPP lender through the SBA Lender Match tool.
Through SBA’s nationwide district offices, the Agency will work in close partnership with the Administration to further leverage its resource partner network and expand on multilingual access and outreach about the PPP. Updated PPP information, including forms, guidance, and resources is available at www.sba.gov/ppp and www.treasury.gov/cares.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
February 21, 2021
Starting March 1, the following changes will go into effect for flounder:
The Commission approved these changes at its December 2020 meeting because a stock status update suggested that the flounder fishery statewide has been in a general declining trend and is likely overfished and undergoing overfishing on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Other south Atlantic and Gulf states have also reported declines in flounder populations and have been making their own regulation changes.
Learn more about flounder regulations at MyFWC.com/Marine.
Fernandina Beach Main Street will hold a Social Media and Online Sales panel discussion on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 9 to 10:30AM. This event will have limited space for in-person attendance at Fernandina Beach City Hall.
Panelists will share their experiences and provide tips for business owners and managers to use in their marketing and sales operations. The panel includes Nathalie Wu from Wicked Bao, Theresa Duncan from Villa Villekulla Toy Store, Lori Osborne from BizBolster Web Solutions, and Jenny Schaffer from Summer House Realty. Each brings expertise and experience in different areas within the professional, retail, food service, and technical fields. Kristi Dosh, lawyer turned sportswriter, personal branding expert, and author, will lead the panel through a discussion on which social media channels you should use, how often and when you should schedule posts, using reels and live video, and what’s important in a website plus much more. There will be time for Q&A as well.
This free event is open to all local businesses with limited in-person seating and an online option. In order to adhere to all government and health department guidance, masks will be required while indoors and social distancing will be in effect.
The panel discussion is free however, pre-registration is required. You can register at www.fernandinamainstreet.com. Please contact Lisa Finkelstein at email@example.com with questions.
Fernandina Beach Main Street is part of the National Main Street Program that includes more than 1,200 communities – large and small, rural and urban – in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the main street program is strengthening communities through preservation-based economic vitality in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. It is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Fernandina Beach Police Department
James Hurley, Chief
February 18, 2021
After a delay of nearly a year due to the global pandemic, members of the Fernandina Beach Police Department were rewarded by the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation with our agency’s 5th Re-Accreditation Certificate. The latest assessment of our agency took place in December and the full commission met today via Zoom with Chief Jim Hurley, Deputy Chief Mark Foxworth, and Captain Jim Norman for a final presentation and vote, and our acceptance of our most recent certification, which will next expire in 2023. The police department was first accredited in 2005.
Being accredited means that in the delivery of police services, the members of the FBPD practice the elements of 195 standards which are considered as best practices for law enforcement agencies. These standards are set by the commission, which is comprised of police chiefs, sheriffs and criminal court judges as well as city and county managers from throughout Florida. Our own Sheriff Bill Leeper is currently serving on the commission.
Barnabas Center Nassau
Submitted by Alexandra Winsor
February 18, 2020
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce awarded Barnabas Center the Nonprofit Business of the Year. Wanda Lanier, President and CEO of Barnabas accepted the award on behalf of Barnabas Center.
The purpose of the chamber awards is to highlight individuals and businesses who work hard to provide important services to the Nassau County community. Barnabas extends its appreciation to those who continue to support its mission to provide help and hope to the many people in need in our community, especially throughout the coronavirus crisis.
Maureen Paschke, Barnabas board member, nominated Barnabas Center for the Nonprofit of the Year Award. “Barnabas has been and continues to be a lifeline for vulnerable Nassau residents.” Said Paschke. “As people struggle to maintain their quality of life during this unanticipated and extraordinary national crisis, Barnabas is keeping them afloat as they navigate income loss, health concerns, food insecurity and economic strife.
Barnabas Center is Nassau County’s only comprehensive service organization that addresses critical issues of access to affordable health care, hunger and homeless prevention for individuals and families with incomes at 200 percent or below the Federal Poverty Level. Its programs collectively address the short- and long-term needs of individuals and families in crisis so they can become healthy, productive citizens, thereby strengthening the entire community.
For more information about Barnabas’ programs, please visit our website at www.BarnabasNassau.org.
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