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.
In August, the City’s Conservation Land Trust received its first matching check totaling of $23,180 for the period between February 19, 2020 and July 31, 2020. The City collected an additional $3,100 over the past thirty days which will be eligible for matching by the generous donors. The anonymous donors have enclosed several statements that they wish to make public.
“We are very pleased to send in this check for $23,180 that represents a full match on all donations through July 31, 2020. We chose to satisfy this match roughly halfway through this campaign so that donors can actually see their donations were matched dollar for dollar. This matching program is real, not something just talked about.
We would like to remind everyone that in late May when we increased our cash contribution by 50%, we also retroactively increased the matching opportunity by 50%. The result of this is that those very generous individual donors who gave $1,000 can now give an additional $500 that will also be matched. For organization donors the match increased from $5,000 to $7,500. For example, Amelia Tree Conservancy which contributed $5,000 to the original maximum match of $5,000, is now eligible to contribute an additional $2,500 that we would match. For any individual who has not yet contributed, they can contribute up to $1,500 for a full match. As referenced above, organization donors can contribute up to $7,500 for a full match.
The good news is that with our current match the Conservation Trust Fund has an additional $23,180 to utilize to accomplish its very important goals. The great news is that there are still $126,820 of potential match dollars out there. That’s a lot of potential dollars being left on the table.
We challenge our individual citizens and especially some of our large organizations to step up and write a check to the Conservation Trust Fund. A few months later your check will be matched (subject to the above limits). For most, that’s a 100% return on their investment in the Conservation Trust Fund in a few months’ time. When was the last time you got a 100% return on your investment? Please invest in your community and contribute to that storied quality of life that we all cherish.”
To celebrate the many generous contributions of our community members, the City is compiling video segments from previous donors to detail “Why I donated!” If you are interested in being featured please contact the City’s Digital Communications Specialist at (904) 310-3289 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We would enjoy the opportunity to feature your personal reasons for donating in a future social media post.
Individuals and organizations wishing to donate may direct funds to the “City of Fernandina Beach.” In the reference memo please include “Land Conservation Trust Fund Account# 135-36601 – matching donation.” Checks can be mailed to the Planning & Conservation Department, 204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034. The City maintains a log of donations received and provides updates to the Commission at future meetings. Donations are tax deductible.
More than 44,000 Americans die by suicide every year, ac-cording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Suicide is a devastating blow to friends and family members, who often were unaware of the signs and symptoms that their loved one was thinking about suicide,” said Starting Point CEO Dr. Laureen Pagel. “We feel it is very important to raise the awareness of this issue in our community, and provide helpful information and services to those at risk, or who are survivors of suicide.”
September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, and Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is focusing on this important and emotional subject all month long, including on September 10, which is designated World Suicide Prevention Day. From social media posts to virtual programs on the topic, Starting Point is working to share information with the community and provide tips on suicide prevention to #StopSuicide.
On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Noon, Starting Point will present a virtual program on Zoom titled “Suicide is Preventable: Be the 1 to Help.” The free session is part of its ongoing series called Being Well, Starting Now, a discussion group open to anyone. Registration for the program is at www.SPBH.org.
On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Starting Point has a month-long campaign in September to talk about the subject that is often only whispered about. Additional re-sources are available on the website at www.SPBH.org.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255 (800-273-TALK). If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, contact Starting Point 24/7 at 904-206-1756 (adults) or 904-580-0529 (child/adolescent).
About Starting Point
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,900 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 25 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, visit spbh.org.
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