Submitted by Jay Kayne
August 2, 2021
Wild Amelia is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Photography Contest. This year’s selections in three categories–professional, adult and youth–went through a two-stage judging process. The Wild Amelia board of directors reviewed all the entries and chose the finalists based on content, i.e., pictures which best represented indigenous flora and fauna on Amelia Island. The finalists were then rated by professional photographers on technical merit.
The grand prize winners for 2021 are:
In addition to the three grand prize winners, 13 additional photographs will be featured in the 2022 Wild Amelia calendar. Copies of the 2022 calendar will be available this fall on-line, at Wild Amelia events and at the Atlantic Rec Center.
Wild Amelia’s mission is to educate residents and visitors about the local bioregion and encourage stewardship of the area’s natural resources through events and programs that educate and entertain while promoting a conservation ethic. For updates on the status of program activities, please visit wildamelia.org and Wild Amelia on Facebook.
Testing? Nassau County Health Department is offering Free COVID testing at various sites throughout Nassau County on a walk-in basis. We test those 5 years of age and older. You may also call your doctor or urgent care centers in the community for information on testing. See the calendar for a schedule.
OneNassau is not scheduling COVID-19 Vaccines for the Nassau County Health Department.
Homebound? - Nassau County Health Department has COVID-19 vaccine available to any homebound Nassau County resident. Homebound would be someone that can’t get out of their home without assistance by ambulance or special transportation services. If you or someone in your family is homebound, please call 904-875-6126 for information.
Shots brought to your business/organization? The Health Department will be glad to speak to any business or organization (church, work site, etc) about coming to their site to administer COVID-19 vaccine. For consideration, please call 904-875-6126.
Other vaccine locations? There are many other sites that are offering the COVID-19 vaccine in our community that you may call to obtain the vaccine. Barnabas Center is now offering Moderna Vaccine to anyone in the community. You can call them at 904-261-7000 for information. Additionally, Publix, Walgreens, CVS, and Winn Dixie all offer the vaccine. You may want to check with your primary care provider/doctor to see if they have the vaccine available. You can use the vaccine locator on this site to obtain information of other vaccine locations. Local television and newspapers also have information on where to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.
7/27/21 @ 6:30 p.m. - At the Board of County Commissioners meeting held on Monday, July 26th, Emergency Management Director, Greg Foster, presented the 2021 Citizen's Disaster Guide. This document includes information on various hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, shelter locations, tips on preparing an emergency supply kit, and what to expect if a widespread evacuation order is given.
The presentation also included information about the new Evacuation Zones that were established following a study conducted by Emergency Management, along with the Northeast Florida Regional Council and Florida Department of Emergency Management. The old map had all of Amelia Island and most of the Yulee area under Zone A. As a result, many people off the island who were in Zone A were electing to not evacuate because they felt like their threat wasn't as great as others in that Zone residing along the intercoastal and on Amelia Island. Emergency Management indicated that they’ve also seen a decline in residents on Amelia Island who are willing to evacuate.
The new map now has 3 evacuation zones on Amelia Island which identify areas most likely to be affected by a coastal storm, as well as additional zones throughout the rest of the County clearly outlining where that area falls on the Zone Map. It's important to note that anyone previously shown in a surge zone will still be in a surge zone. Only the letters of the evacuation zone have changed.
Please click here to watch Director Foster's presentation. The discussion of the 2021 Citizens Disaster Guide and new Evacuation Zone Map begins at approximately 48:45.
If you have any questions about the new Evacuation Zones, please contact Emergency Management at (904) 548-0900.
Public Information Officer
Nassau County Council on Aging
Submitted by Liz Dunn
July 27, 2021
“Kerrie Albert, Director of Veterans Services and Community Mental Health, Florida Psychological Associates, will be featured as guest speaker with a presentation on the Veterans Treatment Court. Bob Sullivan, Nassau County Veterans Service Officer, will answer questions and provide assistance.”
The next meeting of Nassau County Council on Aging’s (NCCOA’s) Veterans Helping Veterans Support Group will be Thursday, August 12, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., at the Janice Ancrum Senior Life Center, 1901 Island Walk Way, Fernandina Beach. Guest facilitator Denny Pendergrass, Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 1088, will lead the meeting.
Kerrie Albert, Director of Veterans Services and Community Mental Health, Florida Psychological Associates, will be featured as guest speaker with a presentation on the Veterans Treatment Court. Bob Sullivan, Nassau County Veterans Service Officer, will answer questions and provide assistance.
Veterans Helping Veterans is open to retired, active-duty and honorably discharged veterans and their families. The support group meets the second Thursday of every month from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Joe Murphy at email@example.com.
Consumers can purchase qualifying back-to-school supplies exempt from tax during the 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis, the sales tax holiday begins Saturday, July 31 and extends through Monday, August 9.
During the 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, the following qualifying back-to-school items are exempt from sales tax.
The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.
For more information on implementing the sales tax holiday, please see the Department of Revenue's Taxpayer Information Publication on the 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday or the 2021 Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday FAQs for Businesses.
Nassau County has seen a significant increase in new CoViD-19 cases since mid-June. The Florida Department of Health’s (FDOH) weekly report shows that 445 Nassau residents were newly diagnosed with CoViD-19 between July 9 and July 16. Case numbers are fast approaching the highest numbers seen since before vaccine became widely available in Florida.
CoViD-19 Vaccine is available to all residents over the age of 12 years at no cost through local pharmacies, medical providers, and FDOH-Nassau Clinics. Appointments can be made at pharmacies and physicians’ offices, or residents can walk in at the FDOH Clinics without an appointment on the following schedule:
Residents with questions about any vaccine or their medical care should consult with their personal healthcare providers.
If you have any questions, please contact Nassau County Emergency Management at 904-548-0900.
July 15, 2021
Amelia Island Parkway Properties
This project is not affiliated with any City sponsored initiatives.
Please join us for a public design charrette. Our process always starts with the community. There are no preconceived notions and the design team has not started working on the project yet. You will be joining us at the very inception of the plans. During the charrette, the citizens of Amelia Island, the City of Fernandina Beach, and Nassau County will work collaboratively with the developer and their design team to envision a conservation and neighborhood plan for the future of the property at the intersection of Amelia Island Parkway and Bailey Road.
What's a Design Charrette?
A design charrette is a multiday public workshop and participatory process where all members of a community work directly with a multidisciplinary design team, including town planners, architects, illustrators, and engineers to define a collective vision for the future and create a conservation strategy and neighborhood master plan for the property. Presentations, technical meetings, hands-on work sessions and a pop-up design studio are open to the public at all times.
AMELIA ISLAND, FL – Martex Services, a division of The Greenery, is currently
seeking a full time Business Developer who is self motivated and will aggressively grow
its landscape maintenance business in the Amelia Island/Jacksonville area. The ideal
candidate demonstrates a competitive drive and determination and is up for the
challenge to develop leads and opportunities to close contracts in our new market.
Responsibilities for this position include building and cultivating professional
relationships with developers, property managers, facilities directors, board members,
commercial business owners and key decision makers. The Business Developer will
also identify new leads, opportunities and generate company awareness through
association involvement and community events. The ideal candidate will also meet and
exceed established sales goals.
Qualifications include a minimum of 3 years prior experience in sales. And experience in
the landscape industry is a plus. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and
proficiency in using a variety of computer software applications are required.
Benefits include health insurance, paid time off, dental insurance, 401(k), vision
insurance, 401(k) matching and disability insurance.
The Greenery has been providing professional landscape installation and maintenance
services since 1973. A commitment to providing the highest quality customer service
has helped The Greenery grow into one of the largest and most highly respected
landscape companies in the Southeast. Employee ownership distinguishes The
Greenery from our competitors and fosters an environment that draws some of the best
people in the industry to our company.
For more information about the Business Developer job position, please call Jerry
Ashmore at (843) 592-3818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us Friday, July 30th from 9:00am-9:30am for 'Hot Topics: 5 Things Small Businesses Can Do To Improve Security Posture' at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, located at 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G, Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Our guest speaker is Aaron Weiss, Owner/Analyst of Forensic Recovery, LLC.
Aaron Weiss is the owner and principal examiner of Forensic Recovery. Aaron has testified as an expert witness in federal and state courts, and he has performed forensic examinations on computers and mobile devices for criminal and civil cases nationwide. Aaron has been involved in high-profile cases, and he has been referred by the Secret Service's Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force.
Aaron started his career in computer forensics in 2003 as a civilian member of the Orange County Sheriff's Office's Computer Crimes Squad. He has since received over 100 hours of training related to digital forensics, mobile devices, incident response, and electronic discovery from various known training organizations. Aaron has a Master of Science in Digital Forensics from the University of Central Florida, and he holds numerous peer-recognized competency certificates, including: CompTIA A+ Certified Professional, and CompTIA Network+ Certified Professional.
In 2011, Aaron was hired as an adjunct instructor at American Intercontinental University, where he authored and taught computer forensics and electronic discovery courses as part of a Bachelor degree program specializing in digital investigations. He has since mentored newcomers into the forensics field, and he continues to participate in the local and national forensics communities.
This event is free for Chamber of Commerce members and $50.00 for prospective members. Advanced payment and registration is always preferred. For more information and to register, click here or email info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com.
Mary Gauthier in Concert
Saturday, July 10, 5 pm
Click here to purchase tickets online
“Saved by a Song” Author Talk & Lunch
Sunday, July 11, 12:30 pm
Signed copy of the book & lunch $48
Lunch per person $20
For tickets call us at 904.601.2118.
Songwriters like New Orleans native Mary Gauthier (pronounced GO-shay) know only too well that some of the best music ever written stems from personal difficulties and despair. Her adoptive father was an alcoholic, so Mary and her younger brother, also adopted, also turned to alcohol to numb pain. She had drunk herself unconscious on sloe gin by the time she was twelve, and ran away from home at fifteen after seeing other gay kids like her commit suicide. She celebrated her 18th birthday in a jail cell. After a stint at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Gauthier got the backing to open a restaurant in Boston’s Back Bay, but was arrested again for drunk driving on opening night. This time around, she was finally motivated to get clean and sober. Having been a fan of Patti Smith, she was encouraged by some songwriters she met from the nearby Berklee School of Music to write her first song when she was 30 years old, drawing heavily on her life experience.
Three decades and eleven albums later, Gauthier is recognized as one of Nashville’s top singer/songwriters. All the songs on her latest Grammy-nominated album, “Rifles and Rosary Beads,” were co-written with wounded veterans as part of the Songwriting With: Soldiers organization. “Songwriting saved me,” says Gauthier. “It’s what I think the best songs do, help articulate the ineffable, make the invisible visible, creating resonance, so that people, (including the songwriter) don’t feel alone.”
Mary Gauthier will perform her songs at “An Evening of Story & Song”, Saturday, July 10, 5 pm, at Story and Song, 1430 Park Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL, and will talk about her new book, Saved by a Song: The Art & Healing Power of Songwriting at a literary luncheon at Story & Song the next day.
We’re honored to have been chosen as the bookstore to launch Mary’s new book, and hope that you’ll join us, not only to listen to some remarkable stories, but also to experience a concert performance by a first-class artist.
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