12/1/22 @ 10:00 a.m.
Nassau County has received a State-wide Award of Merit in the Neighborhood Planning category from the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter for its Timber to Tides Initiative [State Road 200/A1A Corridor Master Plan]. This is now the 2nd State-wide award and 3rd overall award the County has received for the Initiative.
The Timber to Tides Initiative is the culmination of extensive public engagement and application of best practices to re-envision what the State Road 200/A1A Corridor from Police Lodge Road to the Amelia River has the potential to become over the coming decades and then produce a realistic, obtainable, and incremental Action Plan that sets the community on an evolutionary course to reach their defined vision and goals. The results were not only uplifting and transformational, they were reasonable and obtainable!
The Timber to Tides Initiative is centered on five planning priorities:
Melissa Zornitta, the American Planning Association Florida Project Awards Chair stated, “The Master Plan was a complete envisioning of a new future for this important community corridor; the committee was impressed by the ability to overcome the challenges of Covid-19 in the community outreach and the thorough approach to addressing future issues along the corridor such as view sheds, multi-modal transportation and the need for mixed use nodes.”
Taco Pope, County Manager and life-long resident stated, “This is our home, this where we, as a collective community, have chosen to invest our time, effort, and resources to build a life. Nassau County is what we, as a collective community, make it. We have an opportunity to define a resilient, sustainable, and people-centric future that prioritizes quality-of-life and quality-of-place. While it may seem a daunting task, a collective community moving in a unified direction can be the catalyst for generational change. The future is bright in Nassau.”
The Board of County Commissioner adopted the Timber to Tides Initiative [State Road 200/A1A Corridor Master Plan] vision + planning priorities document and action plan on December 13, 2021 and directed County to staff to move forward with implementation. The referenced document can be found at https://bit.ly/SR200MasterPlan.
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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $5.5 Million for Infrastructure in Jacksonville through the Florida Job Growth Grant
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $5.5 million to the City of Jacksonville through the Governor’s Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to construct a rail spur for the mega site at the Cecil Commerce Center, a 600-acre industrial park that will support the manufacturing and logistics industries. The rail spur will connect the main rail line with the industrial park, allowing the city to attract businesses to the mega site to fuel economic growth. The project is expected to create 500 new jobs and will support new business development in the region.
“This new rail track will make an inaccessible area of the industrial park accessible for businesses in important sectors like manufacturing and attract new businesses to Jacksonville from across the country,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This award is an example of the smart investments we’re making in Florida’s communities to strengthen local economies and expand job opportunities.”
“DEO is proud to stand with Governor DeSantis to announce another investment in Floridians and businesses. Today’s award brings the total to $66.5 million in strategic investments through the Governor’s Job Growth Grant Fund this year alone,” said Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle. “The Cecil Commerce Center project will go a long way for the region, and I look forward to the meaningful opportunities it will create for Floridians and businesses in the Jacksonville area.”
“EFI is very appreciative of Governor DeSantis for his support of public infrastructure and workforce through the Job Growth Grant Fund,” said Enterprise Florida Deputy Secretary Laura DiBella. “This rail spur will have a massive benefit to the Cecil Commerce Center and Northeast Florida as a whole, unlocking a strategic mega site with tremendous job potential. EFI looks forward to working with the City of Jacksonville and all the partners involved to ensure the greatest economic impact is received due to this award.”
“Investing in projects like this rail spur to build upon Florida’s strong transportation network helps to ensure resiliency, supports supply chain operations, and enhances economic growth,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E . “This is yet another example under Governor DeSantis’ leadership of working with partners to develop projects that offer major benefits to the local community, the region, and the state as a whole.”
“The City of Jacksonville is grateful to Governor DeSantis for this funding and we look forward to the expansion,” said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry. “Jacksonville is experiencing record growth and this will ensure we continue to attract new business and potential workforce.”
Last year, Governor DeSantis awarded $6 million through the Job Growth Grant Fund to support the construction of nearly two miles of roadway and extend utilities to provide access to underdeveloped property on the east side of Cecil Airport and Spaceport. This project was designed to attract new aerospace and commercial space companies to the area.
The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is an economic development program designed to promote public infrastructure and workforce training across the state. Proposals are reviewed by DEO and Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), and are chosen by Governor DeSantis to meet the demands for workforce training or infrastructure needs in communities around the state.
DEO and EFI are currently accepting proposals until all funding has been awarded. For more information, visit www.FloridaJobs.org/JobGrowth.
Amelia Island, Florida– Osprey Village senior living is proud to be Certified by Great Place to Work® for the third year in a row. This certification is based entirely on what current employees share about their experience working at Osprey Village.
Osprey Village, a Amelia Island leader in senior living, knows engaged employees are crucial for delivering a premier senior living lifestyle. Whether it's a national award-winning wellness program or person-centered care, each team member at Osprey Village is pivotal to a culture that puts "People First, Always." This certification is a reflection of those efforts. “We are grateful for our team’s overall positive response to the survey,” said Osprey Village’s Executive Director, Allison Bean. “Knowing that an overwhelming majority of our team members enjoy and look forward to coming to work here confirms we are living our purpose as a community, adding value, and improving the lives of not only the members we serve but our team members as well.”
Two programs at Osprey Village have been instrumental in establishing a culture of growth, trust, and support for team members. Evolve, a mentorship program partnering team members with Executive Directors to teach effective management processes, and Rise, which promotes the acquisition of new skills, certifications, and degrees through tuition assistance. If you’re looking to join the team at Osprey Village, visit the careers page: Osprey-Village.com/Careers.
About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience and leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention, and increased innovation. Their organization believes trust is the main ingredient in building a great workplace. Organizations can invest in themselves and their team members by instituting a solid foundation of trust in the workplace culture.
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Osprey Village is an all-inclusive 55+ luxury retirement community with Active Adult, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Rehab services. Osprey Village delivers a lifestyle where members live longer, healthier, happier lives. For more information about Osprey Village, visit Osprey-Village.com.
Baptist Health’s four adult hospitals once again earn “A” grades for safety from The Leapfrog Group.
All four adult Baptist Health hospitals have once again been rated top of the class for patient safety according to a national organization's latest rating. Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, Baptist Medical Center South, Baptist Medical Center Beaches, and Baptist Medical Center Nassau each received an "A" Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2022, which recognizes the hospitals for providing the highest level of safety in patient care.
"Safety and quality are top priorities in every interaction with our patients," said Matthew A. Zuino, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Baptist Health. "We know patients have a choice when it comes to health care and we use many measures, like Leapfrog, to ensure we are continuously evaluating and improving the care we offer."
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit watchdog organization, assigns letter grades A, B, C, D, or F to hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures and their record of patient safety.
The rating takes into consideration:
Results are peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Go here to see details on The Leapfrog Group website.
In addition to this recognition for Baptist Health's adult hospitals, in December 2021, Wolfson Children's Hospital was named a Top Children's Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group.
FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (November 11, 2022) – For the 8th year in a row, Charity Navigator has recognized Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation with its Four-Star Rating.
Charity Navigator, launched in 2001, is a leading nonprofit assessment organization that evaluates charitable organizations in the United States. Its stated mission is “to make impactful giving easier for all.” They rate over 200,000 charities annually and help to highlight the cost-effectiveness and overall health of a charity’s programs, stability, efficiency, and sustainability.
In addition to the top four-star rating and “give with confidence” seal, Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation is among the select few organizations to achieve a perfect 100-percent rating for both Accountability & Finance as well as Leadership & Adaptability.
These scores are based on the independent analysis of a charity’s financial accountability, transparency, and how the funds it receives are used. Our administrative and fundraising costs are lean, which means donations to the Foundation directly support the outstanding programs offered to our members at three local Clubs here in Nassau County.
To learn more about the ratings and metrics please visit charitynavigator.org and for more information on Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County please visit bgcnassau.org.
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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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."
10/20/22 @ 4:20 p.m. - At the Wednesday, October 19th meeting, the Board approved Resolution No. 2022-196 commending Aaron Bell and Resolution No. 2022-195 commending Thomas Ford for their service to the citizens of Nassau County as County Commissioners.
Commissioner Bell began his term on November 20, 2018 representing District 2. Since being elected, Aaron obtained his Certified County Commissioner and Advanced County Commissioner certifications through the Florida Association of Counties. He has also ably represented Nassau County in many forums and Boards, including serving on the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board, Northeast Florida Regional Council and its Board of Directors, Canvassing Board, Value Adjustment Board, Small County Coalition, and the Tourist Development Council.
Commissioner Thomas Ford also began his term on November 20, 2018 representing District 4. Like Commissioner Bell, he also obtained his Certified County Commissioner and Advanced County Commissioner certifications through the Florida Association of Counties. Thomas represented Nassau County on the First Coast Workforce Development Coalition, ADA Committee, St. Mary's River Management Committee, Canvassing Board, Value Adjustment Board, Florida Association of Counties, North Florida Transportation Planning Organization, Essential Housing Advisory Committee, and the Small County Coalition.
Both Commissioners' terms as County Commissioner will end on November 21, 2022. We commend them for their exemplary service and their dedication to the County and its residents.
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10/20/22 @ 3:45 p.m. - At yesterday's meeting, the Board of County Commissioners recognized Permit Specialist Supervisor, Melanie Liddell, for 25 years of service to the County.
County Manager, Taco Pope, stated, "This morning, we have a very special recognition. Melanie's leadership and experience has been instrumental. She has been placed in a management position and is training the new permit specialists. She also provides guidance every day to the Building Department staff".
Building Official, Keith Ellis, echoed Taco's comments adding, "I can't say enough about Melanie. She's worked for the County for 25 years and I've had the pleasure of working with her for 21 of those years. Melanie never complains and she's a model employee. If I could clone her, I would", joked Keith. "She comes in every day with a positive attitude and gets the work done, no matter what it takes".
Congratulations Melanie! We appreciate your hard work and dedication to Nassau County and its residents.
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Condé Nast Traveler has announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Amelia Island being recognized as the #3 Top Island in the U.S.
Amelia Island’s #3 finish puts it in the company of #1 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and #2 Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
More than 240,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot of the top places they enjoyed this year and can’t wait to return to next. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry, and the full list of winners can be found here.
Gil Langley, president of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, “Notable recognition such as this keeps Amelia Island top-of-mind and attracts curious visitors to our 13 miles of coastline. This is an accomplishment for the entire community and tourism industry.”
The 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at CNTraveler.com/rca.
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