The City of Fernandina Beach has been named one of the 2019 Healthiest Companies by the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council (FCWWC) as a Gold Level Award winner for the third consecutive year. The Council announced the winners at the 11th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference in Jacksonville on May 8, 2019. The companies who received awards were honored for their commitment to employee health and wellness and for making noteworthy strides to improve the health and well-being of their employees. This is the seventh straight year the City has been recognized by the FCWWC for its health and wellness program. Human Resources (HR) Director Robin Marley and HR Generalists Toni Brown and Teresa Bryan accepted the award on behalf of the City of Fernandina Beach.
FCWWC has four levels of awards. According to their website, Gold Level companies have dedicated resources to ensure their programs are being properly measured each year. FCWWC conducts annual surveys and strategically selects the best programs that meet the organization’s goal of improving the health, productivity, and well-being of its employees.
Marley shared that organizations must meet certain criteria in their wellness plans to be considered for each award level. One of the notable actions the City has taken since 2004 is to plan and execute an annual Health and Benefits Fair which includes free health screenings and helps educate employees about better health management.
In 2016, the City partnered with Baptist Health and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast to implement a wellness program, Personalized Approach to Health (PATH), which assists employees in developing a manageable wellness plan, including a baseline health assessment and information to help them achieve personal health goals. In 2017, the City introduced a new weight loss and healthy living program, “Real Appeal,” for its covered employees and dependents, provided at no cost by its medical insurance carrier.
Marley stated, “The focus of every good wellness program is changing behaviors for the better. With the right education, skills, and support, people are motivated to change and become more mindful of their health and wellness. Since beginning our wellness initiative at the City of Fernandina Beach, we have seen our employees become more interested and actively engaged in wellness, not only for themselves personally, but for one another as well.”
In an effort to recognize the efforts of those involved in preserving our unique architectural resources, the City of Fernandina Beach Planning & Conservation Department, in collaboration with the Amelia Island Restoration Foundation, the Amelia Island Museum of History, and Fernandina Beach Main Street, hosted the Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Numerous nominations were received over a two-month period. The awards received were the following:
Craftmanship: Recognizes traditional method of construction, included but not limited to wood working, wrought-iron work, framing, or plastering, and recognition of the craftperson that completed the work.
Winner: Rob Psulkowski, Built to Last Construction
Phelan-Verot House (116 N. 14th Street) and Lassere House (130 S. 7th Street)
Paint by David Witt Painting
New Construction: Awarded for sensitive design and careful construction of a new structure in either the Old Town or Downtown Historic Districts.
Winner: Gholson Residence (1102 Ladies Street)
Jag & Chris Gholson, Owners
Old Town Properties, Developer
Eric Moser, Architect
Beacon of Hope: Recognizes projects that embody the spirit of preservation through the ongoing care and maintenance of its historic structures.
Winner: Trinity United Methodist Church (715 Ash Street)
Storefront Façade Renovation: Projects that demonstrate sensitive treatment of historic storefronts.
Winner: Miranda Architects
Chandlery Building (201 Centre Street)
Preservation Innovation: Awarded to projects that demonstrate sensitive and creative solutions incorporating issues of sustainability, adaptive reuse and integration of accessibility improvements.
Winner: Summer House Realty (316 Ash Street)
Contractor: Daughtery and Company
Architect: John Dodd
Preservation Champion: Celebrating an individual dedicated to preserving Fernandina Beach’s heritage.
Winner: Arthur I. “Buddy” Jacobs
Keystone Award: Presented to the project that best represents Historic Preservation.
Winner: Amelia Schoolhouse Inn (914 Atlantic Avenue)
Architect: Miranda Architects
Contractor: Tim Young Construction, Inc.
An all-star cast served as judges for the awards: Adrienne Burke, AICP, Esq. Director, Nassau County Department of Planning and Economic Opportunity; C. Gregory Dale, FAICP, Principal, McBridge Dale Clarion; Katherine Beck, Florida Main Street Coordinator; Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation Officer, City of St. Augustine; Don Klima, President, Klima Consulting Group.
The steering committee who helped behind the scenes with gathering nominations, planning the awards event, designing the plaques and more, was comprised of the following volunteers: Salvatore Cumella, Historic Preservation Planner, City of Fernandina Beach; Jose Miranda, Board Member, Amelia Island Restoration Foundation; Theresa Poynter, Downtown Business Owner, Café Karibo and Timoti’s Seafood Shak; Mike Spino, Chairman, City of Fernandina Beach Historic District Council; and Josh Whitfield, Curator, Amelia Island Museum of History.
The ceremony was sponsored by Amelia Island Coffee, Amelia’s Treasures, Café Karibo, the Fairbanks House, the Florida House Inn, Miranda Architects, and Timoti’s.