Florida Department of Transportation
June 18, 2021
Today, the Florida Department of Transportation received Outstanding Project Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL) for seven projects throughout the state. Each year, the ACEC-FL, an affiliate of the Florida Engineering Society’s (FES) Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP), recognizes outstanding achievements by its member firms in accomplishing Florida transportation projects.
“Despite the past year’s challenges, FDOT has continued to deliver significant roadway options and solutions to Florida motorists and taxpayers through collaborative innovations. When we leverage partnerships and expand options for Floridians, we improve the quality of life for the community, said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “I applaud our teams for these distinctive awards as they are a direct reflection of FDOT’s commitment to providing safe and reliable infrastructure for Floridians for years to come.” The FDOT projects chosen as the winning projects for the ACEC-FL Outstanding Project Awards are:
Each year, FDOT’s Central Office, Districts and, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise submit projects for consideration. Awards will be distributed at the Florida Engineering Society’s annual conference in August.
MasterCraft Builder Group, Drees Homes and Lennar receive awards
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 2, 2021) – GreenPointe Developers, LLC, proudly announces three of its builder model homes were honored in the Northeast Florida Parade of Homes. Awards were presented to MasterCraft Builder Group for its Thomas Plus model and Drees Homes for its Palmetto model at TrailMark, a nature-first community in St. Johns County. Lennar was honored for its Tivoli model at Tributary, North Florida’s best new master-planned community in Nassau County.
“We are extremely proud of the premier homebuilders at TrailMark and Tributary, and thrilled these models have been honored by the Northeast Florida Builders Association,” said GreenPointe Communities Marketing Director Gaynelle James. “GreenPointe is esteemed for creating communities that offer a lifestyle and environment where people want to live. We appreciate the recognition and we hope it will encourage everyone to visit and learn more about our unique communities.”
The MasterCraft model at TrailMark highlights modern Florida Farmhouse chic design style, infusing a fresh coastal inspired vibe that is elegant without being fussy. This spacious family home’s soft color palette is complemented with comfortable furnishings and rustic accents. Pocket sliding doors open to an expansive covered lanai, dream pool and fire pit in the back yard. The Thomas Plus emphasizes the high standards of quality craftsmanship and choices offered by MasterCraft Builder Group.
The Palmetto at TrailMark by Drees Homes presents magnificent coastal style with open and spacious living areas including a large kitchen with views of the family room and expansive morning room. The luxurious owner’s suite is tucked away and includes an impressive owner’s suite bath. There is a flex room and additional bedrooms on the main level, and a versatile game room space and an additional bedroom and bath on the second level.
Lennar’s Tivoli model at Tributary showcases an open floor plan promoting an airy ambiance. The Tivoli is designed in soothing coastal shades of tapioca pearl, silver mist and taupe. With clean aesthetics evoking the serenity of the beach, the Tivoli model is from Lennar’s Imperial Collection featuring upgraded stainless appliances, quartz countertops and 42” raised panel cabinets. The Tivoli is Wi-Fi certified, a feature Lennar offers with every home it builds at Tributary.
The Parade of Homes may be over, but these beautifully decorated model homes and many others are available for in-person tours or virtual tours by visiting the community websites.
GreenPointe is developing communities throughout Florida. For more information, visit www.GreenPointeLLC.com.
For Immediate Release
May 24, 2021
Alexandria, Va. – Mark VanLoh, A.A.E., Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA), was honored with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Distinguished Service Award today at a meeting of the JAA Board of Directors. The award is presented to airport executives in honor of an exemplary career and contributions to the airport industry.
“For more than three decades, Mark VanLoh has served as a model airport professional, a respected aviation industry voice, and an effective leader in the communities that have been fortunate enough to have his services,” said AAAE Chair Kelly Campbell, A.A.E., Executive Director of Aviation at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. “Mark is the rare breed who has proven adept at getting things done while always being agreeable and respectful. It is fitting that AAAE is honoring him for his dedication, his professionalism, and his significant career achievements.”
The Distinguished Service Award is one of AAAE’s highest levels of recognition. Individuals receive the award as a mark of accomplishments in their professional and personal lives. Respected leaders of their own communities, these individuals also contribute to other aviation organizations, serve AAAE and its chapters, and participate in civic and community affairs. Distinguished Service Award winners exemplify the best in airport management by continually bringing credit to the profession and the aviation community. All DSA winners are Accredited Airport Executives (A.A.E.) and exemplify the standards accreditation seeks to inspire.
VanLoh, who became an accredited airport executive in 1989, has been active in many aspects of AAAE over the years, including continuous involvement at the chapter level and with service on the AAAE Board of Directors, the Policy Review Committee, and the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE) Board of Directors. He has served on several committees, including as chair of the environmental committee, and previously has hosted a AAAE national conference on air service. He is also an active member of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA).
VanLoh is a 34-year aviation industry veteran. He received his pilot’s license while serving in the Army and went to work for Pan Am in New York after graduating from college. While with Pan Am, he supervised the airport operations at several of the airports in the New York area operated by the airline. He has held the airport leadership position in Rockford, Illinois; Toledo, Cleveland, Chattanooga, Kansas City, and Tulsa. As the current CEO of the JAA, he oversees the operation of four Jacksonville-area airports. Mark has been active in the United Way throughout his career.
Nassau County, Florida, May 12, 2021. – One of the annual programs sponsored by the Florida Urban Forestry Council (FUFC) is The Friends of Our Urban Forest Awards program. This program recognizes achievements of organizations and individuals in their efforts to manage, promote, educate, and advocate for urban forests in their communities. Categories for nominations include outstanding professional, outstanding tree advocate or advocacy group, outstanding project, outstanding urban forestry program, outstanding tree ordinance, and lifetime achievement.
The FUFC is proud to announce that Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc. (KNB) is being recognized as the winner of the 2020 Friends of Our Urban Forest Award in the category of Outstanding urban Forestry Program. Through their Planting Nassau’s Future program, the Adopt-A-Tree workshops and Legacy Tree programs have surpassed their original goal of planting 300 trees across Nassau County. The program will continue to provide sustainable, repeatable programs to educate and motivate residents on the importance of Nassau County’s urban forests.
The award was presented at a Nassau County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting by Joe Anderson, FUFC President, where he thanked and encouraged the BOCC and Public Works Dept. for their support of KNB and its programs which help make Nassau County a beautiful, sustainable, and resilient community.
“Keep Nassau Beautiful has demonstrated to FUFC that they take their role very seriously in supporting the future of Nassau County through their urban forestry program Planting Nassau’s Future,” said Mr. Anderson. “Planting Nassau’s Future is building a green infrastructure that does not depreciate, it appreciates.”
“2021 has already surpassed our 2020 success by assisting in the planting of more than 760 trees and 800 Florida friendly flowering plants,” said Lynda Bell, KNB Executive Director. “We are proud to be celebrating our 30th year and we appreciate the community support of our mission to help highlight the beauty of Nassau County.”
For information and to get involved in Planting Nassau’s Future: www.KeepNassauBeautiful.org or 261-0165.
On May 4th, Osprey Village awarded three scholarships to applicants in the Amelia Island area. Winners were invited to join Members for a formal dinner celebration to receive their awards. The Silver Pen Competition has been hosted by Osprey Village’s parent company, The Maxwell Group, since 2012. The Maxwell Group has awarded over $329,750 to high school seniors to assist with their college costs. The goal of the competition is to bridge the communication gap between high school seniors and community Members As a part of their J.O.Y. (Joining Older and Younger) Program.
Members at Osprey Village play an important role as judges of this competition. “The Silver Pen Scholarship is an extraordinary opportunity for our Members to connect with our local community in a meaningful way,” says Matthew Barger, Osprey Village’s executive director. This year the essay topic was “There are many people that can be influential to an individual’s life whether they be someone in history or known personally to that individual. If you could have a conversation with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why? What would you discuss?” All participants were required to submit a written essay of 1,000 words.
This year $3,750 in scholarships were awarded for the top three entries. Congratulations to:
To learn more about the Silver Pen Competition, visit www.silverpen-slc.com. Osprey Village is an all-inclusive luxury retirement community with Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Rehab services. The community’s premier lifestyle helps Members live longer, healthier, happier lives. For more information about Osprey Village, visit https://osprey-village.com/.
Nassau County School District
Submitted by Brent Lemmond
April 20. 2021
While most Nassau County students were enjoying their spring break, it was all business for the 51 Future Business Leader of America (FBLA) students that had earned a spot in the state competition. When the conference ended, Nassau County was well-represented at the awards ceremony. Leading the way was the Public Service Announcement Team from West Nassau High School (WNHS). Team members Destiny Armstrong, Ashton Bacon, and Lacey Libby built upon the success of their district competition win, they took first place and qualified to compete this summer in the national competition.
Students from the Hilliard Middle/Senior High (HMSHS) chapter and the NTCC (Bean Center) chapter also placed. HMSHS 8th grader Aiden Johnson placed 4th in the Digital Citizenship – Middle Level event. Tristan Rodenberry (HMSHS, 11th grade) placed 5th in the Computer Applications event. Logan Douglas, a WNHS senior and NTCC Entrepreneurship student, placed 5th in E-Business.
FBLA chapter advisors from Nassau County schools work hard to coach students, providing leadership and technical skills to prepare students for success after high school. Faith Sims (WNHS), Paul Mizenko (HMSH), and Brian Simmons (NTCC) sponsored this year’s crop of champions.
For more information on this story or any of the Nassau County School District’s Career Education Programs, contact:
Director of Career and Adult Education
Nassau County School District
1201 Atlantic Avenue
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 548-4474 Office
(904) 548-4499 Fax
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 21, 2021) Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, announces the winners of the second annual 2021 Earth Day-themed children’s coloring contest, “Brightening the World.”
The “Brightening the World” coloring contest introduces the concept of Earth Day and how environmental services and proper waste disposal play a significant role in the health and safety of communities throughout the U.S. and the world. The concept of being clean and green is at the forefront of our culture as essential workers, including environmental services workers, keep communities healthy by collecting and following the proper methods of disposing and processing solid wastes and recyclables.
Contest entrants downloaded coloring sheets from the Meridian Waste website and created artwork using any non-electronic medium.
The contest was open to all children across the country within the designated age categories, and there was no requirement to be a customer of Meridian Waste. Entries were submitted from many states, including Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
In the age category from five to seven years old, the winner is Siddharth Pradeep of Princeton, N.J., and in the age category from eight to 10 years old, the winner is Lily Behe of Webster, N.Y.
“When we developed the coloring contest in late 2019, we never imagined the experience would be a pandemic activity. And now, two contests later, we have given children a stimulating, creative outlet to look forward to,” said Wally Hall, CEO of Meridian Waste. “It’s been our pleasure to offer the contest to all children across the United States. This year’s winners come from outside of our current operating footprint. However, we believe it is our responsibility to help educate and inform children about the role everyone has in protecting our environment.”
The two young artists’ work is displayed at MeridianWaste.com/EarthDayWinners. They both won a grand prize, including a custom Meridian Waste truck plaque to display at home and having their artwork printed on a t-shirt and displayed on the Meridian Waste website.
The contest efforts emphasize Meridian Waste’s commitment to a clean and green community by reinforcing the simple joys of children coloring while utilizing technology to save paper and postage with the electronic downloads of the coloring sheets uploading of the artists’ submissions.
March 25, 2021
Although the 64th annual Adrian Awards Gala had to be held virtually last night, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) once again celebrated the tourism industry in style, honoring the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (AICVB) with one Silver Award and two Bronze Awards. The focus of this year’s Adrian Awards was on best practices, innovation and community in categories related to work done in response to the coronavirus crisis. The three awards won by the AICVB were for marketing initiatives that reflect this challenging new tourism landscape, including an augmented reality portal, the “Tourism Gives” program, and the “Moments” campaign.
“To have our marketing team’s work again recognized as some of the best in the world is particularly meaningful this year,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island CVB. “Slashed budgets and unprecedented blows to global travel required us to dramatically alter our marketing strategy, with award-winning efforts to rally our community to help sustain our most vital industry and workforce, and appeal to an entirely new reality for travelers.”
During the 2020 Adrian Awards ceremony, the AICVB received a Silver Award in Digital Marketing for its Augmented Reality (AR) portal. The AR portal is an extension of the 2019 Augmented Reality mobile app program that enables visitors to experience a collection of custom-designed, three-dimensional animations they can bring to life at key locations around the island and through the Amelia Island Visitors Guide.
The AICVB also won a Bronze Award for the “Tourism Gives” campaign (crisis communications), and the “Moments” campaign (integrated marketing). Created in April 2020, Tourism Gives was designed to provide support for the destination’s vital hospitality industry which has been devastated by the pandemic. It grew from efforts to provide the most meaningful assistance possible to local employees and businesses directly impacted by the dramatic drop in travel. The Moments campaign utilized pre-existing assets from the award-winning “Come Make Memories” campaign, and focused on digital advertising.
All winning entries will be accessible in the Adrian Awards Winners Gallery online at www.AdrianAwards.com. Visit the site for more information on the event and competition.
About Amelia Island
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions, and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; come make memories on Amelia Island. For visitor information and online planning, visit AmeliaIsland.com.
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as the Marketing Strategy Conference, Adrian Awards, and HSMAI ROC. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is a membership organization comprising more than 5,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at hsmai.org, HSMAI Facebook, HSMAI Twitter, and HSMAI YouTube.
CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. Receives 2020 President's Award for Commitment to Quality Service and Productivity
Amelia Island, Fla. (Grassroots Newswire) March 23, 2021 In recognition of its outstanding sales production and commitment to quality service, Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently honored CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. with the 2020 CENTURY 21(r) President's Award. The annual award is bestowed upon those independent CENTURY 21(r) offices that earn the CENTURY 21 CENTURION(r) award and the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle award in the same calendar year.
The CENTURION Award is presented to CENTURY 21 offices that achieve or surpass sales production of $2,520,000 or 445 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.
The CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Award is presented to those independent offices that receive satisfaction surveys for at least 50 percent of their consumers surveyed from January 1 -- December 31, with a survey score of 95 percent or better for two consecutive years.
"We are thrilled to recognize the work of CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. for this momentous achievement," said Michael Miedler, president and chief executive officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC, "This is an outstanding honor since only a small percentage of C21(r) franchisees in the United States receive this award."
CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. is a full-service brokerage located at 500 Centre Street in Amelia Island.
About CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc.
CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. is an independently owned and operated franchise affiliate of Century 21 Real Estate LLC (century21.com), franchisor of the iconic CENTURY 21(r) brand. Century 21 Real Estate LLC is comprised of approximately 13,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 84 countries and territories worldwide with more than 146,000 independent sales professionals. Century 21 Real Estate has numerous websites to help answer specific consumer needs. They are century21.com, century21Global.com, commercial.century21.com, century21.com/finehomes, and century21espanol.com.
(c)2021 Century 21 Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. CENTURY 21(r), the CENTURY 21 Logo and C21(r) are registered service marks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Century 21 Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated.
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Laureen Pagel, Ph.D., CEO
March 19, 2021
On March 9th, the Plantation Ladies Association of Amelia Island honored Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare as their designated March Charity with an award in the amount of $1,250. The beneficiary of this award is selected by the Plantation Ladies and identified as a well-deserving nonprofit organization that is making an impact in Nassau County, FL.
“We are humbled and honored by this award from the Plantation Ladies,” says Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. “As the guest speaker at the March 9th luncheon, I was able to meet the incredible group of women that make up this organization. They are dedicated community members making a big impact. It was a great pleasure to represent Starting Point and we are always thrilled to inspire new behavioral health advocates.”
“The Amelia Island Planation Ladies is a group that strives to learn more about and financially assist non-profits in Nassau County,” says Peg Dalton Kolasa, Out Reach Chair for the Amelia Island Plantation Ladies Association. “For our group, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare stood out in their compassionate and comprehensive care for those with mental health and substance use disorders. Having Dr. Pagel speak so eloquently about her organization was both fascinating and eye-opening. We are very honored to aid in a small way to this most meaningful work.”
The award was presented at the Plantation Ladies Association of Amelia Island’s March Luncheon hosted at the Golf Club of Amelia Island. Local nonprofits are invited to submit a letter of intent by invitation only. The Plantation Ladies then review all applications and select the designated charity to honor at their quarterly luncheon.
About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
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 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 28 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit www.spbh.org.
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