Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center's Buddy Bus Offering Mobile Mammograms at 2nd Annual Health and Safety Expo - Deadline to Register is June 15th!
The DEADLINE is June 15th!
Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center's Buddy Bus will be doing Mobile Mammograms at the First Coast YMCA on June 24th during the 2nd Annual Health and Safety Expo at the YMCA Wildlight!
Appointments are Limited; Schedule Your Mammogram Now:
Nelson & Associates Insurance 2nd Annual Health and Safety Expo Less Than a Month Away!
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The Nelson & Associates Insurance 2nd Annual Health and Safety Expo at the YMCA Wildlight is less than a month away, and we are expecting an amazing turnout!
The 2nd Annual Health and Safety Expo is scheduled for June 24th from 10 AM to 4 PM. There will be FREE Sports Physicals, Mobile Mammograms, LIVE music, Vendors, Food Trucks, Nonprofit Resources and MORE.
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Nassau County, Florida, May 30, 2023 – The Board of County Commissioners is excited to introduce its Productivity Dashboard. This new, on-line feature provides a reporting of activities of key departments and services and places them in one location for residents to easily access, thus further increasing transparency and reporting of data in real-time. The new Productivity Dashboard currently features Nassau County Animal Services, the Building Department, the Library, and the Road Department. New departments will be added in the coming months.
The Department of Strategic Advancement has been working closely with the Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office for several months to make this information available to the public, utilizing the GIS Software the PA office already had in place. The project began with departments entering metrics back to the beginning of 2021 so they could begin to build a history of data in the system.
Each month, these departments will enter metrics of services/activities they track such as number of permits issues, number of intakes at the shelter, number of pet adoptions, number of books circulated, etc. This information provides residents with detailed information of activities that are taking place each month. It also provides the Board the necessary data needed to make informed decisions during the budget process to ensure that the department has what it needs to keep up with the current demand while planning for expanded services as the County continues to grow.
Director of Strategic Advancement, Brandy Carvalho, stated, “The Productivity Dashboard is one of the ways we are honoring our Strategic Planning initiatives to ‘improve transparency and be the catalyst for a collaborative approach to governance that facilitates the shared pursuit of the common good’. Starting with these 4 departments, we will use community feedback and user experiences to expand the Dashboard and features, growing into a robust and multi-faceted tool for the residents to see the impact of our County’s departments and staff. We would like to thank Property Appraiser Mike Hickox’s GIS team, particularly GIS Director, Jason Gregory, and GIS Analyst/Programmer, Kathy Mulcahy, for their expertise, creativity and time in designing the Dashboard.”
The Productivity Dashboard can be located at: https://bit.ly/NassauDashboard.
Should you have any questions, please contact Brandy Carvalho at (904) 530-6010, Option 7, or via email at email@example.com.
CBA’s customers include wineries, alcohol importers, wholesalers, producers, and private collectors who import from all over the world
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 30, 2023) – The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) announced today that Convoy Beverage Alliance (CBA), a Florida-based warehousing and transportation provider for alcoholic beverage companies, has joined Northeast Florida’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 64. FTZ No. 64 is Florida’s largest FTZ by area and provides cost-saving options for importers.
Through the activation, CBA’s 220,000-square-foot Jacksonville warehouse and distribution center is now eligible for FTZ benefits, including the ability to reduce, defer or eliminate U.S. Customs duties on products imported into the U.S.
“We strategically chose Jacksonville to grow our alcoholic beverage 3PL warehousing business because we’re close to port terminals and there is fast access to national and regional distribution routes from Jacksonville,” said Convoy Beverage Alliance Senior Manager of Brand Development Joseph Ortega. “We want to provide something unique, solely dedicated to alcoholic brands, and joining JAXPORT’s FTZ allows us to strengthen partnerships with existing and emerging brands, as well as other FTZs to expand and provide more efficiencies to the businesses we serve.”
Foreign Trade Zones are federally-designated areas that are inside the U.S. but legally considered outside of U.S. commerce. By joining the FTZ, CBA can defer U.S. Customs’ duties until the imported products clear the zone. Their customers include wineries, alcohol importers, wholesalers, producers, and private collectors who import from all over the world. CBA helps facilitate the beverages’ final delivery to their destination from the warehouse.
“We are excited to grow this new partnership between JAXPORT and CBA that will attract more business to Northeast Florida,” said JAXPORT Foreign Trade Zone Manager Justin Ryan. “Joining the FTZ enables CBA to expand in the Jacksonville market and efficiently serve their customers all over the U.S.”
FTZ 64 covers more than 5,000 square miles throughout 10 counties in Northeast: Eastern Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties.
FTZ No. 64 operates under the Alternative Site Framework (ASF), which allows warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturers within any of the 10 covered counties to utilize FTZ benefits while operating in their existing facilities. For example, an FTZ can be as small as a single room within a building or as large as a warehouse or entire manufacturing plant.
Any company within the 10-county area service area wanting to take advantage of FTZ benefits must submit an application through JAXPORT and receive designation from the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board and subsequently with U.S. Customs and Border Protection for activation to be an FTZ operator. The entire application and approval process typically takes less than 60 days. Connect with JAXPORT Foreign Trade Zone Manager Justin Ryan to inquire about the FTZ.
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Subsidiaries Earn American Gas Association Safety Awards
DOVER, Del. – Florida Public Utilities Company, Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company and Aspire Energy of Ohio, subsidiaries of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK), were recognized by the American Gas Association (AGA) as top safety performers in 2022. The awards were presented at the 2023 AGA Operations Conference, which is the natural gas industry’s premier gathering of natural gas utility and transmission company operations management from across North America.
Florida Public Utilities Company and Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company earned the AGA Safety Achievement Award, which is given to companies that demonstrate outstanding commitment to employee and vehicular safety.
Aspire Energy of Ohio was named an industry leader in accident prevention for achieving a DART (days away, restricted or transferred) rate below industry standard for local distribution companies. DART is a metric used by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to measure the impact of workplace injuries.
“We are pleased to be recognized by the American Gas Association for our exceptional safety performance and the collective dedication of our team members in upholding our safety values. These awards reflect our positive safety culture and underscore our commitment to protect our employees, our customers and the communities we serve,” said Jeffrey Sylvester, senior vice president and chief operating officer.
About Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified energy delivery company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation offers sustainable energy solutions through its natural gas transmission and distribution, electricity generation and distribution, propane gas distribution, mobile compressed natural gas utility services and solutions, and other businesses. For more information, visit www.chpk.com.
Florida Public Utilities Company
Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU), headquartered in Yulee, Florida, distributes natural gas and propane and provides electric services to approximately 120,000 customers in markets throughout Florida. For more information, visit www.fpuc.com.
Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company
Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company owns and operates a 516-mile Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulated interstate transmission pipeline system that transports natural gas from four upstream pipeline interconnection points in Pennsylvania and Delaware to customers along the Delmarva Peninsula, including Chesapeake Utilities’ distribution systems. For more information, visit www.esng.com.
Aspire Energy of Ohio, LLC
Aspire Energy of Ohio, owns and operates a non-regulated natural gas gathering infrastructure, including over 2,800 miles of pipeline, throughout 40 counties in Ohio. Aspire Energy provides natural gas supplies to several local distribution companies and cooperatives. To learn more about Aspire Energy of Ohio, visit www.aspireenergyco.com.
Florida Division of Emergency Management Encourages Floridians to Participate in Florida's Two Disaster Sales Tax Holidays
~The First Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will last two weeks, beginning May 27 through June 9 ~
Tallahassee, Fla – Today, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) encouraged Floridians to purchase disaster preparedness items during Florida’s two 14-day Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays beginning May 27 through June 9 and August 26 through September 8. Floridians are expected to save an estimated $144 million on the purchase of tax-free items - more than five times the amount of savings when compared to the $25.6 million Floridians saved during the 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.
“I want to thank our Governor and the Florida Legislature for their commitment to making disaster preparedness affordable and accessible to all Floridians,” said FDEM Executive Director Kevin Guthrie. “I encourage residents to take time now to finalize their disaster supply kits and take advantage of these tax holidays in preparation for hurricane season.”
"As we saw last year with Hurricane Ian, a disaster can bring a host of needs to people in its path. Advanced preparation can help keep people, homes, and pets safe when disaster strikes," said Jim Zingale, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Revenue. "The 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday helps Floridians save money while gathering essential supplies."
House Bill 7063, the largest tax relief plan in Florida’s history, was signed into law by Governor DeSantis extending the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from a single 14-day holiday to two separate 14-day holidays. This year, common household supplies such as toilet paper, paper towels and soap are also included in the list of items eligible to be purchased tax-free.
The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and lasts until November 30. A full list of eligible tax-free items is available here. Floridians can find a full disaster supply kit checklist here.
For weather updates and safety tips, follow the Division on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @FLSERT.
CPR and AED Awareness Week
5/25/23 @ 3:10 p.m. - At the Monday, May 22nd meeting, the Board approved Resolution No. 2023-112 proclaiming the week of June 1 - June 7, 2023, as CPR and AED Awareness Week.
This week is recognized nationally by the American Heart Association to spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know how to administer Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year and of those, 70% happen in the home. About 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die, however the victim's chance of survival more than doubles if a bystander immediately performs hands-only CPR.
The Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has spearheaded a free hands-only CPR and AED public education program and has already trained more than 800 Nassau County residents. The Board recognizes the value MRC's Lifesavers Initiative Outreach Program and extends their gratitude to its volunteers and educators for their service to the residents of Nassau County.
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Community Health Assessment
5/25/23 @ 9:30 a.m. - Nassau County Department of Health is conducting a Community Health Assessment (CHA) to identify factors that affect the health of our community, and to determine available resources to addresses those factors. The information gathered is also used to prioritize issues and make decisions on programs and health improvement plans that serve our county.
Please consider taking this community health survey. The survey has about 29 questions (not all questions may pertain to you but you are able to skip them) and only takes a few minutes to complete. All responses are important, fully confidential and anonymous. And if you finish the survey and provide your email address at the end, you will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad.
If you have any questions, please contact Barb Baptista, Community Engagement & Minority Health Liaison for DOH-Nassau at (904) 557-9168 or via email at Barbara.Baptista@flhealth.gov.
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Did you know the YMCA provides assistance for low income families, cancer survivors, and military families/ veterans? This is something that we recently learned, and helping others/giving back is at the core of what we do at Greenlight Graphics. They give thousands away every month to ensure those in the local community are receiving everything they need.
Your support would not only help your local community, BUT the people within that community who need it most!
NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL... EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS.
$25 provides support to those in financial need
$50 helps a child through sports
$100 helps one military child participate in Operation Hero Program
$1000 helps 1 cancer survivor reclaim help through live strong
DORCO Enterprises is proud to partner with CPT to host the VIABLE Small Business Conference for business owners who are looking to level up their business. The conference will take place on Friday, June 9, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Courtyard/SpringHill Suites Amelia Island, Lighthouse Ballroom C, 2700 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach.
We have several key note speakers ready to deliver you an action packed day full of knowledge, tips and information in order to successfully grow and maintain your business.
For additional information and to register for this power-packed event, CLICK HERE to visit the DORCO Enterprises website or call (904) 990-7755.
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