New Hagan Ace Hardware Store Scheduled to Open in Yulee on Friday, November 20th
Ribbon cutting at Noon
Yulee, Fla., November 9, 2020 – Scheduled to open its doors on Friday, November 20th, Hagan Ace Hardware of Yulee, located at 85880 Miner Road, will bring its “more personal kind of helpful” and best brands like Stihl, Weber, Big Green Egg, Traeger, Benjamin Moore, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint and Scotts to local homeowners and DIYers. Hagan Ace Hardware is proud to provide solutions to everyday home maintenance needs through an extensive selection of products in categories such as paint, grilling, lawn and garden. The Garden Center at Yulee also includes a butterfly habitat Hagan Ace is known for. At Hagan Ace Hardware of Yulee, customers can expect the personal, knowledgeable, and helpful service that makes them feel like a neighbor.
This store will also be home to the 3rd location of Hagan Coastal Outfitters - specializing in Sunglasses, Shoes, Kayaks, Paddleboards, Fishing & Marine, Outdoor Apparel and more. With over 50 years of experience serving the North Florida community in the hardware business, the Hagan family decided to think outside the toolbox and open a full service, local outfitter shop. Hagan Coastal Outfitters also offers private, one on one, on the water demos so customers can try before they buy.
This is the ninth Ace store opened by owner Bill Hagan. The state-of-the-art store will span 20,000 square feet and stock thousands of products – including a focus on local brands. Hagan Ace recently launched a campaign called ‘Hagan Ace Loves Local’. Old fashioned carts are positioned front and center in each store highlighting locally made goods. From peanuts to popcorn, BBQ sauce to bug spray, honey to fishing hats – you’ll find a wide variety of specialty items made by local small business owners.
“Ace Hardware is committed to providing home maintenance solutions, neighborly advice and resources to residents in Yulee,” said Bill Hagan, owner of Hagan Ace Hardware. “We’re excited to be part of the Yulee community, and we look forward to making a positive impact for many years to come.”
At Hagan Ace Hardware our philosophy has always been to move our people up the ranks, promoting from within when the opportunity exists and always being open to talented folks outside the company that have experiences and qualities that would be an asset to our company. Thomas Doby, former Store Manager in Hilliard, will assume the management responsibilities in Yulee. Thomas has worked at the Hilliard store since October 4, 2017 and is looking forward to a new adventure with a ground-up store.
Hagan Ace Hardware and Hagan Coastal Outfitters of Yulee opens to the public on November 20th at 7:30am. A ribbon cutting ceremony with the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce will be held in front of the store at Noon.
About Hagan Ace Hardware
Hagan Ace Hardware is a member of the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry. Hagan Ace Hardware began as a single store in 1962. Now, four generations and 58 years later, the business continues to grow, and today has nine locations, including stores in Hilliard, Glen St. Mary, Mandarin, Orange Park, St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, Palatka and Green Cove Springs. Opening November 20th in Yulee. For more information on Hagan Ace Hardware, visit www.haganace.com.
About Ace Hardware
Ace Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world with more than 5,200 locally owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 70 countries. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since 1924, Ace has become a part of local communities around the world and known as the place with the helpful hardware folks. For more information, visit acehardware.com or newsroom.acehardware.com.
Island Art Association, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, presents “A Seat at the Table” to raise much needed funds. Ten artistic repurposed chairs are for sale to benefit the philanthropic and educational mission of IAA. The chairs are displayed at the gallery or available to view online. They are sure to bring a smile to your face while supporting IAA. All bidding is online, accessed through IAA’s website. Bids are accepted through Saturday, November 14, 6 pm at which time winning bidders will be announced.
Times have been difficult for many, and "normal" is still being defined. IAA, a long time local non-profit arts cooperative, could use your help in navigating this new world. IAA works year round to secure quality arts vendors for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, and its primary source of income has been lost due to festival cancellation.
IAA remains committed to the arts through its gallery and educational center, outreach displays, workshops, scholarships, and supplies for art education in schools. Donations of any amount are appreciated. Thank you for supporting IAA, as we support the arts in Nassau County.
P.O. Box 17251, Fernandina Beach FL 32035
Gallery and Education Center - 18 North 2nd St., Fernandina Beach FL 32034
from The County Insider
Office of the Nassau County Manager
October 28, 2020
On Friday, September 25, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners held a Groundbreaking Ceremony in celebration of Nassau County Fire Rescue Station 71. The event took place at the site’s location of 96262 Chester Rd., Yulee, FL. Approximately 50 people were in attendance including Elected Officials, Fire Rescue personnel, members of the press, and County residents.
The ceremony began with a welcome message by Nassau County Fire Chief, Brady Rigdon. Board Chairman, Danny Leeper, spoke about the need for a new station and the positive impact it will have on the community. Jay Chung, President of Core Construction Company, expressed his excitement about working with the County and being involved with this very important project.
It is anticipated that the project will be complete in April 2021. We will announce a date for a ribbon cutting as completion nears.
If you have any questions, please contact Chief Rigdon at (904) 530-6600 or via email at email@example.com.
County Manager’s Office
Nassau County, Florida, October 28, 2020 – On Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., the Board of County Commissioners will host a groundbreaking ceremony in celebration of the upcoming Crawford Road Project. This project consists of paving a new 6.5 mile-long, two lane road, connecting County Road 121 with the existing paved portion of Crawford Road, just west of US 301.
The Board entered into an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation in March 2014 for Small County Outreach Program (SCOP) grant funding to assist with project costs. The project was added to the State’s Five-Year Work Program in 2014, however the agreement was later amended to provide additional State funding and extend the project timeline. The total cost of the project is $7.9 million, however $5.7 million is being provided by FDOT, leaving the County’s portion at $2.2 million.
It is anticipated that the project will be complete by the end of August 2021.
District Four County Commissioner, Thomas Ford, stated, “Paving this segment of Crawford Road will increase mobility on the west side of the County. I am very excited to see work begin on this project and look forward to its completion”.
County Engineer, Robert Companion, added, “The paving and improvements to Crawford Rd. will provide citizens with a connection from State Road 200 (US 301) to County Road 121, while also providing the infrastructure needed for the future of the Crawford Diamond area”.
The Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held on the corner County Road 121 and Crawford Road. The public is invited to attend.
If you have any questions regarding, please contact Engineering Services at (904) 530-6225.
Fernandina Beach, FL (October 27, 2020) – Keep Nassau Beautiful, with support from Ferst Readers of Nassau County, recently distributed over 600 books to virtual and on-site students and educators at Southside Elementary School. Books were chosen based on how they related to KNB’s mission to reduce litter and waste, increase recycling, and beautify spaces, and were appropriate for the learning level of the student. Ferst Readers of Nassau County provided the content for newsletters which were inserted into each student book. The newsletter content assists parents, guardians, and educators with youth comprehension through learning activities which are also related to the KNB Mission.
To further reinforce the message of the importance of a clean, green, beautiful environment a 30-gallon Live Oak tree was planted on school common grounds with support from Liberty Landscape Supply. Dave Holley, City of Fernandina Beach Arborist, was on-hand to provide oversight of the planting and to help ensure the tree gets off to the best possible start. Mrs. Cordova's 2nd grade class volunteered to fill the water bag every school day for the first three weeks. The planting location will provide a nice shady spot for future generations.
“The purpose of Keep Nassau Beautiful is to educate and enable residents of Nassau County in our mission for clean, green and beautiful spaces,” said Lynda Bell, Executive Director, KNB. “We are grateful to everyone that made planting a tree and distributing books to Fernandina Beach youth possible. Engaging youth in a learning experience is an enjoyable and rewarding activity for now and the future!”
For more information visit www.keepnassaubeautiful.org or 261-0165. To learn more about Ferst Readers of Nassau County visit https://www.facebook.com/NassauFerstFoundation or 248-0165.
About Keep Nassau Beautiful
Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc. is working to inspire, educate, and equip individuals, groups, businesses, and governments to take action to make Nassau County a place where residents, visitors and wildlife can thrive and experience the beauty of Nassau County. www.keepnassaubeautiful.org.
Stay connected with Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc., on Facebook.
About Ferst Readers of Nassau County
Stay connected with Ferst Readers of Nassau County on Facebook.
Southside Elementary School Principal, Marlena Palmer, and 30 Southside Elementary School educators join KNB BOD and Education Committee members, Shelly Rawls and Ashley Powell, KNB Program Manager, Jules Ruppel, Ferst Readers of Nassau County, Lynda Smith, and City of Fernandina Beach Certified Arborist, Dave Holley around the newly planted Live Oak tree. Educators display the book which will be distributed to students in their classroom.
Marlena Palmer, Southside Elementary School Principal, Lynda Smith, Ferst Readers of Nassau County, Ashley Powell and Shelly Rawls, Keep Nassau Beautiful BOD and Education Committee Members, Dave Holley, Fernandina Beach Certified Arborist, Jules Ruppel and Lynda Bell, Keep Nassau Beautiful staff, assist in the planting of a Live Oak and distribution of more than 600 books and learning activities to students and educators at Southside Elementary School.
Six new decorated model homes by Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes Coming Soon
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2020) – GreenPointe Developers, LLC, Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes recently celebrated the start of construction on six new model homes at Tributary, North Florida’s best new master-planned community.
“We anticipate high demand for our distinctive home designs from our premier builder team at Tributary,” said GreenPointe’s North Florida Regional President Mike Taylor. “Our community will offer a wonderful environment with a convenient location, miles of scenic nature trails, direct access to the river and exceptional amenities. We look forward to welcoming future homeowners to North Florida’s most exciting new community.”
Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes at Tributary are offering a distinctive collection of award-winning home designs ranging in size and style to meet the needs and lifestyle of today’s homebuyers. The Tributary model home village will feature six model homes, two from each builder, showcasing open concept designs, innovative features and flexible spaces for family living and entertainment.
The Tributary builders are offering more than 30 floor plans that include one- and two-story single-family homes ranging in size from approximately 1,600 square feet to more than 3,200 square feet. Many of the neighborhood’s home sites will feature preserve or lake views. Homes at Tributary are priced from the $200s and pre-sales are underway. Tributary’s model home village will open in early 2021.
Spanning 1,550 acres, Tributary’s prime location amongst the natural waterways and majestic evergreen forests truly complement the community’s mantra of Exploring More. Tributary residents will enjoy private on-site amenities including The Lookout, a lakefront resident clubhouse with a resort-inspired pool and relaxation areas. Workout warriors will appreciate the state-of-the-art fitness studio while the younger crowd will delight in the Adventure Zone tot-lot and array of sports courts. The community’s furry friends will adore Pawsome Park.
Tributary’s neighborhoods will include family friendly pocket parks, while miles of scenic nature trails will provide quick access to the community’s amenities as well as The Landing kayak and canoe park, the neighboring protected sanctuary of Four Creeks State Forest and the new Tributary Regional Park, currently under construction. Tributary Regional Park will include baseball and multi-purpose fields, a kayak launch, concessions, and multi-purpose trails. Tributary will always have an adventure waiting to be taken.
Tributary is within the Nassau County Public School District and zoned for A-rated schools that are among the best in Florida.
Tributary is 1.6 miles west of Interstate-95. The community’s location is two exits north of the Jacksonville International Airport and River City Marketplace, a regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The historic town of Fernandina and the beautiful beaches of Amelia Island are located east of Tributary on Scenic A1A/SR 200. Tributary is near dining, shopping, recreation, medical centers, services and more.
For more information about Tributary and the community’s builder team, visit www.TributaryLiving.com or call 904.299.6124.
UF Health Jacksonville and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast cut the ribbon Oct. 2, 2020 on a new joint project in the heart of Wildlight in Nassau County. The building is a combination rehabilitation facility and fitness center that will bring the latest innovations in healthy living to a rapidly growing part of Northeast Florida.
“Residents of Wildlight and the communities around it now have access to the most advanced health care and rehabilitative services possible, all alongside a fantastic YMCA that offers the most complete and innovative fitness resources possible,” said Leon Haley, CEO of UF Health Jacksonville and dean of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville.
UF Health Rehabilitation – Wildlight offers occupational, physical and speech therapy to patients of all ages. Sessions are 45 minutes long and offered by highly trained, licensed therapists.
You can watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony on UF Health Jacksonville’s Facebook page.
Call 904.427.8300 to make an appointment. Visit Wildlight.UFHealthJax.org/rehabilitation for more information.
With an upstairs event space often filled with 125 people for a variety of events for which Story & Song has become known, COVID precautions now dictate that seating be limited to 25 to allow for safe distance. So the events go on. If you’re tired of staying home, but still want to feel safe, here are some opportunities to do so:
100 Things To Do in Jacksonville Before You Die
Afternoon tea with author and luxury travel brand expert Amy West
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3 pm
$25 tickets include a personalized and autographed copy of Amy’s book, TeaBlossom tea and fresh-baked scones.
“The People’s Choice”: A Musical Celebration of Presidential Elections from 1788-2020
with Caren & Paul Umbarger, The Island Duet
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2:30 pm or 7 pm
Getting to Know God’s Voice: Discover the Holy Spirit in Your Everyday Life (a 31-day interactive journey)
with author Jenny Randle
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 3 pm
Mindfulness and Well-Being
Thursday, Oct. 8 & 22, 10:30 am
Listen to the soothing sounds of Valerie Brandt’s “singing bowls” and learn the practice of yoga nidra.
Jacksonville and the Roots of Southern Rock
with author Michael Ray FitzGerald
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2 pm
“Seaside Strummers” Ukulele Camp
with Robyn Nemes
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4 pm
First of an 8-week session for all ages and skill levels. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
with local author DonnaLee Overly
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 3 pm
Debut of the first book in the bestselling “The Knot”, series II
For more information, to reserve one of the 25 seats available, or to purchase tickets, call (904) 601-2118.
On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the Friends of Bosque Bello will be hosting Atlas Preservation’s 48 State Tour. This will be an interactive workshop in Bosque Bello Cemetery to demonstrate some of the most common conservation treatments utilized in monument preservation.
The workshop will include:
After the cleaning demonstration, workshop participants are encouraged to adopt a gravestone and perform the cleaning process.
Some of the conservation treatments demonstrated will include:
This workshop is free to the public and will be held from 9AM-3:30 PM at Bosque Bello Cemetery (1320 N. 14th St. Fernandina Beach). Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
Please join us. Watch, listen, learn, or help.
For more information, please visit
https://48statetour.com/ or www.fbfl.us/Bosque Bello
Kinetico CGC Water Treatment is celebrating its 50th Anniversary!
Celebrate Client Appreciation Day with Kinetico CGC Water Treatment on Saturday, September 26th from 10 AM - 5 PM. There will be hourly prize drawings, special guest appearances, special deals, music and so much more! For more information, call (904) 544-6242.
Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Blog
Chamber Member Updates, Events and News