Improved Classification of Community Rating System Reduces Flood Insurance Premiums for County Residents
The Board is excited to announce that the County has once again received an improvement in its Classification in the Community Rating System (CRS). CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management practices that exceed the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Nassau County joined the program in May 2017 and since that time has worked hard to improve its rating to allow for a reduction in flood insurance premiums for property owners within the unincorporated areas of the County.
Flood insurance premiums are set nationally based on the age of structure, building materials and level of risk. However, communities that volunteer to adopt and enforce stricter ordinances, known as “Higher Standards,” to reduce flood risk can enroll in the CRS Program to earn insurance premium discounts for their residents.
In order to maintain and/or improve CRS Ratings, the County earns “credits” for its efforts in providing information to the public, maintaining current flood maps, improving flood regulations to reduce the possibility of flood damage, and ensuring flood preparedness. Based on total credits earned, communities are assigned a CRS Classification which determines the percentage of discounts given to property owners.
Nassau County’s previous CRS Rating was a Class 8 which allowed County residents to enjoy a 10% premium reduction for flood insurance with an overall cost savings of $176,000 for the residents. However, during the most recent cycle verification, the County was notified that its efforts have now achieved enough points to move them to a Class 7 CRS Rating, allowing residents to benefit from a 15% premium reduction with an overall cost savings of $232,000 to property owners with a flood insurance policy.
County Manager, Taco Pope, stated, “With the threat of increase to property insurance premiums throughout the country, the Board is happy to do what it can to provide relief to property owners within Nassau County. Special acknowledgment is given to our floodplain experts in the County’s Building and Planning Departments who work year-round to provide flood information to the public through community outreach events and to conduct other initiatives to increase its credits. We also appreciate the guidance provided by our consultants of Oceania Flood Services. Thanks to all their hard work, our residents will continue to enjoy reduced flood insurance premiums. We will continue these efforts in hopes to improve our rating again during the next cycle verification.”
For information on the CRS Program, visit FEMA’s website at: https://www.fema.gov/floodplain-management/community-rating-system.
Learn about the conservation efforts of Wild Cumberland on our sister barrier island. Wild Amelia’s October Wild Nite presentation welcomes Jessica Howell-Edwards, Executive Director of Wild Cumberland. It will be at the historic Peck Center on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7pm.
Jessica Howell-Edwards is a lifelong Georgia resident and mom of four who currently resides in DeKalb County (just outside Atlanta). She offers more than two decades of journalism, marketing, and activism experience—but most importantly, a passion for protecting the native ecology of Cumberland Island.
Jessica had her first wilderness experience on Cumberland Island more than 25 years ago; she often describes it as “transformative” and currently serves as executive director of Wild Cumberland, a grassroots group working to ensure Cumberland Island remains protected.
Wild Cumberland is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the wilderness, native species, and the ecology of Cumberland Island.
For more information: 904-261-0165 or https://wildamelia.org/Wild_Nites.html
Atlantic Hair Studio to Host Cut-A-Thon Fundraiser to Support Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County THIS Saturday
Atlantic Hair Studio will host a Cut-A-Thon fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County on Saturday, October, 8th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Donations will be accepted during the event and there will be a food truck, games, face painting, raffles, and much more! Atlantic Hair Studio is located at 302 S. 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. For more information, call (904) 624-6566 or visit www.AtlanticHairStudio.com.
10/4/22 @ 9:00 a.m. - The Nassau County Extension Office has partnered with the Alachua and Marion County Extension Offices to gather supplies for those affected by Hurricane Ian in southeast Florida.
Items needed include:
Donations can be delivered to the Nassau County Extension Office located at 543350 US Highway 1, Callahan or the James S. Page Governmental Complex located at 961335 Nassau Place, Yulee.
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The Chamber's Annual Awards Dinner & Gala, scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 2023, is our biggest and most prestigious event of the entire year.
Every Chamber member has the unique opportunity to decorate a table at the event, allowing their business or organization to be seen by hundreds of Gala attendees. From pirate-themed tables (complete with treasure, of course), to tables with a candy tower centerpiece that even Willy Wonka would envy, we've seen it all! Signing up to decorate a table is free and only costs what members are willing to put in to the decorations.
Click below to download a table decorating form today. Need ideas? Scroll down to view photos of table decorations from previous years or email info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: Space is extremely limited and tables will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Your table is NOT reserved until you have returned the completed form to the Chamber, either in-person or via email.
The Northeast Florida Fair opens Thursday, October 13th and will run through Sunday, October 23rd. Visit www.neflfair.org for promotions, schedule, and how to participate by entering arts, crafts, produce, and other home goods.
Regular Admissions Prices:
Adult (Ages 13+) - $8
Youth (Ages 6-12) - $5
Military (Valid ID) - $5
Senior Citizen (Ages 65+) - $5
Ages 5 & Under - Free
To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
Amelia Community Theatre kicks off its 42nd season on Oct. 7 with “The Country House,” a show that blends comedy and drama, written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies.
Set at their home in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, a family of actors has gathered for the Williamstown Theatre Festival and to mark the somber anniversary of a death.
Anna, the matriarch of the family and a Broadway star, has asked her son Elliot and her granddaughter Susie to join her to reminisce about Kathy, who died a year previously. Kathy was Anna’s daughter, Susie’s mother and Elliot’s sister. Joining them is Susie’s father Walter, a movie director who was married to Kathy. Walter brings his new girlfriend Nell, also an actor, which is an unwelcome surprise to daughter Susie. In addition, Michael, a well-known television star who is appearing at the festival, is invited to stay with the family. His presence has a startling effect on each of the three women in the house.
Clashing egos and the jealous and frustrated temperaments of those gathered provide the ingredients for witty and stimulating conversations. Director Gill Johnston says, “These characters are dissatisfied with their lives. Some desire love, some desire success, and some want artistic genius. They are all searching for the piece of the puzzle that they think will make them happy. Playwright Margulies is a master at showing characters at their best and at their worst.”
The cast includes Robert Davis, Diana Herman, Samantha Hilliker, Frank O’Donnell, Clarisse Phillips, and Joseph Stearman.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on October 7-8, 13-15, 20-22 and at 2 p.m. on October 9 and 16 at 207 Cedar Street in Fernandina Beach. Opening night ticket holders who are 21 and over will be treated to a complimentary wine-tasting from 6:30-7:15 on October 7. Show tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students though college, available at www.AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org and by calling (904) 261-6749. Box office hours are from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, plus is open 90 minutes before curtain on show dates. Season ticket passes for the entire 42nd season of plays are also available.
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare has been awarded $4 million in funding from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
This funding is aimed at community behavioral health systems that provide comprehensive, coordinated health care – and Starting Point has qualified.
Using this 4-year grant, Starting Point will be able to provide community services that incorporate primary health screening and monitoring for individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, opioid use disorders, multiple disorders and youth with serious emotional disturbance.
“This time last year, we were awarded another grant from the administration,” said Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point. “That initial round of funding enabled us to identify a new facility in Fernandina Beach, offer mobile behavioral health services and provide over 25 new jobs to the residents of Nassau County. This second round of funding will expand on this by increasing access to care with a particular focus on groups facing health issues and living in low-income areas. We are delighted to be chosen for this opportunity and look forward to elevating our service offerings to the residents of Nassau County.”
The organization will establish the first federally-certified clinic in Nassau County by accomplishing the following goals:
About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare:
The clinic provides treatment to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 people each year and has been serving the region for more than 30 years. For more information, please visit www.spbh.org.
September 30, 2022
Press Release #11
Evacuation Order Lifted
As of 8:30 a.m., the evacuation order for Nassau County has been lifted. While the order has been lifted, there may be conditions specific to your area that may prevent you from going home. Officials are in the community conducting damage and safety assessments.
The majority of deaths and injuries take place after the storm has passed. Protect yourself by following the below tips:
If you have any questions, please contact Nassau County Emergency Management at (904) 548-0900.
September 29, 2022
Press Release #9
Update on Tropical Storm Ian
STORM DOWNGRADED BUT THREATS STILL EXIST
Hurricane Ian was downgraded overnight to a Tropical Storm. However, the storm’s current track does not exclude Nassau County from the projected storm surge. Yesterday, sea levels in Nassau County were already a foot higher than normal due to the Nor’easter we’ve been experiencing. The first bands of the storm have not reached Nassau County yet. The storm is still projected to bring another 3-6 feet of storm surge along the coast over the next 48 hours.
At this time, we would like to urge all residents to remain in place. Even if the skies clear temporarily, trailing winds are still a threat as it is projected that Nassau County will experience tropical storm force winds speeds.
Please resist the temptation to drive around the county or to begin working in your yards. Based on statistics, most injuries and deaths occur post storm. Please stay safe!
There are no plans to close the Shave Bridge. However, if winds reach 39 mph sustained (continuous for 1 minute), traffic will temporarily be stopped until the wind drops below 39 mph. We have officers monitoring wind speeds continuously. As of approximately 11:30 a.m., winds were at 30 mph. We will do our best to notify the public if we anticipate a temporary closure.
TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN
If you do need to leave your home and you see standing water on the roads, please do not attempt to drive through it. Even if you are familiar with the road, there’s always the possibility of the road being damaged underneath. Further, there’s no way to know the depth of the water. Remember that it only takes a few feet of water to carry a vehicle away. This includes trucks and SUVs.
To report damages to property resulting from the storm, please be sure to self-report. This includes anything life threatening or dangerous to public safety including flooding, live downed power lines, large branches and other debris in the road. Self-report by visiting: https://bit.ly/NassauSelfReport.
Please continue to remain vigilant and follow public safety announcements. They can be heard on NOAA Weather Radio; Local radio stations 89.9 FM, 104.5 FM and 690 AM; and local news stations Channels 4, 12, 30 and 47.
Information related to the storm can also be found at www.OneNassau.com. Follow Emergency Management on social media at www.facebook.com/NassauEM or at www.twitter.com/NassauEM.
If you have any questions, please contact Nassau County Emergency Management at (904) 548-0900. We have staff and volunteers working in the call center 24/7 until further notice.
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