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March 2, 2021
Yesterday afternoon, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-47, expanding eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 Vaccination. The County can now vaccinate the following groups:
Nassau County Emergency Management has implemented a second “waitlist” to schedule appointments specifically for:
Links to both waitlists [can be found by clicking on the icons below.]
If you have any questions, please contact Emergency Management at (904) 548-0900.
NOTE: The previous Executive Order allowed for hospitals to issue vaccinations to persons whom they deemed as “extremely vulnerable”, regardless of their age group. The new Executive Order now allows for certain physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and pharmacists to administer them to extremely vulnerable individuals as well. The County, however, can only administer vaccines as outlined above. We will continue to administer them as directed by the Governor.
Steps to Promote Equitable Relief for Mom-and-Pop Businesses
February 22, 2021 | Release Number 21-17
Contact U.S. Small Business Administration at Press_Office@sba.gov
WASHINGTON – Building on a month of strong results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses.
The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding opened one month ago and already the Biden Administration has succeeded in making major improvements to the program’s implementation:
These simple progressive steps by the Biden-Harris Administration further demonstrate the commitment to racial and gender equity, reaching low and moderate-income, rural, urban, and other underserved areas. The SBA will:
These actions will help to lay the foundation for a robust and equitable recovery for small businesses across the country. Small businesses employ nearly half of the American workforce; they create 2 out of 3 net new private-sector jobs; they reinvest 68% of revenues to build and sustain communities. Borrowers can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program by downloading the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application and working with a participating PPP lender through the SBA Lender Match tool.
Through SBA’s nationwide district offices, the Agency will work in close partnership with the Administration to further leverage its resource partner network and expand on multilingual access and outreach about the PPP. Updated PPP information, including forms, guidance, and resources is available at www.sba.gov/ppp and www.treasury.gov/cares.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
2/17/21 @ 4:45 p.m.- Nassau County recently won Awards of Excellence from the Northeast Florida Regional Council for two planning related projects. The first project, the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Vision Book, was selected in the Planning & Growth Management category. The Nassau County Conservation Land Acquisition and Management Program was selected in the Environmental Stewardship Category.
Beth Payne, Chief Executive Director for the Northeast Florida Regional Council, attended today's Board of County Commissioner's meeting and presented the County with two plaques. Planning & Zoning Board member, Linda Morris, was invited to accept the award for the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Book. Ms. Morris served on the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee and has been credited with keeping the Committee on task and ensuring they succeeded in their goal of adopting a vision book that will guide the future of western Nassau. Staff members from the Department of Planning & Economic Opportunity were in attendance to accept the award for the Conservation Land Acquisition and Management Program.
Ms. Payne stated, "These awards are showcasing the work that you (the county) are doing now. These innovative, forward thinking, public engagement related activities are valued. Surrounding counties value it as well and it will be immolated across the region".
Thank you Ms. Payne for visiting with us today! And a big thank you to Ms. Morris for all her contributions, as well as to the Planning Department staff, for overseeing the process of these two very large projects.
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Nassau County Seeks Qualified Individuals to Serve on Conservation Land Acquisition & Management Committee
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By Sabrina Robertson
Public Information Officer
February 16, 2021
The Board of County Commissioners adopted their first Conservation Land Acquisition and Management (CLAM) Plan on January 25, 2021. This plan summarizes the collective goals that have been expressed by the County Commissioners, County staff, and the general public and provide guidance in the selection of lands to be acquired by the County and set aside for conservation.
Lands nominated for consideration will be reviewed by a CLAM Committee, prior to being submitted to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration.
The County is currently seeking volunteers to serve on the CLAM Committee. Candidates at a minimum should have skills, expertise or demonstrable experience that relate to the acquisition of conservation lands, either in:
The ideal candidates will have experience in at least two of the above categories or ten years of experience in at least one. You must be a Nassau County resident.
To apply, please click here. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Planning & Economic Opportunity at (904) 530-6300 or email email@example.com.
The Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will host Virtual Mobile Office Hours for residents of Nassau County on February 24th to assist constituents with issues involving federal agencies. These virtual mobile office hours will allow Nassau County residents the opportunity to seek assistance directly from Senator Rubio's staff. Please register for a time to meet with Senator Rubio’s staff at the Eventbright link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-mobile-office-hours-tickets-141154744641
If for some reason you are unable to sign up via the Eventbright link, please call the Jacksonville Regional Office at (904) 354-4300 and ask for set up a virtual meeting with one of our staff members.
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Nassau County, Florida, February 11, 2021 – As many of you may know, you can submit maintenance requests for county facilities and/or parks, as well as maintenance requests for road, drainage or bridge issues, through our official website, www.nassaucountyfl.com.
Currently, Maintenance Requests submitted through the website are emailed to the appropriate staff/departments, however there is no way for you to know for certain that your request has been received or to check the status of your request.
We are happy to report that beginning on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Public Works will be implementing a new software called Asset Essentials to streamline maintenance requests and associated tasks. This new cloud-based computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) will prioritize, schedule and manage tasks and will allow technicians to monitor and track work orders on-to-go utilizing a mobile application. This will increase productivity and allow us to better serve our residents.
The most exciting feature of this new software is that Maintenance Requests are now submitted directly into the County’s work order system. The system will then generate automatic emails to you, notifying you of updates as the work progresses. Please note that this new system will require you to register with an email address in order to receive the updates.
If you have any questions, please contact Raven Jones at (904) 530-6120 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The County is currently seeking citizen input related to the conceptual plan of the Westside Regional Park. This park will be located off of US 1, between Hilliard and Callahan. Citizen feedback will be used to establish the Goals, Objectives, and Statement of Intent and will guide the design solution created for the park.
Take this opportunity to tell the County what amenities and features you would like to see included in this park. Click below for a link to the survey, which will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23rd.
One Nassau recently issued the following Press Release to notify residents that Publix locations in Fernandina Beach and Yulee have been approved by the Federal Retail Pharmacy to begin administering vaccines later this week. Individuals 65+ can register for an appointment beginning on Wednesday, February 3rd. Here is a link to the Publix registration site.
Residents can also still register for Nassau County’s vaccination wait list at www.onenassau.com. Names will remain on the list until pulled for a vaccination, therefore, you only need to register once. You will be notified via email to claim you appointment when your name is drawn.
If you have any questions, please contact Emergency Management at 904-548-0900.
Below is an important update from Nassau County Emergency Management related to the State’s new COVID-19 Vaccination system:
Our team is aware of, and continuously monitoring, the State of Florida's new ShareCare COVID Vaccine Registration and Scheduling system that was announced late 01/29/21.
Although we are looking forward to the state system being a success, there are indications that it continues to have difficulties that might cause delays and scheduling problems for residents.
Nassau residents in the groups currently targeted for vaccination in the Governor's Executive Order #20-315, should register for the OneNassau Vaccine Waitlist through www.OneNassau.com, even if they decide to register in the statewide system. The systems do not communicate with each other.
Residents who have already registered for the OneNassau Vaccine Waitlist do not need to register again - multiple/duplicate entries are deleted.
Until we are positive that there will be no issues with the new ShareCare system, scheduling for local first doses of CoViD-19 vaccine will continue to be completed through our OneNassau system.
At the meeting held on Monday, January 25, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2021-008, proclaiming January 31, 2021 as "American Beach Day".
2021 marks the 81st anniversary of the founding of American Beach by Abraham Lincoln Lewis, Florida's first black millionaire and President of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company. Mr. Lewis purchased the area with the intent of providing a place for his employees to vacation and own homes near the beach. In fact, until the passage of the Civil Rights Act, American Beach was the only area where African Americans could enjoy the beach.
From the 1930's through the 1950's, the area was busy with families, churches and children and featured numerous hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. American Beach hosted numerous celebrities during this period including: Zora Neale Hurston, Billie Daniels, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Billy Eckstein, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Ossie Davis and Sherman Hemsley. American Beach is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is still draws visitors from around the world.
Ms. Joyce Jefferson, President of the American Beach Property Owner's Association was present at the meeting to accept the Resolution. She thanked the Board for their continued efforts in preserving their unique community. The Board also extended their gratitude to Ms. Jefferson and the other members of the American Beach POA for contributing their hearts and souls into making American Beach the historic jewel that it is.
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