7/27/21 @ 6:30 p.m. - At the Board of County Commissioners meeting held on Monday, July 26th, Emergency Management Director, Greg Foster, presented the 2021 Citizen's Disaster Guide. This document includes information on various hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, shelter locations, tips on preparing an emergency supply kit, and what to expect if a widespread evacuation order is given.
The presentation also included information about the new Evacuation Zones that were established following a study conducted by Emergency Management, along with the Northeast Florida Regional Council and Florida Department of Emergency Management. The old map had all of Amelia Island and most of the Yulee area under Zone A. As a result, many people off the island who were in Zone A were electing to not evacuate because they felt like their threat wasn't as great as others in that Zone residing along the intercoastal and on Amelia Island. Emergency Management indicated that they’ve also seen a decline in residents on Amelia Island who are willing to evacuate.
The new map now has 3 evacuation zones on Amelia Island which identify areas most likely to be affected by a coastal storm, as well as additional zones throughout the rest of the County clearly outlining where that area falls on the Zone Map. It's important to note that anyone previously shown in a surge zone will still be in a surge zone. Only the letters of the evacuation zone have changed.
Please click here to watch Director Foster's presentation. The discussion of the 2021 Citizens Disaster Guide and new Evacuation Zone Map begins at approximately 48:45.
If you have any questions about the new Evacuation Zones, please contact Emergency Management at (904) 548-0900.
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Nassau County, Florida, July 27, 2021 – We are excited to announce that the Board of County Commissioners has implemented PlanetBids to streamline our procurement process and improve transparency.
PlanetBids is a web-based procurement company that assists organizations with securing qualified vendors quickly and efficiently while reducing processing time and paperwork. Prior to partnering with PlanetBids, the Board’s Procurement Department maintained a spreadsheet of vendors and would notify them via email and/or SharePoint of bidding opportunities. PlanetBids’ vendor management tool allows the County to quickly identify and notify vendors that a product or service is needed and can even help the County to better identify local vendors, as well as minority, woman and veteran-owned businesses. The County is encouraging all vendors to visit the new site and register their businesses for notifications and bidding opportunities.
The PlanetBids system also allows all documents related to the bid to be accessible by the public so anyone can see the original bid and all documents associated with the bid, including submitted bid packets, bid opening minutes, and similar documents to help the user see why a particular vendor was selected. This not only improves transparency, it also makes procurement operations more efficient having these documents easily available to the public in lieu of collecting documents and responding to individual requests for information.
The new PlanetBids program makes doing business with Nassau County easier than ever by improving user experience and adding expanded features to register as a vendor and review opportunities as they become available. To view current bid opportunities for the Board of County Commissioners, please visit https://pbsystem.planetbids.com/portal/49083/portal-home. If you have any questions, please contact Procurement Manager, Brian Simmons, at (904) 530-6040 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Nassau County Council on Aging
Submitted by Liz Dunn
July 27, 2021
“Kerrie Albert, Director of Veterans Services and Community Mental Health, Florida Psychological Associates, will be featured as guest speaker with a presentation on the Veterans Treatment Court. Bob Sullivan, Nassau County Veterans Service Officer, will answer questions and provide assistance.”
The next meeting of Nassau County Council on Aging’s (NCCOA’s) Veterans Helping Veterans Support Group will be Thursday, August 12, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., at the Janice Ancrum Senior Life Center, 1901 Island Walk Way, Fernandina Beach. Guest facilitator Denny Pendergrass, Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 1088, will lead the meeting.
Kerrie Albert, Director of Veterans Services and Community Mental Health, Florida Psychological Associates, will be featured as guest speaker with a presentation on the Veterans Treatment Court. Bob Sullivan, Nassau County Veterans Service Officer, will answer questions and provide assistance.
Veterans Helping Veterans is open to retired, active-duty and honorably discharged veterans and their families. The support group meets the second Thursday of every month from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Joe Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consumers can purchase qualifying back-to-school supplies exempt from tax during the 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis, the sales tax holiday begins Saturday, July 31 and extends through Monday, August 9.
During the 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, the following qualifying back-to-school items are exempt from sales tax.
The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.
For more information on implementing the sales tax holiday, please see the Department of Revenue's Taxpayer Information Publication on the 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday or the 2021 Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday FAQs for Businesses.
Fernandina Beach, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Nassau County (DOHNassau) today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Nassau County.
Several chickens have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis Virus (EEEV) infection. The risk of transmission to humans has increased. Amelia Island Mosquito Control District and DOH-Nassau continue surveillance and prevention efforts.
DOH-Nassau reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure.
To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to “Drain and Cover”:
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
Tips on Repellent Use
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
For more information on what repellent is right for you, consider using the Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool to help you choose skin-applied repellent products: http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform.
The Department continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s site - http://legacy.myfwc.com/bird/default.asp.
For more information, visit DOH’s website at www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-bornediseases/index.html or contact your county health department.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.
Nassau County Accepting Nominations for Properties to be Acquired for the Conservation Land Acquisition Management Program
NASSAU COUNTY IS ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS OF PROPERTIES
FOR POTENTIAL ACQUISITION THROUGH THE CONSERVATION LAND ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CLAM)
Nomination Period: July 24, 2021 through December 31, 2021
The Nassau County Conservation Land Acquisition and Management (CLAM) program was created to preserve and conserve the county’s natural, historic, and working lands resources by identifying, ranking, and assessing conservation lands for acquisition and management.
The County shall accept nominations of properties for potential acquisition by the County through the CLAM Program from any person or organization, including the County, nonprofit organizations, and local, regional, state, or federal governmental entities. To nominate a property for potential acquisition, the nominator shall submit an application to the Nassau County Planning Department. Nominators may nominate an entire parcel for acquisition in fee simple or only a specific portion thereof or interest therein. In nominating properties, nominators should consider, at a minimum, the information contained in the Conservation Plan, the CLAM Resource Rankings Map, and the CLAM Manual.
Nominations must be received by the Nassau County Planning Department no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, December 31, 2021. Nominations received after the nomination period will not be considered. CLAM documents and nomination forms can be found at the following link or can be picked up and dropped off in person at the address listed below:
Nassau County Planning Department
96161 Nassau Place
Yulee, Florida 32097
Due to current renovations at Barnabas’ West Nassau service center at First United Methodist Church in Callahan, all services will be relocated to the “Preschool Room” in the church.
Barnabas Center’s west Nassau service center is normally located in an office adjacent to the First United Methodist Church in Callahan at 449644 US Highway 301, Callahan, FL 32011.
All services will continue to operate as normal. Nassau County residents may apply for assistance in Callahan by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (904) 261-7000 for any of the following assistance:
Parking is located at First United Methodist Church in Callahan. At the time of your appointment, our service provider will call you to provide directions to the Preschool Room.
For more information about our services in Callahan, call (904) 261-7000.
WILDLIGHT, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 22, 2021-- Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN) has sold the rights to manage two timber funds (Fund III and Fund IV) that were previously managed by its Olympic Resource Management (ORM) subsidiary, as well as its co-investment stake in both funds, to BTG Pactual’s Timberland Investment Group (TIG) for an aggregate purchase price prior to closing costs of $35.9 million. The transaction will be reflected in third quarter financial results.
Collectively, the funds that were sold comprise approximately 110,000 acres of diverse, SFI-certified timberland in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Rayonier’s ownership stake in the two funds on a “look-through” basis equated to approximately 11,000 acres.
“We are pleased to transition management of these two timber funds to a well-qualified timberland investment manager,” said David Nunes, President and CEO. “As previously communicated, the private equity timber funds business that we obtained last year through our acquisition of Pope Resources was not a long-term strategic fit for Rayonier. We believe this transaction reflects a favorable outcome for our shareholders, as it allows us to simplify our operations and allocate capital to other strategic priorities.”
Following this transaction, Rayonier continues to own a 20% co-investment stake in one timber fund (Fund II) comprising 31,000 acres of timberland in the Pacific Northwest. Rayonier has commenced a process to liquidate the Fund II assets. Fund II will continue to be managed by ORM until completion of the planned sale.
Rayonier is a leading timberland real estate investment trust with assets located in some of the most productive softwood timber growing regions in the United States and New Zealand. As of March 31, 2021, Rayonier owned or leased under long-term agreements approximately 2.7 million acres of timberlands located in the U.S. South (1.75 million acres), U.S. Pacific Northwest (507,000 acres) and New Zealand (417,000 acres). The Company also acts as the managing member in a private equity timber fund business with one fund comprising approximately 31,000 acres. On a “look-through basis”, the Company’s ownership in the fund equates to approximately 6,000 acres. More information is available at www.rayonier.com.
Forward-Looking Statements - Certain statements in this document regarding anticipated future events, our business strategies, including with respect to the recent acquisition of Pope Resources, expected acquisitions and dispositions, the anticipated benefits of our business strategies, and other similar statements relating to our future events, are “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of words such as “plan,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “estimate,” “believe,” “intend,” “project,” “anticipate” and other similar language. However, the absence of these or similar words or expressions does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. While management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable when made, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. The risk factors contained in Item 1A — Risk Factors in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and similar discussions included in other reports that we subsequently file with the SEC, among others, could cause actual results or events to differ materially from our historical experience and those expressed in forward-looking statements made in this document. Forward-looking statements are only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no duty to update our forward-looking statements except as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any subsequent disclosures we make on related subjects in subsequent reports filed with the SEC.
Nassau County Council on Aging Partners with Rosalyn Carter Institute for Family Caregiving Workshop
Nassau County Council on Aging
July 22, 2021
Learn Hands-On Strategies for Dealing with Dementia Behaviors
Family caregivers are the backbone of community-based services providing more than $450 billion in unpaid services across the nation. They provide over 90% of the care received by people with dementia and other long-term illnesses; 30% of caregivers pass away before their loved one.
In support of our local family caregivers of people with dementia, Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) is offering a workshop developed by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI). The “Dealing with Dementia Workshop” provides proven tips and strategies for caregivers on best practices for caring for their loved ones and themselves. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, August 20, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., at the Janice Ancrum Senior Life Center, 1901 Island Walk Way in Fernandina Beach. Cost is $40 for the new Dealing with Dementia Guide. Register to attend here – https://conta.cc/3y0gcGj. Questions? Contact Emily Kunzelmann, email@example.com or 904-775-5472.
Created in 1987 to pioneer the work in the field of family and professional caregiving across the lifespan, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter became aware of the challenges of caregiving when she was a child. Her father had leukemia and died when she was 9 years old. Soon after, her grandmother died, and her grandfather moved in with her family for the remainder of his life.
“We are extremely proud to present this special workshop for caregivers…those who provide 24/7 care for their loved ones,” said Janice Ancrum, President & CEO, NCCOA. “Partnering with the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers is especially meaningful. As the former First Lady experienced, I am currently my father’s primary caregiver. Mrs. Carter says, ‘Caregiving is hard, even on the good days when it brings joy and fulfillment. It requires dedication, determination and time.’ I certainly agree and strongly encourage caregivers or caregivers-to-be to attend.”
“Most family caregivers assume the care of a loved one without access to needed training and education,” said Gayle Alston, Director of the RCI Training Center for Excellence. “Caregiving for a loved one is a rewarding and loving experience. However, due to the physical and emotional demands of caregiving and the struggles specific to dementia care, caregivers often suffer high levels of stress and depression. The goal for the Dealing with Dementia Caregiver Workshop is for Alzheimer’s and dementia family caregivers to gain a better understanding of dementia, utilize strategies to effectively manage dementia behaviors, and develop habits of stress management and self-care.
Caregivers who attend the four-hour workshop will receive a copy of the new Dealing with Dementia Guide. This guide provides 300+ pages of information and solutions to problems caregivers face every day. If you are a caregiver or know someone who is caring for a loved one with dementia, don’t miss this important workshop.
About Nassau County Council on Aging
Founded in 1974 by local citizens, Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of older adults through services and compassionate care designed to improve the health, independence and economic security of Nassau County seniors and their families. NCCOA’s Adult Day HealthCare program is located in Fernandina Beach. For additional information, visit www.nassaucountycoa.org.
About Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
Located in Americus, GA, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is a division of Georgia Southwestern State University. The RCI was established in 1987 in honor of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a GSW alumna who serves as president of the Institute’s Board of Advisors. RCI establishes local, state, national and international partnerships committed to building quality, long-term, home- and community-based services. It advocates for evidence-based research to address the strain and burdens associated with family, volunteer and professional caregiving. For additional information, visit www.rosalynncarter.org.
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Nassau County, Florida, July 20, 2021 – The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Nassau County Commissioners Aaron Bell and Thomas Ford with Presidential Advocacy Awards for their work during the 2021 Legislative Session at its recent Annual Conference in Orange County, Florida.
Commissioner Aaron Bell stated, “It is an honor to have received this award. As an Elected Official, I strive to ensure that the leaders in Tallahassee are aware of our needs here in Nassau County and I look forward to continuing in these efforts. I also appreciate the Florida Association of Counties for encouraging commissioners in all Florida counties to work together to achieve goals that benefit the residents in which they represent”.
Commissioner Thomas Ford echoed Commissioner Bell’s statements, adding, “I am very humbled to be recognized by the Florida Association of Counties. The actions taken during the 2021 Legislative Session reflects a collective effort by the Board of County Commissioners and I am proud to have been a part of that. I also want to thank the Florida Association of Counties for providing an avenue for Commissioners can come together and advocate for the counties they represent".
The FAC Presidential Advocacy Award recognizes county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in advocating with FAC during the 2021 session to advance counties’ legislative agenda and preserve home rule.
“Every day, our Commissioners work hard to tackle complex challenges and respond to the unique needs of their local area,” said FAC President and Palm Beach County Commissioner, Melissa McKinlay. “Their consistent drive and dedication for their constituents is the reason we’re able to sustain our communities, and those that take the extra mile to advance the counties’ legislative agenda play a leading role in improving quality of life for all Floridians.”
For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.
If you have any questions, please contact Cragin Mosteller at (850) 294-9307 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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