Numerous Quick Move-In Homes Available
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 28, 2022) – PulteGroup, one of the nation’s leading home builders, announces sales are underway in North Jacksonville at Hidden Bluff, a new construction community offering single-family homes from the $300s.
“We are pleased to begin sales at Hidden Bluff, our newest community in North Jacksonville,” said Tony Nason, Division President of PulteGroup’s Northeast Florida Division. “Homebuyers at Hidden Bluff will enjoy Pulte’s collection of consumer-inspired home designs and convenient access to everything Northeast Florida has to offer.”
Pulte Homes at Hidden Bluff is offering seven open-concept home designs and building one- and two-story, single-family homes on premier 60- and 70-foot homesites sitting along the expansive Nassau River basin. Floor plans range in size from 1,590 square feet to more than 2,782 square feet. Pulte is building more than two dozen quick move-in homes. There are no CDD fees and low HOA dues at Hidden Bluff. The community includes walking trails and an advanced fiber network providing fast, reliable, multi-user Internet.
Residents will enjoy quick access to Interstates 95, 295 and US 17, offering an easy commute to the Jacksonville International Airport, downtown Jacksonville and anywhere in Northeast Florida. Hidden Bluff is located less than five miles from entertainment and restaurants at the River City Marketplace, the largest shopping complex in Northeast Florida. The community is zoned for schools in the Duval Public School District.
Hidden Bluff is the latest of multiple new projects for Pulte in Northeast Florida. Sales are underway at Timber Cove and Bradley Pond in North Jacksonville, the Trails at Grand Oaks and the Preserve at Bannon Lakes in St. Johns County, Bradley Creek in Clay County, and at Forest Park at Wildlight in Nassau County. Sales will open soon at Del Webb Wildlight in Nassau County, Double Branch in Clay County and at Rolling Hills, Spring Park at Grand Oaks and Summer Bay at Grand Oaks in St. Johns County.
For more information, call (904) 664-3236 or visit www.pulte.com/jacksonville.
FPL to Display Year-Round Drone Diagnostic Capabilities and Grid Improvements as First Month of Hurricane Season Wraps Up
WHAT: FPL will demonstrate how it is improving reliability for customers in good weather and bad by putting neighborhood power lines underground, strengthening main power lines and using drone technology to assess the energy grid in Nassau County. Join FPL personnel and local leaders to see how FPL is continuously upgrading the grid to improve service for customers.
WHY: FPL is replacing overhead power lines with more reliable underground lines in neighborhoods with a history of outages caused by storms, trees and vegetation. FPL also continues to harden main power lines to withstand extreme wind loads. FPL also conducts more than 200 drone flights every day, proactively assessing FPL equipment to avoid customer interruptions and reduce outage times. With hurricane season underway, see how FPL uses drones both during good weather and following storms to identify impacts to the energy grid and speed restoration.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.
Demonstration 1 (drone technology):
50431 Church Road, Callahan FL, 32011
First Baptist Church of Gray Gables
Demonstration 2 (undergrounding):
54033 Vikki Road, Callahan, FL 32011
Demonstration 1 will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. along US Highway 1 and Church Road. After the drone demonstration, media are invited to continue to demonstration 2 as we show the removal of overhead power lines, a brief drive from the first demonstration.
WHO: FPL drone pilots, undergrounding experts and spokespeople; Nassau County leaders
Nassau County, Florida, June 24, 2022 – Nassau County has received its second award for the State Road 200 Corridor Master Plan. The first award was an Award of Excellence in Planning from the Northeast Florida Regional Council earned in January 2022. This most recent award is the 2022 Sustainability Award from the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) which was earned for creating a plan that improves on and harmonizes with the natural environment.
This plan was the result of a two-year planning initiative which consisted of online citizen surveys, interviews and community meetings in which stakeholders were asked to share their thoughts about the State Road 200/A1A Corridor.
This process revealed that county residents, young and old, share a desire for a safe, comfortable, and attractive corridor that connects them to the places they are seeking access to. They also desire more trees, sidewalk/bicycle paths, and gathering spaces such as parks and public markets. At the Board of County Commissioner’s meeting held on December 13, 2021, the Board adopted a Resolution approving the SR200/A1A Corridor Master Plan which will serve as the blueprint for plan implementation through upcoming comprehensive plan policies and land development code standards.
Joseph Quinn, Senior Project Manager for the Southwest Florida Water Management District and President of the FPZA, stated, “The Nassau County State Road 200/A1A Corridor Master Plan reflects the incredible long-range vision of staff, residents, businesses owners, and others to foster a sense of community and connectivity not traditionally seen in such car-centric corridors. The broad stakeholder engagement in the Master Plan development is a testament to the community’s desire to create a vibrant, connected, and sustainable corridor addressing enhanced livability for both current and future residents. Given the exceptional aspects of the State Road 200/A1A Master Plan, the Florida Planning and Zoning Association was extremely excited to present Nassau County with the 2022 Sustainability Award!”
Nassau County recognizes that the current pattern of development along the SR200/A1A Corridor is not fiscally sustainable, nor does it represent the interests of the community. With the recent widening of SR200 to six lanes, its wide vehicle travel ways, unshaded sidewalks, and unprotected bike lanes, automobile transportation is prioritized.
Nassau County’s goal is to establish nodes of compact, walkable areas along the corridor, linked by safe routes for bicycling and future transit, while creating a sense of place and historic identity. Five planning priorities identified include:
The State Road 200 Corridor Master Plan outlines Low Impact Design (LID) principles that work with nature to manage stormwater and preserving natural landscape features. It also includes guidelines for maintaining natural areas and protecting viewsheds along the corridor which would be accomplished by strategic acquisition of parcels along the State Road 200 corridor.
County Manager, Taco Pope, stated, “The State Road 200 Corridor Master Plan- The Timber to Tides Project charts a path towards a more resilient and people centric development program that prioritizes quality-of-life and generational sustainability. I am proud to have been part of the planning team that delivered this project to the citizens of Nassau County”.
The Master Plan can be located here.
If you have any questions about the SR200/A1A Corridor Master Plan, please contact the Nassau County Planning Department at (904) 530-6300 or email email@example.com.
North Florida Land Trust is Applying for Renewal of its Accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
Jacksonville, Fla., June 22, 2022 – North Florida Land Trust is applying for the renewal of its accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. A public comment period is now open, and the commission is asking anyone who wishes to send in their comments to please do so by Sept. 3, 2022.
NFLT originally applied for accreditation in 2017 and was awarded national recognition in February of 2018. The nonprofit land conservation organization is part of a network of more than 450 accredited land trusts across the nation that demonstrated a commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.
“This recognition brings credibility to our operations and provides our supporters with a confidence that we are committed to sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship in our seven-county focus area and beyond,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “The process to receive the accreditation recognition is rigorous and the Land Trust Accreditation Commission is extremely thorough in its review, allowing a donor, large or small, to know we operate to the highest standards and are among the very best in the country.”
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission will conduct an extensive review of NFLT’s policies and programs and invites public input. The organization will accept signed, written comments on pending applications which must relate to how the nonprofit complies with national quality standards which address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. A full list of standards can be found at http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life by protecting North Florida’s irreplaceable natural environment. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through the donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information, visit nflt.org.
Local Behavioral Healthcare Provider Elected to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing's Board of Directors
Yulee, Fla: On Tuesday, June 14th, 2022, Dr. Laureen Pagel, CEO of Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, prevailed in her campaign and was elected as the Region IV (Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee) Director on the National Council for Mental Wellbeing Board of Directors. Dr. Pagel will serve an initial three-year term and then be eligible for re-election into a final three-year term.
“I am honored to receive this designation and to have the opportunity to represent District IV,” says Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. “I intend to focus on meeting the unique needs of small healthcare systems and to advocate at the federal level for sustainable improvements to the ever-evolving healthcare system. I look forward to beginning this important work and am so grateful for the endorsements and support that got me here.”
The National Council for Mental Wellbeing is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of over 3,100 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. Its Board of Directors represents the membership of the nonprofit association and is dedicated to promoting excellence in mental health and addictions treatment.
About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 30 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit www.spbh.org.
Attached is the May 2022 edition of the Board of County Commissioner's newsletter. This monthly publication features a variety of information related to projects and activities for departments under the Board of County Commissioners. It also includes information about road projects, special events, adopted policies and procedures, budget discussions, and more!
Topics in this edition includes information on:
If you have any questions, please contact the County Manager's Office at (904) 530-6010.
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Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller
June 23, 2022
For the second year, the FCCC awarded the Florida Clerks who have met or exceeded current statewide benchmarks in their policies and procedures for service to their citizens. Mr. Crawford was presented with 11 Best Practices Recognition of Excellence Awards for Bail Bonds, Compliance Services, Confidential Judicial Records, Eviction, Evidence Storage and Destruction, Exploitation of Vulnerable Adult Injunction, Marriage License, Public Records Requests, Recording Fundamentals, Requests to Redact Exempt Personal Information, and Service Documents by Clerks for Pro Se Litigants. These awards are the results of the hard work and commitment to excellence by the Clerk and his staff.
Florida’s Clerks and Comptrollers have collaborated on Best Practices for more than 14 years. The Best Practices Excellence Program was established last year as an opportunity for Clerks to receive Recognition of Excellence certificates for completing assessments that evaluate acceptance of certain Best Practices.
The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk John A. Crawford is independently elected by and accountable to the Nassau County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder, and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk is the Chief Financial Officer and Auditor for Nassau County.
6/23/22 @ 9:20 a.m. - At the Wednesday, June 15th meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2022-128, proclaiming the week of June 25-July 1, 2022, as "National Boys & Girls Club Week" in Nassau County, Florida.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County instill young people with the self-confidence to believe that they can succeed at anything they put their minds to and stand at the forefront of efforts in the areas of child safety, academics, fair play, healthy lifestyles, and character. They also help ensure that young people have a safe supportive place to spend time and will provide them with quality youth development programs.
There are approximately 4,000 clubs and over 2 million children and teens attendees nationwide. Nassau County currently has three Boys & Girls Club locations that serve 700 young people annually. To learn more about Boys & Girls Club centers in Nassau County, please visit their website at https://bgcnassau.org/.
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Board to Designate ARPA Funds to Town of Callahan to Expand Water & Sewer Services for Economic Development and Job Growth
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Nassau County, Florida, June 23, 2022 – The Crawford Diamond Industrial Park is a McCallum Sweeney Certified Industrial Park consisting of 1,814 acres and approved for up to 10.5 million square feet of heavy industrial use. It’s proximity to three ports, two interstates, and two railroad lines makes it a prime location for Economic Development with the opportunity to brings thousands of jobs to Nassau County. However, attracting companies has been difficult due to the site’s lack of water and sewer services.
A coalition consisting of the Board of County Commissioners, the Nassau County Economic Development Board, JaxUSA, and the Town of Callahan have been collaborating efforts to expand the Town’s current water and sewer system to the Crawford Diamond.
In an attempt to fund the expansion, the Town of Callahan applied for a 21/22 Florida Job Growth Public Infrastructure Grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in the amount of $4 million. In order to qualify for the grant, the Town of Callahan needed support from the Board of County Commissioners. The County’s contribution will be the final financial piece to make this estimated $12 million project a reality. The investments into these critical infrastructure projects will place the County in a very competitive position to bring significant economic development and job growth within the County.
On January 4, 2022, County Manager, Taco Pope, sent a letter to the Economic Development Board tentatively committing $4 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding received from the U.S. Department of Treasury following the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding the project is consistent with guidelines set forth by the U.S. Treasury and the Nassau County Prosperity Plan adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in May 2021.
In the January 4th memo, Mr. Pope stated, “The establishment of a public water system to serve the Crawford Diamond Industrial Park supports community goals by creating a more diversified, resilient, sustainable and prosperous local economic ecosystem; improves access to public water; creates high wage jobs; leverages state and federal dollars to build strategic infrastructure; and expands the local tax base”.
We are excited to announce that on Monday, June 20, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis visited Nassau County and presented the Town of Callahan with a check to assist in funding the project! This funding is in addition to $4 million awarded to the Town during the previous fiscal year.
Following the Governor’s check presentation to the Town of Callahan, County Manager, Taco Pope, stated, “This is a big day for Nassau County! By working together to find solutions, the Coalition has finally found a way to bring water to the Crawford Diamond. The Board of Commissioners will continue to invest in infrastructure and to expanding our County’s workforce to strengthen our local economy”.
Construction of the water plant follows the $9 million Crawford Road improvements project completed by the Board of County Commissioners in November 2021. Later this year, the Board of County Commissioners will commence a $2 million intersection improvements project at US 301 and Crawford Road to allow heavy truck traffic to access the Crawford Diamond Industrial Park.
Sherri Mitchell, Executive Director for the Nassau County Economic Development Board, stated, “This is such an exciting time for Nassau County and I couldn’t be more thrilled! When we all work together to create planned developments that are diverse, we are truly paving the way for a stronger future. I want to thank the Board of County Commissioners and the Town of Callahan for their commitment to this specific infrastructure project for the Crawford Diamond. Infrastructure is crucially important to foster Nassau County’s economic development and prosperity. This is a game changer and will have a direct effect as it contributes to higher productivity and growth, facilitates connectivity, and promotes economic inclusion”.
JAXPORT Completes Final Phase of $100 Million in Berth Improvements to Enhance Container Handling Capabilities at Blount Island
The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) announced today the completion of the final phase of $100 million in berth enhancements at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal (JCT) at Blount Island. The last stage of the project, the rehabilitation of 700 linear feet of deepwater berthing space, was completed at the end of June in coordination with the recently completed Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project.
The SSA JCT now features a 47-foot channel depth with 2,400 linear feet of newly rebuilt berthing space capable of simultaneously accommodating two post-Panamax container ships.
The multi-faceted berth rehabilitation project began in 2016 with the installation of a high-voltage electrical system equipped to power up to 10 state-of-the-art environmentally friendly container cranes, including three already in use and an additional three currently on order by SSA Atlantic.
Subsequently, the berths were reconstructed in a series of four phases. Together, the berth improvements and eco-friendly cranes increase energy efficiencies, reduce emissions from diesel-powered cranes and enhance night-time operations through the addition of high-powered LED lighting. The berths also offer on-dock rail for cargo handling and feature heavy lift capabilities, including one of the nation’s highest weight-bearing capacity docks.
The project was funded 75% by the Florida Department of Transportation with a 25% JAXPORT match.
“This project significantly enhances our deepwater berthing capabilities at Blount Island, maximizing the efficiencies created by the deepening project,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “We are grateful for the continued support from the State of Florida as we work to build the port of the future and bring more cargo—and the jobs and economic impact it supports—to Jacksonville.”
In addition to the reconstructed berths and new cranes, more than $72 million in phased yard improvements are underway to enable the SSA JCT to accommodate 500,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually. The yard improvements are funded by SSA Atlantic and a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD).
The federal project to deepen the Jacksonville shipping channel to a depth of 47 was completed through Blount Island in May 2022. The project included the construction of a new vessel turning basin that now allows larger vessels calling the SSA JCT to turn around at Blount Island.
JAXPORT is Florida’s largest container port and one of the nation’s top vehicle-handling ports. Jacksonville’s 47-foot deepwater shipping channel offers two-way river traffic and no berth congestion. Nearly 100 million consumers live within a one-day truck drive with major interstates located within minutes of port terminals.
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