Customers see more than $150 million in toll relief in the first four months
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Toll Relief Program introduced by Governor DeSantis and enacted by the Florida Legislature launched on January 1, 2023. Now in its fourth month of posting credits to customer accounts, Florida commuters continue to see significant savings as a result of the program. Since the program’s inception in January, more than $150 million in Toll Relief credits have been issued benefiting 1.2 million Floridians. In the month of April, account credits of $37.7 million were posted to 1 million customer accounts.
The year-long program automatically gives frequent users with at least 35 monthly toll transactions a 50 percent toll credit to their account. The Toll Relief program builds on the successful SunPass Savings Program that concluded in December and resulted in 384,000 drivers saving over $18 million.
“Governor DeSantis’ promise to bring relief to Florida families is being realized everyday through the Toll Relief program,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E. “The Toll Relief Program provides meaningful relief to Floridians who use our tolling facilities.”
“Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise provides different routes for Florida commuters that may save them time on their drive and with this program, they are saving money too,” said Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Executive Director and CEO, Nicola Liquori. “We are happy to be able to provide our customers significant savings that they can use to offset the rising costs of other necessities.”
In addition to the 25% savings SunPass customers already receive, the Toll Relief Program provides drivers with another way to save. The program runs through December 31,2023 and is expected to provide 1.2 million drivers with savings of nearly $500 over the course of the year.
The Toll Relief Program is administered by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and includes SunPass as well as other Florida-based tolling agency partners throughout the state. Customers are encouraged to ensure their transponder is properly mounted in the vehicle and their account is in good standing.
SunPass is the prepaid electronic toll collection program operated by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, the toll agency for the state. To learn more about SunPass, please visit SunPass.com or call 1-888-TOLL-FLA (1-888-865-5352).
Emergency Medical Services Week
5/19/23 @ 9:10 a.m.- At the Wednesday, May 17th meeting, the Board approved Resolution No. 2023-109 proclaiming the week of May 21-May 27, 2023, as "Emergency Medical Services Week" in Nassau County, Florida. EMS week was authorized by President Gerald Ford in 1974 to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. 2023 is the 49th year that EMS week has been recognized nationally.
This year's theme is "EMS: Where Emergency Care Begins". Emergency medical services has grown to fill a gap by providing important, out of hospital care, including preventatives medicine, follow-up care, and access to telemedicine. The emergency medical care system consists of first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, police officers, educators, administrators, pre-hospital nurses, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, trained members of the public and other out of hospital medical care providers.
The Board of County Commissioners commends all emergency medical service workers in Nassau County and extends their gratitude to them for all they do to care for Nassau County's residents.
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5/18/23 @ 2:45 p.m. - Please note that the Invasive Plants Class schedule being hosted by the UF IFAS/County Extension Office has been amended to remove the May 31st class on Mexican petunia. Unfortunately, our Extension/Ag Agent, David Herbert, has to attended a staff development training mandated by the University of Florida and will be unavailable to teach that day.
The class on Mexican petunia will be rescheduled for a future date. If you have any questions, please contact the UF IFAS/County Extension Office at (904) 530-6350 or email Mr. Hebert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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5/18/23 @ 1:00 p.m. - Please be advised that from Monday, May 22 - Friday, June 9, 2023, there will be periodic lane closures on County Road 121 as Environmental and Geotechnical Specialists, Inc.(EGS) works to install soil borings. Soil boring is a technique used to investigate and determine soil composition and conditions at a site where construction is planned. In this case, the soil borings will provide the County with the necessary data to design the pavement and road structure related to the County Road 121 widening and resurfacing project.
During the time period described above, EGS will close northbound and southbound travel lanes periodically, one at a time, at various locations between the Duval County line and County Road 119. This work will only take place Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am - 5pm (excluding weekends and holidays).
An aerial view of the project illustrating the proposed work area is attached. Should you have any questions, please contact Deputy County Manager/County Engineer, Robert Companion, at (904) 530-6010 or via email at email@example.com.
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National Police Week
May 15th was designated by Presidential Proclamation in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, as Peace Officer Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. This was designated to honor those officers, Federal, State and local, who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. National Police Week has become widely recognized throughout the United States of America as a new way for the citizenry to pay tribute and express their gratitude to those who serve and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Since the first recorded death in 1786, there have been 23,785 law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and were killed in the line of duty. In the Spring of 2023, 556 new names of fallen heroes were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, including 224 killed in 2022.
To date, Nassau County has suffered the loss of 13 law enforcement officers, heroes who have fallen in the line of duty, including 8 from the Nassau County Sheriff's Office, 1 from the City of Fernandina Beach Police Department, 1 Florida Highway Patrol Officer, 2 from the Florida Department of Agriculture, and 1 Hilliard Constable.
At today's Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Board approved Resolution No. 2023-110 proclaiming the week of May 14 - May 20, 2023 as National Police Week and Monday, May 15, 2023 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in Nassau County, Florida. Representatives from the Nassau County Sheriff's Office and City of Fernandina Beach Police Department were in attendance for the reading of the Resolution.
The Board commends all law enforcement personnel for their service and dedication to Nassau County and its residents. Nassau County residents are encouraged to thank a law enforcement officer this week for all they do to keep our community safe from violence and disorder.
5/17/23 @ 10:45 a.m. - Florida Power & Light has sent notification of their intent to conduct tree and vegetation maintenance in the Nassauville area in the coming weeks. The work will be done by FPL's qualified line-clearing contractor, Asplundh Tree Expert.
"Trees and vegetation are a leading cause of outages - especially during hurricanes and severe weather", stated FPL's North Florida Arborist, Steve Burnside. "FPL would like to remind everyone to stay away from power lines at all times and that only a specially trained and qualified line-clearing professional should trim trees or vegetation near power lines and power poles".
Please visit fpl.com/trees to learn more about power line safety and FPL's line-clearing program.
For questions, please contact Mr. Burnside at (386) 254-2358 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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May 17, 2023 (Jacksonville, Fla.) – May is National Nurses Month, and Community Hospice & Palliative Care recognizes hardworking and compassionate nurses caring for terminally ill patients while providing support and spiritual care for patients and families. Community Hospice & Palliative Care nurses like Jenna provide their patients and families with compassionate care, respect, and professionalism.
Community Hospice & Palliative Care employs over 400 nurses who care for 1,300 patients a day. They perform a wide range of nursing activities for their patients while participating as a Community Hospice & Palliative Care interdisciplinary team member in providing advanced illness management and the best end-of-life care possible.
"We want to thank our compassionate and kind nurses for caring for our patients and families during their hospice journey," said Mary McElroy, Senior Vice President of Hospice Services. "Our nurses have been compassionate guides for each other and those they serve. This is their time to be recognized for their amazing gift, and we are truly grateful for every one of our nurses."
About Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Established in 1979, Community Hospice & Palliative Care is an innovative national leader in palliative and hospice care, as well as providing programs and services to meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves. During its 44-year history, through the support of more than 1,000 employees and 1,000 volunteers, the organization helps approximately 1,600 patients per day to live better with advanced illness – at home, in long-term care and assisted living facilities, in hospitals and at its 10 inpatient care centers. No one is ever denied care due to an inability to pay. To learn more about the support and services of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, visit CommunityHospice.com.
In 2017 Congress declared June 1 - 7 to be National CPR and AED Awareness Week. We saw early this year an example of how important it is to know CPR. The Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps is committed to training everyone on the American Heart Association's "Hands Only" CPR technique.
Earlier this year, many of us witnessed a young healthy athlete collapse in cardiac arrest on live TV. He was one of over 350,000 people in the US who experience sudden cardiac arrest every year. Nearly 75% of those events happen at home. The athlete, Damar Hamlin, recovered and is doing well, but on average less than 10% of people survive after cardiac arrest. But with CPR, we can dramatically improve the odds of survival.
June 1 - 7 is National CPR Awareness Week. We encourage everyone to get trained. The American Heart Association has simplified the process so that we no longer need to do mouth to mouth breathing. All we need to do is Check, Call and Compress the chest. Watch the video at this link to see how easy it is to perform: https://www.nassaucountyflmrc.com/.
The Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps offers free classes on Hands Only CPR and AED use. The classes are 1 1/2 hours long and include actual practice performing CPR. You can email them at email@example.com.
Contact: Jennifer Bothast
Nassau, Fla. — The Atlantic Hurricane Season is approaching, and the experiences of last year’s Hurricanes Ian and Nicole are still fresh in the minds of Floridians. The Department of Health - Nassau encourages residents to prepare now to protect their health heading into the hurricane season.
Here are key steps you can take:
To learn more about preparing yourself and your family, visit www.floridadisaster.org/planprepare/preparing-for-hurricane-season or call your county’s emergency management office. For more tips about how to prepare your health for hurricane season, call DOH--Nassau at 904-875-6100.
About the Florida Department of Health
The Department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 16, 2023) – The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) facilitated the move of dozens of specialty liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks through the port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. Owned by LNG supplier Eagle LNG Partners LLC, half of the tanks will be used to temporarily increase storage at its Jacksonville LNG bunker facility near the Talleyrand Marine Terminal, and the other half will be used for exporting LNG to the Caribbean and elsewhere.
The tanks bound for the Caribbean mark the company’s progression toward replacing petroleum with natural gas for power generation to several islands, including Aruba. It also marks progress following a memorandum of understanding between Aruban leaders and JAXPORT to grow business connections. LNG growth serves as an example of a business connection mutually benefitting both regions.
"As the global fleet of LNG powered maritime vessels increases, the demand for LNG bunkering and larger LNG bunkers is growing. Also, given recent world events, Eagle LNG is building upon shipments of ISO containers of LNG that we have already transferred from JAXPORT to Europe. Eagle LNG is proud to be working closely with JAXPORT to increase LNG bunkering capacity at JAXPORT while also working to introduce new lower greenhouse gas emission solutions such as bio-LNG into the fueling mix,” said Eagle LNG Director of Operations Tim Robertson. “The addition of these new ISO containers enables Eagle LNG to continue to deliver on its promise of replacing dirty petroleum fuels for power generation in the Caribbean, including in Aruba, while supporting new container delivery routes from JAXPORT to points in the Caribbean and Europe.”
As demand for LNG continues to grow, JAXPORT has served as a hub for LNG expansion and development for the shipping industry and is the only U.S. East Coast port to offer on-dock and near-dock LNG fueling capabilities.
“Jacksonville is a global leader in the use and development of LNG due to the strength of our port partners,” said JAXPORT Director of Specialty Cargoes Rick Schiappacasse. “We are pleased to have an efficient transportation network that can grow our capabilities and further the use of LNG as a clean marine fuel.”
The ISO tanks' move to JAXPORT was coordinated by logistics and freight forwarding company JF Moran, with stevedoring services provided by terminal operator SSA Atlantic. Local tank trucking provider Patriot Logistics transported the tanks to Eagle LNG’s Maxville LNG Facility in North Jacksonville.
“It's these partnerships that allow JF Moran to provide our clients with door-to-door service,” said JF Moran CEO and President Betty Robson. “This shipment is representative of the complete supply chain, beginning with the manufacturer overseas, followed by JF Moran providing the client with visibility on the shipment, resulting in the goods arriving at JAXPORT. There was a lot of coordination with our overseas agents to facilitate the shipment of the tanks as soon as the production was complete, clearing Customs at both origin and destination, coordinating the trucking, and all the details required to streamline the logistics process for our client.”
Located in the heart of the Southeast U.S., JAXPORT is Florida’s No. 1 container port by volume and one of the nation’s top vehicle-handling ports. Jacksonville offers a 47-foot deepwater shipping channel, two-way ship traffic with no berth or terminal congestion, and same-day access to 98 million U.S. consumers.
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