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Press Release

By Nassau Board of County Commissioners

02-03-24

Attached is the December 2023 edition of the Board of County Commissioner’s Newsletter. This monthly publication features a variety of information related to projects and activities for the departments under the Board. It also includes information about road projects, special events, adopted policies and procedures, budget discussions, and more!

REDI Grant Program for American Beach 

Property Owners

For American Beach Property Owners, as part of the American Beach Water and Sewer Conversion Project, the St. Johns River Water Management District REDI Grant Program could cover up to $6,750.50, per residential unit, for the sewer line installation from the right-of-way to your home and the abandonment of your septic tank.

  • A minimum of 79 property owners are needed to commit to sewer installation/septic abandonment by St. Johns River Water Management District to receive grant funding for sewer connection costs.
  • Only property owners with existing septic tanks (with or without a structure) qualify for the REDI Grant.
  • Properties currently under construction or future construction projects do not qualify unless there is a septic tank existing on the property.
  • If the minimum of 79 Property Owners do not sign up for the REDI Grant, funds will not be available.
  • REDI Grant submissions are due by February 16, 2024. Funds may not be available for your parcel if you decide after the due date to submit your information.

WHAT DO AMERICAN BEACH PROPERTY OWNERS NEED TO DO IF INTERESTED IN QUALIFYING FOR THE REDI GRANT?

STEP 1, NASSAU AMELIA UTILITIES:

  1. Arrange payment or set up a payment plan with Nassau Amelia Utilities (NAU) for NAU wastewater impact fees and other associated fees not covered by the REDI Grant, total amount of $1,718, and complete NAU New Service Application.
  • $1,718 is comprised of: Wastewater Impact Fees = $1,548, Initial Connection Fee = $70, Sewer Deposit = $100
  • Payment plans can be arranged for a period of 6-10 months, with payments beginning March 2024.
  • NAU can be reached at (904) 530-6030 or in-person at 5185 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

STEP 2, COUNTY MANAGER’S OFFICE:

   2. Review and Complete the Non-Revocable Letter of Commitment (Documents 

 found at the link below)

   3. Review and Complete the License Agreement for Temporary Access 

 (Documents found at the link below)

  4. Deliver in-person or mail your completed REDI Grant packet to the County 

 Managers Office, located at 96135 Nassau Place, Suite 1, Yulee, FL 32097

  • REDI Grant Packet includes:
  • Receipt from Nassau Amelia Utilities
  • Non-Revocable Letter of Commitment
  • License Agreement for Temporary Access

All REDI Grant submissions must be received in-person or postmarked by February 16, 2024.

Please note, should the County no longer qualify for the REDI Grant based on less than 79 property owners not committing to the septic to sewer conversion project, then the Non-Revocable Letter of Commitment and the License Agreement for Temporary Access shall become null and void. If the REDI grant is not received, then at the Property Owner’s discretion, they may request refund of the sewer capacity charges of $1,548, deposit of $100, and initial connection fee of $70. Following such a refund, if the property is connected to sewer system in the future, they will be subject to such fees and charges in place at that time. 

The County Manager’s Office is available to you for assistance related to the St. Johns River Water Management District REDI Grant Program (for American Beach Property Owner’s only) either by phone or in-person, Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. Please feel free to reach out to us at (904) 530-6010, option 1, or visit us at 96135 Nassau Place, Suite 1, Yulee, FL 32097.

More information on the American Beach Water and Sewer Conversion Project can be found here: https://www.nassaucountyfl.com/1087/American-Beach-Water-Sewer-District

Save the Date: Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event Scheduled

The County’s next bi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. – noon (or until trucks reach capacity… whichever comes first).

What: Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event

When: Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 8am-12pm (or until truck reaches capacity)

Where: Nassau County Road Department, 86200 Gene Lasserre Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097

This event is FREE to Nassau County residents with proof of residency. Small businesses may also be approved to dispose of items for a small fee, however you must call Keep Nassau Beautiful in advance to register at (904) 261-0165.

Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Barnabas Food Pantry.

Winter Strategic Planning Session 

The Board of County Commissioners have scheduled their Annual Strategic Planning Sessions for Thursday, February 29 and Friday, March 1, 2024. These interactive sessions will be led by County Manager Taco Pope who will guide the Board through discussions about the County’s adopted Strategic Plan, updates on previously identified projects/priorities, and brainstorming on future priorities that meet the County’s vision for the future. The sessions also allow residents the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on Strategic Plan initiatives.

Both sessions will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Florida State Community College (FSCJ) in the Red Bean Center’s Nassau Room located at 76346 William Burgess Road, Yulee, Florida 32097.

In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing reasonable accommodations to participate should contact the County Manager’s Office at (904) 530-6010 or via email at [email protected] no later than 72 hours prior to the meetings. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call the Florida Relay Service at 711 or at (800) 955-8771.

Railroad Crossing Closures

On behalf of Norfolk Southern, the Nassau County Road Department is issuing a Notice of Intent to Begin Construction on the following railroad crossings due to repairs needed. They will be working as hard as possible to have them accessible as soon as possible and repairs will only take 1 day or a few hours, varying on repairs needed.



  • Larsen Road in Callahan, FL – January 31, at 12:00 pm — No Proposed Detour: One way in and out.
  • Thomas Creek Road in Callahan, FL – February 1, at 8:30 am — Proposed Detour: Acree Rd to Old Kings Rd to US1.
  • Woods Lane in Callahan, FL – February 5, at 8:30 am — No Proposed Detour: One way in and out.
  • CR 121 in Bryceville, FL – February 7, at 8:30 am — Proposed Detour: CR 121 to CR 119 to US 301.
  • Oak Hill Rd in Hilliard, FL – February 7, at 8:30 am — No Proposed Detour: One way in and out.

Please note that any/all dates are subject to change due to weather and/or other conditions

For additional information, please contact Geoff Reeder 330-749-1906 or Josh Crocker at 419-890-6278 at Safety Services Supply

African American Read-In

In recognition of Black History Month, the Fernandina Beach Library will host their annual African American Read-In on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. The program will be hosted by residents Neil and Joyce Frink. 

This event is free and open to anyone to attend. Anyone wishing to participate in the Read-In can bring a 1-2 minute excerpt from your favorite African American author. 

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Library. If you have any questions, please call (904) 530-6500.

Pubic Meetings

Below are public meetings scheduled for the week of 

February 5 – February 9, 2024.

Please note that meetings are subject to change. Please review our website calendar for up-to-date information. 

Meeting agendas can be located here.

Job Opportunities Available

The Board of County Commissioners currently has numerous job opportunities available. In addition to having the opportunity to work close to home and to serve your community, the County offers the following benefits: 

  • Free Health Insurance (for employee)
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Paid Time Off
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • Educational Reimbursement

To view job descriptions and associated salaries, click here.

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