Cure your Exercise Allergies

The Cure to Exercise Allergies

The Cure to Exercise Allergies


By: Rae Lane

Are you one of the many who set out to make THIS your year to get on an exercise program but fear you may fall off the wagon 3 months later? Diagnosis: You might be allergic to exercise. Unfortunately you’re not alone! Those of us in the health club industry see it year after year. January and February bring a lot of new people eager to resolve to get fit, only to see a decline in the spring and summer. My goal with this article is to motivate you to make fitness a regular part of your life.

Ever wondered why it seems that some people LIVE to exercise and others are allergic to the very thought of it? My husband is a prime example of a guy who (I believe) came out of his mother’s womb raring to grab a pair of dumbbells and grunt! He would joyfully workout all day long if he could get paid to do it. It wouldn’t matter what mode of exercise either. He’d do it and be his very happiest. I, on the other hand, put off my workouts as long as I can, easily finding other things to keep me “too busy”. Yes, I do it and feel great; after all, I have to practice what I preach. But it takes all the motivating self-talk I can muster to get going (and I practically live at our club!).

Now we all know the incredible benefits of fitness: weight loss, stress management, pain reduction, cardiovascular improvement, development of a strong and toned physique, more energy, and better health, just to name a few. Why these aren’t enough to get us motivated, I have yet to figure out! So let me ask you, have you ever considered the alternative? Through the years, I’ve worked with numerous “mature” adults who say they wish they had started exercising years ago. They are convinced they wouldn’t be in the poor condition they are in if they had done what I like to call “preventive maintenance”. Think of the money you’ll save by maintaining a fit body and heart. I tell people, “You’ll either spend a little money now getting and staying in shape or a fortune later in hospitals and pharmacies!” Don’t you want to go through life feeling good and one day able to keep up with the grandchildren, not broken down and in pain? Just as we change the oil in our cars and go for regular teeth cleaning, exercise should be an essential part of our everyday lives: just as natural as paying bills or taking out the trash. IT’S JUST SOMETHING WE DO.

So put a stake in the ground TODAY and commit to make fitness a natural part of your life-for the REST of your life. Whether you join a gym, start a walking program, or take exercise classes, be sure to keep a journal where you set weekly goals. Then reward yourself for each week successfully completed with savings points. This way you have a tangible number representing the money you’re saving in healthcare later in life. Remember, fitness is like housework-it doesn’t stay done. Do it even if you’re allergic to it-until it becomes an inseparable part of your life. Trust me; you have nothing to lose and a lifetime of health to gain!

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Update: The Kenmore Elite Coffee Maker from Hell

Already Recalled in 2008

Already Recalled in 2008

Sears and Kenmore seem to think that turning a deaf ear to a legitimate claim for recognition of a dangerous product is a valid course of action while automobile giant Toyota is struggling with a worldwide recall of cars that are having a serious problem with the gas pedal, To quickly brief you on the story of the inflammable coffee maker that almost burned our house down, check the original story.

Since that day we have received close to one hundred reactions from friends and strangers who shared our concern and thanked us for using the internet to get the word out about this machine. After a lot of research it turns out that the coffee maker we bought from Sears online on 8/23/09 had been recalled a year earlier on August 26, 2006 according to consumeraffairs.com http://www.consumeraffairs.com/recalls04/2008/kenmore_coffeemakers.html

The model numbers of the recall were 100.80006, 100.81006 and 100.82006. Our burned up machine featured the Model number 81666. Now I don’t know if this is a sick joke or blatant disregard for consumer safety, because the coffee maker that almost burned our house down is exactly like model 100.81006. Ergo, somehow forgot to fix this one before putting it back in sales inventory or someone just wiped his behind with the original recall, slapped a new model number on the machine that ended in 666 (hell’s fire?) and put it back on the shelf.

The Coffee Maker from Hell

The Coffee Maker from Hell

In any case we filed the complaint and tried to leave a factual review on the Sears website which was denied twice, even though our only concern is for other people not having their house burned down or worse. Although we had bought the coffee maker at Sears Online, we could not get any help there, but the local independently owned Sears store was hugely helpful in getting the pertaining information and organizing the reimbursement.

The fact remains however this Coffee Maker that already had one recall before, needs to be taken out of the market before places burn down or people get hurt. This may sound a bit dramatic to many out there, until you actually see the flames shoot out of this coffee maker that sits under your wooden kitchen cabinet, with burning plastic shooting in all directions and wonder how you can grab it and make it end up outside in the yard without hurting anyone.

I’m quick on my feet and rather decisive in action, but I honestly wonder what would have happened if nobody had been at home or worse, if we’d still been in bed while the coffee was brewing. What if the pot would have been in an elderly lady’s house with no help around to prevent the damage.

Business as Usual?

The big question now is: was the original recall shortcoming repaired? Did this particular one slip the repair man’s attention or was there just a sticker slapped onto the machine that indicated with a number change that it concerned a recall and just send back into the market place? I am appalled by the fact that Sears Corporate has completely ignored our request for answers, denied our product reviews and seems to be treating this as “business as usual”. One promise here: It won’t go away.

We have filed a report with CPSC and are confident they will contact you soon.

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Fernandina Police Awards Banquet

Angela Corey, Wesley White and Chief Hurley

Angela Corey, Wesley White and Chief Hurley

The Fernandina Beach Police Department held its annual Awards Banquet at the Fernandina Golf Club on Friday night, January 22, 2010. State Attorney Angela Corey was a huge hit at the banquet as an honored guest, pictured here with Chief Hurley and Assistant State Attorney Wesley White, Director of the Nassau County Office.

Civilian Employee of the Year
Highly respected by peers and officers alike, Steve Minahan has been awarded the Civilian Employee of the Year. Steve consistently receives outstanding evaluations from his supervisor, who cites his knowledge, skills and abilities as exemplary and his high-energy, up-beat attitude as infectious.

Steve Minahan and Chief Hurley

Steve Minahan and Chief Hurley

As the Primary CTO (Communications Training Officer), he represents the Police Department by participating in the training of bank personnel on the 3-SI system and always strives to be professional and sets the standard for others to follow.

Often going above and beyond what is expected of him by completing a variety of queries, even before they are requested, Steve is considered extremely intuitive by officers in the field.

He is the Terminal Agency Coordinator for the police department which is a crucial function that coordinates compliance with all of FCIC’s communications policies.

Community Service Award

Susan Holden-Dodge

Susan Holden-Dodge

This year’s recipient is Susan Holden-Dodge. As the Executive Director of the Barnabas Center for the past six year, Susan Holden-Dodge recently announced that she will be retiring in June. She has been a true servant in our community and her leadership will be felt for many years to come.

During her tenure she has accomplished many things at Barnabas:
-She oversaw the opening of the Samaritan Clinic, reaching out to people in need to provide qualified uninsured medical care through a team of volunteer doctors.
-She oversaw the expansion of the New to You second hand store, which provides funding and resources for Barnabas and its clients.
-She helped to double the size of the Community Food Pantry.
-In 2007 she oversaw the opening of the Dental Clinic for low income clients.
-She has successfully written numerous grants as a way of securing the necessary funding to keep projects moving forward.

In addition, she has also been a terrific partner with the police department as we seek to serve many of our least fortunate residents.

2009 Honorable Mention – Officer of the Year
According to a commissioned study by the Department of Children and Families, the cost of underage drinking in Florida exceeds $3 Billion a year. Underage drinking is a contributing factor when calculating the impact of violent crime, motor vehicle crashes, property crime, risky sexual behavior, physical injuries, fetal alcohol syndrome, suicide and suicide attempts. An annual impact of $3 Billion a year is unacceptable.

The Nassau Alcohol, Crime and Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC), a grassroots organization which began at the Fernandina Beach Police Department, is committed to reversing this trend. With local resources and backed by federal grants, NACDAC again partnered with our agency during 2009 to increase awareness and enforcement of underage drinking. And, once again this year, Sergeant Rhonda Sanderson has been the energy behind this effort.

Rhonda Sanderson with Fernandina's Chief Hurley

Rhonda Sanderson with Fernandina's Chief Hurley

Along with her officers, this initiative produced 331 alcohol violation citations for under-21 and over-21 offenders, 47 underage tobacco citations, and 148 compliance buy attempts and 14 citations. In addition, incidents of open house parties have been greatly reduced in our community, as have alcohol-related traffic crashes, and drug arrests among juveniles.

Sergeant Sanderson has long been committed to reducing the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco by the youth of our community. She recently joined the NACDAC board and has attended several training sessions related to the NACDAC mission, many covering best practices for positive enforcement. She also recently completed a school addressing Advanced Gang Investigation Development, presented by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

She continues to be self motivated, displaying a genuine concern for the issues most important to the safety and welfare of our community. Sergeant Sanderson is in her nineteenth year of service to our community. She is one of our night shift patrol supervisors and she received the 2009 Honorable Mention – Officer of the Year.

J. Stannard Baker Traffic Safety Award
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper (back left in the photo below) was honored as the recipient of the prestigious J. Stannard Baker Award for Traffic Excellence by the International Association of Chief’s of Police. Lt. Leeper was joined by (left to right) his wife Emma and mother Alberta, as well as his father Joe and brother Danny, far right.

J. Stannard Baker, born in 1899, literally wrote the book on accident investigation. As an engineer at the National Safety Council and later at the Traffic Institute, he helped originate the science of accident reconstruction. The IACP has never awarded this prestigious national award to an officer in the State of Florida, until this year. Although he has already received this award at his own agency, Fernandina Beach Chief of Police, James Hurley thought it might be nice to recognize one of our own in his hometown awards ceremony.

Lt. Bill Leeper, former Mayor of Fernandina Beach, was selected for this award for his sustained dedication to traffic safety. He has served over thirty-two years with the Florida Highway Patrol.

Bill Leeper and Family

Bill Leeper and Family

Lt. Leeper has spearheaded the promotion of numerous highway safety campaigns, such as Operation Hardhat (enforcement in work-zones), Operation Tailgate (following too closely), Operation Road King (reduce motorcycle fatalities), Saved by the Helmet, Battle of the Belts, and many other successful safety programs.

During his career, Lt. Leeper has participated in more than 3,900 radio and television interviews, and made 2,400 traffic safety presentations to more than half a million people. He developed a training and informational program for Florida’s High Schools concerning the consequences of DUI. He has appeared on the TV shows Real Stories of the Highway Patrol, Cold Case Files, and America’s Most Wanted.

Lt. Leeper is a previous winner of FHP’s coveted Clayton J. Hall Memorial Award, a previous Image Award winner for his Battle of the Belts program, a multiple GEM Award winner for outstanding achievement, a former PIO of the year, Davis Productivity Award in 1998, and he was the State Traffic Officer of the Year in 1996. Without a doubt, Lt. Bill Leeper’s extraordinary dedication to public service has helped to save lives throughout the state.

2009 Officer of the Year
The Officer of the Year Award went to Officer Jason Smith. Last summer, Officer Smith was commended for excellent police work and keen patrol observation. Officer Smith observed a suspicious vehicle in the Lakewood Subdivision at 4:00 in the morning. He initiated a traffic stop and his subsequent investigation led to the occupants being taken into custody for numerous vehicle burglaries both in Fernandina and in Nassau County.

Fernandina Beach Police Officer, Jason Smith

Fernandina Beach Police Officer, Jason Smith

During the past year, Officer Smith made more than three hundred vehicle stops, resulting in over 150 traffic citations and written warnings. Officer Smith made more than one-hundred arrests, including 20 DUI arrests. Once again he received the MADD Award for his efforts as the department’s top DUI enforcer.

Although constantly proactive and alert, he handles his duties in a most professional manner, and without a single citizen complaint. For the second year in a row, Officer Jason Smith was awarded Fernandina Beach Police Department’s Officer of the Year.

2009 Volunteer of the Year
Our Police Auxiliary Corps has been a true blessing to the City, providing competent traffic control and a variety of other duties at our many events.

Chief Hurley and Mary Ruark

Chief Hurley and Mary Ruark

Most of our volunteers contribute at large-scale events and their effort is most appreciated. Others, like our 2009 Volunteer of the Year, participate all the time, sometimes at more than one event in the same day.

This year, Mary Ruark, a PAC board member, was recognized for the distinguished Volunteer of the Year Award. She is a high-energy person that embodies the meaning of volunteerism. Mary has worked at least 32 events this year, and has worked approximately 190 volunteer hours. She is a vital member of our volunteer corps and she most deserving of the 2009 Volunteer of the Year.

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Is a Home Based Business Right for You?

And yes sometimes working from home is fun too.

And yes sometimes working from home is fun too.

When times get financially tough, and who claims they aren’t right now, more and more people look into the possibility of starting a home based business to supplement or replace their income. A couple of days ago Yahoo News presented a few suggestions on how to complement or replace income with something that you like to do and know how to do or have explicit talent in.

One example they used was the home bakery of cakes and cookies, which happened to be one example of 49 income producing home jobs we published in an e-book more than a year ago. Since then a lot of people have left the state of denial and moved into reality. Times are very tough and everyone would want to make some extra dollars here or there.  It’s going to be a long time coming before we have this economic mess behind us, so why not choose an additional source of income from our ebook; one that fits your skills, talent and time availability. You can buy the book online for only $5.00 or you can sit out the next three months as SearchAmelia will publish one opportunity example every other day.

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When faced with the decision on starting an (extra) income generating home based business, the first question that comes to mind should be:  What can I do? Well…here is a novel thought, do what you love and know something about! If you feel uncomfortable with computers, obviously a hands-on internet business is not what you’re looking for, neither is writing if you don’t like it or MLM (multi level marketing) if you hate being around people and selling. Here is an interesting statistic: 90% of people hate selling. They’ll fight an alligator if needed, but freeze up on the idea to have to approach someone with a proposition that involves selling a product or idea. Whilst this sounds basic it is in fact very insightful because how many of us, and I include myself, pursue or have pursued income streams that are totally unsuited to our individual skills and expertise. 

When choosing a business, don’t step more than one or two steps away from what you know intimately. Now that you have some basic insight, let’s examine some of the key elements of developing a successful home based business, which is likely to incorporate a wide variety of income streams.

So let me pop the question: Is a home business right for you?

Before embarking upon any home business you need to first ask yourself this simple question. People believe and are often sold on the idea that working from home is a dream job and associate home working with a more relaxed lifestyle. In reality, it often confuses the boundaries between social, home and business life.  You should not imagine yourself rolling out of bed in the morning at 10:00 am and working from your study in your pajamas.  Though the thought is appealing and occasionally true, the reality is that during the creation of a home business, life can become very stressful if boundaries aren’t defined.

We have prepared some useful guidance that may be beneficial in helping you create a successful business.

1. Designate a room as your office.
(Forget about those ads that suggest money from your kitchen table.) This is perhaps the most important starting point. Having a room in which the door can be closed at the end of the day is important. Many home businesses fail because the owner is unable to separate work life from home life and they become distant from family members as they are unable to switch off from work.

Medical research also suggests that home workers can often suffer from sleep disorders as they often work, eat, sleep and drink in the same room and therefore find it difficult to separate work and family commitments, which can leave them stressed and anxious at night.

2. Set strict boundaries.
Often the nature of home businesses means that other family members are at home and it is essential to sit down with them and agree on a timetable when you are in CPM (Critical Production Mode) and when you are in family mode. You must be able to stay focused and free of distractions that may keep you from the day to day development of your business, and ultimately your income source.

3. Select your niche and research your market thoroughly.
Most businesses fail because of poor, inadequate or non existent research. Don’t presume that your product or service will be instantly appealing to your customers. Market research is essential and this can take a variety of forms from questionnaires in which you ask potential customers a series of questions to gather their preferences to researching similar products and their appeal to customers.

The Internet is an invaluable source of information which can be utilized to gather important details. If you are on a limited budget, look to sign up for free chat rooms with a specialism in your chosen market and start speaking to people, try MySpace, Bebo or Facebook for example.

4. How easy is your business concept to copy?
Working from home can encompass a wide variety of disciplines, but before you invest, think about how easy your business concept is to copy. If your concept is easily copied by others then this may prove detrimental as other competitors can easily muscle in on your market. Consider copyrighting or patenting a really good concept.

5. Decide on the legal form of your business and choose an accounting or bookkeeping system. Nothing fancy or elaborate. Just some things to consider. Do you want to start as a Sole Proprietor, an INC. or an LLC, LLC stands for Limited Liability Corporation and will protect you from personal liabilities. The set up cost of an LLC is about $160 and easily done on the State’s website and annual filing fees are about $135.

To make sure you don’t get lost in your accountancy and tax filings and payments, you need to decide whether you want to use something like QuickBooks if you’re somewhat Internet savvy or if you simply want to use a standard journal and give this to a bookkeeper every month or so.

6. Decide on how you are going to market your business.
For me the computer and the internet has completely changed my marketing approach. A couple of hundred good email addresses, a simple but effective website, some article blogs, and pretty soon the jobs start coming in. Do this in combination with some traditional direct mail and you’ll be booming soon. The following 49 niche market HBB opportunities are quite traditional and marketing them to your target audience may require joining some civic and/or religious organizations, the Chamber of Commerce or some type of merchant associations, if you are looking for a progressive growth that can replace your current income.

Be disciplined in setting boundaries and dividing your work from social time is of utmost importance. Good research leads to a successful and thriving home business as it sets a solid foundation from which to develop. Remember that creating a profitable home business requires patience, determination and single mindedness. Also remember that in today’s economy, your decision to start a home business can lead to huge riches, if you start it out right.

A Piece of Advice:
Most of all don’t waste a moment of your precious time on the Committee of Jerks in your head, who will keep telling you, you can’t do this, it’s not going to work. Ignore them, fire them and avoid them. They are useless. It’s your dream and commitment that will make it work.

Tomorrow Feb. 1  – Homebase Income Opportunity 1 Caring for Cemetery Plots

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Will a High Speed Train Boost our Economy?

High Speed Train Dilemma

High Speed Train Dilemma

Contrary to my friend and publisher Dr. Ramakers who likes the high speed train projects, I am a true-blooded American with a deep love for the freedom of the automobile, that may outrank practicality of transportation, but is it just me or am I seeing some really stupid stuff going on that is costing us billions of dollars.  I couldn’t help but watch with a dropped jaw the President announcing in Florida this week the need for a high speed train from Tampa to Orlando.  Think about this for a minute, Tampa to Orlando?  I truly don’t get this one.  Is this going to increase tourism in Florida?  Will this provide much needed jobs now?  Will there be enough business for the project to sustain itself financially or will people still prefer to take their cars?

I think the answer to all the above questions would be a simple, NO.  I don’t see this train having any increase on tourism in the state.  As far as producing jobs, construction will not end until 2014 and 2017, so much for what we need now.  How many people will flock to this wonder train to nowhere and fork out whatever the cost will be to ride it?  I don’t see it as a money maker, I think it will become another unfunded mandate on the taxpayers of this state.

Our elected officials are saying they hope for a $2.5 billion funding to come through although there are those who think it will be less, somewhere around $1.8 or so.  I don’t think anyone has thought this thing through completely.  I wonder what $2.5 billion could do for the economy of the state and reducing unemployment if it were loaned to small businesses?  Just a thought.

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Merrillee Whren’s Latest Book is Hometown Promise

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Local author Merrillee Whren’s latest novel, Hometown Promise, is on shelves now. This is the first book in her Kellerville series. The second book, Hometown Proposal will be out in August of this year.

Her book is available at our local Wal-Mart or Kmart, but if you’d rather shop local as any of our book stores in historic Fernandina Beach to order it for you.

Hometown Promise tells the story of how: “For six years Lukas Frye has founght to regain control of his reckless life. He comes to Kellerville, Ohio, hoping to settle down and be the man his ailing grandfather can depend on. Lukas thinks he can put down roots in a place unsullied by his past–until he sees Juliane Keller.

Juliane knows the secrets that could ruin his chance of being accepted in the place he wants to call home. But she isn’t just a reminder of his past; she’s a woman with secrets of her own–and a heart capable of the forgiveness and love he needs.”

Merrillee Whren, Local Author

Merrillee Whren, Local Author

Of course you can read an excerpt of the book on her website.

If you’d rather purchase the newest works of Marrillee Whren online, here are the links.

Christian Books

Harlequin Online

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Fernandina Commissioner Meeting Agenda

Fernandina Commissioners

Fernandina Commissioners

AGENDA – FERNANDINA BEACH CITY COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING

FEBRUARY 2, 2010 at 6:00 P.M.

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE / INVOCATION
Invocation by Reverend Terry Pugh of Elm Street Church of God.

4. PROCLAMATION/PRESENTATION
4.1 PROCLAMATION – AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL – Proclaims February 12-13, 2010, as “Amelia Island Book Festival”. Don and Andrea Parker, Joe and Joani Selement, Founders of the Book Island Festival, Attavia Facciolo, and Mary Pitcher will be present to accept the Proclamation.

4.2 PRESENTATION – ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL, INC., Presentation by Ms. Sandy Price, Executive Director of the Shrimp Festival Committee, to announce the 47th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival dates and festivities, and review of the Franchise.

5. CONSENT AGENDA
5.1 APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Regular Meeting – January 5, 2010; Special Meeting – January 7, 2010; Work Session – January 11, 2010; and Regular Meeting – January 19, 2010.

5.2 APPROVING GRANT SUBMITTAL – FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT – RESOLUTION 2010-13 AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF A GRANT APPLICATION TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT (FDLE) FOR A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT (JAG) ALLOCATION OF $4,876 TO BE USED BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PURCHASE SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Authorizes the submission of an application by the City and the total allocation is $4,876 with no local matching cost required from the City.

5.3 APPROVING GRANT SUBMITTAL – FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, BUREAU OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES – RESOLUTION 2010-14 AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA TO SUBMIT THREE GRANT APPLICATIONS TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, BUREAU OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES MATCHING GRANTS PROGRAM TO FUND A FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM; CRITICAL CARE EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING; AND VEHICLE EXTRICATION EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING; COMMITTING AN APPROPRIATION OF FUNDS IN THE FY 2010/2011 BUDGET FOR THE LOCAL MATCH REQUIREMENTS; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Authorizes the submittal of three (3) grant applications to the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for the Fire Department.

5.4 EMERGENCY CHECK SIGNING AUTHORITY – RESOLUTION 2010-15 AMENDING RESOLUTION 2004-120 RELATING TO EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, PROVIDING FOR AUTHORITY TO SIGN MANUAL CHECKS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Amends Resolution 2004-120 relating to emergency preparedness, providing for signature authorization in declared emergencies.

5.5 SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATION RELATED TO WORKING WATERFRONT AMENDMENT – RESOLUTION 2010-16 DEMONSTRATING SUPPORT FOR FLORIDA STATE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS RELATING TO ASSESSMENTS OF WORKING WATERFRONT PROPERTY BASED ON CURRENT USE, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Urges the Florida Legislature to pass legislation that would implement the Working Waterfront Amendment to the Florida Constitution.

5.6 BUDGET TRANSFER – RESOLUTION 2010-17 APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE BUDGET FOR TRANSFER OF FUNDS FROM THE GENERAL FUND CONTINGENCY ACCOUNT TO THE IT CONTRACTUAL ACCOUNT, NON-DEPARTMENTAL REPAIRS / MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT ACCOUNT, NON-DEPARTMENTAL REPAIRS / MAINTENANCE BUILDING ACCOUNT, NON-DEPARTMENTAL NON-CAPITAL EQUIPMENT ACCOUNT, AND STREETS CONTRACTUAL ACCOUNT; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves the transfer of funds from the General Fund Contingency account to various departments/accounts for unbudgeted expenditures in FY 2009/2010.

6. REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC TO BE HEARD ON ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
6.1 CITY RESIDENTS
6.2 NON-CITY RESIDENTS

7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1 ACCEPTING QUALIFICATION REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION, U.S. POST OFFICE, RESOLUTION 2010-18 ACCEPTING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CITY MANAGER SELECTION OF A CONSULTING FIRM TO PROVIDE ARCHITECTURAL, ENGINEERING & DESIGN SERVICES FOR THE HISTORIC U.S. CUSTOMS HOUSE, FEDERAL COURTHOUSE & POST OFFICE (RFQ #09-104); AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Accepts the City Manager’s consultant ranking recommendation as follows: 1) Hammond, Beeby, Ruper, Ainge Architects, Inc., 2) Bender & Associates, and 3) Kenneth Smith Architects.

8. ORDINANCES – FIRST READING
8.1 LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENT – SIGNS – ORDINANCE 2010-06 APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO THE LAND DEVEOPMENT CODE, CHAPTER 5, SIGNS; SPECIFICALLY AMENDING THE SIGNAGE CODE TO ADD LANGUAGE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENHANCING THE EXISTING CODE TO BETTER COMPLY WITH RECENT CASE LAW; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Amends the Land Development Code, Section 5.03.00, regarding signs.

8.2 LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENT – AIRPORT – ORDINANCE 2010-07 AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, CHAPTER 1, SECTION 1.07.00 ACRONYMS AND DEFINITIONS AND CHAPTER 4, SECTION 4.03.04, STANDARDS FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE AIRPORT OVERLAY; SPECIFICALLY AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO ADD LANGUAGE TO ADDRESS THE AIRPORT DESIGN STANDARDS AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: LDC Text Amendment in Chapter 1, Section 1.07.00, and Chapter 4, Section 4.03.04, to add language to address the Airport Design Standards.

8.3 LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENT – ISLAND WALK SHOPPING CENTER – ORDINANCE 2010-08 APPROVING AN APPLICATION (TA 2009-36) FOR A TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE; SPECIFICALLY TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, SIGNS; BY REMOVING SECTION 5.03.03(E)(3)(D) REQUIRING THE ELIMINATION OF NONCONFORMING SIGNS SPECIFICALLY IDENTIFIED AS PROHIBITED SIGNS NO LATER THAN FIVE YEARS AFTER THE DATE OF ADOPTION OF THIS CODE (OCTOBER 1, 2011); AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approval of a Text Amendment Application to the LDC regarding Non-Conforming Signs.

9. ORDINANCES – SECOND READING
9.1 CODE AMENDMENT – MARINA MOORING FIELD – ORDINANCE 2009-25 AMENDING CHAPTER 90, ARTICLE III, BOATS, BY CREATING DIVISION 1, REGARDING BOATING GENERALLY AND DIVISION 2, REGARDING MOORING FIELD, AND CREATING SECTION 90-70 PROVIDING FOR DEFINITIONS; AMENDING SECTION 90-74 REGARDING SLOW SPEED IN CERTAIN AREAS; AMENDING SECTION 90-75 DECLARING ABANDONED VESSELS A NUISANCE AND PROVIDING FOR REMOVAL BY CITY; AMENDING SECTION 90-76 REGARDING DERELICT VESSELS AND PROVIDING FOR REMOVAL BY CITY; REPEALING SECTION 90-79; AMENDING SECTION 90-80 BY ATTACHING AMENDED MOORING FIELD MANAGEMENT PLAN AS EXHIBIT “1”; AMENDING SECTIONS 90-71, 90-72, 90-73, 90-77 AND 90-78 BY CONSISTENTLY USING THE TERM “VESSEL”; CREATING SECTION 90-81 REGARDING INTENT OF MOORING FIELD; CREATING SECTION 90-82 REGARDING APPLICABILITY; CREATING SECTION 90-83 REGARDING AUTHORITY OF MARINA MANAGER; CREATING SECTION 90-84 PROVIDING FOR MOORING OF VESSELS IN THE MOORING FIELD IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MANAGEMENT PLAN; CREATING SECTION 90-85 PROHIBITING DISCHARGE OF WASTE OR POLLUTANTS BY VESSELS; CREATING SECTION 90-86 REQUIRING USE AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED BY ANYONE MOORING IN THE MOORING FIELD; CREATING SECTION 90-87 PROHIBITING MOORING AND ANCHORING GENERALLY; CREATING SECTION 90-88 PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS; DIRECTING THE CITY CLERK TO FILE WITH FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Amends the City’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 90 related to Boats, the Mooring Field, and Mooring Field Management Plan.

9.2 CODE AMENDMENT – GENERAL EMPLOYEES PENSION – ORDINANCE 2010-01 AMENDING CHAPTER 62, PERSONNEL, ARTICLE III, GENERAL EMPLOYEES’ PENSION PLAN, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH; AMENDING SECTION 62-71, DEFINITIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-75, CONTRIBUTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-76, BENEFIT AMOUNTS AND ELIGIBILITY; AMENDING SECTION 62-77, PRE-RETIREMENT DEATH; AMENDING SECTION 62-78, DISABILITY; AMENDING SECTION 62-80, OPTIONAL FORMS OF BENEFITS; AMENDING SECTION 62-84, MAXIMUM PENSION; AMENDING SECTION 62-85, MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS; AMENDING SECTION 62-86, MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-87, REPEAL OR TERMINATION OF SYSTEM; AMENDING SECTION 62-90, FORFEITURE OF PENSION; AMENDING SECTION 62-92, DIRECT TRANSFERS OF ELIGIBLE ROLLOVER DISTRIBUTIONS, ELIMINATION OF MANDATORY DISTRIBUTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-94, SEPARATION FROM EMPLOYMENT FOR MILITARY SERVICE; AMENDING SECTION 62-96, DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN; AMENDING SECTION 62-97, PRIOR GOVERNMENT SERVICE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Amends the General Employees Pension Plan to comply with recent changes in the Internal Revenue Service Code and Regulations, and changes to State Law.

9.3 CODE AMENDMENT – POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS PENSION – ORDINANCE 2010-02 AMENDING CHAPTER 62, PERSONNEL, ARTICLE IV, FIREFIGHTERS’ AND POLICE OFFICERS’ PENSION PLAN, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH; AMENDING SECTION 62-111, DEFINITIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-114, FINANCES AND FUND MANAGEMENT; AMENDING SECTION 62-115, CONTRIBUTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-116, BENEFIT AMOUNTS AND ELIGIBILITY; AMENDING SECTION 62-117, PRE-RETIREMENT DEATH; AMENDING SECTION 62-118, DISABILITY; AMENDING SECTION 62-120, OPTIONAL FORMS OF BENEFITS; AMENDING SECTION 62-125, MAXIMUM PENSION; AMENDING SECTION 62-126, MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS; AMENDING SECTION 62-127, MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-128, REPEAL OR TERMINATION OF SYSTEM; AMENDING SECTION 62-129, DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDERS, RETIREE DIRECTED PAYMENTS; EXEMPTION FROM EXECUTION, NON-ASSIGNABILITY; AMENDING SECTION 62-131, FORFEITURE OF PENSION; AMENDING SECTION 62-134, DIRECT TRANSFERS OF ELIGIBLE ROLLOVER DISTRIBUTIONS, ELIMINATION OF MANDATORY DISTRIBUTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-127, PRIOR POLICE OR FIRE SERVICE; AMENDING SECTION 62-128, DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Amends the Firefighters and Police Officers Pension Plan to comply with recent changes in the Internal Revenue Service Code and Regulation, and changes to State Law.

9.4 CODE AMENDMENT – ELECTRICAL – ORDINANCE 2010-03 AMENDING CHAPTER 22 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING SECTION 22-30, AMENDMENTS TO ELECTRICAL CODE SETTING FEES BY ORDINANCE AND CLARIFYING LANGUAGE REGARDING ELECTRIC SERVICE ENCLOSURES AND ENTRANCES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Sets fees by Ordinance instead of Resolution, and clarifies language regarding electric service enclosures and entrances.

9.5 CODE AMENDMENT – FILING FEES FOR ELECTIONS – ORDINANCE 2010-04 AMENDING CHAPTER 34 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING SECTION 34-3, FILING FEES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Changes the required filing fee from five percent (5%) of the Commission’s yearly salary to three percent (3%), as required by FS 99.092.

9.6 CHARTER AMENDMENTS AND VOTER REFERENDUM – ORDINANCE 2010-05 SUBMITTING TO THE CITY ELECTORS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER WHICH AMEND SECTION 15 BY INCREASING THE TIME TO FILL COMMISSION VACANCIES TO 30 DAYS; REPEALING SECTION 40 REGARDING THE APPOINTMENT OF A PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER; AMENDING SECTION 41 REGARDING THE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT; REPEALING SECTION 42 REGARDING THE APPOINTMENT OF EXTRA POLICE OFFICERS; REPEALING SECTION 43 REGARDING POLICE CHIEF ATTENDANCE AT CITY COMMISSION MEETINGS; AMENDING SECTION 44 REGARDING THE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT; AMENDING SECTION 72 REGARDING APPROVAL OF THE BUDGET BY ORDINANCE OR RESOLUTION; AMENDING SECTION 74 REQUIRING BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND BUDGET TRANSFERS BY RESOLUTION; AMENDING SECTION 125 REQUIRING THE CITY COMMISSION TO APPOINT ELECTION INSPECTORS AND POLL WORKERS AT LEAST SEVEN (7) DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION; REPEALING SECTION 127 REGARDING MUNICIPAL RECALL ELECTIONS SINCE IT IS COVERED BY STATE LAW; AMENDING SECTION 136 AUTHORIZING THE CITY COMMISSION TO CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS OF DEPARTMENTS, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES; PROVIDING FOR A REFERENDUM ELECTION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Proposes amendments to the City Charter and provides for a voter referendum.

10. BOARD APPOINTMENT
10.1 ARTS COUNCIL – 1 Appointment.

11. DISCUSSION – DIRECTION – ACTION ITEMS
11.1 PRESENTATION – DISCUSSION – FIRST ANNUAL CITY HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS PROGRAM – The Historic District Council and City Staff have been working on implementation of an annual Historic Preservation Awards Program designed to share the City’s appreciation for the efforts of those involved in preserving our unique built heritage. HDC Chair Suanne Thamm and City Planner Adrienne Dessy will present information regarding the proposed program to be inaugurated in spring 2010.

11.2 PRESENTATION – DISCUSSION – FERNANDINA BEACH-CEDAR KEY SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT – City Planner Adrienne Dessy will make a brief presentation on the City’s participation in a joint project with the City of Cedar Key aiming to highlight sustainable city operations within each local government.

12. CITY MANAGER REPORTS
13. CITY ATTORNEY REPORTS
14. CITY CLERK REPORTS
15. MAYOR/COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
16. ADJOURNMENT

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Fernandina Beach City Commission Meeting

AGENDA – FERNANDINA BEACH CITY COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING

FEBRUARY 2, 2010 at 6:00 P.M.

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE / INVOCATION
Invocation by Reverend Terry Pugh of Elm Street Church of God.

4. PROCLAMATION/PRESENTATION
4.1 PROCLAMATION – AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL – Proclaims February 12-13, 2010, as “Amelia Island Book Festival”. Don and Andrea Parker, Joe and Joani Selement, Founders of the Book Island Festival, Attavia Facciolo, and Mary Pitcher will be present to accept the Proclamation.

4.2 PRESENTATION – ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL, INC., Presentation by Ms. Sandy Price, Executive Director of the Shrimp Festival Committee, to announce the 47th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival dates and festivities, and review of the Franchise.

5. CONSENT AGENDA
5.1 APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Regular Meeting – January 5, 2010; Special Meeting – January 7, 2010; Work Session – January 11, 2010; and Regular Meeting – January 19, 2010.

5.2 APPROVING GRANT SUBMITTAL – FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT – RESOLUTION 2010-13 AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF A GRANT APPLICATION TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT (FDLE) FOR A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT (JAG) ALLOCATION OF $4,876 TO BE USED BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PURCHASE SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Authorizes the submission of an application by the City and the total allocation is $4,876 with no local matching cost required from the City.

5.3 APPROVING GRANT SUBMITTAL – FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, BUREAU OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES – RESOLUTION 2010-14 AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA TO SUBMIT THREE GRANT APPLICATIONS TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, BUREAU OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES MATCHING GRANTS PROGRAM TO FUND A FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM; CRITICAL CARE EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING; AND VEHICLE EXTRICATION EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING; COMMITTING AN APPROPRIATION OF FUNDS IN THE FY 2010/2011 BUDGET FOR THE LOCAL MATCH REQUIREMENTS; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Authorizes the submittal of three (3) grant applications to the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for the Fire Department.

5.4 EMERGENCY CHECK SIGNING AUTHORITY – RESOLUTION 2010-15 AMENDING RESOLUTION 2004-120 RELATING TO EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, PROVIDING FOR AUTHORITY TO SIGN MANUAL CHECKS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Amends Resolution 2004-120 relating to emergency preparedness, providing for signature authorization in declared emergencies.

5.5 SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATION RELATED TO WORKING WATERFRONT AMENDMENT – RESOLUTION 2010-16 DEMONSTRATING SUPPORT FOR FLORIDA STATE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS RELATING TO ASSESSMENTS OF WORKING WATERFRONT PROPERTY BASED ON CURRENT USE, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Urges the Florida Legislature to pass legislation that would implement the Working Waterfront Amendment to the Florida Constitution.

5.6 BUDGET TRANSFER – RESOLUTION 2010-17 APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE BUDGET FOR TRANSFER OF FUNDS FROM THE GENERAL FUND CONTINGENCY ACCOUNT TO THE IT CONTRACTUAL ACCOUNT, NON-DEPARTMENTAL REPAIRS / MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT ACCOUNT, NON-DEPARTMENTAL REPAIRS / MAINTENANCE BUILDING ACCOUNT, NON-DEPARTMENTAL NON-CAPITAL EQUIPMENT ACCOUNT, AND STREETS CONTRACTUAL ACCOUNT; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves the transfer of funds from the General Fund Contingency account to various departments/accounts for unbudgeted expenditures in FY 2009/2010.

6. REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC TO BE HEARD ON ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
6.1 CITY RESIDENTS
6.2 NON-CITY RESIDENTS

7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1 ACCEPTING QUALIFICATION REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION, U.S. POST OFFICE, RESOLUTION 2010-18 ACCEPTING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CITY MANAGER SELECTION OF A CONSULTING FIRM TO PROVIDE ARCHITECTURAL, ENGINEERING & DESIGN SERVICES FOR THE HISTORIC U.S. CUSTOMS HOUSE, FEDERAL COURTHOUSE & POST OFFICE (RFQ #09-104); AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Accepts the City Manager’s consultant ranking recommendation as follows: 1) Hammond, Beeby, Ruper, Ainge Architects, Inc., 2) Bender & Associates, and 3) Kenneth Smith Architects.

8. ORDINANCES – FIRST READING
8.1 LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENT – SIGNS – ORDINANCE 2010-06 APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO THE LAND DEVEOPMENT CODE, CHAPTER 5, SIGNS; SPECIFICALLY AMENDING THE SIGNAGE CODE TO ADD LANGUAGE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENHANCING THE EXISTING CODE TO BETTER COMPLY WITH RECENT CASE LAW; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Amends the Land Development Code, Section 5.03.00, regarding signs.

8.2 LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENT – AIRPORT – ORDINANCE 2010-07 AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, CHAPTER 1, SECTION 1.07.00 ACRONYMS AND DEFINITIONS AND CHAPTER 4, SECTION 4.03.04, STANDARDS FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE AIRPORT OVERLAY; SPECIFICALLY AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO ADD LANGUAGE TO ADDRESS THE AIRPORT DESIGN STANDARDS AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: LDC Text Amendment in Chapter 1, Section 1.07.00, and Chapter 4, Section 4.03.04, to add language to address the Airport Design Standards.

8.3 LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENT – ISLAND WALK SHOPPING CENTER – ORDINANCE 2010-08 APPROVING AN APPLICATION (TA 2009-36) FOR A TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE; SPECIFICALLY TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, SIGNS; BY REMOVING SECTION 5.03.03(E)(3)(D) REQUIRING THE ELIMINATION OF NONCONFORMING SIGNS SPECIFICALLY IDENTIFIED AS PROHIBITED SIGNS NO LATER THAN FIVE YEARS AFTER THE DATE OF ADOPTION OF THIS CODE (OCTOBER 1, 2011); AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approval of a Text Amendment Application to the LDC regarding Non-Conforming Signs.

9. ORDINANCES – SECOND READING
9.1 CODE AMENDMENT – MARINA MOORING FIELD – ORDINANCE 2009-25 AMENDING CHAPTER 90, ARTICLE III, BOATS, BY CREATING DIVISION 1, REGARDING BOATING GENERALLY AND DIVISION 2, REGARDING MOORING FIELD, AND CREATING SECTION 90-70 PROVIDING FOR DEFINITIONS; AMENDING SECTION 90-74 REGARDING SLOW SPEED IN CERTAIN AREAS; AMENDING SECTION 90-75 DECLARING ABANDONED VESSELS A NUISANCE AND PROVIDING FOR REMOVAL BY CITY; AMENDING SECTION 90-76 REGARDING DERELICT VESSELS AND PROVIDING FOR REMOVAL BY CITY; REPEALING SECTION 90-79; AMENDING SECTION 90-80 BY ATTACHING AMENDED MOORING FIELD MANAGEMENT PLAN AS EXHIBIT “1”; AMENDING SECTIONS 90-71, 90-72, 90-73, 90-77 AND 90-78 BY CONSISTENTLY USING THE TERM “VESSEL”; CREATING SECTION 90-81 REGARDING INTENT OF MOORING FIELD; CREATING SECTION 90-82 REGARDING APPLICABILITY; CREATING SECTION 90-83 REGARDING AUTHORITY OF MARINA MANAGER; CREATING SECTION 90-84 PROVIDING FOR MOORING OF VESSELS IN THE MOORING FIELD IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MANAGEMENT PLAN; CREATING SECTION 90-85 PROHIBITING DISCHARGE OF WASTE OR POLLUTANTS BY VESSELS; CREATING SECTION 90-86 REQUIRING USE AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED BY ANYONE MOORING IN THE MOORING FIELD; CREATING SECTION 90-87 PROHIBITING MOORING AND ANCHORING GENERALLY; CREATING SECTION 90-88 PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS; DIRECTING THE CITY CLERK TO FILE WITH FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Amends the City’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 90 related to Boats, the Mooring Field, and Mooring Field Management Plan.

9.2 CODE AMENDMENT – GENERAL EMPLOYEES PENSION – ORDINANCE 2010-01 AMENDING CHAPTER 62, PERSONNEL, ARTICLE III, GENERAL EMPLOYEES’ PENSION PLAN, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH; AMENDING SECTION 62-71, DEFINITIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-75, CONTRIBUTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-76, BENEFIT AMOUNTS AND ELIGIBILITY; AMENDING SECTION 62-77, PRE-RETIREMENT DEATH; AMENDING SECTION 62-78, DISABILITY; AMENDING SECTION 62-80, OPTIONAL FORMS OF BENEFITS; AMENDING SECTION 62-84, MAXIMUM PENSION; AMENDING SECTION 62-85, MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS; AMENDING SECTION 62-86, MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-87, REPEAL OR TERMINATION OF SYSTEM; AMENDING SECTION 62-90, FORFEITURE OF PENSION; AMENDING SECTION 62-92, DIRECT TRANSFERS OF ELIGIBLE ROLLOVER DISTRIBUTIONS, ELIMINATION OF MANDATORY DISTRIBUTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-94, SEPARATION FROM EMPLOYMENT FOR MILITARY SERVICE; AMENDING SECTION 62-96, DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN; AMENDING SECTION 62-97, PRIOR GOVERNMENT SERVICE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Amends the General Employees Pension Plan to comply with recent changes in the Internal Revenue Service Code and Regulations, and changes to State Law.

9.3 CODE AMENDMENT – POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS PENSION – ORDINANCE 2010-02 AMENDING CHAPTER 62, PERSONNEL, ARTICLE IV, FIREFIGHTERS’ AND POLICE OFFICERS’ PENSION PLAN, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH; AMENDING SECTION 62-111, DEFINITIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-114, FINANCES AND FUND MANAGEMENT; AMENDING SECTION 62-115, CONTRIBUTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-116, BENEFIT AMOUNTS AND ELIGIBILITY; AMENDING SECTION 62-117, PRE-RETIREMENT DEATH; AMENDING SECTION 62-118, DISABILITY; AMENDING SECTION 62-120, OPTIONAL FORMS OF BENEFITS; AMENDING SECTION 62-125, MAXIMUM PENSION; AMENDING SECTION 62-126, MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS; AMENDING SECTION 62-127, MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-128, REPEAL OR TERMINATION OF SYSTEM; AMENDING SECTION 62-129, DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDERS, RETIREE DIRECTED PAYMENTS; EXEMPTION FROM EXECUTION, NON-ASSIGNABILITY; AMENDING SECTION 62-131, FORFEITURE OF PENSION; AMENDING SECTION 62-134, DIRECT TRANSFERS OF ELIGIBLE ROLLOVER DISTRIBUTIONS, ELIMINATION OF MANDATORY DISTRIBUTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 62-127, PRIOR POLICE OR FIRE SERVICE; AMENDING SECTION 62-128, DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Amends the Firefighters and Police Officers Pension Plan to comply with recent changes in the Internal Revenue Service Code and Regulation, and changes to State Law.

9.4 CODE AMENDMENT – ELECTRICAL – ORDINANCE 2010-03 AMENDING CHAPTER 22 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING SECTION 22-30, AMENDMENTS TO ELECTRICAL CODE SETTING FEES BY ORDINANCE AND CLARIFYING LANGUAGE REGARDING ELECTRIC SERVICE ENCLOSURES AND ENTRANCES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Sets fees by Ordinance instead of Resolution, and clarifies language regarding electric service enclosures and entrances.

9.5 CODE AMENDMENT – FILING FEES FOR ELECTIONS – ORDINANCE 2010-04 AMENDING CHAPTER 34 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING SECTION 34-3, FILING FEES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Changes the required filing fee from five percent (5%) of the Commission’s yearly salary to three percent (3%), as required by FS 99.092.

9.6 CHARTER AMENDMENTS AND VOTER REFERENDUM – ORDINANCE 2010-05 SUBMITTING TO THE CITY ELECTORS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER WHICH AMEND SECTION 15 BY INCREASING THE TIME TO FILL COMMISSION VACANCIES TO 30 DAYS; REPEALING SECTION 40 REGARDING THE APPOINTMENT OF A PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER; AMENDING SECTION 41 REGARDING THE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT; REPEALING SECTION 42 REGARDING THE APPOINTMENT OF EXTRA POLICE OFFICERS; REPEALING SECTION 43 REGARDING POLICE CHIEF ATTENDANCE AT CITY COMMISSION MEETINGS; AMENDING SECTION 44 REGARDING THE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT; AMENDING SECTION 72 REGARDING APPROVAL OF THE BUDGET BY ORDINANCE OR RESOLUTION; AMENDING SECTION 74 REQUIRING BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND BUDGET TRANSFERS BY RESOLUTION; AMENDING SECTION 125 REQUIRING THE CITY COMMISSION TO APPOINT ELECTION INSPECTORS AND POLL WORKERS AT LEAST SEVEN (7) DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION; REPEALING SECTION 127 REGARDING MUNICIPAL RECALL ELECTIONS SINCE IT IS COVERED BY STATE LAW; AMENDING SECTION 136 AUTHORIZING THE CITY COMMISSION TO CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS OF DEPARTMENTS, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES; PROVIDING FOR A REFERENDUM ELECTION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Proposes amendments to the City Charter and provides for a voter referendum.

10. BOARD APPOINTMENT
10.1 ARTS COUNCIL – 1 Appointment.

11. DISCUSSION – DIRECTION – ACTION ITEMS
11.1 PRESENTATION – DISCUSSION – FIRST ANNUAL CITY HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS PROGRAM – The Historic District Council and City Staff have been working on implementation of an annual Historic Preservation Awards Program designed to share the City’s appreciation for the efforts of those involved in preserving our unique built heritage. HDC Chair Suanne Thamm and City Planner Adrienne Dessy will present information regarding the proposed program to be inaugurated in spring 2010.

11.2 PRESENTATION – DISCUSSION – FERNANDINA BEACH-CEDAR KEY SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT – City Planner Adrienne Dessy will make a brief presentation on the City’s participation in a joint project with the City of Cedar Key aiming to highlight sustainable city operations within each local government.

12. CITY MANAGER REPORTS
13. CITY ATTORNEY REPORTS
14. CITY CLERK REPORTS
15. MAYOR/COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
16. ADJOURNMENT

Quasi-Judicial – DENOTES THAT THE ITEM MUST BE CONDUCTED AS A QUASI-JUDICIAL HEARING IN ACCORDANCE WITH CITY COMMISSION ESTABLISHED PROCEDURE AND FLORIDA STATUTES.

A THREE (3) MINUTE TIME LIMIT MAY BE IMPOSED FOR ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA. A “REQUEST TO SPEAK” FORM IS AVAILABLE ON THE COUNTER AT THE DOOR AND SHOULD BE FILLED OUT AND GIVEN TO THE CITY CLERK AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING.

DISCUSSION – DIRECTION – ACTIONS ITEMS MAY BE ACTED UPON BY THE CITY COMMISSION BY EITHER MOTION AND VOTE IN ACCORDANCE WITH ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER, OR BY A CONSENSUS OF THE CITY COMMISSION.

PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION 95-32, IF AN ITEM IS NOT ON THE AGENDA IT REQUIRES A FOUR-FIFTHS VOTE OF THE CITY COMMISSION DECLARING THE ITEM AN EMERGENCY BEFORE ACTION CAN BE TAKEN.

ANY PERSON WISHING TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING OR HEARING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND, FOR SUCH PURPOSES, MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS MADE.

Strategic Action Group Meeting

Strategic Action Group Meeting
February 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm – initial meeting of the group NOTICE OF “STRATEGIC ACTION GROUP” MEETING

DATE: THURSDAY, February 4, 2010
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: NASSAU COUNTY GOVERNMENTAL COMPLEX/CONFERENCE ROOM
96161 NASSAU PLACE
YULEE, FLORIDA 32097

PURPOSE Introductions and naming, Lead Partners and Vision Implementation Map

The public is invited to be present.

Individuals with disabilities needing a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the program or activity should contact the office of the Ex-Officio Clerk at (904) 548-4660 or Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770(v) or 1-800-955-8771(TDD) at least seventy-two hours in advance to request such accommodation.

GROWTH MANAGEMENT
NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA
WALTER FUFIDIO, PLANNING DIRECTOR

Local Planning Agency Public Hearing

Planning and Zoning Board/Local Planning Agency Public Hearing
February 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm – Public hearing & Recommendation on Resolution adopting Revisions to the Traffic Impact Study Methodology & Procedures in Accordance with Section 2.06(A), Land Development Code NOTICE OF PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD/LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY PUBLIC HEARING

DATE: TUESDAY, February 2, 2010
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: COMMISSION CHAMBERS,JAMES S. PAGE GOVERNMENTAL COMPLEX
96135 NASSAU PLACE
YULEE, FLORIDA

The public is invited to be present and be heard.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency or commission, with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the evidence and testimony upon which the appeal is to be based.

Individuals with disabilities needing a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the program or activity should contact the office of the Ex-Officio Clerk at (904) 548-4660 or Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770(v) or 1-800-955-8771(TDD) at least seventy-two hours in advance to request such accommodation.

PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD
NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA
THOMAS FORD, CHAIRMAN

Purchasing Policy Committee Meeting

AGENDA – Purchasing Policy Committee Meeting
Thursday, FEBRUARY 4, 2010
2:00 PM

CITY HALL CONFERENCE ROOM
204 ASH STREET
FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA 32034

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. Review minutes from march 10, 2009 meeting
3. Review draft of revised purchasing policy
4. Review draft of revised Purchasing code
5. Other business
6. Schedule next meeting
7. Adjournment

Code Enforcement and Appeals Board Agenda

AGENDA – Code enforcement and appeals board hearing
THURSDAY, February 4, 2010, 6:00 P.M.

CITY COMMISSION CHAMBERS
FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA 32034

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL/ DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – January 7, 2010
4. OLD BUSINESS
4.1 MAMIE TAYLOR ESTATE, C/O RAY P. TAYLOR, 331 DADE STREET (CASE 07-00029), REQUESTING BOARD DETERMINATION OF THIS CASE, SPECIFICALLY, DEMOLITION OF STRUCTURE. RESPONDENT HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY FOUND IN VIOLATION OF THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH CODE OF ORDINANCES, SECTIONS 42-116(b), cLEANING OF LOTS; MAINTENANCE OF STRUCTURES BY THE CODE ENFORCEMENT & APPEALS BOARD. Requesting Board determination of case, specifically, demolition of structure.

4.2 ROBERT MARTIN ESTATE C/O THOMAS A. SANDERS, 1115 SOUTH 11TH STREET, (CASE 08-00033), SECTION 42-116(B) CLEANING OF LOTS; MAINTENANCE OF STRUCTURES; SECTION 42-61 NUISANCES; AND 22-26(8) ADOPTION; STANDARD UNSAFE BUILDING ABATEMENT CODE, 1985 EDITION. Update to the board.

5. NEW BUSINESS

5.1 JEFFREY J. WERDER, GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 SOUTH 3RD STREET, (CASE 09-00166), Appeal of Notice of Noise Ordinance Violation Section 42-142 FBPD CCR#09002915.

6. BOARD BUSINESS
7. ADJOURNMENT

All members of the public are invited to be present and be heard. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in this program or activity should contact 277-7305, TTY 277-7399, or through the Florida Relay Services at 1-800-955-8771 (TTY number for all City offices) at least 24 hours in advance to request such accommodations. All interested parties may appear at said meeting and be heard as to the advisability of any action, which may be considered with respect to such matter. For information regarding this matter, please contact the Community Development Department. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Construction Board of Adjustment & Appeals with respect to any matter considered at such meeting s/he will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made.

NEXT CODE ENFORCEMENT & APPEALS BOARD HEARING

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010

Dancing with the Local Stars

Title: Dancing with the Local Stars
Date: March 6, 2010
Description: Classic Ballroom Dancing presents the annual “Dancing with the Local Stars” fundraiser event for the “ballroom youth academy” a 501(c)3 non-profit arts program, which offers free ballroom dance classes to the youth of Fernandina Beach and Yulee. Grades one thru high school. All proceeds benefit the program. We will also have a silent auction, anyone can donate items,such as paintings, jewelry,gift certificates,etc.. also you may become a sponsor, all donations, are tax deductable, call felix for more info, thank you.www.classicballroom.net for more information.
Address: Amelia Island Plantation – Conference Center
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Location: Amelia Island Plantation – Conference Center
Hours: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Contact: (904) 707-6762, Email: felixsolis@msn.com
Cost: $35 presale – $40.00 at door

Classic Ballroom Dancing presents the annual “Dancing with the Local Stars” fundraiser event for the “ballroom youth academy” a 501(c)3 non-profit arts program, which offers free ballroom dance classes to the youth of Fernandina Beach and Yulee. Grades one thru high school. All proceeds benefit the program. We will also have a silent auction, anyone can donate items,such as paintings, jewelry,gift certificates,etc.. also you may become a sponsor, all donations, are tax deductable, call felix for more info, thank you.www.classicballroom.net for more information.

Library Advisory Board

Title: Library Advisory Board
Date: February 16, 2010
Description: Nassau County Library Advisory Board Will Meet on Tuesday February 16, 2010.

Address: 76346 William Burgess Blvd
Yulee, FL 32097
Location: Florida State College at Jacksonville,
Betty P. Cook Nassau Center
Yulee Branch Library

Hours: 3pm – 5pm
Contact: 904-277-7365

Special Meeting – Board of County Commissioners

February 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm (continue discussion regarding the selection process for a County Executive (County Manager) NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
DATE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2010

TIME: 1:00 p.m.

PLACE: Commission Chambers
James S. Page Governmental Complex
96135 Nassau Place
Yulee, Florida 32097

PURPOSE: Special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners to continue discussion regarding the procedures to be used in selecting a new County Executive (County Manager)

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO BE PRESENT AND BE HEARD. IF A PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD, AGENCY OR COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING OR HEARING, HE/SHE WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND THAT FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED.

Individuals with disabilities needing a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the program or activity should contact the office of the Ex-Officio Clerk at (904) 548-4660 or Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770(v) or 1-800-955-8771(TDD) at least seventy-two hours in advance to request such accommodation.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
ATTEST: NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA
JOHN A. CRAWFORD MICHAEL H. BOYLE, CHAIRMAN
EX-OFFICIO CLERK

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