Form Your Future for College Bound Students

Press release: Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), in partnership with the University of North Florida, Edward Waters College, Duval County Public Schools, the Nassau County School District, Year Up Jacksonville, Earn Up and the JAX Chamber, is hosting Form Your Future, a free event that helps college-bound students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Form Your Future takes place Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at both the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center, located on FSCJ Downtown Campus, and the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center.

This annual event provides free, in-person, financial aid guidance to help all incoming students and/or their parents/guardians prepare for a smooth transition to begin college. Students who attend Form Your Future also have the opportunity to enter for a chance to receive scholarship money. Participating colleges and universities are giving away more than $35,000 in scholarships.

The addresses for each location are listed below:

FSCJ Advanced Technology Center (next to Downtown Campus, between Pearl and Broad streets)
401 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center (just east of I-95 off of SR A1A)
76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097

Professional financial aid staff and counselors will be on hand at both locations to offer free help in all aspects of the application process. In order to complete the FAFSA, parents and students should bring the following:

* Social Security number, driver’s license or alien registration card
* 2016 IRS 1040 or latest tax return and W-2 statements
* Federal Student Aid ID (Don’t have one? Create one at fsaid.ed.gov.)

For more information, visit formyourfuture.org/.

The Craft of Writing

Press release: On November 16, 2017, “Writers by the Sea Presents… The Craft of Writing”
Fresh from the 2017 Florida Writers Association, Annual Conference, four of our Writers by the Sea authors will share insights and highlights from featured speakers: David Morrell (First Blood, Rambo); Steve Berry (2017, FL Writer of the Year); Michael Tabb (Full Sail Professor); Anne Dalton (Trademark Attorney); Mark Gottlieb (Publisher); and more. Our FWA conference participants were introduced to the craft of writing honed by these esteemed authors, agents, and publishers, and want to share the wealth with you.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Writers by the Sea Panelists include Florida award winning writers: Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne (Screenwriter), and Donna Jennings (Novelist); plus WBTS small group leader of “The Writer Within”, Marla McDaniels and 2018 WBTS Planning Committee member, Linda Guecia.

As always, we meet the third Thursday of the month, at the Amelia Island Museum of History, at 6:00pm, in Fernandina Beach, FL.

Holiday Mailbox Decorating Class

Landscape Matters will present a holiday mailbox decorating class on Wednesday, November 15, 10 am until 11:30 a.m. at the Yulee County Building (86026 Pages Dairy Road).
(Take US 17 North, pass over the railroad tracks, turn left on Pages Dairy Road. The building is attached to the fire station.)
 
Nassau Master Gardener Carol Ann Atwood and avid holiday decorator Sylvie Baxter will conduct a Landscape Matters class on how to make your mailbox “holiday ready” using cuttings from your own yard, e.g., magnolia, spruce, pine, palmetto, pittosporum, palms, holly with berries, etc. and ornamental décor.

Admittance is free. To “make and take” your own mailbox cover with materials provided by the instructor, the fee is $20. Checks should be made out to University of Florida. Registration deadline is Friday, November 10 by 5 pm. (It is a holiday for Extension but checks may be dropped in the mail slot at the offices either in Callahan or Yulee.) Late registration fee is $30. Only ONE mailbox cover per person.

To download registration form:
http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/nassauco/2017/07/25/holiday-mailbox-decorating/

For more information contact the Extension office at 530-6351. Master Gardeners are on phone duty Fridays, from 10 am until 2 pm at 530-6351, press “1” for the Yulee Extension office.
 

American Indians, Trees for Troops, and Petanque Only Some of the Agenda

The regular meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission will be held on NOVEMBER 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall Chambers on Ash Street. Here is the agenda:

1. CALL TO ORDER    
2. ROLL CALL    
3. Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation by Reverend James Tippins, Baptist Medical Center Nassau Senior Chaplain.     

4. PROCLAMATIONS      
4.1 PROCLAMATION ­ NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH ­ 
Proclaims the month of November, 2017, as “National American Indian Heritage Month”. Ms. Nadine D’Ardenne,  American Indian Representative, will be present to accept the Proclamation.      
 
4.2 PROCLAMATION ­TREES FOR AMERICA’S TROOPS, INC.  ­ 
Recognizes Trees for America’s Troops, Inc. for providing United States military servicemen and servicewomen on  deployment with decorated Christmas trees and essential items to help them overcome the drudgery  and hardships of faraway duty. Trees for America’s Troops, Inc. President Ms. Judi Mixon­Brown will  be present to accept the Proclamation.      
 
4.3 PROCLAMATION PÉTANQUE AMELIA ISLAND OPEN  ­ 
Recognizes the 8th Annual Petanque Amelia Open and names the tournament’s founder, Mr. Philippe Boets, the Official Ambassador of the Pétanque Amelia Island Open.      

5. PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA OR ITEMS ON THE  CONSENT AGENDA    

6. CONSENT AGENDA    
 
6.1 Synopsis: Declares certain property as surplus, and authorizes the disposal of such.
6.2 Synopsis: Approves three additional applications for exemption of payment for  City Sewer, Refuse, and Stormwater costs for the months of October 1, 2017, through September 30,  2018.
6.3 Synopsis: Awards  RFP #17­03 for the City’s disaster public assistance services to Witt O’Brien’s, LLC.       
6.4 Synopsis: Approves the Utility Work by Highway Contractor Agreement between the City of Fernandina Beach and the  Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Also authorizes the City Manager to bind the City for deeds,  easements, agreements, licenses, permits and other agreements related to any services,  facilities or usage of properties and rights­of­way owned by the FDOT costing no more than $20,000.      
 
6.5 FINAL PLAT APPROVAL ­ DUNES OF AMELIA, PHASE TWO ­ RESOLUTION 2017­171  APPROVING FINAL PLAT, PAB CASE 2017­10 TITLED “DUNES OF AMELIA, PHASE TWO”;  AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Accepts and approves the plat titled  “Dunes of Amelia, Phase Two” as a final plat.       
 
6.6 Synopsis: Accepts and approves the plat titled  “Lakeside Reserve” as a preliminary plat.       
 
6.7 Synopsis: Approves transfers within respective Departments/Funds for  FY 2016/2017.
       
7. RESOLUTIONS    
7.1 Synopsis: Approves  the  Comcast  Enterprise  Services  Master  Services  Agreement,  The  First  Amendment to the agreement, and the Renewal Service Order.      
 
7.2 Synopsis:  Approves the purchase of two servers and a storage device from Dell, Inc. and the purchasing  agreement.       
 
7.3 Synopsis: Approves a transfer of $35,600 to the Golf Repairs/Maintenance Grounds account from the Golf Reserve account and a transfer of $202,850 to the Airport Repairs/Maintenance Building and Grounds account from the Airport Reserve account.      
 
7.4 Synopsis: Authorizes the City to enter into Agreement No. LP45011 with FDEP  in the amount of $500,000 for the North Fletcher Drainage Basin Project.      
 
7.5 Synopsis:  Authorizes the City to enter into a cost­share agreement with SJRWMD to accept an award of  $251,283 for the construction improvements to the Area 1 drainage system.      
 
7.6 Synopsis: Authorizes the City to request a maintenance easement along the  existing ditch from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).      
 
7.7 Synopsis:  Approves reimbursement to the City from a future debt issue for costs related to the General Aviation  Terminal project incurred before the debt is issued.      
 
7.8 Synopsis: Approves Task Order #2017­02 with Olsen  Associates, Inc. for Coastal Engineering Services for Beach Management.      
 
7.9 Synopsis: Approves Task Order  #2017­03 with Olsen Associates, Inc. for coastal engineering services for the Alternate Renourishment Project.      
 
7.10 Synopsis: Awards RFQ #17­03 to Brockington and Associates, Inc. for the Historic Resources Survey Update.      
 
7.11 Synopsis: Approves the Construction and Financial Agreement  between Eight Flags Aviation, LLC and the City of Fernandina Beach. Authorizes the City Manager to negotiate and execute a public ramp apron management agreement with Eight Flags Aviation, LLC and authorizes the City Manager to execute Change Order 1 with F&G Construction, not to exceed the original award amount, for the addition of a nose and tail section to the Airport Terminal.           

8. ORDINANCES ­ FIRST READING    
8.1 Synopsis: Amends the Land Development Code specific to variances.       
 
8.2 Synopsis: Approves a Planned Unit Development (PUD) overlay to approximately 5.10 acres located on S. 13th Street between  Hickory Street and Fir Street.      
9. CITY MANAGER REPORTS    
10. CITY ATTORNEY REPORTS    
11. CITY CLERK REPORTS    
12. MAYOR/COMMISSIONER COMMENTS    
13. ADJOURNMENT

Pasta Sale at the Farmers Market

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will be open Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. This open air market is located on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach and features nearly 40 tents of seasonal produce, fresh baked breads and pastries, and a wide variety of specialty foods and natural bath products.

Amelia Pasta, a long standing staple at the farmers market is holding a Pasta Blowout Sale – all in-stock flavors of penne, linguini, fettuccini, and orzo are on sale for only $5.00 per bag, no rainchecks.

Boatright Farm’s crops have rotated to fall harvests and they still have plenty of squash in addition to their turnip and mustard greens, as well as some nice heads of cabbage.

Camp Craft Cocktails is turning out to be one of our most popular booths. They sell jars of quality ingredients that are perfect for sharing with friends or sipping alone. Simply add 12 ounces of your favorite spirit, chill for three days and enjoy eight servings. Flavors include Aromatic Citrus, Bloody Mary, or Hibiscus Ginger Lemon.

Our Booth with a Cause this week is the Salvation Army’s Hope House. They are dedicated to restoring those in need to a place of productivity and self-sufficiency, values that are necessary for a community to grow and prosper. Stop by their booth to learn more about what they are doing in our community.

We hope you will come downtown with your family and friends and sample a taste of what the Market Place offers. Live entertainment will be provided by Melrose, and well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you.

Friends of the Library Present: Medicare 101

Press Release: Friends of the Library’s Adult Education Program is sponsoring an informative presentation exploring the many questions that arise in navigating the “ins” and “outs” of Medicare. The program, entitled Medicare 101, will be held on Tuesday afternoon, November 7th at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th Street, Fernandina Beach.

Learn the basics with an experienced Medicare agent. Some of the many topics that will be addressed include Original Medicare and other options; the meanings of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D; enrollment deadlines; the extent of coverage Medicare provides and other medical insurance options.

This program is free to the public. Participation is limited, so register in advance by calling the library at 904-530-6500, Ext. 1. If you are not able to attend, please call the library to cancel so someone on the waiting list may participate.

For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library, or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.

Farmers Market, Arts Market, and Fall Festival, Too

Saturday, October 28th, brings tons of family fun to historic Fernandina Beach including the Arts Market at the corner of Eighth and Centre Streets, the Market Place farmers market on North Seventh Street, and the Fall Festival on North Sixth Street.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market returns every Saturday with over 40 tents of edible delights, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and homemade lotions, soaps, balms, and candles. In addition to our weekly vendors of jams, honey, dips, sauces, seafood, and beef, returning this week is Rose’s An Unbelievable Eggrolls; Me, Myself, and Pies; new vendor Oizeo and their Asian tapas, and Denise and her mom are back with Jay’s Marketplace’s chopped olive salad and olive juice. Golden Olive Press is also back in the farmers market with hand selected olive oils from Paul’s family’s native Spain, the largest producer of olive trees in the world.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is home to over 25 booths of artists and crafters who bring their hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, apparel, quilts, woodworking and much more. Joel Vendetti is a local musician and artist and he makes tie dye T-shirts, wall hangings, and onesies for the youngest (and cutest) of mankind. Unique and comfortable for all ages, these are home crafted with Joel’s own secret process. Bowls w ith Holes is another vendor who sells unique pottery. Cindy shapes these handmade bowls – with holes – and they are perfect for baking breads or giving as gifts. Individually painted in a variety of colors and themes, the bowls are displayed at unbelievable low prices. CC Jordan Jewelry is custom jewelry made by Candy Jordan. Candy sets up shop with the style of a designer showroom all in a 10 X 10 tent. Big chunky pieces are delicately designed for fashion. You don’t want to miss her display at the Arts Market.

This is also Georgia/Florida Weekend and farmers market booths will be decorated to win your votes for the Best Decorated Booth. Look for Bulldog, Gator, or Halloween themes and then vote for your favorite at the Market Place Management Tent, where you can also pick up a complimentary edition of Edible magazine.

Music will be provided by Spanish Guitarist Dennis Fermin from St. Augustine, Florida, and Community Hospice will be our Booth with a Cause.

Please keep in mind North Sixth Street will be closed to traffic because of the Fall Festival, but it will be filled with giant slides, bounce houses, an entertainment stage, and tables and chairs for dining on free hot dogs. Kids will enjoy game booths, cookie decorating, face painting, and a petting zoo!

Downtown Fernandina Beach is the place to be on the morning of October 28, 2017. Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Farmers Market, Pinball, and a Car Show, too

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will be open Saturday, October 21, 2017, on North Seventh Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Join us downtown for some fresh air and friendly faces. With over 40 tents of seasonal produce, home baked goodies, and artisan delicacies, there is something for everyone in the family. From gluten-free breads and goat milk soaps, to farm fresh squash and wild caught shrimp, this is the place to be on Saturday mornings.

Something Good is a gluten-free bakery who makes amazing sweet breads, biscuits, traditional sandwich breads, and other baked goods that are entirely gluten-free. Two of Dee’s three children have gluten allergies and it was challenging for her to find healthy, and tasty, options. Her passion for baking became a search for gluten-free recipes and she soon realized how prevalent the allergy has become. With a few years of experimenting in the gluten free realm, she had all five members of the family, including the pickiest of eaters, eating (and enjoying) her gluten free creations, that are now available each week at the Market Place.

Introducing new scents this week is Soap-Crafters. They have goat milk soaps and lotions, bath bombs, sugar bars, and sugar scrubs, and their new sugar scrub lip balm is made with the honey from another vendor in the farmers market, Cross Creek Honey.

As the cooler weather moves in, so will a new crop of seasonal produce. Boatright Family Farm, of Bristol, Georgia, will be bringing sweet potatoes, mustard greens, turnip and collard greens, squash, and they still have cucumbers growing. Farming is the family’s livelihood, and as rough as it gets from time to time – such as the losses created by Hurricane Irma – the Boatrights are proud to have raised three children on their ancestral, family farm.

Don’t forget to call ahead and reserve your shrimp with Eddie and Debbie Chesser, of Chesser Seafood. Eddie’s shrimp boat, “The Brat”, hauls in fresh shrimp each week and they will hold your shrimp at the farmers market if you would like to pre-order. They can be reached at (904) 509-3337. Since the 8 Flags Car Show will be set up on Centre Street, they will likely sell out fast this Saturday!

This week’s music will be provided by the talented Jim Barcaro, and our featured Brick and Mortar business will be Fernandina Beach’s own Pinball Museum. This is an interactive museum of pinball fun. They offer unlimited play for the price of admission and weather permitting, will have a pinball machine on display at the farmers market. Bring the kids and show them a traditional arcade game from previous generations.

The farmers market is open every Saturday, and your well-behaved, leashed pets are always welcome.

For more information, find the Fernandina Beach Market Place on facebook or the world wide web.

Local Shrimping and Net Making History with Burbank Brothers

ShrimpNetsFriends of the Library is proud to present an informative evening with Mr. Billy Burbank III and his brother Frank Burbank who are part of Fernandina Beach’s renowned shrimping and net making family. Folklorist Dr. Peggy Bulger will interview the brothers in an informal and audience-participation evening that will explore Fernandina Beach’s history and heritage grounded in the shrimping industry.

Join Dr. Bulger and the Burbank Brothers on Monday evening October 16th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Fernandina Beach Library Community Room, 25 N. 4th Street. A slide show and video clips, as well as recorded interview clips with Dorothy Burbank Jones (age 94) will be part of the evening’s program.
Participation is limited, so register in advance by calling the library at 904-530-6500, Ext. 1. If you are not able to attend, please call the library to cancel so someone on the waiting list may participate.

For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library, or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.

FSCJ to Host Event in Observance of Constitution Day 2017

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) has rescheduled its observance of Constitution Day 2017 for October 18 after the original event, set for September was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.

FSCJ’s Public Safety and Paralegal programs welcome the community, students, College faculty and staff for “Hamilton Was Not the Only Hip Founding Father: Meet James Madison.” The Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan, United States District Court Judge, will serve as the keynote speaker and will lead the discussion.

This event is co-hosted by the FSCJ Theta Sigma Chi Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association. To register, email frando@fscj.edu.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 6 p.m.
FSCJ Kent Campus Auditorium
3939 Roosevelt Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205

2017 Jacksonville National College Fair

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites high school students and their parents/guardians to attend the Jacksonville National College Fair to learn more about FSCJ programs, free college opportunities through FSCJ Promise and transfer options through UNF Connect. Attendees will also have a chance to meet more than 100 college and university representatives from across the nation and attend workshops to help in preparing for college.

FSCJ will be at booth 519 and FSCJ’s recruitment team will host three break-out sessions:

Oh the Places You’ll Go: Selecting the Right College
Presented by Terry Hollingshead, FSCJ Senior Associate Director of Student Recruitment
9 a.m., Room 106

Hot Jobs in the 21st Century
Presented by Terry Hollingshead, FSCJ Senior Associate Director of Student Recruitment
Noon, Room 103

FAFSA Completion Lab
Hosted by FSCJ
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., North Ballroom

To learn about the other workshops that will be available and to register for the
fair, visit nacacfairs.org.

FSCJ representatives will also be onsite to answer questions on program of study options, admissions, enrollment, tuition, student life and more.

Students can register in advance online which makes navigating the fair and collecting information from multiple colleges and universities much easier for students. By pre-registering students can print a bar coded confirmation to be used on-site at the fair as an electronic ID. Pre-registration is not required to attend the fair.

For more information or to register, students and parents/guardians may visit fscj.edu/nacac.

Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free admission and parking
Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
1000 Water St., Jacksonville, FL 32204

Home Sites at Amelia Island’s Crane Island Development Going Fast

AMELIA ISLAND, FL – The master planned community of Crane Island, located on Florida’s Amelia Island, has confirmed reservations for 27 lots, which is more than half of the available inventory in Phase I. Sales for the 169-acre community – with approximately 100 acres set aside for preservation – began Jan. 11. Phase I includes 48 lots, with a total of 110 home sites in all, starting from $300,000.
 
“In less than 40 days, we’ve seen incredible interest and intent for this community,” stated Crane Island Developer Jack B. Healan, Jr. “The location, access to resort-like amenities, exceptional homebuilder offerings and our dedication to preserving this natural setting have made Crane Island a highly sought after home site in Northeast Florida.”
 
The first new development on Amelia Island with deep-water access to the Intracoastal Waterway in 15 years, Crane Island is also the island’s last waterfront land available for new home construction with boat access.
 
Developed by long-time Amelia Island resident Jack B. Healan, Jr., Crane Island is designed as a low-impact development with minimal disturbance to the natural environment. The developers aim to create a small, but vibrant neighborhood that is surrounded by an extensive waterfront park.  The development will also include a private clubhouse, day dock, pool and walking paths. In addition, residents will have the opportunity for exclusive membership at Amelia Island Club, which includes privileges at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation for world class golf, spa, dining, tennis, beach service and more.  Builders for the development include Rutenberg Homes, Pineapple Corporation and Lendy Homes. 
 
The Crane Island Sales Team expects to break ground this summer on Phase I. For more information about Crane Island, visit the Sales Office Gallery (960185 Gateway Blvd., Suite 109, Fernandina Beach, FL), online at www.CraneIsland.com or call 904-432-8390.

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