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

Fernandina Accepting Bids for IT Security Assessment

The City of Fernandina Beach is seeking proposals for a vendor to conduct security assessments of the City’s existing IT infrastructure. The vendor awarded the contract will assist the City in determining our current and potential future security risk profile so an appropriate set of responses can be developed. The anticipated list of vulnerabilities to be evaluated may include but is not limited to:

• Network penetration
• Social Engineering vulnerability
• Policies and practices as they pertain to 3rd party support entities
• Internal policies and practices
• Application vulnerability, internal and public-facing
• Sensitive data vulnerability
• PCI Compliance

Publication Date/Time January 13, 2017, 12:01 PM
Closing Date/Time February 06, 2017, 2:00 PM

For more information, please contact Patti Clifford in writing at pclifford@fbfl.org.

Hickox Now President of Florida Property Appraisers

Nassau County, FL – Property Appraiser A. Michael Hickox has been elected by his peers to serve as the President of the Florida Association of Property Appraiser’s.

The Florida Association of Property Appraiser’s (FAPA) is a statewide professional organization composed of locally elected, constitutionally authorized Property Appraisers. The mission of FAPA is to actively work with the Florida Legislature by providing technical assistance and advice in drafting ad valorem legislation affecting Florida citizens and property appraiser’s offices.

Hickox, took the position last month and is ready for the challenges ahead. “My goal is to ensure that property tax policies will benefit citizens throughout the state. Our organization will do this by effectively advocating for residential and commercial property owners.”

Hickox previously served as the organizations President-Elect and Legislative Committee Chairman where he met with legislators regarding proposed policies affecting property valuation and property tax exemptions.

Fernandina Commissioner Agenda for August 2, 2016

Here is the agenda for the City of Fernandina Beach City Commission. The meeting will be held at City Hall on Ash Street, at 6:00 p.m., August 2, 2016.

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Invocation by Reverend John Wright of Fernandina Beach Church of Christ.

4. PRESENTATION
4.1. PRESENTATION – NASSAU COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD (NCEDB)
Representatives of the Nassau County Economic Development Board will provide a review of the progress from the City’s FY 2015/2016 investment to NCEDB and request continued investment funding for FY 2016/2017.

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

6. CONSENT AGENDA
6.1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Regular Meeting – June 7, 2016; Regular Meeting – June 21, 2016; Workshop Meeting – June 28, 2016; and Regular Meeting – July 5, 2016.

6.2. FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT – 117ACS GEORGIA AIR NATIONAL GUARD
RESOLUTION 2016-85 APPROVING A FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT FOR THE 117ACS GEORGIA AIR NATIONAL GUARD TO CONDUCT ANNUAL FIELD TRAINING FROM FEBRUARY 20, 2017 THROUGH MARCH 3, 2017; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves the Facilities Use Agreement for the 117ACS Georgia Air National Guard to conduct annual field training at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport from February 20, 2017 through March 3, 2017.

6.3 FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT – PUERTO RICO AIR NATIONAL GUARD
RESOLUTION 2016-86 APPROVING A FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT FOR THE PUERTO RICO AIR NATIONAL GUARD TO CONDUCT ANNUAL FIELD TRAINING FROM APRIL 26, 2017 THROUGH MAY 14, 2017; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves the Facilities Use Agreement for the Puerto Rico Air National Guard to conduct annual field training at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport from April 26, 2017 through May 14, 2017.

6.4. DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS PROPERTY
RESOLUTION 2016-87 DECLARING CERTAIN TITLED CITY PROPERTY SURPLUS; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO DISPOSE OF SAID PROPERTY IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE CITY’S POLICIES AND PROCEDURES; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Declares certain property as surplus, and authorizes the disposal of such.

6.5. AGREEMENT AUTHORIZATION – FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA)
RESOLUTION 2016-88 AUTHORIZING AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (AIP) GRANT AGREEMENT #3-12-0022-024-2016 WITH THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) FOR THE REHAB RUNWAY 4/22 GUIDANCE SIGNS AND RUNWAY 4 REIL PROJECT AT THE FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes FAA grant agreement # 3-12-0022-024-2016 for the Rehab Runway 4/22 Guidance Signs and Runway 4 REIL project.

6.6. AWARD OF BID # 16-05 – T.C.A. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS, INC.
RESOLUTION 2016-89 AWARDING BID # 16-05 AND THE CONTRACT AGREEMENT TO T.C.A. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS, INC. FOR THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) AND FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) REHAB RUNWAY 4/22 GUIDANCE SIGNS AND RUNWAY 4 REIL PROJECT AT THE FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Awards ITB #16-05 contract agreement to T.C.A. Electrical Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $70,050 for the FAA and FDOT Rehab Runway 4/22 Guidance Signs and Runway 4 REIL project.

6.7. WORK ORDER # 16-70 – PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC
RESOLUTION 2016-90 AUTHORIZING PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC’S WORK ORDER 16-70 FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (AIP) GRANT AGREEMENT #3-12-0022-024-2016 WITH THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) FOR THE REHAB RUNWAY 4/22 GUIDANCE SIGNS AND RUNWAY 4 REIL PROJECT AT THE FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes Passero Associates, LLC’s Work Order 16-70 to provide engineering services for the FAA Rehab Runway 4/22 Guidance Signs and Runway 4 REIL project.

6.8. WORK ORDER # 16-72 – PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC
RESOLUTION 2016-91 AUTHORIZING PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC’S WORK ORDER 16-72 FOR UPDATING THE DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PLAN (DBE) FOR THE FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AS REQUIRED UNDER THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA)’S AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (AIP) GRANT AGREEMENT #3-12-0022-024-2016; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes Passero Associates, LLC’s Work Order 16-72 to update and report on the City’s DBE Plan as part of the FAA Rehab Runway 4/22 Guidance Signs and Runway 4 Runway End Identifier Light (REIL) project.

7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1. BUDGET AMENDMENT – MARINA DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION 2016-77 APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015-2016; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves a budget transfer totaling $19,000 within the Marina budget for FY 2015/2016.

7.2. BUDGET AMENDMENT & AGREEMENT APPROVAL – GAI CONSULTANTS, INC.
RESOLUTION 2016-92 AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT WITH GAI CONSULTANTS, INC. TO UPDATE THE CITY’S STORMWATER MASTER PLAN; APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015/2016; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the Professional Services Agreement with GAI Consultants, Inc. and a budget transfer within the Storm Water budget totaling $130,000 for FY 2015/2016.

8. ORDINANCES – FIRST READING
8.1. ANNUAL PAY & CLASSIFICATION PLAN
ORDINANCE 2016-20 ESTABLISHING AN UPDATED CLASSIFICATION PLAN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017, PURSUANT TO SECTION 120 OF THE CITY CHARTER AND SECTION 62-247 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Establishes the Pay and Classification Plan for FY 2016/2017.

8.2. CODE AMENDMENT – GENERAL EMPLOYEES’ PENSION PLAN
ORDINANCE 2016-21 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 62-72, MEMBERSHIP; AMENDING SECTION 62-74, FINANCES AND FUND MANAGEMENT; 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 62-87, REPEAL OR TERMINATION OF SYSTEM; AMENDING SECTION 62-96, DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN; AMENDING SECTION 62-97, PRIOR GOVERNMENT SERVICE; AMENDING SECTION 62-99, REEMPLOYMENT AFTER RETIREMENT; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Amends various sections of the City Code pertaining to the General Employees’ Pension Plan.

8.3. CODE AMENDMENT – FIREFIGHTERS’ AND POLICE OFFICERS’ PENSION PLAN
ORDINANCE 2016-22 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 62-116, 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 62-137, PRIOR POLICE OR FIRE SERVICE; AMENDING SECTION 62-138, DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN; ADDING SECTION 62-140, SUPPLEMENTAL BENEFIT COMPONENT FOR SPECIAL BENEFITS; CHAPTER 175 AND 185 SHARE ACCOUNTS; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Amends various sections of the City Code pertaining to the Firefighters’ and Police Officers’ Pension Plan.

8.4. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT – CONSERVATION AND COASTAL MANAGEMENT ELEMENT POLICIES
ORDINANCE 2016-19 AMENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN CONSERVATION AND COASTAL MANAGEMENT ELEMENT POLICIES 5.03.13 AND 5.14.09; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves amendments to the Comprehensive Plan pertaining to the conservation and coastal management element policies.

9. BOARD APPOINTMENT
9.1. ARTS AND CULTURE NASSAU
1 appointment.

10. DISCUSSION – DIRECTION – ACTION ITEM
10.1. FERNANDINA BEACH LAND BANK AND REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION FEE

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

July 5, 2016, Fernandina Commissioner Meeting Agenda

Here is the agenda for the regular meeting scheduled for the City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners to be held July 5, 2016. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m., at City Hall on Ash Street, Amelia Island, Florida.

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL and Invocation by Reverend Rick Lee of The Journey Church.

4. PROCLAMATIONS
4.1. PROCLAMATION – GULLAH/GEECHEE NATION APPRECIATION WEEK
Proclaims August 5–7, 2016, as “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week”. Ms. Glenda Simmons-Jenkins, Representative of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, will be present to accept the Proclamation.

4.2. PROCLAMATION – RETIREMENT OF GAIL SHULTS
Honors Executive Director Gail Shults upon her retirement on June 30, 2016, from the Nassau County Volunteer Center after thirty years of exemplary service to the community.

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

6. CONSENT AGENDA
6.1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Canvassing Board Meeting – December 8, 2015; Canvassing Board Meeting – December 15, 2015; Community Redevelopment Agency – May 10, 2016; and Regular Meeting – May 17, 2016.
6.2. DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS PROPERTY
RESOLUTION 2016-74 DECLARING CERTAIN TITLED CITY PROPERTY SURPLUS; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO DISPOSE OF SAID PROPERTY IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE CITY’S POLICIES AND PROCEDURES; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Declares certain property as surplus, and authorizes the disposal of such.
6.3. AWARD OF RFP # 16-02 – PLANTE & MORAN, PLLC
RESOLUTION 2016-75 AUTHORIZING THE AWARD OF RFP #16-02 FOR THE PROJECT MANAGER TO IMPLEMENT THE CITY’S ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SOLUTION (SOFTWARE); DECLARING THE OFFICIAL INTENT OF THE CITY TO REIMBURSE ITSELF FROM PROCEEDS OF DEBT FOR EXPENSES TO BE INCURRED; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Awards RFP #16-02 to Plante & Moran, PLLC and authorizes the City Manager to negotiate a contract in an amount not to exceed $198,000 for Project Management services.

7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1. BUDGET AMENDMENT – PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION 2016-76 APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2015-2016; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves a budget transfer totaling $20,000 within the Parks and Recreation budget for FY 2015/2016.

7.2. BUDGET AMENDMENT – MARINA DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION 2016-77 APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015-2016; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves a budget transfer totaling $11,030 within the Marina budget for FY 2015/2016.

7.3. EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT PURCHASE – MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION 2016-78 APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF REPLACEMENT RADIO COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT FOR THE FERNANDINA BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the purchase of the additional replacement radio communications equipment in the amount of $58,071.09 from Motorola Solutions.

7.4. AWARD OF RFP #16-03 – MIRIAM R. HILL, ESQUIRE
RESOLUTION 2016-79 AWARDING RFP #16-03 FOR SPECIAL MAGISTRATE SERVICES TO MIRIAM R. HILL, ESQUIRE; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Awards RFP #16-03 for Special Magistrate Services to Miriam R. Hill, Esquire.

8. ORDINANCES – FIRST READING
8.1. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT – 8TH STREET
ORDINANCE 2016-13 AMENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO ADD A NEW FUTURE LAND USE ELEMENT FOR THE 8TH STREET SMALL AREA MIXED USE (MU8) AS POLICY 1.07.08 AND RENUMBERING THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Amends the Comprehensive Plan to add a new Future Land Use element for the 8th Street Small Area Mixed Use.

8.2. LARGE SCALE FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENTS – 8TH STREET
ORDINANCE 2016-14 CHANGING THE CITY’S FUTURE LAND USE MAP FROM GENERAL COMMERCIAL (GC), MIXED USE (MU), MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (MDR) TO 8TH STREET SMALL AREA MIXED USE (8MU) AND CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (CBD) FOR PROPERTIES INCLUDED IN THE 8TH STREET SMALL AREA TOTALING APPROXIMATELY 67 ACRES OF LAND; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Assigns Future Land Use Map Designations of 8th Street Small Area Mixed Use (8MU) and Central Business District (CBD) to approximately 67 acres located in the 8th Street small area.

8.3. LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TEXT AMENDMENT – 8TH STREET
ORDINANCE 2016-15 AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO INCLUDE SPECIFIC CHANGES FOR THE 8TH STREET SMALL AREA BY MODIFYING CHAPTER 2: ZONING DISTRICTS AND USES TO ADD A ZONING DISTRICT CALLED 8TH STREET SMALL AREA MIXED USE (MU-8), PROVIDING SPECIFIC USES AND ACCESSORY USES, AND ADDING DESIGN STANDARDS IN CHAPTER 4 AND CHAPTER 6 AND; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves and adopts modifications to the Land Development Code pertaining to the 8th Street Small Area.

8.4. ZONING CHANGE – 8TH STREET
ORDINANCE 2016-16 CHANGING THE CITY’S ZONING MAP FROM GENERAL COMMERCIAL (C-2), MIXED USE (MU-1), MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (R-2) TO 8TH STREET SMALL AREA MIXED USE (MU-8) AND CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (C-3) FOR PROPERTIES INCLUDED IN THE 8TH STREET SMALL AREA TOTALING APPROXIMATELY 67 ACRES OF LAND; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Assigns a Zoning Category of 8th Street Small Area Mixed Use (8MU) and Central Business District (CBD) to approximately 67 acres located in the 8th Street small area.

9. ORDINANCE – SECOND READING
9.1. CHARTER AMENDMENTS & REFERENDUM BY THE ELECTORS
ORDINANCE 2016-11 SUBMITTING TO THE CITY ELECTORS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER WHICH AMEND SECTIONS 1, 6, 10A-10B, 12, 17, 21, 45, 58-62, 64, 71, 78-79, 81, AND 144 TO CHANGE FINANCE DIRECTOR TITLE FROM CONTROLLER TO COMPTROLLER, CLARIFY CERTAIN PROVISIONS WITHOUT CHANGING THEIR MEANING, AND REVISING CERTAIN PROVISIONS TO BE CONSISTENT WITH STATE LAW; REPEALING SECTIONS 19, 26-28, 70, 77, 80 AND 123 BECAUSE THEY ARE PREEMPTED BY STATE LAW; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves submitting various City Charter amendments and referendum to the City electors.

10. CITY MANAGER REPORTS
11. CITY ATTORNEY REPORTS
12. CITY CLERK REPORTS
13. MAYOR/COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
14. ADJOURNMENT

Chamber to Host Debate for Nassau School Superintendent

The Government Affairs Committee of the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce will host a debate for candidates for Nassau County Superintendent of Schools on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 11:30 a.m.

The cost to attend is $20 for Chamber members and $30 for non-chamber members.

No tickets will be sold at the door. You MUST have a ticket to attend.

Register on-line at www.islandchamber.com.

For more information contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248.

The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

June 21, 2016 City Commissioner Meeting Agenda

Here is the agenda for the regularly scheduled meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commissioners. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m., and is held at City Hall, 204 Ash Street.

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Invocation by Reverend Ed Schick of First Assembly of God.

4. PROCLAMATION/ PRESENTATIONS
4.1. PROCLAMATION – NATIONAL FLAG DAY & NATIONAL FLAG WEEK – Recognizes June 14, 2016, as National Flag Day, and the week of June 12-18, 2016, as “National Flag Week.” The following members of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be present to accept the Proclamation: Chapter Regent Ms. Lucinda Jo Glenn, Librarian Ms. Cara Curtin, and Chair of the Americanism Committee Ms. Nadine Vaughan.

4.2. PRESENTATION – COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AREA (CRA) UPDATE – CRA Advisory Board Chair Arlene Filkoff will provide a Monthly Progress Update.

4.3. PRESENTATION – PACE PROGRAM – Mr. Mike Antheil of Renovate America will provide a presentation regarding Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) assessments as an avenue for certain types of home improvements within Fernandina Beach.

4.4. BUDGET SUMMARY – Controller Patti Clifford will answer any question regarding the budget summary for May 2016.

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

6. CONSENT AGENDA
6.1. AMENDING RESOLUTION 2015-04 – ARTS AND CULTURE NASSAU MEMBERSHIP – RESOLUTION 2016-69 AMENDING RESOLUTION 2015-04 PERTAINING TO ARTS AND CULTURE NASSAU BY AMENDING THE ARTS ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTED AND NUMBER OF MEMBERS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Amends Resolution 2015-04 by removing the Fernandina Little Theatre (FLT) and one (1) At-Large member.

7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1. CONCEPTUAL DESIGN APPROVAL – AIRPORT WELCOME CENTER – RESOLUTION 2016-70 APPROVING THE CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF THE FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT WELCOME CENTER; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the preliminary design of the Airport Welcome Center.

7.2. DESIGNATING AND RANKING FIRMS FOR RFQ #2016-04 – STORM WATER MASTER PLAN UPDATE – RESOLUTION 2016-71 ACCEPTING THE RECOMMENDATION AND RANKING FROM THE STORM WATER MASTER PLAN UPDATE EVALUATION COMMITTEE FOR RFQ #2016-04; AUTHORIZING NEGOTIATION AND EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Accepts the ranking and recommendation of the Storm Water Master Plan Update Evaluation Committee as follows: (1) GAI Consultants, Inc., (2) Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc. (3) Dewberry/Preble-Rish (4) Gulfstream Design Group, LLC and (5) CPH, Inc. for RFQ #2016-04.

7.3. AWARD OF BID #16-03 – CORE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY – RESOLUTION 2016-72 AWARDING BID #16-03 TO CORE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CENTRAL PARK MULTI-PURPOSE COURT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Awards Bid # 16-03 to Core Construction Company in an amount not to exceed $104,977.00 for the construction of the multi-purpose court at Central Park.

7.4. PURCHASE APPROVAL – WESCO TURF, INC. – RESOLUTION 2016-73 APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF ONE (1) TORO MULTI PRO 1750 WITH ATTACHMENTS FOR $33,130.10 FOR THE FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF COURSE FROM WESCO TURF, INC. THROUGH FLORIDA STATE CONTRACT (#21100000-15-1); AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the purchase of one (1) Toro Multi Pro 1750 with attachments from Wesco Turf, Inc. in the amount of $33,130.10 for the Fernandina Beach Golf Course through Florida State Contract #21100000-15-1.

8. ORDINANCE – FIRST READING
8.1. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN & LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENTS – NET DENSITY – ORDINANCE 2016-12 AMENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DEFINITION OF NET DENSITY AND THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, CHAPTER 1 SECTION 1.07.00 REGARDING THE DEFINITION FOR NET DENSITY; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Amends the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code specific to net density.

9. ORDINANCE – SECOND READING
9.1. – ORDINANCE 2016-10 AMENDING ORDINANCE 2011-06 BY OFFICIALLY AMENDING THE CORPORATE CITY SEAL; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the replacement of the Spanish Castile-Leon flag on the Corporate City Seal with the historically correct Burgundy Saltire flag.

10. BOARD APPOINTMENTS
10.1. PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE – 1 appointment.
10.2. ARTS AND CULTURE NASSAU – 1 appointment.

11.1. DISCUSSION – DIRECTION – ACTION ITEM
TIMELINE FOR CONSIDERATION OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS REGARDING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS STORAGE IN SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARD AREA

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

Professional Firefighters endorse Commission Candidates

Nassau County – The Nassau County Professional Firefighters announced this week the endorsement of 3 candidates running for County Commissioner.

The professional group announced its support of local realtor and retired city of Fernandina Beach fire chief Danny Leeper (District 1), local business owner Pat Edwards (District 3), and Public Information Officer for the Property Appraiser’s Office Justin Taylor (District 5).

“It’s important that our commissioners understand the importance of public safety for the citizen’s of Nassau County,” said Matt Waggoner, President of the local professional firefighters. “We believe these guys have a clear understanding of the County’s future and that first responders play a critical role.” Leeper and Edwards are seeking reelection while Taylor is pursuing an open seat. The Republican primary will be held on August 30th.

June 7, 2016, Fernandina City Commission Agenda

Here is the agenda for the regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners to be held on June, 7, 2016. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m., and will be held at City Hall, on Ash Street, Amelia Island, Florida.

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Invocation by Reverend Christopher Capaldo of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

4. PROCLAMATIONS
4.1. PROCLAMATION – ROTARY DAY
Recognizes May 26, 2016, as Rotary Day acknowledging 90 years of outstanding community service in Fernandina Beach and Nassau County provided by the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach. Rotary Club President Mr. John Boylan, President Elect Ms. Pamela Crouser and Assistant Governor Shannon Brown will be present to accept the Proclamation. This item is placed on the agenda by the Honorable Mayor, John A. Miller.

4.2. PROCLAMATION – RETIREMENT OF CAROL CIBEL
Recognizes Carol Cibel, upon her retirement after thirty-one (31) years and four (4) months of dedicated service to the City of Fernandina Beach. Carol Cibel retired on May 31, 2016.

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

6. CONSENT AGENDA
6.1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Regular Meeting – April 19, 2016; and Regular Meeting – May 3, 2016.

6.2. LEASE AGREEMENT – NASSAU ALCOHOL CRIME AND DRUG ABATEMENT COALITION
RESOLUTION 2016-65 APPROVING THE LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE NASSAU ALCOHOL CRIME AND DRUG ABATEMENT COALITION AND THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH FOR RENTAL SPACE AT THE PECK CENTER; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the lease agreement with Nassau Alcohol Crime and Drug Abatement Coalition.

7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1. FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT – NASSAU ALCOHOL CRIME DRUG AND ABATEMENT COALITION
RESOLUTION 2016-44 APPROVING A FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT WITH THE NASSAU ALCOHOL CRIME DRUG AND ABATEMENT COALITION TO USE AIRPORT PROPERTY TO CONDUCT THE 5th ANNUAL 5K BEN BYRNS RUNWAY RALLY ON OCTOBER 22, 2016; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves a Facilities Use Agreement with the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug and Abatement Coalition for the 5th Annual 5K Ben Byrns Rally on October 22, 2016.

7.2. AWARD OF BID #16-02 – DUNMAR GROUP, INC.
RESOLUTION 2016-62 AWARDING BID #16-02 TO DUNMAR GROUP, INC. FOR THE INSTALLATION OF THE PIER AND KAYAK LAUNCH AT EGANS CREEK PARK; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Awards Bid # 16-02 to Dunmar Group, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $149,114.12 for the installation of a pier and kayak launch at Egans Creek Park.

7.3. AWARD OF BID # 16-04 – CREATIVE SERVICES & FENCE CO., INC.
RESOLUTION 2016-66 AWARDING BID #16-04 TO CREATIVE SERVICES & FENCE CO., INC. FOR WORK ON THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION EAST AREA SECURITY ACCESS AND CONTROL PROJECT AT THE FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Awards Bid #16-04 to Creative Services and Fence Co., Inc. in the amount of $188,291 for work at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport as outlined in the FDOT East Area Security and Access Control project.

7.4. WORK ORDER # 16-65R – PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC
RESOLUTION 2016-67 APPROVING PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC’S WORK ORDER 16-65R TO PROVIDE CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION AND ENGINEERING AND INSPECTION SERVICES FOR THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION EAST AREA SECURITY ACCESS AND CONTROL PROJECT AT THE FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves Passero Associates, LLC’s Work Order 16-65R to perform construction administration and engineering and inspection services for the East Area Security and Access Control project at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport.

7.5. DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT – RAYONIER PERFORMANCE FIBERS, LLC AND LIGNOTECH, FLORIDA, LLC
RESOLUTION 2016-68 APPROVING A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH RAYONIER PERFORMANCE FIBERS, LLC AND LIGNOTECH, FLORIDA, LLC; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the Development Agreement with Rayonier Performance Fibers, LLC and LignoTech Florida, LLC.

8. ORDINANCE – FIRST READING
8.1. CHARTER AMENDMENTS & REFERENDUM BY THE ELECTORS
ORDINANCE 2016-11 SUBMITTING TO THE CITY ELECTORS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER WHICH AMEND SECTIONS 1, 6, 10A-10B, 12, 17, 21, 45, 58-62, 64, 71, 78-79, 81, AND 144 TO CHANGE FINANCE DIRECTOR TITLE FROM CONTROLLER TO COMPTROLLER, CLARIFY CERTAIN PROVISIONS WITHOUT CHANGING THEIR MEANING, AND REVISING CERTAIN PROVISIONS TO BE CONSISTENT WITH STATE LAW; REPEALING SECTIONS 19, 26-28, 70, 77, 80 AND 123 BECAUSE THEY ARE PREEMPTED BY STATE LAW; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves submitting various City Charter amendments and referendum to the City electors.

9. DISCUSSION – DIRECTION – ACTION ITEM
9.1. CITY MANAGER SIX MONTH EVALUATION – (CONTRACTUAL)
City Manager six month evaluation

10. CITY MANAGER REPORTS
11. CITY ATTORNEY REPORTS
12. CITY CLERK REPORTS
13. MAYOR/COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
14. ADJOURNMENT

Nassau County Property Values Projected to Increase

Nassau County, FL – The Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office released this week the 2016 estimated preliminary values showing an increase for most taxing authorities.

According to Property Appraiser Mike Hickox, this value increase continues to be a steady trend for Nassau County, reflecting the rebound of the local real estate market.

New construction added over $149 million to the county wide value, bringing the total market value for Nassau County to over $10.8 billion, up almost 4% from the previous year. The market value includes all property before any exemptions, classifications, or capped assessments.

Hickox presented the 2016 estimated values to the taxing authorities on May 31st so they can begin their budget process. They will use the values to help determine their tax rate for the property owners in Nassau County.

Taxable values have increased as well; however, property owners are protected by the Save Our Homes amendment which caps the amount the assessed value can increase. “Homestead properties can increase no more than 3%, or the consumer price index (CPI), whichever is lower,” said Hickox. “Based on the CPI used for 2016, previously homesteaded properties will increase no more than 0.7%.” Non-homesteaded properties are capped at 10%.

In 2016, Nassau County’s taxable value is estimated to be about $7.1 billion, up over 5% compared to last year.

The City of Fernandina is projected to see an increase of over 4%, bringing their taxable value to almost 1.8 billion.

The Town of Callahan is estimated to have an increase in their taxable value to over $75 million, up by over 4 percent from last year.

The Town of Hilliard is expected to see a slight taxable increase of less than 1 percent, bringing their taxable value to $78 million.

The official preliminary tax roll is expected to be released to the taxing authorities and the Department of Revenue by July 1st. Property owners are encouraged to visit the property appraisers website, www.nassauflpa.com, to view their values in mid-July.

For more information, please contact the Property Appraiser’s Office at (904) 491-7300.

Enhancing The Eighth Street Corridor to Historic Fernandina Beach

Enhancing The Eighth Street Corridor to Historic Fernandina Beach

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Changes are a-coming to the Eighth Street corridor as you approach historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Through a series of meetings, hearings and public opinion polls, the stretch of Eighth Street, often referred to as an “eye-sore” may be getting a much needed facelift with the help of re-zoning.

Here is the press release:

Public Hearings Beginning in May Following citizen feedback over a multi-year process, the City has initiated policy changes for the 8th Street Small Area to allow a wide range of housing options while keeping all current commercial uses. The goal is to create a vibrant and welcoming mixed-use corridor with a unified attractive visual character that serves as a gateway and connects to the history and character of Downtown Fernandina Beach. Large-scale Future Land Use Map and Zoning District Map amendments as well as Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code changes are necessary to accomplish this goal.

Public hearings will begin at the Planning Advisory Board on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM at City Commission Chambers. It is expected that the City Commission will consider the policy and mapping changes in a public meeting in late June.

The City’s public policy effort will involve amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code to introduce a new Future Land Use category and Zoning District called 8th Street Mixed Use (8MU)/ MU-8. Design requirements tied to the new 8th Street Small Area Mixed Use (8MU) land use category and MU-8 zoning designation have been drafted to reflect a goal of becoming more Centre Street like by providing an opportunity for residential development mixed with commercial development. It is intended to provide for a wide-range of housing options with access to amenities located downtown. The zoning changes have been crafted to accommodate all existing uses along 8th Street and anticipate future uses for the area. It is unlikely that the City will experience immediate change resulting from the new land use and zoning within the area. Changes will occur over time through private property redevelopment and public sector infrastructure improvements.

Proposed revisions to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code are consistent with the direction for changes in the 8th Street Small Area. Working together with the associated land use and map amendments, these changes seek to accomplish the following for the corridor and enabling the corridor to become more “Centre Street like” by:
-Providing flexible land use for commercial, residential and mixed use;
-Promoting pedestrian level activity;
-Serving as a gateway to downtown;
-Allocating up to 18 dwelling units per acre (The same as downtown built development pattern);
-Allowing a variety of housing types such as Single Family, duplex, triplex, townhouse, multifamily, mixed use;
-Providing a Maximum Floor Area Ratio of 2.0 (same as C-3 district);
-Maintaining the existing 45ft height limit (same as C-1, C-2, and C-3 zoning districts);
-Requiring a 6 foot pedestrian/ landscape access area fronting 8th Street – no other required setback;
-Requiring building entrances to locate on 8th Street;
-Obtaining shared driveway access points and reducing curb-cuts, where possible; and
-Adding supplemental standards for drive-thru uses and fueling stations.

In an effort to become more “Centre Street like” certain design standards are required within the new 8th Street Mixed Use land use and MU-8 zoning. Architectural articulation is required in order to promote pedestrian scale, contribute to on-street interest, and add vibrancy to the structures within the 8th Street Small Area. A mixture of materials, architectural elements, and varied arrangement of windows and door openings shall be demonstrated on new commercial, mixed use, and residential structures and commercial structures are required to have a minimum of 12 foot internal ceiling heights. Fence standards are amended to require black iron or iron-like materials which are no taller than 8 feet and permanent sign standards will defer to requirements found within the Historic District, but will not require a Certificate of Approval.

This is a brief summary of the proposed LDC changes. To review all amendments in greater detail, please visit www.fbfl.us/8thStreet.

For more information, please contact Kelly N. Gibson, AICP – Senior Planner at 904-310-3135 or kgibson@fbfl.org.

Background:
The S. 8th Street corridor (SR200/A1A) serves as the primary entry onto Amelia Island from the Shave Bridge and into the City of Fernandina Beach and historic downtown. Historically, this corridor evolved as an extension of downtown, and served as the first auto-centric commercial corridor in Fernandina Beach. Gas stations and automobile dealers located on S. 8th Street in the mid-20th century.

As time went on, more commercial development appeared on S. 8th Street and restaurants, retail, banks, and other businesses developed along the corridor. When Fernandina Beach continued to expand with new shopping centers on 14th and Sadler Roads, and businesses also began moving to the growing Yulee area, S. 8th Street entered a period of decline. Properties have sat vacant for years, businesses have come and gone, and the general appearance of the streetscape has deteriorated.

Despite the lack of a coordinated effort, improvements to 8th Street have taken place over the past several years. The proximity to historic downtown and the benefits of being in an urbanized area served by infrastructure make the area attractive for rehabilitation. It is the hope that this effort’s associated changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code will help further revitalize the area and provide better opportunities for reuse and redevelopment of property, while maintaining the character of Fernandina Beach.

The City’s current effort to enhance 8th Street stems from direction in its Comprehensive Plan (Guide for Growth and Development in the City) which was most recently adopted in late 2011. In early 2014, planning staff organized a working group to consider potential policies and land use mechanisms to foster and support redevelopment directives. This group assisted planning staff with evaluating options and chose to focus initial efforts on the 8th Street corridor.

Working Group & PAB:
Members of the group included an architect, engineer, the County Economic Development Board director, a commercial real estate professional, a citizen-at-large, Planning Advisory Board members, and a representative from the County planning department. All meetings were noticed and open to the public, and minutes were taken.All input was welcomed. The group met monthly from March 2014 through March 2015.

Stakeholders from particular fields or interest groups related to 8th Street and the area were invited to meet with the working group. The group immediately identified several challenges to reinvestment in 8th Street which included the following along with other that are identified in the 8th Street Small Area Plan found at www.fbfl.us/8thStreet.

1. The current zoning that includes a mix of C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial), C-2 (General Commercial), C-3 (Central Business District), and MU-1 (Mixed Use) from 7th Street to 9th Street,
2. The lack of residential zoning on 8th Street specifically in the C-2 General Commercial zoning district, and
3. The varying jurisdictions along 8th Street (city and county properties and Florida Department of Transportation ownership of the roadway).

After a year of meeting which included initial public outreach efforts through survey efforts and Viewpoint articles, the working group decided to issue its recommendations to the Planning Advisory Board (PAB). The PAB formed a subcommittee and drafted this strategy which combines a new land use designation and zoning district along with development standards for the 8th Street small area, and large-scale land use and zoning map amendments.

Outreach:
In an effort to spread the word and gain additional public input and consensus for the proposed amendments, the City’s Planning Department conducted public outreach efforts in January and February 2016 starting with a post card mail out to all property owners, business owners, and properties within 325 ft. of the affected properties under consideration for map changes. City staff collected input from citizens and visitors at the downtown Fernandina Beach Market Place farmer’s market. All stakeholders were invited to participate in a walking tour of 8th Street.

Several public meetings were held the week of February 8-12th at the Golf Course Club House, Peck Center Reception Room, and the Atlantic Recreation Auditorium. These events were well attended and addressed many citizen questions, concerns, and comments. Given the degree of changes along the State maintained roadway (SR 200/ A1A/ “8th Street”), staff provided the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) with an opportunity for advance review and comments on the proposed land use amendments. FDOT staff provided a through and detailed review of the revisions and offered additional data and analysis to support the City’s direction for the corridor. All state agencies will have an opportunity to review the amendments through a required coordinated review process which follows the City’s 1st reading of the Comprehensive Plan and large-scale Future Land Use Map ordinances.

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