In order to receive financial reimbursement, it was necessary for the City to activate a pre-positioned contract with a FEMA-approved debris management company, Ceres. Hurricane Matthew storm debris clean-up began on October 12. Since then, normal yard debris pick-up by Advanced Disposal has been postponed until at least one complete tour was done by Ceres.
The first tour will be completed by Saturday, November 5, 2016. A second tour by Ceres through the City limits will start on Monday, November 7.
Advanced Disposal will also resume the normal scheduled route for yard debris collection on Monday, November 7, as well. So far, over 1,600 tons of storm debris material has been removed following Hurricane Matthew.
Thank you for patience and assistance in making this clean-up a success.
It’s not a joke, the Jacksonville Suns are now the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Here is the press release: Read more
Nassau County has sent out a memorandum addressing “Building Under Construction” and “Finished Construction” Elevation Certificates (EC) required for buildings and mobile homes within designated flood zones. Read more
Amelia Island, FL – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island has one again placed among the Top 10 U.S. Islands in the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Read more
We have received word that the Happiest Seaside Towns online voting resumed Tuesday, October 18, 2016, after Hurricane Matthew. Read more
Lots of rumors and questions are flying around Nassau County regarding the requirements of permits as we all try to recover from Hurricane Matthew by cleaning up and making necessary repairs to our homes and properties. Read more
Fernandina Beach, FL – The residents of Florida have experienced and are continuing to experience catastrophic damage in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, one of the worst hurricanes to hit the Northeast Florida coast in the last century. Read more
Nassau County, FL – Property Appraiser Mike Hickox, along with his field staff, began inspecting properties damaged by Hurricane Matthew immediately after the storm passed. “We are tracking structural damage throughout the county to estimate how much was adversely affected from the Hurricane,” said Hickox. “It’s hard to estimate the actual effect on value at this time, but we anticipate the properties most affected are on the Island and low lying areas in close proximity to the Island.” According to reports from the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), over 700 properties were damaged from the storm. The Property Appraiser will now begin locating those properties and monitoring their repairs to determine if they warrant a value reduction for 2017 based on the severity of the damage.
The market value is estimated based on the condition of the property as of January 1st of each year. Properties damaged from Hurricane Matthew could possibly see a reduction in their 2017 value based on the severity of the destruction if repairs are not completed by January 1st. The Property Appraiser and his staff will make every effort to locate and inspect each property, but those wishing to make the office aware of their damage may do so by calling 491-7300.
Nassau County, FL – Nassau County Director of Emergency Management Billy Estep says initial estimates on the costs to the county from Hurricane Matthew at $10 million and will likely climb as more detailed information is compiled throughout the county. Read more
The Fernandina Beach website has announced than an evacuation of Amelia Island, Florida, has been ordered!
“October 4, 2016 12:58 PM
Mandatory evacuation of Amelia Island begins Thursday, October 6th at 6:00am. Further updates will be posted here.”
Failing to evacuate, when informed to do so, is a violation of state statute.
-Once you are instructed to evacuate, you must do so without hesitation.
-All residents should have an Evacuation Plan in place before Hurricane Season.
-Keep in mind that the Shave bridge on the west side of the island may be closed to vehicular traffic when it is determined that sustained winds of 45 mph or more render it unsafe.
-Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages.
-Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
-Make transportation arrangements with friends or your local government if you do not own a car.
-Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
-Gather your family and go if you are instructed to evacuate immediately.
-Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
-Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
-Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas.
-Stay away from downed power lines.
If Time Permits…
-Gather your disaster supplies kit.
-Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap.
Secure your home:
-Close and lock doors and windows.
-Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances, such as toasters and microwaves.
-Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.
-Let others know where you are going.
With Hurricane Matthew predicted to ride along the east coast, many are wondering what they should be doing to prepare.
Hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings are a great indicator of what public officials and the National Hurricane Center are thinking. Read more
Located in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, the 54th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held May 5th, 6th, and 7th, with an exciting Pirate Parade kicking-off the festival at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Read more
Amelia Island, FL – Amelia Island’s Waxhead Sun Defense Company announced a retail agreement with the island’s premier luxury hotel, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, to offer resort guests Waxhead sun defense energy bars at various locations throughout the property, including the Omni’s Marché Burette market and deli, its state-of-the-art health and fitness facilities, and its nationally ranked tennis resort. Read more
St. Simons Island, GA – FirstLight Home Care, a provider of quality, non-medical in home care franchise owner Eric Friedrich II received The VetFran of The Week award from the International Franchise Association. Read more
Jacksonville, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) recently named North Campus Building A the Dr. Lois D. Gibson Building after longtime nursing professional, educator and philanthropist. Read more