Regional

Countywide emergency extended

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The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting Wednesday to extend the countywide state of emergency for the next seven days. Given the county is permitted to issue such an order only on a week-by-week basis, weekly meetings are anticipated to continue for the foreseeable...

DeSantis issues COVID-19 ‘Safer-at-Home’ order

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Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Wednesday mandating that Florida’s 21 million residents stay in their homes through April 30 unless they’re seeking or providing essential services and activities. The order went into effect at 12:01 a.m. this morning. You can view Executive Order...

Mitigation before expansion into western Nassau

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Western Nassau may soon experience additional building activity.   New housing developments are already underway or scheduled for Yulee and west of I-95. Tributary is a planned mixed-use development that will  deliver 3,200 dwellings, as well as office, commercial and recreational space...

Work goes on for the building business

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While nearly every part of American life is being impacted by the coronavirus, construction in Fernandina Beach is moving ahead as much as possible, in spite of challenges that range from applying for permits to obtaining materials. Jake Platt, senior planner with the city of Fernandina Beach,...

Latest COVID-19 numbers for Nassau County

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Tuesday, March 31:  From Nassau County  Emergency Management: "As of 11:00 am, March 31, 2020, FDOH Nassau has received two new case reports of positive COVID-19 testing in Nassau residents. One case is a 24 year old male with no known contact to a confirmed case and no travel...

Checkpoint established on I-95 southbound

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According to a Facebook post from Nassau County Emergency Management: “The Governor has ordered a vehicle check on I-95 similar to what is being done on I-10 in the panhandle. Starting about ‪10 am Sunday morning‬ (March 29) all southbound traffic will be routed through the weigh...

Nassau schools to stay closed through May 1

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Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced during a conference call with school districts around the state Monday that classrooms will remain empty through Friday, May 1, according to a post on the Nassau County School District’s website. The state had previously closed...

Governments talk about how to reopen the beaches

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Several city and county officials took part in a conference call Monday afternoon to discuss how, and when, to reopen the beaches on Amelia Island. Local beaches will not be opening in the foreseeable future, but Danny Leeper, chairman of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, said the...

Churches stock pantries

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Callahan’s Jenny Peale pulled up to the curb at Callahan First Baptist Church to retrieve dry food items March 17.  She collected a couple bags for her parents and herself from volunteer Connie Krug.  “I saw the notice on the church’s website and shared it online,” she...

Seeing reds

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Seeing redfish has been a bit of a challenge recently for longtime fishing buddies Kent Poteat and Russ Heller. Granted, fishing goes in cycles, and redfishing is excellent for a period of time because of a successful spawn, abundant supply of forage foods, moon phases, water quality and, most...