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Chiefs say stay calm and wash your hands

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In the face of a global pandemic, local first response teams are taking precautions and advising residents to do likewise, and to stay calm. The News-Leader checked in with the chiefs of the Fernandina Beach fire and police departments as well as Nassau County Fire Chief Brady Rigdon and Sheriff...

Events end, aid begins due to virus

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Shutdowns, school closures and restricted public access have occurred across Nassau County amid COVID-19 concerns.  Public schools in Nassau County closed Friday for spring break. Schools will be closed for an additional week and reopen April 15. All school-related activities, including...

Arrgh! There will be no Shrimp Festival this year

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Harry Harrison, the chairman of the 2020 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival said Monday morning that the annual event that draws thousands to Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island has been canceled for 2020. In a letter to vendors and supporters, Harrison wrote: “Because of the unexpected...

Yacht hits jetties, sinks

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A 62-foot yacht struck the jetties near Fort Clinch Sunday morning, putting “about a 6 foot gash and hole in the hull,” according to Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper. Leeper said in an email sent Monday that the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 5 a.m. “from...

Residents hear sea level, storm surge predictions

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Nassau County residents were recently invited by the county’s Planning & Economic Opportunity Department to review data projecting the impact of flooding, storm surge, and sea-level rise on property, homes, and businesses. The News-Leader attended a Feb. 5 meeting on Amelia Island. Another...

First person in Nassau diagnosed with COVID-19

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As the World Health Organization officially declared the new coronavirus to be a pandemic Wednesday, Nassau County’s first travel-related case of COVID-19 was reported in a 68-year-old man who reportedly contracted the disease while traveling “out-of-state,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a...

Business damage survey, loan program activated

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19, the disease it causes, on Florida’s local business operations, according to the state Department of Economic Opportunity. DEO is the lead agency for...