Wednesday, November 13, 2019

6:00 PM

Commissioner Chambers

James Page Government Complex

96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097


6:00 PM – Meeting Called to Order – Chairman 

Invocation – Commissioner Cole


Pledge of Allegiance – Commissioner Cole


Roll Call:  Robert Sturgess, District 1; Danny Fullwood, District 2, Scott Hanna, District 3; Carrol Franklin, District 4; Mike Cole, District 5


Comments - Audience (Sign in sheets on the Press Table)


1.            Approval of Minutes


•             October 9, 2019 Monthly Meeting Minutes

•             October 23, 2019 Workshop Minutes


2.            Consent Items


•             None


3.            Channel Re-Alignment – Beau Corbett from Army Corp of Engineers


4.            Report by Pierre LaPorte


•             Financial Report – October 2019

•             4th Quarter Financials


5.            Report by Jeb Branham, Port Attorney


6.            Report by Laura DiBella, Port Director

7.            Port of Fernandina Report


•             Tonnage Report – October 2019


8.            Unfinished Business


•             Decision to Close Out Line of Credit at BB&T

•             Financial Update from Worldwide Terminals

•             Warehouse Grant Update

•             Nassau Tradeplex Signage Update

•             Advertisement in the Coast Guard Publication


9.            New Business


•             Seaport Mission Statement Questionnaire

•             Discussion of possible request for partial reimbursement of money paid to NCEDB for upcoming fiscal year

•             TranSystems Proposal for Administrative Functions

•             Bid for Wharf Repairs

•             Election of OHPA Officers for 2019-2020

•             Employment Contract for Barb Amergian, Admin Office Manager – 2019-2020

•             Services Contract for Jeb Branham, Port Attorney – 2019-2020

•             Engagement Letter for Coursun & Stam, Port Accounting Firm – 2019-2020


Committee Reports


•             Port Security – Commissioner Fullwood

•             Customs House – Commissioner Franklin

•             Economic Development – Commissioner Fullwood

•             Emergency Management – Commissioner Franklin

•             Technical Coordinating Committee – Commissioner Hanna

•             TPO – Commissioner Cole

•             Nassau Chamber East Side – Commissioner Sturgess

•             Nassau Chamber West Side – Commissioner Cole

10.         Administrative Office Manager Report


11.         Other items to be brought by Commissioners


12.         Adjourn

Meeting Agenda

Proud sponsor of the Right Whale Festival

November 2 and 3, 2019

Main Beach, Fernandina Beach, FL

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces New

M-95 Fernandina Beach to Charleston Barge Service Designation

M-95 Fernandina Beach to Charleston Barge Service will help the Port of Fernandina in Nassau County, the northernmost county on the Atlantic coast in Florida, service all coastal seaports on the Atlantic, including Charleston, SC, and contribute to the reduction of truck traffic on I-95.

"The designation of marine highways by Congress will help move cargo and people to help grow the economy and shift freight off of congested highways,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

“Marine highways are an efficient and cost-effective option for moving freight and passengers in America,” said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby.

The America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP) authorizes the designation of Marine Highway Routes and Marine Highway Projects. A Marine Highway Project is a planned service, or expansion of an existing service, on a designated Marine Highway Route. Designation makes projects and highway routes eligible to apply for federal funding. Congress appropriated $7 million for AMHP in Fiscal Year 2019.

Read more about the Port of Fernandina's marine highway designation here:

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Important Notices

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Notices of Gathering
Public Officials Appreciation Reception
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
5 PM - 7 PM
Walkers Landing, Fernandina Beach, FL
Contact the Port

For information about port operations, tidal information, access or questions regarding the port itself, please contact the Port of Fernandina at:

Office: (904) 491-7422
Fax: (904) 432-0229


Find us

OHPA of Nassau County
86130 License Road, Suite 9
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Port Director

Laura DiBella

Direct: (561) 756-3132


Port Operations

Office: (904) 261-0753

General Contact

Office: (904) 491-7422
Fax: (904) 432-0229


Mission Statement

The “Ocean Highway and Port Authority was created in 1941 and authorized to carry out public purposes to benefit to the citizens of the County of Nassau and the State of Florida.”

(Ch. 21418,S12.Sp. Acts 1941)

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October 1 - September 30.


Ocean Highway and Port Authority was established in 1941 by the Florida Legislature. Read our charter here.

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