Notice of Gathering

 The OHPA Commissioners will be gathering at Coursun & Stam Accounting Firm, 2398 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach for the purpose of interviewing Administrative Office Manager candidates on Monday, March 8, 2021 from 3 PM to 5 PM.



County Commission Chambers

James S. Page Government Complex

96136 Nassau Place, Yulee FL  32097


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

6:00 PM

6:00 PM – Meeting Called to Order – Chairman




Pledge of Allegiance


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


Comments - Audience (Comments submitted prior to the meeting)


Approval of Minutes


  • February 10, 2021 Monthly Meeting Minutes


Consent Items




Report by Pierre LaPorte, Port Accountant


  • Financial Report – February 2021


Report by Robert Sturgess, Interim Port Attorney

Port of Fernandina Report


  • Tonnage Report – February 2021


Port Director Report

Unfinished Business


  • Hiring of Administrative Office Manager

  • Interviewing Port Attorney Candidates

  • Outstanding Public Records Requests


New Business


  • Acquisition of Cranes

  • Customs House Issues

  • City of Fernandina Beach PAB Comprehensive Plan Amendments

  • Commissioner Emails

  • Resolution 2015-3 – Standard for Public Discourse


Committee Reports


  • Port Security – Commissioner Fullwood

  • Customs House – Commissioner Franklin

  • Army Corp of Engineers – Commissioner Fullwood

  • Economic Development – Commissioner Cole

  • Emergency Management – Commissioner Franklin

  • Technical Coordinating Committee – Commissioner Hanna

  • TPO – Commissioner Cole

  • Nassau Chamber East Side – Commissioner Hill

  • Nassau Chamber West Side – Commissioner Cole

  • City of Fernandina Beach – Commissioner Hill


Administrative Office Manager Report


Other items to be brought by Commissioners




If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Fla. Stat. § 286.0105.

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 20-69, issued by the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020, municipalities may conduct meetings of their governing boards without having a quorum of its members present physically or at any specific location, and utilizing communications media technology such as telephonic or video conferencing, as provided by Section 120.54(5)(b)2, Florida Statutes.


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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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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

Port Director

Christopher T. Ragucci

(904) 990-1400 (o)

(917) 836-2880 (c)

Christopher Ragucci

Port Operations

Office: (904) 990-1400

General Contact

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

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

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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