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County Commission Chambers

James M. Page Government Complex

96136 Nassau Place, Yulee FL  32097


Thursday, November 12, 2020

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 emailed prior to the meeting)


1.            Approval of Minutes


•             October 14, 2020 Monthly Meeting Minutes


2.            Consent Items




3.            Report by Pierre LaPorte, Port Accountant


•             Financial Report – October 2020


4.            Report by Jeb Branham, Port Attorney


5.            Port Director Report



6.            Port of Fernandina Report


•             Tonnage Report – October 2020


7.            Unfinished Business


•             Nassau Tradeplex Sign – Next Step

•             Port of Fernandina Sign – Permit Secured


8.            New Business

  • Election of Officers

  • Discussion - Streaming of meetings

  • Discussion - Commissioner salaries

  • Acquisition of a Tug Boat by OHPA under the AMH Grant Agreement with a    Lease Back to Worldwide Terminals Fernandina


Committee Reports


•             Port Security – Commissioner Fullwood

•             Customs House – Commissioner Franklin

•             Army Corp of Engineers – Commissioner Sturgess

•             Economic Development – Commissioner Cole

•             Emergency Management – Commissioner Franklin

•             Technical Coordinating Committee – Commissioner Hanna

•             TPO – Commissioner Cole

•             Nassau Chamber East Side – Commissioner Sturgess

•             Nassau Chamber West Side – Commissioner Cole


9.            Administrative Office Manager Report


10.         Other items to be brought by Commissioners


11.         Adjourn

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.


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.

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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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