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2007 National Night Out

Fernandina Beach Police Department

On Tuesday, August 7th, 2007 neighborhoods throughout Fernandina Beach are being invited to participate with thousands of communities nationwide for the 24th Annual National Night Out, a program designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and public safety-community partnerships, while sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime and disorder.

The Fernandina Beach Police and Fire Departments are planning to participate in this event and this year will be making a visit to the Amelia Park neighborhood for a gathering of all homeowners associations.  Typically, this event is hosted by individual neighborhood associations or any group of civic minded neighbors and held outside with lawn chairs and tables in a safe location, such as a cul-de-sac.  This year we are kicking off the program in one location, and Amelia Park has graciously offered to host the event.  In the past this event has been a successful catalyst for getting to know neighbors and for discussing issues of mutual concern, but is primarily designed to introduce public safety officers and staff to members of the local homeowners groups.

Please show your support by helping to arrange an event in your neighborhood or by participating at plaza in Amelia Park on August 7, 2007 from 6:00 P.M. through 8:00 P.M.  You should call the Police Department at (904) 277-7342 to confirm your participation.  You may also consider taking some group and candid photographs during the event and e-mailing them to me at e-mail for use on our web pages.  I look forward to meeting with you.

Target is the national corporate sponsor for National Night Out.  For additional information and ideas, please visit
I encourage everyone to show their support by leaving their porch light on during the evening hours of August 7th.  Let’s light our community up in unity!


James T. Hurley
Chief of Police