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The City of Fernandina Beach owns and operates the airport. Policy and funding decision are made by the Fernandina Beach City Commissions with recommendations provided by the members of the Fernandina Beach Airport Advisory Commission. The airport is a public airport that receives funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and Florida Department of Transportation, and is required to meet obligations set forth by these agencies to operate as a public airport.
Noise abatement guidelines are voluntary and no penalties can be imposed upon aircraft operators for not following noise abatement guidelines. However, most pilots strive to be good neighbors and understand the value of following noise abatement guidelines in an effort to reduce the impact of operations on the surrounding community.
Notices are published in aviation reference manuals. The airport also includes noise abatement information on the Automated Weather Observation System, a radio broadcast system for all arriving and departing pilots.
Three runways are available for use at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. These runways are Runway 4/22 (Northeast/Southwest runway), Runway 13/31 (Northwest/Southeast runway), and Runway 9/27 (East/West runway). Runway designations are established based upon the compass heading and direction of flight that an aircraft is flying For example, when Runway 9 is in use aircraft are flying on a compass heading of 090 degrees.
Wind direction determines which runway will be active. Aircraft will take off and land into the wind for safety purposes. The wind helps to slow the aircraft's ground speed on approach and landing, making it easier to control and reduces the landing roll distance. On take-off, the wind helps pilots attain flying speed more quickly, which allows pilots to clear obstacles and attain a higher altitude before passing over populated areas.
The minimum altitude for airplanes is 1,000 feet above a populated area unless the aircraft is ascending after take-off or descending on approach to an airport. Exceptions exist for agricultural aircraft, which may operate at a somewhat lower altitude with a special exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The airport has determined that use of Runway 22 creates the least noise impact to the surrounding community. The airport encourages pilots to use this runway when wind conditions permit and when wind conditions are calm in an effort to minimize noise to the surrounding community.
The following is a list of suggestions to consider during your home search:
1. When looking at a potential home, visit the home multiple times, on different days, at different times. This will increase your chances of experiencing aircraft flight activity overhead to see what the impact would have on daily life.
2. Review the Airport Master Plan on the City of Fernandina Beach Airport website to understand the operations and future plans of the airport. For further clarification of questions or information within the Master Plan please contact the Airport Administrative offices at 904-310-3437.
3. Ask your realtor for information regarding the airport and its operations.
4. The image below provides an overview of local flying patterns at the airport. While these patterns are not flown simultaneously, many of the patterns depicted are utilized on a daily basis dependent upon wind conditions.
A Backflow Preventor is to prevent the reversed flow of water, liquids, or substances into the public water distribution system. This is required to keep the water system usable for every customer. This is required by the City Ordinance Section 82-432.C.2.
A Backflow Preventor is required in; Commercial buildings, residential buildings 3 or more stories, buildings with irrigation systems, and buildings that require fire lines.
The Backflow Assembly Test is an annual test to ensure the preventor is operating properly.
The Backflow Assembly Test is required to ensure that the Backflow Preventor is operating as it should or if it needs any maintenance. The annual test is required by City Ordinance Section 82-432.E.5.
The Backflow Assembly Test is to be reported to Backflow Solutions Inc, or BSI.
Backflow Solutions Inc, or BSI, is a company partnering with the City of Fernandina Beach to help record the tests. They are available for assistance by phone: (800) 414-4990 or on their website; backflow.com.
Any certified plumber or Backflow company can perform this test and report the results. They would have a certificate through an accredited program (i.e.: TREEO, American Society of Sanitary Engineers).
The business/property owner have six months to come in compliance. If they have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Utilities Department.
The business/property owner is responsible for ensuring that either they, or the person performing the test, reports the results.
The City Commission meets in regular session the First and Third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. All regular meetings are open to the public. The Commission also holds work sessions and special meetings as needed.
Yes. You may watch live City Commission meetings two ways: 1) Comcast Channel 264 at 6:00p.m. the First and Third Tuesday of each month. 2) City Commission meetings are live streamed on this website the First and Third Tuesday of each month at 6:00p.m. and available 24/7 thereafter.
The City Clerk's Office will provide a copy of any public record under it's jurisdiction, including ordinances, resolutions, and City Commission minutes. Records can be obtained by phone, email, or completing a Public Records Request Form. Please refer to the City Clerk Fee Schedule for pricing.
Contact the Nassau County Property Appraiser's Office at (904) 491-7300 or visit their website: https://www.nassauflpa.com/
All are welcome to attend City Commission Meetings. Meeting agendas denote the matters scheduled for consideration and discussion. Should you wish to speak regarding any agenda item or should you wish to speak concerning any matter not on the agenda please complete a "Request to Speak" form and submit it to the City Clerk. Matters not denoted on the agenda will be heard during "Public comment regarding items not on the agenda". A three minute time limit may be imposed for speakers (except in a quasi-judicial hearing). The Mayor will determine the order of the speakers and may impose more restrictive time limits. Once a speaker is recognized by the Mayor, she/he will approach the podium located at the front of Chambers and state his/her name and address for the record before expressing comments. Fernandina Beach citizens will speak before nonresidents and speakers shall limit their remarks to the specific subject matter. One person will speak at a time and address comments to the Mayor, not individual City Commissioners. The City Commission may ask questions of speakers who will have one minute to respond. Additional time may be granted at the discretion of the Mayor or by a motion by the City Commission. Speakers may file copies of their remarks with the City Clerk who will make them available to the Commission. Please Note: In accordance with Florida Statute, an item not scheduled on the agenda may be brought forward by the general public for discussion; however, the City Commission may not take any action at this meeting. If appropriate the item will be referred to staff or placed on a future agenda. Should you wish to have and item scheduled on a future agenda, please contact the City Manager's Office at (904) 310-3103.
Mayor Bradley Bean Vice-Mayor David Sturges Commissioner James Antun Commissioner Darron Ayscue Commissioner Ronald "Chip" Ross
The agenda indicates the matters scheduled for consideration at the meetings. If you wish to speak concerning any of these items when they are under consideration, please complete a "Request to Speak" form and submit to the City Clerk at the beginning of the meeting. Approach the microphone at the front of the Chambers when the Mayor calls your name. When you have been recognized by the Mayor, please state your name and address for the record before you present your comments.
In order for everyone who wishes to speak may be heard, it is requested that you limit your comments to 3 minutes.
Should you wish to speak concerning a matter that is not listed on the agenda, you may be heard during that part of the agenda that is listed as "Request from the Public". Please complete a "Request to Speak" form and submit it to the City Clerk at the beginning of the meeting. Approach the microphone at the front of the Chambers when the Mayor calls your name. When you have been recognized by the Mayor, state your name for the record before speaking on the subject you have in mind.
Please Note: In accordance with the state law, an item not scheduled on the agenda may be brought forward by the general public for discussion; however, the City Commission will not be able to take any action at this meeting. If appropriate the item will be referred to Staff or placed on a future agenda.
Should you wish to have an item scheduled on a future agenda, please contact the City Manager's Office at (904) 310-3103. Office of the City Manager
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Sky lanterns can also be known as kongming lanterns, wish lanterns, sky candles or fire balloons. Sky lanterns consist of a paper or fabric balloon that traps heated air produced by an open flame device, usually a candle. The open flame device often is connected to the balloon by a wire frame.Depending on wind direction and speed, these devices have the potential to travel over a mile from where they are released. A flaming lantern can drop onto a rooftop, field, trees or power lines before the flame is fully extinguished. A destructive fire can result when a flaming lantern reaches the ground, especially during dry conditions.
The use of sky lanterns is prohibited as follows: Florida Statute 791FSS 791.02 (1)- Except as hereinafter provided it is unlawful for any person, firm, co partnership, or corporation to offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks.
Short answer: no. No fires allowed on City beaches.Long answer:Sec. 90-40. - Open fires prohibited. It shall be unlawful for anyone to start, maintain, allow, or have an open fire on the beach. This section does not prohibit fires in self-contained, commercially available heating devices fueled by gas. Heating devices fueled by wood, charcoal, or similar materials shall be prohibited. No fires shall be permitted during sea turtle nesting season (May-October).
FOG stands for Fat, Oils, and Grease. When it is poured down drains, it can harden and create blockages in the wastewater system.
Grease Interceptor is a device located on the outside of the building meant to separate FOG from the wastewater discharge. There are at least two chambers separated by a baffle.
A Gravity Grease Interceptor is required for businesses or commercial establishments that discharges grease, fats, or oils such as restaurants, food service facilities, and stores that sell food they cook on premises as seen in City Ordinance Section 82-140.
A Hydro-mechanical Grease Interceptor is a device that separates nonpolar FOG such as fats, oils, and grease from wastewater discharge.
The frequency the Grease Interceptor needs to be cleaned is based on the unit itself. The suggested pumping and cleaning intervals are listed below; however, some may need to be scheduled more frequently.
It should not exceed 90-days, or if the following occurs:
1. When the floatable grease layer in the outlet side (measured by an approved dipping method) exceeds 6 inches in depth
2. When the settable solids layer in the outlet side (measured by an approved dipping method) exceeds 8 inches in depth
It should not exceed 7-days, or if the following occurs:
1. The total volume of grease and solid material displaces more than 20% of the total volume of the unit.
BSI will generate the frequency of when the interceptor will need to be cleaned and pumped. If the business/property owner needs to alter the frequency, please reach out to the Utility Department.
The cleaning and pumping of the Grease Interceptor are to be reported to Backflow Solutions Inc, or BSI.
Backflow Solutions Inc, or BSI, is a company partnering with the City of Fernandina Beach to help record the frequency of the cleaning and pumping of the systems. They are available for assistance on their website: backflow.com, or by phone: (800) 414-4990.
The business/property owner can use any certified hauler for cleaning and pumping the Grease Interceptor.
The business/property owner will have six months to come in compliance. If they have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Utilities Department.
The business/property owner is responsible for ensuring that either they, or the hauler, report that the unit has been pumped and cleaned.
YESWork to the Southern Basin of the marina has been completed. We are now taking reservations for transient boaters. Please call 904-310-3304 for reservations or visit fhmarina.com/contact-us, complete the form and submit. We will email to confirm your reservation.Staff is on site from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm. MARINA REPAIR STATUS -
Bath House - OpenBoater Check In - OpenBoat Ramp - OpenDinghy Dock - OpenDock Store - OpenLaundry Facilities - OpenMooring Field - OpenSouthern Basin - OpenFuel Dock - We have been told to expect fuel dock completion in 2020.For more information please visit fhmarina.com .
Yes. There are over 20 great restaurants all within walking distance.
For Advanced Reservations or to be placed on the waiting list, visit the Oasis Marinas website and complete the simple form. We will review the request and confirm your dates.
If you prefer to call in the request, the number to dial is 904-310-3300 and select "RESERVATIONS" from the menu.
When approaching the marina, we listen on ch 16 and move then move to Ch 68 for information.
The rates are listed on the Fees page.
The marina is OPEN for business including the Day Dock. The Day Dock is available on a first come first served basis, The charge for Day Dock usage is $10.00 for boats less than 25’ and $15.00 for boats 25’ and larger. Maximum boat size for the Day Dock is 45’. Please contact us on Ch 16 prior to entering the marina so we direct you in.
Boat rentals are not available at Fernandina Harbor Marina. Please search "Boat Rental Fernandina Beach" for more information.
Amelia River Cruises and Ye Ole Pirate are physically challenged accessible vessels. www.ameliarivercruises.com and www.yeolepirate.com
The distance from the Fernandina Harbor Marina to the beach is about 2 miles.
WI-FI is available at the Marina. Although the signal is limited, it is available in most areas of the marina.
For your day to day needs, a small passenger bus circles the island on the hour with convenient stops at most places. The cost is $1.00 each time you get on.
Fernandina Harbor Marina Southern Basin was dredge to a depth of 8 feet. The outside wave attenuator has depths from 18 to 24 feet.
There is a hardware store within walking distance on the corner of Ash and 5th Street.
Registration for Camp Amelia summer camp begins on the Monday after public schools' spring break. Call 904-310-3365 for more details.
Go to the website www.fernandinabeach.fl.govern.com to search for any occupant in Bosque Bello Cemetery. Type last and first names, click "Search," and a personal page will appear for the occupant. You may submit additional genealogical information on this page as well. The "Locate Map" tab will give you a representation of the location within Bosque Bello. Zoom in to see exact lot location. This website is updated daily.
Contact the Atlantic Recreation Center at 904-310-3350 for availability and fees for half-day (up to 4 hours) and full-day (up to 8 hours) rentals of indoor facilities and outdoor areas. Rental fees are also determined by the type of rental: private; commercial; or non-profit. Payment of a refundable damage deposit is required for all rentals and must be paid at time of inquiry to reserve a facility or outdoor area for rental. Rental fees are also able to be viewed in the "Facilities / Rental Rates" link on the Parks & Recreation Department home page.
They are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month (excluding observed City holidays). Register for these tours at least 24 hours in advance at the Atlantic Recreation Center (to register by phone, call 904-310-3350). Fees: $10 per adult, $5 per child age 12 and under. A bus departs from the Atlantic Center on the day of the tours at 10:00am to transport people to the Lighthouse.
The Parks & Recreation Department has two fitness facilities. The Atlantic Fitness Room is located at the Atlantic Recreation Center (904-310-3350), 2500 Atlantic Avenue, and the Peck Gym Weight Room/Cardio Area is located at Peck Gym (904-310-3354), 510 South 10th Street. Daily fees and monthly memberships are valid at both facilities. Hours vary at both facilities. Free use of outdoor fitness equipment is available at Egans Creek Park, 2201 Atlantic Avenue.
The Parks & Recreation Department offers an afterschool (kindergarten - 5th grade), and summer programs (going into kindergarten - going into 6th grade) at the Atlantic Recreation Center.
Fort Clinch is located at the northeast end of Amelia Island, at 2601 Atlantic Avenue, just east of the Atlantic Recreation Center (2500 Atlantic Avenue) and three blocks west of Main Beach. Centre Street is the main road that serves the historic downtown area and runs east to west from A1A/SR 200 (8th Street) west to the Fernandina Beach Marina and Amelia River.
The City Attorney's office will review the request for adherence to the PEG Channel Policy. Notification of approval or denial of content is usually within 2 weeks of the request. IT will place the content on PEG within 1 week of approval. Policies and Procedures
MPEG-1 System Stream or MPEG-2 Program Stream (consisting of a single elementary video stream with an optional single elementary audio stream)NOTE: Transport stream is not possible.Elementary video streamThree video resolutions (pixels) are allowed. Other resolutions are not supported. 352 x 240 (Horizontal x Vertical)352 x 480 720 x 480Picture rate must be 29.97 pictures per second.A maximum bit rate of 10 Mb/s is allowed. Higher rates are not supported.National TV Standards Committee (NTSC) with "4:3" aspect ratio required.4:2:0 sampling format required. (Main profile at Main or Low level, 10 Mb/s max)IBBP group of pictures (GOP) structure recommended for best quality (30 frame maximum GOP size).Encode header information in stream every few seconds to aid in error recovery.
Audio, if present, must be encoded into the MPEG file using Audio layer II.Audio may be encoded at a 32, 44.1, or 48KHz sampling frequency. LEIGHTRONIX recommends an audio sampling rate of 44.1 KHz for optimal performance.Audio bitrate 192, 224, 256, 384MPEG filenames may contain up to 27 characters (no spaces) in addition to the required ".mpg" extension.Click the below link to download the "Total Import Basic Installer" from our document center. The file can be found in the PEG Documents folder . This is a DVD to .mpg converter. After you download the file change the ".123" to ".exe" and run the application. Download Total Import
Yes, it is part of the City’s Land Development Code and is located in Chapter 4 and Chapter 11 available in our
An application is required to be submitted prior to issuance of the permit. Please call the Planning and Conversation Department, (904) 310-3481.
Please call the City of Fernandina Beach Code Enforcement Department at (904)310-3441. Your identity can remain anonymous.
Please call the City Streets Department at (904)310-3310.
Any citizen, property owner, or City official may nominate a tree to be designated as a heritage tree. The nomination is researched by the City Arborist and forwarded to the City Commission for official designation. Please contact the City Arborist at (904) 310-3484, if you are interested in nominating a heritage tree
Florida Public Utilities is your electricity provider. They can be reached at (904) 261-3663.
Call Advanced Disposal at (904) 879-2301 OR (904) 261- 7186
Tips from FEMA.
It is best to water your grass less the cooler it gets outside. For example: -60 degrees or lower- when needed or up to one time per week.-Between 70-80 degrees- up to two times a week-90 degrees or higher- up to 3 times a week or when grass is noticeably dry.
How to tell if my grass needs water?- Blades begin to fold.- Wilting.- Color changes to a blue grey.- When the grass doesn’t bounce back when walked on. (If footsteps don’t disappear after walking on in).
When is the best time of day to water my grass? -Before 10am or after 4pm. -Water is less likely to evaporate and will saturate the lawn if watered at these times.