February 21, 2018 3:48 p.m.
Editor’s Note: Today, we received three phone calls and several emails from individuals who are requesting information from the Fernandina Observer on the controversy between the Nassau County Board of Commissioners and Raydient, a real estate subsidiary of Rayonier, Inc., regarding alleged promises made to the the BOCC prior to approving a development of 24,000 acres known as the East Nassau Community Planning Area (ENCPA). The County believes Raydient is trying to renege on its promise that “growth would pay for growth inside the development.” Raydient is now lobbying the state to support a bill that would allow them to break their promise and force county taxpayers to pay for development growth with in the ENCPA.
The Fernandina Observer has not reported on this disagreement, prior to posting the information provided below by the “Nassau County Insider.” Before we cover a story, we want to know the story. There is still work to do before we can begin to separate the wheat from the chaff. We will however, report on the outcome of a Senate Committee vote scheduled for tomorrow.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
This week, all five County Commissioners and various County staff are in Tallahassee meeting with Legislators in an effort to ensure that the cost of growth does not fall on the backs of taxpayers. There is proposed legislation which if passed, could cost the County millions of dollars… dollars which developers should have to pay in order to mitigate impacts on local government and provide public facilities needed to support their developments. The County is urging all citizens to contact their senators immediately to OPPOSE SENATE BILL 324 unless amendments are made to protect Nassau County!
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