By Cindy Jackson
October 7, 2020

“Job losses leave 1 in 4 Floridian uninsured during COVID”

“COVID 19 threatens 169,000 maritime jobs”

“US job losses due to COVID-19 highest since Great Depression”

“Over 100,000 small businesses have closed forever in America”

Those are just a few of the headlines that have run in newspapers across the country since this pandemic began.

Nassau County has been particularly hard hit since tourism is the County’s largest job creator and a leading driver of its economy.

According to the Amelia Island TDC, “The hospitality industry supports over 25% of jobs, generates 38% of sales taxes, and over $40 million in net economic benefits to Nassau County.”

Yet it doesn’t stop there. Take a look at the list of area companies that have received money from Nassau CARES and is shows business seeking relief range from retail establishments to concrete manufacturers to web site designers to payday loan providers.

As best explained on the County website: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has authorized more than $2 trillion to counter the impact of COVID-19 and its effects on individuals, families, governments and businesses. President Trump signed the initial legislation on March 27, 2020. $150 billion was to be distributed to State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments.

The State of Florida received $8.328 billion and Nassau County, as a county with a population of less than 500,000 was slated to received $15,464,380. For the smaller counties, like Nassau, monies are to be distributed by the Governor’s office. The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce and Board of County Commissioners have worked diligently and effectively to see that Nassau County gets its fair share and in a timely manner.

Nassau County received the first part of its (total) CARES allocation – $3,866,095 in July and is eligible for another $11,598,285 but that amount will be made available on a reimbursement basis only. Of the total, the plan developed by Nassau County was to allocate $2,420,000 to Small Business Recovery Assistance.

While the application deadlines for both Round 1 and Round 2 have long since passed, passed, not all awards have been made. Initially, the grant amount was to be $5,000 per business but was later increased to $10,000. ALL recipients (whether applicants from Round 1 or Round 2) will now receive the maximum amount of $10,000.

Listed below are small business recipients of Nassau CARES grants.

Amelia’s Fine Jewelry
Eight Flags Cleaning Company
Breakthroughs of North Florida
GTF Paintball
Amelia Adventures
Red Otter
The Next Thing Consulting
Paisley Grace Makery
Axia Public Relations
Amelia Island Getaways
Celtic Charm
Images Hair Salon
Information Transport Specialists
Tennis on Amelia
Amelia Island Graphics
Y Yoga Fit
Advanced Muscle Therapy
TJ’s Tattoos II
Windward Sailing School
Amelia Island Williams House Bed and Breakfast
CA Nails
Fairbanks House Incorporated
Harman’s Concrete
Seaside Gallery of Amelia
TD Nails
Amelia Toffee
Sea Jade
Dream Vacations
Eye Envy Optical and Sunglasses (Fernandina)
Eye Envy Optical and Sunglasses (Yulee)
Tez-Mia Gray
The Book Loft
Nassau Web Design
Zan’s Bazaar LLC
Discount Payday Loans
Amelia’s Beautymark, Inc.
Fernandina Fur Babies Pet Service
Yulee Fitness and Athletics/Crossfit Fernandina
Villa Villekulla Toy Store, LLC
Mason’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Inc.
Pozzi Coffee and Wine Bar LLC
Wright Appraisals Inc.
Shoe Visions Amelia Inc.
The Artist Hair Studio
Ballroom on Amelia, LLC
Soulshine Reiki Healing
Fernandina Beach Pinball Museum
Lisa’s Home Services
Amelia Linen and Wood
Two Hair Girls
Vital Motion Holistic Therapies
Building It Green
GO PC, Inc.
Meads Framery and Trophy Store
PJD’s Amelia
Coldstone Creamery Ameli
Digital Village
Hal L London DO PA
John D Hamrick, DDS
The Patio Place
Ship’s Lantern of Northeast Florida, Inc.
Community Lactation and Parenting, LLC
Blue Heron Inn LLC
SJ Brewing Company, LLC
Nuanz LLC
Anchor Amelia Adventures LLC
Changing Tides Bereavement Resources
Michael Lawrence Hutto
Maid Cleanup LLC
Amelia Pet Services LLC
Amelia Lawn and Landscaping Services LLC
Stewart Marines Services LLC
The Luong Group LLC
Wicked Bao LLC
Juicy’s Healthy Bar
KSS International
Story & Song Bookstore Bistro Inc
Yoga Deah
Profitable Bar Management LLC
Hollow Bone LLC
Amy Matthews INC
Honey Done, LLC
Black Frog Designs
Robison Jewelry Co.
Lofton Creek Painting, LLC
Wormhoudt Inc
Amelia Express Care
Front & Centre
R&E Design Group dba Lola Interiors
Bella Computer, Inc.
Matthew E. Nachbauer, LLC
Hawkins Inspections, LLC
Color It Green Inc.
House of Collectibles
Princess Rentals LLC
Dorco Enterprises LLC
Graham Ingram Industries
Sandbox Athletics LLC
Amelia Home Health Services LLC
Swayze Hair Design LLC
The Parkin Company
Reela LLC
Amelia Athletic Club Inc
Montego Livery LLC
Coastal Cottage Amelia LLC
Manning Irrigation & Pump Service, LLC
Escalante B & B, Inc.
D&R Charters
Island Marketing Group Inc.
Dot’s Hair Salon and More, Inc
Amelia Hair Therapy LLC
Electric Mermaid Tattoo, LLC
Southern Demolition & Salvage Inc.
Resort Talent, Inc.
Eventcraft Inc
Genetic Potential Academy LLC
Fernandina Dojo LLC

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Jerry Hinson
Jerry Hinson
1 year ago

If a business has closed, will they still get to keep the grant money?

Cindy Jackson
Cindy Jackson
1 year ago
Reply to  Jerry Hinson

There has been no recommendations/decisions yet on the process for repayment as the County is still reviewing applications in both programs.

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