FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Information Officer
Amelia Island Foundation
Nassau County, Florida, March 26, 2021 – We have been made aware of concerns from Nassau County residents regarding a new non-profit organization, The Amelia Island Foundation, located in Fernandina Beach, and their efforts to partner with local businesses to generate funds for community projects.
To clarify, the Amelia Island Foundation has no association with the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) or the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council (AITDC). Neither the BOCC nor the AITDC were involved in the creation, organization, launch or operations of the Amelia Island Foundation’s initiative currently being piloted on Amelia island.
While the County currently contracts with the Amelia Island Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (AICVB) to provide administrative and operational support for tourist development activities on Amelia Island, the AICVB is a stand-alone entity and not part of the Nassau County government. Like with all contractors providing services, Nassau County pays a fee for the services the contractor provides us.
According to Maurie Dugger, Director of the Amelia Island Foundation, during the launch phase of the Foundation, governance and oversight is being provided by the AICVB’s Board of Directors. Going forward, the Amelia Island Foundation will be governed by local community leaders who will serve as members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
The County has no involvement in the Amelia Island Foundation’s fundraising efforts, nor does the County have any authority to ask the Amelia Island Foundation to change its programs. Just like any other 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Amelia Island Foundation is an independent entity and must follow all laws and regulations applicable to a 501(c)3 organization. If you have any questions regarding the Amelia Island Foundation, please visit www.ameliaislandfoundation.com or contact Maurie Dugger at 904-556-7444 or [email protected].