Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
February 25, 2015 7:48 a.m.
[UPDATE: The FBCC will meet in workshop session on March 3, 2015 between 4:00-5:30 p.m. to review the 2015 Goal Setting Report and discuss next steps and direction.]
The Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) minus Commissioner Pat Gass convened in a workshop session at the municipal golf course clubhouse on February 4, 2015 to discuss work goals for the current year and near future. The mood was upbeat and positive as city commissioners and senior city staff worked together over a six-hour period to revisit the city’s vision, identify short- and long-term goals that support that vision, and seek strategies to achieve the identified goals. Brian Teeple, Chief Executive Officer of the Northeast Florida Regional Council with 29 years of experience, facilitated the day-long workshop, assisted by Lindsay Haga, the Council’s Planning Director.
Following the workshop, Teeple and Haga synthesized the information gleaned from commissioners and staff into a final report. The city reviewed and revised two drafts before finalizing the one that is presented below and on the city’s website.
In 2008, the city’s Planning Department conducted a community brainstorming session at the beginning of the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) process. Results of that exercise, along with a progress report after seven years, have been posted along with the 2015 FBCC exercise. They are both presented below.
While the document is a final report, it is not a set of marching orders for the city. Much work remains to be done once the FBCC meets to review the document and examine costs, funding mechanisms and time frames. How the city will proceed to move toward achieving the identified goals will be addressed at a future FBCC meeting, probably beginning in March, so that decisions can be incorporated into budget planning for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2015.