Fernandina Beach City Commission approves three grant proposals for marina

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Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
March 29, 2016 3:59 p.m.

On March 29, 2016, a special meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission was held to act on three Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) grant proposals to request matching funds for dredging, mooring field expansion, and the reconfiguring of marina docks to a north south alignment. Over the last seven years, FIND, a special tax district for the management and maintenance of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, has provided over a million dollars in matching funds to the city.

Marina Configuration Group 2Although the three separate grant proposals before the commission require matching grants from the city totaling over a half a million dollars, the city can deny funding. “If you don’t match it, you don’t get it,” said Joe Springer, marina manager.

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The commission voted 5 – 0 to submit the proposals in anticipation of permit approval to expand the mooring field, and completion of an engineering study by Applied Technology & Management, Inc. (ATM) that could show a new dock configuration will reduce dredging costs. A FIND representative suggested three separate proposals to provide the city with flexibility in determining the use of funds should the various proposals be approved.

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Joe Springer, manager of Fernandina Harbor Marina


According to Joe Springer, the mooring field project is an important priority.  In the event dock reconfiguration takes place or action begins on the recently purchased Ventura property to the North, there will be an alternative option for boaters.  “There are more boats asking for mooring fields than are asking for docks right now,” said Springer.

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Nassau County FIND representative Lynn Williams, while providing information to commissioners on the three proposals, praised City Grants Administrator Cheryl Nichols for her ability to put accurate, reliable, and solid written proposals before the FIND commission, and Joe Springer marina manager for his outstanding presentation skills.


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2 Responses to Fernandina Beach City Commission approves three grant proposals for marina

  1. Lou Goldman says:

    Thank you City Commissioners, Lynn Williams, Joe Springer and Cheryl Nichols.
    Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  2. Dave Lott says:

    Hopefully FIND will continue to support the dredging subsidy since it is normally not the type of expense they cover. Mooring fields expansion should be a slam dunk. Alignment in a N-S configuration might be a slight benefit but a mud flat is still a mud flat. Any further word on the future of Brett’s as there was a story floating around they were not going to renew their lease with the Centre Street Group. Would this be an opportunity for the City to renegotiate the contract with the CSG to resolve the “misunderstanding” from the original lease?

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