Nassau County is represented by two water projects, one on each side of Interstate 95.
These appropriations are in line with the requests made by Rep. Dean Black, a Jacksonville Republican, and Sen. Clay Yarborough at the start of the current Session.
The concept of 'gray' infrastructure is controversial in terms of sea-level rise mitigation and flood prevention. This is because brute force engineering to respond to nature's change can lead to structures failing due to time and tides.
The state will send $1 million to Fernandina for the construction of a seawall to protect the historic district. This is part of a nine phase effort.
Former City Manager Dale Martin stated at a City Commission meeting in December that 'the city staff has been working with various property owners on North Front Street. What was presented to them on August 30 was a correspondence indicating a desire to collaborate for preliminary design, permitting, and the location of bulkheads, as part the city's resilience plan.
The money will be used to build the second section and a part of the third, starting in September and finishing a year after.
Spring Lake Estates is located on the opposite side of the county east of Callahan, near the western edge of the Four Creeks Wildlife Management Area. This neighborhood has constant flooding issues.
With $625,000 from the state, a section of rural Nassau County will undergo drainage improvements to help mitigate flooding.
According to the Senate's request, 'These flooding conditions include stormwater overtopping roads, inundating private and public properties with floodwaters, and damaging infrastructure'.
This project will improve drainage infrastructure, reduce flood conditions, safeguard evacuation routes, improve life quality, and create an even more resilient Florida. The County Engineering staff assessed the flood conditions in the community, looked at the causes and then designed improvements.
The project is ready to go after the studies are completed.