Nominations Sought for 2020 Beaches Watch “Give Back” Donation

The Beaches Watch Board of Directors is requesting the submission of nominations for the 11th Annual Beaches Watch “Give Back” donation.  This donation recognizes a nonprofit organization that enriches the lives of beaches residents.  Prior recipients have been Dial-A-Ride, Beaches Council for the Disabled, the Ish Brandt Beautification Committee, Lend An Ear Outreach Ministries, Beaches Community Kitchen, Beaches Fine Arts Series, Deck the Chairs and the American Red Cross Volunteer

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2020 State and County Election Information

LEARN ABOUT THE HOUSE DISTRICT 11 CANDIDATES Beaches Watch asked the Florida House District 11 candidates to respond to a questionnaire about issues important to beaches voters. You can see the candidate responses by clicking on the name of the candidate. Read candidate questionnaires: Cord Byrd Joshua Hicks Check out the candidates’ websites: Cord Byrd Joshua Hicks LEARN ABOUT COUNTY CHARTER AND STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS On the 2020 General Election

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2020 Atlantic Beach Election Information

2020 ATLANTIC BEACH ELECTION RESULTS Congratulations to the Atlantic Beach candidates who were elected on November 3rd to serve the citizens of Atlantic Beach! Mayor: Ellen Glasser See Mayor ELECTION RESULTS Commissioner Seat 2: Bruce Stanley Bole See Commissioner Seat 2 ELECTION RESULTS Commissioner Seat 3: Dr. Michael L. Waters See Commissioner Seat 3 ELECTION RESULTS Special thanks to all the candidates who worked hard to have the opportunity to

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2020 Jacksonville Beach Election Information

2020 JACKSONVILLE BEACH ELECTION RESULTS Congratulations to the Jacksonville Beach candidates who were elected on November 3rd to serve the citizens of Jacksonville Beach! Mayor: Chris Hoffman See Mayor ELECTION RESULTS At-Large Seat 1: Fernando Meza See At-Large Seat 1 ELECTION RESULTS At-Large Seat 3: Chet Stokes See At-Large Seat 3 ELECTION RESULTS Special thanks to all the candidates who worked hard to have the opportunity to serve the citizens

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Jacksonville Beach FY 20/21 Budget Workshops Scheduled

The Jacksonville Beach City Council has scheduled budget workshops to review the proposed budget for FY 20/21. The location will be in the Council Chambers and the public is invited to attend to learn about how your tax dollars are being used. BUDGET WORKSHOP CALENDAR Friday 7/31/20: 2:00 – 4:30pm Budget Showcase / Financial Condition Report Monday 8/3/20: 4:00 – 6:00pm Executive & Legislative, Finance and Human Resources Tuesday 8/4/20:

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Atlantic Beach FY 20/21 Budget Workshops Scheduled

The Atlantic Beach City Commission has scheduled budget workshops to review the proposed budget for FY 20/21. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the budget meetings will be held virtually. For instructions for viewing the meetings and providing public comment: CLICK HERE The public is invited to attend to learn about how your tax dollars are being used: Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 6:00

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2020 Neptune Beach Election Information

2020 PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS Congratulations to Kerry Chin who has been re-elected to serve as the Neptune Beach City Council Seat 3 representative. Esther Byrd: 869 (43.02%) John Cauley: 110 (5.45%) Kerry Chin: 1,041 (51.53%) To see results details: CLICK HERE LEARN ABOUT THE CANDIDATES BEFORE YOU VOTE! Beaches Watch asked all the Neptune Beach Seat 3 candidates to respond in writing to questions about Neptune Beach issues. Click on the name

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Jack Rowan Selected Fland Sharp Memorial Scholarship Recipient

The Beaches Watch Board of Directors is pleased to present the 2020 Fland Sharp Memorial Scholarship to Fletcher High School senior Jack Rowan who shares in our mission to preserve and improve the wonderful quality of life of our special beaches communities. Choosing from all of the deserving scholarship applicants always presents a challenge for Beaches Watch.  This year, Jack stood out for his scholastic achievements, his commitment to improving

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Atlantic Beach Considers Sign Code Amendments

In 2016, the City of Atlantic Beach (COAB) suspended enforcement of content-based sign regulations that were in conflict with a 2015 Supreme Court ruling. That ruling held that sign regulations must be “content neutral.” The COAB City Commission will review the code ordinance and vote on proposed changes addressing intent, definition, and proposed changes for residential, commercial, and industrial districts. Specific issues include number of signs and flags on a

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Beaches Watch Solicits Applications for Fland Sharp Memorial Scholarship

In what has become a year of uncertainty and dramatic change for our students, Beaches Watch offers a bit of continuity. For the 4th year, we encourage Fletcher High School seniors to apply for the Fland Sharp Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship recognizes and supports our future. Applicants need to have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be in good standing with the Dean’s Office, and submit the Fland Sharp Memorial Scholarship Application

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Bill Gulliford to be Presented 2020 Friend of the Beaches Award March 4

The Beaches Watch Board of Directors is honored to announce Bill Gulliford as the recipient of the 2020 Friend of the Beaches Award.  The award will be presented at the Beaches Watch Membership Social on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 6 p.m. at the Beaches Museum, 381 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL.  The Friend of the Beaches Award honors individuals, businesses or organizations who have greatly contributed to enrich our

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Jacksonville Beach Seeks Citizen Input on Future Vision

Over the next few months, the City of Jacksonville Beach will be hosting Community Conversations to develop a future vision for the city. Participants will share aspirations for the city and ideas for how the city can achieve them. Each meeting will be hosted by the City Manager and a member of the City Council. Citizens are encouraged to be a part of these Community Conversations to share your vision for

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Neptune Beach Seeks Community Input on Vision Plan

The Neptune Beach Community Vision Plan process is the first phase of a 3-phase process to gather big-picture input from the citizens of Neptune Beach and establish a long-term vision for the future of the City. Before the city’s comprehensive plan and land development regulations can be updated, it is important to establish a shared vision of what Neptune Beach should look and feel like in 20 years. In the

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Jacksonville Beach Approves Short-Term Vacation Rental Legislation

On September 16, 2019, the Jacksonville Beach City Council approved legislation to regulate the operation of short-term vacation rentals in Jacksonville Beach. With over 400 short-term vacation rentals operating in Jacksonville Beach, this legislation will ensure these businesses are properly registered, they are paying the necessary taxes and fees, the properties are providing sufficient parking and their business operations are not negatively impacting the neighboring homes. To see the approved

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Beaches Go Green Awarded 2019 Give-Back Donation

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Beaches Watch presented the 10th Annual Beaches Watch Give-Back donation to Beaches Go Green.  Beaches Go Green representatives were in attendance to receive the donation and make a presentation about the work being done by their organization. Beaches Go Green was started by Atlantic Beach resident Anne Marie Moquin with the mission to provide education and awareness around single-use plastic pollution, “recycling right, and creating

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