Category Archives: Nassau County

Dunkin Donuts and Ulta Cosmetics Coming to Villages of Amelia (Yulee)

Dunkin Donuts and Ulta Cosmetics are both going to be opening up new locations on the ever growing SR-200/A1A corridor in Yulee. The stores will be located on outparcels to the Villages of Amelia Shopping Center, which is anchored by Publix, Kohls, Ross and T.J. Maxx, located at SR-200 (A1A) and Chester Road. Both stores are scheduled to open in 2016.

The announcement was made by the Nassau County Economic Development Board.

New Golf Course (!) Planned for Nassau County

White Oak, fronting the St. Marys River in Nassau County and 30 miles north of JAX, is looking to expand its 9-hole golf course with an 18-hole course adjacent to world’s leading wildlife conservation facilities.  White Oak is owned by Mark and Kimbra Walter; he is CEO of Guggenheim Capital and owns the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.  Karen Brune Mathis of The Daily Record has the article.

Rayonier Looking To Expand Fernandina Beach Facility At A $110M Cost, Add 30-70 Jobs

Roger Bull writes for The Florida Times-Union about Rayonier Advanced Materials plans to expand its Fernandina Beach facility at a cost of $110M to create a by-product of a its processing of wood fibers into a fuel for commercial applications.  They’ll be seeking incentives from state and local agencies as part of their investment.

Timucuan Trail project to link Duval and Nassau Counties

The cover of the Florida Times Union on January 11th featured a story by Dan Scanlan (link here) on the Timucuan Trail project, which is an on-going bike / walking path project that is currently underway along Heckscher Drive / A1A. The project will span Duval and Nassau counties, connecting Hanna Park in Mayport to Peters Point Beachfront Park on Amelia Island. Connection over the river will be via the St. Johns River Ferry. The trail connects and highlights Jacksonville’s beautiful and natural scenery, including state, federal and city parks. The trail will allow bikers and walkers access to Big and Little Talbot Island State Parks, Amelia Island State Park, Fort George and Kingsley Plantation (part of the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve) and COJ’s Hugenot and Hanna Park’s. Colliers has several properties for sale that will benefit from the project. Contact Ernie Saltmarsh for more information on these opportunities.

Rayonier Planning Big Development at I-95/A1A Interchange in Nassau County

Rayonier, the large forest-services company, that owns some 2,900 acres at the corner of I-95 and A1A in Nassau County about 20 miles north of downtown JAX, is in the initial stages of development of that tract that would forever change the gateway into Northeast Florida.  The first phase will be to bring jobs there in what it calls the employment center and construction of a public elementary school that will open in 2017.  Rayonier says it might take 70 years to build-out the project, but ultimately it might have over 7.1 MSF of commercial space and some 4,000 residential units.  Karen Brune Mathis of The JAX Daily Record has the article.

Quality of Life? Head to (Some) JAX Suburbs

Roger Bull of The Florida Times-Union references a story in the New York Times that ranks every county in the nation based on some quality of life components.  St. Johns ranked in the top 4% nationwide while Clay and Nassau are in the top 27%, Duval is in about the middle and Baker in the bottom 20% (and the lowest in FL).

2013 Home Sales Up 22%, Median Price up 15%

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors released their 2013 annual report for 2013; the median price was up 15% to $153,400 and sales volume increased by 4,000 more homes, up 21.7%.  Strongest areas of sales were mostly in the outlying areas of the metro region – Baker County (up 53%), Nassau County (+46%), west Putnam County (+44%), Green Cove Springs (+39%) and Jax Beach (+37%).  Best selling homes were smaller sized ones.  Roger Bull of The Florida Times-Union has the story.