2003 Annual Report - Northeast Florida Regional Council

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2003 Annual Report - Northeast Florida Regional Council

2003 Annual Report Northeast Florida Regional Council Bringing Communities Together


Table of Contents 2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report 2 Agency Profile 3 President’s Message 4 Land Use & Development 6 Human Services 9 Affordable Housing 10 Economic Development 12 Emergency Preparedness 15 Transportation Planning 17 Environment 19 Value Added Services 21 Regional Leadership 22 Finance 23 The Region 24 Board of Directors 25 Council Staff 1


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report Agency Profile T he Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) is a regional government agency serving 7 counties— Baker er, , Clay, , Duval, Flagler, , Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns—and their 27 municipalities. For ormed in 1977 by an interlocal agreement pursuant to Florida Statutes, Chapter 186, it is one of 11 regional planning coun- cils statewide. The NEFRC C is governed by a 35-member Board, d, two-thirds ds elected officials and one-third d gubernatorial ap- pointees. It provides a wide scope of services and programs including strategic planning, Development of Regional Impact reviews, economic development, human services, regional transportation, natural resour esources, affordable housing, emergency prepar eparedness, edness, and technical assistance. The Northeast Florida Regional Council is committed to continuing its regional initiatives in support of shared ed visions, values and goals. 2


President’s Message 2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Florida Regional Council it is my pleasure to present the 2003 Annual Report. This report summarizes the activities and accomplishments of the Council through its myriad of programs and projects and through our philosophy that great things can happen by “Bringing Communities Together.” Last year, in recognition of the maturation of the region and the broad array of Council activities, we changed our name to the Northeast Florida Regional Council. While planning and related activities remain a core purpose of the Council, a robust suite of programs, projects and functions provide for a more comprehensive service to our Regional Community. Additionally, we have begun to provide increased focus on public policy development through a process called Identifying Regional Issues and Solutions or IRIS. Through this unique approach the Council is tracking emerging trends and activities that will have great effect in the context of our Regional Community. During the past year we identified unprecedented demand of growth in our rural communities as being the first issue to be fully addressed through IRIS. During the next year we will be working with our local governments to help them identify alternative futures and decision making mechanisms to allow communities to better manage their growth. The Council has been a vital resource for creating a culture that fosters regional initiatives in support of shared visions, values and goals. And I am confident that under the leadership of our 2003- 04 President, The Honorable Jerry Holland, the Council will continue to expand its excellence in this area. Ms. Ginger Barber President, Northeast Florida Regional Council 2002-2003 Ms. Ginger Barber President 2002-2003 3


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report Land Use & Development Growth Management Through the planning process, the Council works with state and local governments to manage land use and development. As one example, during the 2002-2003 fiscal year, Council staff worked with DCA to facilitate a grant workshop for The Florida Communities Trust program. Local Comprehensive Plans The Council is responsible for reviewing local and county comprehensive plans per Florida Statute Chapter 163. Transmitted amendments are reviewed to determine if there are adverse impacts to regional resources or extra-jurisdictional impacts, with a recommendation submitted to the Department of Community Affairs. Adopted amendments are also reviewed for a determination of consistency with the Strategic Regional Policy Plan and the State Comprehensive Plan. During fiscal year 2002-2003, there was a total of 123 comprehensive plan amendments reviewed during the fiscal year. The Council reviewed 82 small scale amendments, 22 transmitted amendments, and 19 adopted amendments. These included transmitted and adopted semi-annual amendments as well as amendments based on Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs) which are not subject to the semi-annual amendment time frames. Comprehensive plan activities included: • Town of Welaka – discussed plan to update and amend the Town Comprehensive Plan. • Town of Marineland – contracted with Town to update the comprehensive plan to incorporate recent vision plans, the River to Sea Preserve, and changes in development plans to create a sustainable research community. • Contracted with Baker County to update its future comprehensive plan. • Town of Interlachen – provided planning technical assistance in response to the proposed improvement to SR 20 by the FDOT. Created a large scale land use amendment to replace displaced commercial uses. (continued, page 5) Regional Future Land Use Map pictured above depicts growth, development and preservation within fifteen years for the region. 4


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report • Continued assistance to the Town of Beverly Beach with a controversial land use amendment, various small scale amendments, and rezoning requests. • Assisted Baker County with a large scale amendment to revise the comprehensive plan to address requirements and supporting policies for potential public land acquistion through the Florida Communities Trust program. • Contracted with the City of Atlantic Beach to prepare the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) based amendments. Technical Assistance In its role as a Planning Agency, the Council offers technical assistance to its member governments. Some examples of the assistance provided during the last year include: • Revised the Land Development Regulations for Baker County. • Updated and revised the zoning ordinance for Flagler Beach and continued to work on the rest of the land development regulations. • Provided technical assistance to the City of Flagler Beach regarding zoning, land use, and general planning questions. Attended local planning board meetings. • Participated in the Flagler Beach and Flagler County AIA Scenic Highway Charette. • Hosted the quarterly Planning and Agency Directors’ Meetings. • Participated in the Florida Institute in Government workshop “Understanding Growth Management” hosted by the City of Flagler Beach. • Implemented the Bicycle Needs Assessment: Phase 2, with a grant awarded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to investigate the cycling conditions within Northeast Florida. • Continued to facilitate the Northeast Florida GIS User Group. • Continued to create maps focusing on areas densely populated with senior adults. Maps indicated a shift in areas of growth for seniors (60+) in Duval County and determined developmental factors that can improve conditions in those areas. • Provided demographic data to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to conduct crime analysis within the City to correlate socio-economic factors to crime statistics. Reviews Developments of Regional Impact The Council is charged by the state with coordinating the review of developments that could impact the health, safety, or welfare of citizens in more than one county to ensure growth is consistent with the region’s strategic plan. During 2002-2003, the Council issued recommendation reports on the following DRIs: • Aberdeen — A proposed multi-use development on 1,316 acres in northwest St. Johns County calls for single and multi-family residential, retail commercial, office, and recreation/open space. Executive Director Brian Teeple, with DRI master plans that were reviewed by the Council in 2003. • Durbin Crossing – Located on 2,047 acres in northwest St. Johns County south of Racetrack Road and west of Russell Sampson Road. The project is east of the proposed Aberdeen DRI and plans call for Mixed Use: retail, office, residential, and recreation/open space. • DRI review continues on RiverTown in St. Johns County, the West Palm Coast DRI in Palm Coast, and the Yulee Areawide DRI in Nassau County. In addition to review of new DRIs, staff reviewed changes to existing DRIs, including but not limited to St. Augustine Centre (St. Johns County), Hunters Ridge (Flagler County) Summer Beach (Nassau County), and the Galleria (Duval County). Photo by Michael Martina 5


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report More than 5,500 pregnant women and 2,400 infants received care coordination and related Healthy Start services in Northeast Florida during 2002-03. The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition allocated nearly $3.7 million in state funds to health departments and other agencies in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties. Funding was used by the Coalition to promote Healthy Start screening, training for Healthy Start staff, FIMR and quality assurance activities. Infant mortality in Northeast Florida fell to its lowest level in five years in 2002—8.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. The trend appears to be continuing in 2003 with a rate of 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births for the first six months of the year. Disparities in mortality narrowed in the region, but rates remained significantly higher for nonwhite births. Infant death rates in Duval County, which drives the region’s rate, decreased from 11.2 deaths per 1,000 live births to 9.3 deaths per 1,000. The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and its community partners have implemented initiatives targeting high infant mortality, particularly among blacks during the last five years. The Magnolia Project, an interconceptional health program in northwest Jacksonville, was developed to address racial disparities in birth outcomes in 1999. Special efforts have been implemented by Healthy Start and public health providers to improve outreach, increase access to care, increase community awareness and address specific risk factors related to poor outcomes. Infant mortality rates for nonwhites in Northeast Florida decreased 20% between 2001 and 2002. The greatest overall improvement (-27%) occurred in the region’s postneonatal death rate which includes deaths to infants between 28 and 364 days old. Human Services The Azalea Project, a special Healthy Start initiative aimed at preventing substance abuse and HIV among women of childbearing age and their families, celebrated the Grand Opening of its community site in 2003. Funded by a grant from the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the project provides outreach, case management and risk reduction activities for pregnant and parenting women in Jacksonville. The Azalea Project includes a youth development component to address intergenerational risks. “The Azalea Project is designed not only to assist women in trouble, but also the children behind the women,” said Duval County Judge Pauline Drayton-Harris in her keynote address. The Azalea Project provided services to 195 adult and 20 youth participants between February – September, 2003. Sixty-two (32 percent) of the women were pregnant at the time of referral. Fifty-two women were subsequently enrolled in intensive case management services. Services are provided by the project using a collaborative, community-based model. Project partners include River Region Human Services, the Minority AIDS Coalition, and the Bridge of NE Florida. Substance abuse among women of childbearing age places them at disproportionate risk for acquiring HIV. Citywide, 40% of the female HIV cases reported during the last 18 months involved pregnant women. (From left to right) Minerva Bryant of River Region Human Services and Carolyn Chatman, Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s Community Liaison representative, prepare to “cut the ribbon” along with Judge Pauline Drayton-Harris at the Grand Opening of the Azalea Project. 6


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report The Magnolia Project joined with more than 600 community health organizations nationally to encourage women to visit a health care professional as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services first National Women’s Health Check- Up Day. The event, “Women Celebrating Life,” encouraged women to get regular check-ups and screenings for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In other activities, members of the Magnolia Project Community Council participated in the 2003 Spring Education Conference in Washington DC. Sponsored by the National Healthy Start Association, the meeting provided an opportunity for community residents and staff to meet with elected officials and report on the success of the project. The Magnolia Project also expanded its efforts with a new partnership involving the Ryan White Title III-HIV Program. The Magnolia facility will be utilized to provide neighborhood clinic services in conjunction with Magnolia for Men and the health department’s communicable and infectious disease program. “Cooking Among Sisters” continued in 2003, which offered cooking and exercise classes at neighborhood Jacksonville City Councilwoman, Gwen Yates, stopped by the Magnolia Project clinic to support “National Women’s Health Check Up Day.” sites. The project published a new cookbook featuring recipes by area residents, Community Council members, staff and supporters. The Magnolia Project and its interconceptional strategy to improve birth outcomes was featured in a plenary session of the 2003 MCH-Epi Conference sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Nearly 6,000 pregnant women received health insurance and assistance in obtaining prenatal care in 2003 through MomCare, a special counseling and education program funded by Medicaid. Women enroll in MomCare by completing and mailing a simple, one-page application. MomCare advisors at the Coalition provide assistance in finding a prenatal care provider and other needed services. Participants receive help in completing the Healthy Start screen and enrolling in WIC. The MomCare advisor checks on the woman during her pregnancy to make sure she is keeping her prenatal care appointments and is receiving services. Staff also works with new mothers after delivery to ensure they and their babies receive appropriate follow-up care. More than 100 people representing community organizations, health care providers and concerned citizens in Northeast Florida and the state participated in the 2003 forum, “Uncovered Kids: What it Means to Communities.” Participants agreed Medicaid relief funds provided by the federal government to the state should be used to immediately enroll the 44,000-plus eligible children on the KidCare waiting list. Forum recommendations were presented to the Governor’s Task Force on the Uninsured. Keynote speaker Cindy Mann, JD, of the Center for Health Policy at Georgetown University, underscored Florida’s success in covering children and the fiscal advantages of federal support for the Florida KidCare program. The forum was sponsored by the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Florida Covering Kids and 20 community partners. Support was provided by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Florida. 7


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report 2002-03 Healthy Start Agencies, Funding & Participants County/Agency Baker County Health Department Clay County Health Department Duval County Health Department Shands Jacksonville Childbirth Education Association The Bridge of Northeast Florida River Region Human Services-Azalea Nassau County Health Department St. Johns County Health Department Coalition TOTAL 2002-03 Expenditures $133,699 $276,152 $2,434,005 $120,254 $90,000 $48,448 $45,000 $194,413 $196,066 $160,255 $3.67 million Participants Pregnant Women Infants 245 411 4290* 284 307 5537 *Includes all pregnant women and infants served by all Healthy Start agencies in the county. Healthy Start in Brief 68 217 1800* n Dr. Thomas Chiu, past chair of the Coalition, was selected as “Volunteer Physician of the Year” by the Duval County Medical Society in 2003. He was honored for his work with the Coalition and other community initiatives. n Northeast Florida KidCare enrollment grew by 8,122 (9.9%) in 2003, before the program was capped by the Florida Legislature because of budget concerns. Outreach efforts continued with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Covering Kids initiative. Activities focused on a neighborhood development and health improvement program in Woodland Acres. n The general health of the mother was the most frequent factor contributing to poor birth outcomes identified through the Fetal & Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Project in 2002-03. This risk factor was identified in more than 70 percent of the cases reviewed. Poor nutrition and obesity were the predominant problem areas in this category. 93 234 2412 Improved knowledge of Medicaid, reduced wait times and better coordination of services were the critical needs identified by participants in a strategic planning retreat hosted by Jacksonville Friendly Access SM in 2003. Nearly 50 people attended the day-long event, including representatives from Shands Jacksonville, Duval County Health Department, University of Florida Physicians, and the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Inc. A panel of consumers who had first-hand knowledge about the healthcare system also attended and shared their expert opinions. During the retreat, information was presented about barriers to care from over 700 one-on-one interviews with prenatal and pediatric consumers and 50 focus group participants. Working in small planning groups, the participants prioritized a list of critical needs in addressing the barriers to health care. Interventions were also developed by the planning groups. Jacksonville Friendly Access SM will work with participating providers in the coming year to develop plans and implement interventions. Friendly Access SM partners also attended the ‘Disney Institute’ in 2003 to learn firsthand how Disney’s successful customer satisfaction techniques work, and how to transfer them to health care. A poster describing the Jacksonville Friendly Access SM was recognized for excellence in translating results to an audience at the 2003 national CityMatCH conference in Pittsburgh. Jacksonville was one of four sites nationally to receive a National Friendly Access SM grant from The Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Juanita Parker-Trice proudly displays her diploma from the Disney Institute. 8


Affordable Housing The Council is involved in meeting affordable housing needs through its administration of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) programs for Nassau and Putnam counties, as well as three weatherization programs for Nassau County. The programs assist very low-, low-, and moderate-income households. Through these programs, the Council has helped bring affordable housing funds of more than $4 million to Putnam and $3 million to Nassau at no direct cost to the counties. These funds, in turn, have leveraged nearly $17 million for Putnam and $13 million for Nassau from other private/public sources. Putnam County SHIP received $209,920 during the SHIP fiscal year 2002-2003 (July-June). The total includes $737,538 from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, $44,882 in program income from the county’s Loan Trust Fund, and $27,500 in recaptured funds. Projects completed or obligated during this period total 90 units, including 39 home purchases and 41 emergency repairs and 10 rehabilitations. Since its inception in 1992 through June 2003, Putnam SHIP has assisted 552 households. SHIP 1992 - June 2003 Putnam Nassau Total 642 514 Households Assisted Total $5,375,975 $1,166,695 Funding Leveraged $16,732,501 $12,956,504 Funds The Council administers four housing programs for Nassau County: SHIP, Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Low-Income Emergency Home Repair Program(LIEHRP). Nassau County SHIP received $464,412 during the SHIP fiscal year 2002-2003 (July-June). The total includes $539,483 from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, $161,329 in program income, $27,590 in recaptured funds, and $268 in carryover from the previous year. The combined housing programs assisted 22 households—11 with down payment assistance and 11 with emergency repairs. Since its inception in 1992 through June 2003, Nassau SHIP has assisted 514 households. Through the Council’s Business Development Corporation, Nassau County provides a mortgage instrument by which low-interest SHIP loans are collected (approximately $498,885 to date) and recycled into the county’s SHIP program, ensuring ongoing funding for home purchases and dwelling unit improvements. BDC closed nine SHIP loans during its fiscal year (ending June 30, 2002) for a total of $120,000, bringing its portfolio to 132 loans. The WAP, LIHEAP, and LIEHRP received $67,995 for the 2002-2003 fiscal year. The weatherization program assisted 13 households with either energy assistance or emergency repairs. 2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report On June 9, 2003, Micah’s Place, a shelter for victims of domestic violence in Nassau County, was awarded $360,000 from the Florida State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP). To receive funds under SHIP, Council staff developed a program to provide housing for victims of family violence, who are among the special needs individuals helped through SHIP. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved awarding the SHIP funds to Micah’s Place. Vickie Samus, Nassau County Commission Chair and board member of the Northeast Florida Regional Council stated, “The awarding of the SHIP grant to Micah’s Place is another sign of the commitment of the Board of County Commissioners to reduce the impact of family violence in Nassau County. Through awarding the grant, the SHIP program not only recognized the seriousness from our local problem but also the soundness of our plan to address it.” Micah’s Place board members accept a symbolic check at the Nassau County Commissioners meeting on June 9, 2003. 9


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report The Council continued its efforts to obtain designation of the Northeast Florida region as an Economic Development District through its Economic Development Committee. The Council joined forces with economic development interests throughout the region to complete the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Northeast Florida. The CEDS is a preliminary step in seeking designation of the region as an Economic Development District by the Economic Development Administration (EDA). Upon receiving this designation, an increase in job creation will occur in addition to economic development at the local and regional levels. Further, by providing technical assistance to the region’s local governments and fostering additional cooperation among the communities in the region the ability of member local governments to obtain EDA grants will be enhanced. Economic Development (September 30, 2003) BDC had received SBA approval for 135 loans with project costs totaling more than $161 million. In addition, 1,358 jobs were created and/or retained in the financing of these projects. At the end of the 2003 fiscal year, the total loans BDC serviced for the SBA was 79. This amount includes only those loans which have been closed, funded and are currently paying under the terms of the SBA’s approval. The corporation has an additional 13 SBA 504-loan approvals totaling $8,597,000 either under construction or on an interim loan basis awaiting 504-loan closing. The 504-project total for the 13 approved loans is $26,519,841. Job retention/creation for the 13 loans totals 445 positions. The Business Development Corporation (BDC) of Northeast Florida, Inc. provides the Council’s main economic initiative. As a Certified Development Company for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 Loan Program, BDC continues to impact the region’s economic development and growth through its small business loan program. BDC now provides on a statewide basis 504-loan services to the business community. BDC has assured the Council that it will continue to concentrate its 504 lending efforts on the 10 counties originally served by the corporation as a Certified Development Company. The Council continues to serve seven of 10 counties served by BDC. Since its inception in August 1994, BDC has brought added value to the region through a positive return on the Council’s investment in providing for a positive impact on the region’s economic prosperity through the 504-loan program. As of fiscal year end The BDC services loans for new construction as well as preexisting businesses. 10


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report Highlights for the 2002-2003 Fiscal Year: • 15 loans approved by SBA with total project costs of $22.3 million and an estimated 445 new or retained employment positions. • BDC ended the fiscal year with a positive cash flow. • BDC closed on 9 State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) loans through the second mortgage program it services for Nassau County, bringing its portfolio to 132 loans. BDC Servicing Portfolio (79 loans) Loans closed, funded, being serviced as of September 30, 2003 County Number of Projects Total Projects New Property Tax Estimates Baker Clay Duval Flagler Lake Nassau Putnam St. Johns 2 6 12 6 3 10 7 21 $2,396,000 $4,497,289 $13,489,431 $5,622,409 $4,107,000 $12,755,050 $3,555,274 $30,008,382 $33,805 $75,091 $298,459 $98,004 $66,473 $224,391 $71,115 $590,754 Volusia 12 $17,953,000 $326,707 *Seminole County is not reflected in the chart above due to lack of loan activity with the BDC. Economic Modeling The Council continues to provide economic development model ing and impact assessment through the utilization of the Regional Economic Modeling, Inc. Policy Insight® designed specifically for the Northeast Florida region. This service provides economic development practitioners and local governments a method to assess the economic and demographic impacts of proposed projects and policy initiatives. The information provided in these assessments were utilized by local governments to make decisions on possible incentive packages for new and/or existing projects as well as providing background data to support various state and federal economic development grants for local economic development initiatives. Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in St. Augustine is one of the businesses that obtained a loan currently being serviced by the Business Development Corporation, Inc. 11


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report Following the events of September 11, 2001, the Governor of the State of Florida established the Regional Domestic Security Task Force(s) (RDSTF). Active in the task forces are agencies such as Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, and Health. Agencies represent all levels of government (local, state and federal), as well as private sector participants such as hospitals and environmental agencies. Each District Task Force was required by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Domestic Preparedness, through the Governor, to develop and implement a Full-Scale Terrorist Response Exercise. The Northeast Florida RDSTF benefitted from the expertise of various other programs and organizations existing throughout the region, such as the Northeast Florida Regional Council. The designation of an experienced, expert planner from the Council to orchestrate the exercise process was the key to the innovation and success of the Protect Freedom Exercise, according to an After-Action Report produced by the US Department of Homeland Security Evaluators. Council staff member Jeff Alexander was appointed Chairman of the workgroup for the Exercise and then as overall Exercise Director having responsibility for the planning and execution of the various components of the event. The exercise, which was held June 24, 25, 26, 2003, allowed for opportunities to train responders, analysis of information to be gathered, policy formation, allocation of resource and personnel, equipment capabilities analysis, jurisdictional interface, and facility / responder relations. The exercise helped to build positive working relationships among the crisis and consequence management agencies, testing of major communications systems, testing inter-agency and public-private cooperation and roles during a crisis, and conducting an assessment of needs for equipment, training, and personnel. Emergency Preparedness All active response occurred during the single exercise day of June 25 and included activity at Alltel Stadium, Camp Blanding, the Jacksonville International Tradeport, Metropolitan Park, two county emergency operation centers, one federal joint operation center and 15 hospitals. Over 750 volunteers were involved in this simulation of a terrorist attack. While simulations of this nature may never capture the exact components or anticipate every unexpected detail of an actual attack, exercise officials still considered the event to be a success. Numerous Council staff members participated at the various locations involved in the exercise, from parking attendants to applying make up to the volunteers posing as victims. The Protect Freedom exercise was a successful, multi-agency chemical terrorism response exercise that challenged the Northeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDST F) Command/ Control structure for the entire region. It also presented a realistic and functional challenge to the area’s first responders and stressed regional and State response plans during a simulated weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorist event. It should be noted that Protect Freedom was one of two full-scale regional exercises that were conducted concurrently in the State on June 25, 2003. These two exercises triggered a State-level response that was divided between both Regional Domestic Security Task Force areas. T his added to the realistic nature of the attack. One of the many notable highlights of the exercise was the planning committee that capitalized on the experiences of the other five regional full-scale exercises by avoiding previously identified problem areas. The planning committee developed clear, overarching goals and exercise objectives. The planning committee then produced a well planned and coordinated exercise that was conducted with 12


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report maximum participation from State and area law enforcement, emergency management, fire/hazardous materials, and emergency medical services agencies. The exercise controllers and evaluators stated that all goals and observations were successfully met. The region has the ability to respond quickly and effectively to a real-life WMD event. This exercise, in combination with the other WMD tabletops and full-scale exercises conducted in Florida, has assisted the State in the accomplishment of greatly improving its readiness to protect the citizens of Florida from WMD terrorism. The District IV Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a state-appointed committee staffed by the Council. The committee is charged with facilitating regional hazardous materials (HAZMAT) emergency response and compliance with hazardous materials reporting laws under the Emergency Planning Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA). The District IV LEPC is also a public repository for annual inventory reports submitted by facilities in the region that store hazardous materials and chemicals on site, and assists companies in complying with the law. Emergency Management Planning 2003 2003 was a planning year for the LEPC with an extensive update to the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for Hazardous Materials. This plan encompasses Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties, and was developed based upon guidance criteria prepared by the National Response Team and the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for Hazardous Materials. The plan provides local emergency response personnel and facility operators with operational guidance to effectively manage resources in response to emergencies that involve hazardous materials. The plan addresses notification protocols, response capabilities and implementation of operational concepts necessary to protect the health and safety of residents and transients near facilities that store and/or use hazardous materials. The LEPC is required to engage in a planning project and this year Quality Control of Tier II Reporting was selected to better define and relate to the update of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for Hazardous Materials. This project was an intensive summary of all reporting facility submissions of applicable information on chemicals, contact information and site location maps. • District IV was very active in 2003 with ongoing planning. This was a planning year for the LEPC with an extensive update to the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for Hazardous Materials. This plan encompasses Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties, and was developed based upon guidance criteria prepared by the National Response Team and the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for Hazardous Materials. The plan provides local emergency response personnel and facility operators with operational guidance to effectively manage resources in response to emergencies that involve hazardous materials. The plan addresses notification protocols, response capabilities and implementation of operational concepts necessary to protect the health and safety of residents and transients near facilities that store and/or use hazardous materials. • The LEPC is required to engage in a planning project and this year Quality Control of Tier II Reporting was selected to better define and relate to the update of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for Hazardous Materials. This project was an intensive summary of all reporting facility submissions of applicable information on chemicals, contact information and site location maps. • In July, the District IV LEPC began planning for the Norfolk Southern (NS) and CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) Corp. sponsored and to be hosted, the 1st stop of the 2003 TRANSCAER Whistle-Stop Tour in Jacksonville at the Norfolk Southern Simpson Yard, on Old Kings Road. The tour offers a wonderful opportunity to help community members, distributors and emergency responders to dialogue about distribution related topics. Discussions included topics such as the chemicals transported through our area and how risks pertaining to the transportation of these chemicals are managed. The tour is designed to increase community awareness an understanding of the importance 13


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report of emergency planning, and to provide local emergency response groups an opportunity to receive some hands-on training and schedule more detailed training in the future. Demonstrations will be focused on rail, barge, truck and chemical specific information. Planning for this railcar training entailed coordination among private industry and local and regional responding agencies. Proposed participation for this event included Norfolk Southern Railways and CSX Transportation as well as Dupont, Petroclean, and Burress Advisory Group. Government agencies participating in the planning process included the Department of Energy (DOE), District IV LEPC, the Association of American Railroads, the American Chemistry Council, the Chlorine Institute, the Chemical Educational Foundation and the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. Over a period of a month, planning moved forward quickly preparing the training curriculum, the railyard, the luncheon and the entertainment for local responders from the entire region. Kenton Brown was the 2003 recipient of the Thomas Yatabe Award for outstanding contribution to the hazardous materials planning program. Each year the LEPC Chairman selects the individual or organization that has made the greatest impact as well as awarding additional Certificates of Recognition in recognition of the outstanding contributions made in the implementation and support of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA). Those acknowledged for 2003 were: Jack Pitman Flagler County Interested Citizen Chief Johnny Colson St. Johns County Fire/Rescue Kenton Brown (center) is pictured here with George Danz (left), and Craig Fugate at the January 2003 SERC quartetly meeting. Chief Richard Knoff Clay County Fire Rescue Lt. Jonathan Lamm Clay County Fire Rescue LEPC Activities in Emergency Management Training: The 2003 training year was very active within the northeast region with Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning (HMEP) grant funds sponsoring a variety of courses geared toward HAZMAT awareness, operations and technical level training. This year closed out with an increase in training hours from 6,158 in 2002 to 8,646 hours of training with HMEP annual funds of $ 19,674.00 in 2003 dropping training costs per hour to $ 2.27, a percentage decrease of 34%, reflecting more persons trained for less dollars. There was more integration of Incident Command classes and chemicals that could be used to initiate weapons of mass destruction attack. There was an increase in cross disciplines training in these areas such as sheriff, public works and utilities, emergency medical services and hospital personnel along with fire rescue responders. The LEPC sponsored and participated in the 2003 HAZMAT Conference held at the First Coast Technical Institute in St. Augustine. This was a 2-day multiple course conference attracting over 90 first responders and HAZMAT technicians from within and outside the region. Classes consisted of meters and monitoring, railcars and chemicals, pesticides and response, risk analysis and CAMEO. n Three participants from the region attended the International HAZMAT Response Team Conference held in Maryland. n Incident Command Systems Courses (I-200&I-300) were provided in the region with many disciplines in attendance. 112 persons from sheriff’s offices, emergency medical services, fire rescue and emergency operations centers throughout the region participated. n Three CAMEO Software Classes were provided to assist counties in the region with database coordination of hazardous materials information and enhancement of response activity knowledge. n Chlorine Emergency response classes provided training for leak and spill emergencies for HAZMAT technicians. This training was coupled with railcar response which included valve and fittings training. n HAZMAT Awareness and Fire Chemistry classes were provided to 77 participants. 14


Transportation Planning Transportation Disadvantaged The Council serves as the Designated Official Planning Agency for the Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Program in six of the region’s seven counties—Baker, Clay, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns—where it is estimated more than 40,000 “transportation disadvantaged” persons reside. The statewide program provides transportation services to individuals “who because of physical or mental disability, income status, or age are unable to transport themselves or to purchase transportation and are therefore, dependent upon others to obtain access to health care, employment, education, shopping, social activities, or other life-sustaining activities.” (Ch. 427, F.S.) As the official planning agency, the Council is responsible for: 1) recommending local community transportation coordinators to the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, which oversees the statewide program; 2) performing annual quality assurance evaluations of the local coordinators, and; 3) appointing and staffing local coordinating boards who monitor and provide advice and direction to the local coordinators on a quarterly basis. Highlights of TD’s 2002-2003 program year: Trips: In 2002-2003, the program furnished 641,992 one-way passenger trips in rural Northeast Florida which represented an increase of nearly 44,000 trips from the previous year. The primary purposes of these trips on the six coordinated systems continued to be: 1) life-sustaining medical treatments, such as kidney dialysis & chemotherapy; 2) various routine medical/dental appointments, and; 3) educational & job training activities. Additionally, a large portion of the total trips in Putnam County (27.5%), Nassau County (19.4%), and Baker County (17%) were to destinations in neighboring counties, such as Alachua and Duval. These long distance trips, which significantly impact program costs and place added burdens on 2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report the riders, are the result of specialized medical and mental health services being unavailable locally to residents of those rural counties. Expenses: In 2002-2003, approximately $6.4 million was spent on TD services in the rural areas of the region, which represented a significant increase of 10.1% over the previous year’s expenditures, and also continued a multi-year trend of rising costs. Increases in the price of labor, employee benefits, and fuel were the primary causes for the additional expenditures. These continuing increases in expenses also had a negative impact on the average cost per trip in the rural areas during 2002-2003. During the prior year, the average cost per trip was $9.74, however in 2002-03, that cost had risen to an even $10.00, its highest level since 2000. While the average cost per trip for the region as a whole, increased over the year, some individual counties did see a significant drop from the prior year. Per trip costs for the Flagler County system ($7.63) dropped 13.5%, while Nassau County’s costs ($11.84) declined by 7.5%. The Baker County system still had the highest average cost per trip at $15.24, with Flagler County’s system being the lowest. Revenues: The TD program is funded through a variety of federal, state and local sources. In the 2002-2003 reporting year, combined revenues for TD systems served by the NEFRC grew by a healthy 13.1% from the prior year to just over $6.63 million. Once again, several changes in funding streams also occurred in the 2002-2003 reporting year. The biggest changes affecting the program’s revenues came from the Department of Children and Families Services (DCFS), miscellaneous local & federal sources, and the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. While the total amount of funding received from DCFS was only slightly over $514,000 region-wide, the amount received in 2002-03 represented a whopping 56.3% increase over the prior reporting year. A similar scenario was recognized with respect to miscellaneous local and federal funding streams whose $445,708 realized a 43.6% increase from the 2001-02 fiscal year. Meanwhile, the largest net dollar increase for the reporting period belonged to the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, whose trust fund contributions to the region’s rural areas increased by over $221,000 from the prior year. 15


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report The Sunshine Bus Company is a Division of St. Johns County Council On Aging, Inc. Program Highlights: In 2002-2003, several local Transportation Disadvantaged programs and individuals were once again given statewide recognition for their outstanding service to the residents of Northeast Florida. In June of 2003, Mr. Boyd Thompson, Director of Operations for Ride Solution Inc. in Putnam County, received the “William G. Bell Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged for his many years of service to both the local and statewide TD programs, as well as his innovative efforts to improve rural transit services. The Commission also awarded the St. Johns County Council on Aging with the 2003 “System Safety Award” for its creation of a local Quality Assurance and Safety Program (QSAP) which has reduced the likelihood of accidents and roadcalls for the St. Johns County transit system. In addition to these award winners, both the Clay County Council on Aging and the Council were nominated for the “Rural Community Transportation Coordinator of the Year” and the “Designated Planning Agency of the Year” respectively, for their continuing efforts to improve the delivery of TD services throughout the region. These awards and nominations continued a multi-year trend, begun in 1998, of the rural TD programs in Northeast Florida receiving statewide recognition for the exceptional quality of service provided to those citizens who utilize the service and the entities that serve them. Transportation Disadvantaged Perfor erformance Data 2001-2002 Boyd Thompson of Ride Solution Inc. (left) was selected as the winner of the 2003 “William Bell Lifetime Achievement Award.” County Coordinator Trips Miles Expenses Revenues Baker Baker Co. Council on Aging 39,766 446,284 $605,859 $706,262 Clay Clay Co. Council on Aging 108,351 894,423 $1,147,087 $1,152,835 Flagler Flagler Co. Senior Services 90,355 622,023 $689,518 $689,518 Nassau Nassau Co. Council on Aging 56,276 468,253 $666,229 $666,537 Putnam Ride Solution Inc. 153,217 870,480 $1,515,146 $1,616,397 Brian Nourse of the St. Johns County Council on Aging (right) was chosen as the winner of the 2003 Safety Award. St. Johns St. Johns Co. Council on Aging 194,047 957,438 $1,793,862 $1,808,175 TOTAL 642,012 4,258,901 $6,417,701 $6,639,724 16


Environment ST. . JOHNS AMERICAN HERITAGE RIVER 2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report Point Source pollution, Nonpoint Source pollution, Aquatic habitat and wildlife, Bacteria in tributaries, and Water Supply. These sessions allowed participants to develop strategies to address each of the issues. The results of the River Summit were utilized to develop the framework for a comprehensive river restoration plan. Also resulting from the Summit was the establishment of a new public/private partnership to oversee the St. Johns AHRI. The Council participated on the transition committee which oversaw the design and implementation of the new management structure. One of the important changes of River Alliance is the appointment of the Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Regional Council to the Board of Directors. The Council continues to assist the St. Johns River American Heritage River Initiative by providing staff support for the St. Johns River Eco-Heritage Corridor as it has since 2001. In addition to updating the Corridor website www.floridariver.org Council staff coordinated with local communities throughout the River basin to organize Riverfest 2003. Riverfest was a month long celebration of the St. Johns River during the month of May. Communities along the 310 miles of the St. Johns River organized festivals, hikes, boating excursions, concerts, even a Tall Ships exhibit in an effort to bring recognition to all the amenities associated with the St. Johns River. River Summit In January 2003, the NEFRC participated in the 2 nd St. Johns River Summit. Council staff coordinated and facilitated the breakout sessions during the two-day summit. Over 1,000 stakeholders from throughout the St. Johns River Basin attended this effort. Seven primary resource issues were the focus of the facilitated breakout sessions. These included: Blueways, greenways and trail, SOUTHERN PASS ASSAGES: the Atlantic Heritage Coast This is a three state initiative partnering with public agencies, private sector business interests, heritage and cultural advocates as well as other stakeholders along the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina, Georgia and north Florida in an effort to stimulate economic development opportunities through increased tourism. This partnership seeks to capitalize on the rich local cultures, character and customs, nationally significant history and extraordinary natural scenic and recreational resources while being sensitive to those resources and complimenting community interests. During 2003, this effort focused on implementing many of the action and goals set forth in Strategic Blueprint 2002, the strategic plan for this effort. This implementation phase for this heritage corridor effort is presently underway which will develop a business plan and management structure to oversee the various corridor activities. In addition an interpretive framework will outline actions that will integrate each community in the multi-regional effort and guide local activities to reinforce interpretive themes, as well as a Marketing and Communications Horizon to promote Southern Passages by identifying potential target markets and positioning the region and its lesser known (rural) communities as destinations. This second phase of the project is anticipated to be completed in 2004. (Continued) 17


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report Three state coordinating boards were also active during the 2003 year. These State Boards allow for implementation of the general focal direction for the effort while allowing flexibility to address individual state and regional priorities within the framework of the Southern Passages partnership. On June 4, 2003, , Southern n Passages: the Atlantic Heritage Coast was one of three rural initiatives to be featured in a national telecast to highlight First Lady Laura Bush’s campaign called “Preser eserve ve America”. Preserve America is a White House initiative developed in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Department of Commerce which focuses attention on President and Mrs. Bush’s efforts to preserve our national heritage. E arly in 2003, Council staff began facilitating meetings for regional wildlife rescuers, rehabilitators and activists out of which The Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida, Inc. - a Florida Non-Profit Corporation was formed. This corporation evolved as a result of the growing interest with the region to help meet the needs of abandoned, displaced, injured or otherwise distressed wildlife. The number of animals needing assistance have dramatically increased due to the loss of habitat caused by rapid urbanization in the region over the last decade. This new membership organization is comprised of regional agencies, private organizations, veterinarians and concerned individuals working toward common goals. A “hot line” has been established to serve as a resource for concerned citizens in the Council’s seven county region. 18


Value Added Services 2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report RETURN ON INVESTMENT Among the tangible benefits reaped by member governments was a $59/1 return on their county dues investment. Following is a breakdown of selected services for the Council’s seven-county region: • Yielded a $22,208,632 direct/indirect return on investment for dues of $483,052 by member counties, a 46/1 ratio. • Supported economic development with small business loans totaling $12,536,698 through the Business Development Corporation, adding new jobs and more than $267,553 in new ad valorem taxes. • Provided $5,128,992 in contract monies to member county agencies and organizations for maternal/infant health care. • Approved for funding consideration $230,218,334 in federal/state/ local government and private monies for 144 regional programs and projects. Counties’ Return on Investment Baker er.................... ....................$54 54/1 Clay..................... .$46/1 Duval.................. .$37 37/1 Flagler................... ...................$9/1 Nassau................ .$92 92/1 Putnam utnam................. .................$55 55/1 St. Johns............. ..............$90 90/1 REGION............... ...............$46 46/1 Data Management The Northeast Florida Regional Council continued its relationship with the Jacksonville Children’s Commission. The Department of Data Management and Statistical Services continued to provide full-service data management for JCC’s Healthy Families Jacksonville program. Services include database entry, data administration, and statistical reporting. Major new initiatives were completed in an ongoing effort to improve services to Healthy Families Jacksonville. An enhanced customer service program was begun, and statistical reporting was upgraded. Extensive data cleanup projects were completed in preparation for a five-year evaluation of the program at the state level. Furthermore, the database system was reinvented. Concurrently, a plan was developed, and funding was obtained, to update technology for data entry operations. Finally, a Quarterly Data Meeting was begun for program management, and it has been successful in providing statistical feedback that has resulted in improved outcomes for program objectives. The Northeast Florida Regional Council was selected as the program evaluator for Right-Choices-For-Youth, a new human service program. The Department of Data Management and Statistical Services will provide a database, statistical reporting, and measurement of outcomes for program objectives. Information Services As Northeast Florida’s official Census Data Center, the Council is an invaluable resource for economic, demographic, social, and development data in both statistical and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) form. The Council has access to data from the University of Florida and various state agencies. Staff responds to an average of 30- 50 information requests per month from local citizens, member governments, media, and other organizations. The Council also offers a grant writing service and maintains a planning library open to the public. 19


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report Statistical Services The Department of Data Management and Statistical Services implemented a strategy to diversify its activities. Plans include increased statistical services through consulting to external clients and through internal consulting to other Council programs. The Department completed a major study for the Jacksonville Port Authority to assess the cruise ship industry and its economic impact on Northeast Florida. The study utilized the Council’s economic impact model of Northeast Florida that was custom built by Regional Economic Models Inc. The final report received extensive press coverage, and JPA requested a proposal for a series of similar studies for the entire seaport. The Department is completing the statistical component of a major study for the Florida Department of Transportation. The study is a bicycle facility needs assessment for Northeast Florida, and a wide variety of statistics have been collected, analyzed, and reported. The Department began work to create a Population Data Center. It will be a computer-based, network-accessible, comprehensive collection of population data for Northeast Florida. Regional Advocacy In the spirit of intergovernmental cooperation and communication, the Council brought various groups together and assisted others in a number of activities that addressed regional issues. Staff to Local Boards In addition to its own board, the Council lends its expertise to the following 14 boards or committees by providing staffing and other services: • Business Development Corporation of Northeast Florida, Inc. • Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Inc. • Northeast Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee • Six Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Boards (Baker, Clay, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties) • Northeast Florida KidCare Oversight Committee • Nassau County Local Housing Partnership • Putnam County Affordable Housing Committee • Northeast Florida Purchasing Cooperative • Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida Northeast Florida Pur urchasing Cooperative Blair Kanbar facilitates the first meeting of the Northeast Florida Purchasing Cooperative in the Council Board Room. T he Council has launched an initiative to provide an opportunity to our member local governments and school districts that will assist them in saving significant money on the purchase of goods and services through economies of scale and the reduction of administrative costs. This forum will also serve as a means to exchange information and create a peer support group for its members. The Council is providing staff support, web site development, data base creation, meeting space for this exciting project. 20


Regional Leadership 2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report 1 2 3 4 The Northeast Florida Regional Council hosted its fourth annual Elected Officials Reception on Friday, October 17, 2003, at the St. Johns Convention Center at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine. Mr. David Crockett, former City Council president in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and popular keynote speaker on regional sustainability was the special guest speaker. This year’s event also featured the inaugural edition of the Regional Leadership Awards Ceremony. Nominations were accepted from all over the Northeast Florida region and a selection committee chose the eight recipients it felt best reflected the regional goals of the communities in which we live and work. Mr. Crockett (pictured left in accompanying photos) and newly elected 2004 Council President Jerry Holland (right) presented the Awards. The awards and their recipients (pictured by number) were: (1) The Harry y Waldr aldron on Regional Leadership Awar ward, awarded to Mr. Harry Waldron; (2) Regional Awar ward d for Excellence in Public Safety, awarded to the Regional Domestic Security Task Force, accepted by Mr. Ken Tucker; (3) Regional Awar ward d for Excellence in Economic Development/Tour our ism, awarded to the Jacksonville Port Authority, accepted by Mr. David Kaufman; (4) Regional Awar ward d for Excellence in Transportation ransportation, awarded to the City of Palatka, accepted by Vice-Mayor Mary Lawson-Brown; (5) Regional Awar ward for Excellence in Education, awarded to the Florida Coastal School of Law Center for Strategic Governance and International Initiatives, Eric Smith and the FCSL Students, accepted by Mr. Eric Smith; (6) Regional Awar ward for Excellence in Environ- mental Stewardship dship, awarded to the St. Johns River Lower Basin TMDL Executive Committee, accepted by Mr. Jim Maher; (7) Regional Awar ward for Excellence in Affordable Housing, awarded to Builder’s Care - Northeast Florida Builders Association, accepted by Mr. Bill Wilson and the (8) Regional Quality of Life Awar ward, awarded to Former City of Jacksonville Mayor, John Delaney, accepted by Mr. Mark Middlebrook. Three-time Chairman of the Regional Council, Harry Waldron (pictured left) received the inaugural edition of the Regional Leadership Award in recognition of his lifetime of service to the ideals of getting along with your neighbors. 5 6 7 8 21


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report Finances 1,800,000 1,700,000 1,600,000 1,500,000 1,400,000 1,300,000 1,200,000 1,100,000 1,000,000 900,000 800,000 700,000 600,000 500,000 400,000 300,000 200,000 100,000 0 Operating Revenue Sources 2002-2003 $4,038,154 1,805,154 Community Services (Excludes Direct Client Services of $4,039,074) Planning 863,894 County Investment 483,052 418,052 Economic Development Transportation 104,668 363,192 Emergency Preparedness T he Council maintained a stable financial position during the year ending September 30, 2003. The firm of Cornelius, Schou, Leone and Matteson conducted the annual audit and issued an unqualified opinion. When the Council purchased our Belfort Oaks Place building last year, we also started to acquire tenants. As of the end of this fiscal year, the Council’s leasable space is fully occupied with a total of four tenants: Project SOS, Childbirth Education Association of Jacksonville, Inc., Barnabas International, Inc., Duval Ready Child Coalition. 22


The Region 2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report The Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council, formed in 1977, serves Regional District 4, comprised of 7counties (Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns) and 27 municipalities. The region’s land area covers 4,428 square miles and the population surpasses 1.2 million. Forty-three percent of the region is dedicated to agriculture, 2 percent to industry and commercial use, and 13 percent is otherwise urbanized. The region is characterized by an abundance of natural resources and a diversity of habitats. Its central feature is the Lower St. Johns River. With 140 miles of coastline and five barrier islands boasting some of the state’s most magnificent, pristine beaches, the region is truly “Florida’s First Coast.” Jacksonville is the major urban center, with a good mix of industrial manufacturing, transportation, financial services, health care, and military employment. Land-wise, it is the largest city in the U.S. Surrounding counties are more rural in nature, relying on agriculture and service sectors, and a limited industrial base often focused on a single sector. They are, however, increasing in their rate of urbanization and beginning to develop more economic diversity. Baker Nassau Duval Clay Putnam St. Johns Flagler BAKER COUNTY County Seat: Macclenny Population: 22,873* Area (sq. miles): 585 Other Incorporated Communities: Glen St. Mary Established: 1861 Named for: James McNair Baker, Confederate States senator and Florida judge CLAY Y COUNTY County Seat: Green Cove Springs Population: 145,387* Area (sq. miles): 601 Other Incorporated Communities: Keystone Heights, Orange Park, Penney Farms Established: 1858 Named for: Kentuckian Henry Clay, Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams DUVAL COUNTY County Seat: Jacksonville Population: 806,091* Area (sq. miles): 774 Other Incorporated Communities: Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach Established: 1822 Named for: William Pope DuVal, first territorial governor of Florida FLAGLER COUNTY County Seat: Bunnell Area (sq. miles): 485 Population: 55,703* Other Incorporated Communi- ties: Beverly Beach, Flagler Beach, Marineland, Palm Coast Established: 1917 Named for: Henry Flagler, developer of the Florida East Coast Railroad NASSAU COUNTY County Seat: Fernandina Beach Area (sq. miles): 652 Population: 60,954* Other Incorporated Communi- ties: Callahan, Hilliard Established: 1824 Named for: Nassau Sound PUTNAM COUNTY County Seat: Palatka Area: 722 Population: 71,241* Other Incorporated Communities: Crescent City, Interlachen, Pomona Park, Welaka Established: 1849 Named for: Benjamin Alexander Putnam (1801- 69), lawyer, soldier, judge, state legislator, first president of the Florida Historical Society ST. . JOHNS COUNTY County Seat: St. Augustine, oldest permanent settlement in U.S. Area (sq. miles): 609 Population: 133,244* Other Incorporated Communities: Hastings, St. Augustine Beach Established: 1821 Named for: St. Johns River 23


2003 Northeast Florida Regional Council Annual Report 24 2002-2003 Officers Ms. Ginger Barber Baker County President The Honorable Jerry Holland Duval County 1st Vice President The Honorable Blair Kanbar Flagler County 2nd Vice President Mr. Hugh D. Fish, Jr. Baker County Secretary/Treasurer All members who served during any portion of the fiscal year (October 1, 2002, through September 30, 2003) and who were appointed by the end of 2003 are listed. Board members as of December 31, 2003, are listed with an asterisk. BAKER COUNTY Ms. Ginger Barber* County Commission Representative Hon. Julie Combs* Baker County Commissioner Mr. Hugh D. Fish, Jr.* Municipal Representative Mr. Charles “Chuck” Prachar* Gubernatorial Appointee CLAY COUNTY Mr. Bill Basford* County Commission Representative Mr. Jesse L. Benton Gubernatorial Appointee Hon. George Bush Clay County Commissioner Hon. Archie L. Green* Mayor of Keystone Heights Hon. Earl Harrington Town of Orange Park Mayor Hon. Glenn Lassiter* Clay County Commissioner DUVAL COUNTY Ms. Mary Louise Dungey* Gubernatorial Appointee Ms. Rea Fleckenstein* Gubernatorial Appointee Hon. Reggie Fullwood City of Jacksonville Councilman Hon. Jerry Holland* Jacksonville City Councilman Hon. Mia Jones* Jacksonville City Councilwoman Board of Directors Hon. Mitch Kinsey Jacksonville Beach Councilman FLAGLER COUNTY Hon. George Hanns* Flagler County Commissioner Hon. Blair R. Kanbar* Flagler County Commissioner Hon. Joann B. King* City of Bunnell Mayor Mr. Robert “Bob” Sgroi* Gubernatorial Appointee NASSAU COUNTY Hon. Ansley Acree* Nassau County Commissioner Hon. David Howard Nassau County Commissioner Hon. Marianne Marshall Nassau County Commissioner Hon. Vickie Samus* Nassau County Commissioner Mr. Robert “Bob” Spaeth* Gubernatorial Appointee Hon. Patricia Webb* Town of Hilliard Councilwoman PUTNAM COUNTY Mr. Chip Laibl* Gubernatorial Appointee Hon. Mary Lawson-Brown* City of Palatka Vice-Mayor Hon. Linda D. Myers* Putnam County Commissioner Hon. Brad Purcell* Putnam County Commissioner ST. JOHNS COUNTY Ms. Clare G. Berry* Gubernatorial Appointee Hon. Raymond Conner City of St. Augustine Vice-Mayor Hon. Albert Holmberg* City of St. Augustine Commissioner Hon. Marc A. Jacolone St. Johns County Commissioner Hon. Bruce Maguire St. Johns County Commissioner Mr. Harry Maxwell* Gubernatorial Appointee Hon. Karen Stern* St. Johns County Commissioner EX-OFFICIO NON- VOTING MEMBERS Ms. Linda Burnette* St. Johns River Water Management District Mr. David Byrd Florida Department of Transportation Mr. Ernest E. Frey Florida Department of Environmental Protection Mr. C.W. Larson, II (Wes)* Enterprise Florida, Inc. Mr. Larry Parks* Florida Department of Transportation Mr. Orien Pass Enterprise Florida, Inc. Mr. Mario Taylor* Florida Department of Environmental Protection


Brian D. Teeple, AICP, Executive Director Ed Lehman, Assistant Executive Director – Planning; Director of Growth Management Carol Brady, Assistant Executive Director – Human Services; Director of Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Inc. Barbara Rovedo, Assistant Executive Director – Operations Jeffrey ey Alexander, Director of Planning Programs Mike Brown, Director of Special Projects Steve Gutos, Director of Human Services Outreach/KidCare Coordinator Michael Hadden, Director of Public Relations Steven Mahaven, Director of the Business Development Corporation, Inc. PLANNING Debbie Balevre, Housing Program Coordinator Kathryn Boer, Regional Planner Carol Goodell, Regional Planner Lindsay Haga, GIS Supervisor/Regional Planner Heather Jones, Regional Planner Stephen Jones, AICP, Senior Regional Planner Sheri Kelsey, Housing Program Coordinator Amanda Loach, Regional Planner Jeanie Palmer, Secretary Maurice Postal, Regional Planner BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Dana Hammontree, Portfolio Servicing Specialist Pam Korn, Credit Analyst HUMAN SERVICES & OUTREACH Rhonda Baker, Magnolia Project Coordinator Reginald Bythewood, KidCare Outreach Specialist Dawn Clarke, Healthy Start Associate Executive Director Jenetha Denmark, Magnolia Project Outreach Specialist Beverly Fitzpatrick, KidCare Outreach Specialist Terri Gibson, MomCare Advisor Shelia Glover, Magnolia Project Outreach Specialist Satonia Hart, Magnolia Project Outreach Specialist Janice Hawkins, Magnolia Project Community Development Faye Johnson, Healthy Start Special Projects Coordinator Ellene Jones, Hold Out the Lifeline Administrative Assistant Laurie Lee, R.N., Healthy Start FIMR Abstractor Suzanne Morrow, Jacksonville Friendly Access SM Coodinator Karen Smithson, Hold Out the Lifeline Coordinator Mavis Youngblood, Secretary OPERATIONS Chis Bono, Information Systems Specialist Walter Bowman, Data Analyst Lee Brown, Operations Manager Rachel Carter, Fiscal Clerk Peggy Conrad, Secretary Gwenda Crier, Receptionist Danielle Deverson, Data Entry Clerk Hugh Edwards, Building Maintenance Supervisor Lorenzo Entzminger, Database Administrator Patricia Hilton, Data Entry Clerk Paul Newman, Desktop Support Shirley Orberg, Agency Clerk Wei Li Qian, Accountant Donna Starling, Fiscal Manager PUBLIC RELATIONS Michael Calhoun, Graphic Artist COUNCIL STAFF

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