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September 2007.pdfVOL.3 NO.9SEPTEMBER 2007 F R O M T H E M A Y O R School is back in session — as you drive throughout our neighborhoods please be mindful and careful of our precious children as they are excitedly returning to school from their summer vacations! Opposition has been expressed vocally by a few outspoken individuals regard- ing district representation. The October election will provide City of Atlantic Beach voters with the opportunity to decide as to the form of government representation best suited for our city. Your City Commission carefully selected each member of a blue ribbon commit- tee consisting of citizens from all cross sections of our community — socially, economically, politically, geographically and age — to come forth with a recom- mendation for the Commission. “Well heeled” leadership from a very small, socio-economic group is a concern that resonates loud and clear. When the “good” for all is decided by the will of a few at the expense of the majority, it is important for the majority to step forth and make its own decision, whatever the result may be. I look forward to our citizens deciding for yourselves as to the form of representa- tion you so desire. Those of you who wish to be heard can do so by turning city of atlantic beach newsletter CITY ELECTIONS (continued on back) Primary Election - October 2, 2007 General Election (if run-off required) - October 16, 2007 OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION: Seat 1 – Mayor (2-year term) Seat 2 – City Commissioner (4-year term) Seat 3 – City Commissioner (4-year term) QUALIFYING DATES Qualification of candidates will begin at noon September 11 and end at noon September 18, 2007. However, candidates may open a bank account and begin campaigning earlier if they wish. For more information, contact City Clerk Donna Bussey by phone at 247-5809 or by email at dbussey@coab.us. CHANGES TO ABSENTEE BALLOT PROCEDURES If you desire an absentee ballot, please call the Duval County Supervisor of Election’s Office at (904) 630-1414 or visit www.duvalelections.com to put in a request. Absentee ballots can be requested until 5:00 pm on September 26, 2007. Please note: You can no longer obtain absentee ballots through the City Clerk’s Office and no longer return absentee ballots to the City Clerk’s Office. The City Code does not limit the number of election signs placed on private property to announce or advertise a candidate. Signs cannot be larger than four square feet in size. They must be placed wholly on your property and not on city right-of-ways, medians, trees or utility poles. You are also reminded that election signs must be removed 72 hours after the election. Florida Statute 102.031 specifies that no signs or solicitors are permitted within one-hundred (100) feet of the entrance to a polling place on the day of election, unless solicitation is conducted in a separate marked area so as not to disturb, impede, obstruct, or interfere with voter access. ELECTION SIGNS SANITATION UPDATE Smaller toters – Due to a larger demand for the smaller toters than anticipated, we currently have no 64-gallon toters available for swaps. WSI has placed additional toters on order, but they will take approximately six weeks to arrive. Residents may still call and be placed on the wait list for the smaller toters. One free toter change out is permitted per residence if a different size toter is desired (for example, a 96-gallon toter is too large and a 64-gallon toter is desired). Additional toter size changes will cost the resi- dent a one-time fee of $25.00. Recycling – Residents of Atlantic Beach increased their recycling rate for the months of June and July by over 20% from the monthly average for the previous year. Residents recycled 117 tons of waste in June and 126 tons in July, compared to a monthly average of 94 tons and a previous best of 110 tons. The Environmental Protection Agency has a goal of diverting at least 25 percent of the solid waste stream from landfills. By diverting both green waste and recycling, on average so far in 2007, 24 percent of Atlantic Beach’s residential waste has not gone to the landfill. Toter Cleanliness – Based on comments and recommendations from residents, the City has directed WSI to return to leaving toter lids open after dumping. This was initially changed to being left closed because of concerns for rainwater in the open containers, but we feel the containers will remain cleaner and retain less odor if left open to air out. Residents are strongly encour- aged to bag all garbage in tightly closed plastic bags prior to placing it in the toters. SeptNewsletter_fnl.qxp:Layout 1 8/15/07 2:53 PM Page 1 city of atlantic beach newsletter CALENDAR Meetings are held in the Commission Chambers unless otherwise indicated. * These events will be held at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd. ** These events will be held in the North Conference Room at City Hall, 800 Seminole Road. Donald Wolfson MAYOR Jamie Fletcher COMMISSIONER J. Dezmond Waters, III MAYOR PRO TEM Sylvia Simmons COMMISSIONER Mike Borno COMMISSIONER Jim Hanson CITY MANAGER Alan Jensen CITY ATTORNEY Donna Bussey CITY CLERK CITY OFFICIALS F R O M T H E M A Y O R out at the polls to express yourselves in October. Each citizen is entitled to equal and fair representation with each vote counting equally. Your Commission has worked diligently and responsibly to pass a budget that will minimize an adverse impact upon the services required to provide our citizens with the continuity of the quality of life with which you have become accustomed. I am pleased that your Commission has had the opportunity to carefully scrutinize our budget under the mandate as set forth by our state legislative leadership. Reducing and eliminating waste of our taxpayers’ precious dollars is always prudent. In closing, I am thrilled to welcome to our community the proposed opening of One Ocean (formerly The Sea Turtle Inn) scheduled for completion in January 2008. We are truly fortunate to become the home to the ONLY ultra-luxury oceanfront resort and spa in all of Duval county. I must commend the vision of this Commission as this addition will certainly enhance the future expansion of our business district in Town Center and hopefully fuel the growth of new business development westward along our Atlantic Blvd. corridor. Wishing you the best always, Donald M. Wolfson Mayor Sep 3 Labor Day Holiday - City Offices Closed Sep 9 *Songwriter’s Workshop | 6 - 8 p.m. Sep 10 City Commission Mtg | 7:15 p.m. Sep 11 Code Enforcement Board Mtg | 7 p.m. Sep 12 *Tree Conservation Board Mtg | 7 p.m. Sep 13 Board Member Review Committee Mtg | 5 p.m. Sep 16 Acoustic Night - Bull Park | 6 - 8 p.m. Sep 18 Community Development Board Mtg | 7 p.m. Sep 24 City Commission Mtg | 7:15 p.m. Sep 25 *Cultural Arts & Recreation Advisory Committee Mtg | 7 p.m. Sep 26 *Tree Conservation Board Mtg | 7 p.m. (continued from front) www.coab.us •(904) 247-5800 SEPTEMBER 2007 Oct 6 & 7Annual Fun Day/Campout at Jack Russell Park Oct 8 City Commission Mtg | 7:15 p.m. Oct 10 *Tree Conservation Board Mtg | 7 p.m. Oct 11 Board Member Review Committee Mtg | 5 p.m. Oct 16 Community Development Board Mtg | 7 p.m. Oct 22 City Commission Mtg | 7:15 p.m. Oct 23 *Cultural Arts & Recreation Advisory Committee Mtg | 7 p.m. Oct 24 *Tree Conservation Board Mtg | 7 p.m. OCTOBER 2007 The City’s Annual Campout under the Stars and Family Fun Day is scheduled for October 6 and 7 at Jack Russell Park. This year’s event will feature magic shows, juggling, face painting, educational animal shows, a petting zoo and much more. All the activities are free. For anyone wishing to camp out, the cost of each campsite is $10 and you can register at the Adele Grage Cultural Center. For more information call the Parks and Recreation Department at 247-5828. ANNUAL CAMPOUT UNDER THE STARS Rising prices for gas and parking, coupled with increasing traffic congestion, have made the commute to work an even more daunting challenge. The First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (First Coast MPO) has a Commuter Services car and vanpool program in five counties that make getting to and from the job easier and very cost effective. Here’s how it works. Carpools are for two to four people who share a general trip route and work schedule. You take turns driving your own cars or a single driver can be reimbursed for trips. The program can help you find fellow riders through a rideshare matching service. A van- pool is a group of commuters (usually 7-15) who ride to and from work in either an employer or employee-sponsored van, available through a national leader in vanpool programs. The First Coast Commuter Services offers a turnkey program including the vans, maintenance, insurance, rider matching and employee communications materials. For both carpools or vanpools, participants qualify for the Emergency Ride Home program so if an emergency arises and you need to get home quickly, a taxi ride will be provided. For anyone interested in learning more about the ease and savings of car and vanpools, please access www.cooltopool.com or telephone 904-306-7500. FIRST COAST COMMUTER SERVICES — MAKING IT EASIER TO GET TO WORK SeptNewsletter_fnl.qxp:Layout 1 8/15/07 2:53 PM Page 2