The American Beach Water and Sewer District Assessment Assistance Program
Assistance to individuals facing financial hardship related to the annual water and sewer assessment is now available. Assistance Program packets are online and will also be mailed to residents.
Program packets and the application material are available at this link: https://www.nassaucountyfl.com/DocumentCenter/View/22583/American-Beach-Water-and-Sewer-District-Assessment-Assistance-Program?bidId=
In-person assistance will be available at the American Beach Community Center
Tuesday, March 2nd through Friday, March 4th between 9:00am and 5:00pm
Monday, March 6th through Thursday, March 10th between 9:00am and 5:00pm
or at the Nassau County Manager's Office on Friday, March 11th, between 8:00am and 5:00pm.
The County Manager's office is available for questions:
Phone (904) 530-6010, option 1
Information related to the American Beach Water and Sewer District can be found here: https://www.nassaucountyfl.com/1087/American-Beach-Water-Sewer-District
Information on Unity of Title for property owners with two or more contiguous lots.
A property owner who has a structure that straddles two lots or who owns two contiguous, buildable residential lots (“lot”) may file a Declaration of Unity of Title to combine up to two lots for purposes of the assessment (“unity of title”). If you file a unity of title, your two lots will be considered one unified lot for purposes of the assessment program and you will be subject to a lesser ERC allocation and assessment.
A sample form of the Declaration of Unity of Title can be found here. Please note that filing a unity of title is an action that will limit the alienability and future use of your property. Accordingly, please consult an attorney before you proceed. Neither the District nor the County can provide you with legal advice regarding the unity of title or the consequences of filing a unity of title on your property.
These procedures allow you to combine the lots for purposes of the assessment in perpetuity. However, the filing of a unity of title will also restrict the development potential of the property as well as your ability to transfer less than the entire parcel to another person or entity without obtaining a release of the unity of title. For instance, a parcel with two (2) lots attributable to it that elects to file a unity of title for those lots will only be permitted to site one (1) dwelling unit on said parcel, and those lots may only be sold or transferred as a single unified parcel.
If approved by the District, the unity of title will be returned to you and you will be responsible for filing the unity of title in the official records of Nassau County (and all costs associated with same). Please note that the unity of title will run with your land, but that filing does not affect the status of the properties on the ad valorem tax roll, since the filing does not occur with the Property Appraiser or Tax Collector.
If you decide to seek a release of the unity of title from the District in the future, there is no obligation for the District to grant this release nor any guarantee that your request will be granted. However, if granted a release, you will be subject to your portion of the assessment (based upon the number of ERCs assigned to the parcel prior to filing of the unity of title), plus reasonable fees and costs incurred by the District.
There is a November 1, 2021 deadline to get the signed form notarized and copies distributed to the County Courthouse (Robert M. Foster Justice Ctr. 76347 Veterans Way Yulee, FL) and County Manager's office (96135 Nassau Place Yulee, FL).
For further information, please contact Taco Pope's office at 904.530.6010.
Please do your due diligence and seek a legal perspective before proceeding!
Click here to read a copy of the Nassau County Resolution of the American Beach Water and Sewer District Amending Resolution No.s 2121-153 and 2021-177 relating to the construction and funding of the water and sewer expansion projects within the District; revising the definition of "Unity of Title;" extending the Unity of Title deadline; directing correction to the assessment roll; and providing an effective Date.
Special Assessment Hearing - September 13, 2021
Presentation by Stephen Spratt, System Manager, Florida Governmental Utility Authority of past significant Water/Sewer Events. Click here for the full presentation with cost projections, and maps with proposed water mains and sewer system.
Project Timeline . . .
GAI Master Plan for Water/Sewer Conversion
GAI Conversion Project Update
Nassau County engages Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) to assist
Community survey ranks water/sewer as top priority - FGUA-Nassau County Interlocal for Capital Improvements Approved
Household Income Survey Conducted - qualification as small disadvantaged community determined
FDEP Grant Agreement for Planning Executed ($400,000)
FGUA Work Authorization for American Beach Approved by County
Requests for Inclusion into SRF Program submitted to FDEP
Jun 27, 2020
Community Meeting - Project Update
July 25, 2020
Community Meeting - Facilities Plan
Aug 7, 2020
Draft Facilities Plan Submitted to FDEP
Aug 24, 2020
American Beach Water & Sewer District Formed
Sep 19, 2020
Public Participation Meeting (SRF)
Sep 27, 2020
American Veach Water/Sewer District Adopted Facilities Plan Submitted to FDEP
Oct 14, 2020
Facilities Plan Found in Conformance with FDEP Requirements
Oct 28, 2020
District Approves Ordinance Establishing Citizen Advisory Board
Nov 9, 2020
County BCC Adopted Notice of Intent for Assessment
Nov 18, 2020
FDEP Approved Funding of Clean Water (Sewer) Design Project
(80% Principal Forgiveness) $518,000 Total, $414,000 Forgivable
Dec 21, 2020
District Adopted Clean Water Loan Application Resolution
Jan 11, 2021
Geotechnical Evaluation and Survey Work Started
Feb 17, 2021
Resolution to Establish Authority, Duties, Procedures of Advisory Board
Feb 24, 2021
FDEP Approved Funding of Drinking Water Design Project
(50% Principal Forgiveness) $254,000 Total, $127,000 Forgiveable
Mar 22, 2021
District Adopts Budget Amendment for Clean Water Design Local Share
Mar 22, 2021
District Executes Clean Water (Sewer) Design Loan Agreement
Mar 29, 2021
District Appoints Advisory Board Membe
Apr 15, 2021
1st Advisory Board Meeting
Apr 21, 2021
District Approves Drinking Water Loan Application Resolution
May 1o, 2021
Resolution Adopting Community Election Procedures and Mandatory Connection Ordinance Intent
Execute Drinking Water Design Loan Agreement
May 14, 2021
Proposed Assessment public information material with straw ballot mailed to all owners (material estimates per ERC annual assessment at $800/unit subject to state funds)
May 14-June 15, 2021
Straw Ballot Election Period
June 29, 2021
Independent tabulation of results - 64% response rate with 86% of valid votes supporting assessment
Complete Clean Water and Drinking Water Designs and Obtain Construction Permits
June 25, 2021
Submit Readiness to Proceed docs to FDEP
July 26, 2021
Board of County Commissioners Adoption of Initial Assessment
Aug 11, 2021
SRF Construction Funding FDEP Determination
(sewer $6,140,093 - $4,000,ooo grant; water $2,523,500 - $2,064,825 grant)
FDEP Report also states: "The AmericanBeach Project #DW45051 will most likely receive a grant under Federal FY 18/19 Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Communities Driking Water Grant Program
Aug 12, 2021
Water Sewer District Advisory Board Meeting Update
Aug 23, 2021
First Class Assessment Notice to Owners Mailed
Sep 13, 2021
Board of County Commissioners Adoption of Final Assessment
Sep 20-Oct 20,2021
Assessment Prepayment Period
Advertise Project for Construction
Assessment Financing Payment Commence
Execution of SRF Construction Loan Agreements
Feb 24, 2022
Bid Due Date
Mar 4, 2022
Received WINN Grant Agreement
Feb 28, 2022
SRF Loan Agreement BOCC Approval
Mar 14, 2022
WINN Grant Agreement to District Board
Mar 15, 2022
Bid Review Completed
Est. Construction Notice to Proceed
Mar -Apr 2022
Est. Construction Contract Award
NEXT STEPS . . .
Aug 31, 2022
REDI Grant Application Submission
REDI Grants Selections/Agreements
Construction Substantial Completion