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.

Timeline . . .

Sept 2016

GAI Master Plan for Water/Sewer Conversion

Sept 2018

GAI Conversion Project Update

Nov 2019

Nassau County engages Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) to assist

Dec 2019

Community survey ranks water/sewer as top priority - FGUA-Nassau County Interlocal for Capital Improvements Approved

Feb 2020

Household Income Survey Conducted - qualification as small disadvantaged community determined

Apr 2020

FDEP Grant Agreement for Planning Executed ($400,000)

Apr 2020

FGUA Work Authorization for American Beach Approved by County

May 2020

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

May, 2021

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

June, 2021

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

NEXT STEPS . . .

Sep 20-Oct 20,2021

Assessment Prepayment Period

Oct, 2021

Advertise Project for Construction

Nov, 2021

Assessment Financing Payment Commence

Oct/Nov, 2021

Execution of SRF Construction Loan Agreements

Jan, 2022

Commence Construction - Notice to Proceed

Jan, 2023

Complete Construction - Water/Sewer Service Available