The REDI grant will provide up to $6,750.50 per residential unit for the lateral connection from the right-of-way (ROW) to the residence, septic tank abandonment, and sewer permit fees and inspection.
To be able to execute the grant agreement, the County must receive commitments from 79 property owners within the District
These non-revocable agreements commit property owners to
Participate in the REDI program
Complete the septic tank abandonment, and
Connect to the Nassau Amelia Utility (NAU).
If 79 non-revocable letters of commitment are not received, the District will no longer qualify for the REDI grant and funding may not be awarded to the District from SJRWMD.
On January 11, 2024, Erving Gilyard, Chairman of the American Beach Water and Sewer District Advisory Board issued a letter describing the requirements and providing the required forms. It can be accessed on our website under American Beach Neighborhood Planning, REDI Grant Commitment. (Click here.)
The following is the text of his letter:
Over the last several years, discussions of the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Grant were included in many community meetings and American Beach Water and Sewer District Advisory Board meetings.
The REDI grant could provide funding to residents within the American Beach Water and Sewer Districts (District) for the cost of septic abandonment and sewer connection from the home to the main sewer line once the water and sewer conversion project is complete. In order to qualify for the REDI grant, property owners within the District boundaries with existing septic systems, submitted letters of intent to connect to the new central system. The letters of intent noted that grant funding is contingent upon a minimum level of participation from property owners.
Based on the initial interest and the completed application process, the County was tentatively awarded the REDI Grant funding in April 2023. As noted in the letter from the SJRWMD "the American Beach Water and Sewer District Well and Septic Tank Phase Out Project, is among those approved ni the ranking. District staff will begin preparation of a draft statement of work (SOW) based on your cost-share application and will be sending it to you soon for review and input. Once the SOW is finalized, staff will send you a draft contract for review and comment."
The County and SJRWMD have been in negotiations since receiving notice of tentative award. In order to continue to qualify for REDI grant funding and comply with the grant agreement, at least 79 commitments are required for the removal of on-site treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS) from properties within the District. To be able to execute the grant agreement, the County must receive commitments from 79 property owners within the District committing to participate in the REDI program, complete the septic tank abandonment, and connect to the Nassau Amelia Utility (NAU). It is important to note, if 79 non-revocable letters of commitment are not received, the District will no longer qualify for the REDI grant and funding may not be awarded to the District from SJRWMD.
The Non-Revocable Letters of Commitment shall include a signed license agreement for temporary property access to allow work to be performed on your property for the septic abandonment and sewer connection, along with proof of payment or established payment plan of the Nassau Amelia Utility (water/sewer provider) sewer capacity fee. These three items should be provided to the County Manager's office no later than February 16, 2024 located at 96135 Nassau Place, Suite 1, Yulee, Florida 32097.
If the County receives the minimum required 79 fully executed Non-Revocable Letters of Commitment (including temporary property access agreement, and sewer capacity fee) then the County and the SJRWMD may enter into the agreement and provide the REDI grant award. If the County does not receive the 79 Non-Revocable Letters of Commitment, then the County will not be awarded by SJRWMD. The REDI grant will provide up to $6,750.50 per residential unit for the lateral connection from the right-of-way (ROW) to the residence, septic tank abandonment, and sewer permit fees and inspection. Any costs for these items, exceeding $6,750.50 shall be the sole responsibility of the property owner, in addition to the other costs not covered by the grant to include but not limited to NAU sewer capacity charges. Those fees, $1,548, are to be paid at the time of your letter of commitment submission. This may be accomplished through a payment plan through NAU, who can be reached at (904) 530-6300. Payment plans may occur over a period of 6-10 months with the initial payment due March 2024. The REDI grant does not cover any charges or fees related to water connections.
Should the REDI grant be awarded and an agreement executed, construction for the sewer abandonment and septic connections must begin before June 30, 2024 with an anticipated completion date of September 2024. Under the REDI grant agreement, the County will coordinate and contract with the contractors based on the signed license agreement for temporary access.
Please feel free to reach out to the County Manager's office at 904-530-6010 with any additional questions,
Erving Gilyard, Chairman
American Beach Water and Sewer District Advisory Board
The letters should be printed out, completed, signed, and sent to the County Manager's Office via regular mail or they may be scanned and sent.
By mail to:
96135 Nassau Place,
Yulee, FL 32097
Email scanned copies to: