Coastal Management Element
The coastal management element of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan is divided into three sub-elements: Incorporating the coastal environment, coastal hazard mitigation, and water dependent uses. The long-term management of the county's coastline involves shore protection programs, dune enhancements, monitoring and extensive partnering with state and federal agencies.
1. Incorporating the Coastal Environment
Through the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the goal of incorporating the coastal environment involves promoting the reasonable management of its coastal area, balancing the provision of water-dependent and water-related uses with the protection of life and property from natural disasters and the preservation of natural resources.
Coastal wetlands provide habitat for many aquatic
species such as Nassau's sea turtle population.
The Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch, Inc. (AISTW) was formed in 1985 to integrate a variety of activities focused on the conservation of Amelia Island's nesting sea turtle population. The original group was spawned from and interest of Greenpeace and the Florida Department of Natural Resources (FDNR) to determine the status of sea turtle nesting activity on Amelia Island. Greenpeace supported the group until 1988 when we became incorporated.
2. Coastal Hazard Mitigation
As a coastal community, Nassau COunty is susceptible to wind and storm surge damage from hurricanes and tropical storms. The danger is not limited to the coastline. Areas adjacent to the rivers and their tributaries influenced by tides from the Atlantic Ocean cane subject to severe flooding from storm surge despite being many miles from the coastline.
Beach renourishment projects
Back in 1998, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) designated 8 miles of Amelia Island as critically eroded areas. 4 miles of northern and southern coastal lands underwent major projects to protect the stabilization of the St. Mary’s and St. Johns’ River.Since then, Nassau County has been implementing two beach nourishment programs: The Fernandina Beach and South Amelia Island Shore programs
3. Water-dependent Uses
Water-dependent uses provide a significant stimulus to the local economy in the form of seaports, commercial fishing and tourism. However, those uses have the potential to come into conflict with residential uses, environmentally sensitive areas, and public access to the waterfront.
Nassau County has 5 public beach access points which includes walkover access to the coastal beach area. Each park is maintained by the County and facilities are maintained by facilities maintenance.