Around the Bend; Group to Discuss Emergency Preparedness, New Development

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

Jacksonville's Emergency Preparedness program will be discussed at the next Southeast Citizens Planning Advisory Committee at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 28, at Twin Lakes Academy Middle School's media center, 8050 Point Meadows Road.

The advisory committee's board will also continue discussion of the proposed 687-acre Freedom Commerce Center on a heavily wooded site between Interstate 95, Philips Highway and Baymeadows Road. The developer presented a new site plan shrinking the developed portion from 425 acres to 227.9 acres at the committee's last meeting, but its members tabled a motion to oppose the project because of its wetlands impact until a subcommittee looked at the proposal.

SCHOOL BOARD HONORED

The St. Johns County School Board was recently recognized as the only school board in the state to achieve both Master Board and fully Certified Board status, with all of its members attaining individual certification.

The recent spring meeting of the Florida School Boards Association in Tampa saw board members Bill Fehling and Carla Wright receive their Certified Board Member designation, and the entire School Board was recognized for achieving fully Certified Board and Master Board status.

Certified Board status is given to members who earn at least 96 hours of credit in prescribed areas such as curriculum, planning, policy, law, human resources, legislation and community. …