Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Most in Yulee, but Not All, See Address Changes as Good Idea

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Most in Yulee, but Not All, See Address Changes as Good Idea

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Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

About half of Yulee residents and business owners have changed their addresses as part of a countywide effort to help emergency services.

Representatives from the Nassau County 911 Mapping and Addressing Department are working alphabetically through Yulee's streets, recently reaching those that begin with M, such as Miner Road.

The Yulee portion of the project should be finished by the end of May, 911 Mapping and Addressing Director Valerie Curtis said.

Curtis, Addressing Manager Tim Paetsch and Mapping Manager Debbie Bennett spoke to a group of Yulee business owners recently about the project and its purpose.

"We're trying to come up with more consistent addressing in all the towns," Curtis said.

The presentation was sponsored by the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce.

The county has finished making address changes in Bryceville, Hilliard and Callahan. Address numbers were changed to five or six digits, and some streets were renamed to avoid confusion and redundancy. They started Yulee in September.

The county will not handle Amelia Island or Fernandina Beach, which has its own addressing authority, Curtis said. She said city officials don't want address changes.

After Yulee is completed, the county does plan to correct some address inconsistencies along Eighth Street, which also is known as Florida 200, Curtis said.

The five- to six-digit address numbers are determined geographically. The first two numbers refer to a designated 10-square-mile area, and the remaining numbers refer to the distance of each house, in feet, relative to the street, Curtis said.

Numbers increase going north and east.

Street names no longer will indicate north, south, east or west.

U.S. Postal Service ZIP codes are not affected.

Because the addresses are based on distance, each building -- already built or not -- will have a unique number in sequential order.

"We've done it this way because of growth," Paetsch said.

"It's hard to get used to the gaps in numbers . …

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