Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Life in Former Courthouse; Yulee: County Offices to Fill Space

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Life in Former Courthouse; Yulee: County Offices to Fill Space

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Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

The former Temporary Nassau County Courthouse in Yulee started its third life this week as a Nassau County office building.

The Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office on Monday moved the bulk of its operations out of the 14th Street annex in Fernandina Beach and into the former temporary courthouse in Yulee, the first in an upcoming reshuffling of county offices.

The remaining county departments and constitutional offices at the 14th Street Annex will be moved into the former temporary courthouse by October.

The county bought the old American Armor Building in Yulee in 1999 to serve as a temporary courthouse until the Historic Nassau County Courthouse in Fernandina Beach was renovated and a new Nassau County Judicial Annex near Interstate 95 in Yulee was built.

While Supervisor of Elections Vicki Cannon, Tax Collector Gwen Miller and Property Appraiser James Page will exit the annex, they'll not be leaving Fernandina Beach altogether. All three are required to have offices in the city, which is the county seat.

While the largest parts of their staffs will be housed at the former temporary courthouse, all three also will have temporary offices in the Historic Nassau County Courthouse on Centre Street. Tax Collector's Office employees have been in the historic courthouse since 2002 to handle taxes and vehicle registration.

The constitutional officers say they're looking forward to leaving the aging annex, which has plumbing problems and asbestos in the insulation.

"It's not a warm, fuzzy feeling to call maintenance to complain about an odor in the ceiling and be told they can't move the tiles because of asbestos concerns," Page said.

Cannon said the move to 191 Nassau Place, the new name for the former temporary courthouse, will allow her to consolidate records now scattered through small supply rooms in the annex. The new office will have a larger room for the canvassing board to meet, as well as space for 150 people to observe the board certify election results. Cannon said she'll also be better able to store the county's touch-screen voting machines. …

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