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Nelson Conducts Town Hall Meeting in Fernandina; There Is a Low Bid in Hand for Nassau's Beach Renourishment

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nelson Conducts Town Hall Meeting in Fernandina; There Is a Low Bid in Hand for Nassau's Beach Renourishment

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Byline: AMELIA A. HART

FERNANDINA BEACH - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson announced Monday an apparent low bid of $14.1 million for a federal project to renourish Amelia Island's beaches.

The bid, opened Thursday at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Jacksonville, is to put down 1.73 million cubic yards of sand from just below Sadler Road north to Fort Clinch State Park.

The renourishment could begin as early as May, according to Erik J. Olsen of Olsen Associates, Fernandina Beach's coastal engineering consultant.

Prompted by questions from the audience of around 55, the Democratic senator touched on a wide range of topics during Monday's town hall meeting at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

Nelson pledged to assist Nassau County in its quest for federal funding to widen and improve Florida A1A after County Commissioner Barry Holloway said funding from the state seems unlikely.

Nelson also questioned proposed cuts by the Legislature in education funding. …

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