Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Region

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Region

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Do you have something to share about your community outside Jacksonville? Send news-related tips to aroundtheregion@jacksonville.com or call (904) 359-4450.

1 FERNANDINA BEACH

NEW RULES ON SHORT-TERM RESORT RENTALS

Fernandina Beach is taking a tougher stance on illegal short-term resort rentals after persistent complaints from legitimate permit holders, according to the police department. New enforcement efforts have started after estimates show that more than 100 local properties are being rented for less than 30 days at a time, in violation of the city's Resort Rental ordinance. In order to qualify for a Resort Rental Dwelling Permit now, the property must be located in R3 Zoning or be specifically granted an exemption by "grandfathering." The permit can be purchased at City Hall, 204 Ash St., for $300 and renewed annually for $200. Call (904) 310-3146.

2 ST. JOHNS

FREE SMOKE ALARMS, HOME SAFETY VISITS

St. Johns Fire Rescue will provide county residents with smoke alarms and home safety visits upon request. For more, (904) 209-1704.

3 CLAY

SPANISH-SPEAKING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Spanish-speaking volunteers are urgently needed by The Way Free Medical Clinic, 479 Houston St., Green Cove Springs, to serve as front desk translators. For more, (904) 531-9504.

4 CLAY

FREE GED PREPARATION CLASSES

First Coast Technical College, 2980 Collins Ave., St Augustine, is offering online GED preparation classes free to Clay County residents. For more, (904) 547-3322.

5 CLAY

CLAY AMONG STATE'S HEALTHIEST

Clay County has been ranked as the 11th healthiest county in Florida by the University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in its sixth annual nationwide County Health Rankings. The evaluation looks at community health factors including physical environment, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care. …

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