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Clay County is considering renaming its districts

Posted 3/28/24

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Following recent confusions between districts and municipalities, Clay County's planning districts could be renamed in an upcoming Board of County Commissioners …

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Clay County is considering renaming its districts


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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Following recent naming confusions between districts and municipalities, Clay County's planning districts could be renamed in an upcoming Board of County Commissioners meeting. 

The confusion began with the name "Green Cove Springs Citizen Advisory Committee." 

One committee's name comes from the actual municipal city of Green Cove Springs. The other name exists for the surrounding, unincorporated district, also formally named Green Cove Springs. 

The staff presented some recommendations for districts that included municipalities to avoid confusion.  To distinguish them, the recommendations were named after prominent natural features in the districts. 

Northeast Clay, formally Orange Park, could be renamed the Gateway District.

Southwest Clay, formally Keystone Heights, could be renamed the Gold Head District or Lakes District.

Southeast Clay, formally Green Cove Springs, could be renamed Bayard District or Springs District. 

Commissioner Betsy Condon was concerned this would only confuse residents further. She gave herself an example as someone who has a Keystone Heights address but does not live directly within city limits. 

Condon favored reverting the districts to what they were previously: the Orange Park, Keystone Heights and Green Cove Springs districts.

Condon expressed interest in having the district go back to Keystone Heights.

Green Cove Springs, the municipality, asked to have the districts changed. 

"The city has its citizen advisory committee, which is naturally named after the city. That was causing some confusion with their residents because the county also has a district with the same name," Dodie Selig said. 

While Green Cove Springs is the only current municipality with an advisory committee, Selig was concerned that new committees could cause issues later on. 

While no definitive decision was made during the meeting, it appears that only Southeast District may be changed. Commissioner Kristen Burke and the citizen advisory committee liked Springs District. 

Commissioner Jim Renninger was absent, so he was unable to weigh in. 

The discussion will continue at the next meeting. 

The BCC typically meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month on the fourth floor of the administration building at 4 p.m.