Community Briefs 6/10/21

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Posted 6/9/21

Bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 17, S.R. 16 to begin Sunday

CLAY COUNTY – Bridge rehabilitation projects on U.S. Highway 17 at Johnson Slough and State Road 16 over the Black Creek …

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Community Briefs 6/10/21

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Bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 17, S.R. 16 to begin Sunday

CLAY COUNTY – Bridge rehabilitation projects on U.S. Highway 17 at Johnson Slough and State Road 16 over the Black Creek North Fork are expected to begin June 13. Orion Marine Construction, Inc. was selected to complete the $808,000 project, which includes installation of bridge pile jackets, spall repairs and other incidental construction. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2022, weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting. Construction activities will take place primarily during daytime hours Monday through Friday. On U.S. 17, over Johnson Slough, no northbound lane closures will be permitted from 6-9 a.m., Monday through Friday; no southbound lane closures will be permitted from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; and no multi-lane closures will be permitted at any time. On S.R. 16 over Black Creek, single-lane closures will be permitted at any time in one direction only; no multi-lane closures will be permitted. Channels will remain open for marine traffic at all times.
Stay informed about lane closures and roadwork in your area by following FDOT District 2 at @MyFDOT_NEFL on Twitter or at MyFDOTNEFL on Facebook.

Veggies, fruits increase provides WIC families more nutritional access

CLAY COUNTY – On March 12, the American Rescue Plan Act authorized state WIC Agencies to enhance the WIC benefit for a period of four months, expanding the vegetable and fruit voucher from $9 a month for children and $11 a month for women to $35 per month, for each participant.
WIC’s vegetable and fruit voucher is known as the Cash Value Benefit. The CVB is credited with improving the dietary quality of WIC participants and reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity among WIC toddlers.
Florida WIC started implementing the CVB increase on June 1, and it will run through Sept. 30. All women and children 1 – 4 years old who participate in the WIC Program will receive an increase in their fruits and vegetables cash voucher to $35 a participant, for each month. For example, a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old child will receive a total of $70 cash voucher to use on fruits and vegetables a month until the end of September.
Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned. Any brand, variety, size, with no added sugar, syrup, artificial sweeteners, fat or oil. Organic fruits and vegetables are allowed.
For more information, call customer service representatives from Monday-through-Friday between 8 p.m. and 5 p.m. at (904) 529-2800. For more information on enrollment and eligibility for the WIC Program at the Florida Department of Health in Clay County please visit DOH-Clay WIC or call (904) 529-2800 for WIC appointments and (904) 272-3177 option 3 for breastfeeding assistance.

Independence Day parade applications available through Lake Region Kiwanis Club

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Lake Region Kiwanis Club is accepting applications for its Our Country Day weekend parade in Keystone Heights.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Family, Freedom and Fireworks.” The parade will be held on July 3.
The parade will form at the front of Keystone Heights Elementary, located on Pecan Street. Parade Marshals will be on site at 9 a.m. to locate parade positions and assist participants in obtaining their place in line. It is important participants be in line and ready to go no later than 9:45 a.m.

Judging of the parade entries begins at 10 a.m. and the parade will start at 11 a.m. No entry will be allowed to enter the parade once the parade is underway.
Parade Marshals will direct the placement of entries in the parade. In order to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of everyone, parade assignments and all directions given by the Parade Marshals must be followed. Refusal to cooperate with parade officials will result in the entry being eliminated from the parade and removed from the parade formation area.
Each participant will come under review by the Parade Marshals. Any participant found not suitable by the committee will be eliminated from the parade. Final decisions will be made by the Parade Chairman.
Applications to participate can be found at https://lakeregionkiwanis.org/.

Keystone Heights High Trading Post still accepting donations

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The high school’s Trading Post is still accepting donations so the shelves can be stocked for this fall.
Here’s their list of needed items: water, sports drinks like Gatorade, Propel, Body armor and Powerade, individual juices, microwavable popcorn, individual microwavable soups, small vegetable packs when school reopening approaches, single-serve bags of “baked” chips and pretzels, Uncrustables, bread, granola and protein bars, tuna packets, fresh fruit, single-serve yogurts, single-serve cheeses, frozen vegetables breakfast sandwiches and burritos, frozen meats/fish, frozen popsicles, multivitamins, blankets, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary pads, tampons, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, girl’s small pants, girl’s small and medium, boy’s small gym shorts, gym shoes, laundry soap pods, deodorant, earbuds gift cards to local businesses, sunglasses, yoga mats, cute mugs, string lights, fun socks and phone chargers. Donations also could include a special gift a teen would appreciate.
For more information or to donate, contact the school at (352) 473-2761.

Election laws change deadlines for candidates to switch party affiliation

CLAY COUNTY – Senate Bill 90, signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 6, establishes new requirements for candidates who intend to run with No Party Affiliation. This requirement applies to partisan offices only.
Under the new law, candidates who wish to run with No Party Affiliation for a partisan office will be required to affirm in writing, under oath, that they have not been a registered member of any political party for 365 days before qualifying begins.
Qualifying for federal, state, and local offices begins on June 13, 2022. The deadline for 2022 candidates to change party affiliation is June 12, 2021. Any person planning on becoming a candidate may change their party affiliation by using a Florida Voter Registration Application or through RegistertoVoteFlorida.gov.
If you have questions or need more information, visit ClayElections.gov or call our office at (904) 269-6350.

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