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Old 03-04-2020, 07:20 AM
 
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To answer your question, no we do not have any control and neither do the city commissioners and county commissioners, but it’s not anyones fault. The affluent retirees and tourists have found out about Amelia Island and the demand to live on island is extremely high no matter the cost.

As BlueWillowPlate and Squarpeg have mentioned there is still an abundance of land on Amelia Island to develop and as long as the developers are willing to pay the rising prices for land there is no stopping the growth. Vacant land downtown and throughout the island that sat empty for years is rapidly being purchased and developed. You can’t stop development on land that is zoned for business or residential.

It’s hard to be optimistic about the future. Thirty years ago we were a very small sleepy coastal town with a middle class vibe and after September we had the island ourselves.

I can deal with change but there is a storm brewing as there are literally thousands of homes off the island and thousands more planned (no exaggeration) and right now I do not see any movement in regards to concerns about, fire, rescue, police and school expansion. Affordable work force housing is no longer available and public beach access is rapidly becoming a disminishing commodity. Many of our new island residents are very vocal in their distaste for beach driving, the mills, logging trucks and the port and their belief that now that they live here there should be no further development.

We are here to stay as it is a beautiful area to raise the twins, but it is becoming a place I no longer recognize.
There are two pretty large school expansions in planning right now. They are changing Wildlight Elementary into a K-8. They are also expanding both Yulee Elementary and Middle School. The notices were out in the papers over the last couple months.

There are also long term plans to build another Middle School and an Elementary or two over the next 5-10 years.

I know they are trying to do this debt free, Wildlight Elementary was paid for by the developer for example.
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Old 03-04-2020, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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There are two pretty large school expansions in planning right now. They are changing Wildlight Elementary into a K-8. They are also expanding both Yulee Elementary and Middle School. The notices were out in the papers over the last couple months.

There are also long term plans to build another Middle School and an Elementary or two over the next 5-10 years.

I know they are trying to do this debt free, Wildlight Elementary was paid for by the developer for example.
Not to be argumentative,but long range planning is not going to fix the problems that exist now. It is all smoke and mirrors and there are serious overcrowding issues right now. The county keeps moving the district lines farther west so now we are pretty much at capacity on island. From 17 west incorporates Wildlight which is at capacity. There is a new subdivision planned on Harts Road along with the recently announced new community west of I-95 “Tributary”. This is not even counting the Wildlight community which hasn’t really broke loose yet other than the several hundred apartments that went up and Wildlight is at capacity now. How are they going to handle those children leaving Wildlight to transition to the next school.

Right now east of I-95 there are several new subdivisions planned and approved in addition to existing subdivisions not yet built out. This is easily 5000 plus homes awaiting new home owners.

An excerpt from the Nassau County School Board:


Student Transfer Requests for the 2020 – 2021 School Year

ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be no changes to school attendance areas for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Students are required to attend the school for which they are zoned, based on their parent/legal guardian’s residence, as defined in NCSD administrative rule 5.01. If assignment out of the assigned
attendance area is desired, a “Student Request for In-County Transfer” form must be completed. The request must be approved by the receiving principal, releasing principal, and school board. This form may be obtained from any NCSD school or from the district website.

Every effort is made to accommodate in-county transfer requests. However, growth across the county has limited the district’s ability to honor all requests. Several schools are at full capacity and first consideration must be given to students residing in those attendance areas.


The reason for not changing the school attendance areas this upcoming year is because the schools are at capacity!

If we are at capacity now and we are at least three years out from seeing any new schools where are all these new residents going to send their children? Are we risking our great school ratings by having not planned for the future?

I am not against growth, but we grew much too fast without planning for the consequences.
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