Clay County

Big League Controversy In Clay County Over Proposed Sports Complex

Dec 2, 2013
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Executives from California-based Big League Dreams are lobbying officials in Clay County to build a multi-sports complex in Middleburg that could cost taxpayers more than $19 million.

The complex would feature five MLB replica parks, a covered sports pavilion, a restaurant, batting cages, and more.

The Clay County Development Authority is currently negotiating a contract with the five member Clay County Board of County Commissioners that would require the commission to pay for the construction of the sports complex, estimated between $19 million and $25 million.

Clay County Schools

The "Dare to Think" conference is history, but not so the bad feelings some Clay County School Board members have for district Superintendent Charlie Van Zant for booking the event.

The two-day conference, which wrapped up Tuesday, was sponsored by well-known conservative Republican William Korach, publisher of the education reform magazine The Report Card.

Last week, three members of the school board voted to file an ethics complaint against Van Zant for continuing to support the conference after the board voted to have nothing to do with it.

The Office of Governor Rick Scott

Kentucky-based R.J. Corman Railroad Group is locating the regional headquarters of it's newly formed subsidiary, R.J. Corman Signaling, in Clay County.

Mary Justino Clay County Sheriffs Office PIO

Multiple pieces of  historic importance from NASA are slowly moving through Clay County.  

The transport started at 9:00 AM today and will take hours to complete.  The Clay County Sheriffs Office will be escorting various shuttle pieces from NASA and would like to let drivers know to expect delays along the transport route.

Clay County Sheriff's Office

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit continues its investigation into a rash of financial fraud cases that involve possible “skimming” devices used by thieves to steal victims' credit card information without actually stealing the cards.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying three men photographed using fictitious credit cards created with stolen credit card information to buy cartons of cigarettes, gift cards, gas and other items at various locations.    

Clay County Under A State Of Emergency

May 4, 2013

Clay County remains under a declared Local State of Emergency as a result of continued flooding of homes and roadways in the county. This information comes directly from Clay County Emergency Management Officials:

Damage Assessment:

Damage assessment teams will conduct assessments of homes in affected areas beginning Monday morning. Residents are encouraged to contact the Emergency Management Office (904) 284-7703, to ensure their damage is included in the complete assessment report following this event.

Shelter:

Kevin Meerschaert

Clay County's new emergency care center at the corner of U.S. 17 and Village Square Parkway in Fleming Island opens Wednesday, and will provide emergency care for the county's residents.

The center will operate 24 hours a day, provide all types of emergency care. It includes 16 treatment rooms, a separate waiting room for children, and child specific medical equipment and imaging capabilities.

There is also a LifeFlight helipad, and an on-site ambulance.  

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

At least five vessels are scheduled to be removed from the St. Johns River on Friday as part of an ongoing effort to remove derelict boats from the waterway.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit has organized a task force to deal with the problem of abandoned vessels in the St. Johns. The task force includes the Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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