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Fernandina Commission and Coalition for the Homeless Prepare for Cold Nights With New Agreement

Updated: Oct 1, 2023

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Fernandina Beach, Florida – The Fernandina Beach City Commission tonight approved by unanimous vote a facility use agreement with the Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County to operate a cold night shelter in our community for the next three years.

“For too long, those most in need in our community have struggled to find a warm place to stay on cold nights. Tonight, that all changed. Thank you to the Fernandina Beach City Commission, City Manager Dale Martin and City Attorney Tammi Bach for recognizing this need that exists in our community and working with us to ensure we had a solution,” said Joe Zimmerman, Executive Director.

“I also want to recognize that none of this would be possible without the vision of Carlene McDuffie, our Board President. She is truly an asset to our Board, and a fearless advocate for the needy in our community. I am thankful for her and our Board of Directors who serve as ambassadors in our community.”

The Cold Night Shelter will be open on select nights when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. Those who wish to volunteer or learn more about the Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County can visit our website at

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