Check to see if he/she has a collar with an ID tag. If you are able to keep the dog or cat at your home, you can start by posting Found Animal flyers in your neighborhood and watching out for Lost Animal flyers. You can take the animal to a veterinary clinic or CCACC to see if he/she has a microchip and try to find the owner that way. If you are going to keep the animal in your home, then call us at 904-269-6342 to give us information in case an owner calls. You can also bring us or email us a flyer for our Lost and Found Pets book. If you are unable to keep the animal in your home, then you can bring the animal to CCACC during normal business hours. Finally, you can also CLICK HERE to report a stray animal.
Is there a leash law for cats in Clay County?
No, cats are allowed to roam freely outdoors in Clay County. We recognize there are a lot of outdoor pet cats and outdoor community cats in our area. We encourage responsible care of outdoor cats ensuring that they are spayed or neutered and current on their vaccinations. Please call us if you find an injured or ill cat but healthy outdoor cats do not need to come to the shelter. CLICK HEREto report a stray animal.
Where can I get affordable veterinary care for my pet?
Luckily, there are several affordable veterinary clinics in Northeast Florida. Here is a listing of some in our area:
Clay Humane Society Animal Clinic, Inc., 2230 Filmore Street, Orange Park, FL 32073,904-276-7729, www.clayhumane.org
We only take in owner surrender dogs and cats, so all of the horses and livestock we receive are either cruelty cases or strays. All horses and livestock are auctioned through the Clay County Sheriff’s Office once they are available. Information on upcoming auctions will be in the newspaper and on our Facebook page.
Does CCACC handle wildlife concerns?
All wildlife concerns are handled through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission or through a private trapper. You can get more information at www.myfwc.com or call them at 1-386-758-0525.
I lost my pet, now what do I do?
Make Lost Animal flyers and distribute them around your neighborhood and any local veterinary clinics. Post a picture and information on some of the local classified and social media sites – Craigslist under the Lost and Found and Pets sections, Lost and Found Pets of NE Florida on Facebook, Pet Classifieds and Swip Swap pages in your area. Email or bring CCACC a flyer for our Lost and Found book. Make sure to come and walk through our shelter on a regular basis because your description and our description of your pet may be very different.
I have a concern that my neighbor’s animal(s) are not being cared for properly, what can I do?
All dogs and cats must have proper food, water, and shelter and they also must have a current rabies vaccination. All dogs must be contained by leash, chain, or similar restraint, or within a fence, kennel, cage, or run. If you are concerned that the animal does not have proper food, water, shelter, or veterinary care then you can call us at 904-269-6342 and we can schedule an Animal Control Officer to do a wellness check.
Where and when does the Board of County Commissioners meet?
Unless otherwise noticed, the Board of County Commissioners meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Board's Meeting Room on the fourth floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston Street, Green Cove Springs, Florida.
How can I get a copy of the video or audio tape of the BCC meetings?
.15 each for single sided no larger than 8 1/2" x 14" copies
.20 each for double sided no larger than8 1/2" x 14" copies
$1.00 for a certified copy of a public record
$1.00 for audio CD's
$2.00 for DVD's
Cost of postage and packaging if necessary.
Cost of postage and packaging if necessary. Please refer to the Records Request Policy below for other applicable fees.
How can I address my concerns at the Board meeting?
The Board accepts public comment on any issue on its agenda. You must fill out a speaker card available on the table as you enter the Board's Meeting Room and give it to either the recording secretary or the administrative assistant. The Chairman of the Board will call on you when the Board is ready to receive public comments. A time certain may also be scheduled with the approval of the Chairman. Call the Administrative Assistant at (904) 284/269-6347 to obtain approval for a time certain to address the Board.
Where can I get a copy or view the FEMA map for my area?
• Place sandbags to protect property.
• Elevate furniture above flood protection levels.
• Seal off sewer lines to prevent backflow.
• Install shutters.
• Protect important documents in waterproof containers.
• If your disaster plan includes evacuation, prepare to leave with your pets.
• Secure your home.
Flood Safety Measures: During a Flood
• Evacuate if told to do so, take your pets with you.
• Once you have reached your area of refuge, be it your home or a shelter, stay inside!
• Turn off all utilities at the main connection.
• Do not walk through flowing water.
• Do not drive through a flooded area.
• Stay away from power lines.
• Have electricity turned off by the power company.
• Look out for stranded animals.
• Be alert for unstable stream banks.
• Be alert for gas leaks.
Flood Safety Measures: After a Flood
• Return home only when authorities advise it is safe.
• Do not drive unless you must.
• Treat all non-operating traffic lights as 4-way stops.
• Do not strike matches to prevent fires from gas leaks.
• Stay away from downed power lines.
• Stay out of heavily damaged areas.
• Listen for drinking water safety news reports.
• Decontaminate and test private wells.
• Check food and water for contamination.
• Service damaged septic systems.
• Clean and disinfect everything that got wet.
• Wear boots and thick gloves when cleaning up to avoid contamination or injury.
• Beware of displaced wildlife.
How can I find more information on flood insurance?
The second most important protection measure against flood damage is to purchase flood insurance to prevent financial loss if your property floods. Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover losses due to flooding. For many people, their home and its contents represent their greatest investment. There is a 26% chance that property in the SFHA will experience a flood during the life of a 30 year mortgage. Clay County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which makes federally-backed flood insurance available to all residents and property owners. This flood insurance is required for properties in the SFHA purchased with federally-backed mortgage programs or other federal financial assistance. There is usually a 30 day waiting period before a flood insurance policy takes effect. Residential buildings may be covered for up to $250,000 for the building and $100,000 for the contents. Non-residential structures may be insured for up to $500,000 on the building and $500,000 on the contents. Contents-only coverage is available for renters.
How can I protect my home from flooding?
There are many things you can do, depending on the flood hazard in your area, the characteristics of your property, and the
zoning and building codes in your community. Some methods are fairly simple and inexpensive; others will require a professional contractor. For further information, please view/download Avoiding Flood Damage: A Checklist for Homeowners from FEMA.
What Radio and TV channels should I use to track emergency watches and warnings?
Stations to Monitor for Watches and Warnings
Radio WPLA 107.3 FM WJCT 89.9 FM WHJX 105.7 FM
WJBT 93.3 FM WOKV 690 AM WFKS 97.9 FM
WUFT 89.1 FM WXJZ 100.9 FM WEAG 106.3 FM
WAPE 95.1 FM WEJZ 96.1 FM 99.1 WQUIK
NOAA weather radio 162.475 MHz NOAA weather radio 162.550 MHz
How can I obtain an Elevation Certificate for floodplain development permits?
Clay County requires a completed FEMA Elevation Certificate for all construction in the Special Flood Hazard Area. At the time of application for a building permit in the Special Flood Hazard, Area, the Clay County Planning and Zoning Division will require two (2) Elevation Certificates, completed by a licensed Engineer or licensed Surveyor.
Section A: Owner's name
The property location and description
Section B: NFIP Community Name and Number
County and State
Flood Insurance Rate Map Panel Number, Suffix, and Index Date
* Base Flood Elevation, if applicable.
One Elevation Certificate shall be returned prior to the framing inspection with the applicable portions of Sections A, C, and D completed and certified by a surveyor licensed to practice in the State of Florida. At least two (2) photographs must be attached, as described in the instructions for Item A6. All applicable items in Section C2 must be complete for all site-built buildings, with or without a Base Flood Elevation determined.
What do I need to develop a structure in a flood plain?
Clay County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program and is required to regulate development in Special Flood Hazard Areas pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the County’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Clay County Ordinance 87-45 requires that all development in Special Flood Hazard Areas obtain a permit. Development is defined as “any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate, including but not limited to buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations, or permanent storage of materials. Based upon 44CFR 59.1 of the NFIP, the definition is broad in scope and includes activities which are not regulated by the Florida Building Code, in addition to those activities which are so regulated. For development which is not regulated by the Florida Building Code, a Floodplain Permit application will be the primary application. For development which must comply with the Florida Building Code, the Floodplain Permit review and approval process must precede an application for a building permit. Development of multiple building sites, whether or not approved through the County’s Subdivision approval process, will be required to obtain a Floodplain permit prior to development of any of the lots. For more information and to download the flood plain application, please visit our site at: http://www.claycountygov.com/departments/zoning/flood-fema-info/development-within-a-flood-plain
How can I find out what the current water levels are in my area?
How frequently are Board of County Commissioners' employees paid?
The County generates a bi-weekly payroll for all of its employees.
Does the Board of County Commissioners have labor unions?
Yes. Presently, the Board of County Commissioners has two labor unions representing approximately 50% of the County overall workforce. The labor agreements are administered by the County's Human Resources Division.
International Association Firefighters Local 3362 - Rank and File Unit
International Association Firefighters Local 3362 – Battalion Chiefs Unit
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
What are your hours of operation?
The general office hours for the Human Resources and Benefits Division are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding observed holidays.
How do I apply for a job?
Applications are only accepted for open positions using the online application system. You can complete an application in the comfort of your home, visit the Clay County Administration building to use the public kiosk or visit one of the computer labs in Clay County public libraries.
Can I apply for several of the positions listed? Do I have to complete multiple applications?
The online application system allows the user to create a basic profile which is saved for future use. You will need to individually select the various positions for which you wish to apply.
How do I get into my library account?
In order to access your library account, you will need to have your library card barcode and PIN. The barcode is your User Id and the PIN is the four digit number that you were given when you signed up for your library card.
What if I don’t have a PIN or don’t remember it?
If you don’t have a PIN or can’t remember it, please call the Circulation Department at 541-5814. They will be able to help you.
How do I place holds online?
When you visit our website, http://www.ccpl.lib.fl.us/, please click on the “Search the Catalog” link. Once you have found the book that you want to place a hold request, please look for the “I Need Material” button and click on it. The next page will have “ILL Book Request”, “Recommend Items”, “Place Hold Request”, and “Cancel Hold Request” links. Click on the “Place Hold Request” link. You will see a form for you to fill out. It will ask you at which library you wish to pick the material up and your ID (your barcode number). The Call Number box and the Item ID box will be filled in. When you have finished entering your information in the two boxes, click on the “Send” button. You will be notified when the material is ready for you to pick up.
How can I access my account?
When you visit our website, www.ccpl.lib.fl.us, please click on the “Search the Catalog” link. Please look for the “My Account” link and select that. The next page will have the “My Account” in the center of the page with “Review My Account”, “Renew My Materials”, “User PIN Change”, and “Change My Address” links. If you want to see what you have checked out, click on the “Review My Account” link. The next screen will ask you for your User ID (your barcode number) and your PIN. Once you have filled in the boxes, click on the “Display User Information” button and you will have access to your account. This is the same for the other links on this page.
Parks & Recreation
Do I have to pay in full before my event?
There is a demand for some of the facilities, so bookings are handled on a "First Pay, First Serve" basis.
A 50% deposit is required to “book a reservation” and payment must be made in full at least 14 days prior to the event.
Are alcoholic beverages allowed?
The sale of alcoholic beverages at any time by any person other than those that have obtained an Alcoholic Beverage Permit is strictly prohibited.
What is there to do and see at Camp Chowenwaw Park?
Camp Chowenwaw offers a variety of recreational activities such as fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, and camping. The park also has a swimming pool that offers swimming lessons during the summer. Environmental education classes are offered through out the year for school and community parks. Our playground area is a favorite for our younger visitors. We also have a volleyball court and a horseshoe pit.
Camp Chowenwaw Park is home to a variety of wildlife. An active bald eagle's nest can be seen from the of the "Jungle Trail". The St. Johns River and Black Creek border the camp providing opportunities to see manatees. Many campers enjoying seeing deer in the early morning hours.
To download a flyer of activities available at Camp Chowenwaw Park, click HERE.
What do I need to bring for camping?
Wagons to transport belongings—limited number available on site
Firewood from a 50 mile radius—burn or remove unused wood
Charcoal for grills
Skewers for roasting marshmallows, hotdogs (do not use branches)
Flashlights or other safe lighting
Tents for campgrounds—no larger than 14’x 14’ for wooden platforms or 12’ x 18’ on pads or on the ground—total size for combination of tents
Sheets, blankets, pillows
Towels and washcloths
Soap, shampoo, etc.
All utensils, pots, pans, plates, cups (no glass!)
Dish soap, dish pan, sponges, towels, etc.
What do we provide at Camp Chowenwaw Park?
A common fire ring with benches (Ahwenassa site and Treehouse Point each have two fire rings)
Firewood rack and fire extinguishing bucket
Some tent sites have a wooden platform for tents (14’x 14’)
Carts for transporting gear
Bunk beds have vinyl mattresses (32”x 74”).
Ahwenassa Cabins bunk bed mattresses (39”x 74”) and the full size mattress is (54”x 74”)
Electricity in all cabins except Treehouses
Air-conditioning and heat only in Ahwenassa cabins
Muscogee Cabin has a standard refrigerator, stove; inside bathroom with hot shower, one bunk bed and one double bed
Cook’s cabin has a small refrigerator, microwave, inside bathroom with hot shower, and two bunk beds
Toilet stalls, sinks, hot showers, electric lights; not all have electric outlets
Brown roll towels, hand foam soap , and toilet tissue
Standard stove and refrigerator Ahwenassa– has a microwave instead of a stove
Fireplace inside and wood-burning grill outside
Table and chairs
Big Pine Shores does not have a dining hall. It has a refrigerator in each cabin and a picnic pavilion, picnic tables, and barbecue grill
Can I get driving directions to Camp Chowenwaw Park?
How can I tell if a road is maintained by the County or another entity?
Click on this link: http://maps.claycountygov.com/roadmaint/ or copy and paste the url into your browser. If you receive a disclaimer, click ok to gain access to the web viewer. You will be able to search by road name or zoom to the area in question. Refer to the legend to determine the maintenance entity.
How can I tell if a road is paved or dirt?
Click on this link: http://maps.claycountygov.com/clayview/ or copy and paste the url into your browser. After you agree and gain access to the website, search for the road/street in question by entering it in the search box at the top of the site. Click on the i in the top right of the page, and then click on the street/road in question. An information box will pop up giving you the requested information. Ensure that the Public Works Data box is checked in the Table of Contents box.
Does the county maintain driveways of private citizens?
The county does not maintain private driveways. In 2011, the Board of County Commissioners adopted and passed ordinance 2011-9 which turned over responsibility of driveway maintenance to private homeowners. Please see the link below to view the ordinance. We do address the edge of county maintained paved road to preserve the integrity of the asphalt. If a problem exist at the edge of the paved road, please submit a maintenance request for one of our Area Managers to access the problem.
Who makes the determination of what roads get resurfaced each year?
All road requests for resurfacing are evaluated for priority in our resurfacing program. As our resurfacing budget is established, candidate roads for resurfacing are submitted to BCC for approval. Due to limited funding it may be several years before a road enters the program. In the meantime we will patch as necessary.
There is a deceased animal on the road. How do I get this removed?
For animals on county roads, please call Animal Care & Control at (904) 269-6342 or (904) 529-4733. For any animal on state roadways please call (904)778-2828.
My garbage/recyclables have not been picked up. Who do I call about this?
Please call Environmental Services at (904) 284-6374.
How do I report a water or sewer problem?
Clay County Utility Authority (CCUA) has the responsibility of handling water and household sewage issues. They can be reached at 272-5999.