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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jan. 31, 201806:30 AM EST

Florida Public Utilities to relocate headquarters to Wildlight in Nassau

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Building will be in community’s commercial area next to Rayonier.
by: Andrew Warfield Staff Writer

Florida Public Utilities will relocate its Florida headquarters to Wildlight, the new town under development in Nassau County.

Developer Raydient Places + Properties said the Florida energy provider is building an 18,000-square-foot office in the community’s commercial district next to the headquarters of Rayonier Inc.

“Wildlight’s strategic location within our Florida service territory and commitment to sustainable growth and infrastructure make relocating to this community a natural fit,” said Jeff Householder, president of Florida Public Utilities.

“We believe this move is a smart decision for our company, our employees and our customers,” he said in a news release.  

Established in 1924, FPU provides natural gas, electricity and propane gas services to residential, commercial and industrial markets throughout Florida.

It has 315 employees serving 39 counties.

“This new location will enable us to serve our customers and pursue growth more economically, efficiently and effectively,” said Michael McMasters, president and CEO of Chesapeake Utilities Corp., FPU’s parent company.

“It also demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to Florida,” he said. 

The new building will incorporate Wildlight’s Florida Lowcountry architectural style.

Construction is set to begin in the summer.

Wildlight will include a mix of homes, townhomes and rental apartments with shops and restaurants, a new elementary school and a system of trails and pathways intended to make it a healthy and walkable community.

The first phase is designed for about 1,000 homes on 260 acres, plus nearly 350 acres of permanently preserved open space.

It is 20 miles north of Jacksonville, east of Interstate 95 on Florida A1A. For more information, visit Wildlight.com.

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