Clay County commissioners approved the name Assistant County Manager Troy Nagle and county staff settled upon for a connector road of the First Coast Expressway from US 17 to County Road 218 – Cathedral Oak Parkway.
Nagle, Clay county staff and the Reinhold Foundation have worked for over a year to come up with the name; working with two different marketing agencies throughout the process, Nagle said. Known as the First Coast Connector, the road will extend between Green Cove Springs and Middleburg.
According to the 2018 contract to determine the name of the First Coast Connector, the Reinhold Foundation was granted permission because they currently own 27,000 acres of land in the county. The foundation also proposed and funded the project for the connector; granting them approval to name it.
The Paul and Klare Reinhold Foundation, Inc., supports nonprofit organizations that serve Clay County, by means of grants and financial contributions. The foundation supports nonprofits with a large variety of services including health services, civic services, legal guidance, crisis intervention and more. To see a full list of current grants and contributions in Clay County click here.
“We really wanted to create a name that was historical to that area of Clay County,” Nagle said. “And after looking at various plat names and surveyor’s names, we just kept coming back to ‘Cathedral Oak.’”
He specifically referenced Paul Reinhold, the founder of the foundation and a national leader in the dairy business. In addition to his various business successes, he and his wife were deeply spiritual, inspiring his company newsletter title, “The Cathedral Builder.”
“I think that was kind of his ethos that he presented to his employees and the broad republic,” Nagle said. “The idea of togetherness and community.”
Klare Reinhold died at age 79 in 1975, Paul Reinhold died in 1987 at the age of 93. The foundation provides the means for the continuing support of the philanthropic concerns of its founders, according to its website.
In addition to the sense of community felt in Clay County, the Canopy Oak tree, native to the county, grows tall and straight, while creating a canopy of leaves at its top.
“We thought about what this idea kind of conveys to the people coming through Clay County and what we want our county to be thought of as,” he said.
“Cathedral Oak seemed to be the best dedication to the county and Mr. Reinhold, and our broader goal would be that the Canopy Oak is thought of as belonging to Clay County,” he said.
While there is not a Canopy Oaktree currently planted along the section of Cathedral Oak Parkway, Nagle said that planting a tree within the boundaries of US 17 to County Road 218 is already in the works.
Commissioners unanimously approved the name for the First Coast Connector.