Located in Santa Rosa county of Florida close to the Alabama border, the Town of Jay is the perfect place to experience the quintessential small town feel. With historical traces dating back to farming communities settled in the area in the early 1900s, Jay continues to bask in the glory of its green farmlands, discernible neighborhood feeling, and picturesque natural setting.
Nestled on a highland overlooking the Escambia River, the Town of Jay derives its name from its first postmaster J.T. Nowling. The community, incorporated in 1951, has been able to sustain its charming small-town appeal despite progressive economic growth and energetic social influx. The centennial celebrations in 2002 amid grooving music and festive events showcased the coexistence of flourishing economic activities with the typical small town social life, historical heritage, and individual-centric administration.
Rich farmland well-known for offering substantial scope for agriculture and livestock has been the mainstay of the economy for the last one century. Royalties worth $400 million from oil wells discovered in the 1970s have empowered the Jay administration to benevolently build up infrastructure, civic utilities, recreation complexes, tourist attractions, and a host of public services in and around the scenic town.
Jay continues its economic journey with serene community life and without giving up its inspiring small-town ambience. It offers ample scope for businesses, tourists, residents, and families to become part of the sustainable development process, prosper with its sophisticated traditions, and enjoy the vibrant community life. The town hosts Peanut Festival in the Autumn.
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Our educational facilities, Jay High School and Jay Elementary are located inside the town limits. We are proud of our schools and feel our children receive exceptional education opportunity.
Agriculture is our main source of income - Jay houses peanut drying facilities and Florida's only two cotton gins. Our main crops are peanuts and cotton.
We have land available for purchase in the Jay Industrial Park. For more information please contact City Hall at (850) 675-4556.
Tourism / Recreation
We have several restaurants, beauty shops, convenience stores, two banks, one grocery store, two pharmacies, flower shops, auto garage, auto supply store, hardware store, farm supply stores, furniture store, two gun stores, one funeral home, two medical supply stores, we also have a Family Dollar, Dollar General Store, U.S. Post Office, The Terrace Retirement Home and Jay Hospital affiliated with Baptist healthcare. Jay is also home to Bray-Hendricks Park which features a walking track, 4 tennis courts, basketball court, handball court, a small & a large pavilion, baseball, softball and tee-ball fields, and playgrounds
We have one fifty-five bed hospital. This is also a swing bed facility. This hospital is an affiliate of Baptist Hospital located in nearby Pensacola.