Help writing apache htaccess for nginx

I have this htaccess file that’s used in my zend project. We just moved
from apache to nginx

Rewrite rules for Zend Framework

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !/public.*
RewriteRule !.(js|ico|gif|jpg|png|css)$ index.php

Security: Don’t allow browsing of directories

Options -Indexes

#RewriteBase ‘/’
Part of my nginx server file has this

        location /public {
        location ~ \.(js|ico|gif|jpg|png|css)$ {
        location /not_found {
        location /404.html {

When we were on apache the /public folder would be

Now nginx is making the URL’s like this, it appends /public to whatever
URL you are on the site

This is breaking the entire site, what can I change in the nginx config

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