…about the author.

I am a native Amelia Islander. This blog began as a way to write about a specific environmental concern and find an outlet for, I hope, positive ideas. Eventually the topics became more varied and cover anything from a new restaurant, to tax incentives for green construction.

Thanks for reading!

Edward E. Boner

  • For art’s sake
    Evelyn C. McDonald Arts and Culture Reporter May 22, 2015 1:00 a.m. Last Friday evening, Nola Perez celebrated the launch of her new book of poetry, Blinded By The Light. Don’t think you like poetry? Surprising as you grew up … Continue reading →
  • Is there a bus in your future? Residents give planners feedback on possible routes
    Anne H. Oman Reporter-at-Large May 21, 2015 8:42 p.m. “Nassau won’t always be little,” said County Planning Director Peter King. “Houses are being built. Projects are planned. All those people will need to go to Jacksonville to work, or to … Continue reading →
  • FBCC proclamations, presentations, public input: May 19, 2015
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 21, 2015 7:30 p.m.   The Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) delivered one proclamation and listened to three presentations at its Regular Meeting held on May 19, 2015. Additionally, two … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach High School Seniors 2015 Award Recipients
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger May 21, 2015 2:00 p.m.   Daniel Perry, not pictured, received a National Merit Commended Scholar Award.   Editor’s Note: Congratulations graduates! Covering the Fernandina Beach High School Awards Ceremony for graduating seniors is one … Continue reading →
  • Waterslide for Main Beach this summer?
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 21, 2015 1:24 p.m. During the public input portion of the May 19, 2015 Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) Regular Meeting, Kevin J. Lilly approached the city about support and … Continue reading →
  • Adkins hosts second meeting dealing with port issues
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 21, 2015 12:44 p.m.   On May 20, 2015, Florida State Representative Janet Adkins held a second meeting to address matters of public concern dealing with elements of a master … Continue reading →
  • The impact fee suit: Half for attorney compensation
    Adam Kaufman Legal Analyst May 21, 2015 1:00 a.m. The final judgment and dismissal of the class action lawsuit Conlon v. City of Fernandina, the “impact fee case,” was ordered by Circuit Court Judge Adrian G. Soud on May 18, … Continue reading →
  • Nassau County Sheriff identifies victim of Marion Drive murder suicide
    Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Press Release Bill Leeper Sheriff May 20, 2015 8:30 p.m. The victim of the shooting is Paul Andrew Auld, 45, of Fernandina Beach, a registered sexual predator. His family has been notified. Auld was previously convicted … Continue reading →
  • New 4 Jax is reporting possible Amelia Island murder suicide
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger May 20, 2015 4:51 p.m. According to News4Jax, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is at the scene of a possible murder suicide outside of the Fernandina Beach city limits.   Click here for further information.
  • Gerrity remains steadfast in decision to resign as city manager
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 20, 2015 2:30 p.m. To the dismay of his supporters and relief of his detractors, Fernandina Beach City Manager Joe Gerrity announced his decision to resign from his position at … Continue reading →
  • Ribbon Cutting for imortgage 05.14.15
    On Thursday, May 14th we welcomed imortgage to the community with a ribbon cutting. Carrie Budds is the Sales Manager at imortgage, she can create loan solutions for specific mortgage needs. She works with a team to assist in funding each loan on-time. Visit
  • Chef Kenny Gilbert has Gilbert’s Big Oak BBQ Shack in the Works
    Coming soon Gilbert’s Big Oak BBQ Shack! It will be located near 432 S. 8th Street in Fernandina Beach, next to his current location Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen. The restaurant is due to open in October, but in the meantime you can check
  • We need your input on public transit in Nassau County
    We are almost finished but need help from our Nassau County community!  There is one last opportunity to participate in the Nassau County Public Transit Study.  The public workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th, 6:00 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m. at FSCJ, Nassau
  • Traffic delays
    From the Florida Department of Transportation:   State Road A1A traffic may see delays Monday, Wednesday and Friday from the delivery of bridge beams for the Sisters Creek Bridge on Heckscher Drive in Duval County which must use a route through Nassau
  • Ribbon Cutting for Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique 05.06.15
    Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique has been opened for 15 years!  Owner, Martinique Lemke wanted to celebrate with a ribbon cutting. At Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique they offer healthy, gourmet dog treats baked daily in their kitchen. Go check out the boutique
  • Ribbon Cutting for JW Frame Gallery 05.05.2015
    JW Frame Gallery is now opened! Jill Wilkinson provides custom picture framing, quality photo printing, local artwork and gifts. Check out her website here.Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: JW Frame Gallery, ribbon cutting
  • 9th Annual Wild Amelia Nature Fest a Blend of Old and New
    From a sea turtle release to foot-stomping music, the 9th annual Wild Amelia Nature Festival, set for May 15-17, has a lot to offer to island residents and visitors alike and will be a blend of popular components from past
  • Ribbon Cutting for debonair 4.28.2015
    Debonair is now opened on Centre St! Thank you for everyone that came out to celebrate with them. They have a great selection of handbags, jewelry and gift items. You will always find something unique. Filed under: aifby chamber member news,
  • Rural Energy America Grant and Loan Program
    The Rural Energy America Program has announced a guaranteed loan financing and grant funding program for agricultural producers and rural small businesses.  The programs assist with purchases or installation of renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Funds can be utilized for
  • Ribbon Cutting for Wards Auto Painting & Bodyworks 4.24.15
    Wards Auto Painting & Bodyworks is now opened in Yulee, FL! They are located at 463360 SR 20, Yulee, FL. Check out their website here: http://www.wardscollision.comFiled under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: ribbon cutting

Shrimp Festival Parade 2015

Views from the parade and riding in the parade….great fun!  The locals are more colorful as the years ago by….and I definitely miss knowing everyone in town.  Seeing so many I do know is great fun though.  A few locals below…..from Amelia Paint and Hardware, Larry Hertz the accountant originally from Long Island and Pajama Dave….owner of Pajama Life here and soon in Key West.

Shrimp Festival 2015

Just looking back at the last 51 years, I can see the absolutely amazing change here on the island. Back, when I was a kid, I remember the wooden docks and calls from friends with shrimp boats to buy shrimp off the boat. On holidays, I’d spend time at the beach, sometimes sneaking into Fort Clinch on a holiday, looking for rats in the old granite boulders covered by dunes today, fishing under the docks, watching turtles at the marina or drinking free orange juice at the welcome center. We may think things are getting better, but they’re just changing to fit the residents. I loved living here as a kid. I loved driving along the beach from behind Fort Clinch to the southern tip of the island and back on the highway. I loved surfing Talbot Island without gates or tolls. After leaving in the early 80’s, I came back to beach driving permits and a gate across the beach access at Talbot.

Change is always difficult. It isn’t always a bad thing….the island just changes to fit the population. My father, Ed Sr., came here in 1939, when Rayonier opened a new mill. The road was 2 lane all the way from 17. We drove to Jacksonville to shop and taking the ferry was the fast way to parts of the big city. We also had one community golf course…..with little competition. Tourists were mostly from South Georgia or inland counties.

Driving back to the island, the change in traffic, development, people and landscape really hit me. Lofton Creek Hunt Club and Rayonier’s property along Amelia concourse is developed. Surreal doesn’t begin to cover the change you’ve seen if you live here and are local or native to the area.

East Coast Inland Passage cruise: Baltimore, MD to Jacksonville, FL (We mean Amelia Island)

I finally remembered to look up the cruise line stopping through Amelia Island.  The Independence was in town yesterday and it occurred to me to look up the route and stops. 

Day 15
Jacksonville, FL area (Amelia Island)

Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Art Museum, which house an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.

East Coast Inland Passage cruise | Two week cruise from Baltimore, MD to Jacksonville, FL

Obviously a Natural Born Hunter

Our dog gets a little excited when the wildlife comes out during daylight hours. This raccoon looks a little surprised to see a tree-climbing dog following close behind.

Rendezvous Festival Coming to Amelia Island “June 5th through 13th”

Rebranded and expanded, this appears to have something for everyone.  Film, music, gaming and more….there are some famous names mixed into the schedule this year.  Read more below, but I look forward to seeing where the new direction takes yet another event choosing Amelia Island.  

See the website below for a full schedule of events and details, including short films, gaming and an exceptionally diverse offering.  The schedule includes venues all over the island, including many set in the heart of Amelia Island….the Historic District of Fernandina Beach. 

See http://www.ameliaislandfilmfestival.org/ for a full and current schedule.

















JUNE 5TH – 13TH, 2015

RFF 2015 Events Include:
Film/Lunch Series•FilmTalk•Red Carpet Premieres•Gaming Expo•Music Fest/Videos•Marani Vodka Party  

Rendezvous Festival

Library Press Release

Press Release
The Fernandina Beach Branch Library will close on Monday, April 6th to bring all of it’s materials home! The renovated building is now complete.
The adult fiction and all non-fiction books will return and take their place in front of the new wide windows. The local history and genealogy materials now have their own divided section, and we now have a separate reading room for magazines and newspapers. The Meeting Room will be open and will seat 80 people. And of course the Children’s Room is already open; though after we open later this month, it will be dedicated to children’s services and will feature 6 new AWE early literacy stations. The new library addition and renovation will now offer 16,025 sq. ft. of library services.
Many of our residents were kind enough to provide foster care for our library materials during our construction. We greatly appreciate your participation in this effort! Everyone is now welcome to return the loaned materials so they can be placed on the shelves.
The Fernandina Beach Branch Library is expected to re-open as one completed building on Monday, April 20th. Book returns will remain open for your convenience.
Passports will not be processed during the time the library is closed.
Internet access will be limited to 6 public computers. Wireless access will be available during this time.
New furniture and equipment is on order and will be placed in the library as it arrives. We appreciate your patience as we complete this process. We anticipate that all new furniture, equipment and services will be in place by the end of summer 2015.
If you need reading materials while we are closed, visit the Friends of the Fernandina Library Semi-Annual Book Sale from April 9-11. Or visit one of our other library branches located in: Yulee, Callahan, Bryceville and Hilliard.

Waterfront in Downtown Fernandina

Hola Cuban Café on Amelia Island

16770777308_afd34ca436_oWhat a great place to spend the afternoon, enjoying coffee and conversation!  With traditional Cuban coffee drinks, pastry and atmosphere, this is one of the hidden gems here in Fernandina. 

“Café con leche (Spanish: “coffee with milk”) is a Spanish white coffee beverage. It is somewhat more similar to the Italian caffelatte (or the Anglo version, latte) than to the French café au lait. A latte, however, is made with espresso. Café con leche is a coffee beverage consisting of strong or bold coffee (usually espresso) mixed with scalded milk in approximately a 1:1 ratio. Sugar or sweetener is added according to taste.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf%C3%A9_con_leche   “

Springtime Amelia Island Storms

Dramatic afternoon storms March across the intracoastal. This leading edge appeared to be developing some circulation and our timing was right.

FBPD is Fast to Respond!

James T. Hurley, Chief of Police
Fernandina Beach Police Department
(904) 277-7342 or (904) 753-4244 cell

​​Grand Theft Suspect Arrested

Paul Voisinet left his beach bag unattended for a few minutes as he walked back to his car for a moment. As he was returning to his spot on the beach he observed an individual entering a white car with a bag that looked strikingly familiar. He quickly confirmed that his own bag was now missing from where he had left it and he attempted to confront the man that was now leaving the beach parking lot in a white Impala with NC tags.
The suspect opted to quickly flee the area of Main Beach, driving in a reckless manner while a radio broadcast alerted officers and sheriff’s deputies throughout the County that a crime had just occurred. Nassau County Deputy Chauncey Mason located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The victim’s bag was observed in plain view and the suspect, Jamie Lee Call, was subsequently arrested for the grand theft.
During the course of inventory and investigation, multiple credit cards and identification cards were located, which immediately raised additional suspicion. A search of the names through multiple databases revealed that multiple victims existed, to include burglaries in Jacksonville, Yulee, and St. Mary’s, GA. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the St. Mary’s Police Department are both conducting related investigations from within their jurisdiction as a result of this arrest, and additional charges are also pending for the theft in Yulee.