It was a privilege to welcome this business to the island. The Biggest Loser Resort held a ribbon-cutting and small opening last night. Meeting a few of the people behind this business, the reason for their success became immediately apparent. Professional, prepared and family came to mind.
Every business coming to the island brings an economic impact. This business brings years of international publicity and promotion. Thanks to people like Gil Langley of TDC and Donald Staments of Omni, we are attracting exceptional business and opportunity.
Welcome to the island!
The Fernandina Beach Pirates football team lost Friday’s home non-conference game against West Nassau by a score of 43-26, but it was still a great time. Homecoming, band, watching the oldest make four trips to the concession and completely miss noticing a girl notice him…. It’s so much more fun to watch, when you know half the crowd. Now I’ve got to find a way to tell a friend I missed a benefit with “jazz” and “big band” for the big band and football at FBHS.
I’m curious…..this product looks like the packaging on synthetic drugs, but I was unable to find anything labeled “Rose’” online, under novelty item, synthetic, incense or anything logical. Then again, the word “rose” is pretty common.
If anyone knows where this product originated and if it is a synthetic drug, please contact the site. The package below was found on school grounds in October of 2014, in an area reserved for a sports activity. We walk our dog through the area frequently and I tend to notice small packages about the size of synthetic drug packaging. (3”x3”) Just for the record, the last package we found was “Cloud 9”, a known synthetic, around 2 to 3 years ago the morning after a football game. Locally, we have an ordinance with substantial fines…..I believe $500/gram fine if proven to be a synthetic. Hopefully, the ordinance discourages all sales in the area and increases parent awareness. http://www.fbfl.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/1351?fileID=1015
Products are being marketed as ‘bath salts’ and ‘potpourri’ that are synthetic substitutes that mimic the pharmacological effects of amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and other illegal drugs. Despite being labeled as “not for human consumption” these synthetic substances are being used as recreational drugs. These products are particularly attractive to children and young adults due to their availability at convenient stores at minimal cost and packaged with their favorite cartoon character. Unfortunately, these substances are often more potent and dangerous than illegal drugs and have very serious side effects. As a result, FAC supports expanding the controlled substance schedule to include new iterations of synthetic formulas that mimic the effects of illegal drugs and prohibiting certain types of packaging and marketing of any products claiming to mimic the effects of illegal drugs. In addition to statewide legislation, many counties are adopting their own ordinances aimed at stopping the proliferation of these harmful substances. A copy of Broward County and Pasco County ordinances are posted below as well as other related materials.
This seminar should be informative, but will also be taught by a very experienced instructor. Beyond the international study of aikido and years of time as an instructor, Dan Kelly is a retired US Marshall and far, far more experienced than most ordinary “self defense” instructors. This is worth a look, for a good cause and may save your life. See details below…..October 4th, 2014 9AM to 12 Noon at the Atlantic Avenue Rec Center…..don’t be late.
Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) “leads” the attacker’s momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks. Source: Wikipedia.org
You definitely notice the bees moving in and out of the pecan tree behind Hola Café and the Palace Saloon, but the uncommon part is the actual honey comb visible in the open under heavy tree and vine growth. Pieces of the hive are lying on the ground along the fence and I think one of the nearby businesses called a local beekeeper out of concern for safety. I can imagine the danger if parts of the fragile hive fall out of the tree, when someone is standing nearby.
See the dark area of the growth? You can barely see the bees or hive in this picture, but they are fairly easy to see when standing underneath.
Many aspects of a honey bee colony are cyclic in nature, and aggression is no exception. Honey bees have the ability to be aggressive at any time, but certain things set them off. In the late summer and early fall, more of these conditions exist.
What makes honey bees aggressive? | Honey Bee Suite
Giant Pampas grass in the background a rubber tree in a pot on my back porch, I think sometimes people take Florida for granted. I take that back I think people take Fernandina Beach for granted. We live on a barrier island with two state parks, world-class beaches and great restaurants in a historic downtown.
The Palace saloon, below is the oldest bar in Florida and one of the most unique stops you can make in Fernandina.
Oldest Saloon in Florida
Kids try out for Babe Ruth and you might be surprised by the level of involvement in this community. Did I mention we won state championships?
After September 1st each year the beach often looks like this until sometime in mid-March.
My son picked this up and managed to “maybe” enjoy a sting a few minutes ago. It really is worth reading the information on poisonous caterpillars in Florida.
IO Moth Caterpillar taken on 8 30 14 by Landon Boner
“Pale green with yellow and red stripes. Often exceeds 2″ in length and is fairly stout-bodied. The nettling organs are borne on fleshy tubercles, and the spines are usually yellow with black tips. The spines are connected to poison glands.” http://www.poisoncentertampa.org/venomous-critters/caterpillars.aspx
Playing a school more than twice the size isn’t always the best way to win, but is a great way to teach kids how to play harder. Watching the game and crowd of friendly locals, really makes me proud to live in Fernandina. Great entertainment, $2.00 pizza and $1.00 drinks……conversation with friends you don’t always see……and just a great way to spend the evening with the kids and family!
I keep expecting to see John Grisham at a game…..after reading “Bleachers”. The field and small town atmosphere, old friends and people I remember are mostly characters in the book. After you leave high school…..thinking back, I know engineers, lawyers, some dead, some alive, some in prison. When you’re a kid, it doesn’t occur to you the guy next to you might be great or might live a terrible life. You’re all just kids and everything is ahead of you……everything is possible.
Ever think of developing or remodeling a home on Amelia Island? The attached map shows the location of local historic districts, requiring added review before contruction. The result is a local tourism draw and a fine example of historic preservation, seldom seen. The additional trouble is worth the recognition in the area, added value and economic effect of tourism on the local community.
Preservation Awards 2012
The City of Fernandina Beach wishes to recognize the efforts of those involved in preserving our unique architectural resources. Historic structures contribute to the identity of our community, and sensitive treatment of these resources ensure future residents and visitors will experience the same community character.
Award winners were announced at the May 15, 2012 City Commission meeting. Congratulations to this year’s winners!
- Florida House Inn: 22 S. 3rd Street – First place – Restoration/Rehabilitation
- Island Art Association: 18 N. 2nd Street – First place – New Construction
- Miranda Architects: 31 S. 10th Street – Honorable Mention – Sensitive Addition
- Madeline Richard: 227 S. 8th Street – Honorable Mention – Storefront Facade Renovation
- George Stewart – Preservation Champion: Cultural Heritage for Sliders Renovation
- Michael Harrison – Preservation Champion: Heritage Advocate for Old Town Bicentennial
- Harvey Ward – Craftsmanship Award
Courtesy COFB (www.cityoffernandina.org )