…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

  • PAB continues workshops on Ross-Hall application regarding hazardous materials
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst March 31, 2015 12:12 p.m. Only four members of the Fernandina Beach Planning Advisory Board (PAB) turned out for the advertised workshop convened on March 30, 2015 to continue discussion of … Continue reading →
  • Park Manager explains cancellation of Umphrey’s McGee Concert Scheduled in April
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger March 30, 2015 6:54 p.m. Editor’s Note:  In an email addressed to staff and volunteers, Fort Clinch State Park Manager Benjamin Faure announced and explained his reason for the cancellation of a concert scheduled for … Continue reading →
  • An Itemized Marriage Proposal via Voice Mail – Diana Frank
    March 30, 2015 1:00 p.m.   Modern Love An Itemized Marriage Proposal via Voice Mail By DIANA FRANK After an early romance, a series of chance encounters and an onslaught of mail, a suitor makes an unusual but clear-cut offer. … Continue reading →
  • Last chance to defeat OHPA Partisan Election Bill in committee: an updated opinion
    Submitted by Mike Harrison March 30, 2015 8:30 a.m. The FLAC meeting may not be ‘noticed’ until later on Monday, but I have spoken with Staff who assure me that the next meeting is on Wednesday April 1, and that … Continue reading →
  • Nassau County Council on Aging adds evening caregiver support group
    Council on Aging Press Release Submitted by Jeff McDowell Communications and Marketing Mgr Office: (904) 261.0701 x 117 jmcdowell@nassaucountycoa.org March 30, 2015 6:53 a.m. Nassau County Council on Aging is pleased to announce a monthly evening support group for caregivers. … Continue reading →
  • Notice of Road Closure for Section of Bonnieview Road
    Posted by Sabrina Robertson, County Manager’s Office March 29, 2015 3:00 p.m. on www.thecountyinsider.com   Please be advised that the segment of Bonnieview Road between Clinch Drive and Bonnie Oaks Drive will be closed to through traffic beginning at 9:00 … Continue reading →
  • Crenshaw Announces April Mobile Office Hours for Nassau County
    PRESS RELEASE Office of Representative Ander Crenshaw March 29, 2015 2:00 p.m. Congressman Ander Crenshaw has announced Fourth Congressional District mobile office hours for Nassau County for the month of April. During mobile office hours, a member of his staff will … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island revealed . . .
    Submitted by Peter Crounse March 29, 2015, 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: Peter moved to Amelia Island in 2012 from the Finger Lakes region of New York. He is currently attending Florida State College at Jacksonville, studying Network Administration. His love … Continue reading →
  • Local resident Diana Frank’s writing to appear in New York Times
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger March 28, 2015 2:05 p.m. Few writers are  able to see their writing published in the New York Times, but local writer and real estate agent Diana Frank will be able to do just that … Continue reading →
  • Police Auxiliary Corps Appreciation Banquet
    Press Release Fernandina Beach Auxillary Corps March 28, 2015 12:00 p.m. The Fernandina Beach Police Auxiliary Corps held its annual volunteer appreciation banquet at Ms. Carolyn’s Restaurant on Monday night, March 23rd. More than seventy members and guests joined PAC … Continue reading →
  • Last Day to Register!
    Today is the last day to register for the Quarterly Luncheon with Mark Frisch from the Jacksonville Armada! The luncheon will be held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club tomorrow, March 31st at 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP to info@aifby.com or Register online here.
  • Find the Discovery Map at Pepper’s Mexican Grill!
    We love our community and they love our Discovery Map of Amelia Island! Karolyna Pyatte from Pepper’s Mexican Grill was happy to receive it.Filed under: aifby chamber member news Tagged: Discovery Map, Pepper's Mexican Grill
  • School Choice Bill Passes the Florida House
    Today, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would empower parents to choose the best learning environment for their students. HB7037, sponsored by Representative Bob Cortes (R-Maitland), establishes a charter school institute to provide technical assistance to charter
  • Happy Map People!
    Everyone was happy when they received the 2015 Discovery Map! Cindy Sleigh with The Hampton Inn Downtown, Kelly Kratzer with Nassau Health Foods, Erin with Sliders Seaside Grill, The Pecan Roll, and Beach Rentals and More. Don’t worry if you
  • Hola Cuban Cafe is hosting the 2nd Annual Downtown Fernandina Egg Hunt
      Hola! Cuban Cafe is hosting the 2nd Annual Downtown Fernandina Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4th starting at 12 pm until all the eggs are found! They have hidden eggs holding prizes from Hola Cuban Cafe and other wonderful downtown shops in several downtown businesses! Where
  • RockTenn gives back to the Fernandina Beach community
    RockTenn’s Fernandina Beach mill has donated $10,000 worth of fire rescue equipment to the fire department.  An additional $10,000 was donated to the City of Fernandina Beach.Filed under: aifby chamber news Tagged: Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, City of Fernandina
  • 43!
    We know small business!  And, our small businesses know the powerful benefits we provide.  We are growing Nassau!  43 new members this year!  Looking for a local business?  http://web.islandchamber.com/searchFiled under: aifby chamber news Tagged: Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, islandchamber.com
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony
    Paul Boyton, Chief Executive Officer with Rayonier Advanced Materials, speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the development of the Eight Flags Energy, LLC, combined heat and power plant.  Eight Flags Energy Plant is being developed by Chesapeake Utilities Corporation.  The
  • Ribbon Cutting for Townies Pizzeria 3.21.15
      Thank you for everyone that came out to the ribbon cutting for Townies Pizzeria’s Grand Re-Opening! Congratulations to owner John Seifert! The renovations look great, stop by and see them.Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: ribbon cutting,
  • Business After Hours at The Surf Restaurant & Bar 3.19.15
     Filed under: aifby chamber news, events Tagged: Business After Hours, The Surf Restaurant & Bar

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.

Color it Green

Color it Green is a new boutique gift shop with a focus on sustainable, environmentally conscious gifts. Well worth a look, they are next door to Red Otter on Atlantic Avenue. Notable are the unusual candles and hand made items. 

Globally, the trend is toward sustainable energy, products and lifestyle.  Whether you look for walkability in a neighborhood, energy efficient homes or a coffee cup with recycled paper, far more people are aware of the importance of sustainability in every part of life. 



Energy Efficient Products
Save power with EnergyStar® and other energy-efficient products.

Recycled Content Products
Reduce waste by purchasing Environmental Protection Agency Consumer Product Guideline (CPG)-designated recycled products.

Water Efficient Products
Reduce water consumption with water-efficient products, such as WaterSense.

Bio-Based and Bio-Preferred Products
Biobased materials, like ethanol (corn-based), soy-based lubricants, bioplastics and other Bio-Preferred products, ensure sustainability.

Environmentally Preferable Products
Electronic products certified by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT – this link leads to a nongovernment website) help reduce toxins and protect health.

Non-Ozone Depleting Substances
Purchase ozone-safe products to protect the earth’s atmosphere.

Energy Star
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR identifies and promotes energy-efficient products and practices that can help us all save money and protect the environment.

The Green Electronics Council maintains the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) to help purchasers evaluate, compare, and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes. Registered products meet baseline criteria and are rated Gold, Silver, or Bronze based on their performance relative to 23 required and 28 optional criteria.

Design for the Environment
Design for the Environment works with manufacturers to create safer household and commercial chemical products, such as cleaners and detergents. Only products that meet our stringent criteria for human and environmental health are recognized with the DfE label. Using these products can protect your family’s health and the environment. DfE has over 2,500 recognized products so far.

WaterSense seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. The WaterSense label, which is independently certified, will indicate that these products and programs meet water efficiency and performance criteria.

Smartway Green Vehicle Guide
EPA scores vehicles on fuel economy, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions and publishes its findings in the Green Vehicle Guide. SmartWay and SmartWay Elite designated vehicles exceed environmental thresholds and have a higher environmental performance than other vehicles.

Burn Wise
Burn Wise is an EPA partnership program that works with manufacturers to bring cleaner wood-burning appliances to market and provides guidance to consumers on burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect human health and the environment.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program helps the federal government “buy green” and in doing so, uses the federal government’s enormous buying power to stimulate market demand for green products and services. EPP’s purchasing tools and guidance for selecting products and services can assist vendors and businesses large and small with the procurement process.

Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is an EPA partnership program that provides guidance to companies to help them purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use.

Plug-In To eCycling
Plug-In To eCycling is a partnership program between EPA and leading consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and mobile service providers that fosters and promotes opportunities for individuals to donate or recycle their electronics. Go to the Plug-In Web site to learn how to donate or recycle your unwanted electronics.

Source: www.gsa.org and www.epa.gov








Fernandina Starbucks Makes Move!


With the larger….much improved location for Starbucks on Sadler Road, the quote below is interesting.  Do progressive areas draw Starbucks or do the criteria for a successful franchise equate to the same indicators we want to see in local real estate markets.  I would think the 1/4 mile radius is a little too small to offer a valid sample size, even if the sampling is spread across the country, but the idea of a walkable neighborhood with it’s own local coffee shop might translate into increased value.  Walkability is a huge trend across the country. 

The value of homes within a quarter-mile of a Starbucks rise faster than those that aren’t, according to real estate research group Zillow (Z).

With tens of thousands of Starbucks locations in the U.S., that’s good news for a lot of homeowners.

Between 1997 and 2013, home closer to the coffee shop increased in value by 96%, compared to 65% for all U.S. homes.  Source: www.zillow.com


Masters of Disguise

We all know why rabbits try to blend into the background, but I didn’t know alligators sometimes position themselves or use objects to lure birds.  The alligator to the left is probably hiding, but might also be waiting for a wading bird, likely to land in the floating carpet of water plants.


New research shows that alligators and crocodiles can use small sticks to attract birds looking for nesting materials. If the birds get too close, they become a meal. The behavior has so far been observed among American alligators in Louisiana, as well as mugger crocodiles (also known as marsh crocodiles) in India. Source: www.livescience.com


Concours D’Elegance 2015

Marlin & Barrel Grand Opening….or Pre-Ribbon Cutting


I’m looking forward to more diverse businesses opening here on the island.  Fernandina’s time under eight different flags and even the pirare or two in our history is a perfect mix for an island rum distillery.  A surprising group of people showed up for the “pre-ribbon cutting” event.    If the crowd is any indication, Marlin & Barrel will be here for a long time. 

Rum plays a part in the culture of most islands of the West Indies as well as in the The Maritimes and Newfoundland. This beverage has famous associations with the Royal Navy (where it was mixed with water or beer to make grog) and piracy (where it was consumed as bumbo).  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum 

Welcome Bonhams!

Bonhams is a welcome addition to the island, extending the impact of “Concours 2015″ here on the island and providing a welcome addition to the City of Fernandina Beach Golf Course.  Information from the Bonhams website is below, with times and a link to the Amelia Island event.  I was lucky enough to preview some of the cars and event today…..all I can say is “IMPRESSIVE”.   

I’m wondering if a few savvy buyers will find their car to enjoy for the remainder of the week on Amelia, before shipping it home?   Regardless, this is a fantastic event and addition to the island.  Welcome Bonhams!  By the way, the event appears to be encouraging to local golfers.  The course manager said we are enjoying record play levels.  Whether from the extensive improvements at the course or from combined promotion by Bonhams, the result is visible!

Interested in seeing a Bonhams auction?  Their record is, I believe, around $38,000,000.00.  Amazing to me….!

Auction Times

The Amelia Island Auction
Thursday, March 12th 10am (Automobilia)
Thursday, March 12th 12pm (Motorcars)

Preview Times (Open to the public)


Tuesday, March 10th 10am – 6pm
Wednesday, March 11th 10am – 5pm
Thursday, March 12th 9am – 11am

Client Parking


Client parking is located at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport only. Bonhams will be operating continuous and complimentary shuttle service to and from the Bonhams Pavilion during Auction and Preview Days.

Parking Address: 650 Airport Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Bonhams will also be operating continuous and complimentary shuttle service to and from the Ritz-Carlton on March 12th, from 9am to 6pm. Pick ups will be at both the Bonhams Pavilion entrance and on the main drive of the Ritz-Carlton outside of the portico.

Admission to Preview & Auction


All Bonhams auctions are open to the public. The Amelia Island Auction Preview and Auction admission fees are:
– $100: Bonhams Amelia Island Catalog (allows two people entry)
– $20: Gallery Guide (allows one person entry)
– $150: Bidder Registration (includes one catalog, one gallery guide, and entry for two into all preview and auction days)



Bonhams is proud to partner with Micah’s place, a non-profit, certified domestic violence center serving the communities of Amelia Island and Nassau County in northeast Florida. By bidding on these lots, you will be supporting the efforts of Micah’s Place. To learn more about their extraordinary work, please visit Micah’s Place.