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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
FILM MUSIC GAMING
RFF 2015 RED CARPET PREMIERES
JUNE 5TH – 13TH, 2015
RFF 2015 Events Include:
Film/Lunch Series•FilmTalk•Red Carpet Premieres•Gaming Expo•Music Fest/Videos•Marani Vodka Party
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.
What 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 “
Dramatic afternoon storms March across the intracoastal. This leading edge appeared to be developing some circulation and our timing was right.
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.