Remnants of an old rail track, long forgotten here on Amelia Island, can be found if you know where to look. I am removing the location data from the picture, assuming someone might want to pick up an old rail sitting in the woods for more than 40 years. More to come, but finding old tracks abandoned in the woods is quite interesting.
A long time ago, when I was a boy, I remember finding old metal riding stirrups buried in a heavily wooded area. Obviously, they were in place for many, many years…… Anyway, the island is full of surprises and not always in obvious places.
I’m always surprised when a visitor or local is completely unfamiliar with Fort Clinch. Years ago, we kept an annual pass to the park and would regularly ride the trails with my sons.
$6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
$2.00 per person Fort admission.
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Just a few scenes from a typical morning working in Downtown Fernandina. You really can’t imagine how unique this town is…until you visit a few other towns. Great town, great atmosphere and just a pleasure to live here!
This year, I will participate in the Amelia Island Book Festival. Unlike some of the other guests, I’m not really a celebrity and, plan to have fun with the family. I have no idea what I’ll manage to do in the “Who’s coming” segment of the event, where local guests or volunteers (victims) pretend to be famous authors we might like to see at a future book festival. I’m honored to participate, but with near professional actresses like Arlene Filcoff, noted speakers like Bill Flynn and guest authors…..including David Baldacci below, I’m now frantically looking through the bookshelf for someone interesting, but not impossible to guess. I actually do have “Stone Cold” by David Baldacci, open on my desk, but the time to read novels has been limited to 1 1/2 hours in the morning while working out at the gym. We also have another famous author living on the island, at least part time. I do understand the need to feel a part of the community and the occasional feeling of being unable to enjoy being in public without having the same conversations. Being a small town local and knowing half the town probably feels a little like being famous. No matter where you go, someone knows you.
So…, while I might not try the obvious John Grisham, because I loved “The Bleachers” and David Baldacci and “The Camel Club” or “Stone Cold” and the Oliver Stone character are favorites, I’m hoping for a Patrick Rothfuss, Vince Flynn, Barry Eisler, Eric van Lustbader or James Lee Burke (is he alive?)….I probably need to think a little more. Keep in mind my 11 and 13 year old sons, so Pittacus Lore, Rick Riordan, Stephanie Meyer and Christopher Paolini are on the list. I’d love to bring Robert E. Howard to Fernandina, but real ghost authors are probably out….same goes for Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tolkien. Now, if J.K. Rowling would consider writing a prequel to Harry Potter, covering Dumbledore’s early life…..but I’m too tall to be mistaken for Ms. Rowling.
David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 27 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers
Amelia Island Book Festival | Books Matter
Some of the best things about Amelia Island are not immediately obvious. Hola Cafe is an unassuming tiny coffee shop with genuine Cuban cuisine….and the best coffee I’ve found on Amelia Island.
If you read the feed here at www.ameliaislandnet.com often, you might notice a few formatting changes to the blog. After years of using the same excellent template, someone stopped updating along with wordpress. Headers, graphics…..all change eventually. So, with 2014, I’m trying something more minimal and, hopefully, a little less buggy.
A few things are happening this weekend on the island. Beyond the typical farmer’s market and great weather, the Friends of Fernandina Aviation have plans at the local airport and the Chamber of Commerce will choose winners from among Nineteen businesses and 21 individuals nominated for Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards saluting achievement by the local business community in 2013.
The 2013 AIFBY Award nominees are:
Large Business of the Year (25 employees or more)
- First Federal Bank of Florida
- Lowe’s of Fernandina Beach
- Omni Amelia Island Plantation
- Residence Inn Amelia Island
Medium Business of the Year (11-24 employees)
- Advance Rehabilitation
- Hot Paws Pet Grooming, Hotel & Spa
- Palm III Realty Inc.
- The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill
Small Business of the Year (10 employees or fewer)
- Advanced Muscle Therapy & Fitness
- The ConneXion Specialist
- Hola! Cuban Café
- Miranda Architects
- Missy’s Kitchen
- P5 Productions
Green Business of the Year
- A1A Solar Contracting
- Building It Green
- The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
- Jacobs Scholz & Associates
- Nassau Health Foods
Customer Service Employee of the Year
- Arva Butler, Staples
- Donna Chandler, Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office
- Manida (Nida) Ganung, The Crap Trap
- Emily Hope, Amelia Island Graphics
- Shannon Kelly, Nassau Health Foods
- Johnny Miller, The Palace Saloon
- Staff, 24 Hour Laundry Zone
Young Business Leader of the Year
- Julie Barcus, Community First Credit Union
- Brandy Carvalho, Nassau Humane Society
- Jason Hambrecht, Construction Solutions, Inc.
- Octavio Martinez, Hot Paws Pet Grooming, Hotel & Spa
- Ashley Phinazee, Colie’s
Business Leader of the Year
- Janice Ancrum, Council on Aging of Nassau County
- Shannon Brown, VyStar Credit Union
- Lamar Bryant, Lowe’s of Fernandina Beach
- Mark Dennis, A1A Wealth Management
- Bob Hartman, Residence Inn Amelia Island
- Rita Jackson, Old Towne Carriage Co.
- Dana McCoy, RN, Angel Watch Home Care
- Larry Ogilvie, Advanced Muscle Therapy & Fitness
Cold Weather is always of concern, when people without adequate heat or housing are in danger. Please see below for more information and hours of operation. Additionally, please be aware of the potential for ice on the roads or cracked irrigation pipes in unexpected areas. You will see the “ON ISLAND” shelter location below. Two other locations in the county are 45101 Blessed Way in Callahan (904)-879-6404 or Charles Mitchell also is opening a shelter “off island”, but you would need to call him at (904)753-1362 for information.
Good morning partners,
An arctic cold front is charging eastward through southeast Georgia and the Suwannee Valley early this morning. This front will blast through the rest of our area this morning, accompanied by scattered showers. In the wake of the front, the coldest air in several years will plunge into our region. Morning high temperatures mainly in the 50s and 60s will fall into the 40s this afternoon as northwesterly winds abruptly increase to 15-25 mph with higher gusts. Lake Wind Advisories have been posted for all of our region through at least the early evening hours tonight.
The coldest weather of this outbreak will occur tonight and Tuesday morning, with low temperatures in the teens across inland locations, with low/mid 20s for north central Florida and along the immediate coast. A hard freeze warning is in effect tonight through Tuesday morning, with 6 to 12 hours of hard freeze conditions (temperatures 27 degrees or lower) possible. In addition, brisk northwest winds near 15 mph, with occasional higher gusts, will drive wind chill readings during the predawn hours on Tuesday down to near zero in inland southeast Georgia, with single digits expected elsewhere inland and 10-15 degrees closer to the coast. A wind chill warning has been posted from the overnight hours tonight through the mid-morning hours on Tuesday throughout our region.
Not much of a warm-up is expected Tuesday, with high temperatures only reaching 35-40 degrees. Northwest to northerly winds will remain in the 10-15 mph range, keeping wind chill values in the 20s and 30s all day. Another hard freeze is expected Tuesday night for inland locations, with lows in the upper teens to lower 20s. Locations closer to the coast will experience a light freeze, with lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s. A hard freeze watch will likely be posted later today for all inland areas for this expected event on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
By Wednesday afternoon, temperatures will finally begin to warm into the 50s and lower 60s across north central Florida. A warming is then is store for the rest of the week.
In addition to the very cold temperatures and wind chill readings, conditions across the coastal waters will worsen. There is a Gale Warning hoisted for the offshore coastal waters beginning at 10 AM this morning through 6 AM Tuesday morning, and a Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the near shore waters through 9 AM Tuesday.
, and advisories concerning this significant cold weather event.
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….and then there were two. Remember to vote on December 10th, if you live inside Fernandina Beach City limits. Two candidates are left.
See more on the supervisor of elections website www.votenassau.org or on the www.fernandinaobserver.com site. I encourage everyone to vote and make an effort to be informed on election day.