…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

  • First Bank South and City of Fernandina Beach continue South 14th and Lime mediation
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger September 1, 2014 On August 28 after four hours of mediation attorneys for First South National Bank and the City of Fernandina Beach failed to reach an agreement on a property dispute regarding a City … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island revealed . . .
    Submitted by Sandra Baker Hinton August 31, 2014 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: This photo of the Golden Orb spider was taken on Sandra’s route to the beach for her turtle patrol duties. According to Sandra, the spiders have numerous webs … Continue reading →
  • Port of Fernandina – Both a vision and a challenge – An opinion
    An opinion submitted by Gene Alley August 29, 2014 12:17 p.m. The Subcommittee of the Fernandina Beach Planning Advisory Board (PAB) has conducted a series of public meetings to solicit comment both from the public and the Ocean Highway and … Continue reading →
  • FSCJ Center for Lifelong Learning Classes announced for fall 2014
    Submitted Press Release August 28, 2014 4:24 p.m. Registration for the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Center for Lifelong Learning Fall 2014 classes is now open. The fall term classes cover a variety of subjects including languages, computers, cameras, … Continue reading →
  • Pet Therapy in Fernandina Beach . . .
    Submitted by Gerry Clare Roving Reporter August 28, 2014 4:07 p.m. As I was visiting friends at Quality Health last week, I was met with a happy scene on the porch. Susan Haney and “Jingles” were meeting Renata and John … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island Blues Festival 2014 headliners
    Press Release Submitted by Amelia Island Blues Festival Submitted by Jeff Malone August 28, 2014 3:25 p.m. The Amelia Island Blues Festival returns back to the ocean breezes of Main Beach on September 12th and 13th for two great days … Continue reading →
  • Science First grows assets – More jobs for Nassau County
    Press Release submitted by Science First www.sciencefirst.com August 28, 2014 6:52 a.m. “Science First, a Yulee manufacturer of science education equipment and other products, announces the acquisition of some assets of The Science Source of Waldoboro, Maine, a manufacturer of … Continue reading →
  • Nassau County Primary Election recap – Kelley-Spicer celebrate
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger August 27, 2014 5:21 p.m. Nassau County Commissioner Steve Kelley and future Commissioner George Spicer gathered supporters at the Kelley Pest Control warehouse to wait election results and both candidates had reason to celebrate.  Having … Continue reading →
  • PAB subcommittee concludes meetings on Port Master Plan
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst August 27, 2014 3:31 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. on August 26, 2014, Chair Len Kreger gaveled to a close the third and final meeting of the Fernandina Beach Planning Advisory Board … Continue reading →
  • Memorial Service for Father Neil Gray to be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
    August 27, 2014 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Neil Irvin Gray 1918 – 2014 A memorial service to celebrate and give thanks for Father Gray’s life and ministry will be held Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Peter’s … Continue reading →
  • Nassau County Leader in Science Education Expands
    Nancy Bell, President of Science First, is pleased to announce that on August 4, 2014, her company purchased some of the assets of The Science Source, a manufacturer of science education equipment located in Waldoboro, Maine. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Inventory and assets were moved immediately to Science First’s facility in Yulee, … Continue rea
    Mention the name “Dora” in Northeast Florida and it conjures thoughts of the hurricane that directly hit the Jacksonville area 50 years ago.  While Florida has been fortunate in escaping a direct hit for the past 9 years, Nassau County isn’t resting on its laurels. Many people can still vividly remember the images of New … Continue reading »
  • FSCJ-Nassau Cardiovascular Technology Students Support Wolfsons Childrens
    The Cardiovascular Technology Program at Florida State College of Jacksonville, Nassau Campus (FSCJ-Nassau) is participating in “Christmas in July” sponsored by Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Around Christmas, there is an abundance of gift donations for the children at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, but in the summer, those supplies diminish. Gifts (whether larg
  • Nassau County Schools Earn Top Ratings
    On Friday, the Florida Department of Education released preliminary letter grades for school districts through the state. Elementary and middles schools are included in the ranking. High school scores will be released later this year as their scores are calculated according to a state formula including FCAT scores, graduation rates and student scores on Adva
  • Nassau County Leads State of Florida in FCAT Scores
    Nassau County is one of five Florida districts that improved in all seven assessment areas, leading by a 6 percent increase in eighth grade science, 4 percent increase in fifth grade science and up 3 percent in both grades 3 – 5 and 6 – 8 math. According to a Florida Department of Education report … Continue reading »
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) to Host Manufacturing/Energy Summer Camp
    Students in grades 9 – 11 are encouraged to register for this exciting summer camp, which will introduce young students to manufacturing and technologies that will help make the world greener.  Students will perform several green-utilizing projects to include air, water and energy to help build their understanding of how things work.  After each lesson, … Co
    By Adrienne Burke, City of Fernandina Beach The City is looking for opinions on the future of 8th Street. The City’s Comprehensive Plan directs review of the commercial corridors within the City – 8th Street/Downtown, 14th Street, Sadler Road, and the Main Beach/Seaside Park areas. In addition, the Economic Development Element of the Comprehensive Plan … Con
  • The economic times, they are a-changin’
    Fernandina Observer reporter, Suanne Z. Thamm, takes an objective look at the presentation given to Fernandina Beach Commissioners by NCEDB Executive Director, Steve Rieck.
  • FSCJ receives first approval for Logistics bachelor degree
    Next step: SACS Commission on Colleges review and approval; anticipated program roll-out Fall 2014.
  • dtw Research Inc thankful for no snow days
    "With all that snow NJ is getting I am so glad to be in Florida." - Pam Statile, President - dtw Research, Inc.

IO Moth Caterpillar

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

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


Typical Morning

FBMS First Game of the Year

image (5)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!  image (1)

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. 

Historic Districts in Fernandina….more than you imagine.

188Ever 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 IMG_4143[1]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 IMG_4141[1]
  • 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 )





Island Attitude…

IMG_0908I’m sitting here at the end of a busy day at work, swimming with my sons and playing with the dog.  A friend called to let me know how upset he is with a local business and share the negativity.  While I can’t argue with his right to choice, it made me think.  I tend to say something when I think I can make a difference and make a point of allowing change to happen on it’s own, when I’m not needed.

Live and let live sometimes means allowing people, businesses or organizations the time to correct a mistake or change direction.   Try “allowing” people to have opinions and to learn.   The island isn’t big….learning tolerance, courtesy and to patiently allow others to come around to your point of view, or allowing your view to change, makes the island a better place.   Forced change rarely lasts.

The water oak in the picture has almost nothing to do with the point of what I hoped would be a “feel good” post.  It looks the same as it did 40 years ago.  Squirrels, probably descended from the squirrelsI saw as a boy 40 years ago, play here every day.  The tree is ridiculously hollow and I’m sure will  fall in a big storm.  Would the world be a better place if I cut down this diseased hollow tree….or would it be better to allow something this pretty to adapt and “maybe” live another hundred years? 

Missing Child Fernandina Beach, FL …. Description and Latest

Update: The missing 12 year old boy was located at 7:35 PM in Alachua County, FL in the care of a family member.

Please keep an eye out.  Missing from the Fernandina Farmer’s Market on Saturday…… 

Missing 12-year-old Peter Bresko

Bresko was last seen wearing dark blue shorts, a T-shirt and Florida Gators hat. He is approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and 120 pounds.



A Florida missing child alert has been issued Saturday for a missing 12-year-old boy. The Fernandina Beach Police began searching for Peter Bresko when his father reported him missing. 

FBPD said Bresko was with his father at the Downtown Farmers Market Friday around 11 a.m. He left his father, who is a vendor, to use the restroom and did not return. 

Bresko was spending the summer with his father and may be upset about going home. On July 31, Bresko was supposed to fly home but exited the plane before take-off, the police said. FBPD says the boy was later found at the airport and returned to his father. 

Bresko is on foot and does not have a bicycle or other known transportation.

Bresko was last seen wearing dark blue shorts, a T-shirt and Florida Gators hat. He is approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and 120 pounds.

Fla. missing child alert issued for 12-year-old | www.actionnewsjax.com

Indo-Pacific Gecko

The Indo-Pacific Gecko is native to Southeast Asia but is now found throughout Florida, possibly spreading in shipments of palm trees.

The Indo-Pacific Gecko is four to five inches long, grey to brown in color, with a smooth, not bumpy skin.


Rainy Afternoon on Amelia




Elephant Ear…Tropical Feel

Taro…or Elephant Ear….the distinction can be important.  An invasive, non-native species in Florida, one can be eaten and the other…maybe not.  According to the www.gardenweb.com forums, you might want to treat each differently. 

My oldest son finished a short project for us in identifying the source of this plant……and the picture you see is a 7 foot specimen in our back yard. 

20140704-171650-62210846.jpg“Elephant ear and caladium are not edible though they are related to taro.
All parts of the taro can be eaten but “…All parts of the taro plant contain an acrid principle, irritating to mouth and throat, which is due to pointed crystals of calcium oxalate that are present in the plant parts; long cooking destroys their activity…Many kinds are best for their tubers, a few serving for table use (baked or boiled), but most being made into poi…Other kinds are best for sprouts, stalks, or leaves.” http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/edible/msg0711084616357.html?7


Signs in Nassau County……What is legal or illegal on Amelia Island in Unincorporated Area

Prohibited per 89-1 Nassau County.

…..Portion of Nassau County Sign Ordinance

Signs placed within the public right-of-way, except as photo 2allowed herein, or erected by or at the direction of the local, state or federal governments.

Signs attached to any tree, shrub, plant, utility pole, street light, sidewalk, fire hydrant, bridge or other similar public property.

(Ord. No. 89-1, § 5, 10-11-88)