…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

  • Density and zoning and parking … Oh my!
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst April 17, 2015 12:07 p.m.   On April 10, 2015, following local businessman and Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Tim Poynter’s abandonment of a project to convert the former First Baptist Church … Continue reading →
  • Monte Carlo Night to support Neurofibromatosis April 23, 2015
    Submitted by Betsie Huben April 17, 2015 4:15 p.m. I know a fighter. Her name is Michele. She is both my colleague and my dear friend so I get to watch her duke it out everyday “up close and personal.” … Continue reading →
  • Donna Martin appointed to direct FSCJ Nassau Center
    FSCJ Media Release April 17, 2015 9:00 a.m. Florida State College at Jacksonville has announced the appointment of Donna Martin as the new executive director of the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center. Ms. Martin began her role in this capacity … Continue reading →
  • Fundraising for Alzheimer’s research
    Submitted by Dane Carmichael April 17, 2015 8:58 a.m. Mark your calendars for two upcoming events on the island that are fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Association. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and are tirelessly supported … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Recyle Event Saturday, April 18
    Media Release City of Fernandina Beach April 15, 2015 10:25 a.m.
  • Rep. Adkins listens to port concerns from local citizens
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst April 16, 2015 6:08 p.m. While 9:00 a.m. on a Thursday morning might not be the ideal time for a telephonic Town Hall meeting, it was the only time State Representative … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina library branch to open Monday
    Submitted by Wilma Allen Friends of the Library April 16, 2015 1:00 p.m. Stop by soon and see what can be accomplished when we work together! $356,000 still needed to reach our goal of $1.2M from private donations. Additional furniture, … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island.com named 2014 Travel/Events website of the year
    Media Release April 16, 2015 11:38 a.m. AmeliaIsland.com, the consumer website of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been named the best travel and events website of 2014 by Kentico, a content management system that runs more than … Continue reading →
  • PAB votes against recommending Ross/Hall application to FBCC
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst April 15, 2015 4:42 p.m. Fernandina Beach City Hall was packed last night as citizens, property owners and representatives of the port and the mills awaited the Planning Advisory Board’s (PAB) … Continue reading →
  • Police Auxillary Corps to hold open house April 20
    Police Auxillary Corps Media Release Submitted by Bob Ross April 15, 2015 3:05 p.m. Mary Ruark (left) has been a member of the Fernandina Beach Police Auxiliary Corps (PAC) since its inception, March 6, 2008. She has served on the … Continue reading →
  • Free Swimming Lessons
    The City of Fernandina Beach will again be sponsoring free swimming lessons at the Martin Luther King Junior pool in the coming months. This year’s supporters include Safe KIDS Northeast Florida, The Ed Gaw Open Water Challenge, Amelia Island Lifeguarding Association
  • Amelia River Golf Club Now Has Golfboards!
    Go to Amelia River Golf Club and check out these new Golfboards!Filed under: aifby chamber member news, community information Tagged: Amelia River Golf Club
  • Amelia National Tennis Club Grand Opening Weekend April 16-18
        FERNANDINA BEACH, FL  – Amelia National Tennis Club announces the official schedule for its highly anticipated grand opening celebration. Starting on Thursday, April 16 and lasting until Saturday, April 18, Joe Mattingly, Owner and Director of Tennis at
  • Customer Service……The Oomph Factor
    Join our community of businesses such as Amelia Coastal Realty, Shapiro Insurance, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Hola Cuban Café and many others as we celebrate and enhance the ‘Oomph Factor’ of customer service that our community is known!  Register here
  • Executive Chefs Demo Shrimp Dishes at Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
        The executive chefs from Florida and Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Justin Timineri and Holly Chute, respectively, will be offering a joint cooking demonstration during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival at 11:00 am, on Saturday,
  • Taking Strides 5K & Fun Run 2015
    Please join for the 2nd Annual Taking Strides to End Abuse 5K/Fun Run & Kid Zone on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 4:30 – 9:00 P.M at Central Park on Atlantic Boulevard, Fernandina Beach, FL. This event features an evening
  • 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

Obviously a Natural Born Hunter

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.

Rendezvous Festival Coming to Amelia Island “June 5th through 13th”

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.

















JUNE 5TH – 13TH, 2015

RFF 2015 Events Include:
Film/Lunch Series•FilmTalk•Red Carpet Premieres•Gaming Expo•Music Fest/Videos•Marani Vodka Party  

Rendezvous Festival

Library Press Release

Press Release
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.

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