…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

Robbery Pye’s Pawn

Press Release
 Fernandina Beach Police Department
 By:​​James T. Hurley / Chief of Police
 Date:​​December 23, 2014
 Re:​Smash and Grab Burglary at Pye’s Pawn Shop
 Police officers in Fernandina Beach are actively searching for anyone with information related to an early morning smash and grab burglary at a pawn shop on South 14th Street where three semi-automatic rifles were stolen.
 The suspect(s) broke the glass out of the front door with a large piece of cement to make entry into Pye’s Pawn Shop, located in the 900 block of S. 14th Street. The burglar(s) entered the store and removed the three unsecured rifles from the back wall display. Although encouraged to secure firearms during and after business hours, the pawn shop was not required by law to secure the weapons.
 The Police Department processed the scene and surrounding areas and believes that a single offender may have fled on foot westbound or northbound from the north side of the business.
 The alarm company reportedly received an alarm indication at 6:01 AM from the business, could not locate an owner or call out, and notified the Police Department at 6:06 AM. Officers responded within two minutes to find the front door shattered. Other than the three rifles, nothing else was apparently taken.
 A backpack was found at the scene, which might belong to the suspect(s), and is shown below. Also, stock photos of the rifles are included below.

Downtown Change Underway

Views downtown are drastically different….from the street or a more uncommon angle. Renovations underway will soon change the view at 4th and Centre.

Buying Local for #Christmas?

The buy local movement means a lot, but seldom is the effect as dramatic as seen at this local bike shop on Amelia Island. Where else can you buy an item and keep it in perfect running condition for 20 years? Sales and service…and almost all customers live in the area.
 Buying local, living green and a sustainable product…..hard to match a good “old fashioned” bike shop like “Fernandina Cycle and Fitness“.

Traffic update courtesy …..Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce

Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce

December 5, 2014

A1A Construction Update:

Beginning Sunday, December 14, 2014, the traffic on A1A, within the construction area, will be shifted off of the eastbound A1A lanes.

The new traffic pattern affects a 1-mile long section west of the CSX rail road crossing in Yulee near the intersection of A1A and Hwy 17. Traffic will remain in their existing lanes east of the railroad for the time being.

The diversion will transition westbound traffic onto temporary pavement and transition eastbound traffic onto what are now the westbound travel lanes. This will be in effect for approximately 1 year while the eastbound side of the road is demolished and re-constructed.

Logging Truck Accident

Trucks are a fact of life on 8th Street.  Whatever caused the confusion in the picture above,  I’m just happy to see police and not an ambulance on site. 

Fort Clinch State Park to Bosque Bello Cemetery

One of the most overlooked…..BIG……attractions on Amelia Island is located at the far north end of the island, through an unassuming entrance on Atlantic Avenue.  Fort Clinch is home to the best mountain biking trail in the area, IMG_0088nature walks, the longest fishing pier in Northeast Florida and Fort Clinch.  I remember sneaking into the fort on holidays 40 years ago.  Growing up on the island, playing in our own Civil War Fort,  was a unique experience…..and remembering days spent playing with a handful of local kids is something I doubt many locals were lucky enough to experience.  Now, I see the restoration efforts and the incredible changes over the years as an incredibly positive thing for the island. 

If you have time, take a second look or try to attend over the Nov. 1,2,3  weekend for the monthly fort garrison event that portrays life at Fort Clinch under Union Occupation. This event is sponsored by the Fort Clinch Living History Program, Co. E. 1st NY Engineers, 75th Ohio, & Co. K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters/McBrides Company of FL Indian Scouts.  Events are well worth attending and the re-enactors are often entertaining and authentic.  Your attention is as interesting to the participants as their recreation of history is interesting to visitors.   http://floridareenactorsonlineresources.yolasite.com/list-of-events.php

If you’re interested in researching history, some of the local Spanish American soldiers are buried in Bosque Bello Cemetery off North 14th Street.  The Amelia Island Genealogical Society is a wonderful resource when searching for grave locations.  The trip is, while perhaps not normally first on most vacationers bucket lists, worth making and adds perspective to the history here in Fernandina.   (Map Credit to www.aigensoc.org)


Camp Amelia during the Spanish-American war – Fernandina, Florida

Looking over Camp Amelia during the Spanish-American war - Fernandina, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/28839
(please include photographer’s name when noted).

A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars.

Welcome to Florida State Parks

Welcome “Biggest Loser Resort”

It was a privilege to welcome this business to the island.  The Biggest Loser Resort held a ribbon-cutting and small opening last night.  Meeting a few of the people behind this business, the reason for their success became immediately apparent.  Professional, prepared and family came to mind.  

Every business coming to the island brings an economic impact.  This business brings years of international publicity and promotion.   Thanks to people like Gil Langley of TDC and Donald Staments of Omni, we are attracting exceptional business and opportunity. 

Welcome to the island!

Pirate Homecoming Game @FBHS

The Fernandina Beach Pirates football team lost Friday’s home non-conference game against West Nassau by a score of 43-26, but it was still a great time.  Homecoming, band, watching the oldest make four trips to the concession and completely miss noticing a girl notice him….  It’s so much more fun to watch, when you know half the crowd.  Now I’ve got to find a way to tell a friend I missed a benefit with “jazz” and “big band” for the big band and football at FBHS. 


Walking and Curious….Synthetic Drug or Not?

UntitledI’m curious…..this product looks like the packaging on synthetic drugs, but I was unable to find anything labeled “Rose’” online, under novelty item, synthetic, incense or anything logical.  Then again, the word “rose” is pretty common. 

If anyone knows where this product originated and if it is a synthetic drug, please contact the site.  The package below was found on school grounds  in October of 2014, in an area reserved for a sports activity.  We walk our dog through the area frequently and I tend to notice small packages about the size of synthetic drug packaging. (3”x3”)  Just for the record, the last package we found was “Cloud 9”, a known synthetic,  around 2 to 3 years ago the morning after a football game.  Locally, we have an ordinance with substantial fines…..I believe $500/gram fine if proven to be a synthetic.  Hopefully, the ordinance discourages all sales in the area and increases parent awareness.      http://www.fbfl.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/1351?fileID=1015

Products are being marketed as ‘bath salts’ and ‘potpourri’ that are synthetic substitutes that mimic the pharmacological effects of amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and other illegal drugs. Despite being labeled as “not for human consumption” these synthetic substances are being used as recreational drugs. These products are particularly attractive to children and young adults due to their availability at convenient stores at minimal cost and packaged with their favorite cartoon character. Unfortunately, these substances are often more potent and dangerous than illegal drugs and have very serious side effects. As a result, FAC supports expanding the controlled substance schedule to include new iterations of synthetic formulas that mimic the effects of illegal drugs and prohibiting certain types of packaging and marketing of any products claiming to mimic the effects of illegal drugs. In addition to statewide legislation, many counties are adopting their own ordinances aimed at stopping the proliferation of these harmful substances. A copy of Broward County and Pasco County ordinances are posted below as well as other related materials.


Self-Defense Seminar Benefitting the Fernandina Beach Library October 4th

This seminar should be informative, but will also be taught by a very experienced instructor.  Beyond the international study of aikido and years of time as an instructor, Dan Kelly is a retired US Marshall and far, far more experienced than most  ordinary “self defense” instructors.  This is worth a look, for a good cause and may save your life.  See details below…..October 4th, 2014 9AM to 12 Noon at the Atlantic Avenue Rec Center…..don’t be late.  

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) “leads” the attacker’s momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.[5]   Source: Wikipedia.org