…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
source@amelia-island.net

  • If–
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter-News Analyst December 17, 2014 4:16 p.m. At the December 16, 2014 Reorganizational Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission, outgoing Vice Mayor Sarah Pelican presented outgoing Commissioner Charlie Corbett with a framed copy of … Continue reading →
  • Lentz and Poynter join Fernandina Beach City Commission
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst December 17, 2014 3:22 p.m.   Last night at their annual Reorganization Meeting, the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) rang out the old year and rang in the new, as Robin … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Fire/Rescue Dept – November Statistics
    Submitted by Jason Higginbotham Fernandina Beach Fire Chief December 15, 2014 4:30 p.m. Total Number of Calls for Service 161 RESPONSE RELATED INFORMATION TOTALS TOTAL INCIDENTS IN CITY LIMITS                                                                      136 TOTAL INCIDENTS IN NASSAU COUNTY (OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS)              25 AVG … Continue reading →
  • Capt Lawrence Piper – Fly Fishing 101 Principle # 2
    Submitted by Capt. Lawrence Piper December 14, 2014 1:00 p.m. Years ago the Federation of Fly Fishers dedicated fly casters set forth 5 principles for a good fly cast. They determined that many casters would have different styles of casting … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island revealed . . .
    Submitted by Wayne Howard December 14, 2014 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: Howard has been and is currently an instructor at the Florida State College of Jacksonville in the continuing education program where he teaches classes in beginning digital photography, and … Continue reading →
  • FBPD recognizes Jack Heard for vehicle donation
    Fernandina Beach Police Department MEDIA RELEASE December 13, 2014 11:20 a.m. At recent parades, car shows and other local events, car enthusiasts have been enjoying the debut of the Fernandina Beach Police Department “Pirate Marauder,” a 2003 limited edition Mercury … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Technical Advisory Committee begins work on Airport Master Plan Update
    Media Release submitted by Zach Nelson, Passero Associates December 12, 2014 11:25 a.m. Fernandina Beach’s Technical Advisory Committee held its initial meeting on November 13, 2014 in city commission chambers. The committee, chaired by Theresa Prince, was formed to oversee … Continue reading →
  • Marley Whistleblower Lawsuit: City files Motion to Dismiss
    Submitted by Adam Kaufman Legal Analyst December 11, 2014 3:12 p.m. Attorneys for the City of Fernandina Beach have filed a Motion to Dismiss the complaint in the lawsuit initiated by Robin Marley, the City’s former Human Resources Director, who … Continue reading →
  • PAB subcommittee formed to consider code language on hazardous material use and storage in Fernandina Beach
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst The Planning Advisory Board (PAB) of the City of Fernandina Beach convened in regular session on December 10, 2014 before an unusually full chamber. Local citizens and business representatives were prepared … Continue reading →
  • “My One Christmas Wish . . .” An interview with retiring FBHS Principal Jane Arnold
    Submitted by Kim Taylor December 11, 2014 1:00 a.m. I had the opportunity this week to visit with Mrs. Jane Arnold, retiring Principal of Fernandina Beach High School. After nearly two decades of illustrious leadership at FBHS, she will be … Continue reading →

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.

http://www.fl-counties.com/advocacy/public-safety/synthetic-drugs

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

 

Capture

Bees Behind Hola Café

 

You definitely notice the bees moving in and out of the pecan tree behind Hola Café and the Palace Saloon, but the uncommon part is the actual honey comb visible in the open under heavy tree and vine growth.  Pieces of the hive are lying on the ground along the fence and  I think one of the nearby businesses called a local beekeeper out of concern for safety.  I can imagine the danger if parts of the fragile hive fall out of the tree, when someone is standing nearby. 

See the dark area of the growth?  You can barely see the bees or hive in this picture, but they are fairly easy to see when standing underneath. 

Many aspects of a honey bee colony are cyclic in nature, and aggression is no exception. Honey bees have the ability to be aggressive at any time, but certain things set them off. In the late summer and early fall, more of these conditions exist.

What makes honey bees aggressive? | Honey Bee Suite

 
 

Bee Hive Barely Visible