…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

  • Reward increased to $3000 to identify King Neptune vandals
    City of Fernandina Beach Police Department Press Release Submitted by James T. Hurley, Chief August 20, 2014 5:37 p.m. The Fernandina Beach Police Department has announced that the reward for information leading to the arrest of those individuals responsible for … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach City Commission – Proclamations and Public Comments
    Submitted by Eric Bartelt August 20, 2014 1:32 p.m. Mayor Ed Boner opened the lengthy August 19th City Commission meeting with three proclamations and a brief presentation by Marina Manager Joe Springer. The first Proclamation was awarded to the 2014 … Continue reading →
  • North Hampton shooting investigation update
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger August 20, 2014 11:31 a.m. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) tasked with the investigation of the shooting death of Anthony Bartley in the North Hampton subdivision, an unincorporated of Nassau County, finished its … Continue reading →
  • Impact fee lawsuit settlement talks continue
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger August 19, 2014 4:47 p.m. On August 18, 2014, the First District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida received notification by attorneys with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell representing the City of Fernandina Beach, … Continue reading →
  • Port Master Plan … or not?
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst August 18, 2014 8:25 p.m. Question to Port Authority from local citizens:  When is a master plan not a master plan? Answer from Richard Bruce, District 1 Port Commissioner: When it’s … Continue reading →
  • Bosque Bello Cemetery Master Plan
    Press Release City of Fernandina Beach www.fbfl.us/cdd Submitted by Adrienne Burke Community Development Director August 18, 2014 2:00 p.m. Over the past two years, City staff in the Community Development and Parks and Recreation Departments have been working toward creating … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Business and Building Starts: July 2014
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst August 18, 2014 7:03 a.m. The Fernandina Observer welcomes the following businesses newly licensed to operate in our city last month. Business Address Owner Type of Business Cinnamon Bear Country Store … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island revealed
    Submitted by Wayne Howard www.waynehowardphotography.com August 17, 2014 1:00 a.m.   Wayne Howard began his photographic journey as a kid with a folding Kodak camera. Since that time, he has worked in chemical darkrooms, attended photography public, private, and commercial … Continue reading →
  • Vaping comes to Fernandina Beach – Speakeasy Vaporium opens
    Submitted Press Release Speakeasy Vaporium.com August 16, 2014 1:00 p.m. This multi-billion dollar industry is helping smokers quit after decades of failed attempts. E-cigarettes, e-cigs, and vape shops have become the new “go to” answers to develop alternatives to smoking … Continue reading →
  • PAB Subcommittee meets to organize: Monday, August 18
    August 15, 2014 7:13 p.m.    
    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.
  • NCEDB Executive Director presents Omni with Governors Award
    The Omni Amelia Island Plantation was awarded the Governor’s Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality Award for Mid-Market (populations up to 150,000), recognizing Florida companies that best exemplify innovation developed through product or process in the last three years.

io Moth Caterpilar

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.   



“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. Ixora and rose are their favorite hosts. “.   http://www.poisoncentertampa.org/venomous-critters/caterpillars.aspx 


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)


Cuban Tree Frogs?

This was perched by the front door tonight…..along with Cuban Anoles and Mediterranean Geckos, we now may have a local population of Cuban Tree Frogs.



Remember….all beach supplies are to be removed at the end of each day.  Unattended chairs, umbrellas or cabanas are not to be left on the beach at night and should be packed up at the end of your day.  Turtle nesting is serious business.  Interfering with the only opportunity a female turtle has to reach the beach is, literally, equivalent to killing hundreds of hatchlings…..not to mention, illegal.   

Beach Amelia

Adult female sea turtles can come from as far as the West Coast of Africa to breed and nest on Florida beaches. A typical female may lay 85-120 ping-pong sized eggs in one sitting and repeat this process up to eight times in one nesting season. Once deposited, incubation lasts for approximately two months.

To minimize disturbance to nesting sea turtles, residents and visitors are advised to heed the following tips:

  • Use sea turtle friendly lighting. Use low-power and low-frequency lighting angled downward to the ground. Residents and establishments close to the beach should pay special attention to cover fixtures as much as possible and keep them off when not needed;
  • Refrain from fire and fireworks;
  • Keep the beach clear. Do not litter or leave behind beach equipment. Demolish sandcastles and fill in holes. Consider cleaning up litter spotted around you;
  • Respect zones around nests and on the dunes. Keep back to avoid accidentally stepping on eggs;
  • DO NOT disturb females while they nest. Feel free to observe from a safe distance without making excessive noise;
  • Report sightings to 1-800-404-FWCC. Workers and volunteers can mark off the area to help prevent inadvertent damage; and
  • If you spot a stranded or trapped female turtle call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-800-404-FWCC.

8th Street Survey

Interested in making a difference?  The City of Fernandina Beach is asking for public input on the future of 8th Street.  

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 directs evaluating these parts of town as Job Opportunity Areas, and laying the groundwork to introduce new business and employment opportunities to the City. Because much of these areas are built out, policies will primarily focus on redevelopment.
Planning Staff is currently conducting research on potential policies and land use mechanisms to foster and support these directives. These updates will go in the City’s Land Development Code (LDC). Staff has convened a technical working group for assistance in fact-finding and data collection. The work done by the group in gathering this information will help staff in drafting policies going forward.

The group first met in March 2014. Members of the group include an architect, engineer, the County Economic Development Board director, a citizen-at-large, Planning Advisory Board members, a County growth management representative, and a retired economic development professional. All meetings are noticed and open to the public in accordance with Sunshine laws, and all input is welcome. Information on the group and their efforts is available at www.fbfl.us/LDCED.

The group has chosen to work on 8th Street first. 8th Street, or A1A, is a state road, and portions fall within the City and County. As part of the fact-finding, the group is planning to reach out to 8th Street business and property owners, as well as downtown merchants. City staff and the group members are also very interested in what the entire community has to say about 8th Street. It is hoped that City and County residents, as well as business owners, tourists, and anyone interested in the future of 8th Street will respond. In order to get feedback, the City has a survey available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8thStreetInput The City will have hard copy surveys and a comment board available at the City booth during Shrimp Fest as well.

Based on information and data collected in 2014, staff hopes to draft the updates to the LDC in 2015 and prepare them for Planning Advisory Board and Commission review. Depending on how the working group and staff decide to tackle the updates, the changes may come in sections or as a bundle. Due to the nature of these updates, which promise to be a significant update to the LDC, it’s possible this effort will continue beyond 2015.

For more information, contact Adrienne Burke, Community Development Director, at 904-310-3135 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 904-310-3135 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting or aburke@fbfl.org.


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