…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

  • Garage Sale Friday and Saturday – First Presbyterian Church
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger May 29, 2015 8:40 a.m. There are bargains galore available at the First Presbyterian Church in Jim Thomas Hall Friday, May 29 from 9 until 1 and Saturday, May 30 from 9 – 12. Enjoy … Continue reading →
  • Visitors Enjoy New Daily Trolley Service on Amelia Island
    MEDIA RELEASE Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau May 29, 2015 9:50 a.m. The Amelia Island Transportation & Trolley Company is offering new daily service on the island. The new Island Trolley will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Observer celebrates its three year anniversary
    Susan Hardee Steger Co-Editor May 28, 2015 5:05 p.m. “We will be different!” May 12, 2012 So how will the Fernandina Observer benefit our community? We will inform and educate, not confuse and mislead. When credit is due, we will build … Continue reading →
  • The play’s just the thing
    Evelyn C. McDonald Arts and Culture Reporter May 26, 2015 The Fernandina Little Theatre is doing Christopher Durang’s Tony Award winning play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” As you might expect from the title, this play is not … Continue reading →
  • The story behind the cancelled Umphrey’s McGee concert
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 28, 2015 11:45 a.m.   On January 23, 2015, the Umphrey’s McGee band posted the following announcement on their website: Umphrey’s McGee is thrilled to bring you one of the … Continue reading →
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week May 25-31
    City of Fernandina Beach Press Release Community Development Department www.fbfl.us/cdd May 27, 2015 8:38 p.m. With hurricane season once again upon us, the City of Fernandina Beach encourages all residents and visitors to be prepared for hurricane season. The 2015 … Continue reading →
  • Whale ends up on north end beach
    Photos courtesy of Gale Jameyson May 27, 2015 2:09 p.m. A distressed short finned pilot whale was discovered during the early morning hours south of the Fort Clinch fishing pier. According to Johnny Miller, local resident and city commissioner, fish … Continue reading →
  • North Florida Land Trust helps communities save natural and cultural heritage
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 27, 2015 10:00 a.m. Marc Hudson, North Florida Land Trust Land Protection Director, provided the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) with a presentation regarding the preservation of natural areas and … Continue reading →
  • Mayor Edward Boner will not seek second term
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger May 26, 2015 3:05 p.m. Commissioner and Mayor Edward Boner announced today at 3:00 p.m. that he will not seek a second term on the Fernandina Beach City Commission. His announcement posted on Facebook appears … Continue reading →
  • Fallen Heroes to hold memorial dedication to honor Kelly Mixon May 28
    Media Release Contact: Mr. Spencer G. Lodree Principal, Fernandina Beach High School (904) 261-5713 ext. 2602 spencer.lodree@nassau.k12.fl.us May 26, 2015 4:00 p.m. The Fallen Heroes Organization will hold a Memorial dedication in the courtyard at Fernandina Beach High School on … Continue reading →
  • Business After Hours at Littleberry Farm 05.21.15
    Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: Business After Hours, Littleberry Farm
  • Ribbon Cutting for imortgage 05.14.15
    On Thursday, May 14th we welcomed imortgage to the community with a ribbon cutting. Carrie Budds is the Sales Manager at imortgage, she can create loan solutions for specific mortgage needs. She works with a team to assist in funding each loan on-time. Visit
  • Chef Kenny Gilbert has Gilbert’s Big Oak BBQ Shack in the Works
    Coming soon Gilbert’s Big Oak BBQ Shack! It will be located near 432 S. 8th Street in Fernandina Beach, next to his current location Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen. The restaurant is due to open in October, but in the meantime you can check
  • We need your input on public transit in Nassau County
    We are almost finished but need help from our Nassau County community!  There is one last opportunity to participate in the Nassau County Public Transit Study.  The public workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th, 6:00 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m. at FSCJ, Nassau
  • Traffic delays
    From the Florida Department of Transportation:   State Road A1A traffic may see delays Monday, Wednesday and Friday from the delivery of bridge beams for the Sisters Creek Bridge on Heckscher Drive in Duval County which must use a route through Nassau
  • Ribbon Cutting for Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique 05.06.15
    Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique has been opened for 15 years!  Owner, Martinique Lemke wanted to celebrate with a ribbon cutting. At Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique they offer healthy, gourmet dog treats baked daily in their kitchen. Go check out the boutique
  • Ribbon Cutting for JW Frame Gallery 05.05.2015
    JW Frame Gallery is now opened! Jill Wilkinson provides custom picture framing, quality photo printing, local artwork and gifts. Check out her website here.Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: JW Frame Gallery, ribbon cutting
  • 9th Annual Wild Amelia Nature Fest a Blend of Old and New
    From a sea turtle release to foot-stomping music, the 9th annual Wild Amelia Nature Festival, set for May 15-17, has a lot to offer to island residents and visitors alike and will be a blend of popular components from past
  • Ribbon Cutting for debonair 4.28.2015
    Debonair is now opened on Centre St! Thank you for everyone that came out to celebrate with them. They have a great selection of handbags, jewelry and gift items. You will always find something unique. Filed under: aifby chamber member news,
  • Rural Energy America Grant and Loan Program
    The Rural Energy America Program has announced a guaranteed loan financing and grant funding program for agricultural producers and rural small businesses.  The programs assist with purchases or installation of renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Funds can be utilized for

Memorial Day on Amelia Island

I’m thinking of my favorite Uncle today.   I can still remember growing up.  He never talked about his time in Europe during World War II, but I know many friends died and I can imagine the sacrifice he made, not to mention the4568794578_a3a1720252_o men and women who didn’t make it back.  Mom and her sisters stayed at home to work, while both brothers enlisted.  In 10th grade, Vera, my mother, dropped out of school to work and did something unusual.  At 14, she said she was 17, to get a job.   In 1939, she was 11 years old. 

We tend to think about the sacrifices everyone made, but the people who never made it back, should be remembered.  Remembering how little my Uncle talked about the war said a lot.   Later, I would see the seriousness and the way he cared about others as the after-effect. 

May we honor the sacrifices made and remember the price of freedom.  When you think about the media and little real exposure we have to war, remembering the WW1, WW2, Japan, Germany, Hiroshima and Nagasaki….the extreme price paid to end wars and the short memory we have, Memorial Day takes on a different meaning.   People tend to think about parades or and even mix up Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.  Honoring those who serve and the sacrifice of life is exceptionally important.   

One of the more famous speeches by FDR…..worth listening…..

Kindness and Humility….Donald MacPherson

At 74, Don MacPherson, passed away on May 12th, 2015.  We knew Don through my recently deceased mother inth law, Brenda Lathrop.  He lived next door and for the last 12 years, our sons, my wife and I saw Don at least weekly.  Don was the unofficial handyman for a community of older residents.  Money was never exchanged and the world, for Don, was about helping others.  Family was important.   He wanted his daughter to finish school and, like any father, wanted the best for his son.  He served as a mentor in another organization locally and helped countless people in his complex, with small projects, repairs or just with a helping hand.  Speaking of hands….I’ll always remember the time he almost lost the fingers on one hand while using a table saw.  IMG_6052He bundled up the hand in a towel and drove himself to the hospital.  Amazingly, a surgeon specializing in hand repair was on hand (no pun intended) and a week later, he was back using the saw…all fingers re-attached, if slightly shorter.   If you believe in miracles….his quick recovery and the luck of having the right surgeon available might qualify.

An obituary does little to tell us how this man lived his life.  Looking back, the small things he did every day made a huge difference in many lives.  He never asked for recognition and put himself last….without a thought.     Touching to me, was a younger man I suspect he sponsored as a “Friend of Bill”.   He was just a positive influence in many lives.

Don, you will be missed and remembered.  IMG_6053

Shrimp Festival Parade 2015

Views from the parade and riding in the parade….great fun!  The locals are more colorful as the years ago by….and I definitely miss knowing everyone in town.  Seeing so many I do know is great fun though.  A few locals below…..from Amelia Paint and Hardware, Larry Hertz the accountant originally from Long Island and Pajama Dave….owner of Pajama Life here and soon in Key West.

Shrimp Festival 2015

Just looking back at the last 51 years, I can see the absolutely amazing change here on the island. Back, when I was a kid, I remember the wooden docks and calls from friends with shrimp boats to buy shrimp off the boat. On holidays, I’d spend time at the beach, sometimes sneaking into Fort Clinch on a holiday, looking for rats in the old granite boulders covered by dunes today, fishing under the docks, watching turtles at the marina or drinking free orange juice at the welcome center. We may think things are getting better, but they’re just changing to fit the residents. I loved living here as a kid. I loved driving along the beach from behind Fort Clinch to the southern tip of the island and back on the highway. I loved surfing Talbot Island without gates or tolls. After leaving in the early 80’s, I came back to beach driving permits and a gate across the beach access at Talbot.

Change is always difficult. It isn’t always a bad thing….the island just changes to fit the population. My father, Ed Sr., came here in 1939, when Rayonier opened a new mill. The road was 2 lane all the way from 17. We drove to Jacksonville to shop and taking the ferry was the fast way to parts of the big city. We also had one community golf course…..with little competition. Tourists were mostly from South Georgia or inland counties.

Driving back to the island, the change in traffic, development, people and landscape really hit me. Lofton Creek Hunt Club and Rayonier’s property along Amelia concourse is developed. Surreal doesn’t begin to cover the change you’ve seen if you live here and are local or native to the area.

East Coast Inland Passage cruise: Baltimore, MD to Jacksonville, FL (We mean Amelia Island)

I finally remembered to look up the cruise line stopping through Amelia Island.  The Independence was in town yesterday and it occurred to me to look up the route and stops. 

Day 15
Jacksonville, FL area (Amelia Island)

Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Art Museum, which house an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.

East Coast Inland Passage cruise | Two week cruise from Baltimore, MD to Jacksonville, FL

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   “