…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

  • And the walls come tumblin’ down
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst October 23, 2014 12:47 p.m.   After months of discussion and planning, there are now visible signs of progress on the renovation and expansion of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church on … Continue reading →
  • 3rd annual trees for troops
    Submitted Press Release October 23, 2014 9:15 a.m.
  • Bosque Bello Workshop November 1
    Submitted Press Release October 23, 2014 9:00 a.m.
  • Accident on South 8th Street results in serious injuries
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger October 22, 2014 8:05 p.m. During the early evening of October 21, 2014, near the intersection of South 8th and Centre Streets, Bridgett Harrell of Jacksonville was seriously injured after crossing South 8th street. According … Continue reading →
  • City and Marina Restaurant owner reach agreement on “Sidewalk to Nowhere”
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst October 22, 2014 4:34 p.m.   At its October 21, 2014 Regular Meeting, the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) approved Resolution 2014-146 in the hope of ending a long running dispute … Continue reading →
  • City terminates employment of H R Director – Allegations surface of mismanagement of City Fire Department
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger October 21, 2014 5:07 p.m. An investigation into allegations of bullying, targeting, and harassment of members of the Fernandina Beach Fire/Rescue Department by Jason Higginbotham fire chief began September 4 2014. City Manager Joe Gerrity … Continue reading →
  • Sheriffs’ Highway Designation Ceremony
    October 21, 2014 2:00 p.m. Media Release from the Office of Representative Janet Adkins    On October 13, 2014, State Representative Janet Adkins, State Senator Aaron Bean, Sheriff Bill Leeper, representatives from FDOT, sheriffs’ deputies, county commissioners and other attended … Continue reading →
  • Searching for treasure?
    October 21, 2014 1:00 p.m.
  • Early Voting Begins October 21 in Nassau County
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst October 21, 2014 10:30 a.m. According to the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections, Early Voting begins October 21, 2014 and runs through November 1, 2014 at four county locations:   James … Continue reading →
  • Nassau County Council on Aging to host new low vision support group
    Nassau County Council on Aging Press Release Submitted by Jeff McDowell Marketing Manager October 21, 2014 7:32 a.m. Among the many challenges that people face as they age is a loss of vision. Known as Age Related Macular Degeneration or … Continue reading →
  • Section of State Road A1A To Be Dedicated To Fallen Deputies
    State Representative Janet Adkins, Sheriff Bill Leeper, representatives from FDOT and others will hold a designation ceremony, designating a section of State Road A1A between I-95 and Stratton Road in Nassau County to the memory of Nassau County Sheriffs that have lost their lives in the call of duty.  The ceremony will take place at […]
  • The NCEDB Appoints Tom Sweetser, RockTenn General Manager To Its Board Of Directors
    The Nassau County Economic Development (NCEDB), a local nonprofit corporation committed to preserving and increasing job availability and encouraging economic growth and vitality in Nassau County, announced today Tom Sweetser, general manager for RockTenn and a Nassau County resident has been selected to serve on the organization’s board of directors. Tom joined RockTenn in April […]
  • The Nassau County Economic Development Board Appoints Roger Rassman To Its Board Of Directors
    The Nassau County Economic Development (NCEDB), a non-profit corporation, announced today Roger Rassman, vice president of marketing for Community First Credit Union and a Nassau County resident has been selected to serve on the organization’s board of directors.  Rassman replaces former board member Leah Jennings, who recently joined the NCEDB as director of workforce development. […]
  • Laura DiBella Appointed As The NCEDB’s New Executive Director
    The Nassau County Economic Development Board (NCEDB), a local nonprofit corporation committed to encouraging economic growth and vitality in Nassau County, announced today that Laura DiBella has been appointed as the new Executive Director effective October 1, 2014.  She replaces Steve Rieck, who retires from seven years of service with the NCEDB.  In her new […]
  • Leadership….What Does It Mean?
    I have to admit, I was skeptical to apply for Leadership Nassau.  I’ve lived here since 2002 and work for the Nassau County Economic Development Board, a local non-profit corporation.  I thought, “What more can I learn about Nassau County?” as my job entails me to know and learn the inter-workings of the County.  “How […]
  • FDOT Lane Closures for Nassau County
    The FDOT released the lane closures for the week of September 13-19, 2014 for Nassau County. U.S. 17 from the Duval County line to I-95 Nighttime lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday for work on the roadway shoulders and repaving. State Road 200 (A1A) from Still Quarters Road to Rubin Davis […]
  • The New Face of Manufacturing in Nassau County – A Forum Hosted by the Nassau County Economic Development Board
    The notepads used by today’s students are digital, but how they are crafted is the message local educators and manufacturers want them to know.   Creating an awareness of modern-day technology and how to prepare the students of Nassau County for careers in advanced manufacturing was the focus of a recent forum hosted by the Nassau […]
  • Aleida Socarras of Florida Public Utilities Joins the NCEDB Board of Directors
    The Nassau County Economic Development Board (NCEDB), a non-profit corporation, announced today Aleida Socarras, Director of Marketing and Sales at Florida Public Utilities (FPU) has been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. Ms. Socarras replaces former Board member Mark Cutshaw, also with FPU. The NCEDB was formed in 1995 as a public-private […]
  • Nassau County Leader in Science Education Expands
    Science First, a manufacturer of astronomy and physics education equipment, recently purchased some of the assets of The Science Source, a manufacturer of science education equipment located in Waldoboro, Maine.  Science First is also the premiere manufacturer of the STARLAB and digital STARLAB planetariums.  Inventory and assets were moved immediately to Science First’s facility in […]
  • WHAT HAPPENS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES IN THE EVENT OF A NATURAL DISASTER?
    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 […]

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

Taking Florida for Granted

Giant Pampas grass in the background a rubber tree in a pot on my back porch, I think sometimes people take Florida for granted. I take that back I think people take Fernandina Beach for granted. We live on a barrier island with two state parks, world-class beaches and great restaurants in a historic downtown.

The Palace saloon, below is the oldest bar in Florida and one of the most unique stops you can make in Fernandina.

Oldest Saloon in Florida

Kids try out for Babe Ruth and you might be surprised by the level of involvement in this community. Did I mention we won state championships?
After September 1st each year the beach often looks like this until sometime in mid-March.

 

IO Moth Caterpillar

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.

 

 

IO Moth Caterpillar

IO Moth Caterpillar taken on 8 30 14 by Landon Boner

 

“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.” http://www.poisoncentertampa.org/venomous-critters/caterpillars.aspx

 

 

Typical Morning

FBMS First Game of the Year

image (5)Playing a school more than twice the size isn’t always the best way to win, but is a great way to teach kids how to play harder.  Watching the game and crowd of friendly locals, really makes me proud to live in Fernandina.  Great entertainment, $2.00 pizza and $1.00 drinks……conversation with friends you don’t always see……and just a great way to spend the evening with the kids and family!  image (1)

I keep expecting to see John Grisham at a game…..after reading “Bleachers”.  The field and small town atmosphere, old friends and people I remember are mostly characters in the book.   After you leave high school…..thinking back, I know engineers, lawyers, some dead, some alive, some in prison.  When you’re a kid, it doesn’t occur to you the guy next to you might be great or might live a terrible life.  You’re all just kids and everything is ahead of you……everything is possible. 

Historic Districts in Fernandina….more than you imagine.

188Ever think of developing or remodeling a home on Amelia Island?  The attached map shows the location of local historic districts, requiring added review before contruction.   The result is a IMG_4143[1]local tourism draw and a fine example of historic preservation, seldom seen.  The additional trouble is worth the recognition in the area, added value and economic effect of tourism on the local community. 

 

Preservation Awards 2012

The City of Fernandina Beach wishes to recognize the efforts of those involved in preserving our unique architectural resources. Historic structures contribute to the identity of our community, and sensitive treatment of these resources ensure future residents and visitors will experience the same community character.
Award winners were announced at the May 15, 2012 City Commission meeting. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

  • Florida House Inn: 22 S. 3rd Street – First place – Restoration/Rehabilitation
  • Island Art Association: 18 N. 2nd Street – First place – New Construction IMG_4141[1]
  • Miranda Architects: 31 S. 10th Street – Honorable Mention – Sensitive Addition
  • Madeline Richard: 227 S. 8th Street – Honorable Mention – Storefront Facade Renovation
  • George Stewart – Preservation Champion: Cultural Heritage for Sliders Renovation
  • Michael Harrison – Preservation Champion: Heritage Advocate for Old Town Bicentennial
  • Harvey Ward – Craftsmanship Award

Courtesy COFB (www.cityoffernandina.org )

 

 

 

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