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Why….? Amelia Island….isolated economy and opportunity for local change?

I’m reading a few old postings with the keywords “buy local”.  This blog began to discuss buy local back in 2009 or earlier.   Have an idea to improve the local economy or encourage green living here on the island.  Our island geography, increasing traffic on A1A and even fuel costs might theoretically improve the “Buy Local” impact of each dollar.  

  • Shop within 10 minutes of home.
  • Buy local seafood.  By the way…have any of you looked at the Monterey Aquarium Sustainable Seafood site?  Very interesting!  It looks at fish choices based on sustainability as well as location.  Some fish varieties won’t last forever…this helps if you care about making the smartest choices.
  • Buy everything possible as close to home as possible.
  • Walk or bike to work.
  • Drive an old car…at least one.  Not only do you not need a new car, we drive such short distances here you’ll get the same use out of the car.
  • Look at higher wind rating on shingles and light colored shingles.
  • Window film that reduces uv and heat transmission.
  • Foam retrofitting your home perhaps?
  • On demand water heaters?
  • Solar heaters for the pool if you have one.
  • Programmable thermostats.
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    Fernandina Railroad

    Remnants of an old rail track, long forgotten here on Amelia Island, can be found if you know where to look.  I am removing the location data from the picture, assuming someone might want to pick up an old rail sitting in the woods for more than 40 years.  More to come, but finding old tracks abandoned in the woods is quite interesting. 


    A long time ago, when I was a boy, I remember finding old metal riding stirrups buried in a heavily wooded area.  Obviously, they were in place for many, many years……  Anyway, the island is full of surprises and not always in obvious places.  

    Hidden Gem….Fort Clinch

    I’m always surprised when a visitor or local is completely unfamiliar with Fort Clinch.  Years ago, we kept an annual pass to the park and would regularly ride the trails with my sons.  

    Fort Clinch

    Admission Fee:

    $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

    $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

    $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

    $2.00 per person Fort admission.

    Map of Fort Clinch State Park

    Welcome to Florida State Parks

    Amelia Island Book Festival

    This year, I will participate in the Amelia Island Book Festival.  Unlike some of the other guests, I’m not really a celebrity and, plan to have fun with the family.  I have no idea what I’ll manage to do in the “Who’s coming” segment of the event, where local guests or volunteers (victims) pretend to be famous authors we might like to see at a future book festival.  I’m honored to participate, but with near professional actresses like Arlene Filcoff, noted speakers like Bill Flynn and guest authors…..including David Baldacci below, I’m now frantically looking through the bookshelf for someone interesting, but not impossible to guess.  I actually do have “Stone Cold” by David Baldacci, open on my desk, but the time to read novels has been limited to 1 1/2 hours in the morning while working out at the gym.  We also have another famous author living on the island, at least part time.  I do understand the need to feel a part of the community and the occasional feeling of being unable to enjoy being in public without having the same conversations.  Being a small town local and knowing half the town probably feels a little like being famous.  No matter where you go, someone knows you. 

    So…, while I might not try the obvious John Grisham, because I loved “The Bleachers” and David Baldacci and “The Camel Club” or “Stone Cold” and the Oliver Stone character are favorites, I’m hoping for a Patrick Rothfuss, Vince Flynn, Barry Eisler, Eric van Lustbader or James Lee Burke (is he alive?)….I probably need to think a little more.  Keep in mind my 11 and 13 year old sons, so Pittacus Lore, Rick Riordan, Stephanie Meyer and Christopher Paolini are on the list.  I’d love to bring Robert E. Howard to Fernandina, but real ghost authors are probably out….same goes for Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tolkien.  Now, if J.K. Rowling would consider writing a prequel to Harry Potter, covering Dumbledore’s early life…..but I’m too tall to be mistaken for Ms. Rowling. 


    David BaldacciDavid Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 27 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers

    Amelia Island Book Festival | Books Matter

    New Blog Format….and….Happening Tonight, Annual Chamber Awards

    If you read the feed here at often, you might notice a few formatting changes to the blog.  After years of using the same excellent template, someone stopped updating along with wordpress.  Headers, graphics…..all change eventually.  So, with 2014, I’m trying something more minimal and, hopefully, a little less buggy. 

    A few things are happening this weekend on the island.  Beyond the typical farmer’s market and great weather, the Friends of Fernandina Aviation have plans at the local airport and the Chamber of Commerce will choose winners from among Nineteen businesses and 21 individuals nominated for Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards saluting achievement by the local business community in 2013. 

    Creative camera use makes office appear to be on main street

    The 2013 AIFBY Award nominees are:

    Large Business of the Year (25 employees or more)
    • First Federal Bank of Florida
    • Lowe’s of Fernandina Beach
    • Omni Amelia Island Plantation
    • Residence Inn Amelia Island
    Medium Business of the Year (11-24 employees)
    • Advance Rehabilitation
    • Hot Paws Pet Grooming, Hotel & Spa
    • Palm III Realty Inc.
    • The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill
    Small Business of the Year (10 employees or fewer)
    • Advanced Muscle Therapy & Fitness
    • The ConneXion Specialist
    • Hola! Cuban Café
    • Miranda Architects
    • Missy’s Kitchen
    • P5 Productions
    Green Business of the Year
    • A1A Solar Contracting
    • Building It Green
    • The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Jacobs Scholz & Associates
    • Nassau Health Foods
    Customer Service Employee of the Year
    • Arva Butler, Staples
    • Donna Chandler, Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office
    • Manida (Nida) Ganung, The Crap Trap
    • Emily Hope, Amelia Island Graphics
    • Shannon Kelly, Nassau Health Foods
    • Johnny Miller, The Palace Saloon
    • Staff, 24 Hour Laundry Zone
    Young Business Leader of the Year
    • Julie Barcus, Community First Credit Union
    • Brandy Carvalho, Nassau Humane Society
    • Jason Hambrecht, Construction Solutions, Inc.
    • Octavio Martinez, Hot Paws Pet Grooming, Hotel & Spa
    • Ashley Phinazee, Colie’s
    Business Leader of the Year
    • Janice Ancrum, Council on Aging of Nassau County
    • Shannon Brown, VyStar Credit Union
    • Lamar Bryant, Lowe’s of Fernandina Beach
    • Mark Dennis, A1A Wealth Management
    • Bob Hartman, Residence Inn Amelia Island
    • Rita Jackson, Old Towne Carriage Co.
    • Dana McCoy, RN, Angel Watch Home Care
    • Larry Ogilvie, Advanced Muscle Therapy & Fitness
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