Osprey Village Partners with Angel Watch Home Care for Home Health Services Partnership to enhance and extend services for Amelia Island Plantation AMELIA ISLAND, Fla.- Osprey Village, a premier retirement community on Amelia Island, Fla., announced today a partnership with
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) update: Yulee – Eastbound traffic on A1A (State Road 200) is scheduled to shift from the current temporary lanes to the new eastbound lanes between Still Quarters Road and North Harts Road near the CSX
In just 15 years, the population of Florida will increase by 6 million residents. What can we expect in Nassau County? What are the future projections in employment and what does this mean to us? Join us for the Amelia Island-Fernandina
Thank you to everyone that came out for the Adams Homes ribbon cutting yesterday. Check out Adams Homes in the Lumber Creek subdivision in Yulee, FL. They are having a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, July 11th from 12pm-3pm. Adams
We are proud to announce that we have finalized the Florida Main Street application and it is now on the way to the Tallahassee Department of Historic Preservation. This was a partnership between the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, Tourist
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Five feet away and we didn’t notice until he moved.
It may be tempting to rescue a snapping turtle found in a road by getting it to bite a stick and then dragging it out of immediate danger. This action can, however, severely scrape the legs and underside of the turtle and allow for deadly infections in the wounds. The safest way to pick up a common snapping turtle is by grasping the carapace above the back legs. There is a large gap above the back legs that allows for easy grasping of the carapace and keeps hands safe from both the beak and claws of the turtle. It can also be picked up with a shovel, from the back, making sure the shovel is square across the bottom of the shell. The easiest way, though, is with a blanket or tarp, picking up the corners with the turtle in the middle. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_snapping_turtle
Not exactly sea turtle rescue footage, but when releasing a small turtle into something more friendly than pavement, this young alligator was absolutely invisible until he moved. Starbucks cups are, apparently, perfect for rescue.
The trend in Fernandina is moving in the same direction. We’ve had our share of local micro breweries, but the brew pub and more tourist-friendly version, designed to be light, open and offer a view of the process will soon be complete. The entry will be open, light and appears to have exposed old brick with iron supports.
New building takes shape….just to the left of “Hunts”
A huge difference….from the original building, with structural issues, to the newer version!
It is interesting to see the changes in Main Beach from 1960 to 1969 and then on to a map in present day. At the later shot, you can see dramatic changes to the contour of the beach and added building, as the area developed. Notice the missing road going north along Fletcher and to the area along Ocean Avenue?
Ever hear “There isn’t anything to do…..”? A few of the events in the coming few days.
The Fox on the Fairway Amelia Community Theatre Sunday, June 21, 2015, 2 – 4:30pm The ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ playwright sets this modern-day farce at a country club during a golf tournament between clubs with a longstanding bitter rivalry. Besides golf, there are “three love affairs, a missing diamond, objectionable golf sweaters, and an exploding vase” in this fast-paced comedy. Type […]
The Music Man Fernandina Beach Middle School Auditorium315 Citrona DriveFernandina Beach, FL 32034 Sunday, June 21, 2015, 2 – 4:30pm "76 trombones lead the big parade" as the timeless classic comes to Amelia Island presented by Nassau Community Players. Tickets available at Amelia Awards (817 S. 8th Street) and at Color Me Green (1008 Atlantic Avenue,) Type of Event: Community, Music, […]
Downtown Tasting Tour – Amelia Island Tasting Tours Meeting place is Hola Cuban Café located on North 2nd Street behind the Palace Saloon (117 Centre) Thursday, June 25, 2015, 2 – 5pm Stroll beautiful downtown Amelia Island while sampling wonderful food prepared by our favorite chefs! Each tour stops at 4 "locals’ favorite" restaurants where you’ll also meet the owners and chefs that create the […]
The Fox on the Fairway Amelia Community Theatre Thursday, June 25, 2015, 8 – 10:30pm The ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ playwright sets this modern-day farce at a country club during a golf tournament between clubs with a longstanding bitter rivalry. Besides golf, there are “three love affairs, a missing diamond, objectionable golf sweaters, and an exploding vase” in this fast-paced comedy. Type […]
Mixology Tour – Amelia Island Tasting Tours Meeting place is Hola Cuban Cafe 117 Centre Street (N. 2nd Street, behind the Palace Saloon) downtown Amelia Island. Friday, June 26, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30pm Think of this tour as an on-the-go cocktail party in beautiful downtown Amelia Island! On this 2 hour tour, you will meet some of Amelia’s best bartenders while enjoying the unique […]
Bad Panda Amelia Musical Playhouse1955 Island Walkway, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034 Friday, June 26, 7:30pm – Saturday, June 27, 2015, 7:30pm June 26th and 27th, 7:30pm curtain written by Megan Gogerty, directed by Rachel Tyler produced with special permission of Original Works Publishing They’re the last two pandas on earth. It’s mating season. One of them falls in […
Fernandina Beach Market Place Farmers Market North Seventh StreetHistoric, downtown Fernandina Beach Saturday, June 27, 2015, 9am – 1pm Join your family, neighbors and friends at this true farmers market where every Saturday farmers, growers, and producers sell locally grown and homemade goods to those living in, and visiting, our friendly little community. The Fernandina Beach Arts Market features local arts & crafts […]
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rayonier Advanced Materials (NYSE:RYAM) announced today that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) with Borregaard ASA to form a joint venture (JV) at its Fernandina Beach facility for the manufacturing, marketing and sale of natural lignin-based products. The new company will be owned 45 percent by RYAM and 55 percent by Borregaard.
“Pursuing this opportunity with the leader in lignin-based chemistry significantly enhances the prospects for success while reducing operational and market-based risk”
“This partnership between Rayonier Advanced Materials, the world’s leader in cellulose specialties, and Borregaard, the global leader in lignin-based products, is significant for both companies,” said RYAM CEO Paul Boynton. “For us, the project advances our strategy of leveraging the value of our assets and co-products while further enhancing the competitive position of our Fernandina plant.”
According to Borregaard, the project increases their lignin products sales capacity by 30 percent. “The Fernandina Beach project represents an excellent growth opportunity for our lignin business in a global market which for some time has been supply-constrained,” stated Per A. Sørlie, President and CEO of Borregaard.
Lignin, a natural component of wood, is a co-product of RYAM’s cellulose specialties manufacturing process and is currently used for its energy value by the facility. The planned JV would process the lignin into higher-value products that provide environmentally friendly alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals used globally in construction, agriculture and other industrial applications.
It is anticipated that the project will be completed in two phases over five years. The parties estimate an aggregate capital investment of $110 million for a capacity of 150,000 metric tons per year. The first phase is expected to commence commercial operations in 2017.
Completion of the JV is subject to board approval by both companies and conclusion of definitive agreements, as well as final engineering, refinement of capital estimates, and obtaining required permits and other approvals.
“Pursuing this opportunity with the leader in lignin-based chemistry significantly enhances the prospects for success while reducing operational and market-based risk,” stated Boynton. “As we have stated previously, our focus in 2015 is to take advantage of the value of our co-product streams, reduce our costs and working capital, optimize our assets and grow our business. This opportunity is one example of how we expect to deliver on these goals.”
The festival has been ongoing for the past week, but almost invisible to locals. I had the pleasure of meeting the director of tonight’s feature film, “The Better Half”. The films are generally all independent efforts by film makers from across the world. People are here from across the country, Europe, Asia, and yes….even from far away California. If you’re planning to be out tonight, “The Better Half” begins at City Hall at 7P, with event details linked below. My wife and I will make an effort to be there, if only to support making independent film a bigger part of Fernandina Beach.
Out riding bikes through the greenway, a large bird swooped overhead to perch across a creek. He or she commenced calling to us or at us. I’m not sure if it felt curious or if we were near a nest, but it showed little fear and appeared to be focused on my sons and on me. We didn’t stay long and I’m guessing it wanted us to leave. After finishing the loop south of Jasmine, our path took us past the owl again. Again, it swooped away to cross the creek….perching in almost the same spot. I wonder if the behavior had something to do with a lost mate. We only noticed one owl and it made little effort to stay hidden….other than flying across the creek to perch in a tree. Then, it proceeded to make an odd sort of cawing noise….not anything like the normal owl sounds you expect. Normally, you hear these in wooded areas at sunset. In the daytime, they will perch in a tree. We had a pair of large owls in a large pine tree in our front yard for years, but they appeared larger than this owl. If you want to hear the sound, this youtube video and background noise, sounds a lot like the Fernandina/Amelia Island Greenway near sunset.
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 the 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…..
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.
Meeting Place: Hola Cuban Café (located on N. 2nd Street behind Palace Saloon)117 Centre StreetFernandina Beach, FL 32034 Thursday, July 30, 2015, 2 – 4:30pm Stroll beautiful downtown Amelia Island while sampling wonderful food prepared by our favorite chefs! Each tour stops at 4 "locals' favorite" restaurants where you'll also meet the owners and chefs that create […]
Meeting Place: Hola Cuban Café (located on N. 2nd Street behind Palace Saloon)117 Centre StreetFernandina Beach, FL 32034 Friday, July 31, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30pm Think of this tour as an on-the-go cocktail party in beautiful downtown Amelia Island! On this 2 hour tour, you will meet some of Amelia's best bartenders while enjoying the unique character […]
The Shops at Amelia Island Plantation85 Amelia Village CircleFernandina Beach, FL 32034 Saturday, August 1, 2015, 9am – 1pm The Amelia Farmers Market ® has a proud 12-year history of bringing Amelia Island the highest quality in all things local and artisanal. We are open every Saturday morning from 9 am – 1 pm nestled in the […]
North Seventh StreetHistoric, downtown Fernandina Beach Saturday, August 1, 2015, 9am – 1pm Join your family, neighbors and friends at this true farmers market where every Saturday farmers, growers, and producers sell locally grown and homemade goods to those living in, and visiting, our friendly little community. The Fernandina Beach Arts Market features local arts & crafts […]
Burns Hall at St. Peter's Episcopal ParishAtlantic Ave. and 9th St. Saturday, August 1, 2015, 7:30 – 9:45pm Original Americana music in perfect three-part harmony from singer/songwriters Gary Culley (mandolin), Mark Elliott (guitar), and Malinda Fields (fiddle) will delight and entertain. Type of Event: Community, Concert, Music Cost: $20 suggested donation Age Range: All Ages Contact: Mark Kaufman Contact Phone: 904-415-1388 More […]
1 S. Front St., N. Parking Lot, Fernandina Beach, Florida Friday, August 7, 5pm – Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9pm The Nassau Sports Fishing Association will be hosting the Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo August 7th and 8th. There will be great Raffle and Auction prizes. In addition to the Kingfish Divisions, anglers can opt to enter […]
Meeting Place: Hola Cuban Café (located on N. 2nd Street behind Palace Saloon)117 Centre StreetFernandina Beach, FL 32034 Friday, August 7, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30pm Think of this tour as an on-the-go cocktail party in beautiful downtown Amelia Island! On this 2 hour tour, you will meet some of Amelia's best bartenders while enjoying the unique character […]
Centre Street between 2nd St. and Front St. Friday, August 7, 2015, 6 – 8pm Free monthly community concert series on Centre Street between 2nd Street and Front Street. Bring a chair and get ready to have some fun! August 7th Featured Band: Island Vibe (music through the ages, classic tunes) Type of Event: Community, Concert Cost: Free Admission Age Range: All […]
Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach Friday, August 7, 2015, 7 – 9pm Featuring the Crescendo Amelia Big Band, open dance floor and drink specials. Type of Event: Community, Dance Cost: $10 Age Range: Teens, Adults, Seniors Contact Phone: 904-302-6086 More info: www.crescendoamelia.com
Main Beach Park99 North Fletcher AvenueFernandina Beach, FL 32034 Saturday, August 8, 2015, 7:30am Join us for a SWIM, BIKE & RUN on beautiful Amelia Island! 6:00 AM Registration Opens: Register, Check-in, Packet pick up 7:30 AM - First Wave Start 10:00 AM - Awards Ceremony Type of Event: Outdoors/Recreation, Sports Cost: Varies by Registration Date Age […]
Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger July 29, 2015 8:40 a.m. In response to a request by the Fernandina Observer for the amount of attorneys’ fees paid by the City of Fernandina Beach to defend itself in the Conlon vs City … Continue reading →
Submitted by Wilma Allen Communications Chair July 28, 2015 1:54 p.m. Thanks to amazing generosity over the last several years, FOL has raised $1,018,000 of the $1.2 million it promised to match City and County contributions to upgrade and expand … Continue reading →
Submitted by Adam Kaufman On Special Assignment July 27, 2015 9:24 p.m. Adjusts Capital Improvement Plan Establishes revenue estimates At its regularly scheduled evening meeting, July 27, 2015 the Nassau County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to tentatively set the … Continue reading →
Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst July 27, 2015 8:19 a.m. During a workshop held on July 22, 2015, Fernandina Beach City Commissioners (FBCC) began considering the FY2015-16 budget proposal publicly for the first time. The FBCC … Continue reading →
Submitted by Len Kreger July 26, 2015 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: Kreger spends many mornings patrolling the beach as a volunteer for the Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch. He is a long serving community volunteer. We thank Len for his … Continue reading →
Fernandina Beach Police Department Press Release July 25, 2015 1:00 p.m. The Fernandina Beach Police Department has begun erecting new 12” LED “BlinkerRadar” signs, which are affixed under existing speed limit signs, to warn drivers about their actual speed relative … Continue reading →
Submitted by Evelyn C. McDonald Arts & Culture Reporter July 25, 2015 10:30 a.m. Were you ever curious about how a director decides how to stage a play? Wish you knew a little Italian for your future trip to Italy? … Continue reading →
Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst July 24, 2015 5:55 p.m. During the portion of the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) meeting held on July 21, 2015 reserved for Commissioner Reports, Vice Mayor Johnny Miller reported … Continue reading →
Submitted by Robert W. Spaeth July 23, 2015 7:30 p.m. There has been an ongoing, fundamental disagreement between the County Clerk and two County Commissioners and the County Management and Budget department and three Commissioners on the financial health and … Continue reading →
Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst July 23, 2015 4:06 p.m. During its July 21, 2015 Regular Meeting the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) acted on 4 resolutions and 9 ordinances (4 on first reading; 5 on … Continue reading →