…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

  • Chesapeake Utilities to build combined heat and power plant in Fernandina Beach
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 20, 2014 2:49 p.m.   According to a September 19, 2014 news release available on the company website and broadcast on www.manufacturingnews.net the same day, big changes might be in … Continue reading →
  • City Commission Candidate Tim Poynter to host campaign kickoff
    Submitted Press Release City Commission Candidate Tim Poynter 904-415-6533 tpoynter@gmail.com September 19, 2014 9:25 a.m. Editor’s Note: The Fernandina Observer does not endorse candidates.  We offer candidates the opportunity  to post submitted press releases that announce their candidacy, and notices … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach approves new fee and rate schedules for FY 2014/15
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 18, 2014 5:08 p.m. On second reading at the September 16, 2014 Regular Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission, commissioners unanimously approved a 3% rate hike for water and … Continue reading →
  • City renews insurance policy with Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 18, 2014 3:45 p.m. Shaun Woleshin, the city’s insurance consultant, briefed the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) during its September 16, 2014 Regular Meeting on the positive track record for … Continue reading →
  • FBCC considers skydiving and airport matters
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter — News Analyst September 18, 2014 2:32 p.m. A significant portion of the Fernandina Beach City Commission’s (FBCC) Regular Meeting agenda for September 16, 2014 dealt with aviation or airport-related matters:  a potential tandem … Continue reading →
  • Impact fee settlement in October ?
    Submitted by Adam Kaufman Legal Analyst September 18, 2014 11:28 a.m. The attorneys for the parties in the long standing “impact fee” litigation involving Joanne Conlon and the City have today jointly advised the First District Court of Appeal that … Continue reading →
  • Constitution Week – September 17 through 23
    Press Release Submitted by Linda Davis Amelia Island Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution September 18, 2014 4:18 p.m. Constitution Week is commemorated each year from September 17th through the 23rd. This year, “We, the people” celebrate the 59th anniversary … Continue reading →
  • No coal for Port of Fernandina at this time, says Kinder Morgan
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 17, 2014 5:48 p.m. In response to what can only be termed an avalanche of public opposition, Kinder Morgan has notified the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) that it … Continue reading →
  • Public in search of horse sense on city beaches
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 17, 2014 12:51 p.m. While adopting a new budget met with yawns from city residents, not so for the question of horseback riding on city beaches.  During the Regular Meeting … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach City Commission adopts FY 2014-15 Budget
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 17, 2014 11:41 a.m. During a special meeting on September 16, 2014, that lasted barely 7 minutes, four Fernandina Beach City Commissioners (FBCC) unanimously passed on final reading without discussion … Continue reading →
  • 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 […]
    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 […]
  • 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 large or small) can brighten a […]
  • 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 Advanced […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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, […]

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 )





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? 

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