…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

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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, […]

Where do we stand on the Impact Fee Lawsuit? What about McGill?

IMG_3254One of my wife’s expressions I’ve come to think of when I think of government is “It all depends on whether you’re buying or selling.”.   The impact fee lawsuit among other issues looms over the City of Fernandina and potentially could amount to costs in the neighborhood of $3,000,000 if you add attorney’s fees, original fees, interest, and perhaps even damages for failed business or businesses simply unable to pay the fee. I find myself continually amazed by the big things just passing under the radar, while relatively small costs like “FUNDING YOUTH SPORTS”, is apparently, somewhere we can make up the difference?  Seriously!?! What about the movement of money and CRA?  Proper, improper….? 

Save a dime borrow a dollar seems to be the way of things more often than not.  Common sense should rule the day in local government.  Let the small things we enjoy….like well lit streets and open beach accesses without meters remain…but at the same time, resolve the big items intelligently. 

Then we could consider the other cloud darkening the sky over Fernandina.  http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/021707/nen_7979225.shtml  McGill Aviation….take a look at the story linked for more information.  More than $1,000,000 in fees so far.  What happens if we lose….?  "It is quite amazing," McGill Vice President Sean McGill said "Both sides have paid $1.1 million to date and we paid $500,000 for the business. My dad is selling other properties to pay for this." Credit for quote to www.jacksonville.com

When I consider borrowing or spending much of anything as you consider the impact of even these two suits and the potential financial crisis, combined with the recent borrowing for a waterfront park, I am stunned by the one dimensional views.  Raising a debt ceiling nationally, bailing out yet another business or ignoring the possibility of a looming financial crisis….does hurt the future of the town.  If you consider the drastic actions in some of the recent commission meetings and track the responsibility, I think you might think “it all depends on whether you’re buying or selling” as well. 

 

A group of local homeowners and business owners has brought a class-action lawsuit against the city for recovery of what are called illegal impact fees totaling at least $1.6 million.

Fernandina Beach, FL, News-Leader newspaper. The local news source for Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, FL

The above is all opinion, with a few links to relevant articles.  I hope everyone becomes a little more aware of how and where local government spends your tax dollar.

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