…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

  • 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 →
  • Vote YES on Fernandina Beach City Charter change: An Opinion
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst October 20, 2014 11:09 a.m. During a Special Meeting held on August 25, 2014, an affirmative vote of 4 Fernandina Beach City Commissioners (Commissioner Johnny Miller was absent), approved a modified … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach City Commission Candidate Forum: Differences Emerge
    Submitted by Adam Kaufman Legal Analyst Filling in for Suanne Z. Thamm October 19, 2014 12:30 a.m. The candidates for the two seats on the City Commission to be filled this November appeared in City Hall Chambers at the invitation … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island revealed . . .
    Submitted by Carollee Adams October 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: Carollee Adams moved to Fernandina Beach from Naples, Florida in 1991. She was a member of the opening team when the Ritz Carlton came to Amelia Island. Three years … Continue reading →
  • Don Parker’s “Food for Thought” – A Culinary Adventure
    Submitted by Emily Carmain October 18, 2014 1:00 p.m. What do you do with 60 years worth of great recipes gathered from all over the country and abroad? If you’re a writer as well as a chef, you put the … 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 […]

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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