…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

  • Latest Green Dot Card Scam Hits Fernandina Beach
    Press Release Fernandina Beach Police Department James T. Hurley, Chief of Police December 18, 2014 8:40 p.m. Three unusual bomb threat calls were made to area businesses today, in each case the caller attempted to extort money from the business … Continue reading →
  • A Pyrrhic victory? City prevails in playground lawsuit – Contract did not specify “how to pay”
    Submitted by Adam Kaufman Legal Analyst December 18, 2014 2:00 p.m. In 280 BC and 279 BC Greek King Pyrrhus of Epirus defeated the Romans at Heraclea and Asculum but his army sustained such casualties and staggering losses he is … Continue reading →
  • Financial support needed for local arts and culture organizations
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst December 18, 2014 12:50 p.m. Local Fernandina Beach resident Tony McAdoo is trying to find money for local arts and cultural programs. McAdoo appeared before the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) … Continue reading →
  • South 2nd Street garbage caper
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst December 18, 2014 12:11 p.m. A frustrated local merchant appealed to the newly seated Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) at its first Regular Meeting on December 16, 2014, to end the … Continue reading →
  • Work begins for new Fernandina Beach City Commission
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst The first Regular Meeting of the 2015 Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) got underway shortly after the FBCC Reorganizational Meeting on December 16, 2015, with newly seated commissioners Robin Lentz and … Continue reading →
  • If–
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter-News Analyst December 17, 2014 4:16 p.m. At the December 16, 2014 Reorganizational Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission, outgoing Vice Mayor Sarah Pelican presented outgoing Commissioner Charlie Corbett with a framed copy of … Continue reading →
  • Lentz and Poynter join Fernandina Beach City Commission
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst December 17, 2014 3:22 p.m.   Last night at their annual Reorganization Meeting, the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) rang out the old year and rang in the new, as Robin … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Fire/Rescue Dept – November Statistics
    Submitted by Jason Higginbotham Fernandina Beach Fire Chief December 15, 2014 4:30 p.m. Total Number of Calls for Service 161 RESPONSE RELATED INFORMATION TOTALS TOTAL INCIDENTS IN CITY LIMITS                                                                      136 TOTAL INCIDENTS IN NASSAU COUNTY (OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS)              25 AVG … Continue reading →
  • Capt Lawrence Piper – Fly Fishing 101 Principle # 2
    Submitted by Capt. Lawrence Piper December 14, 2014 1:00 p.m. Years ago the Federation of Fly Fishers dedicated fly casters set forth 5 principles for a good fly cast. They determined that many casters would have different styles of casting … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island revealed . . .
    Submitted by Wayne Howard December 14, 2014 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: Howard has been and is currently an instructor at the Florida State College of Jacksonville in the continuing education program where he teaches classes in beginning digital photography, and … Continue reading →

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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