…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

  • Oversite of the Fernandina Beach Golf Course? – An opinion
    Submitted by Jim Powers October 30, 2014 2:30 p.m. There has been much conversation recently about the status and the future of our municipal golf course (the FBGC). Too much of the conversation has been based upon false or poorly … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach City Commission Candidates – List of contributors
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger October 30, 2014 12:44 p.m. Editor’s Note: The following information was received from the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections website. Click here for more detailed information regarding contributors and expenditures. Then click on “Candidates/Committees Financial … Continue reading →
  • South Amelia Island Shore Stablization Association
    SAISSA, Inc. Press Release Submitted by William R. Moore AICP William R. Moore Consulting LLC Contact: 904.753.4178 October 30, 2014 1:30 p.m. Thursday, November 6, at 3:30 PM, Racquet Park Conference Center, Omni Amelia Island Plantation The South Amelia Island … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Shop with Cops Program Seeks Donations
    Submitted Media Release James T. Hurley, Police Chief October 30, 2014 1:00 p.m. The Fernandina Beach Police Department began its very successful Shop with Cops program in 2004 and now serves more than 150 local school children each year, providing … Continue reading →
  • City Commission meets in Executive Session to discuss Impact Fee Lawsuits
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger October 30, 2014 9:30 a.m. Five city commissioners along with City Manager Joe Gerrity, City Attorney Tammi Bach, and Attorney Arthur I. “Buddy” Jacobs, met on October 28, for approximately 20 minutes to discuss the … Continue reading →
  • We will inform and educate, not confuse and mislead
    Editorial Staff Douglas Newton Susan Hardee Steger Co-Editors Suanne Z. Thamm, Reporter-News Analyst October 29, 2014 4:54 p.m. “So when a print news story surfaces a week before the city election, dredging up allegations and insinuations about one of the … Continue reading →
  • Train Depot to close next week for renovations; visitors redirected to Marina Welcome Center
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst October 28, 2014 11:58 a.m. Visitors arriving downtown Fernandina Beach during the first week of November following the Georgia Florida Game will discover some changes to on-site visitor services at the … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Business and Building Starts: September 2014
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst October 28, 2014 4:48 a.m.   The Fernandina Observer welcomes the following businesses newly licensed to operate in our city last month. Note that the two listed insurance companies are located … Continue reading →
  • City Manager considers H R Director termination?
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger October 27, 2014 11:00 a.m.   Editor’s Note: ” . . . Robin Marley, human resource director, told the Fernandina Observer  she received a call [on October 21] from Deputy City Manager Marshall McCrary informing … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Observer requests release of impact fee settlement agreement
    Submitted by Adam Kaufman, Legal Analyst October 27, 2014 10:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to City Manager Joe Gerrity after a previous request from the Fernandina Observer to City Clerk Caroline Best to release the tentative … 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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