…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

  • Fernandina Observer celebrates its three year anniversary
    Susan Hardee Steger Co-Editor May 28, 2015 5:05 p.m. “We will be different!” May 12, 2012 So how will the Fernandina Observer benefit our community? We will inform and educate, not confuse and mislead. When credit is due, we will build … Continue reading →
  • The play’s just the thing
    Evelyn C. McDonald Arts and Culture Reporter May 26, 2015 The Fernandina Little Theatre is doing Christopher Durang’s Tony Award winning play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” As you might expect from the title, this play is not … Continue reading →
  • The story behind the cancelled Umphrey’s McGee concert
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 28, 2015 11:45 a.m.   On January 23, 2015, the Umphrey’s McGee band posted the following announcement on their website: Umphrey’s McGee is thrilled to bring you one of the … Continue reading →
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week May 25-31
    City of Fernandina Beach Press Release Community Development Department www.fbfl.us/cdd May 27, 2015 8:38 p.m. With hurricane season once again upon us, the City of Fernandina Beach encourages all residents and visitors to be prepared for hurricane season. The 2015 … Continue reading →
  • Whale ends up on north end beach
    Photos courtesy of Gale Jameyson May 27, 2015 2:09 p.m. A distressed short finned pilot whale was discovered during the early morning hours south of the Fort Clinch fishing pier. According to Johnny Miller, local resident and city commissioner, fish … Continue reading →
  • North Florida Land Trust helps communities save natural and cultural heritage
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 27, 2015 10:00 a.m. Marc Hudson, North Florida Land Trust Land Protection Director, provided the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) with a presentation regarding the preservation of natural areas and … Continue reading →
  • Mayor Edward Boner will not seek second term
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger May 26, 2015 3:05 p.m. Commissioner and Mayor Edward Boner announced today at 3:00 p.m. that he will not seek a second term on the Fernandina Beach City Commission. His announcement posted on Facebook appears … Continue reading →
  • Fallen Heroes to hold memorial dedication to honor Kelly Mixon May 28
    Media Release Contact: Mr. Spencer G. Lodree Principal, Fernandina Beach High School (904) 261-5713 ext. 2602 spencer.lodree@nassau.k12.fl.us May 26, 2015 4:00 p.m. The Fallen Heroes Organization will hold a Memorial dedication in the courtyard at Fernandina Beach High School on … Continue reading →
  • Gather ye rosebuds while ye may … an opinion
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 26, 2015 1:00 a.m. One of the toughest jobs in public life is that of city manager. While not an elected official in most cases, the lucky person who holds … Continue reading →
  • A glimpse of Memorial Day Observance in Fernandina
    Photos courtesy of Michael Leary May 25, 2015 10:44 p.m. Editor’s Note: In major cities across this nation thousands of citizens participate in sometimes grand and elaborate Memorial Day ceremonies. But there is no more poignant way to celebrate Memorial … Continue reading →
  • Business After Hours at Littleberry Farm 05.21.15
    Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: Business After Hours, Littleberry Farm
  • Ribbon Cutting for imortgage 05.14.15
    On Thursday, May 14th we welcomed imortgage to the community with a ribbon cutting. Carrie Budds is the Sales Manager at imortgage, she can create loan solutions for specific mortgage needs. She works with a team to assist in funding each loan on-time. Visit
  • Chef Kenny Gilbert has Gilbert’s Big Oak BBQ Shack in the Works
    Coming soon Gilbert’s Big Oak BBQ Shack! It will be located near 432 S. 8th Street in Fernandina Beach, next to his current location Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen. The restaurant is due to open in October, but in the meantime you can check
  • We need your input on public transit in Nassau County
    We are almost finished but need help from our Nassau County community!  There is one last opportunity to participate in the Nassau County Public Transit Study.  The public workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th, 6:00 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m. at FSCJ, Nassau
  • Traffic delays
    From the Florida Department of Transportation:   State Road A1A traffic may see delays Monday, Wednesday and Friday from the delivery of bridge beams for the Sisters Creek Bridge on Heckscher Drive in Duval County which must use a route through Nassau
  • Ribbon Cutting for Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique 05.06.15
    Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique has been opened for 15 years!  Owner, Martinique Lemke wanted to celebrate with a ribbon cutting. At Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique they offer healthy, gourmet dog treats baked daily in their kitchen. Go check out the boutique
  • Ribbon Cutting for JW Frame Gallery 05.05.2015
    JW Frame Gallery is now opened! Jill Wilkinson provides custom picture framing, quality photo printing, local artwork and gifts. Check out her website here.Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: JW Frame Gallery, ribbon cutting
  • 9th Annual Wild Amelia Nature Fest a Blend of Old and New
    From a sea turtle release to foot-stomping music, the 9th annual Wild Amelia Nature Festival, set for May 15-17, has a lot to offer to island residents and visitors alike and will be a blend of popular components from past
  • Ribbon Cutting for debonair 4.28.2015
    Debonair is now opened on Centre St! Thank you for everyone that came out to celebrate with them. They have a great selection of handbags, jewelry and gift items. You will always find something unique. Filed under: aifby chamber member news,
  • Rural Energy America Grant and Loan Program
    The Rural Energy America Program has announced a guaranteed loan financing and grant funding program for agricultural producers and rural small businesses.  The programs assist with purchases or installation of renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Funds can be utilized for

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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