…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 Beach may see short term rentals downtown
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst March 26, 2015 6:40 p.m.   Local businessman and Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Tim Poynter appeared before the city’s Technical Review Committee (TRC) this morning to discuss a proposal to convert … Continue reading →
  • Dr. Peggy A. Bulger – Fernandina resident named Buckley Scholar
    Press Release March 26, 2015 1:00 p.m. The Cooperstown Graduate Program, Cooperstown Alumni Association, and Buckley Selection Committee are honored to announce Dr. Peggy A. Bulger as the 2015 Bruce Buckley Scholar. Peggy Bulger will speak on April 16 at … Continue reading →
  • Police Captain David Bishop graduates from prestigious FBI National Academy
    Fernandina Beach Police Department Press Release Submitted by James. T. Hurley, Chief March 26, 2015 12:40 p.m. Among the two-hundred-twenty (220) law enforcement officers that graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia on March 20th, Fernandina Beach … Continue reading →
  • Nassau County Sheriff’s bloodhound puppy has a name
    Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Press Release Submitted by Bill Leeper, Sheriff March 26, 2015 12:24 p.m. The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office has named the new Bloodhound puppy that will soon be on watch in Nassau County. The 9-week-old canine cop … Continue reading →
  • Grand Theft Suspect Arrested
    Press Release Fernandina Beach Police Department Submitted by James T. Hurley, Chief March 26, 2015 11:10 a.m. Paul Voisinet left his beach bag unattended for a few minutes as he walked back to his car for a moment. As he … Continue reading →
  • Tourism: We & Them – An opinion
    Submitted by Malcolm Noden March 25, 2015 1:00 p.m. Much has been said and written about tourism and its wide ranging effects upon local communities. One important issue concerns the question of how we feel about, and behave towards tourists, … Continue reading →
  • Florida Department of Health in Nassau County addresses county health rankings
    Media Release Florida Department of Health – Nassau County Vicki D. Roberts, Administrative Secretary (904) 548-1800 x5328 March 25, 2015 8:30 a.m. NASSAU COUNTY – The Florida Department of Health in Nassau County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes … Continue reading →
  • Marlin & Barrel Distillery Grand Opening
    Submitted by Gerry Clare Roving Reporter March 25, 2015 1:00 a.m. Another foggy morning did not dampen the “spirits” of those who attended the Chamber ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new distillery at 115 South Second Street on … Continue reading →
  • Tough Times, Strong Women – Tales from old Fernandina on April 18
    Amelia Island Museum of History Information Release Submitted by Jennifer Harrison It pays to keep a regular eye on the Amelia Island Museum of History’s webpage, www.ameliamuseum.org . New and exciting programs, events, and trips are occurring more and more … Continue reading →
  • City Proclamations for March 2015
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst March 24, 2015 10:00 a.m. The Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) joined other communities in recognizing the Girl Scouts of America on their 103rd birthday. Local Girl Scouts opened the March … Continue reading →
  • Happy Map People!
    Everyone was happy when they received the 2015 Discovery Map! Cindy Sleigh with The Hampton Inn Downtown, Kelly Kratzer with Nassau Health Foods, Erin with Sliders Seaside Grill, The Pecan Roll, and Beach Rentals and More. Don’t worry if you
  • Hola Cuban Cafe is hosting the 2nd Annual Downtown Fernandina Egg Hunt
      Hola! Cuban Cafe is hosting the 2nd Annual Downtown Fernandina Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4th starting at 12 pm until all the eggs are found! They have hidden eggs holding prizes from Hola Cuban Cafe and other wonderful downtown shops in several downtown businesses! Where
  • RockTenn gives back to the Fernandina Beach community
    RockTenn’s Fernandina Beach mill has donated $10,000 worth of fire rescue equipment to the fire department.  An additional $10,000 was donated to the City of Fernandina Beach.Filed under: aifby chamber news Tagged: Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, City of Fernandina
  • 43!
    We know small business!  And, our small businesses know the powerful benefits we provide.  We are growing Nassau!  43 new members this year!  Looking for a local business?  http://web.islandchamber.com/searchFiled under: aifby chamber news Tagged: Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, islandchamber.com
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony
    Paul Boyton, Chief Executive Officer with Rayonier Advanced Materials, speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the development of the Eight Flags Energy, LLC, combined heat and power plant.  Eight Flags Energy Plant is being developed by Chesapeake Utilities Corporation.  The
  • Ribbon Cutting for Townies Pizzeria 3.21.15
      Thank you for everyone that came out to the ribbon cutting for Townies Pizzeria’s Grand Re-Opening! Congratulations to owner John Seifert! The renovations look great, stop by and see them.Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: ribbon cutting,
  • Business After Hours at The Surf Restaurant & Bar 3.19.15
     Filed under: aifby chamber news, events Tagged: Business After Hours, The Surf Restaurant & Bar
  • Ribbon Cutting for Marlin & Barrel Distillery on 3.20.15
    Thank you to everyone that came out to the Marlin & Barrel Distillery ribbon cutting. They had a great turn out! Please stop by and visit with Roger and Heather Morenc at Marlin & Barrel Distillery, they have done a
  • Ribbon Cutting for NLP Homes, LLC on 3.17.15
    Thank you to everyone that came out to the ribbon cutting for NLP Homes, LLC. They were celebrating ground breaking with Phase III of Cypress Trails.Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: Cypress Trails, LLC, NLP Homes, ribbon cutting
  • Quarterly Luncheon Speaker Announced
    We are pleased to announce that Mark Frisch, owner of the Jacksonville Armada Football Club will be our guest speaker at the March 31, 2015 Quarterly Luncheon. Mark Frisch is the owner of the Jacksonville Armada Football Club. In 2012,

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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