…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

  • Baptist Nassau Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs – Tipping the Scale
    Submitted Press Release Nassau Boys and Girls Clubs November 25, 2014 5:00 p.m. Nassau Boys & Girls Clubs and the Baptist Health Foundation have partnered on behalf of Nassau County teens and implemented the Tipping the Scale Program. TTS, an … Continue reading →
  • Gerrity points to new operating procedures as major cause of “turmoil” within Fire Department
    Letter submitted by Joe Gerrity City Manager of Fernandina Beach November 25, 2014 3:13 p.m. Editor’s Note: Along with the City Manager Gerrity’s letter to commissioners printed below were a number of attachments. We did not post a copy of … Continue reading →
  • Nassau County Independent reports Port admits PR problem wants meeting to explain
    Mary Maguire Nassau County Independent www.ncflindependent.com November 25, 2014 2:49 p.m. Editor’s Note: Nassau County has another news blog available to interested readers. Mary McGuire, a reporter who covers the Nassau County beat, launched her own website on  October 13. … Continue reading →
  • Port Property Tax? – An opinion
    Submitted by Phil Scanlan November 25, 2014 7:45 a.m. It seems more than a bit ironic that, while Fernandina Beach was returning loans that had been aimed at improving the waterfront for residents and tourists the Nassau Port has borrowed … Continue reading →
  • Potter pleads guilty to capital sexual battery
    Information provided by James T. Hurley, Chief Fernandina Beach Police Departmentwww.fbpd.us November 24, 2014 8:03 p.m. Editor’s Note: Jeremiah Potter arrested by the Fernandina Beach Police Department in June 2014 for capital sexual battery of two children pled guilty today … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Business and Building Starts: October 2014
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst November 24, 2014 1:00 a.m.   The Fernandina Observer welcomes the following businesses newly licensed to operate in our city last month. Business Address Owner Type of Business AA Service and … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Branch Library to remain open until December 10
    Friends of the Library Press Release Submitted by Wilma Allen November 23, 2014 1:00 p.m. The Fernandina Beach Branch Library will be OPEN a little longer before moving into its new home! The Library will be OPEN Monday-Wednesday, November 24-26 … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island revealed . . .
    Submitted by Priscilla Footlik November 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: Priscilla has lived on Amelia Island since 2007. Prior to arriving on Amelia, she lived most often in Colorado. She is a preschool teacher at Miss Kate’s PreK, and … Continue reading →
  • FSCJ’s dramaWORKS Students Present Acting and Directing Showcase
    FSCJ Media Release November 22, 2014 7:51 a.m. WHAT: Join us at the Wilson Center for the Arts for the 19th annual Acting and Directing Showcase presented by FSCJ’s dramaWORKS. Come see the FSCJ theatre department students recreate the best … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island Runners announce 2014 Reindeer Run
    From information submitted by Derrick Cromer Amelia Island Runners November 21, 2014 4:22 p.m.   On your marks, get set, RUN … or walk! The Whimsical Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5K will once again provide an opportunity for young … 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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