…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

  • Plane Crash near Fernandina Beach Airport
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger January 26, 2015 2:38 p.m. A 1973 Cessna 150 piloted by Walter McFadden of Fernandina Beach, crashed  near the Fernandina Beach Airport on Sunday, January 25. A Fernandina Beach police officer was dispatched to Crane Island, … Continue reading →
  • Averting Disaster – An opinion
    Submitted by Faith Ross January 26, 2015 1:00 a.m. On Thursday afternoon, January 22 at 3:30 pm the Planning Advisory Board met with various members of the public concerning the use and storage of certain hazardous materials. However, in my … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Business and Building Starts: December 2014
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst January 26, 2015 9:00 a.m.   The Fernandina Observer welcomes the following businesses newly licensed to operate in our city last month.   Business Address Owner Type of Business Lisa’s Home … Continue reading →
  • Tech Advisory Committee holds second meeting on FB Airport Master Plan
      Passero Associates MEDIA RELEASE January 26, 2015 8:32 a.m.  
  • Republican Executive Board – New Year, New Board
    Nassau County Republican Executive Board Media Release Submitted by Cara Curtin CONTACT: Cherie Billings 904.277.2995 January 25, 2015 6:00 p.m. The newly-elected board of the Nassau County Republican Executive Committee held its first meeting of the new year on Thursday, … Continue reading →
  • City of Fernandina Parks and Rec requests your input
    City of Fernandina Beach Press Release Submitted by Adrienne Burke Community Development Director January 25, 2015 2:00 p.m. The City of Fernandina Beach is conducting a needs assessment to determine Parks and Recreation customer needs and priorities. The results will … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island revealed . . .
    Submitted by Michael Leary January 25, 2015, 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note:   Michael Leary grew up in Fernandina back in the days when the island was sparsely populated.  As a young boy, he delighted in exploring the woods and waterways of … Continue reading →
  • Where Am I? The Power of Uniqueness | Ed McMahon | TEDxJacksonville
    January 24, 2015, 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note:  In September of 2010, the Amelia Island Fernandina Restoration Foundation invited Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow, of the Urban Land Institute and holder of the Charles E. Fraser chair to visit Fernandina Beach. … Continue reading →
  • FBCC workshop on resiliency planning, CRA Advisory Board goals
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst January 23, 2015 6:09 p.m. Fernandina Beach City Commissioners (FBCC) held a short workshop prior to their January 20, 2015 Regular meeting to discuss two topics: the city’s shoreline and resiliency … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach City Commission at work: January 20, 2015
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst January 23, 2015 3:18 p.m. Despite 3.5 hours of a regular meeting on top of a half-hour special meeting on January 20, 2015, Fernandina Beach City Commissioners (FBCC) maintained cordiality toward … 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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