…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

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    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 drama WORKS 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 →
  • Police Auxillary Corps seeks volunteers
    Submitted by Robert W. Ross Police Auxiliary Corp November 21, 2014 1:07 p.m. As the residents of Fernandina Beach are undoubtedly aware, our city is very proactive in supporting and hosting a wide variety of special events and community activities … Continue reading →
  • After The Election: Figuring out what works
    Submitted by Anne H. Oman Reporter-at-Large November 21, 2014 1:00 a.m. As election officials prepare for the Fernandina Beach City Commission run-off vote on December 9, Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Vicki P. Cannon and her staff are tabulating and … Continue reading →
  • Nassau County Legislative Delegation Meeting set for December 4, 2014
    Nassau County Delegation – Media Advisory November 20, 2014 5:00 p.m. Representative Janet H. Adkins, Chair of the Nassau County Legislative Delegation, announces the Organizational Meeting, to elect the 2015 Delegation Chair, and the general legislative hearing of the Nassau … Continue reading →
  • December 9 is not just runoff election day in Fernandina Beach
    November 20, 2014 4:00 p.m.
  • FDOT holds update on A1A project
    Submitted by Mike Pikula November 20, 2014 3:00 p.m. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) held a Public Information meeting on Thursday, November 13th about the widening of State Road 200/A1A. At the meeting FDOT officials provided handouts, answered questions … Continue reading →
  • Energizing, Action Packed 2015 Amelia Island Book Festival
    Amelia Island Book Festival Press Release Submitted by Marie Fenn Contact 904.647.4221, or Debra Craig 904.624.1665 November 20, 2014 2:00 p.m. Now an annual mainstay, the 2015 Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF) is slated for February 19 – 21, 2015. … Continue reading →
  • Looking forward … hopefully: an opinion
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst November 20, 2014 11:00 a.m. We are almost through the 2014 election cycle.  On December 16, less than a month from today, we will be swearing in a new Fernandina Beach … 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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