…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

  • Density and zoning and parking … Oh my!
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst April 17, 2015 12:07 p.m.   On April 10, 2015, following local businessman and Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Tim Poynter’s abandonment of a project to convert the former First Baptist Church … Continue reading →
  • Monte Carlo Night to support Neurofibromatosis April 23, 2015
    Submitted by Betsie Huben April 17, 2015 4:15 p.m. I know a fighter. Her name is Michele. She is both my colleague and my dear friend so I get to watch her duke it out everyday “up close and personal.” … Continue reading →
  • Donna Martin appointed to direct FSCJ Nassau Center
    FSCJ Media Release April 17, 2015 9:00 a.m. Florida State College at Jacksonville has announced the appointment of Donna Martin as the new executive director of the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center. Ms. Martin began her role in this capacity … Continue reading →
  • Fundraising for Alzheimer’s research
    Submitted by Dane Carmichael April 17, 2015 8:58 a.m. Mark your calendars for two upcoming events on the island that are fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Association. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and are tirelessly supported … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Recyle Event Saturday, April 18
    Media Release City of Fernandina Beach April 15, 2015 10:25 a.m.
  • Rep. Adkins listens to port concerns from local citizens
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst April 16, 2015 6:08 p.m. While 9:00 a.m. on a Thursday morning might not be the ideal time for a telephonic Town Hall meeting, it was the only time State Representative … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina library branch to open Monday
    Submitted by Wilma Allen Friends of the Library April 16, 2015 1:00 p.m. Stop by soon and see what can be accomplished when we work together! $356,000 still needed to reach our goal of $1.2M from private donations. Additional furniture, … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island.com named 2014 Travel/Events website of the year
    Media Release April 16, 2015 11:38 a.m. AmeliaIsland.com, the consumer website of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been named the best travel and events website of 2014 by Kentico, a content management system that runs more than … Continue reading →
  • PAB votes against recommending Ross/Hall application to FBCC
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst April 15, 2015 4:42 p.m. Fernandina Beach City Hall was packed last night as citizens, property owners and representatives of the port and the mills awaited the Planning Advisory Board’s (PAB) … Continue reading →
  • Police Auxillary Corps to hold open house April 20
    Police Auxillary Corps Media Release Submitted by Bob Ross April 15, 2015 3:05 p.m. Mary Ruark (left) has been a member of the Fernandina Beach Police Auxiliary Corps (PAC) since its inception, March 6, 2008. She has served on the … Continue reading →
  • Free Swimming Lessons
    The City of Fernandina Beach will again be sponsoring free swimming lessons at the Martin Luther King Junior pool in the coming months. This year’s supporters include Safe KIDS Northeast Florida, The Ed Gaw Open Water Challenge, Amelia Island Lifeguarding Association
  • Amelia River Golf Club Now Has Golfboards!
    Go to Amelia River Golf Club and check out these new Golfboards!Filed under: aifby chamber member news, community information Tagged: Amelia River Golf Club
  • Amelia National Tennis Club Grand Opening Weekend April 16-18
        FERNANDINA BEACH, FL  – Amelia National Tennis Club announces the official schedule for its highly anticipated grand opening celebration. Starting on Thursday, April 16 and lasting until Saturday, April 18, Joe Mattingly, Owner and Director of Tennis at
  • Customer Service……The Oomph Factor
    Join our community of businesses such as Amelia Coastal Realty, Shapiro Insurance, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Hola Cuban Café and many others as we celebrate and enhance the ‘Oomph Factor’ of customer service that our community is known!  Register here
  • Executive Chefs Demo Shrimp Dishes at Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
        The executive chefs from Florida and Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Justin Timineri and Holly Chute, respectively, will be offering a joint cooking demonstration during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival at 11:00 am, on Saturday,
  • Taking Strides 5K & Fun Run 2015
    Please join for the 2nd Annual Taking Strides to End Abuse 5K/Fun Run & Kid Zone on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 4:30 – 9:00 P.M at Central Park on Atlantic Boulevard, Fernandina Beach, FL. This event features an evening
  • Last Day to Register!
    Today is the last day to register for the Quarterly Luncheon with Mark Frisch from the Jacksonville Armada! The luncheon will be held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club tomorrow, March 31st at 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP to info@aifby.com or Register online here.
  • Find the Discovery Map at Pepper’s Mexican Grill!
    We love our community and they love our Discovery Map of Amelia Island! Karolyna Pyatte from Pepper’s Mexican Grill was happy to receive it.Filed under: aifby chamber member news Tagged: Discovery Map, Pepper's Mexican Grill
  • School Choice Bill Passes the Florida House
    Today, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would empower parents to choose the best learning environment for their students. HB7037, sponsored by Representative Bob Cortes (R-Maitland), establishes a charter school institute to provide technical assistance to charter
  • 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

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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