…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

  • Local resident Diana Frank’s writing to appear in New York Times
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger March 28, 2015 2:05 p.m. Few writers are  able to see their writing published in the New York Times, but local writer and real estate agent Diana Frank will be able to do just that … Continue reading →
  • Police Auxiliary Corps Appreciation Banquet
    Press Release Fernandina Beach Auxillary Corps March 28, 2015 12:00 p.m. The Fernandina Beach Police Auxiliary Corps held its annual volunteer appreciation banquet at Ms. Carolyn’s Restaurant on Monday night, March 23rd. More than seventy members and guests joined PAC … Continue reading →
  • MAD COWFORD returns to FLT on March 28
    Submitted by Kate Matthews March 28, 2015 11:00 a.m.   Fernandina Little Theatre is delighted to announce the return of MAD COWFORD Improv to the FLT stage [1014 Beech St.] on Sat Mar 28.  MAD COWFORD has been Jacksonville’s home for improv … Continue reading →
  • Hola Cuban Cafe to host 2nd Annual Downtown Egg Hunt April 4
    Submitted Press Release Marisol Triana Hola Cuban Cafe March 28, 2015 10:52 a.m. Hola Cuban Cafe is hosting the 2nd Annual Downtown Fernandina Egg Hunt on Saturday April 4th starting at noon until all the eggs are found! We’ve hidden … Continue reading →
  • Hilliard High’s Trista Reeves captures state FBLA title
    Press Release Submitted by Brent Lemond Director of Career and Adult Education Nassau County School District March 28, 2015 8:10 a.m. Two years ago, Trista Reeves competed for a national title in Anaheim, California. Only a sophomore, she was fresh … Continue reading →
  • OHPA partisan elections bill faces final committee hearing: An Opinion
    Submitted by Mike Harrison March 27, 2015 1:22 p.m.   House Bill HB 1201, the bill to make elections for the Ocean Highway and Port Authority (OHPA) partisan, now faces its third and final hearing before the Federal and Local … Continue reading →
  • RockTenn/Fernandina Beach Fire Dept. Partnership
    Submitted by Jason Higginbotham City of Fernandina Beach Fire Department March 27, 2015 1:19 p.m.
  • America’s Youth Salute the Flag
    Submitted by Gerry Clare Roving Reporter March 27, 2015 11:00 a.m. Thanks to the the local Everett P. Pope Det. 1017 US Marine Corps League, America’s Youth group and local volunteers gathered to salute the flag on their new flagpole … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
  • News 4 Jax reports fatal car accident on Amelia Island Parkway
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger March 27, 2015 5:30 a.m. News 4 Jax reports a fatal car accident on the Amelia Island Parkway at Marion Drive south of the Fernandina Municipal Airport. According to news report, the Nassau County Sheriff’s … Continue reading →
  • 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
  • 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


Remember….all beach supplies are to be removed at the end of each day.  Unattended chairs, umbrellas or cabanas are not to be left on the beach at night and should be packed up at the end of your day.  Turtle nesting is serious business.  Interfering with the only opportunity a female turtle has to reach […]

Beach Parking Pandora’s Box

Parking on Amelia Island, parking meters, kiosks and beach access fees seem to be a popular debate with the CoFB commission.  I believe the same sort of proposal was brought before the last commission more than once by the prior City Manager.   As Tony Crawford said, "You’re opening a Pandora’s Box of problems."    I agree.   […]

Who Owns the Beaches in Florida?

This is a very interesting take on erosion control and property ownership in Florida.  It might create a “rethinking” of how we handle erosion control along the shore on Amelia Island.  With dredging and erosion control, what will the implications be for the island if the court’s position is upheld. 

Another issue….in some parts […]

Palace Saloon and Corona Light Help Save July 4th in Fernandina

Whether you agree with public funding of fireworks in Fernandina or not, you can only admire Wes Sheffield and the Palace Saloon for taking an active role in saving the 4th of July display. 

It makes little sense to, essentially, turn off the lights when the economy is down.  Fireworks across the country […]

Boardwalk at Main Beach….Sand and Irony


Before Beryl hit the island and before any storm sand was blown over the walk, we were out riding with the kids.  It doesn’t look like anyone has been blowing the boardwalk at all.  Sand covers the walk in many places and it does not appear to be well maintained at all….or only sporadically.


Hurricane or Tropical Storm Beryl? Monday 7AM….after the storm

Tropical Storm Beryl came ashore with near hurricane force winds.  Early this morning, my son and I took a drive around town to look for downed trees and damage.  Fletcher really had the most dramatic damage, with large sections of missing shingles, downed wires and even  a missing roof on one home.  See the picture […]

Tropical Storm Beryl Changes W/E Amelia Island Plans

The group, www.facebook.com/groups/ameliaislandnet is enjoying some discussion of Beryl today.   Tropical storms often become the time to break out hurricane lamps and stay home with family and friends.   How high are the winds, are the tides going to be greater than normal, staying home or driving to the beach? 

While I personally enjoy stormy […]

Kites at Main Beach


Excellent Glasses….Nice Logo…Margaritaville Sunglasses

Writing a website sometimes has it’s advantages.  I was recently asked to review a pair of Margaritaville sunglasses.   Although I spent well over 30 years surfing, grew up in Florida and tend to buy high end sunglasses fairly often, it still was nice to be the Florida local chosen for an opinion.   Thanks again Gencey!


What will Main Beach be in 20 more years? Like Pelican Beach Park or a Paid Parking Lot?

I remember the days when I drove onto the beach at Main Beach and took the scenic route to the South End, looking for schools of fish or a good peak when I was a teenager.  With friends, I used a seine net to pull in fish, surf fished, or just found a secluded part […]