…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

  • City Commission Candidate Tim Poynter to host campaign kickoff
    Submitted Press Release City Commission Candidate Tim Poynter 904-415-6533 tpoynter@gmail.com September 19, 2014 9:25 a.m. Editor’s Note: The Fernandina Observer does not endorse candidates.  We offer candidates the opportunity  to post submitted press releases that announce their candidacy, and notices … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach approves new fee and rate schedules for FY 2014/15
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 18, 2014 5:08 p.m. On second reading at the September 16, 2014 Regular Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission, commissioners unanimously approved a 3% rate hike for water and … Continue reading →
  • City renews insurance policy with Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 18, 2014 3:45 p.m. Shaun Woleshin, the city’s insurance consultant, briefed the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) during its September 16, 2014 Regular Meeting on the positive track record for … Continue reading →
  • FBCC considers skydiving and airport matters
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter — News Analyst September 18, 2014 2:32 p.m. A significant portion of the Fernandina Beach City Commission’s (FBCC) Regular Meeting agenda for September 16, 2014 dealt with aviation or airport-related matters:  a potential tandem … Continue reading →
  • Impact fee settlement in October ?
    Submitted by Adam Kaufman Legal Analyst September 18, 2014 11:28 a.m. The attorneys for the parties in the long standing “impact fee” litigation involving Joanne Conlon and the City have today jointly advised the First District Court of Appeal that … Continue reading →
  • Constitution Week – September 17 through 23
    Press Release Submitted by Linda Davis Amelia Island Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution September 18, 2014 4:18 p.m. Constitution Week is commemorated each year from September 17th through the 23rd. This year, “We, the people” celebrate the 59th anniversary … Continue reading →
  • No coal for Port of Fernandina at this time, says Kinder Morgan
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 17, 2014 5:48 p.m. In response to what can only be termed an avalanche of public opposition, Kinder Morgan has notified the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) that it … Continue reading →
  • Public in search of horse sense on city beaches
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 17, 2014 12:51 p.m. While adopting a new budget met with yawns from city residents, not so for the question of horseback riding on city beaches.  During the Regular Meeting … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach City Commission adopts FY 2014-15 Budget
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 17, 2014 11:41 a.m. During a special meeting on September 16, 2014, that lasted barely 7 minutes, four Fernandina Beach City Commissioners (FBCC) unanimously passed on final reading without discussion … Continue reading →
  • Kinder Morgan Air Construction Permit Application Withdrawn
  • Leadership….What Does It Mean?
    I have to admit, I was skeptical to apply for Leadership Nassau.  I’ve lived here since 2002 and work for the Nassau County Economic Development Board, a local non-profit corporation.  I thought, “What more can I learn about Nassau County?” as my job entails me to know and learn the inter-workings of the County.  “How […]
  • FDOT Lane Closures for Nassau County
    The FDOT released the lane closures for the week of September 13-19, 2014 for Nassau County. U.S. 17 from the Duval County line to I-95 Nighttime lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday for work on the roadway shoulders and repaving. State Road 200 (A1A) from Still Quarters Road to Rubin Davis […]
  • The New Face of Manufacturing in Nassau County – A Forum Hosted by the Nassau County Economic Development Board
    The notepads used by today’s students are digital, but how they are crafted is the message local educators and manufacturers want them to know.   Creating an awareness of modern-day technology and how to prepare the students of Nassau County for careers in advanced manufacturing was the focus of a recent forum hosted by the Nassau […]
  • Aleida Socarras of Florida Public Utilities Joins the NCEDB Board of Directors
    The Nassau County Economic Development Board (NCEDB), a non-profit corporation, announced today Aleida Socarras, Director of Marketing and Sales at Florida Public Utilities (FPU) has been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. Ms. Socarras replaces former Board member Mark Cutshaw, also with FPU. The NCEDB was formed in 1995 as a public-private […]
  • Nassau County Leader in Science Education Expands
    Science First, a manufacturer of astronomy and physics education equipment, recently purchased some of the assets of The Science Source, a manufacturer of science education equipment located in Waldoboro, Maine.  Science First is also the premiere manufacturer of the STARLAB and digital STARLAB planetariums.  Inventory and assets were moved immediately to Science First’s facility in […]
  • WHAT HAPPENS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES IN THE EVENT OF A NATURAL DISASTER?
    Mention the name “Dora” in Northeast Florida and it conjures thoughts of the hurricane that directly hit the Jacksonville area 50 years ago.  While Florida has been fortunate in escaping a direct hit for the past 9 years, Nassau County isn’t resting on its laurels. Many people can still vividly remember the images of New […]
  • FSCJ-Nassau Cardiovascular Technology Students Support Wolfsons Childrens
    The Cardiovascular Technology Program at Florida State College of Jacksonville, Nassau Campus (FSCJ-Nassau) is participating in “Christmas in July” sponsored by Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Around Christmas, there is an abundance of gift donations for the children at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, but in the summer, those supplies diminish. Gifts (whether large or small) can brighten a […]
  • Nassau County Schools Earn Top Ratings
    On Friday, the Florida Department of Education released preliminary letter grades for school districts through the state. Elementary and middles schools are included in the ranking. High school scores will be released later this year as their scores are calculated according to a state formula including FCAT scores, graduation rates and student scores on Advanced […]
  • Nassau County Leads State of Florida in FCAT Scores
    Nassau County is one of five Florida districts that improved in all seven assessment areas, leading by a 6 percent increase in eighth grade science, 4 percent increase in fifth grade science and up 3 percent in both grades 3 – 5 and 6 – 8 math. According to a Florida Department of Education report […]
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) to Host Manufacturing/Energy Summer Camp
    Students in grades 9 – 11 are encouraged to register for this exciting summer camp, which will introduce young students to manufacturing and technologies that will help make the world greener.  Students will perform several green-utilizing projects to include air, water and energy to help build their understanding of how things work.  After each lesson, […]

FLORIDA SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON

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.

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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

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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!

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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 [...]