• Water … water … everywhere …
    Media Release October 5, 2015 2:24 p.m.
  • Fernandina Beach City Commission candidates answer . . . Why serve? Skills?
    October 5, 2015 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note:  For the next four days, the Fernandina Observer will post answers to questions posed to candidates running for a seat on the Fernandina Beach City Commission.  In the November 3 election Incumbent Commissioner … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island revealed . . .
    Submitted by Mickey Baity October 4, 2015 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: Mickey Baity and his wife Pam moved to Amelia Island from Washington, D.C in 2000. He spent much of his professional career living and traveling in the Middle East … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach approves Airport Master Plan 5-0
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst October 1, 2015 5:15 p.m. At a Special Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) on September 29, 2015, commissioners and the public viewed the final product of a 10 … Continue reading →
  • Institute for Enterprise elects Poynter and Flowers to board
    Submitted by John Campbell Elwell October 1, 2015 9:42 p.m. The Institute for Enterprise, Inc. is pleased to announce that Timothy M. Poynter and V. Scott Flowers have been elected to the Board of Directors. Mr. Poynter is a graduate … Continue reading →


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 […]