…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

  • Oversight of the Fernandina Beach Golf Course? – An opinion
    Submitted by Jim Powers October 30, 2014 2:30 p.m. There has been much conversation recently about the status and the future of our municipal golf course (the FBGC). Too much of the conversation has been based upon false or poorly … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach City Commission Candidates – List of contributors
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger October 30, 2014 12:44 p.m. Editor’s Note: The following information was received from the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections website. Click here for more detailed information regarding contributors and expenditures. Then click on “Candidates/Committees Financial … Continue reading →
  • South Amelia Island Shore Stablization Association
    SAISSA, Inc. Press Release Submitted by William R. Moore AICP William R. Moore Consulting LLC Contact: 904.753.4178 October 30, 2014 1:30 p.m. Thursday, November 6, at 3:30 PM, Racquet Park Conference Center, Omni Amelia Island Plantation The South Amelia Island … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Shop with Cops Program Seeks Donations
    Submitted Media Release James T. Hurley, Police Chief October 30, 2014 1:00 p.m. The Fernandina Beach Police Department began its very successful Shop with Cops program in 2004 and now serves more than 150 local school children each year, providing … Continue reading →
  • City Commission meets in Executive Session to discuss Impact Fee Lawsuits
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger October 30, 2014 9:30 a.m. Five city commissioners along with City Manager Joe Gerrity, City Attorney Tammi Bach, and Attorney Arthur I. “Buddy” Jacobs, met on October 28, for approximately 20 minutes to discuss the … Continue reading →
  • We will inform and educate, not confuse and mislead
    Editorial Staff Douglas Newton Susan Hardee Steger Co-Editors Suanne Z. Thamm, Reporter-News Analyst October 29, 2014 4:54 p.m. “So when a print news story surfaces a week before the city election, dredging up allegations and insinuations about one of the … Continue reading →
  • Train Depot to close next week for renovations; visitors redirected to Marina Welcome Center
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst October 28, 2014 11:58 a.m. Visitors arriving downtown Fernandina Beach during the first week of November following the Georgia Florida Game will discover some changes to on-site visitor services at the … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Business and Building Starts: September 2014
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst October 28, 2014 4:48 a.m.   The Fernandina Observer welcomes the following businesses newly licensed to operate in our city last month. Note that the two listed insurance companies are located … Continue reading →
  • City Manager considers H R Director termination?
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger October 27, 2014 11:00 a.m.   Editor’s Note: ” . . . Robin Marley, human resource director, told the Fernandina Observer  she received a call [on October 21] from Deputy City Manager Marshall McCrary informing … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Observer requests release of impact fee settlement agreement
    Submitted by Adam Kaufman, Legal Analyst October 27, 2014 10:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to City Manager Joe Gerrity after a previous request from the Fernandina Observer to City Clerk Caroline Best to release the tentative … Continue reading →
  • Section of State Road A1A To Be Dedicated To Fallen Deputies
    State Representative Janet Adkins, Sheriff Bill Leeper, representatives from FDOT and others will hold a designation ceremony, designating a section of State Road A1A between I-95 and Stratton Road in Nassau County to the memory of Nassau County Sheriffs that have lost their lives in the call of duty.  The ceremony will take place at […]
  • The NCEDB Appoints Tom Sweetser, RockTenn General Manager To Its Board Of Directors
    The Nassau County Economic Development (NCEDB), a local nonprofit corporation committed to preserving and increasing job availability and encouraging economic growth and vitality in Nassau County, announced today Tom Sweetser, general manager for RockTenn and a Nassau County resident has been selected to serve on the organization’s board of directors. Tom joined RockTenn in April […]
  • The Nassau County Economic Development Board Appoints Roger Rassman To Its Board Of Directors
    The Nassau County Economic Development (NCEDB), a non-profit corporation, announced today Roger Rassman, vice president of marketing for Community First Credit Union and a Nassau County resident has been selected to serve on the organization’s board of directors.  Rassman replaces former board member Leah Jennings, who recently joined the NCEDB as director of workforce development. […]
  • Laura DiBella Appointed As The NCEDB’s New Executive Director
    The Nassau County Economic Development Board (NCEDB), a local nonprofit corporation committed to encouraging economic growth and vitality in Nassau County, announced today that Laura DiBella has been appointed as the new Executive Director effective October 1, 2014.  She replaces Steve Rieck, who retires from seven years of service with the NCEDB.  In her new […]
  • 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 […]

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 [...]