…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

  • Friends of the Library announce Black History Month events
    Submitted by Wilma Allen Communications Chair Friends of the Library January 28, 2015 4:00 p.m. The Nassau County Library Fernandina Beach Branch announces two Black History Month events: the 26th Annual National African American Read-In on Feb. 2, and a … Continue reading →
  • New group bicycle ride on Amelia Island Trail
    Submitted by Mike Pikula January 28, 2015 1:00 p.m. The North Florida Bicycle Club (NFBC) has organized a new group bicycle ride just for Amelia Island’s “social” riders, families, and riders who prefer to avoid traffic. This new ride will … Continue reading →
  • 8th Street working group meets
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst January 28, 2015 6:17 a.m. The Land Development Code and Economic Development Working Group met on January 20, 2015 to continue its discussions on the 8th Street Corridor in Fernandina Beach. … Continue reading →
  • PAB subcommittee listens to public concerns on hazardous materials, potential cruise port
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst January 27, 2015 1:00 p.m.   On January 22, 2015, the Planning Advisory Board (PAB) of the city of Fernandina Beach met as a subcommittee of the whole to consider public … Continue reading →
  • How much $ does a local elected official earn?
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst January 27, 2015 11:14 a.m. Have you ever wondered how the salaries of local elected officials are set in Florida? Determining the compensation of Florida’s county constitutional officers harkens back to … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island Book Festival presents Carolyn Curry, Ph.D. A compelling speaker with a spell-binding story
    January 27, 2015 6:30 a.m. Amelia Island Book Festival Media Release Marie Fenn 904.647.4221, or Debra Craig 904.624.1665 The Amelia Island Book Festival is proud to present award winning author and a champion of women, Carolyn Curry, Ph.D., as the … Continue reading →
  • Plane Crash near Fernandina Beach Airport
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger January 26, 2015 2:38 p.m. A 1973 Cessna 150 piloted by Walter McFadden of Fernandina Beach, crashed  near the Fernandina Beach Airport on Sunday, January 25. A Fernandina Beach police officer was dispatched to Crane Island, … Continue reading →
  • Averting Disaster – An opinion
    Submitted by Faith Ross January 26, 2015 1:00 a.m. On Thursday afternoon, January 22 at 3:30 pm the Planning Advisory Board met with various members of the public concerning the use and storage of certain hazardous materials. However, in my … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Business and Building Starts: December 2014
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst January 26, 2015 9:00 a.m.   The Fernandina Observer welcomes the following businesses newly licensed to operate in our city last month.   Business Address Owner Type of Business Lisa’s Home … Continue reading →
  • Tech Advisory Committee holds second meeting on FB Airport Master Plan
      Passero Associates MEDIA RELEASE January 26, 2015 8:32 a.m.  


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 […]