…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

  • For art’s sake
    Evelyn C. McDonald Arts and Culture Reporter May 22, 2015 1:00 a.m. Last Friday evening, Nola Perez celebrated the launch of her new book of poetry, Blinded By The Light. Don’t think you like poetry? Surprising as you grew up … Continue reading →
  • Is there a bus in your future? Residents give planners feedback on possible routes
    Anne H. Oman Reporter-at-Large May 21, 2015 8:42 p.m. “Nassau won’t always be little,” said County Planning Director Peter King. “Houses are being built. Projects are planned. All those people will need to go to Jacksonville to work, or to … Continue reading →
  • FBCC proclamations, presentations, public input: May 19, 2015
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 21, 2015 7:30 p.m.   The Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) delivered one proclamation and listened to three presentations at its Regular Meeting held on May 19, 2015. Additionally, two … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach High School Seniors 2015 Award Recipients
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger May 21, 2015 2:00 p.m.   Daniel Perry, not pictured, received a National Merit Commended Scholar Award. Casee Yarborough, Lillyann Leipau, and Madison Brown receive the GFWC Women’s Club Scholarship. To view previous post of … Continue reading →
  • Waterslide for Main Beach this summer?
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 21, 2015 1:24 p.m. During the public input portion of the May 19, 2015 Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) Regular Meeting, Kevin J. Lilly approached the city about support and … Continue reading →
  • Adkins hosts second meeting dealing with port issues
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 21, 2015 12:44 p.m.   On May 20, 2015, Florida State Representative Janet Adkins held a second meeting to address matters of public concern dealing with elements of a master … Continue reading →
  • The impact fee suit: Half for attorney compensation
    Adam Kaufman Legal Analyst May 21, 2015 1:00 a.m. The final judgment and dismissal of the class action lawsuit Conlon v. City of Fernandina, the “impact fee case,” was ordered by Circuit Court Judge Adrian G. Soud on May 18, … Continue reading →
  • Nassau County Sheriff identifies victim of Marion Drive murder suicide
    Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Press Release Bill Leeper Sheriff May 20, 2015 8:30 p.m. The victim of the shooting is Paul Andrew Auld, 45, of Fernandina Beach, a registered sexual predator. His family has been notified. Auld was previously convicted … Continue reading →
  • New 4 Jax is reporting possible Amelia Island murder suicide
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger May 20, 2015 4:51 p.m. According to News4Jax, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is at the scene of a possible murder suicide outside of the Fernandina Beach city limits.   Click here for further information.
  • Gerrity remains steadfast in decision to resign as city manager
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 20, 2015 2:30 p.m. To the dismay of his supporters and relief of his detractors, Fernandina Beach City Manager Joe Gerrity announced his decision to resign from his position at … Continue reading →
  • Business After Hours at Littleberry Farm 05.21.15
    Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: Business After Hours, Littleberry Farm
  • Ribbon Cutting for imortgage 05.14.15
    On Thursday, May 14th we welcomed imortgage to the community with a ribbon cutting. Carrie Budds is the Sales Manager at imortgage, she can create loan solutions for specific mortgage needs. She works with a team to assist in funding each loan on-time. Visit
  • Chef Kenny Gilbert has Gilbert’s Big Oak BBQ Shack in the Works
    Coming soon Gilbert’s Big Oak BBQ Shack! It will be located near 432 S. 8th Street in Fernandina Beach, next to his current location Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen. The restaurant is due to open in October, but in the meantime you can check
  • We need your input on public transit in Nassau County
    We are almost finished but need help from our Nassau County community!  There is one last opportunity to participate in the Nassau County Public Transit Study.  The public workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th, 6:00 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m. at FSCJ, Nassau
  • Traffic delays
    From the Florida Department of Transportation:   State Road A1A traffic may see delays Monday, Wednesday and Friday from the delivery of bridge beams for the Sisters Creek Bridge on Heckscher Drive in Duval County which must use a route through Nassau
  • Ribbon Cutting for Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique 05.06.15
    Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique has been opened for 15 years!  Owner, Martinique Lemke wanted to celebrate with a ribbon cutting. At Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique they offer healthy, gourmet dog treats baked daily in their kitchen. Go check out the boutique
  • Ribbon Cutting for JW Frame Gallery 05.05.2015
    JW Frame Gallery is now opened! Jill Wilkinson provides custom picture framing, quality photo printing, local artwork and gifts. Check out her website here.Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: JW Frame Gallery, ribbon cutting
  • 9th Annual Wild Amelia Nature Fest a Blend of Old and New
    From a sea turtle release to foot-stomping music, the 9th annual Wild Amelia Nature Festival, set for May 15-17, has a lot to offer to island residents and visitors alike and will be a blend of popular components from past
  • Ribbon Cutting for debonair 4.28.2015
    Debonair is now opened on Centre St! Thank you for everyone that came out to celebrate with them. They have a great selection of handbags, jewelry and gift items. You will always find something unique. Filed under: aifby chamber member news,
  • Rural Energy America Grant and Loan Program
    The Rural Energy America Program has announced a guaranteed loan financing and grant funding program for agricultural producers and rural small businesses.  The programs assist with purchases or installation of renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Funds can be utilized for


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 […]