…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

  • Fernandina City Commission raises water-sewer rates by 3%, port zoning, and more . . .
    Submitted by Eric Bartelt August 21, 2014 2:03 p.m. After voting to eliminate all of the Straw Poll questions from the November ballot, the City Commissioners, at their Aug. 19th meeting, took up the first reading of proposed Ordinances, including: … Continue reading →
  • Straw Poll for Golf Course, Parking Garage, and Waterfront Park off the ballot
    Submitted by Eric Bartelt August 20, 2014 10:00 pm. After hearing from the public about Items Not On The Agenda, the Fernandina Beach City Commission continued their August 19th meeting with discussion of various Resolutions, including: A Budget Amendment, transfering … Continue reading →
  • Reward increased to $3000 to identify King Neptune vandals
    City of Fernandina Beach Police Department Press Release Submitted by James T. Hurley, Chief August 20, 2014 5:37 p.m. The Fernandina Beach Police Department has announced that the reward for information leading to the arrest of those individuals responsible for … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach City Commission – Proclamations and Public Comments
    Submitted by Eric Bartelt August 20, 2014 1:32 p.m. Mayor Ed Boner opened the lengthy August 19th City Commission meeting with three proclamations and a brief presentation by Marina Manager Joe Springer. The first Proclamation was awarded to the 2014 … Continue reading →
  • North Hampton shooting investigation update
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger August 20, 2014 11:31 a.m. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) tasked with the investigation of the shooting death of Anthony Bartley in the North Hampton subdivision, an unincorporated of Nassau County, finished its … Continue reading →
  • Impact fee lawsuit settlement talks continue
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger August 19, 2014 4:47 p.m. On August 18, 2014, the First District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida received notification by attorneys with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell representing the City of Fernandina Beach, … Continue reading →
  • Port Master Plan … or not?
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst August 18, 2014 8:25 p.m. Question to Port Authority from local citizens:  When is a master plan not a master plan? Answer from Richard Bruce, District 1 Port Commissioner: When it’s … Continue reading →
  • Bosque Bello Cemetery Master Plan
    Press Release City of Fernandina Beach www.fbfl.us/cdd Submitted by Adrienne Burke Community Development Director August 18, 2014 2:00 p.m. Over the past two years, City staff in the Community Development and Parks and Recreation Departments have been working toward creating … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Business and Building Starts: July 2014
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst August 18, 2014 7:03 a.m. The Fernandina Observer welcomes the following businesses newly licensed to operate in our city last month. Business Address Owner Type of Business Cinnamon Bear Country Store … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island revealed
    Submitted by Wayne Howard www.waynehowardphotography.com August 17, 2014 1:00 a.m.   Wayne Howard began his photographic journey as a kid with a folding Kodak camera. Since that time, he has worked in chemical darkrooms, attended photography public, private, and commercial … Continue reading →
    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 … Continue reading »
  • 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 larg
  • 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 Adva
  • 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 … Continue reading »
  • 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, … Co
    By Adrienne Burke, City of Fernandina Beach The City is looking for opinions on the future of 8th Street. The City’s Comprehensive Plan directs review of the commercial corridors within the City – 8th Street/Downtown, 14th Street, Sadler Road, and the Main Beach/Seaside Park areas. In addition, the Economic Development Element of the Comprehensive Plan … Con
  • The economic times, they are a-changin’
    Fernandina Observer reporter, Suanne Z. Thamm, takes an objective look at the presentation given to Fernandina Beach Commissioners by NCEDB Executive Director, Steve Rieck.
  • FSCJ receives first approval for Logistics bachelor degree
    Next step: SACS Commission on Colleges review and approval; anticipated program roll-out Fall 2014.
  • dtw Research Inc thankful for no snow days
    "With all that snow NJ is getting I am so glad to be in Florida." - Pam Statile, President - dtw Research, Inc.
  • NCEDB Executive Director presents Omni with Governors Award
    The Omni Amelia Island Plantation was awarded the Governor’s Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality Award for Mid-Market (populations up to 150,000), recognizing Florida companies that best exemplify innovation developed through product or process in the last three years.


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 [...]