…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

  • Amelia Island revealed . . .
    Submitted by Priscilla Footlik Editor’s Note: Priscilla has lived on Amelia Island since 2007. Prior to arriving on Amelia, she lived most often in Colorado. She is a preschool teacher at Miss Kate’s PreK, and enjoys being an amateur photographer … Continue reading →
  • Density and zoning and parking … Oh my!
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst April 17, 2015 12:07 p.m.   On April 10, 2015, following local businessman and Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Tim Poynter’s abandonment of a project to convert the former First Baptist Church … Continue reading →
  • Monte Carlo Night to support Neurofibromatosis April 23, 2015
    Submitted by Betsie Huben April 17, 2015 4:15 p.m. I know a fighter. Her name is Michele. She is both my colleague and my dear friend so I get to watch her duke it out everyday “up close and personal.” … Continue reading →
  • Donna Martin appointed to direct FSCJ Nassau Center
    FSCJ Media Release April 17, 2015 9:00 a.m. Florida State College at Jacksonville has announced the appointment of Donna Martin as the new executive director of the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center. Ms. Martin began her role in this capacity … Continue reading →
  • Fundraising for Alzheimer’s research
    Submitted by Dane Carmichael April 17, 2015 8:58 a.m. Mark your calendars for two upcoming events on the island that are fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Association. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and are tirelessly supported … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina Beach Recyle Event Saturday, April 18
    Media Release City of Fernandina Beach April 15, 2015 10:25 a.m.
  • Rep. Adkins listens to port concerns from local citizens
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst April 16, 2015 6:08 p.m. While 9:00 a.m. on a Thursday morning might not be the ideal time for a telephonic Town Hall meeting, it was the only time State Representative … Continue reading →
  • Fernandina library branch to open Monday
    Submitted by Wilma Allen Friends of the Library April 16, 2015 1:00 p.m. Stop by soon and see what can be accomplished when we work together! $356,000 still needed to reach our goal of $1.2M from private donations. Additional furniture, … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island.com named 2014 Travel/Events website of the year
    Media Release April 16, 2015 11:38 a.m. AmeliaIsland.com, the consumer website of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been named the best travel and events website of 2014 by Kentico, a content management system that runs more than … Continue reading →
  • PAB votes against recommending Ross/Hall application to FBCC
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst April 15, 2015 4:42 p.m. Fernandina Beach City Hall was packed last night as citizens, property owners and representatives of the port and the mills awaited the Planning Advisory Board’s (PAB) … Continue reading →
  • Free Swimming Lessons
    The City of Fernandina Beach will again be sponsoring free swimming lessons at the Martin Luther King Junior pool in the coming months. This year’s supporters include Safe KIDS Northeast Florida, The Ed Gaw Open Water Challenge, Amelia Island Lifeguarding Association
  • Amelia River Golf Club Now Has Golfboards!
    Go to Amelia River Golf Club and check out these new Golfboards!Filed under: aifby chamber member news, community information Tagged: Amelia River Golf Club
  • Amelia National Tennis Club Grand Opening Weekend April 16-18
        FERNANDINA BEACH, FL  – Amelia National Tennis Club announces the official schedule for its highly anticipated grand opening celebration. Starting on Thursday, April 16 and lasting until Saturday, April 18, Joe Mattingly, Owner and Director of Tennis at
  • Customer Service……The Oomph Factor
    Join our community of businesses such as Amelia Coastal Realty, Shapiro Insurance, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Hola Cuban Café and many others as we celebrate and enhance the ‘Oomph Factor’ of customer service that our community is known!  Register here
  • Executive Chefs Demo Shrimp Dishes at Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
        The executive chefs from Florida and Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Justin Timineri and Holly Chute, respectively, will be offering a joint cooking demonstration during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival at 11:00 am, on Saturday,
  • Taking Strides 5K & Fun Run 2015
    Please join for the 2nd Annual Taking Strides to End Abuse 5K/Fun Run & Kid Zone on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 4:30 – 9:00 P.M at Central Park on Atlantic Boulevard, Fernandina Beach, FL. This event features an evening
  • Last Day to Register!
    Today is the last day to register for the Quarterly Luncheon with Mark Frisch from the Jacksonville Armada! The luncheon will be held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club tomorrow, March 31st at 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP to info@aifby.com or Register online here.
  • Find the Discovery Map at Pepper’s Mexican Grill!
    We love our community and they love our Discovery Map of Amelia Island! Karolyna Pyatte from Pepper’s Mexican Grill was happy to receive it.Filed under: aifby chamber member news Tagged: Discovery Map, Pepper's Mexican Grill
  • School Choice Bill Passes the Florida House
    Today, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would empower parents to choose the best learning environment for their students. HB7037, sponsored by Representative Bob Cortes (R-Maitland), establishes a charter school institute to provide technical assistance to charter
  • Happy Map People!
    Everyone was happy when they received the 2015 Discovery Map! Cindy Sleigh with The Hampton Inn Downtown, Kelly Kratzer with Nassau Health Foods, Erin with Sliders Seaside Grill, The Pecan Roll, and Beach Rentals and More. Don’t worry if you


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 […]