…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

  • Your Port Authority Defined – First of a series
    Submitted by Richard Bruce Ocean Highway & Port Authority Nassau County, Florida Commissioner, District One September 2, 2014 6:35 a.m. Given the recent meetings, media reports and blogs concerning the Ocean Highway & Port Authority (OHPA) and its pending 10 … Continue reading →
  • First Bank South and City of Fernandina Beach continue South 14th and Lime mediation
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger September 1, 2014 On August 28 after four hours of mediation attorneys for First South National Bank and the City of Fernandina Beach failed to reach an agreement on a property dispute regarding a City … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island revealed . . .
    Submitted by Sandra Baker Hinton August 31, 2014 1:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: This photo of the Golden Orb spider was taken on Sandra’s route to the beach for her turtle patrol duties. According to Sandra, the spiders have numerous webs … Continue reading →
  • Port of Fernandina – Both a vision and a challenge – An opinion
    An opinion submitted by Gene Alley August 29, 2014 12:17 p.m. The Subcommittee of the Fernandina Beach Planning Advisory Board (PAB) has conducted a series of public meetings to solicit comment both from the public and the Ocean Highway and … Continue reading →
  • FSCJ Center for Lifelong Learning Classes announced for fall 2014
    Submitted Press Release August 28, 2014 4:24 p.m. Registration for the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Center for Lifelong Learning Fall 2014 classes is now open. The fall term classes cover a variety of subjects including languages, computers, cameras, … Continue reading →
  • Pet Therapy in Fernandina Beach . . .
    Submitted by Gerry Clare Roving Reporter August 28, 2014 4:07 p.m. As I was visiting friends at Quality Health last week, I was met with a happy scene on the porch. Susan Haney and “Jingles” were meeting Renata and John … Continue reading →
  • Amelia Island Blues Festival 2014 headliners
    Press Release Submitted by Amelia Island Blues Festival Submitted by Jeff Malone August 28, 2014 3:25 p.m. The Amelia Island Blues Festival returns back to the ocean breezes of Main Beach on September 12th and 13th for two great days … Continue reading →
  • Science First grows assets – More jobs for Nassau County
    Press Release submitted by Science First www.sciencefirst.com August 28, 2014 6:52 a.m. “Science First, a Yulee manufacturer of science education equipment and other products, announces the acquisition of some assets of The Science Source of Waldoboro, Maine, a manufacturer of … Continue reading →
  • Nassau County Primary Election recap – Kelley-Spicer celebrate
    Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger August 27, 2014 5:21 p.m. Nassau County Commissioner Steve Kelley and future Commissioner George Spicer gathered supporters at the Kelley Pest Control warehouse to wait election results and both candidates had reason to celebrate.  Having … Continue reading →
  • PAB subcommittee concludes meetings on Port Master Plan
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst August 27, 2014 3:31 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. on August 26, 2014, Chair Len Kreger gaveled to a close the third and final meeting of the Fernandina Beach Planning Advisory Board … Continue reading →
  • Nassau County Leader in Science Education Expands
    Nancy Bell, President of Science First, is pleased to announce that on August 4, 2014, her company purchased some of the assets of The Science Source, a manufacturer of science education equipment located in Waldoboro, Maine. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Inventory and assets were moved immediately to Science First’s facility in Yulee, … Continue rea
  • 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 … 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
  • CITY of FERNANDINA BEACH SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT ON 8th STREET REVITALIZATION
    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.

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 [...]