Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst October 1, 2015 5:15 p.m.
At a Special Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) on September 29, 2015, commissioners and the public viewed the final product of a 10 month-long, publicly noticed planning process to update the Airport Master Plan, last updated in 1990. Passero Associates prepared this lengthy, detailed study under grants provided by FAA and FDOT and with broad community input from the 28-member Airport Master Plan Technical Advisory Committee (AMPTAC). The AMPTAC was established solely for this effort and consisted of members with both aeronautical and non-aeronautical backgrounds with a variety of ties to the Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island community.
After a lengthy presentation and little discussion—other than thanking the consultants and committee members–the FBCC approved the plan on a 5-0 vote. The plan will now go to the FAA and FDOT for their review and approval.
Submitted by John Campbell Elwell October 1, 2015 9:42 p.m.
The Institute for Enterprise, Inc. is pleased to announce that Timothy M. Poynter and V. Scott Flowers have been elected to the Board of Directors. Mr. Poynter is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati in marketing and is currently Managing Partner of Poynter Family Holdings, Restaurant Group. He is also a sitting Fernandina Beach City Commissioner. Mr. Flowers is a graduate of Wake Forest University (Cum Laude) and is a CPA. He currently serves as Director of Business Development for Hickory Construction Co. in Hickory, NC.
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Fernandina Beach Fire Department Press Release October 1, 2015 5:02 p.m.
Fernandina Beach Fire Department personnel will be sporting pink for the month of October to help bring awareness to the importance of mammograms and the dangers of breast cancer.
The fire service has always protected lives and property, and it works hard to educate the public to dangerous situations. The threat of breast cancer is one of those dangerous situations that threaten the lives of millions of women. According to BREASTCANCER.Org, 1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their life, and as of 2014, 2.8 million American women have a history of breast cancer.
As part of the Fernandina Beach Fire Department’s commitment to educating the public to the dangers of breast cancer, you will notice that the traditional navy blue uniforms will have a new twist, and it will serve as a reminder that it is important to have mammograms performed, and that self-exams saves lives.
Fernandina Little Theatre October 1, 2015 3:15 p.m.
The Fernandina Little Theatre will get real and go international during an extraordinary film event October 8-18.
The performing arts center in downtown Fernandina Beach will host two film
festivals during the same week – its third annual DOCtoberFest and its
first participation in the Shnit International Short Film Festival.
“It’s not every day you get an email with an invitation to participate in a
global happening, so I’ll admit — I was excited,” said FLT Managing
Artistic Director Kate Hart.
Hart was already in the process of curating the program for FLT’s
DOCtoberFest 3, its annual three-day celebration of the art of documentary
filmmaking, when the invite came to partner with Shnit, a festival
spotlighting short filmmaking that unfolds simultaneously in multiple
cities on five continents.
FLT has hosted the annual Oscar-Nominated Short Films Festival for the last
five years, prompting the invite from the Bern, Switzerland-based Shnit
festival to be one of its “Cinemas Selection” partners.
As it turned out, the Shnit International Short Film Festival, http://shnit.org/, was scheduled to take place October 7-18, the same time
when FLT had scheduled DOCtoberFest 3.
Rather than reschedule DOCtoberFest, Hart decided to frame the documentary
feature film festival with the Shnit short film festival, creating a
one-of-kind event for area filmgoers.
“This is what we do at FLT – bring challenging, exciting programming not
available anywhere else locally,” Hart said.
On October 8, 11, and 18, film fans will have an opportunity to watch a
selection of eight exquisite short films from around the world that are
nominated for the global competition of the Shnit festival. The audience
will operate as the jury and will vote online to choose the winner of the
Flaming Faun award including a prize money of $20,000.
From October 9-11, FLT will spotlight the best in contemporary
feature-length documentary filmmaking during DOCtoberFest. This year’s
slate of films includes *The Wolfpack; Iris; Best of Enemies; Steve Jobs:
The Man in the Machine;* and *Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the
Individual tickets for Shnit screenings and DOCtoberFest screenings are
$7.50; a film fan pass is $40, good for a total of six screening sessions
[one showing of each of the festival’s five selected new and award-winning
documentaries, and one showing of the Shnit short films].
Fernandina Little Theatre is located at 1014 Beech St., at the intersection
of Beech and South 11th streets. Advance tickets for both festivals are
available at The UPS Store in Fernandina Beach, located next to Publix on
Submitted by Linda McClane Executive Director, Amelia Community Theatre October 1, 2015 2:00 p.m.
Amelia Community Theatre is collecting specific school supplies for the
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind during the run of Wait Until Dark.
Supplies will be collected in the main-stage lobby at performances at 8 p.m. on October 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and at 2 p.m. on October 18 at 207 Cedar Street.
Needed are: index cards, washable markers, highlighters, hand sanitizers, and glue sticks. The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, established in 1885, is located in St. Augustine.
Fernandina Little Theatre Media Release October 1, 2015 1:00 p.m.
On October 8, 11, and 18, the Fernandina Little Theatre will offer film
fans an opportunity to watch a selection of eight exquisite short films
from around the world that are nominated for the global competition of the
Shnit International Short Film Festival.
This is the first year FLT has been selected as a “Shnit Cinemas” site for
this festival spotlighting short filmmaking that unfolds simultaneously in
multiple cities on five continents. The audience will operate as the jury
and will vote online to choose the winner of the Flaming Faun award,
including a prize money of $20,000.
The Shnit screenings will take place in conjunction with FLT’s third annual
DoctoberFest October 9-11. DoctoberFest will spotlight the best in
contemporary feature-length documentary filmmaking, including “The
Wolfpack,” ”Iris,” “Best of Enemies,” “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,”
and “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon.”
Individual tickets for Shnit and DoctoberFest screenings are $7.50; a film
fan pass is $40, good for a total of six screening sessions [one showing
the Shnit short films and one of each of DoctoberFest’s five feature-length
documentaries]. Advance tickets are available at the UPS Store on Sadler
Road, next door to Publix in Fernandina Beach.
FLT is located 1014 Beech St. in downtown Fernandina Beach, at the corner
of South 11th and Beech streets.
A complete screening schedule for both festivals is available at
Shnit International Short Films Festival
7:30 p.m. October 8; 7:45 p.m. October 11; 4:30 p.m. October 18
A Single Life – Netherlands 2014 – 2:15 minutes Animation
When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel
through her life.
Beauty – Italy 2014 – 9:49 minutes Animation
A short story of the most important emotions of life, from birth to death,
love and sexuality through pain and fear. It is a tribute to art, to life
and their disarming beauty.
“Contrapelo” is the story of a proud Mexican barber who is forced to shave
the leader of a drug cartel.
Love is Blind – UK 2015 – 6:22 minutes Fiction
“Love is Blind” finds Alice in the passionate embrace of a young lover, as
she finally succumbs to temptation. When her husband James returns home
early to try and make amends for his recent infidelity and inattention for
their marriage, Alice finds herself in the midst of an emotional minefield.
Father – Tunisia/France 2014 – 18 minutes Fiction
Hédi is a taxi driver in Tunis. One evening, he drives to the hospital a
pregnant young woman who is going into labor. This brief encounter will
bring a series of random, tragic and unexpected events, leading to a
life-changing experience for both of them.
Moonkup – A Period Comedy -France 2015 – 25 minutes Fiction
Like all the women of Europe, Eva gives her menstrual blood to keep peace
in place between humans and vampires. But this injustice must end …
An environmental activist has a plan against an international oil firm.
Herman the German – Germany 2015 – 15 minutes Fiction
One of the most experienced bomb defusers in Germany, Herman learns during
a medical examination that he suffers from the very rare Kahnawake
syndrome, which causes him not to fear. He is forced to try out all phobias
to become normal again.
Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 30, 2015 10:52 p.m.
The Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) appears to be at odds with McGill Aviation Corporation yet again. This time, it’s over the award of a contract to second fixed base operator (FBO) at the city’s general aviation airport. During a Special Meeting on September 29, 2015, what looked to be a routine matter of business turned out to be anything but. Instead of voting on a one-page resolution (2015-139) approving negotiated lease terms with Eight Flags Aviation, LLC for a fixed base operation at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, the Fernandina Beach City Commissioners (FBCC) dropped back and punted.
On the advice of City Attorney Tammi Bach, the FBCC opted instead to schedule a hearing at 5:00 p.m. on October 13, 2015 to allow McGill Aviation Corporation to address its concerns over the bid award to Eight Flags Aviation, LLC. Only Commissioner Tim Poynter dissented on the proposed course of action.
The FBCC’s decision to allow McGill to present its concerns at this late date appeared to surprise and upset several audience members, as well as some commissioners. What the public did not know, however, was that John G. McGill, Chairman of McGill Aviation Corporation, had communicated to commissioners via a lengthy email on September 25, 2015 a request for reconsideration of the RFP award to Eight Flags, LLC. McGill claimed, among other things, that new information that he received since September 18-24, raised questions of bidding irregularities and conflicts of interest.
Brian Echard, Managing Member of 8 Flags Aviation, LLC, expressed his frustrations with the McGill charges to commissioners in a letter dated September 29, 2015. Echard characterized the McGill letter as “the impassioned rants of an admitted sore loser.”
Submitted by Mary Clemens September 30, 2015 9:58 p.m.
SERVING HOME BOUND SENIORS FOR 5 YEARS
Soup Train, an all-volunteer program, provides meals for homebound seniors who have been identified and qualified by the Council on Aging (COA) for the subsidized Meals on Wheels program but for whom there is not enough funding to accommodate their needs.
Through Soup Train up to 40 seniors are provided at least 2 full nutritious meals a week delivered to their homes through COA delivery services. The food is prepared by 12 experienced Soup Train teams which either Continue reading →
Florida State College Jacksonville
Contact: Jill Johnson, (904) 632-5016 October 1, 2015 1:00 p.m.
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) will celebrate Manufacturing Day/Month on October 2, 2015 in partnership with neighboring counties and local businesses and trade industries.
To celebrate Manufacturing Day/Month in Florida, FSCJ joins fellow partners to offer more than 600 students from Jacksonville’s middle and high schools an opportunity to participate in industry tours to nearly 15 high-tech manufacturing sites in Duval, Continue reading →
Submitted by Dr. Kathy Knight Burns Vice-Chair, Nassau County School Board September 30, 2015 7:15 p.m.
The Nassau County School District has long recognized that, when it comes to preparing students for life after high school, one size does NOT fit all. Education for today’s learners must be diverse, and our district recognizes that post secondary education does not (and should not) translate to a 4-year college degree for all students. What is a necessity for all students is that they diligently prepare to become part of a highly-trained workforce that is the backbone of a strong national economy. It is our job to make our students aware of the vocational opportunities that are available to them, not only in post-secondary programs, but in our high schools throughout Nassau County.
Information regarding the career preparatory programs offered at each of our high Continue reading →