A path to connect parks

Submitted by Phillip ScanlanAmelia Island trails Logo
Amelia Island Trail team – Co-Chair
Friends of The Amelia Island Trail, Inc.

Over the past few weeks print media has included nine articles and letters about a proposal to connect our FL and GA trail networks by ferry via Cumberland Island, which is a national park. Headlines have included:

3/28/14 Bicycles may blaze trail on Cumberland
3/28/14 Fernandina ferry to Cumberland?
4/2/14 St. Marys adamant about keeping ferry
4/4/14 Golden Geese
4/9/14 Gold Rush on Cumberland?
4/16/14 Cumberland Island Preservation

There have been similar headlines in the Brunswick, GA and Times Union, Continue reading

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Not too early to think about local elections this fall

imagesSubmitted by Suanne Z. Thamm

Reporter – News Analyst

The City of Fernandina Beach has established qualifying dates for the November 4, 2014 City Commission general election.  Candidates interested in running for either the Group 2 or Group 3 seat must complete filing requirements between July 7 and August 8, 2014.  Charlie Corbett and Sarah Pelican, neither of whom to date has officially indicated whether he or she will seek reelection this fall, currently hold those seats.

Potential candidates may open campaign accounts, appoint campaign treasurers and collect petition signatures before the formal qualification period begins.   Questions regarding the qualification process may be directed to Fernandina Beach City Clerk Caroline Best, (904) 310-3115 or cbest@fbfl.org.  The City of Fernandina Beach has contracted with the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections to conduct the city election on November 4 and a run-off election if necessary on December 9, 2014.

This year city elections will coincide with county elections.  According to the Supervisor of Elections website, the following individuals have filed to run for the county elected positions below: Continue reading

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St Michael Catholic Church expansion – Fact or Fiction – An opinion

An opinion
Submitted by John Campbell Elwell

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After several months of reading letter after letter, article after article, and listening to opinion after opinion about everything from valet parking to cutting down a tree on private property, I wonder if it is time for the facts to be stated about the upcoming St. Michael Catholic Church construction project?

DSCN0491Fact: The purpose of the upcoming construction is twofold; firstly to repair the Bell Tower which is over 4” out of plumb and causing stress cracks in the Church, and secondly to expand the Church to allow all parishioners a seat during services. The Church is not gaining more people, it is simply attempting to provide seats for parishioners who are already attending Mass.

Fact: The expansion and repair to the church is scheduled to begin on May 12th, 2014. The repair to the Bell Tower and the expansion will take approximately one year.

Fact: During the year long construction phase, Mass will be conducted in Continue reading

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Carmike Cinemas moves forward with 10 screen complex in Yulee

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
carmike-cinemas-inc-logo.jpg 22 CropAccording to an April 21, 2014 Carmike Cinema press release on the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.com, the soon to be constructed Carmike Cinemas in Yulee will have 10   “auditoriums  in the leading-edge entertainment complex and [they] will be equipped with stadium seating with comfortable high-back rocking luxury seats, retractable armrests and convenient cup holders. The Coastal Cinema Continue reading

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Open-Focus Attention Classes Offered

Classes offered by Martha Bennett, MABennett
Open Focus Coach

Stress (negative) is in the news more and more, and many of us suffer from its effects. Stress accumulates and can have undesirable effects on your life (depression, anxiety, fatigue, physical tension, chronic pain, and impaired function to name a few) even making you sick. Some scientists and physicians believe that most illness is caused by stress.

Dr. Les Fehmi a psychologist and specialist in neurofeedback has developed Open-Focus Continue reading

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Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Ed Richtsteig

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Lobby of Fernandina’s Historic Post Office
Photo courtesy of Richtsteig

About two years ago, Ed Richtsteig moved to the area from Batavia, Illinois. He retired as a  Dupage County Sheriff’s Deputy.  His wife Beth, daughter Alaina, and four dogs live in Yulee, Florida.

A self-taught photographer, Ed has a passion for high dynamic range Continue reading

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