Fernandina Little Theatre to present ‘Acoustic sessions’

Media Release
Fernandina Little Theatre

March 4, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Beginning Mon. March 2, the Fernandina Little Theatre [located at 1014 Beech St. is expanding programming to include a regular musical event: Acoustic Sessions. The idea behind this new monthly event is simple: bringing together artists who usually do not get to play together, and who wish to create, cover, and share music with each other and with a small crowd in an intimate setting. Styles will vary, going from blues to folk, and everything the musicians wish to play together for that unique occasion. Each month the lineup of musicians will change, with each artist bringing his/her own unique style of playing to the session.

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Musicians Tom Leon (L), Rick Anthony, and Jeff Malone (R) will headline Fernandina Little Theatre’s inaugural Acoustic Sessions, on Mon Mar 2, at 7:30p. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at The F.B. UPS Store.

Acoustic Sessions is the brainchild of local musician Tom Leon. Born in Caen
(Normandy) France, the soundtrack of Tom’s childhood was composed of great music ranging from Beethoven to Elvis Presley and everything in between: “If there were actual instruments in it, it was played through my dad’s stereo”. Tom played clubs all over the French western country side, until he met world recording Blues artist Josh Miller. The two got along so well that Josh invited him to come to Florida for a short trip, and there Tom was introduced to artists who made him feel right at home. Soon the young Frenchman had decided to pack his suitcase and move to Florida to pursue his dream, and play the only music he then wanted to play: the Blues!

For the first chapter of this monthly event, on Monday March 2nd at 7:30 pm, a lifelong passion for the blues will bring together 3 musicians: local guitarist and singer Tom Leon will share the stage with great friends and talented artists Jeff Malone, also from Fernandina Beach (percussion), and Rick Anthony from Chesapeake VA (Vocals and Guitar).

Tickets for the Mon Mar 2 Acoustic Sessions are only $5, and can be purchased in advance at The UPS Store [located in the F.B. Publix shopping center]. FLT is a small, intimate space, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee seating availability. For more info on FLT happenings and events, check the website at ameliaflt.org


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Open house at FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center

Media Release
March 3, 2015 5:38 p.m.

Florida State CollegeWHAT: Florida State College at Jacksonville is hosting an open house at the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center in the Lewis “Red” Bean Technical Center.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville
Betty P. Cook Nassau Center
76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097

Representatives from different degree, certificate and technical programs will be available to discuss educational and career paths. In addition, some Nassau Continue reading

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Nassau County Sheriff’s Office conducts ‘Operation No Trap Zone’

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office
Press Release
Bill Leeper, Sheriff

March 3, 2015 9:43 p.m.

Yulee, Fla. – The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office today announced the results of “Operation No Trap Zone,” which was an operation to reduce illegal drug activity within Nassau County.

Operation No Trap ZoneOver the past few months the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division has conducted numerous undercover drug operations within our Continue reading

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March 3: 3 meetings on tap for FBCC

City sealThe Regular Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) at 6:00 p.m. on March 3, 2015 will be preceded by two additional meetings.

The FBCC will meet from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in workshop session that day to review the 2015 Goal Setting Report and discuss next steps and direction.

At 5:30 p.m. a second workshop will be convened during which Mr. William Estep, Emergency Management Director for the Nassau County Department of Emergency Management, will be present to share information regarding the department’s efforts as a follow up to CDD staff’s initial presentation to the City Commission on resiliency planning.

The agenda for the Regular Meeting, which begins at 6:00 p.m. is provided below. Continue reading

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First Coast Crime Stoppers tip nabs one of Jax Sheriff’s Office most wanted

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Press Release
Submitted by Bill Leeper, Sheriff

March 2, 2015 3:55 p.m.

first coast crime stoppers

A tip from an anonymous individual who called First Coast Crime Stoppers led Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Deputies to search the construction crew at Keffer Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep in Yulee for a suspect who was wanted by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for Armed Robbery and Violation of Continue reading

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The cost of a Fernandina Beach election campaign: an opinion

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
March 2, 2015 1:00 a.m.

imagesHow much does it cost to run for the Fernandina Beach City Commission? This is one of the first questions folks ask as they consider dipping their toes into local political waters.

In the November 2014 General Election, Robin Lentz (2,979 votes) defeated incumbent commissioner Sarah Pelican (2,292 votes) in the race for the Group 3 seat. Because none of the three candidates contending for the Group 2 Seat received 50 percent plus one of the votes cast, the two top vote getters—incumbent commissioner Charlie Corbett and former commissioner Tim Poynter—faced each other in a runoff election. Candidate Roy Smith (649 votes) was eliminated in the General Election. Poynter (1,448 votes) defeated Corbett (1,225 votes) in the December runoff election.

Financial reports are readily available on the Supervisor of Elections website www.votenassau.com.   But I thought it might be helpful to examine the last race to see how much candidates needed to run a campaign. Continue reading

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Amelia Island revealed . .

Submitted by Stephan R. Leimberg
March 1, 2015 1:00 a.m.

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“Wood Chips at Night” Photo courtesy of Stephan R. Leimberg www.unseenimages.com

Editor’s Note: A native of Wildwood, New Jersey (another barrier island), Leimberg makes his home on Amelia Island. While residing in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Steve taught Estate and Business Succession Planning in the Tax Masters Programs at Temple University Law School , Villanova University Law School, and the American College.

On Amelia Island , Leimberg works as a professional portrait and wildlife fine arts photographer. Leimberg serves on the Board of Directors of Wild Amelia. We appreciate Leimberg’s many contributions to the Fernandina Observer.

Photographers can submitted their photos to susan@fernandinaobserver.com Fernandina Observer Incorporated is committed to protecting the copyright and intellectual property of others. Content provided to Fernandina Observer must be content that does not violate copyright or intellectual property of others.

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Armed robbery suspect arrested

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office
Press Release
Bill Leeper, Sheriff

February 27, 2015 2:39 p.m.

Smith II
Charles Edwin Smith II

Yulee, Fla. – On February 25, 2015 at approximately 2:10 am the Kangaroo Food Store on U.S. Hwy. 1 (Ratliff Road) in Callahan was robbed by a white male armed with a hammer. The suspect made off with $75.00 in cash and five packs of cigarettes after acting in a threatening manner towards the clerk.

The suspect fled the scene in an early model blue / grey Ford F-Series Pick-Up Truck.

During the investigation, it was discovered that a subject matching the description of the suspect (including vehicle) robbed another convenient store in the Commonwealth Road area of Jacksonville.

Information was developed from leads that indicated that the robbery suspect was Charles Edwin Smith II. It was found that Mr. Smith had a felony criminal history (Escape, Sex Crimes, and Financial Crimes) which caused him to be incarcerated by the Florida Department of Corrections. It was further found that the NCSO had an active warrant for the suspect for Failure to Comply with Sexual Offender Requirements.

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office CID Detectives contacted the U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force in Jacksonville and requested that an attempt be made to locate Charles Smith on the Nassau Warrant for Failure to Comply with Sexual Offender Requirements.

On 02/27/2014 Charles Edwin Smith II was located and detained by the United States Marshal Service in the area of State Street in Downtown Jacksonville.

Mr. Smith was secured without incident and the Marshals transported him to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed.

Mr. Smith confessed to committing the above mentioned robbery and was arrested on the active Failure to Comply warrant and for Armed Robbery.

Nassau County Deputies are working with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to provide them with the information on their case.

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City of Palatka terminates Czymbor

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
February 27, 2015 2:28 p.m.

Michael Czymbor
Michael Czymbor

According to the Palatka Daily News, Palatka’s City Commission on Thursday voted 5 – 0 to terminate City Manager Michael Czymbor as city manager.  Czymbor served as city manager of Fernandina Beach for five years prior to accepting the position in Palatka, Florida.

Mayor Terrill Hill who made the motion to terminate Cymbor’s employment said, “I think we need to go in a different direction. I’m not trying to say that you’ve done anything wrong. But I’m saying it is time to change . . . my motion is to change our leadership and the direction our city is going.”

“Surprisingly and unexpectedly the City Commission in an emergency fashion voted to terminate my employment Continue reading

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