Bags and Helmets to West Nassau Schools

Submitted by Gerry Clare
Roving Reporter

September 2, 2014 3:11 p.m.

The Nassau County Sheriff’s office volunteered with the Greater Nassau Chamber of Commerce today along with students from West Nassau and others to fit and hand out 400 helmets and backpacks. Counting yesterday’s handouts the total came to 717, according to Faye Overstreet, who managed the operation.

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Deputy Shook and Logan Lightsey

She and Ken Overstreet, treasurer of the chamber, demonstrated the proper fitting of the Continue reading

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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.

FOpinions_ SmallerGiven the recent meetings, media reports and blogs concerning the Ocean Highway &
Port Authority (OHPA) and its pending 10 Year Master Plan it’s important that the citizens of Nassau County are given the facts about your OHPA and how it effects you. The OHPA is not a familiar household word or a topic most people in our county understand. This series of articles is needed to inform all 75,000 citizens of Nassau County about the “what – where – how – and why” concerning this remarkable asset.

WHAT- The OHPA was chartered in 1941 by the State to enable Nassau County to prosper Continue reading

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First Bank South and City of Fernandina Beach continue South 14th and Lime mediation

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
September 1, 2014

S 14th St Mediation

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 of Fernandina Beach Board of Adjustments variance denial. According to Deputy City Manager Marshall McCrary, Nick Gillette of Gillette & Associates, provider of  engineering services for a proposed apartment project on the South 14th and Lime Street property, will now work on project revisions to demonstrate compliance with the City’s requirements. Once the revisions are presented, the opposing parties will then determine if the revisions are acceptable.

On May 21, First Bank South appeared before the Board of Adjustments (BOA) to request a deviation from the Land Development Code. First Bank South’s variance request was to develop within wetlands, to fill wetlands, and to reduce the vegetation buffer. During the meeting public comments from  both city and county residents voiced objection to the variance request. The BOA on a 3 – 2 vote denied the request.  First Bank South is now in Continue reading

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Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Sandra Baker Hinton
August 31, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Sandra Baker Hinton - Banana Spider
Golden Orb Spiders
Photo courtesy of Sandra Baker Hinton

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 between the trees creating archway as she drives on the Fort Clinch trail to the beach

For the past 10 years, Sandra Baker Hinton has served as an Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch volunteer patrolling the beaches of Fort Clinch State Park. As she travels along the park roads, Baker-Hinton appreciates the beauty of nature as she watches the morning unfold. .

Besides Sea Turtles, Baker-Hinton enjoys painting and photography. Her art work and the work of other artists, are displayed and offered for sale in her Amelia SanJon Gallery located in the Historic District.

In 2011, Baker-Hinton won top prize in the Wild Amelia Photo Competition.

Hinton came to Amelia Island from Northwest Georgia. To view more of Hinton’s work,

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Port of Fernandina – Both a vision and a challenge – An opinion

An opinion submitted by Gene Alley
August 29, 2014 12:17 p.m.
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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 Port Authority (OPHA) in an effort to more fully understand the ramifications and possible impacts of the Port of Fernandina Beach’s future operations on the local community.

These discussions have revealed several significant issues, specifically:

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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, monsters, history and soup. Classes will be held at the Amelia Island Plantation, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center.

The registration fee for most classes is $50, with the exception of How to Use a Digital Camera and iPad Basics, which are $40 each. Costs of materials, (books, etc.) vary by class. To register and pay for classes, click here.

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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 Sharp  and there were smiles all around.  As I entered the building, I was met by Mary Ann Howat and “Whiskers” in the hall, who mentioned that this pet therapy program was a regular happening and being run by Dickie Anderson, who had started a similar program years ago with a friend. At that time she took her own pets, “Ogie” and “Mac” to visit.

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Susan Haney and “Jingles” meet with Renata and John Sharp

It was so obvious that many of the residents in wheelchairs were delighted by the visits.  Their faces lit up and petting and tail waving were the hit of the day.  The volunteers walk Continue reading

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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.

Blues Festival - ArtistThe Amelia Island Blues Festival returns back to the ocean breezes of Main Beach on September 12th and 13th for two great days of music. Four award winning artist are set to headline this years event. Curtis Salgado, winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt.

Grammy Award and Blues Music Award Nominee, John Primer, a Chicago blues
legend, is one of the finest performers of Chicago Blues today. Samantha Fish won the 2012 Blues Music Award for “Best New Artist Debut” for her album, “Runaway”.

Bernard Allison’s acclaimed career has included decades of performing the Blues. Bernard plays the same smokin’ six string guitar style as his late father, blues legend Luther Allison. “We are very excited to have all of these world-class blues artist at our 4th annual event” adds Jeff Continue reading

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Science First grows assets – More jobs for Nassau County

Press Release submitted by
Science First
August 28, 2014 6:52 a.m.

Science First Logo“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 similar equipment, from Anania and Associates, a Maine-based investment company”

Nancy Bell, President of Science First, is pleased to announce that on August 4, 2014, her Continue reading

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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 garnered 54% of the vote, Kelley representing District 2, will face write-in candidate Eugene Edward Alley in November’s general election.

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Commissioner Steve Kelley and his wife Bernice celebrate his primary win with friends. (L)
George Spicer, District 4, pictured with his wife celebrate his victory.

Spicer, District 4, narrowly defeated incumbent Barry Holloway with 48% of the vote, a Continue reading

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