City Commission sets tentative millage rate

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
July 30, 2014 10:12 a.m.

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Patti Clifford, City Finance Director
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On July 29, 2014, the Fernandina Beach City Commission held a special meeting to set the tentative millage rate for the upcoming year.  After a motion by Commissioner Pat Gass and a second by Vice Mayor Sarah Pelican, the commission voted 4-0 to accept City staff’s recommendation to approve a rollback rate of 6.021.  Adding an exisiting .2642 voter approved debt (Greenway), the proposed millage rate will be 6.2852. Commissioner Charlie Corbett did not attend the meeting.

The roll back rate will bring in the same amount of property tax revenue that was received in the preceding year.  According to City Manager Joe Gerrity, it is “the first time in 3 years we’ve been able to hit the roll back rate.”

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Fernandina Golf Course hosts grand reopening celebration

Billy Casper Golf Press Release
Submitted by Andy DeeKeuster
Buffalo Communications

July 30, 2014 9:05 a.m.

Re-Opening Celebration August 1-3

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South Course Greens Converted to Champion Bermuda Grass

Fernandina Beach Golf Club – managed by Billy Casper Golf, the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. will host a grand re-opening celebration Continue reading

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South Fletcher Avenue Fire Monday, July 28

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release
Jason Higginbotham, Fire Chief
July 29, 2014 4:23 p.m.

At 7:05 pm on Monday, July 28, 2014, the Fernandina Beach Fire Department responded to a 3-story single-family residential structure fire at 3655 South Fletcher Avenue. The initial report from Nassau County 911 Dispatch, advised heavy smoke on the first floor and that all occupants were out of the structure.

Fire TruckAt 7:07 pm, units arrived on scene and observed smoke coming from the residence. As Continue reading

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Trail and road projects planned for Fort George Island area

Information provided by Mike Pikula
A member of Friends of Amelia Island Trails
July 29, 2014 9:18 a.m.

On Thursday, July 24, the Florida Department of Transportation held a meeting at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island to receive public comment on three proposed FDOT projects.

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The first phase of the proposed improvement will cost $421,000. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2015.

The next trail to be developed is a segment of the Timucuan Trail project beginning at the Shad Creek Bridge on AIA near the Sandollar Restaurant.  A 10′ wide paved, off-road trail is planned that will continue northward Continue reading

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Museum’s Gumbo Shack on Eating America August 5

Submitted by the Amelia Island Museum of History
July 28, 2014 2:08 p.m.


AIMH's Volunteer Coordinator Thea Seagraves serving shrimp gumbo during Shrimp Fest 2014.
AIMH’s Volunteer Coordinator Thea Seagraves serving shrimp gumbo during Shrimp Fest 2014.

The Amelia Island Museum of History’s Gumbo Shack from Shrimp Fest 2014 will be featured in an upcoming episode of the brand new Food Network series EATING AMERICA.   The show filmed the Museum’s Shrimp Fest shack and interviewed chef and creator of our gumbo recipe Continue reading

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Small plane crash reported in Yulee

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
July 28, 2014 2:06 p.m.


News4Jax is reporting the pilot of a small plane was killed when his plane crashed in the Yulee area after taking off from Flying A Ranch Airport. The plane went down in a marsh area located about 3 – 5 miles from the airport. For further information click here.

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Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Stephan R. Leimberg

July 28, 2014 1:00 a.m.

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Heron on Branch
Photo courtesy of Stephan R. Leimberg

Leimberg’s photography is on display and for sale at The San Jon Gallery, The Island Art Association, The Omni Plantation Gallery and Guild, Bar-Zin Resturant, and Wines by Steve on A1A.

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.

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Lime Street two way traffic!

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
July 25, 2014
July 25, 2014 4:13 p.m.

On Thursday, barriers blocking a portion of Lime Street were removed and two way traffic began to flow.  For residents who drive in the area, it was a welcomed relief, and with the addition of sidewalks, a nice benefit for walkers and bikers.

Lime Street facing west. Although this portion of Lime Street is a county road, the sidewalk project required joint County and City participation.

Installing sidewalks in the area was a high priority for those involved in the Roberts Learning and Achievement Center, Boys and Girls Club building project.  It is about providing a safe route for children to reach the facility.  An added benefit is additional sidewalks in the area that make for a safer route for children who attend Southside Elementary School.

Roberts Center Boys and Girls Club

On a hot summer morning, walkers and bikers were taking advantage of the safer sidewalk route.  After two long years and multiple delays in the project, the end result is  safer access, and a nice enhancement to the  neighborhood.


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Where do your Nassau County property tax dollars go? An open letter

Submitted by David A. Hallman
Nassau County Attorney
July 25, 2014 9:20 a.m.

David Haldman
David A. Hallman
Nassau County Attorney

It has become evident to me, as someone who works in local government, that there is much confusion about where property tax dollars go, i.e., how those dollars are spent. To that end, and with the help of our budget staff, I have prepared two simple charts. These charts, based upon the 2013-14 Nassau County budget, track the property tax dollar for a Nassau County resident, who lives outside a city or town. (If you live in a municipality, you pay an additional property tax to it, for the services of that entity.)

Because Nassau County has a non-charter form of government, each officer (Clerk, Sheriff, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Election, School District) is an independent entity, with its own budget. This first chart shows who gets what portion of your property tax dollar:

The second chart, below, shows how the County Commission spends its 23 Continue reading

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