Airport Welcome Center location decided: East side is FBCC preference

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
October 24, 2014 5:54 p.m.

During a Special Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on October 21, 2014, the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) rejected the recommendation of the city’s Airport Advisory Commission (AAC) and sided with the City Manager in deciding to locate the proposed airport welcome center on the east side of the airport property.  After a unanimous vote from the FBCC, City Manager Gerrity said that he would prepare an RFP seeking bids to construct the facility with a private partner.  If no bids were received, he said he would revisit siting the facility on the north side, as the AAC recommended. Continue reading

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And the walls come tumblin’ down

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
October 23, 2014 12:47 p.m.


DSCN3419After months of discussion and planning, there are now visible signs of progress on the renovation and expansion of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church on the corner of Broome and North 4th Streets in Fernandina Beach.  On October 23, 2014 deconstruction of the recent addition to the rear of the historic structure began.  Once that is cleared away, work can begin on the new transept, to be located at the rear of the church building, which will allow seating for what has been an overflow congregation for the past many years.DSCN3417 Continue reading

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Last day for ticket purchase “Pony up at Littleberry Farm” – Friends of the Library Benefit

Friends of the Library Press Release
Submitted by Wilma Allen

Contact: 904-491-0034 or
October 24, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Editor’s Note:  To purchase tickets visit the Fernandina Branch of the Nassau County Library on North 4th and Alachua Streets or purchase on line by clicking here.

A fun-filled fundraiser for Friends of the Library

Littleberry Farms
“Joey the Border Collie”, an award-winning trick dog


“Pony Up and Party,” an action-packed fundraiser for the Fernandina Beach Library will take place October 25 at the enchanting 38-acre Littleberry Farm just west of Amelia Island.The party will showcase some of the 20 horses in residence including World Finalists “Junior,” an American Paint prizewinner in western horsemanship, and “Tinker,” a medalist in the ‘hunter under saddle’ category. The Andalusian “Luna” and her rider will show off their skills in dressage and “Nina” will do a few tricks for the crowd, says Terry Continue reading

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Accident on South 8th Street results in serious injuries

Police-DeptSubmitted by Susan Hardee Steger
October 22, 2014 8:05 p.m.

During the early evening of October 21, 2014, near the intersection of South 8th and Centre Streets, Bridgett Harrell of Jacksonville was seriously injured after crossing South 8th street. According to the Fernandina Beach Police report, Harrell was a passenger in a vehicle headed north on South 8th Street. Harrell exited the vehicle positioned in the left turn lane and crossed 8th Street in an “illegal manner.” The commercial truck that hit Harrell was Continue reading

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City and Marina Restaurant owner reach agreement on “Sidewalk to Nowhere”

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
October 22, 2014 4:34 p.m.


View south from end of sidewalk in front of The Salty Pelican
View south from end of sidewalk in front of The Salty Pelican

At its October 21, 2014 Regular Meeting, the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) approved Resolution 2014-146 in the hope of ending a long running dispute with Patricia Toundas, owner of the Marina Restaurant building, over the existence of a public right-of-way adjacent to the west side of that building.  Toundas and the City have agreed to end the dispute in the best interests of both the public and the parties.  Despite diligent efforts of all parties, no official maps have ever been found in city archives to support either position.  Discussion of the item produced some heated moments and exchanges as local attorney Clinch Kavanaugh questioned actions taken and not taken by City Attorney Tammi Bach. Continue reading

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City terminates employment of H R Director – Allegations surface of mismanagement of City Fire Department

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
October 21, 2014 5:07 p.m.

Fire Department largerAn investigation into allegations of bullying, targeting, and harassment of members of the Fernandina Beach Fire/Rescue Department by Jason Higginbotham fire chief began September 4 2014. City Manager Joe Gerrity requested the investigation be conducted by Deputy Police Chief Mark Foxworth and Human Resource Generalist, Ashley Metts. Twenty-one fire department personnel were interviewed. Although the initial investigation focused on an allegation concerning Fire Chief Jason Higginbotham, the extensive interviews with personnel also uncovered concerns of bullying, targeting and harassment, by Deputy Chief Fino Murallo. On October 10, 2014 the final report was completed and turned over to Gerrity.

Although most of the allegations in the report proved to be “not sustained” or “unfounded,” the conclusion follows:

“This inquiry has concluded that there are issues whether perceived or real that are Continue reading

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Sheriffs’ Highway Designation Ceremony

October 21, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Media Release from the Office of Representative Janet Adkins 



On October 13, 2014, State Representative Janet Adkins, State Senator Aaron Bean, Sheriff Bill Leeper, representatives from FDOT, sheriffs’ deputies, county commissioners and other attended a  designation ceremony in Callahan where a section Continue reading

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