Suanne Z. Thamm
January 23, 2017 6:40 p.m.
When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills. ~Chinese Proverb
Back in the days before Spell-check, did you ever find yourself getting lost in a book-form dictionary on your way to look up something specific? I know I did. I’d be on my way to find one word and get distracted by other terms that caught my eye. The same thing happened to me recently when I started researching city archives to find information on the city’s dealings with the railroad over time. I began in the late 1970’s and am currently up to the mid-1980’s. This exercise has given me a new appreciation for the phrase, “Everything old is new again.”
Here are some of the issues that our city commissions were trying to solve:
· Kids skateboarding on Centre Street;
· Dealing with airport problems and leases;
· Building a clubhouse at the golf course;
· Horses on South Fletcher;
· Beach driving;
· Sewer connection fees;
· Stormwater and drainage problems;
· Whether to maintain or cancel city bus service into Jacksonville;
· Getting the county to pay its fair share for public safety services and recreation services provided by the city;
· July 4th fireworks;
· Maintenance issues on city facilities and Centre Street;
· Adequate street lighting;
· Franchise fees and arrangements for utilities and Fernandina Cablevision;
· Helping indigent citizens pay water, sewer and electric bills;
· Downtown and beach parking.
Did you know that at one time the Police Department had a K-9 unit? And that the airport FBO operator had a felony conviction for drugs? The City Commission briefly considered requests to authorize a Christian Parachute Jumping business at the airport and to accept the gift of a statue of Christ carved into a log for displaying on public property.
In the mid 1970’s there was a lot of controversy over a proposed library and where it Continue reading