Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Rick Scott
September 21, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Rick Scott - 4 Surfers
“Sunrise and four surfers”
Photo courtesy of Rick Scott

Editor’s note: After visiting a friend who lives on the island, Rick moved to Fernandina Beach from Austin, Texas. His interests include scuba diving, travel, and photography. “One of the great things about Fernandina Beach is that we get an incredible light show every day which provides an unending feast for photographers just outside their doors,” says Scott. For 30 years Rick was an Associated Press news correspondent and media relations spokesperson. We thank Rick for his contribution.

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Chesapeake Utilities to build combined heat and power plant in Fernandina Beach

ches util logoSubmitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
September 20, 2014 2:49 p.m.

 

According to a September 19, 2014 news release available on the company website and broadcast on www.manufacturingnews.net the same day, big changes might be in store for Chesapeake Utilities, Florida Public Utilities, Rayonier Advanced Materials, and the city of Fernandina Beach.  There is no new information on the Rayonier website or Florida Public Utilities’ website.  Chesapeake Utilities has released the following news, presented below:

6046.1397355309Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) (“Chesapeake”) announced today that its subsidiary, Eight Flags Energy, LLC (“Eight Flags”), is pursuing the development and construction of a combined heat and power plant in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island in Nassau County, Florida. The plant will be built on a site to be leased from Rayonier Performance Fibers, LLC (“Rayonier Performance Fibers”), a subsidiary of Rayonier Advanced Materials, Inc. (“Rayonier Advanced Materials”). The site is adjacent to a cellulose specialties plant that Rayonier Performance Fibers operates. The combined heat and power plant will generate steam that will be sold to Rayonier Performance Fibers, pursuant to an agreement executed by Eight Flags and Rayonier Performance Fibers, for use in the operation of Rayonier Performance Fibers’ plant. The combined heat and power plant also will produce approximately 20MW of base load power that will be sold to Chesapeake’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Florida Public Utilities Company (“FPU”), for distribution to its retail electric customers. Continue reading

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City Commission Candidate Tim Poynter to host campaign kickoff

Submitted Press Release
City Commission Candidate
Tim Poynter 904-415-6533
tpoynter@gmail.com
September 19, 2014 9:25 a.m.

Editor’s Note: The Fernandina Observer does not endorse candidates.  We offer candidates the opportunity  to post submitted press releases that announce their candidacy, and notices of campaign events open to the public. Candidate Tim Poynter will face incumbent Commissioner Charlie Corbett and Roy G. Smith Jr. in the November election.

Kickoff Party is Sept. 22

Tim and Theresa
Tim Poynter, Candidate Group 2, joined by his wife Theresa

Candidate for Fernandina Commissioner Tim Poynter will host a kickoff party from 5-7 Continue reading

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Fernandina Beach approves new fee and rate schedules for FY 2014/15

DSCN0069Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst

September 18, 2014 5:08 p.m.

On second reading at the September 16, 2014 Regular Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission, commissioners unanimously approved a 3% rate hike for water and sewer (Ordinance 2014-23).  There was no public input or commission discussion.  With approval of the annual pay and classification plan (Ordinance 2014-25), there was also no public input or commission discussion.  But the third ordinance (2014-24), which established a long list of fees for all types of city permits and services ranging from the city cemetery to the airport and beyond, raised some public input and commission discussion. Continue reading

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City renews insurance policy with Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
September 18, 2014 3:45 p.m.

Sean Woleshin
Sean Woleshin

Shaun Woleshin, the city’s insurance consultant, briefed the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) during its September 16, 2014 Regular Meeting on the positive track record for Workers Compensation insurance claims that have led to a lowering of the annual insurance premium billed to the city.  Woleshin reported that the city’s insurance bill had decreased 5.13% mainly due to improved safety record leading to fewer Workers Compensation claims and a transfer of airport insurance to Global Aerospace, a firm that insures smaller airports.  That transfer saved the city 14% on its airport insurance premium while the policy provides broad coverage.  He presented a few slides to demonstrate how, with a premium calculated based on the past 3 years of claims, the city’s insurance premium paid to Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust (PGIT) will continue to decrease. Continue reading

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FBCC considers skydiving and airport matters

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter — News Analyst
September 18, 2014 2:32 p.m.

Commissioners Charlie Corbett and Sarah Pelican chat with Andy Curtin before the meeting.
Commissioners Charlie Corbett and Sarah Pelican chat with former AAC member Andy Curtin before the meeting.

A significant portion of the Fernandina Beach City Commission’s (FBCC) Regular Meeting agenda for September 16, 2014 dealt with aviation or airport-related matters:  a potential tandem skydiving operation, the city airport Master Plan and Layout Plan, and whether to continue requiring completed operations insurance from airport businesses. Continue reading

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Impact fee settlement in October ?

Submitted by Adam Kaufman
Legal Analyst

September 18, 2014 11:28 a.m.

The attorneys for the parties in the long standing “impact fee” litigation involving Joanne Conlon and the City have today jointly advised the First District Court of Appeal that discussions toward a potential settlement are continuing. They have informed the Court that “the discussions have progressed to the point that the parties are now exchanging drafts of settlement documents” and have requested that the Court defer any action until October 20, 2014 when they will file a report with the Court on the outcome of their Continue reading

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Constitution Week – September 17 through 23

Press Release
Submitted by Linda Davis
Amelia Island Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
September 18, 2014 4:18 p.m.

DAR - Constitution WeekConstitution Week is commemorated each year from September 17th through the 23rd. This year, “We, the people” celebrate the 59th anniversary of that Constitution Week law, the 227th anniversary of the signing of our Constitution, and the 223rd anniversary of the Continue reading

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No coal for Port of Fernandina at this time, says Kinder Morgan

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
September 17, 2014 5:48 p.m.

KM logoIn response to what can only be termed an avalanche of public opposition, Kinder Morgan has notified the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) that it wishes to withdraw its current application to receive and handle coal at the Kinder Morgan Nassau Terminal, Port of Fernandina.

In a letter dated September 15, 2014, to John D. Phillips of FDEP’s Northeast District, Rodney Palmer, Director of Operations for the Southeast Region of Kinder Morgan Terminals wrote that this project had been intended to benefit “all community stakeholders.”  He reiterated points that Kinder Morgan had raised in meetings and discussions with FDEP: Continue reading

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Public in search of horse sense on city beaches

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
September 17, 2014 12:51 p.m.

256056956007_144288560003_3653429_16000_0016.jpg.w560h420While adopting a new budget met with yawns from city residents, not so for the question of horseback riding on city beaches.  During the Regular Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) on September 16, 2014, chambers were packed with horseback riders and commercial horse rental operators who voiced concerns over proposed amendments to city code regarding horseback riding.

michelle-obama-manure-happens-shovel-ready-speech-sad-hill-news1The item had been placed on the agenda as First Reading of Ordinance 2014-29, following discussion over concerns raised by residents to city police and aired during previous FBCC meetings.  Currently, horseback riding is allowed on the stretch of city beach between Sadler Road and Peter’s Point Park between the hours of 5 p.m. and sunset and from sunrise to 11 a.m.  from May through October.  From November through April there are no daily time restrictions.  Commercial operators require a special permit for their business, but not for each horse. Continue reading

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