Coast Guard obtaining quotes to repair Amelia Island Lighthouse Fresnel lens

By Susan Hardee Steger
March 22, 2017 7:24 a.m.

Blankets surround the Amelia Island Lighthouse lantern room to protect the Fresnel lens from sun damage. Photo courtesy of Lea Gallardo

Fernandina Beach Park & Recreation Director Nan Voit, is receiving a lot of emails and phones calls regarding the darkening of the lighthouse since damage occurred to  a portion of the Fresnel lens. Although the City of Fernandina Beach owns the lighthouse, the Fresnel lens is the property of the United States Coast Guard.

Voit contacted Chief Petty Officer Casey Curry Officer In Charge of the Aids To Navigation Team for the United States Coast Guard to request she be “apprised of any information concerning the status of the light.” His response follows:

“The light has been secured until further notice. This was done very quickly to prevent Continue reading

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Cummer Amelia to hold 2 events on Amelia Island April 7, 8

Submitted by Cummer Museum
March 21, 2017 1:15 p.m.


Friday, April 7
1 to 4 p.m. | Members $20, Non-Members $30
Registration encouraged

Join Cummer Amelia for the 3rd annual Garden Walk at the Amelia Island Plantation. The event begins with a presentation by renowned Omni Chef Daven Wardynski held at The Sprouting Project, followed by a walking tour of four beautiful private gardens, each with their own unique charm. Art demonstrations, live music, food, and drink will be provided along the tour route. Transportation is offered.

12:30 p.m. – Check-in at The Sprouting Project, located on Sea Marsh Road on Amelia Island, at the north end of Oak Marsh Golf Driving Range, inside Amelia Island Plantation.
1 p.m. – Presentation by Omni Chef Daven Wardynski at The Sprouting Project.
1:30 to 4 p.m. – Garden Walk of four private gardens.

For additional information, contact Wendy Mayle at 904.899.6007.

Special thanks to our Sponsors and Community Supporters!

Sponsors: Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate; Artist’s Guild and Gallery at the Spa and Shops; CBC National Bank; Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Community Supporters: Art On Centre; Amelia Rental and Management; Amelia Styling Salon; Bijoux Amelia; Bar Zin Bistro & Wine Bar; Café Karibo; Claudia Cardinale-Watts with Coldwell Banker; 2nd Story Gallery & Studios; Crawford Jewelers, Inc.; Joseph Cutajar with Sotheby’s Realty; Island Flower and Garden; Julia Hall Interiors, Inc.; New York Nails; Quality Health; The Book Loft; The Plantation Shop; Pam and Pat Troxel with Coldwell Banker The Amelia Group; Harris Teeter; Evelyn Talman of Amelia Island.


Saturday, April 8

1 to 4 p.m. | Free
No registration required

Enjoy a complimentary self-guided tour through a variety of fabulous properties. Each location will feature artwork by local artists.

Begin your tour at the Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate office (at the Omni Resort Amelia Island Plantation, 10 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, FL 32034) to pick up your map of the properties included on the tour.

For further information, please call Amelia Island Real Estate at 904.277.5980.

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From the Wheelhouse

Adam Salzburg

Submitted by Adam Salzburg, OHPA Chair
March 21, 2017 7:50 a.m.


My name is Adam Salzburg, district 3 commissioner of the Ocean Highway and Port Authority. Recently I was appointed chairman of the board, and as such I feel it is important to share information with you regarding what is going on with your board, and at your port.

As part of our priority to bring the Port Authority to everyone in the county, we held our March meeting in the City of Fernandina Beach Commission Chambers on March 15th. Future outreach meetings will be held on May 10th at 6 pm in Hilliard, and August 9th in Callahan at 6 pm.

The Port Authority believes that in order to make the port more effective, a Port Authority Director should be hired. As such, the board voted at the March meeting to explore hiring a Port Authority Continue reading

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Private Riverside garden tour in Jacksonville March 25

Media Release
March 20, 2017 5:09 p.m.

Cummer Museum garden

Join the Cummer Museum as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. Make the Cummer Gardens the first stop on your tour of a number of private gardens in the Riverside neighborhood. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand in each garden throughout the day to answer your questions.

The Cummer Gardens will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all private gardens will be open from noon to 4 p.m.


Saturday, March 25
10 a.m. TO 4 p.m.
Registration required — please call 904.899.6038 or visit the Cummer’s website

Admission: Purchase day passes ($30 for five private gardens) available only at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, OR pay $7 per person at each private garden. Admission to Cummer Museum is included.

For more information on the Garden Conservancy and the specific gardens on tour, visit

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North Florida Land Trust proposes an outdoor learning laboratory

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
March 20, 2017 11:24 a.m.


Len Kreger

Anyone who has ever dealt with Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Len Kreger understands his passion and respect for environmental issues.  He has been a long time champion of stormwater improvements, protecting and preserving island beaches and last but not least, protecting sea turtles.  Kreger recently embarked on a quest to preserve an undeveloped piece of land along Citrona Drive currently owned by the Nassau County School District (NCSD) that borders the Egans Creek Greenway.

This property, once acquired to meet anticipated future school growth, is no longer needed by the School District.  Last December the School Board requested the vacation of the “rump” portion of Gum Street in anticipation of the sale of the property on both sides to a developer with an intention of developing a new residential subdivision consistent with the underlying Future Land Use Map (FLUM) Category of Low Density Residential and R-1 zoning. The segment of Gum Street requested for abandonment was originally platted as part of the 1857 City of Fernandina Beach Plat. The Right-Of-Way has never been used for access, has not been Continue reading

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Local man wins lottery and heads back to work

By Susan Hardee Steger
March 20, 2017 9:02 a.m.

“Albertie won’t let distractions taking place in his life get in the way of his volunteer efforts. After our interview, he was off to attend an Elm Street Sportsman Association meeting.”

Lawrence Albertie

“It couldn’t have happened to a better person,” said friends of Lawrence Albertie as they learned he was the lucky ticket holder in a 1 million dollar multi-state Cash4Life lottery drawing.  For four days prior to checking the winning numbers, Albertie said, “I had a feeling I had won it.”

So what did Albertie do with the winning ticket before sending it to  lottery officials?  He placed it on a table.

Albertie was born in Sand Hill an old settlement  located on CR 108 between Yulee and Hilliard.  He now lives in Fernandina Beach. His family is one of the oldest in Nassau County. A 1975 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School, Albertie works for PortUs a stevedoring company. He was on vacation when he discovered he was the winner, but this week he is headed back to work.

At first the only person Albertie told was his brother Jerome Way. That was after Albertie asked his brother if he could borrow $1,000. The lottery winnings will not be available for a couple of weeks.

When asked if Albertie was feeling overwhelmed, he said, “A bit. I just thank God and do the best I can do.”

A member of the Elm Street Sportsman Association (ESSA) for the last three years, Continue reading

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Institute for Enterprise announces new board member

Press Release
Submitted by John Elwell

March 19, 2017 4:00 p.m.

Tonya M. Wood

The Institute for Enterprise, Inc. is pleased to announce that Tonya N. Wood has been elected to the Board of Directors and will serve as Board Secretary. Ms. Wood is a graduate with an Associate Degree in Accounting from Lake Superior State University and also studied Microbiology at the University of Michigan. She has spent over 15 years in the banking industry, most recently as a customer service specialist with First Federal Bank of Florida. She is currently employed by Amelia Underwriters in Fernandina Beach, FL.

The Institute for Enterprise, Inc. is a public 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2014 by Douglas M Newton and John Campbell Elwell to promote the growth of entrepreneurship by aiding young people accomplish their educational, business, and economic goals in a free market environment.

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Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Marc Williams
March 19, 2017 1:00 a.m.

“A True Work of Art” Fresnel Lens, Amelia Island Lighthouse Photo courtesy of Marc Williams

Editor’s Note: Marc Williams noticed our article on the Amelia Island Lighthouse going dark (click here), and sent us this  great photo he took of the lighthouse’s Fresnel Lens during one of Scott Moore’s Photo Walks. He recognized the lens is a true “work of art.” Thanks Marc for your timely contribution.

Marc Williams is a Florida native, born in Gainesville and grew up in Leesburg. He and his wife Beverly, also from Leesburg, moved here in 2012 from Atlanta after Marc retired from Cisco Systems. They have had a small home in the Historic District since 2006 and enjoy many of the island’s attractions and amenities.

Marc is volunteer at Ft. Clinch and Council on Aging and is a board member of the European American Business Club of Amelia Island. He enjoys photography, biking, boating and antique telephones.

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Museum seeks loan of fossils

Submitted by Gray Edenfield
Amelia Island Museum of History
March 18, 2017 5:00 p.m.


The Amelia Island Museum of History is preparing for its fourth annual It Came from the Attic Exhibit and we need your help!
Each year the museum puts together a display which showcases items borrowed from our members and our community. The Museum’s theme for 2017 is natural history, and in accordance, this year’s It Came from the Attic exhibition will feature fossils from Florida’s early history.

If you have an artifact or a collection of artifacts related to the fossil history of Florida, and you would be willing to loan to the museum for the exhibit’s duration – June-Sept of 2017 – please contact Museum Curator Gray Edenfield at or at 904-261-7378 ext 102.

Thank you for your generous support!

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