Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Joe Winston
May 25, 2019 11:00 p.m.

“Three Families on the Move” Photo courtesy of Joe Winston

Editor’s Note: Artist Joe Winston moved to Amelia Island in 1994. Joe is a designer, ceramic artist, painter who never stops drawing or taking photos. He can be found on the beach or in Egan’s Creek around sun rise or sun set. We thank Joe for his contribution to the Fernandina Observer.

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A one and a half hour walk through the Greenway – A photo journal

By Bill and Susie Birdsong
May 25, 2019 1:00 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Bill Birdsong, a frequent contributor to Sunday’s “Amelia Island revealed . . .” series sent us these untouched photos to show what our city’s greenway has to offer. We have posted two groups of photographs all taken during the Birdsongs’ one and a half hour Greenway walk. We thank Bill and his wife Susie, who wrote about the uniqueness and beauty of one of our city’s greatest assets.

Egans Creek Greenway has been in the news lately so it is timely that people be aware of it and what they might see there. It’s apparent that more and more local folks and visitors are discovering and valuing this treasure. The North and South sections are distinct: one a marsh environment; the other, fresh water. This gives two distinct habitats over a total of about 2.5 miles if taken together.

Photos courtesy of Bill Birdsong.

I don’t know of any other place with such a variety of wildlife and scenery in such a short distance. You can enter the slightly shorter North section from behind the Recreation Center on Atlantic and exit at Jasmine. This is the marsh. Or, walk the South, which runs from Jasmine to Sadler ending at the Residence Inn. This is the fresh water. Both have entrances/exits on Jasmine marked by green signs, about 100 yards apart. There is parking along the road on Jasmine or in specially designated stalls at the Residence Inn and next to the play ground behind the Recreation Center. The paths are grass, easily walked or biked. The city has placed excellent maps of the trails at all entrances/exits.

Photo courtesy of Bill Birdsong.

For us, the greenway serves as a place of relaxation, exercise, appreciation of nature and wonderful opportunities for photography. Both environments are interesting but the South provides more shade in the summer. Insect repellent is generally a good idea. We have been asked, “Just what is out there? Is it dangerous?”

We hike or bike the trails several times a week and have never felt any danger (even from the alligators!) and always see something interesting. To inform friends who haven’t been there, I put together a series of images of what we saw on a walk on the South greenway last week. We started at 5 pm at the entrance behind the Residence Inn. Here are some the photos from that walk, taken not for artistic reasons but to show the variety of wildlife you might see. Every image is of a different animal or bird. Remember, these were seen in 1 1/2 hours on a walk of about a mile!

The greenway is one of the gems of our city. If you haven’t visited, please do.

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What’s to become of the Amelia River Golf Course?

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
May 24, 2019 10:04 a.m.

Fernandina Beach City Commission Chambers filled early to overflowing for the FBCC’s May 21, 2019 Regular Meeting.  Many concerned city and county residents patiently sat through the regular business meeting waiting for the first Discussion item placed on the agenda by Commissioner Mike Lednovich:  Land Conservation – Amelia River Golf Course.  There was no backup material accompanying this item, but it quickly became apparent that many audience members had been made aware of the issue in advance of the meeting.

The discussion, which lasted more than 2 hours and brought 20 speakers to the podium, centered around a proposed development of a multi-million dollar car-centric complex on what is today the Amelia River Golf Course (ARGC) leasehold and Lednovich’s counter proposal for the city to take over the lease and convert the property to conservation and recreational land.  Even though the developer had not yet submitted a proposal to the city for formal consideration, Lednovich decided to submit his own proposal.

The developer had, however, presented his concept to the city’s Airport Advisory Commission earlier for their consideration and input, thereby generating rumors and alarms throughout parts of the island community that intensified as they made their way through social media sites.

The FBCC discussion quickly bogged down over issues involving the leasehold.  City Attorney Tammi Bach cautioned commissioners to stick to policy and avoid wading into issues that could result in lawsuits for the city.  It was also clear that Lednovich was presenting his personal proposal for an alternative use for the ARGC property and did not represent the FBCC. Continue reading

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Bent Wing to host MMOPA Annual Fly-In Convention, May 29-June 4, 2019

Kathryn Echard                        
Bent Wing Flight Services
(904) 849-4321
[email protected]
May 24, 2019 4:30 p.m.

Fernandina Beach, FL –  Bent Wing Flight Services, the Fixed Base Operator at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport on Amelia Island, Florida, is pleased to be the host FBO for 29th annual Fly-In Convention of the Malibu/M-Class Owners and Pilots Association. The Fly-In Convention will take place at the Ritz Carlton from May 29 through June 2, 2019.

MMOPA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the interests and Continue reading

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Lindberg receives Florida Alliance for Arts Education Volunteer Award

Florida Arts Alliance
Press Release
May 24, 2019 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Jane Walker Lindberg

Dr. Jane Walker Lindberg will be receiving the Florida Alliance for Arts Education Community Volunteer Award at the 2019 FAAE Annual Leadership Summit at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale on June 21, 2019.

Dr. Lindberg was nominated by Robin Bolan for her work with Arts Alive Nassau. In her nomination, Mrs. Bolan states that Dr. Lindberg “has devoted a major part of her life to music and the arts. Her extensive resume illustrates this . . . her dogged pursuit to provide art and music to our elementary children, and her energy in accomplishing what she does wile working part time in her family business.”

Dr. Lindberg’s achievements include founding and directing the Island Chamber Singers and the Songspinners, and reorganizing the former Amelia Arts Academy to form Arts Alive Nassau, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide arts experiences, including Continue reading

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Nassau County issues burn ban for unincorporated areas

Sabrina Robertson
Nassau County Manager’s Office
May 24, 2019

At a Special Meeting today, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2019-102, declaring a burn ban for the unincorporated areas of Nassau County, effectively immediately.

All outdoor burning shall be prohibited except pursuant to permits issued by the Florida Forest Service. The outdoor burn ban would not pertain to cooking on attended and monitored barbeque equipment.

The burn ban will remain in effect until it is lifted by the Board of County Commissioners, upon a recommendation of the Nassau County Fire Chief.

If you have any questions related to the burn ban, please contact Fire Rescue Headquarters at (904) 530-6600.

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Yellow Bluff Fire update: I-95 has reopened to traffic

Sabrina Robertson
Nassau County Manager’s Office
May 24, 2019

5/24/19 @ 11:15 a.m. – Emergency Management Director, Greg Foster, just notified us that the north and south bound lanes of I-95 have reopened as smoke conditions on the interstate have cleared. Should the wind shift and smoke begin to affect the visibility of the road, they may have to close them again. We will keep everyone posted.

5/24/19 @ 10:00 a.m.
From Nassau County Emergency Management:

FIRE UPDATE: Here’s the latest on the #YellowBluffFire from Florida Forestry Service-Jax.

-The fire grew a little overnight but still about 450 acres

-Currently, Fire WEST of I-95 is 100% contained

-It’s expanding more to the north, where they can’t get fire lines cut

-NO THREAT to homes or structures at this time.

-FFS and FHP are in constant contact about traffic and safety and will make decision once it is safe for people to travel through.

-The fire is approximately 30% contained and will likely be weeks before 100% since there is no rain in forecast for a week or more.

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Auditions at Amelia Musical Playhouse Sunday June 9 at 6:00 pm for “An Evening of One Acts”.

Submitted by Jill Dillingham
Amelia Musical Playhouse
May 23, 2019 1:45 p.m.

Show dates – September 5,6,7,8,  2019

Amelia Musical Playhouse will present the romantic comedy:  ”An Evening of One Acts. ”  Four separate casts are needed. The theme is the different stages in love relationships. Each play is about ten pages so learning lines won’t be that hard.

We need 3 males ages 18-50, 4 females ages 18 – 50.

Each cast will rehearse separately, so practice should be once a week for Continue reading

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