Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Kathy Brooks
Volunteer Wild Amelia
May 19, 2018

A rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtle was one of two released back to their ocean home by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center at Main Beach to kick off the 12th annual Wild Amelia Nature Festival on Friday, May 18th. A large crowd was on hand to wish them well! Photo courtesy of Kathy Brooks.


Editor’s Note” Kathy claims to be a “strictly an unschooled amateur photographer” and she has enjoyed taking photos of family, friends, and nature her whole life. She says Amelia Island is a treasure for photographers, and she enjoys donating photographs to various charities for silent auctions and just sharing the beauty of this island in photo gifts to friends and family. She is now consumed by being a grandmother and taking photos of her  grandson.

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I-295 resurfacing improvements on Jacksonville’s northside planned to begin in May

FDOT Media Release
May 15, 2018

Jacksonville The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is scheduled to begin a resurfacing and safety improvements on I-295 (S.R. 9A) from Trout River Boulevard overpass to east of Biscayne Boulevard overpass Monday, May 19, weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting.

The construction work planned will include:

·         Milling and paving of the roadway and ramps within the project limits

·         Roadway striping

·         Guardrail installation

·         Drainage improvements

·         Other miscellaneous construction improvements

To improve safety, a high friction asphalt mixture will be used to pave a portion of the roadway of the southbound Dunn Avenue entrance ramp loop. This special mixture of asphalt will allow tires to grip the roadway better for motorists while merging on to the interstate. Continue reading

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Nassau County road & lane closures: May 19-25, 2018

FDOT Media Release

Daytime closure from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday southbound near the Nassau County line and Georgia State line for Gateway sign and guardrail construction.

I-95 from Florida State Line to Georgia exit 22 (Horsestamp Church Road)
Daytime lane closures for GDOT resurfacing project.

I-95 over St. Mary’s River
Daytime lane closures Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for routine bridge inspection.

I-95 over Tide Creek
Nighttime lane closures Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. for routine bridge maintenance.

I-95 over U.S. 17
Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. for routine overpass maintenance.

State Road A1A at Arrigo Boulevard
Nighttime westbound lane closure Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for road work.

State Road A1A at Barnwell Road 
Nighttime westbound lane closures Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for road work.

State Road A1A at Blackrock Road
Nighttime westbound lane closures Monday and Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for road work.

State Road A1A at David Hallman Parkway 
Nighttime westbound lane closures Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for road work.

U.S. 1 from Alligator Creek to the curb and gutter section (Hilliard)
Daytime northbound lane closures from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for road work.

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Senator Bean Presents $400,000 Check in State Funding to ElderSource

From the Office of 
Florida Senator Aaron Bean
May 19, 2018 11:53 a.m.

Jacksonville, Fla. – May 17, 2018 – On behalf of the State of Florida, State Senator Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) yesterday presented a $400,000 check to Linda Levin, CEO of ElderSource, and ElderSource’s Board of Directors. During the 2018 Legislative Session, Senator Bean and State Representative Travis Cummings (R-Fleming Island) worked together to secure $400,000 in state funding for ElderSource, so they can provide home-delivered meals to elderly residents in seven Northeast Florida counties.

“We often take for granted our ability to simply prepare a meal when we’re hungry,” said Senator Bean. “However, many seniors in Northeast Florida are unable to perform these everyday tasks without assistance. This funding will allow ElderSource to deliver more meals to seniors in need, and ensure they live out their golden years in good health and with dignity.”

“It was a pleasure to work with Senator Bean and ElderSource to support our seniors,” said Representative Cummings. “I appreciate all ElderSource does for our community – their service, advocacy and support are invaluable.” Continue reading

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Fernandina Beach Police Foundation funds 2 scholarships

Submitted by Steve Filkoff
Fernandina Beach Police Foundation
May 18, 2018 4:00 p.m.

Fernandina Beach Police Chief Jim Hurley and Fernandina Beach Fire Chief Ty Silcox awarded $1,000 scholarships to FBHS seniors Lauren Walker and Samantha Malagliati at the FBHS Awards Ceremony on May 1.  The scholarships awarded are part of Beyond the Badge, a new program recently organized by the local police and fire departments, under the Fernandina Beach Police Foundation.   Funding for future scholarships will be raised by proceeds from a slightly competitive basketball game between the FBPD and FBFD on July 20 at the FBHS gym.

The Fernandina Beach Police Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes that support the Fernandina Beach Police Department.  The Foundation’s mission is to support our police officers in building important programs with the local community including the Police Auxiliary Corps (PAC), Shop with Cops, Signal 35 – Officer Assistance Program, Police Community Relations and the Chaplaincy Program.  For more information, contact the Foundation at 904-310-3254 or [email protected].

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Institute for Enterprise awards scholarship

Institute for Enterprise
Submitted by John Elwell
Press Release
May 18, 2018 2:00 p.m.

The Institute for Enterprise, Inc (I4E) is pleased to announce the 2018 recipient of their Nassau County Annual Scholarship Award is Caleb Fahlgren of West Nassau High School. The I4E scholarship provides an award of $2000 toward the financial cost of his education in pursuing an entrepreneurial degree at any fully accredited college, university, learning institution, or approved vocational/technical school. Caleb plans to attend Auburn University to study towards a Wireless Engineering degree before launching a business that will focus on cyber security, and personal privacy for consumers in the field of computers and technology.

Last year’s winner, Ty Herring of Fernandina Beach High School, is completing his Continue reading

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County announces new executive director

Boys & Girls Club Nassau County
Submitted by Alan Donaldson
May 18, 2018 11:00 a.m.

Chris Martin Joins as Executive Director

Chris Martin joins Boys & Girls Clubs Nassau

Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation has named Chris Martin as Executive Director to lead the community outreach and fundraising for the organization. Chris will be working closely with Jamie Thompson, Area Director, who is responsible for club operations and programming. The Foundation provides funding for the operations of two local Clubs.

“We are delighted to have Chris lead our community outreach and expand our fundraising capabilities to meet the needs of our growing community,” said Clara Miller, President of the Nassau County Foundation board. “As a seasoned Boys & Girls Clubs senior executive, Chris brings the experience needed to expand and strengthen our community ties, while growing the fundraising base needed to provide a top-quality Club Continue reading

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City police apprehend Speedway Gas Station robbery suspect

Fernandina Beach Police Department
Mark K. Foxworth, Deputy Chief
May 18, 2018 9:46 a.m.

On May 17, 2018 at 11:30AM an armed robbery was reported at the Speedway Gas Station & Convenience Store located at 3100 South 8th Street. A description of the suspect was broadcasted and a Nassau County Deputy with the assistance of an off duty Fernandina Beach Officer stopped the suspect vehicle on State Road 200 just before County  Road 107. The suspect was taken into custody and subsequently identified by witnesses.

The investigation determined the suspect brandished a gun at the clerk and stole money and other items from the counter. He then fled and made his escape in a vehicle that he had parked nearby.

The suspect, who is charged with Armed Robbery and Resisting Arrest is 17 year old Brandon Michael Hicks who resides off of Amelia Island in an unincorporated area of Nassau County.

No one at the Speedway Gas Station & Convenience Store was injured.

The point of contact is Sergeant Tracey Hamilton at 904-310-3215.

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Weekly comments from Dale Martin

City Manager Dale Martin

Dale Martin
City Manager
Fernandina Beach
May 18, 2018 12:00 a.m.

Due to the length of the most recent City Commission meeting, I refrained from offering comments related to the City’s public safety personnel. I’ll share those comments here.

Don McFadyen 1937 – 2018

In memory of Chaplain Don McFadyen, the City Commission opened the meeting with a moment of silence. One of the scheduled proclamations for the evening was to formally recognize National Police Week (May 13) and Peace Officer Memorial Day (May 15). Chaplain McFadyen traditionally offered the invocation at this meeting, so to recognize and remember his service to the community in this manner was movingly appropriate.

Following Mayor Miller’s recitation of the proclamation, Deputy Chief Mark

Foxworth held the Commissioners, the staff, and the residents in awe as he recounted the daily challenges of our patrol officers (and patrol officers everywhere). As he indicated, patrol officers are unique in that very few other (if Continue reading

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