Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
April 13, 2015 1:30 p.m.


The Fernandina Beach Community Development Department's Bretta Walker (l) and Angie Lester (r) compile the statistics that the Fernandina Observer reports each month.
The Fernandina Beach Community Development Department’s Bretta Walker (l) and Angie Lester (r) compile the statistics that the Fernandina Observer reports each month.

The Fernandina Observer welcomes the following businesses newly licensed to operate in our city last month.

Business Address Owner Type of Business
Amelia Island Culinary Academy 25 S. 3rd Street William Thompson Misc. retail store
Gilded Dolphin Art Studios & Gallery 5 S. 2nd Street Lynne Pilkerton Gift, novelty, souvenir shop
Tri to Inspire 1200 Atlantic Avenue Katie Kalluswich Misc. personal services
Marlin & Barrel Distillery, LLC 115 S. 2nd Street Roger Morenc Manufacturing and retail
Girl Power 2 Cure 626 S. 8th Street Girl Power 2 Cure Misc. retail
Graham Insurance Services 1886 S. 14th Street Francis Graham Insurance agency
Benjamin N. Diller, D.D.S., P.A. 1200 S. 14th Street Benjamin Diller Health services

During March 2015, the city issued 232 permits, 32 more than the same period in 2014. This activity brought the city $104,359 in fees. Permits were issued for 5 new homes, one new commercial building and 3 demolitions. There were also 2 Stop Work Orders issued in March. Permits for the first quarter of 2015 calendar year are running ahead of last year, 673 to 612. The Building Department also reported that it is updating counter procedures.

New Buildings – March 2015

Permit #2015- Owner Address Contractor
0561 1303 SR 200, LLCProject: 2-story restaurant/micro brewery 318 Centre Street Harvey G. Ward Building Contractor
0563 Paul Forrestel (home) 1050 Jean Lafitte Blvd. CBI Cole Builders, Inc.
0586 Kenneth & Susan Dewitt(home) 923 S. Fletcher Ave. Patrick McCarthy Construction
0588 Seda Construction Company(home) 530 Patriots Way Seda Construction Company
0592 Susan Henderson & Mike Spino (home) 315 S. 5th Street Harvey G. Ward Building Contractor
0615 William & Belinda Agricola(home) 3670 S.
Fletcher Ave.
K.H. Lane, Inc.

Miscellaneous – March 2015

Permit #2015- Type Owner  Address Contractor
0480  Demolish entire home Don Pelto 2498 S. Fletcher Ave. Gorham Custom Builders of Florida, Inc.
0527  In-ground pool and paver deck  Damien & Deidre Johns 523 S. Fletcher Ave. Tropical Retreat Pools & Spas, Inc.
0529  In-ground pool Geoffrey & Cheryl Grant 1543 Canopy Drive Stanley Pools, Inc.
0531 In-ground pool Mark & Deirdre Willette 1775 Gardenia Street My Ty Design, LLC
0555 Install new pool and deck Lawrence & Gina Weaver 1661 S. Fletcher Ave Island Watershapes, LLC
0556 Demo stairway and structure Frank Kuitems 1940 S. Fletcher Ave. Self
0557 In-ground pool William & Belinda Agricola 3670 S. Fletcher Ave. Pools by John Garner, Inc.
0618 Construct/complete Phase III of interior build out (Train Depot) City of Fernandina Beach 102 Centre Street Buchanan Builders, Inc.
0620 Construct interior build out for MRI facility Lime Street Land Trust 1865 Lime Street Northeast Florida Contracting
0667 Demo of interior/interior renovation Disbrow Builders, Inc. 428 S. 5th Street Disbrow Builders, Inc.


Suanne Thamm 4Editor’s Note: Suanne Z. Thamm is a native of Chautauqua County, NY, who moved to Fernandina Beach from Alexandria,VA, in 1994. As a long time city resident and city watcher, she provides interesting insight into the many issues that impact our city. We are grateful for Suanne’s many contributions to the Fernandina Observer.

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Lynne Pilkerton
Lynne Pilkerton (@guest_35460)
7 years ago

The Gilded Dolphin is NOT a Gift, novelty, souvenir shop. It is Fernandina’s only working art studio with 7 artist what use this space as their home studio. There is a gallery to show their work. We also teach art classes to children and adults. Instead in commissions a part of their sales will go to a local charity.
I just wanted to make that clarification.

Thanks you, Lynne Pilkerton

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