Author Archives: Susan Steger

Stephan R. Leimberg: an Amelia Neighbor of Great Consequence

By Jo-Ann Leimberg & Jay Kayne On Dec. 1, 2022, Amelia Island lost a true [...]

The Hurricane of 1898 – My Grandmother’s Story

By Susan Hardee Steger, Granddaughter of Nannie Baker Hardee October 24, 2022 Early in the [...]

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report – Week ending June 16

Florida Department of Health June 19, 2022                 [...]

It’s Official! Aaron Bean Enters Race in Newly Formed 4th Congressional District

Florida Politics By A. G. Gancarski June 3, 2022 A leader in the Florida Senate [...]

Weekly comments from Dale Martin – Memorial Day

By Dale Martin City Manager Fernandina Beach May 27, 2022 As we reach another Memorial [...]

COVID-19 cases rising again in Florida

Florida Politics Scott Powers May 23, 2022 Florida recorded more than 55,000 new cases of [...]

In honor of Fernandina Observer’s 10 Year Anniversary – Reflections and appreciation

By Susan Hardee Sreger Editor May 11, 2022   Ten years ago, the Fernandina Observer [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . . A Look Back

By Carollee Addams Editor’s Note: This  Carollee Addams” photograph is one in a series of [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . . A Look Back

By Priscilla Footlik May 10, 2022 Editor’s Note: We will be posting past “Amelia Island [...]

Faux Fernandina – A Hurricane Dora photo – A look back

By Susan Hardee Steger May 9,  2022 Originally posted June 2017 Editor’s Note:  This story [...]

2022 Preservation Award recipients recognized

By Susan Hardee Steger May 6, 2022 Editor’s Note:  We encourage you to click here [...]

Rally for Reproductive Rights held at Fernandina’s Historic Courthouse

Photos courtesy of Stephan R. Leimberg May 5, 2022 On May 4, a “Rally for [...]

Lanty charged with second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse – Updated

By Susan Hardee Steger May 3, 2022     The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office announced [...]

A thank you farewell to the Marina Restaurant

By Maureen Leary Cason April 27, 2022     Thank you for such a grand [...]

Marina Restaurant closes after 50 years in business

April 24, 2022 Updated April 25, 2022     Yesterday,  Fernandina said goodbye to the [...]

Amelia Island holding inaugural ‘Downtown to Dunes’ cleanup event

Media Release April 21, 2022 Beach and downtown litter collection, followed by volunteer appreciation celebration [...]

Consumer Alert: victims losing millions to ‘SIM Swap’ scam found in Florida

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody Press Release April 21, 2022 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody [...]

Statement regarding masks from Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Statement from Jacksonville Aviation Authority April 20, 2022 According to a statement issued by the TSA on [...]

Antun enters Fernandina Beach City Commission race for Seat 4

By Susan Hardee Steger April 14, 2022     City of Fernandina Beach Clerk Caroline [...]

Baptist Health contributing medical supplies to Ukraine relief efforts

Baptist Health Media Release April 14, 2022 Supplies will be sent to Poland and then [...]

Fernandina Observer announces new leadership

By Susan Hardee Steger Editor April 13, 2022     On May 12, after ten [...]

Drug bust in two locations targets one Fernandina home

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Bill Leeper Press Release April 11, 2022 On Friday, April [...]

Is it time to update your homeowner’s insurance coverage?

By Susan Hardee Steger April 5, 2022 Hurricane season is coming up, and the Florida [...]

American White Pelicans near you

By Bill George President Amelia Island Bird Club April 4, 2022 The American White Pelican [...]

“Decision Day” April 16 – Highlighting the importance of advanced healthcare decision making

Community Hospice & Palliative Care Media Release March 25, 2022 National Healthcare Decisions Day Set [...]

U S Constitution Foundation to hold Nassau County ‘Academic Super Bowl’ – April 7

U S Constitution Scholarship Foundation Press Release Submitted by Stan Cottle March 22, 2022 Free [...]

Nassau County Attorney Mullin “strongly disagrees” with state attorney findings – Moves up retirement date

  Nassau County Attorney Mike Mullin March 16, 2022   My decision to retire and [...]

Balloon releases dangerous for sea and animal life

Information and photographs by Amy Wade March 7, 2022 Imagine coming across a deer eating [...]

Hundreds attend Prayer Vigil for Ukraine

Kathryn K. Bynum, Photographer www.saltykat.com March 3, 2022   Opening Prayer read by  Memorial United [...]

Friends of the Library Book Sale – March 17, 18, 19

Friends of the Library Press Release Submitted by Jody Mackle February 28, 2022 [...]

Swim lesson registration for Spring 2022 opens Monday, February 28

City of Fernandina Beach February 26, 2022 Registration for Spring 2022 Group Swim Lessons will [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Evelyn C. McDonald February 26, 2022   Editor’s Note: Evelyn C. McDonald is not [...]

Car enthusiasts racing to Florida’s Amelia Island for annual Concours Week

Media Release February 21, 2022 AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2022) – For car enthusiasts, [...]

North Florida Land Trust acquisition of Tiger Island moves forward slowly

By Cindy Jackson Reporter February 22, 2022 Lyn Pannone, of the Amelia Tree Conservancy “Tiger [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Helen Rayner February 19, 2022   Editor’s Note: Helen Rayner is an artist-craftsperson who [...]

Nassau County Council on Aging offers many support groups

Nassau County Council on Aging Press Release Submitted by Liz Dunn February 18, 2022 Nassau [...]

Road naming ceremony held in honor of Bill Howard

Nassau County Insider February 16, 2022   On, Friday, February 11, 2022, the Board of [...]

Keep Nassau Beautiful hosts Adopt a Free Tree Drive-through Events

Keep Nassau Beautiful Submitted by Lynda Bell Executive Director February 15, 2022 Planting Nassau’s Future  [...]

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report – Week ending February 10, 2022

Florida Department of Health February 11, 2022                 [...]

City police “Employee Spotlight” on Sergeant Jon Hepler

Fernandina Beach Police Department February 10, 2022 This week’s employee spotlight is on Sergeant Jon [...]

1000 Friends of Florida encourages public to lobby for important bills

1000 Friends of Florida A Message From Paul Owens President February 9, 2022 Since its [...]

Nassau County Schools COVID-19 report – Week ending February 4, 2022

Nassau County Schools February 9, 2022     Week Ending January 28, 2022     [...]

Local volunteers prepare 45,000 meals to help eradicate hunger

By Susan Hardee Steger February 7, 2022 In less than 2 hours, 200 volunteers packaged [...]

Happy children enjoy Central Park’s new playground equipment, but . . .

By Susan Hardee Steger February 5, 2022   Young children flocked to the soon-to-be-completed  Central [...]

Foar From Home rower addresses City Commission while at sea

February 2, 2022 Editor’s Note: While our community was celebrating the completion of Foar From [...]

A journey through eBay uncovers a glimpse of Fernandina’s historic past

By Susan Hardee Steger January 31, 2022 One afternoon, one of my Davis cousins sent [...]

Foar From Home’s arrival in Antigua expected Tuesday, February 1

By Susan Hardee Steger Updated at 3:30 p.m. January 31, 2022   With 55 miles [...]

Foar From Home in final stretch – Donations exceed $812,000

By Susan Hardee Steger January 28, 2022 A group of four local veterans, Billy Cimino, [...]

Foar From Home less than 400 miles from final destination – ETA January 29

January 25, 2022 A group of four local veterans, Billy Cimino, Cameron Hansen, Hupp Huppmann, [...]

Foar From Home – An underwater view

January 19, 2022   Four local veterans, Paul Lore, Hupp Huppmann, William Cimino, Cameron Hansen, [...]

How the smoking rate in Florida compares to the nation

By Samuel Stebbins 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square  January 8, 2022 Nearly half [...]

Pet Paradise opens pet resort in Yulee

Pet Paradise Press Release January 3, 2022 YULEE, Fla. (December 22, 2021) –  Pet Paradise, a Florida-based [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Dana Hermanson January 1, 2022 Editor’s Note:  Dana Hermanson and his wife Heather are [...]

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report – Week ending Dec 23

Florida Department of Health December 25, 2021                 [...]

Fernandina Beach City Commission and the port – Just stop it!

By Darryl Ford December 20, 2021   I had a wonderful opportunity to volunteer at [...]

South 13th homicide – Whigham formally charged with felony murder

By Susan Hardee Steger December 17, 2021 Deputy Chief Jeff Tambasco released information to the [...]

Poynter family newly opened “Duck Pins” honors the late Joan Bean

By Susan Hardee Steger December 15, 2021 Seven of nine children of Joan and Red [...]

Dee Dee Bartels launches new book at Story & Stong

By Susan Hardee Steger December 12, 2021 Dee Dee Bartels has published a new book [...]

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report – Week ending Dec 9

Florida Department of Health December 11, 2021                 [...]

Fernandina Beach Market Place announces new vendor

Fernandina Beach Market Place Submitted by Judi Mackie December 9, 2021 The Fernandina Beach Market [...]

South 13th Street homicide Town Hall Meeting allays concerns

By Susan Hardee Steger December 2, 2021 Friends of homicide victim Colleen Potts, neighborhood residents, [...]

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report – Week ending Nov 25

Florida Department of Health December 1, 2021                 [...]

Update: Town Hall Meeting to discuss South 13th Street homicide to be held at Martin Luther King Center

By Susan Hardee Steger November 29, 2021 Editor’s Note:  The Town Hall Meeting will be [...]

Fernandina Beach Police to hold ‘Town Hall Meeting’ to discuss October South 13th Street homicide

By Susan Hardee Steger November 29, 2021 Deputy Chief Jeff Tambasco, informed the Fernandina Observer [...]

Amelia Island Genealogical Society Annual Meeting – November 16

Amelia Island Genealogical Society Submitted by Portegies Zwart Rob November 14 , 2021 The Amelia [...]

Donna and Dickie – Talk about ‘Great Homes & Churches on Amelia Island’

Media Release Contact: Dickie Anderson [email protected] November 14, 2021 Special event November 19 at Story [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Carollee Addams Editor’s Note: Carollee Addams moved to Fernandina Beach from Naples, Florida in [...]

‘Petanque Open’ on the Fernandina waterfront -Saturday and Sunday

By Susan Hardee Steger November 12, 2021 Beginning Saturday, the Petanque Open will be in [...]

Nassau County School District opens tiny house for teaching practical skills

Nassau County School District Press Release Submitted by Tia Brown November 12, 2021 Nassau County [...]

DeSantis calls for more Florida ‘elections integrity’ tightening in 2022

The Center Square By John Haughey November 6, 2021   (The Center Square) – A [...]

Bird sightings – “serendipitous circumstances”

By Patrick Leary October 2021   Serendipitous circumstances.  Three weeks ago the region was blanketed [...]

Florida lawmakers, officials resist testifying about election law

The Center Square By John Haughey November 1, 2021  (The Center Square) – On May [...]

Drug-import plan would save Florida $150 million first year after federal OK

The Center Square By John Haughey October 23, 2021 (The Center Square) – Florida will [...]

Why wait on cargo ships? Shop local in Fernandina

Fernandina Beach Market Place Submitted by Judie Mackie October 2021 Are you alarmed by the [...]

Happy World Okapi Day!

White Oak Conservation Press Release Brandy Carvalho Director of Development & Advancement October 18, 2021 [...]