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 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 [...]