Author Archives: Mike Phillips

Commentary: Good Old Boys Versus the Public Good

By Mike Lednovich In the heart of Fernandina Beach, important decisions that shape our community’s [...]


Rotary’s Taste of Amelia is Coming March 9

The 37th Taste of Amelia event will showcase culinary treats from a variety of restaurants [...]

Coming Soon: A Coffee Place With a Mission

By Dylan Bailey If you’re a coffee connoisseur, there’s a new coffee shop on the [...]


Commentary: “Getting Older” Doesn’t Have to be “Getting Old”

By Dickie Anderson Approaching my 80th birthday this spring, I am determined to do everything [...]


Commentary: It’s Nassau’s River Also. Pay Attention!

By Emily Floore, St. Marys Riverkeeper On February 9, 2024, Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) [...]


Commentary: The Riverstone Battle is Far From Over

By Lyn Panone On April 23, 2023, Nassau County Commissioners Martin, Huppman, Gray and Farmer [...]


A Fateful Deliberation Continues Over Potential Density Changes

By Mike Lednovich Like the scientists in the film Oppenheimer who grappled with the potential [...]


City-County Soccer Field Deal Nears Completion

By Mike Lednovich Nassau County will contribute up to $1.7 million to help Fernandina Beach [...]


City Seeks Grants to Cover Public Safety Shortages

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach’s Fire Department Chief and Police Chief told city commissioners their [...]


Is the Bioethanol Proposal Legal? Expert Opinion Sought

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach City Attorney Tammi Bach says she is seeking an outside [...]


Commentary: When the Joy of Reading Crosses Paths With the Censors

By Linda Hart Green I do 75% of my seeing out of my right eye. [...]


Want to Know More about the Bioethanol Proposal?

RYAM has issued an invitation to an open house at its 10 Gum St. facility [...]


Fusion Ramen Causes a Stir in Yulee

By Dylan Bailey If you’re a fan of ramen, you’ll be thrilled to know that [...]

Go Figure: Park Discussion Was All Over the Waterfront

By Mike Lednovich Hodgepodge perfectly describes what happened during discussion Tuesday on what began as [...]


Commentary: An Interview With Johnnetta Betsch Cole

By April L. Bogle Johnnetta Betsch Cole’s lineage alone could fill a book. She is [...]


Local Actress/Film Producer Nominated for Award

By Wilma Allen This Sunday, Amelia Islander Sinda Nichols will be rubbing elbows with stars [...]


Boat Ramp Talk Gets Five Thumbs Down

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach city commissioners were united Tuesday in dismissing any proposed plans [...]


Obituary: Marlene Marie Chapman

Marlene Marie Chapman (71), of Fernandina Beach, passed away peacefully at Community Hospice Jane and [...]

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A Tale of Whales, Healing and the Beach Lady

By Lauri deGaris I am grateful to have known The Beach Lady of American Beach, MaVynne [...]


Bill Birdsong: Through His Lens, He Teaches a Love of Nature

  By Dylan Bailey In the realm of photography, there are those who capture moments, [...]


Tours of St. Peter’s Historic Church Coming in April

Are you interested in Fernandina’s history and historic buildings? Join a free 45-minute tour sponsored [...]

On World Whale Day, Consider the Unnecessary Deaths

By Lauri deGaris February 18, 2024, is World Whale Day. And I am heartbroken to [...]


Is This Your Year to Write a Book?

Has anyone ever said to you, “You should write a book about that?” Is 2024 [...]

Quiltfest Applications Start in April

The theme for the 38th annual Jacksonville Quiltfest (QuiltfestJax) is “Sew Your Heart Out.” It [...]

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No Action Yet on Density Plan. Public Workshop Set

By Mike Lednovich The city’s Planning Advisory Board took no action Wednesday on proposed revisions [...]


Coastal Furnishings Closing for Good

After almost a decade of serving the coastal communities of Nassau County, independent furniture retailer [...]

Grace Church Invites Public to Birthday Fling

Grace Community Church, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, invites the public to [...]

How to Pitch Your Novel

The Amelia Island Writers are presenting a free workshop on pitching an idea for a [...]

Barnabas Honors Hometown Heroes

This year’s 3rd annual Barnabas Center Fashion Show Honoring Hometown Heroes, which takes place on [...]

The Amelia Will Return Feb. 29 to March 3

The Amelia returns in 2024 with a week-long celebration of motoring excellence. Attendees will enjoy [...]

“Billy” Star is Only Second Girl in the World

Julia Taylor is appearing as Billy in “Billy Elliot the Musical” (BETM) in Fernandina Beach, [...]

“You People” — a Commentary

By Chip Ross, city commissioner I recently received an email from a local charter boat [...]


Commentary: How Religious Freedom Was Born in the USA

By Linda Hart Green This is the current signboard in front of the First Baptist [...]


Library Friends to Donate $40,000

By Wilma Allen At its annual membership meeting, Feb. 22, Friends of the Fernandina Beach [...]

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At Vintage Donuts, Your Imagination Is the Cook

By Dylan Bailey If you’re a fan of donuts and have a penchant for nostalgia, [...]

Question: Close Downtown Boat Ramp and Use Bartels Ramp?

By Mike Lednovich The Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Board (CRAAB) will discuss the merits of [...]


City Friendship Questioned as Developer Seeks Change

By Mike Lednovich Vice Mayor David Sturges’ friendship with a Fernandina Beach developer, who is [...]


The Big Spring Book Sale Is Coming in March

The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library’s Spring Book Sale will be held March 20-23 [...]


Many More Steps Before Flood Wall Can Be Built

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Mayor Bradley Bean disregarded the numerous obstacles in constructing a [...]


Want to Help Our Environment? You Need to Know This

By Candis Whitney  Did you know that there are more than 25 environmental/conservation organizations in [...]


Take This Class and Make Our Community Safer

By Jim Bollenbacher Did you know that if you experience sudden cardiac arrest, your chance [...]

Learn About Homeless Programs

If you’re curious about the increase in the number of unhoused people in our county [...]

Too-Small Tug Can’t Handle Ocean Barges and Must Be Sold

By Mike Lednovich The Ocean Highway and Port Authority (OHPA) voted Monday to sell its [...]

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Ross Seeks Second Opinion on Partisanship

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Chip Ross is seeking an advisory opinion from [...]


It’s Time to Pay Our Respects to Early-Death Babies

February means different things to different people, but to Kim Maimone February means Mera’s Mission [...]

Start-Ups Grads Venture Forth

The latest graduates of the $1,000 Start-Ups program have completed a 9-month program on entrepreneurship, [...]

When Whale History is Lost, So is Ours

Editor’s note: In celebration of right whale calving season on our shores, we are posting [...]


Cucina South: Perfect for a Special Night Out

By Dylan Bailey Located amidst the beautiful oaks of Amelia Island, Cucina South is a [...]

A Fertile Year for Whales, Offset by Tragedies

By Lauri deGaris Seventeen — that is the number of North Atlantic right whale calves [...]

Late Filing Trips Sturges Up With Ethics Commission

By Mike Lednovich The Florida Commission on Ethics Wednesday found there was “probable cause” that [...]

Nao Trinidad’s Last Day in Our Marina

By Wilma Allen Today is your last chance to step back in time and imagine [...]

Beware: Officials Warn of a Realistic Phone Scam

The Nassau County Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Comptroller have issued this warning [...]

Panama Woes Becoming Fernandina Woes

By Mike Lednovich A year-long drought is limiting the number of ships able to pass [...]

Port Will Sell Some Land, but Without a Plan for the Money

By Mike Lednovich The Port of Fernandina’s long-time accountant urged Ocean Highway and Port Authority [...]

Fancy Condo Plan Reviewed by City

An ultra-modern design, 33-unit, four-story condominium project at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and North [...]

Commentary: When a Helping Hand Is a Jar Opener

By Linda Hart Green I received this fancy jar opener for Christmas. This may seem [...]

Billy Elliot, the Musical, Coming to ACT Next Month

Amelia Community Theatre opens “Billy Elliot: The Musical” on Feb. 9 at 207 Cedar St. [...]

Take Your Visitors to Salt Life. No Visitors? Take You

By Dylan Bailey When it comes to dining experiences that seamlessly blend food, ambiance, and [...]

Motel Proposed at Sadler and Ryan

The developer for a proposed motel located at the entrance of the Pirates Bay community [...]

Tringali Owners File Appeal of Judge’s Ruling

By Mike Lednovich The Tringali property owners have filed an appeal in the First District [...]

Port and Feds Are In a Serious Misunderstanding

By Mike Lednovich The Port of Fernandina is in peril of having to pay back [...]

A Friendly Agreement Expands Athletic Warmups

Fernandina Beach has often cast an envious eye on a large, unused field in front [...]

Commission Considers Bond Issue With Big Holes In It

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach city commissioners have a vision for a $25 million bond [...]

A New Book for a New Festival of Stories and Songs

By Wilma Allen Release of the new book, “Life on American Beach: Voices from Within,” [...]

Citing a November Case, Bach Says Candidates Can Tout Party Affiliation

By Mike Lednovich City Attorney Tammi Bach issued an opinion Monday that says candidates for [...]

Andre The Seal: Rockport and Boston’s Most Popular Resident

By Lauri deGaris Seals are also known as sea dogs, and they can entertain us [...]

Unusual Shipping Container Hotel Up for Review

By Mike Lednovich The city’s Technical Review Committee (TRC) is scheduled Thursday to review a [...]

Up Close and Personal: A Rush to Watch Whales Near Shore

By Lauri deGaris In my mind, few things are more exciting than receiving news about [...]

Amelia’s Last Great Grove of Sabal Palms Hangs in the Balance

By Lauri deGaris Recently, I walked along the south end of Amelia Island’s beach with [...]

Atlantic Seafood to Move, Grow but Still Look Funky

By Mike Lednovich The City’s Historic District Council Thursday mostly liked the concept design of [...]

Two Department Heads Leaving the City

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course General Manager David DeMay and city Parks [...]

City Elections Are Coming — But So Far Candidates Are Scarce

By Mike Lednovich The clock is ticking with just four months remaining for candidates to [...]

Waterfront Park Takes a Step Toward Reality

By Mike Lednovich So far, so good for the latest plan put forward to convert [...]

Sturges Strikes Back at Ethics Complaint Filers

By Mike Lednovich At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Fernandina Beach Vice Mayor David Sturges called [...]

Vintage Car Show at Canopy Way Day Program

A special event had been planned for Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m.-noon at Canopy [...]