Author Archives: Mike Phillips

Whale Calves 7, 8 and 9 Grace Our Waters

By Lauri deGaris Whale blessings keep right on coming … right whale calves nos. 7, [...]

Stories From Ancient Times Unite Whales and People

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

Sturges Ethics Complaint Dismissed

By Brett L. Steger, attorney The Florida Commission on Ethics has entered a public report [...]

Pelorus Jack: Part Two of a Whale of a Story

This article is part of a series of 10 appearing every other Monday in the [...]

La Boheme Coming to Amelia Island Stage

By Wilma Allen La Boheme, among the most popular operas of all time, will be [...]

Winter Solstice: a Universal Celebration

By Lauri deGaris December 21, 2023, marks the astronomical beginning of winter. Mother Earth’s north [...]

Commission Takes First Steps Toward Manager Replacement

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach city commissioners, still reeling from the abrupt departure of City [...]

Fat Exit Package Proposed for Ty Ross

By Mike Lednovich The Fernandina Beach City Commission will be presented today with a proposed [...]

Commentary — The Manager Solution: Make Charlie George Permanent

By Mike Lednovich What many folks don’t realize is that over the past 12 months, [...]

Pay Attention: Really Hearing People is a Gift

By Linda Hart Green It’s crunch time for gift buyers. At least, that is what [...]

New Story-telling Festival Headlined by Carl Hiaasen

By Wilma Allen If he’s as funny on stage as he is on the page, [...]

Tringali Demolition Halted Owing to Missing Asbestos Permits

By Mike Lednovich The Fernandina Beach Building Department slapped a “stop work” order on the [...]

Commentary: Sure Things Lost and Lessons Learned

By Mike Phillips One day, back in my corporate career, I lamented to the CEO [...]

The New City Manager Resigns. More — Much More — to Come

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach City Manager Ty Ross verbally resigned Friday morning effective immediately [...]

A Third Whale Calf Is Born Unto Us!

By Lauri deGaris New moon blessings to right whale #1970 – Palmetto and her newborn [...]

Commentary: A Nightmare on 14th Street

By Chip Ross City Commissioner Traffic is about to get much worse on South 14th [...]

Special Meeting Called to Discuss Ty Ross Affair

By Mike Lednovich The Fernandina Beach City Commission will hold a special meeting Dec. 19 [...]

New Atlantic Seafood — Much Bigger — Being Negotiated

By Mike Lednovich The Fernandina Beach City Commission has approved negotiating a new lease for [...]

Commentary: It’s Not the Alcohol, It’s Everything Else

By Suanne Thamm Dear City Commissioners: Please accept my sincere sympathy for the position that [...]

Commentary — For the Good of the Order: Resignation

Editor’s note: We are offering publication of brief, thoughtful, well-written commentaries on this subject. They [...]

Hearing Canceled, CARD and ATC Remain in Riverstone Suit

Attorneys for both Nassau County and Riverstone have agreed that Amelia Tree Conservancy (ATC) and [...]

Pelorus Jack, a Whale of a 275-Year Maori Story

By Walter C. Hornaday The following article by Walter C. Hornaday, appeared in the Sunday Star, [...]

Another Right Whale Gives Birth to a Calf

By Lauri deGaris Right Whale #3360 – Horton – has given birth to her third [...]

Chief Asks for State Review of How Ty Ross Case Handled

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Police Chief Jeff Tambasco has asked the State Attorney to [...]

Amelia Fresh Cafe: Good and Healthy

By Dylan Bailey Nestled inside of Nassau Health Foods is a cozy cafe with big [...]

Ty Ross: Give Him Another Chance or Send Him on His Way?

By Mike Phillips The truth takes its own sweet time. We know the truth that [...]

Key Riverstone Hearing to be Conducted Via Zoom – CANCELED

CANCELED – See comment below. A hearing on Riverstone litigation matters has been scheduled for [...]

Ty Ross Incident’s Police Video Being Redacted

By Mike Lednovich Police body camera video of Fernandina Beach City Manager Ty Ross’ alcohol-related [...]

From Grim to Soon to Be Attractive on a Stretch of SR200

By Wilma Allen The median strips along state Route 200, as you drive to and [...]

Symphony Bus Trips Available Again

Amelia Residents in Action for the Symphony for many seasons co-sponsored bus transportation to Jacksonville [...]

Learning to Wait Is a Spiritual Discipline

By Linda Hart Green In the golden light of an early summer evening, I swished [...]

First Right Whale Calf of the Season Has Been Born

By Lauri deGaris The full moon of November presided over the birth of this season’s [...]

Remaining Floodwall Plan Comes With Three Big Holes

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach City Commissioners will see a “Waterfront Resiliency System” conceptual design [...]

Library Friends’ Next Discussion

The Friends of the Library Book Club will meet Dec. 14 to discuss “Great Circle” [...]

Overdrinking Tips City Manager Into a Bicycle Wreck

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach’s new city manager, Ty Ross, said he was alcohol-impaired riding [...]

Atlantic Seafood Wants Big Space Increase and 30-Year Rent

By Mike Lednovich After more than a year since taking over the lease of the [...]

The Buffalo, the Cod and the Whale: Going, Going …

Editor’s note: During our right whale calving season, this is one of a series of [...]

Lessons in Life from a Biting Turkey

By Lauri deGarisThe other day, I was at the barn sharing time with a herd [...]

Ross, Bean Snarl Over Invite to Ethanol Firm

By Mike LednovichFernandina Beach Mayor Bradley Bean, who works for Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), skirted [...]

Land Use Changes Would Make City More Dense

By Mike Lednovich After nearly four hours of Fernandina Beach City Commission meetings on annexations, [...]

David Sturges Comments on Two Ethics Complaints

By Mike LednovichFernandina Beach Vice Mayor David Sturges for the first time publicly commented Tuesday [...]

In Dark Times, Find Small Hopes and Nurture Them

By Linda Hart Green I’m hearing that folks are finding it difficult to be hopeful [...]

Some Different Ideas If You’re Not Sure About Thanksgiving

By Dylan Bailey If you’re planning to eat out for Thanksgiving on Amelia Island, here [...]

Oh, Peg Leg Pete! Your Future Hangs in the Balance

By Mike PhillipsThe Fernandina Beach Historic District Council was surprised to find Peg Leg Pete [...]

Rayonier Exec Gets High Honor

The Florida Council of 100 has announced that veteran real estate executive Chris Corr is [...]

Barnabas Bowls: A Report to the Community

By Karen Schaffnera and Donna SweetThe bowls at the heart of Barnabas Center’s annual Empty [...]

Rayonier Applies to Get Into the Bioethanol Production Business

By Mike Lednovich Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) of Fernandina Beach has submitted an application to [...]

Just in Case, How to Prepare for the Unexpected

We plan for so many things in our life; weddings, children, school, college, buying a [...]

Sturges Faces Yet Another Ethics Complaint

By Mike LednovichA second ethics complaint has been filed against Fernandina Beach Vice Mayor David [...]

Have You Noticed? Amelia Is Becoming ‘Music Island’

By Wilma AllenGoogle “Music City” and you will find Nashville, Tennessee. Google “Music Island” and [...]

Native Language Unspoken for 200 Years Brought to Life

November’s “3rd on 3rd” at the Amelia Island Museum of History will be presented by [...]

How Whales — and People! — Use Songs to Navigate

By Lauri deGarisEditor’s note: This is the second in a series of 10 articles about [...]

We Could Use More Table Talk in This Community

By Linda Hart GreenDo you remember the kitchen or dining room table in the home [...]

Bantam & Biddy is a Gluten-Free Heaven

By Dylan BaileyBantam & Biddy has been on Amelia Island for a few years now [...]

Commentary: It Was a Black Day at City Hall

By Mike Lednovich Last Tuesday in Fernandina Beach was a day of ignominy. That’s when [...]

Port Commission Gavel Passes to Miriam Hill

By Mike Lednovich Miriam Hill was elected Wednesday as the chairman of the Ocean Highway [...]

Corps Agrees to Move the Channel at No Charge

By Mike Lednovich The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to move the Amelia [...]

Division And Insults Mar Solemn Proclamation

By Mike Lednovich What was intended as a solemn city commission proclamation honoring transgender victims [...]

Restoration Foundation Honored for 50 Years of Accomplishments

At the first Plantation Ladies Association luncheon (PLA) of the 2023-24 season, the group honored [...]

Veterans Day: a Parade, a Picnic and Later a Living History

The American Legion Post 54 of Fernandina Beach is once again presenting the Veterans Day [...]

After Much Ado, Bean Won’t Read Transgender Proclamation

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Mayor Bradley Bean notified Fernandina Beach Pride Monday that he [...]

Mimi’s Coffee & Boba Tea Is Popping With Flavor

By Dylan Bailey Amelia Island hosts a variety of wonderful and delicious treats. However, one [...]

Who’s In Charge Here? Golf Advisors, Manager Differ

By Mike LednovichBy Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Golf Club General Manager David DeMay sent tremors [...]

A Park Plan Is Emerging Next to Lots D and C

By Mike Phillips The Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board (CRAAB) made some progress at last [...]

Transgender Panel Discussion at St. Peter’s

On Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, Fernandina Beach Pride will host a community event to commemorate [...]

A Short Announcement but Big News

Charlie George bounced into the Wednesday night Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board meeting like a [...]

Some Budget Juggling Gets an Executive Chef for Golfers

By Mike Lednovich Failing for years just to even break even, the Fernandina Beach Municipal [...]

A Wobble on Reading the Transgender Proclamation

  By Mike Lednovich Mayor Bradley Bean notified Fernandina Beach Pride Monday that he was [...]

Habitat to Break Ground on a Mini-Community

Nassau Habitat will break ground for its 2024 build “Berkman Place” on Thursday, Nov. 9, [...]

Easier Lot Division Changes Proposed By Sturges

By Mike Lednovich Changes to the city’s rules on how property can be divided into [...]

Can You See the Way a Whale Sees? Yes You Can!

Editor’s note: Among other accomplishments, Lauri deGaris is a marine biologist. As the right whale [...]

Commentary — Our City Crossroads: Bigger or Better?

By Chip Ross City Commissioner, City of Fernandina Beach Two separate but opposing points of [...]

Two Bits of Progress at Port Authority Meeting

By Mike Phillips Ocean Highway and Port Authority commissioners still don’t have a well-defined plan [...]

After 4 Years, Port Tells Feds It Has No Tug Contracts

By Mike Lednovich The Ocean Highway and Port Authority, along with Port of Fernandina operator [...]

Dickens on Centre Plans Just Keep Getting Better

By Dylan Bailey Dickens on Centre, an enchanting holiday event on Amelia Island, has been [...]