Author Archives: Mike Phillips

Study Shows Rates for a Self-Supporting Marina

By Mike Lednovich The Marina Advisory Board will discuss rates at its May 22 meeting. [...]

At First Meeting, Citizens Say Walking and Cycling Safety Is Worse

By Mike Spino At the first public series of meetings this week about walking and [...]

Election Fraud Speakers Find an Audience Here

By April L. Bogle A former law professor and a businessman turned podcaster preached their [...]

Port Is Deep in The Red, With Urgent Needs to Spend

By Mike Lednovich The Port of Fernandina is suddenly awash in hundreds of thousands of [...]

City Commission Goes Big-Time in Manager Search

By Mike Phillips For several weeks after firing former City Manager Dale Martin, a majority [...]

Marina Beefing Up Security With Gates

By Mike Lednovich Property theft and vandalism on boats docked at the city marina is [...]

Commission OKs Legal Support for Ethics Charge

Fernandina Beach city commissioners voted at Tuesday night’s meeting to approve paying legal fees for [...]

Commentary: No Matter Your Beliefs, Stand Up for the Tylers

By Rev. Linda Hart Green In 2010, I was a pastor in Ridgewood, New Jersey. [...]

Citizens Give Commission Some Jobs to Do on Manager Search

By Mike Lednovich The citizens committee tasked with advising the City Commission on finding the [...]

Commentary: OK Kids, Let’s Buckle Down

By Suanne Thamm Some years ago a now-departed neighbor added a new acronym to our [...]

New Round Coming Up for Training Entrepreneurs

Since 2020, $1,000 Start-Ups, Inc. has helped launch 30 small businesses in Nassau County through [...]

2023 Waste Contract: Once-a-Week Garbage

By Chip Ross The first reading of the city’s new agreement with Waste Management will [...]

Ancient Presbyterian Group Is Being Planted Here

By Elizabeth Matthews Pastor Tom Hawkes and his wife Ann did not relocate to Amelia [...]

City Has Found a New Airport Director

Interim City Manager Mark Foxworth has announced that Sam Carver, who currently manages the Witham [...]

Art Auction to Support Police Good Works

The Fernandina Beach Police Foundation (FBPF) is holding a ticketed VIP art auction to benefit [...]

It’s Blueberry Season — and a Season for Ancient Stories

By Lauri deGaris Blueberries are native to North America and can be found in every [...]

Here’s the Latest Riverstone Tall Towers Offer

By Mike Phillips The shroud of mystery has been lifted from the latest settlement proposal [...]

Author to Speak on Florida in WWII

A presentation called “War in Paradise: World War II in Florida” will be at 6 [...]

Final Port Plan Gives Community What It Wanted

By Mike Lednovich After 18 months of work, the Ocean Highway Port Authority unanimously approved [...]

A Dirty Trick at Le Clos Turned Remodel Into Oblivion

By Dylan Bailey Le Clos has made another official statement on its Facebook page, retracting [...]

Commentary: Some Hard Truths About Parking Lot A

By Chip Ross Recently Amelia River Cruises emailed me concerning an action taken at the [...]

Ethics Charge Filed Against Vice Mayor

By Mike Lednovich Vice Mayor David Sturges is facing an ethics investigation by the Florida [...]

In-Person Job Fair Coming Up

The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an in-person job fair on Thursday, May [...]

Volunteers Needed to Advise on Elder Issues

ElderSource, a nonprofit organization that works to empower elders, adults with disabilities and their caregivers [...]

Set Free: a Church for Recovery and Redemption

By Eizabeth Matthews I’m sitting across from someone I’ve spoken to many times over text [...]

Beloved Le Clos Abruptly Closes

By Dylan Bailey Le Clos, an iconic Fernandina historic district restaurant since 1996 is no [...]

City Manager Search: Back to Square One

By Mike Lednovich Executive search firm Strategic Government Resources says it will not provide only [...]

Walker? Cyclist? Here’s Your Chance to Be Heard

The new Citizens’ Task Force for Safe Walking and Biking in Fernandina Beach invites the [...]

Casual Chamber Concert With a Norwegian Flair

Join the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (AICMF) 5 p.m. April 16 for a fun-filled [...]

Heritage Tree Trolley Tours

Join your friends and neighbors in supporting the Amelia Tree Conservancy’s heritage tree trolley tour. [...]

The Uses, and The Magic, of Our Sands

By Lauri deGaris North Florida’s beaches are made up of three common types of sand [...]

Tree Conservancy Celebrates 10 Years

Amelia Tree Conservancy is marking its 10th anniversary of protecting Amelia Island’s tree canopy. A [...]

Why the Secrecy on New Riverstone Offer?

Since May 22 of last year, Nassau County and Riverstone Properties have been at a [...]

Area 51 Korean Grill: Very Good, and Longer Hours

By Dylan Bailey Our restaurant reviewer Area 51 Korean Grill touts an impressive blurb on [...]

Walking/Cycling Safety Study Needs Your Ideas

Fernandina Beach citizen surveys reveal that safe and accessible walking and biking is a priority [...]

Pulitzer-Winning ‘Proof’ Opens Here April 14

By Linda McClane The award-winning drama “Proof” opens April 14 at Amelia Community Theatre. The [...]

Commentary: Challenges and Qualifications for a New City Manager

By the Conserve Nassau Board of Directors The Fernandina Beach City Charter provides general guidelines [...]

Charlie George to Take Over as Interim Manager 38 Days Early

Interim City Manager Mark Foxworth is stepping down early, on April 14, to let the [...]

Who’s On First? Commission Wrestles With Manager Process

By Mike Phillips The most important item on yesterday’s city commission agenda was billed as [...]

Businesswomen: ‘Ungeek’ Your Technology

Attention all Nassau County businesswomen, the Eight Flags Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s [...]

Okefenokee: The Swamp Next Door That Is a National Treasure

By Lauri deGaris The Okefenokee Swamp is a unique freshwater ecosystem providing nearly a half-million [...]

Commentary: Manager Search Must Be Done Professionally

By Margaret Kirkland Chair, Conserve Nassau With the current size and projected growth of Fernandina [...]

Review: New Cuban Bistro Off to a Delicious Start

By Dylan Bailey When I heard Amelia Island was welcoming another Cuban restaurant, I was [...]

It’s Almost Time to Build Another City Budget: How That Happens

By Suanne Thamm There is never a good time to be without a permanent, full-time [...]

Right-Wing Group Proposes Businessman for City Manager

By Mike Lednovich The ultra-conservative political group County Citizens Defending Freedom-Nassau is proposing a retired [...]

A Big Year for Concours Week

The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (AICVB) has released data on this year’s Amelia [...]

Conserve Nassau Goes Nonprofit

The Conserve Nassau organization has become a nonprofit dedicated to educating and engaging the community [...]

Do Nassau Sea Turtle Lighting Regs Need Work?

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics The resurgence of loggerhead sea turtles along the Florida and [...]

A Recognized Tree City Third Time

Fernandina Beach once again has been recognized as a Tree City by the international program, [...]

Hard Choices Ahead on Rec Center Auditorium

By Mike Phillips The reports are in on a study of the costs of repairing [...]

Charlie George to be Tapped as Next Interim City Manager

  By Mike Lednovich Deputy City Manager Charlie George will assume the duties of interim [...]

The Good Old Days of City Manager Deals

Fernandina, Florida January 11, 1936 “A called meeting of the City Commission was held this [...]

Meet Four Military-Inspired Writers

If you like to write, kick off your weekend with Amelia Island Writers, who will [...]

Commentary: A Deceit Beyond the Pale

By Mike Phillips Over the years I’ve lost track of how many city commissions and [...]

Other Proposed Search Advisor is a Mystery Man from 2012 On

By Mike Lednovich Not much was known about the city commission’s appointment of Richard Sala [...]

Commentary: ‘Criminal Enterprise’ Accusers Now on Record With FBI

By Chip Ross For years a few individuals have publicly stated that the city of [...]

Here Comes the Big Book Bash!

The annual Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library book sale is almost here. The main [...]

Search Committee ‘Advisor’ Knew Nothing About It

  By Mike Lednovich A long tenured former city manager who was voted by the [...]

Daniil Trifonov, Acclaimed Pianist, Here April 1

The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (AICMF) presents Daniil Trifonov, on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at [...]

City Manager Search Group Launched — With Surprise Advisors

By Mike Phillips In a Fernandina Beach City Commission meeting made up primarily of routine [...]

Port Update: Fertilizer is Off the Table, and the Cement Exodus Will Continue

By Mike Phillips The cement exodus from the Port of Fernandina has slowed but is [...]

Commentary: What Will it Take to Be United in Keeping Our Paradise?

By Suanne Thamm Hatfields vs. McCoys. Sharks vs. Jets. Natives vs. Newbies. Isn’t it about [...]

Old Town Home Tour April 8, 10-4

By Jennifer Harrison Old Town Fernadina was the last Spanish town platted in the New [...]

Why a Mine in Georgia is Our Problem, Too

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many Nassau County residents don’t know that St. Marys Riverkeeper, as part of [...]

Genealogist to Discuss Resources

The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Community Room [...]

Manager Search Update: No Applications

The Fernandina Observer has learned that there have been no applications received for the city’s [...]

‘One Book One Community’ Author Luncheon

Enjoy lunch 11:30 a.m. Thursday April 6 as author Katherine Reay discusses her book “The [...]

New Task Force to Seek Walking and Biking Opportunities

Under the direction of Fernandina Beach Deputy City Manager Charles George, a task force has [...]

Local PR CEO Named Best in US

The World Communications Forum Association has named Axia Public Relations CEO Jason Mudd as the [...]

Cement Exodus Update

As of Saturday morning, with the port shut down and no trucks running, there were [...]

Review: Wickedly Good Wicked BAO

By Dylan Bailey Down an unassuming street in Fernandina Beach, lives a restaurant you won’t [...]

Leadership Training for Nassau County

The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Florida Institute for Political Leadership [...]

A Scramble to Get Cement Out of the Port

This is the aftermath of just one busted bag.  (Photo taken last month.) Trucks started [...]

Pat’s Wildways: New Gardening Mishaps

By Pat Foster-Turley March 17, 2023 I’ve been gardening in my backyard for 20-some years [...]

Habitat Golf Tournament Coming Next Month

Nassau Habitat for Humanity is holding its second annual golf tournament on April 21 at [...]