Author Archives: Mike Phillips

Meet $1000 Start-Ups Nov. 4 – And Have Fun, Too

$1000 Start-Ups will hold its annual Celebrate Small Business Fair on Saturday, Nov. 4, from [...]

Barnabas Adds Online Market to Empty Bowls Event

A new Barnabas initiative keeps the creativity flowing at this ever-growing, home-grown social service agency. [...]

Symphony Ensemble to Focus on Harp and Violin

By Julia McDermott A performance by Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra musicians, punctuated with an intermission and [...]

There’s help for Troubled First Responders

National First Responders Day is an opportunity to honor the men and women who help [...]

Two Gala Nights at the Opera at ACT

Amelia Island Opera and Amelia Community Theatre present two evenings of spirited and exhilarating music [...]

Who Should Pay for Water Hookups? Ross Says 3-2 Vote Means Residents Pay

By Mike Lednovich Mayor Bradley Bean, Vice Mayor David Sturges and Commissioner Darron Ayscue ignored [...]

City Rezoning to Protect Land on State-Mandated Housing List

By Mike Lednovich The City Commission was unanimous in protecting parcels at the MLK Rec [...]

Commentary: Port Commission Simply Isn’t Functioning as it Should

By Mike Phillips It’s time to say this, and say it bluntly: The Ocean Highway [...]

Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Each year, the month of October reinforces advocacy [...]

Feds Breathing Down Port’s Neck to Get Into Barge Business — But The Tug It Bought Is Too Small

By Mike Lednovich The Ocean Highway and Port Authority and Port of Fernandina operator Savage [...]

‘Shop With Cops’ Chili Fundraiser Will Be Nov. 9

The 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition, benefiting the “Shop with Cops” program for Nassau County [...]

Commentary: The Wise Know What They Don’t Know

By Linda Hart Green I don’t like to admit I was a know-it-all in school. [...]

Library Book Club to Discuss Woolf Classic

The Friends of the Library Book Club will discuss Virginia Woolf’s classic novel “To the [...]

Grants for Main Street Facade Improvements

Fernandina Beach Main Street has started a facade improvement matching grant program. The program is [...]

Feeling Hot & Humid? You Might Need Rita’s in Wildlight

By Dylan Bailey This week has been filled with rain and humidity–which isn’t anything new [...]

Port Loses a Frustrated Realtor to Help With Lot Sales

By Mike Lednovich Highly respected Amelia Island property broker John Hillman sent Ocean Highway and [...]

Graveside Chronicles at Bosque Bello

Graveside Chronicles: Tales of Life, Love, and Legacy October 14, $25 Tickets will be sold [...]

Port Eats Another $40,000 to Correct Termination

By Mike Lednovich The Ocean Highway and Port Authority had to do an about-face on [...]

Port Commission All Over the Place on Lot Sales

By Mike Lednovich With their real estate agent listening via a cellphone, Ocean Highway and [...]

Mocama Wildlight Taproom to Open Saturday Oct. 14

Mocama Beer Company is opening a satellite taproom, located in Wildlight’s former StoryCenter, Saturday, Oct. [...]

Baptists Safe in Jordan, Flying Home ASAP

A group of 54 people touring Israel with First Baptist Church Fernandina Beach has safely [...]

Famed Cellist to Headline Amelia Chamber Festival Season

The cellist who came to international fame in 2018 when he performed at the wedding [...]

Habitat’s ‘She Nailed It’ Fundraiser Coming Oct. 22

Nassau Habitat for Humanity’s second annual “She Nailed It!” event is coming Oct. 22. This [...]

Peck Center Field Issue Grows Bigger than the Field

By Mike Lednovich Impassioned members of Fernandina Beach’s black community came out Tuesday and voiced [...]

State of the City: A First of Five Responses to Ty Ross

STATE OF THE CITY – By Chip Ross 10 October 2023 Last week all the [...]

Scary Event at Harris Teeter

The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon held a news conference to discuss an [...]

A Spooky Opera at Disco Witch Brewing

  By Wilma Allen If you’re an opera buff thirsting for music close to home, [...]

Baskets: Nature’s Gift to Hold Nature’s Harvest

By Lauri deGaris It is time to gather the gifts of summer, it is time [...]

Noelle’s: Small Menu, But Tacos With Big Flavor

  By Dylan Bailey The story of Noelle’s Crunchy Taco, a small food truck stationed [...]

Commentary: Insults on Local Media Unworthy of the Mayor’s Chair

By Mike Lednovich At Tuesday night’s city commission meeting, Fernandina Beach Mayor Bradley Bean’s unvarnished [...]

What’s With Atlantic Seafood? Good Question, No Answers

By Mike Lednovich When developer Ernie Saltmarsh assumed the lease on the failing Atlantic Seafood [...]

Hotels Get Right to Make Walkway Over Public Dune and Heritage Trees

By Mike Lednovich Championed by Mayor Bradley Bean and Commissioner Darron Ayscue, the Fernandina Beach [...]

Port Director Exit Pay Will Cost More for Doing it Right

By Mike Lednovich “A contract is a contract,” Ocean Highway and Port Authority Commissioner Mike [...]

Many Questions About a Dune Walkover for Two Hotels

By Mike Lednovich Two hotels are seeking to connect access with each other by constructing [...]

The Language of Trees Gladdens Human Hearts

By Linda Hart Green I grew up with “sand between my toes,” as my parents [...]

A Comment for and About William H. Goodwin Junior

Dear Sir, I’ve been reading about you. I do that a lot: reading about people [...]

Mullet on the Beach! A Time-Honored Tradition Arrives

By Lauri deGaris Fall has arrived! I have been waiting all summer for this turn [...]

At KP’s, a South Island Gem of a Restaurant

By Dylan Bailey While the allure of Centre Street in Fernandina Beach is undeniably magnetic, [...]

Code Change Study: Clarity or an End Run on Neighborhood Character?

By Mike Lednovich A parade of speakers voiced its concerns to the Planning Advisory Board [...]

Amelia Montessori to Celebrate 50 Years

Amelia Island Montessori School (AIMS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this school year and will [...]

ACT’s 43rd Opens With a Classic Family Comedy

Amelia Community Theatre opens its 43rd season with  the family comedy “Over the River and [...]

Got Empty Shelves? The Fall Book Sale is Coming Up

Dust off your backpack, carry-all or little red wagon: the Friends of the Fernandina Beach [...]

Local Pups Book a 100% Fundraiser for Animal Shelters

More than 80 photos of local pups highlight the Amelia Island Dog Lovers Guide, a [...]

Port Tugboat Mess Is Running up Costs for Customers

By Mike Lednovich The deadline to have the Port of Fernandina’s tugboat Fort Clinch certified [...]

Commentary: How a Jeweler Would Untangle a Community

By Linda Hart Green My jeweler/watchmaker father earned a nickname in the community where his [...]

And Now, a Food Truck for Crepes: The Real Deal!

By Dylan Bailey Food trucks have been steadily gaining popularity for their unique offerings and [...]

Buy a House? Much Ado Over Ty Ross’s Compensation

By Mike Lednovich One city commissioner wants the city to buy a house where all [...]

Oh, by the Way: They Raised Their Salaries 50%

By Mike Lednovich There was no mention that the 2023-2024 Fernandina Beach city budget included [...]

A Tough Decision Gets a Board of Adjustments Variance

By Mike Phillips It can be tough serving on the Fernandina Board of Adjustments. People [...]

Against Advice, City Votes to Lower Hook-Up Fees

By Mike Lednovich Four city commissioners voted Tuesday to ignore the advice of their paid [...]

Commentary: How Can We Cure America’s Polarization?

By Linda Hart Green My father was a jeweler and a watchmaker. He carried on [...]

New Port Customs House Wrinkle: Feds Will Prevail

By Mike Lednovich The latest twist in the ongoing controversy regarding the U.S. Customs and [...]

A Low Country Wonder: the World of Salt Marshes

By Lauri deGaris The fall equinox is fast approaching, it arrives Sept. 23, 2023. Days [...]

Espana: In New Hands, but as Good as Ever

By Dylan Bailey Tucked away on South Fourth Street, España Restaurant & Tapas has been [...]

Pickleball Here, Pickleball Everywhere — and More to Come

By Wilma Allen “We are a little obsessed with Pickleball,” Shelly Duncan wrote in an [...]

Utility Chief Asks That New Study Be Used to Set Fees

By Mike Lednovich City Utilities Director Andre Desilet has sent a letter to city commissioners [...]

Commentary: Vote AFTER the People Have Spoken

By Mike Lednovich Twice in eight days the Fernandina Beach City Commission told residents your [...]

Arts Alive Is Cranking Up in Nassau Schools

By Wilma Allen Starting next week, hundreds of local kids will be raising their paint [...]

Port Commission Still Short of a Valid Budget

By Mike Phillips It was an unhappy crew of port authority commissioners who gathered Wednesday [...]

Fernandina’s New City Manager: Ty Ross

By Mike Lednovich It took the Fernandina Beach City Commission just over two hours to [...]

Huge School Tax Increase Debated — but Passed — by Board

By Mike Lednovich It’s bad news for local property owners as the Nassau County School [...]

How Citizens Say OPHA Should Sell Lots

After hearing input in August from more than 40 citizens about the Ocean Highway and [...]

Meet the City Manager Candidates Monday

By Mike Lednovich Citizens can meet and ask questions Monday of the four final candidates [...]

The Hot Southern Chef Is Coming to Town

As Food Network Celebrity Chef Jason Smith would say, “Honey, if cookin’ is a chore, [...]

Update on Vote-by-Mail Confusion

The Observer recently reported that 12,295 vote-by-mail registrations in Nassau County had been invalidated by [...]

Care Centers Looking for Volunteers

Care Centers of Nassau has served the developmentally disabled population since 1975. It is a [...]

First-Class Italian, But Not Where You’d Expect It

By Dylan Bailey While cruising along A1A, you might notice a seemingly ordinary Italian spot [...]

Cars and Cannons Coming Up

Cars and Cannons Vintage Car Show is a unique, once-a-year opportunity to see more than [...]

Commentary: Bean’s Gavel Is Honorary, Not a Weapon

By Mike Lednovich Mayor Bradley Bean last Tuesday night silenced a sitting city commissioner who [...]

This Iconic Tree at the Downtown Entrance Needs Friends

By Mike Lednovich Representing an alliance of conservation groups, Julie Ferreira with the Nassau County [...]

Chip Ross Says It’s Density, One Slice at a Time

By Mike Lednovich Three decisions by the City Commission Tuesday night could clear the path [...]

Riverfront Leads as City’s Main Grant Target

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach’s long delayed riverfront flood protection wall, estimated at $16 million [...]

Tree Conservancy Joins CARD in Suit Against Towers

On April 24, 2023, the Nassau County Commissioners agreed to permit Riverstone Properties to build [...]

Commentary: Turning Sympathy Into Empathy

By Linda Hart Green I had a different topic chosen for this commentary. I couldn’t [...]

Yummy Sushi Is, Well, Pretty Darned Yummy

By Dylan Bailey Stashed behind LUV Car Wash, Yummy Sushi is a relatively new exponent [...]