Author Archives: Mike Phillips

Chamber Music Festival Opening Is Coming Up

The 22nd season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will open on Friday, Jan. 13 with a [...]

Ayscue and Antun Win City Commission Seats

Here are the provisional results from the Dec. 13 Fernandina Beach City Commission election: Seat [...]

Do Partisan Politics Have a Place in Our Small-Town Elections?

By Mike Phillips Observer Editor Now that the Fernandina Beach runoff election is over, no [...]

They Met, and They Got Something Down the Road!

It’s master planning time again at the Port of Fernandina. It comes around every 10 [...]

The Port Thinks Big – and Bigger – and Bigger

The Port of Fernandina has completed its first draft of a 10-year master plan. It’s [...]

Exhibit of Amelia Excavations — Plus Lecture on Big Talbot Digs

Stories Underground highlights significant archaeological excavations on Amelia Island, from crude 19th-century explorations of native burial [...]

A Big Saturday Coming Up

Dec.10 in Fernandina Beach will be big. Not only will both the Market Place farmers [...]

It Came from the Attic: A Community Show and Tell Event

For lovers of old objects and photographs, the joy comes more from the story behind [...]

Arts and Culture Celebrates with More Public Art

Arts and Culture Nassau recently celebrated its 15th anniversary in front of a new public [...]

Commentary: Questions for Michael Lednovich

If elected, what would be your first priority as a new commissioner? Finishing the city [...]

Records Settlement Vindicates Nassau Employee — and Rayonier

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics Another chapter involving former Nassau County Attorney Michael Mullin is closed, [...]

Businesswomen: Holiday Event with Donna Paz Kaufman

All  businesswomen of Nassau County are invited to join the Eight Flags Chapter of the [...]

Church Work: Helping with the Pain of Divorce

Editor’s note: Nassau County’s many churches reach out into the community, finding and meeting needs [...]

Commentary: Questions for Darron Ayscue

Editor’s note: This is the third response of four by candidates in the city commission [...]

Holiday Comedy at ACT Opens Dec. 2

This December, Amelia Community Theatre returns full of good cheer to Pemberley, the Darcy estate [...]

Commentary: Questions for James Antun

Your first priority if elected. if elected, my first priority as a new commissioner would [...]

Nao Trinidad Returning

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Magellan-Elcano expedition. Ferdinand Magellan, admiral of the [...]

COMMENTARY: Whither Nassau County?

By Bill Gingrich Nassau County voters cast their election ballots in favor of who they [...]

Open House for ‘The Club’

The Nassau County Council on Aging will host an open house for “The Club,” the [...]

A Dozen Questions for the Runoff Candidates: Genece Minshew

Editor’s note: After seeking questions from quite a number of thoughtful citizens, we boiled their [...]

Nassau Teacher Nominated for Major National Award

Fernandina Beach Middle School seventh grade teacher Bailee Jones has been nominated for the 2022-23 [...]

It’s Time to Think About Dickens Again

“Dickens on Centre” once again will be a highlight of the season. A Victorian-themed celebration [...]

Commentary: What a Remarkable Community Effort Looks Like

By Pam Hart Chair of the Protect Nassau Now or Never PAC We are thrilled [...]

COMMENTARY: How Covid Has Changed Health Care

By Diana Twiggs, MD It is not an exaggeration to say the coronavirus pandemic forever [...]

Major Commerce Park Planned for Wildlight Development

Pattillo Industrial Real Estate (PIRE) has announced the development of a 1.5 million-square-foot industrial complex [...]

Dear 15%: Come on in With the Rest of Us!

By Mike Phillips Observer Editor I learned two new words this election: undercount and overcount. [...]

City Races Go to Runoffs

Two Fernandina Beach City Commission runoffs are coming coming Dec. 13. Incumbent Mike Lednovich, who [...]

Nicole Evacuations Ordered for Zones A and D

Nassau County is calling for evacuations of zones A and D as Tropical Storm Nicole [...]

Two Educators Join School Board As Tax Increase Passes

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics The campaign started with six candidates for two Nassau County [...]


This is not a place that loves bond issues – even though they are a [...]

Conflict: Beach Renourishment Oversight and Fish Oversight

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics At one time, NOAA Fisheries committed people and time to oversight of [...]

City To Manage Golf Course Three More Years

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics The Fernandina Beach City Commission has committed the city to three more years managing the [...]

Coming Black Friday: The Pajama Party!

The Annual Black Friday Pajama Party will once again take place in historic downtown Fernandina [...]

Gator Supporters, Meet Your New President: U.S. Senator Ben Sasse

The University of Florida has formally selected U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as its next president, [...]

Right Whale Rule Drawing More Opposition

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics Organized pushback against federal efforts to reduce North Atlantic right whale [...]

Wild Amelia Joins With Keep Nassau Beautiful

The board of directors of Keep Nassau Beautiful has announced that Wild Amelia is now [...]

Facing the Holidays While Grieving? Here’s Hope

Community Hospice & Palliative Care is offering  Hope for the Holidays, a workshop that will [...]

Uninsured? Here’s Help

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare offers a free service to help uninsured individuals get affordable and [...]

De-stressing Business During the Holidays

Lisa Jones, president of LR, Holistic Life and Leadership Coaching, LLC, is the featured presenter [...]

Big Job Fair Opportunity

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), CareerSource Northeast Florida and Patriots for Paychecks have partnered [...]

Big Career Fair Opportunity in Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), CareerSource Northeast Florida and Patriots for Paychecks have partnered [...]

COMMENTARY: Our #2 Schools Spend More Than the #1 Schools

By Richard Lamken  Schools division lead in County Citizens Defending Freedom Nassau County School District [...]

Small Business Fair Coming Up

By L. Najimy $1000 Start-Ups will hold its Annual Celebrate Small Business Fair on Saturday, [...]

Thanks for a Successful Food Drive

First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach (FPC) extends sincerest appreciation to the generous shoppers at [...]

Habitat Fundraiser, “She Nailed It,” Is Hitting It Out of the Park

She Nailed It! Nassau Habitat for Humanity By Cindy Jacoby and Dee Torre-Kaufman Photographer: Holly [...]

City Commission Essay by Candidate Staci McMonagle

Editor’s note: The Observer invited Fernandina Beach City Commission candidates to write an essay about [...]

City Backs County Land Conservation Bonds

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics A bond plan to kick-start Nassau County’s land conservation, amid [...]

Matthew Federal Marina Money Finally Coming Through

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics Not every city has a collectively owned marina, but Fernandina Beach [...]

Veterans Day Fun Run Coming Up

Cross the Line Foundation will be sponsoring the 2nd annual Veterans Day Fun Run. This [...]

The Myth of City-County Discontent

By Dale Martin, City Manager In the midst of the current campaign season for two [...]

Candidate Essay by Genece Minshew: Better Ways to Get Things Done

Genece Minshew for City Commission Seat 5, Fernandina Beach EDITOR’S NOTE: A few weeks ago, [...]

Genealogy Program: How to Find Women in Records

The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Community Room [...]

Holiday Support for Foster Families

While most families still have a few weeks before their Thanksgiving preparations begin in earnest, [...]

New Habitat Build to Honor Benefactor David Berkman

The public is invited to join Nassau Habitat and the family to honor the late [...]

Garden Club Meeting

The Bartram Garden Club will meet Oct. 20 at the GFWC Woman’s Club of Fernandina [...]

Amelia Island in the Top Three Again

Amelia Island recognized as being in the top 3 islands in the United States Condé Nast [...]

Welcome to Fernandina Beach: A Kerfuffle Over the Sign

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics Those wanting to turn Amelia Island into the sort of [...]

Lewis Museum to Reopen, Grandly, on American Beach

After a two-year hiatus, the A. L. Lewis Museum at American Beach, formerly the American Beach [...]

Operation Heavyweight Busts 54 Drug Dealers

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper has announced that a months-long, multi-agency drug-dealing investigation has put [...]

Wild Amelia Presentation on Cumberland Island

Wild Amelia Presentation on Cumberland Island Learn about the conservation efforts of Wild Cumberland on [...]

A Break on Flood Insurance Premiums

Nassau County has once again received an improvement in its classification in the Community Rating [...]

A Partnership for Healthy Food Donations

First Presbyterian Church is supporting Barnabas Center to collect healthy food donations on Oct.13 from [...]

CLAM Informational Meeting

The Conservation Land Acquisition and Management (CLAM) Program Amelia Tree Conservancy, the Comp Plan/LDC Working [...]

Starting Point Gets $4 Million Grant

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare has been awarded $4 million in funding from the U.S. Substance [...]

ACT Season to Open With a Witty Family Clash

By Linda McClane Amelia Community Theatre kicks off its 42nd season on Oct. 7 with [...]

Commentary: Another Close Call

By Faith Ross Luck was with Amelia Island again as the predicted heavier winds and [...]

Here’s the Word on Storm Debris

Hurricane Ian Storm Debris Assessment Preliminary damage and debris assessments by Nassau County’s emergency responders [...]

Now Comes Cleanup Time

The aftermath of Hurricane Ian This photo, taken yesterday by city street crew leader Jimmy [...]

Evacuation Order Has Been Lifted

As of 8:30 a.m., the evacuation order for Nassau County has been lifted. While the [...]

As Ian Departs, Final Weather Service Advice


County Bulletin: Don’t Drop Your Guard Yet

Hurricane Ian downgraded to a tropical storm Hurricane Ian was downgraded overnight to a Tropical [...]

Beach Driving, Some Parking Suspended

Hurricane Ian causes some beach parking to be suspended As of 1:45 p.m., a decision [...]

County Opening Two Shelters

Nassau County has two shelters opening as of noon today in anticipation of Hurricane Ian [...]

Garbage Service to Resume

Waste Management has announced that it will resume residential garbage pickup in Nassau County  on [...]

Evacuation Order Zones A and D

The Following is an Evacuation Order for Zones A and D – Hurricane Ian As [...]