Author Archives: Mike Phillips

Commentary: Finding Divine Goodness in Angry Times

By April L. Bogle My father was a pious young man who attended a Bible [...]

Like Voting by Mail? You Probably Have Some Work to Do

By Mike Lednovich Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Janet Adkins has been notified that 12,225 [...]

Tokitae: A Captive Orca Who Never Forgot Her Mother’s Song

By Lauri deGaris I wept when I learned Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut or Tokitae, resident Orca from the [...]

Seaweed: Call It Not a Weed, But a Flower of the Sea

By Lauri deGaris There are many types of seaweed, and their color and grace are [...]

Sturges Wants Commission to Talk About Density

By Mike Lednovich Vice Mayor David Sturges wants to discuss the definition of density in [...]

Tornado Watch Wednesday Aug. 30, 11 am

Wind gusts are getting much higher, and Nassau County is under a tornado watch. Authorities [...]

The Latest (7:30 am Aug 30): Still Under Tropical Storm Warning

Issued By Jacksonville – FL, US, National Weather Service Affected Area Coastal Nassau County Description [...]

Minor Coastal Flooding through 11 pm Today, Aug 30


The Island in Fiction: Newest Museum Exhibit

Join the Amelia Island Museum of History on the evening of Friday, September 15 for [...]

9:30 a.m. Aug 28 Weather Notice

The U.S. Weather Service is forecasting at this time that Hurricane Idalia will make landfall [...]

Port Commission Seeks Input on Lots to Be Sold

Port commissioners are sponsoring an outdoor listening session for the public at one of the [...]

Child Book Authors at Book Loft Sept. 2

Child book authors Frank and Rose Winn are a father-daughter team who will be at [...]

Book Fest: A Famous Chef and a Funny Southern Cook

The Amelia Island Book Festival guests for its 2023 fall luncheon are the celebrated French [...]

Spotted Horsemint: It Crowns a Beautiful Sabbath Day

By Lauri deGaris Every Sunday morning, I must rise before the bird song is heard [...]

Grants for Nonprofits That Help Youth Are Offered

VyStar Foundation is now accepting grant requests for its youth initiative. Funding priority will be [...]

Commentary: Musing About Connections That Make Life Better

By Linda Hart Green I took a photo of a mishmash of wiring out of [...]

Fifth Annual Dance Season Set, Tickets Going Fast

By Wilma Allen Thanks to enthusiastic audiences and sold-out performances in its first four seasons, [...]

Only in Fernandina Beach: The Eclectic Band Sonofarious

Scott Kessler, Marcus Yew. Bottom: Brenda Kayne, Nora Wittman, Munsell McPhillips By Wilma Allen With [...]

7 Brew: Drive-Thru Only, but Heavenly Coffees

By Dylan Bailey It’s not every day you see a new coffee shop opening within [...]

A Get ‘er Done Evening with the Redevelopment Board

By Mike Phillips The members of the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board (CRAAB) were presented [...]

City Manager List Is on the Table from Citizens Committee

By Mike Lednovich The search for a new Fernandina Beach City Manager that began with [...]

Commentary: A Highly Seasoned Boater’s Advice on Our Marina

By Wally Moran Having stopped in Fernandina Beach by boat more than 50 times myself, [...]

New Sadler Road Hotel Project to be Reviewed

By Mike Lednovich A $7 million hotel project on Sadler Road will be reviewed Thursday [...]

Commentary: Sidewalks vs. Trees Need Not Be a Conflict

This is an open letter from the Nassau County Sierra Executive Board to fellow stakeholders [...]

Emily’s Death Has Led to United Action on Blood Clots

By Rich Donnelly First Coast News A local family’s grief has led to a new [...]

Coalition for the Homeless Meeting Coming Up

The next community meeting for the Coalition for the Homeless – Nassau County will be [...]

Tough Talk from Customs: New Port Facility or Else

By Mike Lednovich The Ocean Highway and Port Authority (OHPA) has so little money available [...]

Commentary: Want a Miracle? Try a Kind Word

By Linda Hart Green I got caught in the rain. It was sunny when I [...]

Ciao! Italian the Way It Should Be Done

By Dylan BaileyIn the vibrant heart of Fernandina Beach, Florida, there’s a little gem known [...]

Port Plans to Add Two Fabric Warehouses

By Mike LednovichThe Port of Fernandina is ready to start building two fabric warehouses on [...]

After a Shambles, Port Votes to Sell Historic District Lots

By Mike Lednovich The Ocean Highway and Port Authority (OHPA) voted 4-1 Wednesday to sell [...]

Lecture on the Slave Ship Antelope

The Amelia Island Museum of History will host Dr. Jonathan Bryant’s presentation “Dark Places of [...]

Commentary: Blindsided by a ‘Good Neighbor’ Church

By Samuel Jefferson Kennard I am shocked and dismayed to hear that Amelia Baptist Church [...]

An Update on The Cumberland Horses Suit

By Lauri deGaris On April 12, 2023, the horses of Cumberland Island — in their [...]

Nine Manager Candidates Presented to Citizen Committee

By Mike Lednovich Colin Baenziger & Associates has submitted nine city manager candidates to the [...]

Amelia Baptist Church Seeks to Rezone, Expand and Sell to Developer

By Mike Phillips The Amelia Baptist Church (ABC) owns 10+ acres adjoining its property in [...]

Publix Goes for Expansion Allowed by New Code Changes

  By Mike Lednovich Just days after the city commission voted to change the City [...]

Like a Breakfast to Write Home About? Try the Southern Donut Company

By Dylan BaileyIf you’re a breakfast aficionado craving gourmet donuts, hearty meals, and artisan coffee, [...]

Rep. Bean Bill Would Freeze U.S. Education Dept. Hiring

U.S. Congressman Aaron Bean (FL-04) Chairman of the Early Childhood, Secondary, and Elementary Subcommittee, introduced [...]

City Opens Up Path to Bigger Shopping Centers

By Mike Lednovich By votes of 4-1, the Fernandina Beach City Commission Tuesday paved the [...]

City Finds More Money for Improvements

By Mike LednovichThe combination of having too much money in city reserves and underestimating anticipated [...]

An Update on the City Manager Search Process

Here is the schedule going forward for selecting the new Fernandina Beach city manager: Now [...]

Brett’s Lawyers Up, Threatens to Sue

By Mike LednovichAn attorney for Center Street Restaurant Group, owners of Brett’s Waterway Cafe, is [...]

Big School Tax Hike in the Works

The District School Board of Nassau County is proposing a tax levy of $109 million, [...]

County Has a New Planning Director

Nassau County’s new planning director is Elizabeth Backe. She has almost 25 years of experience [...]

Two Main Streeters Get Big State Award

Last week, winners of the Secretary of State’s 2023 Florida Main Street Awards were announced [...]

New Wrinkles in RV Site Plan: Townhouses and City Annexation

By Mike PhillipsThe developer of a proposed RV park on Nassau County land on Sadler [...]

Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’ on Stage as Live Musical at ACT

By L. McClane Amelia Community Theatre opens “9 to 5: The Musical” on August 11 [...]

The Story of Horses and People

A Meditation by Lauri deGaris     Horses have grazed the plains and pastures of [...]

Port Hears First Broker Ideas About Land Sale

By Mike LednovichDuring a special meeting of the Ocean Highway and Port Authority (OHPA) Thursday, [...]

Mezcal: New, Exciting and Authentically Mexican

Lined up for Mezcal Spirit of Oaxaca By Dylan Bailey Nothing quite matches the excitement [...]

What’s With the Alachua Project? Contractor Shortages

Curious people want to know: What’s going on at the seemingly stalled Alachua rail crossing [...]

By 3-2, City Votes Rollback, Sets Up $2.5 Million in Cuts

By Mike Lednovich Joyce Tuten speaks against rollback After 50 minutes of debate over the [...]

Marina Fuel Leak: 76 Days and Counting

By Mike LednovichA leaking fuel line at the city marina fuel dock has resulted in [...]

Marina Operator Hopes to Increase Fees

By Mike LednovichThe operator of the Fernandina Beach city-owned marina is proposing rate increases of [...]

Final 55 Manager Candidates Ready for Committee Review

By Mike LednovichThe final tally for candidates for the Fernandina Beach city manager is 55, [...]

Proposed PILOT Deal: A Park for the Debt

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Chip Ross is pitching a lawsuit settlement with [...]

Commentary: A Trashy Blame Game That Should End

Editor’s note: Because of recent problems with our system demanding unnecessary passwords from some commenters, [...]

Commentary: Hard Choices for United Methodists

By Mike PhillipsMy first church fight scared the pants off me. I was only five [...]

Memorial Methodist Keeps Its Focus Amid Wider Debate

By Dylan BaileyThe United Methodist Church, known for its rich history and global reach, is [...]

An Artist’s Tale: Finding Her Calling

By Dylan BaileyTricia Faulkner’s tale is an inspiring story of self-discovery, resilience, and artistic brilliance. [...]

City Critic Was Getting Free Trash Service for Five Years

By Mike LednovichNews-Leader columnist Steve Nicklas, who repeatedly criticizes city spending as wasteful, has been [...]

Commentary: It Isn’t Just $30,000 — It’s the Principle of the Thing

By Mike PhillipsThe cost of the city commission’s 50% pay raise that’s under discussion is [...]

Team Ohana Makes It to Kauai, Still Raising Funds

By Mike LednovichFernandina Beach-based Team Ohana completed its 2,800-mile journey Tuesday, rowing from Monterey, California, [...]

Amid Big Cuts, a Big Raise for Commissioners?

By Mike LednovichFernandina Beach City Commissioners are cutting funding for sidewalks, beach walkovers and paving [...]

Commission Stands Firm on Cutting Capital Improvements

By Mike LednovichThe needle didn’t budge over the proposed 2023-24 capital improvement budget as the [...]

Commentary: Farewell, Dale Martin. Flagler Beach Is Lucky

By Suanne Thamm On Friday, July 14, 2023, former Fernandina Beach City Manager Dale Martin [...]

Manager Applications Up to 42 — 19 with Crucial Experience

By Mike LednovichTen more applications have been received for the vacant Fernandina Beach city manager [...]

How to Help a Troubled Soul

Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. lives with a [...]

Sales Tax Holiday Coming Up

Florida consumers can purchase qualifying back-to-school supplies exempt from sales tax Monday, July 24 through Sunday, [...]

Are OHPA’s Dire Finances a Formal Emergency?

By Mike LednovichThe Ocean Highway and Port Authority’s attorney and accountant are working with the [...]

Get Ancestry Help at July 22 Meeting

The Amelia Island Genealogical Society (AIGS) will hold its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, [...]

Much-Awarded Young Pianist to Play at St. Peter’s

Prize-winning pianist Spencer McKee will present a concert on Thursday, July 20 at 7 p.m. [...]

People Who Love Japanese Food Love Fancy Sushi

By Dylan Bailey For great tasting Japanese cuisine, Fancy Sushi stands out from the crowd. [...]

Florida Housing Leader to Speak Here

The next community meeting for the Coalition for the Homeless – Nassau County will be [...]