Category Archives: City News

Speakers, Not Christian Enough, Tell City That Parade is a Warning Sign

By Mike Lednovich Local entertainer Brian Ernst said all he wanted to do was to [...]


School Board Rejects Knocke View of History Textbook

By Mike Lednovich The Nassau County School Board was unanimous in voting to deny Citizens [...]


No Ethanol Wins State Review of Draft Air Quality Permit

By Mike Lednovich The Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) has granted a petition by [...]


An Inconvenient Truth Shadows Bean at Workshop

By Mike Lednovich There’s a well-known television commercial with the tagline, “Like it never even [...]


The Alachua Pump Stations? Forget Them for Now

By Mike Lednovich The Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board (CRAAB) was told Wednesday that an [...]


City Realizes It Must Jump To It on Manager Search

By Mike Lednovich Tuesday was quite a day for the city. First, Interim City Manager [...]


Charlie George Suffers Medical Problem

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Interim City Manager Charlie George has a medical emergency that [...]


Ethanol Opposition in Full Force at Packed Meeting

By Mike Lednovich An overflow crowd of concerned Fernandina Beach residents were told Thursday that [...]


Port Scrambles for Big Grant to Go Electric

By Mike Lednovich The Port of Fernandina operator, in partnership with the Ocean Highway and [...]


Specialist Lawyers Say Bioethanol Proposal Violates City Code

By Mike Lednovich Legal land use experts have issued their opinion that RYAM’s proposed bioethanol [...]


City Commission Candidates Running in November

By Mike Lednovich Qualifying for the Fernandina Beach city commission election has ended, with six [...]


Tringali Land Variance Denied by Board of Adjustment

By Mike Lednovich After hearing two and half hours of impassioned pleas to keep the [...]

A Commentary on Inconsistent Public Comment Rules

By Mike Lednovich Corrine Garrett led off the public comment segment of the May 7 [...]

New Building Proposed at Fourth and Centre

By Mike Lednovich The city’s Historic District Council will review a proposal for a two-story [...]

A Plea for Action on the Waterfront Park

By Suanne Thamm Dear City Commissioners: Yours is not an easy or financially rewarding job. [...]

Little More Parking Space Available Downtown

By Mike Lednovich There was good news and bad news about parking in historic downtown [...]

Bioethanol Activists Get Little Support from Four Commissioners

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach City Commissioners sat stoically Tuesday night as six speakers peppered [...]

Sketches for Waterfront Park Plan to be Presented to City Commission

Thomas and Hutton Principal and Land Planning/Landscape Architecture Manager Ryan Thompson will provide an overview [...]

New Approach Will Allow Partial Work on Alachua

By Mike Lednovich The long-anticipated opening of Alachua Street to Front Street has met yet [...]

Dangerous Port Issues — Known for a Year — Now Being Addressed

By Mike Lednovich A facility assessment of the Port of Fernandina found conditions of failing [...]

In Your Face: Port Operator Ignores Agreed Warehouse Location

By Mike Lednovich Ocean Highway and Port Authority (OHPA) commissioners found themselves in the proverbial [...]

Three Candidates Join City Commissioner Race

By Mike Lednovich Genece Minshew and Joyce Tuten have filed as candidates for the Fernandina [...]

Judge Sends City, Port Back to Mediation

By Mike Lednovich The seemingly never-ending legal wrangling over whether the Ocean Highway and Port [...]

Airport Touch-n-Pay Idea Meets Cheers — and Doubts

By Mike Lednovich Members of the city’s Airport Advisory Commission (AAC) faced a three-quarters-full meeting [...]

First Lower Density Step Taken in Race to Beat ‘Live Local’ Law

By Mike Lednovich In an effort to blunt revisions to Florida’s “Live Local Act,” which [...]

Commentary: Want to Cut Taxes? Look at Marina Subsidy

By Chip Ross City Commissioner Citizens want to cut taxes, but the subsidy of the [...]

Commentary: It’s Now or Never to Keep Our City Liveable

By Mike Lednovich The deadline is just six weeks away for candidacy in the Fernandina [...]

How will the FAA’s proposal impact Amelia Island?

By Mike Lednovich It won’t happen next week, next month, or even this year. But [...]

City-Port Fuss Takes Another Step Toward Resolution

By Mike Lednovich The City of Fernandina Beach is done haggling with the Ocean Highway [...]

Yet Again, City Candidate Switches Seats

By Mike Lednovich City Commission candidate Charles A. (Tony) Morris has changed again to a [...]

St. Peter’s Adds Another Tour Opportunity

Are you interested in Fernandina’s history and historic buildings? Join a free 45-minute tour sponsored [...]

RYAM Invited to Tell Commission About Bioethanol Plans

By Mike Lednovich Interim City Manager Charlie George has been instructed to invite Rayonier Advanced [...]

Sturges Gets Indefinite Delay in Proposed Subdivision Changes

By Mike Lednovich At the urging of Vice Mayor David Sturges, the Fernandina Beach City [...]

Two Seat One Candidates for Commission

Charles A. (Tony) Morris is an announced candidate for Fernandina Beach City Commission Seat 1 [...]

Citizens Forming Up to Fight Bioethanol Plant

By Mike Lednovich Can David defeat Goliath one more time? A band of 150 hopeful [...]

Bretts and the City: No Love Lost

By Mike Lednovich While the owners of Brett’s Waterway Cafe want a big payday over [...]

Ayscue Files to be Next City Mayor

Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Darron Ayscue has filed to run for mayor in the August [...]

Bioethanol Forum to be Held Monday — All Are Invited

By Mike Lednovich Plans for a bioethanol plant to be located at the Rayonier Performance [...]

City Looking at Lower Density Numbers Downtown and Elsewhere

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach city commissioners have agreed that city staff should make recommendations [...]

Waterfront Dispute Comes Down to a Park or More Parking Spaces

By Mike Lednovich The race is on to determine whether a waterfront park in Fernandina [...]

RYAM Open House a Friendly Affair

The crowd at the RYAM bioethanol open house Wednesday was mostly neighbors wondering about this [...]

It Might Feel Early, But the Time to Seek Office Is Upon Us

By  Suanne Thamm This year is a crucial political year for the city of Fernandina [...]

Commentary: Good Old Boys Versus the Public Good

By Mike Lednovich In the heart of Fernandina Beach, important decisions that shape our community’s [...]

Rotary’s Taste of Amelia is Coming March 9

The 37th Taste of Amelia event will showcase culinary treats from a variety of restaurants [...]

A Fateful Deliberation Continues Over Potential Density Changes

By Mike Lednovich Like the scientists in the film Oppenheimer who grappled with the potential [...]

City-County Soccer Field Deal Nears Completion

By Mike Lednovich Nassau County will contribute up to $1.7 million to help Fernandina Beach [...]

City Seeks Grants to Cover Public Safety Shortages

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach’s Fire Department Chief and Police Chief told city commissioners their [...]

Is the Bioethanol Proposal Legal? Expert Opinion Sought

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach City Attorney Tammi Bach says she is seeking an outside [...]

Want to Know More about the Bioethanol Proposal?

RYAM has issued an invitation to an open house at its 10 Gum St. facility [...]

Go Figure: Park Discussion Was All Over the Waterfront

By Mike Lednovich Hodgepodge perfectly describes what happened during discussion Tuesday on what began as [...]

Boat Ramp Talk Gets Five Thumbs Down

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach city commissioners were united Tuesday in dismissing any proposed plans [...]

No Action Yet on Density Plan. Public Workshop Set

By Mike Lednovich The city’s Planning Advisory Board took no action Wednesday on proposed revisions [...]

“You People” — a Commentary

By Chip Ross, city commissioner I recently received an email from a local charter boat [...]

Library Friends to Donate $40,000

By Wilma Allen At its annual membership meeting, Feb. 22, Friends of the Fernandina Beach [...]

Question: Close Downtown Boat Ramp and Use Bartels Ramp?

By Mike Lednovich The Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Board (CRAAB) will discuss the merits of [...]

Late Filing Trips Sturges Up With Ethics Commission

By Mike Lednovich The Florida Commission on Ethics Wednesday found there was “probable cause” that [...]

Fancy Condo Plan Reviewed by City

An ultra-modern design, 33-unit, four-story condominium project at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and North [...]

Tringali Owners File Appeal of Judge’s Ruling

By Mike Lednovich The Tringali property owners have filed an appeal in the First District [...]

Commission Considers Bond Issue With Big Holes In It

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach city commissioners have a vision for a $25 million bond [...]

Citing a November Case, Bach Says Candidates Can Tout Party Affiliation

By Mike Lednovich City Attorney Tammi Bach issued an opinion Monday that says candidates for [...]

Unusual Shipping Container Hotel Up for Review

By Mike Lednovich The city’s Technical Review Committee (TRC) is scheduled Thursday to review a [...]

Atlantic Seafood to Move, Grow but Still Look Funky

By Mike Lednovich The City’s Historic District Council Thursday mostly liked the concept design of [...]

Two Department Heads Leaving the City

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course General Manager David DeMay and city Parks [...]

City Elections Are Coming — But So Far Candidates Are Scarce

By Mike Lednovich The clock is ticking with just four months remaining for candidates to [...]

Waterfront Park Takes a Step Toward Reality

By Mike Lednovich So far, so good for the latest plan put forward to convert [...]

Sturges Strikes Back at Ethics Complaint Filers

By Mike Lednovich At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Fernandina Beach Vice Mayor David Sturges called [...]

Sturges Told Investigator Firing of Martin Triggered Ethics Charge

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Vice Mayor David Sturges said the commission’s firing of City [...]

Facebook Posts Cast Doubt on State Probe into Sturges/Ericksen Relationship

By Mike Lednovich A Florida Commission on Ethics Advocate ruled that because Fernandina Beach Vice [...]

Sturges Ethics Complaint Dismissed

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

CRAAB to Submit Waterfront Park Plans for Approval

  By Mike Lednovich When the city commission convenes on Jan. 16 they will be [...]

Is the Island Maxed Out? Commission’s All Over the Place

By Mike Lednovich The late Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda once said, “Opinions are [...]

Commentary: A Topsy-Turvy Year at City Hall

By Mike Lednovich Now after more than a year in office, how did the 2023 [...]

Citizens Win Tringali Case

By Mike Lednovich A circuit court judge has ruled there is “no plausible explanation for [...]

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, [...]