Category Archives: City News

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, [...]

Tringali Demolition Halted Owing to Missing Asbestos Permits

By Mike Lednovich The Fernandina Beach Building Department slapped a “stop work” order on the [...]

The New City Manager Resigns. More — Much More — to Come

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach City Manager Ty Ross verbally resigned Friday morning effective immediately [...]

City Backtracks on Resolution to Revamp Golf Course Advisory Board Duties

By Mike Lednovich The Fernandina Beach city administration promised to work hand-in-hand with its Golf [...]

New Atlantic Seafood — Much Bigger — Being Negotiated

By Mike Lednovich The Fernandina Beach City Commission has approved negotiating a new lease for [...]

Ty Ross: Give Him Another Chance or Send Him on His Way?

By Mike Phillips The truth takes its own sweet time. We know the truth that [...]

Fernandina Police Release Bodycam Video of City Manager Bicycle Accident

Fernandina Beach Police body camera video of new City Manager Ty Ross’ bicycle accident two [...]

The Bodycam Video: Minute by Minute

By Mike Lednovich Editor’s note: This is a running summary of the police bodycam footage [...]

City Manager Responds to Calls for Resignation

By Mike Lednovich Responding to withering calls for his resignation, new Fernandina Beach City Manager [...]

Ty Ross Incident’s Police Video Being Redacted

By Mike Lednovich Police body camera video of Fernandina Beach City Manager Ty Ross’ alcohol-related [...]

Remaining Floodwall Plan Comes With Three Big Holes

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach City Commissioners will see a “Waterfront Resiliency System” conceptual design [...]

Overdrinking Tips City Manager Into a Bicycle Wreck

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach’s new city manager, Ty Ross, said he was alcohol-impaired riding [...]

Atlantic Seafood Wants Big Space Increase and 30-Year Rent

By Mike Lednovich After more than a year since taking over the lease of the [...]

Marina Projects Update

By Mike Lednovich Deputy City Manager/City Engineer Charlie George updated the Marina Advisory Board Monday [...]

Ross, Bean Snarl Over Invite to Ethanol Firm

By Mike LednovichFernandina Beach Mayor Bradley Bean, who works for Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), skirted [...]

Land Use Changes Would Make City More Dense

By Mike Lednovich After nearly four hours of Fernandina Beach City Commission meetings on annexations, [...]

David Sturges Comments on Two Ethics Complaints

By Mike LednovichFernandina Beach Vice Mayor David Sturges for the first time publicly commented Tuesday [...]

Rayonier Applies to Get Into the Bioethanol Production Business

By Mike Lednovich Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) of Fernandina Beach has submitted an application to [...]

Sturges Faces Yet Another Ethics Complaint

By Mike LednovichA second ethics complaint has been filed against Fernandina Beach Vice Mayor David [...]

Corps Agrees to Move the Channel at No Charge

By Mike Lednovich The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to move the Amelia [...]

Division And Insults Mar Solemn Proclamation

By Mike Lednovich What was intended as a solemn city commission proclamation honoring transgender victims [...]

After Much Ado, Bean Won’t Read Transgender Proclamation

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Mayor Bradley Bean notified Fernandina Beach Pride Monday that he [...]

Who’s In Charge Here? Golf Advisors, Manager Differ

By Mike LednovichBy Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Golf Club General Manager David DeMay sent tremors [...]

A Short Announcement but Big News

Charlie George bounced into the Wednesday night Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board meeting like a [...]

Some Budget Juggling Gets an Executive Chef for Golfers

By Mike Lednovich Failing for years just to even break even, the Fernandina Beach Municipal [...]

A Wobble on Reading the Transgender Proclamation

  By Mike Lednovich Mayor Bradley Bean notified Fernandina Beach Pride Monday that he was [...]

Commission Financial Reports Reveal Just a Little

By Mike LednovichFlorida’s tepid financial interest reporting requirements reveal very little about the financial income [...]

Commentary — Our City Crossroads: Bigger or Better?

By Chip Ross City Commissioner, City of Fernandina Beach Two separate but opposing points of [...]

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 [...]

Grants for Main Street Facade Improvements

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Many Questions About a Dune Walkover for Two Hotels

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

New Port Customs House Wrinkle: Feds Will Prevail

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

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 [...]

Fernandina’s New City Manager: Ty Ross

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sturges Wants Commission to Talk About Density

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

Port Commission Seeks Input on Lots to Be Sold

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

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, [...]

Commentary: Sidewalks vs. Trees Need Not Be a Conflict

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

City Marina Dock Fee Increase Paused Until Next Year

By Mike Lednovich There is no denying the fact that the city marina is a [...]

Commission Decides Against Increasing New Development Fees

By Mike Lednovich The City Commission did an about-face Tuesday on funding improvements to the [...]

Tough Talk from Customs: New Port Facility or Else

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

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 [...]

Nine Manager Candidates Presented to Citizen Committee

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

City Opens Up Path to Bigger Shopping Centers

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Port Hears First Broker Ideas About Land Sale

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Manager Applications Up to 42 — 19 with Crucial Experience

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