Category Archives: Community

Florida Roots Trail Race Delivers an Unforgettable Day at Fort Clinch

The third annual Florida Roots Trail Series foot race was run this past weekend at [...]

New Memorial in Fernandina Beach Honors Pearl Harbor Survivor

Executives from Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the Veterans Council of Nassau County honored a [...]

Commentary: Townhouses in a Neighborhood That Cherishes Its History – and the Law

By Julie Ferreira The Fernandina Beach City Commission is poised to make a significant decision [...]

Commentary — Townhouses: A View From the Historic District

  By Taina Cristner Most of us are very concerned about the impact this new [...]

A Friend of Fernandina and The Observer Has Passed

Editor’s note: We were saddened to learn of the death of Malcolm “Mac” Noden. While [...]

Pay Up to Tee Up: Golf Fees Soaring on the Island

By Mike Lednovich Domenick Gambardella and Carla Foreman were stunned after receiving an email late [...]

COMMENTARY: A Proud and Fearless Day, 45 Years Later

By Alexandra R. Lajoux Yesterday in Fernandina Beach, our community hosted the biggest local parade [...]

City Manager’s Comments – James Thomas

By Dale Martin, City Manager In 1998, Tom Brokaw, then the sole anchor of “NBC [...]

Legislators Hear From Tree Advocates

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics Conservative state legislatures like to pass municipal preemption laws to [...]

Free Dental Clinic for Kids

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is hosting the Jacksonville Dental Society’s annual Give Kids [...]

Barnabas Fashion Show Fund-Raiser

This year’s second Barnabas Center Fashion Show Honoring Hometown Heroes takes place Monday, Feb. 27, [...]

Fernandina Memories at the Museum

On Monday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m., the Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society will present [...]

Starting Point Open House: Jan. 13

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare will host an interactive open house Friday, Jan. 13, 4-6 p.m., [...]

Commentary: a Heartfelt Argument for Girls’ Softball

by Amber Stuckey Board Member of Elm Street Little League   Some of my fondest [...]

If You’ve Lost Someone, This Is For You

“Understanding Grief” is designed to help people learn that healing is possible after the death [...]

Want to Honor a Really Special Park Ranger?

The Florida Park Service Ranger Association is hosting the 2023 Park Ranger of the Year [...]

‘Impaired’ Properties Continued: More of the Story

By Mike Phillips Although the bureaucratic tangle around the Jasmine Street beach access clearly is [...]

Library Book Club Back in Business

After an extended Covid-caused hiatus, the Friends of the Library Book Club has regrouped and [...]

Stephan R. Leimberg: an Amelia Neighbor of Great Consequence

By Jo-Ann Leimberg & Jay Kayne On Dec. 1, 2022, Amelia Island lost a true [...]

Nao Trinidad Returning

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

Open House for ‘The Club’

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

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 [...]

Nicole Evacuations Ordered for Zones A and D

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

Coming Black Friday: The Pajama Party!

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Veterans Day Fun Run Coming Up

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Now Comes Cleanup Time

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

A Challenge to Create Ian Memories

A Note from the Editor Mike Phillips – Hurricane Ian Memories Mike Phillips – Observer [...]

Ideas for People With Poor Vision

Nassau County Council on Aging’s (NCCOA’s) next meeting of the Low Vision Support Group is [...]

We Can Reduce Suicide in Our Community

By Virginia Foxworth September is Suicide Prevention Month in the United States. The Nassau County [...]

Learn About Cochlear Implants

Nassau County Council on Aging’s (NCCOA’s) next meeting of the Hearing Loss Support Group is [...]

Take Note of a Very Important Referendum on the November Ballot

By Mike Phillips Nassau County has a reputation for disliking bond issues, but it also [...]

Commentary: Time for a New Bike at City Hall?

Editor’s note: The Observer has invited all seven City Commission candidates to submit an essay [...]

Dementia Caregivers Workshops

Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) is at the forefront of offering caregiving services to [...]

Woman joins Baptist Health’s Familial Brain Aneurysm Study to help others, ends up saving her own life

Press Release Submitted by Kristi Tucker September 17, 2022 Pamela Jordan, 61, of St. Johns, [...]

Nassau Schools #2 of 67 in Florida

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics The Nassau County School District has a lot on its hands — [...]

Habitat for Humanity Hopes to ‘Nail’ its Fundraiser

The Nassau Habitat for Humanity board of directors recently pledged to increase the number of [...]

Barnabas Empty Bowls Appeal to Hit a New High

This year’s 9th annual Barnabas Center Empty Bowls luncheon event will be held on Friday, [...]

Fall Is the Time for Community Events

As summer fades into fall, local events return. Here is a sampling from the Amelia [...]