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Baptist Nassau Offers Robot-Assisted Surgery

The da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System in a hospital setting (not Baptist Nassau).
Baptist Nassau Hospital in Fernandina Beach has obtained a da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System and is now offering a range of procedures, including many gynecological surgeries, with the technology. …
By Shari Roan
Yesterday at 12:00 AM

City Manager Applicants, So Far, With Experience in the Job

Former Nassau County Manager Mike Mahaney is one of 18 candidates for the Fernandina Beach city manager position with just one week remaining until applications are closed. Five of the 18 applicants …
By Mike Lednovich
5 days ago
City news

Commission Finances Now Reported in More Detail

Commissioners James Antun and David Sturges, Mayor Bradley Bean, Commissioners Darron Ayscue and Chip Ross.
The state's more comprehensive financial disclosure forms are now public on the Florida Commission on Ethics website and show that Vice Mayor David Sturges and Commissioner Chip Ross reported net …
By Mike Lednovich
Saturday, July 6

Petanque Club Must Move -- But to Where?

The largest petanque club in the United States is suddenly looking for a new home in Fernandina Beach. Next week, the Amelia Island Boules Club and its 153 members will be kicked out of its …
By Mike Lednovich
Thursday, July 11

Downtown Phase One Estimate: $2.234 Million

An engineering firm hired by the city of Fernandina Beach has pegged renovation of the historic downtown at $2.234 million, according to an estimate provided to city commissioners. The estimate by …
By Mike Lednovich
Friday, July 12

What’s the Rule on Quizzing a Commissioner? Stay Tuned

To understand efforts to codify the Fernandina Beach City Commission's Rule of Procedures, it's helpful to refer to the film "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the reference to the "Pirates Code." In the …
By Mike Lednovich
Sunday, July 7

Alachua Crossing to be Done This Year

A newly engineered stormwater project to relieve flooding on Front Street will mean Alachua Street access to the riverfront will be open to traffic by the end of the year, city officials told the city commission Tuesday night. Utilities Director Andre Desilet detailed the change from installing a pumping station to deal with floodwaters to an infiltration system that will improve drainage with the rehabilitation of underground pipes currently in place.
By Mike Lednovich
Friday, July 5
County News

Major East-West Corridor Approved for Protection

The Atlantic to Okefenokee Conservation Corridor, more than 55,000 acres of potential conservation land known as the A2O, has been granted a significant approval. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) has approved the A2O for inclusion on the Florida Forever Priority List.
Yesterday at 7:06 AM

Sapp Is the New Dem Director

The Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) of Nassau County has elected Suzanne Sapp to lead the committee through the coming election year.  As DEC Chair, Sapp is responsible for …
Thursday, June 27

Baptists Abandon Condo Plans Near Buccaneer Trail

Amelia Baptist Church has abandoned plans to build two condominium buildings with 24 total units along the Amelia River on an oak-lined street of residential homes off Buccaneer …
By Mike Lednovich
Saturday, June 22
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Dining

Let’s Taco Bout This Delicious Mexican Food Truck

If you’re craving authentic Mexican cuisine and aren’t in the mood for a sit-down restaurant, Las Tres Fronteras Tacos is the meals-on-wheels food truck you never knew you needed. On S. …

By Dylan Bailey
5 days ago

Natural Slice Lets You Hang 10 While Staying Cool With Frozen Yogurt

If someone ever told you that you can’t have your pizza and frozen yogurt and eat them too, well, they lied to you. Within the Shops at Omni Amelia Island, Natural Slice, a surf-inspired pizza …
By Dylan Bailey
Sunday, June 30

Beech Street Grill: It's a Blast!

The Beech Street Grill is a restaurant in Fernandina Beach that requires little introduction. But I’m still going to give it. The historic, 150+-year-old house …
By Dylan Bailey
Sunday, June 23
Obituaries
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Mirfield, a beloved great-grandfather, grandfather, father, and husband, who left us on July 2, 2024. Kenneth's life was …
Saturday, July 6
David L. Williams walked into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 19th, 2024. He was 78 years old. He leaves behind Sherry, his wife of 49 years, his son Jeff, his daughter …
Friday, June 28
Edward Lewis Lormand, a charter member of the Amelia Island Sailing Club and longtime Fernandina Men’s Golf Association member, died on Saturday, June 22, in Fernandina Beach, Florida. He was …
Friday, June 28
Health

It’s Time to Protect a Lot of People From Extreme Heat

A group of Fernandina Beach residents, city and county officials, and nonprofit organizations have joined forces to protect people at risk for heat-related illness this summer. The local Extreme Heat …

By Shari Roan
Thursday, July 11

All Fireworks Can Be Dangerous - Keep Yours Safe

Last year, a Tampa Bay woman suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck in the back of the head by a firework. In Fort Lauderdale, a teenager lost parts of several fingers while handling a …
By Shari Roan
Sunday, June 30

Commentary: "Getting Older" Doesn't Have to be "Getting Old"

By Dickie Anderson Approaching my 80th birthday this spring, I am determined to do everything possible to keep the engine running. The Big Guy and I both read and watch any programming that focuses …
Saturday, March 2

Take This Class and Make Our Community Safer

By Jim Bollenbacher Did you know that if you experience sudden cardiac arrest, your chance of surviving is much better on Hilton Head Island than here on Amelia Island? Sadly, it's true, but a group …
Wednesday, February 7
Community
Community

Democrats Training Program Open

Applications are open for the NassauDems 2024 Fellowship Program. This free fellowship helps individuals build community relationships, develop organizational skills, and explore leadership potential
Yesterday at 1:01 PM
How Do Girls Learn to Be Preachers? From Women
If you have been inside a Protestant church, you know the second most important part of the building after the sanctuary is the social or fellowship hall. That is THE place for coffee, donuts, …
By Linda Hart Green
4 days ago
‘Woke’: How a Word for ‘Awake’ Got Hijacked
I am not an early riser, but I am glad for those who are. I admire those who are not only up but OUT, enjoying sunrises over the ocean and general natural splendor. One of the people I am grateful …
By Linda Hart Green
Sunday, July 7
Stronger Together: How No Ethanol Fernandina Was Born
Amelia Island is blessed with many volunteer groups protecting its heritage trees and beaches and ensuring turtles are kept in the dark. In addition to the environment, citizens are …
By Pam Green
Monday, June 24
Health
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is hosting the Jacksonville Dental Society’s annual Give Kids a Smile Day dental wellness event, Feb. 11, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free dental services will be …
Friday, January 13, 2023
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Churches & Charities
Micah’s Place is partnering with Disco Witch for an art exhibition and Silent Auction, July 23, 2024, from 5-9 p.m. This event features donated art to bid on through a silent auction and …
5 days ago
Fernandina Beach is a parade-loving town! There will be a new parade in town on June 29, a Christian Heritage parade. As a Christian, I wondered what it was about. I looked …
By Linda Hart Green
Sunday, June 16
Nature

Simmons Beach Access

A tourist from Kentucky shows off her shark teeth and shells.
Every beach along our shore has different merits, and I try to visit them all. Recently, for the first time in many months, I parked my car at the Simmons Road access, and even though it was only 9 …
By Pat Foster-Turley
Friday, July 12
Chuck-will's-widow. Courtesy of the Macaulay Library.

Nightjars: Birds That Feed at Night – and Sing, Too

The border between Florida and Georgia rests in the middle of the St. Marys River, just north of Amelia Island. Being so close, I often follow the efforts of Georgia conservation groups. The June …
By Lauri deGaris
Thursday, July 11

Carefully Capturing the Stars from a Local Driveway

At an unassuming house in a local subdivision, a former peacetime Marine Corps infantryman positions his two telescopes on the driveway and executes his meticulously prepared approach, saying, …
By Pam Green
Monday, July 8
OCEARCH vessel at dock.

Shark Research Center Coming to Mayport

Last week we took our friend Sage, who was visiting from Austria, boating around Amelia Island. As we approached Egans Creek bridge, we witnessed a firetruck and two ambulances headed for the boat …
By Lauri deGaris
Monday, July 8
Closeup of the tortoise's flailing legs.

Hit the Surf, Gopher Tortoises

Lots of our longtime residents on Amelia Island know that gopher tortoises, those lumbering creatures of the dunes, sometimes make their way to the sea. Occasionally, over the years, I, too, have …
By Pat Foster-Turley
Friday, July 5
Schools

Big Raise Approved for Nassau Teachers

By Wes Wolfe   Florida Politics Nassau County is making moves, working to better compensate the school district’s teachers.  A new agreement  with the local teachers’ union is headed in that …
Sunday, January 29, 2023

It's Time Again to Get Books to Children

Ferst Readers of Nassau County is once again partnering with Nassau County Public Schools for our 4th Annual Coin Drive Fundraiser during Florida Literacy Week, Jan. 23-27. This is one of our …
Thursday, January 19, 2023

FSCJ Cancelling All Classes, All Campuses

Florida State College Jacksonville, will cancel classes ahead of Ian's Arrival Based on recent information from the National Weather Service and local government agencies, all classes and activities …
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Business

Bretts and the City: No Love Lost

By Mike Lednovich While the owners of Brett's Waterway Cafe want a big payday over damages they claim were a result of engineering experts declaring the restaurant's substructure unsafe, the city has …
Tuesday, March 19

Want to Know More about the Bioethanol Proposal?

RYAM has issued an invitation to an open house at its 10 Gum St. facility for people to learn more about its proposed bioethanol process addition to its facility. The time is Wednesday, March 6, 4-7 …
Saturday, February 24

Coastal Furnishings Closing for Good

After almost a decade of serving the coastal communities of Nassau County, independent furniture retailer Coastal Home Furnishings will close permanently. The family-owned home furnishings and …
Thursday, February 15
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