Category Archives: Featured Story

Nassau County Board of Commissioners to open County beaches on May 1 with limited restrictions

By Cindy Jackson Reporter April 29, 2020 The Board of County Commissioners convened at 6PM [...]

City of Fernandina Beach will reopen beaches Monday, May 4, 2020

City of Fernandina Beach Media Release April 29, 2020 The restriction on City beach access [...]

Returning To Our Beaches

By Shari Roan On behalf of the Beach Ambassadors April 29, 2020 The old adage [...]

County/City Cooperation on beach reopening: Confounding and Confusing

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst April 29, 2020 The City of [...]

Update on Opening of County Beaches — BOCC meets today (UPDATED TIME 4:30 p.m.)

Contact: Sabrina Robertson Public Information Officer (904) 530-6010 [email protected] Update from Sabrina Robertson:  Please be [...]

Fernandina mourns the loss of long time resident Joan Bean

April 28, 2020 Editor’s Note:  We mourn the loss of Joan Bean.   Through her years [...]

Reemployment assistance update provided by Florida Dept of Economic Opportunity

Florida Dept of Economic Opportunity Press Release April 28, 2020 Today, the Florida Department of [...]

“Are you afraid of the dark?” An opinion

By Kurt Marasco April 28, 2020 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Lately, I’ve been [...]

FLAPOL – “Which Florida beaches are closed? Which are still open?”

April 27, 2020 Most beaches in Florida are closed, but they are slowly starting to [...]

Individual rights vs the Common Good: A classic dispute heightened by the COVID-19 crisis – An opinion

By Stephen Gessner April 22, 2020 Throughout the history of democratic countries there has always [...]

Nassau County Board of Commissioners approve beach opening plan for county beaches

By Cindy Jackson Reporter April 22, 2020 The City of Fernandina Beach voted last night [...]

Last chance to support Take Stock in Children’s fundraising auction

Take Stock in Children Nassau Submitted by Robin C. Lentz Executive Director April 22, 2020 [...]

On downside of COVID-19 peak, Florida begins planning economic revival

By John Haughey The Center Square April 21, 2020 (The Center Square) Florida may have passed [...]

Coronadoption: No social distancing (or extra toilet paper) required

By Katherine Dudley Hoehn [email protected] April 22, 2020 A dear friend recently told me that [...]

Only 6 percent of Florida jobless claims paid, 3 percent of small business loans approved

By John Haughey The Center Square April 21, 2020 (The Center Square) – The Florida [...]

Amelia Island Tourism Gives Initiative Supports Local Businesses with Launch of Online Market

Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Media Release April 21, 2020 AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (April [...]

Nassau County Community Leaders hold firm that beaches will remain closed

By Cindy Jackson Reporter April 20, 2020 A conference call led by Commissioner Chairman Daniel [...]

Amelia Island lighthouse turns 200 years old this year

Submitted by Samuel Boyd Coast Guard Auxiliary April 20, 2020 The Amelia Island lighthouse turns [...]

Gov. DeSantis orders schools closed rest of academic year

By Renzo Downey April 20, 2020 Campuses will remain closed to students for the [...]

Too soon to tell ultimate impact of controversial Jacksonville beach reopening

By A.C. Gancarski April 20, 2020   Does beach reopening send the wrong message? [...]

Alert for small business owners needing PPP loans

By Rosario Méndez Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC April 20, 2020 This is [...]

Amelia Island CVB Launches “Amelia Island Tourism Gives” to Support Disrupted Industry Partners, Displaced Workforce

Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Media Release April 18, 2020 AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (April [...]

A parade comes to Fernandina Beach . . .

By Christy LeLait April 19, 2020

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Stephan R. Leimberg April 18, 2020 “We are truly all in this together [...]

Spending watchdog calls on lawmakers to adopt e-fairness bill, secure gaming compact to generate revenue

By John Haughey The Center Square April 17, 2020 (The Center Square, April 16, 2020) [...]

Recognizing one of many acts of kindness during the Coronavirus pandemic

By Susan Hardee Steger April 18, 2020          

Ron DeSantis threatens budget cuts amid coronavirus economy

By A.C. Gancarski April 17, 2020 (, April 16, 2020)  Gov. Ron DeSantis is [...]

Which Florida beaches are closed? Which are still open?

By Jacob Ogles April 17, 2020 (, April 16, 2020) While Florida leaders caught [...]

Wondering about your Economic Impact check? Search IRS “Get My Payment” for help

IRS Information April 15, 2020 Editor’s Note:  We thank Genece Minshew, a VITA volunteer for [...]

FSCJ Launches Stepping Stones Program to Support Career Pathway for High School Seniors

FSCJ Media Release April 15, 2020 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) [...]

Florida emergency planners brace for double whammy of hurricane season, COVID-19 pandemic

By John Haughey The Center Square April 13, 2020 (Originally posted on The Center Square [...]

State Senator Aaaron Bean responds to concern over unemployment assistance: offers options for help

State Senator Aaron Bean April 13, 2020 These trying times are continuing to challenge our [...]

Florida officials optimistic schools will reopen, even if only for ‘a couple of weeks’

By John Haughey The Center Square April 13, 2020 Florida schools have been in a [...]

“We are some of the lucky ones,” say local couple who recovered from COVID-19

By Anne H Oman Reporter-At-Large April 13, 2020 At press time, Nassau County counted 34 [...]

Florida charter schools score court win as district boards’ appeal rejected

By John Haughey The Center Square April 13, 2020   (The Center Square, April 9, [...]

Today is Gopher Tortoise Day!

From The County Insider Office of the Nassau County Manager April 13, 2020 Say what??? [...]

Latest coronavirus model predicts fewer deaths in Florida

By Drew Wilson April 13, 2020 A University of Washington coronavirus pandemic model showed [...]

Kindness has not fallen victim to the virus

By Karen Thompson Features Reporter April 12,, 2020 I looked around and what I saw [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Ron Pfeffer April 11, 2020 Editor’s Note: Ron and Janet Pfeffer retired and moved [...]

No word yet from Ron DeSantis or Richard Corcoran on delayed school start date

By Renzo Downey April 10, 2020 With schools set to reopen to students in [...]

Florida elections supervisors seek ‘flexibility,’ reject total mail-in election scenario

By John Haughey The Center Square April 10, 2020 While most of Florida’s 67 county [...]

Delivery of 2020 Census Paper Questionnaires Begins

U.S. Census Bureau Media Release April 8, 2020 About 64 million households across the nation [...]

Gov. DeSantis signs bill making it harder to place constitutional amendments on ballot

By Renzo Downey April 9, 2020   Gov. Ron DeSantis signed seven bills into [...]

Nassau County overall health declined due to “health behaviors”

Nassau County Department of Health Press Release Contact: [email protected] April 7, 2020   ” The [...]

Researcher warns: Shut down and stay off all beaches

By John Haughey The Center Square April 6, 2020 A few scattered Florida beaches remain [...]

Key COVID-19 model now forecasting earlier peak in Florida

By Scott Powers April 6, 2020 A University of Washington coronavirus pandemic model that [...]

COVID-19 and City Spending – An opinion

By Chip Ross Fernandina Beach City Commissioner April 5, 2020 The impacts of COVID-19 are [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Lea Gallardo April 4, 2020 Editor’s Note: Lea developed a love of photography at [...]

Weekly comments from Dale Martin – “Safer at Home Order”

By Dale Martin City Manager Fernandina Beach April 3, 2020 We are all about to [...]

Williams-Sonoma: Made in the USA?

April 2, 2020 by Jim Kreidler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC When we’re deciding between buying [...]

Book read . . .

By Evelyn C. McDonald March 31, 2020 Feeling a bit trapped in the house and [...]

A salute to Jim Thomas on his 99th birthday

By Susan Hardee Steger Photos courtesy of Kathryn K. Bynum March 31, 2020 A quiet [...]

FLAPOL reports “Duval County shows spike in Coronavirus cases”

FLAPOL By Drew Dixon On March 26, 2020 Duval County now has 74 confirmed cases [...]