Category Archives: Featured Story

DeSantis vetoes $1.5B in spending, signs $100B Florida budget

By John Haughey The Center Square June 3, 2021 Florida lawmakers last month sent Gov. [...]

Welcome Pat Foster-Turley to the Fernandina Observer

By Susan Hardee Steger Editor June 2, 2021   The Fernandina Observer is pleased to welcome [...]

CREED’s “Backpack Giveaway” delights young children

Coalition for the Reduction Elimination of Ethnic Disparities in Health (CREED) Jennett W. Baker, R.N., [...]

Memorial Day in Fernandina Beach

By Michael Leary June 1, 2021   Editor’s Note: Michael Leary grew up in Fernandina [...]

Business of golf – The Epilogue “When no one cares . . .”

Alan Prescott June 1, 2021 After decades of exploration and training, John had gone from [...]

The business of golf – A golf course with an option to buy . . .

Alan Prescott May 31, 2021 “On a cold morning in April of 1981, John stood [...]

Memorial Day 2021 observed in Fernandina Beach

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 31, 2021 Under blue skies [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Patrick Golden May 29, 2021 Editor’s Note: Patrick Golden and his wife moved to [...]

Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Floridians to Prepare for Hurricane Season Ahead of Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Press Release Governor Ron DeSantis May 28, 2021 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida [...]

The business of golf – Dr Divot Custom Golf Clubs

By Alan Prescott May 28, 2021 “With no experience as a golf course superintendent, easily [...]

“The People’s Choice Award” presented at 2021 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – A Monopoly Car!

Photo and Information Stephan R. Leimberg May 28, 2021 Editor’s Note: Steve Leimberg offered [...]

Access to Health Foods improve Barnabas Patients’ Chronic Illnesses

Barnabas Center Nassau Press Release Alexandra Winsor Communications Manager Email: [email protected] Date: May 27, [...]

The business of golf – Custom golf clubs; “Let the buyer beware!”

By Alan Prescott May 26, 2021 In my last article, I promised to write about [...]

The business of golf – ” . . . golf clubs were manufactured by Americans in America”

By Alan Prescott May 25, 2021 In my previous article, I discussed the effect of [...]

And another “Best in Show” at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Stephan R. Leimberg May 24, 2021   Editor’s note: A native of Wildwood, New [...]

“Best in Show” Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Stephan R. Leimberg May 23, 2021 Editor’s note: A native of Wildwood, New Jersey [...]

Fernandina Beach Fire/Rescue – A chance to know the City’s Emergency Medical Services team

Fernandina Beach Fire/Rescue Submitted by Kaleigh Simmons Administrative Coordinator May 23, 2021 Editor’s Note: We [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Mercedes T. Wright May 22, 2021   Editor’s Note: Mercedes Wright, moved  from Miami [...]

Lofty condos will provide opportunities for downtown living

By Anne H. Oman Reporter-At-Large May 21, 2021 Some 33 years ago, Robbie Young came [...]

The business of golf – “You can buy a better game . . . “

By Alan Prescott May 17, 2021 In my last article, I mentioned that there was [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Kirsten and Hal Snyder August 16, 2020 “An unusual number of Swallow-tailed Kites have [...]

Experimental Aircraft Association to hold “Flying Start” informational program – Saturday, May 15

Experimental Aircraft Association Press Release Contact: Tom Piscitello [email protected] May 14, 2021 Those who have [...]

Peter and the Wolf – A family concert to be held May 22

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Press Release Contact: Eric Sakurai [email protected] May 11, 2021 On [...]

Island voices, speaking in poetry

By Anne H. Oman May 10, 2021 ‘I’ve been writing poetry since I was a [...]

Charles Albert honored at Veterans’ Memorial Park

Veterans Council of Nassau County Press Release Submitted by Cara Curtin May 5, 2021   [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Stephan R. Leimberg April 27, 2021 Editor’s note: A native of Wildwood, New Jersey [...]

DeSantis set to remove local control over mask ordinances?

By Susan Hardee Steger May 3, 2021 Governor Ron DeSantis will soon have the ability [...]

Old Town Sugarberry named “Florida Challenger”

By Chris Hastings April 30, 2021 Just in time for Arbor Day, the giant Sugarberry [...]

Lady A helps drive successful 2021 Heart Ball

First Coast American Heart Association Press Release April 29, 2021 Headlined by Lady A, the [...]

Catch a Florida Memory in the prime of springtime

Media Release April 29, 2021   Springtime means tight lines for many anglers. With winter [...]

The business of golf – Professional jealousy

By Alan Prescott April 29, 2021 Links to previous articles: “The business of golf – [...]

April’s “Pink Moon” as seen from Amelia Island

Photo by Stephen R. Leimberg April 27, 2021 According to the Farmers’ Almanac, a [...]

The prestigious “Amelia” spotlights Dr. Cade’s prized President

Media Release Cade Museum April 27, 2021   Dr. James Robert Cade, the trailblazing namesake [...]

The business of golf – “He noticed a familiar face hitting golf balls . . .”

By Alan Prescott April 26, 2021 Previous articles: “The business of golf – It takes [...]

Mark Foxworth to serve as City of Fernandina Beach Chief of Police

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release Submitted by Mary Hamburg Digital Communications Specialist April [...]

1 bar, 2 restaurants don’t make a city – An opinion

By Faith Ross City Resident and Former Musician April 19, 2021 Editor’s Note: Faith Ross [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Stephen Mintz April 17, 2021 Editor’s Note: Stephen H. Mintz, MD is a retired [...]

Police Chief Jim Hurley delivers message to the community

City of Fernandina Beach Police Department April 16, 2021 Editor’s Note: Fernandina Beach Police Chief [...]

Front Porch Beads to host “Arts & Crafts Pop-Up Sale” – Sunday, April 18

By Karen Thompson Features Reporter April 14, 2021     Front Porch Beads will host [...]

Only one “No” (CRA) for Final Election results in City of Fernandina Beach Special Election for City Charter Changes

By Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter-News Analyst April 13, 2021   With all the votes counted, [...]

Looking for treasure on Amelia Island

By Kathleen Hardee Arsenault April 12, 2021 ” . . . reported by the Jacksonville [...]

The long and winding roads to and from Amelia Island

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst April 12, 2021 Commuters to and [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Bill Birdsong April 10, 2021   Editor’s Note: William Birdsong was born in Jacksonville, [...]

The business of golf – “The Evening School of Golf”

By Alan Prescott April 9, 2021 Excerpt from the previous articles and links: “The business [...]

Metal detector operator extraordinaire finds local treasures

By Chip Kirkpatrick April 7, 2021 Editor’s Note: Local resident Chip Kirkpatrick a metal detector [...]

Boys & Girls Clubs name “Youth of the Month” for March

Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Press Release Submitted by Andrew Schmidt April 6, [...]

The business of golf – ” . . . when your golf game is good, your business is bad”

By Alan Prescott April 7, 2021 Excerpt from the previous articles and links: “The business [...]

The business of golf – ” . . . another professional . . . came from Brooklyn. His name was Wiffey Cox.”

By Alan Prescott April 4, 2021 Editor’s Note: This is the second article Alan has [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Carollee Addams April 2, 2021 Editor’s Note: Carollee Addams moved to Fernandina Beach from [...]

Fernandina Beach Golf Course opens Top Tracer on Saturday at 10

City of Fernandina Beach March 26, 2021    

Midori: Making Music, Building Connections

By Anne H. Oman Reporter-At-Large March 25, 2021 When she was a toddler in Osaka, [...]

Remembering “Hidden Figures” of Nassau County during Women’s History Month

By Jennett Wilson Baker In collaboration with various members of the African American Community March [...]

CREED supplies gift bags for spring break

CREED Information from  Jennett Baker, R.N. – B.S. Executive Director March 23, 2021     [...]

Barnabas Center Nassau’s pandemic response – “We took our walls down to serve our community.”

Barnabas Center Nassau March 23, 2021 Editor’s Note: This video, played at the Fernandina Beach [...]

Midori to receive Kennedy Center honors for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

Amelia Island Chamber Music Press Release March 23, 2021 “The Chamber Music Festival is excited [...]

Be careful what you ask for

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst March 22, 2021 The City of [...]

Tough times, tougher women

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst March 21, 2021 March is Women’s [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Art Barry March 19, 2021   Editor’s Note:  For over 50 years, Art Barry [...]

Midori is coming to Amelia Island!

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Press Release March 18, 2021 Midori, world-renowned violinist, will perform [...]

Remembering “Hidden Figures’ during Women’s History Month – Healthcare workers

By Jennett Wilson Baker March 16, 2021 Editor’s Note: Jennett Wilson Baker, a native of [...]

Tips to help people and pets safely co-exist with alligators

Media Release March 15, 2021   Warm spring weather means Florida’s state reptile – the [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Stephen Mintz March 13, 2021 Editor’s Note: Stephen H. Mintz, MD is a retired [...]

Southern Live Oaks to grace entrance to Simmons Road Park

8 Flags Playscapes March 12, 2021 Editor’s Note: To donate to 8 Flags Playscapes click [...]

What is the local story? – A Fernandina “CAA Seaplane Anchorage” First Day of Issue Commemorative Cover 1940

By Susan Hardee Steger March 10, 2021     A recent E-Bay offer to purchase [...]

Front Porch Beads donates $1,500 to Meals on Wheels for Pets to feed hungry, furry friends

By Karen Thompson Features Reporter March 10, 2021 Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic [...]

Local optometrist retires after 42 years of service

By Susan Hardee Steger March 7, 2021   After over 41 years as an optometrist, [...]

Action News reports arrest following $16,000 missing from Fernandina Beach Youth Football League funds

Information from Action News By: Christy Turner, Action News Jax March 9, 2021 According to [...]

Boys & Girls Clubs presents “February 2021 Youth of the Month”

Boys & Girls Clubs Press Release Submitted by Andrew Schmidt March 5, 2021 February 2021 [...]

Beer & G-Strings Concert features the Christiania Trio and guest violinist Philip Pan

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Press Release March 2, 2021  Plus violinist Chee Yun, [...]

The 2021 Florida Legislative Session kicked off yesterday

March 2, 2021 The article below by Peter Schorsch was published earlier today on [...]

Family Comedy at ACT – March 5 & 6

Amelia Community Theatre Press Release Submitted by Linda McClane March 1, 2021 Amelia Community Theatre [...]

Local African American Trailblazers: William Henderson Peck

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst February 28, 2021 February 2021 has [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Thomas Morris February 27 2021 Editor’s Note: Thomas Morris is a second-generation Fernandianian who [...]

The vaccine roll out: reaching out to the African-American community

By Anne H. Oman Reporter-At-Large February 26, 2021 “This is personal to me – I [...]

A salute to three judges in the Fernandina Beach High School Class of 1967

By Susan Hardee Steger February 25, 2021 How many high school graduating classes of approximately [...]