Category Archives: General

Commentary: When the Joy of Reading Crosses Paths With the Censors

By Linda Hart Green I do 75% of my seeing out of my right eye. [...]

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Pat’s Wildways: The ‘Dying’ Art of Taxidermy

By Pat Foster-Turley Whenever I visit my friends in Gainesville I ask them for new [...]

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Obituary: Marlene Marie Chapman

Marlene Marie Chapman (71), of Fernandina Beach, passed away peacefully at Community Hospice Jane and [...]

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Anne Oman, Journalist and Observer Writer

We are saddened to report that Anne Oman, who served for nine years as a [...]

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Tours of St. Peter’s Historic Church Coming in April

Are you interested in Fernandina’s history and historic buildings? Join a free 45-minute tour sponsored [...]

Quiltfest Applications Start in April

The theme for the 38th annual Jacksonville Quiltfest (QuiltfestJax) is “Sew Your Heart Out.” It [...]

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Pat’s Wildways: Sundown Shows

By Pat Foster-Turley Every evening around some retention ponds there is a show that is [...]

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Grace Church Invites Public to Birthday Fling

Grace Community Church, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, invites the public to [...]

The Amelia Will Return Feb. 29 to March 3

The Amelia returns in 2024 with a week-long celebration of motoring excellence. Attendees will enjoy [...]

Question: Close Downtown Boat Ramp and Use Bartels Ramp?

By Mike Lednovich The Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Board (CRAAB) will discuss the merits of [...]

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Pat’s Wildways: Road Trip to Sebastian

By Pat Foster-Turley I am always on the lookout for new things to see in [...]

City Friendship Questioned as Developer Seeks Change

By Mike Lednovich Vice Mayor David Sturges’ friendship with a Fernandina Beach developer, who is [...]

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Many More Steps Before Flood Wall Can Be Built

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Mayor Bradley Bean disregarded the numerous obstacles in constructing a [...]

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Want to Help Our Environment? You Need to Know This

By Candis Whitney  Did you know that there are more than 25 environmental/conservation organizations in [...]

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Learn About Homeless Programs

If you’re curious about the increase in the number of unhoused people in our county [...]

Too-Small Tug Can’t Handle Ocean Barges and Must Be Sold

By Mike Lednovich The Ocean Highway and Port Authority (OHPA) voted Monday to sell its [...]

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Ross Seeks Second Opinion on Partisanship

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Chip Ross is seeking an advisory opinion from [...]

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It’s Time to Pay Our Respects to Early-Death Babies

February means different things to different people, but to Kim Maimone February means Mera’s Mission [...]

Historic New Zion Church Undergoing Restoration

As you travel along Atlantic Avenue and N. 10th Street at the east end of [...]

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Pat’s Wildways: Bald Eagle Nests

By Pat Foster-Turley I love it when one of my columns spawns another one. This [...]

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A Fertile Year for Whales, Offset by Tragedies

By Lauri deGaris Seventeen — that is the number of North Atlantic right whale calves [...]

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Nao Trinidad’s Last Day in Our Marina

By Wilma Allen Today is your last chance to step back in time and imagine [...]

Billy Elliot, the Musical, Coming to ACT Next Month

Amelia Community Theatre opens “Billy Elliot: The Musical” on Feb. 9 at 207 Cedar St. [...]

Take Your Visitors to Salt Life. No Visitors? Take You

By Dylan Bailey When it comes to dining experiences that seamlessly blend food, ambiance, and [...]

Motel Proposed at Sadler and Ryan

The developer for a proposed motel located at the entrance of the Pirates Bay community [...]

Port and Feds Are In a Serious Misunderstanding

By Mike Lednovich The Port of Fernandina is in peril of having to pay back [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Healing Power of Nature

By Pat Foster-Turley This was a week I didn’t have a column in mind. My [...]

A Friendly Agreement Expands Athletic Warmups

Fernandina Beach has often cast an envious eye on a large, unused field in front [...]

Unusual Shipping Container Hotel Up for Review

By Mike Lednovich The city’s Technical Review Committee (TRC) is scheduled Thursday to review a [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Treats at the ARK

By Pat Foster-Turley Anyone who knows me by now knows that I love animals, especially [...]

Once-a-week Trash Collection for City Customers Starts Today

Did you put out your garbage today? Are you a Waste Management customer? Double-check this [...]

Bartram Garden Club Celebrates Florida’s Arbor Day

The Bartram Garden Club will be celebrating Florida Arbor Day at 11 a.m. on Jan. [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Deer Mortalities

By Pat Foster-Turley Here on Amelia Island, deer cannot be legally hunted, and for the [...]

Join the Dream Team: MLK Day of Service Seeking Volunteers

Calling all volunteers! United Way of Northeast Florida is looking for volunteers this Saturday in [...]

MLK Day Panel Discussion Event to Share Stories

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society will [...]

New Right Whale Calf, Hit by a Boat, Likely Will Die

By Lauri deGaris The first North Atlantic right whale calf born this season has been [...]

Memories of Last Year’s Magical Whale Visitor (and Dolphin Friends)

By Lauri deGaris Last January, many Amelia Island residents, and visitors too, were thrilled to [...]

Storm Warning Ends — Oops, It’s on Again and Raining Buckets — What a Day!

Severe Weather Updates 12:30 — From the U.S. Weather Service: Expect a band of severe [...]

Sky’s the Limit for FBHS Aerospace Students

By Wilma Allen By the time they graduate from high school, many local teens will [...]

‘Becoming Dr. Ruth:’ Many Laughs for People of a Certain Age

Jill Dillingham of Amelia Musical Playhouse, first gave the script of “Becoming Dr. Ruth” to [...]

CRAAB to Submit Waterfront Park Plans for Approval

  By Mike Lednovich When the city commission convenes on Jan. 16 they will be [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Manatee Watching

By Pat Foster-Turley Bucko and I finally made it to Crystal River, long heralded as [...]

Is the Island Maxed Out? Commission’s All Over the Place

By Mike Lednovich The late Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda once said, “Opinions are [...]

Commentary: A Topsy-Turvy Year at City Hall

By Mike Lednovich Now after more than a year in office, how did the 2023 [...]

Sixth Right Whale Calf is Sighted

By Lauri deGaris Right whale calf number No. 6 was born off Cumberland Island on [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Old Florida

By Pat Foster-Turley Whenever Bucko and I feel like getting away from the hubbub that [...]

Citizens Win Tringali Case

By Mike Lednovich A circuit court judge has ruled there is “no plausible explanation for [...]

Two More Whale Calves Born Nearby During the Solstice

By Lauri deGaris Newborn right whale calves No. 4 and No. 5 emerged from the [...]

Timoti’s – Wild Caught Seafare

By Dylan Bailey There’s no denying that good food, coupled with a warm, inviting ambiance, [...]

Pat’s Wildways: 12 Days of Christmas on Amelia Island

By Pat Foster-Turley 12 Days of Christmas on Amelia Island   On the first day [...]

Commission Takes First Steps Toward Manager Replacement

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach city commissioners, still reeling from the abrupt departure of City [...]

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 [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Invaders in Simmons Park

By Pat Foster-Turley For years there has been controversy about what to do with the [...]

A Third Whale Calf Is Born Unto Us!

By Lauri deGaris New moon blessings to right whale #1970 – Palmetto and her newborn [...]

Commentary: A Nightmare on 14th Street

By Chip Ross City Commissioner Traffic is about to get much worse on South 14th [...]

Special Meeting Called to Discuss Ty Ross Affair

By Mike Lednovich The Fernandina Beach City Commission will hold a special meeting Dec. 19 [...]

Commentary: It’s Not the Alcohol, It’s Everything Else

By Suanne Thamm Dear City Commissioners: Please accept my sincere sympathy for the position that [...]

Commentary — For the Good of the Order: Resignation

Editor’s note: We are offering publication of brief, thoughtful, well-written commentaries on this subject. They [...]

Hearing Canceled, CARD and ATC Remain in Riverstone Suit

Attorneys for both Nassau County and Riverstone have agreed that Amelia Tree Conservancy (ATC) and [...]

Pelorus Jack, a Whale of a 275-Year Maori Story

By Walter C. Hornaday The following article by Walter C. Hornaday, appeared in the Sunday Star, [...]

Chief Asks for State Review of How Ty Ross Case Handled

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Police Chief Jeff Tambasco has asked the State Attorney to [...]

Amelia Fresh Cafe: Good and Healthy

By Dylan Bailey Nestled inside of Nassau Health Foods is a cozy cafe with big [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Adventures on the Cumberland Ferry

By Pat Foster-Turley It seemed simple. Buy advance tickets to both the ferry and the [...]

Changes Coming for Recorded Documents Related to Property Ownership

In an effort to hinder the rise of property fraud, an amendment to Florida Statute [...]

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 [...]

City Manager Responds to Calls for Resignation

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

Key Riverstone Hearing to be Conducted Via Zoom – CANCELED

CANCELED – See comment below. A hearing on Riverstone litigation matters has been scheduled for [...]

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade to be held January 15

All are invited to participate in the 46th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade of Fernandina [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Possum Painter

By Pat Foster-Turley I must admit I have very interesting friends here on Amelia Island. [...]

Library Friends’ Next Discussion

The Friends of the Library Book Club will meet Dec. 14 to discuss “Great Circle” [...]

Marina Projects Update

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

Pat’s Wildways: Stings and Thrills in Belize

By Pat Foster-TurleyI was underwater, snorkeling at last in good mangroves in Belize. It took [...]

In Dark Times, Find Small Hopes and Nurture Them

By Linda Hart Green I’m hearing that folks are finding it difficult to be hopeful [...]

Some Different Ideas If You’re Not Sure About Thanksgiving

By Dylan Bailey If you’re planning to eat out for Thanksgiving on Amelia Island, here [...]