Category Archives: General

Antun and Ross Force an Airing on Public Comments

By Mike Lednovich Two weeks ago, city commissioners spent an hour debating whether they should [...]

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Pat’s Wildways: Romeo, O Romeo

By Pat Foster-Turley I had a big desire for my birthday this year. I wanted [...]

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Hotel Developers to Get Settlement With City

By Mike Lednovich The Fernandina Beach City Commission will vote Tuesday to approve a $445,000 [...]

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RV Service for the Homeless

The Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County has a mobile RV that offers showers, [...]

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Seniors Given Storm Meal Kits

Storm season is underway, and now hundreds of the most vulnerable in our community are [...]

We All Need Spirit Guides Through the World of Words

By Linda Hart Green I am not often at a loss for words. Here is [...]

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If You Like a Cigar and Good Snacks, Ash Street is For You

By Dylan Bailey Located on Ash Street, a new cigar shop by that name has [...]

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Pat’s Wildways: Congaree and Penn

By Pat Foster-Turley If you are looking for an interesting nearby Saturday or Sunday day [...]

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The Happy Tomato: A Hidden Gem in the Heart of Centre Street

By Dylan Bailey The Happy Tomato has been around since 2007, nestled in its own [...]

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Ethanol Opposition in Full Force at Packed Meeting

By Mike Lednovich An overflow crowd of concerned Fernandina Beach residents were told Thursday that [...]

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Pat’s Wildways: All Trees are Special

By Pat Foster-Turley I can’t believe that it was 17 years ago that I wrote [...]

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State Hurries up Atlantic Sidewalk Because of Financing

By Mike Lednovich The Florida Department of Transportation notified the city of Fernandina Beach Thursday [...]

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Historic Paver Fans Meet FDOT Realities on Atlantic Avenue

By Mike Lednovich The city’s historic pavers along Atlantic Avenue will soon become history, replaced [...]

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When Apologies Really Mean It, Forgiveness Flows

By Linda Hart Green Saying “I’m sorry” is hard. I am talking about the kind [...]

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Black Cat Pizza: Don’t Let the Outside Fool You

By Dylan Bailey Most likely, Black Cat Pizza is a name you’ve heard many times [...]

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Pat’s Wildways: An ‘Old Florida’ Birthday

By Pat Foster-Turley Bucko had a milestone birthday last week, and he wasn’t happy about [...]

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City Bond Vote Dead for This Year

By Mike Lednovich Five months ago, Fernandina Beach city commissioners said having voters approve a [...]

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Mitch Keiter to Run for County Clerk of Court and Comptroller

After 19 years of service with the Nassau County Clerk of Court and Comptroller’s Office, [...]

History and Future: The Roles of Our Museum

By Wilma Allen With Nassau County and Fernandina Beach bicentennial celebrations now in full swing, [...]

Real Paris Street Food on a New Food Truck

By Dylan Bailey While I might not be in Paris, a little piece of it [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Amelia Flats

By Pat Foster-Turley I had never heard of Amelia Flats until Jeff Kennard started sending [...]

First Sea Turtle Release of the Season Wednesday

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch will release a [...]

Developer Reaches Back into History, Looking for an Angle

By Mike Lednovich Property owner Worthy Investments wants to turn back the clock on land [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Getting Older, Still Adventuring

By Pat Foster-Turley It’s hard to admit, even to myself, that I am getting old. [...]

RYAM Neighbor Files for Hearing on Air Quality Permit

Tom Budd, who is a member of a coalition of local conservation groups and concerned [...]

At Twisted Table, Brunch Is a Must-Try

  By Dylan Bailey Twisted Table is a name that isn’t unfamiliar in Fernandina Beach. [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Farm to Table

By Pat Foster-Turley I’ve heard the term “farm to table” often these days, but never [...]

B&B Wins Curb Appeal Award

  The Amelia Island Williams House Bed & Breakfast at 103 S. Ninth St. in [...]

Commentary: Reflections on Earth Day

By Linda Hart Green Earth Day 1970, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I only skipped school [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Visiting the Big Bend Area of Florida

By Pat Foster-Turley In the past few years, Bucko and I have taken short field [...]

Your Best Recipe Could Be in a New Amelia Cookbook

By Wilma Allen Area cooking enthusiasts are invited to submit their favorite recipes for “The [...]

Antun Files for Mayor Position

City Commissioner James Antun has filed to run for Fernandina Beach Mayor. Antun was elected [...]

Pat’s Wildways: North Florida Wildlife Center

By Pat Foster-Turley In preparation for yet again another road trip to Florida’s Big Bend [...]

Airport to Consider Automated Landing Fees That Would Discourage Touch and Gos

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport Director Sam Carver supports airplane landings fees as [...]

A Good-Deed Effort Saves Two Special Camellias

By Mike Lednovich Local developer Todd Bates, who is planning to build four houses on [...]

Historical Society Program: George J.F. Clarke and the Creation of Fernandina

  James G. Cusick, the curator for the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History in [...]

Weeds? Look Again at a Bountiful, Useful Lawn

By Lauri deGaris According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a weed is a plant that is [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

By Pat Foster-Turley I’m always on the lookout for new column ideas, and over my [...]

How will the FAA’s proposal impact Amelia Island?

By Mike Lednovich It won’t happen next week, next month, or even this year. But [...]

Commentary: Book-Banners Who Preach a War Between Good and Evil

By Linda Hart Green A number of books have been removed from Nassau County school [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Backyard Bliss

By Pat Foster-Turley It’s my favorite time of year in our backyard. The air is [...]

A Journey Into the World of Falconry

  By Lauri deGaris Over the past few years, I have enjoyed sharing numerous picnics [...]

Easter Isn’t About Eggs. It’s About Renewal

By Linda Hart Green Maybe, like me, you have driven by the site of the [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Warming Up

By Pat Foster-Turley There is always something to catch my eye when I walk on [...]

Music Will Fill the Island Air This April

By Wilma Allen It isn’t just birds that will be singing this April. The island [...]

More Dr. Ruth Performances

Amelia Musical Theatre’s recent sold-out performance of “Becoming Dr. Ruth” is back for a limited [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Arizona Skies

By Pat Foster-Turley One of my main motivations for visiting southern Arizona with my brother [...]

RYAM Gets Initial Nod on Air Permit for Bioethanol Facility

By Mike Lednovich The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has notified RYAM that it plans [...]

Charlie George Modifies His Intent to Step Down

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach Interim City Manager Charlie George expounded on his comment last [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Arizona Underground

By Pat Foster-Turley There’s a lot going on underground in southern Arizona, the location of [...]

St. Marys Mine Hearing Available Via Zoom

By Paula Alford The quality of life for all of us living near the St. [...]

Commentary: It’s Nassau’s River Also. Pay Attention!

By Emily Floore, St. Marys Riverkeeper On February 9, 2024, Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Talking Turkey

By Pat Foster-Turley There is an avian mystery happening on Amelia Island, and maybe someone [...]

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. [...]

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

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

Obituary: Marlene Marie Chapman

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

Anne Oman, Journalist and Observer Writer

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

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 [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Sundown Shows

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Many More Steps Before Flood Wall Can Be Built

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ross Seeks Second Opinion on Partisanship

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

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 [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Bald Eagle Nests

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

A Fertile Year for Whales, Offset by Tragedies

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

Nao Trinidad’s Last Day in Our Marina

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