Category Archives: General

Appreciation extended to city Firefighters’ Union #2836

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger City Manager Joe Gerrity is breathing a sigh of relief [...]

John Carr updates Greenway update

Submitted by John M. Carr Several things are moving along on the greenway project. First, [...]

Jacksonville Business Journal reports on recent ruling on impact fee lawsuit

In order to keep our readership informed, we are providing you with a link to [...]

Fernandina Beach City Commission welcomes in new fiscal year – Boardwalk, airport, train depot

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm, Reporter-News Analyst About 30 people, including city commission candidates Ed [...]

Corbett and Pelican fail to oust Westrec from city marina

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm, Reporter-News Analyst In what appeared to be an ill-considered move, [...]

Fernandina Beach City Commission moves closer to downtown farmers’ market franchise agreement

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm, Reporter News-Analyst At a special meeting called for 5:00 p.m. [...]

City commission candidate Pat K. Gass answers how to increase city revenue to avoid raising taxes

Submitted by Pat K. Gass, Candidate Group 5 What are your ideas for increasing city [...]

City commission candidate John Campbell Elwell answers how to increase city revenue to avoid tax increases

Submitted by John Elwell What are your ideas for increasing city revenues to avoid raising [...]

City commission candidate Ed Boner answers how to increase city revenue to avoid raising taxes

Submitted by Ed Boner, Candidate Group 4 What are your ideas for increasing city revenues [...]

City commission candidate Tim Poynter answers how to increase city revenue to avoid raising taxes

Submitted by Tim Poynter, Candidate Group 4 What are your ideas for increasing city revenues [...]

Fernandina Beach High School hosts Jeannie Blaylock of First Coast News

Submitted by Rob Hicks of Fernandina Beach High School Fernandina Beach High School hosted Jeannie [...]

Baptist Medical Center Nassau – Hospital Happenings

Submitted by Gerry Clare There is a lot happening at Baptist Medical Center – Nassau [...]

Local authors gather at marketplace

Photos submitted by Gerry Clare Books Plus sponsored the 2nd annual Local Author Marketplace held [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Jim Ekstrom Editor’s Note: Jim Ekstrom came to  Fernandina Beach a year ago [...]

Sustainable Amelia Island

News Release “Sustainable Amelia Island” Submitted by Len Kreger In an effort to expand both [...]

City commission moves forward to solve stormwater issues

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Tropical storm Debbie was a rude awakening to the need [...]

Greenway recovery activity plans for 2012- 2013

 Submitted by John M. Carr After a long, hot, wet summer, things are beginning to [...]

Firefighters agree to forgo salary and cost of living pay increases

Submitted by Susan Steger At a special city commission meeting  on Monday, September 24 the [...]

City commission candidate Tim Poynter identifies biggest opportunity facing the city and how to take advantage of it

Submitted by Tim Poynter, Candidate Group 4 What do you see as the biggest opportunity [...]

City commission candidate Ed Boner identifies biggest opportunities facing city and how to take advantage of it

Submitted by Ed Boner, Candidate Group 4 “Well, we have several opportunities. Our location is [...]

City commission candidate John Campbell Elwell identifies biggest opportunity facing the city and how to take advantage of it

Submitted by John Campbell Elwell, Candidate Group 5 What do you see as the biggest [...]

City commission candidate Pat K. Gass identifies biggest opportunity facing city and how to take advantage of it

Submitted by Pat K. Gass, Candidate Group 5 What do you see as the biggest [...]

Weekend Fernandina Beach roving reporter . . .

Submitted by Gerry Clare Friday night at American Legion Post 54,  William (Marty) Martin, the [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Priscilla Footlik Editor’s Note: Priscilla has lived on Amelia Island for 5 years.  [...]

Amelia in the morning . . .

Submitted by Tim Forrest September 22, 2012

City commission approves electric franchise fee increase to balance the budget and moves forward with storm water

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Last night’s city commission meeting gave the appearance of one [...]

City commission continues Arthur I. Jacobs’ lobbying contract on 5 – 0 vote

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Arthur I. “Buddy” Jacobs of Jacobs Scholz and Associates, will [...]

On 4 -1 vote, city commission approves 10.39% increased in operating millage rate and final budget

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger In less than 15 minutes, the Fernandina Beach city commission [...]

Pat K. Gass candidate for city commission Group 5 – What is the biggest threat facing the city?

Submitted by Pat K. Gass What do you see as the biggest threat facing the [...]

John Campbell Elwell Candidate City Commission Group 5 – What is the biggest threat facing the city?

Submitted by John Campbell Elwell What do you see as the biggest threat facing the [...]

Ed Boner candidate for Group 4 – What is the biggest threat facing the city?

Submitted by Ed Boner, Candidate Group 4 What do you see as the biggest threat [...]

Tim Poynter Candidate Group 4 – What is the biggest threat facing the city?

 Submitted by Tim Poynter, Candidate Group 4 What do you see as the biggest threat [...]

Local man attacked inside apartment

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release Submitted by James T. Hurley, Chief of Police A [...]

Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by David Lee Roberts Editor’s Note: David Lee Roberts grew up in Fernandina Beach, [...]

International Coastal Beach Clean – Volunteers focus on Seaside Park beaches and American Beach

Submitted by Len Kreger As Wild Amelia volunteers were working to clean beaches around Fort [...]

Wild Amelia Festival volunteers participate in 27th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day

Submitted by Kathy Brooks Wild Amelia Nature Festival volunteers joined the worldwide effort to clean [...]

Amelia Island Market Place – More vendors more customers

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Up and running for a second week, the Amelia Island [...]

Amelia Island Blues Festival in full swing through Sunday Sept 16

Photos courtesy of Sandy Price Beginning at noon on  Saturday and Sunday (15 – 16), [...]

Pye’s Pawn opens on South 14th Street

Submitted by Gerry Clare New on the retail scene is Pye’s Pawn, which opened September [...]

Fort Clinch State Park welcomes new park manager

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Ben Faure, new Park Manager of Fort Clinch State Park [...]

Sandpiper & Ocean Villas Condominiums withdraw annexation request

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger In a tersely worded e-mail,  Tom Gambino, board member of [...]

Tim Poynter, candidate for city commission Group 4 answers how he would support improve communication

Submitted by Tim Poynter Candidate for City Commission, Group 4 Question 1: How would you [...]

Ed Boner candidate for city commission Group 4 was asked how he would support improved communications

Candidate Ed Boner, Group 4 declined to have Fernandina Observer publish his answers. Editor’s Note:  [...]

John Campbell Elwell candidate for city commission Group 5 answers how he would support improved communications

Submitted by John  Campbell Elwell Candidate for City Commission, Group 5 Question 1: How would [...]

Pat K. Gass, candidate for city commission Group 5 answers how she would support improved communications

Submitted by Pat K. Gass Candidate for City Commission Group 5 1.  How would you [...]

Expanded recycling for city residents starting in October

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release Submitted by Jeremiah Glisson On July 3, 2012 the [...]

Amelia Island revealed . .

Submitted by Don Wiest Don Wiest is a full time Amelia Island resident.  A native [...]

New downtown Amelia Island Market Place supported by Fernandina faithful

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Smiles were evident on the faces of the old Fernandina [...]

Council on Aging of Nassau County reports . . .

 Submitted by Gerry Clare This article is based on an interview with Tom Moss, Executive [...]

City Commission eager to move forward to reestablish Fernandina Farmers’ Market

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter- News Analyst Is there a new, expanded farmers market [...]

Pelican & Corbett just say no

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst At the September 4, 2012 regular [...]

Second attempt of Sandpiper Beach and Villas of Ocean Dunes to annex into city

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst It was a standing room only [...]

Fernandina Beach City Commissioners appear supportive of proposed FY 2012-2013 millage

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter-News Analyst In a special meeting on September 4, 2012 [...]

Nassau County Veterans and flags on Amelia

Submitted by Gerry Clare Yesterday, volunteers from Nassau County Veterans groups took down more than [...]

Ed Boner candidate for city commissioner Group 4

Candidate Ed Boner declined Fernandina Observer’s  request to submit a press release or biographical statement. [...]

Tim Poynter Seeks Re-Election to Fernandina Beach City Commission – Group 4

Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Tim Poynter has announced his re-election bid for the Group 4 [...]

John Campbell Elwell to Seek Fernandina Beach City Commission Group 5

Fernandina Beach resident, John Campbell Elwell, has announced plans to seek election to the Fernandina [...]

Pat K. Gass enters commission race – Group 5

Pat Gass qualified to seek election to the Fernandina Beach City Commission as one of [...]

Wild Amelia Nature Festival – Ga Sea Turtle Center draws huge crowd as sea turtles released

Article and photos Submitted by Kathy Brooks A huge crowd of about 500 residents and [...]

Amelia Island revealed . .

Submitted by Stephen H. Mintz, M.D. FAAP Editor’s Note: Stephen is a regular island snow [...]

Amelia Farmers’ Market – A new beginning

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Much to the chagrin of Fernandina locals, the Fernandina Farmers’ [...]

New tenants to occupy 402 Centre Street – Twisted Sisters and Hamilton Press

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Two new tenants will occupy space at 402 Centre Street.  [...]

Consideration of City of Fernandina Beach millage rate at 10.39% over rollback rate – Public hearing Tuesday, September 4 at 5:05 p.m.

Editor’s Note: In order to keep you informed on the important budget hearing scheduled for [...]

City of Fernandina Beach Parks and Rec home to Fernandina Kayak Club

  On Saturday August 25, members of the Fernandina Beach Kayak Club left the Dee [...]

Today’s ocean view – Calm Seas – Moderate risk of rip currents

Submitted by Tim Forrest SURF ZONE FORECAST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL 336 AM EDT [...]

Amelia’s ocean today – Rip current warning still in effect

Submitted by Tim Forrest August 28, 2012 9:46 a.m.  

Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff – A Success

Submitted by Gerry Clare The Amelia Island Tourism and Development Council estimates between 10 and [...]

No swimming warnings issued to local beach goers – High surf and rip currents

National Weather Service issued warnings for high surf and rip currents along northeast Florida beaches. [...]

Amelia Farmers’ Market Opening Celebration at the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation – Fernandina location to close

Press Release from Gil Langley Amelia Island Tourism and Development Counci The Amelia Farmers Market [...]

Today’s ocean view – Isaac’s impact on Amelia

Expect “dangerous tides at local beaches.”  Click on news4.com for full story. Local beaches closed [...]

Tree washes up on beach near Sadler Road

Early morning beach walkers found more than shells and sharks’ teeth on the beaches of [...]

Amelia Island revealed . .

Submitted by Libby Wilkes Libby Wilkes and her husband Clyde, partner in the business Elizabeth [...]

The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill and a sidewalk to no where . . .

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger A sidewalk “to nowhere,” running north and south in front [...]

Jim B Higginbotham, candidate for city commissioner Group 5 – Out of the race

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Jim B. Higginbotham, candidate for city commissioner, Group 5 is [...]

Local drug dealer sentenced to 30 years

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release Submitted by James T. Hurley, Police Chief A local [...]