Category Archives: General

Six arrested on narcotics charges

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

City police asks for help locating stolen surf board

Submitted by City of Fernandina Beach Police Investigations Division This is an actual photograph of [...]

Paid parking – A sure bet not a gamble – An opinion

Submitted by Tony Crawford In my Opinion article of July 31st I expressed what I [...]

Supervisor of Elections – Early voting information and update

Submitted by Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office Contact: Tamara Pendleton Voters are taking advantage [...]

Downtown Restaurant Scene . . .

Submitted by Gerry Clare Pompeo’s Restaurant has been a favorite downtown restaurant since 1990 when [...]

City of Fernandina Beach holds special meeting to set tentative millage rate

Submitted by Douglas M Newton, Co-Editor The City commissioners met on Thursday, August 2, in [...]

Schools open on August 8th

Submitted by Gerry Clare Get ready for the opening day for Nassau County schools on [...]

Video replay of oral arguments on McGill attorney’s fee appeal

The Fernandina Observer was alerted to a video replay of the oral arguments before the [...]

Cargo trailer stolen – Help needed

Submitted by City of Fernandina Beach Criminal Investigations Division !!STOLEN   STOLEN  STOLEN!! Diamond Cargo Brand [...]

Surf boards stolen – local man arrested

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release Submitted by James T. Hurley An unusual coincidence, and [...]

Garland Rhoden candidate for Sheriff answers Fernandina Observer’s questionnaire

Submitted by Garland “Bubba” Rhoden Personal Background and Experience “My experience in law enforcement has [...]

Bill Leeper candidate for Sheriff answers Fernandina Observer’s questionnaire

Submitted by Bill Leeper Personal Background and Experience “As a life-long resident, 35 year veteran [...]

Steve Whitley candidate for Sheriff answers Fernandina Observer’s questionnaire

 Submitted by Steve Whitley Personal Background and Experience “I graduated from Paxon Senior High School [...]

Chris Hartley candidate for Sheriff answers Fernandina Observer’s questionnaire

Submitted By Chris Hartley Personal Background and Experience Family Status:  Married with 3 Children Experience:  [...]

Sergeant Mitch White City of Fernandina Beach Police Officer Retires

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

Beach Paid Parking – It makes no $ense at all

An Opinion Submitted by Tony Crawford After reading Mr. Lott’s article concerning paid beach parking [...]

McGill Aviation – City begins totaling cost to failed attorney fee appeal

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger After the City of Fernandina Beach failed in its attempt [...]

City loses on McGill Aviation attorney’s fee appeal

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger The City of Fernandina Beach was notified on Thursday by [...]

Three charged in Prescription Drug Cases

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

Looking for money in all the wrong places – City budget workshops continue

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst Summary On July 24, 2012, the [...]

Last day to qualify for city commission seat – August 10

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Politics can be a noble calling, but in the City [...]

Paid Beach Parking – Making Good $ense – An Opinion

Submitted by       Dave Lott In an article published in the Fernandina Observer earlier this month, [...]

Nassau County sets tentative millage for FY 2012-2013

Submitted by Suanne Z.Thamm Reporter – News Analyst During an officially noticed meeting on July [...]

Timoti’s Alleged Impact Fee Violation Unfounded

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Allegations of impropriety regarding impact fees and the opening of [...]

Unknown Beach Debris

July 24, 2012 9:46 a.m.

The Summer of Magical Thinking – An Opinion

  Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst As an observer and reporter [...]

A call to help those who served

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm On July 18, about 30 community stakeholders responded to Fernandina [...]

Weekend Fire on South Fletcher

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger A call was received at 11:22 a.m. Saturday morning alerting [...]

Mayor Filkoff Schedules White Balloon Meetings to Inform Citizens

Submitted by Arlene Filkoff The white balloon meetings will continue for a while. There was [...]

Two Arrested for Dealing in Stolen Property

Submitted by James T. Hurley, Chief of Police On July 14, 2012 police received a [...]

CPR for the CRA?

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst About a dozen people attended the [...]

County Business for City Residents

Submitted by Gerry Clare Danny Leeper, Nassau County Commission Chair and Commissioner for District 1, [...]

The Public Speaks – No to pool closings, paid parking, and Rec consolidations

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst By the time Mayor Arlene Filkoff [...]

Nassau County Budget Woes

Submitted  by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst During their July 12, 2012 meeting, [...]

Looking back and ahead – A Perspective

Submitted by Michael Spicer One of my earliest memories is at 5 years old, riding [...]

City Budget Update . . It’s the Spending!

Opinion Submitted by John Campbell Elwell Without once raising the large deficit dollar figure facing [...]

Tea Party Night for Sheriff Candidates

Gerry Clare About 100 people crowded into the Fernandina Beach Police Department to listen to [...]

Volunteering for Community Safety . .

Submitted by Gerry Clare The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department has been looking into saving money for [...]

It’s Official! Czymbor Palatka City Manager

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Michael Czymbor, former city manager of Fernandina Beach, is headed [...]

Two Arrested for Prescription Drug Trafficking

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

NCEDB secures city support for Nassau Tomorrow

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst During the first part of its [...]

Library bid awarded to V.R.L. Architects, Inc.

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst During a special meeting preceding the [...]

Poynter to Gerrity: Not so fast!

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst The second FY2012-13 Fernandina Beach budget [...]

National Endowment for the Arts Webinar – Working together to Shape Cultural Activities

Submitted by Mike Spino The National Endowment for the Arts is offering a series of [...]

City of Fernandina Beach FY 2012-2013 Budget – A Fiscal Crisis?

Submitted by Douglas M Newton, co – editor John Campbell Elwell, contributing associate My associate, [...]

Is Your Computer Infected? A Simple Test

Submitted by Susanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst If you have not yet done [...]

Sandpiper Area Annexation – Back Again

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger In a letter written to homeowners in the Sandpiper Beach [...]

A 4th of July Photomontage of Fernandina Happenings

Photos submitted by Gerry Clare July 5, 2012 3:42 p.m.           [...]

Pay for Parking? Tourism – Dollars and Sense

Submitted by Malcolm A. Noden Recently the issue of charging users for parking at or [...]

No fireworks on July 3rd at City Hall

 Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter-News Analyst About 25 people joined Fernandina Beach City Commissioners [...]

Palatka Commission Selects Czymbor as City Manager

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger The city commission of Palatka, Florida voted unanimously to selected [...]

How Much Is Our Beach Worth to its Users?

Submitted by Susanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst The issue of pay-for-parking at the [...]

Trip Advisor Award Received by the Amelia Island Museum of History

Submitted  by Gerry Clare Congratulations to our own Amelia Island Museum of History for being [...]

City Awarded Grant to Update Design Guidelines

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release Submitted by Adrienne Burke – City Planner The Florida [...]

Amelia’s Conundrum – Sargassum Seaweed

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Sargassum seaweed is not uncommon on the beaches of Amelia [...]

Firework Fundraiser – Thank you!

Submitted by Amelia Island -Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Historic Fernandina Business Association To the [...]

Prescription Drug Trafficking Arrest

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

Demise of the Beach Club at Amelia

Submitted by Douglas M Newton Co-Editor of Fernandina Observer Opinions have circulated during the last [...]

City Honors Dave Lott’s Service as Interim City Manager

City of Fernandina Beach Proclamation WHEREAS, Dave Lott, appointed by the City Commission as Interim [...]

Fort Clinch State Park and Its Economic Impact on Our Community

Submitted by Pete Scalco Park Manager Fort Clinch State Park is considered by many locals [...]

Last Update on Debby’s Impact on the City of Fernandina Beach

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release Submitted by David Lott, Deputy City Manager As post-storm [...]

Sharpening the Pencil: Fernandina Beach Begins FY 2012-13 Budget Formulation

Submitted by Suanne Thamm Reporter – News Analyst The Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) met [...]

A Centre Street Stroll – Renovations and Restorations

If you have strolled around downtown Fernandina Beach lately, you would notice that there is [...]

Tropical Storm Debby – Update On Impact To City

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release June 27, 2012 As the rains from now Tropical [...]

Approximate Location of 301 Bridge Collapse

Many of our readers have requested a map showing the approximate location of the 301 [...]

A Picture is Worth A 1000 Words – 301 Bridge Collapse

June 27, 2012 10:15 a.m.  

“Impossible to Use 301” According to Emergency Management Director

Submitted by Danny Hinson Nassau County Emergency Management Director “The bridge on 301 near Otis [...]

Debby Damage Alert – 301 Bridge Near Otis Road Washed Away

Submitted by Danny Hinson Nassau County Emergency Management Director Nassau County Emergency Management Director Danny [...]

Tropical Storm Debby – Impact on City

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release Submitted by David Lott, Deputy City Manager June 26, [...]

Daniel Hanes to Return to City as Chief of Fire and Rescue

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger City Manager Joe Gerrity confirmed that Daniel R Hanes will [...]

Debby Update from Nassau County Emergency Management Director

Submitted by Danny Hinson Nassau County Emergency Management Director “Tropical Storm Debby will continue to [...]

Nassau County Commissioner Stacy Johnson Steps Down as Board Chair

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger Nassau County Commissioner Stacy Johnson plans to relinquish her position [...]

Methamphetamine Lab Discovered – Local Woman Arrested

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release James T. Hurley, Chief of Police On June 22, [...]

Latest Debby Update – Weakening

Submitted by Traci Hochhalter Nassaau County Emergency Preparedness Planner We just had another conference call [...]

Flooding Reports from Nassau County Emergency Management

Submitted by Traci Hochhalter Emergency Preparedness Planner There have been reports of flooding at US [...]