Category Archives: General

Pat’s Wildways: Boris the Botfly Goes to the University

By Pat Foster-Turley November 25, 2022 Some of you readers may remember that Bucko and [...]

City Manager’s Comments – Christmas

By Dale Martin, City Manager From the time that I first visited Fernandina Beach as [...]

City Manager’s Comments – Thanksgiving

By Dale Martin, City Manager November offers two significant days for me. One is singularly [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Like a Mother to Me?

By Pat Foster-Turley November 18, 2022 I was older than 30 when I entered the [...]

City Manager’s Comments – Election

By Dale Martin, City Manager Another biannual general election has closed. We can now pause [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Was that a Pig?

By Pat Foster-Turley November 11, 2022 Amelia Island abounds with pets traveling with their owners [...]

Two Educators Join School Board As Tax Increase Passes

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics The campaign started with six candidates for two Nassau County [...]

City Manager’s Comments – Flood Risk Ratings

By Dale Martin, City Manager The City Commission, through Resolution 2021-20, established a series of [...]

Pat’s Wildways: The Marsh is Alive

By Pat Foster-Turley November 4, 2022 When the land on Crane Island was slated for [...]

City Manager’s Comments – The Riverfront

By Dale Martin, City Manager An interesting facet of working at City Hall is the [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Blue Crabs

By Pat Foster-Turley October 28, 2022 I’m sure lots of you readers have happily feasted [...]

The Hurricane of 1898 – My Grandmother’s Story

By Susan Hardee Steger, Granddaughter of Nannie Baker Hardee October 24, 2022 Early in the [...]

Pat’s Wildways: A Fort Clinch Saturday Morning

By Pat Foster-Turley October 21, 2022 One recent Saturday, it was a beautiful day—sunny, clear, [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Greenway Adventures

By Pat Foster-Turley October 14, 2022 These days I seem to have decreasing successes with [...]

City Manager’s Comments – Storm Assessment

By Dale Martin October 7, 2022 One week after Hurricane Ian (a tropical storm when [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Hurricane Season

By Pat Foster-Turley October 7, 2022 Just as regular as clockwork, my orange hurricane lilies [...]

Here’s the Word on Storm Debris

Hurricane Ian Storm Debris Assessment Preliminary damage and debris assessments by Nassau County’s emergency responders [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Darien, Georgia Revisited

By Pat Foster-Turley September 30, 2022 Lots of my readers probably get the Harris Teeter [...]

Book Festival Supporters Meet a “LumberJill”

Kristine Ochu, author of Campfire Confessions Recently Amelia Island Book Festival supporters joined in a [...]

We Can Reduce Suicide in Our Community

By Virginia Foxworth September is Suicide Prevention Month in the United States. The Nassau County [...]

Pat’s Wildways: For the Love of Cats

By Pat Foster-Turley September 23, 2022 I have always been a cat person. Throughout junior [...]

City Manager’s Comments – Front Street

By Dale Martin September 23, 2022 Although the most significant highlight of Tuesday evening’s City [...]

Woman joins Baptist Health’s Familial Brain Aneurysm Study to help others, ends up saving her own life

Press Release Submitted by Kristi Tucker September 17, 2022 Pamela Jordan, 61, of St. Johns, [...]

Pat’s Wildways: The Deer Whisperer at Fort Clinch

By Pat Foster-Turley September 16, 2022 Bucko and I often see deer when we make [...]

City Manager’s Weekly Comments – Trees

By Dale Martin September 16, 2022 As the current fiscal year nears its conclusion (Sept. [...]

Observer’s City Commission Candidate Forum Is Coming Up

By Mike Phillips, Editor The seven candidates for two seats on the Fernandina Beach City [...]

Two Volunteer Fairs Coming Up

Calling all volunteers! What is your passion? Children, dogs, cats, trees, sea turtles, environmental issues, [...]

City Tax Debate Continues

FLORIDA POLITICS Costs are going up and jobs need to be done, so despite the [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Watch Out for Tortoises

By Pat Foster-Turley September 9, 2022 Many people who live here on Amelia Island are [...]

A Very Big Saturday for the 7th Street Markets

By Judie Mackie Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers [...]

New Assistant County Attorney

The Nassau County Attorney’s Office has welcomed a new assistant county attorney, Abigail Jorandby. Ms. [...]

Youth Theater Classes at ACT

Registration is open for fall youth theatre classes at Amelia Community Theatre. Taught by theatre [...]

Men’s Newcomers Club Resumes Activities

A schedule of luncheon meetings has been created as the Men’s Newcomers Club returns from [...]

Museum Renaming at American Beach

Museum Renaming at American Beach The A. L. Lewis Historical Society is renaming the the [...]

Amelia Island Dance Festival Sept. 9-11

Amelia Island Dance Festival Enjoy nationally acclaimed soloists, ensembles and  local dancers in an array of classical [...]

City Manager’s Weekly Comments – National Community Survey Results

By Dale Martin September 2, 2022 The data from the City’s recent National Community Survey [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Psychic Capital of the World, Part Two

By Pat Foster-Turley September 1, 2022   The morning after the séance and piano bar [...]

Barnabas Receives Support for Dental Program

Barnabas Center Press Release Submitted by Nicola Barnack Director of Development August 31, 2022   [...]

Bosque Bello Cemetery Gets New Landscapers

City of Fernandina Beach August 26, 2022 The rumors are true. Starting Monday, Aug. 29, [...]

City Manager’s Weekly Comments – Staff

By Dale Martin With the hiring of Ms. Catherine Vorrasi to lead the Parks and [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Psychic Capital of the World

By Pat Foster-Turley August 26, 2022 If you are looking for a strange but interesting [...]

Traders Hill Farm Partners with Barnabas Center to Deliver Healthy Foods Across Nassau County

Barnabas Center Press Release Submitted by Nicola Barnack Director of Development August 24, 2022 Barnabas [...]

Nassau voters pick Ray Nelson, Justin Taylor for Fernandina Port Authority

By Wes Wolfe, Florida Politics There are going to be two new faces overseeing port [...]

Nassau County School Board Races Head to Runoffs

By Wes Wolfe, Florida Politics Nassau County, with its deep-red politics and ability to generate [...]

Alyson McCullough Takes Western Seat on Nassau Co. Commission

By Wes Wolfe, Florida Politics One of the nastier and more-competitive North Florida races not [...]

Hupp Huppmann Wins Nassau Co. Commission Battle

By Wes Wolfe, Florida Politics It was a thorough drubbing for incumbent Nassau County Commissioner Aaron Bell, [...]

Dr. Taylor Clem to Speak at The Bartram Garden Club Open House

The Bartram Garden Club, Inc. Submitted by Linda Broadrick Secretary and Publicity Chairman August 23, [...]

Neighbors: Meet a Special Kind of Fund-Raiser

By Mike Phillips Pierre Guite is not your ordinary cancer fund-raiser. But then, he wasn’t [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Souvenirs from Belize

By Pat Foster-Turley August 18, 2022 These days, I’ve traveled to many places and brought [...]

City Manager’s Weekly Comments – CRA Update

By Dale Martin At the joint meeting Monday evening between the City Commission (acting as [...]

New Website Attacks Bell

By Wes Wolfe, Florida Politics A new website went live recently detailing Nassau County Commissioner Aaron [...]

Commentary: The US Rise in Depression and Suicides

By Virginia Foxworth The National Suicide Prevention hotline recently launched a three-digit emergency hotline (988) [...]

One Man, Two Guvnors continues at Amelia Community Theater

By Linda McClane The laugh-filled farce, One Man, Two Guvnors, is on the main stage [...]

Scams are in session for back-to-school shopping

By Andrew Rayo Federal Trade Commission Back-to-school season can be stressful for many kids and [...]

Slave Trade Memorial Ceremony

The Amelia Island Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project Committee will hold a ceremony [...]

Music Training Opportunity for Children

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is offering at no cost to children ages 6 to 12 [...]

Commentary: Better Ways to Pay for City’s Needs

By Faith Ross The new buzzword from candidates running for local, public office seems to [...]

Alligator Creek Water Warning

St. Marys Riverkeeper (Riverkeeper) advises Nassau County residents to avoid swimming or fishing on Alligator [...]

Pat’s Wild Ways: Herbs, Weeds and Pho

By Pat Foster-Turley August 11, 2022 I have been a Florida gardener for decades but [...]

Amelia Island Makes “World’s Best” List for Fourth Consecutive Year

Amelia Island has been voted No. 10 among the “Best Islands in the Continental United [...]

City Manager’s Weekly Comments – City Streets

By Dale Martin   As the 2022-2023 budget process continues, a topic of significant discussion [...]

Ross Cleared of Ethics Complaint by Ragucci

Last Aug 31, Christopher Ragucci – then the president of the Port of Fernandina’s operator, [...]

‘Chicago’ at AMP

Come experience the razzle dazzle of “Chicago” – starring the AMP Teens! You’ll see why [...]

Cars & Cannons Vintage Car Show at Fort Clinch

  Cars and Cannons is a unique, once-a-year, opportunity to see more than sixty vintage [...]

Flat City Tax Rate, More Revenue Proposed

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics Fernandina Beach’s proposed millage rate ran directly into opposition as the City [...]

City Manager Comments on Elections

By Dale Martin As the calendar turns from July to August, the 2022 election season [...]

Port Open House Relaxes Suspicions

By Mike Phillips Fernandina Observer It could have been a fracas. But it wasn’t. The [...]

Pat’s Wildways: The Greenway in Summer

  By Pat-Foster Turley It took some news about ants crawling all over places on [...]

Three-way Race for Nassau Schools, District 1

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics Nassau County School Board member Jamie Deonas has held off on spending [...]

Sip ‘n Shop Coming Up

PRESS RELEASE Fernandina Beach Main Street will hold its 2022 Summer Sip & Shop on [...]

Tough Decisions Ahead on Recreation Facilities

Editor’s Note: Faith Ross has resigned from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee so she [...]

Slimmed-Down Market This Week

PRESS RELEASE At the farmers market this Saturday you will enjoy live music by the [...]

American Beach Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the commencement of the American Beach water and sewer conversion project [...]

Port Plans Light Up The Internet as Open House Approaches

The Ocean Highway and Port Authority of Nassau County will hold a public open house [...]

Looking for Cash in County Commission Race

By Wes Wolfe Florida Politics July 24, 2022 Thousands of dollars are flying around a [...]