Category Archives: Special Features

The Story of Horses and People

A Meditation by Lauri deGaris     Horses have grazed the plains and pastures of [...]

Her Grace and Courage Were the Greatest of Many Gifts

By Kathleen Arsenault Carolyn Phanstiel came into my life my senior year at FBHS, 1964-65. [...]

Review: New Cuban Bistro Off to a Delicious Start

By Dylan Bailey When I heard Amelia Island was welcoming another Cuban restaurant, I was [...]

Don’t forget: Federal taxes are due on April 18 this year!

April 16, 2022 Our friends at the IRS have extended this year’s filing deadline from [...]

FB Main Street holding Pup Crawl on April 3

 March 8, 2022  For Immediate Release from Fernandina Beach Main Street  Fernandina Beach, FL    [...]

Reflections on another island from Fernandina Beach

Submitted by Peggy Bulger Special to the Fernandina Observer October 14, 2021 [Peggy is well [...]

A Tale of Two Huot Buildings

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst June 30, 2021   The Fernandina [...]

Can this waterfront warehouse be saved?

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 24, 2021 In October 2020, [...]

Wrap up on Fernandina Referendum and State Constitutional Amendment votes

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst November 4, 2020 In addition to [...]

Nassau County Commission passes beach ordinance

By Cindy Jackson Reporter October 14, 2020 Each year, October is officially designated Breast Cancer [...]

Accomplished amateur triathlete’s memory honored with lap swim

City of Fernandina Beach September 1, 2020

8 Flags Playscapes provides update on Simmons Road Park

By Benjamin Morrison Vice-President 8 Flags Playscapes September 3, 2020 As many of you have [...]

FBCC moves forward with plans to design new fire station at airport on 4-1 vote

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 20, 2020 The Fernandina Beach [...]

Idle cruise ship to dock at Port of Fernandina tomorrow for 2-3 months

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst May 6, 2020 The Seven Seas [...]

A secret garden . . .

By Clyde and Elizabeth Wilkes April 1, 2020   Libby’s Garden Amelia Park, Fernandina Beach, [...]

A salute to Jim Thomas on his 99th birthday

By Susan Hardee Steger Photos courtesy of Kathryn K. Bynum March 31, 2020 A quiet [...]

Happy Piano Day!

Piano Day Amelia Island By Stéphane Pitois March 28, 2020   Editor’s Note: Stéphane Pitois [...]

“Calm, Strong, Kind” – A Thomas Oliver video

By Thomas Oliver March 26, 2020 Thomas and Catherine Oliver owners of Amelia Adventures, are [...]

“Manatee Rescue Crew” descends on Amelia Island

By Cindy Jackson Reporter March 6, 2020 “It’s the people of the State of Florida [...]

Sugar Pointe Estate opens as special events and corporate retreat venue

By Cindy Jackson Reporter February 22, 2019 1:00 p.m.  A spectacular new venue is now [...]

Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 2, 2018

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst December 2, 2018 Whether you spell [...]

Public art display on Amelia Island during “Right Whale Month”

By Cindy Jackson Reporter Photos courtesy of Lauri deGaris November 6, 2018 10:00 a.m. On [...]

In a “Community Conversation”, A Recovering Addict Tells Her Story, and an Ex-Firefighter Tells Group to “Get Your Hands on NARCAN®”

By Anne H. Oman Reporter-At-Large October 24, 2018 6:40 a.m. The thirty-or-so attendees at Starting [...]

Has recycling run its course?

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst September 25, 2018 1:21 p.m. It’s [...]

Endangered Whooping Crane family reintroduced to the wild

White Oak Conservation Press Release August 28, 2018 3:38 p.m. White Oak Conservation and International [...]

Sole Surrender

By Bill Pennington July 31, 10:00 a.m. I have a pair of close running friends [...]

Are you ready for Senior Living? – The big move, downsizing, and adjusting

By Gerry Clare Roving Reporter July 16, 2018 11:00 a.m. Last week, Gerry Clare began [...]

The Pirate of the Palace Saloon

By t. edgar corsini © 2004 Amelia Island, FL June 30, 2018 9:00 a.m. Editor’s [...]

Spotlight on Nassau County Gardens – Sue and Gary Fredrick

Nassau County Extension Service UF/IFAS Photos and information by Elizabeth Wilkes June 15, 2018 [...]

Dining out again . . .

By Gerry Clare Roving Reporter Tom Clare, Photographer June 13, 2018 8:40 p.m. “After 26 [...]

Amelia Island DAR awards local students

Daughters of the American Revolution Amelia Island Chapter Contact:Lynn Leisy, Regent [email protected] May 7, 2018 [...]

North Florida Land Trust has been awarded the Healthy Watershed Consortium Grant

North Florida Land Trust Press Release April 27, 2018 1:00 p.m. The grant will go [...]

Florida Gopher Tortoise

Nassau County Insider Sabrina Robertson County Manager’s Office April 12, 2018 11:00 a.m. Editor’s Note: [...]

Wreaths Across America honor Driscoll

Daughters of the American Revolution Amelia Island Chapter Contact:Lynn Leis y, Regent [email protected] April 12, [...]

Public Health Week 2018 – Environmental Health

Florida Dept of Health in Nassau Contact: Michael Godwin [email protected] April 11, 2018 10:30 a.m. [...]

Amelia Island DAR honors past members

Daughters of the American Revolution Amelia Island Chapter Contact: Lynn Leisy, Regent [email protected] April 10, [...]

Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County receive $50,000 challenge grant

Boys & Girls Club Press Release By Cindy Dickinson April 6, 2018 4:00 p.m. The [...]

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recognizes D’Ardenne

Daughters of the American Revolution Amelia Island Chapter Lynn Leisy, Regent [email protected] April 6, 2018 [...]

Amelia Island Book Festival’s 2018 Award Winners announced

Amelia Island Book Festival Author Coordinator, Past President Raffaela Marie Rizzo Fenn April 6, 2018 [...]

Embrace leadership at your library: celebrate “National Library Week”

Friends of the Library Press Release Chuck Comeau, President April 5, 2018 10:30 a.m. This [...]

A.I. Genealogical Society welcomes renowned genealogist – April 21

Amelia Island Genealogical Society Press Release Submitted by Rob Portegies-Zwart Program Chair April 4, 2018 [...]

Fernandina Observer will broadcast live tomorrow!

Fernandina Observer MEDIA RELEASE April 1, 2018   Operating out of temporary studios in the [...]

Island Chamber Singers Spring Concert

Amelia Island Chamber Singers Press Release Submitted by Kimberly Aikens March 22, 2018 3:00 p.m. [...]

Runners in Amelia Island’s First Step participate in Gate River Run

Amelia Island’s First Step Submitted by Becky White March 15, 2018 2:00 p.m. 15 members [...]

Jersey Girls premier . . .

By Gerry Clare Roving Reporter January 30, 2018 4:00 p.m. To be honest, I am [...]

The people make Fernandina Beach special

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst December 31, 2017 1:00 a.m. Editor’s [...]

Preview of the 2018 Legislative Session: Preemption bills and unfunded mandates

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst December 22, 2017 3:00 p.m. The [...]

Protect the dunes, and they’ll protect the island, says geomorphologist

By Anne H. Oman Reporter-At-Large December 14, 2017 7:38 a.m. Dunes are formed by wind, [...]