Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
April 5, 2018 9:00 a.m.
Katie Ride and Walk for Life Day – April 21, 2018
On behalf of the Fernandina Beach City Commission, Mayor John Miller read a proclamation which he presented to David Caples declaring April 21 Katie Ride and Walk for Life Day. Mayor Miller encouraged citizens to attend the event, funds from which support the Katie Caples Foundation’s expanding Organ Donor Registration Education programs.
Accepting the proclamation on behalf of the Caples family and the foundation, David Caples remarked that it has been 20 years since the foundation began its work to promote organ donation. The Katie Ride for Life was created in 2005 as an event to generate awareness for organ donation, with the addition of the Katie Walk in 2009 as another opportunity to tell the story and support the Foundation’s mission.
More than 114,000 individuals in the United States are currently waiting for an organ transplant, every ten minutes a new name is added to the list, and an average of twenty people die each day due to the lack of available organs for transplant.
Caples thanked the city and the community for their support. Click here to register or donate to the event.
Mike Lednovich appointed to Board of Adjustment
On a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Roy Smith dissenting, the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) appointed Mike Lednovich to serve as Alternate Member #2 on the Board of Adjustments (BOA). This is a three-year term, ending February 2019.
Commissioners declined to make an appointment at the previous meeting, citing a need for a larger pool of applicants. Although the FBCC received three additional applications, Smith expressed his belief that the applicant pool still needed to be broadened. Other commissioners disagreed and voted to appoint Lednovich.