Fernandina Observer celebrates its 8th anniversary

May 17, 2020

“Centre Street Fernandina,” A Florida Memory Project Photo.

This month, the Fernandina Observer is celebrating its 8th year of bringing news and information to our community. As we bring to you this anniversary message, we want to update our readers on the changes we have made to our website over the last few months.

The Fernandina Observer’s former design template was no longer being maintained causing periodic, pesky, problems. Change is difficult and yes some negative comments came our way as we worked through the design phase, but the majority of readers like the new look.

Our webmaster, David Sheetz with Revel Design, worked with us to bring a new more modern look. We greatly appreciate David’s help and expertise.

During this process, we learned change does produce positive results. We have increased our visibility on the web and traffic to our site. We have seen a significant increase in subscribers to our Daily News. No longer are important articles lost within hours of posting on page 2 of “Older Posts.” Readers now have more choices in selecting news of interest, and most importantly, our site downtime is minimal. And then . . . there is that nice weather bar!

We still have more work to be done. Thank you advertisers and political campaigns for your patience! Our new site will pay great dividends for your business and campaigns. As always, we encourage our readers to support our advertisers. Many have been tried and true supporters of the Fernandina Observer over these past eight years. We are grateful for their support.

Fernandina Observer volunteer writers: Suanne Z. Thamm, reporter-news-analyst; Adam Kaufman, legal analyst; Evelyn C. McDonald, arts & culture reporter; Anne H Oman, reporter-at-large; Cindy Jackson, reporter;; Karen Thompson, features reporter; Deborah Powers, semi-retired occasional editor.

Writers for the Fernandina Observer are all volunteers. Without any pay, they give their time and talents to our community.  Thank you Suanne, Adam, Evelyn, Anne, Cindy,  Karen, semi-retired Deb, and a special thanks to Larry Myers who hosts our yearly candidate forum. We couldn’t do it without you.

When the Fernandina Observer began in 2012, we never thought that eight years later we would be covering the Cornavirus pandemic in Nassau County. We are saddened by the loss of life, the devastating economic impact on our local tourism and business communities, and the individual loss of jobs and income. While so many people are hurting and fearful, organizations such as Barnabas, the Council on Aging, and Hope House, non-profits which our community has funded for years, are doing what they do best. They are feeding the hungry, supporting the elderly, providing assistance to those in need, and strengthening our community during this tragic time.  We  indeed live in a very special place.

Bringing news and information to our community takes great responsibility.  As we begin our 9th year, we are committed to continuing our efforts to provide news and information to the community.  Thank you readers for your support.

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