Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Joe Winston
November 18, 2017 11:50 p.m.

“Nassau County Jazz Band performs at Island Art Association Art Walk” Photo courtesy of Joe Winston

Editor’s Note: Artist Joe Winston moved to Amelia Island in 1994. Joe is a designer , ceramic artist , painter who never stops drawing or taking photos. He can be found on the beach or in Egan’s Creek around sun rise or sun set. We thank Joe for his contribution to the Fernandina Observer.

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Nassau County road & lane closures: November 18-26, 2017

FDOT Media Release
November 18, 2017 7:48 p.m.

I-95 (FIN 431958-1-52-01)
Daytime closure from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday southbound near the Nassau County line and Georgia State line for Gateway sign and guardrail construction.

I-95 at Georgia State Line (FIN 435474-1-52-01)
Daytime lane closures Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for landscaping work.

South Fletcher Avenue at Jasmine Street
Daytime southbound lane closures Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Continue reading

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Nassau Extension “Spotlight on Nassau County Gardens” – Angela Bloom’s waterlilies

Angela Bloom stands beside one of her waterlily ponds.

Press Release
Submitted by Bea Walker
BUF/IFAS Nassau Extension

Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Wilkes
November 17, 2017 12:00 a.m.

Angela, and husband Bud Bloom grew up on the Southside of Jacksonville, Florida. Bud started his career in California but in 1985 he and Angela moved to Hilliard in Nassau County. They love to travel and do so when they can. Years ago Bud brought Angela a light blue tropical waterlily which she loved. Although she has always been a plant person, she has become much more involved with gardening since their move to Hilliard. Her passion is growing many varieties of waterlilies and other beautiful flowering plants.

The still water of her waterlily ponds, brought about a problem – mosquitoes. However, they have been adding fish which have done a great job of keeping the mosquitoes populations low. Angela and Bud enjoy their unusual array of waterlilies and all of the other lovely flowers in their yard. For them, this is a special haven of peace.

“Spotlight on Nassau Gardens” is a monthly recognition program of the UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension Service featuring the beautiful gardens and plants grown by Nassau County residents. To be considered, send a digital photo with a description of your “Spotlight” along with your name, address and phone number to Bea Walker, email address: or call the Extension Office at 904-530-6353.

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Fifi’s sold – Now Pippi’s Consignment Cottage

Media Release
November 17, 2017 1:00 p.m.

Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island’s owner Jessica Miller sold the business to Jamie Bernard, who rebranded and changed the name to Pippi’s Consignment Cottage. Fifi’s has been a resale leader, serving the Amelia Island community for over 25 years. Pippi’s Consignment Cottage will build upon the foundation that Fifi’s has created.

Jessica Miller spent the last 13 ½ years growing Continue reading

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Nassau County School District Java Coding and Application Development success story

Brent Lemond
Director of Career and Adult Education
Nassau County School District
(904) 548-4474 Office
November 17, 2017 11:00 a.m.

Left to Right: feature[23]’s RJ McDermott, Noah Emmons, and CEO Mike Potts
A little over two years ago, Noah Emmons was a sophomore at Fernandina Beach High School. He liked programming and was teaching himself Python, but otherwise he was bored with the traditional high school experience. Like many teenagers, he didn’t always see the relevance of the core high school curriculum. However, when he learned that the Nassau County School District (NCSD) was going to open a Java Coding and Application Development program at the Lewis “Red” Bean Nassau Technical Career Center, he became much more optimistic about the remainder of his high school years.

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Weekly comments from Dale Martin

Dale Martin
City Manager
Fernandina Beach
November 17, 2017 12:00 a.m.

City Manager Dale Martin

Since I am not quite sure of what the publication schedule is for the shortened Thanksgiving week, I thought that I’d share a few notes of thankfulness this week. Since I am granted the opportunity to write each week, I owe an early thanks to both the News Leader and the Fernandina Observer.

Most obvious, though, is for my family. I live with a wonderful partner, Lisa Fisher. She works for the University of Florida at a satellite medical facility (technically securing her job here in Florida a few hours before I completed my interviews here). Between the two of us, we have five wonderful daughters: Lisa’s two are teachers (Spanish and elementary special education), my oldest is Continue reading

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Nassau County Fire Rescue looks toward the future

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
November 16, 2017 1:56 p.m.

Nassau County Fire Rescue trucks ready to roll from the O’Neal Station.

We rely on local government for critical services to keep us safe. But we often take it for granted that those services will respond quickly in times of need. We sometimes think of growth only as it impacts our roadways and green space. But we also need to be mindful that it will require ongoing investments of public funds to maintain those rapid responses and high levels of emergency services that we need and expect.

The Nassau County Fire Rescue Department (NCFRD) will be expected to meet increased demand for fire protection and emergency services as the population grows and the number of dwelling units increases. New department leadership is strategizing on the best ways to meet the challenges of growth and increased demand for services within the constraints of county budget limitations. Continue reading

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Constellations observed

Evelyn C. McDonald
Arts & Culture Reporter
November 16, 2017 10:17 a.m.

Zachary Martin, and Katherine Herndo perform in “Constellations” Photo courtesy of Stephan Leimberg Copyright 2017

Ever wish you had said or done something different in a situation? Wonder what would have happened if you had spoken up or kept quiet? Wish you had or had not responded a particular way to someone? “Constellations,” the recent play from ACT’s Studio 209, explored these questions.

Someone suggested the play was about physics and parallel universes. I prefer to call it a braided narrative. In a half dozen situations, the play explores both the road taken and the one not taken between two people. Boy meets girl, boy moves in with girl, both parties cheat on each other, and girl has health issues are among the scenarios touched on in the play.

In each scenario, various outcomes are presented and examined. Throughout the play, we move back and forth in time. There isn’t exactly a happy ending but we arrive back at the initial boy meets girl and have some assurances that things will proceed favorably, whatever that means.

In a two person play, there has to be a good rapport between the actors. Continue reading

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Friends of the Library Presentation: RV Travel Basics

Friends of the Library
Press Release
November 16, 2017 11:00 a.m.

Learn all the ins & outs along with the joys of recreational vehicle travel.

Want to know more about RVing? Learn the ins & outs, the highs & lows, the dos & don’ts at a presentation by Fernandina Beach resident and RV traveler Louis Goldman. The presentation will be held on Thursday, December 7th at 6:00p.m. in the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Library.

You will learn about types, classes and uses of RVs as well as information on purchasing, expensing, insuring, storing, maintaining and towing your rig.

Mr. Goldman has over 10 years recreation vehicle travel experience. He and his Continue reading

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