Lecture on the Slave Ship Antelope

The Amelia Island Museum of History will host Dr. Jonathan Bryant’s presentation “Dark Places of [...]

Commentary: Blindsided by a ‘Good Neighbor’ Church

By Samuel Jefferson Kennard I am shocked and dismayed to hear that Amelia Baptist Church [...]

An Update on The Cumberland Horses Suit

By Lauri deGaris On April 12, 2023, the horses of Cumberland Island — in their [...]

Nine Manager Candidates Presented to Citizen Committee

By Mike Lednovich Colin Baenziger & Associates has submitted nine city manager candidates to the [...]

Amelia Baptist Church Seeks to Rezone, Expand and Sell to Developer

By Mike Phillips The Amelia Baptist Church (ABC) owns 10+ acres adjoining its property in [...]

Publix Goes for Expansion Allowed by New Code Changes

  By Mike Lednovich Just days after the city commission voted to change the City [...]

Like a Breakfast to Write Home About? Try the Southern Donut Company

By Dylan BaileyIf you’re a breakfast aficionado craving gourmet donuts, hearty meals, and artisan coffee, [...]

Rep. Bean Bill Would Freeze U.S. Education Dept. Hiring

U.S. Congressman Aaron Bean (FL-04) Chairman of the Early Childhood, Secondary, and Elementary Subcommittee, introduced [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Mountain Road Trip

By Pat Foster-TurleyPlanning a trip is always fun for me, and always full of unique [...]

City Opens Up Path to Bigger Shopping Centers

By Mike Lednovich By votes of 4-1, the Fernandina Beach City Commission Tuesday paved the [...]

City Finds More Money for Improvements

By Mike LednovichThe combination of having too much money in city reserves and underestimating anticipated [...]

An Update on the City Manager Search Process

Here is the schedule going forward for selecting the new Fernandina Beach city manager: Now [...]

Brett’s Lawyers Up, Threatens to Sue

By Mike LednovichAn attorney for Center Street Restaurant Group, owners of Brett’s Waterway Cafe, is [...]

Big School Tax Hike in the Works

The District School Board of Nassau County is proposing a tax levy of $109 million, [...]

County Has a New Planning Director

Nassau County’s new planning director is Elizabeth Backe. She has almost 25 years of experience [...]

Two Main Streeters Get Big State Award

Last week, winners of the Secretary of State’s 2023 Florida Main Street Awards were announced [...]

New Wrinkles in RV Site Plan: Townhouses and City Annexation

By Mike PhillipsThe developer of a proposed RV park on Nassau County land on Sadler [...]

Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’ on Stage as Live Musical at ACT

By L. McClane Amelia Community Theatre opens “9 to 5: The Musical” on August 11 [...]

The Story of Horses and People

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

Port Hears First Broker Ideas About Land Sale

By Mike LednovichDuring a special meeting of the Ocean Highway and Port Authority (OHPA) Thursday, [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Fishing the Pond

By Pat Foster-TurleyI am by no means a fisherperson. Bucko has tried to get me [...]

Mezcal: New, Exciting and Authentically Mexican

Lined up for Mezcal Spirit of Oaxaca By Dylan Bailey Nothing quite matches the excitement [...]

What’s With the Alachua Project? Contractor Shortages

Curious people want to know: What’s going on at the seemingly stalled Alachua rail crossing [...]

By 3-2, City Votes Rollback, Sets Up $2.5 Million in Cuts

By Mike Lednovich Joyce Tuten speaks against rollback After 50 minutes of debate over the [...]

Marina Fuel Leak: 76 Days and Counting

By Mike LednovichA leaking fuel line at the city marina fuel dock has resulted in [...]

Marina Operator Hopes to Increase Fees

By Mike LednovichThe operator of the Fernandina Beach city-owned marina is proposing rate increases of [...]

Final 55 Manager Candidates Ready for Committee Review

By Mike LednovichThe final tally for candidates for the Fernandina Beach city manager is 55, [...]

Proposed PILOT Deal: A Park for the Debt

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Chip Ross is pitching a lawsuit settlement with [...]

Commentary: A Trashy Blame Game That Should End

Editor’s note: Because of recent problems with our system demanding unnecessary passwords from some commenters, [...]

Commentary: Hard Choices for United Methodists

By Mike PhillipsMy first church fight scared the pants off me. I was only five [...]

Memorial Methodist Keeps Its Focus Amid Wider Debate

By Dylan BaileyThe United Methodist Church, known for its rich history and global reach, is [...]

An Artist’s Tale: Finding Her Calling

By Dylan BaileyTricia Faulkner’s tale is an inspiring story of self-discovery, resilience, and artistic brilliance. [...]

City Critic Was Getting Free Trash Service for Five Years

By Mike LednovichNews-Leader columnist Steve Nicklas, who repeatedly criticizes city spending as wasteful, has been [...]

Pat’s Wildways: A Way with Bunnies

By Pat Foster-TurleyAny regular reader of my columns knows I am hounded by rabbits in [...]

Commentary: It Isn’t Just $30,000 — It’s the Principle of the Thing

By Mike PhillipsThe cost of the city commission’s 50% pay raise that’s under discussion is [...]

Team Ohana Makes It to Kauai, Still Raising Funds

By Mike LednovichFernandina Beach-based Team Ohana completed its 2,800-mile journey Tuesday, rowing from Monterey, California, [...]

Amid Big Cuts, a Big Raise for Commissioners?

By Mike LednovichFernandina Beach City Commissioners are cutting funding for sidewalks, beach walkovers and paving [...]

Commission Stands Firm on Cutting Capital Improvements

By Mike LednovichThe needle didn’t budge over the proposed 2023-24 capital improvement budget as the [...]

Commentary: Farewell, Dale Martin. Flagler Beach Is Lucky

By Suanne Thamm On Friday, July 14, 2023, former Fernandina Beach City Manager Dale Martin [...]

Manager Applications Up to 42 — 19 with Crucial Experience

By Mike LednovichTen more applications have been received for the vacant Fernandina Beach city manager [...]

How to Help a Troubled Soul

Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. lives with a [...]

Sales Tax Holiday Coming Up

Florida consumers can purchase qualifying back-to-school supplies exempt from sales tax Monday, July 24 through Sunday, [...]

Are OHPA’s Dire Finances a Formal Emergency?

By Mike LednovichThe Ocean Highway and Port Authority’s attorney and accountant are working with the [...]

Get Ancestry Help at July 22 Meeting

The Amelia Island Genealogical Society (AIGS) will hold its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, [...]

Much-Awarded Young Pianist to Play at St. Peter’s

Prize-winning pianist Spencer McKee will present a concert on Thursday, July 20 at 7 p.m. [...]

People Who Love Japanese Food Love Fancy Sushi

By Dylan Bailey For great tasting Japanese cuisine, Fancy Sushi stands out from the crowd. [...]

Florida Housing Leader to Speak Here

The next community meeting for the Coalition for the Homeless – Nassau County will be [...]

Dale Martin the Unanimous First Choice for Flagler Beach Manager

By Mike Lednovich Former Fernandina Beach City Manager Dale Martin was selected Friday as the [...]

Is Port-City Dispute Nearing Resolution? Stay Tuned

By Mike Lednovich Fernandina Beach claims each year that the Ocean Highway and Port Authority [...]

Pat’s Wildways: A Visit to the Cummer Museum

By Pat Foster-TurleyA couple of weeks ago some friends and I decided to visit the [...]

Once Again, Amelia Gets Kudos from Magazine Readers

Amelia Island has been voted No. 8 among the “Best Islands in the Continental United [...]

Key Promotion at Convention & Visitors Bureau

The board of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau recently approved the promotion of [...]

City Manager Search Extended to July 21

By Mike Lednovich Colin Baenziger & Associates, the city’s executive search firm, notified city commissioners [...]

A Flurry of Applicants Ends Manager Search With 32

By Mike Lednovich Five current or former city managers and a city administrator were among [...]

This Piano Man Plays in Church — and Far Beyond

  By Dylan Bailey David Crout, who is the pianist at Blackrock Baptist Church, has [...]

You Haven’t Lived Until the Moon Has Captured You

By Lauri deGarisHave you ever been moonstruck? It has been a long time since it [...]

Peck Grads Celebrate Fond Memories

  Former students of the historical Peck School celebrated the 8th reunion banquet recently at [...]

Arts in the Marsh — Last-Minute Thrill

Are you looking for a unique arts experience surrounded by nature? Then you must visit [...]

New Library Director Selected

Julie Cannavino has been selected to serve as the next Nassau County library director. She [...]

Nana Teresa Has a Story — And Boy, Can She Bake

By Dylan BaileyNana Teresa’s Bake Shop is a special place. It has captivated the hearts [...]

Birdsong Photo Presentation Coming Up

The Amelia Island Museum of History will host Bill Birdsong’s presentation “Photography on Our Greenway” [...]

Commentary: OK Commission, Stop Kidding Yourselves About Taxes

By Suanne ThammNero fiddled while Rome burned. The Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) sticks its [...]

As City Considers Rollback Rate, Here’s What Would Not Happen

By Mike Lednovich At a city commission workshop Wednesday, Interim City Manager Charlie George outlined [...]

What’s With Sturges and Brett’s?

By Mike Lednovich In his first comments since a June inspection report of the supporting [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Beach Days

By Pat Foster-TurleyIt’s summertime again and time to head to the beach. But these days [...]

A celebration of Southern Grassroots Music

By Lauri deGaris Recently, a good friend of almost 40 years gifted me an LP [...]

Garden Street Bistro: A Fernandina Beach Jewel

By Dylan Bailey A hidden gem nestled in Fernandina Beach is Garden Street Bistro. A [...]

War Story at the History Museum

The Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society will gather at the Amelia Island Museum of History [...]

Florida’s ‘Worst Legislative Session Ever’ Attacks Personal Freedom, Some Laws Go into Effect Today

By April L. Bogle Experts on some of Florida’s most contentious public policy issues – [...]

Pat’s Wildways: Crow ‘Funerals’ and ‘Murders’

By Pat Foster-TurleyI am always alert to the possibilities of new columns and sometimes my [...]

Two More Applicants for City Manager Make Twelve

By Mike Lednovich There are now 12 applicants for the Fernandina Beach city manager position [...]

Former Vice Mayor Joins City Manager Applicants

By Mike Lednovich Former Fernandina Beach Vice Mayor Len Kreger has joined nine other applicants [...]

It’s Time to Reframe Our Conversations

By Linda Hart Green “Why don’t they get it?” It’s the question public theologian and [...]

A Grim Meeting as the Port Ekes Out a Budget

By Mike Lednovich A bleak future financial outlook for the Ocean Highway and Port Authority [...]

Commentary: Let’s Face Facts — Brett’s Has To Go

By Mike Phillips So here we go again. Yet another well-respected engineering firm has told [...]