Beach Renourishment Project update

Information and photos provided by
Vice Mayor Len Kreger
February 19, 2018 2:00 p.m.

The dredge is operating off shore, and estimated time to begin beach pumping is 1 March 2018. New Youk Avenue will be the start of the project area. Pumping will be completed 31 March 2018. Demobilization estimated completion on 14 April 2018.

Pipe in place on beach from Fort Clinch Jetty to Main Beach. Pipe will be extended from Dolphin to New York Avenue this weekend.

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Island Art Association to hold Art Chat – Feb 20

Island Art Association
Press Release
Submitted by Marla McDaniel
February 19, 2018 1:00 p.m.

The public is invited to Island Art Association’s Art Chat on Tuesday, February 20th, 18 North 2nd St. Fernandina Beach. Social: 6:30pm, Program: 7pm

A Watercolor Demonstration by Suzanne Binnie, based on a limited palette.

Come and be inspired!

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Coming together to preserve Bosque Bello Cemetery

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
February 18, 2018 5:38 p.m.

Some of the people attending the Bosque Bello meeting. Scott Mikelson (center) is the Parks and Recreation Department manager who oversees the cemetery.

About 50 people spent about an hour on a beautiful Saturday morning, February 17, 2018, attending a meeting at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library to show their interest in preserving Bosque Bello Cemetery. The purpose of the meeting was to gauge community interest in forming a Friends group to help the city preserve, protect, and maintain the historic cemetery in addition to finding ways to provide room for growth.

Judging by the number of attendees who signed volunteer slips, it appears that the community is supportive of such an initiative. The next meeting will build on this interest Continue reading

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Book Donations Needed for Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

Friends of the Library
Press Release
Submitted by Nancy Graham
February 18, 2018 5:00 p.m.

Friends of the Library (FOL) needs your books, CDs and DVDs now so volunteers can get them sorted and organized for the Spring sale, taking place April 12th, 13th and 14th at the Peck Center Gym, 516 S. 10th Street. FOL welcomes your donations of gently used books for adults, young adults and children in hardback, paperback or audio format as well as donations for our large categories of DVDs, vinyl records, puzzles, games and CDs. Volunteers have been working since January to organize early donations and FOL would like to thank all donors who helped us get a head start on our Spring sale collection.

Your books are needed for the Spring FOL Book Sale!

100% of the proceeds from the Friends of the Library Spring and Fall Book Sales pay for specialized databases, network access, books, e-books, periodicals, and other materials that keep the Fernandina Beach Library current.

Due to the space constraints in our sort room and on the selling floor at our sale, we are unable to accept donations of magazines, books that are damaged from water or storage conditions, encyclopedias, used text books, and Time/Life series books.

Contributions may be left in the book drop box under the covered walkway in front of Peck Head Start at 511 S. 11th Street or use the collection area in the Peck Administration Center at 516 South 10th Street. Use the front entrance (Fir Street between S. 10th and S. 11th Streets), turn right and look for the Friends of the Library sign on your left, next to the stairwell. Our friends at Compass Self Storage located Continue reading

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Looking for information on …

February 18, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Dear Readers,

Here at the Fernandina Observer we are working on a couple projects where we seem to have hit a brick wall in finding old photos or other forms of documentation. We have searched city files and Museum files, but have not been able to find:

  • Old photos of the airport, dating to World War II or the 1950’s-1960’s
  • Deeds to plots in the Ancient Section of Bosque Bello Cemetery

Can you help? If you have any of these items and would be willing to make them available without charge for publication in the Fernandina Observer and/or to other researchers please email

Thanks for your assistance!

–Suanne Thamm


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Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Stephan R. Leimberg
February 17, 2018 11:45 p.m.

“Salty Pelican” Photo courtesy of Stephan R. Leimberg Copyright 2018

Editor’s Note: A native of Wildwood, New Jersey (another barrier island), Leimberg makes his home on Amelia Island. While residing in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Steve taught Estate and Business Succession Planning in the Tax Masters Programs at Temple University Law School , Villanova University Law School, and the American College.

On Amelia Island , Leimberg works as a professional portrait and wildlife fine arts photographer. To view more of Leimberg’s work visit We Continue reading

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FDOT alerts for lane and road closures

Media Release
February 17, 2018 11:00 a.m.

Nassau County

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.

Blackrock Road at State Road A1A (FIN 210712-4-52-01 & 210712-4-56-01) Continue reading

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Amelia Musical Playhouse presents “Bad Ideas for Bad Television” Feb 23, 24

Amelia Musical Playhouse
Press Release
February 17, 2018 10:00 a.m.

February 23, 2018 — February 24, 2018

Get Tickets General admission: $15; Students: $10

Directed by: Jill Dillingham, Jonathon Maurer, Sofie Lindberg, Eden Rewa, Anthony Llerandi, Cooper Thompson, Rose Winn, Reese Vonnoh, Allie Gelis
Written by: Don Zolidis

Two desperate NBC executives need a new prime time show and they need it now, so they’ve turned to the general viewing public for help. A ragtag collection of would-be producers show up in droves to submit ideas for the network’s next big hit, pitching everything from a sitcom starring Jean-Paul Sartre to a singing competition in which the contestants are encouraged to sabotage each other. A zany, satirical take on the absurdity of contemporary entertainment that won’t need a canned laugh track.


Joseph Woodlief, Brooke Little, Katie Page, Nina-Simone Diaz, Reese Vonnoh, Tom Gray, Continue reading

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