Road and phone alerts!

May 23, 2019 – 3:15 p.m.

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office advises:

Interstate 95 between State Road 200 and Pecan Park Road has been closed due to the smoke from the Yellowbluff Fire. Drivers are encouraged to use caution, expect delays, and take U.S. 17 as an alternate route. Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring the situation and will determine when Interstate 95 will reopen.

City of Fernandina Beach advises:

Comcast is experiencing a network outage which is negatively impacting some City services including desk phones. IT is working on restoration. In the meantime, please communicate with City staff via email when able.

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Nassau County Letter Carriers and Barnabas Center Partner for Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive

Barnabas Center
Press Release
Contact: Alexandra Winsor
Communications Manager
[email protected]
May 23, 2019 3:00 p.m.

Community Thanks

On Saturday, May 11th, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) collected food donations to aid the millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger. The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception as a national food drive in 1993. This one-day food drive benefited the Barnabas Food Pantry.

Sorting, unloading and boxing the food required the help of many. Barnabas extends a big “Thank You” to our volunteers, partners, including Rayonier and Amelia Island Rotary and the community at large for making the 2019 “Stamp Out Hunger” food Continue reading

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Keller Williams Realty thanks “Hometown Heroes”

Keller Williams Realty
Atlantic Partners
Press Release
Contact: Marianna
Office Coordinator
May 23, 2019 2:30 p.m.

Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners, on Amelia Island celebrated Red Day on Thursday, May 9, 2019 by hand delivering 600 bags filled with snacks, bottled water and Thanks you’s to area “Hometown Heroes”. Local Red Day sponsors included Bank of England Mortgage, 210 Home Warranty, Brightway Insurance and Blue Ocean Title.

“Red Day” is the day local Keller Williams Realty agents commit to “giving back” to the Nassau County community in which they live and Continue reading

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Amelia Historic Tours will offer van tours for history buffs

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
May 22, 2019 9:26 p.m.

At their May 21, 2019 Regular Meeting, the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) unanimously approved a non-exclusive franchise agreement with Amelia Historic Tours, LLC (Resolution 2019-86) for a sightseeing business using vans for tours.  The agreement, similar to the agreement signed with Amelia Island Trolleys and incorporating language in the city’s code, will allow the operator up to eight vans.  Local entrepreneur Kevin McCarthy, who also owns and operates Amelia River Cruises, will run the business.

(l-r) Attorney Theresa Prince, Daniel Dailey, and Kevin McCarthy present proposed franchise agreement to FBCC

The initial term of this franchise is five years with an annual review by the City Manager and three 5-year renewal options if the franchisee is in good standing with the City, for a total of twenty years. The annual franchise fee is $1,250 which can be increased in year 3 up to 1% annually or CPI, whichever is greater.

The main drop off/pick up point for this sightseeing business is proposed to be City Hall, 204 Ash Street.

McCarthy explained that he will start with one used van, increasing the size of his fleet as business conditions warrant.  The 12-15 passenger vans will be enclosed with no loud speakers providing narrations that Continue reading

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Clever, clever little lies

Cast of “Clever Little Lies.”

Amelia Community Theatre
Press Release
May 22, 2019 4:00 p.m.

Studio 209 at the Amelia Community Theatre is presenting “Clever Little Lies,” written by Joe DiPIetro and first staged in 2013. The play is a comedy that addresses a moral point – fidelity or lack of same. It’s a play that leaves you asking whether it tells the truth or it spins a lie that is made to look like the truth. Two couples – parents and their son and daughter-in-law, explore the truths and lies we design for each other. The son has been unfaithful. The mother wants to help. The father is uncertain what to do. The daughter-in-law is oblivious, perhaps by design.

The play begins with a lot of laughter as the son confesses his transgressions to his father after a tennis match. The action shifts to the parents’ house. There, more clever little lies are added to the story. Or are they lies? As you watch, you’re not sure whether this is a made-up story to assist in getting the son back to his senses or something else.

When the play has tied up loose ends and the dilemma seems to have Continue reading

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City of Fernandina Beach Proclamations: May 21, 2019

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
May 22, 2019 12:44 p.m.

Recognition of Ms. Kiersten London

As President of the Boys & Girls Club Keystone Club, Ms. London provides leadership development experience opportunities for young people of fourteen to eighteen years of age to participate in activities within three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. The Kiwanis Club of Orlando recently awarded Ms. London the prestigious honor: Youth of the Year 4th Finalist, which recognizes members of Boys & Girls Clubs who represent and exemplify the organization’s three priorities: Academic Success; Good Character & Citizenship; and Healthy Lifestyles. 

Kiersten London was accompanied by staff of the Boys & Girls Club as she received a proclamation from Mayor John Miller.

Ms. London is a member of the “Tipping the Scales Program,” an A-B honor roll student, a peer tutor, an anti-bullying mentor, and an excellent role model to her younger siblings.  

Mayor John Miller said that despite her accomplishments, Ms. London remains exceptionally humble and grateful for her loving family, friends and community. He lauded her and encouraged others to emulate her beliefs that if you commit to a goal, work hard and stay consistent, there is nothing you cannot achieve.

Recognition of Coach Anthony “Andy” Francis

Coach Andy Francis expresses his gratitude and passion for youth soccer.

Mayor Miller said that Amelia Island Youth Soccer Coach Anthony “Andy” Francis has been passionate about teaching Fernandina Beach children the fundamentals of soccer while developing individual and team skills in a safe, structured, and fun environment.  Coach Francis has instructed hundreds of children as young as three years old through high school while promoting excellence, individual performance and personal improvement with nurturing words, kind encouragement and positive reinforcement.

During his coaching tenure, Coach Francis has taken this local soccer Continue reading

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Beyond the Badges Scholarship Police/Fire Basketball Game: May 24th, 2019

Fernandina Beach Fire Department
May 22, 2019

The Fernandina Beach Police Department and Fernandina Beach Fire Department are awarding $1,000.00 scholarships to two deserving Fernandina Beach High School seniors, in memory of FBPD Captain Jack Bradley, #136. To help fund these scholarships, the two departments are going head to head in a Police vs. Fire Basketball Game on May 24th!

Doors will open at 6:00 PM at the Fernandina Beach High School Gym. Refreshments will be served from the concession stand. Sparky the Fire Dog & Wendy Hopps will be hosting a meet & greet before the game. Music will be provided by the FBHS Band & Reverb Entertainment, alongside your favorite local sports announcer, John Drew! PLUS, there will be chances to win family packs of Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp tickets between quarters!

Tickets to the game can be purchased at the door; cost is $5.00 for adults, or free for kids 12 years & younger.

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Mini roadshow brings ICON A5 to Amelia Island – May 29 – Jun 1

Press Release
May 22, 2019 1:00 p.m.

When looking to the sky May 29th-June 1st residents of the Amelia Island area will likely see something rarely seen before. One of the most spectacular aircrafts ever produced – the amphibious ICON A5.

ICON Aircraft will be showcasing the ICON A5 light sport aircraft that was designed to bring fun and adventure back into aviation. The single engine aircraft features a striking design and brings a sense of excitement and enjoyment rarely experienced in today’s world of aviation.

The mini roadshow in Amelia Island will provide an opportunity for people in the area to Continue reading

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