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rffntb rfffntfbfff rf rf ntb b nrfr rbr rf The Sports Car Club of America announced that more than 100 drivers would compete in a 2.8-mile road race at the airport during the eighth annual Golden Crown Prix in April.March 21, 1968 bfrrffnftbfrbftnThe Fernandina Beach City Commission has approved an ordinance maintaining 600 feet for parking on the beach at the end of Sadler Road, but the ordinance will need to be placed on a future agenda for at least one more reading before it can become city law, as significant changes keep being made to it. Many residents, both for and against parking on the beach, were forced to listen to the March 20 meeting from a speaker on the sidewalk as the commission chamber was filled to overflowing with interested citizens. The beach parking issue came up after a sign that marked the area allowed for beach parking was moved following Hurricane Irma from its previous spot 300 feet south of the Sadler Road beach access to 600 feet south of the access. The post had actually been in the wrong place before the storm, according to city officials. Before replacing the post they checked their records and their measurements, and then put it up further south. In February the commission voted 3-2 on a first reading of an ordinance to limit beach parking at the access to 300 feet south of the entrance to the beach. At its first meeting in March the commission heard the first reading of an ordinance that is a compromise on the issue. It would maintain a total of 600 feet of beach parking area by allowing 375 feet of parking to the south of the beach access and 225 feet of parking to the north. There would be a 25-foot buffer for the dunes on the beach to the north to help preserve them and to allow emergency vehicles access to the beach. The ordinance read at Tuesdays meeting added language that governs a wide range of activities on the beach including the launching of watercraft, fires on the beach, access for emergency responders, and other issues. Commissioners said that the ordinance is still being tweaked, as there are several items in the ordinance that they believe need to be addressed, such as a speed limit on the beach, a fine for vehicles that get stuck in the sand and language governing pets and floatation devices, but the commission approved the ordinance on Tuesday in order to move forward. Summer is bearing down on us, and I want to get this thing done before beach season starts, Mayor Johnny Miller said. The newest version of the draft ordinance was shown to the public for the first time on Tuesday. City Attorney Tammi Bach said the document is only in draft form, so she did not want residents to think it was the same one that had previously been approved. The Fernandina Beach Fire Department, which administers the citys Ocean Rescue team, worked with Bach to shape the ordinance. Deputy Fire Chief Fino Murallo explained at the meeting that Ocean Rescue covers beaches that are not within city limits and said laws governing the citys beaches vary widely from what is required by Nassau County. The ordinances dont match at all, Murallo said. This is getting us real close. Ninety percent of the time we are trying to enforce (the ordinance) to make it safe for our citizens. The biggest thing for us is consistency, and there is zero consistency in the ordinances. nHow to pay for what Nassau County needs now and for the next five or 10 years was the major topic of discussion at a budget meeting of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, held after their meeting this week. No citizens attended. Chairman Pat Edwards started the meeting by asking if his fellow commissioners ever receive phone calls from citizens saying, Dont pave my road. Dont mow that grass because I want an obstructed view. Dont pick up that fallen tree. Dont do anymore. I have no complaints. The commissioners all chuckled. Justin Stankiewicz, assistant county manager and director of the Office of Management and Budget, laid it out for the commissioners with no apologies. As depicted in the charts, graphs and spreadsheets presented by Stankiewicz, the county is basically operating at a deficit and has been for quite some time. Operating costs are going up, yet revenues are down. Nassau is a coastal county and is two for two, as Edwards described it, having experienced two major hurricanes in the past two years. The combination depleted the countys reserves, and Stankiewicz added that the county is still collecting invoices from Hurricane Irma after having just closed out Hurricane Matthew. Every commissioner was in agreement that these are tough times and some tough actions need to be taken. They also agreed that its easy to proclaim the need for a balanced budget but another to be strong and stand firm when constituents make complaints or express a dire need for assistance. All commissioners announced their support for standing firm but how to do it remained the question. Should taxes on gasoline sales or property be increased? Should commissioners reduce expenditures by cutting back on important programs and services, ending funding to nonprofits or eliminating positions? There was even discussion on the viability of imposing a Municipal Services Taxing Unit on each commissioners district. For example, paving a road in Hilliard would be paid for by Hilliard residents. While Commissioner Steve Kelley initiated the district-bydistrict MSTU conversation, Edwards indicated that he was thinking about the same sort of concept. Ideally, it would work much like the sand tax imposed rfnA 911 call about armed men inside a condominium at the Amelia Surf & Racquet Club on Amelia Island Parkway on Tuesday night is reported to have ended with the caller being shot and killed by a Special Response Team from the Nassau County Sheriffs Office after he suddenly appeared in a doorway at the condominium holding a gun and fired at the team, according to a news release from Sheriff Bill Leeper. The man who confronted the deputies was Jason M. Raffaeli, according to Leeper. The condominium is owned by John J. Raffaeli Jr., according to Nassau County Property Appraisers Office records. Late last night right before midnight NCSOs 911 Communications Center received a call from an individual who lived at the Amelia Island Surf and Racquet Club Condominiums in Unit A129, which is on the 6th floor, located at 4800 Amelia Island Parkway Fernandina Beach, according to an email sent Wednesday morning by Leeper. The individual was a white male, 25 years old who lived at that address. He told our communications officer that there were 3 male subjects inside his apartment that were armed with guns, Leeper wrote in the email. We dispatched 4 deputies and a sergeant to this address. The NCSO Sergeant on the scene actually talked to him on his cell phone trying to get him to come out of his condo. The individual stated that he had a .45 caliber handgun with several rounds of ammunition and would not come out and had barricaded himself in the bathroom. After almost an hour trying to get the person to come out, deputies on the scene called for our Special Response Team to respond, since they are specially equipped to handle barricaded subjects. Before SRT members arrived, deputies on the scene heard several gunshots coming from inside the residence. After the gunshots, deputies could not get in touch with the subject again. After the SRT team arrived they attempted again to reestablish communication with the subject, but were unsuccessful. They then made the decision to break in the door and deploy gas into the residence to force the subject out. The subject suddenly appeared in the doorway holding a handgun. Deputies identified themselves and ordered him to drop the gun, but he refused and retreated back inside the condo. SRT members started to enter the residence when he suddenly reappeared and told them to Tell my daddy I love him and make sure you shoot me in the head, then he shot at the ffrrbPEG DAVIS/NEWS-LEADERA deputy from the Nassau County Sheriffs Office was posted in front of the main entrance to the Amelia Surf & Racquet Club on Wednesday morning as officials from NCSO and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated the early Wednesday confrontation between Jason M. Raffaeli, 25, and the NCSO Special Response Team.SHOT Continued on 5A ntbbbbJULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERLongtime Fernandina Beach resident Joan Bean spoke in front of a packed house at the City Commission on Tuesday. Lets keep what weve got, whatever freedom weve got, Bean said about the on-beach parking issue. We love the beach. We all do. We want to keep it open and free. Keep it open. BEACH Continued on 6Ar frr Edwards Kelley WOES Continued on 6AnWhen the Fernandina Beach City Commission pushed back last year on the price of the new terminal at the municipal airport, the design firm cut the cost by performing what was called value engineering, bringing the price tag down from $4.39 to $4.09 million. This week, engineers and contractors asked the City Commission to bump the cost back up by over $50,000, saying some of the costs they thought could be lowered as a result of the value engineering are not going to be cut after all. Some commissioners were less than happy with the requests, saying that Passero Associates, the consulting firm for the airport, should not have made those cuts to the budget if they were not feasible. I told you at the time you were rushing the thing through, and you just cut and cut and cut, Commissioner Roy Smith said. Theres several items in here like that. Now, you come back saying We need more money for them. I dont think its our problem. You were the engineer on the project. At the March 20 meeting of the commission, Airport Manager Nathan Coyle and Andrew Holesko, program manager at Passero, brought a change order request in the amount of $55,888 for approval. The request was accompanied by a breakdown of items, some of which were credits, of changes to the project. Of 13 items on the list, three were credits to the city. Another list of changes was presented, which were requested by the ntnbn bbnAIRPORT Continued on 6A Smith NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 1 3/23/18 10:26 AM


Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare has scheduled Adult Mental Health First Aid Classes for today and April 13, both days from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The classes are free and open to the public, but registration is required. The 8-hour classes will take place Community Room. The Mental Health First Aid program teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the person who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Studies have proven the CPR-like program is effective in improving knowledge of mental disorders, re-ducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others. Starting Point staff member Katrina Robinson-Wheeler is certified by the National Council to provide the Mental Health First Aid program. Since Starting Point began offering the program in 2014, more than 1,500 Northeast Florida residents have received the training. The trainings are provided at no charge with funding from Baptist Health and Lutheran Services Floria. Mental Health First Aid training classes are offered via open community classes or scheduled individually for groups and organizations. For information or to register for a class, visit or call Starting Point at 225-8280.rfrfrMichael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action, will be the next speaker at the U.S. Constitution presentation will take place at the Fernandina Beach Historic Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. His topic will be Our America? Needham is presently chief execu tive officer of Heritage Action for America. and to build support around the nation for these solutions. Prior to becoming CEO of Heritage Action, Needham worked in former New York paign. The presentation is open to the public. It is complimentary to donors who have contrib uted $250 or more to the USCSF. All others are welcome with a $25 donation that is appreci ated but not required.nrftThe next monthly Democratic Club of Amelia Island dinner will be Tuesday, March 27. Dinner is at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road, in Fernandina Beach. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:40 p.m. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. The speaker will be Michelle Barth, director Thursday, March 22. Send a check for $20 per person, payable to DCAI, to DCAI, P.O. Box 16022, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035, bring a check to the Democratic headquarters at South Eighth and Date streets, or email dcai.secre (pay with cash or check the night of the dinner).brfrrbfCelebrating 20 years, Nassau County Teen Court will conduct its next session March 27 and needs teens to act as attorneys, jurors and court officers to try real cases involving teen offenders, real crimes and real sanctions. Teens earn three hours of community service for each court session. To participate, arrive at and 5:45 p.m. to sign in. Session will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and is usually over by 7 p.m. For more information, contact Charles Griffin at 548-4611 or next meeting of the Nassau County be Wednes, March 28, at 11 a.m. at NCCOA, located at 1367 S. 18th St. (across from Baptist Medical Center Nassau) in Fernandina Beach. adaptive devices such as Talking Books, provides members with support, as well as helps with coping strategies. New members are welcome and caregivers are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Frances Bartelt, NCCOA volunteer coordinator, at 2610701, ext 102. bntrThe Amelia Island Tourist Development Council will hold a board meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Residence Inn, Amelia Island, located at 2301 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach.rrfrThe School Advisory Council of Fernandina Beach High School will have a meeting on Thursday, March 29, at 3:45 p.m. in the main office conference room. For any questions or concerns, contact Robert Taylor at 261-5713.frfThe Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary will conduct a $5 fundraiser between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the Board Room off the Main Lobby of the hospital, located at 1250 S. 18th St. in Fernandina Beach. Items for sale will include an extensive line of jewelry and accessories all priced at $5 each. All of the profit will go to support Baptist Medical Center Nassau.rrfA state AARP-sponsored Safety Driving Course will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31 at the Council on Aging building across from Baptist Medical Center Nassau. To sign up and participate in this refresher course, which will update drivers on current state driving rules and information for a continued responsible senior, call the COA at 261-0701. The course is offered for only $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.rrfThe next meeting of the Hearing Loss Support Group of Nassau County is Tuesday, April 3, from 1-3 p.m. at Baptist Medical Center Nassau. Please check with the front desk for the location. Stan Houston from Connect Hearing, a licensed hearing instruments specialist as well as a member of the Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare Professionals, will be the presenter. In addition, each support group meeting offers members an opportunity to share experiences with hearing loss as well as how they deal with the impact on their lives. The group is also seeking a social worker to serve as a facilitator. If you would like more information, contact Ruth Kaiser at hlsgnas The Hearing Loss Support Group meets monthly on the first Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. The next meeting will be May 1, when the Fernandina Beach Fire Department will present a program on hurricane preparedness.Florida Department of Health Nassau will host a viewing of the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the cafeteria at Wildlight Elementary School, located at 550 Curiosity Ave. in Yulee. The documentary is about adverse childhood events and their impact on health. The child may not remember but the body remembers. Light refreshments and information on local resources will be avail able at the free event. The public is invited. For more information, call 875-6100.frfrrNortheast Florida AHEC will sponsor a Quit Your Way class to help participants stop smoking on April 11 at the Barnabas Center. This is a free one-time, two-hour class that includes a free workbook and materials that cess. Free nicotine replacement patches, gum and lozenges will also be available (if medically appropriate for those 18 and older). To register, call 482-0189.The Caregiver Support Group of Nassau County meets the third Thursday of each month at Nassau County Council on Aging, located at 1367 S. 18th St. in Fernandina Beach (across from Baptist Medical Center Nassau). On April 19, the group will meet from 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. All caregivers are welcome; however, this meeting is not suited for loved ones to attend. The overall goal of our group is to offer support and education to caregivers. For more informa tion, call Debra Dombkowski, LPN, CDP, at 261-0701, ext. 113.trrSt. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission at 86000 St. Francis Way in Yulee will be holding a blood drive Sunday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All donors will receive a free OneBlood T-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening. Sign up online at one and use sponsor code 34851. Walk-ins always welcome.Marvin Glen Conner passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 19, 2018. Marvin had health setbacks in 1993 and again in 2003 with a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer. After beating cancer twice, Marvin ulti mately succumbed to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in 1936 and was raised in Fernandina Beach, Fla. He was preceded in death by his par ents, Ruth Newsome and Fred R. Conner; his brothers, James Conner and David Newsome Conner; and his best friend and hunting buddy, Dave Gelfer. Marvin is survived by his child hood sweetheart and wife of 55 years, Mellena Hardee Conner; his daughter, Elizabeth (Pat, Jr.) Pace; his sons, William Marvin (Sheri) Conner and Michael Dean (Andrea) Conner; his grandchildren, Allison Love Pace, Courtney Lee Conner, Cole Michael Conner, Patrick Conner Pace, Austin Lang Conner and Camryn Leah Conner; his nephew, Mike (Carolyn) Conner; and many nieces and neph ews. He also considered his Sea Garden Sales/SGS Industrial Team as his second family. Marvin had the honor of working with his colleagues for over 55 years. During his youth Marvin was an avid ath lete excelling in football and track and field at Fernandina Beach High School and Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. Marvin then served as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force. After his military service, he joined his father in-law, William Love Hardee, in the marine and industrial supply business. During these professional years, he over saw Sea Garden Sales Company (SGS Industrial), Bayside Net and Twine, Southern Shipbuilding, and was a partner in Valley Ice and Fuel Company. He was later joined by his two sons in the family business. Marvin, known for his time, energy and resourc es, was active in the community. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as both Elder and Deacon. Marvin served on the board of directors for Wells Fargo Bank (First National Bank) for 25 years. He served on the boards of the National Fisheries Association, Texas Shrimp Association, and National Netting Association and had numerous other professional affiliations. He participated in many civic organiza tions including the Saint Joseph Academy Advisory Board, St. Joseph Academy Athletic Boosters, the Episcopal Day School Board, the Brownsville Jaycees, Brownsville Economic Development Council, Valley Baptist Hospital Board and the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation. He was always known for his positive attitude and determination to get up and make every day a good one. He loved attending his grandchildrens games, meets, recitals and performances. He was especially a great fan of St. Joseph Academy foot ball. Marvin was an avid outdoorsman enjoying golf, hunting, fishing and backyard birding. He loved the beaches of Amelia Island, South Padre Island, the ranchlands of South Texas, the Texas Hill Country and the mountains of Colorado. More importantly, he was deeply blessed with many wonderful friends of all ages. He looked forward to his lunch bunches, breakfast clubs and the comradery of many wonder ful friends. The Conner Family wishes to express their deepest thanks to the care given to him throughout the years, including the doctors, nurses and staff of the Valley Baptist Health Care System, South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital, Solara Hospital and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. The family is eternally grateful for the years of care from Dr. Juan Martinez, Dr. Jorge Romaguera, Dr. Fadi Alfayoumi and the Benchmark Pulmonary Team. The family also wishes to thank Maria Mendoza and Hermangildo Mendez for their years of devotion. A celebration of life will take place at the First Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contribu tions be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Brownsville or Saint Joseph Academy.Wynelle F. Jones, 86, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Monday, March 19, 2018, at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla. She was born on April 2, 1931 in Lakeland, Ga. to the late Fulton and Ruby (Browning) Fender. She met her future husband, John Paul Jones Jr., on St. Simons Island in 1949. She moved to Maryland and they began dat ing while he was in the Naval Academy. During this time she worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C. They married the day of his graduation from Annapolis in 1954. His naval career moved the family to many cities in the U.S. and abroad including San Diego, Calif., Troy, N.Y., Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Newport and Davisville, R.I., Port Isabel and Corpus Christi, Texas, the Presidential Retreat of Camp David in Maryland, Gulfport, Miss., Charleston, S.C., Alexandria and Norfolk, Va., and San Bruno, Calif. Through all the moves, she was the one who organized the family and made sure the transition was a smooth one. While her husband served as commanding offi cer at Camp David, she and her family became per sonal friends of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird. During her husbands career, Winkie, as she was affectionately known, was the consummate Navy wife and hostess. Her husband often said she was the backbone of his career. When her husband retired from active duty, they moved to Fernandina Beach in 1988 and then to Amelia Island in 2005. After settling in the area, she and her husband became active members of St. Peters Episcopal Church. Winkie loved to fish and tend to her garden and she salted her life with a wicked sense of humor. She is preceded in death by her husband, retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John Paul Jones Jr. She leaves behind her children, Karen Alison (Timothy John) MacNair of Fernandina Beach, Julie (Edward) Penton-McGurn of Margate, Fla., John Paul (Sallie Ann Marston) Jones III of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Thelma Champion of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Eren Lynn McGinnis, Spain; grandchildren, Sofia Anas McGinnis (Adam Abdelatif) Jones, Desmond Maxwell McGinnis Jones, Robert Paul Penton, Christine Alison(Craig Vincent Curro) Penton, Timothy John MacNair Jr., Alison Nicole MacNair, and Michael Lachlan MacNair; great-grandchildren, Roberto Ivan (Pam Amy McGrath) Penton, Vincent Robert Curro, and Emma Amelia Penton; and several nieces, nephews and good friends. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Community Hospice and the caregivers who played such a special part in her life, Rita Voll, Jacquelyn Krajewski, Akosua Odei, Lucy Polk, and Melissa Henry. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at St. Peters Episcopal Church with the Reverend Stephen Mazingo, rector, offici ating. The family will receive friends between 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband in St. Peters Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions in her memory should contact St. Peters Episcopal Church or Community Hospice and Palliative Care. Please share your memories and condolences at rffntbNettie Eliza Spence Wood, 88, treasured moth er, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018. Nettie was born in Waresboro, Ga. on March 1, 1930, the daughter and eldest child of Steve Ashley and Irene Tomlin Spence. She enjoyed growing up in Waresboro with her par ents and siblings and vacationing in Fernandina Beach with her family and friends. She grad uated from Waresboro High School and attended Georgia State College for Women. She transferred to, and graduated from, Warren A. Candler School of Nursing in Savannah, Ga., where she studied and achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse. After graduation from Candler, she practiced nursing in Georgia and Florida. She soon moved to Brunswick, Ga., to work in the new Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital. While in Brunswick, she met Arthur Jarvis Wood Jr. through her best friend and room mate, Sara, who thought they would be a good match. She and Jarvis married in 1959 and bought a home in Windsor Park, a beautiful Brunswick neighborhood perfect for a young couple and growing family. They had two sons, Arthur and Barclay. In 1967, Nettie and Jarvis bought their very own beach cottage in Fernandina Beach and there they enjoyed many family beach vacations with their young sons. After the boys went to college, Nettie and Jarvis moved to Fernandina Beach permanently. They continued to enjoy many visiting friends and family members at The Beach. Nettie was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Jarvis Wood Jr., and a brother, Steve Ashley Spence Jr. She is survived by her two sons, Robert Barclay Wood (Glynis) and grandchildren, Emily and Robert, of Fernandina Beach, and Arthur Jarvis Wood III (Tracy), grandchildren, Ian, May and Katy, and great-granddaughter, Elizabeth, of Tampa, Fla; a sister and brother-in-law, Wanda Dee and Daniel W. Peeples of Yulee, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. Nettie made many friends throughout her life. She was a superb hostess and conversationalist, always full of energy and ideas. She was a thought ful, stylish, intelligent, fun, and lively lady. She will be missed by many. Plans are private, as she requested.nbbJanet Hahn Anderson, 94, of Amelia Island, Fla., passed away February 17, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Walkers Landing at Amelia Island Plantation. The Reverend Doctor Terry Schoener, pastor emeritus of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, Md., will officiate. r rfnt b NEWS DEADLINES Community News: Wednesday, Noon Letters to the editor: Monday, 5 p.m., Wednesday, 5 p.m. Church Notes: Tuesday, 5 p.m. People and Places: Wednesday, 3 p.m. AD DEADLINES . .................. WEDNESDAY EDITION . ........ FRIDAY EDITION Classified Ads: .................. Monday, 5:00 p.m.* . ................ Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. Classified Display: ............ Friday, 3 p.m. . ......................... Tuesday, 5 p.m. Legal Notices: . ................... Friday, noon . ........................... N/A Retail Advertising: . ............ Friday, 3 p.m. . ......................... Tuesday, 3 p.m. Monday holidays the Classified deadline will be Friday at 5 p.m. MAIL SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Nassau County: $41.99 Out of Nassau County: $71.99tff f bbnt rtrThe News-Leader is published every Wednesday and Friday by The Fernandina Beach News-Leader, 511 Ash Street, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Periodicals postage paid at Fernandina Beach, Fla. (USPS 189-900) ISSN# 0163-4011. Reproductions of the contents of this publication in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher are prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: News-Leader, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. The News-Leader may only be sold by persons or businesses authorized by the publisher or circulation director. NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS: The News-Leader assumes no financial responsibility for typographi cal errors in advertising. When notified promptly, the part of the advertisement in which the typographical error appears will be reprinted. All advertising is subject to the approval of the publisher. The News-Leader reserves the right to correctly classify, edit or delete any objectionable wording or reject the advertisement in its entirety at any time prior to scheduled publication if it is determined that the advertisement or any part thereof is contrary to the general standard of advertising acceptance. ftfResidents from Fernandina Beach and surrounding areas will converge on the citys downtown Saturday at 10 a.m. for a sibling march as part of the March for Our Lives Movement thats calling on lawmakers to make students lives and safety a priority by passing gun safety legislation, according to a news release. The march is one of hundreds planned around the country. When I saw the courageous Parkland student survivors galvanizing into action, and saying never again, I had to do something. I had to add my voice to theirs and encourage others to join me, said Christine-Anne Platel, organizer of March For Our Lives Amelia Island and founder of March For Our Lives Support Group, Amelia Island on Facebook. I was tired of listening to politicians offering their thoughts and prayers and then doing absolutely nothing. Im excited to hear our inspiring speakers and to join with the collective voice and energy of marchers across the nation, and in other countries too. Participants will meet in Parking Lot C on South Front Street by the Fernandina Harbor Marina. For more information about the local march, contact Platel at or 2062466. Find out more about the sibling marches by visiting NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 2 3/22/18 4:57 PM


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Business and Commercial Customers must have an existing checking account or establish a new Preferred Business Checking or Commercial Checking account. To advertise your listings in the Exclusive Properties section contact Candy at the News-Leader today at 261-3696. 200 River Oaks Drive, Fernandina BeachAmelia Island Home immaculate move-in condition, perfect for an active family with kids and plan. 4 bedrooms including 2 master bedrooms. 3 baths. Fenced yard on huge acre lot. 5 minutes to NO HOA FEES! Free AHS Home Warranty. Come see this home Sunday, March 25th 11am-4pm. #78917 $499,000 OPEN HOUSE SUN. 3/25 11 4 Licensed Real Estate Visit 419-9080 rfThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit that will allow an apartment complex and commercial development project to proceed in a large, wooded area bordered by South 14th and Lime streets in Fernandina Beach. Liberty Development, the company behind the project, says it would create much-needed affordable housing on Amelia Island. Some residents who oppose it due to their environmental concerns say they will continue to fight it. The property encompasses approximately 23 acres of land, of which approximately 12.75 acres are wetlands. According to an environmental evaluation report submitted as part of the developments approval process, the land used to be part of a contiguous, historic wetland community and freshwater marsh. The citys Comprehensive Plan forbids filling in wetlands, but the Fernandina Beach City Commission voted to annex into the city nine acres of the property that had been in the unincorporated county and approved developing the wetlands as part of the overall plan for the property. The commission also voted in favor of changing the propertys zoning to high-density. Spurgeon Richardson, principal partner at Liberty, applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit that is necessary because of the federal Clean Water Act. Richardson said the wetlands on the property are of poor quality and the community would be better served by affordable housing, but pledged to keep as much of the wetlands as he can for his project plus add some retention ponds. The application to the USACE states the firm will purchase .85 Federal palustrine forested credits from the Longleaf Mitigation Bank to offset damage to the wetlands that will be filled by the project. Developers are allowed to buy the credits in designated wetland areas across Northeast Florida. There is no indication that the wetlands preserved by the credit program would be in Fernandina Beach or on Amelia Island. There is no federal, state or local law that says the credits purchased must be spent on wetlands in the local area, but the USACE had requested information regarding the viability of compensatory mitigation on the island, which could more directly address any loss of wetland functions and services associated with any work authorized. The permit issued requires Liberty to confirm the credits have been purchased within 30 days of the start of construction. This permit is issued based on the applicants submitted information that reasonably demonstrates that adverse water resource-related impacts will not be caused by the completed permit activity, the permit states. If any adverse impacts result, the District will require the permittee to eliminate the cause, obtain any necessary permit modification, and take any necessary corrective actions to resolve the adverse impacts. We are very grateful that the USACE recently granted us our permit, Richardson told the News-Leader in an email. As many are aware, this development will provide much needed workforce housing to those serving the restaurant industry, first responders, teachers, active adults and retirees, single parents and others. We recognize rfntbfbbtbrAn initial notice was received from Nassau County Emergency Management at 2:50 p.m. on Thursday that said a Boil Water Advisory is in effect for NassauAmelia Utilities customers until further notice. High Rise Structures at Amelia Island Plantation are not affected, according to the notice. Nassau-Amelia Utilities experienced a loss of pressure due to a power outage during a weekly generator testing, according to the notice. The boil water advisory will remain in effect until bacteriological samples reflect a negative result for coliforms. Results should be back after 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th. Please continue to boil your water until you are notified to disregard the advisory. NAUs customers are all on the south end of Amelia Island. Contact NAU customer service at (904) 530-6030.nbfnnr bbtb that this process has been very sensitive to some in the community. Therefore, we look forward to being respectful good stewards of the property, and, a good neighbor to all. Mark R. Evans, senior project manager with USACE, said the permitting process, which took months to complete, considered environmental issues as well as the need for affordable housing. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fully evaluated the work that would eliminate waters of the United States (wetlands) encompassed by the property and the various effects that the work would have on the environment, Evans said. The Corps also considered the applicants statements regarding work-force housing and comments associated with that topic received in response to the circulation of the public notice. In its initial consideration of the permit, the Corps also told Liberty that, in regard to the affordable housing aspect of the development, the Corps has not received any information guaranteeing that affordable housing would be established and permanently retained at the site. Local environmentalist Julie Ferreira is one of the citizens who objects to the project. She said the USACE did not do its job to protect the environment when it issued the permit. The bottom line is that the Army Corps is failing to protect one of our important flood control ecosystems by permitting the filling of nine acres of wetlands, Ferreira said. Local citizens worked hard to protect this property and it seems to me that, if the Army Corps wants to lead the way, they should comply with local law and not be swayed by specious claims that what will be built as market rate housing will offer any affordable housing opportunities. To my mind, there are still local laws that must be complied with. The city has important policies that say no filling of wetlands and no wetland mitigation. The truth is that the 14th Street wetlands work hard for us, cleaning pollutants out of our (storm) water, and helping to control flooding during storm events. The project is not in violation of the citys comp plan as the wetlands issue has already been resolved, Richardson said in response. Ferreira encouraged citizens to attend City Commission meetings when the project is discussed. Its too early to tell, but the fight is never over, she said. We still have a lot of motivation and optimism left in us.rf Developers say affordable housing will be developed in this area at South 14th and Lime streets, but opponents say wetlands on the site should not be filled in.U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS/ SPECIAL NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 3 3/22/18 4:55 PM


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To discuss your roofing needs or to simply learn more about potential roofing modifications, related to insurance savings or energy efficient roofing solutions, call Buddy Boyd at 904-3210626 or 904-753-1438. They look forward to working with you.This week, I want to share some insights into transportation and housing in Singapore. We had back-to-back guided tours with two men, both natives, 66 and 35 years old. What will be shared is what they told us, allowing for it to be accurate. They have a mandatory retirement of vehicles after 10 years. The cars are sent elsewhere in Southeast Asia, primarily Malaysia. The number of cars on the road is capped at the existing number, eliminating the possibility of overcrowding, while keeping more reliable, newer vehicles on the road. Singapore is a socialist nation city of 5.6 million people, where the government calls the shots. How would it work here if you were required to surrender your 10-year-old car? Not well. It gets sweeter, or worse. To buy your next new car, you have to procure a certificate of eligibility from the government. It runs between 45,000 to 55,000 in U.S. dollars. Add to that an import tax of 100 percent, and car purchasing is super-expensive. Someone is buying them, because the newspaper was full of dealership ads. A medium-priced vehicle is six digits. The government finances them at a floating rate. Our guide said it runs between 1.8 and 2.4 percent. That part is good. I was fascinated with the vehicle dynamics. Their subway and bus systems are outstanding and everything is clean. As elsewhere in Asia, motorbikes are everywhere. These are not motorcycles. They start at 50cc. Can you Harley owners imagine 50cc? There are bigger cc motorbikes, but the 50cc are not charged a tax on the purchase. A 125cc bike is a hot rod. Travelers are not going anywhere fast on most roads we saw. Housing in Singapore is equally fascinating. A full 85 percent of the population lives in high-rise flats of one to four bedrooms. The Singapore government builds them and sells them to their citizens. If you are not married, you must be 36 years old to qualify. They encourage marriage and children, bur only two. Young couples get priority in acquiring a flat. The government finances them on a sliding scale according to income. You own your unit. All buildings have 74 percent Chinese, 17 percent Malays, and 9 percent Indians, in keeping with their population breakdown. Integration is a mandate, although some nationalities prefer top floors and some the bottom, according to beliefs. There are clusters of these approximately 10-12 story buildings, with shared open spaces for playgrounds, parks, and walking trails. Physical fitness is encouraged. Sports in school take a distant second to academics, in keeping with the governments priority. New residents are incentivized to select their flat within five kilometers of their parents, to accept some responsibility for them. Childrens wages can be garnished according to their income level if it is deemed they are not caring for their parents well enough. The old pocketbook incentive plan. If your income reaches $10,000 a month, you no longer qualify for a government flat. The private condos are very expensive, with single family homeowners a tiny fraction of Singapore. Despite these rigid transportation and housing plans, our guides did not speak critically of either system. To the contrary, they were semi-boosters. We spent six hours in the heat, learning about and walking in Singapore, the start of our cruise. It was a good decision to build in two extra days and experience some of this city-nation. People can be conditioned to accept so many dictates in our world. There is a lot to absorb in some of the end results in this strict country. Homeless people or panhandlers evident? Zero. Those down and out are taken to a facility, two people to a room. They are assessed, treated, and trained to find a productive avenue. Nothing is free. Health care costs something, you buy your flat, and everyone has some skin in the game. Again, it is a fascinating series of models. Thank goodness we are in the country we are, not being channeled without choice. Are there behavioral patterns around the globe that can be learned from? I think so. I plan to pass on Vietnam as a subject, not wanting to be too subjective. Hong Kong is New York City attached to China. That is being a tad generous, but my best analogy. Glad to be home, in one of the finest places I have ever been. A fascinating fact learned on the trip: Vietnam at 96 million people is exactly four times more populous than Australia, with only 24 million citizens. Have a good week. Rick Keffer owns and operates Rick Keffer Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Yulee. 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GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY 6:00P.M. CHORAL PRESENTATION OF THE GREAT LITANY SATURDAY, MARCH 31 10:00A.M. CHILDRENS EGGSTRAVAGANZA EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 1 6:00A.M. GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER 8:00A.M. EASTER CELEBRATION BREAKFAST 9:00A.M. CONCURRENT HOLY EUCHARISTS (CHURCH & COURTYARD 11:00 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST (INCENSE WILL BE USED.) Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chaplin Williams Realty5472 1st Coast Hwy. Ste. 1, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034 (904) 261-9311LIST WITH US & MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU... The Florida Commission on Ethics dismissed on March 9 a petition for costs and attorneys fees filed by Nassau County Tax Collector John Drew against Callahan resident Carlos Slay after Drew and Slay reached a settlement in the matter. Drew had filed a petition with the commission to have $80,000 in legal costs spent defending himself before the commission reimbursed by Slay. After the matter was referred to an administrative hearing, the parties settled on a reimbursement of $2,000. Slay, a political opponent of Drew in the 2016 race for tax collector, had filed a raft of ethics complaints against Drew with the state commission over the past two years, ranging from an allegation that the Tax Collectors Office should not have spent $20,000 in public funds and $1,652 in attorneys fees to settle a sexual harassment complaint against Drew, to a more recent complaint that Drew misused his office in his attempt to secure state funding for his wifes companys mental health screening project. Slay also filed an ethics complaint against state Sen. Aaron Bean that was related to that effort. According to a report from the Commission on Ethics, Bean admitted Drew had asked him about acquiring state funding for the new screening program Drews wife, Catherine Drew, had developed, but Bean told the commission he had no personal interest in the Florida company, Florida Psychological Associates. The Commission on Ethics dismissed Slays various complaints against both Bean and Drew during a July 28, 2017 hearing in Tallahassee. In doing so, the commission stated: The Commission considered the results of an investigation in a complaint filed against John M. Drew, Nassau County Tax Collector. No probable cause was found regarding seven allegations of a misuse of office. The allegations were that he stored his camper on his office property; stored his boat on office property; convinced school district officials to hire his wife; convinced the school board to enter into contracts with companies he co-owns with his wife; made inappropriate remarks and solicitations to a subordinate employee; used public funds to pay the terms of a settlement agreement and associated legal fees arising from a harassment claim brought forward by an employee; and used his position to expedite a sexual harassment claim in an effort to obtain personal protection from the allegations. On Oct. 20, 2017, the commission considered Drews petition for consideration of costs and fees related to defending the complaints, and a hearing date for the matter was set for Jan. 16, 2018 in front of Judge James H. Peterson III with the Division of Administrative Hearings. Drew was represented by the Young Qualls, P.A. law firm in Tallahassee. Slay was represented by Leonard M. Collins with the Broad and Cassel firm in Tallahassee. Drews attorneys filed a motion on Jan. 16 to limit the petition for fees to just the complaints Slay made to the commission about Drew allegedly storing two privately-owned boats at the Tax Collectors Office and Drews alleged corrupt use of his official position to convince Nassau County School District officials to hire his wife as an employee and to contract with companies owned by his wife. Petitioner is not seeking to recover costs and attorneys fees relative to any other allegations. Drews attorneys also asked the court to limit the introduction of exhibits that pertained to the 2013 settlement between the Tax Collectors Office and the employee who had accused Drew of sexual harassment, according to the filing in the case. On Jan. 16, Drews attorneys asked that Slay pay $2,000, and the parties agreed. Court records for the case say the parties announced that they had reached a settlement and requested that jurisdiction of this case be relinquished to the Florida Commission on Ethics for the entry of a final order dismissing this case consistent with the parties settlement, or for such other appropriate relief. The Commission on Ethics decision on March 9 is the final disposition of the complaints. Since the Commission on Ethics is not a party to fees petitions, the Commission had no role in the settlement, according to a news release from the commission.rfnAn editorial in Wednesdays edition of the News Leader raised several issues related to the lack of progress in repairing the citys marina, which was significantly damaged by Hurricane Matthew nearly 18 months ago. Several of the issues require clarification. The headline of the editorial is The Money Pit Marina Business, and the piece further states, The city runs a money pit called the Fernandina Harbor Marina. Though it is supposed to be a self-sufficient enterprise fund where revenues are intended to fund department operations, the general fund of the city has regularly injected hundreds of thousands into the marinas budget. This is true: Over the last five years, the citys General Fund (which is primarily funded through property tax revenues) has contributed approximately $300,000 annually to support the Marina. For the past 12 years, the marinas expenses have exceeded revenues in every single year: 10 of those years by more than $200,000. Based upon those figures, its not a money pit but a money abyss! Despite that bleak fiscal history, the editorial questions the City Commissions and my reluctance to spend emergency funds or take out loans to do expensive restoration of the current facility. The estimated cost of repairs to the marina (prepared separately by both the citys maritime consultant and a FEMA Coastal Specialist) surpassed $6 million; the ENTIRE General Fund reserve is slightly over $5 million. That is exactly why I advised the City Commission to not spend the money until FEMA guaranteed reimbursement. It didnt matter that admonishing the bureaucrats had no effect were doing our jobs as professional administrators, not social media watchers. It was simply sound financial management of city resources rather than sacrificing those resources to the Money Pit Marina Business. And other marinas, specifically the facilities at St. Marys, Ga., and St. Augustine, Fla., mentioned in the article, are not much better despite the claim of the editorial. A call to the St. Marys marina indicated that St. Marys has no fueling capability, no transient docks, and its repair plan is still in development. A December report from First Coast News revealed similar conditions in St. Augustine: 60 percent of the slips are inoperable and the lingering damage has reduced revenues by half. The St. Augustine harbormaster stated, There are marinas destroyed up and down the east coast of Florida right now. The harbormasters estimate of repair costs to his marina is only $2 million, less than a third of Fernandinas. The expected reimbursement of the marina repairs for which the city patiently secured will be approximately 90 percent: 75 percent funded through FEMA and another 12.5 percent funded through the state of Florida. From the perspective of the citys maritime consultant, the Marina was an aging facility that was likely in need of replacement within the next few years anyway. As a result of Hurricane Matthew, the city will expend approximately $800,000 for new pilings and the attenuator, including new and upgraded utility services to support marina and waterfront operations, instead of $6.5 million for the same replacement. The southern repairs and the northern expansion are two separate issues. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reluctant to issue the permit for the southern repairs because the attenuator (dock) is only 70 feet from the navigational channel, which is in conflict with Corps guidance requiring 100-foot separation. The Corps had previously permitted the dock in its current location and readily admits that the channel has been inactive for deep-draft shipping for nearly 30 years. This lack of this permit is what is preventing the city from commencing the southern repairs. The federal funding awarded for the northern expansion requires a matching $1.6 million contribution from the money pit. If the city is willing to provide those matching funds, the channel must be shifted west to again achieve the necessary 100-foot separation. The Corps was authorized to implement the shift in 2000 but contends that no funds were allocated for the shift. The Congressional legislation, however, indicated the costs were not to be funded by the Corps anyway, so the lack of funding should be immaterial. The request for public support shared with others is part of the Corps public notice process to issue the permit for the southern repairs. It is a small but important opportunity for those who want to help get the marina restored. Once restored, the decision of further investment, construction, and expansion can be appropriately considered. That consideration must include the willingness of the community to continue the deep financial commitment of General Fund tax dollars to support the money pit marina operations. Dale L. Martin is the city manager of Fernandina Beach. deputies, which was the wrong thing to do. Three members of the SRT Team with rifles shot him several times. Nassau County Fire Rescue arrived on scene and pronounced him dead. The total time from the original call to pronouncing him deceased was a little over 3 hours. We are not sure at this time what his problem was, but he had been arrested on drug charges in Connecticut in the past. We did respond to this address on Feb. 27 in reference to a domestic dispute between him and a female friend who were arguing over personal reasons. He wanted the female and her child to leave his condo, which they eventually did. The investigation of the shooting is being conducted by FDLE, and once complete, will be reviewed by the state attorneys office. The three SRT Team members who shot the suspect will be on admin leave until they are cleared to come back to work. They are Sergeant Brian Blackwell, employed on 8-312009; Deputy Dallas Palecek, employed on 9-5-2008; Deputy Scott Kelly, employed on 1-142008. FDLE will be notifying next of kin, according to Leepers email. According to Leeper, Raffaeli was arrested in Stamford, Conn. last year on drug and weapon charges in separate incidents. A story by John Nickerson in the Stamford Advocate dated Sept. 29, 2017 says Raffaeli was also shot in 2016. A city man critically wounded in a shooting last year was arrested this week after police say he ditched a loaded gun while trying to run away from officers. Raffaeli was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, interfering with police and criminal trespass. He was held in lieu of a $300,000 court appearance bond, according to Nickersons report. Raffaeli was shot in the chest, abdomen and legs during a shootout near the corner of Cedar and Henry streets in July 2016. He was arrested in January when police say he was found with more than a half-pound of pot. Those charges are still pending in court. Nickerson also reported that a police officer in Stamford stated that it was a miracle Raffaeli survived the shooting in 2016. rfn Continued from 1A Raffaelirffnttbt tb tttbfft ttftbft NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 5 3/22/18 4:53 PM


The latest version of the ordinance was approved unani mously, but Bach explained the legal process that will make the ordinance law is ongoing. If these changes are adopted tonight, then it comes back for a public hearing, Bach told the commission. If you want it to come back two more times we can do that. Commissioner Roy Smith said the ordinance contains too many points governing issues other than beach parking. We dont have to rush and get all these things in one ordi nance, Smith said. Lets get it straight on the beach parking, which has been the big bugaboo out there for months now. Lets get that straight and then we can have the other ordinance handle all this other stuff. Commissioners said they wanted to approve the ordinance and craft language covering aspects other than beach parking in order to move forward. All of these seem like pretty common sense things that have been overlooked, Miller said. Theres a lot of inconsistencies that (Ocean Rescue) have been asking for, for a long time, and I think they deserve our support in giving them what they asked for to make the beaches as safe as possible. Bach will continue to craft the ordinance, which will return to the commission for another read ing April 17. The commission also heard requests that the auditorium at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center be named to honor local NAACP President Patricia Thompson. Several speakers testified to the commitment Thompson has shown to the community and the lead ership she has shown to AfricanAmerican youth as a coach and a mentor. The commission agreed to name the facility after Thompson, who received a standing ovation from those in attendance. Miller said an event would be scheduled to officially name the auditorium. In other business, the com mission: Approved a grant applica tion to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for funds to build a park off Simmons Road. Commissioners agreed to set aside some property adjacent to the site for conservation. Approved a budget amendment to pay for removal of debris related to Hurricane Irma. Approved the acceptance of a quit claim deed for 3.63 acres of land to be used by the city for conservation near the Egans Creek greenway. Approved the preliminary plat of the Hickory Ridge sub division. Postponed action on an ordinance to allow overnight parking associated with special events in the city. Approved on second read ing a fee schedule for the city. Approved on second read ing an ordinance regarding news racks in the city. Proclaimed March 11-17 Girl Scouts week, and March 12 as Girl Scouts Day. Heard a presentation by the Amelia Island Beach Club and Marine Life Protection Task Force. Because of the number of speakers and length of the dis cussion related to the beach parking issue, commissioners agreed to postpone some items on the agenda. The meeting last ed five hours, finally adjourning at 11 p.m. Continued from 1Aupon residents of Amelia Island to fund the beach renourishment program. Sheriff Bill Leeper, who came late to the discussion, took the opportunity to address the commissioners about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act recently passed by the state legislature and signed into law. Leeper said it could cost his department an additional $1.8 million. Up until now, school resource officers have only been required at high schools. The officers will now be required in elementary and middle schools. In addition to unfunded man dates, the booming growth in the county presents a number of problems beyond the obvious. If Nassau County is moved from being classified as rural to one that is classified as urban by the state, the county could receive less state money for major project costs. As Kelley put it, we will outgrow the sup port we get from the state. The commissioners agreed to take the countys financial prob lems back to the citizens. Last year, a number of work shops were held around the county with significant public input received. The same will happen this year. A schedule for upcoming workshops and meet ings will be announced soon.Continued from 1A airports new fixed base operator, 8 Flags Aviation, who will pay for those changes. The changes requested by Passero and F&G Construction, the contractor building the terminal, included adding conduit to allow for cables for com puter systems in the facility ($2,193), additional steel reinforcement of the foundation for the nose and tail to meet needed uplift and wind loads of nose and tail structures ($11,660) and a skylight that was originally proposed for the building but was later downgraded to a less expensive skylight during the value engineering process ($32,423). Holesko said that the projects price tag was reduced before construction started on the building and that information exchanged between stake holders since then has resulted in the changes Passero brought to the commission. These are the components that Passero and F&G are recommending that the commission agree to, Holesko said. (The change order request) is a response to all the communication, on shop drawings and materials, all these questions and confirmations, to make sure that all the suppliers and everybody supporting F&G is giving the city the building that the city expects. Holesko said the conduit on the list of changes would allow the FBO and airport manager to share information, including the airports Automated Weather Observing System and security system. He said that change in plans was made after con struction began. Smith, a retired contractor, asked Holesko about the conduit, saying he thought the $2,193 price was exorbitant. Holesko went on to explain about some of the other items included on the change order request, which included an increase of $13,581 to change finished concrete to tile on the observation deck, saying that the observation deck is open to the weather and that he believed tile would be easier to maintain than concrete. Smith then asked about the need to change the tile due to elevation issues. Its a change in the tile elevation on top of the concrete decking on the observation deck, Holesko said. There is an elevation error. Its the cost of the tile to meet the elevation. Its not an elevation issue. He said the tile was needed to ensure the observation deck was the same as the matching staircase and the roof system for the first floor. Smith said the company should have been aware of the issue and not had to request an addi tional $13,581 to fix it. But the biggest issue commissioners brought up to Holesko was for a skylight, a change of $32,423. When the value engineering took place, F&G Construction planned to replace the skylight with a less expensive one, but the list of items on the change order being considered included going back to the original plans. Its a long-term maintenance issue, Holesko said. Were recommending that you use the bet ter-quality skylight that will have better long-term maintenance with less opportunity to leak in the future. Is that an aesthetic change to get the look? Ross asked. All skylights, in my experience, leak. So, why is this going to leak less? Its a skylight manufacturer that technically blends in better with the selected roof system, as opposed to a skylight that is being modified to fit within the roof system, Holesko said Evidently you didnt do your research before you gave us a change order, which is unforgivable, Smith said. You guys cut that down because it was so high. Things that you said you decided now are not good. Holesko said his firm stands by the financial performance it has had on the project. Smith said the value engineering changes were approved in order to save costs and added it was misleading for Passero to receive the commis sions approval if the firm was not positive that the changes could be made. I think you did the city a big disservice, Smith said. Youre not doing your job. We hired you to protect our money. You rushed a change order through. You never should have given us that change order until you were sure of it. Stuff youre coming back asking for now because you told us to do something and you didnt realize it was going to cause another problem. I have a real problem with that. We pay a good fee to your company to look out for stuff like this. Ross said the company should have come to the commission when they discovered the proposed cost-saving measures were not possible. I would hope no, I would demand that any engineer or anybody who does a project for the city who later learns that there is a prob lem, that you bring that problem to us and fix it, Ross said. I believe that, if any employee finds that they did something wrong and that they have a fix for it, I would demand that they bring that forward. The commission voted to approve the change order with a vote of 4-1, with Smith casting the dissenting vote.Continued from 1A rf NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 6 3/22/18 4:50 PM


rfO fntb w t fE fnfn The News-Leader is published with pride weekly for the people of Nassau County by Community Newspapers, Inc., Athens, Georgia. We believe that strong newspapers build strong communi ties Newspapers get things done! Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to the truth, integrity, quality and hard work. R P D f E Rn D C p E An n BO rff Bnn f Sp E n G CfD EfB f R rf P D f ntbrf Dn bSfm n Tnm t Cfm r f rf ntnntb tntnnnt nt nf Greetings friends! Have you been to Concours events? Have you been to the Amelia Island orchestration? Wow! Dell and I had the recent privilege of attending the 23rd incarnation of that fabulous event with one of our grandsons, Jack. It was sensational. As you probably know, the term Concours dElegance comes from the French, meaning competition of elegance and refers to an event where prestigious vehicles are displayed and judged. There was certainly no lack of prestigious automobiles on hand lovingly displayed on the golf greens adjoining The Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida. I could expound on the merits and pleasures we experienced at this event for longer than you probably care to read, so I will focus a few paragraphs on the delicious variety of outstanding automobiles, the superior vendor participation, and the great oversight by the organizers in terms of judging and decisions all while a great air of friendship prevailed with the sea breezes of Floridas Atlantic Ocean! The motorcars: Stunning does not fully express the quality and sense-sational collection of cars gathered for the Saturday event! The first grouping of cars that confronted us as we entered the grounds was a large contingent of brass-era Rolls-Royces. Certainly any example of a Rolls fills the senses with wonder, but pre-war, brass, beautiful Ghosts causes one (me, at least) to drool with appreciation! There were more than three-quarters of a bakers dozen splendidly glistening in the morning sun! Amazing! Electric cars yes, well represented! From a barn find Milburn Electric to a stunning Raush & Lang and an equally fine 1905 Columbia electric, a Riker, a Studebaker, and a Woods electric, just jolted us to appreciate life! Packards, yes; Pierce Arrow, sure; Peerless, without a doubt; a Locomobile; a Kissel; IsottaFrachini (truly superb!); unusual MGs; classic Chryslers; Auburns without par; Bugattis; an Amilcar; so many others (305 in total displayed!); and my personal favorite Duesenbergs. A bevy of six examples in their glory on a knoll near some shade truly spectacular! The vendor support: A truly excellent variety of businesses serving the collector hobby. Not only could you get insurance quotes from major insurers (Mr. Grundy Sr. even interacting with prospect and clients alike), but there were purveyors of specialty literature, automotive toys, refreshments, and even opportunities to test drive the newest offerings from many sports and luxury automobiles, including Jaguar, Benz, Porsche, in addition to being able to take a ride in vintage Mustangs and Camaros! Certainly it was difficult for this New Englander to keep his money in his pocket! Organizing efforts: What a mammoth show, which certainly required colossal effort and energy to coordinate and execute! The evidence of a well-orchestrated event, much like that of excellent lighting design for a dramatic performance, is that you never notice it there are no glaring inconsistencies, no sudden unexpected blackouts. Im telling you friends, this was a flawless performance! From the assembly of over one hundred enthusiastic, experienced judges to the arrangement of fine motorcars on the field, it was terrific! And, as the committee sought to protect the interests of the owners and their property, they made a tough decision to advance the timing of the Concours judging and show by a full day. (The weather report looked fairly ominous for the scheduled day, and most owners dont want their baby to get an unscheduled rinse by mother nature!). This body had the courage to make that decision and see it through without a hitch! Thank you folks! Pervasive attitude: As you may (or may not) know, Dell and I are far from having deep pockets as do many of the participants at these events. But to a person, all attendees that we encountered exuded a friendly air of comradery during the weekend. From our shuttle bus ride conversations with a hobbyist, to our chance encounter with Barry Meguiar of Car Crazy! fame, everyone was polite and sincere. We even got some great cooperation from fellow photographers and gawkers at large, as we asked for 10 seconds of clearance from a nice row of classic cars, to enable us a real opportunity to get a money shot of a row of Chryslers. In sum, a fabulous weekend, supported by great efforts of a team led by Mr. Bill Warner, to support the charitable organization (the Amelia Island Concours dElegance Foundation) while honoring Mr. Emerson Fittipaldi, who was in attendance and driving, and displaying a fine collection of wonderful horseless carriages of all kinds. Wow! Hope to see you all on the road, again as we return to the environs of New England in late April. C fC nA fnn V nn B nn rtrrtr rIn an era when many think that teenagers lack patriotism and gratitude, I want to encourage the community by inform ing you about the efforts of our students. In February, we had Valentines for Veterans at Yulee High School. Our high school students wrote 224 letters to veterans which were sent to the Randall Medical Center in Gainesville, a veter ans facility. In each personally written letter, the students expressed their appreciation for the veterans service and sacrifice for our country. Often the portrayal of teens is negative, but I wanted to express our positive news that there are teens who appreciate the sacrifices of our veterans and who take time to express their patriotism and gratitude. Thank you, Hornets; you make us proud! Mrs. Jan VanDelinder Speech and Debate Teacher Yulee High SchoolfntThe Concours dElegance is a special event that attracts many to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. Add to these wonderful cars the inviting sun and blue skies, alluring ocean and marsh, charming downtown Fernandina, and the remark able number of restaurants for a small town. If, enchanted with the Island, a visitor decides to buy a home here as well as a car, a word of caution: Caveat emptor! Buyer beware! Local real estate agents will show you houses the prices of which seem a bargain compared to prices in Connecticut or California. If your dream home is in one of the 400 or so Nassau County developments, the agents information sheet lists the monthly or annual fee you must pay to the homeown ers association. But its unlikely the agent will explain what restrictions the HOAs by-laws place on you. As an eager buyer, you might not think to ask. Soon after you move into your new home, you may be confronted by the HOAs rules-enforcers from the architec tural review board (ARB). You quickly learn that Floridas no-income-tax status and the reasonable cost of your new home are tradeoffs for the loss of your freedom and liberty to the arbitrary control of your HOA/ARB. Rules-enforcers knock on residents doors to tell them how often to paint their mailbox and what color, when to plant flowers and shrubs, and what kind to plant. A homeowner seeking a variance is likely to be turned down. One resident, who previously lived in a planned com munity with an HOA, was surprised by their new HOAs overreaching control. Another resident who escaped a com munist country now finds his circumstances remind him of that totalitarian regime. If one notes or complains that HOA rules are not evenly applied, the ARB explains that those homeowners treated differently were grandfathered in. Another case is in Amelia Park. This Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) plan touts a New Urbanism design rather than conventional suburban development. TND calls for a walkable, mixed-use neighborhood intended to bring together people of all ages including chil dren. Schools are sized and located to enable children to walk or bicycle to school. When the original planning unit devel opment for a Montessori school fell through, Holy Trinity Anglican Church bought the school property unit, already approved by the city. Its school construction got underway, but the HOA withdrew its approval. This tyranny of the HOAs exists not just in Nassau County, but in virtually the entire state of Florida, which has trampled citizens rights by empowering developers and their residen tial community HOAs with legal authority to regulate their homeowners property. Florida law gives legal recognition to corporations that operate developments to provide procedures for operating HOAs. State law protects homeowners rights only if those rights do not impair the ability of the associa tions to perform their functions. A potential island homebuyer might do well to read Pasternaks Dr. Zhivago to understand loss of liberty and the arbitrary control of a totalitarian regime. Then heed the advice of one long-time island resident who asked, Why on earth would you buy a house in a development with an HOA? Judith Ochs Amelia IslandbrnnrIn the March 16 News Leader, Kenneth Dalton (Tools of Death) basically argued that the cause of the rise in mass murders is increasing mental health issues, not the rise in the ownership of military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. So lets look at the record. When military-style weapons were banned between 1994 and 2004, mass murders fell by 37 percent and the number of people dying from them fell by 43 percent. After the ban expired, the number of gun massacres killing six or more people increased by 183 percent and the number of people dying from them increased by 239 percent. Sure, we need more funding for mental health; but we also need to ban these weapons and the high-capacity magazines. In addition, the argument goes that the only way to stop these mass shootings is by arming teachers and hiring more guards. But remember that in the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre, there was an armed guard on duty. It only takes seconds to fire off 100 rounds with these weapons of mass destruction. The armed guard could not stop the massacre before 49 people had been killed. Legislation banning these weapons does not infringe on our Second Amendment rights, but it does save lives. Roberta Fost Fernandina BeachfrnrRecent attempts by our legislature to prevent further gun violence at schools seemed feeble at best, but to gun owners, these small steps appear to be monumental. Please note the difference between how each side views the proposed legisla tion concerning minors and guns. The proposed legislation, as with a recently proposed city resolution, states a minor may not purchase a gun. Yes, with this legislation, a minor can still proudly tote, or possess, the AR-15 he/she received as a birthday present (from an adult) all around town. A minor just cant buy it. And though our legislature may offer some funding for mental health treatment to hopefully prevent further mass shootings, the question always arises, Who will pay for mental health treatment? To answer the funding question perhaps we can look at gun control from a different and possibly more effective perspec tive. The carnage from cigarette smoking and gun violence is comparable. Both kill, and both can require extensive medical treatment (whether mental or physical in nature). The heavy taxation of cigarettes presently attempts to somewhat alle viate the burden to society in several states. But who pays for the burden of gun violence? Gun owners advocate that guns dont kill, people do. Therefore, if you logically follow this argument, the gun owners should be willing to carry the financial burden that people with guns inflict upon our society and our children. No one can dispute that guns and cigarettes bring an added risk to a household (just look at the gun suicide rate). Yet disproportionately, the gun victims and their families are paying the costs of the medical bills and the cost of a death that they did not cause. As the way an insurance company looks at household risks, the ones with higher risks pay higher premiums. No one is saying that guns cant be safely stored and used; it is saying that the risk is there. The greater the risk of death (such as with automatic weapons) the higher the cost. At the moment no one is paying for that risk/cost except the victims. As with cigarettes, guns and ammunition sales could be heavily taxed. Rather than take much needed funding away from schools, educational programs or other badly needed state programs, a new tax revenue stream could provide more than ample funding for sorely needed mental health treat ment programs, extensive background checks, and security at schools. And the fees for required gun education programs for gun owners (if the classes were required) could fund a death benefit for the minor victims of gun violence. Having daily Go Fund Mes for families struggling financially to bury their young is literally cents-less. If we are going to continue to allow our children to be in possession of automatic weap ons, at least plan for the consequences. No one can replace the lives lost to gun violence, but at least it would be the gun owners who would carry the financial burden of enhanced data sharing for extensive background checks, school security, and the senseless/cents-less killing that seems to happen almost daily through heavy taxation. Faith Ross Fernandina BeachnnbnnnLetters must include writers name, address and telephone number for verification. Writers are normally limited to one letter in a 30-day period. No political endorsements the week before an election. No poems will be published. Letters should be typed or printed. Not all letters are published. Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32035 Email: Visit us online at fbnewsleader.comEconomic prosperity is beneficial for everyone. Look around you in North Florida. Tourists are teeming. New buildings are rising. Restaurants are abounding. Cities (like Fernandina Beach) and counties (like Nassau) and states (like Florida) are awash in tax revenues as economic prosperity abounds and drives up property values. These revenues can be used to improve our infrastructure, to invest in education, to provide safety for citizens. Without the fruits of prosperity, this is hardly possible. Nobody knows this better than economist Larry Kudlow. Except maybe economist Stephen Moore. When Moore spoke at an event at Amelia Island Plantation a year ago, he had an underlying message. Moore supported most of the economic platform of the new administration. This made sense, since Moore and fellow economist and commentator Kudlow helped incoming president Donald Trump devise the plan. However, certain free-market   principles were in jeopardy. And Moore was quietly skeptical of top economic adviser Gary Cohn, who is a globalist. This has all corrected itself now, like stars aligning. Cohn recently resigned from his post as director of the National Economic Council. Cohn will be replaced by Kudlow, a popular television commentator on shows like The Kudlow Report and CNBCs Squawk on the Street. Moore is smiling now, as should all of America. Kudlow preaches basic economic tenets of a small government that helps the private sector not hurts it. Kudlow believes in low taxes and less regulation. Let the free markets be free of excessive intervention. You had the naysayers sowing their nay (or is that hay). Like Charlie Gasparino, a Fox Business News commentator who dislikes everything the new administration does. Gasparino forecast that U.S. stocks would plummet if Cohn decided to leave the administration. Instead, stocks hardly budged. However, the markets got a bump when Kudlow was announced as Cohns replacement. Again, investors should be cautious about taking cues from talking heads. You would have missed a terrific rally in U.S. stocks (since the election) if you listened to people like Gasparino. Kudlow had his start in government as an economic advisor for President Ronald Reagan. Kudlow witnessed the economic revival spurred by Reagans tax cuts. He believes the most recent tax cuts are good, but would be great if they are made permanent for individual taxpayers. (The reduction in the corporate tax rate to 21 percent is permanent.) Therefore, Kudlow will supposedly push for a second round of tax cuts, and soon. While Kudlow supports free trade and opposes tariffs, he believes the threat of tariffs can be useful as a negotiating tool. Kudlow is very bullish on our country. He views the U.S. as the ultimate case for capitalism in the world and what it can do for improving peoples lives. Steve Nicklas is a financial adviser and a chartered retirement planning counselor for a major U.S. firm who lives on Amelia Island. He is also an award-winning columnist. His business columns appear in several newspapers in North Florida and South Georgia. He has published a book of his favorite columns from the last 20 years, All About Money. The book is available in local stores and on Amazon. He can be reached at (904) 753-0236.nttffnf fnnn b t City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners: Mayor: Johnny Miller : 556-3299 (cell), email: Vice Mayor: Len Kreger: 432-8389 (home), email: Roy G. Smith : 556-0951 (cell), email: Phil Chapman : 624-5590 (cell), email: Chip Ross: 410-394-0220 (cell) email: bn NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 7 3/22/18 4:08 PM


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Callahan FL BUICK GMC CHEVROLET 464054 SR 200, Yulee (904) 261-6821 Welcome to Gods House SUBMITTEDRobotics teams from across Nassau County will participate in an exhibition that will include student-created robot demonstrations, mock competitions and a robotics question and answer session from 5 to 7 p.m. March 29 at Wildlight Elementary School. The event is free and sponsored by Rayonier Inc. and the Nassau Education Foundation. The Nassau County School District will host the areas first-ever Reverse Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Lewis Red Bean Nassau Technical Center on the Florida State College at Jacksonville campus in Yulee, according to a news release. For those that have previously participated in job or career fairs, a Reverse Job Fair is exactly what you might guess. Job seekers are stationed throughout the room, and employers work the room to meet their potential hires. While this type of event has been tried in other areas of the country, this is the first known Reverse Fair in the Northeast Florida region, the release states. According to Brent Lemond, Nassaus Career Education director, the event will feature some additional innovations and should prove to be far more productive than a traditional career fair. We intend to employ what we are terming informed recruiting. This means that as candidates register, we will work to recruit more employers seeking their specific skills. Similarly, as employers register and list their needs, we will target marketing to produce more candidates possessing specific skills, Lemond said in the release. Lemond also touted the events Shotgun Start. At golf tournaments, this format allows for all golfers to begin at the same time by positioning participants on all 18 tees at the start and rotating through the course. He explained, If youve ever been to a typical job fair, youve probably noticed bottlenecks at certain booths. The crowds cause conversations to be rushed and some candidates dont get an adequate opportunity to talk. By employing a shotgun start strategy, were hoping this will allow for a maximum number of introductions. The event will consist of three sessions. One session will be for high school underclassmen seeking a part-time or summer job. The second session will feature current seniors looking for more permanent employment. The final session will be open to all adults and previous graduates residing in Nassau County. Many students that have been trained in Nassau Countys popular industry certification career programs will be in attendance. To learn more, or to register as a job applicant or employer, visit U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Timothy C. Bush has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Bush is the son of Cynthia Cogan and stepson of Timothy Cogan, both of Fernandina Beach, Fla. He is a 2014 graduate of West Nassau High School in Callahan, Fla. U.S. Air Force Airman Colin J. Pippin has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Pippin is the son of Jack Pippin of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and brother of Heidi Naumow of Yulee, Fla., Kelly Pippin of Sims, N.C., Matthew Pippin of Waukegan, Ill., Patricia Marsh of Turlock, Calif., Haley Moeri of Raleigh, N.C., and Heather Gegax of Clayton, N.C. The airman graduated from Garner Magnet High School in Garner, N.C., and St. Augustines University in Raleigh, N.C. U.S. Air Force Airman Harrison F. Crisp has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Crisp is the son of Barbara and Darryl Crisp of Amelia Island, Fla., and brother of Elizabeth Hicks and son-in-law of Zach Hicks of Columbia, S.C. He is a 2010 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School in Fernandina Beach, Fla. U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Douglas W. Head has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Head is the son of Steve Head of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Jackie Head of Orange Park, Fla. He is a 2014 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Time is really moving along in fast-forward mode. We have to continue asking God for his blessings as we travel along from day to day. No matter the situation, God always gives us another chance to get it right. He continues to bless us again, again, and again. Were blessed when we feel weve lost what is most dear to us. Only then can we be embraced by the most dear to us. Were blessed when were content with just who we are no more, no less. Thats the moment we find ourselves proud owners f everything that can be bought. Were blessed when weve worked up a good appetite for God. Hes food and drink in the best meal well ever eat when we care. At the moment of being careful, we find ourselves cared for. When we get our inside world our mind and heart put right, then we can see God in the outside world. When we can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight, thats when we discover who we really are and our place in Gods family. We are blessed when our commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives us even deeper into Gods Kingdom. Not only that, count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit someone. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. We can be glad when that happens, give a cheer even for, though they dont like it, we do and all heaven applauds. And know that we are in good company. Think on these things but remember we are truly blessed just to be alive. Time and tide awaits no man, woman, boy or girl. God controls it all. The family of Bro. Charles Jenkins thanks you, their family and friends, for all acts of kindness shown to them during their hours of bereavement and pray Gods blessing upon each of you. Birthday greetings to Joshua Jones, Willie Pollard, Alexander Way, William Holmes, Seatreya McLaurin, Michael Veal, Vineese Albert, Miriam Traeye, Jarvis McNeil, Adrian Moxie, Brian Hooper, Robert Hardy, James Hooper, Teddy White, and Mother Faye Richardson, with much love to all of you. Happy Easter. The following was written by Julia Winston, who participates in the Wild Amelia Junior Naturalist program, to help promote positive environmental action: The beach is a place where people can have a nice family picnic or have fun in the waves. I love the beach! Unfortunately, the beach is becoming not as enjoyable to both people and animals because of litter. The ocean not only moves shells and ships in bottles, but moves litter anywhere if swallowed up by the ocean. There is one uninhabited island on our planet called Henderson Island that has been named the most plastic-polluted place on Earth. Trash from other places has washed up on the shore of this island. This is bad because there could be many other unknown islands drenched in litter. While traveling in the ocean, litter can also harm the species in the deep. Research shows that there are 13,000 pieces of plastic litter per square kilometer in our ocean! No matter where it is, litter is a terrible thing to have around. Look around when you go visit the beach. You can help by picking up litter left behind by careless people. Help us keep our beach nice and clean for all of us and for all animals, too. rThe Fernandina Beach Market Place is thrilled to announce a new addition to the wonderful family of vendors found on North Seventh Street in Fernandina Beach. Fresh Greens Microgreens will be bringing a variety of microgreens to the farmers market. These are grown organically and brought directly from the farm to you. Look for their booth full of nutrient-dense, high-quality microgreens. Oizeo, a team of five sisters, bring Asian tapas to the Market Place. This is an extremely popular booth that offers pre-made, Asian dishes that are fresh, and tasty. Their company was founded on the idea of serving the freshest in exotic, international cuisine. Me, Myself and Pies is also back this week. They offer savory and traditional sweet pies. Baked from scratch, you can enjoy their chicken, beef, or vegetable pot pies made with carrots, potatoes, onions in flavorful, rich sauces. Their quiche flavors include loaded, Lorraine, seafood, vegetable, pork sage sausage, chicken cordon bleu, and more. Sweet pies include seasonal fruits, pecan, chocolate chess, lemon meringue, derby, Oreo, peanut butter, and more. This weeks Booth with a Cause is the Barnabas Center. They will be having a drawing for a gift basket giveaway and want to draw attention to their community garden by displaying foods grown there and looking for new volunteers. Now that spring has sprung, fair weather musician Alain Le Lait is returning to entertain us with popular classic and soft rock tunes of the s, s, and s. This is the fourth Saturday of the month, so the art vendors will also be in attendance at the Market Place, in the Pineland Bank parking lot, located adjacent to North Seventh Street. Both markets are open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.fntbtb rfn tbbb Bush Pippin Crisp Head bttbSUBMITTED rfntfbtbb JUDIE MACKIE/FOR THE NEWS-LEADERNew vendor Fresh Greens Microgreens will bring a variety of nutrient-dense, high-quality microgreens like the ones pictured above to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market. nff fntf NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 8 3/22/18 4:07 PM


SUBMITTEDThe Fernandina Beach Golf Club nine-hole ladies held their interclub play on Monday. Winners, from left, include Linda Rich (Osprey Cove), Patti Saunderson (Newcomers), and Kathy Morrison (Fernandina Beach Golf Club).   FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Varsity Baseball March 19-23 at Winderemere tourney March 27 CONIFER, Colo. 6:00 March 28 FLETCHER 6:00 March 30 at Camden County 6:00 April 3 TIFT, Ga. 6:00 April 5 at Atlantic Coast 6:00 April 6 at Episcopal 7:00 April 9 PAXON 6:00 April 12 RAINES 6:00 April 13 at Raines 6:00 April 19 YULEE 6:00 April 20 at Yulee 6:30 April 24 at Fleming Island 5:00 April 26 HILLIARD (seniors) 7:00 April 30-May 3 DISTRICT at FBHS FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Junior Varsity Baseball March 27 CONIFER, Colo. 4:00 March 28 at Fletcher 6:00 March 30 CAMDEN 6:00 April 5 ATLANTIC COAST 6:00 April 6 at Yulee 6:00 April 9 PAXON 4:00 April 12 at Episcopal 6:00 FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Tennis March 27 BISHOP KENNY 3:45 March 29 WEST NASSAU 3:45 April 17-13 DISTRICT at FBHS 8:00 FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Softball March 29 at Ribault 5:00 March 30 YULEE 6:00 April 2 LEE 5:00 April 4 FIRST COAST 6:00 April 6 at Terry Parker 6:00 April 10 BISHOP SNYDER 6:00 April 11 JACKSON 6:00 April 12 at St. Johns Country 4:30 April 16 ED WHITE (seniors) 6:00 April 18 at Sandalwood 5:30 April 20 at Lee 5:00 April 23-26 District at West Nassau District YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Varsity Baseball March 30 at Suwannee 7:00 April 2 COOK COUNTY, Ga. 6:00 April 3 TIFT COUNTY, Ga. 6:00 April 4 ARCHER, Ga. 4:00 April 11 at Bishop Kenny* 6:00 April 12 BISHOP KENNY* 6:30 April 16 at Episcopal 6:30 April 19 at Fernandina Beach* 6:00 April 20 FERNANDINA BEACH* 6:30 April 23 ATLANTIC COAST 6:00 April 24 at Bolles 6:30 May 1-5 District District YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Junior Varsity Baseball March 23 EPISCOPAL 6:00 March 27 at West Nassau 6:00 March 29 CONIFER, Colo. 6:30 April 2 at Atlantic Coast 6:00 April 3 at Creekside 6:00 April 6 FERNANDINA 6:30 April 9 BISHOP KENNY 6:30 April 10 at Bishop Kenny 6:00 YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Varsity Softball March 23-24 Spruce Creek at Daytona March 27 at Bishop Kenny 5:00 March 29 BAKER COUNTY 7:00 March 30 at Fernandina Beach 6:00 April 6-7 Doc for LIfe at Ocala April 12 at Episcopal 6:00 April 13 at Bolles 6:00 April 17 PAXON 6:30 April 23-23 District at West Nassau YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Junior Varsity Softball March 26 at Bishop Kenny 5:00 March 29 at Baker County 5:00 April 6-7 Doc for Life at Ocala FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Track & Field March 27 County at Hilliard 2:45 April 4 Sprint/field meets at Bolles April 11 or 12 District April 25 Region May 4-5 State at UNF YULEE MIDDLE SCHOOL Baseball March 26 CAMDEN COUNTY 5:00 March 27 at St. Marys 4:00 March 28 CALLAHAN 5:00 March 30 HILLIARD 6:00 April 3 Semifinals at Hilliard 5/7:00 April 5 Finals at Yulee 6:00 FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL Tennis March 29 PROVIDENCE 4:00 April 2 at Providence 4:00 rfnttbtElm Street Little League is holding opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Charles L. Albert Jr. Field. The first game is slated for 10 a.m.bbbbrThe Journey Church will offer a spring basketball acad emy beginning March 26. The program is open to boys and girls in grades 5-12. There are 12 sessions held Mondays and Tuesdays through May 1. The girls acad emy runs from 6-7:15 p.m., and the boys academy is from 7:30-8:45 p.m. The cost is $160 or $20 per day for those unable to attend the entire academy. The Journey Church is located at 95707 Amelia Concourse. For information, email rainmakerscentral@, call (417) 540-0293 or visit RainMakersFirstCoast.brnbtAmelia Island Nassau County Youth Lacrosse is a developmental youth lacrosse program for youths ages 8-12. Registration is now open for the spring season. There are teaching clinics throughout the year. No prior experience or knowledge of the sport is required. The league is completely volunteer-driven and is looking for adult volunteers, with or without experience. Register at lax. Email aincyouthlacrosse@ or contact organizer Fred McFarlin at (252) 2297033 or 277-6702. brtrThe Amelia Island Boules Club holds petanque pickup games on the petanque courts at the south end of the down town marina Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and most afternoons on weekdays. Petanque (paytonk) is a cousin of both horse shoes and bocce, the Italian bowling game. The public is always welcome. Call 4911190 for information.ttThe 14th annual Katie Ride will be April 21, and registra tion is open for participants and volunteers. Sign up at This is a Katie Caples Foundation signature fundrais ing event, presented by Mayo Clinic. It is a fully supported cycling and walk/run event for all levels with bike routes of 18, 34 and 63 miles; an 8K Walk and Fun Run; off-road course; and a Sprint Triathlon (300-yard pool swim, 18-mile ride and 5K run). Check-in and registration open at 6 a.m. on the day of the event, which starts and finishes at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach.tttnThe fourth annual Ride with the Sheriff, to benefit The Arc Nassau, will be held April 14, rain or shine, starting and finishing at The Arc Nassau, 86051 Hamilton St. and U.S. 17 in Yulee. Register for the escorted ride online at www.thearcnas or by phone by calling 225-9355. Pre-registration is $20 per driver, $10 per passenger. On-site registration is $25 per driver, $15 per passenger. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Kickstands up at 9:30 a.m.nbrnThe Nassau Sport Fishing Association will be will be awarding $2,000 scholarships to three worthy graduating seniors attending high schools lin Nassau County through its Johnny Thirsk Memorial Scholarship program. This year, three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded directly to three outstand ing graduating high school seniors.   This scholarship is a renewable scholarship, paid for two consecutive years for a total of $2,000 per recipient. To be eligible for consider ation this year, all completed applications, with all   required forms and information includ ed, must be postmarked by April 6. Information, includ ing all necessary application forms, selection criteria and instructions for all submis sions, are available at www. Contact Michael Castner at 491-6309 or jmc60@comcast. net for information.brrttSenior league bowl ing is offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the bowling alley off U.S. 17 in Yulee. The group also meets for Christian league at 6 p.m. Thursdays.rtThe McArthur YMCA offers Walk with Me, a program designed for people to walk with other people. The trail will be Amelia Park. The goal is a 50-minute walk with five min utes of stretching before and after the walk. The program is held at 8 a.m. Mondays. Meet at the McArthur YMCA, 1951 Citrona Drive. Walkers of all ages and levels are welcome. Call 2611080 for information.rrfttThe Amelia Island Sailing Club meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Kraft Athletic Club at Ten Acres, located off Buccaneer Trail. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner, business meeting and guest speaker presentation. Guests are welcome. The AISC is a great way to meet new friends who share a love of the water and boat ing. Current boat ownership or sailing skills are not prereq uisites to joining. Club activi ties throughout the year may include day/overnight excur sions by water and/or land, sailboat racing, social activities such as tubing, swimming with manatees, picnics and parties; as well as assisting with local conservation and environ mental efforts in surrounding waters. Contact Commodore Tom Maguire at (703) 298-1714.btnfTickets for the all-new Monster Jam Triple Threat Series will be on sale soon for the Sept. 1 tour stop at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Show times are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.   Trucks and drivers have yet to be announced. Tickets will go on pre-sale to Feld Preferred members at 10 a.m. April 10. The general public on sale will take place at 10 a.m. April 17. Visit www. Nassau Sport Fishing Association holds its monthly business meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. The monthly social gettogether is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The location for both meetings is Kraft Ten Acres, 961023 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach. All are welcome to attend. The Nassau Sport Fishing Association, founded in 1983, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organi zation created to develop and promote saltwater fishing in the Nassau County area while adhering to state, federal and local regulations, to encourage compliance with rules of water safety by club members and the general public, and to pro mote youth-related community and other civic-minded activi ties. Contact President Dennis Burke at (256) 453-4744 or email Coast Guard Auxiliary, Amelia Island Flotilla 14-1 meets the first Thursday in the Amelia Island Lighthouse Lane on Lighthouse Circle. Call 261-1889 for informa tion. tfbfttftbThe Fernandina Beach Womens Golf Association played a game of 3-2-1 on March 13.   This game involved four-woman teams; each team selected the three best scores on par-three holes, two best scores on par-four holes and one best score on the par fives.   Seven teams competed. There was a tie for first place between the teams of Meadows (blind draw), Pfeiffer, Sheets-Long and Hirsch and the team of Meadows, Kraus, Moorehead and Minogue; both posted a 116. In second place, with a score of 119 ,was the team of Hensler (blind draw), Boyer, Lopiano and Inboden. Finishing in third place, with a score of 120, was the team of Engers, Buse, Howe and Sheets-Long (blind draw).tnfrrfThe Mens Golf Association of the Golf Club of Amelia Island held its individual winter mulligan match on Saturday. The date aligned with St. Patricks Day, so lots of green clothing was worn and a few post-match green beers were consumed. After a slightly cool start, the weather conditions turned perfect for the day. Thirty-five golfers were divided into four flights for these matches. Using Stableford scoring, the flight winners were Darryl Crisp, flight one, with a 25; Hank Spellman, flight two, with a 21; Bruce Purpura, flight three, with a 28; and Hank Dimlich, flight four, with a 24.   Winners of the closest-to-the-pin competi tions were Gerard Goeke, Matt Larkin, Bill Searles and Dimlich. NEW Sports Fri.indd 2 3/22/18 3:58 PM


rfntn n n bln A PHOTOS BY BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERThe Yulee High School baseball team hosted Clay High School on Wednesday. Nick Love, left, was the Hornets hurler. Braxton Wall, right top, got on base for the Hornets. Brannon Beverly, right, mans first base.rfntrbfThe Hornets hosted Clays Blue Devils Wednesday, and the guests were 2-1 victors. Nick Love was on the mound for the 10-4 Yulee High School baseball team. He went four innings, giving up one earned run. Josh Bedell pitched two scoreless innings. Jensen Peters singled in the lone run for Yulee. We had bases loaded and no outs in the sixth and didnt score, Yulee coach Fred Matricardi said. That killed us and we have to execute better. Yulee beat host Camden County 6-5 on Tuesday. Caleb McCormick picked up the win in relief. Avery Love hit a three-run home run. Bedell had a pair of hits. Christian Sweats two-out RBI double gave us the lead in the top of the seventh, Matricardi said. Nick Love threw a scoreless seventh inning for the save. The Hornets collected a county win Thursday, beating Hilliard 16-4 in Hilliard. Bedell went five innings on the mound, striking out 10. At the plate, he had two doubles and four RBIs to lead the Hornets. We are 10-4 now but havent played well or consistently yet. We have to get better and keep working, Matricardi said. Yulee heads to Suwannee March 30 and is home again April 2 with Cook County. Connor Enlow, 10, of Yulee punched his ticket to the 2018 BMX World Championships when he placed seventh at nationals in Oldsmar, Fla., earlier this year, his third season in the sport. He had to run an extra class, called the challenge class, said his father, Chris. He also had to compete as an 11-year-old because his birthday is in November. Enlow is following in the footsteps of his father and two older brothers. One day, we decided to try it, and it caught on, his father said. Connors really progressed with it. I tried it and liked it. It was fun, Enlow said. In just three seasons, hes collected a lot of hardware more than 100 trophies. The fourth-grader at Yulee Elementary School said hed like to even race professionally one day. Jacksonville BMX is his home track, where the Enlows can be found most weekends. We race pretty much every weekend, out of town at least once a month, sometimes twice, Enlows father said. Qualifying for world is Enlows biggest accomplishment so far in the sport, and he qualified on his first attempt. The Enlows are working on their passports; they will spend 10 days in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan on the western coast of the Caspian Sea. It borders Russia in the north, Georgia in the northwest, Armenia and Turkey in the west and Iran in the south. It will be a great experience, Enlows father said. His mother, Tiffany, wasnt able to attend nationals. I didnt get to go, but I got the phone call from a happy kid, she said. BMX racing is an expensive sport, and Enlows father estimates it will cost $10,000 to get his son to the championships in June. I have him registered, rooms reserved and the flight picked, Enlows father said. Enlow has sponsors but still needs money to help defray the cost of the trip. Bostons at River City will hold a fundraising spirt night, and his parents have set up a Go Fund Me account, For information or to help Enlow on his trip, contact Chris Enlow at 305-8480 or BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERConnor Enlow in his bedroom with his BMX bikes and the hardware hes collected. SPECIAL PHOTOSConnor Enlow competing, left and above, and all smiles after qualifying for the 2018 BMX World Championships during the nationals in Oldsmar, far left. The 2018 BMX World Championships will be held June 5-9 in Baku, Azerbaijan. NEW Sports Fri.indd 1 3/22/18 3:58 PM


rfn tn n n bn SfOnAbb TfWrnRlnn Clnffff rr f ntbt r rf rtr rt ftrr ntfr rffnfrnt ffff rtfft trtf frrrr rf fft ftffrt n rnrr ffrff rfnr nffrffrt rtffffffff bffr ffrt rrffnt btnff ffrr bff ffffrf ffff ffr rfrntb O ff T I f ln n The critically acclaimed Requinte Trio, featuring multiple Grammy Award-winning vocalist Janis Siegel, a founding and longtime member of Manhattan Transfer, and veteran Chicago guitarist Henry Johnson will headline the 2018 Amelia Island Jazz Festival, according to a news release. AIJF Artistic Director Les DeMerle said in the release that this years festival is scheduled for Oct. 7-14. Siegel is well known for her work with The Manhattan Transfer and as a solo artist. In addition to winning 10 Grammy Awards, she has also been nominated 17 times with a solo career spanning 13 albums along with numerous collaborations. Born in Brooklyn, Siegel learned the music industry quickly and frequently went to Broadway shows. She has been singing since the age of 12 and had a young professional career throughout the 1970s with her group, Laurel Canyon. She received an honorary Doctor of Music from Berklee College of Music in 1993 and the MAC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Featuring a blend of Brazilian music and American jazz, Requinte Trio also includes Nanny Assis on percussion, guitar, and vocals and John di Martino on piano. Originally from Salvador, Bahia a musical hub of Brazil Assis began singing at age 10 in churches where his father preached. He launched his pro-SUBMITTED PHOTOSMany area animal welfare organizations will be promoting their shelters and will have pets available for adoption, in addition to distributing free resources about spay, neuter and vaccination programs. Pet groomers, retailers and other groups including 2nd Chance 4 Pets, Community Hospice and Palliative Care, First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Florida Wildlife Commission, Jumpin Jax Flyball Club, Mayport Cats, Nassau Humane Society, Nassau County Animal Services, Paw Paws Pet Rescue, Paw Prints Stepping Stones, Red Bones Gourmet Dog Bakery, Save the Manatee, Sit, Play, Stay Certified Dog Training and Southern Reptile Haven will also be in attendance. The Island Chamber Singers will perform cho ruses from Felix Mendelssohns famous oratorio, Elijah, on April 13 and 15 at Amelia Plantation Chapel. Elijah premiered in 1846 at Englands Birmingham Festival. It depicts the life journey of the Biblical prophet Elijah taken from the Old Testament. The Chamber Singers will be accom panied by strings, timpani and piano and led by ICS founder and Director Jane Lindberg. The story of Elijahs life will be narrated, rath er than sung, so as to highlight the magnificent and dramatic choruses. The choruses, from Parts I and II of the oratorio, will be performed by the entire choir with a few sections that feature small ensembles within the choir. The concerts will take place at Amelia Plantation Chapel, located at 36 Bowman Road on Amelia Island, on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. An opening night reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall fol lowing Friday evenings performance. Tickets are $20 for adults when purchased in advance of concert day. They can be purchased online at, from a mem ber of the Island Chamber Singers, or at any of the following locations: Amelia Island Welcome Center, 102 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, (800) 226-3542; Peterbrooke Chocolatier, 1427 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, 277-0162; Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, 261-3248; and Harrisons Mercantile, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa and Shops, 432-2218. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $25. Tickets are always free for all students. For further information or to audition to sing with the group, call 225-0575 on weekdays. 10 th Annual Animal Expo On Saturday T he 10th annual Nassau County Animal Expo, hosted by Cats Angels, will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Atlantic Recreation Center auditorium, located at 2500 Atlantic Ave. in Fernandina Beach. Area rescue groups will feature numerous animals for adoption and also provide educational program ming on the benefits of spay/neuter and vaccination programs. Admission to the expo is free but tickets can be purchased for doors prizes. In addition, every 5 pounds of donated dry food will earn a door prize ticket. A silent auction and bake sale will be held as well. All money raised will be used to support the Cats Angels spay and neuter program. The Kidz Korner will provide story times and arts and crafts to keep smaller children entertained. In addition, visitors are welcome to bring their well-behaved spayed or neutered pets on a leash. nnrfbf SUBMITTEDThe Island Chamber Singers will perform choruses from Mendelssohns Elijah in April at the Amelia Plantation Chapel. ntbbbtb ttb AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL/SPECIALThe Requinte Trio, which includes longtime Manhattan Transfer member Janis Siegel, right, will be a headlining act of the Amelia Island Jazz Festivals 18th season.AIJF Continued on 4B NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 13 3/22/18 10:23 AM


The Arc of Nassau will host the second day of its annual Celebrity Benefit Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Ciao Italian Bistro. Judge Robert Foster and the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners will be the servers. The cost is $15 at the door. Seating is limited. Call Ciao at 206-4311 or The Arc at 225-9355. The Dynamic Les DeMerle Jazz Trio with Bonnie Eisele will Swing Into Spring with multiple performances at Horizons Restaurant, located at 5472 First Coast Highway on Amelia Island. The group is scheduled to perform 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as April 6-7 and 27-28 and May 4-5 and 25-26. For more informa tion and reservations, call 321-2430. A $15 music charge applies. A reunion for students who attended Yulee High School from 1939 to 1965 will be held on Saturday at the home of Richard Wilson in north Jacksonville. A social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Ticket cost is $20 per person and tickets are available by mail from Dalia Talbird, 86630 Pages Dairy Road, Yulee, FL 32097. For more information, call 255-5718. This reunion is for any student who attended Yulee High School during any of the above-mentioned years. The American Legion Riders steak dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. For $12, you receive a N.Y. strip cooked to order with a baked potato, salad, corn and a roll. Dinners are open to the public. The Legion is located at 626 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. Live Ink Theatre will present a staged reading of Looking For Normal by Emmy Award winner Jane Anderson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Jointly directed by Ron Kurtz and Sinda Nichols, the show will be performed by Susan Joline, Joseph Stearman, Doug McDowell, Fran Hindsley, Ron Kurtz, Loran Tyler, Sue Wiener, Zachary Martin and Carey Dresser. In its third season, Live Ink Theatre is thrilled to be performing at the brand new Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, located at 1430 Park Ave. in Fernandina Beach. There will be a brief discussion following each performance. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at liveinkthe or reservations can by made by calling 206-7746. The Island Art Association will offer a painting class with California colorist Elio Camacho from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Center at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about IAA, visit Three six-week adult beginning guitar classes are being offered by the Nassau County Adult Education Department beginning in April. Two classes will be held in the old middle school in Yulee at 850935 U.S. 17 North in room 16-01 and will run from April 10 to May 15. The first class will run from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The second class will run from 6:45 to 8 p.m. The third class will be held in Fernandina Beach in the Team Center of the Nassau County School District administration build ing at 1201 Atlantic Ave. on Thursdays from April 12 to May 24 (no class on May 3) from 6:45 to 8 p.m. The limit for all classes is six partici pants. The cost for a class is $80 for instruction and materi als. Call Michelle at 650-8231767 to register. The Island Art Show, themed Splash of Color, is on display until the end of March. Seventy entries featuring a variety of media are on display. The April/May Nouveau Art show is themed People. Receiving will be from 9 a.m .to noon April 2. A reception will held during Artrageous Artwalk on April 14. The Gallery is located at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. For information, call 2617020 or visit,The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, in collabora tion with Cummer Amelia, will present An Afternoon of Art: Lecture Series in partnership with the Fernandina Beach Branch Library from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 26 and April 23. This series of lectures is free to the public, and registration is encouraged. Light refresh ments and beverages will be served at no additional charge. For information, contact Amber Sesnick at 899-6034 or asesn Shady Ladies Art Gallery will hold an Intuitive Drawing workshop with Sandra J. Pineault from 2-4:30 p.m. Monday, March 26. The goal of the class is to begin the process of free and surprising creativity. Materials needed include 11x14 drawing paper, fine and medium black pens and markers. Cost is $50 and non-refundable unless the class is canceled. A minimum of seven students is required, and the class will be lim ited to 10 students. For more information, email spinoart@ Stop by Shady Ladies at 432 S. Eighth St. in Fernandina Beach to make your reservation for this class. rfA o r r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr frWednesday, November 1 Solution Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes with Salsa at 7 p.m. followed by Waltz at 8 p.m. Tuesday classes are $10 per person or both for $15. Latin in Motion fitness class are at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. A dance workshop is offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Wednesday and Thursday classes are $10 per person. A Friday Night Dance Party will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. March 23. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Admission is $10 cash at the door. Ballroom On Amelia is at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios. Neither a partner nor a reservation is required. For information, call 624-0886 or visit or the Ballroom on Amelia Facebook page. The Nassau County Public Library System will be closed on Friday, March 30, due to the Easter holiday. Book drops will remain open.rUF/IFAS Nassau Extension Director and Horticulture Agent Rebecca Jordi will conduct a plant clinic at 10 a.m. April 2. All county residents are invited to bring plant samples show ing landscape problems to the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road. Problems will be identified and solutions offered for correction. There is no fee for this service. For more information, call 5306353. Master Gardeners are on duty 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at 530-6350 (press for the Yulee office). UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardeners Candace Bridgewater and Karl Shaffer will conduct a class on attracting bluebirds to your landscape at 10 a.m. April 4 at the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road. The class will include a short history of the bluebird, its two nesting enemies, how to best protect the bluebird, its ideal habitat, and the best plant and other food sources for the bluebirds. Attendees interested in purchasing a bluebird house must complete a registration form and submit a $25 fee by 5 p.m. March 23. You can download the form at sauco/2017/11/02/bluebirds. For more information, call the Nassau Extension office at 530-6353. Master Gardeners are on duty 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at 530-6350 (press for the Yulee office). Amelia Lifelong Learning Thing 3.0, taught by Ron Kurtz, as part of its Spring 2018 classes in Nassau County. Participants will read the play Doubt, study the stagecraft behind the produc tion, see the play, watch the film, and then compare the two to see how plays and movies differ. This class is a partnership with Amelia Community Theatre.The class will meet at ACT on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. from April 5 to May 10 (no class on May 3). The class fee is $40. For full information and to register, visit the ALL website at The Island Art Association is offering a floral design class with Julie Delfs, a designer with 20 years of experience, from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 6, or Friday, April 20. The $45 cost includes all materials. To register, call Delfs at 518-322-7937. For more information about IAA, visit annual Garden Walk at the Amelia Island Plantation will take place 1 to 4 p.m. April 6. The event includes a walking tour of four home gardens with art demonstrations, live music and refreshments. A Garden Market located near the Amelia Island Plantation Shops will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets pur chased in advance are $20 for Cummer Museum members and $30 for non-members. Tickets purchased the day of the event will be $40. For infor mation, contact Wendy Mayle at 899-6007 or wmayle@cum Amelia Community Theatre will hold auditions A at 4 p.m. April 8 at 207 Cedar Street. A large cast of teens and adults of all ages will be needed. Character descrip tions are detailed on the audi tion page at ameliacommunity Performances for this popular comedy will be in arrange for an alternate audi tion date or time, contact director Tener Wade at twade@ or call 261-6749. Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of The Secret to the latest novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, will appear at an author event on April 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library. The Peachtree Bluff series chronicles the jour neys of three sisters and their mother and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family. The Secret to Southern Charm is told in alternative perspec tives between middle sister Sloane and her mother as they take their own leaps of faith to chase their biggest dreams and face their biggest fears. There will be a Spring Arts and Crafts Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, located at 2800 Bill Melton Road. The show will fea ture Amelia Island artisans. Offerings for sale will include jewelry, artwork, stained glass, quilts, textiles, photography, wooden creations, beeswax candles and more. The Amelia Island Museum of History is spon soring a new event called Cottages and Courtyards from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14. Participants will visit 10 cottag es and courtyards in the down town Fernandina Beach area south of Centre Street. The cottages may appear small from the street but most have been enlarged and remodeled. Each cottage is uniquely dif ferent and has its own special charm that reflects the passion and interests of its owners who have offered to open their homes in order to benefit the museum. The cottages are within walking distance of each other. Tickets are now on sale at the Museum, online at and at Peterbrooke Chocolatier near Publix (cash only). Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. UF/IFAS Nassau Extension Director and Horticulture Agent Rebecca Jordi will conduct a plant clinic at 10 a.m. April 16. All county residents are invited to bring plant samples show ing landscape problems to the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road. Problems will be identified and solutions offered for correction. There is no fee for this service. For more information, call 530-6353. Master Gardeners are on duty 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at 530-6350 (press for the Yulee office). UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardeners Vicki Martin and Claudia Witcher will con duct a free class on raising honeybees at 10 a.m. April 18 at the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road. Homeowners will be taught the basic requirements of providing a good habitat for honeybees, how to maintain a healthy, honey-producing hive, common mistakes to avoid, and how to protect bees. Both Martin and Witcher have their own honeybee hives. For more information, contact the Extension office at 530-6353. The Fernandina Beach High School Foundation will be hold a trivia night fundraiser at 7 p.m. April 27 in the auditorium at the Atlantic Recreation Center. The Foundation funds vital supplies to the high school that Nassau County cannot provide. Visit at for more information or contact FBHSFoundationtrivia@gmail. com.rrResin epoxy, dirty pour art classes are being held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Clay Times Art Center, located at 112 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. All materials are provided for you to create your own 12-by12-inch piece of art, which can be picked up the next day when it has cured to a glass-like finish. Cost is $45. For more information and to register, contact Julie Delfs at 518-322-7937. The Plantation Artists Guild & Gallery show themed, Hearts & Flowers, will be on view through April. A different artist will be on duty each day, and you will be able to view a variety of artwork by local artists. The gallery is open daily and located at 94 Amelia Village Circle in the Omni Spa & Shops. For information, call 432-1750 or go online to Tickets for the Fernandina Beach High School Prom scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Golf Club of Amelia Island, located at 4700 Amelia Island Parkway in Fernandina Beach, are now on sale. Tickets for students and guests are avail able for $100. Tickets can be purchased in the FBHS cafeteria during Anchor Hour on Thursdays. Prom contracts must be signed before tickets can be purchased and juniors and seniors must fill out a guest form when purchasing a ticket for a non-FBHS student. The Amelia Knitting Club meets from 3 to 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the BuyGO store on South Eighth Street. Kings Bay RC Modelers, established in 1989, is located Bluff Road and Oakwell Road in Kingsland, Georgia. We are a small Club with excellent facilities, consisting of friendly people passionate about our hobby. We welcome pilots of all levels. To learn more please visit ACBL Duplicate Bridge, Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Amelia Island Duplicate Bridge Club hosts the only sanctioned ACBL duplicate bridge games on the island. Monday, 1 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, 1 p.m. For information, contact fredstokes50@ or (770) 616-7664. Bingo is played every Thursday at American Legion Post 54, 626 S. Third St. The public is invited to play in the meeting hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and early bird games begin at 6:05 p.m. Regular session, which con sists of nine games for $20, begins at 6:30 p.m. All games have cash prizes, and pro ceeds are donated to help vet erans and the community. You must be 18 to be in the hall during play. Call 261-7900. Lions Club bingo, every Thursday and Sunday, Yulee Lions Club Bingo Hall. Doors open at 4 p.m., warm-ups at 5:15 p.m. Early birds play at 5:45 p.m. with the regular program at 6:30 p.m. Participants must be 18 years old; minimum purchase $15. Information, 708-2591. Living With Loss is a support group organized by the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition for any one who has lost a loved one and needs a safe place for comfort and support. Meetings are Mondays from 4-5 p.m. at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Cost is $10 per meeting. Call 2773699 or email supportgroups@ for information. Contract bridge, Monday and Thursday, except the first Monday of each month, 12:303:30 p.m., Peck Community Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Dust off your drum sticks, oil your valves or wet your reed to join the Nassau Community Band! The ensemble meets weekly for rehearsal at 6 p.m. Thursdays in the Yulee Middle School band room, 85439 Miner Road. For more information, visit www.nassaucommunity is open every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and every Thursday, 1-4 p.m., Barnabas Center, 1303 Jasmine St., Fernandina Beach. It is a Nonprofit resource center for women with cancer, answers questions in a confidential set ting, provides support group information and more. For an appointment call 261-7000. Guests on the Ghost Tour will learn Amelia Island ghost stories while they tiptoe through dark streets and walk in the footsteps of a bygone era as the past comes alive through the storytelling of your guide. This tour begins at 6 p.m. every Friday. Meet your guide in the cemetery behind 801 Atlantic Ave. Tickets may be purchased at the Amelia Island Museum of History for $10/adults and $5/students, or before the tour with check or cash only. fntbfThe Florida Department of Environnatural environment throughout the month of March. Visitors will have the chance to discover the importance of the wildlife and vegetation that is part of the details of the March program. Birding at Spoonbill Pond Big Talbot Island State Park Friday, March 23, at 11 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a program that will introduce you to bird watching. Topics include the basic tools available to birdwatchers, and the basics of bird habitat, behavior, and identification. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen and bottled water. The program will begin at the Bluffs parking and pavilions area on Big Talbot Island. No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 per vehicle park admission. Hike Through History Fort George Island Cultural State Park Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. Go on a nature hike with a park rang er through the forests of Fort George Island and learn about the history, people, and places that once called this island home. Participants are encour aged to bring bug spray, sunscreen and bottled water. The program will start at the Ribault Clubhouse. No reservations are necessary and the program is free. Grand Site Work Day Big Talbot Island State Park Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. Join the Timucuan Parks Foundation and Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks in a morning of outdoor trail work and vegetation clearing to help pro tect a one-of-a-kind cultural gem, the Timucuan Indian Grand Site shell ring on Big Talbot Island State Park. Volunteers will assist in clearing encroaching vege tation using hand trimming tools, treating palmetto stumps and removing debris. These efforts help maintain the site as the park plans to open an interpretive trail for the public to discover this local wonder. Please wear long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes such as hiking boots or rubber rain boots and bring a water bottle, bug spray, and sunscreen. Enjoy a picnic lunch with us provided by the Friends following the trail work. Meet at the Wayside parking area along State Creek bridge, at 9 a.m. Space is limited so please RSVP to Allison.conboy@dep. or 904-251-2811 and contact with any questions. The Florida Park Service is dedicated to providing programs that are acces sible to all. Persons with special needs that may limit participation or enjoyment of any program should advise the park in advance so assistance with reasonable accommodations can be provided. For additional information on any of these programs, contact the Talbot Islands Ranger Station at 251-2320. For more information about Florida State Parks, visit Little-Talbot-Island. The above events will take place at the following locations: March 24: Ribault Clubhouse, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Road E., Jacksonville. March 23: Bluffs Parking & Pavilion Area, Big Talbot Island State Park, S.R. A1A North, Jacksonville. March 31: Wayside Parking Area, Talbot Island State Park, S.R. A1A South, Jacksonville. NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 14 3/22/18 10:25 AM

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Fried Shrimp: Buttermilk battered jumbos.Coastal Platter: Crab cake, shrimp & fried sh.Tuna Steaks: Grilled marinated Yellow-n Tuna.Catsh: Grilled or fried boneless catsh llets.Salmon: A grilled half pound boneless llet.Fried Fish Fillets: Hand battered Atlantic cod.Tonys Plate: N.Y. Strip and one seafood choice. & Platter: Crab cake and a seafood choice.Shrimp & Grits: Cheddar-cheese grits, shrimp and spicy andouille sausage.Meat Loaf: Better than Moms or Grandmas.Pot Roast: Slow cooked, tender and super tasty.Turkey and Dressing: All white breast meat.Pork Chops: 2 Grilled marinated boneless chops.Chicken Fried Steak: Buttermilk battered.Chicken Fried Chicken: As good as the steak.Chicken Finger Plate: Hand Breaded.Boneless Chicken Breast: Marinated & grilled.T-Bone Steak: 16oz, comes with a baked potato and choice of two veggies or a small saladVisit our website for more details and up-to-date prices. All of our seafood and regular entrees come with a choice of two veggies and your selection homemade breads and rolls. 2017 Elegant Island Living Magazines Best Crab Cakes2017 News-Leader BEST of the BestFlorida Times Unions 2017 BOLD CITY BEST CRAB CAKES The Nassau County Bird Club will host a field trip to Ralph E. Simmons Memorial State Forest on Saturday, March 24. The hike through sandhills and slope forests to the St. Marys River at the Florida-Georgia border will begin at 9 a.m. You may see sparrows, turkeys, bobwhites and waterbirds at the river. To get to the State Forest, take S.R. 200/A1A west to Yulee. Turn right on U.S. 17 to C.R. 108. Turn left on this road to Hilliard. Turn right onto U.S. 1 north to Boulogne. Turn right at Boulogne onto Lake Hampton Road. Drive two miles to Penny Haddock Road and turn left. Meet at parking area on left side of road. If you are interested in carpooling, meet at Lowes parking area closest to S.R. 200/A1A at 8 a.m. Carpool or follow along to the State Forest. Bring binoculars, field guide, bug lotion, sunscreen, rain gear, and water. For more information, contact Bill George at or 612-709-4998. PHOTOS FROM THE AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY/SPECIALLeft, the Amelia Island Museum of History will unveil its newest Gaslight Gallery exhibition Vietnam: At Home & Abroad at 6 p.m. Friday, March 30. The exhibit will be created and installed by local high school students to mark the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive. The display will explore the lasting domestic and international effects of the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a new generation. It will profile the experiences of civilians and soldiers and delve into the cultural changes that resulted from this period in American history. The evening will begin with a panel discussion featuring veterans from the different branches of the U.S. military who will share their experiences in Vietnam. Afterward, the exhibit will be unveiled and refreshments will be available. This program is free and open to the public. Seating will be first-come, first-served. For more information, contact Gray at 261-7378, ext. 102, or The Museum is located at 233 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. The Amelia Island Museum of History will host a presentation by F. Gary Powers Jr., author of Letters from a Soviet Prison: The Personal Journal and Correspondence of CIA U-2 Pilot Gary Powers, at 6 p.m. April 2. For the past 25 years, Powers has lectured on, taught, and researched the Cold War, in particular a May 1, 1960 incident in which his father was shot down while flying a CIA U-2 spy plane over the former Soviet Union. Beginning in 1996, Powers spent 20 years uncovering his dads letters to and from family while incarcerated, family photos sent to him in prison, and other correspondence that provides the reader with a unique firsthand account of the U-2 incident, shoot down, imprisonment, and events that led up to his fathers exchange for Soviet Spy Rudolph Abel in 1962. Powers published his book in 2017. This program is open to the public but there is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. Seating will be first-come, first-served. No advance reservations will be accepted. For more information, contact Gray at 261-7378, ext. 102, or The Museum is located at 233 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. The Amelia Island Museum of History will hold a Brown Bag Lunch at noon Wednesday, April 4, with guest speaker D.J. Williams, who will present Surviving at the South Pole for Science. In her previous role as an academic physicist, Williams lived and supported research at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station for 12 months beginning in October 2001. Her experience there as an amateur anesthesiologist led to her current career as an emergency physician. Williams will present an overview of what it was like living at the South Pole Station for a year. She will also cover why anyone would bother going and staying there in the first place. In addition, she will talk about some unique challenges the environment creates and how people adapt. There will be many pictures of ice and people, each doing some rather unexpected things at times. This program is free and open to the public. Seating will be first-come, first-served. For more information, contact Gray at 2617378, ext. 102, or The Museum is located at 233 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach.rDAN KOSSMANN/SPECIAL NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 15 3/22/18 10:27 AM


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Born in Philadelphia, Di Martino was a student of Lennie Tristano. He recorded many CDs with his Romantic Jazz Trio. Known for his versatility, he recorded and performed with artists like Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Joe Lovano, Pat Martino, Paquito DRivera and Houston Person. The groups latest release, Honey and Air, has received worldwide praise, and the trio maintains a notable international touring schedule accordingly. Requinte Trio will appear Saturday, Oct. 13. Henry Johnson, a disciple of jazz guitar greats Wes Montgomery and George Benson, has accompanied and performed with dozens of luminaries including Ramsey Lewis, vocalist Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, and Stanley Turrentine. His recording debut for MCA/Impulse!, Youre The One, topped Radio & Records Jazz Contemporary Chart for two months. Johnsons latest release Organic for A440 Music is a collaboration with legendary singer Nancy Wilson. He will be backed by The Les DeMerle Trio for his concert on Friday, Oct. 12. Both performances will take place at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Bill Melton Road. Now in its 18th year, the AIJF will present a full week of jazz at various locations in Fernandina Beach, beginning with its annual free concert with the FSU Jazz Ensemble 1 in Amelia Park on Sunday, Oct. 7. Additional shows will include a Sponsors Party on Monday at Horizons restaurant, a jazz and wine tasting event on Tuesday at the Amelia Wine Company, the popular Jump, Jive and Wail show and dance with The Dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band at the Sandbar & Kitchen on Wednesday, Latin Night with El Nio and the Latin Jazz Knights on Thursday also at the Sandbar & Kitchen, and a Sunday Dixieland Jazz Brunch featuring the Spare Rib Six for two seatings at Horizons restaurant. Late night Jam Sessions will follow the headliner concerts both evenings at Sliders Seaside Grill. For more information, visit the festival website at, contact the festival hotline at 504-4772 or email ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL/SPECIALBacked by The Les DeMerle Trio, jazz guitarist Henry Johnson will perform Oct. 12 as one of the headliners of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival this year.Continued from 1B Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Ga. recently revealed its 2018 concert and special events lineup that includes performances from country, rock, Christian and pop acts, as well as car shows, wrestling events and summer fireworks. Weve been hard at work putting together a season full of concerts and special events that are really going to be a lot of fun for the whole family, Adam Floyd, the parks public relations manager, said in the release. All year-long, our guests will be cheering, tasting amazing food and singing along with their favorite artists. Wild Adventures will also Light Up the Sky in July with a Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Independence Day and fireworks displays on the last three Saturdays of the month. The All-Star Concert Series will begin April 7 with Little Texas performing at the Season Passholder Appreciation Concert. Free reserved seats will be available to season passholders on a first-come, firstserved basis the day of the concert. The complete 2018 schedule includes: Mar. 22-25, The Big Boy Toy Show Mar. 31, The Great Ostrich Easter Egg Hunt April 7, Little Texas (Passholder Appreciation Concert) April 14, Amy Grant April 21, RaeLynn April 21, Nathans Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest April 28, Tasha Cobbs Leonard May 5, Scotty McCreery May 12, 3 Doors Down May 19, ALABAMA May 26-27, The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters June 2, Collective Soul YMCA of Floridas First Coast and the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA recently announced their partnership for the 2018 Treadmill Tuesday Challenge, according to a news release. For the third consecutive year, the two associations will engage in a friendly competition to challenge the Northeast Florida and Tampa Bay communities for the greatest distance traveled on a treadmill. After the First Coasts win in 2016 and Tampa Bays win in 2017, this year will serve as a tiebreaker between the two branches. This free event, open to Y members and non-members, takes place March 27 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and encourages physical activity and healthy living among community members. Free KidZone childcare will also be open to non-member participants. In addition, the First Coast YMCA will once again incorporate a drowning prevention initiative into this years Treadmill Tuesday Challenge because teaching children how to swim is a critical necessity especially in Florida, the release states. The Make Your Miles Matter initiative will raise awareness for the Ys Safety Around Water program, which teaches children swim skills to reduce the risk of drowning while giving them confidence in and around water. We look forward to partnering with the Tampa YMCA for a third year to generate statewide participation in physical activity and raise awareness for the Ys Safety Around Water program, Eric Mann, president and CEO of the YMCA, said in the release. Community members are invited to participate by completing a 30-minute treadmill workout at First Coast YMCA branches or by posting on social media. At First Coast YMCA facilities, staff will record the distance each participant walks, jogs or runs on a treadmill for 30 minutes. Distance will then be totaled by branch and then combined for each association. To join from other locations, participants should upload a photo of the treadmill dashboard summary displaying the total distance after the workout. Social media participants on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram should use #TreadmillTuesday and tag @FirstCoastYMCA. In 2016, nearly 1,750 First Coast residents completed 3,813 miles during the 12-hour event, surpassing Tampa Bay by 177 miles. In 2017, 1,580 First Coast residents completed 3,337 miles during the day-long event, but ultimately lost to Tampa Metropolitan YMCA by 21 miles. Together, the First Coast YMCA and Tampa YMCA inspired community members to become more physically active and adopt healthier lifestyles. Throughout the day-long event, First Coast YMCA branches will offer giveaways, chancedrawings and activities to further encourage participation. To learn more about the 2018 Treadmill Tuesday and what to look forward to at your neighborhood branch, visit FirstCoastYMCA. org. r fntb fJacksonville no longer has to wait for the Jumbo Shrimp baseball season to enjoy ballpark fare and beverages, including unlimited samples of craft beers, many from Northeast Florida breweries. The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville will again play host to the Shrimp & Suds Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, presented this year in part by Destroyer Promotional Products LLC and benefiting Rabia Prince Hall Shriner Grenadiers Booster Club, according to a news release. The Shrimp & Suds Craft Beer Festival will run from 6 to 9 p.m., with VIP ticket holders able to enter at 5 p.m. Attendees will receive unlimited drink samples of the beers at the event, and food, including shrimp and pulled pork nachos as seen on the Travel Channels Food Paradise, will be available for purchase. Tickets for the Shrimp & Suds Craft Beer Festival are available at for $40 each. VIP admission is $50 and includes early access one hour before the gates open for other guests. Legal ID will be necessary for entry to the event, which is exclusively for guests ages 21 and over. The event will include samples from local Ancient City Brewing, Atlantic Beach Brewing Company, Bold City Brewery, Engine 15 Brewing Company, Green Room Brewing, Intuition Ale Works, Pinglehead Brewing Company, Southern Swells Brewing Company, Veterans United Craft Brewery, and Zeta Brewing Company. Throughout the festival, guests will be able to shop for Jumbo Shrimp gear in the souvenir store or purchase ticket packages for the upcoming season. The Jumbo Shrimp will open the 2018 season, presented by Community First Credit Union, on April 5 in Jackson, Tenn. The 2018 home opener is Wednesday, April 11, at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Tickets are now on sale for individuals and groups by calling a Jumbo Shrimp account representative at 358-2846 or visiting the ballpark between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.rfnnntrbrr SUBMITTEDGuests attending the Shrimp & Suds Craft Beer Festival at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Saturday will enjoy unlimited samples of craft beers from local breweries. WILD ADVENTURES/SPECIALALABAMA Kellie Pickler Amy GrantADVENTURES Continued on 6B NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 16 3/22/18 10:30 AM


r r rfn rf rfntbrfntb nbt nn 904-261-4293 7:30AM Rite 1 Service 8:15AM Breakfast 9:00AM Rite 2 Service 10:10AM Fellowship 11:00AM Rite 2 6:00PM 2nd Sunday Beach ServiceMain Beach 4th Sunday Celtic ServiceWelcomes You!Located at the corner of 8th &AtlanticSt. Peters Episcopal Church B LACKROCK B APTISTCHURCH96362 Blackrock Rd., Yulee261-6220 John Kasper, PASTORSunday Morning Worship Service 10:30 amSunday School 9:15 am Sunday Evening Worship Service 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 7:00 pm Awana Wednesday 6:45 pm 8:15 pm Nursery Provided Tibetan Buddhist Study10:30AM Sunday Chanting & Teaching 11:30AM Sunday 2244 S. 8th Street Call Billy at (904) 583-5036 for more informationGroupMeditation r fntbnnb b t bbbbnn bbnn bnn bbb brnn b 904 491 6082 8:00 AM Holy Communion ( aid) 9:15 AM Sunday Bible College 10:30 AM Holy Communion ( ung) The Church with the RED DOORS In Amelia Park by the YMCA 1830 Lake Park Drive Anglican Province of America TRINIT Y CHURCH HOL Y FIVE POINTS BAPTISTMORE THAN A CHURCH, WERE FAMILYCome Experience the Joy of Worship & Service Psalm 100Rev. FRANK CAMAROTTI, Pastor Sunday School ........................................ 10:00am Worship Service ..................................... 11:00am Evening Worship ......................................5:00pm Young Adult Bible Study ........................... 7:00pm Wednesday Encounter Youth Group .......... 7:00pm Children in Action .................................... 7:00pm Wednesday Prayer Service ........................ 7:00pm736 Bonnieview Road 904-261-4615 Nursery provided WorshipInJoy.comFind us on Facebook: Five Points Baptist Encounter Youth Discover the Difference atAmelia Baptist Church Sunday Service at 10amat American Beach Community Center 1600 Julia Street Call 904-518-8987 for more information All are invited & children are welcomed Unity. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living Sunday Services 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. (904)277-4414www.ameliachapel.comAmelia Plantation Chapel 36 Bowman Road Pastor Ted SchroderYou Are Welcome Here! rfntb rf ftbrrb trrt rrffbt nrnrbrrfnttbbrrnrf Teaching and Living a Changed Life in Jesus Christ LEGACY BAPTIST CHURCH Sunday School all ages 9:30am Sunday Worship Service 10:30am Nursery and childrens church provided Wednesday Night Meal at 5:15pm, Bible study all ages 5:45pm, Prayer service 7:00pm Nursery provided.941328 Old Nassauville Road in Volunteer Fire Dept. Building 904-753-0731 Sunday School all ages 9:30am Sunday Worship Service 10:30am Nursery provided Wednesday Night Service 6pm Nursery provided 941328 Old Nassauville Road in Volunteer Fire Dept. Building 904-753-0731 rf rfntbrfntb nbt nn Weekend Masses:Sat Mass 4 p.m. (7:00pm Spanish) Sun Mass 8 a.m. (9:30am Family) Rev. Rafal 86000 St. Francis WayIntersection of SR200 & Gene Lasserre Blvd. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission Church ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI Catholic Mission rrGrace Community Church at 96038 Lofton Square Court in Yulee has invited the community to attend its Holy Week services, which will begin with a Palm Sunday service at 10:40 a.m. March 25. This will be followed by a Holy Thursday service at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29. The third Holy Week service will be a Resurrection Sunday service held at 10:40 a.m. Sunday, April 1. Join us for a time of worship and celebration as we delve into Isaiah 53.fHoly Trinity Anglican Church, located at 1830 Lake Park Drive in Fernandina Beach, has published the following Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday Mass schedule. Sunday, March 25, 8 and 10:30 a.m., Mass Monday-Wednesday, March 26-28, 12:15 p.m., Mass Thursday and Friday, March 29-30, 6 p.m., Stations of the Cross Saturday, March 31, 6 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass with incense and full ceremonial Sunday, April 1, 8 a.m., Mass; 9:15 a.m., Brunch with lamb casserole and mint julips (no Sunday Bible College); 10:30 a.m., Mass.ANN FONTAINE/SPECIALAmelia Baptist Church will host a service of choral music and scripture reading at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, March 30. This special musical service has become an Holy Week tradition in the community and has been well-attended since its inception in 2005. Pam Helton, music minister at the church, has selected a combination of familiar Lenten anthems along with several entirely new arrangements that convey the story of Jesus Christs sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. Peggy Strickland, the Amelia Baptist Church drama director, has worked with Helton to select a series of scripture readings that support the concept of Wondrous Love that is the theme of this years presentation. More than 85 community singers repre senting several area churches and musical organizations are preparing to present the inspirational Good Friday service. The choir will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble from the local area under the direction of Helton. There is no charge for this event. Child care for newborns through age 4 will be available at no cost with reservations. Call the church at 904.261.9527 for more information. Amelia Baptist Church is located in Fernandina Beach at 961167 Buccaneer Trail, which is at the intersection of Buccaneer Trail and South Fletcher Avenue (at the roundabout serving Harris Teeter).Its been more than a month since Billy Graham died. For four weeks, weve been reading the remembrances, and its striking, I think, that so many have focused on one thing: his humility. Billy Graham preached to more that 200 million people in 185 countries. He was universally known and respected. Presidents sought his counsel. Yet hes most remembered for being humble. A year before Grahams death, Grant Wacker, a Graham biographer, visited the evangelist in his home. When Grahams assistant explained to him that his visitor was writing a book about him, Graham turned to Wacker and earnestly asked, Why? Rick Warren, a pastor and the author of The Purpose Driven Life, said, As I grew older, it really was his character more than even his preaching that became a model for me. His integrity, his humility, his generosity I wanted these things in my life. When people asked Graham why his ministry had been so effective, he always gave the same answer: I have no idea. The first thing he planned to ask the Lord when he got to heaven, he said, was Why me? The one question rumbling around Grahams mind was, Why would the Lord choose a very ordinary farm boy from North Carolina to preach the gospel to millions? Graham, the most famous Christian of his era and a man who threaded Christianity into the fabric of 20th-century American culture also modeled the lessons Jesus taught in Mark 10:42-45. This is where he explained how those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. But Jesus disciples, he said, were to be different. And then, counterintuitive to the worlds wisdom, he explained, Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. Jesus was telling them that every Christian is called to serve, and those who find themselves in the public eye are called to serve even more. Theres no place for ivory tower Christianity; Gods people, regardless of how celebrated or admired, arent to lord their authority over others. Theyre to serve in humility. Graham gave us a picture of what that looks like. Jesus also talked about how the scribes and Pharisees the religious icons of their day love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and being called rabbi by others. Then he instructed his disciples to race in the other direction. The greatest among them, he said, wasnt the one who sat in a place of honor; it was the one who served. Whoever exalts himself, Jesus insisted, will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted (Matthew 23:8-12). Billy Graham, I think, understood that Jesus wasnt exaggerating. He wasnt painting some theoretical or idealistic picture. He was telling us clearly that nobodys more valuable than anyone else. He was telling his inner circle that every human is created in Gods image and of equal value in Gods eyes. Whats more, within the church, were also brothers and sisters in Christ, children of the same father. As Easter approaches, were mindful of one more example Jesus gave us. In John 13, at Jesus last supper with his disciples, He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. Jesus then tells his disciples that, if hes washed their feet, they should wash one anothers. A servant, he said, is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Then catch the crucial last line: If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. Were blessed, not just by knowing the truth, but by living it. Theologian Francis Schaeffer once noted that in Jesus teaching of two words know and do are constantly found together, and always in that order. Once we understand the truth of what God says, we have an obligation and one would hope the impulse to act accordingly. Jesus washed the disciples feet and then explicitly told them, I have given you an example. In other words, this is the mentality he wants us to have. This is the mindset thats to guide our actions. This is what the world should see when they see Gods people, whether theyre anonymous, or as visible as Billy Graham. Richard Doster lives in Fernandina Beach with his wife Sally. Hes the editor of byFaith, the magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America, and attends Grace Community Church in Yulee. Reach him at tbbtbtr ntbft rfnftfb NOTES Continued on 6B NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 17 3/22/18 10:32 AM


rfContinue Holy Week this year by coming to a quiet place for reflection. The St. Michael Taiz ensemble will hold a 35-minute musical and prayer service at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26, at the churchs Fourth and Broome streets location. As we prepare for Easter, feel free to take a break from the distractions of the world and meet our Lord and feel the power of His Love in communal song and prayer. All are welcome so bring a friend!ntJoin us at noon Tuesday, March 27, as we look at what Jesus felt most important to communicate to his disciples & followers during his final week. Dont miss this opportunity to worship, study and fellowship with other believers every Tuesday at noon. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.btMaundy Thursday on March 29 is the day of solemn remembrance of The Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. The word Maundy means commandment in Latin, because, at the Last Supper, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them. The community is welcome to a special Maundy Thursday Worship and Cantata at Memorial United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. in the historic Sanctuary. Memorials chancel choir, accompanied by an instrumental chamber ensemble, will present In the Final Week by John Purifoy. The service will include Holy Communion and childcare will be available. Memorial is located at 601 Centre St. in downtown Fernandina. Visit for more information.nThe pastor and members of Historic Franklintown United Methodist Church on American Beach will be celebrating Easter with a host of events. The community is invited to attend Holy Week events beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, for Good Friday service. On Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 7:15 a.m. the Church will have an Easter sunrise service at Burney Park on American Beach. Immediately following the sunrise service, a hearty Easter Breakfast will be served at the Franklintown UMC Gabriel Means Fellowship Hall. There will not be a worship service at 10 a.m. at Franklintown. For more information, contact the church at 277-2726.rtGood Friday on March 30 is the Friday before Easter when we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. The community is invited to worship at Memorial United Methodist Church at 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This time of prayer and reflection will include music and meditations on the seven last words of Christ. Please enter and prepare for worship in silence, in reflection of the story. Memorial is located at 601 Centre St. in downtown Fernandina Beach. Visit for more information.tftThe Journey Church will host numerous Easter services at both of its campuses. The Fernandina Beach campus, located at 95707 Amelia Concourse, will have services at 7 p.m. March 30 and 31, 9 and 11 a.m. April 1, and 6:30 p.m. April 4. The Callahan campus, located at 450121 Old Dixie Highway, will h ave a services at 9 and 11 a.m. April 1.ffFirst Presbyterian Church and Memorial United Methodist Church are again co-hosting a free annual community Easter celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, between the two churches on N. Sixth St. in downtown Fernandina Beach. This event for the whole family will have egg hunts, face painting, bounce houses, free lunch, games, and more. Egg hunt times are 10:30 a.m. for 0-2 year olds, 11 a.m. for 3 year olds and pre-k, 11:30 a.m. for kindergarten and first grade, noon for second and third grades, and 12:30 p.m. for fourth and fifth grades. For more information, call 261-5769 or visit This event is dog-friendly.bftYulee United Methodist Church at 86003 Christian Way in Yulee will host a Community Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 31. The event will include an egg hunt, crafts, prizes and snacks. Then, at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 1, the church will present Broken A Life-Changing Drama, directed by Dr. Johnetta Kaleche Howard.trfLegacy Baptist Church has invited the community to its Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, to be followed by a hot dog lunch. In addition, the Church will conduct a sunrise service at Goffinsville Park at 7 a.m. Easter morning. The service will be followed by breakfast at the Church at 8 a.m. and an Easter worship presentation at 9:30 a.m. Legacy Baptist is located at 941328 Old Nassauville Road in the Volunteer Fire Department building.fntContinue the celebration of Resurrection Sunday by attending a special Taiz worship at 6 p.m. April 1 at at Trinity United Methodist Church. Taiz worship, inspired by the Taiz Christian community in France, is a calm, centering worship. Professional pianist Ingrida Barrow will provide special music for this beautiful, Easter worship. Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 715 Ash St. in downtown Fernandina Beach, across from BuyGO.tftBishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church Ken Carter will be preaching at all three worship services on Sunday, April 1, at Memorial United Methodist Church. The community is welcome to celebrate Easter at Memorial at one of three unique worship services. At 8 a.m. in the Sanctuary will be a casual, traditional worship that includes Holy Communion. A contemporary worship with a band will be at 9:30 a.m. in Maxwell Hall. At 11 a.m. will be the formal, traditional worship with a choir in the Sanctuary. Memorial is located at 601 Centre St. in downtown Fernandina Beachb. Visit for more information. tThe regular multi-faith inspirational afternoon is on the second Sunday of each month. The next one will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Springer Controls, located at 96072 Chester Road in Yulee. The theme will be Building Vibrant Communities. This will be an open, discussion/ conference-style meeting. Bring your own ideas, thoughts, writings, book, etc. All are welcome for a casual couple of hours, hospitality, friends and fellowship. The current Bah month is Loftiness. The month of Splendor begins March 20. For more information, call 566-5437 or 432-8845.ntThe end of the month is in sight and peoples food stamps are running out. The Salvation Army Hope House needs just about everything peanut butter and jelly, breakfast items like breakfast bars, oatmeal, grits, and cereal, canned soup, canned meats, stuffing, instant potatoes, canned vegetables and fruit, dried and canned legume beans and peas, boxed meals and spaghetti sauce. Thank you for your generosity! Donations can be brought to The Salvation Army Hope House, 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.ffttftPrince of Peace Lutheran Church is the only Lutheran church in Nassau County and offers two worship services on Sunday mornings. The 9 a.m. service is a traditional liturgical service, while the 10:45 a.m. service is a more casual one. In months that have five Sundays, the final Sunday will have ONE combined service at 10 a.m. followed by a fellowship meal and community service project. Children are welcome and encouraged to be present at all worship services; however, a nursery area is available for children five years old and younger. Childrens Sunday School is at 10:15 a.m. Holy communion is offered at all worship services and is open to all baptized believers in Jesus Christ. Lutheranism is Bible-based and utilizes the Common Lectionary of scripture readings. Prince of Peace is located on Amelia Island at 2600 Atlantic Ave., next to the Atlantic Recreational Center and across from the main entrance to Fort Clinch State Park.Amelia Baptist Church hosts the Bible Study for College Age group at 7 p.m. each Sunday. For information and directions, call Adam Page at 261-9527.trThe Bahs of Nassau County hold prayers and meditations for peace, amity, concord and harmony every Saturday morning from dawn to sunrise on the beach at Seaside Park (east end of Sadler Road). For more information, call 7040568.nFranklintown United Methodist Church will serve a meal at 4 p.m. and host a Bible study at 5 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month in its Gabriel Means Fellowship Hall. The dinners and Bible studies will be open to the public. The church is located at 1415 Lewis St. in Fernandina Beach. For more information, call 277-2726 or 261-5354 or email Yulee Baptist Church will host a series of lectures about the practice of textbooks in America that teach bacteria-to-man evolution as proven scientific fact every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. through April 18. The lectures will focus on specific scientific discoveries that support a Biblical timeline. Discoveries in paleontology, archeology, geology, astronomy, biology, microbiology, physics, astrophysics, and chemistry will be presented and highlighted with colorful video clips. The topics to be discussed in January include the Biblical narrative of creation, the broad theory of evolution, and a comparison of the two. Pastor Doug Sides of Yulee Baptist Church is hosting these lectures because he is burdened that so many Christians are intimidated in their witnessing by the untrue belief that science does not support the Bible. What Pastor Sides wants all Christians to know is that true science harmonizes perfectly with the Bible. Yulee Baptist is located at 85971 N. Harts Road, across from the Yulee Post Office located on S.R. 200/A1A. For directions or more information, call 225-5128 or visit Submit event announcements/briefs to: Calendar Listing c/o News-Leader, 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034;; or 261-3696.Continued from 5B June 9, Jeff Foxworthy June 16, Kellie Pickler June 23, Newsboys UNITED June 30, Chase Bryant & Seth Ennis July 4, Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular July 7, Linkin Bridge from Americas Got Talent July 14, Light Up The Sky In July (fireworks at dusk) July 14-15, La Fiesta Celebration of Hispanic and Latin Culture July 19-28, Team FMX & Globe of Death Motorcycle Show July 21, Light Up The Sky In July (fireworks at dusk) July 28, Team FMX & Globe of Death Finale! July 28, Light Up The Sky In July (fireworks at dusk) Aug. 4, 90s Flashback with Vanilla Ice, Tone-Loc and Rob Base Aug. 11, Skillet Aug. 18-19, BBQ Country competition with free samples Aug. 25-26, Coca-Cola Racing Weekend featuring NASCAR drivers Sept. 8, Stars of Wrestling Sept. 15-16, Pecan Harvest Festival All concerts and special events are included with park admission or a 2018 Season pass. Reserved seats are available at an additional cost. Wild Adventures opened for the 2018 season this month with the addition of MEGABUGS! Adventure Encounters, and its Splash Island Waterpark will open April 7 with the new multimillion dollar Ohana Bay expansion for small children. 2018 Season Passes are available at savings of up to $20. Guests can purchase season passes online at, by calling 229-219-7080 or by visiting the park weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Continued from 4B WILD ADVENTURES/SPECIALLittle Texas, above and Jeff Foxworthy, right. Children of all ages can enjoy the antics of Peter Cottontail and other holiday characters on a special Easter season train excursion March 24 and 31 in St. Marys, Ga., according to a news release. At 10 a.m., 12, 2 and 4 p.m. each day, St. Marys Express will take passengers on a journey through picturesque woodlands and marshlands with entertainment along the way. At the Midway stage, actors from St. Marys Little Theatre will bring an Easter Bunny story to life with lovable characters including Peter Cottontail himself. As the trains locomotive reverses directions, Peter Cottontail boards the train for the return trip and to host a special Easter egg hunt back at the station. According to event organizers, last years Peter Cottontail Express sold out early, and they expect the same to happen this year. Volunteers for St. Marys Little Theatre create engaging scenarios that get the passengers involved before, after, and during the train ride, Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express, said in the release. We have many returning guests because they know that each excursion is an entirely new and different experience. Ryan said that 95 percent of all train passengers come from out of the area, fueling the tourist trade for Camden County and helping restaurants, hotels, and retail establishments grow their customer base. The St. Marys Express train rides are giving people who have never come to St. Marys a reason to visit, Ryan stated. And it gives us an opportunity to introduce a whole new market to our other destination assets including Cumberland Island, our museums, our waterfront park and the many historic features of our town. Tickets for the Peter Cottontail Express are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling 912-200-5235. Special group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 912-729-1103 to get a discount code. Also, St. Marys Expresss popular At The Throttle experience is being offered on all train dates. At The Throttle gives someone 16 and older an opportunity to actually run the diesel locomotive. Cost is $150 and reservations for At The Throttle must be made ahead of time by calling 912-729-1103. Future St. Marys Express excursions slated for this year include a brand new Storybook Express on May 19 and 26, Halloween Express on Oct. 20 and 27, and Santa Express on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15. A complete schedule can be found at r SUBMITTEDPeter Cottontail and other holiday characters will be part of an Easter season train excursion in St. Marys, Ga. this weekend and next. frrntbbbtfn First Presbyterian Church and Memorial United Methodist Church will co-host the annual Community Easter Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, between the two churches on North Sixth Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. This free event for the whole family will have egg hunts, face painting, bounce houses, free lunch, games, and more. Egg hunt times are 10:30 a.m. for 0-2 year olds, 11 a.m. for 3 year olds and pre-k, 11:30 a.m. for kindergarten and first grade, noon for second and third grades, and 12:30 p.m. for fourth and fifth grades. For more information, call 261-5769 or visit This event is dog-friendly.SUBMITTED NL 6 col. Fri. 03.23.indd 18 3/22/18 10:34 AM


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