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rrfntrb rfffntfbfff Welcome to Shrimpfest r rtnnt fntb rt Organizers were gearing up to kick off the annual Fiesta of Eight Flags on May 4-5 in Fernandina Beachs downtown area, including the fifth annual Shrimp Boat Races and Blessing of the Fleet. May 2, 1968 rffnftbfrbfJudge Robert M. Foster of the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court is leaving the bench and nominations for his replacement will be considered by Gov. Rick Scott, according to a news release issued Tuesday. A special nominating commission has been appointed to accept judicial applications for the vacancy on the Fourth Judicial Circuit Bench. Governor Rick Scott has asked the Fourth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission to provide him with nominees for this vacancy, according to the release. No official date for Fosters departure was specified. Applications for the vacancy must be received before 5 p.m. on May 23 at the following location: 4th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission Attn: Patrick J. Kilbane, Chairman 1540 The Greens Way Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 Applications are available from the Florida Bars website, www.floridabar. org, or the Office of the Governor at All applicants must meet the qualifications for circuit court judges outlined in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution, according to the release. In addition to the original application, applicants must e-mail a PDF version of the application to with personal information not subject to public disclosure redacted as permitted by Section 119 .071 of the Florida Statutes. A recent photograph should be attached to the original application. If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to Governor Scotts office. frfnBaptist Health has announced it intends to develop an almost 25-acre medical and wellness complex in Yulee directly across State Route 200/A1A from the planned Wildlight development to continue to serve the needs of the rapidly growing community. We are building a medical and wellness complex offering a range of outpatient services, said Baptist Health spokeswoman Cindy Hamilton. She said plans are in the early stages and the development timeframe is not being released at this time. Baptist Health already has the 62-bed Baptist Medical Center Nassau community hospital in Fernandina Beach, which opened in 1994 and was recently expanded with a state-of-the-art surgical wing. Baptist Health operates 55 primary care centers that it says allows for more access and to ensure we grow with the communities we serve. Wildlight, which is being developed by Rayonier Inc. subsidiary Raydient Places + Properties, is approved for 7 million square feet of office, commercial, medical, industrial and residential uses and is projected to include 3,200 residential units, which makes it a primary growth center for Nassau County. I think it is awesome, Nassau County Economic Development Board Executive Director Laura DiBella told the News-Leader. When healthcare decides to plant its roots in an area, it shows a confidence in the community. DiBella, a former healthcare real estate specialist, said healthcare follows the same metrics as retail does all driven by growth and being ahead of the game. If healthcare wants to be in your area, you know you are doing well. They do not take those decisions lightly, she stated. From an economic development standpoint, we need these entities. It is a positive all around. Although DiBella said she is not privy to Baptist Healths specific plans for the complex, she projected it is likely to include a mix of office and specialty care operations. Specialty care based on seeing the local needs and demands. Urgent care medical is turning very hybrid, DiBella explained, decentralizing the nucleus of the operations. More specialty services could reduce trips to Jacksonville for local residents. Jacksonville-based Baptist Health expects to buy the Yulee property within 30 days. The property fronts S.R. 200/ A1A as well as Harper Chapel Road. The property is owned by Jacksonville-based Chase Properties Inc., and has an official address of 76375 Harper Chapel Road. The legal description of the lot is PT Heirs E Waterman Mill Grant. The property is classified as Commercial (vacant commercial). The lot is 1,130,818 square feet and the land value assessment is recorded at $940,889. The property last changed hands in 2016 for $1,100,000. The St. Johns River Water Management District has given notice nFernandina Beach kicked off its annual celebration of all things to do with wild-caught shrimp, shrimping, and arrgh pirates on Thursday evening with the traditional Pirate Parade through the downtown area. The parade was followed by a free Sounds on Centre concert at Second and Centre streets featuring Amelia Islands premier party band, the Decades Band. A reminder to local businesses, residents and visitors: Parking restrictions for the 55th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be in effect on certain downtown streets and public parking lots starting at 1 p.m. today. According to a flyer distributed by the Shrimp Festival Committee, the Shrimp Festival area encompasses the following public-rights-of-way: the whole length of Centre Street to the waterfront, and side streets one block north of Centre Street to Alachua Street and one block south of Centre Street to Ash Street including all public parking lots. Vehicles not moved out of that area by 1 p.m. today can be towed. t rfnftbfrbntrbtbtt NASSAU COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISERS OFFICE/SPECIALJacksonville-based Baptist Health expects to buy this Yulee property, outlined in red, within 30 days. The property fronts State Route 200/A1A as well as Harper Chapel Road. The property is owned by Jacksonvillebased Chase Properties Inc. The lot is 1,130,818 square feet and the land value assessment is recorded at $940,889. The property last changed hands in 2016 for $1,100,000. that it intends to grant a permit for the project for Baptist Health Properties Inc. A mass-grading plan filed with the application shows an internal roadway system for the project, comprising several lots. England-Thims & Miller Inc. is the project civil engineer. The SJRWD plans specify that the project includes the installation of limited underground utilities, clearing, mass grading and a storm water management facility. rffb fffr For an electronic copy of the 55th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Essentials magazine, go to and scroll down to the Free Publications section. The magazine includes information on the festivals hours, parking, shuttles, rules and regulations, entertainment schedules, contests, artist and vendor locations, and much more. celebration of all things to do with wild-caught shrimp, shrimping, and arrgh pirates on Thursday evening with the traditional Pirate Parade through the downtown area. The parade was followed by a free Sounds on Centre concert at Second and Centre streets featuring Amelia Islands premier party band, the Decades Band. and visitors: Parking restrictions for the 55th rffb fffr PHOTOS BY BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADER NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 1 5/3/18 6:53 PM


Noted author Bren McClain will be at Story and Song Bookstore Bistro doing readings and signings of her debut novel, One Good Mama Bone, today at 3 p.m. Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, the story chronicles Sarah not her own, but the product of an affair between her husband writing is sophisticated, lyrical and a piercing examination of the hard reality of rural Southern poverty. She creates, out of the time and place of the story, a character as authentic as the flesh rfrnrft rfrbrr Washington, D.C. for many years. His presentation promises tion, please visit or come to the May meeting.r Nassau is scheduled for May 11, when state Rep. Cord Byrd meetings and join as members or associate members in the later case.rrffnf partners and resource providers that aims to improve the health rrffrrf registered dietitian and a mental health counselor will facilitate rfb er and meeting at 3 p.m.; horse shoes, bonfire, speaker and rfntrrrftrrf details of what to bring with you.r DeSantis as keynote speaker in the multipurpose building at in Callahan. Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship, barbecue fare, candidates for local, state and federal office in Nassau County. rfffffrf reserve a space.rrfrrfrHealing Hearts is a local support group for those who have Monday at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Marina Restaurant and rr agencies what skills and interests you have while allowing the frffrrnnrfDo you ever have the need to visit the Nassau County rrf The Unforgotten. Her father was captured and escaped during the war before finally coming to the United experience can contact Diem at, or visit trrrff rrn ing store, NHS Second Chance Closet, are looking to grow their team of volunteers. Both stores have volunteer openings in all ing and working with other animal lovers in a fun atmosphere, pick up a volunteer application at Second Chance, located in the rrrr rfffrNassau County residents are entitled to receive a winter in the new appointment scheduling system. data entered through the system will be securely maintained. advance. assistance between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern. Detailed appointment management with improved customer service and for the elderly, disabled, and households with children ages five and under. ffrfnrtrr the convenience of each person starting any weekday except Wednesday. Both basic and personal protection classes are f rr rf NEWS DEADLINES Community News: Wednesday, Noon Letters to the editor: Monday, 5 p.m., Wednesday, 5 p.m. Church Notes: 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: ............ ......................... Legal Notices: ................... ........................... Retail Advertising: ............ ......................... MAIL SUBSCRIPTION RATES rrfrntbt btbt ff rnrf ntbrb in part without written permission from the publisher are prohibited. POSTMASTER: director. NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS: cal errors in advertising. When notified promptly, the part of the advertisement in which the typographical 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. 09/04/1935 05/02/2016 Two years have passed since our darling husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Earnest Lee Coes, fell asleep in death. Although it has been 2 years since you Earnest, dried to sleep in death, it seems to us as if you died only yesterday, because your death is so fresh in our hearts. We miss you oh so much. And we love you so much. We miss all of your precious ways, and all the joy that you brought to our lives. A big void is in our hearts and nothing can ever ll that void. Jehovah God and Jesus Christ gives us the strength to carry on. But truthfully, it is not easy, but try we must. We take Jehovah God at his word, which is all truth. We look forward to his promise at Revelations 21:4 which says, And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither pain for the former things are passed away. Earnest, we are looking with great expectation of seeing you in the resurrection. We will welcome you with open arms, so rest on love Earnest. You are loved and deeply missed. e Family of the late Earnest Lee Coes Dorothy A. Morelli, 83, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.btr In the Wednesday, May 2 edition, the story on page 1A about the Surfs Up Caf and the renovations to the Surf Restaurant & Bar misidentified the company that created the special surfboard table in the caf. That table was refurbished, hand-painted and glazed by FASTSIGNS in Fernandina Beach. The News-Leader strives for accuracy. We will promptly correct all factual errors. Please notify the editor of errors at or call (904) 261-3696. rfrf now posts its weekly lane closure report online at have lane closures. Commuters traveling into Duval County Because of the large number of arts booths and sponsors, there will be a major change in the time for closing the area. Beginning at 1 p.m. today, Centre will be closed to all traffic except Shrimp the northern and southern portions of setting up their areas for Saturday and pedestrians is of utmost importance so only pedestrian traffic will be allowed on Today, 1 p.m. Centre Street as well as the side streets one block north and south of Centre Street will be closed for Shrimp through the afternoon and possibly until about 10 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. become extremely heavy at times due to the construction. North Eighth Street at fic that morning and throughout the day. Heavy pedestrian traffic will be crossing many of the roadways on South Eighth Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. become extremely heavy at times. North Eighth Street at Centre Street will be closed to thru traffic that morning and throughout the day. Heavy pedestrian frfrf businesses will hold sidewalk sales rf rftfrrfrrfrf


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Sea Horse Properties, Inc.4856 First Coast Hwy, Suite 3 Amelia Island, FL Please call Lindsay (904) 515-8015 or email: for your real estate needs... you'll be happy you did!rfAn attorney representing the owner of a property slated for a high-end subdivision on the north end of Amelia Island told Fernandina Beach city commissioners Tuesday night that the developer will take into consideration the large population of state-protected gopher tortoises on the property, and a 20-foot wide conservation easement is intended for a huge secondary dune system on the west side of the property abutting Fort Clinch State Park. Islands Club Amelia will be built west of Tarpon Avenue between West Second and West Third streets. At its May 1 meeting, the City Commission voted to approve a re-plat of the development, a five-acre area that was originally platted 37 years ago. It was not completed for economic reasons after just 13 modest home sites were developed. The current owner of the property asked city commissioners to approve a re-plat of the site to develop the remaining 27 home sites as well as common amenities. Islands Club Amelia LLC is owned by John Proctor, who was represented by attorney Armond Jeffrey Tomassetti at the commission meeting. When the request for the re-plat went before the citys Planning Advisory Board earlier this year, City Hall was filled with residents concerned about the gopher tortoises living on the sandy, scrub-filled upland. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, despite the afforded protection of being listed as a threatened species with potentially severe penalties for intentionally killing or injuring them, gopher tortoise populations throughout the state have continued to decline. Other concerns included whether development would destroy the huge secondary dune system on the west side of the site, anchored by a complex system of large live oak trees. Dune systems, including the vegetation that maintains them, and threatened species are to be protected, according to the citys Land Development Code. The property is considered an Environmentally Sensitive Land according to the citys LDC because it is both the habitat of federally or state-listed threatened or endangered species and an undisturbed property within 150 feet of Fort Clinch State Park. Developers of such lands are required to adhere to a list of extremely specific restrictions. The PAB approved the replat, sending the request to the City Commission for a final decision. Tomassetti said the re-plat would reconfigure 27 lots in order to arrange them to be more accessible to amenities. He said no lots would be added and the density of the development would not increase. In addition, the lots that border Fort Clinch will be configured to allow for a 20-foot conservation easement along that border, Tomassetti said. Its going to be real in the sense that we have to select both a state-approved and a federalapproved nonprofit organization with enforcement teeth to monitor and enforce (the conservation easement), Tomassetti said. It is a 100-percent non-disturbed area, so, even if a tree limb falls from the sky or a nearby tree, or leaves accrue, whatever natural condition is back there will be left undisturbed. He said the easement would be enforced by toothy fines in homeowners association documents. In addition to the 20-foot conservation easement, there will be an additional 10 feet of space where houses cannot be built, Tomassetti explained. There will be another 10 feet that will be like a rear yard that you can use to get around the back of your house, maybe have an outdoor grill or something like that, then the building footprint, he said. The maximum the building footprint can be is 30 feet from that lot line. Tomassetti also referred to the wildlife habitat that will be substantially affected by the construction, but then erred in identifying the primary species living on the property. The primary wildlife that were concerned about very, very concerned about are the turtles. There are approximately 30 turtles that live there, Tomassetti said. Youre talking about the gopher tortoises? Mayor Johnny Miller asked. Yes, turtles, Tomassetti said. Tortoises, Miller said, correcting the attorney on which species actually lives on the property. We wont go there, Tomassetti said, adding that the reptiles are very cute. Theyre very territorial so you cant just shoo them off, and the state of Florida doesnt allow that anyway, Tomassetti said. We have to have a bona fide, hired, state-approved group do a relocation of the tortoises. They cannot be just put nearby, or theyll just return, so they are going to be safely relocated. Some homeowners whose houses were built when the subdivision was originally platted said developers have already disturbed the gopher tortoises. Carol Kerr lives in a home that will be next to the new homes being built. She said she knows the tortoises quite well and called authorities when some equipment recently bored for soil samples. This past week I made a call to code enforcement and to Fish and Wildlife because there was a company there, pounding the ground, Kerr said. We thought we were having a minor earthquake. It woke us up at 7:30 in the morning. It had to be very upsetting for the tortoises. It was upsetting to us. We werent terrified because we figured out what it is, but the tortoises are still there. Kerr said she contacted rfntnnfrntbnntnntn ntntt PEG DAVIS/NEWS-LEADERA gopher tortoise walks along the edge of West Third Street on the north side of a fiveacre property slated for development on the north end of Fernandina Beach. The large population of gopher tortoises that call the site home will be relocated, according to attorney Armond Jeffrey Tomassetti, representing the owner of the property. the citys Code Enforcement Department, which referred her to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which then told her to contact law enforcement. City Planner Kelly Gibson said that FWC should be contacted in the event of a disturbance of the tortoises and that the citys Community Development Department should be called if residents observe any unpermitted activities. Tomassetti said no further soil samples would be taken. Commissioner Phil Chapman asked Tomassetti if the subdivision would be a gated community. The attorney said there is a -percent chance it will be gated because its private. He added that the homes would be on the upper end of the price range. I would say that you might expect to pay over a half-million dollars for some of the better homes in this subdivision, he said. The homes could be built up to 45 feet high, Tomassetti said, as they are not within the Coastal Upland Protection Zone, RE-PLAT Continued on 5A NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 3 5/3/18 4:25 PM


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(Domestic Designs) in Fernandina Beach in early 2001 fol lowing careers in the construction and legal industries. Growing up in Texas, Buddy began building custom homes in 1984 while Cindy practiced law. Following his custom home building in Texas, Buddy extended his construction experience through jobs in civil engineering, production and custom home construction and com mercial and residential roofing sales. Cindy practiced litigation with an emphasis in construction and insurance law. In 2001, they opened Domestic Designs Roofing, Inc. to concentrate solely on residential and commercial roofing and have never looked back. Buddy holds licenses from the state of Florida as both a Certified Roofing Contractor and a General Contractor and is OSHA certi fied. The company is licensed and insured. Since 2001, Domestic Designs has met the roofing needs for new and existing homeowners and commercial businesses in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Clay and Baker counties. The companys 5 crews install shingle, metal, tile and flat roofs as well as provide inspection, repair, additional installation and cleaning services for both residential and commercial customers. A full service company, Domestic Designs works with home owners and builders everyday to provide the highest quality, warranted roofing services at the lowest costs and least incon venience. Everyones needs are different. I enjoy working with individual homeowners and builders to solve their specific prob lems and meet their needs. I understand that any type of home or business construction can be challenging so it is our goal to provide every client with the most cost effective and least intru sive solutions. In todays fast-paced and economically challenging environment, you cannot expect anything less, said Boyd. The company offers a wide variety of products including GAF/ Elk, CertainTeed, Owens-Corning, Monier, Hanson and American Tile, all of whom offer a complete line of warranties. With recent changes to the state of Floridas wind mitigation roofing requirements, there are many new savings opportunities for residential and commercial owners. We offer clients several roofing options to save money on their homeowners and wind insurance policies, said Boyd. We work closely with local insur ance agents and have seen that many owners today are unaware of the savings opportunities available to them through policy discounts related to roofing modifications. We can evaluate, with owners, their individual needs and available options. Additionally, Domestic Designs partners with a certified solar technology and installation firm to provide energy efficient roofing solutions that reduce your carbon footprint and utility expense. We are excited about the unlimited opportunities we now offer in alternative energy resources and costs savings, said Boyd. 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.rfAn issue with the Fernandina Harbor Marina was once again front and center at the May 1 City Commission meeting business owners stuck in the mud. Captains Scott Stewart, owner of Amelia Island Charters, and Allen Elefterion, owner of Backwater Cat Adventure, both have businesses that operate out of the marina. They asked commissioners for immediate relief of the silting problem in the marinas southern basin. Were 15-plus businesses on the southern part of the marina being affected every day an hour and a half to two hours at low tide where we have to shut our business down, Stewart said. I guarantee you, if there were 15 businesses on Centre Street that had to shut down during the middle of their operating hours for an hour and a half or two hours, somebody would be raising Cain. Stewart said that in the past the city dredged the marina every two years but that the marina has not been dredged in four years, resulting in a buildup that causes some boats to be left in the mud at low tide. Its also becoming a safety issue, he said. Sea Tow (a company that assists stranded boaters and has boats based in the marina) cannot get out at low tide. They cannot go out to assist a vessel in distress currently, right now, three hours a day. Commissioners explained that dredging and any other plans for the southern marina are dependent on the citys plans to reorient the docks. We are still doing the math. Is it better to turn them right now or dredge and then turn? Mayor Johnny Miller explained. To turn them and put them in the right direction, were looking at whats more costly. Elefterion said business owners understand that there is a long-term plan for the docks but that the condition of the marina is affecting their business so dredging needs to be done immediately. I know that theres a great longrange plan, Elefterion said. Were seeking immediate relief down there. I am shut down three hours a day. Its costing me lots of dollars because that silt and mud gets into my engines. I have 15 boats down there, 15 motors sucking up that silt. There are seven of them getting repaired. Its going to put me out of business. A lot of those boats that are paying dockage are sitting on mud at low tide, including my boats. Im on a floating dock, but my floating dock is on mud at low tide. I am asking begging. I know theres some immediate money out there. I know theres a longrange plan, but were seeking immediate relief. I cant say that word enough. Another factor affecting maintenance at the marina is the planned repair of the southern attenuator dock, damaged nearly two years ago during Hurricane Matthew. That work is slated to begin later this year. Stewart believes those repairs will be impeded by the buildup of silt. By August, there wont be enough water to get a barge around the southern end to work on the attenuator dock on the inside, Stewart said. Hopefully you are planning on working on it from the western side. That should be added to your cost. City Manager Dale Martin said that the city has been awarded a grant for roughly $300,000 by the Florida Inland Navigational District but that the money requires matching funds from the city to be used. He said the matching funds When we think iconic, the Mustang (), Corvette (), and VW Beetle () come to mind. Examples of vehicles with staying power. What a brand history Cadillac has had since 1902. I learned it was a Henry Ford offshoot. The first Cadillac was an open air, two-seat, one-cylinder, 10-horsepower derivative of the 1903 Ford Model A. At the 1903 New York Auto Show, Cadillac received 2,000 solid orders and was off and rolling. The storied brand is now struggling for relevance. Cadillac, post World War II, was the symbol of success for American families. Celebrities, like Elvis, could not get enough of the Cadillac mystique. It was a rite of passage for movers and shakers to buy their first Cadillac. If you drove a new Cadillac, you were somebody. Many safety and technology advances were born on new Cadillacs. Their mantra from day one was precision engineering. Cadillac had the first steel hardtop, fins, an automatic air conditioning system in 1962, and many electronic firsts. They were the standard in innovation. The 1960s were the peak of Cadillac sales. As an example, in 1966, they sold 192,000 units. The DeVille models (coupe and sedan) accounted for 142,190 of those. In the 1970s, the oil embargo and Uncle Sam were to reshape the classic car company. In the decades to follow, the cars were reengineered, with front wheel drive and product miscues like the Cimarron on a Chevy Cavalier platform. Mercedes, Lexus, and BMW are now all approximately double Cadillac sales. GM just put a new executive in place at Cadillac, the sixth in the last decade. If I were in his shoes, what would be some solutions? 1. Commit to an all-wheel drive lineup. It is very popular with Mercedes 4MATIC models and BMW X models. It would be a big selling point, particularly in the snowbelt. 2. Market to the 50-80-plus year olds. A 32-year-old lawyer is not going to buy a Cadillac, despite any commercials showing young drivers. 3. Fixed-cost ownership and attractive 2or 3-year leases. Onepay options for those who are payment-averse. Older buyers will relate to fixed pricing. (Include maintenance like BMW.) 4. Make the taillights and headlights more understated. The Escalade taillight is a 3-foot lightning bolt sorry, owners. LED headlights are popular but Cadillacs are overkill. 5. Include loaner cars. I find the older the buyer, the more precious the time. 6. Cadillac needs more SUVs fast. The XTS (14,845) and Escalade (8,111) represent 22,956 of 36,727 Cadillac sales in the first quarter of 2018 sales. 7. Research Chinese buyers. Cadillac is red hot in China. Sales from 2015 to 2016 rose from 79,779 to 116,406. At the same time, U.S. sales slipped from 175,267 to 170,006. 8. Partner with the dealer body to make owning a Cadillac special, one of my favorite words/ concepts. Globally, which is the name of the game, Cadillac is on track for a record in 2018. China and the U.S. make up the majority of that total. The Chinese are buying everything high-end they can get their hands on, from clothes to cars. Does that mean a Cadillac is an elite product in China and in demand? Apparently. GM needs to fight for Cadillac as hard as it would for Corvette. Do not let the flame die out. Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Saturn are history. Losing the Cadillac brand fight in America should not be an option. Looks like great weather for our Shrimp Fest! Enjoy and have a good week. Rick Keffer owns and operates Rick Keffer Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Yulee. He invites questions or positive stories about automobile use and ownership.rnntbn b rf rfrnt SILT Continued on 9APEG DAVIS/NEWS-LEADERCapt. Scott Stewart said the southern basin of the marina was last dredged in 2014, when 8,500 cubic yards of material was removed. He said business owners who operate out of the marina, as well as boaters and fisherman, cannot use the marina during low tide. NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 4 5/3/18 4:38 PM


NL/PSA OPEN HOUSE MEET & GREET Meet Principal John Ackermann, Faculty, Staff, Board of Directors Monday May 7th 5:30 PMFernandina Beach Christian Academy Fernandina Beach, FL904-491-5664 Build Your Forever Home Enjoy stunning marsh views from any of these home sites MLS# 76442 One acre on Little Piney Island just over the Amelia River MLS# 79335 One half acre looking west across Lofton Creek MLS# 74288 One acre in opulent Oyster Bay Harbour along Soap Creek Or go country MLS# 79947 and enjoy plenty of room to roam on 2 acres, with two wells, septic, a pond and OR zoning.Betsie Huben REALTOR MRP SFR Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners 4800 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034 Mobile: (919) 333 0836 Fax: (904) 261 9880 INTERESTED IN BUYING OR SELLING ON AMELIA ISLAND? CALL PAM! Pam moved to Fernandina Beach in 1982, and is a graduate of Fernandina Beach High School. She is local and knows the area well! She enjoys helping people find their next home or residential investment property. Most of her customers become friends because she makes the process fun and personal. She is dedicated to providing up-to-date market information in the areas.Call Pam Graves at (904) 206-9588Pam Graves,REALTORStillwell Real Estate, As we are now well into the second half of the citys current fiscal year and planning for the next fiscal year, let me take a brief moment to share information about a few city employee aspects. Ms. Mary Hamburg just completed her first year with the city, serving as the citys first public information officer with additional duties related to special events. During her first year, Mary refined the citys Facebook page, added a city Twitter account, and has worked to develop a new mobile app for the city. These technology tools can supplement the citys traditional information efforts such as articles like this and the efforts of local journalists who attend and report on city issues (and thank you to all of them for those efforts). The challenge, of course, is the citys ability to present accurate and complete information when erroneous information is so commonly promoted (and sadly accepted as factual) through social media. Ms. Hamburg is a great soldier to have in that fight. Ms. Hamburg has also taken the lead in re-crafting the citys special events policies, bringing together a core group of key staff to review and endorse special events in our community. Understandably, we live in a wonderful community that is attractive to many event organizers. Special events typically have unseen costs for city staff, city services, the disruption of local businesses, and the aftermath of the event (complaints, trash). The City Commission has accepted that some events are truly key community events and accepts the cost as part of our quality of life. Mary has brought a sense of order and consistency to the citys special event process. Two other employees recently surpassed their sixmonth anniversary with the city. Ms. Lorelei Jacobs serves as the citys grants administrator. Frankly, she was an outright theft from Hillsborough County, where she previously served the sheriffs department for many years. Ms. Jacobs has brought an increased enthusiasm and passion for procuring grants for the city. She daily pokes city staff about funding opportunities from regional, state, and federal sources. While preparing and obtaining grants is difficult enough, an overlooked component of grants is the subsequent reporting requirements associated with successful grant awards. Ms. Jacobs has done a marvelous job of reviewing and reporting the status of grant awards. It was through her efforts that the city was able to utilize funding originally awarded to the city approximately 30 years ago for a recent project! She has been an exceptional professional addition to the city staff. Mr. Nathan Coyle, the citys airport manager, also recently passed his six-month anniversary. Mr. Coyle and his family came to the city from Idaho. His successful hiring demonstrates the uncanny role of luck in getting good people. Following the release of the previous airport manager, the city again solicited applications through the same recognized professional sources. For whatever reason, the total quality of the pool of applicants for this second round overwhelmingly surpassed the first round. As was the case with Ms. Jacobs, Mr. Coyle was a steal. With his impeccable and professional Air Force background (air traffic control in both Iraq and Afghanistan as well as several other stateside duty stations), Mr. Coyle brings an unprecedented level of aviation experience to the citys airport. He has developed strong relationships with the airport tenants, successfully managed the recent transition between fixedbase operators, and oversees the construction of the terminal building (see comments above related to social media). Mr. Coyle has a strong vision for the current operations, the future development and, most importantly, the unerring safety of the airport. He recognizes that the airport can serve as a key asset not only to the city, but also to the entire region. With Mr. Coyle at the airport and Mr. Steve Murphy at the citys golf course (recently nominated for Billy Casper Golfs General Manager of the Year), I unhesitatingly tell everyone that I have no management concerns south of Sadler Road. As part of Ms. Robin Marleys tasks for the current year, I asked that she informally survey senior staff to get an idea of when those staff members were considering retirement. Given the tenure of some of the staff, it was not surprising to learn that nearly half of the senior staff will be retiring in approximately three years. It will be critical to have professionals such as Ms. Hamburg, Ms. Jacobs, and Mr. Coyle assume those management roles. All in all, I believe the city staff is the most professional and most passionate staff that I have had the opportunity with which to work from top to bottom. It is through their efforts, not necessarily mine, that the city performs its routine tasks that contribute to and enhance our quality of life. Kudos to the city staff. Enjoy this years Shrimp Fest! Dale Martin is the city manager for Fernandina Beach.rr which is an area extending 1,000 feet landward from the Coastal Construction Control Line. The CUPZ limits the height of construction to 35 feet. In the end, the commissioners gave a unanimous if somewhat reluctant approval for the re-plat. Under our current Land Development Code, what they are doing is perfectly legal. Its going to happen, Commissioner Chip Ross said. What they are proposing is a better solution than the previous solution, which they can and do have the right to do, given to them many, many years ago. The whole things sort of saddens me because we talk about Wild Amelia and this is one more example of our wildness and our environment disappearing. I will vote for this because the alternative is worse. Be real careful to make sure that you handle the gopher tortoises an imperiled species in a proper manner, Vice Mayor Len Kreger said. Otherwise, its going to be a firestorm. Miller used the opportunity to talk about a goal of the city to create a conservation fund that would be used to buy property to keep it out of the hands of developers. The only way to truly protect these areas is for us to buy them and put them into conservation, Miller said. I dont want to put anything on the public, but, when you see that these things can happen in your backyard, organize. Either grab a clipboard yourself or back somebody who supports a fund that we spend our money on. This is a gopher tortoise habitat, and they are doing exactly what they should be doing on that property, but its going to get developed if we dont put it in conservation. Weve identified some areas on the island that we could do this on (and) this would be one of them. Commissioner Phil Chapman called upon the developer to adhere to guidelines set up for design of the development and to respect the environment. I hope you follow through on your promises, he said.rf Continued from 3A rfn ttbttt tttbbrtt bttt nt f rf NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 5 5/3/18 4:27 PM


Thousands of visitors, along with local residents, come to Amelia Island for the miles of unspoiled beaches, but increasingly those beaches are becoming spoiled by the trash left there by those visiting. Despite efforts by both Nassau County and the city of Fernandina Beach, trash on the beach is a problem, county and city officials say. In a City Commission workshop held to set goals for the upcoming fiscal year, commissioners discussed the issue of so much trash on the beach, including at least one solution that seems counterintuitive: fewer trash receptacles. However, the contractor responsible for picking up trash on the beach says he wants to put more cans on the beach, not fewer. At the commissions May 1 meeting, Vice Mayor Len Kreger said that the problem has more to do with overflowing trash cans than garbage being left on the beach. We have a serious problem with trash on our beach, Kreger said. Not necessarily on the beach as much as at the trash containers. Even at noon those trash cans are full and overflowing. Commissioners said they want to encourage beach goers to adopt a pack it in, pack it out habit, as required by many national parks and other coastal communities. Some communities remove the trashcans altogether to encourage the policy. Lea King-Badnya is the executive director of Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, which works to keep the beaches of St. Simon Island and Glynn County, Ga. clean. She said the countys beaches used to have trashcans that the Glynn County Parks and Recreation Department emptied twice a day, but the trash was still overflowing. We tried adding more cans but that just meant that we had more cans overflowing, KingBadyna told the News-Leader. She said she visited communities in Martin and St. Johns counties where there was no trash on the beach and no trash cans. She brought the idea to the Glynn County commission, which was skeptical but got on board. The result was removing trash cans from the beach and, instead, having trash corrals, which are fenced areas divided into three sections one for trash, one for recycling and one for tents, beach chairs and other debris. King-Badyna called the move an overwhelming success. She said Parks and Rec employees can empty the trash corral as many times per day as needed and the beaches are cleaner. Emptying the trash used to take rf Re altor DirectoryHave proper ty fo r sale ? Ca ll us !90 426 13696 (904) 261-2770 (904)556-9140COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT LEASING SALES 608 S. 8th Street Fernandina Beach, Fl 32034 www.ACRFL.comPhil GriffinBroker GRI 4856 First Coast Hwy., #3 Amelia Island, FL 32034904-206-0817John HartrichBroker/Owner Smokey & Bandit REDUCEDLook no more! This spacious 3,444 sq. ft. home in North Hampton with 5 br / 4 ba is it! 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A copy of the agenda for this meeting may be obtained from the District Manager, 475 West Town Place, Suite 114, St. Augus tine, Florida 32092 (and phone (904) 940-5850). is meeting may be continued to a date, time, and place to be specied on the record at the meeting. ere may be occasions when one or more Supervisors will participate by telephone. Any person requiring special accommodations at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the District Oce at (904) 940-5850 at least two calendar days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770, for aid in contacting the District Oce. Each person who decides to appeal any action taken at these meetings is advised that person will need a record of the pro ceedings and that accordingly, the person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based. David deNagy District Manager rrfnt KEEP GOLDEN ISLES BEAUTIFUL /SPECIALGlynn County, Ga. has joined many communities and national parks in its efforts to curb littering by removing trash cans from the beach. Walter Hnyda said he walks Peters Point daily and picks up one to two bags each day. He said residue from fires and horse droppings are also common, along with evidence of alcohol being consumed on the beach, which is prohibited. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper told the News-Leader in an email that deputies do patrol the beaches but cant be everywhere all the time.SUBMITTEDtwo hours and now takes 15 minutes, according to King-Badyna. We gave plenty of notice with signs and notices before spring break of 2017, KingBadyna said. A lot of beach goers were already familiar with the policy as it is best practices for many coastal communities all over the country. She said removing the cans has even increased the rate of recycling because trash doesnt get mixed in with recyclable materials. Fernandina Beach city commissioners said at a recent goals workshop that they would be studying communities where trash cans were removed and discussed areas in the city to experiment on. I would say some of the areas on the north end where its almost regulars or locals, Kreger said. City Manager Dale Martin said bids are out for building some beach walkovers on the south side of the city and suggested that area may be a good point to begin the initiative. I think it would be worth at least doing an experiment of moving the cans and posting signs (that say) take your trash home. I can see how that might work, Commissioner Roy Smith said. Rollins Snelling, whose company is contracted to pick up trash from city and county beaches, told the News-Leader his company picks up trash seven days a week and cleans the restrooms along 12 miles of beach. He said the company currently has 180 55-gallon drums that collect 2,000 pounds of trash daily. He said there has been an increase in visitors to Amelia Island beaches, resulting in more trash not only at or near trash cans but also left on the beach. If you put a pizza box, or a broken boogie board or a chair into a garbage can, you have effectively filled it or made it look like it is filled, Snelling said. They can put those things next to the can and we will get them. Snelling said that every morning his company picks up trash on the beach that includes diapers, beer bottles and cans, and fast food containers. At night, they pick up tents and other debris that is prohibited from being left on the beach overnight by the local Leave No Trace ordinances. He said that his company does all it can to keep the cans empty but you cant babysit trash cans. They fill up. Its what they do. You can go all the way to the end of the beach (emptying cans) and they are filled up when you come back up. Snelling believes one solution to the problem is stiffer fines up to $500 for littering and increased enforcement. There is a certain element who think it is okay to throw trash on the beach, Snelling said. Snelling said he has asked the county for additional cans as well as an additional sweep or daily emptying of cans. If approved, there would be additional cans on city beaches as well, Snelling said, because the same contract governs both entities. We patrol the beach when we can and respond to complaints as well, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said in an email in response to questions about the problem of trash. We dont have enough officers to have full-time beach patrol year round and our calls for service in other areas are increasing as well. When we see prohibited behavior we take the necessary enforcement action. Leeper included records in his email of 14 citations, 34 summons, 14 written and 83 verbal warnings issued on county beaches so far this year. As for the idea of fewer trashcans, senlling said he does not think residents or city leaders would be pleased with the results. If you took a walk on the beach July 5 after they tried it well, you could take a look, Snelling said. I think it would be great if it worked, but I dont think youd like the way the beach looks.rf NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 6 5/3/18 4:30 PM


O rfrrn trw bbrE rfrn t 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 brD E Rrfrr D rr C p E Ant rn t r BO rff Brfn t r Sp E n tG CfD EfB f R rf P brD ntbrf Dn t ntrSm f Tfm Cfm r f rf ntnntb tntnnnt nt nf Get this: the average American cant get through the day without cursing. So is the finding of a recent 9Round Kickbox Fitness sur vey, as reported in the New York Post. Why are Americans cursing so much? One reason is stress. Fifty-six percent of survey respondents say financial worries are their biggest source of stress. A lack of sleep (36 percent), health concerns (35 percent), work (30 percent), the environment (9 percent) and our $20 trillion deficit (4 percent) are other sources of stress. The survey didnt explore politics, but the names Trump and Pelosi are generating an explosion of saltytongued originality across our great land. Whatever the source of our stress, cursing DOES relieve it. A 2011 Keele University study, reports Forbes, found that yelling out curse words increases pain and stress tolerance. Volunteers were asked to hold their hands in freezingcold water twice. The first time, they shouted curse words. The second time they used inoffensive phrases. Each vol unteer was able to keep his or her hands in the cold water longer while cursing. The researchers found that the enraged yelling raised the heart rate, which, they hypothesize, means that the yell ing triggered a fight-or-flight response, downplaying feeble ness in favor of a more pain-tolerant machismo. Thats one reason why, concluded the researchers, that swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon. Cursing has certainly improved my capacity to deal with stress. I studied cussing under the tutelage of my father, now 85, a maestro in the art form. He perfected his skills while attempting plumbing repairs in our home. Over the years, cursing has helped me ease the pain of financial setbacks, a broken heart and unpleasant coworkers. On a daily basis, it helps me cope with people who write checks in front of me at the grocery store and moronic drivers who drive too slowly in the passing lane. But the question is, why are so many Americans cursing these days? Some argue that it reflects a breakdown in manners and civility and a growing coarseness in our culture. San Diego State University psychologist Jean M. Twenge offers a more intriguing theory. According to the National Post, Twenge conducted a 2017 study that explored how the use of the seven dirty words featured in comedian George Carlins 1972 mono logue, Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television, changed in literature between 1950 and 2008. Twenge found that the rise in profanity was dramatic she measured a 28-fold increase between 2005 and 2008. She said the increase can be blamed on growing individual ism, which is a cultural system that emphasizes the self more and social rules less. Twenge says that as social rules fell by the wayside, and people were told to express themselves, swearing became more common. That makes perfect sense to me. Whereas younger generations are being taught to freely express their innermost feelings and frustrations using words that were once considered taboo, prior generations were taught the opposite. When I was a kid in the s, we knew we were pushing the line if we used words such as son of a gun, gadzooks and h-e-double-hockey-sticks. If we got caught using real curse words, wed be enjoying a bar of Dove soap for supper. In any event, now that cursing is no longer considered taboo, I see one big problem. As more people cuss freely, curse words will lose their shock value and their capacity to relieve our stress. The h-e-double-hockey-sticks with that! Copyright 2018 Tom Purcell. Tom Purcell, author of Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood, a humorous memoir available at, is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. Send comments to Tom at Tom@ behalf of the West Nassau Historical Society, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for mak ing our 2018 Railroad Day Festival such a huge success. Although the weather for the most part was overcast with an intermittent drizzle, we still had a good turnout, especially among the young parents with their children. They are our future caretakers of our past and one day our history will be in their hands. The West Nassau Historical Society is a volunteer-driven nonprofit that relies heavily on Railroad Day and other events to fulfill our two main goals of highlighting our countys rich history and maintaining the historic Callahan Train Depot. Funds raised during Railroad Day helps us meet these goals. We are extremely grateful to area businesses, groups, and citizens who helped us put on our 13th annual celebration, but we need more members and volunteers to succeed so we hope others will see the importance of preserving our history and join our group. First, special thanks go to Mayor Rau, Council President Bass, and the Town of Callahan for their tremendous help and support. We would also like to thank this years sup porters: Rayonier, CSX, Rayonier Advanced Materials, WestRock, West Fraser, Rusty Acres, Commissioner George Spicer, Vystar, Brandies Ace, Hagan Ace, FPL, Callahan Subway,, Southeastern Bank, Callahan Timber, Nassau County Record, Ashley Plumbing, Callahan Walgreens, Keffer DCJ, Westside Journal, Nassau Printing, Raymond Historical Productions, AA Bottled Gas, BSCM/Callahan Recycling, Advanced Disposal, DJ Odds and Ends, Hendricks Septic, Gores Nursery, SCV Camp 745, First Coast Impressions, Juniors Seafood, RPM Wood Products, Lighthouse WECC FM 89.2, Jan and Lynne Johannes, Paul Clark Ford, and the Greater Nassau Chamber of Commerce. A special thank you goes to the car show par ticipants and to Callahan Cruisers, AB&B Auto Parts, and Cochranes Collision for hosting another exciting RRDay classic car show. Thanks go to Jerry Peterson, our entertainment director, and to the musical performers who gave their time and talents to entertain the crowd. Special thanks to Joel Pace for bringing his popular hands-on musical instruments to the kids area and to thanks all of the food and craft vendors and exhibitors who displayed their wares, model trains, quilts, tractors, antique machines, and climbing wall. Lastly, we would like to thank each and every member of the West Nassau Historical Society who went above and beyond what was asked of them to ensure that we put on a safe and enjoyable event. You all continue to show that by working together toward a common goal, all things are possible. The Historical Society is always looking for new members to join us in planning future tours, exhibits, and projects. We meet on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM inside the historic Callahan Train Depot. Please join us as we continue to preserve our history for future generations to enjoy. John Hendricks and Emily Baumgartner 2018 Railroad Days Festival Co-chairs West Nassau Historical SocietyThe east side and west side of Nassau County are as much alike as an oyster and a clam. Part of a similar (mollusk) family, but with different tastes and textures and likes. While one side possesses a pearl of advantages dynamic Amelia Island the west side is true country, open spaces and a common pleasure it is that way. The east side has adopted a highend tourism focus, with swanky resorts and amenities. Amelia Island has glitzy hotels and restaurants like Salt and Bobs Steak & Chophouse; the most popular restaurant on the west side is Callahan Barbecue (but dont underestimate it). And the west side feels it always gets the short end of the bargain, especially from county officials (although 70 percent of property-tax revenues come from Amelia Island). Too many unpaved roads in Callahan and Hilliard and Bryceville. An inferior infrastructure there. A lack of attention after devastating storms; debris still litters the west side roadways since Hurricane Irma. Now some west side businesses are reportedly concerned about the merger of the Greater Nassau County Chamber of Commerce with the larger Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber. They hope that the west side still receives attention, maintaining its identity at the business table. Unlike the east side, the west side can become an industrial and commercial powerhouse. There are already plenty of successful businesses, like in agriculture and farming. And there is lots of land for development (i.e. Crawford Diamond Industrial Park). Ken Bass, the president of the Callahan Town Council, describes the differences this way: The east side and the west side its like being in another country. In between lies the town of Yulee. It is becoming the bridge, connecting the polar-opposite sides together. The product could be a delectable sandwich that will satisfy the appetite for residents, tourists and businesses alike. Both sides can work together and make this county an even greater place. Bridging the divide is not a bad thing it can become a very good thing. The united Nassau County Chamber of Commerce can lead this unification from its impartial, pro-business vantage point. Each side can still maintain its character. The historic charm of Fernandina Beach. The posh resorts on unincorporated Amelia Island. The dense retail/residential emphasis of Yulee, and the rural flavor of the west side. Something for everyone. Maybe that can become our county slogan. Steve Nicklas is a financial adviser and a chartered retirement planning counselor for a regional 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, and on his personal website at 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 t nntbbb T fm P br PbffT fn t rR rrw rrt tNassau County Commissioners:Danny Leeper, District 1-Fernandina Beach, 261-8029 (h), 430-3868 (cell), email: Steve Kelley, District 2 Pat Edwards, District 3 George V. Spicer, District 4 Justin M. Taylor, District 5 City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners:Mayor: Johnny Miller Vice Mayor: Len Kreger: 432-8398 (home), email: Roy G. Smith Phil Chapman Chip Ross: 410-394-0220 (cell), email: cross@fbfl.orgRICK MCKEE-THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE/CAGLE CARTOONS DAVID FITZSIMMONS-THE ARIZONA STAR/CAGLE CARTOONS


Danielle Nichole Hall of Starke, Fla. and Brennan David Beckham of Fernandina Beach, Fla. were married at 3 p.m. March 17, 2018 in Reynolds Chapel at Camp Blanding Training Center in Starke with Rev. David H. Beckham, the grooms grandfather, officiating. The bride is the daughter of Richard and Lori Hall of Starke and granddaughter of Rodney and Janic Hall of Starke, Marjorie Gillam of Starke and the late Jerry Gillam. The groom is the son of Joel and Melanie Beckham of Fernandina Beach and grandson of Brian and Suellen Rampacek of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., David and Ginny Beckham of Beverly Hills, Fla., and the late Mary Beckham. The chapel was beautifully decorated with lace and pale pink and white hydrangeas accented by petal pink roses. An abundance of candles were lit all throughout the chapel as well as a full candelabrum decorated with flowers and lace behind the wedding party on alter. The brides father escorted her to Love Me Tender by Nora Jones. Once Upon a Dream by Yvonne and Peter Holland from Sleeping Beauty was played during the recessional. The bride wore an elegant French ivory strapless A-line full-length gown with a full train. Her lace dress was beautifully accented with a corset tied back. Her veil was a family heirloom, handmade and worn previously by her sister, Tiffany. The white cathedral-length veil was trimmed in scalloped lace that accentuated the dress hem perfectly and was held by a silver antique comb. She carried a gorgeous bouquet of hydrangeas with petal pink roses and babys breath. The stems were wrapped in Irish lace, and she carried an Irish lace handkerchief that belonged to the grooms great-grandmother, Julia Brennan Rampacek. Pinned to it were mementos to honor each of the bride and grooms grandparents. The matrons of honor were Romanita Mobley of Palm Coast, Fla. and Amber Romanio of Starke. The bridesmaids were Stephanie Reed (brides sister) of Starke, Tiffany Rhoden (brides sister) of Starke, Kirstin Riddick of Starke, and Brittanny Namwises of Macclenny, Fla. The brides attendants all wore full-length chiffon gowns with empire waists. Each dress was in one of three colors: steel blue, dusty rose and dusk lavender. The matrons of honor both wore dusk lavender. The attendants each carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas with a touch of pink and blue color and the stems wrapped in an Irish linen handkerchief. The flower girl, Sofia Mobley, was adorable in a matching chiffon pink dress and is the daughter of Romanita and Rodney Mobley. The best men were Nicolas Dickinson of Port St. Joe, Fla. and Noah Beckham, the grooms brother, of Fernandina Beach. The groomsmen were Drew Bowman of Fernandina Beach, Preston Rhoden of Starke, Christian Thornton of Fernandina Beach, and Michael Lee of Yulee, Fla. The groom wore a light gray tuxedo with a steel blue tie and grey vest. The groomsmen all wore the same tuxedo with a tie and vest in steel blue or dusty rose. Additionally, he and his groomsmen all wore green socks with white shamrocks because it was also St. Patricks Day. Curtis Reed, the brides nephew, and Brayden Riddick each carried signs announcing the bride would soon follow. Curtis is the son of Robby and Stephanie Reed and Brayden is the son of Kirsten and Clayton Riddick. Rodney Mobley served as usher. Dining and dancing followed in a reception at the Officers Club in the Camp Blanding Joint Training Center. The song of the couples first dance was Running Home to You by Grant Gustin. The wedding cake was a four-layered cake with cascading hydrangeas and butter cream icing. The flavors were strawberry and vanilla. The cake was made by Marty Rhoden, a very close family friend. Joel and Melanie Beckham, parents of the groom, hosted a rehearsal dinner Friday, March 16, 2018, Hampton, Fla. The grooms cake was served at the rehearsal dinner. It was a two-layer chocolate cake with chocolate cream icing. It was topped with chocolate-covered strawberries, two of which were decorated to look like a bride and groom. The cake was also made by Marty Rhoden. The bride is a 2008 graduate of Grace Christian in Florahome, Fla. and graduated in 2014 from Florida Gateway College in Lake City, Fla. She works for Century Ambulance Services, Inc. The groom is a 2012 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School in Fernandina Beach and graduated from Floridate State Fire College in 2014-15. He also works for Century Ambulance Services, Inc. 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CALL 261-3696 AND ASK FOR AN AD-VISOR TO PUT THIS SPACE TO WORK FOR YOU. Steve Johnson Automotive1505 S. 14th StreetFernandina Beach, FL904-277-9719Proudly Supporting Our Community 904-261-6956542057 US HWY 1. Callahan FL BUICK GMC CHEVROLET 464054 SR 200, Yulee (904) 261-6821 Welcome to Gods House Notice of Meeting Amelia Walk Community Development District e regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Amelia Walk Community Development District will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Amelia Walk Amenity Center, 85287 Majestic Walk Circle, Fernan dina Beach, Florida 32034. e meeting is open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida Law for Community Development Districts. A copy of the agenda for this meeting may be obtained from the Dis trict Manager, 475 West Town Place, Suite 114, St. Augustine, Florida 32092 (and phone (904) 940-5850). is meeting may be continued to a date, time, and place to be specied on the record at the meeting. ere may be occasions when one or more Supervisors will participate by telephone. Any person requiring special accommodations at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the District Oce at (904) 940-5850 at least two calendar days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770, for aid in contacting the District Oce. Each person who decides to appeal any action taken at these meetings is advised that person will need a record of the pro ceedings and that accordingly, the person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based. David deNagy District Manager God delivereth and rescueth, and He worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in Earth. At times we want God to rescue us from certain pits and He doesnt. He wants us to learn that His grace is sufficient in the pit, and He gives us peace in the very presence of enemy forces. God wants His children to recognize His presence with them when they are scraping the bottom of the barrel and everything around them spells destruction and defeat. The question is never what will God do when it appears that our number is up? The question is what will we do? We may not be able to escape the pit, but in the midst of it we can believe in our God. We may not be able to conquer the lions in our lives, but then we dont have to. Our job is to be innocent and continually serve our God. We may not be able to stop legislation from being enacted against us, but we can still kneel in prayer and thanksgiving before our God. Lets stop exhausting ourselves by fighting the enemy and conditions around us. They are too many. Enter into His rest, worship Him and be innocent of all charges hurled at us by those jealous, insecure, and scared because of our position with God and man. We dont need to be rescued from the enemy because Jesus has already rescued us from their power. Just continue to trust and believe in, and never doubt, Him. Birthday wishes to Shawn Wingard, Tylinda Sharper, Keegan Brennan, Velvet Holland-Brown, Jerrick Jones and Minnie Johnson. Hope to see you all at the Shrimp Festival this week.rf SUBMITTEDHall-Beckham SUBMITTEDThese students from Southside Elementary recently received the most Accelerated Reader points in their grade level during the third nine weeks of school. They were invited to a special luncheon to celebrate their accomplishment. Pictured from left are, first row, Oliver Kimball, Kyleigh Land, Grady Harrell, Nikita Geter, and Leia Andersen; second row, Lulu Hicks, Sara Drawdy, Lexi Hopson, Chance McDonald, and Ryan Broughton; third row, John William Martin, Avery Lentz, Olivia Whitehead, Yesenia Diaz-Garcia, and Nolan Thelen; and fourth row, Principal Marlena Palmer and Media Specialist Kim Hicks.rffnfftb fbrf Do you ever have the need to visit the Nassau County School District administration office located at 1201 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach? Do you find yourself driving 20 plus miles to get there? Is it a trip that takes you more than an hour these days? The Nassau County School District now has two satellite offices. The westside location is at 45021 Third Ave. in Callahan and the Yulee location is at 86207 Felmore Road in Yulee. The offices will provide a place for parent meetings, employee meetings, staff meetings, and support. If you have questions or would like to schedule a meeting,call 491-9900.rfnrtbftfrtbrf NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 8 5/3/18 4:18 PM


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Featured in every edition will be local articles, senior news and information of interest to help Boomers and Seniors live happy and healthy lives. Nassau County Record Proud To Be YOUR Hometown Newspaper Since 1930 Since1854511 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL(904) 261-3696fbnewsleader.com617317 Brandies Ave., Callahan, FL (904) in our full color, glossy... in our full color, glossy... in our full color, glossy... in our full color, glossy... CELEBRATING HAPPY, HEALTHY LIVESwere not budgeted for the 201718 fiscal year. I dont believe we have any money included in this years budget for dredging because the plan was we would fix the southern attenuator (and) then we would remove the southern docks as part of this fiscal year, Martin said. Then, at the start of the next fiscal year we would match the FIND money and do the dredging while the southern docks were pulled, and then restore the southern docks. Its not included in this years budget so we would need to use our reserve money. This does not come out of the capital fund. It comes out of the general fund because dredging is not a capital expense. Do we want to review that decision? Vice Mayor Len Kreger asked. Is there a capability to do that with the resources out there? The commission instructed Martin to crunch the numbers, determine the costs and logistics involved in dredging the south basin and bring the information back to the commissioners at a future meeting. It all comes down to money, Martin said. Local resident Paul Lore also spoke about the marina. He told the commission that he has started a grassroots effort to support efforts to restore the marina Citizens for the Restoration of Fernandina Harbor Marina. We want to help focus leadership, express desires and educate the public about the city marina, Lore said. This is the First Coast, and we should have a first class marina. A harbor is such a central gathering place. It could be the heartbeat of the city. The city is robust with maritime and shrimping history, Lore said, and the marina should be the centerpiece of the island. I think the marina needs to be a priority, he said. Lore said the group has 16 members so far. Commission members thanked him for his involvement. In other business, the commission: Proclaimed May 4-6 as the 55th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival; Proclaimed May as National Bike Month; Proclaimed May as Mental Health First Aid Month; Proclaimed May 1 through Oct. 31 as sea turtle nesting season; Approved an amendment with the Florida Department of Transportation for the maintenance of traffic signals in city limits; Declared some vehicles as surplus and authorized auctioning them; Approved an election agreement between the city and the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections; Approved extension of water services to and annexation of property on TJ Courson Road; Awarded a $80,360 contract to Live Oak Management for construction of special event driveways for the golf course and airport; Approved a proposal from Insituform Technologies to perform storm sewer line repair in an amount not to exceed $60,000 as a piggyback agreement with the city of Daytona Beach; Entered into an agreement with IMS Infrastructure Management Services to examine, analyze and prioritize city road needs; the city manager will negotiate a contract with the firm; Discussed a city manager goal review and assessment; Heard an update on HB 631, which affects beach access and private property owner rights, from City Attorney Tammi Bach; and Approved a preliminary plat for Amelia Bluff subdivision, creating 30 home sites. The development will be between on Citrona Drive.Yulee High School senior Joshua Hamrick of Boy Scout Troop 152, which is chartered by the Yulee Lions Club, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in March. His project included the restoration and preservation project at Fort Clinch that included 169 service hours. He has earned 80 merit badges and has been an active member in the Order of the Arrow, an honor society within the Boy Scouts. In addition, hes active in his church and participated in the National Jamboree at the Summit in West Virginia in 2013. Hamrick plans to pursue a career in engine maintenance.SUBMITTEDThe city of Fernandina Beach has obtained a flood simulation model in an effort to further educate the community on flood dangers and prevention methods, according to a news release. Right now, we are scheduling presentations in local fifth grade classrooms, but our goal is to reach even more citizens, Angie Lester, administrative coordinator in the citys Building Department, said in the release. She plans to set up a booth at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market in May and will also be manning a booth at this weekends Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. Each of these activities garners the city points in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities. A high rating results in discounted flood insurance premium rates for citizens. The city previously borrowed a similar device from the Florida Floodplain Managers Association that was shared with students at the citys Atlantic Recreation Center and fifth grade students at Yulee Elementary School. Thanks to the educational program Lester created, Traveling Floodplain, she, along with representatives from Nassau County, was asked to present at the recent statewide FFMA conference. Lester was also awarded a scholarship from the FFMA for the National Association of Floodplain Managers conference in Phoenix, Ariz., which has been recognized as the most important floodplain conference in the United States. I am excited to take a course on Elevation Certificates and natural ways to earn more CRS credits, noted Lester. For additional information or questions regarding floodplain management and relevant educational tools, contact Building Official/Floodplain Manager Tony Perez-Guerra at or 310-3139. rfrrntnrfntbtfrt CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH/SPECIALLester and City Planner Jacob Platt presented Lesters Traveling Floodplain program at the Atlantic Recreation Center last year. Continued from 4A CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH/SPECIALAngie Lester received a scholarship from the Florida Floodplain Managers Association for the National Association of Floodplain Managers Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. in recognition of Traveling Floodplain, an education program she created. She appears with Del Schwalls, president of FFMA. Fernandina Beach Stormwater Manager Andre Desilet recently completed the process and examination to become an Association of State Floodplain Managers, Inc. certified floodplain manager, according to a news release. The CFM exam is a threehour, 120 multiple-choice question, closed book test. Exam topics include floodplain mapping, flood insurance, and natural solutions. Prior to the test, Desilet participated in two days of lectures presented by Del Schwalls, chairman of the Florida Floodplain Managers Association. These classes, titled Fundamentals of Floodplain Management and Determining the Base of Flood Elevation, were not comprehensive. Desilet studied many nights to pass the exam, which has a pass/fail rate of about 50 percent, according to the exams proctor. The knowledge I gained from preparing for this certification provides tools to better prioritize drainage projects and evaluate improvements, Desilet said. Additionally, I learned a lot of information regarding funding opportunities, cost sharing, and mitigation grants. Ill now be more effective in applying for grants. City Planner Jake Platt and Building Official Tony PerezGuerra are also certified floodplain managers. Perez-Guerra acts as the city floodplain administrator. More information regarding ASFPM and its CFM certification program can be found at floods. org.nbrrn frrbt Desilet NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 9 5/3/18 4:44 PM


rfn n n ntblf A PHOTOS BY BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERFernandina Beach High School is hosting the District 4-5A baseball tournament this week, and semifinal matches were held Tuesday, eliminating all but the finalists. Yulee, the top seed, beat West Nassau Tuesday and Bishop Kenny defeated the hosts to advance to Thursdays title game. Nick Love, above left, picked up his eighth win of the season in Yulees 12-2 win over West Nassau in the opening game Tuesday. Josh Bedell had two hits and a pair of RBIs, and Braxton Wall, above right, added two hits. We hit it well but just right at guys early, and then they started finding some holes, said Fred Matricardi, first-year head coach at Yulee High School. Give West Nassau credit. They were ready to play. It was 1-1 in the fourth, and we scored nine to put the game away. Im proud of our guys. Nineteen wins is a school record, and we are playing for a district championship. Weve talked about being in this position since September. Our kids have bought in and now we play a very good Bishop Kenny team on Thursday. Our kids should be loose and just go play. Were in the playoffs next week so lets go let everything hang out (Thursday). In the night cap Tuesday, Bishop Kenny ousted No. 2 seed FBHS 11-2. Aidan Sweatt scores the Pirates second and final run Tuesday night, above left. A Bishop Kenny runner scrambles back to first base, above right. A Warrior heads to first base, manned by Yulee first baseman Avery Love, above left. Tripp Vonnoh, right, was on the mound for the Pirates Tuesday. SPECIAL PHOTOSYulee High School will be represented in the 2A state track meet by Malik Brown, Sydney Lake and Darion Dixon. Brown and Lake both qualified in the discus, and Dixon will com pete in the 300-meter hurdles. The state meet is today and Saturday at the University of North Florida. Fernandina Beachs Walker Bean and John Sorensen also qualified. NEW Sports Fri.indd 1 5/3/18 1:51 PM


rThe Fernandina Beach High School boys basketball coach Matt Schreiber will host two camps this summer, a basketball camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 4-7 and an allsports camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 11-14 at the FBHS gym. The all-sports camp includes badminton, basket ball, kickball, ping pong, volley ball and soccer. The camp is open to boys and girls entering third through ninth grades next school year. Camp objectives include improving skill level, enhancing knowledge of rules and strate gies and teaching the impor tance of good sportsmanship. Fee is $100. Register the first day of camp. For information, contact Schreiber at 6352612.fntbThe U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a recre ational boating safety educa tion program. The course is aimed at the new boater. Flotilla 14-1 is offering this course at the Amelia Island Fernandina Beach, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 19 and June 9. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Fee is $10. Attend the course and pass the exam to receive a Florida Boater Education card. To register or for information, contact Harry Tipper at (912) 576-6659 or email htip Island Youth Soccer is holding travel team tryouts. Register by today. Tryouts are from 6-7:30 p.m. May 7 and May 9 for U11-13 and from 6-8 p.m. May 8 and May 10 for U14-19. Season includes fall league and spring college showcase tournaments. Interested play ers and licensed coaches should email diradvcomp@ To register, visit for Frogmen 5K will be at 8 a.m. May 19 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road. The Tadpole Trot for children 2-6 years old will also be held that morning. Sponsorships starting at $100 are available; each sponsorship comes with a free 10x10 booth. Email ameliais for information. Both the 5K and the Tadpole Trot are hosted by the Navy SEAL Foundation, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the foundation; its mission is to provide immediate and continuing support to Special Welfare community, including spouses and chil dren. Go to www.jogginforfrog men/ameliaislandfl for informa tion and to register. Early reg istrations indicate even more runners will participate in 2018. Packet pickup will be from 3:30-6:30 p.m. May 18 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.ntThe 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.Amelia 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.fThe 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 (pay-tonk) is a cousin of both horseshoes and bocce, the Italian bowling game. The public is always welcome. Call 491-1190.The 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. 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 encour age compliance with rules of water safety by club members and the general public, and to promote youth-related com munity and other civic-minded activities. Burke at (256) 453-4744 or email for the all-new Monster Jam Triple Threat Series are 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. Purchase tickets at www. 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 levels are welcome. Call 2611080 for information.tnThe North Florida Bicycle Club offers several organized bicycle rides each week at various times and locations on Amelia Island and in Nassau County. Cyclists of all abilities are welcome. Helmets and a bicycle in good working con dition are required. Bicycle safety will be emphasized at the start of each ride. Cyclists typically split into groups, depending on pace and skill level, and there are options to cut the ride short. Anyone who joins the group will not be left behind. Lunch is optional. Call 261-5160, or visit www., www. or www. for information.fnttSenior 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.U.S. 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 information. To submit an item for this column, contact Beth Jones at 261-3696 or email information to JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERThe Nassau County School Board recognized the Fernandina Beach High School girls basketball team May 31 at its meeting for the Lady Pirates successful 2017-18 campaign and advancing to the Final Four. Pictured, from left, are assistant principal Chris Webber, head coach Jacob Nantz, interim principal Dr. John Mazzella, Lady Pirates Riley Webber, Yoleimy Diaz, Alexis Schulz, Kaylan Mitchell, Zada Freeman, Erica Foote, Hannah Chestnut and Sydne Caddy and athletic director Mary Walker. rf The Good Problem fishing team out of Fernandina Beach placed first and third in the kingfish division of the Rock the Dock Fishing Tournament in Panacea over the weekend. Captained by James Powell, the team includes, from left, James Powell, Bubba McKendree and Bradley Ecklof, pictured with the winning fish of 50.75 pounds.   The thirdplace fish weighed 33.2 pounds. Not pictured: Leslie Brinkley.SUBMITTED NEW Sports Fri.indd 2 5/3/18 1:51 PM


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 On Amelia Island at the base of the A1A bridge From 11:00 am daily Weekend breakfast from 8:00 AM960030 Gateway Blvd. 904-277-3700 Also recognized by USA Today as one of Jacksonvilles 10 Best Homestyle Restaurants for 2016Barbara Jeans was selected for Five Winners in the Elegant Island Living Magazines Best of 2017 Crab Cakes, Bread & Rolls, Soup, Vegetable Plate Selection and Southern CookingBarbara Jeans w on2017in the Best All Around Restaurant category!Florida Times Unions WINNER 2017 BOLD CITY BEST CRAB CAKES Best Best of the Dining Out Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Dining Out at your favorite local spots CALL 261-3696 TO FIND OUT HOW YOUR RESTAURANT CAN BECOME A PART OF OUR WEEKLY DINING OUT FEATURE PAGE. You Are Welcome Here!36 Bowman Road 901-277-4414 Sunday Services at 9:15 & 11:15 r PHOTOS BY PAMELA BUSHNELL/NEWS-LEADEROn May 1 at Wildlight Elementary School in Yulee, Take Stock in Children Nassau celebrated 27 graduates from four county high schools who earned college scholarships through the organizations program. Students who might otherwise have been unable to attain their dreams of attending college were selected for participation in TSIC while still in middle school and agreed to meet rigorous standards toward earning scholarships. The program, now in its 20th year, pairs volunteer mentors from the community with each student. One hundred percent of TSIC students have gone on to college and 93 percent have earned college degrees. The event also recognized 22 new middle school inductees into the program. Culinary students under the direction of Chef Castleberry from Florida State College at Jacksonville provided catering for the event, including the celebratory cake. 2018 FBHS graduate Jordan Parker was among TSIC seniors chosen to give words of encouragement to new inductees into the program. Parker also earned a football scholarship and will be attending the University of West Florida in Pensacola this fall. Longtime TSIC mentor Patsy Page received recognition for her mentorship of four students over the past 12 years. TSIC Executive Director Dr. Andrea Cummings presided over the May 1 celebration of 2018 high school graduates and new inductees into Take Stock in Children. The 2018 graduating seniors, their school of higher education, and their mentors are: Student School Mentor William Alvarez UNF Michael Mazuryk Olivia Arenburgh Valencia College Patsy Page Thainique Bailey UNF Mary Alice Southwick John Brooker FSCJ Brad Reese Davis Brown TCC Bill Moser Beatrice Davis FSU Patsy Martin Javier Fonseca Diaz FSCJ Brian Syme Gabriel Grego FSCJ Tom Oden Joshua Hamrick JTI Gregory Caldwell Jacob Hetzel FSCJ Ed ORourke Kristin Kirkus FSCJ Kimberly Syme Savanna McDonald FSCJ Phyllis Sipes Jordan Parker UWF Jamie Deonas Alexis Peeples Flagler College Joyce Finley Marvin Portillo UF Jay Kayne Jaya Riley FSU Patricia Hayden Andrea Rodriguez FSCJ Sandra Taylor Chyna Romedy Emmanuel College Gail Cook Kyndle Schneider FSU Georgia Murray Lillian Shank FSCJ Cindee Rowe Anthony Thomas FSCJ Danny Rivera Emily Wate UNF Phyllis Holmes Charles Wate III FSCJ Wade Williams Halie Wheat FSCJ Shelley Hirsch Jhania Williams UNF Thea Seagraves Amanda Wilhite FSU Barbara Leech Brittany Wright FSCJ Cynthia Hollerfntbtbnt ntbn btfnbttbtffnn brf rnf NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 12 5/3/18 4:34 PM


rfntbfn bf tf rffn tbbn nbbnnbr fb fb bfbb rbr rbr rbnrbb ffntbbb t rfnftb fbt bbf bbbb bnb bbb bfbtnb n r bnbbt br f t bbfrr bbb bn b f Beginning guitar summer camps for children from 9 to 12 years of age and 13 to 19 years of age are being offered by the Nassau County Adult Education Department this summer. They will run for one hour Monday through Thursday the weeks of June 11, 18 and 25 and the weeks of July 9, 16 and 23. The 9 to 13 year old camps will be at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. The 13 to 19 year old camps will be at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. The camps will be held in the Team Center at the Nassau County School Districts administration building at 1201 Atlantic Ave. in Fernandina Beach. The class limit for each class is six. Cost is $40 for instruction and materials. Guitars will be available for use in the class. Students will learn basic chords and well known songs to go with the chords they have learned. Different chords will be taught in each of the weekly sessions so you could mix and match the sessions as well. Call Michelle at 650-823-1767 to register and for more information. Ki-lin Stables in Yulee is offering camps for children 5-13 who are interested in horses. The camps are suitable for beginner to advanced riders and will include daily riding, basic equestrian care, arts and crafts and other horse-related activities. The camp will have three sessions: June 11-15, June 25-29 and July 16-20. The cost of each session is $250 per participant and runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Care before and after camp hours is an additional $10 per hour. Sibling discounts and single day prices are also available. A non-refundable deposit of $125 or tuition paid in full is required at least 14 days before the first day of each camp session. Cash, checks and PayPal are accepted. For information, call 446-8643. rfArts Alive Nassau is offering the following summers camps. Swashbucklers & Sea Fairies: An arts and crafts camp for students from 9 to 12 that will use artistic and creative talents in a variety of ways while focusing on themes of pirates and mermaids. Cost of $75 includes all supplies; Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon; June 18-20 at New Vision Congregational Church, 96072 Chester Road, Yulee; June 25-27 at Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Ave., Fernandina Beach; Drums & Rhythm: Les DeMerle, world-renowned drummer and artistic director of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, is offering this camp, designed to develop rhythm and enhance musical skills in drummers and percussionists as well as students of any instrument. Students will require a drum practice pad and a pair of drumsticks, both of which can be purchased at the first session. For ages 9 and up. Cost of $120 includes six sessions Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon July 9-11 and 16-18 at New Vision Congregational Church, 96072 Chester Road, Yulee To register for either camp, contact Arts Alive Nassau at 310-9243 or For more information, go online to ntrrbThe Nassau County Boys & Girls Clubs will conduct sumrGirl Scouts of Gateway Council has announced 2018 summer camps open to girls of Northeast Florida. This year, GSGC is offering summer camp experiences at two different locations. Camp Kateri near Gainesville and North Fork in Middleburg will be the selected sites for Girl Scout activities this summer and will offer a variety of session themes that will allow campers to earn Archery, Gardener, Adventurer, STEM and Survival badges. Camp Kateri will offer multiple resident camps throughout the months of June, July and August. Resident camps are overnight camps for girls of varying ages to practice independence, test their ideas and try new things. At Camp Kateri, campers can participate in activities such as swimming, kayaking, outdoor skills, arts and crafts, canoeing and archery. The North Fork Leadership Center will host day camps where campers can enjoy the wonders of nature with canoeing and archery. Day campers may also choose the STEM emphasis camp to combine nature with the sciences such as robotics, photography, astronomy and more. Beyond day camps at North Fork, the North Fork campsite offers girls the option of a twoor three-night stay to test out a traditional camp experience. Girls choosing to try a sampler overnight camp will sleep in a cabin, cook over a fire at night and enjoy customary camp activities including swimming, boating, shooting and making smores. Teens who have completed high school will be able to earn their Counselor in Training designations. With the approval from a Girl Scout camp director, Counselors in Training have the opportunity to mentor and work with younger girls in a camp and outdoor setting. For more information about the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council 2018 summer camp offerings and how to register, visit or contact TriciaRae Stancato at 421-3484. SUBMITTEDThrough outdoor experiences like canoeing, kayaking and sailing, girls can get out of their comfort zones to take healthy risks, try new things and create their own one-of-a-kind experience at Girl Scouts summer camps. rnAmelia Community Theatre has announced its slate of 2018 summer camps for children and teens. Registration for all camps begins April 2 and can be completed by going online to, by calling 261-6749 or by visiting the ACT box office April 2 between 2:30 and 5 p.m., April 3 between 12 and 2 p.m. or any Thursday, Friday or Saturday from April 5 to 21 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. One-Week Acting Camp June 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon; ages 7-12; tuition $100 Campers will learn theater basics and perform a short play for friends and family on June 8. The camp is held in ACTs Studio Theatre at 209 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. Note: 7 year olds must have completed the first grade or equivalent. Two-Week Musical Theater Camp June 18-30, 9 a.m. to noon; ages 8-12; tuition $200 June 18-30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; ages 12-17; tuition $230 This camp will present a production of Mary Poppins Jr. on ACTs Main Stage at 207 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach at 7 p.m. June 29 and 1 p.m. June 30. Campers must be available for the performances to sign up for the camp. Notes: 8 year olds must have completed the second grade or equivalent; 12 year olds have the option of registering for either the morning or the all-day session. Two-Week Shakespeare Camp July 2-14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; ages 12-18; tuition $150 This camp will present performances of King Lear at 7 p.m. July 13 and 14 in ACTs Studio Theatre at 209 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. Campers must be available for the performances to sign up for the camp. nrnRoyal Amelia Dance Academy will host several weekly camps this summer. Each camp will be split into three classes by age group 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years. Each class will be limited to 15 students. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $140 per week or $496 for all four weeks. Lunch will not be provided; students should bring their own lunches with water. Each week will conclude with a family theatrical performance at Amelia Musical Playhouse. Sing Your Heart Out July 2-6: Students will act as their favorite characters, like Buster Moon, Rosita and Ash, as they sing and dance to hit songs and will create their own talent show props and animal costumes. Live performance is at 2:30 p.m. July 6. Harry Potter July 9-13: Students will create magical props, act as Hermione, Ginny, Draco, Dobby and more, join a Hogwarts House and sign and dance to new songs. Live performance is at 2:30 p.m. July 13. Princess on the Bayou July 16-20: Students will bring Princess Tiana to life along with her friends and their singing frogs, act as Tiana, Charlotte, Juju, Mama Odie, Stella, Evangeline and Prince Naveen, sing songs like Down in New Orleans and Almost There, create costumes and props for cooking, dance and frogs, draw and paint the backdrop and dance to the great sounds of New Orleans. Live performance is at 2:30 p.m. July 20. Good Is the New Bad July 23-27: Students will act as Evie, Mal, Harry Hook, Jay, Uma and their famous parents, sing the biggest songs from the movie, create their own magical costumes, looks and props, design backdrops for Auradon and the Isle of the Lost and dance. Live performance is at 2:30 p.m. July 27. CAMPS Continued on 4B fbbb Fernandina Beach High School recently held its senior awards ceremony to recognize students not only for scholastic achievement but also for excellence in the arts, for the ability to balance athletics and academics, for dedication to military and community service, and for student leadership. This years class was offered more than $3 million in awards and scholarships, not including assistance from the Florida Bright Futures program, the value of which varies from student to student. While a listing of all students who received awards and scholarship offers follows, one recipient warrants special mention. FBHS senior Josie Kilburn was recognized as a National Merit Scholarship finalist. She also won the Ted Steger Memorial Physics award and was named the top Senior Math/Science Student. In addition, she was recognized as an Advanced Placement Scholar of Distinction and is eligible for a Florida Bright Futures scholarship. FBHS faculty named her the female Best All Around Student. Dozens of scholarship awards were presented to selected students by community organizations and individuals. The amount of these awards ranged from $500 to more than $5,000 per recipient. One student had the distinction of receiving more than five community awards. Abby Hamilton was recipient of awards from FBHS Business Partners, Rotary Club, Federated Republican Womens Club of Nassau, GFWC Womans Club of Fernandina Beach, Nassau County Gator Club, and the John Vrabec Shadow Foundation. She was also recognized as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and presented with the Pirate Principals Award for Excellence. She is eligible for a Florida Bright Futures tuition scholarship. Other multiple community award winners were James Baker (4), Gabrielle Gibb (3), Samantha Maltagliati (3), Martin Tolxdorf (3), Walker Bean (2), and Lauren Walker (2). Additional students receiving a scholarship award from a community organization were as follows: Amber Sell, Anna Arato, Lilly Basse, Carly Beverly, Katarina Brill, Emily Colson, Dea Dvalishvilli, Jenna Edwards, Elijah Evans, David Gray, Hannah Grinde, Sarah Kelly, Brody Mandelbaum, Demitria Pollard, Savannah Ramsey, John Tripp Vonnoh, Masha Yarborough, Max Yarborough. The Rotary Club awarded six scholarships totaling $17,000, while the U.S. Constitution Scholarship Foundation awarded one of its five $5,000 scholarships to an FBHS student. Eight students received scholarships in the amount of $17,630 each from Take Stock in Children Nassau: Hogan Alvarez, Thanique Bailey, Matt AWARDS Continued on 3B NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 13 5/3/18 9:52 AM


The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy; Nov. 8, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande; Dec. 13, Daisy Miller by Henry James; Jan. 10, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; Feb. 14, The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes. The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Branch Library, located at 25 N. Fourth St. in Fernandina Beach. Melody Porter will present Census First. The census is a timeline to our ancestors names, places and other data but what about reading the rest of the columns and the cen taken the time to do exactly that and will pass on the infor mation. This presentation is great for those new to geneal ogy as well as intermediate researchers who need to go back and take another look at things they might have missed. All censuses through 1940 will be covered. Porter began her career in banking and mort gage finance, but as business es transformed and began using computer software, she became a business analyst and project manager. She is a lover of history and family sto ries. In her spare time, she has been researching her genealo gy for over 30 years. Escaping to Thomasville, Ga., she is pursuing genealogy fulltime as a genealogy and history researcher, lecturer and writer. Porter specializes in Florida, Georgia and Native American research but has a soft spot for French and English his tory. Proud to be a Native American (both Cherokee and Choctaw), Porter is a voting member of the Western Cherokee Tribe in Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. She has attended The Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research at Stamford University in Birmingham, Ala. as well as local, state and national genealogy conferences to stay current on the newest trends. As a DAR member, she is constantly improving her research skills by helping others join DAR. She has had her DNA DNA and enjoys finding new cousins. The public welcome is welcome to attend. The Amelia Island Museum of History will hold its next 3rd on 3rd Street presentation at 6 p.m. Friday, May 18. Special guest Medardo Monzon will present The Genealogy of Genes. For centuries, genealogists have based their studies on ancient records and oral affida vits to establish line of descent. Fifty years after the discovery of DNA, the age of genealogi cal DNA testing was launched, providing us with scientific methods to prove relation ships. But how were DNA This entertaining presentation will focus on describing the thrills, intrigue and espionage associated with the amazing race to solve the puzzle of this remarkable molecule by three competing scientific teams. Monzon will also describe the different types of DNA genetic testing, and will show how his own DNA test results encapsu late the story of human migra tion. Monzon began his career as an entrepreneur in his native Colombia, moving to the United States in 1981, where he worked for Dow Chemical, Equistar (now Lyondell) and International Paper. He obtained a chemistry degree from the National University of Colombia and a master degree in chemistry from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Mahler Advanced Management Skills Program and is certified in neuro-linguistic programming and several personality diag nostics. Monzon is retired and a resident of Amelia Island. His hereditary material shows links to points across the globe: Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Americas. This program is free for museum members with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. Seating is firstcome, first-served. For more information, contact Gray at 261-7378, ext. 102, or gray@ Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. Amelia Community Theatre will present The Phantom Tollbooth a play for young audiences and their families based on the classic novel by Norton Juster, at 7 p.m. May 18-19 and 24-26 as well as at 2 p.m. May 20 and 26 in Studio 209, located at 209 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. The show is recom mended for ages 5 and up; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and students. Call 261-6749 or visit amelia for tickets and information. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a recreational boating safety course aimed at new boaters, including teens. Flotilla 14-1 will conduct the course at the Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 19 and June 9. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. and costs $10. If you pass an exam, you will receive a Florida Boater Education card. The Amelia Island Museum of History will hold a Brown Bag Lunch at noon Wednesday, June 6. Special guest Chip Kirkpatrick will deliver a presentation entitled Metal Detecting: Finding Buried Treasure on Amelia Island. Kirkpatrick will recount the fascinating history of the first metal detector, which was made by Alexander Graham Bell in an attempt to save the life of President James Garfield. He will then discuss metal detecting and tell us about some of his most interesting finds, including a silver medallion found by Kirkpatrick last January, which is believed to be of Scottish origin and may have a compelling con nection to local history. Join us as we learn about metal detecting and the artifacts that provide a link between past and present. Kirkpatrick and his wife, Grace, are lifelong residents of Northeast Florida. Retired after 32 years with Bellsouth/AT&T, Kirkpatrick was an avid fisherman until a friend got him interested in metal detecting. He has sold his three boats and most of his fishing gear and now does dirt fishing. His wife says he still gets as dirty as before but occasionally smells better at the end of the day. An avowed history buff, he despairs that so much of our history is rusting and rotting away, in the ground beneath our feet. He is dedicated to recovering as much as possible, restoring it and finding places for it in schools, museums and librar ies. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378, ext. 102, or gray@ameliamuseum. org. Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 S. 3rd St. in Fernadnina Beach. The kick-off event for the One Book, One Community program will be held at 6 p.m. June 7 at Caf Karibo. The 2018 One Book, One Community event will feature bestselling author Steve Berry, who will discuss his recent Professor Chris Twiggs will serve as the guest moderator for the program. One Book, One Community is a county wide program that encourages Nassau residents to read and discuss the same book. Various programs dealing with the theme, era and subject of the book will be offered throughout Nassau County. This program is in partnership with the Nassau County Public Library System and the Amelia Island Book Festival and is sponsored by the Fernandina Beach Friends of the Library. This is a plated, ticketed event that costs $25 per person; reservations need to be com pleted by June 4 and should be made early. Seating is lim ited. Plate choices are chicken dinner or vegetable lasagna. A cash bar will be available. Checks should be made pay able to the Fernandina Beach Friends of the Library. For more information, visit the library website at nassaureads. com or call 530-6500. Worldwide Knit in Public Day will be observed from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Fernandina Beach Market. Anyone inter ested in knitting can learn about the craft as well as how to create world peace through knitting. Knitters are encour aged to bring a chair and their knitting. For more information, contact Barbara Cadwell at (715) 350-1967. The Fernandina Beach High School Class of 1978 is planning its 40-year reunion. A meet and greet will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Sandbar & Kitchen at Main Beach (no charge). Dinner and dancing will take place 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, person). A pre-reunion gettogether will be held June 9 on Amelia River Cruises. For questions or more informa tion, contact Johnny at 3217875, Brenda at 753-0235, or Kim at 415-3243, or visit the FBHS Class of 1978 page on Facebook.Resin 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 glasslike finish. Cost is $45. To register, contact Julie Delfs at 518-322-7937. Four six-week adult beginning guitar classes are being offered by the Nassau County Adult Education Department beginning in June. Two classes will be held in the old middle school in Yulee at 850935 U.S. 17 in room 16-01 and will run on Tuesdays from June 12 to July 24 (no class July 3). 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 two other classes will be held in Fernandina Beach at the Nassau County School District administra tion building at 1201 Atlantic Ave. in the Team Center on Thursdays from June 14 to July 26 (no class July 5). 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 class limit for all classes is six. The cost for a class is $80 for instruction and materials. Call Michelle at 650-823-1767 to register or for information. 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 consists of nine games for $20, begins at 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes, and proceeds are donated to help veterans 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 at 6 p.m. Thursdays in the Yulee Middle School band room, 85439 Miner Road. For more information, visit www.nas 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 St. 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. Living in Recovery is a support group organized by the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition for anyone who recovering from any type of addiction. The goal of this group is to harbor a safe, confidential environment where one can gain support and skills to be successful in recovery. Meetings are Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Cost is $10 per meeting. Call 2773699 or email supportgroups@ for information. The Plantation Guild & Gallery will hold a public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today to introduce a Kaleidoscope. Osprey Village will be sponsoring the event and serving light refreshments. The charity will be the Humane Society. The guest artist for Baker Hinton. She will have for sale some of her latest work Gallery artists will also be present. The Gallery is located in the Omni Spa & Shops, 94 Amelia Village Circle on Amelia Island. For more infor mation, call 432-1750 or visit The Dynamic Les DeMerle Jazz Trio with Bonnie Eisele will Swing Into Spring with performances at Horizons Restaurant, 5472 First Coast Highway on Amelia Island. The group is scheduled to perform 6 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday as well as May 25-26. For reservations, call 321-2430. $15 music charge.rBallroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes with East Coast Swing at 7 p.m. followed by Foxtrot 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 work shop is offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Wednesday and Thursday classes are $10 per person. There will be no Friday Night Dance Party in May. 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 Amelia Island Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This Applique, featuring four mas ter-level quilters who incorpo rate appliqu in their work. Donna Pearce, Andrea Godling, Kathy Charnell and Ellie Boette will demonstrate a specific appliqu technique and allow participants to prac tice during the program. This hands-on learning opportunity is geared to all levels of fabric art lovers. Materials to bring are two pieces of contrasting felt at least 6 x 6 square with one piece cut into a simple shape (i.e. heart, tree, circle, oval); four 5 x 5 squares; thread and needle. Optional supplies include small scissors and small hand iron. AIQG meetings are held at the GFWC 201 Jean LaFitte Ave. in Fernandina Beach. For more information, visit aiquilters. com. Dickie Anderson will offer a presentation highlighting some of the homes found in toric district at 5 p.m. May 9 at Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro. Her book, Great Homes of Fernandina: Architectural Treasures from shares stories of the communi ty leaders who built the beauti ful Victorian-era homes that have made Fernandina Beach a living museum. Anderson is a docent and volunteer at the Amelia Island Museum of History, writes a weekly col umn for the News-Leader and articles for the Amelia Islander Magazine Her book will be available for purchase at the event. The store is located at 1430 Park Ave. in Fernandina Beach. Amelia Community Theatre will hold auditions for An Act of God at 6:30 p.m. May 9 at 209 Cedar Street. Three men are needed for the cast of this comedy by David Javerbaum, which starred Jim Parsons on Broadway. In the play, God and his wingmen, Michael and Gabriel, revisit the Ten Commandments and answer some of the questions that have plagued mankind since creation. Laura Swaim will direct the ACT production, which is rated R, with perfor mances in July on the studio stage. For more information, call 261-6749 or visit amelia The White Oak Conservation Foundation will hold Winos for Rhinos at 5:30 p.m. May 10. The event includes a tour of the organi rhino facilities where you will meet rhinos and their caretak ers to learn about the con servation breeding programs at White Oak. During your stops at the different areas, you will receive a refreshing beverage that wine stewards will describe to you while you The tour will finish at Gilman Hall, where you will enjoy a gourmet dinner and have the opportunity to recount the evening with your new friends. Cost is $200 per person. Call 225-3396 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for more details and to make reservations. The Friends of the Library Book Club will meet Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. Episcopal Church to discuss The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier. The program is free, and open to the public. Future meeting dates and books to be discussed are June 14, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro; July 12, by Geraldine Brooks; Aug. 9, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward; Sept. 13, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi; Oct. 11, A ro r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr frWednesday, November 1 Solution The White Oak Conservation Foundation will hold Winos for Rhinos at 5:30 p.m. May 10. The event includes a tour of the organizations new and expanding rhino facilities where you will meet rhinos and their caretakers to learn about the conservation breeding programs at White Oak. During your stops at the different areas, you will receive a refreshing beverage that wine stewards will describe to you while you enjoy hors doeuvres from White Oaks culinary staff. The tour will finish at Gilman Hall, where you will enjoy a gourmet dinner and have the opportunity to recount the evening with your new friends. Cost is $200 per person. Call 2253396 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for more details and to make reservations.SUBMITTED NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 14 5/3/18 9:54 AM


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Students with offers of one or more college scholarships from institutions of higher learning include Anna Arato, Amelia Arwood, Lily Basse, Carly Beverly, Jalynn Bottom, Hayden Bowen, Shelby Bradley, Sydne Caddy, Dea Dvalishvilli, Michael Evans, Erica Foote, Nathan Foster, Clay Gaines, Courtney Gill, Abby Hamilton, Elizabeth Hoffer, Kendal Hunter, Tucker Hutchinson, Jonathan Maurer, Maddie McClure, Chandler Miklas, Maddie Mott, Jordan Parker, Kyle Richardson, Emma Smith, Eve Thomas, Ava VonDyck, Will Waas, Lauren Walker, Jhania Williams, and Marsha Yarborough. Two students Kendal Hunter and Maddie Mott each had offers totaling more than $500,000, while Anna Arato, Carly Beverly, Sydne Caddy, Clay Gaines, Abby Hamilton, and Emma Smith each received offers totaling more than $100,000. Overall, scholarship amounts ranged from $500 to approximately $150,000 with a median offer of $24,000. Below are students eligible for tuition assistance through the Bright Futures scholarship program. Florida Academic Scholars: Steven Badorf, Carly Beverly, Jalynn Botto, Hayden Bowen, Katrice Curls, Mitchell David, Katherine Doss, Jenna Edwards, Ryan Edwards, Michael Evans, Gabrielle Gibb, Courtney Gill, Abby Hamilton, Ashley Herrera, Maya Hernandez, Josie Kilburn, Samantha Maltagliati, Brian Morris, Maddie Mott, Abi Nork, Austin Owens, Gage Perna, Jakob Pierce, Abbi Ramshaw, Parker Smith, Trey Stafford, Chris Stewart, Eve Thomas, Martin Tolxdorf, and John Tripp Vonnoh. Florida Medallion Scholars: Ethan Andrews, Anna Arato, Jonathan Baleat, Lily Basse, Walker Bean, Matt Brooker, Tripp Brown, Alyssa Burgan, Emily Colson, Elijah Evans, Griffin Fitzpatrick, Nathan Grimley, Seth Haspel, Elizabeth Hoffer, Savannah Hogue, Kendall Hunter, Sarah Kelly, Jessica Krajewski, Ellese Leblanc, Olivia Liliskis, Zach Linbom, Hannah Masters, Rebecca McLellan, Maddie McClure, Sebastian Miller, Andie Parker, Kyle Richardson, CJ Rogers, Lexi Schulz, Jonah Schwend, Joey Sullivan, Jeffrey Triola, Ava VonDyck, and Emily Wade. Florida Gold Seal Vocational: Thainique Bailey, Stephen Benge, Gustavo DeAssis, Emily Gelis, Tucker Hutchinson, Joe Lupone, Jonathan Maurer, and Chandler Miklas. Walker Bean received an Army ROTC scholarship for full tuition. The following students were recognized by the College Board for exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement Exams. Each student scored in the top 18 percent or above out of 1.4 million students nationwide. AP Scholars with Distinction: Katrice Curls, Katherine Doss, Ryan Edwards, Gabrielle Gibb, Abby Hamilton, Josie Kilburn, Maddie Mott, Jakob Pierce, Christopher Steward, and Martin Tolxdorf. AP Scholars with Honor: Ethan Andrews, Carly Beverly, Maya Hernandez, Samantha Maltagliati, Gage Perna, Abigail Ramshaw, and John Tripp Vonnoh. AP Scholars: Anna Arato, Hayden Bowen, Courtney Gill, Ashley Herrera, Elizabeth Hoffer, Brian Morris, Abigail Nork, Andie Parker, Alexis Schulz, Park Smith, and Ava VonDyck. Lauren Walker won the Coach Wayne Brenner scholarship while Olivia Liliskis was named Top Wrestler of the senior class. Health Science/Nursing Assistant awards went to Thainique Bailey, Camile Best, Erica Foote, Emily Gelis, Elizabeth Hoffer, Tucker Hutchinson, Rebecca McClellan, Abigail Nork, Demetria Pollard, Alexis Schulz, Kylie Tate, and Jhania Williams. Faculty awards recognizing individuals among this years graduating class for positive character traits were as follows: Citizenship: Emma Smith and Sebastian Miller. School Spirit: Madeline Windham and Nathan Grimley. Leadership: Samantha Maltagliati and Kyle Richardson. Best All Around: Josie Kilburn and Walker Bean. The following students earned straight As through all four years of high school: Carly Beverly, Katherine Doss, Courtney Gill, Mayahuel Hernandez, Josie Kilburn, Martin Tolxdorf, John Tripp Vonnoh. Principals Awards of Excellence went to Brett Burnette as president of the senior class and Gray Bean as president of Student Government. The Pirate Principals Award for Excellence for a student chosen by the principal and vice principal for trustworthiness, respectfulness, fairness, caring and citizenship went to Abby Hamilton. PHOTOS BY JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERLeft, Fernandina Beach Police Chief James Hurley and Fire Chief Ty Silcox present Beyond the Badges scholarships to Samantha Maltagliati and Lauren Walker. Right, The Judy Evans Memorial Scholarship went to James Baker. NL/PSAIn March at the Florida State Conference of the National Society Children of the American Revolution in Orlando, The Amelia Island Vaughan-Latham Society was awarded Most Outstanding Society in the State of Florida. The award was based upon excellence in programming, individual and group contributions to state projects, and participation in the Amelia Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Jacksonville Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution community patriotic events such as flag retirements, wreath placements, historic marker dedications, student award ceremonies for Nassau County students, and the Veterans Day parade. Vaughan-Latham also participated in statewide patriotic events such as the Colonial Nightwatch in St. Augustine and the Reenactment at Mission San Luis de Apalache in Tallahassee. Pictured after receiving the award are, first row from left, Senior State President Virginia Poffenberger; VaughanLatham Society Treasurer Landon Alexander, State President Klarissa Putt; second row, Vaughan-Latham Society President Aislin Alexander; third row, Vaughan-Latham Society Senior President JoAnn Burns Welker and Vaughan-Latham Society Senior Curator Andrea Welker Alexander. Right, Amelia Island Vaughan-Latham President Aislin Alexander served as personal page to Senior State President Virginia Poffenberger.SUBMITTED PHOTOSrfntfbnbfnbtn Continued from 1B NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 15 5/3/18 9:53 AM


mer academies at both the Lime Street and Old Nassauville Road clubs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily beginning June 4 and ending Aug. 6. The camps are open to ages 6 to 18 and costs $360, which includes nine weeks of all-day specialized programs, field trips, swimming athletics, technology and more. Discounts for multiple youths from the same family are available as well as free and reduced lunches. Call 491-9102 to register at the Lime Street club and 261-1075 for the Old Nassauville Road club. Ms. Shannons Summer Camps is offering the following classes: Pamper Me! Spa Mad Scientist Shark Tank Inventor My Dolly and Me: Best Friends My Dolly and Me: Celebrate the Holidays Art World Explorer The camps range in price from $130 to $155 and are schedule for June and July. For information and to register, visit or call 904-556-1568. When you send your child to White Oak Conservation Summer Camp, youre sending them on an experience they will never forget! Occupying more than 17,000 acres, White Oak is a unique place for the conservation of wildlife, history, culture and learning. Your child will participate in our STEM summer camp in a living laboratory like none other. As an education guest, your child will learn from leading experts in diverse life sciences and engage in stimulating programs that infuse core scientific and conservation principles. Rather than seeing imperiled animals on a screen or reading theory in a book, students touch, smell, and truly experience wildlife and habitats while learning about the threats they face and the work necessary to ensure their survival. The curriculum combines academic work, fun, and experiential learning. Throughout the week, students will participate in the White Oak Conservation Curriculum that incorporates science, social studies, the arts and much more to foster a sense of place in the worldwide ecosystem and conservation ethic. The White Oak experience includes swimming, river tours, sports, and the famous Gilman Hall (complete with a bowling alley). Summer camp tuition of $1,100 is inclusive of all activities, materials, curriculum, food and transportation. For complete information on ages and dates, visit rfThe Northeast Florida Community Action Agency is sponsoring Data Busters, a summer camp that pays 14 to 16 year olds to attend computer classes at the Yulee campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville and receive on-thejob training with local employers. The camp will run six weeks from June 11 to July 20. Students will attend professional workshops and field trips on Fridays and work 10 hours per week for $8.25 per hour, paid bi-weekly. Participants will also be given the opportunity to win a table or laptop computer. The Agency will provide for transportation for participants. Applications are due May 4 and eligibility is based on household income and family size. For information, call 261-0801. ntbKraft Tennis Partners will host a childrens summer tennis camp at the Kraft Athletic Club during the month of June for age groups 4-6, 7-9, and 10-14. Classes will start June 5 and continue for eight sessions held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration will be from noon to 3 p.m. June 1 and 9 a.m. to noon June 2 at the Kraft Athletic Club, located at 961023 Buccaneer Trail in Fernandina Beach. Registration will also be available between 3 and 4 p.m. on the first day of camp. Enrollment is limited. Total cost for all eight sessions is $25 per child and scholarships provided by club members are available for those in need. Volunteer instructors from the club will teach the basic fundamentals of tennis. All equipment will be provided and each child gets a T-shirt, snacks and water. There will be a final day of tennis play with parents attending plus a picnic. For information, visit or call Jerry Kawecki at 415-0217. fA nonprofit organization that supports the arts in Nassau County, the Island Art Association is offering a childrens art camp from July 16-20 in its Art Education Building, adjacent to the Gallery at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. The camp is for ages 7 to 14 and will run daily from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The fee is $30 for the week and includes art supplies and a daily snack. The camp will offer a variety of exciting experiences including the opportunity to be taught by experienced working artists and teachers, a visit to the Gallery to view and discuss artwork, and many exciting projects to engage and entertain the students. Payment is required with enrollment, which may be made at the Gallery beginning April 30. tGPA is holding camps for three different age groups at its 474321 East S.R. 200/AIA location in Yulee (next to Woodys Bar-BQ). Only 12 students will be accepted into each class. Prorated weeks are available for some of the camps. For more information or to register, call 4911111 or email info@geneticpotentialacademy. com. Strength & Conditioning, ages 12 and up For athletes desiring improved strength, speed, mobility, and explosiveness Train on injury prevention, endurance, and vertical Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Begins June 5 and ends Aug. 2 (closed week of July 2) $240 for 8 weeks or 16 sessions Athletic Development, ages 9 to 12 Development of mind and body Build coordination and flexibility and boost athleticism Learn how to move effectively and efficiently Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Begins June 5 and ends Aug. 2 (closed week of July 2) $240 for 8 weeks or 16 sessions GPA Fun Camp, ages 6 to 8 Develop overall athleticism with fundamentals Enhance coordination, balance and agility Have fun and learn about nutrition (snack included) Camp sessions run four days from 2 to 3:30 each day Sessions are June 4-7, June 18-21, July 9-12, and July 23-26 $100 per weekly camp John Raker (540) 246-2009Visit: jraker44@gmail.comUpscale Home/Lot Packages Available to Create Your Coastal Dream Home! Exceptional Water & Live Oak Views Abound in Yacht Club Marina Setting. Reasonable HOA includes Clay Tennis Courts, Bay House Pool, Gated Entrance and more! John is Realtor/OBH Resident with more information. NEW HOMES AT OYSTER BAY HARBOUR John Raker (540) 246-2009Visit: On-Island 3BR, 3BA Home at 774 Barrington Drive with: Single-Floor Living, Large Fenced Backyard, Screened Lanai, 2-Car Garage & convenient mid-island location. Home Interior fully re-painted, real hardto the island dog park & near upcoming River-to-Sea Island Trail. Come visit this Amelia Island Home! $334,900 MLS#76961 $10,000 PRICE REDUCTION & $5,000 CLOSING CREDIT John Raker (540) 246-2009Visit: jraker44@gmail.comIMMACULATE UPGRADED LAKE HOME at 95578 AMELIA NATIONAL PARKWAY: High Quality 3BR, ry, 3-Car Garage & Florida Room for next Owner! Upscale Gated Community with exceptional recreation and social offerings. $629,000 MLS# 79495 AMELIA NATIONAL COUNTRY CLUB 2265 Wesley Road, Yulee Build a custom dream home on this gorgeous estate w/ Nassau River overlooking Nassau Sound & the northern already cleared w/ a two acre stocked lake. Ten of the underground pipe & tubing brings a measured amount of water to each tree on an auto& CLOSE TO JAX & KINGS BAY. MLS# 72364 $895,000 Raegan HeymannCell: (904)-753-39165472 First Coast Hwy, Suite 1, Amelia Island, FL Oyster Bay Drive, Fernandina Beach ter Bay Drive within the gated community acre home site within The Cove of Oyster Bay backs up to a lagoon. Oyster Bay has a community pool & tennis courts. The nearby yacht club offers a community dock, nancing. MLS# 74268 $99,500 Raegan HeymannCell: (904)-753-39165472 First Coast Hwy, Suite 1, Amelia Island, FL Raegan HeymannCell: (904)-753-39165472 First Coast Hwy, Suite 1, Amelia Island, FL 96051 Southern Pride Court, Yulee lots. Select your own builder, build at your convenience, and settle into the comforts of a new home in lia Island/Fernandina Beach area. Community tennis courts and very convenient MLS# 78709 $84,900 Raegan HeymannCell: (904)-753-39165472 First Coast Hwy, Suite 1, Amelia Island, FL 1043 S. Fletcher Avenue S., Fernandina Beach great investment opportunity! This home offers a beaua kitchen and a living room. A new roof was installed in history of weekly rentals. Ideal property for the buyer looking for a 2nd home near the beach with the potential for excellent rental income. Washer, dryer, and furniture negotiable. Easiest to show between Sat a.m. check out and Sat p.m. check in. Current bookings and deposits can be transferred to the buyer. MLS# 79592 $675,000 Raegan HeymannCell: (904)-753-39165472 First Coast Hwy, Suite 1, Amelia Island, FL 96079 Oyster Bay Drive, Fernandina Beach Set amidst gorgeous tree canopy in the sought-after Oyster Bay community, this charming one story home has been throughout. This custom home offers a comfortable split large island with prep sink, & double oven with convection on fers tennis courts, RV/boat storage, & community pool. Oyster Bay is known for its large lots, beautiful trees, and well-manicured lawns & landscaping. Social membership at the nearby Yacht Club offers a community dock, boat slips, restaurant, & pool. MLS# 79638 $529,000 Raegan HeymannCell: (904)-753-39165472 First Coast Hwy, Suite 1, Amelia Island, FL 96488 Blackrock Road, Yulee minutes to Amelia Island. A total renovation has turned this home into a charming riverfront cottage with new everything. This throughout, shiplap and board & batten walls, solid wood doors throughout, elaborate hardwood trim, Bosch appliances includtiled walls and back-splash in the kitchen areas, gorgeous updated There is an adorable guesthouse on the property that is a single bedroom with sink and wall A/C unit... sive irrigation for the front and backyard, and for the orchard which is home to many different types of fruit trees. New well, water-softener, and aerator. Must see to appreciate! MLS# 79644 $799,000 Raegan HeymannCell: (904)-753-39165472 First Coast Hwy, Suite 1, Amelia Island, FL 96068 High Pointe Drive, Fernandina Beach year old, this one-story home has much to offer & boasts hardwood surrounded by gorgeous solid wood shelving. The kitchen features custom cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, Island. MLS# 80132 $493,500 Raegan HeymannCell: (904)-753-39165472 First Coast Hwy, Suite 1, Amelia Island, FL 940134 Old Nassauville Road, Fernandina Beach Arthur Rutenberg custom home with panoramic views of the marsh and beautiful tidal creek. Called The Amelia, this home boasts exinclude all GE stainless appliances, double oven with convection on top, Kitchen Craft cabinets with soft touch closure, 3 teletoys within the 3 car garage. Morning sunrise views overlooking Christopher Creek and the Nassau MLS# 79760 $659,000 96100 High Pointe Drive, Fernandina Beach plenty of gorgeous tree canopy. Very private drive. The neighborhood offers large lots, tons of trees and shade... as the deminutes to the beaches of Amelia Island. Nearby Oyster Bay yacht club offers a social membership for restaurant, bar, pool, community dock, and boat slips. MLS# 79666 $90,000 Raegan HeymannCell: (904)-753-39165472 First Coast Hwy, Suite 1, Amelia Island, FL Raegan HeymannCell: (904)-753-39165472 First Coast Hwy, Suite 1, Amelia Island, FL 86103 Montauk Drive, Fernandina Beach Pride of ownership is apparent throughout this well maintained large screened in lanai, deck off of the lanai, and a large fenced in backyard that backs up to a preserve. The kitchen offers granite countertops, dual drawer dishwasher, and a Maytag refrigerator. MLS# 80133 $339,000 Best Value on Amelia Island $495,000 Compare to $600,000 Homes200 River Oaks Drive, Fernandina Beach Immaculate move-in condition, perfect for an active family with bedrooms include 2 master bedrooms. 3 1/2 baths. Huge eat-in plumbing, and major appliances. MLS 78917 $495,000 (904) 419-9080 Mobile: 904-321-9343Office: 904-261-9800Email: ekschmitt@gmail.comwww.buyandsellameliaisland.comTruly rare opportunity to own 148+ ft of pristine ocean front on north end of Amelia Island. This unique location provides unobstructed 180 beach/ocean views with no houses on the beach to your south for over 1000 ft. Watch beautiful Amelia Island sunrises from every room and balcony. This 4 bed/3 bath floor plan is loaded with potential. Third floor has electrical, HVAC, and plumbing run for a 5th bedroom with ensuite. $1,799,000 MLS#80324Eric Schmitt REALTOREach office is independently owned and operated Great opportunity to buy in this prestigious neighborhood. Stunning wooded half acre lot on Little Piney Island. No time restrictions to build, county taxes with a convenient location close to beaches and shopping. $85,000 MLS#79065 Susan and Sarah McEwenREALTOR(904) Spacious 3BR/2.5BA home in Timber Creek Plantation. Upstairs loft for media room or play room. Kitchen has Solid-surface counters. Low HOA fees with amenities including pool, clubhouse w/ kitchen, gated basketball court, playground, and and beaches. Growing area with A schools and so much more. $244,000 MLS#79829 Susan and Sarah McEwenREALTOR(904) Beautiful 4BR/2.5BA home in Amelia Walk. bedroom design features granite counters & ing on the open extended patio. Amenities intrails and sidewalks. $325,000 MLS#80222 Susan and Sarah McEwenREALTOR(904) To advertise your listings in the Exclusive Properties section contact Candy or Meghan at the News-Leader 261-3696 Continued from 1B NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 16 5/3/18 9:55 AM


STEVE SCRUGGS/SPECIAL PHOTOSLocal geophysicist Steve Scruggs traveled to Greenland last year to help locate a lost Viking city as part of an episode of the Travel Channels Expedition Unknown. The episode can be viewed through the on demand feature of most cable and satellite providers and the Travel Channel app. Scruggs spent six days conducting research on location prior to the actual filming. He lived with a Greenlandic sheep farming family that spoke little to no English, boated around icebergs and fished in the mountain creeks with his hosts for his own dinners. Scruggs is president of Amelia Island Runners and spent a portion of his six days on location running the equivalent of a halfmarathon through glaciers and fjords. He has appeared in another episode of the show that investigated the so-called Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, also available on demand. Mediterranean villa in gated Oyster Bay Harbour. Open plan, plantation shutters, GR, kitchen, granite counters, SS appl & dbl oven w/butlers pantry. FRENCH DOORS to terrace or balcony in each room. Summer kitchen, pool & landscaped backyard. 1st oor w/master suite, 2 guest BRs w/ en suite BAs. 2 BRs w/balconies on 2nd oor w/ BA. 2 car garage. Community Ctr w/pool, tennis & social activities. $674,500 MLS#78733Anne Barbanel, (904) PENDING All brick 4BR/3BA home on over an acre of waterfront property w/views of Lanceford Creek. Great room w/ gas replace, and large Florida room, & Tread-Plex deck. Formal DR, kitchen w/granite counters, 5 burner gas range, dble oven, island w/bar. 1st oor master suite w/screened porch and jacuzzi tub. Split oor w/3 main oor BRs and BA. Bonus room w/full bath ex space upstairs. 2 car garage plus 2 car detached garage and concrete parking pad for boat or RV. No HOA fees. $798,900 MLS#80237Anne Barbanel, (904) Build your home on Soap Creek. Incredible marsh views over the Intracoastal to Amelia Island one plus acre lot. Enjoy the quiet, meandering streets on this private gated peninsula with the only community yacht club and marina in Fernandina Beach. Community pool, tennis and many social activities. $282,500 MLS#78869Anne Barbanel, (904) PENDING Custom built home in Oyster Bay Harbour. Main level includes master suite, formal DR, kitchen w/5 burner gas stove w/breakfast nook, butlers pantry. Two en suite 2nd oor BRs, exercise room/ nursery, and lo upstairs. Amenities include community center, pool and tennis. $574,900 MLS#79539Anne Barbanel, (904) PENDING Custom built Brylen home! Great oor plan, in Oyster Bay Harbour. Heated pool/spa and patio. Kitchen w/gas stove, granite counters and S/S appliances. A separate wing w/2BR w/own baths, study/library. Amenities: community center with pool, tennis, and social activities. $535,000 MLS#80144Anne Barbanel, (904) DEEP WATER LOT Spectacular Views, Excellent Location, Small Gated Community, .87 Acres, Build Ready, Electric/Artesian WellDeepWaterAmelia.com904-497-1111 Doug Hamer(904) 654-9828 Doughamer9828@gmail.com5317 S. Fletcher Ave Amelia Island, FL 32034 One of a kind 1939 Coastal Cottage on one of the highest elevations on Amelia Island. is 3BR/2BA home has expansive open oor plan with 9 ceilings and granite counters in the kitchen overlooking the great room. Home features original wood oors, replace and two screened porches. e beautifully landscaped back yard is fenced and has a 2 car detached garage with workshop. is is a must see! $449,000 MLS#78834 Doug Hamer(904) 654-9828 Doughamer9828@gmail.com5317 S. Fletcher Ave Amelia Island, FL 32034 Picturesque setting is the perfect home for family and entertaining. is 4 BR, 3.5 BA home features 20 foot ceilings, plantation shutters, crown molding, gas replace, 2 car oversized garage with workshop, 45X40 screened lanai with a 30X14 pool overlooking private backyard. Close proximity to the beach, shopping and Jacksonville airport. $589,000 MLS#79782 Doug Hamer(904) 654-9828 Doughamer9828@gmail.com5317 S. Fletcher Ave Amelia Island, FL 32034 Mediterranean courtyard custom home in e Preserve, located next to a greenbelt that would always allow for the unique privacy this villa offers from its large screened-in lanai. is 4 BR/4 BA home includes upgrades; granite counter, plantation shutters, gas cooktop, custom built-in organizer in the master closet. Guest BR and BA, bonus area on the second level. Community pool. $595,000 MLS#79950 Doug Hamer(904) 654-9828 Doughamer9828@gmail.com5317 S. Fletcher Ave Amelia Island, FL 32034 3BR/2.5BA home located on Amelia Concourse. Custom upgrades and on a large corner lot. Kitchen, dining and living areas lead to a screened lanai overlooking the professionally landscaped backyard w/ paver re pit area, sh pond, and a play set. Master bedroom with en-suite on the main level with 2BR and ex space. e 2 car garage w/utility sink and area for work shop. Amenities include pool, kiddie pool, and water park. $299,000 MLS#80288 2726 FOREST RIDGE DRIVE, UNIT K-G Katheryn White904-753-2705 474303 E. State Rd. 200 www.palm3realty.comOwner occupied 20+ years!! Move-in condition! Freshly painted, vaulted ceilings with skylight in lr, new vinyl coated entry door, kitchen appliances including washer and dryer. Kitchen and bath cabinets with silestone counters, kitchen has corner cabinet features a lazy susan! Attractive backsplash**new bamboo laminate flooring and tile flooring, windows and sliding door in 2007. (**blue insulation and hardibacker material under bamboo and tile flooring***to reduce noise) small pet door removed, however it is in the unit if buyer wants it). Community pool, tennis court, playground and picnic area! There are extra lights with dimmer switches in kitchen, bath and laundry room! This unit will be a joy to own as primary residence, or, take advantage of liberal rental options that are grandfathered in! MLS# 79436 $187,000 2700 MIZELL AVENUE, 501B, AMELIA ISLAND Katheryn White904-753-2705 474303 E. State Rd. 200 www.palm3realty.comTastefully updated 2 bedroom 2 bath end unit lies nestled among mature live oak trees and a beautifully restored swimming pool! Featuring an open floor plan and spacious living room with high vaulted ceiling, this quiet end unit is the perfect place to live year round or to use as a vacation retreat. included are: near new washer & dryer, wine cooler, glass front cabinets in kitchen, both bathrooms have updated sink/vanities, premier ceiling fans, fresh paint, high end window blinds!! Short walk to the Atlantic Ocean!! Turn key ready.. dont miss out on this Gem on Amelia Island!....Be ready, bring YOUR checkbook!! MLS# 80083 $199,000 95220 SUMMER WOODS CIRCLE #1204, AMELIA ISLAND Katheryn White904-753-2705 474303 E. State Rd. 200 www.palm3realty.comLOOK no more! This 2 year old unit has everything you were looking for!! Access to the beach!! Lower taxes!! GROUND floor!! even a garage!! YOU can relax by the pool, listen to the birds, let someone else mow the grass!! Sounds like heaven!! You will be surprised at the location and condition. 10 ceilings with crown molding for a touch of elegance. Extra large m. shower! Large walk-in pantry! Full size stacked washer and dryer!! Dedicated golf cart access road to the ocean!! SOME FURNISHINGS ARE NEGOTIABLE...(Gated from 5 pm to 9 am. daily.) MLS #80106 $310,000 85045 RADIO AVENUE, YULEE, FL MaryAnn Chase904-557-3531 474303 E. State Rd. 200 www.palm3realty.comSpectacular 3/2 brick home has been redone from frame to finish. Previously taken down to its framing, this newly remodeled home is a MUST SEE. Featuring Comfortable living room, Large master bedroom with beautifully detailed ensuite master bath & 2 additional bedrooms all offering beautifully preserved hardwood flooring. Expansive Bonus room & indoor utility room has plenty of storage. MOVE IN ready home features Everything from a charming kitchen/dining room combo with newly tiled floors, Corian countertops & all new stainless-steel appliances to its New wiring, plumbing, electrical, HVAC system with new TRANE AC unit & on demand propane water heater. Spacious fenced back yard is great for Summer BBQs & entertaining. This home is Conveniently located home within minutes of the beaches of Amelia Island, historic Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville International airport, & Kings Bay, GA. If youre looking for a great home at a great price with No HOA & no CDD fees, this ONE is for you. Beautiful Home w/pond/golf course views! Split design w/an o ce/den, formal dining room and kitchen with a breakfast bar and nook area. e master suite w/separate nook perfect for a reading area, or additional o ce space! Jack & Jill bath design & separate guest BR w/full bath. Courtyard entry garage, front covered porch, fenced backyard, rear golf course view, front view (3rd Tee) & on a 1/4 acre! Amenities: Arnold Palmer golf course/club, community pool, tennis/basketball courts, outpost w/ kayak launching & more! $339,900 MLS#79337Angela Garcia Direct: 904-335-7822 Beautifully appointed and UNIQUE home in the desirable Amelia Island Plantation. e many features include a NEW roof, NEW appliances, NEW interior paint, NEW landscaping and NEW extended driveway/walkway! Lovely natural setting with GREAT views of the Oak Marsh golf course. Enjoy the breeze from the screen rear patio with an extended deck. Right across the street from Walkers Landing, this home is truly a one of a kind! $710,000 MLS#79673 Angela Garcia Direct: 904-335-7822 Impeccably maintained home that sits on almost an half acre & situated on a cul-de-sac Lovely open oor plan, formal dining & o ce/den. e kitchen features crown molding, Silestone counters, extended breakfast bar and SS appliances. e master suite w/lanai entry door. 3-car garage, shed, re pit and an oversized pavered lanai. Great home in a great community! $370,000 MLS#79776Angela Garcia Direct: 904-335-7822 Lovely MOVE-IN READY home with over 2,000 sq of OPEN living space! e kitchen features 42 cabinets w/ crown molding, SS appliances & an oversized center island/breakfast bar! e large master suite features a walk-in closet, master bath w/ double vanities, walk-in shower & garden tub. e rear lanai overlooks the large, fenced backyard. Beautiful community pool! A MUST SEE!! $234,900 MLS#80089Angela Garcia Direct: 904-335-7822 To advertise your listings in the Exclusive Properties section contact Candy or Meghan at the News-Leader 261-3696 NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 17 5/3/18 9:44 AM


r Worship this wee kat the place of your choice... Doug Sides, Senior Pastor Morning Services 8:15 and 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Evening 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm Wednesday Children 6:30 pm Nursery Provided For All ServicesYulee, FL 3209785971 Harts Rd. 9042255128 Y BC ULEE Y BCAPTISTVisitors Always Welcome! HURCH 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 10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship Nursery/Childrens church provided Located near Yulee Winn-Dixie 96038 Lofton Square Court 904-491-0363 F o c u s e d o n J e s u s C h r i s t F a i t h f u l t o G o d s W o r d O v e r f l o w i n g w i t h G o d s l o v e 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 Sunday Service at 10am American Beach Community Center 1600 Julia Street UnityIsleofLight www. u nity i sleof l ight.comAll are welcome. Positive Path for Spiritual Living Sunday Services 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. ( 904 ) 277-4414 Amelia Plantation Chapel 36 Bowman Road Pastor Ted Schroder You 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 Pastor Bill Yeldell 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 Advertise Your Church Here!To advertise in the Church Directory; Call the News-Leader at 261-3696 Advertise Your Church Here!To advertise in the Church Directory; Call the News-Leader at 261-3696 Come join us on Tuesday, May 8, as dive in deeper to touch the heart of God. We invite you to come worship the Lord with us through fellowship, digging into the book of Ephesians, discussing and applying the timeless lessons to our lives. 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.rfnfJim Wood, a nationally known speaker and educator, will deliver the keynote address for the 2018 observance of the National Day of Prayer in Nassau County. The local leadership team for the National Day of Prayer has announced that Wood will speak on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach. New Zion is the venue for the 22nd observance of the National Day of Prayer in our community. The National Day of Prayer theme for this year is Pray for America-Unity. The New Zion Missionary Baptist Church is located in the historic district at 10 S. 10th St. and Atlantic Avenue. There is no admission charge for the National Day of Prayer service and the community is invited to attend. For more information, contact Lennon at regular multi-faith inspirational afternoon is on the second Sunday of each month. The next one will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at Springer Controls, located at 96072 Chester Road in Yulee. This will be an open, discussion/conferencestyle 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 Glory. The month of Beauty begins April 28. For more information, call 566-5437 or 432-8845.nfWe are in great need of virtually all types of non-perishable food and toilet paper. Most needed are jelly, condensed and ready-to-eat soup, canned meals and meats like beanie-weenies, raviolios, beef stew, spam, tuna, and chicken, dried beans and peas; pasta and spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, helper meals, ramen noodles, canned fruit and cereal. Donations can be brought to The Salvation Army Hope House, 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.fn nPrince 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.fAmelia 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.The 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.fFranklintown 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 Submit event announcements/briefs to: Calendar Listing c/o News-Leader, 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034;; or 261-3696. The 5th annual King of the Hill Surf Fest hosted by Neptune Baptist Church will return to Neptune Beach Saturday, May 12, and feature a pro/am surfing contest and surf fishing contest. The Surf Fest will take place between the Cherry and Walnut streets beach accesses. There will be free parking at Neptune Baptist Church, located at 407 Third St. Neptune Baptist Church is partnering with dozens of local business, nonprofits, and volunteers to bring this event to Neptune Beach. All proceeds will benefit the local charity, Mission House, which provides services to the Beaches homeless community. We are excited to bring this family friendly event back for its fifth year, said Tom Bary, pastor of Neptune Baptist Church, and we are thankful for the support of our community and local business sponsors that have put King of the Hill on the map as the premier surfing festival in Neptune Beach. Nels Gyland, who directs the surfing portion of the event, said King of the Hill is unique because it attracts more pro-level surfers each year but continues to offer a great environment for the amateurs and all ages to have a great experience. The surf fishing contest will run from 7 a.m. to noon. The surfing contest will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the various division levels and age groups for both the surfing and fishing contests. There will be a kick-off event at Neptune Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, featuring food, live music, contests and prizes, and lifetime achievement awards for local personalities in Northeast Florida surfing. From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, the church will host a fishing seminar featuring local fishing legend Larry Finch, along with more food, prizes, and fun. For registration information, visit kingofthehill or call 249-2307.The National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach. Its hard to think of a more constructive way to spend an evening. Intercessory prayer, of course, is always worthwhile, but an event like this also prompts us to consider how, as Christians, were to think about our country. People will show up Thursday night wearing red, white, and blue and therell be an American flag on display. The event will have a hard-to-miss Fourth of July feel. Some wonder if its appropriate to be openly patriotic. Is it biblical to love your country more than other countries? Is it right, while worshiping God, who is sovereign over all nations, to seek his blessing for ours? With a biblically informed perspective, it is. We have to acknowledge, of course, that any country, including ours, may have leaders who are immoral. As reasonable people, then, we would never endorse blind patriotism. Nor would we relinquish our Christian responsibility to criticize government leaders when they betray biblical moral standards. That said, there are godly reasons to love our country. Lets start with Acts 17:26, where the Apostle Paul explains that God has made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place. Individual nations, we see, are Gods idea and are integral to his plan. A key example is found in Genesis 12:1-3 where God promises Abram (later Abraham), I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. Deeper into the Old Testament, Job, the wealthy landowner who was severely tested, explains that God makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and leads them away (Job 12:23). In other words, nations appear and disappear; they thrive and decline according to Gods decree, to serve his purposes. Theologian Wayne Grudem believes that the existence of independent nations is a blessing from God. Their presence disperses power, he argues, which makes it impossible for a single dictator to grasp worldwide control. Too many times, history has revealed that rulers with unbridled power become greedy for more. In a sininfested world, were safer when the presence of one country effectively blunts the power of another. As Gods people who by his providence are also Americans lets pray for moral leaders and that our country, by its presence, would always restrain evil. Thats an appropriate, patriotic prayer. The Bible also instructs us to obey and honor our civic leaders. The Apostle Peter, for example, instructs Christians to honor the emperor (1 Peter 2:17) and to be subject to every human institution whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors (1 Peter 2:13-14). If we must honor someone, we should pray for honorable people. And if we must be subject to governors, lets beg God for wise, stable, and selfless public servants. Such prayer reflects a godly desire for all citizens to live in a good and prosperous country. That, too, is a fitting, patriotic prayer. According to Grudem, godly patriotism is grounded in other realities. Our identity, for instance, is strongly tied to our citizenship. Were Americans and citizens of Fernandina Beach, and most of us feel some sort of bond to our fellow citizens. In that attachment, we yearn to make our nation and city a blessing to us, our neighbors, and the rest of the world. Such yearning inspires the best kind of patriotic prayer. As citizens of the Unites States, we should be grateful that our government protects our lives, liberty, and property. We should be thankful for the rule of law, free markets, and a common (quite beautiful) language. As we thank God for these blessings, we should also ask him to help us, day-by-day, to fine-tune and perfect our institutions. Thats an altogether godly way to pray for our country. If God created the nations, and if hes made us a part of this one, we should strive to improve its character. We should pass along the values that have caused us to thrive: the notion that all men are equal before God, that we enjoy freedom of religion, are free to assemble and free to speak, and free to pray openly, at an announced time and place. Were even free to write about it in our citys newspaper. 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 nb NL/PSANASSAU COUNTY OBSERVANCE, THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 NEW ZION MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Wood NL 6 col. Fri. 05.04.indd 18 5/3/18 9:42 AM


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