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The news-leader
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News-leader (Fernandina Beach, Fla.)
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rfntb rffnnftbfffnfn rf rrfrn rtrb rf rf rrf rrfrn trbrrrrnnrf Print Edition PLUSFREE E-EDITIONContact us Today! 261-3696 SAVE UP TO 62% brffFor 20 of the 30 years Reverend Edwin Schick served as pastor of the First Assembly of God Church at 302 S. 14th St. in Fernandina Beach, he also fulfilled a personal mission to house the communitys homeless. It started on a cold night in 1988. Some teenagers who had been sleeping on the beach knocked on the pastors door asking for shelter. He put them up in a vacant house on church property with few amenities except a heater. With the help of volunteers, Schick would go on to refurbish the house into a shelter for 16 men. Then he started a separate shelter for 10 women in a church annex. When Schick, 67, recently retired for health reasons, the church opted to close the shelter. I was disappointed, admitted Schick, but I wasnt hurt by it. Life is too short to be dealing with hard feelings. (The shelter) was my mission. (The homeless) were part of our ministry and a part of our family. We found some incredible people among them, but its not everyones cup of tea, added Schicks wife, Donna. Although the deacons at First Assembly of God did not respond to the News-Leaders request for an interview, Schick has been told NASSAU COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICENassau County Sheriffs Office Deputy T.C. Edwards helped trappers capture a small alligator while on patrol. According to Sheriff Bill Leeper, the baby gator found its way into a pool behind a house on Fountain Drive in Fernandina Beach. Mayor Johnny Miller wants a committee committed to the Fernandina Harbor Marina, explaining that those who want answers to questions regarding the marina should be part of the process. We have a golf course advisory committee; we have an airport advisory committee, Miller said Tuesday night. We do not have a marina advisory committee. I want the community involved. It would get a lot of these things not only answered, but they would see the frustration we are seeing, having meetings in this room, being televised, by the people actually affected by this. I think its long overdue. We didnt need one before, because we didnt really have anything to discuss about the marina before, and then Matthew hit. I think we have a lot to talk about now. Once again, the marina topped discussions at the City Commissions June 5 meeting, with plan changes, pleas for help, explanations regarding the status of repairs, and a plan for moving forward. The marina has been in disrepair since Hurricane Matthew damaged it in October 2016. Services such as fueling operations and pump out capabilities have not been available. In addition, the marina has not been dredged since 2015, creating a silting problem that leaves boats sitting in the mud at low tide. Businesses that operate out of the marina, along with local residents, have become vocal about the problems, addressing the commission at several meetings, asking for help. City officials have explained they cannot repair the marina until permits for the work are obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The city manager and commissioners have also been reluctant to use emergency funds to make repairs. On the agenda for the meeting was an item that, if approved, would have directed the city manager to proceed with repairs to the northern attenuator (fueling and pump-out operations) without review and approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for such repairs. Miller took the item off the agenda. Were going to pull item 7.4 which is about moving forward with the repairs to the marina without waiting for the permit from the Army Corps, Miller said. Weve been advised by our attorney thats breaking a federal law, so we wont be doing that. A synopsis of the item on the agenda said, The City Commission indicated that the City should submit a permit application after the fact to satisfy the USACE concerns. The city applied for a Section 408 consideration from the USACE, which would give the city a variance from requirements that the attenuator be located further from the Amelia River navigational channel. The city has completed some minor repairs on the northern attenuator, but the Corps told the city that a permit should have been obtained before those repairs were performed. Several speakers addressed the commission regarding the matter, asking the status of permit applications and repairs. More than one expressed frustration that the item was taken off the agenda. City Manager Dale Martin explained the situation with the permitting process. He said that the city had applied for a permit last October, and that in December or January the Corps told the city that the permit The woman at the heart of the case of a missing Nassau County hair stylist pleaded not guilty to a charge of grand theft auto on Thursday, with a pretrial hearing set for June 28. Sheriff Bill Leeper said publicly on May 22 that he believes Joleen Rebecca Cummings, last seen May 12, is no longer alive. Kimberly Kessler, who was referred to in court as Jennifer Sybert, was arrested after a surveillance video showed her exiting Cummings vehicle in the parking lot of The Home Depot in Yulee around 1 a.m. Sunday, May 13. A law enforcement officer found Kessler, also known as Sybert, in her own car, a 2016 Kia Soul, at an Interstate 95 rest area in St. Johns County the following day, and arrested her. Kessler, who according to law enforcement officials has at least 18 aliases and dozens of previous addresses, did not appear in court on Thursday. Her attorney, Thomas Townsend, entered the written plea. Kessler worked with Cummings at Tangles Hair Salon in Fernandina Beach and is reported to have possibly been the last person to see Cummings alive. The salon closed permanently this week due to the devastating loss of Joleen and lost revenue, according to owner Vicki Simmons, who posted a message on Facebook. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper rJudge Charles W. Dodson of the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Tallahassee ruled Wednesday that Judge Robert M. Foster, of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Nassau County, must be replaced via an election instead of an appointment by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. However, according to a report in the The Florida Times-Union, Duval Circuit Court Judge Hugh Carithers emailed fellow judges saying that the appeal has already caused the 1st District Court of Appeals to grant a stay to the injunction, and interviews (for appointment candidates) will continue Monday as planned. DodsonFOSTER Continued on 8Afntbfftftff PAMELA BUSHNELL/NEWS-LEADERWith the retirement of Pastor Ed Schick from First Assembly of God Church in Fernandina Beach, the church opted to close a homeless shelter run on the property for the past two decades, leaving the county without a comparable facility. Said Schick and his wife, Donna, shown above with their dog Rafael, The homeless were a part of our ministry and a part of our family. We found some incredible people among them.HOMELESS Continued on 8A f KESSLER Continued on 3A Kessler, a.k.a. Sybert MillerMARINA Continued on 3A NL 6 col. Fri. 06.08 .indd 1 6/7/18 4:35 PM


The Fernandina Beach High School Class of 1974 invites upper and lower classes to join them for fun and memories Thursday through Saturday. The first evening will be spent aboard the Amelia River Twilight Cruise, departing at 7 p.m. June 7. Tickets may be purchased by going online to or call ing 261-9972; tickets are limited so reserve ASAP. Friday evening, June 8, will be upstairs at the Down Under Restaurant at 7 p.m.; attire will be casual. Saturday evening, June 9, will be upstairs at the Sandbar Restaurant at 7 p.m.; attire will be casual. For information contact Mona or Nancy at 753-0999 or 678-378-7862.rfntbbFirst Coast No More Homeless Pets, in partnership with the Petco Foundation, will host the 25th Mega Pet Adoption Event at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds this weekend. The event will be held today through Sunday, begin ning at 10 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. each day. The events have provided forever homes for more than 15,000 dogs and cats since 2012. Adoption fees are $20 and include spay/neuter, microchip, vaccines and a Jacksonville license. Thanks to local chiropractor Dr. Anthony Doc Tony Crothers, adoptions are free to active and retired military. Mega Pet Adoption will feature more than 900 animals from 14 different agencies, rescues and shelters from Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. Parking and entry into the event are both free.bbThe Federated Republican Women of Nassau will hold its next luncheon and meeting at 11:30 a.m. today at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club with Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Cannon as guest speaker. She will discuss the upcoming election and procedures. Reserve your spot by calling 4915544 or emailing by Thursday. Reservations are $15. All registered Republican women and men are invited to attend meetings and join as members or asso ciate members in the later case.bThe Nassau Sierra Club has invited St. Marys Riverkeeper Rick Frey to update the public on the clean up of the St. Marys River and Egans Creek in a State of the River address at 7 p.m. today at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library. Seating is limited.nbThe Pink Ribbon Ladies, a Nassau County support group for survivors of breast and other female cancers, will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Ackerman Cancer Center, located in Suite 103 at 1340 S. 18th St. in Fernandina Beach. a board-certified radiation oncologist, will speak with the group about managing side effects post-treatment, including lymphedema, neu ropathy, and fatigue. The Pink Ribbon Ladies offers support and education for women with breast, ovarian, cervical, and other female can cers in Nassau County. For more information, contact Anne Showalter at 321-5465 or Isobel Lyle at 321-2057.bfttUnited States Coast Guard Captain Todd Wiemers will be the guest speaker at the June luncheon meeting of the Nassau County Florida chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Wiemers is commander of Coast Guard Region Jacksonville and responsi ble for all USCG missions between Kings Bay, Ga. south to Port Malabar, Fla., including the three strategic East Coast ports of St. Marys/ Fernandina, Jacksonville and Port Canaveral. The meeting will be at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12. A light lunch will be served for $10. To attend, RSVP to Paul Booton at 491-1814 by 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10. The MOAA Nassau County Florida chapter welcomes all active, retired and former officers and their spouses. For more information, visit you are a vendor in Nassau County, Responsible Beverage Service Training. This training is designed to teach staff (waitresses, bartenders,cashiers, etc.) how to create and maintain a safe work environment for them selves and others when handling and serving alcohol. Training will be offered June 12-13. To register, call NACDAC at 277-3699.tbNow is your chance to bring your old and worn flags to the closest UPS store for proper disposal. The Amelia Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at 10 a.m. June 14 at Nassau County Fire Station 20, located at 5518 First Coast Highway on Amelia Island. The chapter retired 100 flags last year. You may turn your flags in as late as Saturday.fbMen Helping Men, an education program developed to help men make informed deci sions throughout their prostate cancer journey, will meet at 11:30 a.m. June 14 in the Board Room at the Baptist Medical Center Nassau. For information, contact Lauren at 277-2700.Friends and family sadly say goodbye to a most extraordinary man, Calvin Cal Wayne Atwood, 94, who passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Born in Bellows Falls, Vt. in 1924, he was the son of the late Urban Harold and Viola White Atwood. Cal served in the Marine Corps as a parachutist-machine gunner in World War II and was wounded in combat on Iwo Jima Island. Returning from the war, he completed high school and earned degrees from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc. and Columbia University in New York City, where he was honored as a Baker Scholar. Cal taught and worked in school administra tion at Sidwell Friends School, Washington, D.C., at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Mo., at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Cals passions included his wife, Carol Ann, his children, golf, and his poetry. Both he and Carol Ann served as president of Amelia Island Museum of History Board of Trustees. Cal was able to com bine his passion for golf with fundraising activities. He helped create and promote two annual golf tour naments. The Museum of History and the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots golf tournaments are now major fundraising events for their respective organizations. Cal was honored when they named the Toys for Tots tournament for him. He was recognized by Hands On Jacksonville, an organiza tion that recognizes outstanding volunteers in the Jacksonville area, with the Heart of Gold Award. His award, Service In Uniform, was for his many community volunteer activities. Cal participated in the Amelia Island Museum of Historys Veterans History Project, which is authorized by the United States Congress. His personal story of his war experiences landing on the beaches of Iwo Jima is available at the Amelia Island Museum of History. He authored two books of poetry, A Squadron of Roses and The Isle of You. His poems have appeared in publications including Leatherneck Magazine, The New York Times, Paris Review, International Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review and the News-Leader. He served as presi dent of the North Carolina Poetry Society and the Georgia State Poetry Society. Cal also was honored with the distinction of being poet-in-residence for the North Carolina Arts Council. A fellowship at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School is named in his honor. Cal was predeceased by his parents and his son, Wayne Atwood. In addition to his wife Carol Ann, he is survived by his children, Todd and his wife, Carol, Nathan and his wife, Helen, Laura Fox and her husband, Robert, and Bill Horton; his sister, Faith Sagi; 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. A time to celebrate Cals life will follow at Bar Zin, located at 4924 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, Fla. Those desiring may make donations in his mem ory to Amelia Island Museum of History at ame and 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034. Please share your memories and condolences ay most of his adult life, Howard Joe Engle travelled the world living in various countries on different continents. He experienced the Alps of Austria, the permafrost tundra of Alaska, the magnificence of the Andes, the snow-capped vol canoes of Ecuador, and the red clay of Madagascar. He learned more of the natural world while living in a mud hut on the island of Madagascar, with its zebus, lemurs, tenrecs, and brightly colored chameleons; from the jungles of Mahajanga on the coast to the zuma markets of the capital city of Antananarivo; from the mysterious remains of the ancient Inca civilization at Machu Picchu. Chasing the elusive aurora borealis in Alaska with his three young daughters impacted their lives, as well as his, as they still recount stories of driving miles through the dark night watching the dancing lights. While in Quito, Ecuador, Joe could look out his office window at 12,000 feet and see llama and alpaca roaming the plains at the base of Mount Cotopaxi. His dream was to reach the snowline of this 19,344-foot stratovolcano, so one day he hopped in his Jeep and said to himself, Im doing it. He drove until the Jeep lost power and settled into the volcanic ash. Slowly hiking upward, barely able to breathe, he finally grabbed a handful of snow at approximately 16,000 feet and felt the satisfac tion of a mission accomplished a beautiful meta phor for the way he approached life. Another humbling experience was studying the galaxy using the Baker-Nunn camera system while tracking unmanned scientific satellites as part of his work with NASA. He was responsible for tracking stations in Madagascar, Peru, Ecuador, and Alaska. Joe could recount many other stories but suf fice it to say his appreciation for the wonders of our universe had not diminished, and he chose the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina for his summer home. Joe was born October 7, 1940 in Baltimore, Md. to Lucy Cosentino Engle and Howard Francis Engle. He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1962 from the University of Maryland, where he was honored with selection to Tau Beta Pi and Etta Kappa Nu engineering societies. In 1979, he received his M.B.A. from Loyola College in Baltimore. Joe began his professional career in 1962 work ing for NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center as an aerospace technologist responsible for designing circuits for spacecraft. It was here that he met and later married Nancy Dianne Archer, with whom he enjoyed 37 years of marriage while they traveled the world together. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2000. In 1965, he joined Bendix Field Engineering Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Allied Signal Technical Services Corp., now Honeywell, based in Columbia, Md. His record of achievement in technical man agement positions culminated in 1989 with his appointment as the companys chairman/presi dent and CEO. He was responsible for the direc tion, management, and administration of various government contracts involving communications that developed proposals for new business, liaison with DOD officials, recruitment of personnel, and control of classified information. Under Joes leadership, the company grew to $600 million in revenue with approximately 8,000 personnel and provided technical managerial ser vices to the U.S. federal government, foreign gov ernments, and private industry at more than 120 worldwide locations. Among the companys major customers were NASA, with an established relationship of sup port on every manned and unmanned space mis sion since the agency began in 1958; the U.S. Navy; the U.S. Army; the U.S. Air Force; the U.S. Marine Corps; Ames Research Center; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; the Federal Aviation Administration; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Defense Nuclear Agency; the Department of Agriculture; the U.S. Geological Survey; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the Department of Health and Human Services; and various Department of Defense organizations. He was active in various community relations programs including serving as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Space Club, member of the American Astronautical Society, and charter member of the U.S. Space Foundation. After retirement in 1994, Joe joined ManTech International Corporation in Fairfax, Va. for two years as vice chairman and chief development offi cer, after which he retired for a second time and moved to Amelia Island, Fla. In 2003, Joe met and married Harriet Hilton Kennedy, also of Amelia Island and formerly of Thomasville, N.C. They later moved to Palm Coast, Fla. and in 2012 established their summer resi dence in Linville Ridge Country Club, Linville, N.C. He is survived by three daughters, Jodee Engle McGrath (Mike) of Cape Coral, Fla., Julie Gale Engle Chapin (Stephen) of Leesburg, Va., and Jenna Anne Engle Kielman of Leesburg, Va.; six grandchildren, Stephen Ramsey Chapin III, Joseph Powell Chapin, John Archer Chapin, Katherine Denice Kielman, Olivia Dianne Kielman, and William Frederick Todd Kielman. He is also survived by his wife of almost 15 years, Harriet Kennedy Engle; three step-children, Wallace Andrew Kennedy III (Linda) of Beaufort, N.C., Kathy Leigh Kennedy (Eli) of Efland, N.C., and Anthony Hilton Kennedy (Cherri) of Santee, S.C.; three step-grandchildren, Kristy Anne Kennedy (Tomas Infantes) of Greensboro, N.C., Wallace Andrew Kennedy IV (Melissa) of Charlotte, N.C., and Elizabeth Burton Kennedy of Lawrence, Kansas; two step-great-grandchildren, Sophia Angelika Infantes Kennedy and Vera Grace Infantes Kennedy; one sister, Virginia Buettener (Ed) of Preston, Md.; and one nephew, Eric Fischer. A celebration of life is planned in Maryland on or about October 7, 2018. Preferred memorials are National Space Club & Foundation at tion.html. Condolences may be sent to the family at Harriet Engle, P.O. Box 705, Linville, NC 28646.bnTrubee Laverne Evatt, 66, of Yulee, Fla., passed away Monday, June 4, 2018, at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville after a lengthy illness. Born September 18, 1951, in Woodbine, Ga., she was one of 12 children born to the late Tom R. and Geneva Brown Byrd. After moving to the Yulee area when she was young, she lived there most of her life. She married Fred C. Evatt Sr. 46 years ago. They made their home and raised their family in Yulee. She owned and operated Evatts White Glove Cleaning Service, and in her spare time she enjoyed fishing and cooking. Over the years, no one was ever turned away from her home. Her door was open to extended family, neighbors, friends, and visiting missionar ies. Trubee loved to cook for friends, neighbors, and family, especially baking fruit and nut cakes during the holidays. Her family described her as The Worlds Greatest Mom. Her children and grandchildren always meant the world to her. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Trubee Evatt-Hendrix; and eight sib lings. She leaves behind her husband of 46 years, Fred C. Evatt Sr.; daughters, Renee Evatt of Yulee, Shawna (Leon) Purpall of Bryceville, Fla., Tonya (Wilson) Waters of Augusta, Ga., India (Eugene) Powell of St. Marys, Ga., and Alena Evatt of Yulee; sons, Lamar (Kelli) Walker of Yulee, Travis Walker of Yulee, and Fred (Amy) Evatt Jr. of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; a sister, Mary (Travis) Sowell of Missouri; a brother, Dewey Byrd of Yulee; 25 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2018 at Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. She will be laid to rest in Hughes Cemetery in Yulee. Please share your memories and condolences at Joshua Adam Giddens, 37, a lifelong resi dent of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away peace fully Tuesday morning, June 5, 2018 at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Born in Fernandina Beach, he was the son of Al Giddens and the late Sheryl Giddens. Josh attended Fernandina Beach High School and was a member of the JROTC program. After high school, Josh joined the Nassauville Volunteer Fire Department, where he rose quickly to the rank of lieutenant. He was an accomplished painter and was well known and respected in the building and remodeling trades in Nassau County. Josh loved his family, his children and the University of Georgia Bulldogs. In addition to his mother, Sheryl Giddens, Josh was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jerry Giddens, in 2013 and grandmother, Edwina Giddens, in 2004. He leaves behind his father, Al Giddens; sister, Rachel Giddens; wife, Tina Giddens; son, Jason Giddens; along with daughter Eliana Giddens and son Jayden Giddens (and their mother, Melissa Forney); aunts, Jan Bratcher and Pam Peeples; uncle, Eddie Giddens; cousins, Amy Ennis, Andrew Giddens, Kaitie Giddens and Christopher Peeples; and nephews, Jacob Giddens and Jerrid Giddens. In lieu of flowers please forward donations in honor of Josh Giddens to Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring, 1348 S. 18th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Journey Church, located at 95707 Amelia Concourse in Fernandina Beach, with Brian Simpkins officiating.rrPolly Jane (Hunter) Kessel, 54, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018. Polly was born in Reisterstown, Md., on September 13, 1963, and was a graduate of Centerville High School, Centerville, Ohio, in 1981, and Palm Beach Community College in 1996. Polly worked in several profes sional and creative capacities in Dayton, Ohio, including at Mead Imaging, where she met her husband, Dan Kessel, in 1992. They wed at Lake Tahoe and settled in South Florida, where she enjoyed 20 years of friendships and a professional career in the loss prevention and physical security field, most recently with Protection 1 and ADT. In 2013, Polly and Dan relo cated to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, near Jacksonville, Fla., and continued their careers in addition to enjoying the natural beauty of the island and its surrounding area. Polly provided sales and marketing support at work with her kindness, smarts, patience, sense of humor, and her honesty. Polly will be remembered as a free thinker with a love of life and of people. She was very bright and curious, and she sought out answers for things that she questioned. She lovingly built and maintained relationships from childhood through adult hood. Polly loved music, reading, travel, cooking, and animals. She and Dan enjoyed the process of making houses into homes and, especially, enjoyed the lasting friendships that they made along the way. Polly was a beautiful person both inside and out. She leaves behind many friends, family mem bers, and her loving husband of 25 years, Dan Kessel. In recognition and in honor of Pollys love for shelter animals, please support your local animal shelter. A celebration of Pollys life will be held in Dayton, Ohio, in August. Details to follow on Polly Hunter Kessels Facebook page.tSheila Gail Beugnet, 70, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away at her residence Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Arrangements to be announcedrf t r rU f t r rrrrr nrftbrbrnrnThe News-Leader is published every Wednesday and Friday by The Fernandina Beach News-Leader, 511 Ash Street, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Periodicals postage paid at Fernandina Beach, Fla. (USPS 189-900) ISSN# 0163-4011. Reproductions of the contents of this publication in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher are prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: News-Leader, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. The News-Leader may only be sold by persons or businesses authorized by the publisher or circulation director.NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS: The News-Leader assumes no financial responsibility for typographical errors in adver tising. When notified promptly, the part of the advertisement in which the typographical error appears will be reprinted. All advertising is subject to the approval of the publisher. 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Senator) Rubio, because theyre the ones who can apply pressure, Ross said. The Corps is the Corps. Vice Mayor Len Kreger cautioned that too much involvement might prove counterproductive. Throughout all, our representatives are talking to the Corps, Kreger said. Its not very productive. I understand political issues. Politicians telling regulatory agencies what to do doesnt work well. Were moving on it, and we understand the importance of it. I personally am confident that the Corps will come through. The more we hassle them, theyre going to dig their heels in. They dont like that. Just let them do their job and let city staff, and it will work. Captain Kevin McCarthy, owner of Amelia River Cruises, said business owners are in trouble, and that the city needs to find a way to move forward. Theres always another way to skin a horse always, McCarthy said. Im a business man. When something doesnt work, I find a way to fix it. Believe me, you can find a way to fix anything if you have the will. You have to move forward and get it done. Two years ago I put a fuel tank on a private property lot next to the marina. I got permission from the property owner. The fuel tank is a tank that can be used on any construction site in the world. As soon as the tank was set on the property, I was told by the city I couldnt use it. I was going to fuel my boats from that private property, with their riparian rights off that dock and at least have fuel available to me. We could also easily install one of the pump outs on my dock with some simple plumbing. The pump out boat could be pumped out from my dock with that pump out machine. I could have fuel accessible to me from private property on city land, if the city would allow me to do it. The tank is still sitting there. Things can be fixed if you put your mind to it, if you have a will to do it. Miller said a marina advisory board would be a step in helping everyone understand that city officials share the frustrations shared by those who spoke at the meeting. I think thats going to get a lot of information out to the public and make you guys part of the process, he said. Instead of having to ask (for) the answers, youll be getting the answers. The commission agreed to have City Attorney Tammi Bach draft a resolution creating a marina board. 29904 SOUTHERN HERITAGE PLACE, YULEE, FL 32097 Pictured house: Aruba OPEN HOUSE TREVETT & ASSOCIATES REALTY GROUP, INC. (904) 616-7114trevett.kathy@gmail. co m www. 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Martin said that, contrary to some erroneous reports, the city did not hesitate to apply for FEMA funding after Hurricane Matthew, and that the fact that the USACE has not approved the project is not indicative of lack of effort from the city to obtain funding. The city applied for FEMA assistance immediately after the hurricane, Martin said. The city applied for the permit from the Corps immediately upon receiving the FEMA approval, which was October of 2017. The city is prepared to move forward. We actually had bids out right now. The bids are due to the city on June 25. For people to believe that the city is not moving forward because thats our choice (they) are completely misinformed. The city requires a permit from the Corps. That was put on the agenda because people kept saying the city needs to do these repairs, but are we going to violate federal law and go forward with these repairs? Until we get the permit from the Corps, we cannot do anything. Commissioner Chip Ross said the ways of the Corps are mysterious, and that the matter is out of local officials hands. The Corps is a world of its own, Ross said. They have things called guidance. They dont have any real rules. Ross explained that the Corps asked that the city obtain a permit for the southern attenuator repairs, and, once that permit is granted, apply for a permit for repairs to the northern section of the marina. He said those repairs could be affected by a lack of resources, which are being funneled to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irma in 2017. But, he said, the major stumbling block is the Corps. Its frustrating for you, its frustrating for every person up here because we all want to get this done, Ross added. Hopefully by late next spring, we will have a functional marina. Members of the public asked the commission where they should send questions and concerns to representatives, to the Corps, or to city officials. Id get everybody in this community to send letters to (Congressman) Rutherford, (state Senator) Nelson and (U.S. Continued from 1Aand Cummings mother, Ann Johnson, have pleaded for help from the public to locate Cummings. At a news conference on June 1, Leeper said there has been an exhaustive search of almost 40 areas within the county using ATVs, boats, horses, helicopters and airplanes, and on foot with canines. Leeper said that Kessler was in Nassau, Duval, and St. Johns counties at various times after May 12, the last day Cummings was seen, so Joleen could be almost anywhere. Leeper said law enforcement officials are not sure why Kessler has so many aliases, or whether she has been involved with any other disappearances. It seems she has definitely been running from something, Leeper said. While not providing any details of the investigation, Leeper said, Our community will be shocked when those details are released. Also in court Thursday was Cummings ex-boyfriend, Jason Gee, who pleaded guilty to probation violation and possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to six months in jail. Gee and Cummings were involved in a domestic disturbance that was reported May 9 to the Nassau County Sheriffs Office. According to a police report, Cummings told the responding deputy that Gee fled out of the back door because he has an active warrant when Cummings informed him that law enforcement was on the way. First Coast Crime Stoppers is offering a $4,000 reward for information that leads to the resolution of the Cummings case. Tips will remain anonymous and can be submitted at (886) 845TIPS or at The NCSO can be contacted at (904) 225-5174, (904) 548-4009, or (855) 725-2630.Continued from 1A rfntnttbtftt tttt FILE PHOTOSThe Fernandina Harbor Marina is full of muck due to its position on the Amelia River and the way it was designed. It has not been dredged since 2015. The eye of Hurricane Matthew passed within 50 miles of Amelia Island in October 2016. The storm severely damaged parts of the Fernandina Harbor Marina, below. NL 6 col. Fri. 06.08 .indd 3 6/7/18 4:37 PM


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John Thune, R-S.D., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who respectively serve as the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for answers following a report in The New York Times that Facebook offered numerous mobile device manufacturers special access to private user information. Citing ongoing efforts by the committee to oversee Facebook data privacy and security practices, the letter seeks details from Zuckerberg about his congressional testimony related to user control of personal information, efforts by Facebook to ensure business partner compliance with privacy policies, data storage and retention practices, disclosures to the Federal Trade Commission, and the identities of mobile device manufacturers who partnered with Facebook to receive special access. The letter gives Zuckerberg a June 18 deadline to answer. To view the letter, visit Zuckerberg has not yet submitted responses to written follow-up questions from his appearance before a joint April hearing of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees. Connor Kreger of Liberty Landscape Supply in Fernandina Beach is now a Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association Certified Horticulture Professional, according to a news release. Kreger earned the designation after passing an extensive written exam that measures horticulture knowledge and professional skills. In demonstrating his skills in many areas such as plant identification, disease and insect control, landscape design/management and proper irrigation, the professional designation of FHCP was earned. The FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional program has been administered since the mid-1980s. The program was designed to increase professionalism among Floridas growers, landscape professionals and retail employees. The standard has been recognized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and all five water management districts. The program builds upon Florida Green Industries Best Management Practices and Florida friendly principles. Liberty Landscape and Supply in Fernandina Beach provides the materials necessary to complete landscape projects. Its customer base is split between landscape contractors and homeowners, according to the release. Understanding trade to be a sensitive subject, I tried to research the principles of international trade. It was either vague, inconclusive, or complex. To address any topic, some supporting data is a good starting point. With NAFTA a hot button item right now, it is worthwhile to look at the auto industry and the three countries involved. To compare annual production in the three countries to sales, I annualized April 2018 year-todate (YTD) sales and took April unit production times 12 to approximate an annual production rate. While inexact, it will work well for comparisons sake (see chart): First, our country produces far fewer vehicles than it buys, creating a big number of imports every year. Mexico is a convenient, lower-cost maker of cars sold in our U.S. market, the worlds second largest. What will happen if the millions of cars and trucks hitting our shores are hit with tariffs raising the prices by 15-25 percent? It would be staggering to consumers, dealership employment, and supporting industries like ports in Jacksonville and Brunswick that process imported cars. Granted, our exported vehicles are hit with tariffs up to 100 percent in a country like Singapore, which is punitive. How do we reverse the precedent of existing trade agreements and not disadvantage ourselves? The trilliondollar question. Mexico produces 3.48 million vehicles for a domestic market of 1.34 million sales. Their excess production lands in the U.S. and goes overseas to a lesser extent. Outside of the Asian rim and Europe, Mexico is an issue for our domestic auto trade. Canada produces and sells a similar number of vehicles, although a fair number have always been built in southern Canada, just over the border, for the U.S. market. They are not a huge issue from my standpoint, as Mexico is. From a global view, there were 73.5 million light-duty and 23.85 commercial vehicles sold in 2017. In 2018, the forecasted sales for light duty are 81.6 million, a healthy increase. It is a global economy, and competition is fierce, with an emerging class of consumers who can buy a vehicle. The U.S. industry has regained its health the last 5-6 years. Tariffs are a threat to the stability of the U.S. auto machine, which is a chunk of our economy. Do we attack trade imbalances with a machete or a chisel? I hope the powers that be can answer the question. The solutions will involve different levels of aggressiveness to fit the countries and product lines involved. Keep your fingers crossed. Purchase numbers for new and used cars are strong so far in 2018 in Nassau County. Thanks for the business. You were able to reward your local new and used car dealers. 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.SUBMITTEDThe new sign in front of the Robert M. Foster Justice Center was created by FASTSIGNS in Fernandina Beach. Owner Eric W. Webb submitted the photo to the News-Leader with this comment: We at FASTSIGNS are very grateful that Nassau County Government Walks the talk when it comes to supporting local Nassau County businesses which allows us to show all of the wonderful things designed and made right here locally. In a time where politicians order campaign signs from China saying how they support their local community, its nice to see ones who actually do. The FASTSIGNS team members with the sign are Jeremy Folliett, left, and Nick Hooker, right. rfrrntrr br United States Mexico Canada Est. 2018 sales: 16,959,108 1,339,614 1,869,723 Est. 2018 production: 11,364,024 3,476,904 2,074,380 Population: 326.6M 120.8M 35.15M b Darrell and Yvette are the new owners of Woodys Bar-B-Q, located at 474323 E. State Road 200 in Fernandina Beach. He and his wife needed to ease the boredom of retirement. Having no experience with restaurants, they knew this would be a tough challenge that would take all of the life skills they learned throughout the years. The Woods purchased the business four months ago and it has completely taken over all aspects of their personal life. The restaurant offers dine-in, take-out, drive-thru and catering Bar-B-Q. We believe our business is unique, having a network with the local community and providing a family atmosphere amongst the employees and management that carries over to our service and the customers. Our goal is to provide excellent service with excellent Bar-B-Q, becoming part of the local community, a place where you can bring the family and enjoy excellent Bar-B-Q in a cozy atmosphere. Darrell and Yvette Woods Hours: Sunday Thursday 11am to 9pm; Friday & Saturday 11am to 10pm(904) 206-4046 NL 6 col. Fri. 06.08 .indd 4 6/7/18 3:55 PM


rfThe Fernandina Beach City Commission took a step Tuesday toward allowing the First Coast YMCA to rezone and sell a piece of property abutting the McArthur Family YCMA on Citrona Drive to developers. Commissioners passed on first reading an ordinance that will allow the site to be used to expand the Amelia Park subdivision. In order for it to take effect, the commission must pass the ordinance again at a second reading at an upcoming regular commission meeting. The commission took no action on a request in April by the YMCA to allow 4.42 acres of recreational property the organization owns on Lake Park Drive to be changed so it can be used for additional housing sites. Following a quasi-judicial hearing in April in which testimony by affected parties was taken, the motion to approve that action was made, but failed due to the lack of a second. However, at the June 5 meeting, City Attorney Tammi Bach said that a motion has to be made and passed by the commission to establish findings of fact and conclusions of law in order to complete a quasi-judicial hearing. The commission voted 3-2 to approve the change, with Commissioner Chip Ross and Mayor Johnny Miller casting the dissenting votes. Ross objected to the change on the grounds that it violates the citys Comprehensive Plan prohibition on no net loss of recreation areas within the city. When the YMCA bought the property, the intention was to use it as a ball field or for other recreational activities. The Planned Unit Development, or PUD, was originally approved in 1992 with a maximum number of 421 units; 387 units have been developed in Amelia Park, with 34 units remaining. There were several revisions of the PUD, but in each, the area was left for recreational use. The developers who want to buy the property, Joel Embry and Michael Antonopoulos, originally developed Amelia Park in 1998. Embry said that, since that time, the development has evolved, with each phase improving from the last. He said the latest request represents that evolution. City Planning Manager Kelly Gibson said the citys Planning Department reviewed the application, and recommended approval of the changes. Ray Cline, who sits on a YMCA advisory board, said proceeds from the sale would stay with the local facility. Approving this request really does help the Y remove limitations, or at least reduce them, on our ability to serve the demands of the community, Cline said. We dont want to turn anyone away due to the inability to pay. Our Y has a very good proven track record of meeting the needs of the community and keeping those dollars to help the Y to continue to develop programming. This current offer, 100 percent of the proceeds from the purchase price, will stay here at the McArthur Family YMCA. We are not obligated to share any of those proceeds with the metro association, so all the funds are going to help us better serve the needs of our community right here. Amelia Park resident Bob Duffy, who called himself a tree hugger, said the plan was the least objectionable alternative use for the property they could come up with, adding that the developers have assured him that from driving past the proposed homes on Lake Park Drive, there will not be any breaks in the foliage along Lake Park Drive, but behind that will be a sidewalk and then the homes. Another resident, Thomas Washburn, objected to the sale, saying more people will lower the quality of life. However, Commissioner Phil Chapman said that quality of life has many factors and that the YMCA can add to the quality of life. As we age, quality of life often depends on the facilities we can access to keep healthy, to keep social interaction, Chapman said. I think the YMCA does that. To put up a roadblock to their expansion, I think, would be a disservice. Commissioner Roy Smith said he was following the recommendation of city staff to approve the amendment. As a city commissioner, we have planning staff and a Planning Advisory Board, Smith said. Both of them put in to approve this project. It seems to me that its a win-win solution here. They need to expand the YMCA. I dont know why we would be going against our planning board and our Planning Department. Miller asked if residents were told that it was a possibility that the area would be used for future development when they bought their homes in Amelia Park. Gibson said buyers would have been told that the property was expected to be used as recreational area by the YMCA. If just one person was told that the land that was behind what they bought was one way and then it was turned into something else, I have a hard time for that, Miller said as he cast his vote. Ross objected to the amendment based on three parts of the citys Comprehensive Plan, which requires that the city shall have no net loss of recreational facilities, that open spaces shall be protected in urban areas, and that recreational sites should be established to provide recreational facilities and to assure preservation of environmentally sensitive lands. I do not believe the applicant meets all the requirements complying with all the Comprehensive Plan because no evidence supported that the conversion of 4.42 acres of open recreational space to 16 building lots complies with the Comprehensive Plan, Ross said. The ordinance was passed on first reading and will require a second reading for it to become official. In other business, the City Commission: Heard a presentation from the Historic District Council; Heard a presentation from the Affordable Housing Citizens Coalition; Heard a report on the annual audit of the citys finances; Approved a transfer of $9,850 from the airport improvement account into the airport health insurance account; Approved $100,000 to purchase two vehicles for the police department; Approved Johnstone Supply as a sole-source vendor of HVAC supplies; Approved a one-year extension of an agreement with Synovus Bank for banking services; Approved Purvis, Gray and Company for auditing services; Approved a list of City Commission goals for 2018-19.rfNotice of Meeting Amelia Walk Community Development Districte regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Amelia Walk Community Development District will be held on Tues day, June 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Amelia Walk Ameni ty Center, 85287 Majestic Walk Circle, Fernandina 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 District 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 par ticipate by telephone. Any person requiring special accommodations at this meet ing because of a disability or physical impairment should con tact 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 ntbt t t At Tuesday evenings City Commission meeting, a few speakers voiced concerns about the Fernandina Harbor Marina. The primary focus of the concerns was the lack of knowledge regarding the status of the repairs and encouraging the city to provide more information about the repair effort. I reviewed the work of the two primary media efforts in our community the NewsLeader and the Fernandina Observer. The News-Leader, since January 2018, had 15 articles that discussed the marina: four in January, two in February, four in March, two in April, and three in May (and, in all likelihood, another one in todays publication). Over that same course of time, the Fernandina Observer had nine articles related to the marina: one in January, one in February, one in March, three in April, and three in May (and again, another article expected as part of the summary of Tuesday evenings meeting). Additionally, the marina efforts have been discussed at nearly every City Commission meeting since January. The process and schedule for repairs was discussed extensively at two goal-setting workshops and at a joint meeting with the Ocean Highway and Port Authority. City commissioners have spoken about the marina conditions at additional meetings of civic groups. Since all of those efforts have been insufficient, I will summarize the ongoing city efforts related to marina repairs. Hurricane Matthew (October 2016) destroyed the marinas attenuator. The attenuator is the floating dock that functions to reduce the impact of waves on the interior docking facilities of the marina. The attenuator served that function well during Hurricane Matthew, but the waves generated during that storm were so intense that the integrity of the series of floating concrete sections that comprise the attenuator was lost. As a result, all uses of the attenuator had to be abandoned. As part of post-hurricane damage assessment, city staff prepared and submitted reports to state and federal agencies and officials. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials conducted dozens of inspections and prepared even more reports related to the condition of the marina. The formal FEMA report documenting the damage and necessary repairs to the marina was signed and returned to the city in October 2017 (total estimated cost: $6.5 million). If procedures and policies are appropriately followed, the federal government, through FEMA, will reimburse the city 75 percent of the repair cost. Additionally, the State of Florida will further reimburse the city for half of the remaining balance (12.5 percent). Those percentages are not capped, but will be applied to the final repair cost, meaning that the marina will be repaired for a mere fraction of the actual cost of repairs. Immediately after the city entered the FEMA queue, the city applied for the permit for the marina repairs through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This process was expected to be relatively routine since the USACE had previously permitted the marina facilities. Now, however, USACE guidance was that the facilities were too close to the federal shipping channel (70 feet instead of 100 feet) and that the permit would not be authorized. The USACE, at the same time, indicated that it considered the minor repairs to the northern attenuator (which houses the fueling and pump-out operations) as not minor, and that an additional permit would be required for those repairs. Previous efforts to shift the channel westward were unsuccessfully re-visited as a possible solution. Through the efforts of city officials and consultants, and with strong support from congressional officials, the city subsequently submitted an application for a Section 408 review: a request for a variance to allow for the reconstruction of the attenuator to its former condition in its existing location. Public comments were sought (promoted by some of the aforementioned articles) to support the citys application (to date, the USACE has not shared the public comments received, so the city has not been informed of the extent of such public support for the marina). Through a variety of sources, the city has been informed that the necessary permit will be provided by the time the city is scheduled to award the contract for the southern attenuator repairs (July 17). This repair effort has been the most frustrating process of my entire career. This frustration is further evidenced by the states reconfiguration of its emergency management oversight following the problems associated with Hurricane Matthew (and it is through the state that the city must deal with FEMA). In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, no one could have predicted the issues with the state, FEMA, and the USACE related to the simple repair of the marina to its previous condition in the same location. The media (and the city) has provided ample and accurate coverage of the citys efforts, frustration, and schedule for the marina. The writers for the News Leader, the Fernandina Observer, and the Nassau County Florida Independent have discussed the efforts and process with me in detail and I appreciate their efforts to keep the public informed, not only for the marina issues, but everything else related to city government. 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Though most agile in the water as powerful swimmers, river otters manage fairly well on land. They are semi-aquatic mammals found along waterways and coasts. Their thick, lustrous water-repellent fur keeps them dry and warm. They tolerate fresh and salt water and heat and cold, the release explained. Weighing between 10 and 30 pounds and measuring between 3 and 5 feet long, the river otters members of the weasel family are stocky with short legs, streamlined, torpedo-like bodies, and muscular necks. They have acute senses of hearing and smell but are near-sighted on land. Their whiskers help them locate prey as they hunt, usually at night. They feast on fish, amphibians, clams, mussels, snails, and turtles, making use of their 36 teeth, good for crushing and grinding. Otters have a high metabolism and must eat a lot. Images of them floating on their backs and cracking open shells for food are iconic! the release states. River otters live in burrows along the waters edge, and these burrows have tunnels with open ings for the otters to come and go in the water. Otters mate in the water, and otter mothers give birth in the burrows, usually up to 4 pups, after a gestation period of about two months. Otter mothers take care of these pups for about 13 months. Social animals, otters often travel in pairs or in larger groups. Births often occur in the spring, and otters remain in family groups throughout summer and early fall. These family groups are often observed swimming, splashing, and sliding down muddy banks into the water. They seem to enjoy this group play. The otters socialization includes communication. Otters have numerous vocalizations, including screams that can be heard a mile away, according to the release. These playful creatures have suffered habitat loss and range reduction for centuries. Once trapped relentlessly for their valuable pelts, they are still trapped in some areas. Other areas have successfully reintroduced otters in areas where their population had declined. Otters are also very susceptible to environmental pollution, another factor that has led to their decline in some areas. It is estimated that river otters live less than 10 years in the wild, the release says. The river otter will be the subject of one of Wild Amelias Wild Nites this fall. Wild Nites are a series of monthly nature forums sponsored by Wild Amelia and just one of Wild Amelias year-round educational programs for adults and children. For more information about Wild Amelia, visit and Wild Amelia on Facebook. rThe Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open Saturday in historic Fernandina Beach. This market has over 25 booths of handmade arts and crafts like fine jewelry, hand-blown glass, recycled apparel and more. Check out Connies Chimes. These are affordable, whimsical wind chimes created from pirate ships, beer bottles, and driftwood. Hopers Handmades is a booth full of handcrafted wood items created by Troy Hoper. His items are beautiful and creative, and often you can see Troys sense of humor reflected in his art. One of the newest vendors of the Arts Market is Color Peace Tie Dye. With patterns and colors inspired by Mother Nature, these tie-dyed fabrics are ice-dyed and made with powdered colors; Color Peace Tie Dye Fabrics are Tie Dye with a Twist. The Arts Market is located adjacent to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market. This true farmers market features natural products such as seasonal produce, locally sourced, wild-caught shrimp, and landscaping plants. You will also find handcrafted lotions, soaps, teas, candles, and dog treats. Other artisan foods include handcrafted ice cream, home-baked sweet and savory pies, and ice-cold lemonade made right before your eyes. This week we are featuring Logans Microgreens. A variety of nutrient-dense edible vegetables and herbs, these young seedlings are harvested less than 14 days after germination. Each week the Market Place likes to offer some information about other businesses and non-profits located in our community. This week, local knitters will be gathered under the Spanish moss-draped oak trees to participate in June 9ths World Wide Knit in Public Day. Started in 2005, this is a way for knitters to come together and meet like-minded people. This is the largest knitter-run event in the world. Last year there were 1,125 knit-in-public events in 54 different countries, and this year they chose to knit at the farmers market. Our nonprofit this week is the Sea Turtle Conservancy Group. This advocacy program addresses the threats that face U.S. and international sea turtle populations and works to improve the survival outlook for marine turtles in the United States, especially in Florida, by raising national awareness, advocating for protection of sea turtles and their habitat and by empowering small, local sea turtle groups. Music will be provided by Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band, a local, toe-tapping, family-friendly band that will leave you humming the old-fashioned classics all day long. The both markets are open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are located on the corner of Eighth and Centre streets in the popular Victorian Village known as Fernandina Beach. These are rain or shine markets, and your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you. For more information, find either market on the internet. For their all-around excellent performance academically and as citizens the Principals Award was presenented to eighth graders Joshua Barber and Sophia Pittman, left. A represen tative of the Veterans of Foreign Wars presents Patriots Pen essay contest awards to eighth graders Landon Robinson and Todd Rushing, center. Connor Bryant and Nadia White had perfect attendance for all three years of middle school, right.rf SUBMITTED PHOTOSFernandina Beach Middle School held its annual awards assembly honoring exemplary students. These students won awards for earning all an A in all their classes during all three years of middle school. Pictured from left are Interim Principal Mr. Ed Brown, Ella Weepie, Kylee Smith, Alina Qiu, Sophia Pittman, McKenzie Morris, Gracyn Frederick, Kiawa Dempsey, Melanie Cueto, Principal Dr. John Mazzella, and Skylar Beattie. fntbb tnntn JUDIE MACKIE/FOR THE NEWS-LEADERLogans Microgreens will bring a variety of nutrient-dense edible vegetable and herb seedlings that are harvested less than 14 days after germination to this weeks farmers market. A family of river otters at the Fernandina Harbor Marina.KATHY BROOKS/SPECIAL NL 6 col. Fri. 06.08 .indd 6 6/7/18 4:44 PM


rfO fnt Nw n fbbE ff 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 bD f E R D C p E A BO rff Bf Sp E G CfD EfB f R rf P bD f ntbrf DtN Sfm Tm n Cfm r f rf ntnntb tntnnnt nt nf There are so many news stories out there it is impossible to keep track. I am sure most know of the big ones, or at least the ones your favorite news stations want you to see. We all know about the fake news, the Mueller investigation, the Russia witch hunt, the no-collusion mantra we hear ad nauseam, and the way NFL players should be fired or leave the country if they dont stand like good little boys before they play a game. I bet most of you are get ting sick and tired of the fake news shows vs. the real new shows, right? There is one small story out there that many may not know, depending on what fake media outlet you watch or listen to. Its a sickening little bit of information most would rather shield themselves from. There are some things we all would rather look the other way on. If we dont see it, just doesnt exist for many of us. History has proven this to be true time and time again. One could start with the Holocaust, which many still deny, go on to apartheid, maybe the AIDS epidemic, or throw in the reason we are in the middle of the me too movement, or get down to the latest national embarrassment, immigration. We all know President Trump wants a wall to stop rapists, murderers, criminals, and drugs from entering the USA. I dont think many can argue with the need to protect our borders. One could argue that most of the folks crossing the border are not criminals and that the fact is over 90 percent of drugs coming into the nation do not come in via the Mexican border but rather by sea, air, and containers, not some Mexican dragging four kids and five backpacks. These are all debatable points and the facts should be looked at and a solution reached. I think we can all agree on that. What I am having a hard time understanding is the current policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and supported by our president and the GOP-held Congress. Mr. Sessions has put into effect a policy where mothers are separated from their children if found to be crossing into our country illegally. This, despite what President Trump is falsely stating, was not the policy of Obama or any Democrats. Fact is, even if it was, he is the president and has the power to change it, but he wont. His chief of staff, John Kelly, publically stated, Its not cruel to separate families at the border children will be put into foster care or whatever. Yes, he actually said whatever. I dont know which is more ignorant, to tell the world that the USA doesnt think its cruel to separate children from parents or throwing a whatever into the mix. Please think about this for a moment. The United States of America is currently taking babies yes, babies, some as young as 18 months out of their screaming mothers arms. This is being done at border stations where mothers are coming to seek asylum. These mothers are not criminals, drug dealers or gang members; they are moms, like in the all-American saying as American as moms apple pie. Do these tactics remind you of a time in history when solders went into ghettos in Europe and basically did the same thing to families? They should, and its sickening. How many mothers who are reading this actually are starting to visualize a baby or toddler crying as they are forcibly taken from a screaming mother? How many Americans are having trouble with that image? I have a very hard time with this, and so should you. To top this all off, as of this date, President Trumps administration has lost yes, lost about 1,500 children within the immigration process. They dont have records as to where they were sent to be detained. As Mr. Kelly so eloquently stated, Whatever. You cant make this kind of stuff up folks, you really cant. We are supposed to be better than this. Mr. Kelly also told the world that our policy is that we feel these immigrants would not be able to assimilate into our culture due to their poor language skills. Chief of Staff Kelly seems to come out with one statement that is more insulting and ignorant than the last time he opened his mouth and inserted his boot. I worked with many first-generation immigrants, Italians, Polish, Germans, who at one time had a language problem but learned to speak English. They built our roads, buildings, and highways and started small businesses across the nation. It is a fact that Trump used a Polish undocumented workforce to help build Trump Tower. I wonder how many of these guys had a grip on English? This past March, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Trump for forcibly removing children from their parents while trying to seek asylum at border crossings. They are waiting on court hearings. These are the stories that many Trumpfriendly news outlets dont want you to hear. These are the stories I hope make us all stop and think what we are quickly becoming as a nation. These are the stories the rest of the world hears and judges us upon. Once upon a time in America, we stood up and fought against actions like these. We were looked at as a place where immigrants could flee political injustice and build a new life. Once upon a time, we respected the bond between mothers and their children and would go against nations that destroyed human rights. I am writing this on the evening of Memorial Day. I am sure we all know of a serviceman or woman whose family is still grieving over their loss today. Today is a day of nothing less than honoring those who were killed protecting our rights. This day is only about them. Let me leave you with the words President Trump presented to the world in honoring those who served and died: Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for blacks and Hispanics EVER (and women in 18 years), rebuilding our military and so much more. Nice! I am old enough to remember when we were just so different, but that was once upon a time.Whats the street value of courtesy and civility these days? Can courtesy and civility be scored? Must I go to the dark web or the deep state to find some? My wife has been confined to our home for over a month following very com plicated foot surgery. She missed driving her red sports car so much. A very brave and gutsy woman, she decided to see if she could manage her way inside her low to the ground sports car. Success! She drove us to a womans shop on the Plantation. We pulled into the handicapped parking spot and put our handicapped placard on the dashboard. After opening her door, I headed for the trunk to retrieve the walker. I over heard a man chastising my wife for parking in the handi capped spot. I couldnt believe my ears. It took us awhile to enter the store. Walkers arent built for speed. I found the rude man and asked him why he yelled at my wife about parking in the spot since we have a handicapped plac ard? He said he didnt see it. To which I replied that he obviously didnt look. Since this incident occurred in the Plantation, I figured he may be an out of towner. I asked him if he was from out of town and to my surprise he said he lived here. Wow, the people Ive met here have been so nice. I said amazing. When he and his wife left, I went to the store window to watch them leave. I knew he would double-check to see if indeed we really had a handicap placard. Later that evening we went to our favorite Friday bar, a casual private clublike joint. As I was telling my friends the story, who do you think walks into the bar? Sure enough, the CHPC (chief handicap placard checker). He was with his wife and a much older lady. They left very shortly after seeing us. Look, I am not perfect and have acted like a jerk in my life. But whats interesting is my beautiful wife doesnt hesitate to tell me when Im wrong. She often encourages me to make it right. Dont know whether that happened with Mrs. CHPC or not. She looked like a nice lady. Anyway a real mensch would have taken the opportunity in the bar to apologize. Whats ironic is my wife cant wait until she can burn that handicap placard with hopes of never needing another. Fingers crossed! The next morning my dog walk takes me by the bar above. I kept thinking how unbelievable it was to see a nice looking couple living in paradise totally lacking civility. As the sidewalk began to narrow, my chiweenie and I spotted a woman in the distance with two larger dogs. I was listening to Sinatra, of course, and we were enjoying ourselves. I knew as the woman and her dogs came closer I would pull my chiweenie (if youll excuse the expression) to the side to let them pass. Then from a distance the woman yells, IF YOU WOULD PULL YOUR F-KING HEADPHONES OUT OF YOUR EARS YOU COULD HEAR SOMETHING. Stunned, the best I came up with was, nice language lady. This is a small island and I am just looking to score some civility. Please dont leave me holding my chiweenie so to speak. Lee Mednikow Fernandina BeachWearing blue jeans and cowboy boots, Ron DeSantis fit right in with the crowd at the Westside Republican Club gathering in Callahan on Saturday afternoon. However, he quickly stood out when he took the podium as keynote speaker to address a crowd of more than 200 patriotic attendees. DeSantis, a U.S. congressman, is running for Florida governor this fall. The polished DeSantis spoke about continuing the economic advancements of outgoing Florida Governor Rick Scott. He talked about nominating conservative judges for three openings on the Florida Supreme Court, about promoting the Constitution in the classroom, about banning sanctuary cities. He says he also supports school choice and opposes the common core curriculum. DeSantis voiced strong opinions about the Parkland High School shooting, as many of us have. He criticized the conduct of law enforcement in the South Florida vicinity, particularly leading up to the massacre. The FBI field office in the area got two great tips on this guy (the student shooter), DeSantis said. The tips were not acted on by the FBI agents, so why do they still have jobs? In addition, if he was governor, I would have removed the sheriff after the shooting, DeSantis said. Sheriffs deputies had reportedly been called to the home of the shooter multiple times for disturbances. DeSantis highlighted the strong economy in Florida, which by some measures is the strongest of any state in the U.S. He credits Scotts discipline of low taxes/less regulation for much of it. Gov. Scott understands what we need to do to have a strong economy, DeSantis said. In fact, residents   are fleeing higher-tax states like New Jersey and Illinois and moving to places like Florida. The event took place in the conference center at the Nassau County Fairgrounds. It was the fourth annual Reagan Day barbecue, hosted by the Westside club. Other Republican candidates were also there, like county commissioners Steve Kelley and George Spicer. Both Kelley and Spicer are up for reelection this fall, but are unopposed right now. Local U.S. Congressman John Rutherford also attended. Rutherford spoke out about the much-publicized scandals within the federal government. Rutherford, who represents Nassau County, agreed with DeSantis about a prevailing need to bring accountability to Washington, D.C. 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. nttffnfr t rfntfbfbrrtrnnr PATRICK CHAPPATTE-THE NEW YORK TIMES-CAGLE CARTOONS STEVE SACK-MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE-CAGLE CARTOONS Nassau County Commissioners: Danny Leeper, District 1-Fernandina Beach, 261-8029 (h), 430-3868 (cell), email: Steve Kelley, District 2 277-3948 (h), 556-0241 (cell), email: Pat Edwards, District 3-Yulee, 335-0260 (cell), email: George V. Spicer, District 4 Hilliard, Bryceville, Boulogne, Kings Ferry, 568-3409 (cell), email: Justin M. Taylor, District 5 -Callahan, West Yulee, 625-5624 (cell), email: City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners: Mayor: Johnny Miller : 556-3299 (cell), email: Vice Mayor: Len Kreger: 432-8389 (home), email: Roy G. Smith : 556-0951 (cell), email: Phil Chapman : 624-5590 (cell), email: Chip Ross: 410-394-0220 (cell) email: tftfLetters must include writers name, address and telephone number for verification. Writers are normally limited to one letter in a 30-day period. No political endorsements the week before an election. No poems will be published. Letters should be typed or printed. Not all letters are published. Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32035 Email: Visit us online at NL 6 col. Fri. 06.08 .indd 7 6/7/18 3:53 PM


News-Leader Guide To Nassau 2017 2Nassau County HISTORYNassau County, established Dec. 29, 1824, is a 649-square-mile area in the most northeast section of Florida, adjacent to the state line. Some say the county is named for the main island of the Bahama chain because of the large number of Bahamians that were among its early settlers, while others say it was named for the Duchy of Nassau in Germany. Nassau was the 10th county formed of 67 in the state of Florida. Gen. James Oglethorpe of Great Britain gave Amelia Island its name in honor of Princess Amelia, the daughter of King George II. Fernandina Beach was named in honor of King Ferdinand VII of Spain. COUNTY LIMITSThe St. Marys River serves as the Florida-Georgia border and forms the western and northern border for the county. Nassau County is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Duval County, Baker County and Georgia. Nassau County offers a diversity of landscapes from rural, wooded areas to beaches and bodies of water ranging from secluded rivers and bays to the Atlantic Ocean. The county of nearly 80,000 residents borders Georgia to the north and Duval County, Fla., to the south. Fernandina Beach is the most populated area. Old Yulee Rd. Middle White Rd. Baldwin and George Rd. 90Hero Gross Hilliard Yulee Callahan Crawford A1A Duval County8 milesGa. Nassau County 17 1 23 301 10 95NaSt. Atlantic Ocean Fernandina BeachCrawfordA1A 2 108 One column 18p10 columnFont usageHelvetica regular and bold 92% horizontal scale for roads and towns Helvetica Oblique 92% horizontal scale for oceans rivers and lakesColor palateGreen 1: 49% cyan, 13% magenta, 65% yellow Green 2: 34% cyan, 13% magenta, 29% yellow Tan: 11% magenta, 38% yellow Blue: 100% cyan, 70% magenta, 10% black Pointers Symbols Road signs Amelia Island Plantation Ritz CarltonBeech St. LimeAmelea Rd.Sadler Rd. 105One columnAtlantic Ave. American Beach Point Main BeachSadler Rd.Fernandina BeachAtlantic OceanIntracoastal Waterway 105 A1A A1AFort Clinch State Park 6th St.N. 14th St.S. Fletcher/First Coast Hwy.S. 14th St.Old Town Golf Club Amelia City City boat ramp Hospital Nassau County County Base Maps Island Base MapA1A 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach Fort Clinch was named after General Duncan Lamont Clinch, and construction for the Fort began in 1847. Though designed to house 500 soldiers and 78 pieces of artillery, construction of Fort Clinch was never completed. Still, the incomplete fort served as a military outpost during the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War II. In 1935, Fort Clinch became one of Floridas first state parks when the state purchased the fort and surrounding property to preserve it and to provide opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. From 1937 to 1942, Company 1420 of the Civilian Conservation Corps repaired the fort and constructed camping areas, roads, bathhouses, picnic areas and a visitor center. Today, the 1,427-acre park offers fishing and swimming and is home to beautiful beaches, scenic hiking, biking trails, 63 campsites equipped with electricity and water along with six primitive campsites. Hurricane Matthew destroyed a half-mile fishing pier on the parks northeast corner. Florida officials have said the state will rebuild the pier by 2027 but have provided no other details. Other popular park activities include bird watching and shell and shark tooth hunting. Fort Clinch is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., year-round. Park admission is $6 per vehicle (limited to 2-8 people per vehicle), $4 per vehicle with a single occupant or $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. The cost of admission to visit the fort is $2 per person. The park offers guided nature walks at Willow Pond every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Guests can rent out the conference room located in the visitors center at $40 per hour. Guests can also enjoy a meal at the Live Oak Grill, also housed in the visitors center. The fort offers catering for private events in its visitors center. For more information on booking the room, call (904) 277-7221 or email For more information on pricing, events or park amenities, visit Fort-Clinch or call (904) 277-7274. Fort Clinch is the host to a series of annual events. Information and a list of events were obtained through the Forts website and brochures. Events are subject to change or cancellation. Federal Garrisons Hosted first weekend of every month Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Confederate Garrisons Hosted third weekend of March & second weekend of October Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. World War II Garrison Hosted Memorial Day weekend Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Spanish-American War Garrisons Third weekend of April & September Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. History of the American Soldier Second Saturday of November Federal Holiday Jollification First Saturday in December Candlelight Tours First Saturday evenings from October to May (excluding December) or Friday and Saturday evenings second weekend of May to Labor Day weekend.Fort Clinch The comprehensive Guide to Nassau will be published and distributed in the News-Leader on Wednesday, July 25 and Nassau County Record on Thursday, July 26, 2018rffrnft News-LeaderfNassau County Record fbfnr frffnnfrrt frnfrtff rf nrnrnffnftnr fnrrnnrrrfrfAdvertising Deadline: r nfto NassauGuide News-Leader Guide To Nassau 2017 2 Nassau County Nassau County, established Dec. 29, 1824, is a 649-square-mile area in the most northeast section of Some say the county is named for the main island of the Bahama chain because of the large number of Bahamians that were among its early settlers, while others say it was named for the Duchy of Nassau in Nassau was the 10th county formed of 67 in the state of Florida. Gen. James Oglethorpe of Great Britain gave Amelia Island its name in honor of Princess Amelia, the daughter of King George II. Fernandina Beach was named in honor of King Ferdinand VII of Spain. The St. Marys River serves as the Florida-Georgia border and forms the western and northern border for the county. Nassau County is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Duval County, Baker County and Georgia. Nassau County offers a diversity of landscapes from rural, wooded areas to beaches and bodies of water ranging from secluded rivers and bays to the Atlantic Ocean. The county of nearly 80,000 residents borders Georgia to the north and Duval County, Fla., to the south. Fernandina Beach is the most populated area. can also enjoy a meal at the Live Oak Grill, also housed in the visitors center. The fort offers catering for private events in its visitors center. For more information on booking the room, call (904) 277-7221 or email For more information on pricing, events or park amenities, visit Fort-Clinch or call (904) 277-7274. Fort Clinch is the host to a series of annual events. Information and a list of events were obtained through the Forts website and brochures. Events are subject to change or cancellation. Federal Garrisons Hosted first weekend of every month Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Confederate Garrisons Hosted third weekend of March & second weekend of October Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. World War II Garrison Hosted Memorial Day weekend Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. News-Leader Guide To Nassau 2017 9 SchoolsThe Nassau County public school system is headed by the elected members of the Nassau County School Board. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the district office building, 1201 Atlantic Ave. in Fernandina Beach. For general information, call the District Office at 491-9900. To be placed on the school board agenda, call the superintendents office at 491-9901. Website: County_School_District Superintendent Kathy Knight Burns 43508 Ratliff Road, Callahan, FL 32011 Phone: (904) 491-9901 Fax: (904) 277-9030 E-Mail: District 1 Board member: Donna Martin 2120 Highland St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Phone: 261-9015 E-mail: District 2 -Board member: Gail Cook 1708 Philips Manor Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Phone: (904) 261-9127 E-mail: District 3 -Board member: Jamie Deonas 9 N Fourteenth St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Phone: (904) 753-4076 Bus: (904) 277-0066 E-mail: District 4 -Board member: Dr. Kimberly Fahlgren P.O. Box 26, Hilliard, FL 32046 Phone: (904) 235-9638 Email: District 5 -Board member: Jonathan Petree Phone: (904) 233-1110 E-mail: petreejo@ Attorney: Leonard T. Hackett School District Department Contacts District Office 1201 Atlantic Avenue Fernandina Beach, Fl 32034 Phone: (904) 491-9900, Administrative Services: Mark Durham, Executive Director, Cynthia Williams, Secretary Phone: (904) 491-9906 Adult Education & Drop Out Prevention Brent Lemond, Director Patricia Young, Secretary Phone: (904) 548-1750 Fax: 548-4499 Assessment and Accountability Diane Romon, Program Manager Jenine McKenna, Secretary Phone: (904) 491-9873 Fax: 277-9038 Business Services Susan Farmer, Executive Director Vicki Turner, Secretary Phone: (904) 491-9861 Fax: 277-9032 Career & Technical Education Brent Lemond, Director Patricia Young, Administrative Assistant Phone: (904) 548-4483 Elementary Education Kristi L. Simpkins, Director Brenda Murray, Secretary Phone: (904) 491-9885 Exceptional Student Education Pauline Gregory, Director Christy Wolf, Secretary Phone: (904) 491-9881 Facilities Kevin Burnette, Director Maintenance (904) 225-5343 Operations (904) 225-0573 Food Services Dr. Lauren Jones, Director Dr. Cindy Grooms, Director Donna Walters, Secretary Phone: (904) 491-9944 Staff & Program Development Joyce Menz, Professional Development Director Wendy Hygema, Secretary Phone: (904) 491-9888 Transportation Brad Underhill, Director Phone: (904) 225-0127 Elementary Schools Bryceville Elementary Grades K through 5, Amber Nicholas-Bovinette, principal. 6504 Church Ave., Bryceville, FL 32009, (904) 266-9241, (904) 879-5570. Fax: (904) 266-2155 Callahan Elementary Grades pre-K through 2, Sabrina Faircloth, principal. 449618 U.S. Highway 301, Callahan, FL 32011, (904) 879-2121, Fax: (904) 879-5560 Callahan Intermediate Grades 3-5, Rhonda Devereaux, principal. 34586 Ball Park Road, Callahan, FL 32011, (904) 879-1114, Fax: (904) 879-5288 Emma Love Hardee Elementary Grades 3-5, Rebecca Smith, principal. 2200 Susan Drive, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 491-7936, Fax: (904)321-5890 Hilliard Elementary Grades pre-K 5, LeeAnn Jackson, principal 27568 Ohio St., Hilliard, FL 32046 (904) 845-4471, Fax: (904) 845-7427 Southside Elementary Grades pre-K through 2, Marlena Palmer, principal 1112 Jasmine St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 491-7941. Yulee Elementary Grades 3-5, George Raysor, principal 86063 Felmor Road, Yulee, FL 32097, (904) 225-5192, Fax: (904) 225-9993 Yulee Primary Grades pre-K-2, Misty Mathis, principal 86426 Goodbread Road, Yulee, FL 32097 (904) 225-9711, Fax: (904) 225-8269 Grades pre-K-5, 550 Curiosity Ave., Yulee, FL 32097 Grades 6-8, Kimberly Harrison, principal. 450121 Old Dixie Highway, Callahan 32011 (904) 879-3606, Fax: (904) 879-2860 Fernandina Beach Middle Grades 6-8, Dr. John Mazzella, principal. 315 Citrona Drive, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 491-7938, Fax: (904) 261-8919 Hilliard Middle-Senior High Grades 6-12, Dr. Tammy Johnson, principal One Flashes Ave., Hilliard, FL 32046 (904) 845-2171 Yulee Middle Grades 6-8, Amanda Cooper, principal 85439 Miner Road, Yulee FL 32097 (904) 225-5116 High Schools Fernandina Beach High Grades 9-12, Dr. Spencer Lodree, principal 435 Citrona Drive, Fernandina Beach 32034 (904) 261-5713, Fax: (904)277-3754 Hilliard Middle-Senior High Grades 6-12, Dr. Tammy Johnson, principal One Flashes Ave., Hilliard, FL 32046 (904) 845-2171 West Nassau County High Grades 9-12, Curtis Gaus, principal One Warrior Drive, Callahan, FL 32011 (904) 879-3461, Fax: 879-5843 Yulee High Grades 9-12, Natasha Drake, principal 85375 Miner Road, Yulee 32097 (904) 225-8641Continued on page 10 News-Leader Guide To Nassau 2017 9 Pauline Gregory, Director Christy Wolf, Secretary Phone: (904) 491-9881 Kevin Burnette, Director Maintenance (904) 225-5343 Operations (904) 225-0573 Dr. Lauren Jones, Director Dr. Cindy Grooms, Director Donna Walters, Secretary Phone: (904) 491-9944 Staff & Program Development Joyce Menz, Professional Development Director Wendy Hygema, Secretary Phone: (904) 491-9888 Transportation Brad Underhill, Director Phone: (904) 225-0127 Elementary Schools Bryceville Elementary Grades K through 5, Amber Nicholas-Bovinette, principal. 6504 Church Ave., Bryceville, FL 32009, (904) 266-9241, (904) 879-5570. Fax: (904) 266-2155 Callahan Elementary Grades pre-K through 2, Sabrina Faircloth, principal. 449618 U.S. Highway 301, Callahan, FL 32011, (904) 879-2121, Fax: (904) 879-5560 Callahan Intermediate Grades 3-5, Rhonda Devereaux, principal. 34586 Ball Park Road, Callahan, FL 32011, (904) 879-1114, Fax: (904) 879-5288 1112 Jasmine St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 491-7941. Yulee Elementary Grades 3-5, George Raysor, principal 86063 Felmor Road, Yulee, FL 32097, (904) 225-5192, Fax: (904) 225-9993 Yulee Primary Grades pre-K-2, Misty Mathis, principal 86426 Goodbread Road, Yulee, FL 32097 (904) 225-9711, Fax: (904) 225-8269 Grades pre-K-5, 550 Curiosity Ave., Yulee, FL 32097 Grades 6-8, Kimberly Harrison, principal. 450121 Old Dixie Highway, Callahan 32011 (904) 879-3606, Fax: (904) 879-2860 Fernandina Beach Middle Grades 6-8, Dr. John Mazzella, principal. 315 Citrona Drive, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 491-7938, Fax: (904) 261-8919 Hilliard Middle-Senior High Grades 6-12, Dr. Tammy Johnson, principal One Flashes Ave., Hilliard, FL 32046 (904) 845-2171 Yulee Middle Grades 6-8, Amanda Cooper, principal 85439 Miner Road, Yulee FL 32097 (904) 225-5116 High Schools Fernandina Beach High Grades 9-12, Dr. Spencer Lodree, principal 435 Citrona Drive, Fernandina Beach 32034 (904) 261-5713, Fax: (904)277-3754 Hilliard Middle-Senior High Grades 6-12, Dr. Tammy Johnson, principal One Flashes Ave., Hilliard, FL 32046 (904) 845-2171 West Nassau County High Grades 9-12, Curtis Gaus, principal One Warrior Drive, Callahan, FL 32011 (904) 879-3461, Fax: 879-5843 Yulee High Grades 9-12, Natasha Drake, principal 85375 Miner Road, Yulee 32097 (904) 225-8641 Continued on page 10 News-Leader Guide To Nassau 2017 12 courthouse in Fernandina Beach, 416 Centre St. Florida laws require that drivers be at least 16 to operate a motor vehicle, but 15-year-olds with a learners permit may drive if accompanied by a regularly licensed driver at least 21 years old. Fifteen-year-olds wishing to obtain a learners permit must have an original or certified birth certificate from the Department of Vital Statistics for identification, bring their Social Security card, be accompanied by a consenting parent and pass vision and written tests. Florida law requires identification, proof of date of birth, proof of residential address, and proof of Social Security number (if issued, Chapter 322, Florida Statutes, requires the department see proof of Social Security number for the issuance of driver license and identification cards) from all customers before a driver license or identification card can be issued. The name assigned to the Social Security number must match the name that will appear on the Florida driver license or identification card. If you have legally changed your name by marriage or court order, you must submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order. No photocopies will be accepted. For multiple name changes, you must show a document trail linking your current name to your chosen proof of identity. Each applicant renewing or applying for a new driver license or identification card in person after January 1, 2010 must submit: Primary Identification Gather one original or certified copy of the following documents:Certified United States birth certificate, including territories and District of Columbia.Valid United States Passport or Passport CardConsular Report of Birth AbroadCertificate of Naturalization, Form N-550 or Form N-570Certificate of Citizenship, Form N560 or Form NB-561Alien registration receipt card, Green Card Form I-551 Proof of Social Security number Gather one original or certified copy of the following documents:Social Security cardW-2 formPaycheck showing numberSSA-1099Non-SSA-1099 Proof of Residential Address Gather TWO of the following documents showing your residential address:Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, or rent/lease agreementFlorida voter registration cardW-2 form or 1099 formUtility bill, hookup, or work order dated within 60 days of the applicationCurrent automobile or homeowners insurance policyMail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than two months old.Statement from an accompanying parent, step-parent or guardian residing at the same address as the applicant. The parent or guardian must present proof of residential address. For more information, call 491-7400 or visit License A local business tax receipt is no longer required by Nassau County for the privilege of engaging in a business, profession or occupation. However, any business located within a city limit may be required to pay a local business tax to that municipality. Some local businesses may be required to hold certain licenses depending on city, county, state, and/or federal agency regulations associated with a particular profession or business (e.g. contractor license; professional license). Marriage Licenses Marriage licenses can be applied for at the office of the clerk of court in the Nassau County Judicial Annex, 76347 Veterans Way in Yulee, the historic Nassau County Courthouse, 416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, and 450077 State Road 200 St., Callahan. Those 16 or 17 are required to present a notarized consent form from their parents. Parents will be required to sign an affidavit of consent before the license is issued. Those who have been married before are required to know the date of separation. All applicants must present a drivers license and Social Security card. According to a marriage law that went into effect Jan. 1, 1999, couples must take a marriage preparation course or face a three-day waiting period for a marriage license. They also must read a 16-page booklet on marriage responsibilities.Boat Licenses As an agent for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Tax Collector is responsible for providing the necessary service and record keeping procedures used in processing vessel (boat) titles and registrations. All motorized vessels, commercial and private, must be registered, titled and issued a decal before they can be used in Florida waters. The decal must be affixed to the port side of the boat. Vessel registrations expire at midnight of the owners birthday. Registration for vessels titled in a business name expire June 30. Vessel registration fees are based on the length of the boat. Renewal of vessel registrations can be processed in person at any location or by e-commerce at Permits Firearms are not required to be registered with local law enforcement officials, but the Nassau County Sheriffs Office does provide registration forms for residents wishing to register their ownership. Applications for statewide concealed-weapons permits may be made electronically at the Tax Collectors office at 86130 License Road. Guns in vehicles must be secured and not in plain view or under a seat.Hunting/Fishing Licenses The Tax Collector serves as an agent of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by being the primary source for the sale and issuance of a variety of hunting and fishing licenses. The Tax Collector may designate and authorize, at his discretion, various sub-agents, such as bait and tackle dealers, sporting goods stores and retail outlets to sell and issue these licenses, as well. Hunting and fishing licenses may also be purchased or renewed by telephone for an additional fee. Please call fishing at 1-888-347-4356 or 1-888-486-8356 for hunting. A valid hunting and/or fishing license must be carried on his or her person when participating in these activities (unless exempt).Passports Applications for passports are available at the office of the Clerk of the Court, located in the Nassau County Judicial Annex, 76347 Veterans Way in Yulee, the Nassau County Courthouse, 416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, at 450077 State Road 200, Callahan and at the US Postal Service at 1997 Sadler Rd. by appointment, call 491-4680. Applicants are required to furnish a certified copy of their birth certificate with the state raised seal, two passport-size photos and a valid drivers license. Adults, $110; under 16, $80 ; all passports require a $25 Acceptance Agent Fee Other fees may also apply. Expedited passports are available for an additional fee at the U.S. Post Ofice, 1997 Sadler Road. Call for an appointment, 491-4680.Licenses and Permits Nassau County Record Contact Candy or Meghan904 261-3696trfnfr nrnftnrfnr ffnrfnf rfnrr frf fnnfrrContact Samantha904 879-2727 The 2018 Medical Directory is a full color, glossy, user-friendly magazine and has an extended shelf life because it is kept by readers to use throughout the year.TO REACH OVER 48,000 READERS MAKE SURE YOUR BUSINESS OR PRACTICE IS LISTED IN THE2018 MEDICAL DIRECTORY. 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Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. MEDICAL DIRECTORY 8 NASSAU COUNTY 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 addition to distribution in the News-Leader and Nassau County Record, the publication will be uploaded onto the home pages of our websites, and Your Color Photo HereFoster announced his retirement in April and is due to leave Dec. 31. The end of his term is Jan. 7, 2019. He was not eligible to run again for judge because of a state-mandated age limit, and Dodson said his retirement announcement was unnecessary. Family attorney David Trotti of Jacksonville appeared to be the only candidate who qualified to run for Fosters seat. Scott notified state officials he was canceling the election for Fosters seat and intended to appoint a judge instead. Trotti sued for the injunction and received it from Dodson, but Scott appealed Dodsons ruling. After Foster told Scott he was retiring, nominations for his replacement began to be solicited by the 4th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, chaired by Patrick K. Kilbane of Ullmann Brown Wealth Advisors in Jacksonville Beach. Local attorneys were encouraged to submit an application before the May 23 deadline, and the commission is in the process of scheduling interviews with candidates.rContinued from 1Athey were having trouble recruiting a pastor who would take on the added responsibility for a homeless shelter. The Schicks acknowledge that dealing with the homeless population, many of whom have addictions, mental illness, or both, is not without its challenges. Their most dramatic incident was when a mentally ill woman once threatened other shelter residents with a knife. No one was injured, but the woman had to be removed from the shelter and taken to the Sulzbacher Center, a more structured program for the homeless in Jacksonville. A male resident once took $400 from a jar holding a special collection for a church project. It was the one and only theft reported in the 20 years of the shelters existence. Before people were accepted at the shelter, they had to sign a release absolving the church from any liability and an agreement to abide by 19 rules. One of the rules was that they would be in attendance at Sunday and Wednesday church services. They didnt have to participate; they just needed to be present. That was more about accountability than anything else. I just needed to know where they were when everyone else was in church, Schick explained. I think many people were uncomfortable going to church with the homeless. People would give money for the cause before they would volunteer to work with them, he observed. People told us they felt they needed more specialized training to get involved. One dedicated volunteer from the congregation was Joy Shave, who helped mentor shelter residents for many years. Starting Point Behavioral Center also helped the Schicks manage shelter residents. Many therapists and counselors donated their time at the shelter and we were grateful for that, Schick said. The shelter did not offer drug or alcohol rehab, but for residents known to have such problems, participation in AA or NA meetings was a requirement. I never had problems finding reliable residents to help out at the shelter, said Schick. With the assistance of two shelter residents, one male and one female, who served as house managers after hours, the program ran pretty much on the honor system. If there was a problem overnight, I would take care of it the next morning, he said. Some residents paid a nominal fee to live at the shelter. Others contributed toward their stay by doing housekeeping or maintenance. Some of them had skills in plumbing or electrical work. They contributed a lot around the church, he noted. And their skills often extended into community service like repairs for disadvantaged homeowners he said. One trend Donna noticed in recent years was an increase in the number of older homeless women in need of shelter. Residents came together like family and would look out for one another, according to Donna. Although the majority of shelter residents stayed on average a couple of months, one male resident lived in the shelter for 18 years. For two residents we were their last home. Both died of cancer while living at the shelter, Donna recalled. Some residents became part of the Schick extended family. The couple also raised two biological children, two adopted children and seven foster children. I have always been drawn to (the homeless), reflected Schick. I was a street preacher in Polk County for a while before I came to Fernandina. We ministered to the worst neighborhoods, the places other people were afraid to go. Ive dealt with the biggest and the baddest, and never had a problem. I could always relate to them. I guess its because I see them first as people just like everybody else. Perhaps his ability to relate began with his own childhood in a financially challenged household headed by an alcoholic parent. He ran away from home briefly as a youth, sleeping on my surfboard and stealing food before returning home to help raise his siblings. He had his own challenges with marijuana and alcohol as a young man. He credits his wife and her strong faith with helping him turn his life around. Someone once advised Schick that he had a problem, in that he needed to be needed. I think it was meant as a criticism but I dont see it that way. I love being needed. Its what gets me up in the morning! he admitted. Because of support from Palm III Realty in Fernandina Beach, the Chardonnay Foundation of Amelia Island, and an anonymous donor from the church, the shelter became financially independent of the church during its last 10 years in operation. Schick is grateful for the support of the wider community. He has considered trying to start up another shelter from scratch but said, Right now its just a thought. I dont even know where to start. Coping with physical limitations following surgery on his back and both knees, Schick reflected that maybe after 40 years of giving ourselves away it was time for him and his wife to pay more attention to one another. With management experience in grocery and department stores before turning to the ministry, he is currently helping their son launch a new business. Donna continues to work as a teachers aide in the county school system. Those who know Schick attest to his compassion and sincerity. Pastor Ed is a saint, said Michelle Pickar, volunteer coordinator of the Day Drop-In Center for the homeless operated at Since the recent retirement of Rev. Edwin Schick, the First Assembly of God church on South 14th Street no longer operates a shelter for homeless men and women.PEG DAVIS/NEWS-LEADER Fernandina Beach Church of Christ. Staffed by volunteers, the Day Drop-In Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings to offer homeless men and women a place to shower, do laundry, pick up mail, and get other basic needs met. It is one of two day-program sites operated by the Nassau County Coalition for the Homeless. The other is a food kitchen in Yulee. Katrina Wheeler-Robinson, president of the coalition, said no other shelter service exists in the county. The church was our unofficial homeless shelter for many years. Its closing leaves a significant gap in resources. We do need a shelter. Homeless people in Nassau County dont want to go to Jacksonville because they feel safer here.rfA young man receiving services at the Day Drop-In Center confirmed the observation. I sure would rather be here than being broke down in Jacksonville. I feel safe here, said the man, who gave his name as Preach. While his story is not representative of the chronically homeless population, he is typical of the transient clients the center sees more of this time of year, according to Pickar. Originally from Cincinnati, Preach has been in the area for six months, coming here in search of work. He has a college degree in marketing and public relations and was self-employed before an extended illness left him incapacitated. I came here right after I finished chemotherapy, he said. He was charging his cell phone while eating a sandwich provided by the center. Although he has easily found odd jobs since arriving, Preach commented, The wages here are disrespectful. You cant live on what they pay you. Where I come from people made $11 an hour working at McDonalds. You cant make that here. Preach said he is renting a rundown trailer that doesnt have a refrigerator, but he is grateful for its shelter. One day you might be complaining about the color of the paint on the wall (where you live) and then find yourself just wishing you had a wall to lean on, he continued. This center means everything to me. I see it as a transition point. Its a place where I can come get my thoughts together. Patricia De Jesus, a benevolence ministry leader at the church, has been providing Preach job leads where he might be able to use his degree. Preach said he has never stayed in a homeless shelter. Advised about the closing of the communitys only such facility, he said, I know they want to keep up a certain image of the community for the tourists. I kinda get it why there arent any shelters, but its hard to find a residence here. De Jesus said most of the clients the center serves are the chronically homeless who have mental health or addiction issues. Some just have social anxieties and cant live with other people. They are the ones who fall through the cracks. There are no state programs to take care of them anymore. Back in 2012, we got 28 homeless people off the street when Nassau Club Apartments opened in Yulee. Now there is no more housing available. Helping those with felony convictions find a job is even more challenging, according to De Jesus. She also gets families with children who come to the center. She is aware of a growing population of homeless youth ages 16 to 21 in the county.nntrbtrtnrEstablishing another shelter will face obstacles, said Wheeler-Robinson, who reports the federal government is more interested in funding transitional housing programs instead of shelters these days. These programs offer case management services to help the homeless integrate back into the community. In the past, Ability Housing had a federal grant to provide more housing here, but the community was not ready to accept it. They ended up going to Duval County because there were more opportunities there, she said. Im not sure about the future for housing the homeless. We arent sure what direction the city or county is going. As to expanding services at the Day Drop-In Center, the program is having difficulty getting enough volunteers to staff the existing hours of three mornings a week. Pickar said the current schedule of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings exists because those are the hours volunteers found most favorable. Pickar is looking for civic, social or church groups in the community to come forward to help out. She can be reached during center hours by calling the Fernandina Beach Church of Christ at 277-2517 and asking for the Drop-In Center. The Salvation Army Hope Center and Barnabas in Fernandina Beach also provide food and other services to the homeless or those at risk for homelessness. Gracies Kitchen in Yulee provides free meals four evenings a week. The Nassau County Coalition for the Homeless meets quarterly to share ideas and resources. Anyone interested in getting involved or learning more is welcome to attend their next meeting at 4 p.m. June 21 at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Fernandina Beach.frContinued from 1A NL 6 col. Fri. 06.08 .indd 8 6/7/18 4:39 PM


rfnThe 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 June 9. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Fee is $10. Attend the course and Florida Boater Education card. To register or for information, 576-6659 or email htipper3@ 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 ing. Current boat ownership or sailing skills are not prereq ties throughout the year may sions by water and/or land, such as tubing, swimming with manatees, picnics and parties; as well as assisting with local mental efforts in surrounding waters. Contact Commodore 1714.tnrAmelia Island Nassau County Youth Lacrosse is a 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 com with or without experience. Register at lax. Email aincyouthlacrosse@ or contact organizer tnrntbThe Amelia Island Boules Club holds petanque pickup games on the petanque courts at Central Park, corner of 11th Street, Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and most afternoons on weekdays. cousin of both horseshoes and bocce, the Italian bowling game. The public is always welcome. Call 491-1190.tnMaster Tom Gagne is offering adult tai chi classes at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and ThursAcademy of Fernandina Beach at paksfernbch@yahoo. rrThe 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 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach. All are welcome. The Nassau Sport Fishing Association, founded in 1983, 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 email for information.tnfrrU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Amelia Island Flotilla 14-1 meets the first Thursday in the Amelia Island Lighthouse Lane on Lighthouse Circle. Promoting to seventh kup, Christian Stocks, Patrick Allgood, Cate Misciagna, Emma Godek, Emory Mersereau, Owen Bietenholz, Noah Robertson, Avery Lentz, Theodore Gurt, Andrew Godek, Bryan Ellis III, Kathryn Bietenholz, Lincoln Dugger, William Hacker, Cheryl Godek, Peter Carter, Karen Ahl; advanced seventh kup, Caleb Roberts, Bradley Driggers, Jessica South, Anayah Gilroy; sixth kup, Paul Duffy, Alexander Rose, Aubrey Alexander, Nicholas Bazarian, Gunnar Herbert, Cobie McCarthy, Elijah Rosson, above left. Promoting to eighth kup, Diangleo Lodge, Jackson Gower, Anthonny Calazans, John Michael Avila, Mason Crews, Hudson Weller, Colton Cayless; advanced eighth kup, Lily Ballard, Israel Rosson, Nicholas Roche, Calvin Rawls, Ryker Sargent, Marley Little, Tyler Cope, Lockland Ashmore, Heather Rose, Kenney Tate, Chloe Carrero, Noah Sawyers and Annabella Zaccaro, above right. SUBMITTED PHOTOS Paks Karate Academy of Fernandina Beach held quarterly belt promotions May 16-19.   Students were quizzed on Korean terminology and life skills comprehension.   On promo tion day, students demonstrated their required techniques and broke boards.Grandmaster Song Ki Pak presided over the promotion for Black Belt Club members and advanced students.   Pictured with the students promoted are black belts, instructors and Senior Master Instructors Bryan and Carolyn Peeples. Promoting to advanced third kup, Joseph Roberts, Konnor Blankenberg, Lightfoot Buckeyne, Lilly Hilliker, Conner South; second kup, Carol Adams, Judy Ankersen; advanced second kup, Trent Wilburn; first kup, Alexander Bazarian, Charlene Allfrey, above left. Promoting to advanced sixth kup, Nick Gordon, Matthew Crane, Kaleb Strauder, Eli Oyler, Michael Gilsenan, Zoe Parker; fifth kup, Madelyn Tremel, Kate Heymann, Aiden Maxwell, Kenley Avila, Rohit Dave, Maylee South, Logan Morse; advanced fifth kup, Connor McBeth, Margaret Ann McAlpine, Gary Czito, Frances Czito, Charlie Lanier; fourth kup, Emma Dillard, Sophia Morrissey, Kennedy Rose, Fiona Allfrey, John Diamond; fourth kup, Micah Hildreth, Pierce Alexander, Ty Tyson; third kup, Gabrielle Gillespie, Noah Castellani, Benjamin Adams and Aubrey Cox, above right. Promoting to advanced first kup, Ashton Eslinger; first dan, Michael Ahl, Cooper Sines; third dan, Geoffrey Martinez, John Brown and Joe Whorton. Find The News-Leaderon the World Wide Web Read the news, e-mail the staff, check the classifieds, or subscribe to Floridas Oldest Weekly Newspaper! 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Nrfntblf A Hunting teaches patience while fostering one of the closest relationships we can have with the natural world around us, said University of Florida rising sophomore Hanna Hodges. Hunting also contributes to conservation. Hodges loves hunting for deer and turkeys with her family and boyfriend, and enjoys introducing new people to hunting and taking youth on their first hunting trips. However, that hasnt always been the case for Hodges. As a young girl growing up in a family that enjoys the outdoors, Hodges spent many weekends fishing, boating, kayaking and hiking. But, she admits she was intimidated by some of the elements of hunting, and credits her father and the hunter safety class she took at age 10 for giving her knowledge and confidence to safely develop what became her greatest passion. My dad first introduced me to target shooting and hunting he was a great coach, Hodges said. He actually introduced my mom and brothers, too and now hunting is a family affair. Hodges father signed her up for a weeklong Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hunter safety camp at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center during the summer before her sixth-grade year. It was a great experience attending the hunter safety summer camp at Beau Turner, Hodges said. I made numerous friends there and loved it so much that I volunteered there for several years. Growing up in a hunting family and attending hunter safety camp had such an effect on Hodges that she is now majoring in wildlife ecology and conservation and hopes one day to work in a field that blends hunting and conservation. And for this summer, she is proud to announce she will be a hunt camp counselor at the place where it all got started for her the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center. For information on the Center, which is east of Tallahassee, or to register your child for summer camp, go to If you havent completed the states hunter safety course requirement, nows a good time to sign up. Many of these classes, offered statewide, fill up fast. People born after May 31, 1975, must complete the FWCs hunter safety class before they can buy the type of hunting license that allows them to legally hunt alone. If youre a youngster and already into hunting, go ahead and take a hunter safety class before you turn 16. And you can purchase your very first hunting license thats good until your 17th birthday. Even if you were born before June 1, 1975, and are exempt from having to take the class, its still a good idea because youll learn so much. The FWC encourages beginning hunters to do so. Even the most experienced hunters will learn something new, which will help them become even better hunters or mentors. If youre new to the state, these classes will make you aware of Floridas hunting laws. Register for a hunter safety class by going to or by contacting your nearest FWC regional office. outdoor education course.   This course, which combines hunting and boating safety, is free and open to Florida residents ages 12-18. Participants will develop outdoor skills and learn about the benefits of physical activity while using proper safety procedures to experience a range of outdoor activities. By meeting all the requirements of the Outdoor Education course, students will receive their Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card and be eligible to obtain a Florida Hunter Safety Certificate. Theyll also earn half a credit for high school and meet public school requirements for taking an online course and a physical education course.   Registrations for these instructorled courses are limited.   Visit www.   the hunter safety training is to take online training and a skills day. The online course is designed to help new hunters of all ages learn how to be safe and responsible hunters. Before you begin the online training, youll need to register to attend a skills day.   Skills days are led by a corps of volunteer hunter safety instructors who give you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills you learned in the online course. Skills day takes about five hours to complete and includes time on the shooting range. During skills days, you get handson training and must demonstrate proper firearm and tree-stand safety.      In the last hour of the skills day, youll be given a standardized test of multiple-choice questions. You need to score 80 percent or higher to successfully complete the course. course, youll be given a temporary hunter safety card. Youll receive a permanent card in the mail about four to six weeks after the class.   Once the hunter safety requirement is met, you can purchase your first Florida hunting license and be ready for opening day. The course is designed for youth ages 12-16. If your child is younger than 18 years old, you must fill out a parental release form and present it to the instructor at all courses. If your child is younger than 16, you must accompany him or her to all classes.rr fntbWhen approached by the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation to offer middle school golf through a grant, Fernandina Beach High School girls and boys golf coach Christina Steffen didnt hesitate. I couldnt say, Of course, fast enough, she said. This area has needed this for a very long time, and I have been coaching for 21 years now. Steffen reached out to Yulee and Fernandina Beach middle schools, and the coaches were enthusiastic. It was a fantastic opportunity to bring golf to Fernandina Beach Middle School and Nassau County, where golf is under-represented at this level, Coach Andrew Eames said. We are excited about the possibility of expanding the program to all our Nassau County middle schools and look forward to continuing our partnership with the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation. The Nassau County pilot program was set for five days of practices, with five days of matches. I taught basic golf fundamentals, rules of golf and playing in competition, Steffen said. I was overwhelmed at the turnout, almost 26 kids between the two schools. This was fabulous. What a great opportunity to give to these kids a chance to see what golf is about before getting to high school. Golf is a lifelong sport, but I really do hope most of these kids will play high school golf. I really enjoyed this and hope we get the grant again next year. Amelia River was amazing, letting us come out and use their facilities and being so flexible. Although Steffen may be instructing future opponents of her Pirate golfers, she insisted on reaching out to both Fernandina Beach and r The FBMS team, right, included, front row from left, Abigail Gluntz, Daisy Adams, Sarah Smith, Olivia Moyes, Brighton Burkhart, Colby Albert; back row, Coach Andrew Eames, Maddy Campbell, Sophie Pittman, Reed Gaines, Ty Boston, Alec Antczak and JB Sellers. Above, the YMS team included, from left, Coach James Knowles, Jacob Berlund, Maddie Mitchell, Nate Hebert, Sam Ebert, Anika Richards, Mac Bloodworth and Sara Frederico. PHOTOS BY BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERBrighton Burkhart, left, and Ty Boston, right, of Fernandina Beach Middle School participated in the inaugual golf program. Yulee middle schools. Christina did a wonderful job with the players, YMS Coach James Knowles said. The club was gracious towards the kids. I think this is just what the kids of this area need. Steffen said the grant is renewable. 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Through Sunday, the Fernandina Beach High School Class of 1988 will be celebrating 30 years as Pirate alum. The class has several fun events planned. Contact Pam Graves at 2069588 or see the Facebook page FBHS-Class of 88 for details. The award-winning romantic comedy Guys and Dolls opened Thursday at Amelia Musical Playhouse in Fernandina Beach. The show tells the story of gambler Nathan Detroit trying to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. The curtain will go up at 7:30 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, June 14-16 and 21-23, with matinee performances at 2:30 p.m. June 10 and 17. For ticketing and questions, visit or call 277-3455. The theater is at 1955 Island Walkway in Fernandina Beach. Amelia Community Theatre is currently presentcomedy A Midsummer In this play that blurs fantasy and reality, the course of true love is an obstacle course, with trickery at every turn. The interwoven plots of the play have at their center the wedding of Duke Theseus and the Amazon Queen Hippolyta. A group of amateur actors, known as the mechanicals, are in the forest to rehearse a play they are to perform at the wedding. Quince, Bottom, Flute, Snout, and Snug have the best of intentions, but they struggle to learn their parts. In another part of the forest are four young lovers on the run. Hermia loves Lysander, but her father demands that she marry Demetrius. Demetrius stopped Helena from lov ing him. Can the four sort themselves into two happy couples? Finally, in the realm of the fairies, King Oberon and Queen Titania have a disagreement that results in Oberon commanding his sprite, Puck, create some mischief with a love potion that makes a person fall in love with the first living thing he or she sees upon awakening from sleep. The scene is then set, all under the light of the moon, for chaos and confu sion to reign. However, har mony and order are restored by the end of the play, with Puck assuring the audience that it was all just a dream. Performances will be at 8 p.m. tonight, tomorrow and June 14-16 and 21-23 and at 2 p.m. June 17 at 207 Cedar St. Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students through college and are available at or 261-6749. 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 Island Art Association will hold a reception 5-7 p.m. Saturday for the open ing of its new Nouveau Art Show themed Chiaroscuro (light and dark) for the months of June and July. The recep tion will be the same night as Artrageous Artwalk. Winners of the show will be announced and refreshments will be served. Lily Kuonen, associate professor of art at Jacksonville University, served as judge. The Gallery is located at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. For information, visit or call 261-7020. The American Legion Auxiliary will host a BBQ chicken dinner 5-7 p.m. Saturday (or until sold out). Dinner will be a one-quarter chicken, mac and cheese, baked beans and a roll for a $10 donation. Music with Al on the keyboards will follow 7-11 p.m. The Legion is at 626 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. camp 9:30 a.m. to noon June 11-15 for children ages 7 to 11. Participants will explore clay, paint and mixed media collage. Space is limited. Call 261-5566 to register. Sandra Pineault will teach a card-making class 2-4:30 p.m. June 11 at Shady Ladies Art Studio located at 432B S. Eighth St. in Fernandina Beach. Class size is limited; pre-register by emailing info@shadyladiesart. com or texting 904-556-3645. Cost is $30 per person and includes some supplies. The Newcomers Club of Amelia Island will host its monthly coffee on Tuesday, June 12, at 10:30 a.m. Women interested in joining the club who reside in Nassau County (no matter how long they have lived there) are welcome to attend. For further information, contact Coffees@ The European American Business Club will host Steve Leimberg for a preA ro r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr frWednesday, June 6 Solution sentation of A Photo Journal of Cuba at its Tuesday, June 12, meeting. Leimberg is a professional fine art photographer who lives on Amelia Island. You can see more details about him and his work at unseen His books are also available at the Song & Story Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro. The meeting will be 6-8 p.m. at Amelia River Golf Club, located at 4477 Buccaneer Trail on Amelia Island. The cost to attend is $12 per person and include be available.RSVP by emailing The Amelia Island Quilt meeting 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the GFWC 201 Jean LaFitte Ave. in Fernandina Beach. This be a traditional summer break potluck dinner and meeting to install the newly elected executive committee board members. Members may share recently completed quilts during a show-and-tell period. In addition, members will display recently completed charity quilts and pillow cases for Ryan Case for Smiles. Both members and guests can complete registration for next more information about the upcoming August quilt retreat. For more information, visit Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes with Bachata at 7 p.m. followed by Merengue at 8 p.m. Tuesday classes are $10 per person or both for $15. A dance work shop is offered from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays for $10 per person. There will be no Friday Night Dance Party in June. 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. Sandra Baker-Hinton will teach an acrylic with texture class 1-3 p.m. June 13, 20 and 27 and a water-based paint ing class June 23 and 30 and Gallery and Gifts. The cost for either class is $150. To regis ter, call 557-1195. The Hilliard Branch Library will offer beginning Spanish classes 6-8 p.m. Thursdays for 10 weeks, beginning June 14. The classes are free and aimed at adults, though teens 14 and older are welcome. Call 5306500 (select option ) for more information. The Friends of the Library Book Club will meet Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m. Episcopal Church to discuss Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. The program is free and open to the public. Future meeting dates and books to be discussed are July 12, by Geraldine Brooks; Aug. 9, by Jesmyn Ward; Sept. 13, by Marjane Satrapi; Oct. 11, by Arundhati Roy; Nov. 8, by Atul Gawande; Dec. 13, by Henry James; Jan. 10, by Amor Towles; Feb. 14, by Julian Barnes. Dr. Roger Smith will pres ent The Last Union Jack: What Really Happened During the Final Evacuation of Loyalists? at the Amelia 3rd on 3rd Street program on Friday, June 15, at 6 p.m., according to a news release. At the conclusion of the American Revolution, East Florida remained the only colony in North America located south of the Canadian border that never lowered the Union Jack. In this discus sion you can almost feel the devastation experienced by these devoted Loyalists, as well as their Native American allies, when East Florida was simply handed back to Spain. Things would become even worse when the Spanish reoccupied the colony sixteen months before the last British evacuation ship could depart on November 13, 1785. As a result, there were two imperial governors from opposing sides in the American Revolution occupying the same colony. The same colonial capital. The same city block. And they both believed that they were in charge. Nowhere else in the absurdity of events such as those created by these bizarre circumstances. Smith is a published historian with of American history and a Ph.D. in early American his tory and Atlantic world studies from the University of Florida. newest historical research to a general audience through entertaining speaking engage ments, publications, stage performances all while con tinuing his research into untold stories and history concerning the American Revolution. The program is free for museum members with a suggested donation of $5 for non-mem bers. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information, contact Gray at 261-7378, ext. 102, or gray@amelia The Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. Auto Legends Amelia Cars and Conversation will meet Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at Eight Flags Autosports, located at 925 S. Eighth St. in Fernandina Beach. The event is open to anyone who enjoys cars. Unique and legendary autos will be on display and owners will be available to answer questions. St. Marys Little Theatre will hold auditions for its season opener, An Evening with the Stars, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16, at Theatre by the Trax, located at 1000 Osborne St. in St. Marys. The original musical produc tion will be staged like a variety show with guest celebrity per formances that include some most popular stars. Show director Barbara Ryan said she is looking for performers who can look and sing similar to a celebrity and is open to sug gestions. Anyone who would like to audition should prepare to sing a hit song by a popular performer (current or his torical). For more information, contact Ryan at barbara@ or 912729-1103. Performances of will be Sept. 14-15 and 21-23. and cold wax painting work shop 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 17. Participants will explore the technique of combining oil paint and cold wax and incor porating other media and tools to build layers and create tex ture. The class will emphasize the process and is experimen tal in nature. All materials are included in the $75 class fee. Call Eva Marie at 261-5566 to register.Do you have questions about family history research perhaps how to get started or ideas for getting unstuck? A volunteer from the Amelia Island Genealogical Society will be available 1-3 p.m. June 18 in the Genealogy section of the Fernandina Beach Branch Library to assist those interested in studying their family history. Stop by and see what resources are available. The Amelia Island hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Branch Library, located at 25 N. Fourth St. in Fernandina Beach. Miles Meyer will present Social Media as a Genealogical Research Tool. Social media has become one of the fastest growing ways to commu nicate, but many people are concerned with the negative impact of social media. Meyer will cover ways social media can be used to improve gene alogical research including groups who provide research tips, photo restoration, minor translations, or look-ups. In addition, learn to build a social media presence to find new cousins. The Fernandina Beach High School Class of 1983 will hold its 35-year reunion June 22 -23. A meet and greet will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Down Under but you may purchase food and drink on your own if you like. Then, a barbecue dinner and dance will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Chem-Cell Clubhouse, located at 2951 Riverside Drive in Fernandina Beach. The cost is $50 per person. Contact Serena at 583-2578 or Angie at 753-6255 for questions and payment information. 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.Learn tai chi at an evening on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Interested in a gentle practice to connect mind and body? Tai Chi might be perfect for you. This ancient practice is taught by Davis Burbank at Community Yoga + Wellness, 210 Beech Street. Go to check the class schedule. Six classes are $60. Ms. Ernie Albert, director of the Peck Center Library, will host children in pre-K through second grade at a new Story & Activity Hour at the Peck Library every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Stories will include programs by Fernandina Beach firefight ers with mascot Sparky, local Smith, Ms. Albert, Georgia Murray and the Fernandina Ocean Rescue crew. This Story & Activity hour program will run through July 5. The Peck Center Library is located on the first floor of the Peck Community Center at 516 S. 10th St. in Fernandina Beach. Professional, traditional acrylic painting classes with Kathy Maurer are available Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn to paint landscapes, still life and more. Any level. For information call 261-8276 or 556-1638. Resin epoxy, dirty pour art classes are being held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 1-3 p.m. Mondays 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 is six. The cost for a class is $80. Call Michelle at 650-823-1767 to register. 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, Ga. 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 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. 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. 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. SUBMITTED PHOTOSThe Boys & Girls Clubs Summer Academy opened June 4 for another session of summer fun and learning. This annual event runs 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 6 and is held at both the Miller Club on Old Nassauville Road and the Roberts Club on Lime Street in Fernandina Beach. It offers children an opportunity to swim, participate in sports, go on field trips and catch up on learning they may have missed at school. There is still room for more partici pants to sign up. For complete information, call the Miller Club at 261-1075 or the Roberts Club at 491-9102 or visit bgc NL 6 col. Fri. 06.08 .indd 14 6/7/18 10:03 AM


Call 261-3696 to find out how your restaurant can become a part of our new weeklyDining Out feature page. 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. 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 Monday Friday Breakfast & Lunch BuetMonday thru Friday 7am 9pm Saturday 12pm 9pm Sunday 12pm 6pm Breakfast ............ $ 8. 95 Lunch .............. $ 11 951925 S. 14th Street, Suite #5 904-624-7811Fernandina Beach, FL Q: I bought some zoysiagrass seeds and planted them this year but they have not come up. What am I doing wrong? JHA: Growing lawngrass from seed can be difficult for any of the warm season grasses and zoysiagrass is no exception. In addition, it is important to read the label on the grass seed bag to ensure you have no other pesky grass seeds that may become weeds in our area such as annual bluegrass or perennial rye. Zoysiagrass is more difficult to establish by seed for several reasons: 1. The seed requires light to germinate so it cannot be covered with soil as is recommended for other grass seeds. If it is not covered, it becomes a tempting snack for birds and other critters. UF/IFAS recommends using some type of erosion cloth that will allow light in but keep the seed from blowing away or being devoured. 2. April through July is the best time of year to sow seed so you are right on target doing it now. 3. It generally takes about 2-3 weeks for the seeds to germinate and then another 6-8 weeks to become established maybe longer. During the germination and establishment stages, it is critical to provide sufficient water, but too much water will cause the seeds to wash away or pool in one area. 4. The soil must be kept moist but not wet, so you will need to water lightly and frequently and continue to do so until the whole area has grown in. It takes a lot of patience. The biggest problem will be weeds taking the opportunity to germinate at the same time. You cannot put out a pre-emergent to control the weeds as this could kill the grass seed too. 5. The area does need full sun and the soil should be slightly acidic for best results. For so much of our area, the landscape soils can be very alkaline and this may be another reason the seeds may not have germinated well. One other note: We cannot grow fescue here in Florida. We can grow Bermuda, St. Augustine, Bahia, centipede and Zoysia. Only Bermuda and St. Augustine can tolerate higher pH soils but the others really prefer acidic soil. Here is the University of Florida publication on zoysiagrass: What is growing on my citrus trees? JMA: I am glad you brought this in for me to identify it. This is the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri. We know it has been here in Nassau County for some time, and since it is late spring, the insect will be reproducing on new growth in large numbers. Just as a reminder, this is the vector insect that can transmit Citrus Greening. Now, dont panic just because the insect is present does not automatically indicate you have greening. However, if left unchecked, the insect can transmit Citrus Greening. As you already know, this disease is devastating to the whole citrus industry and as homeowners we are no exception. The insect should be immediately sprayed with insecticidal soap. Please apply ready-to-use products and do not make your own concoction from internet recipes. We do not recommend using dish soap because it can cause damage to the already vulnerable leaves. The best time to apply the insecticidal soap is before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. never in the heat of the day. Asian citrus psyllids will be found on new growth only and they will continue to attack citrus throughout the growing season. Check all new growth on citrus trees daily for these serious pests. Do not apply malathion or Sevin since these will kill our critical pollinators. The insecticidal soaps really work best. If you dont see the insect, then there is no need to spray. If you do not know if you have the insect, bring me a clipping of the new growth in a double zipped bag and I will identify for you. We have a letterbox in the door at our office so the clippings can be dropped off at any time for your convenience.Q: What is this gray, dusty looking stuff on my lawngrass? CAA: It has been some years since I have seen slime mold on St. Augustine grass but it can occur if the weather conditions are perfect. You can use the spray nozzle from the water hose to rinse it off, but it will disappear soon enough when things completely dry out. It is really no cause for concern and does not require any chemical treatment. Attached is a pathology report from the University of Florida on slime mold in St. Augustine grass: http://bit. ly/2Hp67Yx. Rebecca Jordi, UF/IFAS County Extension Director for Nassau County and Nassau County Horticulture Agent III, is a University of Florida faculty member. Extension locations are the satellite office at the County Building in Yulee and the main Extension Office in Callahan. The UF/IFAS Nassau County Demonstration Garden is located at the James S. Page Governmental Complex and demonstrates best management practices for Northeast Florida. Mail questions to Garden Talk, c/o Rebecca Jordi, Nassau County Extension, 543350 US 1, Callahan, FL 32011. Visit http:// rr Island Art Association is opening its Nouveau Art show and sale for June and July. The theme is Chiaroscuro or light and shadow. The show was judged by Lily Kuonen and the gallery will remain open until 8 p.m. Dante DeFlorio is the featured artist for the month of June. A graduate of the Pratt Fine Arts Institute, DeFlorio has also been a fellow of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. For more information about IAA, classes, membership, and opportunities to participate in Nouveau Art, visit The Island Art Association is located at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach.Sally BurroDANTE DEFLORIO/ ISLAND ART ASSOCIATIONMagnoliasDANTE DEFLORIO/ ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION CASEY MATTHEWS/CASEY MATTHEWS FINE ARTrfnIn conjunction with Artwalk, Casey Matthews Fine Art will host an open house and studio tour 4-8 p.m. Saturday. The event will include new artwork by the artist as well as Wyanne Thompson. Casey Matthews Fine Art and Gallery Novus is located at 813 S. Eighth St. in the Pelican Palms Shopping Center in Fernandina Beach. Regular hours are by appointment. For more information, call 556-1119. NL 6 col. Fri. 06.08 .indd 15 6/7/18 9:55 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 The regular multi-faith inspirational afternoon is on the second Sunday of each month. The next one will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Springer Controls, located at 96072 Chester Road in Yulee. This will be an open, discussion/ conference-style meeting. Bring your own ideas, thoughts, writings, book, etc. All are welcome for a casual couple of hours, hospitality, friends and fellowship. The current Bah month is Grandeur. The month of Light begins June 5. For more information, call 566-5437 or 432-8845.rffntnfrbnnfnfrnEach Sunday this summer, First Presbyterian is hosting a variety of presentations focused on cherishing Gods creation here on our beautiful island. They are free to the public. Please come for coffee at 9:30 a.m. and stay for the presentation that begins at 9:50 a.m. and lasts approximately 50 minutes. June 10 Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening with Ginny Grupe, master gardener June 17 Egans Creek with Kathy Russell, aquatics and greenway manager, city of Fernandina Beach June 24 Growing Trees with Vernon Hiott, Rayonier Inc. July 1 Amelias Sea Turtles with Mary Duffy, president, Amelia Turtle Watch July 8 Eating Fresh, Farm to Table with Chef Bill Thompson, Amelia Culinary Academy July 15 The Night Sky with Helmut Albrecht, ScienceFirst July 22 Amelias Historic Trees with Margaret Kirkland, Amelia Tree Conservancy July 29 Look & See with Rev. Dr. Wain Wesberry, pastor, First Presbyterian, Fernandina Aug. 5 Solar Energy with Pete Wilking, A1A Solar Aug. 12 Bees and Beekeeping with Barb Kent, BuyGones First Presbyterian is an EarthCare Congregation, certified by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and pledging to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of congregational life including worship, education, facilities and outreach. The church is located at 9 N. Sixth St. in Fernandina Beach with special needs parking space available in the FPC lot on North Fifth Street. For more information, contact 261-3837 or or visit are diving in deeper, seeking to touch the heart of God are you? Join us 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, as we worship our Lord, then dig in to continue our study of the book of Ephesians. Dont miss this opportunity to worship, study and fellowship with other believers. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.nfrbfnfnfrnPeriodically St. Michael Catholic Church holds a Taiz service, which consists of musical chants sung repeatedly and includes a period of silence, a scripture reading and prayer intercessions. A small ensemble of singers and musical accompaniment help the participants enter into a prayerful state as they blend their voices with the ensemble. Taiz started in France during World War II and continues to this day. Start the summer season this year by coming to a quiet place for reflection. The St. Michael Taiz ensemble invites you to attend a 35-minute program of subdued musical chants and prayers. Feel free to take a break from the distractions of the world and meet our Lord and feel the power of His Love in communal song and prayer. Please join us and bring a friend Monday, June 18, at 7 p.m. in St. Michael Church, located at North Fourth and Broome streets. All are welcome!fnrThe Son of Allen will have its Mens Day program, Strong Men of Faith, at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Reverend Dr. Helen Jackson is the pastor. The messenger is Reverend Ron Rawls of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Saint Augustine. Please join us at Prince Chapel A.M.E. Church, located at 95189 Hendricks Road in Fernandina Beach.rnrFive Points Baptist Church at 736 Bonnieview Road in Fernandina Beach will hold Game On Vacation Bible School from 6 to 9 p.m. June 24-29. For information, call 261-4615.nbfnnnnThe Salvation Army Hope House needs to replenish our Emergency Food Pantry shelves. Especially needed are canned or dried fruits including peaches, pears, fruit cocktail, and raisins, jelly, jelly and more jelly, cereal, breakfast bars, spaghetti noodles and sauce, canned meats including tuna, chicken, spam, sausages & beanie-weenies, condensed and ready-to-eat soup, boxed helper meals, deodorant, insect repellant, razors and laundry detergent. Donations can be brought to The Salvation Army Hope House, 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.frnnnnffPrince 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 service. If you are coming or going from the beach and have shorts, a T-shirt and flip-flops on, you are welcome. All children present are invited to join in the sending song by picking out a percussion instrument to add to the joy of our worship time together. On the fifth Sunday of each month there is one combined service at 10 a.m., following by a fellowship meal and community service project. Children are welcome and encouraged to be present at either worship service; however, a nursery area is available for children five years old and younger. Holy Communion is offered at all worship services, open to all baptized believers in Jesus Christ. Lutheranism is Biblebased 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. To learn more, visit 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.nfnrnfThe 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 556-5437. rfnttOur choices in life do more than just to determine our essential selves, or define who we seem to be to others. They drive the everlasting record of what we decided to do with our lives. Be it choices made for the better or the worse, or those made with great forethought or very little thought, or just everyday routine choices, all choices pale before the most important choice in a persons life: choosing to accept or reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Assuming that you have made that decision, how have your choices in every other area of life reflected your decision to accept our Lord Jesus as Savior? Are you now looking beyond just yourself and giving more thought about how your choices will affect your family, friends, neighbors and your community? Our Lord said for us to love your neighbor as yourself. Are you choosing to do so out of love for what He did for you? Our Lord asks to make many choices that separate us from those who do not know Him, not to pull us away from them, but rather to serve as examples of the obedience displayed by believers who have chosen the higher road and to invite all to join us in our walk up that road. Have you chosen to serve as such an example now? Do you choose to allow others to come up along side you and ask why you have made such choices? There are many choices that are ours to make. Some choose well and some either do not choose well or not at all. Globally, 70,000 people a day die never having known of Jesus. A smaller number that die each day decided not to accept the truth of the Gospel, and no matter of the why, how or when, there is no changing that. Such choices stand through eternity. Are you so overjoyed in having chosen the truth that it takes your breath away, and gives you pause to smile broadly when you look forward to the One you have chosen looking upon you as He comes upon the clouds to gather the ones He chose: the believing ones who chose Him. Sim Lee is a retired Northeast Iowan who loves all of Gods creatures.Last week we were inundated with news of Roseanne Barrs racist remarks about former Obama staffer Valerie Jarett. A few hours later, we learned that late night TV host Samantha Bee made crude comments about Ivanka Trump. We also learned that in our culture this is breaking news, that the professional heirs of Murrow, Cronkite, and Koppel the watchdog press thats responsible for making us an informed citizenry and who stands in gap, speaking truth to power believes this is the information we most need to know. Pete Vernon, a reporter for the Columbia Journalism Review wrote, For those who argue that the media has misplaced priorities when it comes to coverage choices, [last] week has provided a case study to support their position. While media outlets from cable news to digital publishers obsessed over the cancellation of ABCs Roseanne, a report on the staggering death toll in Puerto Rico [from Hurricane Maria] has, in comparison, been met with relative silence. Wisconsin Public Radio host Brady Carlson noted, Ive gotten three times as many breaking news emails today about Roseanne getting cancelled than I have about the death toll in Puerto Rico being 70 times higher than we thought. As we wonder whats become of us, and how might we become more substantive people, Barr and Bee remind us that language matters. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible reveals that civil people watch what they say. And it shows us that anyone who has any inkling of what it means to love ones neighbors must think before they speak. Proverbs 15:28, for instance, informs us, The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. Note the connection between pondering and righteousness, and between mindlessly pouring out and wickedness. In the New Testament, the Apostle James tells us, If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this persons religion is worthless (James 1:26). Well become a kinder culture, then, when we grasp the fact that verbal assaults inflict more pain than most of us imagine. Roseannes words, for example, werent just racist, or just careless, or merely a mark of one womans poor taste; these words bore false witness against her neighbor. They broke the ninth commandment and thereby not only offended Ms. Jarrett, but God himself, who created her. Thats not the worst of it. Barr also broke the sixth commandment, because, as the Heidelberg Catechism reminds us, the commandment you shall not murder means that it is wrong to dishonor, hate, wound, or kill my neighbor, even in thought, word or gesture. I suspect well become deeperthinking people when we understand that Bee was not only crass, but that she maliciously broke the eighth commandment, you shall not steal, by robbing Ms. Trump of her God-given dignity. And well become more thoughtful people, Im sure, when we realize that words reveal our character, which reveals our standing before God. Jesus spells it out for us when he scolds the Pharisees, telling them, On the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak. But why? Why, when we stand before a merciful and forgiving God, will a few reckless words matter? Because, Jesus explains, our words reveal our hearts (Matthew 12:36-37). And theres the rub for us all. Because the sad fact is that Barr and I and I suspect you, too share a common problem the way we view other people. Barr reminds us that we need to think about how to live with people who disagree with us, who worship differently, and who have different convictions about sexuality, marriage, and how to fix the downtown marina. She shows us that we must hold fast to Scriptures truth and, Let our speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that we may know how we ought to answer each person (Colossians 4:6). She helps us see that we must be steadfast in our obedience to God, even as we do not let any unwholesome talk come out of [our] mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Ephesians 4:29). She prompts us to enter the public square always mindful, always sensible to the fact that, The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness (Proverbs 16:21). Lets be persuasive, then. Lets build a more gracious society, and even demand a more discerning press. 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 ddoster@icloud. com.brf NL 6 col. 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