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rfnntbn rffnnftbfffnfn rf rrfrn rtrb rf n rf rrf rrfrn trbrrrrnnrf Nassau County, choose your Best Best of the 2018 A lifetime of experience in Nassau County schools gives retired teacher Lissa Braddock the perspective she says will make her an advocate for teachers and for students if she is elected to the Nassau County School Board. Im not an outsider looking in, she said. As an educator, Ive been there. Braddock said she wants to be the voice of a local educator on the board. Nobody is a Nassau County teacher on that School Board, she said. I want to be one of those people who helps make those decisions that matter to teachers. Braddock is from Nassau County, N.Y., and met her husband, Ronnie, while they were both attending college in Arkansas. After marrying and moving to Hilliard, her husbands hometown, the two began teaching in Nassau County. Braddock taught in Nassau County schools for 34 of the 36 years shes been an educator. She taught in Georgia for the other two years, while Ronnie served at Ft. Benning. Her education roots run deep. We are a family of educators, Braddock told the News-Leader. My husband, his brother, his wife, my children everybody is a teacher somewhere, except for my son. My husband was assistant principal at FBHS. One of my daughters taught in Callahan. I have another daughter who taught in Callahan Middle School while I was teaching there. My youngest daughter is a virtual schoolteacher. I have four children and eight grandchildren, all of whom have gone to Nassau County schools. When Braddocks husband passed away in October of last year, the Ocean Highway and Port Authority appointed her to fill his seat on that board, which he had occupied for 17 years. That term will end this year, but Braddock is not seeking election to the OHPA. Ive enjoyed being a commissioner, she said. I thought about running for that position, but my heart is in education, having been a teacher for all these years. That is really where I want to be. School security is an issue all School Board candidates have addressed, and Braddock is no exception. She said having grandchildren in the countys schools gives her insight about security. I have eight grandchildren going to these schools, Braddock said. I am invested in protecting them, and everybody elses children. I think the School Board has done well moving forward to correct things, to strengthen schools. But Braddock added that, while some schools in the district have been remodeled to make them more secure, There are still schools whose campuses are wide open, and thats a huge concern. She also thinks schools may eventually need metal detectors and other security measures. Ive even wondered why we cant have dogs accompanying the resource officers, she said. You have dogs that sniff out explosives. Why cant we have dogs that sniff out guns? Most of these shootings take place within the schools. Its just going to take money. Thats the problem, getting the funding. That funding for increased security in schools will require reaching out to representatives, she said. If we can work with (state Sen.) Aaron Bean and (state Rep.) Cord Byrd so they can sponsor helpful bills, (then) we need to be able to align ourselves with and support them, Braddock said. We need to be engaged with these legislators who represent us. One issue the countys teachers have brought to the School Board is the need for a planning period. Teachers currently do not have a daily time set aside during which they do not have students, which they say is vital to their effectiveness. Braddock agrees. The only time teachers have these days is lunch, and youve got about 20 minutes to eat. Ive taught with planning periods and without them. We have way too much Local photographer and bird watcher Patrick Leary submitted this stunning picture of a typical summer vignette in local marshes, taken recently on the south Amelia River. This one includes a mid-continent breeder: American white pelicans, a tropical breeder; rosette spoonbills, and some regional breeders wood stork, great egret and snowy egret (in back). Both the spoonbills and pelicans are predominantly juvenile or immature birds. The adult American white pelicans that winter locally are now somewhere in the Great Plains. This morning, we found (about) 150 spoonbills roosting on shell rakes...PATRICK LEARY/SPECIALrfnttbnrfbbb JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERSchool security is an issue all School Board candidates have addressed, and Braddock is no exception. She said having grandchildren in the countys schools gives her insight about security. brffrfrf rbrrfbnnr rbrf rff TEACHER Continued on 5A The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners held another special meeting on July 11 about the countys budget for the next fiscal year. Most of the discussion Wednesday evening was focused on public safety and the need to plan for more fire stations and firefighters. Fire Chief Brady Rigdon responded to a number of questions posed by commissioners during which he referenced the National Fire Protection Association and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Rigdon noted that the NFPA recommends a response time of eight minutes and across Nassau County the average response time is about 10 minutes. Rigdon pointed out that much of the county is rural and stations are spread out. Commissioner Danny Leeper asked about what it takes to respond to a typical house fire of some 2,000 square feet. Rigdon again referenced the NFPA, which recommends a team of 14 or 15. To meet that goal, Rigdon said it would take at least four stations to respond. Each station in Nassau County typically has a staff of four first responders per station. Rigdon also cited a 2010 study by the NIST that quantified how crew sizes and arrival times influence saving lives and properties. Rigdon also talked about an increase in call volume. In 2016, 9,142 calls were received, and more than 5,500 have been received so far this year. Taco Pope, director of the Planning and Economic Opportunity Department, said that, based on what he knows about development permits in the pipeline, there will be a need for more sophisticated equipment in addition to more stations and staff, as Nassau County will soon see taller structures taking shape, especially around the area of William Burgess Boulevard. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper also addressed the board, saying that COUNTY Continued on 4A JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERAnthony Harris, manager of Sliders Seaside Grill, left, listens to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who stopped by the restaurant on Thursday afternoon for a meet and greet with constituents. After two terms as governor, Scott is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Bill Nelson. Nelson has been one of Floridas two senators in Washington since 2001. NL 6 col. Fri. 07.13 .indd 1 7/12/18 4:08 PM


The Personnel Policies/Bylaws Committee and the Governance Committee of the ElderSource Board of Directors will meet at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively, today in The purpose of the meetings will be general committee business. The Personnel Policies/ Bylaws Committee will review the staff retire ment plan, and the Governance Committee will consider applications for Board of Directors membership. ElderSource is the Area Agency on Aging for Northeast Florida and operates information, call 391-6613.rfnnfnThe next meeting of the Federated today at 11:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. Appearing in a rapid succession format, candidates running for the following offices will appear: Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, Districts 2 and 4; Nassau County School Board, Districts 1 and 5; and Ocean Highway and Port Authority, Districts 3, 4 and 5. Attendees will have an tions in advance of the upcoming August pri mary. In addition, Special guest Marilyn Evans tbffnThe winner of five Tony awards and seven Laurence Olivier awards both including Best Play plus numerous other accolades, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will debut tonight at Amelia Musical Playhouse in Fernandina Beach. The show is adapted from the multiple prize-winning best-selling novel of the same name and ran for 799 perfor a hugely successful two-year run on Broadway. 15-year-old central character living in Swindon in the west of England, is what might described today as a high-functioning victim of autism what regrets this label, and the events of the story are recorded in his diary. At the sugges the basis of a play, delivering to audiences a play within a play that moves between the teacher reads the diary. In opening of the play, Christopher discov determines to discover what happened to the animal. During his investigations, a much more significant discovery prompts him to leave his comfort zone and travel alone to London on a new and more important mission. Despite its somewhat macabre opening, the show has a happy-ish ending. The show can be seen at 7:30 p.m. tonight, at $15 for adults and $10 for students and available by going online to ameliamusical or calling 277-3455. Some strong language in the first scene and scattered through the remainder of the play suggest a PG-13 rating for the show.rfnA Sip & Shop event will be held Saturday, 15 percent of all sales will be given to the non profit organization that offers year-round pro grams designed to educate both residents and visitors about the plants, insects, and animals of Amelia Island. The shop is located at 90 Amelia Village Circle. For more information, call Caregivers Support Group will meet 2:30-4:30 located at 1367 S. 18th St. in Fernandina Beach (across from Baptist Medical Center Nassau). This will be a full support session (no Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month. The overall goal of the group is to offer support and education for caregivers. It is not suited for loved ones to attend; however, all caregivers are welcome. For more information, ext. 113.nfnThe Nassau County Affordable Housing in a series to discuss affordable housing in St. in Fernandina Beach. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more informa tion on the committee, contact 530-6300 or or visit nas past members of the International Order located at 1101 S. 14th St. in Fernandina Beach. Bring your memories, pictures, memo rabilia, brag rag or anything else you want to interest in reviving an assembly in the Amelia Island area, so bring your daughters, grand daughters, nieces and other girls between the nnfSt. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission at ing a blood drive between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. All donors will receive a free that includes blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screen ings. All donors also will receive a coupon for Gardens. Sign up online also welcome.rnfnThe Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center is offering the Arthritis Foundation Excercise Program at no charge The program offers low-impact physical activity proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. Sessions will include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level and ability. For more information and to pre-register, contact Northeast Florida AHEC at 482 0189.rnrbnnnFBCA has announced that the school is accepting scholarships from the AAA Scholarship Foundation. This nonprofit orga nization awards annual scholarships for tuition and fees and is privately funded to assist eli gible students attend an eligible private school of their choice. Achievement Accessible. Scholarships are income-based, offering a broader range of quality education to eligible families. For private school opportunities, visit Fernandina Beach Christian Academy located at 1600 S. Eighth St. in Fernandina Beach or call 491-5664 to schedule an appointment.nrnffThe Amelia Island Beach and Marine Life to remove litter from the beaches before it is one to two hours between 5:30 and 8 p.m. at local beaches. For more information, email you help people adapt to a hearingimpaired world? Nassau County Volunteer group facilitator. This unique individual will techniques. This person would have a social ground. If you fit the bill, go to volunteernassau. org and volunteer.fnrrnThe UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension tions at the Barnabas Center, located at 1303 beneficiaries. If you will be new to Medicare, if you qualify to save money on your Medicare drug costs, Medicare monthly premium, deduct ibles and copays, call Meg McAlpine at 5306359 to schedule your private appointment. Appointments are being scheduled Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. nA diabetes support group for those with Type 1 or 2 diabetes meets every Thursday at 11 a.m. on the second floor of the MCCI build ing located at 449621 U.S. 301 in Callahan. Varying topics are presented with informal sup port and discussion. A registered dietitian and a mental health counselor will facilitate some sessions. Today, To register, contact Melanie Hadden at 5072692.There is no cost to attend.nnnA free support group for survivors of sexual assault meets the second and fourth contact Lori Armstrong at 716-5390 or larm nfnfHealing Hearts is a local support group for those who have lost a spouse. The group meets twice a month on the second Monday at and again on the fourth Monday at 6 p.m. for information, contact Mary Mercer at 415-1881 frThe Nassau Volunteer Center has a new service for volunteers. Go to volunteernas Connected. This simple to use free tool allows you have while allowing the agencies to find suitable volunteers. This one stop registers you for dozens of agencies in Nassau County. For information, call 261-2771.rff 399-8535.rnDo you ever have the need to visit the Nassau County School District administra tion office located at 1201 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach? Do you find yourself90 driving 20 plus miles to get there? Is it a trip The Nassau County School District now has two satellite offices. The westside location is at 45021 Third Ave. provide a place for parent meetings, employee meetings, staff meetings, and support. If you meeting,call 491-9900.ff father was in the South Vietnamese Army, is producing The Unforgotten. Her father was captured and escaped during the war before finally coming to the United States. Veterans experience can contact Diem at aspotbellypig@ its sister clothing store, NHS Second Chance teers in all areas. application at Second Chance, located in the Eight Flags Shopping Center on South 14th Street or go online to Nassauhumanesociety. call 321-0022.n and February that visits all fourth grade classes in Nassau County with 40 orchestral instru ments. The goal of the program is to acquaint students with how to properly hold and play each instrument. To be able to reach all f defensive tactics courses, concealed-weapon license courses and close-quarter defensive tactics courses. For information and more class dates, contact Gary Belson at 491-8358 or 4762037, or, or visit www. thebelsongroup.comfnfPistol and revolver gun classes for beginnin certified instructor and retired state and federal held at the convenience of each person starting and personal protection classes are available and including classroom, range shooting and no-cost use of a .22 pistol and rifle including ammo. Contact 277-4144, 603-491-7017,or for complete info. rU f rfn tbU.S. Navy Command Chief Master William Lee Belzer Jr., retired, passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 at the age of 75. Chief Belzer moved to Yulee, Fla. 28 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va. He served 31 years with the U.S. Navy from 1959 until 1990. At the time of his retirement he was a Hull Tech, HTCM. He enjoyed fishing and building model trains. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Barbara Belzer of Yulee; a son, William J. Belzer of Yulee; a daughter, Tracy Paugh (Ryan) of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; a stepson, Michael Edenfield; two sis ters, Sandra Sikorski and Rosealee Belzer, both of Yulee; his brother, Maurice Belzer of Yulee; three grandchildren, Michael Dippy, Katelyn Paugh and Gary Paugh; and four nieces. Graveside services with full military honors will be held at Jacksonville National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Those attending should park in Lane 3 at the National Cemeterys staging area. The family will receive friends between 6 and 8 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 at Green Pine Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made in Chief Belzers name to the Wounded Warrior Project by going to the organizations website at www.wounded, or by mail to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517. To sign Chief Belzers online register book and leave condolences, please visit the Green Pine website at services for Mr. Alexander Gissentanna, 83, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Simmons Funeral Home Chapel in Orangeburg, S.C., with interment following in Belleville Memorial Gardens. Rev. Arizona Perkins officiated. Mr. Gissentanna passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Haven Hospice Center in Orange Park, Fla. Visitation was held between 1 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Simmons Funeral Home. Friends may call at the residence of his niece, Linda Hilliard, 2558 Old Cameron Road, Orangeburg. Online condolences may be sent to www.sim Claxton, 82, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018.ntfbfbbrrrf bnnr nff Beach News-Leader, 511 Ash Street, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Periodicals postage paid at Fernandina 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 that the advertisement or any part thereof is contrary to the general standard of advertising acceptance. SUBSCRIPTION RATESMail in Nassau County . ........................................ $41.99 Mail out of Nassau County . .................................. $71.99 NEWS DEADLINES Community News: Letters to the editor: Monday, 5 p.m. Church Notes: Tuesday, 5 p.m. People and Places: ADVERTISING DEADLINES WEDNESDAY NEWS-LEADER FRIDAY NEWS-LEADER Classified Ads: Classified Display: Friday, 3 p.m. Tuesday, 5 p.m. Legal Notices: Friday, noon N/A Retail Advertising: Friday, 3 p.m. Tuesday, 3 p.m. Monday holidays the Classified deadline will be Friday at 5 p.m. nfb to-date on which roads will have lane closures. Commuters traveling into Duval County can nnfnff The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting an open house for the Amelia Island resurfacing project Tuesday, July 17, from 4:306:30 p.m. at the Nassau County Chamber, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island. Those interested can drop by between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the resurfacing project and ask questions to the projects engineers, contractors, designers and FDOT team members who will be available. This is an informal open house and no presentation is scheduled. The project began in June, with completion anticipated in winter 2018. Construction costs $4.1 million. The FDOT hired Hubbard Construction as the contractor. NL 6 col. Fri. 07.13 .indd 2 7/12/18 3:28 PM


The iconic and vacant Standard Marine building, a victim of water damage, is now at the center of a feud between the property owner and the city of Fernandina Beach and could be demolished, though the owners attorney says he wants to save it. The 136-year-old building at 101 N. Second St., owned by Dick Goodsells Front Street Property LLC, has lately been determined to be out of compliance by the citys Code Enforcement Officer Michelle Forstrom. The officer issued the owner a second notice of violation on July 6, citing the buildings roof, which is in disrepair and allows water to enter the two-story building. The notice gives Goodsell until July 27 to repair the roof before referring the matter to the Code Enforcement and Appeals Board for further action. Goodsell is trying to sell the building and does not want it to be torn down. He is seeking a buyer who would be cognizant of the historical significance of the structure. At its May meeting, the Code Enforcement and Appeals Board told Goodsell there were issues with the building, Goodsells attorney, Harrison Poole, told the News-Leader. It was mostly the exterior, broken windows, failing paint, vegetation things like that and also that the roof leaked, the attorney said. Code Enforcement gave Goodsell until the June meeting of the Code Enforcement & Appeals Board to bring the building into compliance. Between those two meetings, Goodsell had all the windows and doors boarded up and painted to match the shutters, had the building washed, cleaned up all the vegetation, and replaced and repaired the downspouts and gutters, which were all things that were identified at that first meeting. However, he didnt do anything to the roof. Repairs to the roof, Poole said, would not be economically feasible for his client because Goodsell is looking for a buyer. Who that buyer is, plus the new purpose of the building, would determine what a new or a repaired roof would be, according to Poole. It doesnt make sense to put a band aid on a roof, or put on a new roof that is not going to be consistent with whatever the new owner wants that they are going to have to tear off and redo. Its not economically viable, Poole said. Some roofing contractors say they arent interested in replacing the roof, Poole said, and those who did express an interest quoted the price of repairs at over $100,000, and much higher to replace it. At its June meeting, the code enforcement board determined that the improvements made by Goodsell had brought the building into compliance with city code, Poole said, and he and his client thought the matter had been addressed. However, Forstrom says that, regardless of what Goodsell has done to improve the building, the roof still remains out of compliance with code. Poole disagrees, citing city code 42-116 (b): All owners of property where structures have been placed shall maintain their structures in such a manner as not to present an unsightly appearance nor create a hazard to the public, provide a sanctuary for illegal activities, or be a danger to surrounding property. I dont know how its a hazard to the public, provides a sanctuary for illegal activity or is a danger to the surrounding property. The unsightly appearance, I get that. Thats been rectified, Poole said, adding that the roof cannot be seen from ground level. Goodsell had two engineering firms, Miranda Architects and Construction Solutions, look at the building. While both reports note the problems with the roof, neither reports says the building is unstable. While the building is in need of repair and/or renovation, it is still in a fairly solid structural condition and in no immediate risk of collapse, the report from Construction Solutions said. Forstrom said that, while there were certain aspects of the building that were brought into compliance, the roof is still out of compliance. She said the code enforcement board had made it clear that Goodsell was to address the roof, and that, since he did not, she issued the second notice of non-compliance. Unfortunately, the board didnt put that (the specific issues with the roof) into a motion as they should have, Forstrom said. City Attorney Tammi Bach said that Forstrom has discretion over whether to issue notices of violation, and that the code enforcement board then rules on those notices as to whether the property in question has been brought into compliance. Poole said Goodsell has pointed out that the city bought a property in 2016 at 101 N. Front St., referred to as the Vuturo building, which is in much worse condition, but that the city has not been cited for any code violations at that site. It seems patently unfair that, on one hand, the City Commission is going to allow a completely blighted building in its care to sit there, but then the code enforcement board is going to demand this of Mr. Goodsell, Poole said. Forstrom said that, while she has talked to City Manager Dale Martin about that property, she cannot cite the city for the code violations as it would be a conflict of interest to cite her employer. It puts me in a difficult position in these cases, Forstrom said. In November, Martin said that the demolition of the (Vuturo building) is contingent upon receiving the appropriate permit to allow for reconstruction/redevelopment of the site. Following the permitting and demolition, the City Commission will determine how to proceed: leave vacant, rebuild, sell, lease, etc. The report from Miranda Architecture on the Standard Marine building called out a continued lack of leadership from your local city government, and recommended adding the building to the citys downtown Historic District, which would allow for tax incentives that would reduce the expense of rehabilitating the building. With each election cycle infrastructure improvement plans are shelved and reprioritized in a seemingly endless cycle with rf (904) 365-5565 WOODBRIER Homes from the low $200s Almost on Amelia Island On Woodbridge Pkwy. 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Third floor has electrical, HVAC, and plumbing run for a 5th bedroom with ensuite. $1,799,000 MLS#80324Eric Schmitt REALTOREach office is independently owned and operated nrfrtfbnbrbnnfrFEUD Continued on 5A JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERLeft, the first floor of the Standard Marine building shows floor damage and where water has pooled. However, experts say the building is structurally sound. Right, Dick Goodsell has made improvements to the exterior of the Standard Marine building, but Code Enforcement Officer Michelle Forstrom says the building is still not in compliance with the citys building codes.CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS/SPECIAL NL 6 col. Fri. 07.13 .indd 3 7/12/18 4:01 PM


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Growing up in Texas, Buddy began building custom homes in 1984 while Cindy practiced law. Following his custom home building in Texas, Buddy extended his construction experience through jobs in civil engineering, production and custom home construction and com mercial and residential roofing sales. Cindy practiced litigation with an emphasis in construction and insurance law. In 2001, they opened Domestic Designs Roofing, Inc. to concentrate solely on residential and commercial roofing and have never looked back. Buddy holds licenses from the state of Florida as both a Certified Roofing Contractor and a General Contractor and is OSHA certi fied. The company is licensed and insured. Since 2001, Domestic Designs has met the roofing needs for new and existing homeowners and commercial businesses in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Clay and Baker counties. The companys 5 crews install shingle, metal, tile and flat roofs as well as provide inspection, repair, additional installation and cleaning services for both residential and commercial customers. A full service company, Domestic Designs works with home owners and builders everyday to provide the highest quality, warranted roofing services at the lowest costs and least incon venience. Everyones needs are different. I enjoy working with individual homeowners and builders to solve their specific prob lems and meet their needs. I understand that any type of home or business construction can be challenging so it is our goal to provide every client with the most cost effective and least intru sive solutions. In todays fast-paced and economically challenging environment, you cannot expect anything less, said Boyd. The company offers a wide variety of products including GAF/ Elk, CertainTeed, Owens-Corning, Monier, Hanson and American Tile, all of whom offer a complete line of warranties. With recent changes to the state of Floridas wind mitigation roofing requirements, there are many new savings opportunities for residential and commercial owners. We offer clients several roofing options to save money on their homeowners and wind insurance policies, said Boyd. We work closely with local insur ance agents and have seen that many owners today are unaware of the savings opportunities available to them through policy discounts related to roofing modifications. We can evaluate, with owners, their individual needs and available options. Additionally, Domestic Designs partners with a certified solar technology and installation firm to provide energy efficient roofing solutions that reduce your carbon footprint and utility expense. We are excited about the unlimited opportunities we now offer in alternative energy resources and costs savings, said Boyd. To discuss your roofing needs or to simply learn more about potential roofing modifications, related to insurance savings or energy efficient roofing solutions, call Buddy Boyd at 904-3210626 or 904-753-1438. They look forward to working with you. in many cases, taxpayers dont necessarily see the benefit of my department for four to five years out, when crime statistics have gone down, for example. Leeper also mentioned best practices when discussing staff ing levels, saying that there are 1.5 officers per 1,000 people in Nassau County, which is well below the state average of 2.16. The highest cost per service is in the current center of growth, Yulee, according to Leeper. Ultimately, Leeper would like to have two deputies per zone, but realizes that we cant do it all in one year as we just dont have the money and has requested funding for four more deputies. Leeper also mentioned deficiencies in the jail and cor rectional facilities that need to be addressed. Since I have been sheriff, this is the first year that the commission has developed a planning budget instead of just a yearly budget, which I think is a great idea, Leeper said after the meeting. Looking at mul tiple year budget projections and needs allows you to plan ahead and anticipate what your depart ment needs are and how they should be funded. After the presentations by Rigdon and Leeper, Chairman Pat Edwards asked if anyone from the audience wanted to speak. Judith Ochs briefly out lined several concerns: seniors on fixed incomes being hard hit by a proposed increase in the millage rate; tourism could help balance the budget; com missioners should work more closely with Congressman John Rutherford to get more money for Nassau County, including FEMA reimbursement; that per haps more expenses could be cut and more and better information needs to get to the public. In response, acting County Manager and County Attorney Michael Mullin explained that the bed tax money collected by the Tourist Development Council is limited in use, that unfunded mandates and FEMA reimbursement are a problem for most counties, not just Nassau, and getting anything through Congress was probably not a very viable option. In addition, Mullin said, money from both the federal gov ernment and the state of Florida continues to go down. To Ochs first comment, Edwards joked that four of the five sitting commissioners were at the age to collect Social Security and that many also have parents facing the challenges she referenced. He emphasized that the board is well aware of the challenge. James Lohr questioned why developers are not asked to pay more in the form of impact fees. Mullin responded that by law impact fees cannot be used to make up for past deficiencies and that rates are determined based on current service levels. Office of Management and Budget Director Justin Stankiewicz followedup by stating that the big gest problem has been revenues have not kept pace with expenditures, and that the proposed increase in the millage rate will serve to correct that problem and provide for better planning and budgeting in the years to come. As in other meetings, Stankiewicz all but guaranteed that a large increase would not happen in the future and that the burden for development would fall more to developers from this point forward. Stankiewicz referred to the process as being a true-up, to make sure the total for each line item matches the appropri ate debit or credit account. This term has been bandied about frequently throughout the plan ning sessions. To that goal, Stankiewicz mentioned a few times during the meeting that to ensure transparency and efficiency, his department will be providing quarterly reports on the budget. Edwards said for now most growth is from residential con struction, but business and commercial development will follow and they will pay their fair share. Before adjournment, each commissioner in attendance made a point of thanking all the citizens who have taken the time to participate in the budget discussions. The next regular meet ing of the Board of County Commissioners takes place on July 18 at 9 a.m., after which another special budget meeting is scheduled. On July 23, the proposed increase in the coun tys property tax millage rate is scheduled to be voted on.Again at mid-year, we look at the U.S. light duty new car and truck sales. The sales through June were 8,617,055 versus 8,456,594. This increase over 2017, along with a 17.2 million pace, was not forecast to be that strong. Trucks (pickups, SUVs, vans) were up 10 percent, from 5,333,432 in 2017 to 5,884,439 in 2018. Those 551,000 additional trucks offset a loss of 370,000 passenger cars (2.753 million in 2018 versus 3.123 million last year). Big takeaway: trucks are now 68.3 percent of U.S. sales, and rising fast. Those manufacturers underrepresented in trucks are scrambling to introduce truck models. The Big Four of GM, Ford, Toyota, and Chrysler are over 1 million for six months. Numbers five, six, and seven (Honda, Nissan, Hyundai/Kia) all lost share and are 25 percent or more behind the Big Four. The big three globally are VW, GM, and Toyota, all in the 8-10 million range annually. VW just does not sell in numbers in our country. The luxury report is as follows: BMW . . . . . . . . . ................. Mercedes . . . . . . ........... Lexus 170,562 . . . . . . . . ............... 175,758 . . . . . . . ............. 135,000 +2.8 percent . . . . ........ -1.1 percent . . . . ........ +0.9 percent Tesla, the news darling, sold an estimated 38,000 units, up 36.4 percent. Audi sold 108,000, up 4.8 percent. Volvo at 44,000 and Land Rover at 48,000 were up 40 percent and 25 percent, respectively. Production of the cars we bought is as follows: North America, 78 percent; Japan, 11.8 percent; Europe, 7.2 percent; Korea, 4.4 percent. After that, it drops off to 0.2 percent in Thailand and China. The big asterisk is that North America includes Mexico and Canada numbers, which are not broken out. Japan, Europe, Mexico, and Canada are at the leading edge of the tariff front. Thank goodness a significant number of our cars purchased are made in our country. The gurus look for some second half slowing of U.S. new car sales. I hope that is a missed prediction like the overall 2018 outlook to date. Headed to Charlevoix for a get-together of the 18 members of Hollies family. They have ties to the area for seven decades. Will report afterwards. 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.The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Membership 101 event 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the Chamber of Commerce office, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach. Participants will learn how to match the tools to help their companys interests and needs with the Chambers exten sive programs and activities. Advanced registration for this event is required. To register, contact the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce at 261-3248 or go to www.nas Manufacturer . ............ 2018 sales . ..... 2017 sales . ... 2018 share (%) . ..... 2017 Share (%) . .... % change General Motors . .......... 1,474,170 . ...... 1,414,442 . .................... 17 .. 1 . .................. 16 .. 7 . ........... 4 .. 2 Ford . ........................ 1,271,714 . ...... 1,294,397 . ................ 14 .. 8 . .................. 15 .. 3 . .......... -1 .. 8 Toyota/Lexus . ............. 1,189,311 . ...... 1,155,187 . ................ 13 .. 8 . .................. 13 .. 7 . ........... 3 .. 0 Fiat Chrysler . .............. 1,121,039 . ...... 1,074,082 . ................ 13 .. 0 . .................. 12 .. 7 . .......... 4 .. 4 Honda/Acura . ............... 787,824 .. . ......... 791,886 . ................. 9 .. 1 . ................... 9 .. 4 . .......... -0 .. 5 Nissan/Infiniti . ............... 780,695 .. . ......... 818,688 . ................. 9 .. 1 . ................... 9 .. 7 . .......... -4 .. 8 Hyundai/Kia . ................. 628,810 . ......... 642,096 . ................. 7 .. 3 . ................... 7 .. 6 . .......... -2 .. 1 Subaru . ....................... 322,860 . ......... 304,810 . ................. 3 .. 6 . ................... 3 .. 5 . ........... 5 .. 9 VW, Audi, Porsche . ........ 311,783 . ......... 393,453 . ................. 3 .. 6 . ................... 3 .. 5 . ........... 6 .. 2 rf Continued from 1Arf ntnb r CINDY JACKSON/NEWS-LEADERCounty Attorney and acting County Manager Michael Mullin explains a point as Board of County Commissioners Chairman Pat Edwards and Commissioner Justin Taylor listen on July The special meeting focused on the budgetary needs of the public safety depart ments. 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no measurable progress nor commitment, the report said. In my opinion the Citys lack of commitment regarding these vital improvements is the primary impediment to re-development of the entire waterfront area. Without these improvements the entire financial risk for redevelopment is borne by private property owners and developers. Poole said that, if code enforcement continues to press the issue of the roof, Goodsell could be forced to demolish the building. The city at this point is threatening daily fines with interest, which can turn into a lien and even foreclosure if he doesnt fix the roof that, by our opinion, isnt required by the ordinance to be fixed, Poole said. Poole said he has reached out to city officials about the process of obtaining a demolition permit. Its really sad that the city forced us into this position, he said. However, Mayor Johnny Miller said he does not believe the building is in any danger of being torn down. That building is in the Community Redevelopment Area, and so demolition would have to be approved, Miller said. He added that the cost of obtaining the necessary permits and demolition could be more than the cost of rehabilitating the building. Its not a possibility, Miller said of the demolition. Alan Kaufman sits on the board and said that body will act on the case at its next meeting, scheduled for Aug. 2. Poole said Goodsell is trying to sell the building to someone who will appreciate its history and work to ensure whatever purpose it is used for will maintain its integrity. Mr. Goodsell loves the building and he wants to see it saved and restored, Poole said. He has been very selective as to who he sells it to, because he wants somebody who is going to come in and restore it. He has turned away potential buyers that just want to demolish it and buy the land from him. He wants to save it. Tournament Committee: 904-277-8889 Rules and Registration Forms at SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 TH FERNANDINA HARBOR MARINA FISHING HOURS: 6:30AM TO 5 PM WEIGH-IN: 2-5 PM KINGFISH DIVISION 1 ST PLACE $ 10,00010 PLACES PAID ALL CASH(BASED ON 100 PAID BOATS) 8 SPECIES INSHORE & OFFSHORE 1 ST PLACE $ 650 2 ND PLACE $ 350(BASED ON 100 PAID BOATS) 1st & 2nd Place Single Engine Boat Lady & Young Angler All Cash Prizes Raffle Grand Prize* Two Round Trip Tickets to Any of 100 Destination Cities in the USA, Caribbean, S.A. & Mexico Mandatory Captains Meeting Friday, August 3rd at 7pm PUBLIC BBQ and LIVE MUSIC 5-8pm Friday & Saturday Awards/Raffle/Silent Auction: Saturday 7:30pm to do to do it without a planning period. Dedicating time for planning could cost money elsewhere for more instruction time. Asked where the board would find that money, Braddock said the board needs to use the funds it has more wisely, and gave an example of unwise spending. One year, we language arts teachers spent four days in a classroom preparing with a new language arts system called Springboard, she explained. It chewed up all of our time in preplanning. After one year, they threw it all out. Thats where I see money wasted. I guess you have to try things to know that they dont work, but Ive seen it time and time again with a lot of programs that we threw out. I think theres money that we can find in the budget thats spent for other things that we shouldnt spend a lot of money on. Id like to see expanded professional development opportunities. I dont think we spend enough time planning or sharing. Earlier this year, the principal at Fernandina Beach High School resigned after he was caught stealing money from the proceeds of a basketball game. After a police investigation led to Spencer Lodree admitting he took the money, Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathy Burns declined to press charges, allowing Lodree to pay back the funds from his final paycheck. However, the case against him is now moving forward after being pursued by the State Attorneys Office. Braddock said that, while she supports(s) the board in most of their decisions, the board should have pursued the case against Lodree. We are all accountable, Braddock said. If it was a teacher, there would have been more serious consequences not just pay the money back and leave quietly. Hes the highest authority in the school, and we have to be able to put principals in position with higher moral and ethical standards. I think they should have pursued that. When asked about any potential conflicts of interest between Braddock and the School Board when it comes to the future award of contracts, Braddock said she has no family who would be in a position to enter into such a contract, and would not do so. The last day to register to vote in the primary election is July 30. Early voting for the primary is Aug. 17-25, and the primary election is Aug. 28.At its meeting on Thursday, June 28, the Nassau County School Board voted to hire Detective Alfred Al Smith to serve as School Safety Specialist for the Nassau County School District, according to a news release. Smith is a 27-year veteran of the Fernandina Beach Police Department and has experience in multiple areas of law enforcement, including having worked as a forensic crime scene investigator, SWAT/tactical team member, manager of the Property and Evidence Department for the police department, in undercover drug operations, and as a school resource officer at Fernandina Beach schools. During his career in law enforcement, Smith has received extensive training in active shooter response, identification of mental health crises, and first responder/traumatic injury.SUBMITTEDOne of the City Commissions adopted goals for this year is the creation of a Beach Committee (by May 25, or Memorial Day weekend). Serving as the chair of this committee, I asked several staff members to nominate members to serve on the committee. I asked Police Chief James Hurley to appoint a representative of the newly formed Beach Ranger Division (Walter Sturges was selected); Deputy Fire Chief Fino Murallo to appoint a representative from the Ocean Rescue Division (Haynes Cavender); Facilities Director Jeremiah Glisson to appoint a representative with an environmental perspective (Vice Mayor Len Kreger); and Maintenance Director Rex Lester to appoint an at-large representative (Lowell Hall). The initial, specific tasks charged to the Beach Committee include the refinement of the Beach Ranger Division, a review of the parking capacity directly associated with the beach, a recommendation to the City Commission regarding paid parking at the beach, and a review of the recently enacted amendments to several beachrelated ordinances. Given recent (and growing) concerns regarding beach trash, the committee has added that issue for consideration. The Beach Ranger Division (the development of which is another City Commission goal) was actually first deployed in early May, prior to the organization of the Beach Committee. This unit, staffed by trained professionals and trained volunteers, provides education and enforcement on the beaches. Previously, education and enforcement activities fell upon the members of the Ocean Rescue Division, detracting from their principal purpose. Beach Rangers have now assumed a key role in education and the leading role in enforcement. The Beach Ranger program will continue to grow in both presence and responsibility. The task of examining parking capacity was somewhat simple, as previous inventories had been completed, so recent changes/expansions had to be incorporated. Vice Mayor Kreger, through his previous involvement with beach renourishment activities, was a key source of information regarding parking capacity at the beach. The city has nearly 900 public parking spaces that are directly associated with the beaches. In accordance with the terms of the Nassau County Shore Protection Program (beach renourishment), a minimum of 750 parking spaces must be provided, so the city exceeds that requirement. Most of these parking spaces are located across 16 paved parking facilities in the city. The most challenging charge to the Beach Committee is the consideration of paid parking. The primary rationale for paid beach parking is simple: generate revenue. With the increasing use of the beaches, especially by non-city residents, the costs associated with maintaining, improving, and protecting the beaches is increasing. Ocean Rescue and Beach Ranger personnel, trash collection, beach walkover and accessibility maintenance, parking facility maintenance, lighting, and signage all cost money. The related question is how are the funds for those programs, personnel, and services best provided? Under consideration is the concept of paid parking at the beach. The revenues generated from paid parking fees (and violations related to noncompliance) can be restricted for the funding of the beach components delineated above. All of those components cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The city currently funds those components through property tax revenues in the general fund, but as the need for other programs and services also grows, the pressure builds on what to fund and what not to fund. Do I propose funding necessary repairs to park equipment, or do I fund expanded Ocean Rescue or Beach Ranger personnel? Paid beach parking can possibly relieve the pressure on the general fund and offer a viable funding alternative. The developing discussion regarding paid beach parking is to consider a phased implementation, beginning first with the primary parking facilities: North Beach, Main Beach, and Seaside Park (including on-beach parking). This would leave the smaller beach access parking facilities free of charge (although the paid parking could later be expanded to those facilities). Parking fees would be uniform for all users: city, county, and visitors. A critical feature of this aspect is that all of the beach costs described above will be funded from the parking revenues, not general fund (property tax) revenues, allowing, in all likelihood, for a small reduction in property taxes. The burden of providing funding for the beach components, therefore, will fall upon the users of the beach, not the general city population and taxpayers. The Beach Committee is charged with making a recommendation to the City Commission regarding beach parking by October 31. Until then, discussions will continue, costs will be examined, and other challenges identified. Much more work needs to be completed before making a recommendation and determining how to proceed. Dale Martin is the city manager of Fernandina Beach.rfrn rf Continued from 1A ntbrnrntn Continued from 3A NL 6 col. Fri. 07.13 .indd 5 7/12/18 4:10 PM


Kayak Amelia, Keep Nassau Beautiful, Amelia Island Beach & Marine Life Protection Task Force, and Live Seaworthy jointly sponsored an early morning beach cleanup July 5 following Fourth of July festivities. Amelia Island is a beautiful place for family and community to come together and celebrate Independence Day with food, fun, and fireworks. This years July 4 celebration was a big success with many people enjoying activities on Amelia Island beaches. Unfortunately, trash, litter and debris from fireworks is often left behind and unless picked up can threaten the beauty of the beach and the lively hood of the marine wildlife, a news release from Keep Nassau Beautiful stated. Beginning at 6:30 a.m. July 5, more than 60 volunteers cleaned miles of Amelia Island coastline. Volunteers were greeted by site captains at six beach access points: North Beach, Main Beach, Seaside/ Sadler Road, Peters Point, Scott Road, and American Beach. Keep Nassau Beautiful and Kayak Amelia took a different approach during this years beach cleanup event, according to the release. Instead of providing disposable gloves and plastic bags for litter cleanup, site captains were given reusable gloves, trash grabbers, and reusable buckets or totes to distribute to each volunteer. Volunteers spanned out north and south of the access points, cleaned parking lots and picnic areas, and cleared overflowing trash from the beachside trash containers. At the end of the cleanup event, litter from reusable buckets and totes was consolidated into 45-gallon trash bags. Volunteers removed nearly 20 large garbage bags of debris and litter estimated at 360 pounds from the parking area and beaches. The clean up does not end with this event. We appreciate the many residents that routinely walk the beaches and make clean up a part of their daily lives, the release says. 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The journey has blessed me and I was extremely moved while visiting the home where Dr. Nelson Mandela grew up. I also had the opportunity to visit an orphanage and play with the sweetest kids on the tour of Soweto and the capital city of Pretoria. I truly realize how blessed I am and how big the world really is. I know that the trip would not have been possible without the opportunity offered me by Florida A&M University and my sponsors. I would like to take this time to personally thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and donations. Without your help, none of this would have been possible. This journey has been an eye-opening experience, and I can honestly say that I have been bitten by the travel bug. I know that this is just the beginning of many more exciting adventures. Again, I say thanks to all of you for your help. I am Aja Evans, daughter of Willie and Paula Evans. Thank you, thank you. Birthday wishes to Rebecca Geter, Clarice Williams, Carlesa Glover, Michelle Williams, Marcus Williams, Darlene Albertie, Patricia A. Johnson, Jennifer Atwaters, Ilone Preliou, Kadeem Williams, and Minister Andrew White. rrf SUBMITTEDKeep Nassau Beautiful Executive Director Lynda Bell and board member Mike Cole along with Jules Ruppel from Kayak Amelia participate in the cleanup event.rfn SUBMITTEDEight Flags Jeep Club members cleaning up fireworks debris and other trash July 5 at American Beach. ntbbrfnSummertime is grilling season and you can get all you need for a fabulous outdoor meal at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market. JD Beef is running a special on their grass-fed T-bones, porterhouse, tenderloin and fillets. Chesser Seafood is bringing plenty of red royal shrimp, and their wild-caught, local jumbo shrimp are running 13 to 15 count per pound. Not to be overlooked, you can get Alaskan salmon and scallops at the farmers market, too. Our fresh produce vendors bring an amazing selection of seasonal vegetables to create amazing grilled kabobs, or even a fresh bowl of salad. Dont forget your pets in your outdoor feasts. Bark N Bake has new flavored dog treats. I think my dogs would like the country apple-cinnamon and peanut butter, peanut butter chomps, as well as their chicken, beef, or deer jerky. The Fernandina Beach Arts Market will also be open Saturday. Located adjacent to the farmers market, youll find nearly 30 booths of handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, woodworking, and more. LaSoucique is a fine art jeweler that specializes in custom silver work and repairs. House of Jaguar features amazing leather fashion apparel, handbags, and accessories, and Reel It Up creates whimsical sailboats from found driftwood and nautical canvas pieces. These are just three of our amazing vendors onsite this Saturday. Jenn Burns Staples will provide entertainment, and our new Talented Youth series will feature Tyson Graham, a 12-year-old juggler and magician. Our Booth with a Cause will feature Florida State College at Jacksonville, on hand to answer your questions about the Nassau Center and fall enrollment. The city of Fernandina Beach will also have representatives at the Market Place to talk about Sadler Road improvements. Market Place sponsors include Sudden Impact, impactresistant window coverings for your home, and All American Gutters. How does a gutter system that you never have to clean sound to you? Both markets are located in historic Fernandina Beach on North Seventh Street between Centre and Alachua streets. The markets are open between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., rain or shine, and remember your wellbehaved and leashed pets are always welcome! For information about the markets, stop by the management booth and ask for Judie.rr JUDIE MACKIE/FOR THE NEWS-LEADERThis sea horse necklace is one of the many handcrafted items that can be found Saturday at the Fernandina Beach Arts Market. rf NL 6 col. Fri. 07.13 .indd 6 7/12/18 3:23 PM


To say this is a big election year is an understatement. In fact, its a very important cycle that could have major, far-reaching effects on our state and countys future. Between Primary Election Day in August and General Election Day in November, you will be voting on U.S. Senate and Congressional seats, Governor and the Cabinet, State Legislature and 13 Constitutional Amendments, along with other state and local seats, including two local County Commission seats and other important local posts. While all of these races are important, we shouldnt overlook the fact that we have many local offices up for election. These local offices directly affect our everyday lives, and the people we elect to fill them will make vital decisions that deal with our quality of life, property values, cost of living, schools, roads and other local infrastructure. Our local government decides a lot about what happens in our community. From our neighborhoods to the roads we drive on and the quality of the schools we send our children to, our local elected officials have a say in all of it. Citizens for a Better Nassau Countys guiding principles are a road map to get the county back on the right financial path. We have espoused these principles not only so the people of Nassau County can know what it takes to restore economic stability to the county, but also so our elected officials know what course is needed to put the county in a better position. We cannot stress this enough, especially as the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners are being faced with forming the budget for the next fiscal year. Tough times are upon us, and county commissioners will need to make tough decisions to avoid an immediate $11 million shortfall and keep the high quality of life that were used to in our community. Keep in mind, this shortfall doesnt even include the tens of millions of dollars in unfunded capital and maintenance that the county has had to defer because it does not have a funding source. Maintaining the status quo means forfeiting our quality of life and letting our county depreciate even further with projects continuing to be postponed, little or no money to help in the event of storms, and no money to apply for grants that require matching funds (a large amount of these go to fix and pave our roads). This is why it is so important for you to know who is representing you and your interests and who is fighting for our community to ensure we are looking toward smart, economic growth, private capital investment and high-wage, highquality job creation, as well as broadening and diversifying our tax base to decrease the countys dependence on residential property taxes to fund all government services and prevent the burden from falling on the shoulders of taxpayers. Citizens for a Better Nassau County believes informed citizens make better, stronger and more prosperous communities. Therefore, we encourage you to pay attention to whats going on in our local government and prepare now to make sure your voice is heard in these local races that, based on the demographics of our countys registered voters, will largely be decided on Primary Election Day. Another important item to remember is that you may want to consider requesting a mail ballot if you wont be in Nassau County for the summer or might not be able to make it to the polls on Primary Election Day, which is Tuesday, August 28, 2018. You can request a mail ballot from the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections office by calling 491-7500 or (800) 260-4301, or you can request a mail ballot at Please note, the deadline to request an absentee ballot for Primary Election Day is by 5 p.m. on the sixth day before the election, and the deadline to be registered for the August Primary Election is Monday, July 30, 2018. Heres some helpful information to get prepared as we move closer to Primary Election Day. Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office James S. Page Governmental Complex 96135 Nassau Place, Suite 3 Yulee, FL 32097 Phone: 491-7500 E-mail: Website: For more information on Citizens for a Better Nassau County, Inc., please visit rfg r nC tbff ttN fC ftI f rfnt I want to thank the two police officers who helped me recently when my car broke down unexpectedly in the WinnDixie parking lot. It was getting dark and I had my dog in the car. I came out after grocery shopping and found that my car wouldnt start. I noticed two police cars in the parking lot and walked over to ask if they could charge my battery. They not only got my battery going, but also took the time to look up possible auto stores that were still open for me to get a new battery. I also want to thank the gentleman at OReillys who was nice enough to install a new battery and test whether it was the battery or alternator that caused the problem. They were getting ready to close but were so nice and took the time to install a new battery and test that it was, in fact, the battery and not an alternator issue. Cops get a lot of bad press lately, but I want to thank the two officers who went above and beyond to help me. I dont know your names because I was rushing to get to OReillys before they closed but I truly appreciate your help. I also want to thank OReillys on Eighth Street for showing true customer service and kindness when I needed their help late at night. Lori Hoerl Fernandina BeachrfrI have been heartened by several people whose columns and letters in this paper have supported protecting what is left of our diminishing island tree canopy. I am greatly concerned by the destruction of trees on the Sadler Road Hilton property which was called a horrible mistake by Daniel McCranie. Unfortunately, the unnec essary cutting of trees have happened in the past at other places on this island involving other developers, including Mr. McCranie. The violation of the tree ordinance destroys the beauty of our island and reoccurs because there is no accountability for such destruction. Laws have no meaning if there is no enforcement. I would hope that our local government has the resolve to assess the maximum penalties allowable to make such destruction financially painful which is the only way to end it. Planting young trees can never compensate for the loss of majestic, old trees. Jan Cote-Merow Fernandina Beach Member, Amelia Tree ConservancynrtrbfThe political divide is so wide today that people arent really thinking clearly. The Trump haters are so angry that they react to obvious good as evil, and cannot see that some recent actions are clearly making our country stronger. Tax cuts and deregulation have launched a booming econ omy, with low unemployment for all Americans, with high GDP growth, and slowly rising incomes for the middle class. These results should clearly be   welcomed by those who love America. Concerns: Yes, they could trigger rising inflation, thats a justifiable concern. They also could add to our deficit ... true, but hopefully, increased tax collections because of higher business activity will more than compensate for the costs of the tax cut. Bottom line: Those who want the very best for our country should be smiling. Talks with North Korea are potentially a start to reducing the risk of a nuclear confrontation with a seemingly irra tional regime. Its early in the game, but sensible people should be thankful for this bold attempt. The U. S. has given away very little to date; North Korea has already taken a few welcoming actions. But the regime cannot be trusted, so sanctions remain. Still, the world has to be hopeful that peace may be achieved in this area that has been explosive for 70 years. Our nation is a nation of laws, based on our Constitution. Those who believe in the Constitution should be pleased with the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Those who want the Supreme Court to legislate from the bench may not be happy, but this is a backdoor approach. There are constitutional ways to change our laws and even the Constitution itself. Imbalanced trade deals and tariffs which are harmful to our country were established when the U.S. was clearly the superpower which could help others countries get on their feet. That prominence is no longer reality, and our trade deals need to become fairer, more balanced, for the good of all Americans. This administration has been talking with many countries about moving toward fairer arrangements, meeting mostly resistance. So the tariffs being proposed and implemented are a start to trying to set a fairer balance. There may be some short-term pain in this transition, but if a reset can be achieved, it will have been well worth it. HUGE corrections like this rarely happen without pain. Immigration is complicated, with many facets, but clearheaded citizens should want us to secure our borders, properly vet all who want to become Americans, solve the DACA situation, and move toward more merit-based immigration. This seems pretty reasonable, and it is solvable, if clear minds without blinding political bias come to the table. Clear thinking may be difficult as we move toward midterms, but it is my fervent and prayerful hope that God will bless America with clearer minds focused on our nations good. Ed Weihenmayer Amelia IslandfrrrbIm writing in support of teachers in Nassau County hav ing a planning period. Dr. Glackin stressed its importance in an article and as a student, I have personally witnessed the selfless dedication of teachers in Fernandina Beach. They willingly give up their time before and after school, even giving up their lunch time for any student asking additional help or making up tests due to absence from illness or extra curricular activities. I liken giving teachers a planning period for lesson plans, to giving students time to study for tests. It is necessary. If other counties have teacher planning and they can attest to its benefits, why shouldnt Nassau County? This will go a long way towards retaining our outstanding teachers. I met Dr. Kathy Burns and her team in May when I joined Dr. Mazzella for the districts strategic planning, and Im confident that they will do what they can to make this a reality for our teachers because they are aware that the main beneficiaries are the students. Bumping up security in our schools will take some away from the budget, but I am hopeful that BOTH increased safety measures and quality education, are achievable. Nathan Pascual President, FBHS Student Government Association Like model students, several city commissioners are doing their homework on pressing issues. And they are receiving exemplary grades for their work. After all, some longstanding issues here have been as difficult to solve as an equation in quantum mechanics. Front and foremost, there is the city marina. And density, and the municipal golf course, and parking. Complex issues, with complicated solutions. Chip Ross, a new commissioner, carries around a detailed map of the marina. He also has a notebook of studies and proposals on this valuable amenity. Ross has talked to enough experts and read enough reports to realize the marinas financial outlook is sobering. It may break even, Ross says, but it is unlikely that it will ever make money. Such is the life of a municipal marina. However, Ross has a realistic plan for the marina to recover from hurricane damages, but it requires a little time and a lot of money. Public/private partnerships on a few waterfront parcels or buildings would help matters. Delays in permitting and pitfalls with approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the U.S. Coast Guard have fed into this quagmire. Fellow commissioner Len Kreger has an accurate depiction: Its a political fiasco. Kreger says the city has dumped $1.8 million into the marina in the past six years. Another $1.5 million has been soaked into the municipal golf course. Financially, both have struggled. Kreger wonders if the city course would prosper under a private lease, like at the Amelia River Golf Club. Maybe the same arrangement could be used at the marina. Currently, the golf course is managed by a private firm. However, the city still pays the bills. The same goes for the marina. The repair and improvement bills are the hardest part. Like the exorbitant costs for repairing the outermost attenuator dock at the marina. A bid for $6.1 million looks appealing. The city must cover nearly $1 million of that bill. It seems like $1 million is a common denominator with the marina. Itll cost about $1 million to dredge, another $1 million or so to rearrange the interior docks if the city pursues this route, and another $1 million or more to extend the marina docks farther to the north (if approvals are granted). Ross scoffs at suggestions for moving the marina to the west, into swifter currents, or bulk heading the silted-in area. These ideas sound appealing, but may be impractical or impossible. Ross also doubts that outside investors would be interested in leasing or owning the city marina. Two profitable activities for marinas dry storage and boat repairs are not possible on the property right now. Kreger has opted to seek reelection, hoping to buy more time to complete the marina project. He sees it as a major issue, requiring attention. The same goes for density. Citizens protest about housing developments that exceed allowable density. Once projects are approved, too frequently a request is made for more units. This tactic has pretty much run its course, however. Further density changes are unlikely due to public outcry. Its not in the cards right now, Kreger says, because people feel the growth is too great. The new Lime Street apartment project. Townhouses on the old lumber yard. New units at the old healthcare facility site on Atlantic Avenue, and around the corner, the Island Club development backing up to Fort Clinch. Another 1,000 to 2,000 units (houses, condominiums, town houses, etc.) are possible within the city limits. But no more, Ross says.   We have a plan, Ross says, and were going to stick to the plan. The growth must be managed. Thats where proactive legwork can pay off. And where commissioners like Ross and Kreger give the city a leg up on important decisions. This is the most active commission in a long time, says Kreger. Were going in the right direction. 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. thenicklasteam2@msn.combtnf O t Nfw E tb nf 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 Pg rD E Afg r f BO r Rb tg r D tnf Sp E n fC p E nfr CD DfN fSm tn Ttm Cm rfntbr nnr rnnn nnbn EB R rn Pg rD fn City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners: Roy G. Smith : 556-0951 (cell), email: Mayor: Johnny Miller : 556-3299 (cell), email: Phil Chapman : 624-5590 (cell), email: Vice Mayor: Len Kreger : 432-8389 (home), email: Chip Ross: 410-394-0220 (cell), email: cross@fbfl.orgNassau County Commissioners:Danny Leeper, District 1-Fernandina Beach, 261-8029 (h), 430-3868 (cell), email: Steve Kelley, District 2 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 Letters 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 JEFF KOTERBA-OMAHA WORLD HERALD-CAGLE CARTOONS


rfL nn n n tb A PHOTOS BY BRITTA HARRIS/SPECIALThe 11-12 girls relay team of Gabby Grinde, Cami Olson, Neriah Giedrys and Cora Tilton show their team spirit during a recent Team Fernandina Stingrays swim meet. TFS boasts 138 registered members for the 2018 season, and the Stingrays have won three of the five meets they have hosted. The Stingrays are currently preparing for River City Swim League Championships slated for the last weekend in July in Jacksonville.   For information, visit Charles Deaton, left, competes in the 50-yard butterfly. Konnor Blankenberg, right, in the 50-yard breaststroke. Evan Carroll, above, competes in the 100-yard breaststroke. The Stingrays lone graduat ing senior, the Yulee High School alum has signed to swim for Point University. Right, Oliver Tilton stands on the block, ready for his next event. Far right, Phoebe Gower with mom and TFS board member Jenn Gower. Kaia Harris, above left, in the 50-yard butterfly. Above, Truss Morris diving in for one of his events. Far left, the 2018 Team Fernandina Stingrays. Left, Maddie Flick in the 50-yard breaststroke. NEW Sports Fri.indd 1 7/12/18 2:16 PM


rrfAmelia Island Youth Soccer is holding fall registration through Aug. 1 for age divi sions U4-U14 (season runs through November) and U15U19 (season runs through October to accommodate high school soccer). Register at www.aiysoccer. com. Email registrar@aiysoc for information.ntbrFernandina Beach High School head football coach Jude Swearingen and his staff will conduct a youth camp from 5-7 p.m. July 23-25 at the Fernandina Beach Pop Warner fields at Buccaneer Sports Complex on Beech Street. Cost is $50. Registration is 30 minutes prior to the start of the camp.tfftA hunter safety class will be held from 8 a.m. to noon July 14 in the community room at the Callahan Fire Station and from 1-4 p.m. at North Florida Firearms and Tactical Center in Hilliard. Students must complete the online course at prior to taking the course.tftfThe city of Fernandina tennis championships will be held July 20-21 for the 10U (orange ball) and 12U (green ball) divisions and July 27-28 for 12U-18U (yellow ball) divi sions. Entry fee is $10 and includes a tournament souve nir. Deadline to enter is at 5 p.m. July 15. Email entries to Christian Academy is offering a boys flag football camp and a girls volleyball camp July 23-27 for rising fifth through 12th graders at the FCA Upper School Campus located behind New Life Baptist Church, 464067 SR 200 (at Blackrock Road). Athletes have the option of attending three-day ($65), four-day ($85) or five-day ($100) camps. Camp will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with extended care available until 4 p.m. for an additional fee ($10/ day, $25/week). A registration form must be completed for each participant. For information, contact Coach Glenn Parrish, athletic director for Faith Christian Academy, at 321-2137 or 412-1408.trfAmelia Island Nassau County Youth Lacrosse is a developmental youth lacrosse program for boys and girls ages 8-15. Registration will begin Oct. 1 for the 2019 spring season. No prior experience or knowledge of the sport is nec essary. The club is a non-profit member of U.S. Lacrosse and volunteer driven. Visit www.ameliaisland or the club Facebook site, www.facebook. com/groups/AINC Youth Lacrosse for additional infor mation and updates or contact Head Coach Carl J. Bazarian 981-7703 or President Robby Allen at aincyouthlacrosse@ or (843) 263-0761.fThe 36th annual Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo, presented by the Nassau Sport Fishing Association, will be held Aug. 4 at the Fernandina Harbor Marina.   It is sanctioned by the Southern Kingfish Association as part of their 2018 Tournament Trail national championship series.   There is a kingfish division and an in/offshore division.   Every entrant can fish one or both divisions. The traditional silent auc tion and raffle will be going on full swing Friday and Saturday.   For food, there will be barbecue along with the fully-equipped Scoops ice cream stand. The Budweiser Beer Wagon will be on hand along with other non alcoholic beverages to help handle the summer heat. The weigh-in is from 2-5 p.m. Saturday.   Jacksonville captain Rick Ryals, Florida Sportsman TV and radio per sonality, will be the emcee. Online tournament regis trations are encouraged, but checks will also be accepted. Five days are needed to pro cess a check if it is mailed in, so send them early to receive the early registration fee rate. See all of the registration information and instructions at   VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards are accepted. Early entry deadline is July 20; fees are $350 for the king fish division and $100 for the in/offshore division. Cash prizes up to $10,000, based on the number of boats registered, will be awarded in a special presentation that will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. This year, tournament orga nizers added a second-place cash prize for each species in the in/offshore division part of the tournament. For information, visit www. or call the tourna ment committee at 277-8889.tftThe 14th annual ALS Amelia Island Golf Classic, held in memory of John Louis at The Amelia Island Club at Long Point. Tournament proceeds benefit the ALS Association Florida Chapter. Entry fees are $200 per player or $800 for a foursome. The reception only is $50 per person. Sponsorships are available. Registration and warm-up with lunch buffet are from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with a shotgun start at noon. Format is a four-person scramble. The dinner reception is from 5-8 p.m. and includes beer and wine, raffle prizes, awards, SUBMITTED PHOTOSThe Kraft Tennis Partners at the Kraft Athletic Club on Amelia Island had 93 future tennis stars participate in its 2018 Kids Summer Tennis Camp in June. Campers ages 4-14, including children from the American Youth program, participated, and 45 Kraft Tennis Partner members and seven high school tennis players volunteered their time, talent and funds as instructors and administrators, according to camp director Jerry Kawecki. silent auction and live music. Contests include hole-inone, longest drive and closestto-the-pin (men and women) and putting on putting green. Awards go to the firstthrough fifth-place net teams and firstand second-place gross teams. All players receive a complimentary goody bag. Raffle tickets will be available for five for $20 or an entire arm wing span for $100. 0576 or or visit NEW Sports Fri.indd 2 7/12/18 2:16 PM


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rfntbft fr bfff rfntrrbfr rt rbfb fbr bb brn rbb br rfrtrb trrrfffrtbr rnbbrt rffrf ntrrfb rbrttr frbrtf rfrbrfrtrb rrtbtr ffbfb trfbr rfrfffbtr frtr rtr ffbnrbtr rbrrfb rbn nrrr bbtrrrrt fbnbfbtr nrrfr ffrbffr rtrrrrnttf nbr nrf rt frb f r fb trr brrrtr brr nrfbrb bff f rfCierra Moore, left, and Taylor Rhodes, right, high school interns at 2nd Story Gallery & Studios, will be working with children at Villa Villekulla Toy Store between 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday as part of Artrageous Artwalk. Activities will include paint by number and Fourth of July souvenirs. The pair will also have their own artwork on display. The store is located at 5 S. Second St. For more information, call 432-8291.2ND STORY GALLERY & STUDIOS/SPECIAL On the second Saturday of each month, galleries and several retail businesses in Fernandina Beachs Historic Downtown host Artrageous Artwalk, a self-guided tour of art produced by local artists. Generally, the hours of the event are 5-8 p.m. but may vary from location to location. Residents and visitors to the area can enjoy various types of art and meet a few of the artists at some of the participating galleries and stores. Media used by the artists can vary between photography, pottery, copper, metal, fused, as well as stained glass, watercolors, acrylics, oils, batik and more. The photos here represent some of the art on display this month. Here is some of the artwork on display this weekend.b Fern and Dinas featured artist for July is Charli Leniston, who has lived and worked all over the world. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she found herself living 24 years in London, 6 years in the middle of nowhere in France, running a nightclub in Corfu, Greece, and then 11 years in Spain. She started with a love of clay sculpture and moved on to welding large steel structures before realizing she needed to work in a more manageable medium, like acrylic and mixed media. Her work has been collected in Europe and the USA and has earned awards for Best and Brightest at Scottsdale Artist School in Arizona and Most Promising Artist at Scottsdale Community College. Google Charli Leniston to find her Facebook page and visit her website at charlilenistonart. com. She also teaches art classes in acrylics and mixed media. Fern and Dinas Gallery and Gifts is located at 26 S. Fifth St. in Fernandina Beach. 2nd Story Gallery & Studios is celebrating Independence Day for Julys Artrageous Artwalk. Photographer Pam Viesers photographs of bald eagles, including Our National Symbol and Proud to be a Bald Eagle, will be on display. Artwork featuring the American flag will also be presented and feature Proudly Flying Over the USS Arizona, a photograph on canvas by Vieser. Artist Ned Flemmings oil on canvas Atop the Mast completes our collection of Fourth of July artwork on display this month. Our wonderful collection of artists also have a variety of oils, acrylics, watercolors, glass pieces, and jewelry for you to enjoy with some wine and light food. 2nd Story Gallery & Studios is located at 5 S. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. The Island Art Association will feature the continuation of its Nouveau Art Show Chiaroscuro or light and shadow through July, and Susi Sax is the organizations featured artist of the month. Sax works in and teaches a variety of art mediums, including tile, mosaics, and stained glass. She paints in acrylics, watercolors, and alcohol inks. When artist Denise Murphy proposed the mosaic project on the gallerys exterior, Sax was the first to sign up to help. For information on how to participate in Nouveau Art shows, classes, and workshops and to support IAAs charitable and educational mission, visit the gallery or go online to The IAA gallery is located at 18 N. Second St. in historic downtown Fernandina Beach and will remain open until 8 p.m. Saturday during Artwalk. WavePAM VIESERProud to Be a Bald EagleNED FLEMMINGAtop the Mast SUSI SAX/ISLAND ART ASSOCIATIONTadpole Carol Winner Artist Gallery will have Winners new series of pallet knife landscapes, as well as new jewelry, handbags, wall sculptures and more, during this months Artwalk. The gallery is normally open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for Tuesdays but will remain open from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday during Artwalk. The gallery is located at 218B Ash St. For more information, call 583-4676. t bIn 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 internationally collected artist. Casey Matthews Fine Art and Gallery Novus is located on 813 S. Eighth St. in the Pelican Palms Shopping Center in Fernandina Beach. Regular hours are by appointment. For more information, call 556-1119. rThis month, Blue Door Artists will feature the art of longtime local artist Georganna Mullis. Best known for her large marsh and palm tree paintings in oils and acrylics, she will be exhibiting her latest island works between 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Furthermore, July and August will be her final months to paint and show at the Blue Door and, in addition to a studio-wide sale of artwork, many of her supplies and pieces of furniture will be available for purchase. Mullis has been a member of Blue Door Artists for over 12 years and enjoyed being part of the talented and cooperative group of artists whose studios are housed at the top of the very colorful stairs at 205-1/2 Centre St. Her work will still be showcased in Fernandina at the Island Art Association on North Second Street where she has been a member since that organizations founding more than 40 years ago. Mullis wishes to thank everyone for the loyal support provided over the years. Blue Door Artists is located at 205-1/2 Centre St. Amelia Islands fine art gallery, Art on Centre, will feature the work of master watercolor artist Jim Gerard Holehouse during this months Artrageous Artwalk. Holehouses work, which captures vivid colors, emotions and the spontaneity of the tropics, has been sold to collectors worldwide for more than 30 years. The gallery will be open 5-8 p.m. Saturday. NL 6 col. Fri. 07.13 .indd 13 7/12/18 10:03 AM


The teen Shakespeare campers at Amelia Community Theatre will perform a production of King Lear at 7 p.m. today begin at 6:30 p.m. each eve 209 Cedar St. in Fernandina The Summer Dance Series with Crescendo Amelia Amelia Community Theatre will hold auditions for This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing at 3 p.m. Saturday at 209 by Finegan Kruckemeyer. them back to each other in The American Legion Auxiliary will host a stuffed pepper dinner Fernandina Beach. The Island Art Art Show, themed Chiaroscuro, Fernandina Beach. For more Extenaion Director Rebecca Jordi will conduct a plant clinic The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting Bob Colacello, close friend and colleague of Andy Warhol, will be speak ing at the Cummer Museum on July 19. Interview magazine Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up authority on the enigmatic art for Vanity Fair Ronnie and Nancy: Their Path to the White House, 19111980 rA fo r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr frWednesday, November 1 Solution Holy Terror Amelia Community adult comedy An Act of God 209 Cedar St. in Fernandina rating. Auto Legends Amelia Fernandina Beach. The event The American Legion Riders Steak Dinner 626 S. Third St. in Fernandina.rThe newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Urban Spaces, Open Skies: 20th-Century American Landscape Applications for the Gardener program are due Extension Director Rebecca Jordi will be conducting a three-day seminar, The Fernandina Beach High School Class of 1978 is planning its 40-year reunion. Sandbar & Kitchen at Main Historical Society will hold its fundraiser Hobos, Hot and Car Show Train Depot and adjoining information or go to fernand rrLocal artist Lisa Inglis will host painting parties during the summer Sept. 6 and 20. Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes Facebook page. ning class mind and body? Tai Chi might Resin epoxy, dirty pour art classes Kings Bay RC Modelers rfntbfnGrace Community Church in Yulee will be having a one-day VBS from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14. To register your child in kindergarten through fifth grade, call 491-0363 or email office@ with VBS in the subject line. Grace Community Church is located at 96038 Lofton Square Court.tnfnFamily Fun Day and VBS at Legacy Baptist Church! Join Legacy Baptist Church between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, for its annual Family Fun Day with water slides, bouncy house, and refreshments for the whole family. Vacation bible school will follow Monday through Friday, July 16-20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The theme for this years VBS is Game On! A light meal will be served each night. You can register at the Family Fun Day or online at The church is located at 941328 Old Nassauville Road.bbnfnbrbSolid Rock Church of God by Faith in Yulee will host a weeklong VBS for all ages July 16-20. The theme will be Jesus, the Kingdom Builder and We Are His Carpenters. For more information or transportation call, Jeannette White at 703-7334.tfnThe Bible Told Me So Show will be the theme of this years VBS at Amelia Baptist Church. There will be dinner, crafts, games, worship, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ delivered every night! The school will run July 23-27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register, visit For more information, call 261-9527. The church is located at 961167 Buccaneer Trail on Amelia Island. Mannheim Steamroller will present the best the holiday has to offer this season when the group appears live Nov. 20 at the Times-Union Center for one performance only. This year marks the 34th anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the holiday season music category. Grammy Awardwinner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. The show features classic Christmas hits as well as a selection of Fresh Aire compositions from Mannheim Steamroller, along with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry. PBS stations nationwide will be broad casting Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live this year. The milestone special was filmed to mark the groups 30-year anniversary of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking Fresh Aire compositions. This years tour includes many of the songs heard in the PBS special broadcast. Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, with 29 million of those in the Christmas genre. The holiday albums have become synonymous with Christmas and consistently occupy top spots on Billboards seasonal charts every year. With 19 gold, eight multi-platinum and four platinum-certified records, Davis is among an elite group of artists that include U2, Jay-Z, and The Beach Boys with such certifications. From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age. This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industrys largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis innovative 18th-century instrumental rock sound would never sell. In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category. He went on to revolutionize the making and marketing of holiday music. His first Christmas album was released in 1984; the albums success made Christmas records a must do for all music artists. Tickets for Mannheim Steamroller start at $52 and can be purchased by visiting the Times-Union box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling (904) 632-5000. They are available online 24/7 at Discounts for groups of 10 or more may be available by calling (904) 632-5050. ttfbtftbftfbfnt SUBMITTEDThis year marks the 34th anniversary of the Mannheim Steamrollers annual Christmas Tour. Davis OUT Continued on 3B


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Screen enclosure is for plans with back porches or buyer has Applies to full priced contracts only written between 6/21/18-7/31/18) on homes to be built in Flora Parke & Floridian Enclave only and does not apply to spec/ inventory homes for a total savings up to $23,000. This offer is for a limited time only and cannot be combined with any other special. Price & availability subject to change without notice. JULY SAVINGS S pectacular S S S S S S $23,000 IN TOTAL SAVINGS* When You Build Now:Up ToFREE PAVERS, SCREEN ENCLOSURE* & MORE! Former trial lawyer Jonathan F. Putnam, author of the Lincoln & Speed Mystery Series, will present How the Young Lincoln Became Our Lincoln at 11:30 a.m. July 23 at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library, according to a news release. The author will also sign copies of his latest book in the series, Final Resting Place. The books plot is based on an actual 1838 sensational murder trial in which a young Abraham Lincoln, countered by the forceful prosecution of Stephen Douglas, defended a prominent local politician accused of murdering a rival. Douglas became Lincolns principal political adversary for the next two decades, culminating in the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. The Lincoln & Speed Mystery series is based on Putnams extensive research surrounding the four years Abraham Lincoln and his close friend Joshua Speed lived together above Speeds store. A well-born Southerner, Speed was a little known but pivotal person in contributing to the maturation of Lincolns career and life, thus helping develop the course of American history. The two men met by chance in 1837 after Lincoln moved from New Salem to Springfield, Ill. to practice law and pay off substantial debts. Before that time, Lincoln had suffered through an unhappy childhood and a decade of itinerant life drifting among jobs and succeeding at none of them. Final Resting Place opens in 1838 in Springfield when the town is involved in a highpitched political season between Whigs and Democrats. After land office registrar Jacob Early is murdered, the town assumes his enemy, Henry Truett, is the culprit, but the roommates are skeptical. Together, with the assistance of Joshuas sister, Martha, they follow fascinating twists and clues to find the true murderer. A recognized Lincoln scholar, Putnams study has focused on the young Lincoln and his defining relationship with Speed. Complimentary sandwiches and lemonade will be served at this free event which is open to the public. Attendees are asked to RSVP by visiting Nassau County 11th and 12th grade students who aspire to own or lead a business will have a new program opportunity this coming school year, according to a news release. The Institute for Enterprises Entrepreneurship Program will be based out of the Lewis Red Bean Nassau Technical Career Center at Florida State College at Jacksonville and will offer students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get behind the scenes exposure to all types of businesses while learning from local CEOs and business owners. While students will earn high school credits, the classes arent your everyday high school courses. Many classes will be held at business locations throughout the county and several topics will be covered by guest lecturers from area businesses. All students will develop an individual business plan and the group will also operate a class business. The culmination of the program will consist of a trade show to highlight student businesses as well as the opportunity for students to pitch their businesses to a panel of local investors in a format resembling the television show Shark Tank. Space in the program is limited so interested students should contact Nassau Countys Career Education Director Brent Lemond at 548-4474 or message the department through the Nassau Career Education Facebook page. Amelia Community Theatres teen Shakespeare camp concludes with performances of King Lear at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in ACTs Studio 209 theater at 209 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. After an intensive two-week rehearsal period complete with instruction in stage sword fighting the 11 teen actors will present the story of King Lear, a man tired of the duties of the monarchy and ready to divide his realm between his three daughters. Lear declares that he will offer the largest share to the daughter who loves him the most. Daughters Goneril and Regan offer false flattery and receive their shares. However, Cordelia, the favorite, says she loves him as she always has according to her bond, no more and no less. Lear is enraged and disinherits Cordelia, beginning the destruction of the family. How sharper than a serpents tooth it is to have a thankless child, wrote Shakespeare. George Bernard Shaw said, No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear. ACTs camp version has been adapted by director Tener Wade. All tickets are $10 and are available by calling 261-6749 and visiting in Amelia Community Theatres teen Shakespeare summer camp will perform in a production of King Lear tonight and Saturday. rfn rf ntn rfn SUBMITTEDJonathan F. Putnams book, Final Resting Place, focuses on a sensational murder trial in 1838. rf Putnam 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. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and early bird games begin at 6:05 p.m. Regular session, 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. Contract bridge, Monday and Thursday, except the first Monday of each month, 12:303:30 p.m., Peck Community Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Living With Loss is a support group organized by the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition for anyone 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 277-3699 or email supportgroups@nacdac. com for information.bContinued from 2B NL 6 col. Fri. 07.13 .indd 15 7/12/18 10:26 AM


rf Christ Fellowship Church in Yulee is very proud to have a new pastor. Pastor J. J. (Julian) Bradley came to the church from Ohio. He is married to his wife, Christina, and they have a 9-month-old son. Christina is a nurse and is currently employed at Baptist Medical Center Nassau in Fernandina Beach. Bradley began preaching at the age of 18. He gave up an appointment to the Naval Academy to follow Gods calling into the ministry. He has lived in New Jersey, Ohio and now calls Yulee home. He was born in Fairfax, Va., while his father was in the military. While in high school, he wrestled and has also been a member of MMA. Pastor J. J. says he likes to stay busy. Even with his active lifestyle, he says he always answers his phone and is available to anyone in need. He plays the piano and guitar and both he and Christina sing. He preaches directly from the Holy Bible. The church is at 850987 U.S. 17 North in Yulee. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and church service begins at 10:30 a.m. There is always coffee and donuts prior to Sunday school.Almost everyone struggles with prayer, so much so that Paul Miller, author of the bestselling book A Praying Life, estimates that no more than 10 percent of Christians have an effective or meaningful prayer life. That failure, Miller believes, is rooted in a core unbelief, and that unbelief, he says, shapes our entire lives. In his experience, an ailing prayer life causes people to be fearful, anxious, and joyless. If Millers right, we need to know more about prayer. We need to know why its hard and why its such a low priority. And we need to understand how speaking with God could possibly be boring. According to Miller, were a bit misguided when it comes to prayer. The church, in general, he says, has taught prayer as if it were a lofty spiritual mountain to climb. And then pastors, unwittingly, can berate Christians for not climbing that mountain. So not only does the task feel impossible, but you feel ashamed for not doing it. Miller has spent countless hours with frustrated Christians, trying to understand their attitudes and beliefs about prayer. The dominant feelings, he reports, are frustration and guilt. Which may explain why roughly 90 percent of the church fails to pray regularly. Perhaps a better way to approach prayer, Miller says, is to think like a child. He argues, Children are supremely confident of their parents love and power. Instinctively, they trust. They believe their parents want to do them good. If you know your parent loves and protects you, it fills your world with possibility. You just chatter away with what is on your heart. That may be the key to a more rewarding and successful prayer life. And the thrilling thing, Miller says, is, If you learn to pray, you learn to dream again. Miller sees a direct parallel between the gospel and prayer. With the gospel, he points out, were accepted by grace. Christ died for our sins. He paid the price. He did all the work that was required. Consequently, the only thing we bring to the table is our helplessness. If we try to earn our salvation, the gospel doesnt work. Prayers like that, Miller says. Jesus tells us to come helpless, weary and heavy laden. So, prayer isnt a discipline, its more like learned desperation. Its not so much a mountain to climb as a valley to fall into. Thats something I can do. There are other changes Miller recommends. For example, he says that, when most people pray, they actually suppress themselves. Its the way we were taught, he says, and the only model most of us have seen. We try to be spiritual and without realizing it, we create a person that doesnt exist, a kind of spiritual avatar. Of course, that doesnt work. Honest prayer shouldnt suppress us, Miller says. It should fully reveal us, warts and all. That way, we get to know God. We see his heart. We glimpse his ways. Then the real me begins to change. And then the process John Calvin talks about in The Institutes of the Christian Religion, begins where a true knowledge of self leads to a true knowledge of God, and vice versa. When we begin to pray and ask, we enter into a story with God and the person or subject were praying about, Miller says. And because every story takes unexpected turns, we need to keep track of changes and new developments. So, Miller recommends using prayer cards. It is, he says, a simple way to pray through ones entire life. Miller himself has prayer cards for his wife, children, and grandchildren. We write Scripture on each card and pray that Scripture for that person or that need. It works so much better than a list because you are able to track the stories that God weaves. It makes praying richer because you are praying for a whole life in a thoughtful way. You think about what you want God to do in another persons life. Miller tells the story of his disabled daughter, Kim. She wanted a horse, so I wrote that on her card. Just the word horse. We had no money for a horse, but I prayed anyway. Several years ago, she started volunteering at a horseback-riding therapy facility, and usually she gets to ride by herself for at least an hour. She loves it. She now has a cowboy hat and cowboy boots. Shes a hoot. And God answers prayer in delightful, unexpected ways. 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. rrfIts been a busy year at Memorial United Methodist Church. The oldest Methodist church in the Florida Conference recently completed a three-year renovation and remodeling project on the inside and outside of their beautiful, historic sanctuary building. The congregation also experienced the retirement of Senior Pastor Beth Fogle-Miller in April. During the summer, interim Senior Pastor Riley Short, a retired pastor from Lakeland, has helped lead the congregation. Now, Memorial is pleased with the appointment of a new senior pastor who began July 8. Pastor Mark Charlie Charles, formally of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Titusville, is now the 74th senior pastor assigned to Memorial in its 196-year history. Northeast Florida District Superintendent Jay Therrell, who helped appoint Pastor Charlie, knows hes going to be a perfect fit for this vibrant church family: Like anyone at Memorial will tell you, they truly are a gracefilled family. They are a multi-generational congregation, full of energy and joy, with a heart for mission. Pastor Charlie and his family will fit right in. Therrell said, Charlie is a wonderful preacher. I know the congregation and community will connect with him. Hes a smart man with an active, happy family. I am so pleased to have been able to help match him up with Memorial. Pastor Charlie was born and raised in Northern Ireland and came to the Methodist Church in America as a full elder from the Methodist Church in Ireland. Charlie has a masters degree in missions from the University of Manchester and a bachelors degree in theology from Queens University in Belfast, Ireland. In the spring of 2019, he will complete his Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence at Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. Along with Pastor Charlie, Memorial welcomes the whole Charles family. Charlies wife, Margaret, was also born and raised in Northern Ireland. Together, they have 2 children, Eva and Jackson. Pastor Charlie is excited about joining a church like Memorial that is so active in mission in the local community. I am passionate about the mission and ministry of the local church, Pastor Charlie said. I believe strongly that the local church is called primarily to be the main partner in Gods mission in the community. Memorial maintains a very strong, supportive relationship with this community and I am excited to serve in mission here. Associate Pastor Drew Weseman agrees. Throughout our long history on Amelia Island, Memorial has always felt a sincere sense of partnership with this community. Its our home. From the free festivals we co-host each year with First Presbyterian Church to our work with local charities and non-profits and feeding ministries, Memorial is very much an active part of this community. Pastor Charlies background and passion will fit right in at Memorial and we look forward to his leadership as we enhance our outreach and mission, he said. Pastor Charlie and his family are not only excited about the opportunity at Memorial, but they are also looking forward to getting involved in the community. Fernandina Beach is a really wonderful town and this whole area is beautiful. There are so many ways to get involved and you feel welcome here right away. Its the same with Memorial. Its a very welcoming congregation and it has not taken long for us to feel at home. Memorial is truly a unique church in a very special community, Pastor Charlie said. Pastor Charlie joins an experienced and dedicated staff at Memorial. Pastor Weseman will continue to serve Memorial as associate pastor while Pastor Carrie Yoder will lead as the pastor of Discipleship and Family Ministries. Memorial offers three unique worship opportunities at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. each Sunday morning and a special Taiz worship once a month at their sister church, Trinity United Methodist Church. For more information on Pastor Charlie or opportunities to get connected through worship, study, or service at Memorial, visit their website McCannell-Scruggs is the communications coordinator for Memorial United Methodist Church.ntbbbb r f fb Charles ntbtfrtftrntONeal Memorial Baptist Church will observe Save the Children Day at 3 p.m. Sunday. This years worship service is dedicated to the memory of Eleanor M. Simmons, the programs founder. Presented by the churchs Youth Department and the Black Male Mentors, the service will recognize graduates of Rose-Lennie Developmental Learning Center who graduated from high school and college this year. Dr. Michelle Grant Harris, a graduate of Fernandina Beach High School, will speak at the service. She earned her doctorate in special education with an emphasis in early childhood education from the University of Florida. She currently serves as the program manager of the Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. Harris is the daughter of Eugene and Marion Grant of Fernandina Beach. For more information, call 321-9690. The church is located at 474257 E. State Road 200 in Fernandina Beach. SUBMITTED rfnttbrThe Miracle Faith Church of God will host celebration services in recognition of the 23 years of service of its pastor, Bishop Willie J. Franklin, and first lady, Emily Franklin, on Sunday. Rev. Reni Martinson of Gatlinburg, Tenn. will speak at the 11 a.m. service and Bishop P. Sanders of Jacksonville will present at the 4 p.m. service. For more information or to RSVP, contact First Lady Emily D. Franklin at 548-0046 or 352-348-8141.First Presbyterian, 9 North Sixth St. is hosting 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 last approximately 50 minutes. July 15 The Night Sky with Helmut Albrecht, ScienceFirst Worship this wee kat the place of your choice... 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HURCH 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 Living Word Church Meeting at: 910 South 14th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Pastor Dan and Teresa Sawyer Service times Sunday @ 10:00amWorship service. Coming soon...Thursday night Bible Study 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 Christ Fellowship Church850987 U.S. 1 North, Yulee Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 10:30am Wednesday Evening 6:30pm Messed up people, Saved by Christ, and Loved by God. Pastor J.J. 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