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rffntb rffnnftbfffnfn rfr rf nntnb nnb r rf rr rr rf brrrf rrfrnbr brtrbrrrrbrrrnnrf Nassau County, choose your Best Best of the 2018 Joe Zimmerman said he believes elected leaders should communicate with the people they represent, and will, if elected, communicate with his constituency. Zimmerman is running for state representative in Floridas District 11, a seat currently held by Cord Byrd. Zimmerman said he learned the importance of listening to people when he was in charge of constituent services for state Rep. Janet Adkins from 2013 until 2015. I think the job of an elected state representative is to listen to all stakeholders, listen to all the people in your community, because thats who represent the people here, Zimmerman told the News-Leader. When I worked for the state legislature, we had town halls all the time. We had education summits, we had mental health forums, we had a dyslexia summit. We did lots of things to gather community input. You havent had any of that in the past two years. You have to reach out and hold those town hall meetings. You have to return constituent phone calls. That is what unites people so that, when you go to Tallahassee and youre voting on a bill, you are voting the interest of your district. Zimmerman said Byrd did not listen to his constituency when he voted for HB 631, the controversial change in Florida law affecting public access to the dry area of the beach above the mean high water line. Since that bill was passed, a grassroots effort has produced thousands of affidavits and photographs from people who say they have customarily and historically used those areas of local beaches. HB 631 was not what the residents of District 11 wanted, Zimmerman said. Not only did (Byrd) vote for that bill, but he did not consult local government first, Zimmerman said. He went so far as to say that they should have lobbied him for that. Thats not how its supposed to be. He could have filed an amendment to that bill. He could have held a public workshop on that bill. He could have voted no on that bill. So, he had choices. Then, he went so far as to say the bill was non-controversial. I disagree. The community thought it was controversial enough that they got over 8,000 signed, notarized affidavits saying this is not what we want. The representative said, If this closes public beach access, Ill show up with my pitchfork and fight for it. Well, I think we have 8,000 pitchforks that were dropped off at the county commission chambers. People dont want it. The new East Nassau Stewardship District is another issue in which Zimmerman said the current leadership did not represent the wishes of rA dog that broke loose from one of its owners while being taken from the Fernandina Beach Animal Clinic on Wednesday morning was shot dead after it allegedly attacked a restrained dog in the clinics parking lot at 1868 S. 14th St. A weeping Mustafa Ba of Fernandina Beach told the News-Leader Wednesday afternoon that his dog, Dozer, a mixed breed, had pulled the leash from his stepdaughters hand when she took him outside of the veterinarians office to relieve himself. The dog was at the clinic for a heartworm test, according to Ba. Bas family maintains that the 80-pound, 2-year-old dog was a friendly pet that was not being aggressive but just wanted to play with the other dog in the parking lot. A news release from the Fernandina Beach Police Department states that witnesses at the scene reported the owner of the restrained animal, James Strickland, a 70-year-old Army veteran with a valid Florida Concealed Firearms License, continued to restrain his dog while two individuals attempted to pull the Pit bull from the angry attack (sic). Bas stepdaughter, Courtney Scott, said Strickland began cursing at her about her dog being off leash and threatening to kill it if she couldnt control it. Ba said he came outside to restrain the dog and was holding it in his arms when it broke free again. He said Strickland pulled a gun out of a fanny pack and shot it. Bas dog died in the veterinarians office of its wounds. The release says that, as the two dogs were momentarily separated, Strickland twice announced his intention to shoot the attacking animal if it could not be restrained. Once again the pit bull broke free from its handlers and once again attacked Stricklands dog. Strickland produced a .38 caliber handgun and fired twice at the Pit bull from very close range. The release from the FBPD says Scott told police the dog slipped out of its collar as it was being put in their vehicle, and that Stricklands dog, a VA service animal, was not seriously injured, but did sustain visible scratches. Theres no reason for someone to have a gun like that and shoot a dog at the vets office! said Ba. There were people around who could have gotten hurt. He could have hurt my grandson or my stepdaughter. Everybody there was distraught and At its Tuesday, July 17, meeting, the Fernandina Beach City Commission discussed an issue plaguing the citys beaches trash. City Manager Dale Martin said the citys current receptacles are not large enough to collect the amount of garbage generated by beachgoers, but Vice Mayor Len Kreger believes part of the issue is with the contractor whose job it is to collect garbage and other personal items left on the beach after dark. That contract is currently with Rollins Snelling. Snelling also provides beach clean up services to the county. Martin said Jeremiah Glisson, Fleet and Facilities Maintenance director, has been working with the citys trash collection contractor, Advanced Disposal, toward a solution at the beach. The problem thats developing is the current containers we have 55 gallon (cans) with blue lids are labor-intensive, Martin said. We have approached Advanced Disposal to provide 95-gallon carts, approximately 60 of them, at every beach access. Advanced will pick those up on a regular basis, maybe on a daily basis. That comes down to how much the proposal will cost. We will remove the blue-capped garbage cans from the sand. We will put the 95-gallon carts in the beach accesses. Advanced Disposal will wheel those carts out to the truck, empty them and then return them. Martin said that Advanced Disposal is in the downtown area daily, but the city would have to pay more than the current contract to have the company also pick up garbage at the beach. Those terms have not yet been worked out. This will add to their collection route, but there is no way for Advanced Disposal to actually go across all the beach access points, the walkovers and paths, and empty and get the trash cans that are east of the dune. So, west of the sand, Advanced will provide approximately 60 95-gallon carts. Beach patrons will have to carry their garbage and deposit it in the beach cans that Advanced provides to us, Martin said. Commissioners agreed that having Advanced Disposals trucks going to beach accesses would be problematic. I see a lot of problems with that, Mayor Johnny Miller said. I hope we have a backup plan before you get too While Florida Gov. Rick Scott might have scored some political points last week when he signed an executive order in response to negative public reaction to HB 631, a bill he signed into law, some Nassau County residents feel more needs to be done. Lowell Hall heads Citizens for Public Beaches and Shores, which spearheaded the effort to get the Fernandina Beach City Commission and the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners to enact customary use ordinances to mitigate the effects of HB 631, which took effect July 1. Hall and local resident Mac Morriss played key roles in organizing events that resulted in thousands of affidavits being signed by local residents and longtime visitors. The affidavits attest to historic, customary use of the dry sand areas of Amelia Islands beaches. Hall said he attended Scotts campaign stop in Fernandina Beach on Thursday, July 12, where Scott assured him Im on your side. However, Hall said, issuing an executive order does not go far enough. Governor Scott should move to repeal State Statute HB 631, Section 10, thus returning the customary burden of proof in determining public customary use to the private property owner, Hall said. Then Governor Scott can say, Im on your side. Hall pointed out that the executive order says that title to the beaches below the mean high water line is held by the state but notes that the definition of beach is missing. The executive order uses the word beach 13 times without further definition, Hall said. If Governor Scotts intent is to protect the publics customary rights to the dry sand beach, he would define the word beach as to be without debate and would incorporate the Nassau County Customary Use Ordinance definition of the word dry sand beach into his executive order and HB 631. Lowell suggested the governor amend the definition of beach: The entirety of the wet and dry sand area shall be defined as beach. It is the area from the mean low water line landward to the dune system or if there is no dune system to any sea wall, rock revetment toe or any permanent vegetation. Simple, easy to understand, Hall said. Marian Phillips, president of the Nassau Educational Support Personnel Association, is a notary public who helped officially document the affidavits. Phillips believes the executive order is merely a political ploy. To put it bluntly, people are mad as hell, Phillips said. They hurried HB 631 through at the end of session JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERFlorida Gov. Rick Scott poses with Ocean Highway and Port Authority candidate John C. Van Delinder at a campaign stop in Fernandina Beach last Thursday.fntfbbffbtfftbfORDER Continued on 3A r nZIMMERMAN Continued on 5A ZimmermanrTRASH Continued on 3Ar SUBMITTEDThe scene in the parking lot of a local animal clinic after a dog was shot and killed on Wednesday morning after it allegedly attacked another dog. DOG Continued on 5A NL 6 col. 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NEWS DEADLINES Community News: Wednesday, Noon Letters to the editor: Monday, 5 p.m., Wednesday, 5 p.m. Church Notes: Tuesday, 5 p.m. People and Places: Wednesday, 3 p.m. AD DEADLINES . .................. WEDNESDAY EDITION . ........ FRIDAY EDITION Classified Ads: .................. Monday, 5:00 p.m.* . ................ Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. Classified Display: ............ Friday, 3 p.m. . ......................... Tuesday, 5 p.m. Legal Notices: . ................... Friday, noon . ........................... N/A Retail Advertising: . ............ Friday, 3 p.m. . ......................... Tuesday, 3 p.m. Monday holidays the Classified deadline will be Friday at 5 p.m. MAIL SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Nassau County: $41.99 Out of Nassau County: $71.99rrfrntbt btbt ff rnrf ntbrbThe News-Leader is published every Wednesday and Friday by The Fernandina Beach News-Leader, 511 Ash Street, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Periodicals postage paid at Fernandina Beach, Fla. (USPS 189-900) ISSN# 0163-4011. Reproductions of the contents of this publication in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher are prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: News-Leader, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. The News-Leader may only be sold by persons or businesses authorized by the publisher or circulation director. NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS: The News-Leader assumes no financial responsibility for typographi cal errors in advertising. When notified promptly, the part of the advertisement in which the typographical error appears will be reprinted. All advertising is subject to the approval of the publisher. The News-Leader reserves the right to correctly classify, edit or delete any objectionable wording or reject the advertisement in its entirety at any time prior to scheduled publication if it is determined that the advertisement or any part thereof is contrary to the general standard of advertising acceptance. rfntrbfrf All past members of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls are invited to a reunion Saturday, July 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Amelia Lodge, located at 1101 S. 14th St. in Fernandina Beach. Bring your memories, pictures, memorabilia, brag rag or anything you want to share. A survey will be taken to determine interest in reviving an assembly in the Amelia Island area, so bring your daugh ters, granddaughters, nieces and other girls between the ages of 11 and 20. To RSVP, contact Dianne Rahn at 251-5626 or mom proceeds from the first annual Kegs and Eggs, and a portion of drinks, at the Green Turtle on Sunday will benefit the Nassau Humane Society. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or when supplies run out). Breakfasts of eggs, bacon and English muffins will be available for donations of $10. The bacon was donated by Kiolbassa Provisions Company of San Antonio, Texas and the Eggs by The Salty Pelican. Live music will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers are also needed for the event to help sell T-shirts, collect the donations for breakfast and sell raffle tickets.rbfffA Justice for Joleen charity event to raise funds for the children of missing Nassau County resident Joleen Cummings will be held 4-8 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Sliders Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. in Fernandina Beach. A live auction featuring state Sen. Aaron Bean will begin at 7 p.m. and squares for a quilt of memories will be sold to raise funds. The quilt will be put together and ing to donate items for the auction should call 206-9330. For information about the quilt, call 678-830-9693.frffrrbStarting Point Behavioral Healthcare will host How Your Digestive Health Impacts Your Mental Wellness: A Community Conversation for participants to learn about and discuss the connection between your brain and your gut 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 30 at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St. in Fernandina Beach. You have probably had a gut feeling or some stomach upset when you were stressed. Now, scientists are learning that there is actually a second brain in your gut that influences how you think and feel. In fact, studies show the little brain in your gut actually includes more than 100 million nerve cells that controls digestion. It is called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) and it communicates with our big brain, impacting our mental health. Julie Schafer, director of Health Partnerships at Baptist Health, will be the keynote speaker. Her presentation will include an overview of the neurological connections between the two, and how you can influence the health of both. The audience is invited to join in the conversa tion following her presentation. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. To register, contact dforbes@ or 225.8280, ext. 428.brfrSt. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission at 86000 St. Francis Way in Yulee will be hold ing a blood drive between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. All donors will receive a free OneBlood beach towel and a wellness check up that includes blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screenings. All donors also receive a coupon for BOGO admission to the Jacksonville Zoo. Sign up online at and use sponsor code . Walk-in are also welcome.rrrThe Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center is offering the Arthritis Foundation Excercise Program at no charge 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays from Aug. 1 to Sept. 21 at 37002 Ingram Road in Hilliard. 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.brrbbFBCA 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. The Foundation works with schools in several states, including Florida, to make Academic 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.fbfThe Amelia Island Beach and Marine Life Protection Task Force is seeking volunteers to remove litter from the beaches before it is ingested by animals. Volunteers will work one or two evenings a week, through August, for one to two hours between 5:30 and 8 p.m. at local beaches. For more information, email or aibeachpro you help people adapt to a hearingimpaired world? Nassau County Volunteer Center is looking for a hearing loss support group facilitator. This unique individual will schedule meetings and speakers, update social media, and participate in traditional mar keting techniques. This person would have a social work, facilitation, hearing or audiology background. If you fit the bill, go to volunteer and volunteer.frbnrrThe UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension Service is offering weekly individual consul tations at the Barnabas Center, located at 1303 Jasmine St. in Fernandina Beach, for Medicare beneficiaries. If you will be new to Medicare, have questions about Medicare or want to know if you qualify to save money on your Medicare drug costs, Medicare monthly premium, deductibles and copays, call Meg McAlpine at 530-6359 to schedule your private appointment. Appointments are being sched uled Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. rA 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 support and discussion. A registered dietitian and a mental health counselor will facilitate some sessions. Today, participants will pre pare a healthy meal to take home and cook. To register, contact Melanie Hadden at 507-2692.There is no cost to attend.bbA free support group for survivors of sexual assault meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Family Support Services in Yulee. For more information, contact Lori Armstrong at 716-5390 or larm Hearts is a local support group for those who have lost a spouse. The group meets twice a month on the second Monday at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Marina Restaurant and again on the fourth Monday at 6 p.m. for dinner at the Marina Restaurant. For more information, contact Mary Mercer at 4151881 or Joni Reid at 556-6767.bbrffVisit or call 904399-8535.rrbbbrrDo 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 that takes you more than an hour these days? The Nassau County School District now has two satellite offices. The westside location is at 45021 Third Ave. in Callahan and the Yulee location is at 86207 Felmore Road in Yulee. The offices will provide a place for parent meetings, employee meetings, staff meetings, and support. If you have questions or would like to schedule a meeting,call 491-9900.frfA documentary film maker has put out a call for Vietnam-era POWs. Thuy Diem, whose 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 who would like to share their wartime POW experience can contact Diem at aspot Second Chance Resale Store and its sister clothing store, NHS Second Chance Closet, are looking to grow their team of vol unteers in all areas. If you have a few hours a week to spare and enjoy meeting and working with other animal lovers in a fun atmosphere, pick up a volunteer application at Second Chance, located in the Eight Flags Shopping Center on South 14th Street or go online to and click on Volunteer. For information, call 321-0022.rfrrKathleen Josephine Claxton, 82, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully July 12, 2018 at the Custead Care Center of Haven Hospice in Orange Park, Fla. Kathleen was the second old est of 13 children, born in Faheens, County Mayo, Ireland. She was a daughter of the late Anthony and Agnes Moran Quinn. In 1941 the Land Commission Exchange gave families better farms on the east coast in exchange for their west coast farms and moved all their possessions by train. It was then she spent the rest of her childhood in Laragh, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. One of Kathleens favorite memories was of her first job in a chocolate factory in Maynooth. It brought much to the delight of her younger siblings. In early adulthood, she moved to Camden Town, London, England, where she worked on Tottenham Court Road at Lyons Tea House. Eventually she moved onward and joined her sister in New York City. There she secured a position with New York Bell as a switchboard operator. While in New York in 1964, she met John William Claxton, to whom she was married for 14 years. In 1968, the early years, they moved the family to Jacksonville, Fla. This is where their first child joined them, Ann Elizabeth Claxton. They lived in suburban Arlington, where she was a housewife who loved to cook and sew and garden and where their second child, Maria Colleen Claxton, was born in 1970. Kathleen also loved to play cards and was an avid reader. She volunteered at Christ the King Catholic School and Church and also attended mass there. In 1973 the family moved to Yulee, Fla. to be near Johns family. They had a house built by his uncle, a prominent master builder, Brody Claxton. The house was situated on a large waterfront acreage overlooking Lofton Creek. Kathleen volunteered at Yulee Elementary School, where she and another lady sewed bicentennial costumes for every child in the school. As not all of the parents could afford the fabric for the costumes, many other parents donated money so that every child could participate in the 1976 parade held at the school. In 1985 she landed a job working for American Body Armor, where she, as a seamstress, sewed bullet proof vests. Then, in 1986, she moved the family to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, where she purchased a house and remained there for more than 30 years. In those years she became a board member for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and an active member of St. Michael Catholic Church. In more recent years she volunteered at the Baptist Medical Center Nassau as a coffee cor ner attendant while also attending bingo, which she loved, twice a week. She had a wonderful, happy spirit about her always, warm and charming, but with an ever-present sense of hope. She had many friends and loved to host parties and attend holiday celebrations and festivals of all sorts. Anyone who came to her house was always treated like family, not just a guest. Her most admirable attributes were that she had a great determination of will, a great strength of character, and strong sense of integrity no matter the situation. A dedicated wife, mother and friend, her sur vivors include her children, Ann (Allen) Wingate of Yulee and Colleen Claxton (Norman Cranford) of Fernandina Beach; her siblings, Michael (Sara) Quinn of Blackburn, Lancashire, England, Sr. Margaret Quinn of New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland, John (Mary) Quinn of Faheens, Swinford, County Mayo, Ireland, Ann (John) Fay of Clifton Park, N.Y., Dolores Roughley of Poughquag, N.Y., William (Trini) Quinn of Santa Barbara, Calif., Kevin Quinn of Laragh, County Kildare, Ireland, Philomena (Eddie) Fitzpatrick of Kilcock, County Kildare, Ireland, Birnadette Quinn (Moctar Auld Achmed) of Clane, County Kildare, Ireland, and Veronica (Martin) Kavanaugh of Portmarnock, County Dublin, Ireland; her grandchildren, Amy (Jeremy) Taylor and Adam (Chelsea) Wingate; and her great-grand children, Brantley Wingate and Paisley Wingate, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family received friends and family at OxleyHeard Funeral Directors between 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018. That visitation was followed by a funeral mass at 12 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church with Fr. Jose Kallukalam, Celebrant, officiating. Kathleen will be laid to rest in a private family service in Ireland at a later date. Memorials may be made to to the National Alliance on Mental Illness at Ut Semper Belli Always keep fighting Non Desistas Non Exieris Never give up never surrenderbtrffrrrMrs. Mattie Lou Morrison Johnson, 84, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Born February, 24, 1934 in Fernandina to the late Rev. Lenworth S. Morrison and Elizabeth Jenkins Morrison, she was the eighth of nine children. Her twin, Hattie, died a few days after their births. Mrs. Johnson accepted Christ as a child, was baptized and, at age 13, became the first Sunday School student at the ONeal Memorial Baptist Church, founded and built in 1947 by her father. She graduated from Peck High School with the Class of 1952 and attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). After relocating to Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Johnson graduated from Provident Hospitals school of nursing and served as staff nurse for four years. During her nursing career she worked as a registered nurse at Duval Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla. She also worked at Mount Sinai Hospital, Metro Health Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and the Cuyahoga County Boys Home. She retired from the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System in Columbus, Ohio. On July 2, 1960, Mrs. Johnson was united in holy matrimony to Abraham Johnson Sr. As a result of this marriage, she gained two sons: Lawrence and Abraham Jr. She was formerly a member of the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2008, almost two years after her husbands passing, Mrs. Johnson moved back to Nassau County. During this time she became reacquainted with classmates and old friends in the Fernandina, ONeil and Yulee communities. She reinstated her membership with ONeal Memorial, where she rejoined the Sunday school, delighted in singing hymns and faithfully attended worship until her health would not permit her to continue. Mrs. Johnson leaves to cherish her memory sons, Lawrence Johnson and Abraham Johnson Jr., their children and grandchildren; sister, Juliette M. Knox, San Diego, Ca., and sister-in-law, Helen Morrison, Tampa; loving cousins and a host of sor rowing nieces and nephews, including special niece Nanette (Gary) Autry and special nephew Michael Jerome Knox; special classmate and friend Edith Renelda Jackson.tbrrtfrfnrrCaroline Kent passed away July 14, 2018 after a lengthy illness. She was born October 29, 1954 to Dr. Bailey and Barbara Dickens and was raised in Fernandina Beach, Fla. She was the grand daughter of Judge H. V. and Myrtie Burgess of Fernandina Beach. She was active in swimming (Junior Olympics and held several pool records at age 12), Girl Scouts, and band, where she was an accom plished baritone saxophonist. She attended school in Fernandina Beach and skipped her senior year to begin college at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla. She graduated with a degree in chemistry and microbiology from the University of Florida. She attended graduate school at the University of Miami and the University of North Florida. She worked in research at the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic for many years and had several papers published during her tenure there. Caroline had a kind and generous heart and enjoyed her many cats and frequent backyard raccoon visitors at her home in Jacksonville. Though she had no children, she was a devoted aunt and very fond of all 16 of her nieces and nephews. Caroline met the love of her life, William Mallory Kent, and was married in 1992. They were entirely devoted to each other and it showed in their every day actions. They had a wonderful life together and traveled extensively to Europe and Asia. They typically flew and then took cruises from Europe and enjoyed the leisurely voyages home. They also enjoyed flying in Bills airplanes. Caroline is survived by her husband, Bill Kent; her sister, Anna (Bob) McFarland and nephew Ryan (Brianna) McFarland and brother Jimmy (Anita) Kent. Other survivors include her brothers, Victor (Ferla) Dickens, Jack (Julie) Dickens, and Charles (Meg) Dickens; sisters, Sparkle Barbara (Roger) Nation, Jan (Mike) Bray, and Cindy (Buck) Buchanan; and 16 nieces and nephews and many cousins, including Ben (Bonnie) Dickens and Mary Julia (Dennis) Little locally. She was also prede ceased by her uncle, Dr. Cecil Brewton, and aunt, Sarah Brewton, and uncle Dr. Ben Dickens and aunt Ann Dickens of Fernandina Beach. She was also predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law Bailey (Joyce) Dickens III. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018 at San Jose Episcopal Church in Jacksonville with burial to follow at 3 p.m. in Live Oak, Fla.rNorman S. Porter, 81, passed away July 16, 2018 at his Yulee, Fla. residence. Mr. Porter was born May 31, 1937 in Bug Hill, N.C. and moved to Yulee in 1989 from Jacksonville, Fla. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Doreen Porter, who passed away in 2004; his parents and 11 broth ers and sisters. Mr. Porter is survived by his daughter and sonin-law, Tonia and Don Patton; two grandchildren, Kenneth Vinson Jr. (Amanda) and Sarah Wendell (Nicholas); great-grandchildren, Hunter, Raelynn, Colton and Elizabeth; and step-great-grandchildren, Darren and Caleb. A memorial service will be held at a later date. To sign Mr. Porters online register book and leave condolences, visit the Green Pine Funeral Home website at U rf fbThe Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) now posts its weekly lane closure report online at With major work underway on A1A and other projects in Nassau County, you can stay upto-date on which roads will have lane closures. Commuters traveling into Duval County can also get the latest on Jacksonville lane closures. The report is updated every Friday. frff rfnrbrInterim County Manager Mike Mullin will be holding regularly scheduled meetings from 3 to 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month to make himself available for anyone to ask countyrelated questions and/or address county issues. The meetings will take place in the Commission Chambers, located in the James S. Page Governmental Complex at 96135 Nassau Place in Yulee. The last name of the friend at shark attack victim Dustin Theobalds side in the photo on A1 in the July 18 edition of the News-Leader was misspelled. Her name is Shayna Ericksen. The News-Leader strives for accuracy. We will promptly correct all factual errors. Please notify the editor of errors at or call (904) 261-3696. NL 6 col. Fri. 07.20.indd 2 7/19/18 3:34 PM


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 $ 10,000 10 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 NL/PSA instead of taking time to read and study the bill. Now hes having second thoughts. Really? He is nervous about the upcoming elections. That is why he came to Nassau County last Thursday. He wants to come up here and save face. That executive order is just what it is. It can be overturned by another governor. I dont know where he gets that an executive order is going to stop anything. Phillips said the issue of public access to Floridas beaches is bringing people together in a time of political divide in the country. In a county that is deep red, we came together as one united front, red and blue, to fight this bill, she said. They are nervous about it, and they should be because what they did was wrong. These beaches need to be left alone. After the public backlash against HB 631 gained momentum, a flurry of activity was seen from local political bodies across the state, including the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners and the Fernandina Beach City Commission. Each passed ordinances attempting to ensure continued use of the dry sand areas by residents and tourists. Scotts executive order directs all state agencies that are under the governors power not to adopt any rule restricting public access to any Florida beach that has an established recreational customary use. It can be read in its entirety at HB 631 says private property owners can stop the public from accessing or using the dry sand area of the beach that is on their property unless the recreational use of the sandy area adjacent to the mean high tide has been ancient, reasonable, without interruption and free from dispute, such use, as a matter of custom, should not be interfered with by the owner. The executive order does not prohibit governmental entities from adopting ordinances that would restrict beach access, but he does urge them not to do so, as well as urge all state attorneys to ensure public beach access. HB 631 creates a uniform legal process for local governments seeking to expand the publics access to beaches, the order states. The order further directs the FDEP and state park system to establish an online reporting tool to track violations of public beach access and give a report based on those violations to the Florida legislature by the end of the year, and to serve as a liaison between local governments and the public. Nassau County Attorney Mike Mullin said he believes Scotts executive order was issued in reaction to the outrage Floridians have expressed about HB 631. Hes getting some heat, so he issued the order, Mullin told the News-Leader. He says that HB 631 was a good thing, and that it was not meant to privatize our beaches. I dont agree with that. It says it will expand access. That seems strange to me, as it doesnt expand it. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Scotts office said phone calls from citizens were opposed to (HB 631) by a margin of 8-to-1, and that the office received a petition opposing the bill signed by 783 people. Fernandina Beach City Attorney Tammi Bach said the executive order strengthens the citys position on beach access and has no effect on its customary use ordinance. The Executive Order by Governor Scott regarding public access to beaches does not have any affect on the City of Fernandina Beachs assertion that dry sand areas of beaches are public and can be accessed by the public via public beach accesses, Bach wrote in an email. State Sen. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg said he would file a bill to repeal HB 631. Restricting beach access impedes upon the freedoms we enjoy as citizens and will hamper Floridas attractiveness as a destination, Rouson said in a statement. The bill Ive filed will repeal language and put into place this year so that Floridians will once again have the unfettered access to our beaches that they deserve. In a statement, Scott said HB 631 is simply misunderstood: Unfortunately, the legislation has now created considerable confusion and some have even interpreted it as restricting beach access, the statement said. Governments job is to help solve problems, and in Florida, when there is an issue or confusion surrounding legislation, we take action to address it.Continued from 1Adeep into that. Im picturing people taking their trash to those large receptacles at the beach access points. Its already hard to get to the beach access points with all the cars. In the summer is when you have the problems with people stacking garbage all around the garbage cans. Im envisioning that two-lane road on A1A, trucks stopping at every beach access while the guys have to figure how to get all that trash around the cars that are there, into the truck, and put the thing back to go to the next stop. Its hard to drive down A1A, with people stopping to write down numbers on for sale signs. Kreger believes Snellings efforts toward collecting items prohibited by Leave No Trace are not sufficient. Theres two real problems here, Kreger said. Number one, you have a substandard performance by an individual who is under contract who does nothing but cry and tell us its hot and its heavy work. The second problem is that the specifications under that contract really arent what we want in the first place, the level of service we need. I think we have to work out those things. Kreger said he agreed with Miller that having garbage trucks collecting beach trash on South Fletcher would be a disaster, but that it could work out on the north end of the island. (Rollins Snelling) has recently established a 24-hours rule. They dont pick them up until the second 24 hours. Thats if their truck doesnt have a flat, Kreger said. We specified to have them pick them up at sunset and it doesnt stay out all night. We have 13 miles of beaches, and the county has a Leave No Trace contract. With one and a half guys, it just cant happen. Kreger said the city, the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council, and the county need to sit down together and address the issue. Gil Langley, who heads the TDC, said there is a meeting scheduled for Aug. 1 between the company and county staff to explore using a different vendor. The City Commission also approved on Tuesday night a contract with Fender Marine Construction for the rehabilitation of the south basin of the citys marina, heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. The city received two bids for the project and awarded Fender the contract for $6.1 million. After reimbursement from FEMA, the city will pay roughly $770,000 toward the repairs, which will use a new type of docks manufactured by MARINTEK. The type of docks proposed by Fender Marine is different from the current dock system structural concrete pontoons without high-maintenance components such as structural timber, subsystem hardware, cables and through rods with nuts and bolts, Martin explained. Also approved at the meeting was a contract for $64,200 to Applied Technology & Management for bidding, evaluation and negotiations relating to that project, which will include dredging. In other business, the commission: Heard a presentation regarding the citys Parks & Recreation Department from Eric Bartelt, who chairs the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee; Approved a facilities use contract with Driving Dynamics to use airport property for a defensive driving course; Denied an appeal by Steve Skidmore of a decision made by the Historic District Council regarding a parking area at his home; Approved on second readings an amendment creating the Beach Rangers program and an ordinance governing news racks in the downtown Historic District; Gave final approval to a replat of the North Pointe subdivision and the plat of the Hickory Ridge subdivision; Passed a resolution creating a marina advisory board; Appointed Carol Kish to Arts and Culture Nassau; Entered into a grant agreement with the Florida Department of Environment Continued from 1A ROBERT FIEGE/NEWS-LEADERTwo trailers overflowing with garbage collected from area beaches were parked in the grass beside the Peters Point parking lot the weekend before the Fourth of July holiday. Protection for $450,000 for shoreline stabilization; Entered into a grant agreement with Florida Emergency Management for $103,324 for a downtown drainage project; and Accepted $275,000 from the Florida Department of Transportation toward the design and construction of the airport terminal. A graphic from the federal Environmental Protection Agency shows where the mean high water line, also known as a mean high tide line, is on a beach. NL 6 col. Fri. 07.20.indd 3 7/19/18 3:51 PM


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Consider these funds as separate and distinct pots of money. The city has seven different such pots. In the actual budget document, these funds are presented in this order: General Fund, Enterprise Fund, Special Fund, Debt Service Fund, Capital Fund, Internal Service Fund, and Trust Fund. For this overview, however, Ill review in the reverse order. The Trust Fund is the citys pension accounts. The citys total annual budget is nearly $150,000,000, but more than a third of that total amount is associated with funds reserved for pension costs (without the Trust Funds, the budget falls below $100,000,000). The monies in the Trust Fund are generated by city and employee pension contributions as well as interest and investment earnings. The Internal Service Fund can best be described as the city paying itself for services more specifically, fleet maintenance and utilities. As will be described later, the main users of these services are the citys Enterprise Fund activities (golf course, airport, wastewater, water, storm water, and marina). Those operations, like city residents and businesses, are treated as customers of the city, and those operations pay for the city services through their user fees. The Capital Fund provides for the largescale, long-term needs of the city, primarily land, facilities, vehicles, and other equipment. Each department prepares and maintains a fiveyear Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to assist with long-term planning. The most significant source of funding for these projects is property taxes (transferred from the General Fund; described later), although additional funding can be secured through grants, other governmental agencies, and loans. The Debt Service Fund manages the citys long-term debt. The city has several debt obligations, including obligations associated with software, public safety, golf course, airport, marina, and utilities. With the anticipated marina repairs, additional debt will be added to the budget. The Special Fund captures the revenues and expenditures of a variety of operations that are somewhat unique. These operations include law enforcement forfeiture funds, federal and state block grants, water and wastewater impact fees, utility taxes, cemetery operations, and the citys Community Redevelopment Area. The citys Enterprise Fund has several components (as mentioned earlier). As has been discussed previously, these components are treated as separate business entities: the intent is to fund their operations through user fees, not property taxes. The golf course, the airport, wastewater, water, storm water, and the marina all charge user fees. The revenue from those fees (and other revenues such as grants) is, in theory, supposed to cover expenses related to their operations. In the case of the airport and the utilities, revenues do exceed expenses; the golf course and marina, however, require subsidies from the General Fund, mainly due to debt service costs, not operational costs. The General Fund is the grand-daddy of the citys funds. This is the citys primary operational fund, gaining the preponderance of revenues from city property taxes. Property taxes are calculated based upon the value of property (as determined by the Nassau County Property Appraiser) and the millage rate, or tax levy, set by the City Commission. The operating millage rate for the current year was set at 6.0000 mills ($1 for every $1,000 of value). The proposed budget is based upon a slightly lower millage rate to accommodate from rising property values, but the City Commission has yet to establish the tentative millage rate which may be different. The tentative millage rate is scheduled to be set at a special meeting of the City Commission on July 31. Other General Fund revenue sources include licenses and permits; grants; county, state and federal contributions; and fines, rents, and reimbursements. The expenditures in the General Fund include all city departmental operations. Over half of General Fund expenditures are related to public safety: police, fire, building, and code enforcement. I look forward to providing additional nittygritty details of the budget in my budget message next week. Dale Martin is the city manager of Fernandina Beach. How can you learn to better manage your emotions? Well, instead of being emotionally reactive, you need to learn to be emotionally responsive. The key first step in this process is halting. Back away from an escalating conflict. Hold your tongue when you are about to lash out. Do not answer an emotionally loaded question on the spot. Wait to make an important decision. Do not say or do anything until you take time to process your feelings. Practice setting a boundary by saying, I will get back to you on that. Or, Let me think about it first. This is especially important when you are under stress. If you think about it, it is when you have been over-stressed that you are particularly vulnerable to a lapse of self-control and saying something hurtful or making a decision you regret or misusing alcohol, food, or something else. So be prepared to H-AL-T   and to not say or do any thing for a while if you are: Hungry Angry Lonely (or hurt) Tired (or under time pressure)   Halt and eat the meal you skipped, calm down if you are angry, do not isolate if you are lonely or hurt, and take a break if you have been overworking. Obviously, if you are in two or more of those conditions at the same time, then you are in an even more dangerous place and really need to halt.   When you halt, you need to contain your feelings that are coming up. Keep your feelings inside so that you do not escalate a conflict, rush an important decision, or say or do something that you will regret later. You want to hold onto these feelings until you can get the support you need to help you respond in a way that you will feel good about.What if at the end of long and exhausting day your partner loses his temper at you and criticizes you for how you handled a problem with one of your kids? If you are not careful, you might react in anger and escalate the conflict between the two of you. You are tired and you are upset that he did not appreciate your efforts with your child and was so critical. Time to halt. Better to talk this issue through later when you are not so tired and upset. You might say, I would like to talk with you about this situation later when I have more energy. Can we talk in the morning about this? Or, if you are lonely and you find yourself thinking about food, then halt. Instead of acting out of your loneliness by eating, talk to a friend about how you feel. Or sit down and write out your feelings in a journal or pray to a spirit or your God about how you feel. It will not give you a quick sugar high or numb out your pain, but in the long run it will be better for you. Janice Clarkson, Ed.D., a Fernandina Beach resident, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addiction Professional. Readers with confidential questions may e-mail her.rfnt b rffntn rf NL 6 col. Fri. 07.20.indd 4 7/19/18 3:37 PM


its constituents. He said that, when he spoke publicly against it to the Nassau legislative delegation and at a meeting of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, he was accused of fear mongering. When you created that stewardship district, you opened Pandoras Box, Zimmerman said. That stewardship district has much to do with the water table. Where they built Wildlight is a swampland. You have to figure out what the environmental impact of that is going to be. Nobody listened. This bill was just pushed through. I spoke about this to the Nassau County legislative delegation. I spoke at the Nassau County commission. It was like I was talking to the wall, talking to deaf ears. If you ask the constituents if they want to be responsible for Wildlights development costs, they are going to say no. That huge amount of growth is a problem, because now you have to provide services for it. But, that bill lets Wildlight establish their own law enforcement, to create their own taxation. It allows them what is called administrative rule-making authority. What this means is they can effectively establish ordinances. Zimmerman said the bill that created the stewardship is written to prohibit any changes to it, but, he said, hope springs eternal. I dont think its ever too late, he said. At this stage in the game the first thing I would do is, I would make sure that amendment does not come back to Nassau County, and that those taxpayers do not get saddled with tens of millions of dollars in debt. I think the goal for me now will be to first see if theres a way I can repeal that bill, and secondly, make sure the taxpayers arent on the hook for the cost of that development. Construction on State Route 200/A1A, which is meant to ultimately solve the congestion issue plaguing the Yulee area, has been a disaster, Zimmerman said. You have, essentially, contractors working there, and the contractors saying that, if people get damage to their vehicles, the contractor will decide if that damage was caused by them and if they are going to pay that claim, he said. Its a fox guarding the henhouse. Its completely backward. It has not been handled well. Zimmerman said that the road construction is affecting tourism, and issues with it are indicative of the lack of support in Tallahassee of the hospitality industry. Zimmerman is the owner of an information technology business and a former restaurateur. Hospitality is the largest employment sector in House District 11, with Jax Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach all tourist-centric locations, he said. The same thing with the south end of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach these are all tourist-focused areas. Hospitality is our biggest sector. We have no support for hospitality in the legislature. He said giving support to the hospitality industry would help address another issue facing the district: affordable housing. I think the legislature could address affordable housing by getting rid of some of these regulations that stand in the way of allowing restaurants and businesses to grow, and creating a level playing field, he said. We need to make sure that we are supporting servers and bartenders and restaurant managers and hotel service personnel and their managers, that were bringing them to the table and saying, What do you need to provide better wages to make livable income for the folks who live here to help you grow your restaurant? Zimmerman believes county and state governments need to work together to address the issue of affordable housing. The county has been exploring affordable housing for over a year, and one of the things they are looking at is how they can create partnerships to build more affordable housing, Zimmerman said. I know one of the ideas is to have density bonuses, and as their state representative Id be committed to helping local government find funding solutions. I know this issue affects people in the service industry as well as seniors, which is a growing segment of our population that shouldnt be overlooked. He said looking out for the senior segment of the population would be a priority. The population of baby boomers and senior citizens in Nassau County we need to make sure we are caring for them, Zimmerman said. If you talk to some of the local nonprofits, they are overwhelmed by demand. The state representative needs to be aware of the constituents up here and make sure we are finding solutions for these people. Asked if he is intimidated by running against a well-known incumbent, Zimmerman does not hesitate. I did it knowing it would be an uphill battle, going after a sitting incumbent, he said. Ultimately, I hear from constituents that theyre not getting the representation that they want. Thats truly why I got into the race. He said he learned from the local efforts to combat the effects of HB 631 that community support can make a difference. Campaigns run on one of two things, Zimmerman explained. Some campaigns run on money. Some run on grassroots effort. I think the fact that you have those petitions and you have those people, led by Mac Morriss and Lowell Hall, you have people who went and said, This is not what we want for Nassau County and for our district. I think you have a grass fire here. Zimmerman said political skills can get attention, but that does not necessarily mean a politician is representing the people of District 11. You can get money for this project or that project, but thats not what the job is about, he said. A good leader will be one that unites everybody in a solution and moves forward to make that happen. They are a problem solver, not a problem maker. And Zimmerman says he is prepared to fight a political machine. If Im in Tallahassee, if I feel that a piece of legislation is bad for our county, I will buck leadership and go no on it, he said. If theres a bill out there, something going on out there that affects your district, you owe it to the school teachers or the police officers, the taxpayers, to sit down with them and say, How does this bill affect you? How does this change your life? Is this bill good for you? Im very upfront about how I feel and what I think. I think we should all cooperate together, but I think people need to stand up for what they believe in, even when its not popular. Continued from 1A Re altor DirectoryHave proper ty fo r sale ? 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Bas dog was killed after getting away twice and attacking another dog, a service animal owned by James Strickland. Strickland shot Dozer with a handgun he is permitted to carry. women were weeping. Several people I didnt even know came up afterward and hugged me, telling me they were sorry about my dog. Ba said the family had raised Dozer from a puppy and that the dog slept with him and was a playmate for his young grandson. That dog was (Bas) best friend, Scott said. The reported official owner of the dog is Bas wife, Althea Brown. She was not at the scene. Witnesses told the responding officers that no person was in harms way when Strickland shot his weapon. Florida Statutes 767.03 provides for defense in killing a dog if it is believed that the attacking dog is intent on killing a domestic animal or livestock. When interviewed, Mr. Strickland felt strongly that this attack would be fatal for his dog.Continued from 1A Nassau County Commissioner Justin Taylor has received the designation of Certified County Commissioner following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the Florida Counties Foundation, according to a news release. Taylor received his designation along with 38 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the Florida Association of Counties Annual Conference in Orange County. The coursework associated with this program has provided me with additional knowledge I need to effectively represent my district, as well as Nassau County, Taylor said in the release. The Certified County Commissioner Program is a voluntary program of study designed for county commissioners to learn information and enhance skills relevant to their duties and responsibilities through a series of courses totaling 45 hours. Coursework covers a variety of topics, such as ethics and Sunshine Law, county government roles and responsibilities, county government structure and authority, When Hurricane Matthew toppled a live oak at Red Maple Lake at the Amelia Island Plantation, it eliminated a critical landing spot needed by bluebird fledglings learning to fly, according to a news release. Red Maple Lake is one of 17 areas on the Amelia Island Plantation property that are home to the communitys bluebird nesting boxes. Managed by volunteers Candice Bridgewater and Jean Middleton, the bluebird program monitors the nesting and hatching of the Plantations vibrant bluebird colony. When a new family of bluebird hatchlings was identified in late April, the Amelia Island Plantation Community Association reached out to Omni Area Managing Director Donald Stamets to assist in purchasing and planting a tree in time for the hatchlings first flight. Working with the AIPCA and Amelia Island Plantation Foundation, Stamets was able to have a 12-foot bald cypress tree planted at the Red Maple Lake location for residents and birds to enjoy, according to the release. The Amelia Island Plantation community is designed to be in harmony with nature. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is thrilled to contribute to projects like this that will serve the natural ecology of our community for years to come, said Stamets in the release.r SUBMITTEDNick Place, left, dean and director of the UF/IFAS Extension, congratulates County Commissioner Justin Taylor on his certification.rfrfn SUBMITTEDOmni Area Managing Director Donald Stamets, left, had a 12-foot bald cypress tree planted at the Red Maple Lake location for residents and birds to enjoy. financial management, growth management, negotiation skills, economic development, and effective communication. The University of Florida/ IFAS Extension sponsors the Foundations educational programs. 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Tour stops were chosen to highlight the many facets of the forest industry from the small family tree farm to large industrial operations. In Clay County, teachers visited Jennings State Forest for a prescribed fire demonstration, a small family owned tree farm, and Camp Blanding to learn about ongoing conservation efforts. In Nassau County, teachers visited Rayonier Forest Resources property for presentations on tree genetics, timber volume measurements and harvesting. The papermaking process was detailed at the WestRock paper mill and box plant in Fernandina Beach. In Duval County, teachers visited the West Fraser Saw Mill in Whitehouse and the Symrise chemical plant to learn how papermaking byproducts are used to produce flavorings and scents for thousands of products manufactured throughout the world. The tour also went to Alachua County to visit Austin Cary Memorial Forest and learn about the Project Learning Tree curriculum and forestry career paths from the University of Florida. Teachers received a variety of educator materials and lesson plan ideas that they can incorporate in the classroom. All meals and lodging were provided and teachers earned 30 continuing education units for their time. The annual tour is made possible through sponsorships from the forest industry, private citizens, landowners, the Florida Forest Service and others. If you would like to participate in the 2019 Florida Forestry Teachers Tour or make a donation, visit teachers-tour. The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. You can learn more at Gwenyth Stromdahl of Fernandina Beach recently graduated with an Associate of Arts in Equestrian Studies from the University of Findlay in Ohio. Clemson University named Savannah Eileen Christianson of Fernandina Beach to its Presidents List for the spring 2018 semester. She is majoring in biological sciences. The University of Alabama named the following Fernandina Beach students to its Deans List for the 2018 spring semester: Savannah Belle Blouin and Landyn Aubrey Williams. The University of Alabama named the following Fernandina Beach students to its Presidents List for the 2018 spring semester: Caroline C. Clark, Connor B. Fasel, Claire A. Manderfield, Gabrielle Healani Nobles, and Brodie Tucker Wallace. Mercer University named Madison Moore of Fernandina Beach to its Deans List and Corinne Wooten of Yulee, both for the spring 2018 semester. Elizabeth Pensabene of Fernandina Beach recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies from Quinnipiac University. Erik Joseph Bergkvist of Fernandina Beach recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with minors in mathematics and business minor from Clarkson University. The following Fernandina Beach residents recently graduated from the University of Alabama: Caroline Clark, B.S. in Nursing; Connor Fasel, Bachelor of Arts; Claire Manderfield, Bachelor of Arts; Stephanie McBurnett, B.S. in Human Environmental Science; and Brodie Wallace, B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Miller Freedom Center: Brianna Scarboro, aka Miss Popularity, is known by everyone here at The Boys & Girls Clubs Miller Freedom Center, both staff and members alike. She is wellmannered, witty, fashion savvy and very talented. Scarboro is a bright 10-year-old young lady who is full of energy and always up for a challenge. She loves math and science and excels in those subject areas at Emma Love Hardee Elementary School. She is full of life and always cheerful and outgoing. Her favorite program areas are the games room and the gym. You can really see her personality shine through as she enjoys playing, singing and dancing. When it comes to games of all sorts, Scarboro is your girl! Its actually one of her familys favorite activities. She sees a true role model in her mom, so much so that like mom she wants to work in the dental field when she gets older. Scarboro exhibits the ability to lead and direct small groups while doing so with care and compassion. Her future is certainly promising. Roberts Learning & Achievement Center: Jhania Williams is a model teen attending the Roberts Learning & Achievement Center. This 18-year-old senior at Fernandina Beach High School has maintained a 3.9 GPA and A-B Honor Roll for the 2017-2018 school year. Since 2014, Williams has been a proud member of the Tipping the Scale program, where she was mentored by one of the Baptist Medical Center Nassaus professional staff. Upon graduation, Williams received a few amazing awards: a scholarship from the Tipping the Scale program as well as a Take Stock in Children scholarship. Intelligent and caring are just a few character traits that describe Williams. These qualities have helped her earn a CNA certification which is instrumental for career advance ment as a nurse. She enjoys after-hours teen dance parties as well as interacting and volunteering with the members of the 6-7 age group. Williams is already making steps forward as a productive member of society and her future has more in store to enlighten and make those around her proud. rfSUBMITTED PHOTOSThe 2018 Florida Forestry Teachers Tour included stops in Nassau County at the Rayonier Forest Resources property and the WestRock paper mill. About 40 teachers from all over Florida participated in the tour which also visited Clay, Duval and Alachua counties. ntb rfnt rfff nftbfbrftThe Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday rain or shine. Located on North Seventh Street between Alachua and Centre streets, the farmers market offers about 40 booths of fresh seasonal produce, baked breads, honey, jams, beef, salmon, shrimp, and much more. Returning this week with a seasonal flavor is Tucker with Topsy Toffee. His smores of July flavored toffee is made with gluten-free graham crackers and marshmallows atop his popular milk chocolate. Jays Marketplace is back this Saturday with chopped olive salad that is great in a muffuletta, or mixed with cream cheese and spread it on a cracker for an amazing appetizer. Their olive juice is perfect for an afternoon of dirty martinis, and Bacons Select Produce has brought back their popular European seedless cucumbers due to customer demand. Come and get your natural bath and beauty supplies at the farmers market this Saturday with foot reflexology products from Amelia Naturals and all natural lotions and soaps from Element Earth Works. This week we also have a new vendor Hairy Farmpit Girls. They will be bringing 100-percent goat milk soap, goat milk lotion, beard oil, linen spray, lip balm, sugar scrub, and doo-doo spray. We have a special treat in our musician this week. Dylan Bailey is a local singer-songwriter from Fernandina Beach. He has recorded and produced five albums and is the youth worship leader at First Coast Christian Center in Jacksonville. Dylans primary instrument is an acoustic guitar, which he has been playing for more than 10 years. If hes not playing a calming, instrumental piece, hes singing an original song he wrote. Come out Saturday morning and hang out in the fresh air under the Spanish moss-draped oak trees. For information, visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace. com. JUDIE MACKIE/FOR THE NEWS-LEADERBacons Select Produce will be at Saturdays farmers market with their popular European seedless cucumbers. Scarboro Williams NL 6 col. Fri. 07.20.indd 6 7/19/18 3:40 PM


O rfrrn trw bbrE rfrn t The News-Leader is published with pride weekly for the people of Nassau County by Community Newspapers, Inc., Athens, Georgia. We believe that strong newspapers build strong communities Newspapers get things done! Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to the truth, integrity, quality and hard work. R P brD E Rrfrr D rr C p E Ant rn t r BO rff Brfn t r Sp E n tG CfD EfB f R rf P brD ntbrf Dn t ntrSm f Tfm Cfm r f rf ntnntb tntnnnt nt nf The month of July brings together celebrations of not only historical events, but life changers: The Fourth of July celebration of the founding of our great country, National and Local Parks and Recreation Month, the birthday of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, and the end of the Korean War. On the Fourth of July, it is virtually impossible not to notice the red, white and blue decorations, clothing, signs and flags, the parades, gatherings, cookouts, and try to think of anyone that doesnt watch fireworks, either in person or the events on our TV sets. May God continue to bless our country! July is also National and Local Parks and Recreation Month. Many have explored our national, state and local parks for years, either camping or on day trips to learn about our many treasures throughout this great country. Anytime, during every season, is a great time to recognize what all our parks have to offer and to learn more about how history, personal health, and the envi ronment contribute to the wellbeing of our communities. Would you believe that many members of our community have not been to our own phenomenal Fort Clinch, right here in Fernandina Beach? This outstanding state park is within minutes of most everywhere. It offers great campsites, the friendliest park rangers, and a terrific look at the restored fort from the pre-Civil War era. It has great re-enactors and printed material for a history lesson about our exceptional existence and about many of the eight flags that have flown over this area for more than 400 years! More than 180,000 people visit this park each year. Be one of them. Veterans can receive a 25-percent discount on annual state park passes and veterans with service-related disabilities can receive a free lifetime military entrance pass. Surviving spouses and parents of deceased veterans who fell in combat can also receive a free lifetime military entrance pass. Go to for more information, or call Fort Clinch State Park for more information about the park in Fernandina Beach: (904) 277-7274. This month also celebrates and recognizes the 243rd birthday of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps. As long as there have been soldiers in America, there have been chaplains. It is the second oldest branch of the Army, created by the Continental Congress on July 29, 1775 to ensure that our sol diers would always have spiritual, moral, and ethi cal guidance close to their service as well as their families. Whether these outstanding individuals were ordained ministers or minister assistants for virtually every denomination, each has a call to serve God and our country. The Chaplain Corps is very diverse, but all have the same mission, whether here at home or around the world, in peacetime or in conflict. Most chaplains of every branch of our services serve outside of our view and the limelight, but there are many who paid the ultimate price of military service, such as the four chaplains of the USS Dorchester and others who gallantly served their fellow men and women during times of severe conflict, going above and beyond the call of duty, such as Chaplain Frances Duffy, assigned to New Yorks Fighting 69th Infantry. We owe more than we will ever know to those religious soldiers who gave their lives, spirits, and beliefs to serve so many. As Gods word tells us, Man has no greater love than to give of his life for another. Please go online or to your local library and learn more about the Chaplain Corps. While in the Washington, D.C. area, please visit Chaplains Hill and Arlington National Cemetery. July also marks the 65th anniversary of the end of active fighting in the Korean War. Remember the military men and women who sacrificed so much during the Forgotten War between June 25, 1950 and July 27, 1953, when the armistice was signed. Those brave service members from all walks of life were subject to many harsh and deadly conditions that we may never understand or imagine. The cost reached well over 50,000 U.S. lives in only three years and there are more than 8,500 soldiers still missing in action today. There has been much debate and controversy over the years regarding what could have or should have been done at that time, but in the here and now, please meet, visit with, and thank each of the veterans who survived the hell of Korea. Last July, I had the honor and privilege to write an article about the Korean War and to meet and speak with many Korean War veterans who live right here in our communities. It was an experience I cannot adequately describe in the proper words after hearing their stories and the look in their eyes that was as if they were still over there even after all these years. Please, at any time, recognize the service of these outstand ing veterans who gave so much for us! Learn more about the Korean War online or at your local library.rfLowell Hall is a living community treasure and protector of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Islands public beaches. His thought-provoking Viewpoint, A beach remembered (July 6), provides an excellent historical perspective regarding the public beach access issue and his unselfish role in success fully serving the common good interests of the people in our community for many years. Beginning with the post-Civil War reconstruction, carpet baggers and other damn Yankees discovered the numerous opportunities that our beautiful little island had to offer. Many stayed and made important contributions that benefited their new community. More recently people have been attracted to move here because it is so inviting when compared to where they come from, especially in terms of quality of family life and the beaches. Others come here because they also like it, but no sooner are they here than they want to change things, too often not for the better. I am a sixth-generation Floridian and my family are proud pioneer Fernandina residents who have enjoyed continuous, unfettered access to all of Amelia Islands beaches for more than 150 years. Although recent beachfront development has made beach access more inconvenient in some places, there is no place on the Atlantic side of Amelia Island where I do not feel like I have a right to enjoy the beach. The beaches are for the   recreational use of the public, as it has always been. The beaches are the crown jewels of Amelia Island. Mr. Halls thoughtful article concludes with the question, is it incompetence or intent and asks the reader to decide. Clearly, any property owner or legislator who thinks that pub lic beach access and right of way should be privately owned and controlled, to exclude the continued historic access and enjoyment of the public, are out of step, fools and manipula tors. I imagine that makes it both the twin demons of incom petence and   intent, for which   there are no excuses. Samuel Jefferson Kennard Amelia IslandntbbfIt is a great idea to do this. It gives the average person who uses these services a chance to show whom they feel does excellent work. However I do not understand the 75 percent fill in before the votes count. From a personal point of view, my family only uses about 25 percent of the categories enough to make an honest assessment. We would have to just fill in the blanks, based on an unedu cated assessment, which I believe would defeat the purpose of this. When I look at the final results, I am skeptical of the results because I wonder how many uneducated answers were counted just to get the 75 percent requirement. Donald R. Kirk YuleeftffrfbrRecently, an impaired driver decided to take a joy ride through the North Hampton neighborhood. After terrorizing the clubhouse parking lot, they were unable to negotiate a turn and drove into our yard, completely destroying the mailbox and post. Not stopping, they continued toward the exit of the neighborhood. A young woman, Julia D. (who lives in the neighborhood) and her male companion, Jordan R., were driving in the oppo site direction and witnessed the incident. Rather than con tinuing on their way, they turned around and followed the car. They obtained the license number and called 911. They continued to follow the car and provide the current location of the vehicle. This enabled Deputy Jesse Shook of the Nassau County Sheriffs Office to very quickly locate and arrest the individual within only minutes of the incident. We were out of town at the time, so our next-door neigh bors took pictures for insurance purposes and notified us. In addition, after meeting with Officer Shook, they took the time to clean up the mess in our yard. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our neigh bors, both extended and next-door, and Officer Shook. This is a fine example of neighbors helping neighbors, young citizens getting involved, and the quick response of a first class police department. This very likely prevented this driver from doing more damage or worse, causing an accident. This is another good example of why Fernandina Beach is a great place to live. Anita and Wayne Tamme Fernandina BeachbfMr. Mullin, good morning. It is my understanding that it is not possible to communicate directly with Nassau County Code Enforcement Board members. I am requesting this communication be read by you, shared with all members of the Nassau County Code Enforcement Board and entered into the record. As a resident of Nassau County, Amelia Island specifically, I am greatly dismayed at the canopy and tree destruction and the damage done to remaining trees at the 2246 Sadler Road site. Amelia Island is a rare occurrence; a barrier island with a maritime forest. Aside from the beauty our maritime forest provides, although that is hardly an aside, our maritime forest anchors our island, helps to protect it from wind and storm, sequesters and stores potentially damaging water. It increases our property values and soothes our souls. Yes, mistakes happen. But it is the responsibility of con tractors and developers to properly train and educate employ ees all employees as to the requirements of any particular job. This training clearly failed to happen, resulting in what appears to be almost a clear cutting of valuable maritime forest at the 2246 Sadler Road site. I applaud the countys issuing of a stop work order. That kind of cost seems to be one of the few penalties that gets their attention and brings developers and contractors to the table.   Would that it had not been necessary. To the members of the Code Enforcement Board: please stay strong; please declare for protecting our valuable, irre placeable resource; please send a message to those develop ers yet to apply for permitting; please show them they will not be allowed to disregard our building and planning codes; show them they will not be allowed to destroy our islands individuality. Please. In the interest of full disclosure, I am forwarding this letter to the News-Leaders editorial section in the hope that it might be printed, fully or edited. Jo-Ann Leimberg Amelia IslandFernandina Beach seems to have as many street signs as mosquitoes. You can spray away the mosquitoes, but metal signs are harder to eradicate (and they are rapidly multiplying). Signs in the city are everywhere, ubiquitous. There are signs practically reminding you to read the other signs. In some places, there are so many signs in succession that an Evelyn Wood speed-reader could not comprehend them. However, there is one sign you dont or wont see in the Fernandina Beach city limits. Its a sign telling you to pay to park. The city has not charged for parking downtown in recent memory, or at the beach. However, paid parking has been on the table before. This time it has taken a seat at the table over the dalliance of a new revenue stream for the city. Its apparently a sign of the times. Certain arguments make sense about charging to park at, or on, the beaches (not for residents, however). Some contend visitors should pay to use the beaches since residents pay taxes to clean them and repair them and monitor them. Downtown parking fees are harder to justify. We want to draw visitors to downtown, like curious moths to a light. Its good for business. The competition outside of town is getting keener, in case you just washed ashore and didnt have time to notice. More people are coming to the island than ever before as growth surges in Yulee and tourism rages. So more visitors will use our beaches. And taxpayers must shoulder mounting maintenance costs. The new bike path has provided a new route for excessive signage. It runs through Fernandina Beach and onto the south end of the island, where signs are limited and attractively blended with the terrain. The south end has consciously avoided rampant signage. Signs, while necessary, can litter the roadways, the landscape. Motorists here must slow down, impeding traffic, to read all the signs. So we really need fewer signs. Now enters a new world of signs commanding a fee to park at the beaches or on them. City officials are not reticent about their intention its to raise revenues to defray costs of maintaining the beaches as usage increases. This sounds reasonable, except when you realize the citys property tax receipts have increased by 50 percent over the past six years. This is due to property values exploding and generating more revenues. Meanwhile, the population of the city has grown, but not to this degree. City officials have already designated a Beach Committee to recommend how to handle beach parking. There are 900 parking spaces associated with the city beaches. The main parking lots are at Main Beach, North Beach and Seaside Park (near Sliders Restaurant). The rest are spread between the smaller beachaccess points. The feeling right now is that the paid-parking scheme could begin at these three main lots, including cars parked on the beach. The beach access lots could be added to the list later. In addition, city officials are talking about charging everyone to park even residents. The parking fees would be uniform in that sense. This may not fly with locals used to accessing the beaches without cost or interference. The Beach Committee will bring its final recommendations to the City Commission on Oct. 31. Itll be a true test for city commissioners to sign off on such a controversial plan that again impacts our beach access. And adds to the signage. Steve Nicklas is a financial adviser and a chartered retirement planning counselor for a regional U.S. firm who lives on Amelia Island. He is also an award-winning columnist. His business columns appear in several newspapers in North Florida and South Georgia, and on his personal website at He has published a book of his favorite columns from the last 20 years, All About Money. The book is available in local stores and on Amazon. He can be reached at (904) 753-0236.nttffnf nrr nrtn t 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 nbrrr Nassau County Commissioners:Danny Leeper, District 1-Fernandina Beach, 261-8029 (h), 430-3868 (cell), email: Steve Kelley, District 2 Pat Edwards, District 3 George V. Spicer, District 4 Justin M. Taylor, District 5 City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners:Mayor: Johnny Miller Vice Mayor: Len Kreger: 432-8398 (home), email: Roy G. Smith Phil Chapman Chip Ross: 410-394-0220 (cell), email: t tntt ntSrr DAVE GRANLUND-POLITICALCARTOONS.COM-CAGLE CARTOONS


rfL n n n ntb A PHOTOS BY BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERThe third annual Jim Snyder Memorial Basketball Tournament will be held Aug. 11 at the McArthur Family YMCA on Citrona Drive in Fernandina Beach. Snyder was a Y member who loved basketball and was very active in supporting local youth leagues. There are 3-on-3 divisions for middle and high school. Registration for those age divisions is free, and those divisions compete Saturday morn ing and afternoon. There is a 5-on-5, double-elimination tournament that will take place over the course of the weekend. Cost is $20 per person. Register online via the YMCA website or in person at the front desk. Registration is required for the youth divisions even though there is no charge. The Jacksonville Sharks announced the launch of the Shark Nation Membership Program for the 2019 season. The program is designed to provide exclusive benefits to the teams loyal fans and starts as low as $75.   We are excited   for   our 10th anniversary season.   Were always looking for unique ways to give our fans a great value, Sharks Executive Vice President Steve Curran said. Our latest promotion is something that I dont believe has ever been done before in Jacksonville or in other markets around the country. Free kids season tickets. We have been family affordable fun for a decade, and now we are just taking the affordable to another level.   Fans just need to purchase a Sharks Nation White Membership (red section only) and each family will get   a free   childs   season   ticket. Children must be 12 years and under to qualify. Additionally, membership prices have decreased in all membership levels.   Shark Nation Memberships are divided into five tiers Diamond, Yellow, Red, White and Black, corresponding to different seating locations at the Veterans Memorial Arena. All Shark Nation memberships include season tickets, including the first-round home playoff game (if applicable), access to the Never Wasted Ticket Exchange Program, discounts on Sharks merchandise, a Sharks welcome mat as well as access to exclusive fan experiences. The 2019 Sharks Nation memberships experiences include a locker room rour, chalk talk with the coach, on-field experience, player introduction experience Shark Walk, and a bus trip to an away game. Shark Nation members will be allowed to choose an experience of their choice or may choose multiple experiences based on their Shark Nation membership level.   For information, call 621-0700 or visit www. The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League. The 2017 NAL Champions and ArenaBowl XXIV Champions and play all home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Follow the Sharks on Facebook at facebook. com/jaxsharks and on Twitter and Instagram @ jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at and Chum at rfnt b bThe Mens Golf Association of the Golf Club of Amelia Island held its Individual Stableford Match on Saturday. A local power outage knocked out electricity to the course but did not stop the event. Competitors were divided into three flights. In the first flight, Richard Haskew posted the best score for first place with Eddie Claxton placing second. In the second flight, Steve Ritter placed first with Jefry Bohn in second. In the third flight, Jerry Koss was first and Henry Bettendorf was second. Winners of the closest-to-the-pin competitions winners were Ted Hissey and Ray Burruss. FERNANDINA BEACH PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT RECREATION ROUNDUP Visit for information. SPORTS/FITNESS OPEN ADULT VOLLEYBALL at Peck Gym 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Informal games on two courts. Teams selected each night. Ages 16 and up (ages 16 and 17 must have parental consent form signed by parents and notarized). Fees are $2/day city resident, $5 non-city. YOUTH TEAM VOLLEYBALL at Peck Gym Tuesdays and Fridays 3-6 p.m. for school and club teams. Players must have adult coach or adult supervision. Call at 24 hours in advance to rese rve courts, 3103353. Fee is $2/day city resident, $5 non-city. OPEN ADULT INDOOR SOCCER at Peck Gym Wednesdays 5:30-8 p.m. Informal team games. Ages 16 and up (ages 16 and 17 must have parental con sent form signed by parents and notarized before participating). Fees are $2 city residents, $5 non-city residents. OPEN BASKETBALL at Peck Gym Monday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (court closes at 5:30 p.m. for adult leagues in winter and sum mer); Wednesday 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Tuesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., based on court availability. Persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by adults age 18 or older. Photo identification required. PICKLEBALL at the Central Park multipurpose court 3 p.m. Sunday, beginner and social play; 5 p.m. Sunday, intermediate and advanced play; 9 a.m. Monday, intermediate and advanced play; 10 a.m. Tuesday, social play; 11 a.m. Tuesday, beginner play and lessons; 3 p.m Wednesday, intermediate and advanced play; 8 a.m. Thursday, social play; 11 a.m. Friday, beginner play and lessons. Email dcultice@ OPEN ROLLER HOCKEY at the Main Beach. Adult skate Tuesdays and Saturdays 6-8 p.m. and family skate Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. Call Ray Matz at (215) 852-7038. AQUATICS SUMMER GROUP SWIMMING LESSONS. Register at the Atlantic Center. American Red Cross Levels 1-2 (1-week classes): $40 city resi dents, $50 non-city. Levels 3-4 (twoweek classes): $55 city residents, $68 non-city. Morning lessons at Atlantic pool on Atlantic Avenue, evening lessons at MLK Jr. pool on Elm Street. Visit the Atlantic Center or JUNIOR LIFEGUARD EXPLORATION program for ages 9-13 (par ticipants must be able to swim one full length of the pool unassisted and tread water for two minutes). Classroom and water sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23-27 (meet at the Atlantic Center). $150 city residents, $187 non-city. Register at the Atlantic Center or call 310-3350, ext. 1. Email for information. PRIVATE SWIMMING LESSONS, age 2 to adults, 30-minute single session, $25 city resident, $31 non-city; four-pack, $75 city resident, $94 non-city. Schedule at Atlantic Center. AQUA 1 and DEEP WATER AEROBICS at Atlantic pool. Aqua 1 (shallow water) classes are MondayFriday from 10-10:55 a.m. Aqua Gym (combination of shallow and deep water) classes are at the MLK Jr. pool on Elm Street Monday and Wednesday from 4-4:55 p.m. and 5:15-6:10 p.m. Deep Water classes (aqua fitness belts required) are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11-11:55 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9-9:55 a.m. Monthly, one class/day, $50 city residents, $63 non-city residents; monthly, two classes/day, $65 city residents, $81 non-city; $5/day for one class, city residents, $6 noncity; $10/day for two classes, city resident, $12 non-city. Aqua Gym monthly fees are $30 city residents, $38 non-city. Water Aerobics/Fitness combina tion passes available (includes use of Atlantic Fitness Room). Inquire at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center. SCUBA CLASSES at Atlantic pool. oneto two-hour introductory experi ence that consists of a short classroom session and trying scuba in our pool with a certified scuba diving instructor or divemaster. Ages 8 and up, $50/person city residents, $62 non-city; $80/couple city residents, $100 non-city; $150/group city resi dents (up to six people), $188 noncity. Scheduled at your convenience. CERTIFICATION: Private and group instruction available.Standard course: $275 (additional check-out dive fee). eLearner course: $205. Participants must provide their own masks, snorkels, fins, booties and weight belts. Ages 10 and up. Information and training schedule for available at Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center. BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERPickleball is offered at the Central Park courts most days. NEW Sports Fri.indd 1 7/19/18 3:25 PM


rfnThe Amelia Island Guides Association and Amelia Island Marina will co-host the fourth annual Redfish Spot Tournament Sept. 8 to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation. The event will take place at the Amelia Island Marina, 251 Creekside Drive in Fernandina Beach, at the foot of the Shave Bridge. The fishing tournament is open to all anglers fishing from powered boats, sail boats, kayak, canoe, the shore, bridg es and piers, with 100 percent of the entry fees paid out in prize money. There will also be a youth division. The captains meeting is Sept. 7. The public is invited to listen to live music and watch the anglers present their fish for spot counting beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday. There are also raffles, a silent auction and food. Folds of Honor, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is committed to the families of the armed services who have been disabled or killed while serving our great nation and to ensure no military family is left behind or forgotten. Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded more than 16,000 scholarships to children and spouses of fallen or disabled military men and women in all 50 states. Make a donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation directly on their web site at www.fold Visit www.ameliaisland To donate to the raffle/silent auc tion or have a booth at the event, contact Capt. Scott Thompson at 430-6014.trfbbfAmelia 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.tThe 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. There will be live enter tainment on Friday and Saturday evening featuring Larry and the Backtracks on stage.   There will be several boats of various sizes on dis play along with some brandnew trucks from local dealers. 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 today; fees are $350 for the kingfish 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.bFernandina 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.bFaith 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.ffThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is gathering public input on shore-based shark fishing. There will be a workshop at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at Jacksonville University, J. Henry Gooding Building, Swisher Auditorium, 2800 University Blvd. N. If you cannot attend an inperson meeting, submit com ments online at www.MyFWC. com/SaltwaterComments. FWC staff is working on an advance copy of the presenta tion and a virtual workshop that should be available online soon. Additional details and updates will be posted at www. 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 at (703) 981-7703 or President Robby Allen at aincyouthlacrosse@ or (843) 263-0761.rrThe Amelia Island Boules Club holds petanque pickup games on the petanque courts at Central Park, corner of Atlantic Avenue and South 11th Street, Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and most afternoons on weekdays. Petanque (pay-tonk) is a cousin of both horseshoes and bocce, the Italian bowling game. The public is always welcome. Call 491-1190.rfThe 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, 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. For information, contact or visit Amelia Island Sailing Club meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Kraft Athletic Club at Ten Acres, located off Buccaneer Trail. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner, business meeting and guest speaker presentation. Guests are welcome. The AISC is a great way to meet new friends who share a love of the water and boat ing. Current boat ownership or sailing skills are not prereq uisites to joining. Club activi ties throughout the year may include day/overnight excur sions by water and/or land, sailboat racing, social activities such as tubing, swimming with manatees, picnics and parties; as well as assisting with local conservation and environ mental efforts in surrounding waters. For information, contact Commodore Tom Maguire at (703) 298-1714.The Nassau Sport Fishing Association holds its monthly business meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. The monthly social gettogether is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The location for both meetings is Kraft Ten Acres, 961023 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach. All are welcome. The Nassau Sport Fishing Association, founded in 1983, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organi zation created to develop and promote saltwater fishing in the Nassau County area while adhering to state, federal and local regulations, to encour age compliance with rules of water safety by club members and the general public, and to promote youth-related com munity and other civic-minded activities. Contact President Dennis Burke at (256) 453-4744 or email Tom Gagne is offering adult tai chi classes at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email paksfernbch@yahoo. com or call 261-8660.ftfThe North Florida Bicycle Club offers several organized bicycle rides each week at various times and locations on Amelia Island and in Nassau County. Cyclists of all abilities are welcome. Helmets and a bicycle in good working condition are required. Bicycle safety will be emphasized at the start of each ride. Cyclists typically split into groups, depending on pace and skill level, and there are options to cut the ride short. Anyone who joins the group will not be left behind. Lunch is optional. Call 261-5160, or visit, or McArthur YMCA offers Walk with Me, a program designed for people to walk with other people. The trail will be Amelia Park. The goal is a 50-minute walk with five min utes of stretching before and after the walk. The program is held at 8 a.m. Mondays. Meet at the McArthur YMCA, 1951 Citrona Drive. Walkers of all ages and levels are welcome. Call 2611080 for information.rfnU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Amelia Island Flotilla 14-1 meets the first Thursday in the Amelia Island Lighthouse Lane on Lighthouse Circle. Call 261-1889 for information.ttrSenior league bowl ing is offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the bowling alley off U.S. 17 in Yulee. The group also meets for Christian league at 6 p.m. Thursdays. SUBMITTEDThe fourth annual Redfish Spot Tournament Sept. 8 includes a youth division. The event will be held at the Amelia Island Marina and benefits Folds of Honor. NEW Sports Fri.indd 2 7/19/18 3:26 PM


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rfntbrn br trrr rfnttbb bbb bbbt bt bbrfnb bbrf fbb bbbntt bbb fbffbrbb bbbbt bbtttbfb tbtbb rf nrtb fbbt bfbbt tbbbb tb btbbft bbrbbbb bbbf btbfbtb btbfbrfbt fft ftbr b tt t r btbtbtb fbtb tb tbtb t b r The 13th annual Gullah/ Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival will sound the drums Aug. 3-5 in Charleston, S.C. This years threeday celebration of the history, legacy, culture, and music of the Gullah/ Geechee Nation is themed Disya da Gullah/Geechee. Festival events will take place at the Charleston Music Hall and the Childrens Museum of the Lowcountry. Event passes are available at This years edition of the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival will feature artist Quadr Stuckey and be a link between the Sea Islands and Barbados. The festival is partnering with Visit Barbados to host this official international celebration of the Gullah/ Geechee Nation in South Carolina this year and next year in Barbados, where this historic reconnection will continue. Winston Farrell will be flying in to Charleston to represent his country through history, spoken word, and song. Wona Womalan African drummers and dancers will lead the drum call, and Khetnu Nefer will lead a traditional dance class. The cast of Gullah/Geechee Knows Emanuel and Ernest Parks will provide dramatic presentations, and there will also be a showing of the new documentary Protect by Two Lane Films. Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation who is a co-founder of the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival along with Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions, will host the event. She will also do a Gullah/Geechee history-musical presentation. The entire event will be a choreopoem taking the audience on a journey through the Gullah/ Geechee legacy. All advance passes include Gullah/Geechee cuisine created by Chef Benjamin Dennis and Frydaddy of Chucktown Mobile. Advance passes are recommended and available at The entire weekend will close with a massive drumming circle at the Childrens Museum of the Lowcountry in downtown Charleston to honor the Gullah/Geechee ancestors who fought to hold on to their cultural traditions.ALL IMAGES BY GULLAGEECHEE.INFO/SPECIALLeft, Wona Womalan African drummers and dancers will lead the drum call during the 13th annual Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival. Center, the cast of Gullah/Geechee Knows Emanuel will provide dramatic presentations. Right, Gullah/Geechee Nation Chieftess Queen Quet will host the festival. Chef Benjamin Dennis, featured artist Quadr Stuckey and Bajan poet and dramatic artist Winston Farrell will all be special guests at the festival. ALL IMAGES BY GULLAGEECHEE.INFO/SPECIAL Left, Wona Womalan African drummers and dancers will lead the drum call during the 13th annual Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival. Center, the cast of NL 6 col. Fri. 07.20.indd 11 7/19/18 10:17 AM


Jonathan F. Putnam, author of the Lincoln & Speed Mystery Series, will pres ent How the Young Lincoln Became Our Lincoln at 11:30 a.m. July 23 at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library, accord ing to a news release. The author will also sign cop ies of his latest book in the series, Final Resting Place 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. principal political adversary for the next two decades, culminating in the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. A recognized Lincoln 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 thebookloftamelia. com/events. New UF/IFAS Nassau Extension Service agent Justina Dacey has announced she will be host ing her first workshop on pond management 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the office, according to a news release. Participants will learn the proper ways to manage a recreational pond and are encouraged to bring pond weeds for free identification. Topics to be taught include pond stocking, fertilizing, how much and when, liming, water quality and aquatic weed identification. The Extension will also be giving away a lim ited quantity of pond-related supplies, and snacks and refreshments will be provided. Registration for the event is $15 and can be completed online at Degree in Marine Science from Jacksonville University and previously worked as a community engagement coordinator for the St. Johns Riverkeeper. She also is a Florida Master Naturalist instructor and can answer questions related to the Master Naturalist certification course, Florida natural ecosystems and wildlife, aquatic and marine systems, invasive spe cies management in wildlife areas and homesteading. Call 530-6353 for directions to the Callahan office. The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Urban Spaces, Open Skies: 20th-Century American Landscape will be on view July 27 through Feb. 3, 2019. Drawn from the collection of works on paper, this presentation will feature more than 30 prints celebrating modern cities and the timeless charms of the country. Visitors can admire how artists have aptly captured the changing landscape of burgeoning cities like Chicago and New York, with its iconic Brooklyn Bridge, busy streets, workers, and harbors. In contrast to such images, the stillness and serenity of the countryside with its wide open spaces, fields, and lakes offer a welcome respite from the often chaotic urban life. Applications for the UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardener program are due by 5 p.m. Friday, July 27. For an overview of the volunteer program, see the Extension website at blogs.ifas.ufl. edu/nassauco/files/2017/07/ MG_overview2018-1.pdf. The The application is available at files/2017/07/MG_applica tion2018.pdf. Prior to submit ting your application, please complete the pre-test and submit with your application. The pre-test is at blogs.ifas.ufl. edu/nassauco/files/2017/07/ MG_test_2018.docx. The application and pre-test must be submitted to the Extension office in Callahan or Yulee, or emailed to Extension Director Rebecca Jordi at rljordi@ufl. edu. For questions, call the Extension office at 530-6353. Amelia Musical Playhouse will conduct audi tions for a November produc tion of South Pacific at 5 p.m. July 29 at the theater, located at 1955 Island Walkway in Fernandina Beach. Directed by Jill Dillingham with musical direction by Susan Raab of this Rogers and Hammerstein show, this Tony Award-winning musical is set on a Pacific island paradise during World War II and follows two parallel love stories that are threatened by war and prejudice: Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French plantation owner, Emile, and Lt. Joe Cable falls in love with Liat, an innocent Tonkinese girl. Those wishing to audition should be prepared to sing a one-minute song and to either read a one-minute monologue or read from the script. Accompaniment for the songs in the musical will be provided. If you want accom paniment for another song, leave the sheet music at AMP at least five days prior to the audition. A capella auditions are discouraged. If you are unavailable on the scheduled audition date or have other questions about the show or auditioning, contact Dillingham at to arrange for an earlier audi tion. Show dates will be Nov. 1-4 and 8-11. & Gallery will open a new show themed Summer Reigns from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug.3. The guest artist for the month of August will be Fernandina artist Dante Deflorio, who paints in a vari ety of media including pastel, oil and acrylic. Refreshments will be served and artists pres ent. The Gallery is located in the Omni Spa & Shops. For more information, visit artame or call 432-1750. The Newcomers Club of Amelia Island is hosting its monthly coffee at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. Women interested in joining the club who reside in Nassau County (no matter how long they have lived there) are wel come to attend. For further information contact coffees@ UF/IFAS Nassau Extension Director Rebecca Jordi will be conducting a three-day seminar, Crash Course on North Florida Gardening, on consecutive Thursdays Aug. 30, Sept. 6 and 13 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Yulee county build ing (next door to the Yulee Extension office). The program will cover topics on proper landscape practices and plants for the Northeast Florida area with different information being presented each day. Notebooks, refreshments and plenty of garden material will be given away to participants. Classes will contain infor mation on Florida-friendly plants, annuals, perenni als, attracting wildlife, trees, shrubs, lawngrass, palms and citrus. Appropriate watering and fertilization methods will be discussed as well as proper pruning and plant selection. The cost is $50 per person or $75 per couple. Deadline for registration is Friday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. Registration must be completed online at http://bit. ly/2Kmxipc. For information, contact the Extension office at 530-6351 or The Fernandina Beach High School Class of 1978 is planning its 40-year reunion. A meet and greet will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Sandbar & Kitchen at Main Beach (no charge). Dinner and dancing will take place 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at son). For information, contact Johnny at 321-7875, Brenda at 753-0235 or Kim at 415-3243, or visit the FBHS Class of 1978 page on Facebook. The West Nassau Historical Society will hold its fundraiser Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes Festival and Car Show on Saturday, autumn celebration is an allday event held in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and adjoining 1856 Florida Railroad bed. The arts and crafts and food vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The car show portion is a judged contest in several categories and is presented by Callahan Cruisers, and AB&B Auto Parts. It is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony on a.m. with a bouncy house and youth-oriented games. Joel Pace Music students will hold a hands-on instruments ses sion on the front platform of the 137-year old station. The Historical Society will honor veterans at 11 a.m. Local live entertainment will perform from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the final act following the car show awards ceremony. Tours of the history museum, 1881 depot, tur pentine artifact exhibit, and 1940s-era caboose will also be conducted. Inside the train depot museum the Historical Society will host a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit called Crossroads: Change in Rural America. The six-week long exhibit is made possible by the Florida Humanities Council and will run through Dec. 8. The national display will be augmented with local quilters showing their works inside the depot annex along 8x8 history-themed model train layout. Sponsors and volun teers are needed to help make this fundraising event a suc cess. For additional informa tion on becoming a vendor, car show participant, volunteer, or sponsor to the 2018 Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes Festival and Car Show, visit www. or call festival cochairs John Hendricks or Emily Baumgartner at 879-3406. is offering classes in July in clay hand-building basics, acrylic painting, water-based painting, fluid acrylic pour, and intro to cold wax, as well as a for information or go to Island Art Associathemed Chiaroscuro, is on view until Aug. 5. There are 58 entries in the show, judged by Lily Kuonen, associate professor of art at Jacksonville University. Georganna Mullis was chair of the show. The Island Art Association is located at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. For more information, visit or call 261-7020. Local artist Lisa Inglis will host painting parties during the summer at The Green Beer & Wine Garden. Cost is $20 per canvas with several designs from which to choose. You start whenever you show up and work at your own pace. All supplies are provided. The Green Turtle Tavern, 14 S. Third St., Tuesdays 5-7 p.m. on July 10 and 24, Aug. 7 and 21 and Sept. 4 and 18. Garden, 12 S. Second St., Thursdays 1-4:30 p.m. on July 12 and 26, Aug. 9 and 23 and Sept. 6 and 20. Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes with Night Club Two Step at 7 p.m. followed by Country at 8 p.m. Tuesday classes are $10 per person or both for $15. A dance work shop is offered 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays for $10 per person. Ballroom On Amelia is at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios. Neither a partner nor a reservation is required. For information, call 624-0886 or visit or the Ballroom on Amelia Facebook page. In partnership with the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, the Amelia Island Museum of History will hold its next 3rd on 3rd Street Presentation at 6 p.m. today with world-renowned drum mer, clinician, bandleader, and founder and artistic director of Jazz Festival, Les De Merle, who will present The History of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Talk and Live Rhythm Performance. This year, the Jazz Festival is celebrating 15 years of jazz on Amelia Island with headliners that have included David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, Spyro Gyra, Buckwheat Zydeco. DeMerle festival line up, which will include Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer. The cost at the door will be $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members. Seating is first-come, first-served with no advance reservations. For more information contact Joshua Whitfield at 261-7378, ext. 102, or joshua@amelia The winner of five Tony awards and seven Laurence Olivier awards both includ ing Best Play plus numer ous other accolades, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will con clude its run this weekend 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 performances in enjoying a hugely successful two-year run on Broadway. Christopher Boone, the pro character living in Swindon in the west of England, is what might described today as a high-functioning vic author, Mark Haddon, has said that he somewhat regrets this label, and the events of the story are recorded in his diary. At the suggestion of diary becomes the basis of a play, delivering to audiences a play within a play that moves between the present tions as his teacher reads the diary. In opening of the play, Christopher discovers the body and determines to discover what happened to the animal. During his investigations, a much more significant discov ery 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 end ing. The show can be seen at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students and available by going online to ameliamusicalplayhouse. com 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. Amelia Community Theatre will present David comedy An Act of God at 8 p.m. today, Saturday and July 26-28 and at 2 p.m. July 22 at 209 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students through college and available at AmeliaCommunityTheatre. org and 261-6749. Open seat 30 minutes before curtain. This show has a suggested R rating. Auto Legends Amelia Cars and Conversation will meet 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21, in the parking lot of South Eighth Street in Fernandina Beach. The event is open to anyone who enjoys cars. Unique and legendary autos will be on display and owners will be available to answer questions. The American Legion Riders Steak Dinner will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, July 21. For $12, you receive a N.Y. strip cooked to order with baked potato, salad, corn, and a roll. Dinners are open to the public. The Legion is located at 626 S. Third St. in Fernandina. Story and Song Bookstore will host a book fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 22, to support Nassau Ferst Foundation. A portion of sales made during those hours will go to support early literacy for children under the age of five in Nassau County. The store has books for all age levels, special gifts and a bistro with inside and outside dining options. In addition, chil dren who are registered with Nassau Ferst Foundation can bring a coupon from the orga a free book for attending the mission is to provide 12 books per year to each child in Nassau County until his or her fifth birthday. Story and Song is located at 1430 Park Ave. in Fernandina Beach.rThe Bible Told Me So Show will be the theme of 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 2619527. The church is located at 961167 Buccaneer Trail on Amelia Island. Former trial lawyer A ro r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr frWednesday, July 18 Solution SUBMITTED Live Ink Theatre will present a lively staged reading of Jen Silvermans The Roommate, directed by Fran Hindsley and performed by Cynthia Riegler, Sinda Nichols and Sue Weiner. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, located at 1430 Park Ave. in Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $15 and available online at, in person at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro or by phone at 601-2118. This thought-provoking dark comedy with plenty of surprises explores what it takes to re-route your life and what happens when the wheels come off. Sharon, recently divorced and living in Iowa, opens her home to Robyn from New York City, who needs a place to hide and a chance to start again. This is a play about aging, identity, friendship and much, much more. For more information, visit and Live Ink Theatres Facebook page. Pictured clockwise are Cynthia Riegler, Sinda Nichols, Sue Weiner, Fran Hindsley. Participants in the FSCJ Artist Series 13th annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience will present six performances beginning tonight of a production of Young Frankenstein at the FSCJ Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonvilles South Campus, located at 11901 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville. This program provides theater opportunities to seventh through 12th grade students in the First Coast area and allows them to work hands-on with some of the highest recognized local and regional theater professionals. This year, more than 70 student performers and technicians trained for the production of Young Frankenstein. From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation Young Frankenstein! Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced Fronk-en-steen) inherits his familys estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced Eye-gore), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. Its alive! he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rivalhis grand fathers. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. Every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers, Young Frankenstein has all the panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added. It will surely be the perfect opportunity for a production company to showcase an array of talents. With such memorable tunes as The Transylvania Mania, He Vas My Boyfriend and Puttin on the Ritz, Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment. The show can be seen at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Saturday and July 27-28 and at 2 p.m. July 22 and 29. Tickets are $25 for reserved seats, $20 for seniors over 60, military with valid ID and non-FSCJ students, and $15 for FSCJ students and employees with valid ID. Discounts are limited to two tickets per ID. To purchase tickets, call the Wilson Center for the Arts Box Office at (904) 646-2222 or the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office at (904) 632-5000. Tickets can also be purchased online at Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (904) 632-5050 or emailing groupsales@ NL 6 col. Fri. 07.20.indd 12 7/19/18 10:19 AM


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He viewed each class as an opportunity to explore careers and obtain credentials. While a standard college-prep high school diploma leaves roughly four to five classes for career preparation, West Nassaus block schedule allows for 12 to 13. Fahlgren didnt stop there: He enrolled in an early morning drafting/AutoCAD course, began the Digital Forensics Technical Certificate at Florida State College at Jacksonville through early admissions and worked on his own to work toward additional industry certifications such as Linux and IT security. By the time he graduated, he had earned seven industry credentials, multiple college credit hours, six college scholarships, and knew exactly what career field would allow him to achieve his financial goals. While college tuition has increased significantly in recent decades, a four-year college degree is no longer a guarantee to higher wages. Now more than ever, students need to consider the marketability of specific degrees and evaluate education as a financial investment. With a maturity and foresight beyond his years, Fahlgren understood this and explained during a recent conversation how the school districts career education program offerings made a difference for him. I wanted to go into college knowing exactly what I wanted to do, and the way to do that was to take as many different classes as you can. I wanted to use my four years in college taking exactly what I needed, not exploring, he explained. In the four years spanning eighth to 11th grade, Fahlgren took courses in six different career education programs. This gave him exposure to marketing, finance, engineering, and computer science among other things. He settled with a combination of the final two, wireless engineering. In eighth grade I wanted to be a computer programmer. I didnt discover the security side until working in the Java course my junior year of high school. Cyber security is such a growing field. Remember the Target data breach and the huge impact it made on their business? I wanted to be on the cutting edge of that, Fahlgren said. Having a narrowed career goal allowed him to proceed with a deliberate process of vetting college programs and planning his future. As he explored colleges with strong computer science and engineering programs, he zeroed in on the four Florida universities University of Central Florida, University of Florida, Florida Polytechnic University, and University of North Florida as well as Auburn University. Fahlgren said, Polytech, UCF, and Auburn were my finalists. Polytech was smaller and offered more scholarship opportunities, but there were more employers around UCF and Auburn. Auburn won out because they had a great cyber security program and were really focusing on engineering by building a new $40 million facility. He was also impressed by their support of students working on personal projects and their placement rates. Choosing an out-of-state school meant additional expenses, so seeking out scholarships would be key. He approached this with the same sort of focus as he did his career exploration. Regarding winning scholarships, Fahlgren said, It was less about AP courses and grades and more about being involved and wellrounded. Having participated in activities such as 4-H, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), the University of U.S., and the Jacksonville Bitcoin Club really mattered. Having a parttime job and industry credentials on my resume helped too. Clubs plus school plus job showed I could handle it all! SAT scores helped a lot too, of course. He ended up with seven scholarships totaling $39K for his freshmen year of college. This includes the FACTE award that garnered him $1,000 courtesy of the D. C. Jaeger Corporation. The two largest awards Fahlgren received total over $30K, are specific to Auburns programs, and can be renewed yearly. Problem solved he wont have to take on debt to fund his education. Last month, Fahlgren started his program at Auburn. Why wait until the fall when you intend to accomplish so much in your life! While his college experience is just beginning, he is already seeing other advantages from having chosen career education courses over additional AP or academic courses. AutoCAD help me a lot. I used AutoCAD in a bridge design project in my first college class. It allowed me to build a prototype with the computer so I could be sure everything was exact. Other students that are just starting engineering may have struggled with the project, but I knew that by using AutoCAD I could get everything exact. My CompTIA A+ certification prep helped me know where the computer industry is heading. The Java program was my favorite because I loved the real-world projects and team group projects. I think that one of the best ways to learn is through real-world projects. Video game design was a close second because you could bring your own knowledge and creativity into those projects. For younger students hoping to achieve great things including landing scholarships and promising jobs, Fahlgren offered some parting advice: Being wellrounded is so important. People get caught up on being valedictorian, but everyone applying for these awards has good grades. You have to make yourself unique by having projects or experiences that not everyone else has. Colleges want a diverse atmosphere, so want to see how you are different from the rest of the pack and how you are going to contribute to that atmosphere. They want to know youll be involved in their extra-curricular activities and may even do research with professors. Brent Lemond is director of Career and Adult Education for the Nassau County School District.rfrntbbrfrfft Caleb Faghlgren, center, a 2018 graduate of West Nassau High School, was named Outstanding Secondary Career Education Student by the Florida Association of Career and Technical Education. He is flanked by Nassau County School District Career Education Director Brent Lemond and Brian Simmons, a CTE teacher at West Nassau.SUBMITTED SUBMITTEDBrothers of Amelia Lodge No. 47 awarded $1,000 college scholarships to Jenna Edwards, left, of Fernandina Beach High School, and Roseann Walters, right, of Yulee High School, at the organizations Annual Community Service Recognition Night in June. Edwards plans to pursue a degree in biology at the University of North Florida, and Walters will also be a biology student at Florida Atlantic University. Members of Amelia Lodges Scholarship Committee are, left to right, Danny Fullwood, Ed Woodby, and Steve Russo. rfnrtbrrb trn SUBMITTEDThe Amelia Community Theatre Guild held its annual luncheon in June at the North Hampton Country Club. New officers for 2018-19 are Diane Monti, president; Caren Kapson, recording secretary; Beverlee McGowan, corresponding secretary; Pat Hillier, treasurer; Cindy Levin and Sheila Davidson, membership coordinators; and Carol Condit and Nancy Phillips, usher coordinators. The ACT Guild formed in 2003 to aid, promote and supplement all activities of the Amelia Community Theatre. New members are welcome. Pictured left to right are Monti, Levin, Hillier, McGowan, Davidson and Phillips.rnbt NL 6 col. Fri. 07.20.indd 13 7/19/18 9:41 AM


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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 Sunday Service at 10am American Beach Community Center 1600 Julia Street UnityIsleofLight www. u nity i sleof l ight.comAll are welcome. Positive Path for Spiritual Living 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. Bradleywww.christfellowshipn .org Sunday Services 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. (904)277-4414www.ameliachapel.comAmelia Plantation Chapel 36 Bowman Road Pastor Ted SchroderYou Are Welcome Here! rfntb rf ftbrrb trrt rrffbt nrnrbrrfnttbbrrnrf Teaching and Living a Changed Life in Jesus Christ LEGACY BAPTIST CHURCH Sunday School all ages 9:30am Sunday Worship Service 10:30am Nursery and childrens church provided Wednesday Night Meal at 5:15pm, Bible study all ages 5:45pm, Prayer service 7:00pm Nursery provided.941328 Old Nassauville Road in Volunteer Fire Dept. Building 904-753-0731 Sunday School all ages 9:30am Sunday Worship Service 10:30am Nursery provided Wednesday Night Service 6pm Nursery provided 941328 Old Nassauville Road in Volunteer Fire Dept. Building 904-753-0731 Pastor Bill Yeldell Weekend Masses:Sat Mass 4 p.m. (7:00pm Spanish) Sun Mass 8 a.m. (9:30am Family) Rev. Rafal 86000 St. Francis WayIntersection of SR200 & Gene Lasserre Blvd. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission Church ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI Catholic Mission In the Heart of Fernandina 9 N. 6th StreetDr. Wain Wesberry, PastorRev. Julie JensenAssociate Pastor FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Nursery Children Youth Adults 261-3837 rf There will be an Old Times Religion Program held at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Third Mount Zion Church in ONeal. We are inviting your church to come out and participate and join in the service like we used to have church. The speaker for the occasion will be Bishop Rufus Walker, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Yulee. Come out and hear the old hymns and songs and good, old-fashioned preaching. Bring your shouting shoes and lets get it on! Be there or be square.nrtrbbbrEach Sunday this summer, First Presbyterian is hosting a variety of presentations focused on cherishing Gods creation here on our beautiful island. They are free to the public. Please come for coffee at 9:30 a.m. and stay for the presentation that begins at 9:50 a.m. and last approximately 50 minutes. July 22 Amelias Historic Trees with Margaret Kirkland, Amelia Tree Conservancy July 29 Look & See with Rev. Dr. Wain Wesberry, pastor, First Presbyterian, Fernandina Aug. 5 Solar Energy with Pete Wilking, A1A Solar Aug. 12 Bees and Beekeeping with Barb Kent, BuyGones Aug. 19 Appreciating our Wetlands with Ray Hetchka, Kayak Amelia Aug. 26 St. Johns Riverkeeper with Executive Director Jimmy Orth The church is located at 9 North Sixth St. in Fernandina Beach with special needs parking space available in the FPC lot on North Fifth Street. For more information, contact 261-3837 or or visit you dream? Do you remember it when you awake? Do you wonder what it means? Does it mean anything? Do you ask someone to remember it for you? Interpret it? Well, there once was a powerful king who did just that dreamed, lost the dream, demanded others remember it for him and then interpret it! Join us at 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, to worship, study and fellowship with other believers as we walk beside Daniel while he lives this crazy scenario out. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.rtbFirst Assembly of God will host a free back-to-school clothing event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4. As you get your children ready for school, help us bless others with your outgrown but good childrens clothing and shoes. If your children are grown but you remember those days, go shopping for childrens clothes and bless someone elses child. Also, if you would like to help us sort and display the clothing, we will be working all week before the sale. If the church is closed, drop your clothes donation in the large box at the entrance to the church.bbrbrbAre you an adult who would like to become Catholic? Are you a baptized adult Catholic who has not yet received the Sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation? St. Michael Catholic Church will conduct an informative workshop at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the second-floor Spanish classroom at St. Michael Academy for those interested in learning more about the RCIA process. Call the church office at 261-3472 to register or for more information. What few people may realize is that the Apostle Matthew may have been the original Party Animal! What was that? Are you speaking of THE Apostle Matthew, the author of the first book of the New Testament? The answer is that it appears so. Matthew, a man of great communicative people skills as a tax collector, also appears to be a Gala Guru with a plan for Jesus! Tax collectors of the day were working for the Romans to mainly collect taxes for road use from merchants and travelers. One day, Jesus saw Matthew sitting at a collection point, looked him in the eyes and said to him, Follow me, and Matthew arose and followed (Matthew 9:9). He then took Jesus to his home to rest and held a great dinner with his guest list looking like a whos who of his friends, other tax collectors, and sinners galore. The spiritual leaders of the time questioned how Jesus could sit and party among a house full of sinners like that. Jesus heard them and replied, Those who are well have no need of a physician, only those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I do not come to call on the righteous, but sinners to repentance(Matthew 9:10-13). As a tax collector, Matthew was detested by his peers. His profession perceived him as a liar, cheat, fraud, mercenary working for the Romans, traitor and a general lowlife whos only friends were prostitutes, beggars, criminals and other outcasts. Sounds like a tough handle to overcome, doesnt it? The other self-satisfied religionists like the Pharisees criticized Jesus for attending such a dinner party thrown by the likes of Matthew. But our Lord and Savior knew whom he had come to help and where to find them. In Matthew, Jesus had a direct line into the underworld of society, a class of people untouched by the religious legalists, but deeply in need of a Savior! Jesus was neither condoning nor glorifying lifestyles of sin, but merely reaching out to people who knew that they were sick and completely lost. Matthew showed that Jesus can save anyone that is, anyone who admits they need saving! Jesus life was not always an open book, readable by all. It is certain that He lived a perfect, model life. But even that in itself could not stand alone as an as an undeniable witness. His actions needed interpretation, so He supplemented His Good Deeds with Good News! In the same way, we as believers must not only back up our words with a Christ-like lifestyle, but tell others and give meaning to our quiet walk and good deeds. Perhaps the answer for all believers in all congregations is relationship evangelism! We need to invite others believers, non-believers, neighbors, friends, co-workers, strangers and everyone we can to hear us explain how our lives were saved by Christ! Perhaps every church should start up or stress more importance on a new evangelism project in building friendships, if they arent already! Building friendships is something we all have the opportunity to do every day, in our neighborhoods, our places of employment, with customers and strangers we meet, with the people we meet at lunch, in line at the grocery store, the bank, with our military personnel the opportunities are endless. Perhaps we need to invite people to our homes for some BBQ, snacks or cookies and lemonade? Perhaps the church doors should be open wider with activities and social events? Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we must do whatever it takes to reach every non-believer. Its a matter of eternal proportions and lifesaving importance. Many people think of a clean yard, a two-car garage with two cars in it, a closet full of clothes, going to church for an hour on Sunday, good food in the fridge and a thousand other things as the good life. The real America is not always so pretty and simply comfortable. It underscores the urgency of our work as Christians. According to, if you live in a typical community with average neighbors, heres what youre likely to find: 60 people who admit to not being born again; 14 people feeling crippled or trapped by fear and anxiety; Nine people struggling with the loss of a job; Seven people addicted to drugs or alcohol; Seven people struggling with depression for many reasons; and Three people grieving in some way for the loss of a loved one. So many people are living under the burden of no hope. Sixty percent of Americans dont attend church regularly. Among youth in our churches, half think that many religions can lead to eternal life. In the last 23 years, the number of people who identify themselves as atheists or agnostics has tripled, according to Heres a way to turn you into a Matthew: LOOK AROUND and identify your friends, family, co-workers and others who do not know Jesus Christ. LOOK UP and pray daily for these people. LOOK OUT for opportunities to build relationships with these and other people. LOOK FORWARD to events and gatherings where you can give a brief testimony. LOOK AFTER those who give their lives to Christ and continue to build relationships.In Luke 10:25-37, a lawyer asks Jesus, What must I do to have eternal life? Jesus confirms with the man that he must love God with all his heart, soul, and mind, and love his neighbor as himself. The man, desiring to justify himself, follows up, asking, And who is my neighbor? Instead of giving the lawyer a direct answer, Jesus tells him the story of the Good Samaritan. The morals of the story run deep, but at the very least, Jesus parable tells us four things: True neighbors get involved. They get their hands dirty. They understand that were all Gods image, deserving of dignity, regardless of race, sex, or social class. They spend their resources time, money, and reputation on behalf of others, and they do so generously. The parable sprang to mind last week when I read about Safe In Place, a new seniors program that hopes to identify key seniors issues, whether theyre medical-, social-, environmental-, safety-, or crimerelated. We hope to recognize problems as they occur, said Police Chief James Hurley, and react as needed. Stories like this make me proud to live here. And they not only remind me of Jesus parable; theyre a throwback to an earlier era. Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America was struck by the fact that Americans were forever forming associations. He was fascinated by how they pooled their resources to build churches, distribute books, and send missionaries around the world. Americans form associations, he told his readers, to build hospitals, prisons, and schools. They form societies in order to proclaim a truth or set an example of right behavior. Tocqueville had never seen anything like it. In France, he said, youd find the government and in England youd find some territorial magnate. In the United States, there was a private association. Fifty years later, fraternal orders the Odd Fellows, Elks, and Masons became important vehicles for meeting neighbors needs. As cooperative Good Samaritans, these groups formed mutual insurance programs to care for one anothers health, and they were good at it. So good, in fact, that in 1894 an official at the New Hampshire Bureau of Labor wrote: The tendency to join fraternal organizations for the purpose of obtaining care and relief in the event of sickness and insurance for the family in case of death is well-nigh universal. These voluntary organizations were a picture of what it means to love ones neighbor as yourself, and they provided a flesh-and-blood illustration of what it means to do to others as you would have them do to you. These groups did more than provide insurance. Author David Beito reports that in New York, at the turn to the 20th century, a survey of 112 Protestant churches in Manhattan and the Bronx revealed that these churches alone operated 48 industrial schools, 45 libraries or reading rooms, 44 sewing schools, 40 kindergartens, 29 small-sum savings banks and loan associations, 21 employment offices, 20 gymnasia and swimming pools, eight medical dispensaries, seven full-day nurseries, and four lodging houses. All this was created by ordinary citizens who saw a need, and with their time and their money, stepped in to meet it. Generally, these groups shared the same philosophy. In the words of the Security Benefit Association, they aspired to promote the brotherhood of man, teach fidelity to home and loved ones, loyalty to country and respect of law, to establish a system for the care of the widow and orphans, the aged and disabled, and enable every worthy member to protect himself from the ills of life and make substantial provision through cooperation with other members, for those who are nearest and dearest. Not surprisingly, many found inspiration in the Bible and the Christian faith. The Independent Order of Saint Luke, for just one example, not only took its name from the Gospel writer, its members swore to be true and faithful to the Christian religion and to devote leisure time to searching the Holy Scriptures, so that I may become useful and true to all mankind. One of the things that makes this a great place to live is that so many are willing to meet their neighbors needs. At Hope House, Barnabas, the Council on Aging, Boys and Girls Clubs, local churches, and now Safe In Place so many are willing to get involved, get their hands dirty, respect their neighbors, and give of their own resources. Its comforting to know that you live among such good neighbors, isnt it? 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 fnrn ttf nbrbbbbbbbf NL 6 col. Fri. 07.20.indd 14 7/19/18 9:43 AM


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