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rfnttbt rffnnftbfffnfn n r fn ntbt t n tb n rrf rrfrn trbrrrrbnnrf The iconic statue of Peg Leg Pete in downtown Fernandina Beach will have its birthday celebrated Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1-5 p.m. This photo from the News-Leaders archives shows artist and master woodcarver Wayne Ervin, left, with then-mayor Jake Mottayaw. His face, once the heart of an aged oak tree, is now the likeness of the sea, the News-Leader published in our Oct. 4, 1978 edition. This monument to the town of Fernandina was made possible due to contributions made by many townspeople and merchants. Merchants voted on whether the monument should be a fisherman, a sea captain or a pirate. The pirate was chosen because, it was felt, he reflects all aspects of this island. He is representative of a strong, unswerving community.FILE PHOTOThe first part of a two-part interview with State Rep. Cord Byrd, RNeptune Beach. Byrd will face Democrat and Fernandina Beach resident Nathcelly Rohrbaugh in the general election contest for the District 11 seat in the Florida State House of Representatives. Election day is Nov. 6. ~~~ Cord Byrd is a capitalist. Plain and simple. I believe in free markets, he said recently, as he sat down with the NewsLeader for an interview ahead of the November general election. Im a capitalist, so I believe markets work when markets are allowed to work. Byrd said he wants to emphasize the positive things happening in North Florida, as he did in a recent Florida Times-Union story. The news article (was) about North Florida being poised to, not lead the state of Florida, but lead the nation in economic growth, Byrd said. Its a story that Im glad its finally getting traction. Its what I talk about when Im out on the campaign trail. There are so many positives that are happening in Northeast Florida. Thats a testament to policy and vision over time, of people putting us in position. It has partly to do with our geography, the fact that we have space and land. I am excited. Byrd is the owner of a small business, a law firm specializing in firearm rights. He said the principles that apply to his business should be applied to health care and education. He also believes competition is the key to creating a cost-effective health care and education systems. In 2015, state representatives voted to reject an expansion of Medicaid that, according to The New York Times, would have provided health care coverage to 650,000 Florida residents. Although not in office at the time, Byrd said he supports that decision. It rejected $18 billion in federal money that would have allowed the expansion over a term of 10 years. The problem we have in health care is we dont have a real market, he said. When were talking about health care and health care policy, you have the federal government involved. Theres been discussions about allowing people to buy insurance across state lines so there are new products coming into the marketplace. The health care budget is going to, if we dont get a handle on this, is going to consume the state budget. I and my colleagues are looking for efficiency, such as a collaborative practice bill, that are more market-centered, more private sectorcentered than government-centered. Byrd said businesses must be efficient, and so should the health care system, and referred to the collaborative practice bill he filed in the last session, which died in committee. So, someones a diabetic. Friday night at midnight, they are having an episode, he said. Their primary care physician isnt in his office, so what do they do? They go to the emergency room. Thats expensive. Its inefficient. What they really needed to be able to do is go to their pharmacist, who could check their (blood glucose) levels and Although the city of Fernandina Beach created a Conservation and Land Management program in June, the question of exactly how to fund the acquisition of undeveloped land in order to protect it has not been answered. At the Oct. 2 meeting of the City Commission, at the request of Vice Mayor Len Kreger, City Attorney Tammi Bach detailed three avenues the city could take to raise the money: a general obligation bond, a Municipal Services Taxing Unit, and conservation and open spaces impact fees. She also discussed other options. Bach explained that, if general obligation bonds were issued, the city would pledge ad valorem property taxes to repay the bonds. Voters would have to approve a bond issue through a referendum. First, the City Commission would adopt a resolution that would set the date for an election in which voters could decide on the bond. The commission could put the matter on the ballot of a general election, held every two years, or hold a special election. The cost of holding a special election is roughly $26,000. An alternative is a mail-in election in which all registered voters are mailed a ballot. The city would pay the postage on all returned ballots.rfntfbntnrntt ByrdBYRD Continued on 3A ttt ttbFUNDING Continued on 5A The roof on the Atlantic Recreation Center auditorium will be replaced without reinstalling the solar panels that had been used to heat the centers pool water, after Tuesdays reconsideration of the issue by the City Commission. The city is replacing the roof, which has been leaking. The cause of the leaks, according to the citys facilities director, was the installation of the solar panels. At their Sept. 18 meeting, commissioners heard from Pete Wilking, president of A1A Solar, the company that installed the water-heating panels. Wilking said the roof was substandard, and that was why it leaked. He told the commission that the solar panels saved the city money. After hearing from Wilking, commissioners voted to have the panels reinstalled when the roof is repaired. However, at the Oct. 2 City Commission meeting, commissioners referred to a conversation that Wilking had with Parks and Recreation Director Nan Voit. Wilking was said to have told Voit that it is more financially advantageous to the city to heat the pool with gas and that the city should purchase energyproducing photovoltaic panels from his company. Voit told the News-Leader Wilking spoke briefly to her after he addressed the commission at the Sept. 18 meeting. As he was leaving, he leaned down and whispered to me. We didnt have a conversation, she said. He said that, since we are using gas to heat the pool, it would be good to have the panels that produce electricity instead of just the solar panels. Commissioner Phil Chapman had the reconsideration put on the agenda for this weeks meeting. Chapman said he decided to vote for replacing the panels after hearing from Wilking at the Sept. 18 meeting because he believed at the time he was making an environmentally friendly choice. After hearing the comments made to Voit, he said he changed his mind. What (Wilking) said to Nan was contradictory to what he said to us, Chapman told the News-Leader. It concerned me that we were going to spend $30,000 on something that he didnt even endorse himself. To me, he discredited himself. Vice Mayor Len Kreger called the issue disturbing. What he was actually doing was trying to sell photovoltaic. Photovoltaic means generating electricity, Kreger said. The whole process was disturbing to me. The commission voted to replace the roof without the panels, 4-1, with Kreger casting the dissenting vote. The News-Leader attempted to reach Wilking for comments, but he did not respond by the press deadline on Thursday. Another issue from the Sept. 17 commission meeting spilled over into the Oct. 2 meeting the rules of order. At the Sept. 17 meeting, Mayor Johnny Miller told Commissioner Roy Smith he was out of order after Smith attempted to interrupt Miller to say that Millers comments were too lengthy. Miller told Smith that he had never ttbtttJULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERDave Holley, Fernandina Beachs new arborist, accepted the Community Planning Month proclamation from Mayor Johnny Miller. PANELS Continued on 5A Kreger Bach Voit Wilking NL 6 col. Fri. 10.05.indd 1 10/4/18 4:10 PM


The American Legion Post 54 will sponsor a blood drive 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at its location at 626 S. Third St. in Fernandina Beach. All donors will receive a free cancer awareness T-shirt and a wellness checkup. There is a great need for donated blood this time of the year. Remember that donating one pint can help save three lives. Make an appoint ment online at and use sponsor code . Call 261-7900 with any questions.rfrntbfNAMI of Nassau County will host a free annual community walk Saturday, Oct. 6, in Central Park. Sign in will be at 9 a.m. at the gazebo and the walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. The walk is approximately two miles in length. Free T-shirts and refresh ments will be available. Local providers will have information booths set up and be on hand to answer questions. For more information, call 277-1886 or email Pink Ribbon Ladies will host a Cancer Wellness for Women event Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1600 S. Eighth St. in Fernandina Beach. The interactive day will be filled with activities like yoga, education programs on nutrition, exercise and breast health. The event is free and check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Lauren DeWitt at 277-2700.ffThe Amelia Island Ostomy Support Group will hold its month ly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, off the lobby of the UF Health North Hospital building in Conference Rooms 3 and 4. Directional signs will be posted. Co-led by certified ostomy nurse Lynn Oaks, the meeting will provide attendees with opportunities to ask questions, share experiences, and learn about medical products in a supportive environment. All those with ostomies, their families, professionals, or any one facing ostomy surgery are welcome to attend. UF Health is located on Max Leggett Parkway, east of the Airport Exit of I-95, just beyond the River City Shopping area. It is also convenient to U.S. 17. For more information, or directions, call 310-9054.ffAn LGBTQ support group will begin meeting Oct. 10 at Family Support Services in Yulee. For more information contact Lori at 716-5390.fMen Helping Men, a prostate cancer support group, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Board Room at Baptist Medical Center Nassau. The group provides an educational program developed to help men make informed decisions throughout their prostate cancer journey. For more information, contact Lauren DeWitt at 277-2700.The Oct. 12 meeting of the Federated Republican Women of Troops. Attendees will participate in stuffing some stockings for the troops so please come to help with this great cause. The meeting will be held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club begin ning at 11:30 a.m. Reserve your place for lunch and the meet ing by calling 491-5544 or emailing by Tuesday, Oct. 9. Reservations are $15.All registered Republican women and men are invited to attend meetings and join as members or associate members in the latter case.St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission, located at 86000 St. Francis Way in Yulee, will hold a blood drive 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. All donors will receive a free cancer aware ness T-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening. Sign up online at and use sponsor code . Walk-ins welcome.rrNassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) will offer Responsible Beverage Server Training for servers and retailers that serve and sell alcohol. The training for establishments that have alcohol consumed on their premise will be 1-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, or 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The training for retail establishments that sell alcohol are 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, or 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The trainings will be held at the Fernandina Beach Police Department, located at 1525 Lime St. in Fernandina Beach and are free to attend. Attendees will receive a certificate of comple tion. To attend one of these trainings, RSVP to Rachel Stokes at 277-3699 or Nassau Retired Educators will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Yulee Full Service School. All former educators and staff from all Florida counties and all other states are welcome.Now is the time to become Tobacco Free! Northeast Florida AHEC will host a free Tools to Quit class 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Barnabas Center. Free patches, lozeng es, and gum will be available, as well as a free quit plan, work book, water bottle, stress ball and more. Call Northeast Florida AHEC at 482-0189 to register and learn about more classes.The Nassau County Council on Aging Caregivers Support Group will meet 2:30-3:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at 1367 S. 18th St. in Fernandina Beach (across from Baptist Medical Center Nassau). The support group meeting will be followed director of Home Health Services, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Home Health Services offered through NCCOA include homemaking, personal care, companionship, respite and household chores. of each month. The overall goal of the group is to offer support and education for caregivers. It is not suited for loved ones to attend; however all caregivers are welcome. For more information, please call Debra Dombkowski, LPN, CDP, 904-261-0701, ext. 113.rrNassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) will host its quarterly Coalition meeting at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Training Room at the Fernandina Beach Police Department on Lime Street. The guest speaker for the meeting will be Emma Slier from the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition. Slier is the director of Prevention and will have a presentation on the opioid epidemic and the outreaching effects in our community. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is encour aged to attend. The Coalition is looking for partners to expand, inform and serve the needs of our county. Please plan on attending this informative event and RSVP to by Oct. 19 by 4 p.m. fStarting Point Behavior Health will host a screening of Suicide: The Ripple Effect at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at B&B Amelia Island 7 Theatres in Fernandina Beach. The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then, Hines has been on a mission to use his story to help oth ers stay alive and find recovery. To reserve tickets, visit gathr. us/screening/24835. Donations made at the screening will help Starting Point continue providing mental health services in Northeast Florida. For more information, contact Katrina Robinson-Wheeler at 415-9350 or Fernandina Beach High School ESE class is taking orders for new crop mammoth pecan halves ($11/pound), chocolate-covered pecans ($8/12 oz.), pecan caramel clus ters ($8/8 oz.) and cinnamon-glazed pecans ($8/10 oz.). The last day to place orders is Oct. 31; orders should arrive before Thanksgiving. You may place your order by calling Pamela Nobles at 261-5713, ext. 2694, or emailing noblespa@nassau. hours. Could you survive that long in an emer gency? Could your friends, neighbors, and relatives? For the past two years, area residents have survived hurricanes and fires that left people without services for this long or longer. How would you do? The Citizens Corps is a new group that works in conjunction with Nassau County Emergency Management to gather agen cies, corporations, and individuals for training and education to help everyone survive those first 72 hours. If you are interested in helping the community, helping yourself, or helping your about your skills and interests that will help match you to agen cies that need you. The website is your first step to self-sufficien cy and confidence in emergencies.ffNassau Habitat for Humanity will begin its 25th building sea son in October. The local Habitat nonprofit affiliate constructs quality affordable homes and has completed construction of 42 homes. In the 2018-2019 building season Nassau Habitat will complete House No. 43 on South 10th Street in Fernandina Beach. The organization is looking for volunteers to help build homes. There are opportunities to participate in actual construc tion and site construction support. For details call 277-0600 or email Learn more at nassauhabitat Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center is offer ing the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at no charge 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through 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. To pre-register, contact Northeast Florida AHEC at 482 be. If you will be enrolling in Medicare or are already enrolled, then this is the time to learn about your choices or re-evaluate period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, you can make changes to your drug and health plan for 2019. The University of Florida is offering unbiased, individualized consultations 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Fernandina Beach every Wednesday at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library and Friday at Barnabas Center. Contact UF/ IFAS Nassau Extension Agent Meg McAlpine at 530-6359 to schedule your appointment. Healing 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 information, contact Mary Mercer at 415-1881 or Joni Reid at 556-6767.Do you ever have the need to visit the Nassau County School District administration office at 1201 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach? Do you find yourself driving 20 miles or more 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 meet ings, staff meetings, and support. If you have questions or would like to schedule a meeting,call 491-9900.fNHS Second Chance Resale Store and its sister clothing store, NHS Second Chance Closet, are looking to grow their team of volunteers 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, in the Eight Flags Shopping Center on South 14th Street or go online to and click on Volunteer. For information, call 321-0022.Amelia Residents in Action for the Symphony sponsors a program each January and February that visits all fourth grade classes in Nassau County with 40 orchestral instruments. The goal of the program is to acquaint students with how to hold and play each instrument. To be able to reach all Nassau County students, ARIAS needs volunteer zookeepers. No experience is required. To volunteer, contact Susan Kosciulek at 548-0227 or Barbara Zacheis at 321-5639.ffGary W. Belson Associates holds basic with defensive tactics courses, concealed-weapon license courses and close-quarter defensive tactics courses. For information, contact Belson at 491-8358 or 476-2037, or, or visit www. thebelsongroup.comfPistol and revolver gun classes for beginniners to advanced shooters are given by NRA-certified instructor and retired state and federal law enforcement officer Frank P. Covie and held at the convenience of each person starting any weekday except Wednesday. Both basic and personal protection classes are available and including classroom, range shooting and no-cost use of a .22 pistol and rifle including ammo. Contact 277-4144, 603-4917017,or for complete info.rf Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, at 1 p.m. Thursdays. There is also a meeting at the Alachua Club, 32 N. Third St. at 6 p.m. Mondays. For more information, contact Lorrie at 343-4771. r o rfnt tfbfAs a reminder, Interim County Manager Mike Mullin will be holding two meetings per month to make himself available to anyone wishing to ask county-related questions or address county-related issues. These meetings are typically held 3-4 p.m. on the second Tuesday and the fourth Thursday of each month; however, dates can change due to unforeseen circumstances. Residents are urged to check for current meeting information. Meetings are held in the Commission Chambers located at the James S. Page Governmental Complex, 96135 Nassau Place in Yulee. Below is the tentative meeting schedule for the remainder of this calendar year. Tuesday, Oct. 9 Wednesday, Oct. 17 (moved from Oct. 25 due to scheduling conflict) Tuesday, Nov. 13 Thursday, Nov. 29 (moved from Nov. 22 due to holiday) Tuesday, Dec. 11 Thursday, Dec. 27 If you have any questions, contact the county managers office at 530-6010. fThe Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) now posts its weekly lane closure report online at www. With major work underway on A1A and other projects in Nassau County you can stay up-to-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. rrfrntbt btbt ff rn rfntbrbThe News-Leader is published every Wednesday and Friday by The Fernandina Beach News-Leader, 511 Ash Street, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Periodicals postage paid at Fernandina Beach, Fla. (USPS 189-900) ISSN# 0163-4011. Reproductions of the contents of this publication in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher are prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: News-Leader, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. The News-Leader may only be sold by persons or businesses authorized by the publisher or circulation director.NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS: The News-Leader assumes no financial responsibility for typographical errors in advertising. When notified promptly, the part of the advertisement in which the typographical error appears will be reprint ed. 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 gen eral standard of advertising acceptance. SUBSCRIPTION RATESMail in Nassau County . ........................................ $41.99 Mail out of Nassau County . .................................. $71.99 NEWS DEADLINES Community News: Wednesday, 12 p.m. Letters to the editor: Monday, Wednesday 5 p.m. Wednesday, 5 p.m. Church Notes: Tuesday, 5 p.m. People and Places: Wednesday, 3 p.m. ADVERTISING DEADLINES WEDNESDAY NEWS-LEADER Classified Ads: Monday, 5:00 p.m.* Classified Display: Friday, 3 p.m. Legal Notices: Friday, noon Retail Advertising: Friday, 3 p.m. FRIDAY NEWS-LEADER Classified Ads: Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. Classified Display: Tuesday, 5 p.m. Retail Advertising: Tuesday, 3 p.m. Monday holidays will move the Classified deadline to Friday at 5 p.m. trtrKathleen Mary Ross, 63, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday, September 30, 2018 at her residence. She was born December 3, 1954 in Lakewood, Ohio to the late James and Francis (Majors) Kolb. Kathleen grew up in Beaver, Pa. and received her associates degree in nursing from Beaver County Community College. In 1999, she moved with her family to Fernandina Beach, where she enjoyed being out in the warm, beautiful weather. Kathleen was known by all as a vivacious, free-spirited, outgoing person who never met a stranger. She loved music and was self-taught on the keyboard and also enjoyed playing bongos and maracas. She would often attend concerts and go to the theater with her friends. Kathleen was a spiritual person and on her bedside table were books by Shirley MacLaine. Kathleen retired in 2006 from US Airways, where she worked as a flight operations tech nician. She was very proud of her son, Kevin, and would brag to everyone about him being a firefighter for the city of Fernandina Beach. She was preceded in death by her parents and son Steven Ross. She leaves behind her son, Kevin Ross, and his wife, Hannah, of Fernandina Beach; siblings, Dr. Gary Kolb, David Kolb, Robert Kolb, Karen Green, Karol Cowart, and Kimberly Ferguson; and twin granddaugh ters, Stevie and Rebekah Ross. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Memorial United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach. Please share your memories and condo lences at Joseph Stephen Shape Jr., 73, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Friday, September 28, 2018 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla. He was born July 5, 1945 in Sidney, Ohio to the late Joseph Steven Shape and Georgia Schlaugetter. He was a graduate of Tri-State University in Angola, Ind., and for most of his working career Mr. Shape worked in the vending and packaging industry. Mr. Shape attended Blackrock Baptist Church until his health declined. Mr. Shape and his wife, Carole, moved 27 years ago from Huntington, Ind. to Fernandina Beach, where he loved the Florida living. Spending time at the beach whether he was fishing or just walking was great fun to him. He also enjoyed antique and modern firearms and could be found on the target range with his latest acquisition. Between family, work and the beach, he also found time to be a private pilot. He will always be remembered as a loving family man who not only saw to the material needs of his family but instilled an emphasis on maintaining a positive outlook for life and a never stay down attitude to his son and grandchildren. His son, Joe, said of him, No young man could have had a bet ter example of how to be a loving and caring man than my father. Mr. Shape leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Carole Shape, of Fernandina Beach; son, Joe Shape and his wife, Danielle, of Roanoke, Ind.; sisters, Sally Schenkel and her husband, Kent, of Huntington, Sharon Solloway of Huntington, Linda Altenholf and her husband, Ron, of Goshen, Ind.; grand children, William Shape, Elizabeth Shape and Maxton Shape. Mr. Shape will be returned to Huntington for family services there. Please share your memories and condo lences at Todino, 92, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2018.btr NL 6 col. Fri. 10.05.indd 2 10/4/18 4:17 PM


I want to earn the distinction of being your preferred Realtor. rff ntbt tt ttt rrrfntbfbbtbbttrrr ftnr fr Untitled-1 1 6/26/2018 3:56:04 PM JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERState Rep. Jeanette Nez, left, who is running for lieutenant governor on the Republican ticket with gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, visited several locations in Nassau County last week, including the Fernandina Beach Branch Library. Youth Services Librarian Michelle Ford, right, gave Nez a tour of the facility. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines on Sept. 26 for eight of the more than 50 species in the agencys Imperiled Species Management Plan, according to a news release. Based on thorough scientific review, FWC staff determined that the eastern chipmunk, harlequin darter, Homosassa shrew, southern fox squirrel, and the Monroe County osprey population no longer warrant listing. The Suwannee alligator snapping turtle will now be listed as State Threatened, while two other species of alligator snapping turtle will no longer be listed. Delisting of a species is positive news, said Kipp Frohlich, director of the FWCs Division of Habitat and Species Conservation, in the release. It means the species is doing well and no longer needs critical action for its survival. The species guidelines are designed to be a tool for landowners, consultants, agency partners and other interested parties on how to conserve these species. Additionally, rule changes were made to further ensure protection of these species. The guidelines offer options for avoidance, and minimization and mitigation of take for listed species. For species being delisted, guidelines outline recommended conservation practices that will maintain the status of the species. They provide species-specific information on key issues relevant to real-world conservation, including: Essential behavioral patterns. Survey methods. Recommended conservation practices. Exemptions or authorizations for take. Coordination with other regulatory programs. Permitting options. Over the past several months, FWC staff worked with stakeholders on several occasions to discuss and get input on the development of the species guidelines. For an overview on imperiled species conservation, go to then provide them their medication. The bill that I sponsored would have allowed a doctor to give protocols to their local pharmacist that is going to be open at midnight on Friday that the person could go to and get their levels checked, and get their medication instead of going to the emergency room, which is much more expensive. Byrd said another business principle, competition, could work in education. Byrd said he is in favor of public funding for charter schools because charter schools are public schools. I think competition makes everything better, whether its sports, whether its business, and even in education, he said. Im about choice in education so, whether its home school, charter school, public school, private school, Im for all about giving the parent and the child the ability to make that decision. Funding for schools should address failing schools and successful ones, Byrd said, but should not direct funding toward chronically failing school systems, but rather should reward those systems, such as the Nassau County School District, that are doing things the right way. Byrd then talked about the debate that took place over charter school funding, saying, were looking for ways to give parents and students that are in these chronically failing districts the avenue to have academic achievement. Byrd added that pulling funding from a chronically failing school system would not necessarily be a roadblock to the systems improvement. I dont accept the premise that more money equals better educational outcomes, he said. Every state agency that comes and testifies, when we (ask), Can you find efficiencies in your department? whether its a state agency, whether its a local agency, whether its a school system they will always say, We cant do without one penny less, not one penny. We have to have more money. I just dont accept that. Thats not how regular people live. During the economic downturn, we had to find ways. I cut back. I had to make dramatic cuts to my business and change things. We cut back about 30 percent. You find ways to do it. I dont accept the premise that more money equals better educational outcomes, or better outcomes for government at any level. Byrd also spoke to hot-button local issues such as HB 631, which he supported. HB 631, passed in the last legislative session, attempts to define the legal process if there is a dispute over the publics access to the dry sand area above the mean high tide mark on beachfront private property. It also limits the home rule authority of local governments to determine the historic, customary public use of the beach. The bill caused a huge uproar in Nassau County, resulting in a grassroots effort to protect customary public use of the beach before the bill took effect. A public outreach spearheaded by Citizens for the Preservation of Public Beaches and Shores resulted in thousands of customary use affidavits being delivered to the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners. There were as often happens in legislation there were multiple pieces that get put together, Byrd said of the bill. The part regarding the beaches was only two pages. The actual law was a part about ejectment, and that had to do with basically squatters in your home and that caused people to be alarmed that they were going to get ejected from the beach. Byrd contends that the dismissal of a recent lawsuit brought by beachfront property owners in Walton County illustrates that the bill was not intended to protect the right of private property owners to restrict access to the beach. In the order (to dismiss the lawsuit), the judge repeatedly cited the new law, and said that, if properly enacted, it actually enhances public access and the right of customary use, which I think is important to know, he said. If it was meant to protect private property owners, why did they file a lawsuit attacking it? Because they know that, if done properly, where the local government still has the authority to enact an ordinance, and it has to be approved by a circuit court judge, that actually protects customary use. Thats what the homeowners in Walton County are attacking. Their lawsuit is trying to get rid of the doctrine of customary use in Florida, and the judge dismissed that lawsuit. Byrd said he expects the dismissal of the lawsuit to be appealed, and that the bill had become politicized. This was a bill filed by a Democrat. It had broad bipartisan support, and it wasnt until Sen. Nelson came out and said Republicans are privatizing the beaches that people got angry. It didnt get this attention when we were over in session. In part two of the NewsLeaders interview, Byrd discusses affordable housing, funding for mental illness, and guns.Continued from 1A rfntnb rfntbfbr rfntbbbb nfnbt rf NL 6 col. Fri. 10.05.indd 3 10/4/18 4:12 PM


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Ask about free estimates. Phone: 321-4000 or visit our Facebook page. Left to right: Russell Welch, Ron Alleman and Jay Layman PAMELA BUSHNELL/NEWS-LEADERCommunity Hospice and Palliative Care of Nassau County dedicated their new suite of offices at 1901 Island Walkway in Fernandina Beach on Oct. 2. They will share a building with the Council on Aging. Shown from left are state Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, Hospice CEO Susan Ponder-Stansel, COA Director Janice Ancrum and Rev. Jim Tippins, chaplain at Baptist Medical Center Nassau. Community Hospice provides end-of-life care in homes, in long-term care and assisted living facilities, in hospitals and at inpatient hospice centers.We are almost midway through the college football season. The idea for this weeks topic can be credited to Dabo Swinney. Having a son who is a 2014 Clemson grad has allowed me to be an interested observer of Clemson football for the last eight years. It has been an incredible time for Clemson football, with universal credit going to one Dabo Swinney. Fans can like players, the university, and in my case, the coach. Or certainly a combination of the three. Good players last three years. Good coaches create legacies. Having lived in North Carolina for 26 years of my life, Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski were coaches who led programs for decades in a basketball-centric state. They are legends for their commitment to individuals during and after college, and for the ultimate barometer, results. Credit John Wooden with the gold standard. Back to football. These coaches in big college programs are responsible for 100 athletes. Among this number of young college men, some are going to stray from good decision making away from the field. How coaches react to infractions big and small is a values discussion. Enough said. So, who sets the bar in 2018 and the last century? CBS Sports every year ranks the value of the top 65 coaches. Two simple criteria: 1. Total accomplishments as a coach; 2. Who would be the most desired hires by todays athletic directors. Here are the 2018 top 10: 1. Nick Saban, Alabama 2. Urban Meyer, Ohio State 3. Dabo Swinney, Clemson 4. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M 5. Chris Peterson, University of Washington 6. Gary Patterson, TCU 7. David Shaw, Stanford 8. Kirby Smart, Georgia 9. Chip Kelly, UCLA 10. James Franklin, Penn State The all-time list I found named Bear Bryant as the No. 1-ever college football coach. Having Saban today and Bear Bryant in your history puffs out those Alabama chests. Numbers two, three and four were Fielding Yost, Pop Warner, and Woody Hayes. Saban is No. 5 on the greatest of all time, for now. Other noted coaches on the all-time list were Knute Rockne at No. 7, Tom Osborne at No. 11, Joe Paterno at No. 13, Bobby Bowden at No. 16, Barry Switzer at No. 17, and John McKay at No. 19. Todays elite college football coaches are one-man conglomerates. Three to seven million a year in salary, plus fringe income. Footwear, TV deals and incentives push the packages. Saban signed an eight-year, $74.4 million package this year. Bear Bryant led all coaches in pay in 1982 at $450,000. That is a 2018 equivalent of $1,174,500. ($100 in 1982 = $261.29 in 2018). It is not just college tuition that has run way past general inflation; the value of a coach has skyrocketed. The market speaks. For every Saban, there are a million youth sports coaches doing it for their communities and kids. No paycheck and no Nike deal, just the desire to teach young boys and girls about life and sports. Thanks to all who volunteer. Have a good week. Meridian Waste has acquired Partner Disposal, according to a news release. Nassau County approved Meridian Waste for a commercial and residential haulers permit earlier this month. Meridian Waste will now provide environmental waste services to approximately 300 new commercial customers and 3,500 new residential customers and operate from two North Florida facilities including Partner Disposals existing location at 463106 State Road 200 in Yulee and the companys new Jacksonville commercial hauling location at 1777-C N. McDuff Ave. All Partner Disposal employees will join the Meridian Waste team, including Partner Disposal founder and owner Dave Shepler. Communications will begin to come from Meridian Waste, and questions or comments can be directed to or (904) 849-5122. All customers are encouraged to sign up for service alerts to be notified by email and/or text of issues such as severe weather events, road closures and holidays affecting their collection schedule. They can sign up at We are excited to be back in Florida, said Wally Hall, CEO of Meridian Waste, in the release. While this is a new market for Meridian Waste, its certainly not a new market for our leadership team. We remain focused on staying nimble and taking advantage of opportunities that allow us to serve more customers with quality environmental services, hire more employees to join the Meridian Waste team and deliver cleaner communities for all. Partner Disposal was just that type of opportunity for us with a strong management and operational team that has proven its ability to execute upon stellar service in a fiercely competitive market. Warren Equity Partners of Jacksonville took Meridian Waste private in April. The company has expanded outside its previous core operations in the St. Louis, Mo. and Richmond, Va. areas and into Augusta and Macon, Ga. and Northeast Florida since then.rff ntbf ntn rfntr The newly renamed Davis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Yulee will celebrate its grand opening Oct. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with SEC football legend Steve Spurrier in attendance, according to a news release. The dealership, which was recently taken over by Davis Automotive Group, has extended an open invitation to the community to join in the upcoming grand opening celebration. Those in attendance can expect food, free giveaways, music, and the chance to meet and take a picture with Steve Spurrier. Angelo Fanelli is continuing in his leadership role of manager under the new ownership; the entirety of his Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram team will also remain, according to the release. Were thrilled to be a part of this incredible community, and we wanted to include everyone in our celebration. 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interrupted him, even when Smith was repeating himself. At the Oct. 2 meeting, Smith addressed the issue. He apologized to the mayor, but said he was trying to save time by cutting him short. He also said Miller owed the commission an apology for grandstanding and politicking. He violated the meeting rules of order, Smith said. The only time he can speak last is when all commissioners have completed their remarks about all the issues and he calls the vote. When he adjourns the meeting is the other time he can speak last. I believe he owes us all an apology for trying to run a bully pulpit here. While Miller did not apologize for his comments on the issue of what flags can fly on the staffs in front of City Hall, or the length of them, he did apologize for not following Roberts Rules of Order. He said he had discussed the issue with City Attorney Tammi Bach and learned that there is a method to be followed which allows people to address comments made by another speaker. If somebody wants to speak in response to what he has said, as a democratic body we can do that under Roberts Rules of Order, and our rules of order, Bach explained. The way that you do that is you put your light on, and thats the way you are recognized. The mayor would ask what it is that you have, and you would say point of order, that you would like to speak, or there are other commissioners that would like to speak, and then, I think the best thing to do is to find out if because the mayor is entitled to adjourn the meeting if the majority of you are ready to take additional comments after that. You all decide, essentially, to overrule the mayor. I did not understand that at the time, Miller said. If there are things that you have to say afterwards, if you would like to comment on what I commented on, thats the procedure we will follow. I was not aware that was the process. I do apologize for that. I did not know, I didnt understand the rules. Thats my fault. In other business, the commission: Approved payment for exemptions of wastewater, refuse and storm water fees for financially challenged residents. Commissioner Chip Ross asked that the names of those residents not be made public. The commission agreed. Approved an amendment regarding deadlines for items and supporting materials to be submitted in order to be put on commission meeting agendas. Approved an agreement with Nassau District Schools to place a school resource officer in the four schools in the city. Approved an interagency agreement with the Nassau County School District, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Probation and Community Intervention and the Nassau County Sheriffs Office regarding students records. Approved on its first reading an ordinance that limits the number of times per year a group can sell items for fundraisers in the city to five days, two times per year. The ordinance would have to be approved on a second reading to become city law. Approved zoning map amendments for locations on 14th Street and TJ Courson Road. Notice of Meeting Amelia Walk Community Development Districte regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Amelia Walk Community Development District will be held on Tues day, October 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Amelia Walk Amen ity Center, 85287 Majestic Walk Circle, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034. e meeting is open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida Law for Community Development Districts. A copy of the agenda for this meeting may be obtained from the District Manager, 475 West Town Place, Suite 114, St. Augustine, Florida 32092 (and phone (904) 940-5850). is meeting may be continued to a date, time, and place to be specied on the record at the meet ing. ere may be occasions when one or more Supervisors will participate by telephone. 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The public is invited to the opening of the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airports new terminal facility with food, live music, and aircraft viewing on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a news release. The city of Fernandina Beach will host a dedication ceremony. In 1943, the U.S. Navy built Outlying Forward Field on Amelia Island to train pilots on the F4U Corsair fighter plane. That airfield is now the airport. The airports new terminal building design represents the original F4U Corsair, and the inverted gull wings that earned it the nickname of the Bent Wing Bird. SkyDive Amelia Island will make a jump at 11 a.m. followed by remarks from Senator Aaron Bean and U.S. Navy Captain Trent DeMoss. Live music will be performed by the Navy Band Southeast Quartet and the Nassau Community Band. Hamburgers and hotdogs cooked by the Amelia Island Sunrise Rotary Club will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with Friends of Fernandina Aviation providing tours every 15 minutes. The Experimental Aircraft Associations Chapter 943 will offer free plane rides to children 8-17 (must have parental approval) and Kona Ice will be on hand distributing free treats. More information can be found on the Facebook event page. With mail-in ballots now being distributed, Ill conclude my summary of the state constitutional amendment proposals under consideration on this years ballot. Question No. 10 is titled State and Local Government Structure and Operation. This question was added to the ballot by the Constitutional Revision Committee (CRC) by a 29-8 vote. The existing Department of Veterans Affairs and a new Office of Domestic Security and Counterterrorism (housed within the Department of Law Enforcement) will be added to the constitution, if passed. Additionally, the legislature would commence its session in January of even-numbered years rather than the currently prescribed March (and further prohibits changes to that date). The key differences regarding his proposed amendment, however, are the portions related to county government. The question seeks to ensure that offices of county constitutional officers sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, and clerk of the circuit court remain elected offices. Some counties have established other methods by which to fill those offices, and the amendment seeks to remove the ability of those alternative methods. At first glance, since Nassau County constitutional officers are, in fact, elected, this amendment would appear to have minimal, if any, effect upon Nassau County. If I have overlooked an after-effect, I will provide that additional information as soon as possible. Question No. 11 is Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes. Added to the ballot by the CRC (36-1), and continuing the bundling trend of different issues, this proposed amendment is relatively short. Discriminatory language related to property rights is proposed to be removed, addresses the timing of criminal actions in relation to any subsequent repeal of criminal statutes (if a crime was committed before the associated statute was repealed, an offender can still be prosecuted and punished), and language related to highspeed trains is removed. Support either for or against this amendment is relatively quiet in comparison to the other questions. Question No. 12 is titled Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officials (CRC, 30-4; three not voting). This is a lengthy amendment that, in short-form, addresses ethics in government. Public officials (for which the proposed amendment provides a definition) would be prohibited from paid lobbying (for which the proposed amendment does not provide a definition) before other governments or agencies. Those same public officials would also be prohibited from paid lobbying before their former governing bodies for a period of six years following their departure from office. The amendment also adds language prohibiting the abuse of public position for personnel benefit. And finally, Question No. 13, ends dog racing. Despite being added to the ballot by the CRC (27-10), this amendment is not bundled with any other issue. Simply, do you want to end gambling on dog races? Supporters of the proposed amendment include several animal welfare agencies; opponents include kennel clubs and greyhound associations. And that is how the entire ballot concludes. In total, the Nassau County ballot includes over a dozen elected offices (it may vary due to local elections: in Fernandina Beach, with two City Commission seats contested, 16 positions will be decided on Election Day) and 12 proposed Constitutional amendments (one ballot question, No. 8, was removed following a legal challenge). Elections are how we, as a nation, determine our political and governing future. Your actual participation is critical. Vote by mail or vote in person, but VOTE. Despite the obvious explosion of social media, we do not govern by Facebook. I encourage you to review and study the issues and candidates. I again congratulate every candidate who, given the toxicity of the general political environment (which thankfully, to-date, has not poisoned our local government), has put herself or himself (and families) into the public spotlight which grows brighter and hotter every second. I hope that the victors on Nov. 6 will humbly accept the challenges for which they have been selected to address. Dale Martin is the city manager of Fernandina Beach. If approved, the commission would borrow the funds and issue the bonds by pledging ad valorem taxes as repayment. The bond would be validated by a validation lawsuit, Bach said, which ensures the referendum process cannot be challenged. If the bond is not validated and the city receives the money through a bond and is subsequently sued, the city would have to pay the money back, Bach said, making the validation crucial. The interest rate the city would pay on the bonds, Bach said, is dependent on the market. The debt service payment will depend on terms of the loan, the amount, length and interest rate, Bach said. (City Manager) Dale Martin has requested that the comptroller run some numbers for bonds in the amount of $4 million, $6 million and $8 million. A Municipal Services Taxing Unit, Bach said, can only be adopted by counties. Bach explained that cities have to consent to have an MSTU levied. Nassau County could adopt an ordinance approving an MSTU on Amelia Island to be used for land conservation. The county can do this in a small geographic area, she said, and no referendum is necessary. The additional millage is put on property tax bills, if the county adopts it. If the MSTU applies solely to property within the city limits, the City Commission would have to consent by ordinance. MSTU funds are spent as specified in the county ordinance adopting it. The county is responsible for the budgeting and expenditure of the money for conservation. The county can delegate some of its authority, but not all of it, to the city. The county would have to have some oversight. The city could opt out of the MSTU at any time. The process for adopting an MSTU would take 90 days, Bach said, and must be adopted by Jan. 1 in order to have it put on the tax rolls. There are no administrative costs or legal fees associated with the MSTU. Bach then explained the process of adopting a conservation and open space impact fee. She said impact fees are enacted by an ordinance of city or county commissions, and requires new development to pay for the cost of additional infrastructure needed to support the development. Open space and conservation land is green infrastructure, she said, arguably the most important infrastructure to citizens. The city would hire a consultant to perform an impact fee study that applies a dual rational nexus analysis to a new conservation impact fee. That is a test to ensure that there is a rational nexus to the growth to charge that fee. The study would establish that, whatever the fee amount is, it is related to the need for new facilities or infrastructure, including green infrastructure. After that study, the city would adopt an ordinance establishing the fee and create a trust fund for the revenue and expenditures. The study would take about six months, including time for bidding, at a cost of $10,000 to $30,000. There would be a 90-day notice after adopting the fee before it could be assessed. Other means of raising funds mentioned by Bach, but not discussed in detail, were increasing the ad valorem tax millage rate without a bond and dedicating a certain millage to conservation; increasing planning and development application fees and using a portion of that money for conservation; the county dedicating a portion of its sales tax revenue to conservation; and private monetary and land donations. Kreger added that property owners could also put land into a conservation easement. He said the easement is granted in perpetuity and has significant tax benefits. Margaret Kirkland, speaking on behalf of the Amelia Tree Conservancy, said that group supports all the efforts but recommends working with the county to enact an MSTU. She urged commissioners to fund conservation efforts because if we dont, we will look like Jax Beach. This is an island problem, and we need an island solution, she said. She also suggested using funds from Parks & Recreation impact fees to create passive parks. Commissioner Chip Ross said he wants to move forward with funding as soon as possible, and suggested that each commissioner prepare for a Nov. 7 meeting a written plan of how they would fund conservation. Commissioner Phil Chapman said his decision about funding revenues would be based on a simple question: How much? With any of these, whats the dollar amount were looking for? Is it one million, two million, 10 million? Chapman asked. I think that, for me personally, would influence the direction I would want to go in. Ross said he wants to know how much the city needs to raise before he approves any plan. I would propose to, number one, identify all the lands that are available and approach the landowners and see if they are willing to sell their property and at what price, and whether they are willing to lock that price up while you are going to referendum to float a bond, he said. Once you have that list of properties and a set price, then you will know what all this is going to cost. I dont think thats the right way to go, Commissioner Roy Smith said. Smith said the matter should go to referendum, and that the amount of the money to be borrowed with a bond should be established beforehand. Weve got to look, if we go for a bond referendum we have to have a number in mind that we can live with. We cant just go and say, Theres $20 million worth of property out there, so we need a $20 million bond. The rate of paying it back would be way more than people want to pay. We have to come up with some kind of number, break it down into so many months, so many households. We cant get a number thats going to be egregious for the taxpayers. I dont care if you want $20 million of land. Its probably not going to happen, because nobody could afford to pay it back. Its easy to come up with how much we would have to pay back on $5 million for 30 years or whatever, but you are opening a can of worms there. We should come up with an amount we think we can sell to people. While there was no official vote on the matter, Kreger suggested the issue be put on the agenda of the Nov. 7 meeting as a discussion item.Continued from 1AContinued from 1A 1303 Jasmine St., Suite 101 Fernandina Beach, FL The food pantry needs donations of non-perishable food items all year round.For more information, Call: 261 -7000 NL/PSA rfntbfr rffn tfb NL 6 col. Fri. 10.05.indd 5 10/4/18 4:14 PM


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McClane will receive a distinguished career achievement award from the Florida Theatre Conference on Oct. 24 in Gainesville. Reservations for the luncheon must be made by email to or by phone to 310-9055 by Saturday, Oct. 13. Cost for the luncheon is $15 when reservations are made in advance. The cost of the luncheon without reservations will be $20. The $15 lunch checks can be mailed to the MNC, P.O. Box 16291, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035, to arrive by Oct. 13. Nonmembers attending a meeting for the first time will be charged $15, and if they join the MNC that day, the $15 luncheon cost will be applied to their membership fee. The Union St. James Association Womens Department presented its Ms. Union St. James Queen Revue on Sept. 22 at the Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, where Rev. Anthony Webster serves as host pastor. Sis. Cynthia Benjamin presided over the Queen Revue and Sis. Lillianm Smith welcomed everyone and gave the occasion. A praise dance was given by My Destiny Praise Dancers. Contestants and contributors representing 10 of the churches of the association were on parade: Bethlehem, Palatka Sis. Velma Parker. First Baptist, Yulee Sis. Madrina Addison, Sis. Daina Davis, Sis. Latoya Brizele, Sis. Laura Rhodes, and Lady Rosalyn Goode. First Missionary, Fernandina Beach Sis. Janice Ferrell, Sis. Corlis Brown, Sis. Semoria Chalres, Queen Emeritis, Sis. Maybelle Brown, Sis. Michelle Brown, and Lady Renee Bolden. Greater Mt. Pleasant, Callahan Sis. Johnnie Mae Killings, Sis. Lillian Lambert, Sis. Maxine Simmons, and President Willie B. Garvin. Greater Shiloh, Palatka Sis. Mildred Oliver. Jerusalem, Jacksonville Sis. Doris Gregg and Sis. Scherolyn Smith. New. Mt. Canaan, Jacksonville Sis. Burnice Bennett, Sis. Geraldine Davis, and Sis. Glenda Hopkins. New Zion, Fernandina Beach Lady Cynthia Robinson. Peace, Jacksonville Sis. Angela Butler, Sis. Angelia Hawkins, Sis. Betty Holmes, Sis. Teretha Newkirk, and former queen Lady Freddie Webster. Tabernacle, St. Augustine Sis. Sylvia Felder. West Union, Jacksonville Sis. Gloria Dixon and Sis. Yvonne Walker. The Final Walk and crowning, Ms. Union St. James, Sister Tami Autry, Ms. Union St. James 2016-18 escorted by Bro. Jamadi Benjamin and Kary Addison, First Baptist, Yulee. Presenting The Queen 2018-19 Ms. Union St. James Association Queen Sis. Laura Rhodes, First Baptist Church, Yulee, Rev. William Goode, pastor. Third time is the charm. Remarks by womens president Sis. Willie B. Garvin and Union St. James Association moderator Rev. Jeremiah Robinson Jr. Refreshments were served. Every lady is a queen. Just smile. Birthday wishes to Wendell Glover, Lakeitha Johnson, Tina Johnson, Keondra Johnson, Endia Geter, Emory Wingard II, Romel Green, Marcus Jones, Deonna Clinton, Robert Blue, Pam Haney, Brenda Hooper, and Tierra Jones. rTomorrow is the first Saturday of the month and that means the farmers market on North Seventh Street will be open in historic Fernandina Beach. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, this outdoor market is an intimate gathering place for the community where you can shop for fresh produce, listen to great music, and catch up with old friends. Bring a blanket to spread on the lawn and enjoy an ice cream from EPIC creamery, or a fresh chocolate chip cookie from Rudys Bakery. Once the market closes, stroll to the waterfront where our community will be celebrating the 40th birthday of the historic statue Peg Leg Pete. Our gluten-free vendor, Something Good, has returned to the Fernandina Beach Market Place and will be attending on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Jays Marketplace is back with delicious chopped olive salad, and Logans Microgreens will be back with nutrient packed greens. Upstream Seafood is now bringing Alaskan halibut to the farmers market. Packaged in single portions, this halibut is cleaned and frozen on the boat. These three vendors will be joined by nearly 30 additional natural or food vendors who sell honey, shrimp, beef, seasonal produce, desserts, dips, sauces, plants, flowers, and more. Music this week will be provided by Colored Sound. This local band is made up of Thaxton Rowe, Andrew Haynes, and Michael Hawthore II, who will play a nice variety of rock and funk jams. This weeks Booth With a Cause will be Relay For Life. They are on hand to answer your questions about the upcoming Relay event being held Oct. 20 at Fernandina Beach High School. For more information, visit rfn fnttb bttnb JUDIE MACKIE/FOR THE NEWS-LEADERA Savannah bar from Great Harvests booth at the farmers marketntb McClanetbtb PHOTOS BY JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERMayor Johnny Miller with Florida Ombudsman Program First Coast District Manager Tracie Rayfield when Miller proclaimed October as National Long-Term Care Residents Rights Month. National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century, Princess Amelia Chapter President Georgia Murphy and Vice President Lisa Bauer accept the National Colonial Heritage Month proclamation from Mayor Johnny Miller. Fernandina Beach Fire Chief Ty Silcox and members of the Fire Department were on hand when Mayor Johnny Miller recognized Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week. tnfffrn n f NL 6 col. Fri. 10.05.indd 6 10/4/18 3:41 PM


o ro frntr bw n E rn b The News-Leader is published with pride weekly for the people of Nassau County by Community Newspapers, Inc., Athens, Georgia. We believe that strong newspapers build strong communi ties Newspapers get things done! Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to the truth, integrity, quality and hard work. o R ro P D E Ro D rrr C p E Anb rn b BO rff Bonb Sp E o n bG CfD EfB f o R ro rf P D ntbrf Dn b tbSm Tomnoo Cfm r f rf ntnntb tntnnnt nt nf For those that have completed their felony sentences, parole and probation conditions, (excluding murderers and sex offenders), there really is no means by which they might regain full status as citizens, because the current system of reviewing individual cases in Florida is a complete sham. For that reason alone, Amendment 4 deserves to be supported in November. As a police officer with nearly 40 years of experience, I have been mostly focused on holding people accountable for their actions. In fact, as a violent crimes detective in South Florida, I was personally responsible for shepherding several hundred people into the prison system for violent crimes committed against individuals and businesses. I authored Floridas Home Invasion Robbery statute and was commended in 1987 after making more than 100 felony arrests that year. During the better part of the last five decades, I have also worked to address the causes of crime and to reduce crime through the application of community policing concepts and other methods. As a police manager I have been engaged in countless community discussions focused on reducing the crime rate by positively impacting those affected by poverty, drugs, homelessness, and related social issues. Many people suggest that those convicted of felony crimes have demonstrated poor decision-making skills and therefore cannot be trusted to make important political choices at the voting booth. However, this discussion is not always about bad decisions as much as it is desperate decisions fueled by drug addiction, lack of education, unemployment, frustration with the system, and despair over ones station in life. And these bad, desperate decisions have consequences that require criminals pay a debt to society, and they usually do. It is important also to recognize that non-violent property crimes are often viewed very differently by society. In many cases felony property crimes are reduced to misdemeanor crimes in order to pave the way to a plea bargain agreement. Not only do many whitecollar criminals avoid jail time, but they rarely are punished a second time by having their right to vote taken from them. I know how hard it is for those caught up in the criminal justice system to get their lives straightened out. They are clearly helped emotionally and psychologically by the incentive of being restored, of being whole citizens again. Being trusted again to vote in a free society is a huge step and helps to distance individuals from a life of crime and poor decision-making. Is that not a responsible goal for our communities to help individuals achieve? Without question, communities will be safer if voting rights are restored for those that have paid their debt to society by serving their prison sentences, including parole or probation, because recidivism rates are found to be reduced for those individuals. I support Amendment 4 because I believe that individuals should be afforded the dignity of acceptance once they have satisfied that debt. And I believe in giving people a second chance at living productive, meaningful lives. Forgiveness is a powerful grace that works on both the giver and the receiver. Shouldnt we be focused on rehabilitating lives?It is a joke to have the FBI investigate the sexual alle gations between Kavanaugh and Ford. The FBI does not adequately investigate sexual harassment within their own ranks, so what makes us think they can conduct an objective investigation with Kavanaugh and Ford? Deborah Blair, special agent, FBI (retired) CallahanrfnttbDuring the past two weeks, I have watched Judge Kavanaugh undergo incredible torture and harassment by 10 Democratic senators of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leaks to the press of this 36-year-old allegation of sexual assault by Californian resident and Democrat Christine Blasey Ford (show) she sent this letter to her congresswoman, then on to Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Somebody in the Democratic camp released to The Washington Post. This sexual assault allegation was then made public. Last Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hear ings in which Judge Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford told their stories. Judge Kavanaugh completely denied any such behavior ever in his life. For her part, Mrs. Ford was pretty vague on dates, location, how she got there, how she got back and no explanation as to why it took her 36 years to come forward. The 10 Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee, from my point of view, behaved as a lynch mob. The way they treated the judge, as Sen. Lindsey Graham stated, was despi cable. What I saw on my own television was the Constitution of the United States was torn up and thrown in the trash by these 10 senators. It was made clear that constitutional guarantees no longer applied to males. Our Constitution guar antees every citizen who is accused to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law by his or her peers. This man had his reputation, his career, his entire life and his family destroyed for nothing but political bias. A female senator from the state of Hawaii stated that men need to shut up. To the honorable senator from Hawaii, I say this: I served the Constitution of the United States and this country with my tail on the line for a total of 31 years. Nobody tells me or any other veteran for that matter what my First Amendment rights are. Nobody tells me to shut up. What this Thursday hearing said to me was any female in this country can come up with an accusation with no physical evidence or proof against any male, and this man is guilty in the court (of) public opinion. His due process has been revoked. Every male in this country should take notice of these proceedings and have a real fear, for in the future any female who gets upset with you can now destroy your life. And for every female in this country, please also take careful note of what has occurred in the last week in this country. Ten Democratic senators have convicted this man without trial. Understand that as a woman, you no doubt have males in your life that you care for a boyfriend, brother, dad, granddad, an uncle, or just a plain friend. All these men can have their lives destroyed by a woman, coming forward with the unsubstantiated allegation. After undergoing six FBI background investigations, theres now going to be a seventh into Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I have undergone an FBI background investigation. It took six months to complete. They will overturn every stone in your life. Now theyre going to do a seventh on the judge after he has served with distinction for 25 years, 12 of which have been on the federal bench. This is flat humiliating and a waste of taxpayers money, because all 10 of these Democratic sena tors have already stated they will never give him a yes vote, so its just a case of checking off a box. What makes anybody think that theyre suddenly going to discover something they havent discovered in the previous six background checks? Every American who has the right to vote should take a serious look at what these Democratic senators have done to a well-qualified man, all in the name of politics and should express their displeasure come November at the polls. Bill Burk Fernandina BeachOn Democratic communism: Sen. Schumer and fellow cohorts and resistance-type wild boars are good at using sex. That sells well in todays body politic. For shame! I served 30 months in a third-world country. It is pitiful to see our country self-destruct. Russ Coulombe YuleeOther than kicking sand at a new law impacting beach access, residents have hardly reacted to recent political developments. Residents have ignored important issues like spending and taxes and growth. Maybe residents have become apathetic, or just repulsed. However, the community rose up against new legislation about beach access around the state. The law clarified the ownership of the soft, dry sand on beaches. With even a sniff of restricting their beach rights, locals sounded off on social media and in several county meetings. It has been a completely different reaction with property taxes. The county passed the largest tax increase in its history, with nary a protest. The same with government spending. Elected officials widely increased their budgets as tax revenues pour in by buckets. A few alarmed residents spoke out, but not many. The growth issue drew more scrutiny. A special meeting was called with our state representatives over disputes with Rayonier Inc. about responsibilities (who has to pay for what) at the Wildlight development. The meeting was attended by 20 or so residents, with no specific outcome. Unfortunately, this is the wrong time for residents to become detached. Elected officials are often swayed by the numbers of people who contact them or show up at meetings. If they hear little, they figure an issue is not important. The same goes for government officials at the state and national levels. And if mid-term elections were ever important, this is the time. On the national front, the control of the U.S. House and Senate will be decided by voters. The decision is whether to continue along a path of prosperity, or to revert to previous policies. The November elections are also uber-important for Florida. Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum is supporting socialized health care, raising corporate taxes and doubling the minimum wage. These are progressive stances in a state that has prospered under conservative leadership in recent years. Florida is considered one of the most fiscally sound states in the nation boasting a $3 billion surplus in successive years. Locally, additional issues are swirling. Fernandina Beach officials are looking at establishing parking spots on both sides of Sadler Road for beachgoers. Also, the roadwork along State Road 200 and its arteries and the ensuing congestion will remain a focal point for many years to come. Residents need to speak out. Too often, only a few make their voices heard. This is hardly a majority opinion. There is too much at stake right now for the country, the state and the county/city for voters to disengage and look the other way. Please speak out. Let elected officials know your feelings. And of course, vote. (Kick sand only when necessary.) 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 regularly   appear in several news papers in North Florida and on his website 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 rbb rbbf t P o rC f m H rn b n b n b B r nrrrtr Hurley DAVE GRANLUND-POLITICALCARTOONS(DOT)COM/CAGLE CARTOONS BILL DAY-TALLAHASSEE/CAGLE CARTOONSNassau County Commissioners: Danny Leeper, District 1-Fernandina Beach, 261-8029 (h), 430-3868 (cell), email: Steve Kelley, District 2 277-3948 (h), 556-0241 (cell), email: Pat Edwards, District 3-Yulee, 335-0260 (cell), email: George V. Spicer, District 4 Hilliard, Bryceville, Boulogne, Kings Ferry, 568-3409 (cell), email: Justin M. Taylor, District 5 -Callahan, West Yulee, 625-5624 (cell), email: City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners: Mayor: Johnny Miller : 556-3299 (cell), email: Vice Mayor: Len Kreger: 432-8389 (home), email: Roy G. Smith : 556-0951 (cell), email: Phil Chapman : 624-5590 (cell), email: Chip Ross: 410-394-0220 (cell) email: r rLetters must include writers name, address and telephone number for verification. Writers are normally limited to one letter in a 30-day period. No political endorsements the week before an election. No poems will be published. Letters should be typed or printed. Not all letters are published. Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32035 Email: Visit us online at NL 6 col. Fri. 10.05.indd 7 10/4/18 3:35 PM


o rfntbn r n r n r B lot A Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida will host the 23nd annual Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic on Oct. 13   at the Amelia River Golf Club. This event is held annually in Nassau County in memory of William Reginald Hunt Jr., a former Fernandina Beach High School studentathlete and six-year participant in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida mentoring program in Nassau County.   Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida in Nassau County relies on the support of the community and on private donations. Through this support, the organization continues to inspire change and ignite todays youth to reach their full potential. For more than 30 years in Nassau County, Big Brothers Big Sisters has impacted the lives of children facing adversity by matching them with a caring adult mentor who can positively influence their lives for the better forever. The Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic is the largest fundraising event for the Nassau County program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Guests will enjoy a prime rib luncheon and an awards reception following the tournament. Former   BBBS of Nassau County Advisory Council chairman and current supporter Tom Oden has played in all previous 22 golf tournaments. Amelia River is a great venue for this event, He said. The course is in fine shape; the staff does a very professional job. And the prime rib dinner is fabulous.   Dont miss it. Community partners include the Nassau County Sheriffs Office, LJA Rail, First Federal Bank and WestRock. Sponsors are Rayonier, Davis Chrysler-Jeep-Ram, Amelia Dental Group, Quality Health, Community First Credit Union, Synovus Bank, Rogers Towers, the Blackall family and Florida Public Utilities. FIS is the luncheon sponsor. We appreciate the community coming together in support of our organization, BBBSENFLs Chief Executive Officer Sara Alford said. This event is so special because it allows us to honor a former SUBMITTEDGearing up for the annual golf event are, from left, Alan Clack, Amelia River Golf Club; Jimmy Weaver, First Federal Bank; Tom Oden, BBBSNEFL; David Elder, LJA Rail; Rainey Crawford, BBBSNEFL area manager; Sheriff Bill Leeper, Nassau County Sheriffs Office; and Larrie Beaudry, WestRock. little, Reggie Hunt, while helping advance other youth through the proceeds of this tournament. We hope those who support the golf tournament do not allow their support to end there. We are always in need of caring adults to serve as mentors to our waitlisted youth. We hope this tournament highlights the importance of giving back and positively affecting the life of a child. For information about the event or to become a mentor, contact Rainey Crawford, Nassau County area manager, at 513-0813 or visit www. It was an all-U.S. final in the New York SUP Open Sept. 22 in Long Beach. Sean Poynter, 29, of Fernandina Beach battled Hawaiian Zane Schweitzer for the title in the APP World Surfing Tours first stop of the season. Poynter emerged victorious. I took the win in the final with one of the highest heat totals of the event (16.37), and it felt amazing, he said. My scores came through on a right and a left. There were only a few sets in the heat given the high tide, but I managed to get on them and execute. It all seemed to go my way. Heats are always slightly nervewracking to me because of the inconsistency of waves, but fortunately I was on the right side of the wave flow. It was a great season opener for the standup paddleboarder. It was a big win for me, Poynter said. First event of the year and you always want to start it strong. Poynter, who is home on Amelia Island this month, will be heading to China in November to compete in the ISA World Championships. Im really looking forward to the next event in Canaries, he said. If he fares well in China, Poynter will qualify for the Pan American Games. Its the second largest sporting event behind the Olympics, he said. This the first time surfing and standup paddling have been included in the Games. Were definitely blazing the trail. Surfing will be added to the Olympics in 2020, and Poynter is hoping standup paddleboarding joins the events in Paris in 2024. Its a big step in that direction, having it recognized at the Pan American Games, he said. It is exciting where the sport is at and where it continues to go to. Poynter has been surfing since he moved to Fernandina Beach when he was 10 years old. When we lived up in Cincinnati, I wanted to be a professional soccer player, he said. Then we got down here, and surfing just took over that. I picked up surfing shortly after we got here, and Ive been surfing and standup paddling for 19 years. Poynters budding surfing career was nipped in 2008. He was a victim of the 2008 economic downturn. I was kind of the lower guy on the totem pole, and they dropped me, he said. They kind of left me twiddling my thumbs and going, What am I going to do? He spent time in his familys restaurant, washing dishes, slinging drinks and serving meals while he planned his next move. One door in a way closed, so I decided I have to move out west, find a sponsor and do it in the way I wanted to do it, Poynter said. But before he hit the road, a friend introduced him to standup paddling. It was the most humbling experience ever, Poynter said. Here I was this kind of hot-shot surfer. It was 1-2 foot, if that, southwest winds, I was on a 10-foot board, light chop and I couldnt stand, for the life of me. I couldnt stand on the board for more than five seconds, and I was falling off. Poynter was determined. I would not let this defeat me, he said. Initially it was that challenge, and I wanted to do this. I got a smaller board, and I started doing better. I just loved it. Since 2010, Poynter has collected a pair of gold medals in ISA World Championships and, in 2012, he finished second on the APP World Tour. I competed in just a couple of events, he said. I said, I want to win the world title by this year. I was closest in 2012. I was leading in the last event. But he was denied. Thats the closest Ive been, Poynter said. I made it my goal this nb PHOTOS COURTESY OF APP WORLD TOURSean Poynter defeated teammate Zane Schweitzer in the final of the New York SUP Open on Sept. 22. His next event is the ISA World Championships in China in November. Poynter captured the New York title in last month to open the APP World Tour season.POYNTER Continued on 9A NEW Sports Fri.indd 1 10/4/18 4:01 PM


o rfntbJoin Nassau NAMI for a free annual community walk on Oct. 6 in Central Park in Fernandina Beach. Sign-in will be at 9 a.m. at the gazebo. The walk with begin at 9:30 a.m. and is approximately two miles in length. Free T-shirts and refreshments will be provided. Local providers will have information boots set up and be on hand to answer questions. For information, call 2771886 or email NassauNAMI hunter safety class will be held Oct. 6, with sessions from 8 a.m. to noon in the Callahan Fire Station community room and from 1-4 p.m. at the North Florida Firearms and Tactical Center in Hilliard. Students must have completed the online course at www.MyFWC. com before taking the course.rThe Nassau Sport Fishing Association holds its monthly business meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. The monthly social gettogether is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The location for both meetings is Kraft Ten Acres, 961023 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach. All are welcome to attend the meetings. 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 Beach Babe Ruth fall baseball opening day is Oct. 6. The season runs through Nov. 23. Visit www. for information.rtnAmelia Island Nassau County Youth Lacrosse is a developmental youth lacrosse program for boys and girls ages 8-15. Registration is open for the 2019 spring sea son. 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.nttrThe 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. Current boat ownership or sailing skills are not prerequi sites to joining. Club activities throughout the year may include day/ overnight excursions by water and/or land, sailboat racing, social activities such as tub ing, swimming with manatees, picnics and parties; as well as assisting with local conserva tion and environmental efforts in surrounding waters. Call Commodore Tom Maguire at (703) 298-1714.brrrLocal farm Congaree Garden debuts Oct. 6 with an Oktoberfest celebration to ben efit the Jaguars Foundation. The day of German festivities features beers brewed by both German and local breweries, including Hofbrau, Aardwolf Brewing Company, Intuition Ale Works, Veterans United and Congaree and Locally-sourced fare includes sausage, schnitzel, chicken and pretzels. Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville will be on site to judge the best dressed Lederhosen contest and live music will fea ture the Junco Royals and The Wetlands Stringband. Oktoberfest is from 3-9 p.m. Oct. 6. Tickets are $60 for adults, $30 for kids aged 4-12 and may be purchased at oktoberfest-congaree. Price includes two German beers, food and a beer stein. Congaree and Penn will host a Bauernhof Dinner at 6:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $125 per person. Attendees must be 21 years old or older. Purchase non-refundable tick ets for the dinner at www.con festtickets/bauernhof-dinner. The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation is committed to support programs benefiting economically and socially disadvantaged youth, fami lies and other NFL and team charitable initiatives. Visit Congaree and Penn. Congaree and Penn is located at 11830 Old Kings Road in Jacksonville.trrnMaster Tom Gagne is offering adult tai chi classes at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email paksfernbch@yahoo. com or call 261-8660. In light winds and hot temperatures, the Amelia Island Sailing Club held its fifth race of the 2018 season on Saturday. The early afternoon race provided the six competitors with a challenge to complete the course around navigation buoys in the St. Marys River. With just those light winds providing the power to get around the marks and the building currents, it was fairly slow going along the nominally five-and-a-half-mile race course. The three boats that took first, second and third place get off to a close start, left. Misty, center, skippered by Wilby Whitt, came in first after completing the course in a little over two hours. Misty was followed by Wayward Wind, foreground, skippered by Larry Murphy, second; and Athore, left, skippered by Tom McKenna, third. The club holds informal races monthly throughout most of the year, sponsors various other boating and social activities and meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Kraft Athletic Club on Buccaneer Trail. Contact Commodore Tom Maguire at (703) 2981714 for information.SUBMITTED PHOTOS year. The season opener was a big swing in that direction for me. Im excited. Its a good confidence booster, coming into the first event. We havent competed on a world tour event for over a year now. Youre not exactly sure where you stand with the world and what your ability is in the judges eyes. For them to award me the highest heat totals of the day and of the event against the best guys in the world makes me feel pretty good. Poynter took down a Starboard teammate en route to the New York win. We go way back, Poynter said. Weve traveled all over the world together. Hes not only a teammate but a good friend. But it is competition, and were out there to win. Zane is one of the most energetic, aggressive standup paddleboard surfers in the world. He can take one-foot waves and just absolutely obliterate them. Using that energy, he can do some really aggressive turns and really exciting maneuvers. Myself, I kind of have a contrast of style from that. Im a little bit smoother and maybe more methodical with my movements. Not so sporadic. I was putting my usual game against his, along with the strategy of how you compete in the heat, picking the best waves. They kind of rewarded my surfing over his. When hes not competing or honing his skills, Poynter is helping with the research and development of new boards.   With Starboard, I work with them heavily on R&D, working on their pro boards to their recreational board, and I have quite a hand in the design element in it he said. Theyre based in Bangkok, but every year, Ill spend a month between Bangkok and Bali. Ill work on board in Bangkok, and then take them to test in Bali for a few days. Its cool they have that faith in me. They give me the right to approve or disapprove a board or to modify a board to go into production. Then, they produce and sell thousands of them. Its kind of a humbling thing, and its pretty cool. Poynter is also an advocate for the sport he is passionate about, enticing people to get standup paddleboarding a try. We have meet-ups on Saturdays at Scott Road, he said. Come out. We have boards you can rent. Poynter also teamed up with Amelia Island Paddlesurfing to offer lesson and tours through local waterways. You can explore the island in a way you never have before, he said. We want to make it where people are selfsustaining in their own paddling experience. Poynter also travels to Mexico to help conduct educational retreats. We coach them in a fiveday, intense program, beginners to advanced and everyone in between, he said. Its really fun. The idea is we create an environment where people can push themselves. And, Poynter is pushing himself this season. Theres nothing like coming off a win to motivate you more, he said. Im at a good place right now. I want to train that much harder. From 8A NEW Sports Fri.indd 2 10/4/18 3:54 PM


o Where you go for breast cancer screening mattersAnnual mammograms can save lives, but did you know there are different types of breast imaging available? Baptist Health provides a full range of tests from digital 2D and 3D mammography to breast MRIs and molecular breast imaging so you get the type of screening you need. And your scans are read by radiologists who are experts in breast health. Why wait? Our expanded hours make it easy to get in for a mammogram, and sameor next-day appointments are often available. 904. 202.2222 Medical Center Nassau1250 South 18th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Baptist Health The Fernandina Beach Womens Golf Association held its play day to recognize breast cancer awareness on Tuesday. All players were encouraged to wear pink to show support for this great cause. The FBMGA has members who are breast cancer survivors or whose lives have been touched in some way by the disease. The game was Pink Ball. Each team was given a pink ball to use during the round with the members alternating its use. The team able to combine a low score and use the pink ball the most in their scores was declared the winner. Finishing in first place with a combined net score of 127 was the team of Sue Simpson, Terri Wright, Carol Anderson and Sue Raskin. In second place with a score of 128 was the team of Donna Dandurand, Nancy Meadows, Michelle Vessy and Jean DesBarres. In third place with a score of 129 was the team of Vicki Galpin, Debbie Engers, Betsy Montgomery and Jean Taylor.rFirst Tee Golf will continue this fall for local teens in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs. Sessions run through Oct. 24 at the Amelia River Golf Course and the Golf Club of Amelia Island. First Tee is dedicated to impacting youngsters with an educational program aimed at building character, instilling life-enhancing values and healthy choices through the game of golf. Teens who are interested in participating can call the Roberts Learning and Achievement Center at 4919102 or the Miller Freedom Center at 261-1075. For information on Boys & Girls Clubs programs, visit Nassau County Chamber of Commerce will SUBMITTEDMembers of the Fernandina Beach Womens Golf Association show their support for breast cancer awareness. hold the inaugural Complete & Putter Madness mini golf tournament from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Putt Putt at Main Beach, 6 N. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach. Teams of four will represent businesses throughout Nassau County and compete for bragging rights and a trophy. There will be goodie bags for each team and entertainment throughout the tournament. The entry fee for each team is $100 and spaces are limited. The registration deadline is Oct. 16. For information on the event, visit or call 261-3248. Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is a membershipbased association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE NICHOLS/SPECIALThe Eastern Surfing Associations First Coast District held its third contest of the season Saturday at Peters Point with twoto three-foot, glassy, fun waves. Numerous surfers of all ages showed up to compete, while others came to volunteer during the five-hour contest. Colby Harris, left, placed first in the U18 age division. Dylan Jenkins, center, wowed the crowd all day long with his surfing, competing in three back-to-back final heats and taking the win in both open mens and U16.   Mikaela Nichols, 10, right, swept the girls U12, U14 and boogie board divisions. The youngest competitor of the day, Kai Nichols, 5, won the push-in division. Aiden Flynn, 9, won the boys U12 and U14 divisions. Ivy Bradley was first in girls U16. Cole Poteat took the win in the finals heat of menehune longboard. NEW Sports Fri.indd 3 10/4/18 4:25 PM


rfntbrrrtr frtr t rfnt brbb bb bb t b rbbbt brbbbtf rfnb bbb br bbb tbbbfb rbb t b rt tb bbbb bbb tb b bbbbbf rfbbbt brbbrbb btb ttbbnb br tt tbt bt bbbtbb bbn tbbb bbbbbb tbt bbb tr rTracey and Ricky Escalante moved into the Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast in 2016. Working in the garden has been a labor of love. They also enjoy downtown Fernandina Beach and are happy to be on Atlantic Avenue. They painted the house inside and out and made it beautiful for guests. The Hoyt and Mizell families lived there from 1905 until 1979. It became a B&B in 1993. Tracey and Ricky are the fourth owners. The lovely home and the gardens have a Victorian-era design, and the English Garden is filled with flowers. Everyone who goes there loves the front porch. Tracey painted the swing and she relaxes there every day. The liriope plants along the pathway are lovely. The old roses had to be replaced because of last winters storm, but the new ones are doing very well. On the east side of the home is a fence surrounding a lovely garden area and a delightful swimming pool. There are three citrus trees: lemon, tangerine and grapefruit. The hyacinth, pink crape myrtle, bottle brush, vine with pink flowers and yellow jasmine are all blooming. The hammock is surrounded by several healthy sago palms and there is an attractive small porch on the north side of the garden. Tracey and Ricky are doing well with their B&B and always enjoy working in their wonderful garden! Spotlight on Nassau Gardens is a monthly recognition program of the UF/ IFAS Nassau Extension Service and features gardens and plants grown by Nassau County residents. To be considered for recognition, send a digital photo with a description of your spotlight along with your name, address, and phone number to For more information, call the Extension office at SPOTLIGHT On Nassau Gardens Hoyt House garden a labor of love rf ffntb NL 6 col. Fri. 10.05.indd 13 10/4/18 9:57 AM


o Hosted by Fernandina Beach Main Street, Peg Leg will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Welcome Center located at the foot of Centre Street beginning at 1 p.m. with the reading of a proclamation of There will be family-friendly face painting, the Fernandina Band will perform at 1:15 p.m. telling by Jenna the Mermaid will be at 2 p.m., and membe holding Pirate School at 3 want to learn how to become a will perform leading up to the official cutting of the birthday The Book Loft will host a launch party Saturday, Oct. 6, for local author J.R. Sharp and Breaking with the Enemy ered from being wounded in a Bachelor of Science from and an engineering degree from Florida State College in required. For more information, The Florida Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization for Women Educators is celeebration reception will be held the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. All current and former are invited and encouraged to attend. RSVP to Joanne What will your book group read and discuss in the coming months? Story & a Book Group Night at 5 p.m. to all currently participating in John Kato will pres ent Enhancing Stability and Mobility Monday, Oct. 8, at Therapeutic dina Beach. What can you do before, during and after your re-educate your body and pro Dr. Harry Duccilli, U.S. Army Air Corps, will be the speaker at the October lunCounty, Florida chapter of the the war. The meeting will be Golf Club. A light lunch will 1814 by 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. all active, retired and former or come to the October meeting. The Amelia Island Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting In addition, the featured pre by Laurie Malm, owner of truly fun and creative fiber rfA o r r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr frWednesday, October 3 Solution The Northeast Florida Fair is set to kick off Wednesday Callahan and continue through & Rancher Award, an egg available at The Amelia Island Quilt Guild will host a workshop will be led by Laurie Malm, in Fernandina Beach, who will will be provided upon com Calling all Pink Ladies and Burger Palace Boys! tion of Grease will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 11-18 are eligible to audition. can be played from an MP3 player or you can provide your audition prior to Oct. 13. rUF/IFAS Nassau Extension Director Rebecca Jordi will conduct a plant clinic offered for correction. There UF/IFAS Nassau Extension Director Rebecca Jordi will teach a class on reduce your lawn maintenance how to calibrate your irriga of water and potentially lower your water bill. Micro-irrigation The Amelia Island Musuem of History will host a 3rd on 3rd Street lecture creation of Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach played American community in the and open to the public. Seating For more information contact Third St. in Fernandina Beach. Where will you be on Oct. 19th? For more information, The Nassau County Extension Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale will take place gardening equipment. Bring Agent IV Rebecca Jordi for Gardener program and the The West Nassau Historical Society will hold its fundraiser Hobos, Hot and Car Show on Saturday, day event held in and around 1856 Florida Railroad bed. a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on becom Local live entertainment will pentine artifact exhibit, and rrThe Nassau Community Band has announced the season. Oct. 13, Fernandina Beach airport terminal grand Catholic Church Annual Trunk p.m. Nov. 24, Fernandina Show, themed Patterns, experience painting in water color, mixed media and acrylic. located at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. For more Local artist Lisa Inglis will host painting parties during the summer at The Green Turtle Tavern and The Green Turtle Garden, 12 S. Second St., Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes with Rumba at are on hold while Ballroom through October. For or the Ballroom on Amelia Facebook page. Walkway in Fernandina Wellness, Health & Fitness Beginning Guitar, A Matter of Balance Managing Mindful Meditation; Music & Dancing Beginning Guitar, Arts & Crafts Continental Knitting, Intro to Technology Making Social Media Work Excel; Community, Security & Safety Changing World, Protect Maximize Senior Living, AARP The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Urban Spaces, Open Skies: Landscape will be on view aptly captured the changing the often chaotic urban life. Resin epoxy, dirty pour art classes are being held Village, located at 2188 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach. All Kings Bay RC Modelers, Bluff Road and Oakwell Road meets in the parlor at St. Tickets are on sale at Amelia Community Theatre for the comedy Ripcord. Written by Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and set in an assisted living facility, its the story of two competitive residents who take a bet too far. Performances are at 8 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Oct. 11-13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at 207 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. Tickets $22 for adults and $10 for students through college are available by visiting AmeliaCommunityTheatre. org and by calling 261-6749. Season tickets packages are also available with five shows for $100 and six shows for $115.SUBMITTED


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The University of US kicked off its third year Monday, Sept. 24, with guest speaker Dr. John Baker discussing The Federalist Papers, according to a news release. Participating Nassau County students meet each month during the school year to hear a variety of speakers discuss constitutional issues. At the end of the year, students take an exam and submit an essay to qualify for one of five $5,000 scholarships. A visiting professor at Georgetown Law School, Peking University School of Transnational Law and the University of Oxford, Baker is one of Americas foremost experts on the U.S. Constitution and The Federalist Papers, the release states. He also is a Professor Emeritus of Law at the Louisiana State University Law School. In addition to his many publications, Baker has argued many cases in the federal courts, including two arguments before the Supreme Court. The Federalist Papers were written as a prelude to the promotion and ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Some of (Bakers) most notable ideas presented were related to the thoughts of the Founding Fathers, especially James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, such as how citizenship and the separation of powers were unique to the world at that time and how the latter is so necessary to the maintaining of order and the success of our country, the release states. Baker also explained why the correct purpose of our government is to protect liberty and the differences between various forms of government including a republic and a democracy. One interesting point made by Dr. Baker was that the writer best associated with the Separation of Powers was the French author Montesquieu. He also discussed the problem with Democracy in that liberty produces factions which then threaten liberty, which seems very relevant in todays world, the release says. After the lecture, students completed a project that involved writing humorous tweets that various delegates to the Constitutional Convention might have penned and posted on Twitter. The release states, Through this first class, the University of US students were able to listen and discuss with a U.S. Constitution expert and collaborate with others to develop a better understanding of the rationale behind the U.S. governments original foundation. The next class will be held Monday, Oct. 22. Judge Adrian Sound will be the featured lecturer. Nassau County middle and high school students have until 5 p.m. Dec. 19 to enter the Amelia Island Book Festivals short story writing contest. This years theme is An Unusual Friendship. Prizes for the contest include the following: A cash award of $250 for each middle school and high school first-place winner. A cash award of $100 for each middle school and high school second-place winner. Three $50 cash awards for winners across both middle and high school entrants for creativity, writing style and criteria as determined by the judges. Special prizes for winners from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County. Prizes will be announced and awarded during the AIBF Authors Expo on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in the Fernandina Beach Middle School auditorium. Winning entrants will meet a New York Times bestselling author during the Authors Expo and have an opportunity to be published. The following are the contest rules published on the AIBF website: Stories must be between 500 and 1,000 and incorporate the contest theme of An Unusual Friendship. Stories must be new, original works not previously written or published. Submissions must be in 12 point Times New Roman and double-spaced. Each entry must include the authors name, email address, grade, school and story title on the first page. All entries must be sent as an attachment in Microsoft Word format and emailed to Students should keep a copy of submitted stories in case of technology issues. Entries that do not meet all criteria will not be judged, will not be eligible for awards and prizes and will not be considered for publication. Submission deadline for all entries is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19. Judges will be local literary experts and AIBF board members and leaders. Contest judges will read each story and consider the following elements, along with creativity and writing style: The plot or events that occur; The characters; The setting or time and place; Incorporation of the contest theme An Unusual Friendship; A beginning, middle and end to the story and the proper sequence of events; and Use of proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. Consider having a coach or mentor read your story and provide feedback. This can be a family member, teacher, media specialist or friend. Make sure you allow enough time for feedback. Then, incorporate the feedback before submitting your final work. Remember, its important not to view their comments as criticism, but as advice to strengthen your story. And dont forget to have fun, the contest page on the AIBF website states. For more information, send an email to shortstorycontest@ The Fernandina Beach High School Senior Mens Club arrived just before dinner at the Salvation Army Hope House one recent night, but they didnt come to eat. They came to give. Club President Hamilton Rainey, left, explained that the Senior Mens Club had collected a carload of non-perishable food during the schools recent Homecoming week. We thank the Lord for young leaders like these who visited us, giving not only of their resources, time and talent, but also for encouraging their peers to remember and do something to help those whose lives are not as comfortable as theirs, Hope House Manager Mary Moore said. Pictured from left are club members Rainey, Christian VonMohr, and Liam Kiernan and club sponsor Mark Durr.SUBMITTED rfn SUBMITTEDDr. John Baker was the first speaker in this years University of US program, which teaches Nassau County students about the U.S. Constitution.SUBMITTEDStudents participated in an exercise in which they wrote humorous tweets from delegates to the Constitutional Convention. tbn nt n FILE PHOTOThe Amelia Island Book Festival short story writing contest is open to Nassau County middle and high school students. rfFernandina Beach High Schools band program will be hosting a marching performance assessment event through the Florida Band Masters Association on Saturday, Nov. 3, for approximately 17 Duval and Nassau high school marching bands at the high school. FBHS is seeking volunteers from the community who can assist with parking, hospitality, concessions and helping the bands set up for their performances. High school students are welcome and will receive community volunteer hours. Contact volunteer coordinator Jaime Conner at 678-9397229 or if you are interested in volunteering. rf NL 6 col. Fri. 10.05.indd 15 10/4/18 9:43 AM


rf Worship this wee kat the place of your choice... Doug Sides, Senior Pastor Morning Services 8:15 and 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Evening 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm Wednesday Children 6:30 pm Nursery Provided For All ServicesYulee, FL 3209785971 Harts Rd. 9042255128 Y BC ULEE Y BCAPTISTVisitors Always Welcome! HURCH 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. 17 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 ) 277-4414 Amelia Plantation Chapel 36 Bowman Road Pastor Conrad Sharps You Are Welcome Here! rfntb rf ftbrrb trrt rrffbt nrnrbrrfnttbbrrnrf Teaching and Living a Changed Life in Jesus Christ LEGACY BAPTIST CHURCH Sunday School all ages 9:30am Sunday Worship Service 10:30am Nursery and childrens church provided Wednesday Night Meal at 5:15pm, Bible study all ages 5:45pm, Prayer service 7:00pm Nursery provided.941328 Old Nassauville Road in Volunteer Fire Dept. Building 904-753-0731 Sunday School all ages 9:30am Sunday Worship Service 10:30am Nursery provided Wednesday Night Service 6pm Nursery provided 941328 Old Nassauville Road in Volunteer Fire Dept. Building 904-753-0731 Pastor Bill Yeldell 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 Applications are being taken through Oct. 26 for The Salvation Armys Senior Angel Tree Program. If you are or know a low-income senior citizen who is 60 years or older and could use a little help this Christmas, please call 321-0435 or come to the center for application criteria and to apply 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St. in Fernandina Beach.FILE PHOTOBlessing of the Animals events will take place at two churches in Fernandina Beach this year. First, the Rev. Fr. Bradley Cunningham and the Rev. Fr. Brian Oldfield will offer the traditional Blessing of the Animals between 9 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the courtyard at Holy Trinity Church in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. You are welcome to bring your dogs, cats, birds, hamsters even goldfish to receive a special blessing. To help maintain order, if you have many pets, the church asks you to consider bringing a representative of each kind to receive the blessing on behalf of the others. Please bring your pets leashed or crated to maintain order and safety for all. Then, St. Peters Episcopal Church will hold a Blessing of the Animals at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. This year, Memorial Methodist Church will partner with St. Peters. Bring your caged and leashed pets to the field in front of Wood Youth Center at the church. Donations of pet food and treats will be accepted to benefit Nassau Humane Society.rfMembers of Solid Rock Church of God by Faith will celebrate their pastors anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at 86138 Palm Tree Drive in Yulee. The special speaker will be Elder Terrance Sapp of Thomas Chapel COGBF in Jacksonville. For more information and/or transportation, contact Erving Gilyard at 874-1947.ntnbtJoin us at noon Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Salvation Army Hope House as we read the word of God. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.bbrThe regular multi-faith inspirational afternoon is on the second Sunday of each month. The next one will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Springer Controls, located at 96072 Chester Road in Yulee. This will be an open, discussion/conference-style meeting. Bring your own ideas, thoughts, writings, book, etc. All are welcome for a casual couple of hours, hospitality, friends and fellowship. The current Bah month is Might. The month of Will begins Sept. 27. For more information, call 566-5437 or 432-8845.Franklintown Community Church of Amelia Island will serve a meal at 4 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month in its Gabriel Means Fellowship Hall. The dinner is open to the public and all are welcome. The church is located at 1415 Lewis St. in American Beach. For more information call 277-2726 or 261-5354.Help restock our pantry shelves! The Salvation Army Hope House is working to replenish our emergency food supply. We need jelly, jelly, more jelly and canned fruit! Also, dried and canned legume beans, boxed helper type meals, instant potatoes, condensed soup and pasta sauce, individual bottled water, laundry detergent and toilet paper. Donations can be brought to The Salvation Army Hope House, 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach, between 10 a.m. and noon and 1 and 4 p.m.brAmelia Baptist Church hosts the Bible Study for College Age group at 7 p.m. each Sunday. For information and directions, call Adam Page at 261-9527.The Bahs of Nassau County hold prayers and meditations for peace, amity, concord and harmony every Saturday morning from dawn to sunrise on the beach at Seaside Park (east end of Sadler Road). For information, call 556-5437.ffbffPrince of Peace Lutheran Church is the only Lutheran church in Nassau County and offers two worship services on Sunday mornings. The 9 a.m. service is a traditional liturgical service, while the 10:45 a.m. service is a more casual service. If you are coming or going from the beach and have shorts, a T-shirt and flip-flops on, you are welcome. All children present are invited to join in the sending song by picking out a percussion instrument to add to the joy of our worship time together. On the fifth Sunday of each month there is one combined service at 10 a.m., following by a fellowship meal and community service project. Children are welcome and encouraged to be present at either worship service; however, a nursery area is available for children five years old and younger. Holy Communion is offered at all worship services, open to all baptized believers in Jesus Christ. Lutheranism is Bible-based and utilizes the Common Lectionary of scripture readings. Prince of Peace is located on Amelia Island at 2600 Atlantic Ave., next to the Atlantic Recreational Center. To learn more, visit Submit event announcements/briefs to: Calendar Listing c/o News-Leader, 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034;; or 261-3696. Ive been thinking about the passage from Matthew 5 where Jesus says, You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. I dont think these verses have much to do with what you and I think about U.S. senators and Supreme Court nominees. We dont know these people or interact with them; they arent, then, our enemies. Still, having witnessed so much rancor and incivility, we might take time to ask ourselves a couple of questions: How are we to love the most unlovable people we know? And why does Jesus insist that we do it? Our enemies are annoying. Many dont believe in God. They reject the Bible. Their political views seem wacky. Their morals are at odds with our own. And they dont much like us. How could we muster the strength to keep such company? It helps to remember that Jesus, before he issued this command, had been traveling from town to town claiming that the kingdom of God had come; that it was with his physical presence concretely in their midst. There was persuasive evidence for the claim. Hed been teaching and preaching unlike anyone who had come before him. The crowds were amazed, and they wondered out loud how he could speak with such authority. But there was more than words and oratory style. In Matthew 4 we see that the people brought him all the sick, those afflicted, and he healed them. As a result, great crowds followed him. The physical world also responded to him in miraculous ways. He began his ministry by transforming water into wine. And shortly after he gave this command, he fed 5,000 people with two fish and fives loaves of bread. He calmed the sea with a just few words. He commanded the lame to walk and restored sight to the blind and cast out demons. And he did all this to show the crowds and us that he possessed the power to wondrously restore the whole of creation. But he showed us something else. By these miracles, we also see the power to love unlovable people. And with his command, Jesus is telling us that something even more remarkable is about to be revealed: the spiritual transformation of his people. Where the scribes had taught the Jews to love their neighbors, meaning fellow Jews, Jesus lays out a new paradigm: I say to you, love your enemies. Given the time, place, and circumstances, its clear that the ability to obey him comes by the same power. Just as Jesus gave sight to the blind, he transforms the spirit of his people. And he does this, too, to reveal his power not just over sickness, death, wind, and rain but over selfishness, greed, envy, and anger. With this command and by providing the strength to obey it Jesus shows us a bigger and more enticing view of the kingdom to come. Such love is magnetic because it reveals Gods power, not our own. With this instruction, Jesus doesnt mean for us to try harder than the scribes and Pharisees so our righteousness will exceed their own (Matthew 5:20). Rather, hes telling us to see and understand and wallow in his redemptive grace. He wants us to know that we dont receive this grace because we obey; we have the power to obey because weve received grace. Thats how we obey this command. But why does it matter? Nothing more dramatically reveals the heart of the gospel. Thats made clear in Romans 5:8, which says, God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Two verses later, Paul underscores the point, telling us again that it was, while we were enemies [that] we were reconciled to God by the death of his son. The story of the gospel is the story of God loving his enemies. All the way back to Proverbs 24:17 we read, Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles. Why? Because by loving our enemies, we reflect Gods love, mercy, and grace. By loving our enemies as Christ loved us, we reveal the gospel and the power that lies behind 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 ddoster@ r fn tb f ff For nine years, the St. Michael Taiz ensemble has provided a time for reflection and prayer. A small group of musicians and singers lead the participants in repetitive simple songs of prayer. God speaks to us through these prayers and helps us to calm our minds and open our souls. A short scripture reading, prayers of intercessions, and a period of silence enable us to leave the world behind and reflect on Gods goodness. Taiz started in France during World War II to help persons displaced by the war and continues to this day with over 100,000 visitors annually coming together to pray in song and silence. As fall continues, youre invited to take a 35-minute break and come meet our Lord and feel the power of His love in communal song. The next Taiz service will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at St. Michael Catholic Church at Fourth and Broome streets. Please come for the service and bring a friend. All are welcome. NL 6 col. Fri. 10.05.indd 16 10/4/18 9:40 AM


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One car garage, freshly painted throughout, tile in the living room and dining room and wet areas, new carpet in the bedrooms and stairs. Large back deck has just been redone. HVAC replaced in May. Low monthly fees cover Building Insurance, common area landscaping and reserves. What are you waiting for? Island Life is waiting for you! $309,000 MLS#81731 Doug Hamer(904) 654-9828 Doughamer9828@gmail.com5317 S. Fletcher Ave Amelia Island, FL 32034 Beautiful home in the majestic Marsh Lakes neighborhood developed by the Amelia Island Plantation. is 4 or 5BR/4.5BA home is a must see. Situated on two private lots in the back of Marsh Lakes neighborhood with a beautifully landscaped yard which leads into a 3 car over-sized garage. Expansive open oor plan throughout the home with Plenty of room to enjoy!! e private setting is perfect for enjoying a day at the pool or just admiring the natural greenbelt overlooking a 40 acre pond behind the home. e home also has a gourmet kitchen, granite counters, ermador professional appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerator, custom cabinets throughout home, home o ce with abundant woodwork, butlers pantry w/ wine cooler and ice machine, large bonus room over garage, pool house with half bath, screened pool area, and Elevator in home to name a few of the fabulous amenities!!! $944,900 MLS#80725 Doug Hamer(904) 654-9828 Doughamer9828@gmail.com5317 S. Fletcher Ave Amelia Island, FL 32034 is picturesque setting is the perfect home for entertaining. As you step into this home you immediately notice the attention to detail. is 4BR/3.5BA home features 20ceilings, plantation shutters, crown molding, gas replace, 2 car oversized garage with workshop, 45X40 screened lanai with a 30X14 pool overlooking private backyard. Close proximity to the beach, shopping and Jacksonville airport. $549,000 MLS#79782 Doug Hamer(904) 654-9828 Doughamer9828@gmail.com5317 S. Fletcher Ave Amelia Island, FL 32034 Ocean front luxury furnished condo located on the south end of Amelia Island in the prestigious Residence. is spacious 3BR/2.5BA, rst oor condo has spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Includes plantation shutters, built-in bookshelves throughout, large patio overlooking community pool and expansive views of the ocean. One car attached garage with interior access. Very convenient to Jacksonville and JIA. $699,000 MLS#79972 Beautiful 2017 built home in the newer community, Wildlight! 2017 ROOF, 2017 AC & 2017 WATER HEATER!! is nicely maintained home features an open kitchen with center island, all 2017 APPLIANCES included, oversized formal dining room, spacious laundry room and beautiful ooring in all wet areas. e master suite has a large master bath with a shower/tub combo and HUGE walk-in closet!! You will enjoy the covered rear patio while overlooking the preserve view. Situated on almost a quarter acre, you will love the spacious yard size! e stunning community pool and playground are just a short distance away! 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MLS# 949220 $285,000Florida Network Realty Tracy Fendig, REALTORKeller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners904.753-3572 Welcome home to this darling light and bright $168,000 MLS#81576 Tracy Fendig, REALTORKeller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners904.753-3572 $599,000 MLS#81111 To advertise your listings in the Exclusive Properties section contact Candy Lauren, or Christy at the News-Leader 261-3696 Thinking of Buying or Selling? Homes are selling Fast!Team Werling Residential Specialists For Northeast, Florida 203 Centre St. Fernandina Beach, FL 904-556-9549 3 Of ces to Serve You Downtown, South Island & Yulee Top Producers Team In Nassau County 2017 Top 1% In The Nation for Berkshire Hathaway When Experience Counts Choose The Experts With 30+ Years As REALTORS Like New in Ocean Breeze. Former Model loaded with upgrades. 4/3 plus media room, 2,700+ sf with high end applicances and natural gas. MLS# 81699 addl bedrooms, bath & loft area upstairs. Separate entrance bedroom & bath over garage. Comm. Pool, lake & tennis MLS# 81678 96017 Seabreeze Way $610,000 92029 Secret Cove Ct. $325,000Enjoy Sunrises from your porch of this oceanfront condo in Sailmaker. 2 Bedrooms and 2.5 Baths with 1,325 sf., updated kitchen and stainless appliances. MLS# 81553 Charming End unit townhome in Amelia Park! Downstairs master, spacious home with 3 BR, 2.5 bath + bonus room. Recent renovations and meticulously maintained. MLS# 80478 Sailmaker Unit #709 $510,000 1556 Ruskin Ln $470,000 Craig Brewis, Karen & Paul Werling, Angie Williams Sandy Moser, Jordan Gallup, Mary Lavin, Brenda Chandler 2 FNL10051005EEEE97 2 10/3/18 6:27 PM