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rfnntnb rffnnftbfffnfn f rf rn tb b f t b f The Fernandina Beach City Commission approved use of the Municipal Airport for a go kart race competition with over 500 expected entrants.Oct. 24, 1968 rbrffnftbfrbft rfn 4810 FIRST COAST HWYat the Harris Teeter entrance everyone is a winner when you shop local!PARTICIPATE IN OUR SHOPPING PASSPORT CAMPAIGN FROM 10/25 10/28 TO BE ENTERED TO WIN A GRAND PRIZE VALUED AT MORE THAN $1,000! PICK UP A SHOPPING PASSPORT. GET IT STAMPED. LEAVE IT AT YOUR LAST STOP. and you could be the winner!PARTICIPATING SHOPStbttb btb nMaking an informed yes or no decision about the six judges seeking retention on the Nov. 6 ballot can be a challenge for the typical voter. These are judges on the state supreme or district appellate courts up for merit retention. While all Florida Supreme Court and appellate court judges in Florida are appointed by the governor, they must be brought before Florida voters for subsequent approval. Newly appointed judges must appear on the ballot within two years of their initial appointment. Subsequently, all Florida Supreme Court and appellate court judges rotate on the ballot subject to voter retention every six years. Merit retention elections occur only during general elections in even numbered years. Merit retention is not supposed to be about voicing disagreement with particular judicial opinions, but about consideration of whether a judge is ethical, impartial and qualified to remain on the court. One Florida Supreme Court justice and five First District Court of Appeal judges are on the Nov. 6 ballot. The following information was gleaned from the judges online biographies, Florida Bar Association ratings, and news stories related to any of the candidates including known media endorsements. Justice Alan Lawson, 57, was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by Gov. Rick Scott in December 2016. He is originally from Lakeland, Fla., and has served as a trial lawyer, circuit judge and appellate judge. He received his law degree from Florida State University in 1987 with highest honors. He has served on multiple advisory committees in the state court system and participated in many extracurricular judicial and civic activities. He has received multiple professional awards from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating for law knowledge and ethics; the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency and Florida State University. During his term on the Fifth District Court of Appeal, he was twice retained by voters. In a Florida Bar Association retention poll of 980 attorneys claiming considerable knowledge of his work, Lawson received an 86-percent approval rating. In an editorial on Oct. 22, the Tampa Bay Times endorsed his retention as Florida Supreme Court Justice. Judge Harvey L. Jay III, 56, was appointed to the First District Court of Appeal in February 2016 by Scott. Prior to his appointment to the appellate court, Jay served four years as a circuit judge in Duval County, where he presided over family and civil divisions. He has more than 20 years of experience as a civil trial lawyer. Originally from Jacksonville, he received his law degree brbnFlorida is famous for its wildlife, some of which has recently been getting up close and personal with residents of Amelia Island including an alligator that has been visiting the Fernandina Harbor Marina, according to Marina Manager Joe Springer. He said he has had several reports of the gator on the boat ramp near Atlantic Seafood, Bait and Tackle. The first time I saw it, I didnt think it was threatening, Springer said. Now it has gotten used to being fed so I really dont know. Charlie Freeman at Atlantic Seafood says the animal isnt a threat but a nice, friendly little gator. He said the alligator, dubbed Fernandina Fred, has been visiting the marina for two years, is about six or seven feet in length, and comes to the area outside the bait shop to feast on the carcasses left when fish are cleaned near the dock. Freeman said Fernandina Fred usually visits during high tide in the morning. Fred is an easy-going, non-threatening gator, Freeman said. Springer said he thinks Fred is the only gator visiting the marina because, if there were two, one would have taken out the other one. Springer said he contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which gave him a phone number for reporting a nuisance alligator 866-FWC-GATOR. Another type of wildlife on the island a very large cat has been the subject of some speculation and excitement. Trish Lilly Jones said she and her husband were riding their bikes Sept. 14 in the Egans Creek Greenway south of Jasmine Street when they came around a curve and spotted a cat. Jones said she thought she had seen a bobcat, but on further contemplation, reconsidered. She said her husband realized the cat had a long tail, so they believe it was a Florida panther. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, bobcats are about twice the size of a domestic cat and are generally tan to yellowishbrown with dark brown or black streaks. The underparts are usually white with black spots and the insides of the legs are marked with black bars. The bobcats ears are pointed with short, black tufts while the tail is short and gives the appearance of being bobbed. The FWCs website says male panthers are larger than female panthers. They weigh from 100 to 160 pounds, while female panthers weigh from 70 to 100 pounds. Panthers vary in height at the shoulder from 24 to 28 inches and measure from 6 to 7.2 feet from nose to tip of the tail. Florida panthers are the larger of Floridas two native cat species (panthers and bobcats). Although most panthers are found south of Lake Okeechobee, they have been documented throughout the peninsula and even into Georgia. Female panthers have only been documented in south Florida so that is where all known breeding occurs. Panthers are listed as an Endangered Species under the Endangered Species Act. There are approximately 120-230 adult panthers in the population, FWCs website says. The cat Jones says she saw on the Greenway moved too fast for her and her husband to get a look at its ears. She said she could only say that it was fffrfffrffrGALE JAMEYSON/SPECIALLocal photographer Gale Jameyson is keeping his cameras eye on Fernandina Fred, a frequent visitor to the area around the Fernandina Harbor Marina. The alligator seems most interested in feasting on fish carcasses and on schools of mullet. PANTHER Continued on 10A Lawson Jay JUDGES Continued on 3AnSchool Safety Specialist Glenn Virdin addressed the Nassau County School Board at its Oct. 11 meeting, giving an update on school safety measures required by SB 7026, also known as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Act, which passed earlier this year after a mass shooting in February at the Parkland, Fla. school. The Nassau County School District is in the final phase of adding internal fencing at ingress and egress points in all public schools, Virdin said. New camera systems have been installed and will become operational in the next two weeks, and internal locks have been installed on all doors in school buildings in the district. The district is also in the process of installing improved signage identifying each building on school campuses and ballistic film has been installed on windows in the schools vestibules. Threat assessment teams were required in the legislation, a four-person body at each school that includes a counselor, law enforcement officer, administrator and instructor. However, Virdin said personnel at Nassau County schools have stepped up to the plate, and each schools threat assessment team has eight to 10 members. The district has hired two security officers who are in schools, and a third that will be available to work in December. There are five persons who will work for the district through the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program (named after Aaron Feis, a coach who died when shielding students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas) after training through the Nassau County Sheriffs Office. Those officers will replace Nassau County Sheriffs Office deputies that have been in the elementary schools until the School Board could hire their own officers. Virdin said the district is implementing Fortify Florida, a computer software application that students and others can use to report anonymous tips to the district regarding issues they feel threaten school security. Virdin said the district will promote the app through nbb bbSAFETY Continued on 10A ffffffSUBMITTEDThis artist (former artist?) and her subject seem to be enjoying a plein air session in the Ocean Forest neighborhood on Amelia Island at the home of Becky and Tom White. The spooky scene was designed by Becky White, who, like the skeleton, is an artist herself. NL 6 col. Fri. 10.26.indd 1 10/25/18 3:57 PM


As 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, 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. Rear Admiral David L. Harlow passed away from complications of a stroke on October 16, 2018 at Quality Health on Amelia Island, Fla. He was born March 4, 1932 in the Bronx, N.Y. He was the first of four children of Margaret and Louis Harlow. He graduated from All Hallows High School in 1949 and was later inducted to that schools Hall of Fame. He attended Manhattan College, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, and George Washington University for his MBA. In July 1952, he entered Navy flight training at Pensacola, Fla., receiving his commission in 1953. His early experience was in operational squadrons of the Pacific fleet and as a training command flight instructor, where he enjoyed teaching several of his former classmates from the USCGA how to fly. He served as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer aboard the USS Kearsarge and was on the staff of The Chief of Naval Operations in Shore Activities Military Construction Program Development. He was commanding officer of a Training Squadron for initial carrier landing qualifying, and served as Air Boss aboard the USS Midway. After his Vietnam tour, he reported to the Chief of Naval Personnel as Naval Officer Assignment Comptroller and was selected to be executive assistant/senior aide to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. In 1977 he was selected to be commanding officer, North Island Naval Air Station at San Diego, Calif. He was promoted to the rank of rear admiral in 1979 and named Commander Sea-Based Anti-Submarine Warfare Wings Atlantic Fleet, Jacksonville, Fla. Admiral Harlow returned to Washington, D.C. in 1981 as Director of Navy Manpower, Personnel and Training Budgets at the Bureau of Naval Personnel. In 1982 he became Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel and the first commander of the Naval Military Personnel Command. In 1986 Harlow reported as Chief of Naval Technical Training at Naval Air Station, Memphis, Tenn., and served there until retiring from the Navy in 1988. Admiral Harlow transitioned to higher education by becoming the executive vice president, then chancellor, of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., from 1990 to 1998. In these positions he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of all college divisions. From 2000 to 2004, he came out of retirement to serve as president of Jacksonville University. Although the military and higher education were his lifes work, he devoted himself to many organizations to better the communities in which he lived. He served on local boards of the United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Literacy Foundation, Brooks Museum of Art, Future Memphis, Memphis Rotary, Tennessee Independent Colleges and University, Nassau County MOAA and the Amelia Island Museum of History. He also enjoyed golfing with friends and family, traveling, and playing with his many canine companions. Admiral Harlow and Peggy, his wife of 32 years, have lived on Amelia Island since 2004. Between them, they have two sons, Mark and Evan Harlow; one daughter, Tracy, and her husband, Wesley Kucera, and two grandchildren, Alex and Rachel Kucera. Additional survivors include his sister, Margaret Strain, and his brother, Louis. His sister, Jane, died in 1997. A memorial service for Admiral Harlow will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors in Fernandina Beach, Fla. His cremated remains will be laid to rest with full military honors at Jacksonville National Cemetery at a later date. The family asks donations be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Please share your memories and condolences at Lee Morris, 88, of Amelia Island, Fla., passed from this life on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla., surrounded by her family who loved her so much. She was born in Blackshear, Ga., and lived in Nassau County since 1982. Coming from Alma, Ga., she was a graduate of Waycross, Ga. Nursing School and later earned her registered respiratory degree in Savannah, Ga. Mary Lee was a member of Five Points Baptist Church and was very dedicated to her faith. She loved visiting with her three lovely daughters and being a grandmother and great-grandmother to those who loved her. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, E. Wilbur Morris of Little Piney Island in Fernandina Beach; daughters and son-in-law, Cheryl Sebastian of the British Virgin Islands, Karen L. Hawkins (Robert) of Palatka, Fla., and Connie Murphy of Fernandina Beach; sisters, Ailene Thompson, Clara Carter of Alma, and Betty Tillman of Garden City, Ga. In addition, she has six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and greatgreat-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Eternity Chapel with Pastor Frank Camarotti officiating. Her created remains will be laid to rest at Bosque Bello Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla.rnft bnrfffGerry J. Claxton, 53, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018.rf fn David & Emily Gilyard For the Love & Memories weve shared, you will Forever be in our hearts. Van, Daevell, David(Adrial), Lawrence and Terence Oct 2, 2003 Oct 31, 2013 NEWS DEADLINES Community News: Wednesday, Noon Letters to the editor: Monday, 5 p.m., Wednesday, 5 p.m. Church Notes: Tuesday, 5 p.m. People and Places: Wednesday, 3 p.m. AD DEADLINES .................. WEDNESDAY EDITION ........ FRIDAY EDITION Classified Ads: .................. Monday, 5:00 p.m.* ................ Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. Classified Display: ............ Friday, 3 p.m. ......................... Tuesday, 5 p.m. Legal Notices: ................... Friday, noon ........................... N/A Retail Advertising: ............ Friday, 3 p.m. ......................... Tuesday, 3 p.m. Monday holidays the Classified deadline will be Friday at 5 p.m. MAIL SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Nassau County: $41.99 Out of Nassau County: $71.99tbbf bnbn ffff frfnrn rrThe 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 reprinted. All advertising is subject to the approval of the publisher. The News-Leader reserves the right to correctly classify, edit or delete any objectionable wording or reject the advertisement in its entirety at any time prior to scheduled publication if it is determined that the advertisement or any part thereof is contrary to the general standard of advertising acceptance. rfrntbfrftThe Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary will hold a $5 fundraiser between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. today in the Board Room off the Main Lobby of the hospital, located at 1250 S. 18th St. in Fernandina Beach. All items, including jewelry and accespopular sales. All profit from the sale goes to support Baptist Medical Center Nassau.nnnnnThe Fernandina Friends Flute Quintet will perform a concert located at 601 Centre St. in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. The ensemble will perform a mixture of music including Broadway favorites, Bach, Mozart and Joplin. The concert is a Troops, a local nonprofit that sends the joys of Christmas including pre-lit Christmas trees, stockings filled with essentials and goodies, and hand-signed, personalized Christmas cards to U.S. troops stationed overseas during the holidays. Donations will be accepted during the concert. Admission is free. For more information, call 206-3938.fbnb orders for new crop mammoth pecan halves ($11/pound), chocolate-covered pecans ($8/12 oz.), pecan caramel clusters ($8/8 oz.) and cinnamon-glazed pecans ($8/10 oz.). The last day to order is Oct. 31; orders should arrive before Thanksgiving. Place orders by calling Pamela Nobles at 2615713, ext. 2694, or emailing Fernandina Beach Middle School Fall Festival BBQ will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Catered by Callahan BBQ, the dinners will include chicken, ribs, potato salad, beans, bread and tea. Dinners will be ready in the school cafeteria for dine-in or take-out. Drive-thru service will also be available. The FBMS band will provide entertainment. Tickets are available for $10 in advance from middle school students and at the school office. Tickets must be purchased in advance.rnnrrfbThe November meeting of the Federated Republican Women of Nassau is scheduled for Nov. 9. The speaker will The USO serves military men, women and their families on military installations, at airports and overseas by providing support, entertainment, and hospitality. FRWN meetings are held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club beginning at 11:30 a.m. Reserve your place for lunch and the meeting by calling 4915544 or emailing by Tuesday, Nov. 6. Reservations are $15. Republican women and men are invited to attend meetings and join.nnr men make informed decisions throughout their prostate cancer journey, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Board Room at the Baptist Medical Center Nassau. For information, contact Lauren at 277-2700.rrrrThe Pink Ribbon Ladies, a Nassau County support group for survivors of breast and other female cancers, will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the Ackerman Cancer Center, Suite 103 at 1340 S. 18th St.. The Pink Ribbon Ladies offers support and education for women with breast, ovarian, cervical, and other female cancers in Nassau County. For information, contact Anne Showalter at 321-5465 or Isobel Lyle at 321-2057.fffnrbfrr Michael. Items needed include bottled water, diapers, baby formula, heavy duty garbage bags, cleaning supplies, flashlights, batteries, ready-to-eat food (cans with pop-top lids, peanut butter, individually packaged snacks), hygiene products, insect repellent, work gloves, and sunscreen. Pet food and general care items for animals are also needed. Drop-off locations are Callahan, the Westside Journal in Callahan and Turner Ace collection, call (904) 424-5261.rnrnfrnAmelia Island Brewing Company and Marlin & Barrel have Beginning today and continuing through Wednesday, Nov. 14, both companyies will contribute $1 per beer and $2 per cocktail per cocktail for items made with Marlin & Barrel brands. Funds help rebuild the devastated area.nnnnIf your friend or loved one is serving in the military overseas, can send them a box filled with some of the joys of Christmas. The focus is on troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq but volunteers will try to send boxes to others serving overseas. or call 904-206-3938.frrnfbf seeking volunteers at the Day Drop In Center, located at 1005 S. 14th St. in Fernandina Beach, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will sort mail, organize cupboards, make sandwiches, help clients fill out a form or application, print a form letter from a computer, sit and listen to people with a compassionate ear, and provide referrals. You decide where you fit in. Available only one or two days a month? The organization will work with your availability. Organizations, churches, civic clubs, community groups, and social service agencies that could provide a team of four each week are welcome and encouraged. Training is provided.rrnnSeventy-two hours. Could you survive that long in an emergency? 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 lonManagement to gather agencies, 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 neighborhood, visit and sign up. nbnrrnrnn 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Sept. 21 at 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, conrfn quality affordable homes and has completed construction of 42 Beach. The organization is looking for volunteers to help build homes. There are opportunities to participate in actual construction and site construction support. For details call 2770600 or email Learn more at 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 Meg McAlpine at 530-6359 to schedule your appointment. frn 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.bfffrrDo 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 meetings, staff meetings, and support. If you have questions or would like to schedule a meeting,call 491-9900.fnrn 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 14th Street or go online to and click on Volunteer. For information, call 321-0022. rfnt r 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 fnThe 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. NL 6 col. Fri. 10.26.indd 2 10/25/18 3:48 PM


in 1987 from the University of Florida. He has held numerous bar offices and participated in mul tiple professional organizations. He was awarded Jurist of the Year by the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and an AV preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Among 317 attorneys with con siderable knowledge of his work, he received a Florida Bar approval rating of 84 percent. Judge Stephanie W. Ray, 48, has served on the First District Court of Appeal since appointment by Scott on June 27, 2011. She is also currently an adjunct faculty member of the Florida State University College of Law, where she was previously associate dean for administration and academic affairs. Originally from Vicksburg, Miss., she cur rently resides in Tallahassee. She received her law degree in 1995 with honors from FSU. She has served on many Florida Bar committees and currently teaches courses for the Florida Judicial College. Ray has also served on multiple Florida Supreme Court committees. She has been on the board of directors for multiple, profes sional organizations including the Legal Aid Foundation, the Tallahassee Bar Association, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and FSU College of Law Alumni. She has also served on the boards of civic organizations including Junior League, YMCA, Ronald McDonald House, Brehon Institute for Family Services and St. Peters Anglican Church. She had received awards from FSU College of Law, The Florida Bars Young Lawyers Division and the Association of Women Lawyers. Of 415 attorneys with considerable knowledge of her work, she received an 87-percent approval rating on the Florida Bar merit retention poll. Chief Judge Bradford L. Thomas, 64, was appointed to the First District Court of Appeal by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2005. He is from Jacksonville and received his law degree in 1982 with honors from the University of Florida College of Law. He previously served as Public Safety policy coordinator in the governors office; as justice counsel for the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; assistant state attor ney on the second judicial circuit and assistant attorney general for the Criminal Appeals Division. He has participated on the Supreme Court committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases and the appellate educa tion committee. He received an award from the Prosecuting Attorneys Association in 2000 and the Florida Sheriffs Association in 1999. Among 409 attorneys with considerable knowledge of his work, he received a 75-percent approval rating on the Florida Bar merit retention poll. Judge M. Kemmerly Thomas, 52, was appointed to the First District Court of Appeal by Scott on June 2, 2016. Born in Monroe, La., she currently resides in Tallahassee. She received her law degree from the University of Mississippi College of Law in 1991. Prior to her appointment she was in private practice in Tallahassee and in Thomasville and Savannah, Ga. She is a member of both the Florida and Georgia Bars and has served on professional committees in both states. Her specialty was workers compensation defense, a practice area in which she is board cer tified. Civic associations include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, St. Jude Childrens Hospital, Wounded Warriors, the Quality Deer Management Association and the National Turkey Federation. She is a certified volunteer in conserva tion and land management. She was awarded a preeminent rat ing from Martindale-Hubbell and has been a keynote speaker in multiple conferences on workers compensation in both Florida and Georgia. Among 269 attorneys who had considerable knowl edge of her work, she received a 76-percent approval rating on the Florida Bar merit reten tion poll. A September 2017 article in the Tampa Bay Times noted that Thomas was one of two jurists who appeared on the program as sponsors of a Friends of the NRA event in Tallahassee. The article cited a line from the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct that says judges shall not use or permit the use of the prestige of judicial office for fundraising or membership solicitation. Thomas was quoted as having paid $400 for a table and said she was attending the event as a citizen and not a judge. She denied assisting in fun draising for the organization. She and another jurist at the event said they were not supposed to be listed as judges on the program and were not given prior review before it was published. A Tallahassee lawyer, Richard Greenberg, who has represented judges and lawyers in ethics matters, did not find it inappropriate for judges to attend an NRA char ity event as long as they were not participating in fundraising activi ties. Judge Allen Winsor, 42, was appointed to the appellate court by Scott in 2016. Prior to his appointment, he served as solicitor general for the Florida Attorney General. He was pre viously in private practice in Tallahassee and Atlanta, where he specialized in election law. He has participated in two pro fessional committees. No civic associations or awards were listed in his official bio. Among 325 attorneys who had considerable knowledge of his work, he received an approval rating of 77 percent on the Florida Bar merit retention poll. Winsor has recently been nominated by President Trump for a federal judge position on the U.S. District Court of North Florida. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations com mitted to promoting and protect ing the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, wrote a letter on June 13 in oppo sition to Windsors confirma tion for federal judge. The letter stated, Mr. Winsor is a young, conservative ideologue who has attempted to restrict voting rights, LGBT equality, repro ductive freedom, environmental protection, criminal defendants rights and gun safety. He does not possess the neutrality and fair-mindedness necessary to serve in a lifetime position as a federal judge. The full contents of the letter are available online at multiple sites including civil Confirmation of Winsors nomination as a federal judge must be approved by the Senate and confirmation was still pending at press time. For more information, the Florida Bar Association offers a publication, Guide for Florida Voters: Answers to Your Questions about Florida Judges, Judicial Elections and Merit Retention. Copies can be obtained by email at or by calling 850-561-5834. It can be viewed online at their website TheVotesinYourCourt. o rf rfAt the second meeting of the Fernandina Beach Marina Advisory Board, members exchanged ideas and began to form a plan to move forward while recognizing the importance of the marina to the history of the city. The Fernandina Harbor Marina has not been fully functional since Hurricane Matthew severely damaged it in 2016. MAB members discussed the repairs scheduled to begin in November. Board members agreed that the marina needs a project manager who can gather information and ensure the project stays on schedule. Marina Manager Joe Springer said it is his understanding that a project manager will be put in place by the city in November, and suggested that manager attend the boards next meeting to give an update on what he or she is doing, and how they are accomplishing it. Board member Cathy Chapman presented the board with a list of ideas for the marina that includes paperless contracts and the installation of pay-at-the-pump facilities when the marinas fuel station is rebuilt. Having tired, hot sailors sign five places on a contract on a hot afternoon is not fun, Chapman said. Paperless contracts would offer a remote check-in with an iPad. You could walk down to the yacht and tell the captain we can check you in from your back deck, and go ahead and take care of everything remotely and save you a trip to the dock house.ntbnContinued from 1A Ray B. Thomas M. Thomas Winsor MARINA Continued on 4A NL 6 col. Fri. 10.26.indd 3 10/25/18 3:55 PM


Board members said the publics main concern regarding the marina is the lack of fueling facilities, which have been dry for the past two years. Normally, if a business has a big impact like a hurricane, the first thing you do is try to recreate your revenue stream, board member Scott Stewart said. The number one revenue stream is fuel. That was $5,000 a day, plus, for two years that the city has lost about 25 percent profit rate. Springer said new fueling facilities should accommodate boats of all sizes. Everyone mentions the big yachts that come through, and they do, but there are a whole lot of people who come through and just need eight gallons (of fuel), Springer said. We have a whole lot of people that just want to pull up for lunch, walk around downtown and spend their money and just come back. They have nowhere to go. Pay-at-the-pump facilities would eliminate human error, Chapman said, explaining that in the past marina staff wrote down fuel usage and calculated the cost by hand. But, Springer explained, FEMA will only pay for repairs to bring the marina back to the condition it was before being damaged, so any upgrades, such as installation of pay-at-thepump equipment, would be the responsibility of the city. Members said they believe the board would benefit from learning the history of the marina project, including permitting granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in order to understand the process. I really think it would help if we could have some kind of tutorial to review the history of those things, such as channel alignment, the active and inactive portions authorized and de-authorized, former marina manager Coleman Langshaw said. Theres a lot of things that impact our ability to move the docks to the west because of federal navigation channel restrictions. Then on the state side we have issues with sovereign submerged lands and what can and cannot be done over these particular state jurisdiction lands. I dont know how comfortable everyone is on particulars like the expansion to the north, where are we on all of those issues. Springer said it is a lengthy process to schedule a meeting with the USACE and suggested the board try to schedule a meeting immediately for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2019. Langshaw said he also would like a presentation from city staff to explain the financial situation of the marina and its status as an enterprise fund. Springer gave the board an update on the upcoming project, which will entail removal of the majority of the docks in the southern basin, dredging, reconstruction of those docks, and demolition of the citys Vuturo building at 101 N. Front St. Springer said 16 firms were represented at a mandatory pre-bid meeting, and the city received three bids, which were opened Oct. 19. Vendors were allowed to bid on all or part of the project, Springer said, so the citys purchasing department is currently evaluating and comparing the bids to determine the most costeffective way to complete the project. Springer said it is undetermined how long that process will take. He said that bid information will not be public until the City Commission awards a contract. Board member Paul Lore reported on input he has received from the public. He said that there is often confusion between the marina and the citys waterfront, and that the board should work to educate the public about the scope of the marina and the scope of the waterfront. Lore said the community has a lot of suggestions regarding the marina, from beautification to insurance, and has asked him, Dont leave the vision of the marina to developers and politicians. In closing comments, board members spoke about the history of the Fernandina Harbor Marina, and its place as the Gateway to Florida. The gateway to Florida needs to be replaced, put back to where it was, Joe Blanchard said. It is truly the gateway to Florida. Everyone heading north or south is going to be fueling here. Theyre going to pick up a mooring ball here. Theyre going to sit on the dock. Thats not counting Shrimp Festival and everything else. Its a gold mine and a golden asset. Charter Captain Terry Lacoss spoke of Fernandinas history in the shrimping industry. If we have to pay a shrimp boat to dock out there we need a shrimp boat in the marina, I think, Lacoss laughed. Something kids could come down and see how shrimp are caught. Tie it in with history instead of trying to modernize it. We need to make that marina what the people want, what benefits the boaters and the people of Fernandina Beach. Amelia River Cruises Captain Kevin McCarthy explained the marinas importance in the history of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island, when planes, trains and automobiles were not standard. The mode of transportation was by water, so David Yulee, in the 1850s, designed a town that had its main thoroughfare, its Main Street, dead end at a river, McCarthy said. I ask people all the time, Do you know why Centre Street dead ends at the river? They look at me with a blank stare on their face. They dont know. If I had asked that question in 1850, every single person would look at me and say, What a stupid question. How do we leave the island? How do we come to Fernandina, if we dont come by boat? All of them came by boat. It was obvious. Today, weve lost that. That marina is our access to the world. The major thoroughfare of the Earth was the ocean. We were blessed to be developed on an island that has a deep channel and the ocean right around the corner. That marina is why were here. That waterfront is why were here. We need to make it better. r fntbnfntn Termite Season,they are NowSwarming and more. 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We will look at three relatable costs and what 50 years have meant. Costs will be compared to annual household income. A big asterisk: You do not see health care, often one of the primary household costs in 2018. I was not confident on getting accurate data. A house, transportation, and college are enough of a barometer to exhibit why many Americans are being stretched. It is not difficult to see why economics drives elections. On top of rising everyday costs, households are accumulating national debt to beat the band. National debt is purposely stated as a household issue, because we the people own it. This 50-year comparison is intended to be realistic, not pessimistic. If a stone can be thrown, college costs might qualify. Costing 17 weeks of household income today versus two in 1968 exhibits why $1,500,000,000,000 ($1.5 trillion) in college loans exist today. What household can dedicate 17 of 52 weeks income for a childs college? Another interesting point: The population in the U.S. from 1968 to 2018 rose from 201 million to 328 million today (+63 percent). World population number is 7.6 billion today versus 3.5 billion in 1968, a 117-percent gain. This is a column that might not have been written 90 days ago. In my new phase of life, what the heck. Something resembling fall is due soon. Most of us are ready. Have a good week. Year Household Average Median Public college/ income car home year 1968 . . . $7,743 . . . $2,822 . . .$24,700 . . . . . . $295 (19 weeks) (3.2 years) (2 weeks) 2018 . . .$62,175 . . .$35,285 . . .$309,500 . . . . $20,770 (29 weeks) (4.97 years) (17 weeks) Continued from 3A NL 6 col. Fri. 10.26.indd 4 10/25/18 4:01 PM


AT D W Luxury Travel Show November 1, 2018 e Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island 4:00 PM 7:00 PMJoin us on November 1, support the local Boys & Girls Clubs Foundation of Nassau County, and meet with over 24 luxury travel suppliers. Learn about the many ways we can help you explore the world!$15 per person entry fee, all proceeds donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs Foundation of Nassau CountyRSVP to Wallace Pierson Travel | 904.261.5914 | Ocean, River & Expedition Cruise Lines Group & Private Tour Operators Travel Gear Agency Exclusive Promotions Refreshments What We Believe e mid-term election is much more than a contest among individuals seeking oce. It is nothing less than a referendum on what America represents. As with any decision, personal choices are inuenced by ones priorities and value system. We do not represent and therefore cannot speak for any political party. However, we do have a strong feeling about what makes the United States exceptional and a model for other nations. We ask you to think carefully about what you want! at is why, we the undersigned, felt it was important to share why, regardless of past party aliation, we are voting for Democrats this year.WE BELIEVE:Access to aordable health care for all Americans is a human right. And while the Aordable Care Act can be improved upon, it should not be repealed without a viable alternative which provides similar benets and guarantees rights such as coverage for pre-existing conditions. Climate change and human contribution to it are real and only immediate national and international cooperation and action can slow or reverse this catastrophic trend. Neither our federal nor state government should be the arbi ter of a womans reproductive rights. Rather than being the enemy of people, a free press is a cornerstone of and essential to American democracy. Accepting the word of an autocrat or dictator over that of the U.S. intelligence community is an aront to the dedicated men and women who keep us safe and protect our home land. We should distance ourselves from governments that torture and murder its own or citizens of any country and that the benets of breaking ties with or sanctioning such countries far out-weigh any possible prots to be gained from any mil itary weapons sale or other economic trade. It is wrong to provide huge tax cuts for the wealthiest one per cent of our population at the cost of signicantly increased federal decits and deep reductions in our social safety net work and educational system. In cases of sexual abuse or harassment, both the accused and accuser should have the right to a thorough, independent, and unbiased investigation of the charges. e speed, pricing, or access to the internet should not be controlled by a relatively few giant media corporations. America is large and strong enough to be a refuge for reason able numbers of individuals who are politically persecuted or are subject to violence within their native countries. It is both constitutional and reasonable to demand that all gun buyers qualify to purchase through a universal federal background check and that non-police civilians be denied access to military level assault weapons. Every American, regardless of sexual orientation or national origin, should be welcomed to serve their country as a mem ber of the armed services. Americans of any color or sexual orientation or national or igin have a right (and as we all do, a responsibility) to vote and the facilities and mechanisms to encourage and enable everyones vote should be protected and expanded. e American public has a right to review the tax returns of candidates for senior national oces due to the potential for nancial conicts of interests aecting both foreign and domestic policy decisions. 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The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners received a report on Oct. 22 that 2017-18 was another record year for tourism. They also received a progress report from the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, and on Oct. 24 they finalized their rebuttal to recent statements by Rayonier and Raydient Places + Properties. Gil Langley, managing director of the Tourist Development Council, said 2017-18 was another record year for the area, with 685,000 overnight guests spending $508 million. The number of visitors represented a 5-percent increase over last year. Langley reported third quarter spending by tourists had increased by 12.5 percent. Commissioner Justin Taylor updated the board on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Preliminary results of a county housing needs assessment conducted by the University of Floridas Shimberg Center have been received. They confirm a serious affordability gap for renters and homeowners and the need for more multifamily housing units. A final report will be reviewed at the committees December meeting and will be the basis for setting future goals and direction. Based on recommendations from the AHAC, the county has already increased the home buying price and home remodel ceilings for the use of state housing funds for lowand moderate-income homeowners through the SHIP program. The committee is also working on changes in county and city codes to allow the use of accessory dwellings as rentals. The BOCC also began drafting a response to recent documents published by Rayonier Inc. and its real estate arm, Raydient Places + Properties, which one commissioner referred to as a smear campaign against the county. The county board and the land owner are in a dispute over who will pay for developing, operating and maintaining new recreational facilities in the East Nassau Community Planning Area, which contains the new Wildlight development. The board held an additional special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 24, to approve a final draft of its response. Anything that large has a significant impact on public infrastructure and that impact has been acknowledged by both public and private partners since its inception, according to Mike Mullin, a former attorney for Rayonier who is now the county attorney and interim county manager. Conflicts began soon after the creation of the East Nassau Stewardship District last year by the state legislature through House Bill 1075. According to a media release by the newly created Stewardship District dated Oct. 9, 2017, board Chairman Mike Hahaj touted, One of a stewardship districts key benefits is its ability to help fund, construct and manage public infrastructure improvements, utilities and certain recreational amenities with a development area . The press release also stated the District supported the landmark public/private partnership between Nassau County and Rayonier. Interlocal agreements with the county on public contributions to public infrastructure are required before the ENSD can spend funds for these purposes. While such an agreement was reached long ago on the funding of public roads within the development, no further progress has been made in negotiations with the county on other infrastructure. Mullin pointed out that the county has submitted 13 letters requesting a meeting of the two entities. Raydient publicly maintains its only obligation with respect to the development of public parks and recreational facilities in Wildlight is a donation of land, and has pointed at the countys failure to develop new recreational facilities in the rest of the county. Just to clarify the record, the BOCC has never asked the Stewardship District to completely fund public parks, according to Mullin. The BOCC response statement includes the following: The Stewardship District legislation HB 1075 was prepared by Raydient/Rayonier, Inc. to assist with public and private impacts and assist in the planning. It was not created, as stated by Raydient, because the county was unwilling to accept ownership and maintenance for the vast majority of the public infrastructure. HB 1075 is the contract by and between the public and private entity that addresses the public impacts and funding. Funds for public parks would be from county impact fees (collected from within and without the Stewardship District), grants, Stewardship District funds, developer contributions and Raydient/Rayonier. That has never been refuted by Raydient/Rayonier, Inc. In fact, their representatives have confirmed that in meetings and public presentations. Another point of contention between the BOCC and Rayonier and Raydient occurred in February, when Senate Bill 324 came before the state legislature. According to a BOCC statement, The legislation that Raydient/Rayonier supported in the 2018 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 324, was designed to kill HB 1075 (the Stewardship District Bill). It was prepared by Raydient/Rayoniers lobbyist Gary Hunter and he addressed the Senate Appropriations Committee on their behalf. Rayonier never notified the county regarding (the bill). If approved, the bill was estimated to cost the taxpayers in excess of $30 million. With the assistance of state Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, state Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, and the Florida Association of Counties, SB 324 was defeated by a vote of 18 to 2. As to why Nassau was the only county protesting the bill, Mullin pointed out that of the eight special districts in Florida, the Nassau County project was the largest and the only one in which wording about the inclusion of public infrastructure had been added to the bill, specifically at the request of the BOCC. The BOCCs eight-page response to statements made recently by Rayonier and Raydient can be found on the countys website, along with copies of HB 1075 and the defeated SB 324: www. A video recording of Raydients presentation to the board from November 2016 on the rationale for the Stewardship District before its creation is also available online for public review. rf rfn NL 6 col. Fri. 10.26.indd 5 10/25/18 3:46 PM


Choosing a Medicare plan is an important, but difficult decision. What you choose will influence how your health care needs are met as well as your out-of-pocket costs. During the annual Open Enrollment Period from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, you can reevaluate your current Medicare Plan and decide if you need to make changes for 2019. But with so many options its hard to figure out: 1. If your current plan is best for you, and; 2. How to choose a better plan to fit your needs. Using the 4Cs of Medicare Coverage, Cost, Convenience, and Customer Service you can assess the quality of your current plan and, if needed, find a new one that better fits your needs.Before you begin comparing Medicare plans, you should start by assessing your health needs. Make a list of how many doctors you have, how often you have appointments, and your prescription drug needs. Then, you can begin assessing your coverage options. If you decide to switch Medicare plans and/or Part D plans, there are few things you should consider about coverage: Has your health status changed within the last year? Are the services you need covered under your current plan (treatments, prescriptions, vision coverage, etc.)? Are there other healthrelated services that you would like covered? Examples might include alternative treatments, personal health devices, transportation or meal assistance. Does your current plan or the plans youre considering cover all the drugs you think you will need in 2019? How do the plans rank under the star quality rating system? Are there any five-star plans?When you first enrolled in Medicare, you may have picked a plan based on the recommendation of a friend or just chose a fairly inexpensive plan since the coverage difference between each option seemed nominal. Now as a seasoned Medicare beneficiary, youll find there are a few cost considerations you should reevaluate. Are your financial circumstances the same? What is the total projected annual and monthly cost with the plan you have versus the plan youre considering? Have these costs gone up for 2019? Was your out-of-pocket cost more expensive than you had planned? Are you visiting the doctor as much as you had anticipated? Or perhaps more frequently than expected, causing more co-pays and deductibles than you had anticipated? You may want to switch to a more affordable option. Did you enter the Part D Coverage Gap (donut hole) in 2018?When deciding on the type of coverage you need, you should also think about how accessible your physicians need to be. With Original Medicare, you can choose to see any physician who accepts Medicare. This means that you can access major medical centers nationwide. On the other hand, MA plans are more restricted in terms of the provider networks (doctors, hospitals, or pharmacies) they work with, which means you need to see doctors or visit hospitals that are innetwork with your MA plan to avoid paying higher medical fees. Before enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan, confirm if your local pharmacy is included in their network. Typically these pharmacies will reduce your out-of-pocket cost for prescription drugs. Here are a few things you should consider before choosing a plan: Do you plan to go on a few long trips this year? All plans cover emergency hospital coverage, but if you need routine access to a physician while on vacation, you may want to consider a plan that has a flexible network. Will you be able to get your prescriptions easily while away from home? Do you have a preferred pharmacy and is it included in the plans youre considering? Do the costs of your medications change under the different plans based on that pharmacy? If you prefer to get your prescription in the mail, do the plans offer mail order delivery? Is the price higher or lower than picking it up at a brick and mortar pharmacy?Last, but certainly not least, you should consider the quality of customer service you received with your current plan when thinking about switching. Were you satisfied with the quality of care you desired with your current plan? How responsive was your plan with questions or problems you may have had? How did your plan help you manage your health care needs (access to primary care, specialist, and prescriptions)?rfThere are a lot of considerations when choosing a Medicare plan, but using the 4Cs helps you focus on the aspects that are most important. The good news is, you dont have to search for Medicare plans on your own. You can contact your local UF/ IFAS Nassau County Extension Service at (904) 530-6359 to schedule an unbiased, confidential appointment. Appointments can be scheduled in Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and Callahan. Remember that the Medicare Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 every year, so research your options and get expert advice before you make a final decision. The Savvy Consumer is a monthly article written by Meg McAlpine, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with University of Florida, Nassau County Extension Service. Ms. McAlpine provides research and fact based information in the following areas: Nutrition and Health, Human Development, Family/Individual finances and Health Care (Medicare, Medicaid). 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This weeks Booth With a Cause will be Community Hospice, a wonderful organization that helps you prepare for end-of-life decisions, and our music will be provided by guitarist and singer Lucas Merren. Both markets will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on North Seventh Street and the adjacent parking lot, between Alachua and Centre streets, in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. For more information, both markets can be found on Facebook.PHOTOS BY PEG DAVIS/NEWS-LEADERLeft, Amelia Island Museum of History board member and folk heritage expert Peggy Bulger, left, and AIMH Executive Director Phyllis Davis enjoy the cool evening air Sunday at the Museums fundraising event at the airport. Right, Susan Martin, chairwoman of the board of trustees for the Amelia Island Museum of History, takes a brief break from her fundraising duties at an event held Sunday at the new terminal at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. 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o Fernandina Beach truly is a city of trashcans. One doesnt have to adventure far to see what an eyesore abandoned garbage and recycling cans on our public right-of-ways can be. Consider South Fletcher from the southern city limit north to Atlantic Avenue. According to Article II, Section 66-44 of city code, garbage and recycling containers shall not be placed on the ROW before 6 p.m. the day before pick-up and must be off the ROW by 8 p.m. the day of collection. A count on a Sunday at 6 a.m., 12 hours before allowed placement revealed 55 cans. The following Monday after the 8 p.m. cutoff, 92 cans remained on the ROW. The next day, Tuesday at 8 a.m., 12 hours past removal cutoff, there were 72 cans. At 8 p.m., 24 hours past cutoff, 55 cans remained abandoned on the ROW. Whats interesting is that recycling containers peaked in count at 39 during the period, with nearly half located south of Sadler Road where there shouldnt have been any since recycling collection for this section of road is on Thursday. And sadly, cans blocking the public sidewalk peaked at 11, with as many as two sitting in the bike lane, in violation of state law. To study the issue on a manageable scale, I looked at compliance on a two-mile stretch of First Avenue between Sadler Road and Bill Melton. First, I called the city to inquire which addresses had a resort rental dwelling permit. I knew these locations could not be offenders. Referring again to Article II, Section 66-44, For properties with a valid permit issued in accordance with resort rental dwelling permits in section 26-101(f)(5), the city or its contractor will roll the can or container out and back (roll-out/ roll-back service) from the street or thoroughfare a sufficient distance so as not to be conspicuous from the right-of-way. If you have an RRDP, you are required to pay for the service. At the time, only four RRDPs existed along my study area: one between Sadler Road and Simmons Road, and three in phase 1 of The Surf. Surprisingly, these three were the biggest offenders, often leaving cans on the ROW for weeks at a time. How could that be? I called the utility department and confirmed that the addresses were being billed. I was given the name of the citys liaison at Advanced Disposal. Upon contact and after questioning the roll-out/roll-back service, the liaison was quick to point out that there really was no roll-out service, only roll-back. As for the addresses themselves, the liaison informed me they were not on their list. Back to the Utility Department I went, where I was assured that Advanced had the current list, but that it would be sent again. Later, the liaison confirmed that the current list had been received, and that the addresses in question were indeed on the list. I continued to monitor the violating locations, personally observing the Advanced collector empty the trash and continue without rolling cans from the street, let alone a sufficient distance so as not to be conspicuous from the right-of-way. Again, I called the citys liaison at Advanced and was given yet another excuse. Through both email and verbal correspondence, I continued to make Advanced aware that the property owners were paying for a service not provided. In our final verbal conversation, I asked the liaison to admit that Advanced did not provide such a service. The line went dead. Seeking assistance from the city, I emailed the city manager informing him of the issue. I emailed five more times over a 10-day period with photographic documentation that the paid service was not being provided. Finally, I received a response stating that a meeting was scheduled with Advanced for discussion. Three more emails were sent over the next 44 days, again with photographic documentation that service for which payment was made did not exist. My final correspondence stated that billing short-term rental owners and giving it to Advanced as payment for an imaginary service was not working. I never heard back. Through a public records request, I attempted to identify addresses with RRPDs and validate all were being billed for the service. My intent was to identify the impact of no roll-out/roll-back service to South Fletcher and provide a dollar amount stolen from property owners of our city. After extended delay, my request was not properly fulfilled. As for the reasons for the cans abandoned on our ROWs, I determined that the root cause of the issue lies with short-term rentals, followed by part-time residents who visit for the weekend and place their trash/recycling on the street on Sunday only to be rolled off whenever they return. Finally, there are those that fail to respect others and find it easier to merely leave their cans on the ROW. People complain about unsightly above-ground utilities and excessively tall structures along A1A, a popular route to downtown from the south, but wheres the outcry for the unsightly cans left sitting along A1A and on the ROWs throughout our city? I frequently visit Jacksonville Beach and Atlantic Beach, but I never notice the extent of the problem in these communities. As a start to resolving the issue, perhaps the city manager should come clean with the public and reimburse fees charged for the non-existing rollout/rollback service over the time of the current contract with Advanced, until such time that Advanced begins to provide the service as per the contract. How can the city bill for a service that does not exist? Maybe that is a question for the Florida Attorney General. In addition, code enforcement needs to come up with a workable plan for enforcement. Even when brought to their attention, at most all they do is place an informative sticker on the can that accomplishes nothing in most instances. rfnno tnrnnnB b rfntb Heres the beef, Mr. Bell (A question for the BCC: Wheres the beef?, Oct. 17): I dont want county taxes to be spent on your for all purposes closed, gated new town development, Wildlight. Does the county pay for Plantation or Summer Beach green or recreational areas? Why should it pay for yours? You should develop green areas because it enhances the value of your properties. Terry Jones Fernandina BeachrfnrntnbnrAfter several years as a private business owner, I am back doing some animal welfare work. I am astounded by how many dogs are infected with heartworms. Heartworms are a serious, progressive and potentially fatal disease that affects dogs, and in lesser numbers, cats, as well as some other animals, such as coyotes. And it is preventable. For those who arent aware, heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. Yes, you know mosquitoes, those pesky bugs that can make time outside a misery. Not surprisingly, heart worms are most prevalent in areas that are hot and humid. Have you been outside lately? Makes sense that according to the National Heartworm Association, Florida has a very high incidence of heartworm disease. Fortunately, it is pre ventable. Here is some information about heartworms that you may not be aware of. Heartworms live in an effected host from between 5-7 years. Every year that an animal is unprotected, the number of heartworms may continue to multiply. The higher the number of heartworms, the more difficult it is to treat and the more likely there may be permanent damage to the heart, lungs and arteries. Also, heartworms are spread when a mosquito bites an infected animal and then spreads it to a new animal. Coyotes, that are becoming more prevalent in our area, can be carriers of heartworms, thereby increasing the risk. Also interesting to note, migration of dogs, say after a natural disaster like Hurricane Michael, when hundreds of dogs are relocated to other geographic areas, may increase the rate of heartworms in an area. All of this points to the critical importance of prevention. So, if heartworm disease is preventable, why are so many pets heartworm positive? Maybe some owners dont real ize that Nassau County is in the heart (excuse the pun), of heartworm country and that because of our climate, preven tion is needed year-round. Or maybe they arent aware that, according to the University of Florida, there is a 100-percent chance of an unprotected dog being infected by heartworms, if she is bitten by a mosquito carrier. Perhaps they are thinking that it might be just as easy to treat an infected dog, as it is to prevent the disease. Not true, treatment of heartworms consists of injections of an arsenic solution that kills the adult heartworms. Treatment is painful, lengthy and may be fatal. Also according to the University of Florida, one in 20 dogs may be expected to die as a result of this therapy. Lastly, owners may not think their monthly budget can accommodate the cost of heartworm prevention. But con sider this: The American Heartworm Association estimates that a 12-month prevention plan for a 40-pound dog may cost $70-$200 annually. Treatment of an infected dog may cost $1,200-$1,800. For those pet owners for whom finances are a concern, No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Community Pet Clinic www.mycommunitypet offer low cost options for testing and prevention. Your veterinarian can test and provide prevention for heartworms. Kudos to both Nassau Humane Society and Nassau County Animal Services for treating and caring, at significant expense, the homeless dogs that are heartworm positive. For more information about heartworms visit the American Heartworm Society at Laurie Buckley Fernandina BeachfrbrnbI am too often amazed at how some really smart people do things that just do not make sense. Voting Republican is one of them. I have a good friend who is one of the smartest people I know, and he claims that he usually just votes right down the Republican ticket. My friend is a working man, yet he votes for the political party that does its best to keep wages, vacation time, overtime pay, and sick leave as limited as pos sible. He is a family man, yet he votes with the party whose economics slashes school budgets. He is a concerned citizen, yet he votes for the party that talks big about safety but cuts taxes so much that our fire and police departments are con stantly underfunded. My friend is tolerant and generous, but he votes for the party that wants to exclude everyone from the American dream that is not white and male. My friend is a capitalist, yet he votes for the party that gives out more welfare checks (in the form of tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations) than any other country on the planet. Do those tax cuts result in more jobs? No, the bulk of them go right into the pockets of the wealthiest people in the country, constantly increasing the wealth gap between the 1-percent and all the rest of us. My friend is an honorable man, yet he votes for party can didates that have the worst record of sexual assault, bribery, and tax evasion convictions than any other political party, by far. Also, he is an outdoorsman, yet he votes for the party that works hard to reduce the regulations that keep our air and water clean. I try to figure out how such a good man can vote for such a rotten political party. It turns out that he just does not bother to delve into the facts of politics. His father (also an honest and generous person) always voted Republican, so it must be good enough for my friend. Also, my friend primarily listens to the rabid and dishonest talk show hosts whose sole purpose is to get Republicans elected (as stated by Rush Limbaugh), resulting in my friend actually being more misinformed about issues of the day than if he got no news at all. Readers of this good newspaper owe it to themselves to get the facts and not just believe what your parents, other family members, friends, and well-paid talk show hosts want you to believe. Think for yourselves. The Democratic Party is not perfect, for sure, but it stands for working families, fullyfunded schools and fire and police departments, affordable health care, and keeping our beautiful state safe and clean. Get smart, and vote smart. Mark Tomes Fernandina Beach A proposal from Fernandina Beach officials to charge for parking at the citys beaches has encountered an icy reception. It is a slippery slope. A majority of commissioners essentially wants to charge visitors to use our beaches. They will accomplish this through a parking fee. Its a pay-to-play stance. But will they charge outsiders for driving on our roads (i.e. toll roads) or using our water (i.e. utility fees) or entering our town (i.e. entry fees)? How about breathing our air (though difficult to measure)? In other words, where do you start or stop charging outsiders for coming here? The flipside is to live in a place where nobody visits. Here, we rely on   tourists/visitors of all types to invigorate our economy. Commissioners contend that city residents pay taxes toward beach restoration and cleanup and maintenance. And they do. But these are still public, not private, beaches. Commissioners say it costs money to clean up or straighten up after the visitors. They feel the guests should pay these costs. Its funny, but residents do not seem as concerned as the commissioners. If commissioners are trying to be stewards of our tax dollars, this is noble. But adding 20 to 30 new city employees in the last several years hardly reflects a frugal stance. Neither does a property tax increase this year. Bountiful tax receipts are already coming in through a rip-roaring real estate market and subsequently higher property values. So there is no shortage of revenues right now. In addition, by charging to park, another layer of government is created. Someone must collect the fees, someone must catch those who dont pay, and someone must enforce the penalties for violators (like mailing citations, for instance). Then you have human nature. People will go to great lengths to not pay to park. Theyll park where they shouldnt, like along streets or on residents properties. For all the trouble, and the costs, you wonder how much difference it will make for the city. Already in the county, nonresidents must purchase a permit to drive on the beaches. At least thats what the signs say. It doesnt really seem to be enforced. City commissioners have also toyed with paid parking in downtown Fernandina Beach. Again, they feel this will create a revenue stream for the citys coffers. But like the residents, the business owners have opposed it. Growth is coming outside of town. Much of it will be closer to I-95. This creates competition for our local merchants. So lets not create an impediment for people to come here. Paid parking is an impediment. At or on the beaches, and in downtown. We already charge a bed tax for lodging (which is a brilliant concept). This generates substantial tax revenues. Lets use this money to keep our beaches looking pristine. Commissioners have fretted about an impending onslaught from rampant development off the island, and that these new residents will hit our beaches like a wave. Let them. They also pay taxes. If the city wants to restrict the usage of its beaches, its a lousy precedent. On any given day, there are enough police officers on and around our beaches to enforce the existing rules. The system works right now. So lets direct our attention elsewhere. The city has again hung the tiny lights in the trees in downtown. The lights had been removed, but are now back. They are downright enchanting. The city is also installing what look to be large flowerpots on each corner on Centre Street. This is a fruitful endeavor. Maybe the music that used to be piped in throughout downtown will be brought back. We should entice and welcome all visitors here, with open arms and wide smiles. And free parking, in downtown and at the beaches. 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 newspapers 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) r o tt Nnw tE ttbn 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 fo PD v t E Annf BO r Ro D Bbo nt Sp E fbf fC p E o bnG CD DnN nStmf b Tomfoo Cm fntb bbbtbb bb ttbbbt EB o R fo PD v t tnb bnfOn Oct. 13, Guy Robertson and I held the Quen for a Cure BBQ Fundraiser at Main Beach. We just want to take the time to thank all of the teams that participated, The Decades Band and The Honeybadgers who entertained the crowd, and all of the public who came out and hopefully enjoyed the day. Overall, we were able to sell out of nearly 400 BBQ plates and raise close to $5,000 that allowed us to make donations to Community Hospice & Palliative Care and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Gary Lee Park Jr. and David Swan. I have done over 100 events in the past 10 years in Fernandina Beach and this is by far one of the most rewarding. Thank you to the sponsors that supported this event: SRM Concrete, Gs Slow Smoked BBQ, Wallace Pierson Travel, Green Turtle, Pajama Daves, Coastal Massage Therapy, The Bearded Lady, T-Rays Burger Station, Davis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Sunstate lawn care, Amelia Gentle Dentistry and Nassau Open MRI. Without your support this event wouldnt have been nearly as successful. Jay Robertson Yulee City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners: Roy G. Smith : 556-0951 (cell), email: Mayor: Johnny Miller : 556-3299 (cell), email: Phil Chapman : 624-5590 (cell), email: Vice Mayor: Len Kreger : 432-8389 (home), email: Chip Ross: 410-394-0220 (cell), email: cross@fbfl.orgNassau County Commissioners:Danny Leeper, District 1-Fernandina Beach, 261-8029 (h), 430-3868 (cell), email: Steve Kelley, District 2 Pat Edwards, District 3-Yulee, 335-0260 (cell), email: George V. Spicer, District 4 Hilliard, Bryceville, Boulogne, Kings Ferry, 568-3409 (cell), email: Justin M. 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o rfntbn r n r n r B lot A The Hornets (5-3) capped the 2018 season Tuesday with a 28-14 win over the host Pirates. The Nassau County champions also collected wins over Callahan (24-8), Bolles 14-8), Trinity Christian (34-6) and Camden County (19-0) this season. The Yulee Middle School football teams only losses came at the hands of Charlton County, Lake City and St. Marys. We had a decent season that was purely a team effort, Coach Bart Matto said. Eighthgrader Zack Drawdy was an exceptional athlete that made it difficult for opposing defenses to tackle or cover in pass coverage. The running game was made up of Yulees eighth-grade offensive line, Ben Thompson and Drawdy. Ben and Zack were a great two-back combination to keep the opposing defense off balance, Matto said. Our seventh-grade quarterback, James Resar, only threw two interceptions all season long. In Tuesdays season finale, Resar threw for three touchdowns and an interception while completing passes to seven different Hornet receivers. Defensively, Bradyn Matto led the team with interceptions, and Chris Crews and Ben Thompson led the team with tackles, Coach Matto said. Both Ben and Chris were difficult and powerful in our blitz packages. We are hoping the discipline and perseverance of this season will continue on through our spring and next fall football season. Remember, the best player on the team is team. And I was blessed with a fantastic and skilled coaching staff to be surrounded by. We were always on the same page and communicated efficient and effectively. Danny Jones, our offensive coordinator who graduated from Fernandina Beach, called some great games and had well over eight different formations and kept defenses off balance all season long. BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERFBHSs new head wrestling coach, Eric Kubatzke, left, and assistant coach Jeremy Ferry. Pirate wrestling is under new management. Eric Kubatzke, 43, has taken over the program at Fernandina Beach High School, his first head coaching position. There was a team in Folkston that I helped out a little bit one year there. And then the youth program in Yulee I helped out probably a couple of years ago, Kubatzke said. I have two of my own, and we kind of do our own practices. Kubatzke got his start in the sport at seven years old and wrestled all throughout high school, earning a college scholarship to compete on the next level. He was a two-time national qualifier, an Academic All-American, two-time Scholar Athlete, four-year varsity letter winner, two-year team captain and most valuble wrestler while in college in Illinois. A top 25 Division I wrestler, Kubatzke was ranked as high as second. I have three of the top 10 fastest pins at my college with the fastest two being mine, he said. My record is five seconds. Kubatzke hung up his wrestling shoes when he attended the University of Miami for grad school. No wrestling down there though, he said. He also interviewed in St. Augustine, but chose Miami to continue his education. I love North Florida, Kubatzke said. When I graduated, I looked at North Florida but I didnt know where Fernandina was. But, Georgia was just over the border, and Kubatzke landed his first job as a physical therapist at Advance Rehabilitation in Camden County 18 years ago. He migrated south, and has been a P.T. at Advance Rehab on Amelia Island the last 14 years. The reason Ive kind of been out of wrestling is I work in the clinic and I had a second job, Kubatzke said. I worked until six every night. When Kubatzke was able to give up his second job, he decided to fill his spare time with the sport he is still passionate about. Everything I do in physical therapy kind of stems from wrestling in my early years, he said. Injuries and exercise. It kind of fine tuned me where Im at now. Kubatzke, now 6-foot-4, wrestled at light heavyweight and heavyweight in college but he wasnt always in the upper weight classes. In eighth grade, I was 5-8 and 105 pounds, he said. I was a lineman in high school at 160 pounds. Kubatzke is thrilled to be back on the mat. Its a way of giving back to the sport that got me where I am, he said. The first official day of practice is Nov. 15 for the FBHS wrestling program. Kubatzke and assistant coach Jeremy Ferry are reaching beyond the halls of the high school. Were trying to start a youth program going, so we can come in sooner and start practicing with working with the kids earlier on to try to get a feeder program thats going to develop it a little bit more, Kubatzke said. Yulee has one going, and those kids are starting at six, seven, eight years old. If we have a youth program going, it will help us. Kubatzke has decided to develop the coaching style hes used to. Hard work and basics, he said. Ferry, who started wrestling at eight, was recently inducted into his high schools hall of fame in Virginia. He was a three-time state champion. My first two matches, I got destroyed, and I was ready to give up on the sport, he said. I lost three times my freshman year, and then never lost again, so I broke the Virginia state record for wins, pins, most consecutive wins, most wins in a single season. He was a scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I wrestled there for two years. I quit the program and school, Ferry said. I eventually went back and got my degree, but that was the end of rfntbbWRESTLE Continued on 9A rrfnftb rnPHOTOS BY BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERFernandina Beach Middle Schools Josiah Evans tries to dodge a Yulee defender Tuesday, above. Chris Crews tries to break free from Nolan Wilbur, below left. Rylan Hail is brought down by Pirates, below center. Tyjawn Brown is swarmed by Hornets, below right. 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o PUT US TO WORK FOR YOU Floridas Oldest Weekly Newspaper The News-Leader printed edition and offer the opportunity to promote and advertise your business to thousands of customers each week. Call 261-3696 and ask for Candy or Meghan and put the News-Leader to work for you!This Space Available! rThe Fernandina Beach High School base ball team is holding its annual poinsettia fun draiser, with pick-up or delivery scheduled for Nov. 28. Standard red, white, pink and marble plants are $15 each; hanging red baskets are $20; and hanging fern baskets are $14. To place an order, call Raquel at 753-0602.fnThe American Sailing Association has announced Operation Vet Sail to help vet erans with stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or physical ailments to heal with sailing. ASA schools offer active and retired military members and their immediate families considerable discounts for sailing instruction and certification; discounted rates vary by location. The program will continue through Nov. 11, 2019. Veterans with a valid military ID can get $50 per person off of the basic Sailing 101 course at Windward Sailing in Fernandina Beach. The American Sailing Association will also waive its $40 fee normally attached to the cost of the course, so veterans will see a total savings of $90. Interested veterans can call Windward schedule a lesson or go to www.windwardsail for information. For a complete list of participating schools, visit veterans/schools.trbRegistration is open for the 15th annual Katie Ride for Life on April 13.   Register at Fernandina Beach Fire Department, Fernandina Beach Police Department, County Fire-Rescue 3101 will compete in the fourth annual Guns & Hoses Softball Tournament Dec. 8 at the Ybor Alvarez Sports Complex, Fernandina Beach. There will be bounce houses, food trucks and emergency vehicles on site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Games will be played at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; no charge for children 12 and under. The event benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For information, call 310-3153.b Trot 5K will start and finish once again at Osprey Village Wellness Center and meander through the historic American Beach commu nity on Thanksgiving Day. A one-mile Youth Fun Run follows the 5K, so pint-size junior family members can join in the fun. This race will be chip-timed by Milestone Race Authority. The course will begin and end at the Osprey Village Wellness Center, 48 Osprey Village Drive. Check-in and dayof-registration is from 6:45-7:30 a.m. The 5K begins at 8 a.m., and the Youth Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. Awards will be given out to the top overall male and female and the top three male and female winners in the 14 age categories. Kids in the one-mile run get an award for finishing. Registration forms are available at the Osprey Village Wellness Center and Current Running or register by mail. Register directly online at Call 415-1429. Cost is $25 per adult; $15 per child 12 and under.   On the day of the event, checks and cash only will be accepted.   All pre-registered participants will receive a goody bag, which will include one race T-shirt. A portion of pro ceeds will stock the shelves of The Barnabas Food Pantry of Nassau County.Amelia 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 necessary. The club is a non-profit member of U.S. Lacrosse and volunteer driven. Visit www. or www.facebook. com/groups/AINC Youth Lacrosse for informa at (703) 981-7703 or President Robby Allen at aincyouthlacrosse@ or (843) 263-0761.tThe 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 wel come. Current boat ownership or sailing skills are not prerequisites to joining. Club activities throughout the year may include day/overnight excursions by water and/or land, sailboat racing, social activities such as tubing, swimming with manatees, picnics and parties and assisting with local conservation and environmental efforts in sur rounding waters. Contact Commodore Tom Maguire at (703) 298-1714 for information.rr Shootout to benefit Shop with Cops on Dec. 7 Registration is at 9 a.m.; shooting begins at 10 a.m.; and lunch and awards ceremony are at noon. Cost is $600 for four-person teams and $350 for two-person teams. Deadline to enter is Nov. 27. Cost is $605 for four-man teams after the deadline. Send entries and payments to NCSO Charities, Inc., attn: Larry Boatwright, 77151 Citizens Circle, Yulee, FL 32097. The Mens Golf Association of the Golf Club of Amelia Island held its annual memberguest Nautilus Cup competition Oct. 18-20. Unlike the past two years when Hurricanes Irma and Mathew impacted the event, the golf course was well prepared and in excellent condition for this event.   Ninety-six players were divided into eight flights for these matches. Flight winners included Mark Sobolewski and Ed Sobolewski, first flight; Dan Hershenson and Lang Durfee, second; Ray Whitehead and Bruce Marchetti, third; Jerry Koss and Rick Hamett, fourth; Steve Scavotto and Alex Bollman, fifth; Bruce Purpura and Michael Crook, sixth; Al Saunders and Patrick Whelan, seventh; and Bob Copper and Russ Fortune, eighth. Winners of the closestto-the-pin competitions were Larry Griner, Koss, Bollman and John Grisdale. The Friday putting contest event was won by team Paul and Brendan Markowski. A championship shootout matched all flight winner teams plus the best Saturday team of John Barada and Jake Bayley. The shootout was viewed by a large gallery of participants, spouses, friends and golf course staff. Winning the 2018 Nautilus Cup were Hershenson and Durfee, who outlasted the team of Purpura and Crook.    rfSUBMITTEDThe Golf Club of Amelia Island 2018 Nautilus Cup winners Dan Hershenson, left, and Lang Durfee. This years first Walk Off Charities clinic is set for Nov. 2 at the Sans Souci Baseball Park in Jacksonville, starting at 10 a.m. The series of clinics are a central part of Walk Offs mission to introduce children to the game of baseball who might not otherwise get the opportunity.   Last year, Walk Off baseball clinics introduced more than 1,000 children to baseball.   Walk Off will host nine clinics this year which will impact more than 1,200 children in the community.   As part of the clinics this year, each child will receive a free glove as part of their participation in the event. We are excited to start our clinics and introduce baseball to these great kids, said Walk Off Charities president Frank Frangie.   No mat ter what is happening at home, these kids get to learn to hit, pitch, throw and catch, and play infield. Plus, every kid should have a glove.   We are so excited to provide each of these students with a new baseball glove. Many of these children have never had or never would have had a glove.   The clinics are led by an all-star group of coaches from across Duval County, including the head baseball coaches at both UNF and JU. Without the great group of coaches, these clinics would not be possible, Frangie said.   Their commitment to giving back to the community and helping grow the game of baseball is what were all about.   To see their passion in teaching these kids is truly wonderful. For information on the clinics, email Joel Lamp at wrestling for me. I started as a redshirt freshman, but halfway through the season, I stopped. I was just burned out. It wasnt an experience on the mat that impacted Ferry as much as an incident off the mat did. I was a freshman and I beat the No. 6 kid in the country. He was All-American the year before, Ferry said. When I came off the mat, the coach yelled at me for everything I did wrong. That was it for me. Each individual needs something different. Different types of motivation work for different people. While Kubatzke was wrestling in the upper weight classes, Ferry started out as a lightweight wrestler in high school. I took fourth place my freshman year as a 103-pounder, Ferry said. He was a state champion at 119, 135 and 145. When he quit wrestling in college, Ferry gave up the sport for good until now. Once youve wrestled for that long, its always in you, he said. If Im watching a video, Im moving. If Im watching a match, and dont even know anyone involved, the same thing. You cant help it, trying to tell them what to do. Ferry and Kubatzke met by chance. I had a damaged shoulder. Ive been to Erics clinic for three separate issues, Ferry laughed. Thats how we originally met, and we got to talking. I loved what he said about the positive things as a coach. As wrestler, we beat ourselves up enough, Kubatzke said. Ferry agrees. For a one-on-one sport, losing is hard enough. And to have someone coming down hard on you at the end of it can really crush your spirit, especially at a young age, he said. Ferry has adopted the same goal as his high school wrestling coach. His No. 1 goal was to get us to love what we were doing, Ferry said. We would do whatever he asked of us. Thats the trade-off with wrestling. The whole team is involved. You can be driven by your passion for the sport. The AAU wrestling club at FBHS kicks off with registration and practice in the wrestling room in Building 22 near the football field at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 and 5 p.m. Nov. 7. Participants will need AAU Individual Athlete Extended Coverage Membership, which can be purchased online for $16 and is valid for one year. Club membership dues are $50 and can be paid at registration. The club code is WY7A7T.From 8A FERNANDINA BEACH PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT RECREATION ROUNDUP Visit SPORTS/FITNESS ADULT 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL LEAGUE. Register through Nov. 16 at the MLK Team registration fee is $50. Four players maximum per team. Games are played on Monday and Thursday eve nings at Peck Gym. Season Coverdell ( or 310-3351). OPEN ADULT VOLLEYBALL at Peck Gym 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Informal games on two courts. Teams selected each night. Ages 16 and up (ages 16 and 17 must have parental con sent form signed by parents and notarized). Fees are $2/ day city resident, $5 non-city. YOUTH TEAM VOLLEYBALL at Peck Gym Tuesdays and Fridays 3-6 p.m. for school and club teams. Players must have adult coach or adult supervision. Call 3103353 to reserve. Fee is $2/ day city resident, $5 non-city. OPEN ADULT INDOOR SOCCER at Peck Gym Wednesdays 5:30-8 p.m. Informal team games. Ages 16 and up (ages 16 and 17 must have parental consent form signed by parents and notarized before participating). Fees are $2 city residents, $5 non-city residents. OPEN BASKETBALL at Peck Gym Monday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (court closes at 5:30 p.m. for adult leagues in winter and summer); Wednesday 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Tuesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., based on court availability. Persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by adults age 18 or older. Photo identification required. PICKLEBALL at the Central Park multipurpose court with intermediate/advanced play at 3 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; wo8 a.m. Thursdays; social play at 1 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; and beginner play and les sons at 1 p.m. Sundays and 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Email dcultice@ for information. OPEN ROLLER HOCKEY at the Main Beach. Adult skate Tuesdays and Saturdays 6-8 p.m. and family skate Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. For information, call Ray Matz at (215) 852-7038. AQUATICS SCUBA CLASSES at Atlantic pool. ENCE: A oneto two-hour introductory experience that consists of a short classroom session and trying scuba in our pool with a certified scuba diving instructor or divemas ter. Ages 8 and up, $50/per son city residents, $62 noncity; $80/couple city residents, $100 non-city; $150/group city residents (up to six people), $188 non-city. Scheduled at your convenience. WATER CERTIFICATION: Private and group instruction available. Standard course: $275 (additional check-out dive fee). eLearner course: $205. Participants must pro vide their own masks, snor kels, fins, booties, and weight belts. Ages 10 and up. Visit Atlantic Center. NEW Sports Fri.indd 2 10/25/18 4:04 PM


Call us today and well get you on the road to SOLD! Mike Hagel Broker-Associate(904) 415-6039michael.hagel@coldwellbanker.comDawn Hagel Realtor-Associate(904) TEAM HAGEL NL/PSAdark in color. Jones said the cat did not seem frightened of her and her husband. He saw us and turned and walked about 10 yards into the bushes, she said. He just strolled off, he didnt run. She said the cat did not frighten her, as she was on a bicycle, but that she believes she would have been scared if she had been on foot. FWC Habitat and Species Conservation Communications Coordinator Diane Hirth told the News-Leader panther experts could not rule out that the cat was indeed a panther. Anything is possible when it comes to a panther sighting, Hirth said. Without evidence, it is impossible to confirm. More likely to be a bobcat, but never say never. FWC has a program for tracking panther sightings. For more information, visit http://bit. ly/2ELjru0.FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSIONA file photo of a Florida panther taken in 2007 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A communications coordinator for the FWC told the NewsLeader anything is possible when it comes to sighting an endangered Florida panther. A local couple believes they might have spotted one on the Egans Creek Greenway. Continued from 1Aits Facebook page, a link on the districts website and calls to parents. Jeffery Bunch, operations manager and fire inspector for the district, gave a report of his work to ensure fire safety in the schools. Bunch said personnel have been looking in the schools for old-style emergency lights and replacing them. He said he is working with administration in each school to ensure fire extinguishers are checked each month. Maintenance staff are looking for items that are on the State Requirements for Facilities list, including stained ceiling tiles, which staff is working to replace, he said. We are being aggressive this year, trying to make sure that, one day, we will have zero (items that need to be addressed), Bunch said. He noted that, while that zero number might never be realized, we can push and try to make sure we do the best we can. Bunch said he plans to start the State Requirements for Facilities inspections in November. In other business, the board approved a contract with the Northeast Florida Builders Association that will enable students to participate in the Associations apprenticeship programs in building and construction. The board also approved the elementary student progression plan, the elementary code of conduct, the secondary code of conduct, the middle school progression plan and the high school progression plan.Continued from 1AIt has taken me several years, but I have finally broken my habit of taking only new, unopened containers of toiletries with me when I travel. My epiphany came as I was planning a four-day trip to Orlando. I suddenly realized that I could safely take my current half tube of toothpaste. If I used a half tube of toothpaste in four days, Dr. Olbina would have to address the dental nubs I brought back from my trip. Swishing the entirety of a new bottle of Listerine would probably turn me green, and wearing enough makeup to justify every new tube, jar, and bottle of girl goop Id planned to pack would frighten more than small dogs and children. I have spent the last several trips mostly the packing that came before departure patting myself on the back for conquering the pathological desire to take only freshly purchased toiletries. It was only when I was packing for my latest four-day foray into the travel world that I realized that, while I no longer required a virgin bottle of everything, I was still packing every bottle, jar, and tube that I owned. One would think I was going to spend weeks, even months, in the deepest heart of a remote, unexplored land. Lotions for dry skin. Creams for itchy skin. Sprays for if I itch in spots the creams wont reach. Pills for if I do. Pills for if I dont. Light cologne in case the heavy cologne Ive already packed proves to be too intense. Or boring, even. Several brands and scents of shower gels and two kinds of shampoo. Really? Have you looked at my hair lately? Its two inches long! Even washing it with Tide probably wouldnt lead to a bad hair day. The older I get, I find myself living more and more according to the wisdom of that old advertising slogan, Better living through chemistry. The natural beauty of youth fades until one begins to rely heavily on a personal Mary Kay consultant. Mine has a permanent spot on our Christmas card list. Much to my horror, I discovered that this penchant for one of everything is not limited to toiletries. Long sleeve shirts to layer over the short sleeve ones in case its a little cooler than anticipated. Light jackets, heavy jackets. Hey, how about a shawl? And what if it rains? Should I pack a pair of gloves? Or two? And then there are the shoes. Shoes to match every outfit. After I have spit-shined them, of course. Walking shoes (dont need to spit shine them, a quick buff will do). Shoes to wear in the rain, dosed liberally with polish to protect them from the precipitation and puddles. And an umbrella mustnt forget that. Or maybe two my Adult Supervision might want one of his own. And since I am a great listmaker, I make one filled with what I call incidentals. If were driving, the list ensures that our car is loaded with mints, chewing gum, breakfast bars, a small throw blanket or two in case one of us gets chilly while the other is roasting. Washcloths and/or hand towels make great aprons and napkins for in-car snacking. I hate Styrofoam cups, so I make a note to throw in a travel mug for each of us, as well as our own bottles of water. Since this is the cyber age, my list has expanded to include my electronic devices and their charging cables, both wall plugins and USB. I am a fan of the battery-powered chargers for my iPhone, so I make a note to add them, as well as their specific cables. Pardon this side rant about cables: Wouldnt it be nice if my Apple cable fit my Walmart charger? Or vice-versa? Wouldnt it be nice if Apple made a very short cable for my charger that would not become entangled with everything in my purse? I own two devices iPhone, iPad plus two mobile chargers. And six charging cords, all of which must be put on the list because of the incompatibilities about which I have just lamented. I have learned to dedicate a good-sized bag for all of the unguents and potions that must accompany me. My Adult Supervision always crooks an eyebrow at it and mutters about all those chemicals together in one bag and spontaneous combustion. Most people pride themselves in traveling light. I do not. I always smile complacently and admit that I travel heavy. And support not only myself, but almost everyone else in my party. Be sure to invite me along the next time you travel. You will have every toiletry, snack, or support gear you could possibly use in the short time we will be gone.rfrfrfn trtb Baptist Obstetrics and Gynecology Charmaine Sesay, MD 463820 SR 200 Suite 103 Yulee, FL 32097 Phone: 904.225.2770 Fax: 904.225.8477 Will close effective November 16, 2018 To obtain a copy of your medical record, contact: 904.225.2770 NL 6 col. Fri. 10.26.indd 10 10/25/18 3:59 PM


rfntbrrrtr frtr t r fntb n t t n tt ff nnt nn tt t ntt ttt rff ffbnt f r nn fnf tbtn n r b f rnttbf nfnfb bn n f ffrfff nn nff n f f tbb tr rfntbVolunteers at the Amelia Island Museum of History are busy planning and preparing for the 12th annual Holiday Home Tour, set for Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1. The tour will run 1-4 p.m. each day. Each home in the tour will be magically decorated for the season by a local florist or designer. Visitors will marvel at the creativity involved in the renovation and expansion of the 60-year-old home at 1508 S. Fletcher Ave. Owners Julian and Diana McKinnie now consider it A Happy Beach Home and are generously opening it for the tour, a major fundraiser for the Amelia Island Museum of History. The original home built in 1955 had two bedrooms, two baths and a small kitchen. In 1996 the upstairs was added to create a master suite and the carport was enclosed for a larger kitchen. The McKinnies ninemonth remodel began in September 2016, transforming the original footprint of the home and adding a foyer, garage, and two guest suites. The front entry is worth the price of admission as the owners used reclaimed beadboard in a variety of colors for the ceiling. From the front door with the two circular windows to the stacking glass doors opening to the breathtaking oceanview side of the home, visitors will be awed with the beautiful design and personal dcor of the home. The home incorporates many shades of blues and greens that complement the antique heart pine floors, and the tongue and groove and shiplap walls throughout. The stacking glass doors that open to the outdoor entertainment space create the feel of a home that totally encompasses its oceanfront environment. The home displays original art and antiques. One of the focal points of the kitchen is an antique oyster plate collection that Diana began collecting on a trip to New Orleans several years ago. There are also collections of antique bottles, shells and sea glass gathered from their travels. The owners incorporated a stained glass window that depicts the initial M, which was in the original kitchen, and feel was a real symbol for their Happy Home since the original owners last name started with M, their last name starts with M, Dianas maiden name starts with M and their beloved dog was Meg. Julian and Diana began their journey on Amelia Island in 1992 by purchasing a condo, which they still own as a rental. They owned two other homes before purchasing this property and now they feel they have fulfilled their dream of being on the beach and in a relaxed and inviting home. This home will feature the seasonal decorating skills of Amber Marvin from Island Flower and Garden. The Museum is very grateful to Amber as well as the McKinnies for their gifts to the Museum and the community. This home is just one of five enchanting homes located on Fletcher Avenue in Fernandina Beach that will be open to ticket holders. All homes this year are multilevel properties with no available elevators, but spectacular beach views. A raffle and collectible ornament will be featured during the tour. Groups of more than 10 may contact the museum for a group rate. What a pleasant way to ring in December, see new views of Amelia Island and share delight with others. Buy your tickets soon. Holiday Home Tour Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the following locations: Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. Third St., 261-7378, ext. 100. Amelia Island Welcome Center (The Depot), 102 Centre St., 277-0717. Peterbrooke Chocolatier, 1427 Sadler Road, 277-0162. The Plantation Shop, 4828 First Coast Highway, 261-2030. All locations except the Museum accept cash or check only. Tickets are $25 if purchased before Nov. 30. Tickets on days of the tour will be $30 and available only at the Museum. Discounted tickets of $20 for parties of 10 or more are available only at the Museum. For more information, call 261-7378, ext. 105. On the days of the tour, tickets will only be available at the Amelia Island Museum of History. Hands-On Holiday Workshop One of the designers who will help decorate some of the FSMD, of Revelation Design, will host holiday design workshops at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, and Tuesday, Nov. 27, at her shop, located at 2383 Jamestown Road in other needed materials for the classes will be $50, with profits donated to the Museum. To sign up for the workshop or for more information, call 261-5546. Home Tour properties have great ocean views ELIZABETH WILKES PHOTOGRAPHY/SPECIALHomeowners Julian and Diana McKinnie with Amelia Island Museum of History volunteers Phyllis Helmes and Linda Loftis are presented here enjoying the ocean view that will also be available to ticket holders of the Holiday Home Tour. Additionally shown is the exterior of McKinney home and the couple with one of Dianas oyster plates from her personal collection. DAVID BURGHARDT/SPEICALCostumed trick-or-treaters Jim Solis Jr., Peter Solis III and Shannon Van Beek.ffn f nn n fftbb NL 6 col. Fri. 10.26.indd 11 10/25/18 10:30 AM


Luxury Travel Show which jointly acts as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation, on Thursday, Nov. 1, at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The event is open to the public with a $15 per person admis sion being donated directly to the Boys and Girls Clubs. For more information and to RSVP, contact Wallace Pierson Travel at 261-5914 or ange@wallacepierson. com. Admission may be paid in advance for expedited entrance or paid at the door. A meet and greet to discuss the formation of a Friends of the Yulee Branch Library will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the county building at 86026 Pages Dairy Road West (next to Fire Station No. 30) in Yulee. Participants will also discuss the future of the library in light of the rapid growth happening in the area. Light refreshments will be served. For more infor mation, call 530-6561. Amelia Community Theatre has tickets on sale for the quirky, dark comedy End Days, with performances at 8 p.m. November 2-3 and 8-10 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at 209 Cedar St. in Fernandina Beach. As a troubled family waits for the world to end one Wednesday, a teenager dressed as Elvis helps them accept each other and face the past, present, and future. The show is rated PG-13 for adult language and situations. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students through college and are available by calling 261-6749 or visiting The West Nassau Historical Society will hold its fundraiser Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes Festival and Car Show on Saturday, autumn celebration is an allday event held in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and adjoining 1856 Florida Railroad bed. The arts and crafts and food vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The car show portion is a judged contest in several categories and is pre Center, Callahan Cruisers, and AB&B Auto Parts. It is sched uled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10 a.m. with a bouncy house and youth-oriented games. For information on becoming a vendor, car show participant, volunteer, or sponsor visit or call festival co-chairs John Hendricks or Emily Baumgartner at 8793406. Joel Pace Music students will hold a hands-on instru ments session on the front platform of the 137-year old station. The Historical Society will honor veterans at 11 a.m. Local live entertain ment will perform from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours of the history museum, 1881 depot, tur pentine artifact exhibit, and 1940s-era caboose will also be conducted. Inside the train depot museum the Historical Society will host a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit called Crossroads: Change in Rural America. The national display will be augmented with local quilters showing their works inside the depot annex along with the Historical model train layout. Sponsors and volunteers are needed. For information visit www. or call festival cochairs John Hendricks or Emily Baumgartner at 879-3406. The 19th annual Community Fall Festival is set for Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on North Sixth Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. Families can enjoy games, bounce houses, music, face painting, free lunch and more. There will also be a special area for toddlers. Enjoy the fall weather with your friends and neigh bors at this free event. The Fall Festival is a gift to the community from Memorial United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church. For more information, visit or call 2615769. The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach has announced a reformatted Taste of Amelia for 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in down town Fernandina Beach. The Culinary Crawl event takes participants right to the res tasting, makes the experience more interactive, and benefits fund for Nassau County public school seniors. Participating restaurants to date are Arte Pizza, Espana, Fantastic Fudge, Florida House, 29 South, Pi Pizza, Nana Amelia Tavern, The Marina, The Crab Trap, The Patio Place Bistro, Green Turtle, The Palace Saloon, The Coffee, The Picnic Basket, Pozzi Coffee and Wine Bar, Others are being added daily. To purchase tickets, visit http:// Wrist bands for the event will be picked up in the pocket park on Centre Street. Watch for the signs all over town to guide participants to the tast ing venues.A beginning guitar class with an emphasis on Christmas carols is being offered by the Nassau County School Adult Education Department and will run 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays from Nov. 8 to Dec. 20 (no class Thanksgiving week). The class will be held in the Team Center at the Nassau County School ing at 1201 Atlantic Ave. in Fernandina Beach. The class limit is six and the cost is $80 for instruction and materials. Call Michelle at 650-823-1767 to register or for information. The Nassau County Public Library System will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. The book drops will convenience.The Nassau Community Band has announced the season. fall 2018 schedule includes the following dates: Oct. 27, St. Michael Catholic Church Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival, 6 p.m. Nov. 24, Fernandina Beach Christmas tree lighting Dec. 6, Savannah Grand Christmas concert Dec. 9, Dickens on Centre Christmas concert Led by Dr. Marc Dickman, the band meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the Yulee Middle School, located at 85439 Miner Road in Yulee and is currently auditioning for woodwind, brass, and per cussion members. For more information, email nassaucom or visit nassaucommunityband. The latest Nouveau Art Show, themed Patterns, will run through November at the Island Art Association Gallery. The judge was Mike Oyenarte, a retired art instructor, high school, com munity college and University of Florida adjunct with 45 years of experience painting in watercolor, mixed media and acrylic. The Gallery is located at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. For more information, visit Local artist Lisa Inglis will host painting parties during the summer at The Green Turtle Tavern and Cost is $20 per canvas with several designs from which to choose. Supplies are provided. The Green Turtle Tavern, 14 S. Third St., 5-7 p.m. Nov. 6 and 20, and Dec. 4 and 18. Garden, 12 S. Second St., 1-4:30 p.m. Nov. 8, and Dec. 6 and 20. Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes with Rumba at 7 p.m. followed by Salsa at 8 p.m. Tuesday classes are $10 per person or both for $15. A dance workshop is offered 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays for $10 per person. Ballroom On Amelia is at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios. Neither a partner nor a reser vation is required. The usual Friday night dance parties are on hold while Ballroom with Amelia partners with Crescendo Amelia for the Kraft Dance Series, which is held the second Friday each month through October. For information, call 6240886 or visit ballroomoname or the Ballroom on Amelia Facebook page. More than 40 classes are available at the Nassau new location at 1901 Island Walkway in Fernandina Beach. Go tonassaucounty to register and find out more. For ques tions call 261-0701. the classes being offered: Wellness, Health & Fitness Beginning Guitar, A Matter of Balance Managing Concerns About Falls, Tai Chi for Arthritis, Gentle Yoga, Mindful Meditation; Music & Dancing Beginning Guitar, Line Dancing, Beginning Belly Dancing, Happy Tappy Tap Dancing; Arts & Crafts Continental Knitting, Intro to Needlepoint Jewelry Basics for Beginners, Handcrafted Greeting Cards; Technology Making Social Media Work for You Getting Started/ Kick it Up a Notch!/Keeping Your Social Media Current & Safe/ Promoting Your Business, Clubs & Events, How to Use an iPhone and/ or iPad, Simplified Basic Excel; Community, Security & Safety Johnny! Chat with the Mayor, Protect Yourself in this EverChanging World, Protect Your Money $$$, Options to Maximize Senior Living, AARP Driver Improvement. You can also join NCCOA to learn and save at the same time. Discount memberships are available until Dec. 31. Contact Melody Dawkins, at mdawkins@nassaucountycoa. org or 261-0701, ext. 117. The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Urban Spaces, Open Skies: 20th-Century American Landscape will be on view through Feb. 3, 2019. This presentation will feature more than 30 prints celebrating modern cities and the timeless charms of the country. Visitors can admire how artists have aptly captured the changing landscape of burgeoning cities like Chicago and New York, with its iconic Brooklyn Bridge, busy streets, workers, and harbors. In contrast to such images, the stillness and serenity of the countryside with its wide open spaces, fields, and lakes offer a welcome respite from the often chaotic urban life. Resin epoxy, dirty pour art classes are being held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays in the Artisan Village, located at 2188 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach. All materials are provided. Cost is $45. To register, contact Julie at 518-322-7937. Kings Bay RC Modelers, established in 1989, is located Bluff Road and Oakwell Road in Kingsland, Ga. We are a small club with excellent facilities, consisting of friendly people passionate about our hobby. We welcome pilots of all levels. To learn more please visit Overeaters Anonymous meets in the parlor at St. 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Contact Ilona at 261-9361. Bingo is played every Thursday at American Legion Post 54, 626 S. Third St. The public is invited to play. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and early bird games begin at 6:05 p.m. Regular session, nine games for $20, begins at 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes, and pro ceeds are donated to help vet erans and the community. You must be 18 to be in the hall during play. Call 261-7900. Lions Club bingo, every Thursday and Sunday, Yulee Lions Club Bingo Hall. Doors open at 4 p.m., warm-ups at 5:15 p.m. Early birds play at 5:45 p.m. with the regular program at 6:30 p.m. Participants must be 18 years old; minimum purchase $15. Information, 708-2591. ACBL Duplicate Bridge, Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Amelia Island Duplicate Bridge Club hosts the only sanctioned ACBL duplicate bridge games on the island. Monday, 1 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, 1 p.m. For information, contact fredstokes50@ or (770) 616-7664. Contract bridge, Monday and Thursday, except the first Monday of each month, 12:303:30 p.m., Peck Community Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Living With Loss is a support group organized by the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition for any one who has lost a loved one and needs a safe place for comfort and support. Meetings are Mondays from 4-5 p.m. at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Cost is $10 per meeting. Call 2773699 or email supportgroups@ for information. Dust off your drum sticks, oil your valves or wet your reed to join the Nassau Community Band! The ensemble meets weekly at 6 p.m. Thursdays in the Yulee Middle School band room, 85439 Miner Road. For more information, visit www.nas o The Rocky Horror Show has returned to Amelia Musical Playhouse for what has become an annual tribute! Since its premiere in London show has created a cult fol lowing of costume-wearing, dialogue-memorizing, and prop-bearing audiences! The current production features regular cast members as well as many new faces. This is the live production, complete with an 8 piece (bigger than ever) pit band! Performances are at the AMP in Fernandina Beach on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, at 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. Prop bags are available for purchase at the door. Tickets are selling fast! Call 277-3455 or buy online at Nassau County Sierra Club will hold a screening of the award-winning documen tary Death By Design: The Dirty Little Secret of Our Digital Addiction at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library. The film spans the globe to investigate the underbelly of the electronics industry. There is no charge for this event. Consumers love and live on their smart phones, tablets and laptops and depend on the cascade of new devices pouring endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and mated that by 2020 four billion people will have a personal computer and five billion will own a mobile phone. Is there a tipping point between consum erism and sustainability? The IT revolution has some dark sides and Death By Design reveals the dirty secrets of these digital addictions. Auto Legends Amelia Cars and Conversation will meet 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27, at Ocean Air Coating, 924 T. J. Courson Road in Fernandina Beach (across the street from Walmart and Nassau Health Food). The meeting is open to anyone who enjoys cars. Unique and legendary autos will be on dis play and owners will be avail able to answer questions. holding a recruiting event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the parking lot at Lowes in Yulee. Who can join? Any boy who is 11 years old or has finished the 5th grade to 17 is eligible, and no experi ence is necessary. Boy Scout Troop 152 is chartered by the Yulee Lions Club and normally meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Prospective members can try a mobile climbing tower free for anyone to try out and a view mock campsite that displays some of the things Scouts do. Parents and chil dren will have an opportunity and find out about the fun things Scouting has to offer. For further information, contact Committee Chairwoman Pamela Anno at 583-3904. The Amelia Island Museum of History will host a special version of its Ghost Tour at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Costumed storytellers will guide you through historic downtown Fernandina as you listen to strange stories and otherworldly happenings that have occurred here over the years. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can pur chased online, at the Museum or by bringing exact cash or check to your guide on the night of the tour. The Fernandina Flute Friends will join their tal ents together for a free Concert with a Cause called Flutes for Troops at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Memorial United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach.The group, consisting of Susan Magg, Pegge Ealum, Holly Stewart, Sarah Flint, and Emily Flint, will perform a mix of flute music including Broadway favorites and classics from Bach, Mozart, and Joplin. An offering will be collected for local nonprofit that sends prelit miniature Christmas trees and care packages to service men and women stationed overseas during the holidays. To learn more, visit Amelia Island Pub Crawl has gotten a ghoul ish makeover for October! The Ghouls & Goblets Tour will begin at the Museum and wind through the streets of Fernandina toward the old Episcopal Church and back. With two stops along the way for stories and spirits, your guide will tell haunted tales of times long past. The cost is $35 per person and includes four alcoholic beverages as well as snacks upon return to the Museum. You must be 21 and older. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Thea at 261-7378, ext. 105, or emailing thea@amelia This is a special seasonal tour and only avail able Thursday, Nov. 1. Live Ink Theatre is currently accepting story submissions through Nov. 1 from storytellers to participate in the upcoming Hope For The Holidays event set for Dec. 15-16 at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro. Stories should be between 5 and 9 minutes. Please email stories or questions to snichols@ Wallace Pierson Travel is sponsoring the ninth annual rfA o r r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr frWednesday, October 24 Solution For the sixth year in a row, Coastal Georgia Film Alliance will present screenings of films made in and around St. Marys, Ga., at the Annual St. Marys FilmFest, according to a news release. Film fans will be treated to a special screening of one full-length movie, several shorts, and excerpts from other locally filmed full-length movies. Included in the lineup will be the movie trailer from Dumbo, a Disney movie set to debut in March 2019. According to Doug Vaught, Camden County film commissioner and chair of Coastal Georgia Film Alliance, Coastal Georgia is the only location in the United States to host the filming of this classic remake. Several scenes were shot on the Borrell Creek train trestle and at nearby farms, Vaught said in the release. Were proud to have Dumbo in our portfolio of locations. Dumbo is about how a young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus. Also featured in the FilmFest will be the full-length movie The Leisure Seeker, starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. Coastal Georgia Film Alliance co-founder and Vice Chair Barbara Ryan said this years festival lineup will show the extraordinary writing and acting talents of our area as well as familiar locations. Cast members, producers, writers and directors of the featured projects will be on hand to answer questions at the event, Ryan said. Other films to be shown include TimeZup!, Bad Day Caf, and End of the Road, among others. Ryan and Vaught said they are especially excited to announce the filming in St. Marys of Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. Guests at the FilmFest will be treated to an excerpt from The Shining. The sixth Annual St. Marys FilmFest will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Theatre by the Trax. Admission is $5 at the door and will be donated to CGFA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, call 912-729-1103. No reservations are needed but capacity is 160 for the evening. rfntnb DISNEY/SPECIAL NL 6 col. Fri. 10.26.indd 12 10/25/18 10:31 AM


Call 261-3696 to find out how your restaurant can become a part of our new weeklyDining Out feature page. Dining Out Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Dining Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Dining Out at your favorite local spots rfNassau County students, educators, parents and community members can now report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators through the FortifyFL app, released this year in response to the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The app does ask for the name, email, and phone number of the individual submitting a report. However, sharing this information is optional and tips can be submitted anonymously. Our brave students can provide information that saves lives. The FortifyFL app will give them one centralized tool to report suspicious activity, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said about the app. The app was created through a partnership between the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state Department of Education. The app is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices. More information is available at FORTIFYFL.COM/SPECIAL SUBMITTEDntbrKatherine Sicotte is Septembers Teacher of the Month at Emma Love Hardee Elementary School, according to a news release. Sicotte has been teaching for 10 years, with nearly half of that time at Emma Love. She loves teaching the students to think deeply in literature, the release says. r fFaith Christian Academy sophomore Christian Powers was selected recently as a guest speaker for Youth Night at Hedges Baptist Church in Yulee, according to a news release. Christian honored God and FCA by his sermon on discipleship and Gods grace. Faith Christian Academy is proud of Christian and his leadership, the release says.SUBMITTED The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced recently that it has awarded a record-breaking 177 new scholarships in 2018, according to a news release. One of those scholarships will go to Raylor Collett, daughter of BM2 Maria Collett from Kingsland, Ga. Collett will be attending Flagler College. Combined with two Fallen Heroes Scholars and three multi-year award recipients, the Foundation will assist 182 students with $500,000 dollars in support this year. In the 28 years of this program, the Coast Guard Foundation has paid out more than $5.1 million to more than 960 college-aged young adults to help the families of Coast Guard members achieve their goals of higher education. The Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships benefit the children of enlisted men and women who are serving or have served in the United States Coast Guard, whether active duty, reserve, retired or deceased. The children of the brave men and women of the Coast Guard have shown dedication to their studies and communities. The high standards theyve set for themselves are evident in the work theyve done, Susan Ludwig, president of the Coast Guard Foundation, said in the release. We consider these scholarships not only an investment in the personal ambitions of the next generation, but also in the future of our country. To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation, or to help support its work, visit or call (860) 535-0786.rfrrr JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERfrThe Nassau County School Board recognized 10 district employees as Outstanding Bookkeepers this month. Pictured from left are Superintendent Dr. Kathy Burns; Darlene Brown, Yulee Elementary School; Candace Ritsma, Wildlight Elementary School; Cindy Bingham, Southside Elementary School; Sally Fulford, Fernandina Beach High School; Pam MacQueen, Emma Love Hardee Elementary School; Sharon Blanton, Hilliard Elementary School; and Susan Farmer, the districts director of Business Services. Not pictured but also recognized were Susan Kagley, Callahan Middle School; Kathy Shipman, Fernandina Beach Middle School; Carol Rose, Yulee Elementary School; and Sandy Boatwright, Yulee Primary School. ALLISON COOK/SUBMITTEDrrtrrFernandina 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 678-939-7229 or if you are interested in volunteering. rfrrf nFrom left, Lola Hammack, Hannah Fields, Isla Wallis, and Sarah Palmer will represent Emma Love Hardee Elementary School as part of the 2019 Florida Elementary All-State Choir. Michael Genslinger, right, is their teacher. The students had to audition along with approximately 1,000 other Florida students and are the only students from Nassau County to be selected. In January, they will attend the Music Educators Conference in Tampa.SUBMITTED NL 6 col. Fri. 10.26.indd 13 10/25/18 10:20 AM


o Rrfo 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 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 r fntbnnb b t bbbbnn bbnn bnn bbb brnn b 904 491 6082 8:00 AM Holy Communion ( aid) 9:15 AM Sunday Bible College 10:30 AM Holy Communion ( ung) The Church with the RED DOORS In Amelia Park by the YMCA 1830 Lake Park Drive Anglican Province of America TRINIT Y CHURCH HOL Y FIVE POINTS BAPTISTMORE THAN A CHURCH, WERE FAMILYCome Experience the Joy of Worship & Service Psalm 100Rev. FRANK CAMAROTTI, Pastor Sunday School ........................................ 10:00am Worship Service ..................................... 11:00am Evening Worship ......................................5:00pm Young Adult Bible Study ........................... 7:00pm Wednesday Encounter Youth Group .......... 7:00pm Children in Action .................................... 7:00pm Wednesday Prayer Service ........................ 7:00pm736 Bonnieview Road 904-261-4615 Nursery provided WorshipInJoy.comFind us on Facebook: Five Points Baptist Encounter Youth Sunday Services 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. (904)277-4414www.ameliachapel.comAmelia Plantation Chapel 36 Bowman Road Pastor Conrad SharpsYou 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 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 Springhill Baptist Church will be holding its annual fall festival, Bethlehem Marketplace, today from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Families are invited to attend and enjoy an evening of fun activities, prizes, rides, and modestly priced hamburgers and hotdogs. Activities include beanbag toss and ring toss games, a cakewalk, train ride and rock wall. Admission is the donation of non-perishable food items to help fill the Community Food Pantry. For more information call the church office at 261-4741. Springhill is located at 941017 Old Nassauville Road in Fernandina Beach.rfrfrThe organization of Prince Chapel A.M.E. Church, under the guidance of Pastor Helen Jackson, will complete the dissolution of the historical mortgage process by burning on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2:30 p.m. Church members are asking for community participation. Please join us in this process of fellowship. The fraternization is much needed. Come worship with us. Call Charles L. Albert Jr. at (904) 261-4113 for more information. Prince Chapel A.M.E. Church is located at 95189 Hendricks Road in Nassauville.fntbffFor 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. 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.bbfJoin us Tuesday, Oct. 30, at noon as we sit with Daniel expectantly listening as the angel unveils the things that will take place as history moves forward and comes to its final consummation. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.frThe congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach will celebrate the churchs 160th anniversary Sunday, Nov. 18, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a total campus tour and a 10:30 a.m. worship service that will be followed by a traditional southern Homecoming dinner on the grounds. Former pastors and church and community members are invited to join the celebration. For more information, contact the church at 261-3837.There is much to the credit of St. Barnabas and not enough written about his impact on the early Christian world. There is much to learn from Barnabas and how he lived and the values he established in communities more than 2,000 years ago and those same values preserved through the centuries through today. The Book of Acts in the New Testament describes Barnabas as a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. His Jewish parents had named him Joseph at birth, but when he sold all his goods and gave his money to the apostles in Jerusalem, the Apostles gave him a new name of Barnabas, which is interpreted as son of encouragement and consolidation. Although he was not considered as one of The Twelve (eleven remaining) Apostles, he was given the honorary title of Apostle. He also was commissioned to preach the Gospel among those appointed to do so by Christ. What many people do not know is that Barnabas was a friend and schoolmate of Paul of Tarsus, prior to his conversion and continuing after that conversion. Barnabas was the first to convince the Christians living in Jerusalem to accept Pauls claim that he was now a believer in Jesus Christ and no longer the hated and dreaded tax collector for Rome. Barnabas was a true prophet, disciple, honorary apostle, missionary and martyr for our Christian faith, and was later canonized by the church to be known as Saint Barnabas. He was invoked as a person who was truly among the people and a key person in being a teacher with Paul in Antioch to the followers of The Way of Jesus Christ. It was in Antioch that those same followers of the Way were first called and known as Christians. As we fast forward to today here in Nassau County, the same among the people spirit that St. Barnabas helped establish so many centuries prior has been found here in our own Barnabas Center for so many over the last 30 years. Barnabas here in Nassau County is a comprehensive service center that helps those in crisis in our neighborhoods with a compassionate helping hand so they can become healthy, productive citizens. Barnabas Centers mission is to provide assistance to individuals and families. It is considered to be the countys only crisis safety net provider, operating the only medical and dental clinics in our county. Barnabas Center programs includes a full-service dental clinic that provides a complete range of dental services, a medical clinic providing comprehensive primary care, behavioral health counseling and coaching, nutrition education services, the largest food bank in our area, and a New to You Resale Store, where donations are turned into funds for daily operations. Every person that comes for services is treated with dignity and respect and is provided with an integrated approach to help him or her overcome adversity and achieve selfsufficiency and good health. There are many in our communities that dont realize important facts about Barnabas Centers achievements, such as serving more than 6,000 people a year, helping to feed 120 people a day, stabilizing more than 300 households in crisis per year, and providing more than 2,500 medical and dental visits for the uninsured per year, with combined restoration and maintenance of health for over 1,700 people. The food pantry itself feeds more than 700 families a month, and more than 200 volunteers save the Barnabas Center more than $740,000 a year. In all, Barnabas has more than $2.9 million in leveraged services, and there is much more! The Barnabas Center would not be able to assist so many in our communities without the support of our many dedicated, skilled and compassionate medical and dental partners who provide so many invaluable resources and support to these programs. The value of donated medical and dental services totaled more than $3.96 million dollars last year. The contributing partners include Baptist Health, Baptist Medical Center Nassau, the Florida Blue Foundation, the Florida Department of Health, the Vision Is Priceless Council, Florida Department of Health in Nassaus Partnership for a Healthier Nassau, Americorps, CW Vision, the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, and Delta Dental. Our very appreciated individual and corporate donors as well as grants received allow us to serve hundreds of low-income and uninsured patients who have nowhere else to turn. The Barnabas Centers compassionate and caring services have continued the teachings of its namesake and mentor. For the 12th consecutive year in a row, the Barnabas Center has been awarded a 4-Star Rating as one of the nations Top 1% of Non-Profits by Charity Navigator, the largest and most utilized evaluator of charities in United States, providing data on 1.8 million charities. The Barnabas Center has received many other awards from other organizations through the years and in 2018 also received the prestigious Sapphire Award from the Florida Blue Foundation. Theres so much more to tell about the Barnabas Center there isnt the space in this article but you can tour the facility located at 1303 Jasmine St. in Fernandina Beach at most any time and see St. Barnabas legacy in action! Barnabas Center offers services in Callahan and in Fernandina Beach. The Center believes referral and collaboration is important and partners with 20 local organizations to fit the needs of individuals and families in our communities. The Feel Good Season is fast approaching, when giving is especially the time of year that makes a person feel like being a part of something bigger. Every gift, regardless of amount, makes a huge difference, for now and for the future of our communities! There is a donation program that is especially designed for YOU whether its an employer-matching gifts program, an endowment, an honorarium or memorial to someone special, a bequest for the future after you are no longer here, or a group or individual donation! Every gift is tax deductible and, when joined by others, greatly impacts the Barnabas legacy right here in Nassau County. For more information or to arrange a tour of the Barnabas Center, call Alex at 261-7000, ext. 108. Giving to help those less fortunate is Gods word for all of us! It is by His Grace we are saved and by His Word we live!Its tempting to wonder: Whats the big deal about paid beach parking? The current proposal is for five bucks a day and city residents are exempt. And surely it makes sense for daytrippers to pay their fair share to care for our beaches. The outcry clearly isnt about money. Its about creating the place where a particular people live. Whether youre for paid parking or against it, were right to care and to think this through. As citizens, and as Gods image bearers, were responsible to build our city not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally, too. We, every bit as much as Adam and Eve, have been given Gods mandate to care for the place where hes put us. Were to nurture and protect it. Were to cause the plants, animals, rivers, oceans, and human inhabits to thrive, to be in sync with one another, and live to the fullest. By Gods design, mankind was made to create places. And many on Amelia Island, especially those who came before us, have created a place people love. The citizens who spoke at the recent City Commission meeting felt fortunate to live here. They were sure that our community is different, and they knew if not empirically, then intuitively that much of America isnt nearly so blessed. Many, Im guessing, came from cities that boast of grand buildings, sprawling borders, and expansive highways but where there is little sense of community. In Jacksonville, Miami, and Atlanta, there cant be much civic pride, at least not like we know here. And though these cities are big, most citizens never feel as though they, personally, are part of some grand, bigger-than-life project. Out there, it seems, the social fabric is fraying. But here, life seems warmer, kinder, and more hospitable. We are created to make places, and the indisputable fact is, our places reflect who we are. Our cities shape the way we live together. They affect our personal attributes, too: They make us friendlier or more distant; more optimistic or pessimistic; more caring or callous. We must build them carefully because everything, even paid beach parking, affects who we are. People are emotional about this for another reason: Its what author and professor Alan Noble calls the burden of existence. Let me explain with a personal story: A couple of years ago my wife and I took a walk on the beach. It was after dinner and we had no idea that a full moon would soon rise. As the moon began its ascent, it unfurled a perfect beam from the horizon to the sand, and it was thrilling. Then, at the moment it came into full view, a pair of dolphins surfaced for air synchronized swimmers, perfectly centered in moons light, and triggering a reflexive gasp from the small gathering of witnesses. Everything the sound of the waves, the smell of the air, the cool of the breeze, the soaring gulls and scampering sandpipers felt, in some cosmic and surreal way, perfect. There are moments when were bursting with the knowledge that Out of [Gods] fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given (John 1:16). There are times when God pulls us aside to quietly remind us Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. (James 1:17). And we, because of this place, and because our predecessors nurtured it and cared for it we may experience them more often. That, Noble says, is the burden of existence. And its only a burden, he continues, because it is irreducibly beautiful and good. It forces the question: Why me? What can possibly explain the incredible splendor of my existence? How can we understand this goodness in light of the horrors and sufferings in this world? The fact that we are alive, that we have agency, that we are capable of such tremendous heights and depths emotionally, that our minds have a capacity for love and creation and reason these things burden us. What right do I have to such a life? Of course, we have no right at all. We are no better than the refugee, no more deserving than the povertystricken souls of West Englewood in Chicago, and no worthier than the residents of any big city slum. And yet, by Gods inexplicable grace, we live here. The least we can do then out of gratitude and with praise is to make this city even more charming, more beautiful, friendlier, and kinder than we found 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@icloud. com.rfrnttnbr rfntnb t rfnt f NL 6 col. Fri. 10.26.indd 14 10/25/18 10:18 AM


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