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Title: The news-leader
Uniform Title: News-leader (Fernandina Beach, Fla.)
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Creation Date: March 1, 2013


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A worker begins unloading palm trees Wednesday to be planted in and'around the sports fields of
Central Park in Fernandina. According to Spurgeon Richardson, president of the Pop Warner Football
board of directors, the trees wert purchased with $5,000 in donations from companies and individu-
als for the Pop Warner Football and Babe Ruth Baseball leagues. A total of 59 palm trees will be
planted, Richardson said.

Smoking banned at FSCJ
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Effective today, Flqrida State
College at Jacksonville will prohibit
the use, distribution or sale of all
tobacco pi oducts,on all of its cain-
puses including the Betty P COok
Center in Yulee
y -.Itlnaaacide~s all airellite loca-
-'tons, adminirn'ative4-tic-es and offtite'
facilities, including' parking lots.
College enplyeets. student s. visitors,'
contractors and all others aj eexpect-

ed to comply with this rule and the
Florida Clean Indoor Air Act at all
Florida State College at
Jacksnville isco(nmirtt d It providing
student;. te'rniploy-'. 'Iculty ind vis-
itors a .nife. le:m. gr,-' L and healthy
.f-eniwie.ment. The benefits of a tobac-
co-fl et cmJarpu1- inc.ld- I educed expo-
si're to the h:allth haarids. f smoking,
iinprived h.-alih i l uLiden s, employ-

ees and visitors and decreased main-
tenance costs, according to a college
press release. Further, the U.S.
Surgeon General has stlatd thart ther
i nor' .aft: 1..vIl If .\posure to sec-
rindliand smnokc, tht prit- release
:,t,-d P ., 'hi i' tiidl.-h:iiid smoe'
ii ,.ver a short time can be harmful
and set processes in motion such as
cancer, heart disease and/or respira-
tory conditions.


Bob Ramshaw, vice president of the Historic Fernandina Business Association, Mayor Sarah Pelican
and Richard Machek, state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, cut the
ribbon on the newly renovated downtown comfort station behind the railroad depot on Centre Street.
The renovation was achieved by funds from a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant of $99,500, a
contribution of $500 from the HFBA,and about $50,000 from the city of Fernandina Beach. The
comfort station was expanded from 480 to 780 square feet, and sinks, toilets and diaper changing
stations were added as well as a new roof, lighting and ADA accessibility.

County mulls

gas, fire taxes

News- Leader

Nassau County Commissioners
'agree that they need to do something
to plug a projected $9 million hole in
the county budget, but it's not yet clear
how they'll go about doing it.
That was the crux of a budget work-
shop Tuesday morning, where the
board mulled a range of solutions to
bridge the gap separating the coun-
ty's $49 million in expenses and $40
million in revenues.
Chief among the solutions floated to
balance the budget were charging a
gas tax and adopting a fire special
assessment. But the board wotild need
to introduce those assessments in
March because they take several
months to prepare, county staff said.
"We need some direction because
some of these options are going to
take several months" to put in place,
said Budget Director Shanea Jones.
For the past five years, the board

has voted to offset falling revenues
and balance the budget using a mix of
reserve funds and 1-cent sales tax pro-
ceeds. But the county no longer has
the funds stockpiled to continue that
practice, Jones said.
"Your hands are really kind of tied.
Something has to change," Jones told
the board.
Commissioners were reluctant to
commit to specific options, but
nonetheless asked staff to research
the fire fees and gas taxes levied by
other counties. "We're exploring," said
Commission Chair Danny Leeper.
Adopting a fire special assessment,
Jones said, would annually bill a flat
rate to residents whose properties
receive a benefit. It would generate
about $6 million annually, akin to an
increase of 1.1 mills.
Levying a fire fee would free up $6
million from the cotinty's municipal
service fund for other municipal serv-
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Renovations to the sheriff's admin-
istration building were among the pri-
ority projects the Nassau County
Commission tentatively agreed to fund
while updating the county's fivtyear
Capital Improvement .Plan (CIP),
in F, .ll. 1 b,1:i, dJ pi ,.po.-d adding
nearly $3.8 million in rundin! for ?0
capital projects to its fiveve'ar C IP
Eight of those projects are already in
the plan, but need additional funding.
.Individual department heads select-
ed the projects to be added, finance
director Cathy Lewis said.
The board has set a public hearing
to adopt the updated plan for 7 p.m.
March 25 in commission chambers at
the James S. Page Governmental
Complex, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee.-
Commissioners aim to spend about
$40,000 from 1-cent sales tax proceeds
renovating the sheriff's facility, with
the bulk of funding headed toward
structural and electrical upgrades to
the investigation office and evidence
storage. Of the remaining funds, the
board would also spend $7,700 on a
new security gate, $7,000 on a road-

The Nassau County Commission
has clamored for a new sheriffs admin-
istration building, but officials are not
yet sure what kind of building is need-
ed and how to pay for it.
A small working group comprising
Sheriff Bill Leeper, Commissioner Pat
Edwards and County Manager Ted
Selby is identifying the sheriff's needs
and putting together what would
accommodate them. Once that's com-
plete, the project would come before
the board for approval.
Officials have long bemoaned con-
ditions at the existing facility a 39-
year-old building surrounded by a lit-
ter of doublewide trailers used for
office space and evidence storage -
for security flaws, lack of space and

Big-ticket projects
1) Concourse Loop Road
2) Blackrock Road
3) Jasmine Street drainage
4) Duct work cleaning
.,- ., $262.400

5) 14th and Lime

190 000

side sign; $6,500 demolishing a rotting
walkover and $4,500 on an ID card
"The more we put these needs off,
the more critical they become," said
Sheriff Bill Leeper.
For one, .sheriff's employees lack
hot water at the facility, said
Commission Chair Danny Leeper, the
sheriff's brother. The sheriff confirmed
that his staff had been making hot
water using a coffee pot.
The plan also calls for $13,600 to
be spent designing a new 911 call cen-
ter, which the board plans to move
from the sheriff's office to a planned
BUILDING Continued on 3A

ongoing repairs. But
recently they have
ramped up calls for a
new one.
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new facility would
take about two years,
Leeper said.
"It's imperative
Leeper that we eventually
move forward," the
sheriff told commiuns-
sioners As they reviewed capital proj-
ects at a board meeting Monday.
The new facility was missing from
a list of proposed additions to the coiun-
ty's five-year Capital Improvement Plan
(CIP). But its absence was intentional,
said Selby, because state law bars coun-
ties from placing a capital project on the
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FRIDAY, MARCH 1. 2013 NEWS News-Leader


Frances Merriam Hikel Burghardt

Mrs. Frances Merriam Hikel
Burghardt, age 94, formerly of
Fernandina Beach, passed away
on February 26th at Heritage
Park Health and Rehabilitation
Center in Dade City, FL
Born in Holderness, New
Hampshire, she was the
youngest of 10
surviving chil-
dren born to
George and
Freda Hikel.
She grew up in
Groton and
Plymouth, NH,
where she was an avid Girl
Scout and loved to snow ski.
She was a graduate of Plymouth
High School, Class of 1936.
After high school, Frances
attended Plymouth Teacher's
College in Plymouth, NH,
where she received her bache-
lor's degree in education in
1940, graduating as class
The following year, Frances
married Corwin Burghardt.
Shortly thereafter, their domes-
tic plans were interrupted by
the U.S. entry into World War 11.
Frances taught school in New
Hampshire and Virginia, and
also worked for General Electric
in San Francisco while her hus-
band was deployed in the Pacific
Theater as a United States
After the war, Frances and
Corky made their home in
Berlin, NH. Frances earned her
Master of Education degree in
1955, after several years of grad-
uate work, all the while teaching
school, directing her church
choir and bearing two sons born
in 1953 and 1954. After moving
to Louisiana in 1957, the

Michael Woleshin
Mr. Michael Woleshin of
Jacksonville, FL passed away
Tuesday morning, February 26,
2013 at his residence.
Mr. Woleshin was born on
October 21, 1918 in Butler, PA.
SHe was a grad-
uate of Jones
Business Col-
lege in Jackson-
ville with an
Associates de-
gree in Science.
Mr. Woleshin
enlisted in the United States
Navy in 1939 and was
'Honorably Discharged as Chief
Petty Officer in 1959. After his
Naval career, Mr. Woleshin was
employed at Volkswagen in
Jacksonville with 20 years of
service. He has been a resident
of Jacksonville for over 70 years
and a member of the Garden
City United Methodist Church.
He leaves behind his wife,

Burghardts settled in Fernan-
dina Beach, Florida in 1960.
Frances taught elementary
school in Fernandina Beach
from 1960 until her retirement
in 1983. She loved long walks on
the beach and was a doting
Frances and her husband
were members of the Terpsi-
chorean Club and the Cotillion
Club. She was a member of the
Night Bloomer's Garden Club,
and a lifetime member of the
Fernandina Beach Woman's
Frances was an active and
devout member of St. Michael's
Catholic Church where she
served as choir director for
many years.
She is predeceased by her
husband, Corwin, her parents
and nine brothers and sisters.
She leaves behind her two
sons, Peter Burghardt (Barba-
*ra), Zephyrhills, FL, David
Burghardt (Lisa), Fernandina
Beach, FL, and three grand-
children, Elaine Frances
Burghardt, Catherine (Hector)
Rodriguez and Christopher
Burghardt as well as a large
extended family of nieces and
nephews who loved her dearly.
Funeral services will be at
11:00 am on Monday, March
4th in the Chapel of Oxley-
Heard Funeral Home.
She will be laid to rest beside
her husband in Bosque Bello
Her family will receive
friends on Sunday, March 3rd
from 1:00-3:00 pm at the funer-
al home.
Please share her life story
at www.oxleyheard.com.
Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors

Agnes Woleshin, of Jacksonville,
FL His sons Michael Woleshin
and his wife Joyce of Nocatee,
FL and Dr. Thomas Woleshin
and his wife Marsha of Fernan-
dina Beach, FL His grandchil-
dren, Marc Woleshin, Michael
Googins, Troy Woleshin, Shaun
Woleshin, Leanne Woleshin,
Michelle Hayes, a special neph-
ew, Richard Laughinghouse, a
special niece, Barbara Manning
and 7 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be held
at 1:00 PM on Saturday at
George H. Hewell and Sons
Funeral Home on Main St. in
.Jacksonville with Rev. AlletfPatz
officiating. Burial will follow in
Evergreen Cemetery with full
military honors. The family will
receive friends from 6-8 PM
Friday evening at the funeral
George H. Hewell and Sons
Funeral Home


Wayne Allred, 68, Fernandina Beach, died Wednesday, Feb.
27, 2013. Private services will be held in Williston.
Green Pine Funeral Home
Robert S. Edmonds Sr., 75, Hilliard, died Wednesday, Feb.
27. Arrangements were incomplete at time of publication.
Green Pine Funeral Home
Mr. Jack Tanis II, 60, Fernandina Beach, died Tuesday,
Feb. 26, 2013.
Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors

Tips to cut waste

for the ocean's sake

For the News-Leader

It's a growing problem in the northern
Pacific Ocean and one that could change life
on our planet within the next 20 years.
"I remember the first time I felt it; I was
paddling out on my surfboard and noticed a
mushy, plastic-like substance sliding through
my fingers. That's what started my obsession
p with the Great Pacific
0 AGarbage Patch," says
charity fundraiser and
S Veronica Grey. "The patch
S -- , is located between Hawaii
and California in the
'-:.-- J northern Pacific Ocean,
where millions of small bits of plastic have
gathered in a vortex of ocean currents known
as a gyre."
As sorheone with ample experience raising
awareness for worthy causes, Grey paired her
professional skills with her personal passion
for the ocean, creating the award-winning
documentary "Aqua Seafoam Shame,"
(www.Pacific-TV.com), which spotlights the
mess in the ocean that has garnered precious
little media attention, she says.
"Fifteen years ago The Patch was the size
Texas, but now it's the size of the continental
United States," says Grey, who used her
iPhone to shoot the documentary, which fea-
tures renowned scientists, journalists and
environmentalists. ,
Plastic in the ocean has far-reaching impli-
cations that, if not addressed within 20 years,
could change life on this planet, she says. To
date, 177 species of sea life are known to
ingest plastic; other species feed on those
creatures, extending the chain of damage.
"People eat the seafood that eats plastic,
and the planet gets its rain from the oceans,
which are being polluted at an exponential
rate," she says. "We use significantly more of
our planet's surface as a dump than for grow-
ing food; this has to change."
To begin addressing plastics pollution,

S'People eat the seafood that
eats plastic, and the planet
gets its rain from the oceans,
which are being polluted at
an exponential rate.'

Grey encourages people to use alternatives:
Americans buy 2 million bottles of water
every five minutes; ditch plastic bottles and
use glass or recyclable cans.
Carry a cost-effective canvas bag instead
getting disposable plastic bags at the grocery
store. We waste 10 billion plastic bags every
Do not line your trash cans with plastic
bags. Use paper bags or nothing.
Skip the lid on your to-go drinks. The
paper cup is normally recyclable but the lid
usually isn't
Remember that each-and every time you
flush; it all ends up in the ocean. Be mindful
of what you toss in your toilet.
Veronica Grey is an award-winning author
and filmmaker A graduate of UCLA, she is a
regular contributor to TV stations across the
country and is the recipient of the 2011 New
Media award from the Pare Lorentz Film
Festival. "Aqua Seafoam Shame" is a critically
acclaimed documentary that explores the diag-
nosis that 25 percent of our planet's surface is
now a landfill, due to the Pacific garbage patch
and plastics. The movie also explores the
process by which conscientious companies, some
because of her encouragement, switched from
plastic to a more sustainable alternative. Grey
was born on PI (3.14) in PI (Philippines
Island) and she is recognized as a numbers

Micah's Place seeks

volunteers for special events

. Micah's Place has several special events
coming up in April and is looking for volun-
teers to help with these events.
Saturday, April 6. The Austin Healey
Southeastern Classic XXVII Car Show on
Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, from 9
a.m.-I p.m. Micah's Place will have an aware-
ness booth located in the pocket park next to
Amelia Coffee Shop on Centre Street.
Volunteers are needed in two-hour incre-
ments to help sell the cookbook, A Savory
Taste, hand out awareness materials and
answer questions about programs and servic-
Saturday, April 13. Amelia Island Home
and Garden Tour 2013, at Osprey Village at
Amelia Island Plantation from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The tour, which began 12 years ago to raise
much-needed funds for Micah's Place,
Nassau County's only shelter for victims of
domestic abuse, has become one of Amelia
Island's most eagerly anticipated annual
events. Four gracious homeowners and two
model properties at Osprey Village will open
their doors to the public so that Micah's
Place can continue to open its doors to vic-
tims of domestic violence in Nassau County.'
This particular tour will be a real window
to the ultimate lifestyle in an ctive retire-

ment community. "Passport to Collections
Through a Lifetime" showcases the homes of
private residents and up-close-and-personal
stories of their incredible family lives and
experiences. A buffet luncheon will be
served in the two-story dining room at the
Villas of Osprey. Volunteers will help collect
tickets, assist with'parking, guide gtietis to
the homes and dining room, as greeters,
room monitors and more. Volunteers are
needed for three-hour shifts.
Sunday, April 21. The Sheffield's at the
Palace Golf Tournament. The 4th Annual
Sheffield's at the Palace "Black and White
Gala" and "Golf Tournament" to benefit
Micah's Place will be held Saturday, April 20
and Sunday, April 21. On Saturday evening,
guests will participate in a silent auction to
raise funds for Micah's Place intervention
and prevention programs. An assortment of
"Amelia Packages" will include gift certifi-
cates from local businesses. The tournament
will be a day of fun, food, gifts and awards on
Sunday, April 21 at the Amelia River Golf*
Volunteers are needed the day of the tour-
natnent to check in the golfers, monitor the
Putting, Longest.Drive and Hole-in-One con-
tests, and throughout the day to assist golfers


Yard sale.
American Legion Post 174
will sponsor a Community
Yard sale March 2 from 8
a.m.-2 p.m. at 200 South 12th
St., corner of Beech and
South 12th streets. Fee is
$10 for a 9- by 16-foot park-
ing lot size space.. Sell new or
"gently used" items. For par-
ticipant information and reg-
istration contact Post 174 at
alfPostl74@gmail.com. For
all other questions contact
Mary Traeye Holloway, First
Vice Commander, at 321-
9174. Eligible nonprofits
qualify for one space per
Alpha Delta Kappa, a
teaching sorority, will host a

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Letters to the editor:
Monday, 12 p.m.

Classified Ads: Monday, 5:00 p.m.* Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.
Classified Display: Friday, 3 p.m. Tuesday, 5 p.m.
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garage sale on March 2 in
the Emma Love cafeteria
from 8 am. to noon. All pro-
ceeds from the sale support
the Alpha Delta Kappa schol-
arship for Nassau County
Film fundraiser
A student film production
fundraiser yard sale will be
held March 2 from 9 a.m.-2
p.m. at 96071 Blackrock
Road, Yulee.
A community yard sale
will be held March 9 from 8
a.m.-2 p.m. at the Callahan
Depot. Reserve a 10 by 10
space for $10 by calling
(904) 879-1441. There will be
clothing, household items,
horse tack, fundraising and
information booths and face-
painting as well as a bike hel-
met and car seat safety
demonstrations. Micah's

Place will be on site at 2 p.m.
to accept gently used items
for its Purple Dove store that
helps find its mission to end
domestic violence.
CAy yardsale
The city of Fernandina
Beach Community Yard Sale
will be held March 30 at the
Atlantic Recreation Center
from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with set-
up from 7-9 a.m. Ten indoor
booths are available at $40
each, including two banquet
tables and five chairs.
Sixty outdoor booths are .
available at $15 each, bring
your own set-up. Visit the rec
center to reserve and select
a location.
Contact Jay at 277-7350,
ext. 2013 orjrobertson@
fbfl.org for information.
Concessions will be available
for purchase all day long,
with complimentary coffee
and donuts from 9-10 a.m.





A small tornado spawned by a heavy rainstorm
caused big property losses in the Nassauville
February 28, 1963

The Women's International Tennis Association
Championship tournament said it would leave
Amelia Island Plantation after nine years due to
its lack of sponsorship and schedule conflicts. ,
February 26, 2003

Congress appropriated $400,000 for a beach
renourishment project along 4.3 miles of
Fernandina Beach.
February 28, 2003



The McArthur Family
YMCA is hosting "My Y
Week" through March 6 as
part of the annual Give to.
the Y Campaign to raise
funds for programs for chil-
dren and families. Fun
events are scheduled for
the Citrona Drive branch
including Bingo and
Smoothies, 3/3 Adult
Basketball, Zumba Party,
D-J Yoga Concert, specialty
boot camp, free orthopedic
and nutrition consultations,
blood pressure screenings
and 10-minute reflexology
massages. For dates and
times, visit www.firstcbast
r or call 261-1080, ext. 8.
Women's series
The Women's Center of
Jacksonville presents the
third annual 2013 Speaker
Series Women, Words
and Wisdom. The series
will feature three dynamic
women: March 5, Emilly
Retherford Lisska; April 2,
Jennifer K. Wesely, Ph:D.;
and May 7, Madeline
Previously announced
first speaker, Anne M.
,Butler of Fernandina
Beach, is unable to partici-
pate in this year's series.
All of the lectures will
be held at Theatre Jackson-
ville in San Marco. Each
event will begin with a
reception at 5:30 p.m. with
the featured speaker, and
at 6:30 p.m., the lecture
with a question and answer
session to follow. Tickets
are $90 for the series and
$35 for a single speaker.
For ticket information
go to www.womenscen-
terofjax.org or call (904)
722-3000, ext. 0.
Lunch meeting
The Woman's Club
invites the entire communi-
ty to its next luncheon on
March 6 at 10:30 a.m.,
including presentation of
the Nassau County
Community Health
Improvement Plan (CHIP).
Mary VonMohr, CHIP facil-
itator, will present several
'speakers: Dr. Eugenia Ngo
Sidel, Kerri Albert, Wanda
Lanier and a representative
from Baptist Medical
Center Nassau. The cost of
meeting and lunch is $8.
Reserve by calling 261-
3045 or mailing crafty-
.Stroke support
The Stroke Support
Group meets in the confer-
ence room at Baptist
Medical Center Nassau on
the first Thursday'of the
month at 1 p.m. The next
meeting is March 7 and
will feature speaker Brad
Ferris, a pharmacist at
Publix, who will talk about
medications commonly.
used for stroke. The meet-
ing is open to anyone.
Passport Day
National Passport Day
is when the U.S. Depart-
ment of State opens its
regional passport offices
on Saturday and they
accept walk-in customers.
The Fernandina Beach
branch library will cele-
brate National Passport
Day with the U.S.
Department of State on
March 9 from 10 a.m.-5
p.m. It will process applica-
tions, take photographs
and answer passport ques-
tions. Make your appoint-
meant today at the library,
25 N. Fourth St., or by call-
ing 548-4857. Walk-ins wel-
come. Refreshments will
be provided.
The fifth annual City of
Fernandina Beach Rib
Cook-off is March 16 from
11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Main
Beach Park. Each team will
be provided six racks of
ribs. It is up to them to cre-
ate your own recipe. A
small sample will be pre-
sented for judging, 'and the
rest will be put at the com-

munity table for the public.
Fee is $50 to reserve
your team's place (best
wings and best sauce cate-
gories available for $10
each'as well), due by
March 6 at the Atlantic
Recreation Center."Each
competitor's grill must
have a fire extinguisher.
Rib dinner plates will be
available for $10 to the pub-
lic beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy yard games and live
music beginning at 11 a.m.
For information contact Jay
at 277-7350, ext. 2013, or at

Glen Darrell Huls

There will be a
"Celebration of Life"
"Remembrance Service"
on Sunday, March 3rd,
2:00 5:00 pm
At-the American Legion
Post 54
626 S. 3" Street

Come share in Food,
Fun and Music to
remember our very
good friend
Glen Darrell Huls

The angels gathered
around your bed,
so very dose to you.
They knew the pain and
the suffering
that you were going through.
We struggled with our
selfish thoughts,
we wanted you to stay.
So we could love and
laugh again,
like we did so many
But Jesus knew the answer,
we knew He loved you so.
We had to give you
f Life's greatest gift,
we had to let you go.
Love y6u always,
BBetty, Pat, & Buddy

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Continued from 1A
ices, such as growth manage-
ment, Jones said. That option
would also call for a study to
determine how much to charge
residents for the service.
Reinstating a 5-cent gas tax
would charge consumers 5
cents for every gallon of gaso-
line sold in the county, exclud-
ing diesel fuel, and raise about
$1.5 million annually, said
Jones. It would take a board
supermajority, or four of five
votes, to adopt the gas tax.
Leeper suggested placing that
option, which has a rocky his-
tory, en the ballot for voter
approval. "We really need to
think in a new direction," he
In June 2005, a previous
commission introduced the
gasoline tax to fund road
improvements. But a commis-
sion led by Commissioner
Barry Holloway, who in 2006
campaigned on getting rid of
the tax, repealed it less
than two years later, in January
Joining 24 other counties
that tax gasoline purchases
would keep Nassau on the

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addition at the nearby
Emergency Operations Center.
"These are all items that
(the sheriff) definitely needs
in order to operate efficiently,"
said Facilities Maintenance
Director Bob Knott, noting that
a new 911 dispatch center is
"priority number one."
Larger expenses outlined in
the plan include nearly $3 mil-
lion in funding for roadwork
and intersection projects. A
new section of the Concourse

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CIP without first identifying a
funding source.
"You cannot put anything on
the CIP without identifying a
funding source," Selby said via
phone Wednesday. "We can't
even put a funding source, on
there because we don't know
how much it will be. And we
don't know where we're going
to get (the funding)."
Leeper. aims to place, the
new facility inl a location near
the" .Na'sau County'Judicial
Annex, Emergency Operations
Center and jail, as was initially
planned. But the newer plans
taking shape call for a scaled-
back concept that would incor-
porate current and future
needs, the sheriff said.
"I'm not looking for anything
'extravagant," said Leeper. "We
don't need a Taj Mahal. We
need something safe and
secure, something functional."
For instance, a previous con-
cept called for a communica-
tions center to house the 911
dispatch personnel and equip-
ment. But the sheriff and the
board plan to relocate that oper-
ation to the nearby EOC, which
could defray some of the cost.
"That takes some of the cost
out of what was proposed in the
past," said Cdmmission Chair
Danny Leeper, the sheriff's
Estimates for a previous con-
cept were budgeted at about
$12-15 million, the county man-
ager said. Depending on the
sheriff's needs, that price tag
.could get bigger or smaller.
With the county facing
another shortfall tied to sink-
ing property values, cost will
be a factor. Selby said the board
doesn't have enough funds in
reserve accounts to pay for a
new facility outright.
Instead, it would have to sign
a lease-purchase contract or
float a bond, both of which
would entail taking on new debt,
Selby said. "Whether it's a bond-
ed debt or a lease purchase,
both of.those things are booked
on the general ledger as long-
term debt, long-term commit-
ments," he said.
Commissioner Leeper said a
lease-purchase would be the
most viable option. 'That might
be most conducive to our situ-
ation at the moment. If you can
take it and lease purchase that
out over time, it's a fraction of
the cost. And every new per-
son that comes in is paying a
bit," he said.
But the county can't afford
to take on any new debt,
Commissioner Steve KIelley
"You don't have any money
to pay the bills you've got now,"
said Kelley. "And to incur a new
debt and stretch it out over 20
years, what's that going to do to
an already stretched budget?
It's not the way to go, but I'm
only one vote."
Edwards and Commissioner
Barry Holloway said a new
building is needed, but con-
ceded that it might not arrive
right away.
"Obviously, maintenance-

radar for state and federal road
funding, Jones said. Leeper,
who chairs the North Florida
Transportation Planning
Organization, said the Florida
Department ofTransportation
is more likely to help counties
that already levy gas taxes.
"It's been said ... that coun-
ties have to help themselves,"
added Leeper.
The board nixed installing
red light cameras and local
business taxes, pointing out
that the costs of running those
programs would exceed the
Commissioners also agreed
to table franchise fees tied to
natural gas service and addi-
tional sales taxes, which would
require voter approval, but did-
n't rule them out for future
budgets. In the future, the
commission should look into
franchise fees, Leeper said.
Commissioner Steve Kelley
agreed, saying the fees could
become a "substantial revenue
Still, the board has other
options available.
It could raise the millage
rate, offsetting the shortfall
with $9 million in revenues gen-
erated by an extra 1.66 mills.

Loop Road project would net
$1.2 million of that, while a
rebuild project on Blackrock
Road in Yulee would take more
than $1 million. The remaining
funding would be spread
between other roadwork,
including a drainage project on
Jasmine Street and intersec-
tion improvements at 14th and
Lime streets in Fernandina
The board would spend
about $700,000 upgrading facil-
ities around the county, includ-
ing $262,000 to clean air ducts
at county buildings and $42,000

wise it's a nightmare and facili-
ty-wise it's in the Stone Age, but
... this is something we're going
to live with for a few years, I'm
afraid," said Edwards.
"Do we need a new sheriff's

Each 0.1 mill hike would net
about $544,000 and cost the
average taxpayer about 90
cents per month, Jones said.
That route drew skepticism
from commissioners, who won-
dered what impact it might
have on the county's staple
industries and employers. "On
one hand, we're trying to create
jobs, jobs, jobs. But this tax
could send them away," said
But counties around the
state have had to raise their
millage rates, said Holloway,
who told the board not raising
it is "unheard of" and could not
continue. "We can't sustain that.
We need $9 million at minimum
just to balance the budget with
what we need to supply."
That's assuming property
values, which have plummet-
ed since 2008-9, remain the
same, Jones said. "It's an
assumption that the taxable
value stays the same," said
Jones, adding that property val-
ues would likely drop, based
on the past five years.
Another alternative com-
missioners could choose .is
more budget cuts, but it's not
clear if they could make a sig-
nificant dent in what .staff has,

earmarked for camera .and
technology upgrades to record-
ing equipment in the commis-
sion's boardroom. Knott said
all of the projects are priorities,
but the sheriff's renovations
and fixes to pavilions at the'
North End Boat Ramp on
Amelia Island are most urgent.
'About $80,000 would go to
Nassau County Fire Rescue,
which aims to spend nearly
$70,000 outfitting its units
with upgraded laptops. Fire
Chief Matt Graves said existing
computers, about eight years
old, ai'e "failing regularly." A

building? Yes. Do we need aTaj
Mahal? No. We need a facility
that adequately houses.,,the
sheriff's operations," Holloway

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called a "bare bones" budget
after years of cuts. Of the $49
million needed for operations,
about $15.2 million goes to the
sheriff's budget, $8.7 million
to the fire rescue department
and $4.5 million to public
works, for nearly 58 percent of
the budget. .
overallll it's costing you $49
million a year to keep your lev-
els of service current. We can
cut, but you need to tell us
where to cut," said Jones.
Hollqway said the board
could ndt continue nibbling at
the budget and dipping into
reserves and sales tax rev-
enues as it had in years past.
"We can't afford to be broke.
We're down to a dangerously
low level, especially with
reserves and one-cent."
Jones said a temporary fix
would not do, as future expens-
es, such as landfill monitoring
fees, would start cropping"
up soon. "We're talking about
(fiscal year 2013-14), but there
are other expenses that are
going to be added in a year ori
"We do have some chal-
lenges ahead of us," said

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Historic district update

available for review

Progress continues on the
update to the city's historic dis-
trict design guidelines. The lat-
est drafts of the downtown and
Old Town guideline updates
are available for review in hard
copy at 204 Ash St. or at
Comments on the latest
drafts are welcomed and should
be submitted to the Community
Development Department.
The Historic District
*Council has been involved in
the draft review process and is
anticipated to take action on
the drafts at its March 21 meet-
ing, prior to sending them to
the state. Public comment is
welcome at the meeting. Staff
anticipates providing an update
on the process to the city com-
mission in April.
Final drafts will be sent to
the state Division of Historical
Resources by April 30. The
state will review the drafts and

provide comments, and the city
then has until June 30 to final-
ize state recommendations.
Upon final approval by the
state, the guidelines will be
reviewed for adoption by the
city commission, which should
take place this coming fall.
The Division of Historical
Resources awarded the city a
$19,500 grant to complete the
updates. No match was
required by the city. Thomason
and Associates of Nashville,
Tenn., is the consultant work-
ing on the updates.
The guidelines were last
updated in 1999 by the
University of Florida.
For.nmore information or to
submit comments, call the city
Community Development
Department at 277-7325 or
email Adrienne Burke >at
aburke@fbfl.org. For informa-
tion on Thomason and
'Associates, visit www.thoma-


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Celebrating 80 eventful years for Dad

We told our kids at their high
school graduations how forl unate
they were to have four grandpar-
ent's in attendance. In many cases,
on(e or more grandparents are deceased. At
age 57, I feel very fortunate to have both my
parents., being the oldest born (of five) gives
me the advantage of having living parents for a
long period of time. No longer a spring chick-
en myself, it causes a little reflection, especial-
ly as my father celebrated 80 years this
Wednesday. Hopefully, by the time this hits the
newsstand, his four siblings and their spouses
and his five children and their spouses will
have joined in celebrating this milestone.
Seafood is his menu of choice, including an
oyster roast and some fried seafood prepared
by a guy who knows how. Should be fun.
Watching the classic American dream
unfold for my father has been so great to see.
A Korean War Marine; he got out, got married
and started raising a family. At 28, he started
selling Chevrolets in York, Pa., and found him-
elf to be in the business that he wanted to
pursue the rest of his life. In 1970, the family

moved to Wilmington, N.C.,
where he turned around a
Chevy store and owned a
small percentage, His first
dealership was purchased in
Charlotte in 1974, jtqst in time
for a recession to pake it a
tough go. He held on, built
new facilities, and went on to
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ble, he was 50 until he start-
ed enjoying some rewards,
Rick Keffer including an old Chris Craft
boat and an older airplane
that was owned by a NASCAR owner. Boats
and aircraft have been passions in the last 30
years, as he has traded up and enjoyed the
He is a Vince Lombardi guy. Winning and
getting to the top of the mountain is what
moves him. He has won almost every time and
enjoyed the view from the mountaintop. Being
a Marine from 18 to 21 made an indelible

He is a Vince Lombardiguy.
Winning and getting to the top of
the mountain is what moves him.
He has won almost every time
and enjoyed the view.

change to a good high school athlete, never
guilty of flirting with the honor roll. Common
sense, street smarts, knowing people, know-
ing when to buy and when not to are things he
is just uncommonly good at. Picking a formula
that his backer offered him in 1974, he repli-
cated it and was consistent for three decades.
Good ideas being re-utilized has been the
secret to most successes, including his. There
is another sports personality that he shared a
characteristic with, George Steinbrenner. You
* perform at a high level for great compensation
or I will find someone that can. Tough but fair.
Many of his people made it for long periods of

time and own one or more dealerships today.
His right-hand person for the last 40-plus years
is a lady that started out in the office at that
Chevy dealership in York, became office man-
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and for the last 20 years president of Keffer
Automotive. Recognizing and grooming talent
is what makes people successful. You don't do
it alone.
On a more personal level, Dad has done
what he has done for his kids and grandkids.
We are able to get together on some
holidays and during the year more than rpany
families. A resident of Fernandina Beach, he
can be seen on "patrol" in his Marine replica
WWII Jeep. He still has his fingers in the busi-
ness and always will. My hat's off to his per-
sistence and sense of family. It has been a
blessing to have witnessed it. Have a good
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Being blind no hindrance

to this lifelong'wine geek'

I IlA\Tl ll:R A. PiE;RRY
Newc's Lder

Alexandra Elman knows
her wine. Growing up the
child of a Brazilian chef moth-
er and an American wine con-
noisseur father, she learned
about wines by playing in the
vineyard planted by her father
in Western Massachusetts in
1981 and tasting wine mixed
with water at the dinner table.
Diagnosed with juvenile
diabetes at age nine, the possi-
bility of losing her sight to the
disease terrified her, but when
this became a reality at 27,
she dealt with it.
"You just have to reinvent
your life," she said, and her
determination not to allow her
blindness to diminish her joie
de vivre has taken her on an
incredible journey.
Elman's palate was refined
as she grew up in New York,
Brazil and France. She devel-
oped a deep love for good
food and wine.
Her formal education
included a bachelor's degree
in International Relations from
Boston University followed by
training at Perrier-Jouet in
Epernay, France. Here Elman
whose uncle, pottery artist
Joe Winston, lives on Amelia
Island learned the many
aspects of the wine business
including sales, storage, pack-
aging, aging and blending.
Her education continued
as she worked in corporate
sales for Sherry Lehman, a
major American retailer and
cataloger. Following this, she
worked with her stepfather,
Basil Winston, at Kinnicutt
Traders, sharpening her wine
skills on a global scale.
All this time; she'd been
battling against the darkness
as diabetes continued to
wreak havoc with her eyes.
After undergoing numerous
operations on both eyes, the
darkness won out in 1995. She

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Wine connoisseur Alex Elman will host a wine and olive oil
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T. J. Courson Road.

fled home to the vineyards in
Massachusetts, a place she
felt safe, to come to grips with
the profound changes thrust
upon her.
"Of course it was terrible,
and I cridd," shIe recalls, but in
April 1996. she realized she
had to get it together. She
went back to New York and
set about the business of
learning how to live as a blind
After undergoing a kid-
ney/pancrea('s trallsplaint ini
November 1996, Elmnan was
no longer diabetic and could
enjoy a full life, complete with
skiing, tandem bike riding aind
hiking. Yoga is also a favorite
activity because she says it
helps keep her calin, centered
and able to visualize what she
needs to accomplish.
In March 1997 slhe got her
first assistance dog and from
then on, there's been no hold-
ing her back.
She continued workir.ng in
the wine business and in 2002,
she founded Marble Hill
Cellars, importing handcraft-
ed wines made by small arti-
san vineyards. This venture
eventually led to the debut of
Alex Elman Wines in 2009
with a focus on wines made by
sustainable, organic vineyards
all around the world, includ-
ing wines from Italy and
Billing herself as "The
Blind Wine Chick," Elmlarn is
often asked if losing her sight
increased her ability to differ-
entiate one wine from another.
This was a talent she discov-
ered at a blind wine tasting
before she lost her sight. She
realized then she could dis-
cern the province of a wine

simply by smell and taste.
"When I taste a glass of
wine, I disappear into the
glass. I go back to that vine-
yard. I can smell the flowers
that.grew around the grapes,"
she notes. "By tasting the
wine, it gives me my sight
back. I can see everything
that happened to that wine
and what it looked like. I'm
not distracted by other things
around mue."
Her palate is so sensitive,
she can even tell if there were
olives growing near the
grapes because she can taste
Ihem iln the wine.
This is where the term
"ierroir" comes into play.
Loosely translated, it means "a
sense of place" and has to do
with the way the environment
affects the wine. This concept
is at the forefront of her com-
pany because Elman is deter-
mined to offer wines made
naturally, without the use of
pesticides and with only a
minimal amount of sulfides..
"Conventional wines have
up to 3 50 pp m of added
preservatives," said Elman. In
contrast, the imported organic
wines she offers have less
than lIX) ppm for red and 120
for white.
"I go to wine shows and
taste wine and then I contact
them to ask if they'd be inter-
ested in working with us to do
a private label."
Elman visits each vineyard
in Italy and Argentina where
her wines are made; digging
in the dirt for earthworms to
be certain the earth is kept
"It's a partnership so the'
small, family owned vineyards
carn he in the U.S. with their

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"I want to make wine
accessible to the wallet and
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There's a cure when the boat bug bites

Musings., /pinions, observa-
tions, questions, and random
Thoughts on island life,
FcIrnandinc Hieach and more:
If you live on Amelia
Island sooner or later you're
going to gel lthe bug and want
a boat eveI though yolu have
no idha how to maintain one,
navigate one, have no place to
store_ one and don't know
ourI aft from your bow. So,
even though you're naulically
challenged, there is still a
boat in your future thanks to
Monty Kitchen, who is bring-
ing a boat club concept to the
Amelia Island Yacht Basin
(AIYB), an idea that enables
folks guaranteed use of top)-
line boats without the hassles
of insurance, storage, mainte-
nance, nautical knowledge,
etc., anytime they want.
Monty perfected a private-
member-only concept on
lakes surrounding landlocked
Dallas. Texas, merged his
operation with Dallas-based
Suntex Ventures, the owners
of AIYB, and is in town iron-
ing out details of this new
island venture.
With boat sales in a slump
since 2007, Monty's club idea
caught on, and he currently
features vessels for what lie
.says are one-third the cost of
boa'i ownership with mem-
bers able to select from a fleet
including pontoons, competi-
tion. deck, runabout and fish-
ing boats with information
and photos of all the boats
posted on www.bigdboat-
The site says that while
boat ownership can run
between $1,168 and $1,268 a
month for a $40,000 boat, the

S] clulb's

monthly tabin
comes in at
$233 to $375
plus the cost
David N of your gas.
More ohis w this
project as ita
pajama-clad rst materialize P
DAVE'S Speaking
WORLD of boats,
...again treat lo Cals tain
David un-filled McCarthy,
Scunsett his wife
Cecilia and
pajaCumbeclad first mate Pwild
Dave are geared up to once
again treat locals and visitors
alike to fun-filled twilight-
sunset, adult BYOB cruises
complete with live music, eye-
popping scenes of
Cumberland island's wild
horses, pods of dolphins,
manatees, reptiles, exotic
birds, Ft. Clinch, the sunset
and other fascinating specta-
cles while you and your
guests sit back and enjoy the
beverages and food items that
you've packed for the two-
hour trip beginning at 5 p.m,
today and tomorrow.
Today's cruise features
Larry LeMier, AKA Larry &
The Back Tracks, while Dan
Voll entertains on Saturday's
trip, both fun local musicians
that appeal to all tastes so if
you're a visitor this two-hour
excursion will be one of the
highlights of your stay and
help you get your island bear-
ings, and if you're a resident
you'll learn something you
didn't know no matter how
many times you've been
aboard. The BYOB sunset

cruises run every Friday and
Saturday while a variety of
other cruises are also avail-
able throughout the week and
Kevin's boats can also be
chartered for special events.
Call 261-9972 to book your
passage, visit them at the
kiosk at the downtown marina
or go to www.ameliariver-
cr uises.com.
I'm surprised that one of
the more casual'eateries in
town (4th Street Deli &
Desserts, Happy Tomato,
Karibo, O'Kane's, Kelley's
Courtyard, Jack & Diane's,
etc.) hasn't promoted an
"Amelia River Cruise BYOB
Meal" special that can be
picked up a half hour or so
prior to boarding, or if there
is one that does this, then
,someone please tell me.
* *
Probably the most fascinat-
ing dinner party I've attended
in a very long time was held
at Steve and Donna Raszkin's
home where wife Linda and I
joined some 29 other guests
for a meal prepared by
Francesco Milana, an Italian
chef whose cooking not only
generated applause, but who
in between courses broke into
song leaving diners slack-jaw
Steve, of Wines by Steve
fame, poured some of the
best wines from his ample cel-
lar while Francesco had the
crowd in the talms of his
busy kitchen hands when he
would periodically burst into
Italian operatic song leaving
all of us bug-eyed. If you want
a dinner party that will leave
your guests talking long after
it's over, then give Francesco,

the singing chef, a call at 491-
1741 and have wines selected
by Steve by calling 557-1506,
but don't tell your guests
what is about to happen and
enjoy their spontanleolus and
flabbergasted reactions.
* *
Amelia Island is chuck-full
of fascinating ,people from all
over the globe and one of the
most interesting I've met
since arriving here is Father
M. Peter Timmons, a
Canadian priest who I
bumped into while picking up
some items at a local conven-
ience store recently.
The personable retired
priest, who conducts a Mass
each Sunday at St. Michael's,
delivers messages that parish-
ioners can relate to in their
day-to-day lives but also
leaves them wanting more
information so contact St.
Michael's to see when you
can catch a Mass officiated by
Father Timmins, because,
Catholic.or otherwise, you'll
learn something you didn't
know and he'll leave you
thinking long after you've left
The knowledgeable cleric,
who spends three months a
year here, will also be on
hand at Centre Street's Book
Loft, Sunday, March 24 from
4-6 p.m., to sign 'copies of The
Fourth 4ow, his wild fictional
tale of an order of nuns
attempting to launder millions
of dollars for their own bene-
fit, Nigerian scam artists, a
cigar-smoking bishop and a
hit man, whose adventures
carry this whacky crew
around the planet including
Africa, Cayman Islands and

New England, among other
places. A fun read by a fun,
informative and charming

If you're looking for solme-
thling to do tomorrow evening
then consider stopping by the
Kelley Pest Control
Warehouse, the corner of
Lime and South 10th Street,
and opening a few dozen oys-
ters along with members of
the Fernandina Beach
Optimist Club, which is hold-
ing its fourth annual'oyster
roast there from 6-9 p.m. with
proceeds going to community
youth organizations. Call 261-
7923 for $25 advance tickets
or buy them at the door for
$35. The event also features
shrimp, desserts, a silent auc-
tion, raffles and more.
* *
Lori Miller, pretty blonde
wife of personable .Green
Turtle barkeep Johnny, said
she chatted with some severe-
ly wounded women vets who
were staying at the (Omni on a
Wounded Warrior retreat,
including one who was blind-
ed in combat and said she has
been walking with her guide
dog on the beach for the last
few days. How does the dog
know which beach access
takes her back to the hotel?
The vet told Lori that she
leaves her shoes at the start-
ing point and the dog finds
them, so if you see a pair of
shoes that are not yours at a
beach access, leave them
there, please.
* *
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Maritime Museum
On behalf of the Maritime
Museum of Amelia Island and
Amelia Research & Recovery,
LLC, we want to thank the com-
munity for the tremendous
turnout at our "garage sale"
held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the
Maritime Museum located at
1335 South Eighth St. in
Fernandina Beach.
We had a steady stream of
peopleinterested in examining
artifacts that Amelia Research
& Recovery has retrieved from
the ocean and placed in the

museum. Many-people were
visiting the museum for the first
,time, and they commented that
they didn't know anything
about the ilmuseum, or the ship
artifacts and tools that had been
recovered from sunken Spanish
Galleons that have rested below
the ocean and the. sand for hun-
dreds of years. Those coming
to the garage sale had the
opportunity to buy not only ship
artifacts, but also pottery, pre-
cious metals and coins.'They,
could see ancient weapons and
could see and hold in their own
hands some of the history of

the shipwrecks that happened
within sight of the Amelia
Island beaches in the 1600's
and 1700's.
We knew that the. garage
sale would allow people to pur-
chase both the usual and the
unusual items in the garage
sale. What we didn't realize,
though, was how the garage
sale would bring so many-from
Northeast Florida to visit our
SMaritimer MtSeunl and learn
"'nktre about both (iur island hif-.-
tory, and about the local com-
pany that is one of the major
treasure hunting organizations

on the U.S. east coast. We
deeply appreciate the turnout,
and hope that everyone on
Amelia Island will have an
opportunity to visit the non-
profit Maritime Museum
and learn more about the mar-
itime history that is resident in
the museum, about the mar-
itime and treasure hunting his-
tory that is being made right
off the coast of our island by
the Polty-L arid 'or :other'yes-

Doug Pope
Maritime Museum of
Amelia Island, Inc.

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ing offerings ranging from
soups and salads, burgers,
wraps and sandwiches that fit
almost any budget as I could-
n't ind1 an item on it that cost
more than $12 with most
priced a lot less. And speak-
ing of golf clubs, the Golf
Club at North Hampton is
conducting what it calls a
Community Appreciation Day,
Sunday, March 3 from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. with special prices
for golfers, live music by
Larry aind the Back Tracks,
dollar beers, two buck wine, a
$5 brunch, buck hot (logs and
activities for the kids. Call'em
at (904) 548-0000 for more.
* *
The current administra-
tion in Washington extorts
money from taxpayers by
exaggerating sequestration
by threatening to cut the most
important services such as air
traffic controllers, firemen,
police officers, teachers, etc.,
but I've never heard them"
once mention whacking
Barney and National Public
Broadcasting, the meddling
and worthless EPA, the use-
less Department of Energy,
ineffective and inept bureau-
crats in the Department of
Education, IRS agents,
White House czars, bloated
senate and congressional
staffs, etc. Stand some of
these bureaucratic bunglers .
behind you as props the next
time you go on national televi-
sions to warn us of our
impending doom, Mr.
President. These out of touch
politicos think we're all as
dumb as a barrel of hair.

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Cumberland Island s(

The southern end of Cumberland Island is
approximately 4,300 feet (as a crow flies) from
the northern part of Amelia Island, about the
same distance from the marina to Central Park.
Yet although this geographic separation is not
very far in literal terms, the two are so very far
away in figurative terms.
And this figurative distancing is not just
because Cumberland is in the Peach State, and
we are in the Sunshine State. The distancing
comes from misconceptions, compounded by
provincial territoriality.
Let's look at the facts. Much of Cumberland
Island is owned by the government. If you
asked most people on Amelia Island (or from
any state but Georgia), "What government?"
they would more times than not reply: "the
State of Georgia." Wrong. Cumberland Island
National Seashore, a National Park, is owned
by the citizens of not just Georgia, but the 49
other states, including Florida.
The problem is this, the folks across the
river know that Cumberland is a federal park,
but they are inclined to think that it only
belongs to Georgia. The folks across the river
have also somehow convinced our federal rep-
resentatives, even our own from Florida, that
Cumberland belongs to Georgia, and is the
only state that is entitled to have access to this
national treasure.
And even though it is equidistant from
downtown Fernandina and downtown St.
Marys, Ga., to the docks on Cumberland, and
even though both Florida and Georgia federal
taxes go to support the national seashore .
equally, we as United States citizens are not
allowed to commercially access the national
seashore from Florida. Georgia has'exclusive
rights, Florida has no right. To make matters
worse, the private concession that operates out
of Georgia has a sole concession. No one else

i can compete, and if the con-
N tract comes up for renewal, it
is always re-awarded to the
same concessioner.
Free enterprise stymied
by a misconception. Since
Most people outside of the
l Peach State think that
S 'Cumberland is a state park,
there is not even an inkling of
OPINIONS concern, because in most
FROM THE people's minds, Georgia is
GOLDFISH solely entitled to Cumberland
Now as some people
Coleman know, I am one of the owners
of the remaining private land
Langshaw on Cumberland, and I would
like to clarify this. My family has not sold all of
our land to the-National Park, and unlike oth-
,ers who had retained rights to use federal land
after selling, we own our land outright, unen-
cumbered, fee simple. We pay local Camden
County, Ga., ad valorem property taxes, and
even though I am a resident of Florida, I still
also pay a non-resident Georgia income tax
eachlyear. But more importantly, I am also a
U.S. taxpayer, and yet I.still cannot take some-
one on my boat for hire and access the federal
land on Cumberland.
Sounds crazy, doesn't it?
But let's forget for a moment my five-gener-
ation connection to Cumberland or that it was
my family that preserved it so the people of the
United States, including Georgia and Florida,
could enjoy this National Park. Why can't any-
one, like any charter operator in Fernandina
for example, have the right to access the park?
Certainly it shouldn't be an exclusive right for.
one Georgia resident, one would think?
The argument will be made by the National

o far away

Park Service that the law restricts the number
of daily visitors to the island, and that is true.
But distributing an allotment for access from
both Georgia and Florida could be done, save
for the monopolistic stranglehold of the sole
concessioner requirement.
Now I have no issue with St. Marys, and I
understand their desire to keep the golden
goose of access to their community only; who
could blame them? Tourism is a struggle for
that community at times, and we on Amelia
Island and Fernandina Beach are very blessed
for the abundance of tourism we have in com-
parison. But the numbers are what they are,
and we have many, many more people who
come to our island, and who would prefer to go
to Cumberland from our docks, as opposed to
drive 35 minutes, using precious gasoline, and
having to get on 1-95 to boot, just to have
access to the National Seashore.
I once proposed that we should establish a
regional economic council that marketed
Cumberland from both St Marys and
Fernandina, making a triangle of sights and
places to visit. We have much more money in
our tourism than does St. Marys, and it
Seemed to me that by sharing resources St.
Marys would actually benefit more by sharing
Cumberland with us but the fear of the
unknown, the provincial territoriality, the mind-
set that Cumberland solely belongs to Georgia,
has prevented an economic boom for all of us.
The bottom line is that Cumberland Island
NATIONAL Seashore belongs to all of us, on
both sides of the St. Marys River. If this
monopoly troubles you, then let your Florida
federal representatives know your feelings,
because even though they represent all citi-
zens of the United States, they were elected by
the people of Florida, and we deserve better


"Ditto," "Ditto," "Ditto" to the
Viewpoint by Pat Foster-Turley, Feb.
22, "Cost of tree removal." Thankyou!
Angel Westcott
Fernandina Beach

Saving vsspending
When I go shopping, which is rare,
I am totally amazed that I can actual-
ly save money. I mean, I need to do
more shopping so I can save a whole
bunch of money and then I can invest
it in the stock market and save more.
I bought several items at the grocery
store and they told me that I saved
$21.82. Wow. That was cool. I went to
a local retailer to buy clothes and they
told me that I just saved $93. If I keep
shopping, just look at how much
money I will have saved.
.,Npw, to some people, I will have
told them some great thing, a way for"
them to really help them in this eco-
nomic nightmare we are in. Is there
anyone out there that really believes
that when a grocery or department
store takes an item and places an inflat-
ed price on the sticker, slashes it with
a blue or red pen and says "Big Sale,
Everything Marked Down" that we
are really saving money? If they had
placed a reasonable price on the item
in the first place, there would be no dif-
ference in the cost.
This is business, and I understand
that I am only buying something that
I want or need and the bottom line is
what I am willing topay. But to many
people, our federal government is
doing the same thing and getting away
with it. Congress has cut a deal to-
"cut" some money from an already
hugely bloated budget. We are only
talking about taking away a few cents
as compared to the money that our
government will spend this year. In
case you did not know, when the fed-
erales say "cut" it is really meaning
taking an annual budget increase and
making it smaller. A 10 percent
increase in pay that has 1 percent
taken' away still means a 9 percent
increase, not a cut. This is politics.
When the president or others say
that this pending sequester, or budg-
et cut, is going to cause massive layoffs
and an economic disaster, are we to
believe them,or to use our common
sense? We are alreAdy dealing with a
government that is way too big. The
money that is spent is much too large
compared to the money that is taken
in. If all the rich people were taxed
100 percent of their pay, it would only
fund the government for a couple
weeks. Somewhere we need to stop
the spending surge and get back to
reality. We need to stop listening to
all this gibberish and to start looking
at the bottom line. Right now, it does
not look good.
Kennard R Beard
Amelia City
* *
I have been watching what Fox
News has finally and correctly labeled
the "Scare-stration." Last night the
local TV news got into the act by going
to a daycare center, pardon my mis-
take it was a.Head Start center, and
interviewing parents who were drop-
ping off their two-year-olds. The point
of the segment was to show the effects
of the program being cut due to
sequestration. Woe to the world that
this should happen.
I happened to be alive when Head
Start was implemented under the
Johnson administration as part of the

War on Poverty. It was designed to
get kids old enough to attend kinder-
garten to school and get them a break-
fast based on the theory that nutrition
and structure would make them better
students and eventually better citi-
zens. Well-we know howthat turned
According to several studies the
advantage of a free breakfast and a
government-provided attempt to repli-
cate some sort of a family structure for
the disadvantaged dissipates by ap-
proximately the third grade. I strong-
ly suspect that that is the amount of
time that it takes for environment and
culture to take over all those fertile
minds and convince them that medi-
ocrity is the easier state to live in.
In the meantime, though bureau-
cracy rears its ugly head. What start-
ed as a program for kindergarten ages
soon spread to a free lunch to go with
the free breakfast. Parents didn't need
to'feed their children now as the-state
was taking care of that for them. Then,
in order to grow the bureaucracy, don't
believe the crap about service to the
citizens, the program was expanded to
take in pre-K kids. Naturally more peo-
ple had to be hired to adfninister the
program. Now it is a childcare pro-
gram that, from the looks of the
evening news, provides free childcare
to those who can't afford it. And, from
the activity in the background of the
camera shots, the adults that bring'
the kids to the facility can help them-
selves to coffee and rolls,etc. That is
a heck of a deal that you.and I and the
other taxpayers are providing to a
minority of people.
My grandchildren have the privi-
lege of having their parents pay for
their after-school care. The amount is
staggering to me. It averages about
$100 per week per child that the par-
ents pay out of their pocket in addition
to the taxes that they pay to support
the Head Start program. Oh yeah. I
almost forgot to mention that they also
provide breakfast at home in a loving
atmosphere, pay a price for the kids'
lunch and then take them home for
supper and study time. The only thing
that they get out of it is respectful, dis-
ciplined kids that are leaders in their
classes and regularly appear on the
honor roll as they progress in school.
If it takes sequestration to shutter
these failed programs that continue
to suck in taxpayer dollars with dubi-
ous results to show for the expendi-
tures then I say bring it on. I've always
been amazed at how when a blizzard
hits Washington, D.C., thousands of
-federal employees are declared non-
essential and allowed to stay home,
with pay, due to the weather If they are
not essential in bad weather why are
they essential when the sun shines?
Everything that goes up must
come down be it a balloon or a civi-
lization. We cannot continue to pay for
the bloated bureaucracy and the pro-
grams that those bureaucrats dream
up. The politicians already know this
but they continue to deliver the bacon
to the people that keep voting for
them.- Maybe the message will get
through to the people one day and
things will change before the balloon
bursts. I am not optimistic.
Jim Ramage

'Dogs ofwar
Joe Palmer's concern about "talk of
revolution, rebellion and taking arms
against the government" (Feb. 22) has


me a bit mystified. Just when I was
getting used to reading letters to your
paper espousing the notion that we
need to protect ourselves with assault
weapons to fend off government com-
ing into our homes, (which I guess
means Mayor Pelican at the local level,
Sheriff Leeper at the county level, Gov.
Scott at the state level and President
Obama at the federal level), I learn
there are "conversations in restau-
rants and on street corners and with-
in the workplace ... promoting violent
overthrow of the government." Which
level of government are we talking
about? I'm guessing it must be the
federal level, which leads me to '. ,n-
der what the target would be. I fear tlh
example might beTimothy McVeigh's
bombing of the largest federal building
in Oklahoma City. If so, I believe the
largest facility near us would be the
FAA building ih Hilliard that controls
the air traffic for our region.
Joe, 1 sympathize with your theme
not to unleash the dogs of war. But
aren't young building a bit of a straw
man? Or am I totally naive and there
really are local residents plotting the
overthrow of the government?
Tom McKenna
Fernandina Beach

At the city commission meeting on
Feb. 20, our commissioners voted 3 to
2 to return the Forward Fernandina
loan money excluding the mooney
($600K) for the library and give back
the balance of the loan.
The previous commissioners
approved the Forward Fernandina
when presented, passing a way of
financing this project borrowing $1.9
million at an interest rate of only 1.9
percent for a period of 20 years. A debt
service fund has been established by
the finance director in order to effect
repayment. The source of the fund-
ing is. in place with surcharge on our
utility statements of 60 cents per
month per $100.
As a supporter of the library, I was
pleased that they voted the expansion
of the much needed additional space.
But let's examine the other action
taken by the 3 to 2 vote by the com-
missioners- (Filkoff and Boner were
the two voting to keep the money).
This is why I think it was a bad
decision. The crowd of over 100 citi-
zens attended this show and all but
one thought keeping the money was
the best thing to do. All the speakers.
addressed the issue with positivW
thoughts and their reasons for keeping

this loan to do some of the positive
projects under Forward Fernandina's
approved plans of two years ago. As we
know, the main improvements were
for the library, the waterfront park
and the opening of the Alachua street
over the railroad tracks, and the area
north Front Street for travel and safe-
ty walking across this area. The other
feature of this plan was that the land
was purchased to develop condos and
a possiblemarina. This meant taxes,
people living, shopping and creating
jobs for the area development.
I personally was involved in the
plans for the development of the park
during the years this was planned.
The city and the Waterfront
Committee had invited open public
hearings for almost one year, people
gave their comments and ideas to this
committee to present to the commis-
sion. Later, our Parks and Recreation
Advisory Committee worked on the
lower lots C & D to work up a plan. We
later joined hands with the Waterfront
Committee and submitted an approved
plan. This city is blessed with two
assets Main Beach and the water-
front river. At the present time, these
need to be further developed and espe-
cially the waterfront as it is an eye-
sore. A park would bring many people
and more events, we now have sever-
al major events but the area should
be improved and enhanced. Parking
was considered and provided to reflect
the welcoming beauty of our city. The
Forward Fernandina plan was devel-
oped to include all of these projects.
Would you turn down a loan for a
house, car, or trip at 1.9 percent? As we
see today, car loans are cheap, mort-
gages today are also low because when
the economy is down interest rates
are also low, and when the economy is
good the rates increase to 6-8 percent.
It doesn't make sense to me to throw
out a good deal and face the higher
amount down the road. In fact, the
other factor of this giving back the
money we have already paid out
$150,000 interest which we won't
have use of in future deal loans. Also,
the 60 cents per $100 will still be
tacked on to our utility bill.
In our, presentation on Tuesday,
we had only two minutes to express
some of these facts and could not go
into a lot of details. As stated the major-
ity of speakers and audience was not
only shocked but disappointed in the
decision. All the speakers expressed
their honest and truthful facts as to
why the commissioners should reject
giving back the money. It was also
expressed approve the library, keep

the rest of the money and research
the benefits of doing that.
I quote, "When the times get tough,
the tough get going"; I believe the
commissioners really made a bad deci-
sion and the city will suffer in the long
I challenge at least one c6mmis-
sioner who voted to return the money
could rescind their vote and approve
keeping the money at the next com-
" mission meeting and correct this bad
The city needs to move on -
Forward Fernandina and not
"anidnanreF sdrawkcaB" and case you
haven't figured those last two words
spell "Fernandina Backwards"
John P. Megna
Fernandina Beach

Lesson learned
In the third week of November, we
discovered that our refrigerator was
not cooling adequately. Eager to have
it repaired, I searched the Yellow Pages
and found an ad for an appliance repair
service. The repairman who inspected
the refrigerator told us we needed a
new compressor, and the charge would
be $399. He needed a check in that
amount to order the compressor for
next day installation.
The following day a different tech-
nician came and announced that the
problem was a lack of Freon. I asked
about the cost for this repair expecting
a refund of some part of our check.
He said, "No, Freon is very expen-
sive." Five separate, subsequent visits
by the company's staff brought no
improvement in the temperature of
the refrigerator. It remained at 52
degrees. By now it was mid-December
and we had discarded considerable
food and beverage because of inade-
quate cooling. On Dec. 27, no one at
the company would take my call or
return it.
On Jan. 15, I wrote a letter to the
president of the company asking for a
full refund of our money. Receiving no
answer or response, I called the Better
Business Bureau to ask for their help.
Their first question to me was, "Had I
checked with them first?" Sadly, I had
not. I was told that this local business
has an "F" rating with the bureau
because of 37 charges filed against
them, eight of which are major!
In the future, my first call will be to
the Better Business Bureau. I can only
hope nb one else will be taken in by this
company, as we were.
Gail Niedernhofer
Fernandina Beach

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Ask God to use us to help others

____ lod takes seriously the
words that come out of
our mouths and he con-
siders everyone who
1 sows discord and disharmony to
be worthless and wicked. The
"- j mouth of a divider is perverse; he
is a pervert. The word says that
his calamity shall come suddenly.
Just as suddenly, he shall be bro-
NOWAND ken beyond repair.
THEN When we hear about members
..... of the Body of Christ sowing dis-
cord in the body, just stop and
Maybelle pray for those people. They have
Kirkland yielded to a spirit that will lead
them on a path of destruction





For the News-Leader

Wild Amelia has announced that the
slate of nature photography classes for
the 7th annual Wild Amelia Nature
Festival, set for May 17-19 at venue, on
and around Amelia Island, is now posted
at www.wildamelia.com.
There are new class offering s. some
new professional instructors and a
never-before offered exclusive behind.
the-scenes early morning "Zoo
Photography" workshop. Registration
has already begun online for the cla-ses.
and class size is limited. Early registra-
tion is encouraged.
Wild Amelia's photography classes
and hands-on in-the-field photography
workshops, this year taught by local
award-winning photographers Mai ia
Struss, Dawna Moore, Scott Moore.
Michael Robinson and Stephan
Leimberg, have been a very popular
component of the festival for sevei al
years, drawing attendees from all over
Northeast Florida and southeast
There are classes and work-hops for
beginning, intermediate and more expe-
rienced photographers. Among the
classes to be offered at the 2013 Wild
Amelia Nature festival are Macq .
Photography-Sweating and Shooting the
Small (Creatures/Shells/Flowers) Stuff.
Composition Redefined-Putting the
World of Nature in its Place; Getting
Started with Lightroom How to Get
the Pictures from Camera to Print; and
Landscapes How to Find and Take the
Grand and Intimate Picture. '
Hands-on instruction workshops
include: Friday Night Sunset Shoot at
North 14th Street bridge; Saturday
Sunrise Shoot at Main Beach; Saturday
Night Sunset Shoot at Burney Park; and
the Sunday morning shoot at the
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, which
includes a gourmet brunch.
Classes are offered each day of the
-three-day festival at the Atlantic Avenue
Recreation Center, but the workshops
will be held on location. For a more in-
depth description of the classes, instruc-
tors, and locations, visit

where they may be no return.
We should examine ourselves
daily to make sure the words we
speak about others are not caus-
ing division or disharmony. If we
find that we have failed in this
area, let us repent before God and
to those whom we have negatively
affected with our words. Then,
use wisdom to discern what could
divide and leave it out of our con-
As believers, we are not to con-
duct ourselves as worthless and
wicked people, especially because
Jesus' blood was shed for them
also. Ask God to use us to help

them to become worthy and right-
We cannot afford to yield to an
attitude of hopelessness or help-
lessness that we might be
exposed to through our conversa-
tions with others. It is infectious.
Our hope is in the I)rd and our
help comes only from Him.
Birthday wishes to Betty
Lampkins, Ruby Dawson,
Terrance Johnson, Ieila Mary
Jones, Bettie Williams, Diane
Casapina, Marquiez Cribb, Sylvia
Green, James Hooper, Tammy
Melton and Tureine Wells-

"Zoo Photography," an exclusive first-ever behind-the-scenes early morning
photo shoot at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, is one of the new nature
photography workshops and classes in the Wild Amelia Nature Festival
2013 lineup for.the May 17-19 festival. Registration for the classes has
begun at www.wildamelia.com.

www.wildamelia.com or call Steve
Leimberg, photo class coordinator at
Also ongoing during this late winter
is the fifth annual Wild Amelia Nature
Photography Contest, and entries are
being received right now. Rules and
entry forms for the contest are also
available on www.wildamelia.com. The
deadline for entries is April 5. Winners

will be announced on Saturday, May 18
at 3:30 p.m. at the Festival Expo at the
Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center.
For more information about the
nature photography track and the Wild
Amelia Nature Photography Contest,
please go to www.wildamelia.com and
click on "Photography" on the menu or
email Steve Leimberg, course coordina-
tor, at steve@UnSeenlmages.com.

10 College Goal Sunday scholarships awarded
Florida State College at Jacksonville, (FASFAA) coordinates the program. School: Cameron Snyder and Bailee
Betty P Cook Nassau Center, hosted the Ten Nassau County high school sen- Hollis each won a $5,000 scholarship
Nassau County site of the seventh annu- iors won drawings for scholarships total- from Jacksonville University; Hannah
al College Goal Sunday on Feb. 24. ing $23,000. From Yulee High School: Duke and Joshua Harbin each won a
Sixty-four graduating high school sen- Gunnar Cox won a $5,000 scholarship $1,000 scholarship from the University
iors and their families attended. from Jacksonville University; Tamara of North Florida.
The statewide program is designed McLaughlin won a $1,000 scholarship From Hilliard Senior High School:
to assist families in applying for Pell from FSCJ; and Kimberly Martinez and Sarah Miller won a $1,000 scholarship
Grants by completing the Free Joshua Smith each won a $1,000 scholar- from Florida State College at
Application for Federal Student Aid ship-from the University of North Jacksonville and Joshua Conner won a
(FAFSA). The Florida Association of Florida. $2,000 scholarship from Edward Waters
Student Financial Aid Administrators From Fernandina Beach High College.

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There is a long-standing debate among
philoophers concerning the nature of freedom
The positions on this Issue range from thoie
who calm we are nothing more than machines
(and thus freedom Is, merely an lllulionl to
those who claim that our actions are completely
undetermlrnd by nature or nurture and thus
that we are radically free As usual In
philoophlcall debates, the truth most probably
lies somniewhere In the middle Our behavior r
determined to some degree by our inherited
consttutlon and by our upbringing. and yet in
most u irrsumtances those falors doni compel
us to act in any particular way. A. humans we
can choose nor to Bo the habitual or expected
thing however difficult this may be And Ae
adcualty prove" our freedom most ,when we.
resist the Indlnauon to do wrong and forte
ourselves Instead to do wtsm Is right While the
greatest hindrance to our freedom is the belief
that we are Juo cogs In ad heel sno;e
movemenL' are determined by fortes beyond
our control perhaps the greater boon I.:, our
freedom is the beli, f that
we are indeed free and the
resolution to always mai e
good u.e of ih. Therefore.
we should belliw that we
are fre. and we will be

Chamber Music Fest

announces highlights

Why travel thousands of
miles to see renowned artists
playing the world's greatest
music when you need go no
farther than Amelia Island,
home of the nationally recog-
nized Amelia Island Chamber
Music Festival? Join them
May 11 through June 2 for
the AICMF's 12th exciting
One of the largest music
events of its kind in the
Southeast, the AICMF will
feature over 45 acclaimed
artists performing 12 con-
certs in such intimate venues
as 19th century churches and
an historic courthouse. The
festival will also present a
series of free community con-
A galaxy of international
stars will be showcased dur-
ing the AICMF's spring sea-
son, including: violinists
Robert McDuffie and Chee-
Yun, cellists Zuill Bailey and .
Andres Diaz, pianists and
renowned symphony conduc-
-tors Robert Spano and
Donald Runnicles, and pianist
Wendy Chen.
The festival also will pres-
ent a popular Beer &. G
Strings concert of light classi-
cal music at the Palace-Saloon
as well as a cabaret featuring
Grammy award vocalist Sylvia
McNair. As part of its continu-
ing education outreach, the
festival will host the Beth
Newdome Resident Festival
Artists, composed of gradu- -
ates from the nation's fore-
most conservatories.
The complete 2013 festival
schedule can be viewed at
www.aicmf.com. Tickets,
which range from $25 to $50,
are now available online or by
calling the festival box office
at 261-1779. No ticket is
required for free concerts.
By presenting a valid con-
firmation number from any
lodging establishment on the
island, visitors will receive a
50 percent discount on all fes-
tival ticket purchases during
their stay. These discounts
are only available through the
festival box office at 261-1779.
Student tickets are $10 (cash
only) and available 30 min-
utes before any festival con-
cert, subject to availability.
Students must present a valid
student ID and proof of age
under 25. One student ticket
per person.
Highlights of the 2013
Amelia Island Chamber
Music Festival include:
May 12: Two Maestros,
Robert Spano and Donald
During his 11 seasons as
music director of the Atlanta
Symphony Orchestra,, Robert
Spano has elevated the ASO
to new levels of international
prominence and acclaim.
Music Director of the Aspen
Music Festival and School,
Spano has conducted the
greatest orchestras in North
America and Europe. Donald
Runnicles, regarded as one of
the finest conductors of sym-
phonic and operatic reper-
toire, is general music direc-
tor of the Deutsche Oper
Berlin and chief conductor of
the BBC Scottish Symphony
Orchestra. Runnicles is also
music director of the Grand
Teton Music Festival and
principal guest conductor of
the ASO.
May 13: Zuill Bailey
Zuill Bailey is widely con-
sidered one of the premiere
cellists in the world. His
artistry, technical wizardry
and engaging personality
have secured his place as one
of the most sought-after cel-
lists today. A consummate
concerto soloist, Bailey has
been featured with many of
the world's greatest orches-
tras. He has collaborated with
conductors Itzhak Perlman,
Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton,
James DePriest and Stanislav
Slkrowaczewski and been fea-
tured with musical luminaries
Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo,
the Juilliard String Quartet,
Lynn Harrell and Janos
Starker. In this performance,
Bailey will perform the Bach



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A galaxy of interna-
tional stars will be
showcased during
the AICMF's spring
season, including:
violinists Robert
McDuffie and Chee-
Yun, cellists Zuill
Bailey andAndres
Diaz, pianists and
renowned symphony
conductors Robert
Spano and Donald
Runnicles, and
pianist Wendy Chen.

Cello Suites.
May 17: Robert McDuffie
Robert McDuffie is one of
the premier violinists on the
world stage. A Grammy- nom-
inated artist, he regularly
solos with most of the world's
major orchestras, including
the New York and Los
Angeles Philharmonics; the
Chicago, San Francisco and
St. Louis Symphonies; the
Philadelphia and Cleveland
Orchestras; and the Leipzig
Gewandhaus Orchestra, the
North German Radio
Orchestra, the Dtisseldorf
Symphony, the Frankfurt
Radio Orchestra, the
Hamburg Symphony and
Orchestra del Teatro alla
Scala. Mr. McDuffie is the
founder of the Rome
Chamber Music Festival. He
holds the Mansfield and
.Genelle Jennings
Distinguished University
Professor Chair at Mercer
University in his hometown of
Macon, Georgia. He plays a *
1735 Guarneri del Gesu vio-
lin, known as the
May 19: Beer & G
Strings with Chee-Yun,
Wendy Chen and Andres Diaz
Violinist Chee-Yun's flaw-
less technique, dazzling tone
and compelling artistry have
enraptured audiences on five
continents. Winner of the
1989 Young Concert Artists
International Auditions and
the 1990 Avery Fisher Career
Grant, she performs regularly
with the world's foremost
orchestras. Pianist Wendy
Chen has garnered critical
acclaim for her recitals and
engagements, with reviewers
exclaiming that havingg
pianist Wendy Chen on the
program is a guarantee that
sparks will fly." Cellist Andres
Diaz, awarded the prestigious
Avery Fisher Career Grant in
1998, has made many orches-
tral and recital appearances
with symphonies throughout
the world.
June 2: Cabaret with
Sylvia McNair
Two-time Grammy Award
winner and regional Emmy
Award winner, Sylvia McNair
has amassed a stellar, three-
decade career in opera, orato-
rio, cabaret and musical the-
ater. Her journey has taken
her from the Metropolitan
Opera to the Salzburg
Festival, from the New York
Philharmonic to'the Rainbow
Room, from the Ravinia
Festival to The Plaza, from
the pages of The New York
Times to the cover of Cabaret
Scenes. Having appeared as a
soloist multiple times with
nearly every major opera
company and symphony
orchestra in the world, this
songbird has flown the classi-
cal coop. She is retracing her
star route now with
Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim .
and Bernstein.
Entering its 12th season,
the Amelia Island Chamber
Music Festival
(www.aicmf.com) is a not-for-
profit, tax-exempt organiza-
tion under Section 501(c) (3)
of the Internal Revenue Code.
Donations are tax-deductible.

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FRIDAY, MARCI 1. 2013/News-Leader



Recycle center
The Nassau County
Commission is proud to
announce the Convenience
Center has recently recycled
2,803 pounds of household
electronic waste including 41
PC's, seven UPS and six print-
All items that plug in or
battery operated, with the
exception of TV's with
"tubes," are accepted free of
charge from Nassau County
residents. In addition to e-
scrap recyclables the center
also accepts appliances, scrap
metal, tires (four per house-
hold), batteries, aluminum,
glass, newspaper/magazines
and plastics.
The Convenience Center is
open Monday, Tuesday, ,
Thursday and Friday from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday
from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For
information call 548-4972 or 1-
877-362-5035 or go to
Click on Departments/Solid
Waste Department.
Rain barrel dass
The UF/IFAS Landscape
Matters Rain barrel'class will
be held at the County
Building in Yulee on March
13 from 10-11 a.m. Instructors
will discuss the merits of
water conservation and the
ease of using rainwater for
This class will provide rain
barrels fitted for use in resi-
dential landscape homes. The
cost is $15 per barrel, which
covers part of the cost of the
barrels and hardware. Those
desiring to attend the class
must contact the local office.
no later than 5 p.m. Monday,
March 4. Make checks out to
Nassau County Extension.
Contact the Callahan office at
(904) 879-1019 or the Yulee
office at 491-7340. Or contact
Rebecca Jordi at
rljordi@ufl.edu. If the
response is too small, the
class will be canceled.
Home show
The Amelia Island
Home & Patio Show benefit-
'ing loca'lttarities will b~hldl1
March 2 from 9 a.m,.-3 p.m. at
the Atlantic Avenue
Recreation Center, 2500
Atlantic Ave., Fernandina
Beach. Admission is $3 adults
and $1 kids.
Special children's events
include a Kids Zone, clowns,
Chik-fil-A cows, a bounce
house and face painting.
Exhibit categories include
decorating, kitchen cabinets,
bathroom products, flooring,
paving stones, appliances, out-
door furniture and more.
Lowe's Home Improvement
will give how-to demonstra-
tions. The show is presented
by the Amelia Island-Nassau
County Association of
Road cleanup
Beachkeepers Fernandina
Beach, in partnership with
Pipeline Surf Shop and city
employee volunteers, will con-
duct a cleanup at the intersec-
tion of Fletcher and Atlantic
avenues to include the right of
way and portions of a vacant
lot adjacent to the sidewalk on

March 2 at 9 a.m. The public
is welcome to participate.
Gloves and bags will be pro-
Union Garrison
Fort Clinch State Park will
host a Union Garrison event
March 2 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
and March 3 from 9 a.m. to
This program will allow
visitors to interact with living
historians to experience life in
the fort as it was irl 1864. The
grounds will be bustling with
soldiers in period costumes
involved in firing demonstra-
tions, marching drills, cook-
ing and daily activities. Ladies
in their dresses, sutlers dis-
playing their wares and drum-
mer boys bring every part of
the civil war era to life.
Fees include the $6 per
vehicle park entrance fee plus
$2 per person fort admission.
For information contact the
park at 277-7274 or visit
www. FloridaStateParks.org.
North Atlantic right -
whales visit Northeast Florida
waters to give birth to calves
December through March.
Join a ranger to learn about
one of the world's most
endangered large mammals
on March 2 at 2 p.m. at the
Ribault Club on Fort George
Island Cultural State Park. No
reservations are necessary
and the program is free. For
information call the Talbot
Islands Ranger Station at
(904) 251-2320. Visit

The North America Nature
Photography Association's
(NANPA) 18th Annual
Summit and Tradeshow at the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront runs through
March 3. Some of Florida's
and the nation's most famous
nature photographers are
attending and for the first time
in the group's history, their
tradeshow will be open to the
,public free of charge on
March,2 from 9 am.-6 p.mtnat
the hotel. To learn more visit
Plant sale *
The free Community Day
& Plant Sale at The Cummer
Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave.,
Jacksonville, on March 2 from
10 a.m.-4 p.m. will feature a
plant sale; live music, art-mak-
ing activities and the St. Johns
Riverkeeper Rain Barrel Sale.
Rain barrels will be available
at $65 each or two for $120.
Visit www.stjohnsriverkeep-
er.org for details. Plant ven-
dors include Anita's Garden
Shop, Flying Dragon Citrus
Nursery, Native Gardens
Nursery, Philips Garden
Store, Rockaway Garden
Center and Trad's Garden
Community Day coincides
with the launch of Weaver
Free First Saturdays at The
Cummer, which opens the
musetim to the public for free
the first Saturday of every
Visit www.cummer.org.


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Rhythm and blues singer Ruben Studdard, a former American Idol, performs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation's 6th Annual Dinner & Concert on Feb.
9, left. Ann Moser, chair of the benefit, thanks Studdard after the performance, while Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation President Bill Gower and Sharon .
Wilbur, "Face of Fox30" in Jacksonville, enjoy the moment.

Boys & Girls Clubs benefit a smash hit'
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For the News-Leader

"A Smash Hit!" No other words
adequately describe the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Nassau County Foundation's
6th Annual Dinner & Concert on the
evening of Feb. 9.
The Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton,
Amelia Island was sold out, with 600 in
attendance. Net proceeds from the
event were well over $100,000.
That ampunt came from sponsors,
reservation sales, a raffle, donations
and the hugely successful silent
auction. It will all go toward covering

-the cost of operating the two state-
of-the-art clubs here in Nassau
Ruben Studdard was the star of the
evening, a singer whose devotion to
the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs
. springs from his childhood experience
in Birmingham, Ala. He interspersed

a memorable music performance with
comments about how-much the club
back home had helped him lose his
youthful stage fright and had kept him
on the right path to lifetime achieve-
But Studdard is more than just an
outstanding performer. His ability to

reach out to his audience and to
-involve his accompanists in the joy of
his music earned him a well-deserved
standing ovation.
This benefit event also set a high
water mark with its silent auction. The
auction was filled with exciting oppor-
tunities arind offered a new and better
method of bidding. Auction items
ranged all the way from a 10-night
European Exploration trip to a spa
visit at The Ritz-Carlton, a total of 79
chances to enjoy at bargain prices.
And another attractive seven items
were available through the raffle.
But the novel approach to bidding,

by use of entering text on pre-
registered cell phones, was a resound-
ing success. QTEGO technology pro-
vided instant bidding prior to and dur-
ing the event, combined with
immediate feedback on bid status and
check out.
The evening could not have been
so successful without the support of
numerous sponsors, particularly The
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and Fox
30 television whose "Face of Fox30,"
Sharon Wilbur, did an excellent job.
as emcee.
, How can they top this 2013 benefit?
We'll just have to wait for 2014 to see!

First annual

Wine & Food Tasting

Amelia Sunrise Rotary

Amelia Island Museum of History


Wolfson Children's Hospital

March 2

- 7-9:30 p.m.

Limited tickets Available

A variety of fine wines, craft beer and tasty samplings of food from Amelia
Island and Jacksonville eateries will be featured. Silent and live auctions will
offer a variety of tempting offerings,
Sponsors and Supporters: Amelia Liquors, News-Leader, Palace Saloon, Stonewood Grill
First Coast Community Bank, FPUC, Baptist Medical Center Nassau,
Sea Dream Yacht Club, Taylor Rental, The Travel Agency, Advanced Muscle Therapy,
A1lA Wealth Management and FOFA and CB Advertising Services.

.Art6 Pizza, Gourmet Gourmet, Slider's, Stonewood Grill, Bahama Breeze and
Brett's Waterway Caf6 are participating restaurants.

Tickets available at both First Coast Community


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contact Christal Fish at clfish@barmjlaw.com.

For more information

visit: www.amniaislandwineandfoodtasting.com


Netproceeds from the event were over $100,000,
which helps cover the cost of operating
two clubs in Nassau County.







Y Flyers


at state

The YMCA State Cham-
pionships took place in Orlan-
do January 25-27. Represent-
ing the whole of Florida,
more than 1,000 swimmers
competed in this meet. The
local Flyers finished seventh
overall. The Yates and the
McArthur YMCA swimmers
who took part in this meet
included Noel Beckam, Ash-
ling Boyle, Samuel Bridwell,
Jasmine Duke, Isabel Dupee,
Sofia Dupee, Ashley Hamil-
ton, Andrew Heck, William
Heck, Megan Laffey, Amanda
Middleton, Talia Nichol,
Olivia Price, Taylor Radcliffe,
Zoe Stein, Bridgette Delille,
Lindsey Delille, Mackenzie
Monaghan, Cole Strain, Jacob
Taylor, Erica Teare, Haylie
Wallace and Audrey Ware.
In the boys 13-14 age
group, Beckam placed 15th in
the 50 breast with a time of
40.07 and 15th in the 200
breast (3:01.67), improving
his preliminary time by 1.61
In senior boys, Bridwell
placed eighth in the 50 back-
stroke with a time of 33.22.
Lindsey Delille placed
13th in the 13-14 girls 100 but-
ferfly (1:07.64) and was 15th
in the 200 butterfly (2:34.44),
improving her preliminary
time by 1.34 seconds.
In senior girls, Duke
placed 16th in the 100 back-
stroke (1:07.16) and 16th in
the 1,000 freestyle (12:32.41).
Isabel Dupee placed 10th
in the 11-12 girls 1,000 free-
style (15:19.41) and placed
13th in the 100 breastroke
.In girls 10-and-under, Sofia
1Dupee placed third and ._
earned the bronze medal in
the 50 backstroke with a time
of 36.32, improving her per-
sonal best' by three seconds. '
Andrew Heck placed sec-
ond and third in all eight
events he entered in boys
eight-and-under, earning
seven silver medals and one
bronze and achieving Y state
high point runnerup.
Twin brother William
Heck also entered eight
events and garnered first
place in all for eight gold
medals, earning him Y state
high point in his age group.
He also set a Y state record in
the 50 breaststroke with a
time of 42.91.
In girls 10-and-under,
Laffey placed 12th in the 50
freestyle (31.16), 12th in the
100 freestyle (1:08.32), eighth
in the 50 backstroke (36.91),
12th in the 100 back (1:21.48),
fifth in the 50 breast (41.19),
sixth in the 50 butterfly
(35.38), eighth in the 100 fly
(1:20.61) and sixth in the 100
individual medley (1:20.57).
Senior girl Middleton was
12th in the 50 breast (40.51).
In girls eight-and-under,
Nichol placed 16th in the 50
free (39.71), ninth in the 25
back (23.30), 12th in the 50
back (48.88), 15th in the 50
fly (51.17) and 18th in the 100
IM (1:51.17).
Price placed 16th in the
girls 10-and-under 100 breast
with a time of 1:41.5.
In girls 11-12, Radcliffe
made finals in all her events,
finishing third and earning
the bronze medal in the 50
freestyle (27.00), fourth in the
50 back (30.98), seventh in
the 100 back (1:09.37) also
making her Florida age group
cut 12th in the 100 free
(1:02.53) and sixth in the 100
IM (1:08.50), improving her
preliminary time by 2.71 sec-
Senior girls' Zoe Stein
.placed 11th in the 50 breast
(39.46) and 15th in the 200
breast (3:02.12), improving
her preliminary time by 2.46
Taylor placed 12th in sen-
ior boys 50 back (37.32).
In girls 11-12, Wallace
placed llth in the 50 freestyle
(28.78), faith in the 50 back
(32.01), 13th in the 100 back
(1:09.57), ninth in the 50 fly

(30.44) and eighth in the 100
fly. She made her Florida age
group cut in the 100 fly with a
time of 1:09.21.
In senior girls, Ware
placed 15th in the 100 breast
(1:18.86) and 13th in the 200
breast (2:54.98).



The Fernandina Beach Middle School boys basketball team excelled on the court and in the classroom this year. The team includes, front row
from left, Coach .Raleigh Green, Brylen Ericksen, Garrett Howard, Tyler Callaway, Antonio Vendola, Chris Andino, Price Moore, Marshall
Thompson, Ty Herring; middle row, Cisco Moore, Cale Howard, Eddie Turvey, Kyle Richardson, Tyson Calvert, Parker Smith, Nick Brumme,
Tripp Landtroop; back row, Carson Thomas, Zach Dinh,. Nick Vanlennep, Hogan Alvarez, Daniel Faltemier, Walker Bean, Chris Stewart and
Tripp Vonnoh. Not pictured: Jake Cavan, Conner Going, Griffin Fitzpatrick, .Newton Lee, Ryan Edwards and Gabe Grego.

AS an at .retics

FBMS boys basketball team boasts share of honor roll students

News Leader
The Pirates battled the Hornets
and won in overtime during the regu-
lar season; the Hornets avenged the
loss, winning the county basketball
championship in overtime over the
It may have been an exciting sea-
son for the Fernandina Beach Middle
School boys basketball team, but
numbers that impressed Coach
Raleigh Green were on his players'
report cards.
"We had at least half make all A's,"
he said.
With 27 of the 30 boys involved in
the boys basketball program making

the honor roll for the first semester,
Green figures his team's average .:
grade point ato'r wi''f., tolN lffit'"
a 3.5.
"That's very impressive," he said.
"My whole principal JV team-made all
It wasn't by chance, however.
Green requires his players attend an
hour of study hall before practice.
"It's important for our children
and our student-athletes to be well-
rounded," he said. "I think it's very
important to not just be successful on
the court but also in the classroom.
"Obviously most of these guys
aren't going to play basketball for
their life, so it is important for them
to have something to fall back ohi as

Brylen Ericksen, a 6-foot-3 eighth-
grade center, has his sights se- oi, ,;
high schQol basketball and footba'fl'
"Hopefully going up to the high
school to do football and basketball
with Coach Schreiber and Coach
Hodge," he said. "I'm pretty excited
to go up there and play with them."
Ericksen admits he has one B on
his report card. "But I'm working on
it," he said.
Ty Herring, a power forward and
center and also in his final year at
FBMS, said Green's focus on grades
was beneficial.
"He pushes us a lot because we
need to be successful in life," Herring
.said. "We need to go hard and do
what we can do."

they get older. And hopefully, I taught
them work ethic and how important
"ihat is."
Student-athletes are required to
carry a 2.0 grade point average.
"I recommend a 2.5," Green said.
Marshall Thompson, an eighth-
grade forward for the FBMS Pirates,
was one of the varsity players who
boasts straight A's. -
"If you don't time it out really well,
it could be a burden," he said of bal-
ancing school work with the practices
and games.
"You have to have high grades for
collt'ge, so that's what I'm trying to
do," said Ga:rett Howard, an eighth-
grade point guard who also made all
A's the first semester.


SI'BM11 T I) Po110Ils
Yulee High School senior Sierra Mills signed with the College of Central Florida Feb. 21. Pictured left, standing from left, YIIS Coach Chris
Hicken, father Mark Mills; front row, mother Joann Courson, Mills College of Central Hlorida Coach Kerri Ryskamp and YIIS Coach Candy
Hicken. Right, pictured, back row from left, Coach Chris Hicken, YHS players Courtney Dietz, Ilayley Solomon, Zoie Williams, Graison Murray,
Macee Starman and Coach Candy Hicken; front row, YHS players Briana O'Neal, Mills, College of Central Forida Coach Kerry Ryskamp and
YHS's Karla Beasley.

Mills signs to play at College of Central Florida
Yulee High School senior Sierra pitcher since middle school, when middle school. when she does, it means so much '
Mills became the fifth full-ride college she pitched at Yulee Middle against "When we came over to Yulee, she more because she leads by example.
signee in three years under coaches my daughter Graison, who at the time was one of the reasons we were excit- She has powerful morals and is just
Chris and Candy Hicken when she played for Callahan Middle," Coach ed about coming, we knew we had a and all-around great person both as
penned with the College of Central Candy Hicken said. "She was a phe- great pitcher. That in itself is the sub- an athlete as well as a person and she
Florida Feb. 21. Mills will play softball nomenal athlete back then and we stance of a team. will be a great addition to the College
on a full scholarship. knew she was going to be a great "She has proven to be a great of Central Florida program. They are
"We have followed Sierra as a pitcher. She was a standout in the leader. Sierra doesn't say a lot but, very lucky to get her."

Hale Hearty 7K race series March 16 on Amelia Island

The Health Planning Council of
Northeast Florida is expanding the
Community First Hale Hearty 7K
race series to Fernandina Beach on
March 16. The Community First Hale
Hearty 7K in Riverside/Avondale will
continue June 1.

The Community First Hale Hearty
7K Fernandina Beach will begin in
downtown Fernandina Beach at Front
and Centre streets with an 8 a.m.
start. The race will take runners
down historic Centre Street. Runners
will also be able to see all sides of the

its annual regional health care utiliza-
tion studies and to-expand the fea-
tures of its health-related quality of
life indicator dashboard, Northeast
Florida Counts.
For information, visit www.hpc-

popular and beautiful Central Park,
Elgans Creek G(rienway and run past
lie Amelia Iighitihousc. T'lhe course
will end on Front Street.
The proceeds Ifrom this race
assisted th I health Planning Council
to cover tlit expenses associated with


FRIDAY. MARCII 1.2013 SPORTS Ncws-Lcadcr


Youth fishing cinlc
Fort Clinch will once again host the annual
Kids Fishing Clinic March 9. Fort Clinch will be
partnering with Friends of Fort Clinch and the
Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission to conduct
the youth fishing clinic. Members of the
Nassau Sport Fishing Association will also
team up to help make this year's event a suc-
cess. Youth will receive their own fishing rod
and reel, lunch and lots of great instructions on
how toc become successful fishermen.
Admission to Fort Clinch is free for the youth
clinic. For information call 277-7274.
Rotary Club hosts shoot
The Femandina Beach Rotary Club will
host the inaugural Jim Dawsey Memorial
Rotary Club of Femandina Beach Sporting
Clays Fundraiser/Fun'Shoot March 15 at at
Amelia Shotgun Sports, 86300 Hot'Shot Trail
in Yulee. The event will honor longtime club
member Jim Dawsey, who passed away-in
2010. All proceeds from the tournament will
benefit the Club's "Dollars for Scholars" college
scholarship program.
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.; shotgun
start at 9:30 a.m. Lunch and awards ceremony
at 12:30 p.m. Individual shooters can partici-
pate for $125. Two-person teams can enter for
$250 and four-person teams for $500.
Corporate teams of two- or four-persons can

register at $375 or $625, respectively. All
entrants will compete on the 70-round sporting
clays course with shotgun shells and lunch
included in the entry fee. Mulligans can be pur-
chased at five for $20. Other sponsorships are
available. Contact Trip Clark at (904) 626-0767
or Trip1175@comcast.net or Shan-non Brown
at (904) 908-2463 or BrownS vystarcu.org.
Registration has begun for indoor soccer,
the McArthur Family YMCA's program created
for 3 and 4 year olds just learning the game.
This fiveweek program meets Tuesdays and
Friday, beginning April 16 through May 24.
Register through March 10; fees are $25 for
members and $55 for non-members, Final reg-
istration is March 11-16 and fees are $30 for
members and $60 for non-members. Contact
Women shoots
To create woman-friendly opportunities to
practice and learn, The Well Armed Woman,
LLC is introducing Shooting Chapters all over
the country with anew chapter in Northeast
Florida starting soon.
The Well Armed Woman Northeast Florida
Shooting Chapter will give women of all experi-
ence levels the opportunity to be introduced to
issues important'to women shooters, learn

safe gun handling skills and train together.
Events will be held monthly and open to all
women, 21 years or older.
The Well Armed Woman has partnered with
Second Amendment Outfitters to be the host
range for these montl ily events. Time will be
devoted to discussion and topical study as well
as time on the range learning and practicing
safe gun handling skills at each monthly event.
The first shoot is scheduled for March 5
from 6-8 p.m. at Second Amendment
Outfitters, 85076 Cor'nmercial Park Drive,
Yulee. Reservations are highly recommended.
Email TWAW.NE.FL@gmail com or visit
Drum tournament
The 15th annual Drum Tournament will run
from March 8 through April 21. Captain's meet-
ing is at 7 p.m. March 8 at Kraft Athletic Club.
Cost is $40 per angler. Entry forms and
rules are available at Leaders & Sinkers,
Amelia Angler, Amelia Island Bait & Tackle and
Atlantic Seafood or www.fishnsfa.com.
Free boating ass
A free boating class, About Boating Safely,
will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16 at
the Lighthouse Cottage on Lighthouse Circle in
Fernandina Beach. This is a free introductory
level boating class presented by the USCG

Auxiliary Fldlilla 14-01. Other class dates are
May 18 and June 15. Contact Harry Tipper at
(912) 576-6659 or htipper3@comcast.net.
Elm Street Litte League
Elm Street Little League will hold registra-
tion at the MLK Center Monday through Friday
from noon to 5:30 p.m. Girls softball ages 9-12
(majors) and 13-15 (senior) and baseball ages
9-12 (majors), T-ball (ages 5-8, girls 6-7). Cost
is $40 and $45 with additional siblings.
'Coaches, managers and umpires are needed.
Contact Wayne Peterson at 753-1663 or Mark
Puca or (904) 849-7593.
Register forYMCAspringsports
The McArthur Family YMCA has opened
registration for spring sports, flag football, vol-
leyball and soccer. At registration, parents are
encouraged to note the site closest to home
(Fernandina or Yulee). Practices will be held on
Tuesday at the team's home field; games will
be held on Fridays and can be scheduled at
either site. Practices begin March 5 with
games beginning March 15.
Flag football and volleyball begin March 4
with games beginning March 14. All seasons
end the week of May 6. Participants receive a
jersey and commemorative trophy.
Visit the McArthur Famrily to register or call
261-1080 for information.



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Improvements at city course

The Fernandina Beach
Golf Club has seen vast
improvements over the past
two years at the hands of Billy
Casper. FBGC's staff has re-
imagined the south nine, cre-
ated new social and golf
events, enhanced the driving
range, given its guests a new
golf cart fleet, greatly im-'
proved the restaurant and
have provided a guest experi-
ence that has been much
friendlier and welcoming.
Upcoming in March, they
have numerous events for any
golfer, social butterfly or
range rat.
Demo Day March 16
with Nike Golf, Bridgestone, :
Adams and Titleist from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m.
Revenge 9 & Dine March 24
St. Patrick's Day party
March 17
Good Friday fish fry
March 29
Easter brunch and egg
hunt perfect for families
March 31
New for March, Sunday
Sunday, $20 for unlimited -
range balls and a six pack of
beer or $30 for 18 holes and a
six pack of beer
Through these events,
FBGC looks to take the next
step and keep improving the
facility and golf course. They
are all open to the public and
need support.
The East Grille at Fernan-
dina Beach Golf Club has .
seen amazing improvements.
Food and beverage manager
Melanie Robertson has
turned the operation around
and is now serving delicious
,food, providing fun social

events and seeking revenue
generating events that help
the overall facility.
PGA Professional Kyle
Roosen has taken player
development to a next level.
During the 2012 golf season,
he taught more than 70 new
beginning golfers in the Get
Golf Ready and Golf Fore
Women series.
For his excellent service
to growing the game, Roosen
was nominated for national
and local awards. The
Chamber of Commerce rec-
ognized him as a top Young
Business Leader and awarded
him a nomination for that
award among four others.
Billy Casper Golf also rec-
ognized Roosen's efforts,
nominating him for the com-
pany wide assistant profes-'
sional of the year award. This
year he looks to create more
events for the golf club and
help the golf course take the
next step.
The agronomic direction
of the golf course has also
been positive over the past
couple of years. An overall
cleanup of the facility, which
has included two pond exca-
vations, extensive tree prun-
ing and brush removal, has
been received well by mem-
bers and guests.
An updated practice facili-
ty has seen a substantial
increase in play and helped
provide a better location foi-
golf instruction, which in turn
has also grown.
Retaining walls have been
constructed in various loca-
tions throughout the course,
helping to define tees and add
aesthetic value to this old

Florida-style golf course. In
keeping the course true to its
60-year-old roots, staff has
cultivated and installed native
grasses in common areas to
reduce maintenance and
enhance wildlife habitat.
An adjustment to the cul-
tural practices will aid in the
playability of the poorly
drained push-up greens as
the weather warms. These
changes continue through the
spring and produce a notice-
able improvement in the comrn-'
ing weeks. Ultimately, golfers
should see a vast improve-
ment in greens quality.
The airport-mandated tree
removal project is coming to a
close and a landscape plan is
pending installation. Beautifi-
cation of the west course will
include a decorative white
fence, crape myrtles, shrubs
and native grasses to help did-
play the course from Amelia
Parkway. Staff expects an
April completion.
Moving into this year's *
growing season, there has
been a reduction in weed and
insect pressure as compared
to years past. Applications
removing these pests have
caused some of these areas to
thin but staff has plans to re-
sod the majority of them for
expedited playability early
this spring. Prior to the winter
months, staff had managed to
grow an improved stand of
turfgrass on fairways and
There are a lot of great
things happening at the local
city golf course. The staff at
FBGC has made major
improvements to the culture
and persona of the course.

The city of Fernandina
Beach Recreation Depart-
ment (www.fbfl.us) offers:
Summer adult basketball
registration April 1 through
May 15 at the Atlantic Avenue
Recreation Center. Team fee
is $350 and due May 15.
Teams-must have matching
colors). Twelve-game season
and tournament. Games
played Monday and Thursday
nights (possibly Wednesdays)
at Peck Gym. Season begins
May 30. Contact Jay at 277-
7350, ext. 2013, or jrobert-
Spring Thome-schoolers

swim clinic Tuesdays and
Thursday from 11-11:50 a.m.
at the Atlantic pool March 5-
May 23 for ages 4 and up.
Fee is $25 a month for city
residents or $31 non-city. No
* payments accepted until sec-
ond week. Continuation of

program based on first week's
attendance. Register for all
three up front; cost is $55 for
city residents and $69 non-
city. Contact Kathy Russell at
277-7350, ext. 2016, or krus-
American Red Cross life-
guard certification course
March 8-10 and March 15-17
at Atlantic Avenue Recreation
. Center. Attendance required
for all six days plus register for
one pre-course session.
Limited to first 10 students
who pass pre-course. Must be
15 years old prior to course
completion. Fee is $125 for
city residents, $156 non-city,
and includes certification,
book and pocket mask. Call
277-7350, ext. 0, or email
krussell@fbfl.org. Lifeguard
certification also offered
March 24-28 with pre-course
sessions March 1, 6 or 13.


Varsity Baseball
March 2 Dadington School at Bolles 1:00
March 5 MARIST 7:00
March 8 YULEE" -7:00
March 12 at Camden County 5:30
March 15 at Opellka, Ala. 7:00
March 16 LaGrange at Opelika 10am
March 19 Baker County-BB Grounds 7:00
March 22 at West Nassau' 6:00
April 3 ST. PIUS 7:00
April 5 WEST NASSAU" 6:00
April 9 at Yulee" 6:00
April 12 BOLLES 7:00
April 13 at.Wayne County, Ga. 2:00
April 16 HILUARD 7:00
April 18 at Fleming Island 4:00
April 23,25 District 4-4Aat Yulee e
March 6 County at West Nassau, 1.00
March 20 Sub-section at UC 11am
April 5 Section at Bolles 11am
April 19 State 1A at Kissimmee TBA
March 7 BISHOP KENNY 3.45
March 12 at Yulee 3:45
March 15 HILUARD 3:30
March 21 at West Nassau 3:30
April 3-4 District 3-2A at Bolles 8am
Track & Field
March 1 at Clay County 3:00
March 7 at West Nassau 4:00
March 21 County at West Nassau 4:00
April 11 District 3-2A at Bolles 12:30
April 18 Region 1-2A at Bolles 12:00
April 27, State 2A at Bolles 8arm
March 1 at Ed White 6:30
March 5 at Nease 6.00
March 8-9 at Lady Timberwolves TBA
March 12 WEST NASSAU' 6:00
March 15 at Episcopal 6.00
March 18 POTTERS HOUSE 6:00
March 21 YULEE 6:00
March 22 HILUARD 6:00
April 2 NEASE 6.00
April 4 at Yulee' 6:00
April 9 at Baker County 6:00
April 11 STANTON 600
April 12 at Matanzas 6:00
April 16 District 4-4Aat Yulee TBA
April 18 District 4-4A at Yulee TBA
Junior Varsity Baseball
March 4 at Yulee 5:00
March 6 BOLLES 6:00
March 12 BISHOP KENNY 6:00
March 13 CAMDEN COUNTY 5:00

March 18 BAKER COUNTY 6:00
March 20 at West Nassau 5:00
March 22 EPISCOPAL 6:00
April 2 at Bolles 6:00
April 4 WEST NASSAU 5:00
April 10 at Camden County" 5:00
April11 at Yulee 5:00
March 6 at West Nassau
Track & Reid
March 1 Ron Riddle at Clay 3:00
March 7 at Baldwin 3:30
March 21 County at West Nassau 4:00
April 11 District at Bolles 12:00
April 18 Region at Bolles 12:00
March 1 at West Nassau 7:00
March 5 at.Raines 5:00
March 8-9 at Tallahassee tourney
March 12 BALDWIN 5/7:00
March 14 at Baker County 5/7'00
March 15 SANDALWOOD 4:30/6:30
March 18 BISHOP SNYDER (JV) 6'00
March 22-23 at Daytona tourney
April 5 WEST NASSAU 7:00
April 5-8 JV at Ocala tourney
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The Amelia Island Club Women's Golf
Association hosted its fifth annual "3 Jills and
a Jack" golf tournament on a very chilly
January 31 at the Long Point golf course.
Sixty-eight players participated in a game
whereby three women formed a team and-
asked a male golfer to join them to round out
the foursome. Pros were not allowed to com- '
pete and spouses were not allowed to play
together on the same team. In addition, th~e
format, which featured two best balls of the
foursome, required all players to compete
from the forward tees with only 60 percent of
their individual handicap.
First-place winners with a score of 130
were team members Gerry Okin, Annamae
LePorin, Debi Sutton and Chris Peters; sec-
ond-place honors with a score of 131 went to
Carol Kimmel, Maryse O'Brien, Cynthia
Madden and Bill Rodgers; due to a scorecard
playoff, third place was awarded to Marti
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was given to Dot Houk, Barbara Jones, Mary
Lee Garrett and Billy Allen, also with a score
of 132; and Prudy Sellars, Florence Salerno,
Pete May and Peter LePorin captured fifth
place with a 133 score.
After the completion of the round, the
ladies treated their male teammate to a buffet
lunch at the Long Point Clubhouse.
Communities In Schools will host the
Power The Future Golf Tournament, present-
ed by Florida Public Utilities, March 15 at:
Amelia River Golf Club. Registration is $500
and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, box lusrh
and award ceremony with heavy hours d'oeu-
vres and beer from Bold City Brewing
Company. For information or to register, visit
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or so people who were reported injured were not struck by any pieces of thedneteorite, despite what some media sources have
said, but were rather the unwitting victims of the.shock,frorntthat was created when the meteorite exploded, 10 to 25 miles above
the ground. The now confirmed stony meteorite, entered the atmosphere at just over nine miles per second, and the force of the air ripping past its
surface became so dynamic that the main bodly broke apart. That's the part of the video sequence where the object flashed and became for a few
flickering moments brighter than the sun. When that transpired, an object that had a volume no greater than a cube 40 feet on every side broke apart
into tens of thousands of fragments, each becoming its own bright meteor, and in totality, explosively pushing the atmosphere aw,,ay from it to form
a shock front expanding at supersonic speeds. By the time people inside buildings, aware of something amiss going on outside, had walked over
to windows to see what was happening. the shock front reached the ground, shattering the glass, literally by the push of the air generated by the
explosion. Evidently, car windows were also broken because dozen of alarms can be heard going off in the background on the video soundtracks after
the sonic boom passed. Numerous meteoric fragments have nowv been identified on the ice of lake Chebarkul, about 45 miles east of Chelyabinsk
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Alyssa Borowske, a PhD. student at the University of Connecticut, and her field technician, Samantha Robinson,
right, weigh, measure, examine, photograph, band and release marsh sparrows including the Seaside sparrow,

Local marsh sparrows

worthy of close study

For the News-Leader
It is generally known that
regional marshes host a multi-
tude of wading species, numer-
ous shorebirds, waterfowl, rails
and even a few raptors.
However, the vast tidal habitat
also hosts highly adapted


species of wrens and sparrows
- and Florida's densest breed-
ing populations of
MacGillivary's Seaside spar-
rows and Worthington's Marsh
Wrens occur in Nassau and
Duval County.
From fall through spring,
local marsh sparrow popula-.'
tions are bolstered by high
numbers of migratory Seaside,

Nelson's and Saltmarsh spar-
Winter resident Seaside and
Saltmarsh sparrows originate
from salt marshes along the
Atlantic coast north to Maine,
but the range of Nelson's spar-
rows extends from Canada's
Maritime region to Hudson
Bay's southern shores .and
Canada's prairie marshes. Until
recently, very little was known
about these reclusive, wetland
birds, but'several studies are
now under way. Early this win-
ter, we were contacted by
Alyssa Borowske, a PhD. stu-
dent at the University of
Connecticut. She informed us.
that she was conducting
research on breeding marsh
sparrows in Connecticut and
wintering birds in South
Carolina, but wished to expand
her effort across the winter
range. We shared our knowl-
edge of regional birds and
offered to provide logistical sup-
port and assistance and rec-
ommended specific dates due
to their favorable tidal condi-
As land birds, marsh spar-
rows are compelled to move to

higher ground during cyclical
flood tides. On spring tides,
such conditions concentrate the
birds at favored roost or rest
sites in the high marsh.
Subsequently, on Feb. 9, 10 and
11, we guided Alyssa and her
field technician, Samantha
Robinson, to several regional
.sites where they were highly
successful in capturing num-
bers of all three species by
flushing them into low, small
mesh, mists nets. Such nets are
virtually invisible against dark
backgrounds and the sparrows
become entangled as they fly
into them, however only a small
percentage of birds are cap-
tured with each effort.
Multiple sparrows were cap-
tured at Simpson',s creek near
Big Talbot Island, in the high
marsh of I.. Tiger Island and
on a small, unnamed, marsh
island west of the Intracoastal
Waterway behind Big Talbot.
Remarkably, a Saltmarsh spar-
row banded in southern Maine
was amongst the birds captured
at Simpson's Creek oh our first
day. Following capture and
extraction from the nets, all
birds were weighed, measured,

examined for physical and
plumage condition, photograph-
ed, banded and released
unharmed. A few small feathers
were plucked from each bird
for gender analyses.
By expanding her studies to
Northl Carolina, Georgia and
I 1-ridla, Alyssa will gain more
insight into the wintering pop-
ulatipns: sex ratios, body size
and t li.i.' ii-, ad subspecies
distribution. In turn, the
National Park Service's Timuc-
uan Ecological and Historical
Preserve, state Aquatics
Preserves and regional state
parks will gain expanded knowl-
edge of regional marsh ecology
and its many functions. As
marsh-dependent species, the
sparrows are vulnerable to sea
level rise and Alyssa's work is
Ii.. I. to have applications for
those studies as well. Alyssa
departed quite impressed with
the numbers of sparrows in
local marshes and hopes to
return next winter to visit the
same sites. Perhaps she will
recapture'some of this region's
banded sample or more
migrants banded elsewhere
and learn more about the birds'

site fidelity behavior.
Similar to our support for
Alyssa, we are currently assist-
ing Chris Winchester (FWC)
in preparation for his research
into regional mink populations.
However, his study involves the
detection and documentation
of the species via, remotely
located cameras vs. capture,
analyses and marking. Despite
their fewer number and much
stealthier behavior, we are con-
fident that Chris's efforts will
prove successful and,, a with
the sparrow study; 'regional
land managers will gain valu-
able insight irt6 mink behav-
ior and distribution in our
marshes. Per the literature,
regional mink are a subspecies
occurring'onlyfrom Northeast
Florida through southern
South Carolina (the Sea Island
Note: for more information
on marsh sparrows visit Birds
of North America online (free
sample access and subscription
service), USFWS online,
Wikipxdia or simplify iseari tihe
three species' names. For mink,
visit the FWC website for mink

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