Hunting for Sharks Teeth

Hunting for Sharks Teeth
By: Jamie D.

If you haven’t had the thrill of hunting for sharks teeth on Amelia Island then you don’t know what you’ve been missing. Sharks teeth and lots of other really neat and unusual shells can be readily found on any beach on Amelia Island year round. Read more

Down-Town Amelia Island

Down-Town Amelia Island
By: Jamie D.

With fall rapidly approaching and the 2008 tourist season coming to a close, the downtown district on Amelia Island is still alive with activities and things to do for the whole family. My family and I visited recently the Intercoastal wine company located on Norht 2nd Street. This was our first venture to this new wine bar and everyone in our group had a wonderful experience of what Amelia Island has to offer. Here we found a couple of local fellows playing music, a great selection of wines, cheese appetizers and a cozy environment to spend an evening.

Upon leaving the wine company we took some time to walk down to the Fernandina Harbor Marina. This is the marina located directly behind Brett’s Waterway Cafe that extends both North and South along the Amelia River and the Intercoastal waterway. But, to our surprise the Fall Arts and Craft Festival was in place with vendors from around the country displaying and selling their crafts.

Despite a slow season for boating we found the marina bustling with both transient and permanent residents. The charter fleet has grown in both numbers and the size of the vessels and has even added a ferry service to St. Mary’s, Georgia to its ranks. This really is a great local spot to visit and if you want to see the best sunset views on the island this is the place. Florida’s oldest continuously operating saloon, The Palace Saloon, is located on the corner of 2nd and Center Streets in downtown Fernandina. The Palace Saloon has been a local favorite with its rich history and one of a kind murals painted on the walls. Even if you‚’re not into the bar scene or even a consumer of alcohol you still will not want to miss the opportunity to take a peek inside if for nothing more just to say, “I’ve been there”.

We finished our evening with a stop at O’Kane’s Irish Pub, on the corner of 6th and Center and learned Amelia Island was hosting her first annual Film Festival. O’Kane’s is another favorite of all who have eaten or stopped in for a drink and has a great atmosphere and excellent food. Many boutiques and shops can also be found in the historic district on Center Street along with a chocolate factory, coffee houses and several antique businesses. Many of these establishments are open late and are great places to browse.

I write this article as a lifelong resident of Amelia Island and to remind others who call this little piece of paradise home, not forget about our wonderful and quaint little downtown. For many locals we only visit here for annual events and festivals but, as I was recently reminded it’s a place worth visiting more often.

Check back for video updates of this weekend’s events: Fernandina’s first Film Festival, the fall Arts and Crafts Festival and the Beer and Wine Tasting Event.

The Birthday Cake Shooter

The Birthday Cake Shooter
“Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me”

Since today is my birthday, I went in search of the perfect birthday cocktail. Though this shooter isn’t actually a cocktail, it is a tasty beverage with the sweet flavor of birthday cake that all of my adult party guests can enjoy!

Ingredients:
Prepare in a shot glass:
1/2 shot vodka
1/2 shot Frangelica
One slice of lemon per shot
Two tablespoons of sugar per shot

Directions:
Take one slice of lemon and dip both sides of it in the sugar.
Now lick the sugar off the lemon (don’t swallow it yet).
Take the shot, swallow, and bite the lemon slice!

Happy Birthday!!!

Two years later, I want to update this post with this comment, “This is the perfect adult birthday party shooter!” LOL

The $700 Billion Dollar Question

The $700 Billion Dollar Question
By: Nick

Just a thought, but the President addressed the Nation on national TV using terms such as, “long and painful recession”, “crisis” and “edge of collapse”. Now as I see it, one could say perhaps this was the old scare tactic routine, hoping everyone would jump behind the bill, call their representatives and get this thing passed. I don’t know about you, but I get the feeling of being in a car dealership.  This is the last one we have, better get it now, there are two other buyers looking at it, that kind of feeling.

The plan sent to Congress, as reported by the top news agencies, consisted of two pages. I had a friend who sign an interest only loan a couple of years ago, for only $100 thousand dollars, as bad as it turned out to be, it consisted of more than two pages:

When we look at the debt now hanging over our (taxpayers) heads, you find yourself looking for something to take for a headache. The existing public debt alone figures out to be US$31,600 for every man, woman and child in America. This new demand, if passed and stays at the $700 billion figure, will add another estimated US$2,300 for every American.

The new US$700 billion (by the way, this is a dreamed up number, not the real figure) will supposedly buy up all the toxic debt off the books. As usual, it’s coming out of the taxpayer’s pockets. Market leaders have been holding their breaths this past week, hoping that this “windfall” relief package will be approved, money will start to flow and life will be good again, or will it???

I know the administration is behind this but I still ask is it worth it? Will it really do the job? Who are the individuals who will profit from it at the end of the day? The estimate I have seen to really clear the books of bad debts, (banks) is over US$3 Trillion. Now the big question; If it is going to take over $3 Trillion to clear what we have now, how much more will be added to the “toxic” debt number in the next year? And we should all think a mere $700 billion will do the trick. What would really happen if nothing was done???????

The bickering continues on Capital Hill this weekend. Lawmakers are hard at it, each side trying to get their plan passed. In some cases their plan may include pet projects that they all seem to have, at any one given time. The past ten days have been a roller coaster ride to say the least. The nation and the rest of the world are waiting to see just how this is going to turn out. Will there be a plan or not? What if there is not plan? What if nothing is done? Where does that leave us, the taxpayer?

Wellness Coordinator Appointed for Osprey Village

Wellness Coordinator appointed
Osprey Village at Amelia Island Plantation, a full-service retirement community, has hired Lynne Starling for the role of Wellness Coordinator. Starling has 20 years experience in the fitness industry with an appropriate background as senior specialist. She will be responsible for implementing standards of exercise, wellness and senior health at Osprey Village and Read more

New Home Sales Fall Again In August, Prices Also Fall

New Home Sales Fall Again In August, Prices Also Fall

Home owners in a shopping cart soon?

By: Nick Deonas

August was not a bright month for the housing industry. New homes sales fell to the slowest pace in 17 years along with the average sales price falling by the largest amount on record.

New home sales fell by 11.5 percent in August to an adjusted annual sales rate of 460,000 units, this is the slowest pace since January of 1991. The experts were expecting a 1 percent decline. The average price of a new home sold in August dropped by a record amount of 11.8 percent to $263,900; compare this to the July average of $299,100. The price in the median range also fell by 5.5 percent to $221,900. New home sales showed that business was off in every region of the country, except the Midwest, a 7.2 percent increase was posted. Sales fell a dramatic 36.1 percent in the Wet and were down 31.9 percent in the Northeast. The South showed a decrease of only 2.1 percent.

The drop in new home sales and the falling price of homes are keeping the pressure on for the worst housing downturn in decades. In a nationally televised speech Wednesday night, President George W. Bush said the credit crisis could trigger a “long and painful recession” unless Congress acts quickly to pass a $700 billion bailout plan. As of last night the fighting on Capital Hill was still going on.

If all of this was not bad enough, the government reported Thursday that unemployment benefits shot up last week to the highest level seen in seven years.

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