Katie Ride for Life

The Katie Ride for Life will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 6:00 AM starting at the Atlantic Ave. Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach and finishing on Amelia Island. This is a premier cycling tour with choices of routes up to 100. This is the fifth donor awareness bicycling event.

The Katie Caples Foundation was started in 1998 by the family of Katie Caples, a young high school student from NE Florida who became an organ and tissue donor after not surviving the trauma of an automobile accident. Read more

Florida Backyard Card

Governor Charlie Crist recently announced the Florida Backyard Card. This is a free savings incentive to encourage Floridians to spend their money within the state. The card is part of the Backyard Economics campaign launched last month. Local spending works as evidenced by the current local program Buy Nassau.

Florida relies on consumer spending and we don’t have to spend more to help our economy, simply spend our money in our own backyard. Money spent out of the state are gone forever, but when you spend money in Florida, it touches many before its value is depleted.

The card is available at lottery retailers or you can visit the Web site and download your card for free. When you enter your zip code, participating businesses in your area are displayed.

While currently there are just over 600 participants listed, only 18 of them appear when you type in our local zip codes of 32034 and 32097; and most of those savings are in St. Augustine, Florida, a penny saved is a penny earned, right?

I suspect as this program gains momentum more of your favorite merchants will sign up and participate.

Amelia Island Fishing Report

By: Don Whitman
Winds should be decreasing the rest of the week so the seas should be dropping off. We may have a week to get offshore. Big drum are biting every where. Reds and trout can be found in the rivers and back waters. Sheepshead are still at the jetties, pilings and around oyster beds. We should have a good fishing week. Scattered showers are being called for in the afternoons.

Leaders and Sinkers is a full line tackle store. Rod and Reel repair on site. All inshore and offshore Baits. Call or come by for any questions.904-321-2800. Until next week…

Swing into Spring!

The Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival will present a special Swing Into Spring Concert to kick off its 2009 schedule and the Winner of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship will be performing with The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band.

The concert is on Thursday, April 2nd, from 7:00pm-9:00pm, at the historic Palace Saloon in Fernandina Beach and will showcase The Dynamic Les Demerle 8-piece All-Star Band, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, and special guest, former Buddy Rich sideman and UNF professor emeritus Dr. Bill Prince (saxophones, clarinet, and flute), along with Jim Malmgren of the US Navy Band Southeast (trumpet), UNF Jazz Ensemble Director Mark Dickman (trombone), Doug Matthews (piano), Ernie Ealum (bass), and the always sensational DeMerle (drums).

“We are really excited that our scholarship winner will also sit-in with the pros that night,” said DeMerle. “It’s part of our focus on youth as we look to the future of jazz and the growth of the festival. There are so many talented young players who deserve recognition, and we plan to add inspiration and financial aid to continue advancing the value of this great American art form.”

Swing into Spring concert tickets will cost $25 and are available online at (Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover) and at: The UPS Store-Island Walk Shopping Center, 1417 Sadler Road Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 277-0820.
Or at the door (if not sold out in advance)
A not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival distributes proceeds toward a scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians.
For more information, please contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772 or visit our Web site.

Amelia Island Author Merrillee Whren Interview

Amelia Island author, Merrillee Whren is about to release her latest publication, Homecoming Blessings and Search Amelia’s field reporter AJ gets into the author’s head

Come with us as AJ interviews Mrs. Whren about life in Fernandina Beach and what it is like to be a real writer.

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Suppress Your Stress

Suppress your stress by walking the shores of Fernandina Beach. But, when this is not enough to lighten your burdens and you are feeling overwhelmed, just remember this quote by Mother Teresa, “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

Amelia Island Makes the New York Times

Recently, I received a New York Times Great Homes and Destinations article about Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. The story describes a family’s hunt for the perfect vacation home and they find it in our community. The author takes you on their journey describing the history of the eight flags, the settlement of Indian Tribes, the lure of Pirates and the modernization of the shrimping industry. This is a great tale of learning another’s inspiration to move here, not to mention a great promotional piece. “Welcome home Mr. and Mrs. Koilpillai”! The Chamber of Commerce should be very pleased!

Considering an Aluminum Fishing Boat?

By: Jamie Deonas

Small aluminum boats or “Jon boats” are popular with anglers who want to get out on the water to do some fishing without spending a lot of money on a boat. Although these are great inland and backwater boats there are several factors to contemplate when considering purchasing an aluminum boat for fishing. First there are two distinct types of aluminum boats, welded and riveted. The welded models are heavier and usually stronger than that of their counter part and are most often found on the more expensive brands of Jon boats. Welded boats will normally facilitate a much larger engine and can be easily repaired by a certified welder. The more popular, lighter and less expensive Jon boats are the riveted models. These models can be found in the size range of 6’ to 25’ in length. The riveted style is lighter than the welded, cost far less and is much easier to handle when it’s out of the water. Most all manufactures of aluminum boats have riveted models to choose from for rowing or paddling to being powered by a trolling motor or an outboard. There is one fatal down side of a riveted aluminum boat; the rivets can not be repaired should they develop a leak, rendering the boat unusable.

Aluminum boats also come in the popular transom heights; 15”, 20” and 25”. In days past all the small outboards (25HP and under) were all 15” shaft lengths and easy to pair up with a 15” transom boat. Today you will find motors as small as 6HP that are 20” shaft length requiring a 20” transom boat. Be especially careful in this area if you are purchasing an engine from one source and a boat from another. Trying to mix and match different shaft length motors to incorrect transoms will never work and in the end cost a lot more to correct.

Do You Commute to Jacksonville?

Anyone who lives in Fernandina Beach and commutes to Jacksonville realizes that these are two different worlds. I have a friend who lives on Amelia and works in the Washington DC area, now THAT is a commute. He flies out on Monday morning and home again on Fridays making every weekend feel like vacation. Having traveled extensively for business I know first hand that coming home to Nassau County is indeed a treat. Read more

Plenty to do On and Off of Amelia Island

We have another weekend with plenty of activities on and off of Amelia Island. There is a car wash in Yulee, a Cut-A-Thon at Amelia Island Plantation and a kite festival at Main Beach, though the winds may make this event quite interesting.

If you want to hang out with your pooch you can head out to Dog Park Day or support the Rescuing Animals in Nassau by attending their Gala for only $100 per ticket. The city of Fernandina Beach is hosting the First Annual Rib Cook-Off. Starting at noon the public is invited to taste the competitor’s delights at Central Park for only $10.00 which includes side dishes and a drink.

Planning to sleep all day? That is fine, too. For only $5.00 you can enjoy Symphony by the Sea at the new First Baptist Church on 8th Street. This is a fund raiser for Fernandina Beach Middle School and could be your first opportunity to see inside of the new church! You might just want to say a little prayer before you head off to Casino Night at Ten Acres to raise money for the Rotary Club scholarship fund. All of this is on Saturday! Take a look at our Calendar of Events for more information about what is going on around town. Remember, you are welcome to “contact us” to submit your items for our calendar.

You Can’t Choose Family

I love my family and many of them live in Fernandina Beach and in Yulee. But, sometimes they wear me out! Because they know me so well, they know exactly what buttons to push to evoke their desired response.

So, when your family is driving you insane keep this comforting quote in mind: “Family is just accident…They don’t mean to get on your nerves. They don’t even mean to be your family, they just are.”
Marsha Norman

Jamie Deonas Selected for 2009 40 Under 40

The editors of The Business Journal in Jacksonville have selected 40 of Northeast Florida’s brightest, most-promising professionals for the 2009 40 Under 40 list. Our own Jamie Deonas, of Fernandina Beach, has made the list.

Jamie, an Amelia Island native, is an active firefighter, a marine specialist, a Mason and a local business owner. Born into a family of boat builders, he and his father Nick Deonas own Deonas Boat Works, and they are partners in Search Amelia and FortuneBound.com. Jamie also operates Apex Rentals and Events. When he manages to find a bit of spare time, he and his wife Janet enjoy spending their leisure time on the water. Congratulations, Jamie – we are proud of you!

Clam Chowder

Clam chowder is a tasty dish of clams, diced potatoes and onions. Restaurants often serve this on Fridays to give a seafood option to those who don’t eat meat during Lent.
Becky Riley submitted this recipe to allrecipes.com and after reading the reviews, I just had to share this fantastic recipe with all of you. Though not completely made from scratch this simple recipe is great for entertaining. Go ahead and invite some friends over to share this delectable stew! Read more

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