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New Workout Routines at Club 14 Fitness

New Class Routines at Club 14 Fitness

New Class Routines at Club 14 Fitness

Club 14 Fitness is about to rock your world with new Les Mills routines set to great new music in both their cycle room and in the classes held in the group fitness room.

You may already know their RPM and cycle will get you into shape and BodyPump will have your heart rate up and your thighs burning in no time at all. If you are a fan of the current routines get to the club this week, because next week it is a whole new game! …and when you train with the fitness instructors at Club 14 Fitness, you know they play hard and they play for YOU to win!!!

Whether you want to work on your own or with a group, they will help you get into the best shape of your life… but they cannot do it for you. If you find it difficult to get motivated for an early morning class or in the evenings then you should try to get into the gym for their mid-day Express classes. They begin at 1:15 and are only 30 minutes long so you can conveniently work them into your lunch hour; no more excuses!

Stop by Club 14 Fitness and pick up your new schedule of classes or visit their website and see how to work them all into your busy schedule.

Here is a glimpse of what a Les Mills fitness routine looks like:

Check it out… RPM
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo3IlkAAkgA

Beginning Monday, Club 14 Fitness is holding a cycle race to the finish. A course is established and each participant will complete a leg of the journey by attending designated classes. Whoever crosses the finish line first is the winner. Contact the club for more details and to find out what the winner receives!

Take a look at this glimpse of Body Pump!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_rNm1uNW-M

Important Health Issue for Women

Important Health Issue for Women

Margaritas

Original Author Unknown

There is an important women’s health issue sweeping the country leaving women to feel insecure, timid and exhausted. Well, there just may be a cure!

-Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
-Do you suffer from shyness?
-Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?
-Do you suffer exhaustion from the day to day grind?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about Margaritas.

Margaritas are the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. Margaritas can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you’re ready and willing to do just about anything. You will notice the benefits of Margaritas almost immediately and with a regiment of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.

Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start living, with Margaritas.

Margaritas may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Margaritas. However, women who wouldn’t mind becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include:

– Dizziness
– Nausea
– Vomiting
– Incarceration
– Erotic lustfulness
– Loss of motor control
– Loss of clothing
– Loss of money
– Loss of virginity
– Table dancing
– Headache
– Dehydration
– Dry mouth
– And a desire to sing Karaoke

WARNINGS:

-The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
-The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
-The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to think you can sing.
-The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.

Please share this with other women who may need Margaritas.

Eclipse Midnight Premiere on Amelia Island

Eclipse Midnight Premiere on Amelia Island

Eclipse Midnight Premiere on Amelia Island

The third installment of the Twilight Saga opened Tuesday at midnight at the Fernandina Beach movies known as Carmike Cinemas, Amelia Island 7. While the movie was not a complete sell out of the entire theater, General Manager Seth Donnelly told me they “were at 89% capacity.”

Editor’s side note: This is equivalent to two-thirds of the number of people that showed up to vote for either Arlene Filkoff or Neil Blalock in our last election.

Ally at the Desk and I purchased our tickets on Monday and planned to arrive at 11:15 PM to avoid the chaos based on our experience with the midnight premiere of New Moon… WRONG!!!

The entrance from Lime Street was blocked off by police because there were so many people in the parking lot who, like us, were hoping to beat the crowd. The line to purchase tickets snaked along the sidewalk towards the Doo Wop Diner.

I turned on 14th Street and finally found a parking space near Club 14 Fitness. As we approached the Cinema, the police officer directed us to a “cluster” of movie-goers based on the start time on our ticket, 12:03 AM. We were permitted to enter the building, purchase our refreshments and find a seat in the theater our viewing time corresponded with – for us that was theater number 3. The system was smooth and we chatted with friends while we waited for the previews to begin.

Fernandina Police Control Traffic for Midnight Premiere

Fernandina Police Control Traffic for Midnight Premiere

Before the movie started, Seth Donnelly spoke to the audience, encouraging them to notice the changes in the level of customer service since his tenure began in July of 2009. I will admit, this is the second time I have personally witnessed him come to the front of the theater and directly address the audience about what we should expect from his staff. If you have had issues with the Cinema 7 in the past, I encourage you to give the theater and the open-door management team another chance.

The theater grew dark and we were finally going to see how the Cullens face off with Victoria after Edward killed her mate in Twilight. Bella left us hanging on Edward’s marriage proposal in New Moon, so Eclipse was surely going to give us closure on some topics and open new questions making us anticipate the theater release of the fourth segment based on the book, Breaking Dawn.

I don’t want to give away the movie, but if you have read the books you will be pleased at how closely some of the scenes follow the author, Stephenie Meyer’s, original story lines.

I will tell you a few things though:

    -All of the girls in the theater under age 21 squeal with ear-piercing delight when Jacob appears onscreen without a shirt.
    -Edward actually looks handsome in the tent scene of the movie.
    -Dakota Fanning is not in the movie enough.
    -Jacob curses alot.
    -Edward has more patience than expected.

Whether you favor Team Edward, Team Jacob or Team Alice (fans of Jacksonville’s own Ashley Greene), you won’t be disappointed. If you have not read the books, the movie stands on its own and this is by far the best Twilight movie yet.

Over the years our local theater has not been nominated for any customer service awards, but I have had no complaints in the past 12 months and they even offer a stimulus Tuesday discount on popcorn and sodas! With the rumor of the Hollywood Theaters at the River City Marketplace 14 closing this coming August, now is your opportunity to get your suggestions to Seth so you will want to spend your hard earned money locally by making Amelia Island Cinema 7 your preferred theater of choice!

SunSplash Shuttle and Parking

SunSplash Shuttle and Parking

SunSplash Shuttle and Parking

Vehicular beach access at Seaside Park in Fernandina Beach will be closed from 5:00 AM until 10:00 PM on Saturday, July 3rd, for the free Reggae concert on the beach, better known as Amelia Island SunSplash. Attending this beach concert at the corner of Fletcher Avenue and Sadler Road can create a bit of a challenge when you are looking for a place to park to attend the volleyball tournament, the surf contest, the fashion show or any of the other exciting scheduled events.

You need to know that there is FREE parking available at K Mart, located at 1525 Sadler Road and the SunSplash Shuttle is only $1.00 per person from the K-Mart lot via Relax and Ride Transportation Company. (Yes, they are pet friendly.)

Overflow parking is also located at 1201 Atlantic Avenue across from Central Park near historic Fernandina Beach and the SunSplash Shuttle is available for a small fee.

Amelia Island residents who live near the SunSplash location DO NOT appreciate you parking on their lawns. If you live close enough to walk or ride a bicycle, these ecologically friendly alternative modes of transportaton are preferred.

If you are from out of town this map should help you find your way around. Better yet, come stay at one of our local hotels. Amelia Hotel at the Beach, Hampton Inn at the Beach, the Days Inn, and the Residence Inn on Sadler Road are ready to welcome you to Amelia Island SunSplash. What better way to spend the Fourth of July Holiday? We will see you on the beach!!!

Cruise Ships Full Speed Ahead on Social Media

The Social Media are buzzing about the Epic's on-deck amenities

“The consumer is now in control,” said NCL’s Executive VP Andy Stuart. “You can ignore it at your peril, or you can embrace it in a way that makes sense and creates value.”
With the upcoming July 4th official launch of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest cruiseship the Norwegian Epic, NCL has chosen the same social media marketing route that launched Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas” launch 7 months ago into the biggest exposure phenomenon in the cruise history.

To baffle readers with some numbers:
• On the day the Oasis of the Seas sailed into Fort Lauderdale’s Port of Everglades for the first time, “Oasis of the Seas” was the most searched term on Google.com;
• In the days prior, while the ship was crossing the Atlantic from Finland, more than 200,000 people tuned in over any 24-hour period to watch video of the Oasis captain — more viewers than for example Anderson Cooper drew on CNN;
• as of this week, more than 14 million unique visitors have made their way to OasisoftheSeas.com.

If we compare apples to apples, the success of the Oasis media launch can be attributed to more than its status as the world’s largest cruise ship. It was and is the result of a calculated campaign to promote the ship mostly through social media channels, ultimately letting consumers drive the Oasis to the mainstream media.

Social Media Rule

Smart marketeers have realized that the media landscape has been changing drastically and the right approach is to be ahead of the curve. The cosmic shift in consumer driven exposure, coupled with the decrease in financial means for traditional media to stay ahead of the news with original reporting, has made social media the current Emperor of Exposure.

While the Oasis launch took social media use to the highest level to date, other lines have been quick to follow suit.
– Norwegian Cruise Line, launching its largest-ever ship, the Norwegian Epic, this weekend, is aggressively using social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter as well as an Epic microsite, all part of its broader social media strategy, while also using USA Today as the traditional venue with the largest internet presence.
– Holland America Line just launched a campaign on Facebook and Twitter titled “Countdown to Nieuw Amsterdam Launch.” In the 100 days before its July 4 delivery, the campaign is listing 100 reasons to sail on the newbuild. Itinerary-wise. This Sunday the ship will make its debut with a 10-night inaugural Eastern Mediterranean voyage with stops in Greece, Italy and Croatia. Nieuw Amsterdam will then sail a variety of 12-night Eastern Mediterranean itineraries roundtrip from Venice or between Barcelona, Spain, and Venice. These cruises will visit ports throughout Greece, Croatia, Turkey and Italy.

What all the cruise lines are embracing is the idea that social media can drive the conversation about their brands further and more widespread than ever. Take for instance the fact that it was clear that the Oasis’ size and features would create buzz, but social media in the US alone moved that buzz far beyond the 18% of Americans who have cruised, to media outlets that normally would not cover cruising.
Today’s approach, arguably an intermediate one, is centered around the philosophy of serving the “inline” media as broadcast, print and online, with online being increasingly the initial mover. Another clear example of that shift was the earthquake in Haiti in January when traditional media got their cues from Twitter messages. The World Soccer Cup currently played in South Africa is actually overloading the Twitter channels as another proof of the change.

Brand Advertising on Traditional Channels Direct Now to Social Media Presence

Twitter is now called the “Best Push Button for the (Public Relations) World”. Everything that is communicated starts with a traditional press release and/or an online blog and gets pushed out with multiple tweets, facebook interaction and postings.
For the observant watcher it is obvious that lately brands even push their social media presence in their TV commercials as they invite the consumer to connect to their Facebook and Twitter presence as the in-between step to their website call to action.
The industry is moving so fast that even insiders are baffled.  Even though we, marketing specialists, still like to claim that “what starts online moves offline, and what starts offline goes online,” we are well aware that the speed effect is created by the consumer using the social media to push out the messages.

In the case of the Oasis, the website OasisoftheSeas.com was the central information portal, which used Twitter and Facebook to blast out information about the ship. Another important aspect of the viral success was of course the Contest attached to the launch which engaged the public far beyond traditional marketing. In the Oasis case it took courage from Royal Caribbean’s management to let a global naming contest decide on the ship’s name, an enormous departure from traditional marketing’s ‘celebrity baptism’ approach.

This social engagement with audience and future customers became a source for many other TV shows and online content, and it gave the public the opportunity to participate in something they are not normally asked to. It was a fascinating exercise to collaborate with your future customers and vacationers on what the ship should be named based on what they perceived the ship to be.
People in the cruise niche successfully embraced an enthusiastic base of online supporters that can be tapped to spread their messages. The email data base coming with this approach is gold in terms of future marketing efforts as well.

Of course not every industry has the level of engagement that cruise companies have with their customer base, which on average spends seven days, 24 hours each day with them, which is a considerable in-depth experience. From there it is much easier to activate and properly organize and push the online conversation to a point where it can’t be ignored, even outside the cruise community.
By comparison and as an indicator how Social Media enabled the Oasis to attract far more coverage than the Freedom of the Seas did when it debuted as the largest ship in the world in 2006, the Oasis launch had a lot fewer media people onboard the ship, yet the news coverage was hugely bigger than that of the Freedom. And we’re talking “only” 4 years. Apart from coverage by ABC’s “Good Morning America,” not one TV station outside of Florida came onboard the Oasis. Yet 200 TV stations around the U.S. aired video from the Oasis website.

A fair conclusion is that the consumer decided what they wanted to see, and they pushed the Oasis on news platforms. That ability not only makes a social-media-savvy audience part of a brand’s marketing team, it also shows the future for any type of business that can create substantial social engagement with its customer base, potentially and established.

Do you have a Twitter and Facebook account? If not, set one up and link your account to local organization such as www.twitter.com/searchamelia , www.twitter.com/ameliapromotion , www.twitter.com/aibluesfestival and www.twitter.com/warriorvacation.
Other ones to connect to are Sunsplash, consignamelia, shrimpfestival and many more. If you need a list drop us a comment note.

Roundtrip Ticket To Space Station is $56 million

Helping to pave the road for the future of commercial spaceflight, Boeing is hard at work on the research and development of a new space capsule aimed at flying people to the International Space Station.

When I heard and read the story about 11 people in Boston, New York and Washington being arrested by the FBI for spying for the Russian Federation, I had flashbacks of the 1960s and the heydays of the Cold War.

Other thoughts that fought for immediate attention in my brains were: Better the Russians, than the Taliban or bin Laden; so what’s going to happen to the Space Station now that the Shuttle Program has almost reached its end; should I check out my neighbors? He looks Russian and she is way too friendly when I get my mail from the mailbox.

Yet a smile spreads across my face when I remembered the 1966 hitsong “Russian Spy and I” from the Dutch band The Hunters which youTube gave me a great rendition of

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJO-dWPFJ1Y

The Cold War was much sexier than today’s war on terrorism

The number of casualties was infinitely smaller on both sides and we each knew our “enemy”. Of course it could be that reminiscing about the Cold War is embedded in “good old day nostalgia”, but even the Olympic Games were more interesting as it embodied the peaceful version of “war”. Think about all the movies Hollywood gave us and how many Movie Stars built their careers on Moscow versus Wahsington.
I bet you that with the FBI releasing their investigation in Cloak and Dagger style rhetoric, even Arnold Schwarzenegger may decide to become an action hero again after leaving California’s Governor seat in November.
Reportedly one spy is a 28-year-old divorcee with a masters in economics, an online real-estate business, a fancy Financial District apartment and a Victoria’s Secret body. According to the New York Post, she had been passing information to a Russian government  official every Wednesday since January. Now tell me wouldn’t that whet your appetite more than yet another story about boring bin Laden antics?

Of course there is much more to the picture of a changed world in 2010, where Obama and Russian Federation President Medvedev met over Cheeseburgers and fries last week in Canada, discussing a new round of Russian-USA relationships.
And how about the administration’s decision to cancel our space shuttle program and instead hitching rides to and from the space station with our good friends, the Russians.  OK, so far maybe it doesn’t seem too out of place.  Our shuttles are getting old and it would cost a tremendous amount of money to design and build new ones, not to mention all the cost over runs that are always associated with any massive government project.

What is it costing us right now to go to the space station on our own shuttles?  Well about $450 million.
Of course we own the vehicle and we can fill all the seats if we choose and still that surely seems like a lot of cash for a ride to the station and back, doesn’t it?  Well, perhaps our elected leaders have figured out a way to save us, you and I, some money by outsourcing this service, after all, this is no different from what many U.S company’s have done in sending their jobs overseas, right? They are saving big time and pass these savings on to you and me. Right?

So just how much will we save by “farming” out our space transportation service?  Our (former) good friends, the Russians are only going to charge us $55.8 million for a round trip ticket, that would be “per person.” It’s time to break out the old calculator and multiply this by an average passenger list of 4, (the other 3 are shuttle crew). We are now going to pay the Russians $223.2 million to do the same job and save about $225 million in the process. Great decision to outsource I would say, but what happens now that the FBI has discovered that Russians are still spying on us? Aerospacial technology has probably some of the most sought after secrets in the world today, considering that Space is the Next Frontier to conquer?

But not to worry fellow Americans. Boeing is already building a Space Shuttle Replacement and reports to be far ahead of a 2016 delivery schedule. Of course they still have to figure out which rocket system to use to propel the shuttle into space, but a quick calculation tells me that at 4 shuttle flights a year over the next 5 years,our savings by using the Russians would be 20 flights x $225 million is $4.5 billion. That should be enough to build a new rocket. And if not, imagine how our astronaut passengers on the Russian shuttle can spy on them and find out once and for all why they can do it cheaper than we can.

Forbidden Broadway Spoofs Songs and Celebrities

Forbidden Broadway Spoofs Songs and Celebrities

Forbidden Broadway Spoofs Songs and Celebrities

The Mouth of Amelia has given us the scoop for the Fernandina Little Theatre production of Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, a hilarious musical spoof of famous Broadway songs and celebrities!

Presented on July 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th at 7:30 PM, there will also be a matinee on July 4th at 2:30 PM.

Fernandina Little Theatre is located at 1014 Beech Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. This is a small, intimate theater and patrons are advised to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased in person at The UPS Store, located in the Publix shopping center or email FLT.

The play is directed by Kate Hart, with musical direction by Erin DuFault. The cast includes Beverly Allen, Cristina Eaton, Stephen France, Jean Jones, Mason Moore, Ruthellen Mulberg and Jean Schreiber.

Tickets are $15 for the performances on July 3 and July 6 at 7:30 PM, and $16 for the performances on July 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 PM;tickets for the matinee are $14.

Editor’s note: We love receiving updates and contributions here at SearchAmelia. I am on the Mouth of Amelia’s email list for her newsletters with lots of color and cute little images she uses when she spreads the word of the arts in our community. While I know she would prefer her news remain unchanged, I must admit that the special effects end up on the editor’s floor when I prepare the material for publication. However, I wanted everyone to know that I appreciate the time, care and generous effort she puts forth producing her emails and I would like to take this opportunity to publically say, “Thank you, Mouth. You are indeed an asset to Amelia Island!”

Belly Dancing During Pregnancy

Belly Dancing During Pregnancy

Naia's Prenatal Belly Dance DVD

Across the country prenatal belly dance classes are held in homes, hospitals, dance studios and clinics. As fit, athletic and active moms debunk the notion of “stay off your feet” for nine months, new mothers are turning to the ancient art of Belly Dance.

Many women are looking for safe alternatives to the generic long walks recommended by their doctors. The rhythmic slow movements and controlled breathing of pre-natal belly dancing actually prepares the new mother for childbirth, aids in bonding with the baby and speeds post-natal recovery. Many pregnant belly dancers report relief in back pain along with increased focus they hope will aid in the birthing process.

A lot of research on this subject has been done and many fascinating articles note the similarities between belly dancing and Lamaze, which are both based on the same method of muscle isolation. In her book, Belly Dancing, Wendy Buonaventura demonstrates that the dance movements exercise all the birth muscles and the rhythms, in fact, match the birth process.

Many belly dancers also talk of belly dancing during the birthing process, using the learned undulating movements to control the pushing while easily focusing on breathing and keeping rhythm with the natural waves of labor pains.

But is it safe? “Yes,” says Dr. Sue Kelly Sayegh, associate professor of maternal-fetal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk in a Time Magazine article Thursday, Aug 23, 2007, By Elisabeth Salemme/Brookfield. “Low-impact exercise is recommended five to seven days a week during pregnancy. Although Sayegh warns against overexertion as well as fast-paced footwork that could lead to a fall, she says ‘the art of breathing while doing other things is an excellent preparation for labor.'”

Island Tribe Belly Dance offers special pre-natal seminars focused in helping mothers-to-be stay in shape, while aiding in their preparation for labor. Beginners classes are also offered where pregnant and non-pregnant students can learn the basics of this art. If you would like to know more about pre-natal belly dancing, please feel free to contact us at www.IslandTribebellyDance.com or (904) 415-0300.

Also, more information on pre-natal belly dancing can be found HERE.

Teens Produce Fernandina Live at Arts Academy

Teens Produce Fernandina Live at Arts Academy

Teens Produce Fernandina Live at Arts Academy

July 5 through 9 Amelia Arts Academy will give local teens an opportunity to write, produce, and star in their own television show! Teens enrolled in the Digital Video workshop will join the “Fernandina Live” staff and learn from a professional videographer how to create, shoot, edit and burn a DVD of the show.

“Fernandina Live” is a funny, sometimes wacky spoof on TV shows that encourages audio, video and photo skills! This video production class, designed and taught by Atlanta-based videographer, Bill Mullis, is designed to encourage the creative audiovisual element present in all teenagers.

In this class, teens will create, shoot, edit and present a “local afternoon news/entertainment program” – Fernandina Live! This fictitious program format will encourage everyone to add their own interests to the final cut. Besides rotating production positions such as camera, audio, director and actor, each participant will be asked to bring some ideas for a segment.

Last year’s program included two hosts, a weatherman and roving reporters commenting on a ban on shrimp in Fernandina, and even the appearance of “landsharks”!

Students can perform musically, give a cake decorating lesson, read their own poetry or even do a zany bit on surfboard waxing, imagination is the only limit. “So, while learning about video camera, mics and editing, we are having a fun time too!” says Mullis.

To register or for more information call (904) 277-1225.

Warning From the CDC

Warning From the CDC

Warning From the CDC

A very important warning has just been made public by the CDC that we should all be aware of: Gonorrhea Lectim. It’s pronounced “Gonna re-elect ’em.”

This is a new virulent strain of this old disease. The disease is contracted through dangerous and high-risk behavior involving putting your cranium up your rectum. Many victims contracted it in 2008, but now most people, after having been infected for the past 1-2 years, are starting to realize how destructive this sickness is.

It’s sad because it is so easily cured with a new procedure just coming on the market called Vo-tem-out! You take the first dose/step in 2010 and the second dosage in 2012, and simply don’t engage in such behavior again, otherwise it could become permanent and eventually wipe out all life as we know it.

Several states are already on top of this like Virginia, New Jersey, and now Massachusetts, with many more states following their lead by voting out the incumbents.

An Evening of Story and Song with Danny Ellis

An Evening of Story and Song with Danny Ellis

An Evening of Story and Song with Danny Ellis

Fresh from a triumphant tour of Ireland, Danny Ellis will perform “800 Voices,” his poignant and uplifting life story of growing up in an Irish orphanage set to story and song. You’ll understand why he won “Lyricist of the Year” at the recent Just Plain Folks Music Awards.

“An Evening of Story & Song” with Danny Ellis will be Friday night, July 2, at a new venue location, the new Amelia Community Theatre. The wind bar opens at 7:15 PM and the show starts at 8:00 PM.

Tickets are $15.00 and available at program sponsors Regions Bank and Mixed Media.

AIP Receives Recognition for Excellence

AIP Receives Recognition for Excellence

AIP Offers Ultimate in Team Building

From Expedia, Fodor’s Travel, Insurance & Financial Meetings Management, Medical Meetings and Financial & Insurance Meetings

Amelia Island, FL – Amelia Island Plantation has been ranked among the world’s best hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list by Expedia® travelers. The list formally recognizes individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value.

Amelia has also been recognized by Fodor’s Travel as a 2010 Fodor’s Choice selection. This distinction represents a remarkable achievement and recognizes Amelia Island Plantation as a leader in its field for service, quality, and value in the 2010 year.

“Delivering our guests superior service and exceeding our guest’s expectations are top priorities at Amelia Island Plantation,” said Jack Healan, President. “We are pleased that our efforts have been acknowledged by our guests and look forward to extending our high level of service to even more people.”

The subscribers of Insurance & Financial Meetings Management voted Amelia as a World Class Award winner for 2010. And Amelia Island Plantation was one of 30 named as Premium Circle Award winner by the readers of Financial & Insurance Meetings and one of 40 as Merit & Distinction Award winners by the readers of Medical Meetings.

Community Garden Art Show

There will be an Art Show of the 9th Street community gardens, located near St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to raise money for the Hope House. This garden is special because eighteen local families, each with their own plot, enjoy their harvests.

Paintings (no larger than 16 X 20) of florals or vegetables from the garden will be on display at J & S Frame Gallery, 1464 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach on July 18, 2010 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM.

Congress still has not addressed Flood Insurance

What are they doing and thinking in Washington? No National Flood Insurance?

I assume we all know that the 2010 hurricane season has started. Tropical Storm Alex in the Western Gulf of Mexico is proof of that as the storm is predicted to turn into a hurricane.  People who live along the coast are bracing for what reportedly is going to be a tough season.  Most people who live in flood prone areas have flood insurance, a safety net between them and loss caused by rising waters.  If you are about to purchase a new home and it is within a flood prone area, you are required to have flood insurance, or you won’t be able to finance the property.

Remember the article a few weeks back where we talked about the national flood insurance program and how it had come to a stop because congress had not renewed it?  Remember we talked about how hard could it be to just simply vote to extend this important program?  Remember how we all thought it was crazy for congress to go on holiday without extending it?  Well guess what?
The program expired on last May 31st. It was dead in the water then, no pun intended, well it is STILL dead in the water.  It has not been extended yet.

Folks, may I ask just one simple question here?  What in the hell are they thinking on Capital Hill???? Are they that busy to ignore something as important to millions of Americans as national flood insurance?  What is going to happen to the folks along the South Texas coast who may be hit with this hurricane in the next few days, are they going to be covered?  I bet you a dollar to a Twinkie if it isn’t extended, they won’t be covered.  I can tell you something else as well, November will be real easy for me at the voting booth. I am sick of this nonchalant, careless approach to people’s lives and livelihoods.

Intermediate Pistol Classes Now Available

Intermediate Pistol Classes Now Available

Intermediate Pistol Classes Now Available

The Second Amendment indoor gun range in Yulee, Florida is hosting their first Intermediate Pistol Class. This is a package deal and a great value.
You will get:

– Four hours of instruction from a local Police Officer
– Concealed permit class
– All ammunition for the class is included
– 1 Month Membership to Second Amendment gun range

– Last but not least, you get to KEEP YOUR GUN!

** VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION **

You MUST register before July 2, 2010!