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Time to Fall Back

For residents of Amelia Island, Florida the second Sunday of March and the first Sunday of November are when our time changes. Before 2007, the changes occured in April and October. Daylight Saving Time begins in March and we return to standard time in November. Next week, Daylight Saving Time will end in the United States and on Sunday, November 7, 2010, at 2:00 AM, it is time to fall back.

Over the past eight months we have been taking advantage of daylight lasting longer into the evening, which saves on our energy bills. The time changes twice a year and this is a great time to remember to do a few safety checks around your home.

So why am I reminding you a week ahead of time? Because if you wait until the time change to check your home, garage, sheds and other storage places for hazardous materials that need to be disposed of or recycled, you will miss the Fall Free Recycling and Hazardous Waste Collection Event offered by the City of Fernandina Beach. Which takes place the day BEFORE the time changes this year.

Many emergency agencies in our great country suggest using the time change as a reminder for ridding your home of dangerous products, I think this scheduling oversight may be due to “Governmental Intelligence” and maybe Fernandina Beach should hop on the bandwagon and offer this great event AFTER time changes… just a thought!

I will publish more information about the event on November 4th, but for now here is a hint of what you will be able to get rid of during the Fall Recycling Program:

    Pesticides
    Fertilizers
    Paint and paint thinners
    Electronics
    Appliances
    Tires
    Medications
    Oil
    Gas
    and much more.

Here are some other things our twice a year time change should remind you to do:

-Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
-Evaluate the contents in your emergency disaster (or hurricane) kits. Check expiration dates on foods and medicines and replace batteries.
-Check expiration dates on your medications, both prescriptions and over the counter.

Finally, check the AGE of your detectors. In 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests not only changing your batteries but replacing smoke alarms every ten years and carbon monoxide alarms every five years.

Here is that press release:

“When Changing Clocks Back to Standard Time, Check Batteries and Age of Alarms. CPSC Recommends Replacing Older Alarms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Since 1992, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reminded consumers to check smoke alarms and change batteries when they change their clocks, but in that time, many alarms have lost their effectiveness. This year, CPSC wants to remind consumers to replace smoke alarms every ten years and replace carbon monoxide (CO) alarms every five years.

In a national telephone survey of households conducted by the CPSC, 97 percent of homes had at least one smoke alarm. That’s good news, but without fresh batteries, alarms will not work when needed. And the sensors in alarms will degrade and lose effectiveness over time because of environmental contamination and age.

According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports, there were more than 1.6 million fires reported in the United States in 2005. These fires caused about 3,700 civilian deaths and 18,000 injuries. Additionally, from 2002-2004, CPSC estimated a yearly average of 166 deaths from unintentional, non-fire related CO exposure.

“Millions of Americans are without adequate protection from fire and CO because the alarm’s battery is dead or the alarm is too old,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. “Alarms don’t last forever, and old ones need to be replaced.”

Consumers need to remain vigilant against carbon monoxide poisoning and fires. CPSC recommends three simple tips to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home:

Make sure your home is protected with both smoke and CO alarms. Combination smoke/CO alarms are available in the marketplace.

Test alarms monthly to make sure they are working.

Once a year, change batteries when you change your clocks.

Send the link for this page to a friend!

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC’s web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.”

What will you do with your extra hour as we return to standard time?

Kmart Offers Operation Bluelight Military Discounts

Kmart Offers Operation Bluelight Military DiscountsI found an interesting flyer on the counter of Shoney’s when my husband treated me to a well-deserved Sunday brunch after an incredibly busy Georgia/Florida weekend that included too many parties for me to possibly attend.

Military Discount – Enjoy 10% – 20% off of ALL regular and clearance priced items at your local Fernandina Beach Kmart

Some exclusions apply! Please see your Fernandina Beach Store Manager Maureen Roughan for details.

Active Military, retired military and their spouses are eligible for a discount on merchandise and services when purchases are made with cash, check, Kmart gift cards (at Kmart), Sears credit cards, Green Dot pre-paid card, or other in-house credit card. The military discount is also allowed when PIN debit cards are used at most registers within Sears Holdings stores. At the current time NAVY Federal debit cards are not being accepted at point of sale because they will not complete a sale with a PIN.

Eligibility

See your Fernandina Beach Kmart Store Manager: Maureen Roughan for the specifics on eligibility. In general, at a Kmart store, your military discount on merchandise applies only to regular and clearance priced items. Apparel discounts are 20% off the regular price or the clearance price of the items. All other items are 10% off the regular price or the clearance price. Purchases made using a promotional coupon are not eligible for the military discount at Kmart stores.

Who Can Use My Associate Discount?

All military associates will receive the discount at point of sale. Please be able to furnish an active or retired military identification card. Once there we will have you sign up for your FREE “Shop Your Way Rewards” card that will allow you to use your discount. In order to get your “Shop Your Way Rewards” card discount, we will ask you to supply an e-mail or mobile phone number in order to complete your enrollment. It is NOT a credit card – it is a rewards card that pays you to shop at Kmart, Sears and Lands End. Family members, please provide a military ID to receive a discount at the point of sale. The spouses of military personnel are also eligible for a discount card. Dependent children of military personnel may also be entitled to receive the discount. Purchases made by the member of the military or their families, to be reimbursed at a later time by a non-eligible person, are prohibited. It is your responsibility to ask for the military discount only where you are eligible. For further details about the military discount, ask for your Fernandina Beach Kmart store manager.

City PEG Meeting Agenda for November 3rd

City PEG Meeting Agenda for November 3rdThe Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Committee has a regularly schedule meeting at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, November 3rd at Commission Chambers, 204 Ash Street in Fernandina Beach.

Here is the agenda:

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4. REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC TO BE HEARD ON ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
5. OLD BUSINESS

6. NEW BUSINESS
6.1 APPLICATION PROCESS
6.2 TRAINING PROCESS
6.3 LOOK AT NEW EQUIPMENT

7. COMMITTEE BUSINESS
8. ADJOURNMENT

All members of the public are invited to be present and be heard. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in this program or activity should contact 277-7305, TTY 277-7399, or through the Florida Relay Services at 1-800-955-8771 (TTY number for all City offices) at least 24 hours in advance to request such accommodations. All interested parties may appear at said meeting and be heard as to the advisability of any action, which may be considered with respect to such matter.

For information regarding this matter, please contact the IT. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the PEG Committee with respect to any matter considered at such meeting s/he will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made.

NEXT MEETING: DECEMBER 1, 2010

For more information about PEG channels visit this page from the Federal Communications Commission.

Blues, Rock, Football and Halloween, what a weekend

Blistur launches Scars and Stripes Album

It has been another weekend full of music and I must confess that I’m typing away on my keyboard with a peculiar singing in my ears, slightly hearing impaired. Thursday and Friday were Blues days as the Blues Festival Committee organized an impromptu set of fundraiser concerts for next year’s big blues festival on Amelia Island in September.

The reason for the impromptu-ness was that our local Karl Davis Band could not perform at the last minute and since it was also Halloween weekend and therefore Georgia-Florida Weekend, we went all the way to Atlanta to secure the assistance of the Shufflejunkies, a great trio of blues performers.

Unfortunately drummer and leadsinger Andy Margolis couldn’t make the trip either, which resulted in lead guitar/singer Roger Shepheard and Bassist Jonathan Holland, being completed by local Hampton Inn at the Beach exec Jeff Malone on drums.
They had one night to find their grove together at Jeff’s house and from what I’ve heard and seen, they instantly clicked.

We will definitely see the original junkies grabbing a slot in next year’s Festival line-up. The frequent Go Dawgs was much appreciated by the primarily Georgia crowd in Historic Downtown Fernandina on Thursday and Friday, yet unfortunately for them once again the Gators prevailed after an exciting game.
At least that’s what I heard, as at the time of the game I was getting ready for another music event, the launch party of Blistur’s second CD titled Scars and Stripes.

The party was “all the way” on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach and for those who know me, I don’t like to go off the island and especially not a Saturday night known for excessive drinking on the road. However it all went fine. A local Jax songwriter opened the stage with some warm up originals, two metal grunge bands followed and finally at 10:30 or so, Chris Kellam on lead and vocals, Neal Gupton on drums and Dom Berti on bass put on a show that blew the roof off any restriction the band may have felt in terms of local or regional attraction. Blistur is ready for the world beyond Florida’s First Coast.

I ‘detected’ 7 new songs from their new album of which My Girl is hands down my favorite, with a couple of absolute finds in the immediate slipstream. Neal worked up a solo that had instant personality and theme, even though he didn’t much appreciate the fluorescent sticks he quickly discarded and Dom on bass is the best thing that has happened to the band, since I first saw them at the old Riveredge here on Amelia Island in December 2006;

Blistur - Three Way Street?

not only because he is a virtuoso bass player in his own right, but also because he gave Blistur the space to move into new dimensions where Chris could master his voice as another fine instrument to pull from while Dom’s arrival also allowed Neal to develop his harmony skills and pick up the acoustic guitar on occasion and jam with Chris and Dom. They showed that surprise last night with an original instrumental that at times had origins in Spanish flamenco with Middle Easter influences, build on a solid bed of rock rhythms.
Great Job guys. Keep on rockin’.

Blues Festival

Okay time to get off the keyboard and get ready for a Halloween Block Party later this afternoon. I smell cakes in the oven. Guess I’m going to tune a guitar to take with me as this weekend has once again confirmed that music is a much more intricate part of my life that I will admit to myself. See you around the island.

Oh and by the way, if you’re looking for a good cause with a fabulous return, get a Blues Festival T-shirt. They’re only $20. come in 3 different colors (black/white/and dark green) and various sizes. Send an email to ameliaislandbluesfestival@gmail.com and we will have one on its way to you in no time.

The website www.ameliaislandbluesfest.com with all details and paypal buttons and line up information etc. will hopefully be up by the end of this coming week. We’re off and running.

Fernandina Commission Meets November 2nd

Fernandina Commission Meets November 2ndFernandina Beach’s elected officials will once again conduct a regularly schedule meeting of the city’s affairs on Tuesday, Election Day, November 2nd. The meeting will be held at 6:00 PM, at City Hall on Ash Street in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Here is the agenda:

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/INVOCATION: Invocation by Dr. Alan Brown of Five Points Baptist Church.

4. PROCLAMATIONS/PRESENTATION
4.1 PROCLAMATION – NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH – Declares the month of November, 2010, as “National American Indian Heritage Month”. Ms. Cara Curtin, American Indian Representative, and Ms. Julia Reynolds Nowlin of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be present to accept the Proclamation.
4.2 PROCLAMATION – SERVICE TO VETERANS – Proclaims the month of November, 2010, as “Service to Veterans”. Representatives for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ms. Amy Schnell and Ms. Sherry Harrell, Chairman, will be present to accept the Proclamation.
4.3 PROCLAMATION – VETERANS’ REMEMBRANCE MONTH – Proclamation celebrating November, 2010, as “Veterans’ Remembrance Month”. On behalf of all veterans of the American Legion Post 54, Disabled American Vets, VFW Post 4351, veterans of World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and present wars, Commandant Tech Sergeant Jim Thomas and Former Commandants Lieutenant Hinton Gaines and Lieutenant Al Alaban of the American Legion Post 54 will be present to accept this Proclamation.

5. CONSENT AGENDA
5.1 AWARD OF BID # 10-22 – CONCRETE SIDEWALKS, RAMPS, CURB AND MISCELLANEOUS FLATWORK – RESOLUTION 2010-129 AWARDING ANNUAL BID #10-22 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010/2011 FOR CONCRETE SIDEWALK, RAMPS & MISCELLANEOUS FLATWORK ON CITY STREETS TO SUPPORT THE MAINTENANCE AND UTILITY DEPARTMENTS; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Awards Annual Bid #10-22 to M.T. Stokes Construction and Jax Utilities Management.
5.2 DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS – RESOLUTION 2010-130 DECLARING CERTAIN CITY PROPERTY SURPLUS AND UNSERVICEABLE; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO DISPOSE OF SAID PROPERTY IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE CITY’S POLICIES AND PROCEDURES; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Authorizes the disposal of certain City property in accordance with policies and procedures.
5.3 EQUIPMENT PURCHASE – MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT – RESOLUTION 2010-131 APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF A BLANKET PURCHASE ORDER FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE (1) USED WHEELED EXCAVATOR FOR THE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves the issuance of a blanket purchase order with a “not to exceed $30,000” clause for the purchase of a used wheeled excavator.
5.4 BUDGET AMENDMENT – FLEET MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT – RESOLUTION 2010-132 APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2010-2011 BUDGET AMENDING THE REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES BUDGET FOR THE FLEET MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT FOR A VEHICLE PURCHASE FOR THE NASSAU HUMANE SOCIETY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AGREEMENT FOR SERVICES; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves the budget amendment in the amount of $20,000 for the purchase and joint ownership of a new vehicle for the Nassau Humane Society’s use in accordance with the Agreement for Services.
5.5 FACILITY USAGE FEE WAIVER – RESOLUTION 2010-133 APPROVING A FACILITY USAGE FEE WAIVER FOR SPECIFIC NOT FOR PROFITS IN LIEU OF ANNUAL BUDGETARY APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE 2010-2011 FISCAL YEAR; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approving the Facility Usage Fee Waiver for specific not-for-profits in lieu of annual budgetary appropriation

6. REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC TO BE HEARD ON ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
6.1 CITY RESIDENTS
6.2 NON-CITY RESIDENTS

7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1 AUTHORIZING AGREEMENT – INSITUFORM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. – RESOLUTION 2010-134 APPROVING A PROPOSAL FROM INSITUFORM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. TO RELINE EXISTING SEWER LINES BY WAY OF A “PIGGYBACK AGREEMENT” TO THE CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF MELBOURNE, FLORIDA; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves the proposal from Insituform Technologies, Inc. in the amount not-to-exceed $30,000 to perform sewer pipe rehab services.
7.2 BUDGET AMENDMENT – TOTAL CITY BUDGET – RESOLUTION 2010-135 APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO THE BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2009-2010 BUDGET; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves the budget transfer of funds between specified accounts to ensure that expenditures do not exceed the budget on a line-by-line basis for the FY 2009/2010.
7.3 RELEASE OF BOND AND APPROVING AN AMENITIES AGREEMENT – ISLANDS CLUB AMELIA, LLC. – RESOLUTION 2010-136 AMENDING RESOLUTION 2005-123 BY AUTHORIZING THE RELEASE OF A PERFORMANCE BOND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AMENITIES FOR A SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS ISLANDS CLUB IN EXCHANGE FOR AN AMENITIES AGREEMENT TO BE RECORDED IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves the release of the Performance Bond in exchange for an Agreement to construct Islands Club Subdivision amenities.
7.4 APPROVING VEHICLE PURCHASE FOR FY 10/11 – RESOLUTION 2010-137 APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF TEN (10) FORD VEHICLES FOR THE CITY FLEET; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Approves the purchase of ten (10) vehicles for a total amount of $240,223.00 from Duval Ford under the Florida Sheriff’s Vehicle Award and Florida Sheriff’s Contract Vehicle Award.

8. ORDINANCES – FIRST READING
8.1 CODE AMENDMENT – MAGISTRATE – ORDINANCE 2010-38 AMENDING THE TITLE OF CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE VI, CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD, TO CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD AND SPECIAL MAGISTRATE; CREATING DIVISION 1, CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD; CREATING DIVISION 2, SPECIAL MAGISTRATE; AMENDING SECTION 2-382, DEFINITIONS; CREATING SECTION 2-396, JURISDICTION; CREATING SECTION 2-397, APPOINTMENT, QUALIFICATIONS AND REMOVAL; CREATING SECTION 2-398, POWERS OF SPECIAL MAGISTRATE; CREATING SECTION 2-399, SPECIAL MAGISTRATE ENFORCEMENT AND APPEAL PROCEDURE; CREATING SECTION 2-400, CONDUCT OF SPECIAL MAGISTRATE HEARINGS; CREATING SECTION 2-401, ISSUANCE OF AN ORDER BY SPECIAL MAGISTRATE; CREATING SECTION 2-402, APPEAL OF FINAL ORDER OF SPECIAL MAGISTRATE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Synopsis: Amends Chapter 2 of the City’s code to provide for a Special Magistrate Citation Appeal Hearing Process.

9. DISCUSSION – DIRECTION – ACTION ITEMS
9.1 DISCUSS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER 62, PERSONNEL
9.2 DISCUSSION OF CITY GENERAL ELECTION DATES

10. CITY MANAGER REPORTS
11. CITY ATTORNEY REPORTS
12. CITY CLERK REPORTS
13. MAYOR/COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
14. ADJOURNMENT

When a Chinese Chef gets bored…

Chinese Food Sculptures

Ever since Search Amelia has developed a worldwide audience we get lots of stuff in our inbox with request for publication.

Some of these pieces are actually funny or informative and other ones may not be understood by our variety of readers. The attached video came as a PowerPoint from my brother in the Netherlands and I figured that the day after the Florida-Georgia game here on Amelia Island, most people either hang around the backyard grill or go for Chinese Take Out. In case the last one has your preference you may want to see how a Chinese chef uses his idle time between prepping and cooking.

The Definition of “Political Correctness”

Another example of messages in our inbox came from my friend Ric’s Alma Mater Texas A & M and concerned the Definition of “Political Correctness”

At Texas A&M University they held a contest calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term which this year happened to be “Political Correctness”

This is what the winner wrote:

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end.”
Have a Great Weekend.

Get ready for Serious Electric Cars

Audi A2 Full Electric does 375 miles without recharge

Between the Germans and the Japanese, the automotive technology to change over to electric cars seems to be on our doorstep.

Under the premise that taxis are driven hard, up to 20 hours a day, and must handle both bad roads and bad drivers, electric-vehicle infrastructure provider Better Place and Tokyo’s largest taxi company, Nihon Kotsu, commenced a battery swap test 6 months ago with 4 taxis in Tokyo, where each cab racks up 170 to 180 miles a day over 18 hours of service a day, the Litmus test equivalent of urban guerrilla warfare for cars under grueling conditions

Electric taxis are ideal for dense urban environments, as they use little energy while stopped in traffic and produce no vehicular emissions. The drawback, though, is the lengthy recharge time–which is what the battery switching stations are meant to address.
We all know that  battery packs are the weakest link in electric vehicles. Not only are they heavy and expensive, but they take a long time to recharge and on average can only provide around 100 miles per charge, actually the test Taxi batteries only last for 56 miles as the test is based on developing an infrastructure of switching out the lithium-ion battery, which takes only 60 seconds, faster than filling up a gastank at the gas station. Even though this development is promising for the future of the electric car and the end of the gas guzzling and polluting combustion engine, the technology still does not have mass appeal beyond the environmentally committed individual.

Until a German company last Tuesday, on October 26, announced…

375 Miles at average 55mph on One 6 minute Charge

A German-based company has changed all that with a Battery adapted Audi A2,  capable of driving up to 375 miles at average highway speeds of 55mph.
That’s roughly the equivalent of driving from Fernandina Beach to Miami Florida, without a recharge.
And it doesn’t end there. The company responsible for the battery pack, DBM Energy, claims a battery pack efficiency of 97 percent and a recharge time of around 6 minutes when charged from a direct current source. Now that is about the equivalent of a normal gas station fill up.

What’s even more impressive is that the DBM Audi A2 retained its four original seats with room to spare. Even with the heater running, the modified A2 with fully usable trunk arrived with spare electricity in the “tank.” At the end of the historic test drive on Tuesday, DBM’s 27 year old company CEO Mirko Hannemann, who drove the car for the seven hours it took between the German cities of Munich and Berlin, even offered to charge up the cellphones of the waiting journalists with the remaining power left in the car.

Funded as part of a joint venture between a private German utility company Lekker Energie and the German Economy Ministry, the prototype battery offers a glimpse into the rapidly developing future of the electric car. Don’t think for however that this is a one-off, specially build battery pack. DBM’s battery technology, called KOLIBRI AlphaPolymer, is already in use in the everyday application of warehouses, where forklift trucks running on the same battery pack are capable of 28 hours of continuous operation before recharging is required.

While no one could be pinned down on pricing for the battery, the company did say that it would be more powerful and cheaper than ‘conventional’ lithium ion batteries. Hannemann even went so far as to suggest that his company was ready to begin mass production of the batteries now

So where are we with Electric Cars?

Well we know that Jaguar can build an electric speedmonster with the C-X75 reaching 0-60 in 3.4 sec and a topspeed of 205Mph but cannot put a price tag on it that can sustain any reasonable production line; that Mercedes has build a limited electric hatchback production vehicle for Germany, France and the Netherlands, that has a 93 mph top speed and goes 124 miles before needing a recharge. We also know that Japan is hot on the tail with developing a recharge infra-structure for electric vehicles (EV’s). And yet I’m still a little cautious of battery technologies offering ultra-fast recharge and a magnitude of range improvement on other battery chemistry types.

Especially when remembering last year August’s Government Motors (GM) claim that its Chevy Volt would accomplish a staggering 230 mpg in city traffic before recharging. The claim turned out to be another government manipulation as the EPA had to come up with “a new methodology for determining a draft fuel economy standard for extended-range EVs like the Volt”. Nevertheless the recently market introduced Volt, with its one-of-a-kind powertrain, has a place in the world of greener automotive development as a development stage between fuel combustion and electric recharge. How long that place will commercially be viable depends largely on this latest German battery development.

If the battery technology is truly as revolutionary as this historical journey hints and the battery packs from DBM are ready for the arduous duties of daily abuse at the hands of electric car drivers worldwide, it is conceivable that this could be the first answer to range anxiety. If so, the Chevy Volt may find itself in the position of the music industry’s 8-Track in the 1970s, as a shortlived stepping stone between reel tape and cassette tape, none of which is manufactured anymore as CDs and MP3 replaced them and in turn got replaced by Smartphones for entertainment and music.

Only time will tell, but the heat is on.

Georgia Florida Weekend is Upon Us

Georgia Florida Weekend is Upon Us

Aaron Murray

It is Georgia- Florida football weekend here on Amelia Island and the town is a buzz with football activity and partying! The fall air has come back to us and the weather is perfect for locals and tourists alike. One of the great things about this weekend is that there is so much to do surrounding the game. Unfortunately for some of us there is too much to do sometimes.

As many of you know I am a fan of football (OK, a football fanatic) and have a passion for Georgia football(OK- I am a diehard Dawgs Fan!!!). Having graduated from The University of Georgia in the early 80’s, (I just gave away my age didn’t I?) I have followed this game from the Hershell Walker era through Tim Tebow’s dominance and now into a new decade of SEC football where everything this year so far has been topsy turvey. Each week brings a whole new dimension to college football which makes it very interesting.

As SearchAmelia has grown it takes us in many different directions, often with so much to do we sometimes wonder if we can actually sleep-in or stay at home and watch a movie. Most of the time this is not an option with our family, but I pride myself in taking my Saturdays to watch college football and my Bulldogs grind it out each week. Last week I actually watched my first Dawgs game on my laptop live streamed from ESPN3.com. It was great!

I have been to what is now Everbank Stadium numerous times to see this game live, but now prefer to sit in my own living room, with my own cooler and witness every play multiple times, and rewind or pause the game if I so desire since technology is now advanced enough to do such things.

This year however so much is going on that my preferred viewing preference may not be an option. Starting with Thursday night’s Shiny Badges A Night of Laughter, and a great Halloween Party Friday night, things just keep getting interesting. On game day our favorite rock and roll trio Blistur is having their CD release party in Jacksonville shortly after the game and since we are heavily involved with them I will not be allowed the luxury of watching the whole game in the privacy of my home, instead I will video the band during their concert for their DVD and that will be a blast!!!

As for this Georgia- Florida game I am extremely optimistic, due to the fact that GA and their fine group of players, Aaron Murray, AJ Green, Washaun Ealy, and Caleb King are on top of their game, as well as our defense. Most of my FL fan buddies are not as optimistic as I am about their chances. Even Arlene Rowland-Scott of Rowland’s Upholstery pleaded the fifth and would not talk to me about the outcome of this game.

My Prediction…

GA 34, FL 21

Go Dawgs Sic Em Woof Woof Woof

Shiny Badges Successful at The Alley Cat

Shiny Badges Successful at The Alley Cat

New Comedy Club

The Shiny Badges fund raiser at the new Alley Cat Club in Fernandina Beach was a huge success. Two comedians took the stage for A Night of Laughter to benefit members of the community with immediate rescue needs.

Make that three comedians. Master of Ceremonies and local Fernandina Beach police officer Marty Scott was delightful when took the stage sharing a humorous look at his early days on the police force.

Local Optometrist, Amy Beckham, entertained the large crowd with an ingenious look at how residents define whether they live in Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Yulee or Lofton Creek. She let her hair down about our favorite Super WalMart hairdresser, and her songs about childbirth and Multitasking Meals with Amy kept attendees laughing for nearly an hour. A Night of Laughter

Johnny Mac, bantered with members of the audience and raised interesting concepts about adopting highways with an undeniable talent for comedy!

The evening was worth every bit of the $50.00 we forked over to help support Shiny Badges for two VIP seats near the front of the room that included a cocktail and refreshments courtesy of Philly Boyz.

Spotlight on Rowland’s Upholstery

Spotlight on Rowland's UpholsteryFernandina Beach, FL – Who is Rowland’s Upholstery Plus? Rowland’s is one on the oldest “one family” owned and operated businesses in Nassau County. We have been in the upholstery business for 57 years and we always strive for excellence. At Rowland’s Upholstery Plus, we work hard to provide our clients with quality products at reasonable prices. In today’s recycling – conscious society, we at Rowland’s take pride in our ability to rescue old upholstered pieces and make them like new again. We’ve been “green” for over half a century!

Are you looking for blinds, shades or shutters? Rowland’s Upholstery Plus offers the best on the market. As one of the only Hunter Douglas Showcase dealers in our area we have trained professionals on staff that can discuss your needs in detail and help you come up with the best decorating solutions for your windows. Do you need custom designed draperies and/or window treatments? Again, our trained professionals will be happy to meet with you and help you design the window treatments of your dreams.

beddingHere at Rowland’s Upholstery Plus we have our own in-house work room, so we are able to watch our custom designs come to life right before our eyes. We have expertise in reupholstering furniture, refurbishing upholstered antique furniture, building custom upholstered furniture, creating and fabricating custom bedding designs/designer throw pillows and creating and fabricating beautiful custom window designs. If you need carpet or need us to bind your area rugs, Rowland’s can provide that for you. Do you have a boat? Rowland’s will be happy to redo the entire interior of your boat or just a few of your boat cushions.

NO JOB TOO SMALL OR TOO LARGE!

Rowland’s is located on Amelia Island, Florida.
Our address is: 1120 S. 8th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Our phone number is (904) 261-5842
Our hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 8:30 to 5:00 and some Saturdays.

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Chocolate Martini Party

Chocolate Martini PartyYou are invited to a Chocolate Martini Party This Evening at Peterbrooke Chocolatiers in the Publix Shopping Center on Sadler Road.

TONIGHT – Friday, October 29, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM you can get a jump start on holiday dessert planning at this FREE tasting event!

Come out and enjoy :

    In-store cooking demonstration on the truffle cake!
    Peterbrooke secret recipe cards!
    Decadent Chocolate Martinis!
    Gourmet Truffle Cake & Chocolate samples!

This is a great way to kick off your Georgia/Florida/Halloween weekend on Amelia Island!

A Ceremony of Carols at Amelia Plantation Chapel

The Island Chamber Singers and guest musicians will be kicking off the holiday season with a performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols‘ and Conrad Susa’s ‘Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest.‘ Performances will be at the Amelia Plantation Chapel on Friday, November 19th at 8pm and Sunday, November 21st at 3pm. An opening night reception will be held at the Fellowship Hall immediately following Friday evening’s performance.

$15 adults, $5 students, 5 and under free

Tickets are available at the door and in advance at the Amelia Island Welcome Center (102 Centre St), the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce (961687 Gateway Blvd), and online at http://www.facebook.com/l/15e0fdRyaMPImFgu2ATRwuC5gTQ;www.IslandChamberSingers.com

Looking for something to do this afternoon?

Atlanta's Shuffle Junkies in Downtown Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island is full with visitors this weekend. It’s the traditional Georgia-Florida Game. Yes this year Georgia is mentioned first as my blues buddy Susan pointed out. In anticipation of the game tomorrow at 3pm you may find yourself in need of some good music, in which case I suggest you take a stroll downtown this afternoon and go see the Atlanta Based Blues rock band “The Shufflejunkies” for a free concert in the Pocket Park.

The Pocket Park is the area off Centre Street between the Downtown Hampton Inn and the Tourism Welcome Center. Besides some great fun, you may also want to pull out your wallet and buy a Amelia Island Blues Festival T-shirt (they’re gorgeous) and become a sponsor to get the first Annual Blues Fest off the ground for September 16 and 17 next year.

Florida State Unveals Interesting Trend

As family and friends time gets more balanced attention

The other day my wife came home from an Estate Sale with two yearbooks of the University of Florida called Seminoles. These books were 1949 and 1950 editions and besides the fact that there were no pictures of African Americans in either one of the books, something she wondered about having been born and raised in Gainesville, we also wondered why the book titles said Seminoles, who were supposed to hail from Florida State in Tallahassee to our best knowledge. Anyone with the history on this is welcome to drop me a note.

On the Eve of the annual clash between the Dawgs and the Gators, it should be duly noted that the “Noles” were once a great Football team too, feared by all in their league, including the Gators. It seems however that at some point a decade ago or so Florida State decided to grow up and become a real University with academical character instead of a boys club with a sometimes unhealthy focus on the sports curriculum. And that is what this story is about; an important contribution from Florida State to analyze current social-economic behavior.

With all the “negatives” in my missives that I am sometimes accused of (not because I’m pessimistic by nature, but because there’s a lot of bad stuff going on these days), I thought I’d focus in today’s editorial on what I consider a positive trend coming out of the current economic recession.

A new poll out of Florida State University, which surveyed more than 1,100 full-time workers with a wide range of jobs and career stages, indicates that Americans are focusing more on the importance of family and friends in these trying times. Almost half of those surveyed (48%) said the recession had increased their appreciation of family, and 37% said the recession triggered thoughts that work isn’t as important as it once was in the overall scheme of things.
That trend indicates a major shift, especially since the trend revealed findings such as:

• 49% of respondents said the recession helped them recognize the value of people over things;

• 23% said the recession raised their awareness of being overcommitted to work at the expense of family and recreation; and

• 43% said the recession increased their drive to be a better person rather than just a better worker.

Now please stop worrying. Just because I view people’s renewed focus on the importance of family and friends and the quality of living in general as very positive, does not mean that I checked my sense-of-reality coat at the door. We still need to pay bills and make a decent  or glorious living.
And to do that I’m still of the opinion that starting a business is about as noble a venture as one can undertake, and dedicating yourself to help a business profit and succeed is only slightly less impressive and commendable. Especially those of you who realize that multiple and diversified income streams are the way of the future, have my admiration because I just think that if you don’t have family and friends to share the fruits of your hard work with, then what’s the point?

The Essence of Fiat Money

Fiat money has not asset backing, just a politician's word

The other day I received the request to explain the term fiat money and in that first moment of surprise about the question I exhaled: “Money that has only value because the government says it has and because of that it has the firm intention to enslave people.”

Immediately upon that explosion of passionate disgust, I realized of course that there is a bit more to that explanation, since it left the one asking the question dumbfounded as to what it exactly means. Well, as in so many cases of law and government, FIAT is a word that originates in the Latin language as roughly meaning “Let it be done” or ” Just accept it”

The official definition of fiat money would therefore be: Money which has no intrinsic value and cannot be redeemed for specie or any commodity, but is made legal tender through government decree. All modern paper currencies are fiat money, as are most modern coins. Neither paper or coins have any intrinsic value. The value of fiat money depends on the real or proclaimed strength of the issuing country’s economy and inflation results from a government issuing too much fiat money.

For the United States it all started in 1913 with the foundation of the Federal Reserve and since WorldWar II the U.S. has had the privilege of issuing the reserve currency that serves as a foundation for global commerce and financial stability.  The British Pound Sterling previously held that privilege, but London suffered from empire overreach and the Empire fell.

Sounds familiar?
Our current status of debts, desperation, dishonest money, bailouts, extreme institutional greed, and weird finance took root in 1913.  The present maladies are nothing else but the predictable and inevitable consequences of straying from the natural disciplines of honest money. And yet, it’s all we’ve known for the past 97 years.

The global monetary system, with the U.S. dollar as its “reserve currency,” is crumbling. The dollar has been abused so much the rest of the world is no longer oblivious to its fundamentals. A major form of change is on the horizon and I don’t really see a currency successor to the dollar at this point in the game of financial destruction.

What we now recognize as “money”, greenbacks, a buck etc. will sometime in the foreseeable future enter the history books, alongside each and every other failed fiat currency. That’s right, sooner or later all of them have failed, primarily because they are controlled and manipulated by the very same people Jefferson warned us about.

Yet as a species we suffer from collective amnesia and as a result we can’t really help ourselves if we don’t learn from human weakness in the past.
Once we accept that fact, our vision usually becomes much clearer and the process in which we can reasonable expect the coming monetary order, once again, to be backed by tangible substances, will start again.
As it stands now it explains why gold is the frontrunner breaking all previous records, while the financial markets are still going up. It is closely followed by silver and desperately needed metals, as well as certain real estate and short term raw materials to provide energy. And guess what? The U.S. will go along with the scenario … kicking and screaming, as the Feds and the politicians run out of options with fiat money.

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