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2012 Florida Sales Tax Holiday August 3 through August 5, 2012

2012 Florida Sales Tax Holiday August 3 through August 5, 2012Florida laws directs there will be no sales tax collected on clothing, footwear and specific school supplies, selling for $75.00 or less per item, during this three-day holiday which begins at 12:01 AM Friday, August 3rd and lasts through 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 5, 2012.

Eligible school supplies must be selling for $15.00 or less. Books are NOT exempt during the holiday!

Clothing is clothing and footwear, not skis, fins or roller blades, but real shoes and clothing. Accessories such as umbrellas, jewelry, and sporting equipment are all excluded. (However, martial arts attire is exempt.)

School supplies includes pens, paper, crayons, notebooks, lunch boxes, rulers, calculators and more. (Just try finding a scientific calculator for under $15.00!) Clothing and school supplies sold within specific entertainment complexes are also excluded from the sale, like Disney World, the airport, and vacation resorts, for example.

For a complete list of the rules, examples of sales, and a detailed list of exempt and taxable items, see this pdf = dor.myflorida.com/dor/tips/pdf/tip12a01-02.pdf.

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30th Annual Kingfish Tournament and Fishing Rodeo

30th Annual Kingfish Tournament and Fishing RodeoIt is time for the Nassau Sport Fishing Association’s 30th Annual Fishing Rodeo and Kingfish Tournament!

Come to the foot of Centre Street in Fernandina Beach to catch the excitement.

August 3, 2012
Registration hours: 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Captain’s Meeting Time: 7:00 PM

    -The Captain’s Meeting will include a public barbeque; beer, water, sport’s drinks, and soda will be available for purchase.
    -Tournament T-shirts and hats will be offered for sale.
    -Raffle tickets will be available for Awards Dinner raffle on Saturday. Winner need not be present to win.

August 4, 2012
Fishing Hours: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Weigh-in: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Award’s Dinner & Music by Flashback: 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Awards/Raffle: 7:30 PM

Nassau Sport Fishing Association is a 501c3 charity. Proceeds benefit educational programming, college scholarships, youth programming, reef development, and more.

For more information and a listing of the prize structure, please visit the website at www.fishnsfa.com.

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Where the Political Tires Meet the Road

Almost as crazy as this story

Freedom for Motorcycle Mamma

I have been reminded on several occasions now that things are getting serious on the election front, but somehow I can’t find excitement for the topic anymore. As an economist who staunchly supports the belief that only the political choice for a free-market economy can give us a chance to get back on track after we have crashed hard, I recently went to listen to local Republicans and Democrats on their soapboxes reiterating why they are the only sensible choice available for the upcoming Nassau County elections, and my report is even more sobering then I thought.

No matter what denomination or gender took the microphone, they all approached economic issues the way Russia and China did for the better part of last century: a centralized command of the economy. It never worked and it never will work, no matter how you approach it. Even Cuba’s 81 year old leader Raul Castro admitted this last week when he set Cuba on the trail of a free market economy.

A central planning of economic forces is impossible considering the human genome. And yet this morning I learn that the worst bunch of them all, Congress, now wants to reign in and assume the powers of the Federal Reserve. There was a brief moment that I felt like comedian Lewis Black in a moment of utter disbelief when he looks like he wants to implode after running out of air. Not because I think the Feds under Bernanke run a fine and balanced institution. On the contrary. They have been instrumental in facilitating the banking consortiums in their effort to eliminate Mainstreet Middle Class USA.

But considering the devastating monetary power the Feds already have assumed in what once was a free economy, combining monetary policy with economic policy in a body of self centered nitwits like Congress, means essentially pulling the plug on us all. In short giving more economic and monetary power to Congress will result in a majestic acceleration of inflation, just because politicians don’t want to hear that we have anywhere from $50 to $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicaid and other Social Entitlements.

Even though the Feds are always willing to start up the presses and print more greenbacks, in the hands of Congress, those presses will show friction burns in no time flat.

Even if no-one seems to wanna settle the inflation/deflation debate since the crash of 2008, hiding behind the eager opt-out of too many variables, the real reasons and answers have political implications, which both sides of the issue will blindly resist in favor of their own partisan arguments and views. And so I found myself once again getting into protracted arguments with people who don’t want to listen. As an economist I’ve long taken the stance that price destruction in certain assets classes, such as real estate, can make various inflation estimates look low, but that doesn’t mean life has gotten any cheaper for the average Joe. I would say rather the opposite: many of the investment assets people were relying on to guard or increase their wealth have trashed their savings, even as the actual cost of living keeps rising. And here it gets real scary because when government also controls the money supply, inflation will be the inevitable outcome.

The Republic has become an Empire and America has become the United States with a centrally controlled economy, light years removed from the principles this country was founded on. And it seems that here in Nassau County we’re still preaching the same old gospel of government control over economic opportunities.

Was it a wake up call for the organizers that there were more people playing the popular French ballgame Pétanque adjacent to the election tents? Not as far as I could tell, but the weak turnout to both events, indicated for me that people simply don’t care anymore or are confused about any alternative options. I filmed both events with the intention to air the candidates on this website and possibly the City’s PEG channel, but while watching the raw footage it struck me once again, that none of the candidates by any stretch of the imagination would benefit positively from such broadcast. Very few of the Republican candidates came with the message that government needs to get out of people’s lives, something that is obviously very close to my personal beliefs. Yet almost all of them tooted their own horns about past accomplishments, experience and job qualifications, while all the while I kept thinking, that was then, this is now!!!

We have entered a completely new world where few to no answers from the past make sense anymore. I want to know who has the vision and creativity to tackle the problems with effective solutions. I want to hear how, what, when, where and how much. Then I will tell you Who.

For now I’m going to leave you with a not so pretty tax story of which I have seen a number of iterations over the years, but this one goes a couple of steps further in explaining the dynamics of an insane system, which is why I wanted to include it here.

Taxes and Beer for Everyone

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for a beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.00
The sixth would pay $3.00
The seventh would pay $7.00
The eighth would pay $12.00
The ninth would pay $18.00
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.00
So that’s what they decided to do. The men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day the owner threw them a curve.

“Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.00.”
Drinks for the ten men now cost just $80.00.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes, so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get their “fair share?”

They realized that $20.00 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:
• The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
• The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
• The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
• The eighth now paid $9 instead of 12 (25% savings).
• The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
• The tenth now paid $50 instead of $59 (15% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before! And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.
“I only got a dollar out of the $20” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “But he got $9!”
“Yeah, that’s right,” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $9 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!”
Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t I get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that fellow citizens is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.

For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

Why is There a Stick in My Peanut Butter?

Why is There a Stick in My Peanut Butter?We don’t usually buy peanut butter anymore. We took on a lifestyle change a couple of years ago and switched from buying peanut butter to the healthier alternative, almond butter. However, when our grandson came to Fernandina Beach to finish the school year (his school was destroyed by a tornado on March 2nd) we bought him some peanut butter from our local grocery when we ran out of almond butter, which we normally purchased from Sam’s Club in Jacksonville.

I opened a brand new jar of Peter Pan crunchy peanut butter, scooped out a spoonful and found a stick in the peanut butter. The label said, “No high fructose corn syrup.” But it didn’t say anything about where this crunchy peanut butter’s crunch came from. I’m guessing, perhaps, the crunch comes from sticks!

Of course, I sent an email to ConAgra Foods, Peter Pan’s parents, expressing my concerns about their quality control and included the lot number and expiration date of the jar. That must have been good enough for them, because they never asked if I had pictures, nor did they ask me to return the jar, or the stick. They simply thanked me for my concerns with a new wave “form letter” (disguised as a personal email) and it included the promise of coupons heading my way via snail-mail.

Just the other day I received the promised coupons. They sent me two coupons for one free ConAgra product… which includes my choice of vegetable oil, margarine and of course, peanut butter; none of which would we buy on a regular basis. So, I think we will use the coupons on peanut butter for our grandson’s next visit, but this time we will select the smooth and creamy style instead of the crunchy!

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Amelia Community Theatre Presents God’s Favorite

Amelia Community Theatre Presents God's FavoriteFernandina Beach, FL – The Amelia Community Theatre presents God’s Favorite, a comedy by Neil Simon, directed by Geoffrey King. In this laugh-out-loud retelling of the story of Job, a modern-day tycoon is visited by a messenger from God. Soon he and his family, which includes a ditzy wife; a drunken, prodigal son; and a pair of dimwitted but lovable twins, endure a series of trials and tribulations designed to test the tycoon’s faith.

Performances take place in ACT’s main-stage theater at 207 Cedar Street at 8 p.m. on August 2–4, 9–11, 16–18; and 2 p.m. on August 12.

Tickets ($20 adult, $10 student) are available online at www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org or visit or call the box office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday through Saturday (or 90 minutes before curtain), at 904-261-6749.

(The opening night party is at 7 p.m. on August 2, 2012.)

This play is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The Cast:

    Joe – Jim Laughrey
    Rose – Jan Cote Merow
    David – Thom Mason
    Sarah – Sally Ahlrich
    Ben – Drew Denison
    Mady – Wendy Gilvey
    Morris – Brian Gilvey
    Sidney Lipton – Graham Thomas
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Free Tennis Balls for Local Teachers

Free Tennis Balls for Local TeachersEvery year, teachers in daycares and other local schools in Nassau County, add tennis balls to the list of items our children need to bring to school.

For those who didn’t know, the tennis balls are cut and used on the legs of the chairs to help with noise control.

Yulee Tennis Foundation, Inc. collects used tennis balls and donates them to daycares and schools. If your child’s teacher needs tennis balls this year, please have them contact Judi Turner, the Yulee Tennis Foundation’s President/Founder at davejudi@bellsouth.net. Please put “Tennis Balls” in the subject line and they will be delivered or make arrangements for you to pick them up.

Yulee Tennis Foundation,Inc. is the Community Tennis Association for Nassau County. Its mission as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the State of Florida is to promote the sport of tennis throughout Nassau County. Your donations are tax deductible, and receipts for your donations will be sent to you.

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Ronnie Stoots Announces his Candidacy for Nassau County Commission, District 3

Ronnie Stoots Announces his Candidacy for Nassau County Commission, District 3CAMPAIGN PRESS RELEASE

Yulee, FL – Ronnie Stoots announced that he is seeking the District 3 County Commission Seat which is being vacated by incumbent Stacy Johnson.

“I am running for the County Commission because I believe Nassau County needs a commissioner who will stand up for conservative values, and who will be a voice for all county residents during these bleak financial times. When elected, I will be governed by conservative business principles which I have adopted from my experience as a financial advisor. My time and energy will be spent identifying and eliminating waste in county government, and I will work closely with the County Manager to provide effective and efficient county services,” said Stoots.

“Everyone knows that Nassau County, like the rest of the country, is suffering from the effects of a terrible national economy. Our ad valorem tax base continues to shrink as property values decline, meaning there are fewer dollars to provide critical services to citizens. Necessary budget cuts have been made in past years, but the only answer for real, long-term relief, is to provide new jobs for Nassau County residents who daily leave our county to earn a living elsewhere.”

Stoots continued, “I have a plan to grow jobs in Nassau County. We can start by creating a Better Nassau Plan that will encourage, (through tax incentives), current business owners to add one new job in the next twelve months. With over 1,700 small business owners in the county, this plan could create over 1,000 new jobs in less than a year. Simply continuing to waive impact fees to encourage the construction of more single-family homes and strip malls is not the answer. We need long-term solutions, and we need commissioners who will stand up to developers and other special interest groups who are only interested in making a quick buck.”

“Public Safety, both police and fire services, are critical to recruiting new businesses to our county. I will work closely with the new Sheriff and our county fire professionals to ensure every citizen has a safe environment in which to work and raise a family. Nassau County has much to offer new businesses, and we need to emphasize our location which is served by two Interstates and several rail and shipping lines.”

“As a Republican, I will work hard to be a conservative voice for the taxpayers, and I will serve as a full-time County Commissioner to ensure taxpayers are heard, and their views are represented.”

Stoots is currently a financial advisor on Amelia Island, and is also an ordained minister. He has been married to his wife, Juli, for over 23 years, and together they have three children. Ronnie has been active in many volunteer projects and organizations in the local area.

Stoots concluded by saying, “I will bring a new and independent perspective to the Commission. I am not a member of any old-line group or organization, nor do I have any long-term relationships or ties with special interest groups in Nassau County. I am beholden to no one, and I have made no promises or pledges to secure votes. I will have only one constituency to represent, and that is the taxpayers all across this great county.”

To get involved in, or to help with the Stoots campaign, call him at 904-624-5502, or Facebook.Com at Ronnie Stoots for County Commissioner. You can also email him at ronniestoots2012@gmail.com.

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Salt Winemaker Dinner at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

Blessing the Sauvignon Blanc

Dennis, Andrew and Suzanne Groth blessing the first bin of the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc!

Wine tastings are the popular dining attraction of the moment on island. Last night there was a very well attended tasting at the Oyster Bay Yacht Club, Lulu’s just announced the intention to start up wine dinners again in September with one devoted to French wines and Salt at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island  will continue its Winemaker Dinner series this coming Friday August 3rd  with a four-course dinner paired with the award-winning wines from Groth Winery and Vineyard of the Oakville Appelation of Napa Valley, California.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception highlighted with a commentary by Suzanne Groth presenting her family’s vineyard and wines. The Groth Winery came about in 1981 in the Oakville Appelation of Napa Valley and was initially based on a favorite Cabernet Sauvignon.

The vineyard and winery’s story is one of superlative team work, devotion and innovation. Teamwork and devotion put the winery on the map of excellence since the very early years and their innovations have caught the attention of the industry, when in 2008 the Groth winery introduced the first Insectary Garden as a major contribution to quality sustainable farming. You can find that story here.

Chef Rick Laughlin says: “This is going to be an exceptional evening of exquisite wines paired with a tasting menu that celebrates the best of summer.”

The menu will feature:

• Tuna Pastrami / Brussel Sprouts Salad / Rye Crumble – Paired with 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

• Alaskan Halibut / Zucchini Angel Hair Pasta / Heirloom Tomato Broth – Paired with 2009 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

• Braised Veal / Sweet Corn / Morel Mushroom / Cherry Relish – Paired with 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley

• Chocolate Blackberry Torte / Chocolate Meringue / Raspberry Vanilla Ice Cream – Paired with 2008 “Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley

The price is $140 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Salt is located in The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island at 4750 Amelia Island Parkway.  For reservations please call 904-277-1100 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland .

Budget Realities Strike the Council on Aging’s Transportation Services

Buget Realities Strike the Council on Aging's Transportation ServicesNassau County, FL – COA Transportation, a service division of The Council on Aging of Nassau, continues to provide Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) and Nassau Transit (NT) services for Nassau County riders. COA depends heavily on State and Federal grants to run both programs, and projects will receive about $60,000 less funding for the coming year. In order to work within that budget and continue service to an ever growing need for rides, some adjustments to schedules and rider contributions are needed. Rider co-pays have not gone up in the past 10 years but the cost of fuel has almost tripled in that same time period.

COA Transportation is making a recommendation on August 18th, 2012, to the Local Coordinating Board, which provides oversight on behalf of the Commission for Transportation Disadvantaged, the following increases for co-pays:

    Ambulatory riders, from $1.50 per ride to $2.00 per ride one way.
    Wheel Chair riders, from $2.50 per ride to $3.00 per ride one way.
    Medicaid riders remain unchanged at $1.00 per ride (per Federal Regulations)

Note: Some riders have sponsorship from supporting agencies and are not required to have a co-pay but contributions are always gratefully accepted!

These rates are consistent to recent increases made by the Jacksonville Transit Authority for similar service within the Jacksonville area. In addition, trips into Jacksonville and trips from Hilliard to Fernandina will only run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting August 1st. Passengers who had previously scheduled rides on other days will have their rides honored during the transition period. COA Transportation also will limit appointments to Jacksonville facilities that are more than five minutes from the main I-95 corridor as far as John Turner Boulevard, to cut down on mileage. Exceptions to the rule will be approved by the Transportation Manager on a case by case basis.

Nassau Transit schedules are also being adjusted to fit budget forecasts, taking into consideration ridership over the past year. Although there are minor changes planned to the early morning and late afternoon routes, the most noticeable changes will be during the mid-day runs, where ridership was almost non-existent. Since beginning Nassau Transit, there is now service to Florida State College Jacksonville North Campus in addition to the downtown campus, and by request students can by dropped off/picked up at the Yulee Campus. Fares are still $1.00 per ride. Routes are designed so that riders from either side of the county can transfer to buses going to and from Jacksonville. Schedules are posted on www.nassautransit.com and can be obtained from any COA driver or at the Transit stops.

New Transit schedules will be effective August 1st, 2012.

COA Transportation logged over 650,000 miles and provided roughly 70,000 rides over the past year (Transportation Disadvantaged and Nassau Transit) and will continue to provide as many rides as possible within tight budgets. With a little help from rider contributions and modest restrictions to high cost trips, it is our goal to maintain a high level of service and on-time performance for the coming year.

The Council on Aging is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency, the highest level of charitable organization. We enrich the lives of senior citizens everyday in many ways, delivering critical services to Nassau County seniors in five categories including Meals on Wheels, COA Transportation, In-Home Care, and Adult Day Health Care, while operating two senior recreation centers.

More information is available on our website www.coanassau.com.

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Sunday’s Circulating Email

Sunday's Circulating EmailWell, it is Sunday and once in a while I publish an email that I’ve received recently that is obviously circulating around the World Wide Web.

The original author is unknown.

“After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said, ‘Let me see if I’ve got this right…

-You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

-You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

-You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.

-You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.

-You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

-You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

-You want me to do all this, and then you tell me I can’t pray?'”

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How to Build a Community

How to Build a CommunityContributed by: Harrison Kratz

Recently, I gave a talk at Syracuse University during their #140cuse conference on building cause-passionate armies. As you can guess, the talk focused on how people and brands can build communities from the ground up in social media by using some key marketing/communications fundamentals that extend much further than social media.

While preparing for the talk, I realized that we continuously read articles with tips for community management, rather than building. However, most of us are tasked with being the architects for a brand’s online presence and community rather than managing big brands and pages. So, I thought I should elaborate on my talk a little more and offer my tips for building a new community from the ground up.

Define your presence and purpose
A common mistake that social media managers and coordinators fall into is trying to be everything to their community in order to satisfy their buzzword quota (i.e. engaging, authentic, create a two-way dialogue) without focusing on one message or approach. Like any business, cause, or establishment, your community will come together because of a core benefit or value that it is clear throughout their involvement in your community.

To build a community, you have to find a focus in your messaging and then communicate that message effectively to your community. It is a lot easier for people to gather around one core idea rather than trying to interact with a million different ideas and approaches.

Pull on their heartstrings
This may sound sappy, but is still important to a founding strategy. You have to create content and a message that resonates with your potential community members. When you’re Coca-Cola, getting engagement on your posts is not nearly as difficult because you have over 40 million fans and many more beyond Facebook. However, when you just launched your product/page you don’t have the luxury of automatic interaction. Thus, you have to create content that will inspire a human emotion and ultimately, an action.

Facebook documents the actions taken on your page as Stories. This is fitting because when creating content, you want to create a story that your community can be a part of and share with their communities.

Build the Community You Want to Join
When building a marketing strategy, you should always ask yourself, “Is this how I want to be marketed to?” This fully applies to building a community. If you build a community that you aren’t thrilled about, how are other people supposed to be? In everything you do, whether it be on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, try to create a social space that you would feel comfortable interacting in, regardless of your role or status.

Harrison-KratzWhat have you done to build your community? Do you have any tips to add?

Bio: Harrison Kratz is the community manager for the online mba program, MBA@UNC, from UNC Kenan-Flagler, which also offers one of the nation’s leading executive mba programs. Harrison also sticks to his entrepreneurial roots as the founder of the global social good campaign, Tweet Drive.

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Three Arrest Warrants Issued in Prescription Drug Cases

Three Arrest Warrants Issued in Prescription Drug CasesThe following is a press release from the Fernandina Beach Police Department:

Fernandina Beach police detectives initiated arrest warrants for three individual’s yesterday afternoon, two charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, while all three were charged the sale and delivery of a controlled substance.

James B. Peeples
James B. Peeples, thirty-two years of age of Yulee, Florida was arrested on an active warrant for one count of trafficking in Oxycodone and one count of sale and delivery of prescription pills. On two occasions in February and March 2012 Peeples sold sixty-four (64) Oxycodone pills and one (1) Xanax pill to a confidential informant during an undercover operation. He is currently being held at the Nassau County Jail on a $75,000.00 bond.

Chris L. Shoemaker
Chris L. Shoemaker, thirty-nine years of age of Yulee, Florida was arrested on an active warrant for sale and delivery of prescription medication. In February 2012 Shoemaker sold a confidential informant two (2) Oxycodone pills during an undercover operation. He is currently being held at the Nassau County Jail on a $25,000.00 bond.

Kristal L. Salgado
Kristal L. Salgado, thirty-one years old of Fernandina Beach, Florida was arrested on an active warrant for two counts of trafficking in Oxycodone and one count of sale and delivery of prescription medication.

On three occasions in March and April 2012 Salgado sold (30) thirty Oxycodone pills and (20) twenty Hydrocodone pills to a confidential informant during an undercover operation. She is currently being held at the Nassau County Jail on a $125,000.00 bond.

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Overflow Crowd at City’s Budget Workshop

Overflow Crowd at City's Budget WorkshopThe Fernandina Observer’s Suanne Z. Thamm has been doing a wonderful job keeping up with news from the City of Fernandina Beach. With so many controversial ways to chop off expenses, the public has displayed interest by attending workshops and voicing their opinions, though these meetings don’t typically permit input from the audience.

Here is the latest summary of the most recent budget workshop that had an overflow crowd, more than attended the last regularly scheduled Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Meeting.

Here is a LINK to the article, Looking for money in all the wrong places – City Budget Workshops Continue.

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State Attorney Office’s Fundraiser to benefit Micah’s Place

State Attorney Office's Fundraiser to benefit Micah's PlacePictured (L-R) are: Angela Corey, State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit; Kelly Monti, Micah’s Place; Wes White, the Director of the Nassau County State Attorney’s Office; Latisha Hill, Advocate with the State Attorney’s Office; and Elaine Coats, Micah’s Place Board Member.

Nassau County, FL – Micah’s Place would like to thank Ms. Angela Corey, State Attorney Fourth Judicial Circuit, Mr. Wes White, Nassau County State Attorney Director, and Ms. Latisha Hill, Advocate with the State Attorney’s Office for the generous donation from their 2nd Annual Picnic Basket Auction that was held on Saturday, July 14, 2012. A heartfelt thank to Ms. Hill for the organizing and the preparation of this successful and fun event.

Micah’s Place is a Certified Domestic Violence Center and the only one serving Nassau County, Florida. The mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education within the community to affect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence.

Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence. All services are free and confidential. For more information, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call our administration office at 904-491-6364 or our Hotline call (800) 500-1119.

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Ballet and Opera Return to Carmike Theater

Ballet and Opera Return to Carmike TheaterMouth of Amelia invites you more streamings of live performances of operas and ballets here in Fernandina Beach, Florida at the Carmike Amelia Island 7 Theater.

Upcoming Shows
-Boris Godunov (Teatro Regio) July 29 at 2:00 PM and July 31 at 7:00 PM.
-Norma (Teatro Antico) August 12 at 2:00 PM and August 21 at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Carmike Amelia Island 7 Movie Theatre at the corner of 14th and Lime Streets on Amleia Island.

COST: $25 per person. (This is much cheaper than flying to New York City or Europe to catch one of these performances!)

Please contact Carmike at (904) 261-9867, or visit the website HERE for more information.

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