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April 2, 2013 Fernandina Commissioner Agenda

April 2, 2013 Fernandina Commissioner AgendaHere is the agenda for the regular meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commissioners. The meeting will be held at 204 Ash Street, historic Fernandina Beach, beginning at 6:00 PM.

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Invocation by Chaplain Don McFadyen.

4. PROCLAMATION
4.1. PROCLAMATION – CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Proclamation proclaiming the month of April, 2013, as “Child Abuse Prevention Month”. Ms. Melinda Bartelt, Child Protective Investigative Supervisor, Florida Department of Children and Families; and Ms. Mary von Mohr, Quality Improvement Manager, CHIP Facilitator Director of Prevention and Intervention Services, Florida Department of Health – Nassau County, will be present to accept the Proclamation.

4.2. PROCLAMATION – FLORIDA MILITARY FAMILY AND COMMUNITY COVENANT DAY
Proclamation proclaiming April 17, 2013, as “Florida Military Family and Community Covenant Day”. Lieutenant Colonel Stephen J. Grabski will be present to accept the Proclamation.

4.3. PROCLAMATION – NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK
Proclamation proclaiming the week of April 21 – 27, 2013, as “National Volunteer Week.” Nassau County Volunteer Center Board of Director member Mary L. Mercer will be present to accept the Proclamation.

5. CONSENT AGENDA
5.1. PROCLAMATION – NATIONAL SERVICE RECOGNITION
Proclamation proclaiming April 9, 2013, as “National Service Recognition Day.” A copy of the Proclamation will be mailed to the Florida League of Cities.

5.2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Workshop – February 11, 2013; Workshop – February 18, 2013; Regular Meeting – February 19, 2013; Workshop – February 25, 2013; Workshop – March 5, 2013; and Regular Meeting – March 5, 2013.

5.3. LEASE EXTENSION – RENAL TREATMENT CENTERS-SOUTHEAST, LP
RESOLUTION 2013-40 APPROVING THE SECOND OF THREE LEASE RENEWAL OPTIONS WITH RENAL TREATMENT CENTERS-SOUTHEAST, LP, (DAVITA) FOR SPACE LOCATED AT 1525 LIME STREET; PROVIDING FOR EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the second of 3 lease renewal options with Renal Treatment Centers-Southeast, LP extending the lease to October 31, 2014.

5.4. QUIET TITLE ACTION – SIDEWALK DISPUTE
RESOLUTION 2013-41 APPROVING THE CITY ATTORNEY TO PROCEED WITH COMPLAINT FOR QUIET TITLE ACTION; PROVIDING FOR EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes the City Attorney to serve the summons to proceed with the Complaint to Quiet Title Action.

5.5. FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT – DRIVING DYNAMICS
RESOLUTION 2013-42 APPROVING A FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT WITH DRIVING DYNAMICS, INC. TO USE AIRPORT PROPERTY TO CONDUCT CORPORATE DRIVER TRAINING; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves a Facilities Use Agreement for corporate drivers training on May 14, 2013 at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport.

5.6. WATER/SEWER SERVICES REQUEST – HESS GAS STATION
RESOLUTION 2013-45 APPROVING THE EXTENSION OF WATER AND SANITARY SEWER SERVICES OUTSIDE THE CORPORATE LIMITS; ACCEPTING THE VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION AGREEMENT FOR PROPERTY OF HESS CORPORATION, IDENTIFIED AS THE HESS GAS STATION, LOCATED AT 3100 S. 8TH STREET AT AMELIA ISLAND PARKWAY; PROVIDING FOR EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes the extension of water and sanitary sewer services to the Hess Corporation, whose property is located outside the corporate limits of the City along S. 8th Street and Amelia Island Parkway at 3100 S. 8th Street, and approves the Voluntary Annexation Agreement.

5.7. PATH INSTALLATION PROJECT ENDORSEMENT – SIMMONS ROAD
RESOLUTION 2013-46 ENDORSING THE INSTALLATION OF AN UP TO 12 FOOT WIDE AND 2.2 MILE LONG MULTI-USE PATH ALONG SIMMONS ROAD STARTING ON SOUTH FLETCHER AVENUE AND EXTENDING WEST TO BAILEY ROAD AND THEN CONTINUING SOUTH TO THE YBOR ALVAREZ SOFTBALL COMPLEX; PROVIDING FOR EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Endorses the proposed project and will partner with Nassau County on construction and maintenance of the trail sections located on City property.

6. REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC TO BE HEARD ON ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA

7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1. MASTER UTILITY SYSTEM BOND
RESOLUTION 2013-43 AMENDING AND RESTATING RESOLUTION NO. 2003-37 IN ITS ENTIRETY; AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF NOT TO EXCEED $39,000,000 UTILITY SYSTEM REFUNDING REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2013 FOR THE PURPOSE OF REFUNDING CERTAIN OUTSTANDING UTILITY SYSTEM DEBT OF THE CITY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE UTILITY SYSTEM, FUNDING NECESSARY RESERVES AND PAYING COSTS RELATED THERETO; PLEDGING CERTAIN NET REVENUES OF THE UTILITY SYSTEM FOR THE PAYMENT OF SUCH BONDS; PROVIDING FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE HOLDERS OF SUCH BONDS; MAKING OTHER COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH; REPEALING OTHER INSTRUMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes the issuance of not to exceed $39,000,000 Utility System Refunding Revenue Bonds.

7.2. SUPPLEMENTAL UTILITY SYSTEM BOND
RESOLUTION 2013-44 SUPPLEMENTING RESOLUTION NO. 2013-43 ADOPTED ON THE DATE HEREOF BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF NOT TO EXCEED $39,000,000 UTILITY SYSTEM REFUNDING REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2013, FOR THE PURPOSE OF REFUNDING CERTAIN OUTSTANDING DEBT OF THE CITY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE UTILITY SYSTEM, FUNDING NECESSARY RESERVES, AND PAYING COSTS RELATED THERETO, SUBJECT TO THE SATISFACTION OF CERTAIN CONDITIONS CONTAINED HEREIN AND SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF A PURCHASE CONTRACT; APPROVING THE FORM OF THE PURCHASE CONTRACT, PRELIMINARY OFFICIAL STATEMENT, AND CONTINUING DISCLOSURE CERTIFICATE; AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF AN ESCROW DEPOSIT AGREEMENT, PURCHASE CONTRACT, FINAL OFFICIAL STATEMENT AND CONTINUING DISCLOSURE CERTIFICATE; APPOINTING AN ESCROW AGENT, PAYING AGENT AND REGISTRAR; DELEGATING TO THE MAYOR THE AUTHORITY TO AWARD THE SALE OF THE BONDS TO THE UNDERWRITERS NAMED HEREIN PURSUANT TO A NEGOTIATED SALE AND SUBJECT TO THE CONDITIONS AND TERMS SET FORTH HEREIN AND IN THE PURCHASE CONTRACT; AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO OPT TO INSURE ALL, A PORTION OF OR NONE OF THE BONDS WITH A POLICY OF MUNICIPAL BOND INSURANCE AND/OR TO PURCHASE A RESERVE FUND INSURANCE POLICY, WHICHEVER IS IN THE BEST FINANCIAL INTEREST OF THE CITY; MAKING CERTAIN COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the execution of various documents pertaining to the Utility System Revenue Bond.

7.3. PIGGYBACK APPROVAL – BOUND TREE MEDICAL – FIRE DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION 2013-47 APPROVING PURCHASES THAT WILL EXCEED $20,000 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012/2103 FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES MEDICAL SUPPLIES; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the Seminole County “piggybacking” agreement with Bound Tree Medical for the purchase of medical supplies in excess of $20,000 for FY 2012/2013.

7.4. PHONE SYSTEM PURCHASE APPROVAL – PRESIDIO NETWORKED SYSTEMS
RESOLUTION 2013-48 APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF CISCO PHONE SYSTEM HARDWARE AND PAYMENT TO PRESIDIO NETWORKED SYSTEMS IN THE NET AMOUNT OF $198,400; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the purchase of Cisco phone system hardware and payment to Presidio Networked Systems in the net amount of $198,400, and also approves two (2) budget amendments.

7.5. INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT – NASSAU COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER, SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS, & TAX COLLECTOR
RESOLUTION 2013-49 APPROVING THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT FOR THE CONSOLIDATION OF HOSTED VOICE SERVICES BETWEEN THE NASSAU COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER (PA), THE NASSAU COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS (SOE), THE NASSAU COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR (TC) AND THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH; AUTHORIZING PAYMENT TO THE NASSAU COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS FOR THESE SERVICES BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2013; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the Consolidation of Hosted Voice Services Interlocal Agreement with Nassau County and payment to the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections beginning October 1, 2013.

7.6. SALES ORDER APPROVAL – COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT, LLC
RESOLUTION 2013-50 APPROVING AN ADDITION TO THE MASTER SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT, LLC RESOLUTION 2011-79 TO PROVIDE A MANAGED METRO-ETHERNET FIBER LINK AND PRI (PHONE LINE HUB) FOR ACCESS TO THE CISCO HOSTED VOICE TELEPHONE SYSTEM OF THE NASSAU SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS (SOE), PROPERTY APPRAISER (PA), AND TAX COLLECTOR (TC) AT NASSAU PLACE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH SAME ENTITIES, RESOLUTION 2013-49; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the addition to the Master Services Agreement and the “Comcast Enterprise Services Sales Order Form” with Comcast Communications Management, LLC, to provide a managed an additional Metro-Ethernet fiber link and PRI in the amount of $838.00 per month for 36 months.

8. ORDINANCES – FIRST READING
8.1. ANNEXATION OF PROPERTIES – 1463, 1601, 1603 & 1620 NECTARINE ST
ORDINANCE 2013-04 ANNEXING FOUR (4) PARCELS TOTALING 8.52 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT 1463 NECTARINE STREET, 1601 NECTARINE STREET, 1603 NECTARINE STREET, AND 1620 NECTARINE STREET, AND; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the annexation of four (4) parcels into the Corporate Limits of the City of Fernandina Beach.

8.2. LAND USE CHANGE – 1463, 1601, 1603 & 1620 NECTARINE ST
ORDINANCE 2013-05 CHANGING THE NASSAU COUNTY FUTURE LAND USE MAP TO ASSIGN CITY FUTURE LAND USE MAP CATEGORIES, FOR FOUR (4) PARCELS TOTALING 8.52 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT 1463 NECTARINE STREET, 1601 NECTARINE STREET, 1603 NECTARINE STREET, AND 1620 NECTARINE STREET AND; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the change in land use for four (4) parcels on Nectarine St.

8.3. ZONING MAP CHANGE – 1463, 1601, 1603 & 1620 NECTARINE ST
ORDINANCE 2013-06 CHANGING THE NASSAU COUNTY ZONING MAP TO ASSIGN CITY ZONING CLASSIFICATIONS, FOR FOUR (4) PARCELS TOTALING 8.52 ACRES OF LAND, LOCATED AT 1463 NECTARINE STREET, 1601 NECTARINE STREET, 1603 NECTARINE STREET, AND 1620 NECTARINE STREET AND; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves changing the Zoning Map for four (4) parcels on Nectarine St.

9. DISCUSSION – DIRECTION – ACTION ITEMS
9.1. CONDITION OF THE FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF COURSE
9.2. HOUSE BILL 85 AND SENATE BILL 84 REGARDING PENDING FLORIDA STATE LEGISLATURE

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

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California Pizza Kitchen Renovates Micah’s Place

California Pizza Kitchen Renovates Micah's Place

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This press release came from Micah’s Place, the only certified domestic violence center serving Nassau County, Florida. Their shelter went from drab to fab, with the help of California Pizza Kitchen.

Pictured from Left to right in back row: Marianne Marshall, Marilyn Evans Jones, Heather and Gary Hart (owners of CPK), Shandra Riffey, Executive Director of Micah’s Place, Elaine Coats, President of Micah’s Place, and in front row: Iris Nicholson and Audrey Schiebler.

Nassau County, FL – Words cannot express how truly grateful we are to California Pizza Kitchen for all the hard work they put into renovating the inside of our shelter. A huge thank you to G.J. and Heather Hart, owners of CPK; Cindy Heeter, Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Lisa Pennington and April Carr, CPK Team Leaders; and all the smiling and friendly volunteers/employees of CPK! Due to our shelter being ten years old, it was in desperate need of many repairs and updates. Micah’s Place relies on grants and general donations to help pay for needed necessities and expenses, so we welcomed this project with open arms to bring our shelter from drab to fab.

Some of the repairs consisted of the purchasing and assembling of new playroom furniture and bedroom furniture. The entire inside of the shelter was painted by Bill Lord and his volunteers. A computer room was created with three new computers so the women can search and apply for jobs, correspond with family members through email, and the children can do their school work. Also, a new Teen Room was designed so that the older children have their own place to go to do homework and socialize with each other. The patio was recreated into a tranquil and serene area for the women to relax.

Very colorful and inspirational pictures were hung throughout the shelter, along with encouraging quotes displayed on the walls so that our women and children will know they are in a peaceful and loving environment. A new addition was included in the renovations – Micah’s Place now has a kennel and fenced in area for dogs and cats. This is an essential addition to the shelter. So many victims have had to leave their beloved pets behind when leaving a violent situation. Now because of this new pet area, not only are our victims and their children safe, but their pets are safe too.

California Pizza Kitchen

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Pictured are all of the wonderful volunteers from California Pizza Kitchen.

There was so much more the California Pizza Kitchen has done for us, but most importantly each one of the volunteers showed their support and dedication throughout the day by not only working extremely hard on this project, but they continuously showed how much they cared about providing a beautiful and secure home for our women and children as they begin their violent-free life.

A heartfelt thank you also goes to our Founding Mothers, Marilyn Evans Jones, Iris Nicholson, Audrey Schiebler and Marianne Marshall. Thank you for sharing this special day with us.

Please find us on facebook to see pictures of some of the renovations to the shelter.

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Angels Explained By Children

Angels Explained By ChildrenFor Easter day I thought it would be fun to post these cute thoughts my mother sent to me about Angels Explained by Children. The original author is unknow.

I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Harold.
Gregory, age 5

Everybody’s got it all wrong. Angels don’t wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it
Olive, age 9

It’s not easy to become an angel! First, you die.
Then you go to Heaven, and then there’s still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.
Matthew, age 9

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else.
Mitchell, age 7

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he’s not much good for science.
Henry, age 8

Angels don’t eat, but they do drink milk from Holy Cows
Jack, age 6

Angels talk all the way while they’re flying you up to heaven. The main subject is where you went wrong before you got dead.
Daniel, age 9

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath again, somewhere there’s a tornado.
Reagan, age 10

Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who’s a very good carpenter.
Jared, age 8

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn’t go for it.
Antonio, age 9

My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth.
Ashley, age 9

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don’t make the animals get better, they help the child get over it.
Vicki, age 8

What I don’t get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.
Sarah, age 7

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BODYSTEP™ is Coming to CLUB 14 FITNESS

BODYSTEP™ is Coming to CLUB 14 FITNESSBODYSTEP™ will be premiering at a Chamber After Hours hosted by CLUB 14 FITNESS on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

If you are looking for a moderate to high intensity cardio workout, BODYSTEP™ just may be what you are looking for. This step workout is high energy and uses height-adjustable steps. Your “Super” instructors will show you simple movements on, over and around the step. Great motivational music will have you burning calories and conditioning your muscles as you actually enjoy shaping and toning your body.

Join us at the gym, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, at CLUB 14 FITNESS, in the movie theater shopping center on 14th Street in Fernandina Beach.

jack jack parr from the incrediblesWe will be offering “Super” membership specials, “Super” demonstrations of BODYSTEP and BODYCOMBAT, and all of our staff will be dressed at Superheros!

Dress up as your favorite Superhero and join us for snacks and refreshments while mingling with other guests and business professionals in our community.

…and watch the “Super Steppers” at work showing YOU their BODYSTEP demonstration.

You will quickly see how it will help you:

    -Burn lots of calories for a leaner body
    -Improve your strength through core conditioning work
    -Raise your overall fitness levels
    -Improve your coordination
    -Improve your bone health and density
    -Increase your heart and lung capacity through a full-body cardio workout

You will see results from this new program! And like all the LES MILLS™ programs, new BODYSTEP™ music and choreography is released every three months.

What Superhero will you be dressed as? We hope to see you Thursday!

For more information, please call (904) 206-4414.

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HVAC Program Coming to the Betty Cook Center

HVAC Program Coming to the Betty Cook CenterNassau County, FL – Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Technology classes will be offered at the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center in the evenings this fall term.

The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Tech program prepares students for a career in the HVAC/R industry. Instruction consists of classroom as well as laboratory and hands-on training designed to prepare the student for industry standards and practical certifications.

Upon successful completion, students will be qualified for a position as an entry level Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology technician.

Two evening classes will be offered for the fall term: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Theory I (ACR0001), and Basic Electricity and Schematics (ACR0100).

The Nassau Center plans to offer the entire 1,350 hour program in the evenings, which can be completed in six semesters if individuals begin on August 26, 2013.

Individuals interested in this program may qualify for federal financial aid if they have earned a high school diploma or GED and meet the income requirements.

For more information about the program, contact Don Hughes, Executive Director of the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center, at (904) 548-4481 or dhughes@fscj.edu.

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Building Playgrounds in Low Income Communities

Building Playgrounds in Low Income CommunitiesNassau county, FL – There will be a lecture by Darell Hammond, author of KaBOOM! How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play.

Darell Hammond founded KaBOOM, an organization that builds playgrounds in low-income areas to give children safe places to play. His memoir KaBOOM! How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play, follows his life from childhood to being inspired to found KaBOOM. His book examines the gradual disappearance of play in children’s lives and why play is vital for the well-being of our communities. It also takes on the reasons low-income children get less quality play than those upper-income households, addresses rising childhood obesity, and the impact play has on creativity, social behavior and academics.

Hammond is also a CEO, a blogger and a philanthropist. His organization, KaBOOM http://kaboom.org/, has been identified as one of the best nonprofits for which to work in 2010 and 2011.

Florida State College Professor Heidi Marshall, Ph.D., and other faculty members, chose Hammond and KaBOOM! as the 2012-2013 Author Series Learning Community, an annual interdisciplinary adventure that engages College and community in a common goal with social, educational and community benefits. Initiatives included the support of play for children through community service learning, and nonprofit awareness. Fall term students participated in service learning at local nonprofits that serve children such as the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, the Children’s Home Society, the Police Athletic League and Community Connections.

crayons-and-coloringOne of the most recent ventures is the merging of “education” and “play spaces” for children. Professors Rawlslyn Francis and Monica Franklin designed educational plaques with descriptions of the native animal and plant life seen around the FSCJ South Campus Palm Garden. Crayons and coloring sheets drawn by Professor Stephanie Sipp will be available adjacent to the plaques for children to take and enjoy.

Will the next generation have a Steve Jobs? The forecast doesn’t look good. In an era of parental paranoia, lawsuit mania and testing frenzy, we are failing to inspire our children’s curiosity, creativity, and imagination. We are denying them opportunities to tinker, discover, and explore – in short, to play.”

Mr. Hammond’s appearance is sponsored by Bedford/St. Martin’s Press and Florida State College at Jacksonville.

This lecture takes place on April 4th, at 7:00 PM, at the Florida State College at Jacksonville, South Campus, located at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, 11901 Beach Blvd. (east of St. Johns Bluff Road), in Jacksonville, Florida.

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How Safe are Your Easter Eggs?

How Safe are Your Easter Eggs?Will you be decorating Easter eggs this year? Do you know how to make sure they are safe to eat?

Whether you are decorating your eggs or using them for an Easter Egg hunt, here are a few safety tips you should consider.

Decorations:

    -If you blow out the egg’s contents to decorate with the egg shell, be careful because some raw eggs contain Salmonella.
    -Use only eggs that have been kept refrigerated and are uncracked.
    -Wash the surface of the egg with 1 teaspoon of bleach in 1/2 cup of water.
    -If you want to use the egg’s contents, refrigerate them right away and use them within two to four days.

Decorating:

    -If you will be dying your eggs this year, you should never leave them out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.
    -Use dyes and food colorings that are safe to eat, as colors almost always seep thru the shell and onto the boiled egg.
    -Wash your hands before handling the eggs.

Easter Egg Hunt:

    -Our Florida temperatures can be very warm at Easter, so you may want to consider hunting for plastic or other fake eggs.
    -Eggs that are placed on the ground, may pick up bacteria, especially if the shells are cracked.
    -Real eggs should be hidden away from dirt, pets and other sources of bacteria.
    -Do not spend more that two hours on a Easter Egg Hunt with real eggs. This includes the time spent hiding the eggs, too.
    -Wash the eggs you find, put them in the fridge and eat them within the week.
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Sounds on Centre Line Up 2013

Ben Prestage, multi instrumentalist street performer

Ben Prestage, multi instrumentalist street performer

If Spring weather is ever going to cooperate with our outdoor plans of starting the 2013 Sounds on Centre Series, here is this year’s line up for the popular First Friday of the Month music series in Downtown Fernandina Beach.

April 5, 2013  Jim McKaba and the After Hours Band
Jim McKaba brings his 30-year background in blues and R& B together with a group of veteran musicians to lead his current group, the After Hours Band. Jim’s musical performance history dates back to the early 1970’s. At that time, great opportunities existed to perform with fathers of the blues idiom including Muddy Waters, Eddie Taylor Jimmy Rogers,

Pinetop Perkins, Big Walter Horton, Fred Below, S P Leary, and many others. The influence of his experience with these musicians guides Jim’s playing and arranging today. It also helped him develop the versatility that is often called upon when supporting other artists as a sideman or bandleader, and in leading his own bands on the piano or theHammond organ.

Jim has performed on blues festivals, concert stages and clubs for over 30 years, including Spring the Blues festivals 1993 – 2009, the Philadelphia Riverfront Blues Festival in 1993, the Amelia Island Blues Festival 2002, South Florida Boogie Piano Fest 2011, opening act for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee in 1976, Gatemouth Brown in 2003, and many other memorable performances as both an accompanist and bandleader. In a recent project, Jim performed and recorded with 1940’s blues great Crown Prince Waterford and co-produced the critically acclaimed CD All Over But The Shoutin’.

In 2006 Jim and his band toured France and headlined the blues stage at the Rendez-vous de l’Erdre festival in the city of Nantes. The band also released their second CD; The After Hours Band. Jim McKaba and The After Hours Band stays in tradition and keeps the dance floor full with blues, funk, and jazz. The band includes Jim on piano, Hammond organ and vocals, with Florida blues and jazz greats Josh Miller (guitar), Ben Champion (saxophone), Jon Buck (drums), and Ray Satcher (bass).

Jim McKaba and The After Hours Band will be featured at this year’s Springin’ the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach.

There is no May date
There is no Sounds on Centre in the month of May as the first Friday coincides with the Annual Shrimp Festival.

June 7, 2013  Beech Street Blues band
Local Blues greats play mostly hard driving blues with Dan Voll on lead, Jay on rhythm/lead, Mike on bass, Ronnie on keyboards and Blues Festival committee president Jeff Malone on drums. Beech Street Blues Band will also be featured at this year’s Springin’ the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach.

July 5, 2013  Island Vibe
Island Vibe is a 5 piece music group featuring 3 distinctive lead vocalists and 3-5 part harmonies. The very diverse music repertoire covers tunes from the 20’s to current including timeless classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Andy Williams to Bob Seger, Moody Blues, Billy Joel, Leeanne Womack, and Jason Mraz.

The band has been a long time in the making because of individual time constraints, but finally started coming together in the fall of last year. The Members are well known in the local community of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Yulee, with combined stage experience of well over 100 years as musician artists. The joke is that the band’s initial name was suggested as Four Old Guys and a Blond Chick (FOGBC). Expect some vocal harmony magic.

August 2, 2013  Boukou Groove
With the lively international release of their debut LP “A lil’ Boukou in Your Cup” and the ability to maintain a dynamic tour schedule, Boukou Groove provides audiences with a genre-bending collective, touching on elements of New Orleans style Funk, R&B, Soul, Blues and Hip-Hop.

Formed in Destin, Fla. in 2010, Boukou Groove is the brainchild of singer/producer Donnie Sundal and New Orleans guitar luminary Derwin “Big D” Perkins. Sundal, sharing stages and recording with the likes of Sam Bush, John “JoJo” Hermann and Junior Marvin of The Wailers, creates an infectious blend of energy and enthusiasm as he showcases his multi-octave ranging vocals while sustaining his brand of lavish Moog bass lines. Big D  (Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentleman, Bonnie Raitt and Rockin’ Dopsie) provides his smooth and funky guitar licks largely based on improvisation and feel alone. Together, no matter what the venue, the band provides their distinguishing style and creates a kinetic environment that’s easily spread throughout the audience.

September 13, 2013  Albert Castiglia
This Sounds on Centre spectacle officially opens the Amelia Island Blues Festival, which continues at the Riverfront on Saturday September 14. Tickets can be purchased Here.

Castiglia (everyone should know how to pronounce his name by now, since he headlined the 2011 Blues Festival and graced us with an Encore at the 2012 Festival) is Keepin On – and much more. Look for a great music weekend in the middle of September.

October 4, 2013  Ben Prestage
Ben Prestage grew up in the swamp country of south central Florida. Ben’s musical influences began with his Great grandmother, a Vaudeville musician who toured with Al Jolson and participated in the popular medicine shows of the 1920’s. His mother was a Boogie-Woogie pianist and painter that performed for Ben at a young age. On the other side of the family tree, his grandfather was a Mississippi sharecropper that turned Ben onto the sounds and culture of Mississippi Delta and Blues in general.

Ben Prestage began his musical career as a busker (street performer) on the historical Beale Street of Memphis, Tennessee. There he perfected playing his cigar box/banjo alongside his drum-kit, which always attracted people’s attention. Ben learned a lot from playing on the streets of Memphis including working with John Lowe, (inventor of the Lowebow, a type of diddley-bow that he plays), Robert Belfour, and Richard Johnston.

Since, Ben has returned often to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge which consists of the world’s largest gathering of Blues musicians. Within three consecutive years he took 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place in this prestigious event. He is the only two-time recipient of the Lyon/Pitchford Award for “Best Diddley-Bow Player.” Ben’s interesting approach to instrumentation, (fingerstyle guitar, harmonica, banjo, lap-steel, fiddle, resonator guitar, foot-drums, vocals, and his award-winning original songwriting) has earned him invitations to perform across North America, Europe, and as far away as North Africa.

He is the recipient of “The Most Unique Performer” at “The Song- writers’ Showcase of America” and is currently nominated for an Independent Music Award and a Blues Music Award. All awards aside, Ben has proven himself, through his live performances, to be the part of the future of American Blues, Roots Music, also called and Americana. From the swamp county of the Everglades, to the historic streets of Fernandina, Ben Prestage is a performer in every sense of the word.

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Egg-cited for Saturday’s Farmers’ Market?

Get Egg-cited for Egg-straordinary Farmers' Market and MoreEgg-cited for Easter? For Peep’s sake, hop on downtown to the Fernandina Beach farmers’ market from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, March 30, 2013, where you will find egg-straordinary treats to create a perfect basket full of goodies.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place has nearly 40 vendors who bring delicious produce from their fields, citrus from the finest blossoms in the groves, nature’s sweetest nector from the honey bees and the freshest baked breads that are meant to be shared among family and friends.

Come and fill your basket with handcrafted soaps, body oils, and scrubs from Ocean Water Gifts, or naturally scented candles homemade by Dot Williams. Succulents from Seven Trees make wonderful gifts, especially the seasonal Easter cactus.

ARS Cake Creations is back this week with their amazing blends of hot and sweet jellies that are simply to dye for, and what would be better for Easter dessert than two quarts of fruit filling baked into one of Karen’s homemade pies?

Here is a neat fact you may not know: ARS Cake Creations, Karen’s Pies, Joy of Garlic, King’s Kountry Produce and a few other Market Place vendors will give you a discount when you bring back those glass jars and pie plates.

Gabriel Arnold will be blowing up the saxophone, and next door, beginning at 10:00 AM, on N. 6th Street, there is a FREE community Easter Celebration hosted by both the First Presbyterian and Memorial United Methodist Churches. They are inviting our entire community, so tell your friends and neighbors to load up the kids and head downtown!

Many fun activities are planned including a bounce house, photos with the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts and free food!

FREE parking and shuttle rides will be provided for everyone heading downtown! Park in front of the Nassau County School Board Offices, across from Central Park on Atlantic Avenue, to catch the shuttle!

For more information find us on facebook, visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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Welcome Home Celebration for Vietnam Veterans

Welcome Home Celebration for Vietnam VeteransVeterans Memorial Park, the site of the old Log Cabin on Atlantic Avenue (next to Central Park), is hosting a Welcome Home Celebration for Vietnam Veterans.

The event will be held Saturday morning, March 30, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.

Join others in Fernandina Beach as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of cessation of active combat on behalf of the United States in Vietnam.

Welcome Home, Veterans!

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Easter Activities at the Omni Amelia Island

Easter Activities at the Omni Amelia IslandAmelia Island, FL – Celebrate the Easter weekend with a variety of activities and recreation at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Resort guests and locals alike can enjoy holiday activities including an Easter Carnival, Charity Bunny Hop 5K and an Easter Brunch.

Starting on Friday, March 29th guests can enjoy the Boardwalk Bash from 5-8pm at Marché Burette with food and drink specials, live music and kid’s activities including tennis, yard games, Easter egg colors, and visits from the Easter Bunny and Tanner the Turtle! Families can follow the bash with a complimentary family friendly Movie Under the Stars at 8pm at Canopy Park.

Saturday, March 30th begins with the annual Bunny Hop 5K benefiting the American Cancer Society at Racquet Park at 8am with a kids fun run shortly after. An Easter Parade will travel throughout property at 10am and end in The Shops of Amelia Island Plantation where The Kazoobie Kazoo Show begins at 11am. The Easter Bunny will visit with children in the shopping village from 11am-1pm while author Ann Higginbottom will have a book signing of Turtle Sunrise at Monkey Barrel.

The Easter Carnival is also open to the public and begins at 12pm in Canopy Park featuring pictures with the Easter Bunny or Tanner the Turtle, a bounce house and Easter crafts. Locals can wrap up their evening with a traditional shrimp boil dinner at Marché Burette from 5-8pm.

For those who are guests of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation or Villas of Amelia Island Plantation, additional activities include a splash party, a Build Your Own Boat competition, Eggstravaganza Beach Bash, a complimentary magic show and a beach fire from 7-9:30pm with complimentary s’mores!

Easter Sunday begins with a traditional hunt for Easter eggs at The Shops at 8am. An Easter Brunch will be held from 10am-4pm in the renovated Sunrise Café and include fresh baked good, eggs made to order, canapés, brunch and seafood entrées, desserts and more. Pricing is $48.95 for adults and $21.99 for children ages 5-12 years old.

*Please note all activities in The Shops of Amelia Island Plantation area including those at Marché Burette, the shopping village, Canopy Park, and Heron’s Cove Adventure Golf are open to the general public.

Activities held at the hotel, pool deck, beach or those located behind the security gates are reserved for official guests of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation or the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation or club members of the Amelia Island Equity Club.

For more information, please call 1-800-The-Omni or visit omniameliaislandplantation.com.

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Helpful Tips to Soothe a Sore Throat

Helpful Tips to Soothe a Sore Throat
Spring is not the best of seasons.
Cold and flu are two good reasons;
wind and rain and other sorrow,
warm today and cold tomorrow.
~Author Unknown

Here is another great article from News in Health, republished with permission.

We’ve all had sore throats around this time of year. Your throat feels scratchy and may hurt when you swallow.

What can you do to soothe a sore throat? And when is it a sign of a more serious infection?

Most sore throats are caused by viral infections such as the common cold or the flu. These throat problems are generally minor and go away on their own.

To soothe your irritated throat, keep it moist. “Ever notice that a sore throat seems worse in the morning? It’s because your throat gets so dry overnight,” says Dr. Valerie Riddle, an infectious disease expert at NIH. “Having lozenges or hard candies—or anything that stimulates saliva production—will keep your throat moist. It’s also important to drink plenty of fluids.”

For young children who might choke on hard candies or lozenges, try cold liquids and popsicles. Throat pain might also be soothed by throat sprays and over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, but don’t give aspirin to young children.

Contact a doctor if your sore throat is severe, doesn’t feel better after a few days, or is accompanied by a high fever or swollen glands. These symptoms could be signs of a bacterial infection, such as strep throat. Taking antibiotics won’t help at all if your sore throat is caused by viruses, but they’re essential for fighting bacterial infections like strep.

Strep is the most common bacterial throat infection. Although it can occur in adults, strep throat is more common in children between ages 5 and 15. Riddle says strep can be harder to detect in younger children, because it can cause a runny nose and other symptoms that make it seem like a cold. “If your child has severe throat pain, a fever above 100.4 degrees, or swollen glands, you should get medical attention right away,” advises Riddle. Children with strep also may experience nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.

To see whether you have strep throat, the doctor will take a throat swab. If test results confirm strep, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. After 24 hours of taking them, you should no longer be contagious. You’ll likely begin feeling better within a couple of days, but to fully recover it’s important to finish all of the medicine.

Strep is highly contagious. Treat it quickly to prevent it from spreading to others. Riddle says, “Not only can the infection be transmitted, but there are potential complications from untreated strep throat.” These include ear infections, rheumatic fever and kidney problems.

Another fairly common throat infection is tonsillitis, which occurs when you have sore, swollen tonsils. It’s caused by many of the same viruses and bacteria that cause sore throats. If you have frequent bouts of tonsillitis or strep throat, you may need surgery (called a tonsillectomy) to have your tonsils removed.

The best way to protect yourself from the germs that cause these infections is to wash your hands often. Try to steer clear of people who have colds or other contagious infections. And avoid smoking and inhaling second-hand smoke, which can irritate your throat.

    -Try hot tea with lemon or some hot soup.
    -Keep your throat moist with lozenges or hard candies.
    -Gargle with warm salt water or use ice chips.
    -Cold liquids or popsicles can numb the pain.
    -Throat sprays and over-the-counter pain relievers can help, too.
    -Use a humidifier or vaporizer, especially when sleeping, to keep air from getting too dry.
    -If the sore throat persists for several days, contact a health care professional.

Contributors: Joe Balintfy, Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Dana Steinberg and Harrison Wein

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Easy Microwave Lemon Curd Recipe

Basket full of lemonsManaging the local farmers’ market exposes me to some wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables, and quite often, wonderful new recipes, too.

The gal that sells healthy, homemade dog treats gave me a copy of February 2013’s Southern Living magazine. The issue focused on the Best Spring Recipes including, easy, delicious lemon desserts. Well, with a basket full of Myers lemons I’d just picked from my mother’s tree, the hardest decision to make was, “Which recipe should I try first?”

My daughter, Ally at the Desk, and I decided to make the lemon curd first, since most of the other lemon recipes required this ingredient.

Here is our twist on the recipe that turned out to taste, oh, so good!

Easy Microwave Lemon Curd RecipeIngredients:

    Three large Myers lemons
    1/2 Cup softened butter
    2 Cups sugar
    4 Eggs

Directions:
Grate 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
Juice lemons to make 1 cup (three lemons may be too many)
Blend softened butter and sugar at medium speed until mixed well.
Mix in the eggs, one at a time.
Beat at low speed while gradually adding the lemon juice.
Stir in zest.
(Mixture will look curdled.)
Pour mixture into a microwave safe bowl.

We have a 1200 watt microwave, and microwave times may vary, but the following steps worked perfectly for us:

Microwave on high for five minutes, BUT once per minute, stir the curd. (We set our microwave to one minute intervals, five times, to make it easier.)
Continue to microwave for two more minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
The curd will thicken and mound slightly when stirred.
Cover immediately with plastic wrap and chill until firm, about four hours.

(Lemon curd will keep for up to two weeks in an airtight container.)

Look for our upcoming cooking attempts on recipes for Lemon Cheesecake and Lemon-Yogurt Crumb Cake, too.

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Black Cake and Sherry with Emily Dickinson

Black Cake and Sherry with Emily DickinsonJoin Emily Dickinson for Black Cake and Sherry at the Book Loft on Centre Street in Fernandina Beach, on Wednesday, March 27th, at 4:00 PM.

In the upstairs parlor of the Book Loft, enjoy scrumptious black cake and sherry as Emily Dickinson shares her innermost thoughts and secrets.

In this intimate setting you are encouraged to ask Emily the questions you’ve always wanted to ask but were afraid to. This is a preview of the one woman show “The Belle of Amherst” presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. starring Sinda Nichols at the Fernandina Little Theatre in April.

Come dwell in possibility!

Tickets are $20 and $30.00. This is a unique literary event supporting the Amelia Island Book Festival, Viva Books! 2013.

Visit: belleofamherst.org or ameliaislandbookfestival.com for more information.

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Top Ecotourism Activities on Amelia Island, Florida

Top Ecotourism Activities on Amelia Island, FloridaContributed by: R. Hoyal

Amelia Island is one of the best places to go for a relaxing vacation to take in nature’s splendor. Just offshore of the border between Florida and Georgia, travelers from all across the nation can catch a flight to Jacksonville International airport, which is only a 30-minute drive away. Many tourists take advantage of the numerous cheap flights to “get a quick trip to Florida” and flock to Walt Disney World or the Universal Orlando Resort. However, Amelia Island remains one of the more cultural and slower paced areas to visit, with historic buildings and beautiful beaches. The region boasts many inspiring ecotourism activities to explore within its unique geographical features.

Here are some of the best:

Fort Clinch State Park
Amelia Island is situated in the center of a wide plethora of creeks and marshes and is located directly along the “Intracoastal Waterway,” which makes it a prime habitat for all sorts of wildlife. Of particular interest are the hosts of birds that take residence in the island’s marshes. With a large variety of interesting avian life, Amelia Island’s Fort Clinch State Park is the first step on the famed East Florida Birding Trail.

The Fort is surrounded by lush forestland on the northern portion of the island and serves as a reminder of its rich past as a strategic asset during conflict, first between the US and Spain and then again during the Civil War. This pristine natural paradise stretches over 1,000 acres, with trails winding through the forest past the marshes so famous for their birds and down to long stretches of sand dunes at the beachfront.

Egan’s Creek Greenway
Stretching 238 acres along the length of Egan’s Creek in the center of Amelia Island is a verdant nature reserve, which provides a splendid chance for retreating from the stresses of modern life. The entrance to the greenway is located behind the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center and is only open to the public during daylight hours. A two-mile long trail called the Blue Heron Loop will guide you through this tranquil setting and facilitate your exploration of the island’s flora and fauna. If bird watching speaks to you, then Egan’s Creek will certainly not disappoint, as red-shouldered hawks, turkey vultures, herons and all other sorts of birds native to the island make their homes in the greenway. Birds aren’t the only wildlife that you might encounter however, as marsh rabbits are commonplace and the possibility of running across a bobcat or alligator is very real so make sure to pay attention to your surroundings to make the most of your nature experience.

Amelia Island’s Waterways
The beauty of Amelia Island’s ecology is its maritime nature and its beaches and waterways are every bit as majestic as its wetlands. At the southern end of the island is the Amelia Island State Recreation Area, which is open 24 hours a day in every season, for the low price of only $1 admission. The recreation area spans 200 acres of unspoiled and undeveloped natural land with a little piece of all that the island has to offer. Once you have taken in the splendor of Amelia Island’s beaches, you can take the opportunity to head down to Kayak Amelia which provides kayak tours, training, and equipment to guide you through learning all about the island’s particular ecosystem.

Serenity, relaxation, and rejuvenation await you on the shores of Amelia Island. Located close to so many amazing natural sights, if you are planning your next vacation casually enjoying the natural world, then it would be difficult to find a more appealing or affordable destination.

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