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July 3rd Celebrate America Concert

July 3rd Celebrate America Concert

Celebrate America with a concert by the Crescendo Amelia Big Band on Thursday, July 3rd, featuring Kathryn Trembaly singing The Star Spangled Banner.

Bring the whole family and kick off your Independence Day with Crescendo Amelia Big Band in ACT’s main stage theatre. Enjoy a mix of traditional patriotic songs, plus some contemporary big band sounds with a jazzy flair.

There’s a song for everyone. From Rockin in the USA to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy!

Tickets for adults are $25.00 and student tickets are only $10.00 through college

Buy Tickets Here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=act11

The concert will be at the maing stage of the Amelia Community Theatre, at 7:00 pm.

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Road Closure and Detour at Yulee Railroad Tracks for Three Days

Road Closure and Detour at Yulee Railroad Tracks for Three DaysFlorida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is planning to close State Road A1A in the immediate area of the railroad crossing west of U.S. 17 for three days beginning Saturday, July 12th. There will be no access beginning Saturday at dawn through sunset on Monday.

CSX Transpotation will be replacing the old crossing with a concrete crossing that is designed to last longer and hold up better under heavy traffic. Crews will resurface the area once the crossing is replaced.

Local politicians were were unsuccessful in attempting to get the schedule shifted away from a summer Saturday, which is a major arrival day for our local inns, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and others who enjoy visiting our lovely seaside community on the weekends.

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The FDOT will have the detour and alternate routes well marked.

An average of 19,200 vehicles travel this section of A1A each day.

Please make sure your friends and guests coming to Fernandina Beach, Yulee and Eastern Nassau County are aware of the detours by sharing this information on your website and social media outlets. To share this article, simply scroll to the top of the page and click on the “share/save” bar.

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Amelia Hotels Offer Discounts for Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff

Amelia Hotels Offer Discounts for Great Southern Tailgate CookoffAmelia Island, FL – Several of Amelia Island’s award-winning hotels, vacation rentals and inns have cooked up discounted room rates and unique packages for the upcoming Fifth Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, taking place August 22nd and 23rd. Visitors can take advantage of these specials to come enjoy the two-day cook-off event, which features free live entertainment, teams cooking up their best barbecue to win more than $20,000 in prize money and much more.

The following accommodations are offering discounts for the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off:

-Returning as the host hotel for the event, the Residence Inn by Marriot of Amelia Island is offering amazing rates and all the amenities you need for a fun weekend on the island. Enjoy rates as low as $109, as well as free transportation to and from the Cook-off all weekend, free full hot breakfast, and access to the hotel?s evening socials. Book online at www.residenceinnameliaisland.com/ or call 904-277-2440.

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-Amelia Hotel will be offering a DEAL rate for that weekend with rooms starting at $119 for standard rooms. Prices on other room types will vary, visit www.ameliahotel.com.

-Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, the only luxury resort within a two-minute walking distance of the event, is offering visitors with a 15 percent discount on all two or more night stays at the Lodge, during the Cook-off weekend. For reservations, call 904-277-4851, or visit www.elizabethpointelodge.com/.

-ERA Fernandina Beach Reality is offering a free night to guests who stay at least three nights (applies to stays that include either of the nights of Friday, Aug. 22 or Saturday, Aug. 23). This is valid for selected properties for any new reservations. Rates are subject to all applicable taxes and fees. www.fernandinabeachrealty.com/

-The Fairbanks House is offering a Cook-off package that includes 15 percent off three nights in any room, or a fourth night free, as well as free bottle of Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and bag of Southern Slush Mix. Guests will also be treated to gourmet breakfasts and evening social hours with adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres. This offer is available for new bookings only, may not be combined with any other offers, and must be booked online. Mention code STC14 when making your reservation. www.fairbankshouse.com

-The Hoyt House Cook-off package includes two free tickets to the cook-off and 15 percent off any room. This offer is limited to a two-night minimum stay, and cannot be combined with any other special offer. www.hoythouse.com

-Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering 15 percent off their best available rate during the Cook-off weekend. Call 888-261-6161 and reference the promotion code: cookoff. Reservations may also be confirmed online at www.omniameliaisland.com using the same promotion code.

-The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island welcomes summer with the launch of “Weekday Breakaway” package during the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, with $500 in resort credits. This offer is valid weekdays near the Cook-off event: August 17-19 and 24-28. Guests may reserve the three or more nights “Weekend Breakaway” now through August 28, 2014. For reservations, call 800-241-3333 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.

beech-st-blues-band-fernandina-cookoff2014Don’t miss the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, serving up finger-licking-good barbeque with some of the top competitors in the country and live musical entertainment from five exciting bands including, The Dirt Floor Krackers, Swingin’ Medallions, RockIt Fly, and the local Beech Street Blues Band.

For more information about the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, entertainment lineup and each of the accommodations offering discounts, visit www.gstailgatecookoff.com.

Contact each hotel for reservations and any restrictions.

About Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off
The 5th Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off will fire up again on August 22nd and 23rd on Amelia Island. Barbeque cooking teams from across the country will compete for cash prizes, and of course, bragging rights. The cook-off is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and features professional and backyard barbeque competition teams. The cook-off features live musical entertainment, tasty food and beverage items and the VIP Pig Pub for an enhanced experience. The event is a fundraiser for the Gator Bowl Association and is held as Main Beach on Amelia Island, where the beach meets the brisket. Visit, gstailgatecookoff.com for more information.

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Are Computers Male or Female?

Are Computers Male or Female?This one hit my in-box a few weeks ago and I had never pondered whether computers were male or female? It’s an interesting lesson. I hope you enjoy the following piece of humor.

The original author is unknown.

A Spanish Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

‘House’ for instance, is feminine: ‘la casa.’
‘Pencil,’ however, is masculine: ‘el lapiz.’

A student asked, ‘What gender is ‘computer’?’

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer’ should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men’s group decided that ‘computer’ should definitely be of the feminine gender (‘la computadora’), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

(THIS GETS BETTER!)

The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine (‘el computador’), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have got a better model.

The women won.

Bonus Trick for your PC
This is fun trick to let you know the gender of your computer, whether it is male or female. This trick work on almost all windows operating systems.

1. Open Notepad and paste the following codes: CreateObject(“SAPI.SpVoice”).Speak”i love you”
2. Save the file as gender.vbs
3. Now, open the save file
4. If you hear male voice then your computer is male and if you hear female voice then its female.

Apparently, my computer is a female. What gender is your computer?

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More About Mary Alice Monroe

More About Mary Alice MonroeThe Summer Wind, set for release in June 2014, follows the best-selling first installment of the series, The Summer Girls. The second novel continues the complex relationships of three estranged sisters who come together at their grandmother’s request to her summer home on Sullivan’s Island, SC. In their eventful summer, they struggle to find direction and rediscover their connections to one another. While all the sisters are major characters in both novels, one sister emerges as the main focus in each novel. The oldest sister, Dora, is the center of Summer Wind.

Like the beloved dolphin Delphine who has been sent to Florida to heal from injuries incurred after she becomes entangled in fishing line on the dock, Dora has been trapped in a wounding marriage. Also like Delphine who lacks spirit and will until the humans she most loves (Dora’s son and her sister Carson) visit her during her recuperation, Dora’s sorrows cause her to retreat inwardly. Not until Dora, too, embraces love from her sisters and grandmother as well as the admiration of Delvin, a man from her past, does she begin to welcome life.

As in most of her novels, Mary Alice creates important environmental significance in The Summer Wind. Through her development of parallel plots and emotions with animal and human characters, she draws our attention to the troubling circumstances surrounding Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. Approximately 50% of these dolphins are ill (in part from the morbillivirus), and Mary Alice’s sensitive and absorbing presentation of Delphine creates a sincere empathy in the reader for these beautiful and brilliant creatures.

Mary Alice Monroe’s Biography
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction. Mary Alice writes richly textured books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life.

Monroe’s novels are published worldwide. She has achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA. She has received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and was featured at the National Festival of the Book. The Butterfly’s Daughter won the International Book Award for Green Fiction.

Mary Alice is an active conservationist and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium, The Leatherback Trust, and Charleston Volunteers for Literacy. She is a frequent speaker at book festivals, conferences, and private events. Monroe is also a frequent contributor to magazines and online blogs.

Mary Alice Monroe is currently published by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster. Her agents are Robert Gottlieb and Kimberly Whalen at Trident Media Group.

Monroe lives with her family on a barrier island off Charleston, South Carolina where she is currently writing. For information, videos, podcasts, and more, go to www.maryalicemonroe.com and Facebook.

Novels
THE SUMMER’S END (June 2015)
THE SUMMER WIND
THE SUMMER GIRLS
BEACH HOUSE MEMORIES
THE BEACH HOUSE
SWIMMING LESSONS
THE BUTTERFLY’S DAUGHTER
LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA
TIME IS A RIVER
SWEETGRASS
SKYWARD
THE FOUR SEASONS
THE BOOK CLUB
GIRL IN THE MIRROR
THE LONG ROAD HOME
SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT
ONE SUMMER’S NIGHT

Children’s Books
TURTLE SUMMER: A Journal for my Daughter
A BUTTERFLY CALLED HOPE
JAX, A Survivor’s Tale (in production)

Audiobooks
THE SUMMER WIND (read by author)
THE SUMMER GIRLS (read by author)
BEACH HOUSE MEMORIES (read by author)
THE BUTTERFLY’S DAUGHTER (read by author)
LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA
TIME IS A RIVER (read by author)
SWIMMING LESSONS (read by author)
THE BEACH HOUSE (read by author)
SWEETGRASS
THE BOOK CLUB
THE FOUR SEASONS
THE LONG ROAD HOME
GIRL IN THE MIRROR
A BUTTERFLY CALLED HOPE (read by author)
TURTLE SUMMER (read by author)

Nonfiction
REFLECTIONS of South Carolina, Robert Clark, Tom Poland, Forward by MAM.
LITERARY DOGS and their South Carolina Writers, “Forgiving Ruedi.”
STATE OF THE HEART, “Sea Turtle Summer.”
THE SOLITARY SWIMMER; Sea Turtles in South Carolina (in production)

Mary Alice Monroe will be in Fernandina Beach for a book signing on July 1, 2014, at the Book Loft on Centre Street, beginning at 4:00 pm.

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Travel and Leisure Ranks Amelia for Independence Day

Travel and Leisure Ranks Amelia for Independence DayTravel and Leisure ranked America’s Best Towns for July 4th and Amelia Island made the list:

No. 10 (tie) Amelia Island, FL
“This barrier island could have made the Independence Day top 10 for its great tradition of flag-waving—even if, thanks to centuries of explorers and colonizers, it waved the flags of seven nations before settling on the Stars and Stripes. No matter, the 4th here means a free concert in town, and the rest of the weekend includes a Civil War–era reenactment at Fort Clinch.

“Readers also saluted the town for its B&Bs—like the Williams House, an antebellum mansion—and its commitment to good beer. Sample it for yourself at the Palace Saloon, the self-proclaimed oldest watering hole in Florida, with a bar designed by Adolphus Busch.”

I don’t know where they got their information, but they sure left out a lot of fun things going on around here for the 4th of July:

Stars and Stripes Freedom Festival
Music, Arts & Crafts, Food Trucks, Water Slide, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Cool Treats and More… Friday, July 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Main Beach, at the corner of Atlantic and Fletcher Avenue’s.

Boardwalk Bash
Featuring Low Country Boil, live music, and family-friendly activities. Friday, July 4, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Shops at Amelia Island Plantation, Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 261-6161.

Sounds on Centre
Sounds on Centre is a free community concert, fun for the entire family. Be sure to bring your own chair and don’t forget sunscreen! Sounds on Centre t-shirts will be available for purchase. Raffle drawings will be held throughout the event with prizes donated by local community businesses and retailers. All proceeds go to advertising efforts for the organization. Friday, July 4, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, in downtown Fernandina Beach, on Centre Street between Front & 2nd streets.

Red, White and The Deep Blue Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day with a lavish All-American Barbecue. This annual event is a buffet with chilled seafood, barbecue ribs, skirt steak churrasco, chicken, salads and dessert classics. Lawn games, crab races, face painter, balloon twister and live music by The Bama Gamblers, five-piece Southern rock’n roll band. Enjoy front row seats to a spectacular ocean front fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Reservations requested. Cost: $93 per adult, $25 per child under 11, includes service charge. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. For reservations call (904) 277-1087. Friday, July 4, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Fireworks Cruises
Take your pick of two sunset cruises. Both will depart at 8pm and return around 10pm. The fireworks are at 9:30pm. Adult Twilight “BYOB” Cruise or the Family Friendly Sunset Cruise, reservations are recommended. The cost is $16-$28. Amelia River Cruises, please call (904) 261-9972 for reservations. Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Amelia River Cruises is located at 1 North Front Street in historic Fernandina Beach.

Music
FREE – Nassau County Community Band at the Downtown Fernandina Beach Welcome Center – Train Depot. Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Welcome Center – Train Depot Downtown Fernandina Beach Front Street and Centre Street.

Fireworks
Fireworks – 9:00pm Marina Water Front at Front Street and Centre Street. Friday, July 4, 2014, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Marina WaterFront. (Arrive Early)

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Protect Yourself From Text Message Spam

Protect Yourself From Text Message SpamSpam text messages can be annoying, but did you know they are illegal? Some common scams use text message spam to lure you into revealing personal information in exchange for a “free gift” like a gift card or vacation package.

Text message spam is to your cell phone what email spam is to your personal computer. Both may try to get you to reveal personal information.

Text Message Spam is a Triple Threat
-It often uses the promise of free gifts, like computers or gift cards, or product offers, like cheap mortgages, credit cards, or debt relief services to get you to reveal personal information. If you want to claim your gift or pursue an offer, you may need to share personal information, like how much money you make, how much you owe, or your bank account information, credit card number, or Social Security number. Clicking on a link in the message can install malware that collects information from your phone. Once the spammer has your information, it is sold to marketers or, worse, identity thieves.
-It can lead to unwanted charges on your cell phone bill. Your wireless carrier may charge you simply for receiving a text message, regardless of whether you requested it.
-It can slow cell phone performance by taking up space on your phone’s memory.

Text Message Spam is Illegal
It’s illegal to send unsolicited commercial email messages to wireless devices, including cell phones and pagers, unless the sender gets your permission first. It’s also illegal to send unsolicited text messages from an auto-dialer — equipment that stores and dials phone numbers using a random or sequential number generator.

Can the Spam
-Register your number on the Do Not Call List.
-Report the text spam to your cell phone carrier by forwarding the message to 7726 (SPAM).
Report any unwanted commercial text messages to the FTC.
-Delete text messages that ask you to confirm or provide personal information: Legitimate companies don’t ask for information like your account numbers or passwords by email or text.
-Don’t reply, and don’t click on links provided in the message: Links can install malware on your computer and take you to spoof sites that look real but whose purpose is to steal your information.
-Treat your personal information like cash: Your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank and utility account numbers can be used to steal your money or open new accounts in your name. Don’t give them out in response to a text.
-If you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or Bell subscriber, you can report spam texts to your carrier by copying the original message and forwarding it to the number 7726 (SPAM), free of charge.
-Review your cell phone bill for unauthorized charges, and report them to your carrier.

Exceptions to the law:
-Transactional or relationship types of messages. If a company has a relationship with you, it can send you things like statements or warranty information.
-Non-commercial messages. This includes political surveys or fundraising messages.

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July 1, 2014 Agenda for Fernandina Commissioner Meeting

 July 1 2014 Agenda for Fernandina Commissioner MeetingHere is the agenda for the Fernandina Beach City Commissioner meeding on July 1, 2014. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm and will be held in City Commissioner Chambers, on Ash Street, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Invocation by Fernandina Beach Police Department Chaplin Don McFayden

4. PROCLAMATIONS/PRESENTATIONS
4.1. PROCLAMATION-RECOGNITION OF HARRIET TUBMAN
PROCLAMATION – RECOGNITION OF HARRIET TUBMAN – Recognizing and honoring Harriet Tubman. Mrs. Tubman was an African-American protester, humanitarian, and Union spy during the Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made about thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved family and friends. In the post war-era, she struggled for women’s suffrage. The Proclamation will be sent to Ms. Vivian Raheem.

4.2. PROCLAMATION-RECREATION AND PARKS MONTH
PROCLAMATION – RECREATION AND PARKS MONTH – Recognizing the month of July 2014 as “Recreation and Parks Month” in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed the month of July 2014 as “Recreation and Parks Month” in the state of Florida. Ms. Nan Voit, City Parks & Recreation Director, will be present to accept the Proclamation.

4.3. PRESENTATION-NASSAU COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
PRESENTATION – NASSAU COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD – At the request of Mayor Boner, Mr. Steve Rieck of the Nassau County Economic Development Board will provide a brief update on their year-to-date activities, accomplishments, etc.

5. CONSENT AGENDA
5.1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Regular Meeting – May 20, 2014; Special Meeting – May 30, 2014; Special Meeting – June 3, 2014; Regular Meeting – June 3, 2014; Joint Special Meeting – June 4, 2014; Special Meeting – June 10, 2014; Regular Meeting – June 17, 2014; Special Meeting – June 19, 2014.

5.2. DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS PROPERTY
DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS PROPERTY – RESOLUTION 2014-79 DECLARING CERTAIN TITLED CITY PROPERTY SURPLUS; 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: Declares certain property as surplus, and authorizes the disposal of such.

5.3. FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT
FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT – DRIVING DYNAMICS, INC. – RESOLUTION 2014-80 APPROVING A FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT WITH DRIVING DYNAMICS, INC. TO USE AIRPORT PROPERTY TO CONDUCT CORPORATE DRIVER TRAINING ON AUGUST 8, 2014; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves a Facilities Use Agreement for Driving Dynamics, Inc. for corporate drivers training on August 8, 2014.

6. PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1. BUDGET AMENDMENT-MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT
BUDGET AMENDMENT – MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT – RESOLUTION 2014-81 APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the transfer of $8,000 within the Streets Maintenance budget for FY 13/14.

7.2. WORK ORDER #14-53R-PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC
WORK ORDER #14-53R – PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC – RESOLUTION 2014-82 APPROVING PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC’S WORK ORDER 14-53R IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,030.30 FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) JOINT PARTICIPATION SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT #43141119414 FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF HANGAR “A” APRON REHABILITATION, DRAINAGE, PERMITTING, SURVEYING, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION, AND TESTING PROJECT AT FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves Passero Associates, LLC’s Work Order 14-53R in the amount of $10,030.30 for engineering services at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport for the FDOT Design and Construction of Hangar “A” Apron Rehabilitation, Drainage, Permitting, Surveying, Project Management and Administration, and Testing project.

7.3. WORK ORDER #14-54R-PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC
WORK ORDER #14-54R – PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC – RESOLUTION 2014-83 APPROVING PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC’S WORK ORDER 14-54R IN THE AMOUNT OF $49,969.70 FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) JOINT PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT #43276319414 FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF NORTH AIRCRAFT PARKING APRON, DRAINAGE, PERMITTING, SURVEYING, MANAGEMENT, AND TESTING PROJECT AT THE FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves Passero Associates, LLC’s Work Order 14-54R in the amount of $49,969.70 for engineering services at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport for the FDOT Design and Construction of North Aircraft Parking Apron, Drainage, Permitting, Surveying, Management, and Testing Project.

7.4. IMPACT FEE WITHHOLDING-COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROPERTIES
IMPACT FEE WITHHOLDING – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROPERTIES – RESOLUTION 2014-84 WITHHOLDING THE COLLECTION OF CITY ASSESSED IMPACT FEES FOR THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO (2) REPLACEMENT HOUSING UNITS LOCATED AT 125 N. 11TH STREET AND 511 N. 11TH STREET, AS PART OF THE CITY’S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the City of Fernandina Beach’s application to withhold collection of City Impact Fees for Parks & Recreation, Public Facilities, Police and Fire, totaling $1,963.41.

7.5. EMERGENCY PURCHASE APPROVAL-AERO DOOR INTERNATIONAL, LLC
EMERGENCY PURCHASE APPROVAL – AERO DOOR INTERNATIONAL, LLC – RESOLUTION 2014-85 APPROVING THE EMERGENCY PURCHASE FOR AIRPORT HANGAR DOOR REPAIR SERVICES FROM AERO DOOR INTERNATIONAL, LLC IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $25,000 IN FY 2013/2014; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the emergency purchase in accordance with Section 2-433 of the City Code for Airport hangar door repairs by Aero Door International, LLC in an amount not to exceed $25,000 in FY 2013/2014.

7.6. AUTHORIZATION TO DEFEND-THE VILLAGE CENTER AT GATEWAY TO AMELIA CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC
AUTHORIZATION TO DEFEND – THE VILLAGE CENTER AT GATEWAY TO AMELIA CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC. – RESOLUTION 2014-86 AUTHORIZING THE CITY ATTORNEY TO DEFEND THE CITY IN CERTAIN LITIGATION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes the City Attorney to appear on behalf of, and defend the City of Fernandina Beach in the matter of The Village Center at Gateway to Amelia Condominium Association, Inc. v. City of Fernandina Beach.

7.7. AUTHORIZATION TO DEFEND-FIRST NATIONAL BANK SOUTH
AUTHORIZATION TO DEFEND – FIRST NATIONAL BANK SOUTH – RESOLUTION 2014-87 AUTHORIZING THE CITY ATTORNEY TO DEFEND THE CITY IN CERTAIN LITIGATION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes the City Attorney to appear on behalf of, and defend the City of Fernandina Beach in the matter of First National Bank South v. City of Fernandina Beach (presuit mediation of City denial of wetlands variance pursuant to Section 70.51, Florida Statutes).

8. ORDINANCES – FIRST READING
8.1. CODE AMENDMENT-POLICE OFFICERS’ AND FIREFIGHTERS’ PENSION PLAN
CODE AMENDMENT – POLICE OFFICERS’ AND FIREFIGHTERS’ PENSION PLAN – ORDINANCE 2014-22 AMENDING CHAPTER 62, PERSONNEL, ARTICLE IV, FIREFIGHTERS’ AND POLICE OFFICERS’ PENSION PLAN, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH; AMENDING SECTION 62-111, DEFINITIONS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Amends Section 62-111 of the City Code pertaining to the Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension Plan.

9. BOARD APPOINTMENT
9.1. ARTS AND CULTURE NASSAU
ARTS AND CULTURE NASSAU – 1 appointment

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

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Conservative Columnists, the Redskins, and Will

Conservative Columnists, the Redskins, and WillMedia On Offense Against Offensive

The nation’s media is on the offense to protect the public from what they consider “offensive.”

Editors of several major newspapers in California, Washington State, and Oregon have said they will no longer allow “Redskins” to be used in print in their publications and syndicated columnist George Will’s opinion is no longer welcome in the pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The papers dropping “Redskins” from their reporting say they are doing so because they consider the 80-year-old name “offensive,” while the Post-Dispatch announced that it would no longer carry Will’s column, because a recent one argued that colleges’ efforts to combat sexual assault made being a campus rape victim a “coveted status” and they considered that offensive.

Amelia Island resident, friend and former Associated Press Correspondent Rick Scott says he sees this as “an example of intolerance in the newspapers, which apparently feel now that THEY too must always be politically correct.”

Says Mr. Scott, “When they say they are dropping a column (Will’s) because it’s offensive, they should just say it’s offensive to them. By the way, this would make me wonder how much other news is kept out because the editor finds it offensive. My point is it’s not offensive to everyone. So I guess newspapers now print only the news that, in its opinion, is not offensive to a majority/plurality of its readers!

“In my journalism days, we EXPECTED to offend readers (whether we agreed with a story or not) because it was believed important for readers to get all sides of a discussion in order for democracy to work. I guess that’s just considered nonsense in these polarized times.”

Will’s column offered an anecdote from a student at Swarthmore College, in which a woman reported a rape after a former sexual partner wouldn’t take no for an answer. Will implies that because the incident occurred “with a guy with whom she’d been hooking up for three months,” she wasn’t sexually assaulted. “Six weeks later, the woman reported that she had been raped,” Will wrote in his column about the Swarthmore student.

I don’t – and neither does George Will or Rick Scott – defend the crime of rape. What Will is saying is that campus rape victims enjoy a privileged legal status because they are not required to prove anything or present any evidence to slur for life a man’s name and character and deprive him of an education. It’s kind of a modern-day form of lynching.

The Washington Redskins football team is being lambasted by many journalists and their editors for its eight-decade-old name they have now deemed offensive.

As Washington Times sports editorial correctly says “The Redskins name controversy is not about discrimination, it’s about power, pure and simple. Power, that is, for politically correct bullies to impose their view of what everybody else should and should not be permitted to say. The latest salvo from the bullies came from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), which cancelled six Redskin trademarks.”

The Times adds, “It is preposterous to claim that anybody in America watching the Redskins on any given Sunday is doing so while savoring the horrors of Wounded Knee or lamenting Custer’s death at Little Big Horn. “This reality is why the claim that the name ‘Redskins’ perpetuates discrimination is a politically motivated pretext for nullifying the First Amendment and handing control over speech to politicians and bureaucrats in the nation’s capital.

As the editorial noted, the escalating tactics being used against the Redskins in recent months increasingly involve application of the full force of the federal government, including threatened prosecution by the FCC and the prospect of the IRS revoking the team’s tax exemption.

Closer to home, in the June 20 issue of the bi-weekly Fernandina Beach News-Leader Editor Michael Parnell in a lead editorial criticizing the dedication of a downtown statue to honor David Yulee began his anti-Yulee opinion saying, “I hate to agree with our former columnist Dave Scott on anything…”

My two-year-old weekly column, for which I wasn’t paid, was dropped from the paper in January because I was told “it was too heated” and some found it “offensive” and it is now obvious that one of those was the paper’s editor, Mr. Parnell. I was told once by the News-Leader publisher, Foy Malloy, that “our readers either hate you or love you Dave, there’s no in between.” So the ones that loved it lose, same as with Redskins fans and St. Louis readers of George Will’s commentary, not that I’m putting myself in their esteemed company, but am simply using my column’s cancellation as an example of how many of those that advocate for freedom of speech, only advocate it for those that think as they do.

It’s sad that the media, that were once the American public’s watchdogs have morphed into “politically correct bullies.”

(Dave Scott is a resident of Fernandina Beach, writes a weekly blog www.davescottblog.com, and can be reached at davidnscott@bellsouth.net)

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Ms Senior Jacksonville Pageant 2014

Ms Senior Jacksonville Pageant 2014Fernandina Beach local, Crystal Molchan, is a contestant in the Ms Senior Jacksonville Pageant 2014.

Hosted by A Seasoned Affair, Inc., they assist seasoned women through education, empowerment and pageantry. Their pageants are created with the mature woman in mind; a woman who wants to have a good time, met new people, be recognized, and dispel the myths of aging.

The pageant will be held at 2:00 PM, June 28, 2014, at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Kent Campus. Kumasi Aaron, of WJXT, News 4 Jax, is the Mistress of Ceremony.

Crystal is a local hair stylist with Tangles Salon, and a member of the Fernandina Pirates Club where she makes many of her own costumes. Having participated in pageants as a teenager, she feels confident going into the Ms. Senior Jacksonville Pageant. Crystal said, “This pageant is a celebration to this part of my life. I’m excited that I can encourage and inspire other women my age that it’s okay to grow old gracefully, as long as your having fun doing it.” And you can believe she will be in good company with other vibrant, wise and beautiful senior contestants from Northeast Florida.

You can imagine what her talent routine will be by looking at the picture below. Crystal will impersonate Phyllis Diller and interact with the costumed characters seen here. Crystal styled the hair and make up, and hand crafted the apparel. So she will show off her dramatic talents in comedy, singing, cosmetology, sewing and costuming.

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Pictured Left to Right: Mrs. Lovett, from Sweeny Todd; the Queen of Hearts, from Alice in Wonderland; The Dusty Maid, of The Carol Burnett Show; and Scarlett O’Hara, of Gone with the Wind.

The stages of the pageant are:
1) Personal Interview
2) Talent (2 minutes)
3) Evening Gown
4) Words of Wisdom, a 35 second speech.

…but only one of these Six Sensational Seniors will be a champion for senior women.

A Seasoned Affair has a history in the long term care industry and they deliver presentations on the ABCs of long term care, nursing home care, nursing care rights, how to choose a nursing home, and setting and maintainng your life goals.

For more information visit www.ASeasonedAffair.com.

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Mary Alice Monroe awakens readers in “The Summer Wind”

Mary Alice Monroe awakens readers in "The Summer Wind"It’s not unusual for an animal to be mixed among the cast of characters in a Mary Alice Monroe novel. It’s become part of her trademark—captivating readers’ hearts with memorable characters and at the same time awakening people to an important environmental issue.

Described as the canary in the coal mine, the New York Times bestselling author’s convictions give her a deeper sense of purpose and serve to add richness and meaning to her novels. “I wanted to write a novel about the dolphin because we connect with that knowing, beguiling smile,” Monroe stated, whose novels often focus on the connection between humans and nature. “But the impetus for me to write this series now is the hard fact that 48 to 52 percent of the wild dolphins in South Carolina and Florida are sick. Coupled with the morbillivirus striking along the coast, it’s an alarming situation.”

Monroe uses the plight of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin as the undercurrent in her Lowcountry Summer Trilogy, with the perilous life of one wild dolphin as the trilogy’s keystone. While Monroe’s novels are set against issues facing our physical landscape, her stories explore the emotional landscape of contemporary human and moral issues through her characters. “I’m a story teller. I don’t tell or teach as much as create a story world that establishes a meaningful relationship with nature to make readers aware through the power of story.”

In book one, The Summer Girls, Monroe introduced readers to the complex relationships among three estranged half-sisters who return to the family’s historic home, “Sea Breeze,” before it is sold and their grandmother, “Mamaw” moves to a retirement community. “The Summer Girls is a perfect beach read and anyone who enjoys such fine southern voices as Pat Conroy will add the talented Monroe to their list of favorites”.

The Summer Wind (June 17, 2014 release) is the much anticipated follow-up to her New York Times bestseller The Summer Girls. Monroe draws readers back to the unspoiled beauty of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina for the second installment in an emotional trilogy about sisterhood, second chances, and lifelong bonds.

The Summer’s End concludes the Lowcountry Summer Trilogy and is set for release in 2015. “My greatest hope is that readers become involved with my characters and enjoy a great story. Then, when they close the book, realize that they’ve learned a lot about this important sentinel species.”

The trilogy is timely. The morbillivirus that killed a record number of dolphins along the Mid-Atlantic coast last summer is spreading southward as dolphins migrate down the coast. This measles-like virus killed 1000 dolphins in 2013 from New York to Florida. More than 10,000 dolphins are thought to roam the Southeast, and the numbers in South Carolina-Georgia are estimated between 6,000 and 7,000.

Currently there is nothing that can be done to prevent the infection spreading or prevent animals that get infected from having severe clinical disease.

Marine mammal scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Florida Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and nationwide are studying dolphins in Florida and South Carolina looking for signs of emerging diseases and heavy chemical body burdens that may be making the dolphins sick. Scientists also will test for diseases more common to people, but becoming more prominent in dolphins.

Dolphins are a sentinel species. “If dolphins are not doing well, it says something about what humans may be exposed to,” stated Dr. Pat Fair of NOAA.

Monroe participated in the Charleston study with Dr. Fair on a floating “doctor’s clinic” that ran a battery of medical tests on dolphins. This is modus operandi for Monroe, who goes beyond academic research and interviews. She immerses herself in the subject by rolling up her sleeves as a volunteer to work shoulder-to-shoulder with professionals. For the Lowcountry Summer Trilogy (The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, The Summer’s End), Dr. Fair served as a mentor for Monroe. Mary Alice also is a volunteer at the Dolphin Research Center in Florida and works with dolphin programs designed for special needs children and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Mary Alice Monroe’s efforts to re-connect human nature with the natural world resonate with her readers. Monroe is a bestselling author of sixteen novels and two children’s books. She has achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA. She has received numerous awards, including RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing and was featured at the National Festival of the Book. The Butterfly’s Daughter won the International Book Award for Green Fiction. Mary Alice is an active conservationist and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium, The Leatherback Trust, and Charleston Volunteers for Literacy. She is a frequent speaker at book festivals, conferences, and private events. Monroe is also a frequent contributor to magazines and online blogs.

“Mary Alice Monroe has become the premier nature writer among southern novelists… In The Summer Girls she sings a song of praise to the bottlenose dolphins that bring so much joy to the men and women who gaze at the creeks and rivers of the lowcountry each evening. Like all her books, The Summer Girls is a call to arms.” – New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy.

To learn more about The Summer Wind and other Mary Alice Monroe books, visit her on Facebook and at www.maryalicemonroe.com.

Mary Alice Monroe will be in Fernandina Beach for a book signing on July 1, 2014, at the Book Loft on Centre Street, beginning at 4:00 pm.

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Audition Now for Hair, Coming to Amelia in September

Audition Now for Hair, Coming to Amelia in SeptemberThe Americal tribal love rock musical, Hair, is coming to Amelia Community Theatre in September 2014.

Auditions will be held Saturday, June 28th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the theatre.

Show dates will be September 19, 20, and 21st, with two performances on September 20th.

Auditioners should prepare 32 bars of a song in the Musical Theatre or 60’s folk or rock style. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key.

No a ccapella or karaoke track auditions allowed.

All roles are open. The director, Lee Hamby, is looking for a culturally and physically diverse tribe.

Please arrive a few minutes early to fill out an audition sheet.

If you have any questions email the director at Lhamby1000@gmail.com.

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Farmers’ Market Farewell to June 2014

Farmers' Market Farewell to June 2014
Fernandina’s famous farmers’ market, located on N. 7th Street in the historic district, is home to over 30 booths of producer-only vendors. This means our bakers, cheese maker, pasta maker, soap maker, and other specialty food vendors create their individual treats and treasures from scratch. They use raw, seasonal and local ingredients, and then mix them up with a lot of love and determination to provide our families with the finest, healthiest and freshest products.

The farmers you will meet at the Fernandina Beach Market Place are the ones who grow what they are selling. Boatrights Family Farm and Kings Kountry produce bring onions, tomatoes, squash, peas, beans, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, citrus, nuts, melons and more that they rotate seasonally to grow on their lands. Cabbage Creek Farm grows specialty greens, exotic squash, herbs, carrots, fresh cut flowers and more, while Bacons Select Farms grows hydroponic lettuces, seedless cucumbers, fresh potted herbs and more!

New at the market is Tressa’s Treasures – these are delicious treats handmade by Tressa, a regular vendor of the Market Place who has taken on a new product line, including hand dipped pretzel rods and Rice Krispie Treats covered with lots of goodies like mini M & M’s, Reese’s Pieces and coconut. Tressa also makes a heavenly peanut butter brittle made with local orange blossom raw honey instead of corn syrup. She has over 10 varities of flavored nuts. Some nuts are sweetened with raw honey, and some are mixed with spicy chipotle and cajun flavors. If you like toffee, her’s is topped with chocolate and nuts.

Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band will be entertaining us with their family friendly songs, and located right next to the band is the Fernandina Beach Arts Market, where over 20 local artists bring their crafts, glass, apparel, wood work, paintings, pet products and more on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

The Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This open air, street market is located on N. 7th Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets on Amelia Island, Florida. Bring your family, your neighbors, your friends and even your well behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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Fernandina has a Wonderful Arts Market

Fernandina has a Wonderful Arts MarketFernandina Beach is home to a wonderful Arts Market that takes place on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

June 28th brings together over 20 local artists who will fill their booths with their photographs, garden art, paintings, crafts, wood work, jewelry, apparel, aprons, scarves, glassworks, dog accessories, etched glassware and more!

From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, adjacent to the weekly farmers market on N. 7th Street, you can meet the creators of these original masterpieces.

Some of the newer vendors to the Fernandina Beach Arts Market include hand-crafted 3-way aprons, wooden bowls that are amazing works of art, and Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Accessories.

yoyo-girl-apronsKatie Scarlett Royal, of Yo Yo Girl Aprons, has created aprons that can be worn three different ways. One is a full front coverage apron. Add a simple fold and the apron ties at the waist to covering just your lower half. Tuck in the apron strings and fold the apron again and you half a roomy shoulder purse!

Kangee Graham and her father use an old wood lathe from Church Street Station to creating exquisite bowls from amazing woods found near her sister’s Texas home including elm, pecan and Texas Mesquite. What started as a hobby shared by father and daughter has turned into a business in the arts. These bowls are a MUST SEE – Florida wood used include hickory, sycamore, China berry, orange tree, camphor and swamp bay. All pieces are marked with the type of wood they are created from and signed by the artist.

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Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Accessories create adorable home sewn dog collars, harnesses, Martingale collars, leashes, bows and doggie waste bag holders. You can pick up a full set in matching or color-coordinated colors, and they make wonderful gifts, too!

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is still accepting applications for new vendors, so if you have a unique talent for arts and crafts, please visit our website at FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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Veterans Health Facilities Endure Monthly Site Inspections

Veterans Health Facilities Endure Monthly Site InspectionsActing Secretary Gibson initiates monthly site inspections across Veterans health facilities to restore integrity to scheduling process.

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson today directed all Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Medical Center and Health Care System Directors to conduct monthly in-person reviews of scheduling practices in every clinic within their jurisdiction. Site inspections will include observing daily scheduling processes and interacting with scheduling staff to ensure all policies are being followed to deliver Veterans the timely care they have earned.

“Our top priority is getting Veterans off of wait lists and into clinics,” said Acting Secretary Gibson. “We need our folks in the facilities to work directly with staff, answer all questions, and ensure our Veterans receive the timely care they have earned. Veterans must trust their health care system, and these reviews are an important step towards restoring integrity in all our scheduling activities.”

In addition to monthly reviews of over 900 Veterans Health Administration facilities nationwide, Veterans Integrated Service Network Directors will also conduct similar visits to at least one medical center within their area of responsibility every 30 days, completing visits to all medical centers in their network every 90 days.

This action follows the VA’s release of results from its nationwide Access Audit, along with facility-level patient access data.

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