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September 2nd Fernandina Commissioner Meeting Agenda

September 2nd Fernandina Commissioner Meeting Agenda
There will be a regular meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commissioners on September 2, 2014, at City Hall, 204 Ash Street.

Here is the agenda:

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Invocation by Reverend James Tippins, Baptist Medical Center-Nassau Senior Chaplain.

4. PROCLAMATIONS
4.1. PROCLAMATION – CONSTITUTION WEEK
Proclaiming the week of September 17-24, 2014, as “Constitution Week”. Ms. Marie Santry, Regent of the Amelia Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will be present to accept the Proclamation.

5. CONSENT AGENDA
5.1. AWARD OF BID #14-12 POLYDYNE INC
RESOLUTION 2014-112 AWARDING THE 2014/2015 ANNUAL BID FOR POLYDYNE CONCENTRATE FOR THE UTILITIES DEPARTMENT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes the City Manager to execute all documentation pertaining to the award of bid.
5.2. AWARD OF BID #14-13 STREET SIGNAGE
RESOLUTION 2014-113 AWARDING ANNUAL BID # 14-13 FOR THE 2014/2015 FISCAL YEAR TO UNIVERSAL SIGNS AND ACCESSORIES, INC.; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the award of Bid #14-13 to Universal Signs and Accessories, Inc. for the 2014/2015 Fiscal Year.
5.3. AWARD OF BID #14-14 STREET PATCHING & PAVING AND #14-15 SIDEWALKS, RAMPS & CURBS
RESOLUTION 2014-114 AWARDING ANNUAL CONTRACTS FOR STREET PATCHING & PAVING UNDER BID #14-14 TO KUDZUE 3 TRUCKING, INC. FOR THE 2014/2015 FISCAL YEAR; AWARDING ANNUAL CONTRACTS FOR SIDEWALKS, RAMPS & CURBS UNDER BID #14-15 TO JAX UTILITIES MANAGEMENT, INC. FOR THE 2014/2015 FISCAL YEAR; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the award of Bid #14-14 to Kudzue 3 Trucking, Inc. for the 2014/2015 Fiscal Year and approves the award of Bid #14-15 to Jax Utilities Management, Inc. for the 2014/2015 Fiscal Year.
5.4. AWARD OF BID #14-16 STONE AGGREGATE AND #14-17 LIMEROCK
RESOLUTION 2014-115 AWARDING ANNUAL CONTRACT FOR 57 STONE AGGREGATE UNDER BID #14-16 TO MID-FLA HAULING, INC. FOR THE 2014/2015 FISCAL YEAR; AWARDING ANNUAL CONTRACT FOR LIMEROCK UNDER BID #14-17 TO MYERS TRACTOR SERVICE FOR THE 2014/2015 FISCAL YEAR; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the award of Bid #14-16 to MID-FLA Hauling, Inc. for the 2014/2015 Fiscal Year and approves the award of Bid #14-17 to Myers Tractor Service for the 2014/2015 Fiscal Year.
5.5. AWARD OF BID #14-18 ASPHALT MILLING & RESURFACING
RESOLUTION 2014-116 AWARDING ANNUAL CONTRACT FOR S-1 AND S-111 ASPHALT MILLING & RESURFACING BID # 14-18 FOR THE 2014/2015 FISCAL YEAR TO HUBBARD CONSTRUCTION CO.; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the award of Bid #14-18 to Hubbard Construction Co. for the 2014/2015 Fiscal Year.
5.6. AWARD OF BID #14-19 COLD MIX
RESOLUTION 2014-117 AWARDING ANNUAL CONTRACT FOR COLD MIX BID # 14-19 FOR THE 2014/2015 FISCAL YEAR TO DUVAL ASPHALT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the award of Bid #14-19 to Duval Asphalt for the 2014/2015 Fiscal Year.

6. PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA

7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1. CLARIFICATION OF RESOLUTION 2013-50 ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR COMCAST METRO-E AND PRI SERVICES
RESOLUTION 2014-118 CLARIFYING RESOLUTION 2013-50 TO INCLUDE COMMUNICATIONS SURCHARGES AND TAXES THEREBY INCREASING THE TOTAL MONTHLY CHARGE TO $1,005.60 FOR COMCAST METRO E AND PRI SERVICES; CLARIFYING THE FUND ALLOCATION FOR THESE COSTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves payment of the Communications Surcharges and Taxes in the amount of approximately $167.60 not specified/included in Resolution 2013-50, and approves the allocation of the cost for service to various funds according to use and annual budget amounts.
7.2. BUDGET AMENDMENTS
RESOLUTION 2014-119 APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO THE BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves eight budget amendments to ensure expenditures do not exceed budget on a line by line basis for fiscal year ended September 30, 2014; and together the Sanitation and Marina budget amendments increase the total City budget from $98,684,500 to $98,802,500.
7.3. AGREEMENT APPROVAL – JACOBS SCHOLZ & ASSOCIATES, LLC
RESOLUTION 2014-120 APPROVING A LOBBYING SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND JACOBS SCHOLZ & ASSOCIATES, LLC FOR STATE AND FEDERAL LOBBYING SERVICES FOR FY 2014/2015; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the lobbying services agreement with Jacobs Scholz & Associates, LLC, attached hereto as Exhibit “A”.
7.4. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) APPLICANT APPROVAL
RESOLUTION 2014-121 APPROVING FOUR ELIGIBLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) APPLICANTS, AS A CONDITION FOR RECEIVING THE SMALL CITIES HOUSING REHAB CDBG AWARD OF $700,000; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves four (4) CDBG Housing Rehabilitation and Demolition Program applicants.

8. BOARD APPOINTMENT
8.1. CRA ADVISORY BOARD – 1 APPOINTMENT

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

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Raising a Confident Teen Requires Active Parenting

Raising a Confident Teen Requires Active ParentingIt is not uncommon for teens to test the waters as they struggle to find their own identities. Raising a Confident Teen Requires Active Parenting. Peer pressure and low self-esteem can lead to self destructive behaviors such as smoking or alcohol use. Society places a lot of expectation on our youth. Boys are expected to excel at sports and girls are expected to be pretty and thin. Girls mature faster than boys by about two years enhancing their need to feel attractive and become popular. A study released by SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) showed that self esteem is indeed an influential factor when dealing with peer pressure. Confident and positive teens are less likely to use drugs and alcohol, substances that teens often use to make them “feel good”.

Some activities instill more confidence than others. Familiarity breeds contentment. If your teen has goals that are important to them as an individual, but they excel in other areas, they may feel inadequate in pursing their personal goals. As parents, we have to find out what their priorities are, what is their list of interests, and help them find ways to improve those areas of their life. Permissive parenting does not work. You have to take the lead role and be the parent!

If your son, for example, wants to be an artist, but just happens to be awesome on the baseball field, consider enrolling him in a art class so he can pursue his challenging interests. Let him experience art! Being a teenager is tough. We need to permit them the personal experience of chasing their own dreams or aspirations. Just because your son is good at baseball doesn’t translate to him having a passion to play the game. Baseball for him comes easy, just like math comes easy to others.

Chores can also help your teen build their self esteem. As they age, they can – and should, handle more cross-gender responsibilities. Teach your daughter how to operate the lawn mower and change the oil on the family car. Teach your son how to cook and use the sewing machine. As they accomplish new tasks outside of their day-to-day routine, they gain more confidence.

The teen years are when we think we are supposed to step back and let them develop some independence, and that is true. Teens need to learn to make right and wrong choices. Let them learn from their own bad decisions and follow through with reasonable punishment when warranted. You want your kids to learn to trust themselves. Let them help make family decisions and listen to their opinions. Let them help establish their curfew, their allowance, when it is too late to be on the telephone, or how much time is too much time spend in front of the television or computer screen. If a few years they will be an active part of a society that has rules. While they are learning to become adults, teen appreciate boundaries. They know they are not yet ready to be set free! Having a curfew, or a limit on text messages, lets them be responsible for themselves, but within safe boundaries. As they comply, they are learning to make appropriate choices within a set of boundaries, and how to stay off of restriction.

As your teen shows good judgement by following the rules, you can loosen the reins a little. If too much freedom gets them into trouble, then you know they still need tighter rules. If you give them too much rope and they get tangled up in it, then it is time to shorten the rope. As you see they have mastered life using the shorter rope, go ahead and try it again. Eventually, they will graduate high school and move with full control of their lives… with no rope or net to catch them at all!

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Book Yourself and Start Earning Money Today

Book Yourself and Start Earning Money TodayI have a very resourceful relative who has been out of steady work for a bit of time. Well, she decided to make money by booking herself and Boy, did it pay off! Here is her simple plan if you want to try and make some dependable cash income for yourself.

She took out an advertisement in a local pet friendly magazine that went something like this:

Personal Assistant, she listed her name, two contact numbers and an email address.

Next, she listed all of the things she is good at by category.
Household: Laundry, packing, unpacking, drop off or pick-up services, party preparations, plant watering, light cleaning, light food preparation and so on.
Pet Related: Dog walking, feeding, brushing, visiting, administering medications and the like.
Do It Yourself: Curtain rod and picture hanging, organizing closets, cleaning the garage, light gardening, and rearranging furniture.
Seamstress: Hemming, mending, alterations if you have lost weight and can no longer wear your favorite clothing.
Computers: Introduction to, email, surfing the web, data entry, basic filing.

Near the end of the ad she put in big bold letters, WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

She closed with the basic detailed information regarding her fees and expectations, “12.00 per hour, not a health care provider nor strictly a cleaning service.”

She is booked six days a week for the next ten weeks and is thrilled with the variety of work she is doing. She is working for herself, setting her own hours, and extremely happy.

If someone calls for something she cannot do, she will admit that right up front, also she does not take risks. Anything dangerous or hazardous she wants no part of, but she has turned out to be quite the entrepreneur.

So, the next time you find yourself whining because you cannot find a job, simply make one for yourself based on your own set of skills. As you can see in this example, when you think about it, you have plenty of talent that others will pay you for. Start today and make money by booking yourself.

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Local Technology Firm Doubles in Size With Acquisition

Local Technology Firm Doubles in Size With Acquisition FERNANDINA BEACH, FL Maxis360, a Fernandina Beach headquartered firm that supplies and manages computer and telecommunications technology infrastructure for organizations throughout the Southeastern US and the Caribbean, announced today that it has nearly doubled in size and added additional product lines with the acquisition of Panama City-based Inacomp.

Inacomp, which also provides and manages computer and telecommunications network infrastructure, adds an additional 250 customers in a new geographic market to Maxis360’s client roster. Approximately 15 Inacomp employees were added by Maxis and they will service current and new clients.

“Current and future customers of both Maxis360 and Inacomp are the beneficiaries of this acquisition as it provides them with additional professional experience and a wider selection of products and services from a single source,” says Chris Ghosio Maxis360’s CEO. “Because the two companies have had a long-standing relationship and similar corporate cultures, the integration of the two firms will be very smooth,” he adds.

Inacomp has served clients in the Northwest Florida area for more than 30 years, starting as a retail operation selling IBM’s first personal computer in 1983. It grew with the industry and developed partnerships with other technological industry leaders to become a full-service provider of computer networks and voice systems. It is is one of the leading technology firms in Northwest Florida serving clients ranging from financial institutions to large government organizations.

In addition to the geographic expansion the acquisition also adds several product lines including structured cabling and “smart office” technology to Maxis360’s product offerings.

Acquisition pricing details were not disclosed by the two privately held companies.

About Maxis360

Maxis360, a Fernandina Beach FL based company, helps businesses and other enterprises organize and secure their technological requirements by designing, installing, managing and maintaining their technology infrastructure. Working with a variety of firms ranging from newspaper publishers and airlines to health care enterprises and travel agencies, Maxis 360 incorporates their diverse communications services into a compatible structure including employing harmonious wireless and wire-line networks; complying with and implementing confusing and complex government standards; staffing help desks; round-the-clock monitoring; and insuring the security of the entire system. In addition to its Fernandina Beach, FL headquarters, the firm has offices and facilities in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Coral Springs and Charlotte, NC. For more information go to www.maxis360.net.

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Farmers Market News for August 30th in Fernandina

Farmers Market News for August 30th in FernandinaThe Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market, A/K/A the Amelia Island Market Place, will be open August 30, 2014, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Located on N. 7th Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, the farmers’ market brings a wide variety of fresh and delicious produce, plants, soaps, sauces, breads, honey, spreads and more to our lovely, seaside community.

Returning this week is Evil Seed Sauce Company. Karen and Patrick bring their award winning Big Evil BBQ, a sweet sauce with a hint of bacon that compliments chicken, burgers, and meatloaf. Their all time best selling hot sauce, Asylum – Crazy Hot Sauce, is back, too. This thick and creamy sauce is a blend of five peppers and perfect for wings, eggs and pizza.

This is the last time Chef Adam Sears, of Merge Restaurant, will be at the farmers’ market for awhile, as he is moving up the food chain further strengthening his career and reputation as an amazing expert in the culinary arts. This will be your last opportunity to stock up on his sausage and shrimp burgers. We hope you swing by and wish him well!

Sonya’s Blue Planet is back with her organic treats including quinoa, granolas and nut butters. She is an every-other-week vendor, and the Saturday mornings she is not in Fernandina Beach, shoppers truly notice her absence.

Music this week will be the sweet vocal talents of Melissa Rangel.

The Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday, rain or shine. Stop by for a visit on N. 7th Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets on Amelia Island, Florida. This is a family-friendly event and even your well behaved, leashed pets are welcome, too.

Please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com for market updates, vendor profiles and recipes. To keep up with last minute news be sure to like us on facebook. For more information call (904) 557-8229.

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Yulee’s Science First Acquires Some Assets of The Science Source

 Yulee's Science First Acquires Some Assets of The Science Source“Science First, a Yulee manufacturer of science education equipment and other products, announces the acquisition of some assets of The Science Source of Waldoboro, Maine, a manufacturer of similar equipment, from Anania and Associates, a Maine-based investment company”

Nancy Bell, President of Science First, is pleased to announce that on August 4, 2014, her company purchased some of the assets of The Science Source, a manufacturer of science education equipment located in Waldoboro, Maine. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Inventory and assets were moved immediately to Science First’s facility in Yulee, FL, since it would prove too difficult to operate in two such widely separated locations.

“This is a big acquisition for us,” states Aaron Bell, Vice President of the company and Nancy’s older son. “The Science Source has been in the same industry as us for about the same length of time (since 1960) and sells to many of the same customers. We expect to add a number of new jobs here in Florida and hope to grow the company considerably.”

“We offered the people in Maine jobs in Florida,” adds Nancy. “The problem is, of course, that people in Maine tend to love where they are living. The team in Maine was truly remarkable in terms of skill and work ethic. Several are coming to train us and may consider moving permanently when they see the fine quality of life we enjoy in Nassau County. We are also extending consulting agreements to key Science Source people and hope to benefit from an ongoing relationship with them.”

“We expect to offer our customers even better customer service, with a wider range of product,” says Nathaniel Bell, marketing director and Nancy’s younger son. “Our industry has become highly consolidated. It’s nice to think that a small business like The Science Source – started by an inventer in Maine who enjoyed making science gadgets out of local hardwood – will continue to be run by a family business.”

Science First Plant Manager Rob Exon, Purchasing Manager Lori Chorbak, and Lead Technician Jamee Johnson were instrumental in overseeing operations in Maine during the move. “Rob, Lori and Jamee really helped us pull it together. We were able to move in 3 weeks instead of the planned-for 6,” comments Nancy. “Of particular importance was the help we received from the team in Maine. They are the sort of folk who don’t stop till they’ve got the job done.”

Science First currently has 26 employees and is in its third generation of family ownership, having been founded by Nancy’s father Frank Lee in 1960. The Science Source was also founded in 1960 by Cliff Bond and later owned by Rudy Graf before its December, 2011 sale to Anania and Associates.

The Science Source brands include Daedalon (electronic products for college use); Beck (physics products at the university level); Staco (museum-quality, greatly enlarged plastic plant and animal cell models); and Linx (design technology tools, parts and kits for elementary school up). It is also the exclusive USA representative for Phywe, a German manufacturer of state of the art science education products that sell at the university level.

Science First expects to continue the manufacture of all or most of Science Science products, although many will be updated. “We’re especially interested in building upon the relationship with Phywe, since it has such a stellar reputation,” adds Aaron. “As a result, we will expand our presence at trade shows, both domestically and abroad.”

The company is seeking help for its customer service, production and warehouse operations. Interested people should contact CareerSource of Florida. It may be necessary for the firm to add on to its current 25,000 square foot facility. Science First is grateful for the able assistance of Steve Rieck, Executive Director of the Nassau County Economic Development Board; Enterprise Florida; and Nassau County Commissioners in facilitating the move of The Science Source to Florida.

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Fernandina Little Theatre’s Dearly Departed Returns

Fernandina Little Theatre's Dearly Departed ReturnsGood news for those who missed the Fernandina Little Theatre presentation of Dearly Departed, a hilarious comedy about a dysfunctional southern family, opening August 30 at 1014 Beech Street in Fernandina Beach.

The crisis for the Turpin family is the passing of the not-so-beloved family patriarch Bud. His son wants to save money on the funeral by putting the casket on top of his Impala; his daughter is only interested in the food; his sister is relishing the thought of his burning in hell for eternity; and his wife wants to have “mean and surly” put on his gravestone. This simmering Southern stew of family resentments comes to a boil at the funeral, and a family that can’t stand one another realizes they love each other more than they know.

Cast members, including both stage veterans and newcomers, are: Karen Antworth, Mike Bond, Frank Dawedeit, Arlene Filkoff, Francis Flood, Stephen France, Amelia Hart, Lily Maritz, Joe Parker, Annette Rawls and Shannon Shaw. The production is again directed by FLT Managing Artistic Director Kate Hart.

Performances of this long-running FLT hit are August 30, and September 2, 4, 5 & 6 at 7:30pm, and August 31st at 4:30pm.

Tickets are $16.50 for all performances except the Tuesday performance on September 2nd, when tickets are only $14.00. Tickets may be purchased in advance at The UPS Store, located in the Fernandina Beach Publix shopping center.

FLT is an intimate performance space, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee seating availability. For info on FLT activities and events, check our website.

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Laugh In Revue at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Laugh In Revue at Amelia Musical PlayhouseAmelia Musical Playhouse’s presentation of “Laugh in Revue” will be August 29 and 30th, at 7:30 PM.

Amelia Musical Playhouse, the newest theatre in Fernandina Beach, is presenting Laugh In Revue, a musically comic “blast from the past”, directed by Linzy Marie Lauren Kennedy. This variety show features an entertaining, nostalgic blend of comedy sketches and songs from the 60’s that will light up the end of summer. This show will bridge the generation gap while providing a wistful walk down memory lane featuring go-go dancers and a group of soloists and backup singers singing some of the favorite songs of that era.

The theatre is located at 1955 Island Walkway right off 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $15 and are available at the theatre, or on the website www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com, or call the theatre box office at 277-3455.

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Gary Williams Book Signing in St. Augustine August 30th

Gary Williams Book Signing in St. Augustine August 30thNortheast Florida – Local author Gary Williams will be to selling/signing copies of the bestselling novel Indisputable Proof.

“It’s an age-old mystery unfolding before the reader’s eyes, giving a different perspective based on recordings and findings of the past, and the way Williams and Knerly present their novel, pulling the reader into the story and causing them to question all they know, is amazing.”
– A Book Vacation Review

Gary will be available Saturday, August 30th from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Monkey Ballz Café located at 100 St. George Street, Suite F, in St. Augustine, FL.

Monkey Ballz Café
100 St. George Street, Suite F
St. Augustine, FL

About the Authors:
Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly partnered in 2008. Williams and Knerly were initially signed by a New York City literary agency but mutually agreed to part ways in 2011. That same year, they signed with Suspense Publishing based in Los Angeles, California. Williams resides in St. Augustine, Florida, and writes full time. Knerly lives in Melbourne, Florida, where she also works for Florida Institute of Technology.

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Megabite Set to Interview Remote Data Backup’s Daniel Dugal

Megabite Set to Interview Remote Data Backup's Daniel DugalLocal Entreprenuer Deryck Burnett, owner of Megabite in Fernandina Beach, has an interview scheduled with Daniel Dugal, the CEO and founder of Remote Data Backups, on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

The show can be found by using this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1IvOO9HWhu3OsLpDqenc1Q and you can click now to set a “reminder”.

Remote Data Backups, Inc. has been a leader in business-class cloud backup since 1999. The company is a HP partner and provides data backup solutions to small to mid-sized businesses. Remote Data Backups offers a cost-effective, convenient and secure way to automatically back up your critical data using HP cloud technology.

Megabite is a computer repair company on Amelia Island. They service both PC and Macs, and Deryck has quickly earned a reputation for his expertise in managed IT servies and tech support for business owners. Your data, whether personal photos, business tax documents or original art, is the most important thing on your computer. Deryck understands the serious side effects associated with lost data and can help your small to medium business prepare a disaster recovery plan.

“There have been a number of bargain basement services entering the market with a barrage of advertising.” Deryck said. “We understand that some people simply make business decisions based on price alone, but when it comes to vital needs like secure data, cheaper is NOT better! That’s like buying the cheapest parachute, life insurance or eye surgery!”

When you lose your data, you can lose your business. Remote Data Backups protects data for banks, hospitals, financial institutions, government offices, commercial businesses, mobile salespeople, home users and anyone else with important data.

What sets Remote Data Backups (RDB) apart from cheaper backup solutions?

RDB is for Business, bargain-basement backups are for home users. “Bargain” backup services are targeted toward the average home user and never claim to be suitable or adequate for protecting valuable business data.

Remote Data Backups has had a stellar history of protecting data for business clients, including over 200 recognizable franchise brands, in dozens of countries globally over the last decade.

A History of Reliable Data Protection
Most cut-rate backup services popping up recently are owned by speculative venture capital funding companies ill-equipped to handle the volume of customers brought in by expensive national marketing campaigns. And while the introductory pricing structure may seem too low to resist, once the initial round of funding expires the providers are forced to make a price hike (for example, one major provider raised their rates by 5x this spring).

24/7 Support
When clients are in a panic and need to restore data, it is essential they can call an experienced, technically-knowlegeable support person to help them through it. With a non-business backup service, support is extremely limited. It can be a major challenge not only to speak with a live person by phone — in a reasonable time frame, who is helpful and technically competent — or even access useful documentation online. It’s like booking a convention center with bargain rates for cramming 10,000 business tycoons into a room made for 100 — you may save a few bucks, but the results are bound to be disastrous.

The support staff at Remote Data Backups is readily available by phone, toll-free 24/7, with little or no hold time. Each of their technicians has been with the company for at least 3 years and came to them with over a decade of prior hands-on IT experience.

Bandwidth and Performance
Bandwidth is one major commodity backup companies need to account for. When you give unlimited space for a few bucks a month, you are forced to govern bandwidth.

Remote Data Backups provides redundant bandwidth using multiple telecom providers via world-class connections. That way they can provide nearly limitless up-and-downstream for unparalleled transfer speed and performance.

Successful, Timely Data Restores
When clients need to restore a lost file, they don’t have time to wait. A backup service is only as valuable as the reliability and timeliness of a restore.

While to the novice observer backups may seem like simple, straightforward file transfers, the complexity of restoring incremental file changes can cause problems with less-tested software. RDB can say definitively they have never lost a client’s backup data.

World-Class Data Centers and Security
Another area where low-rate backup services cut corners is the equipment and infrastructure used to store and manage your data. Outdated technologies, overloaded servers, lack of security, monitoring and redundancy can be major signs of concern.

Remote Data Backups uses the world’s most secure data centers, located in ultra-secure private limestone mines located 100-200 feet below ground and separate by 1,100 miles. All data received by either hardened Data Center is immediately replicated to its mirror – connected by point-to-point, high-speed WAN links. Data received by either Data Center is immediately replicated to the other, so an unlikely outage or disaster at one location will not affect your data availability or service performance.

Each facility uses high-performance HP Servers with fail over and redundancy, continuous server monitoring and performance tuning, assuring that storage capacity is never exceeded. We maintain best practices networking and best-of-breed routers, switches, firewalls, servers, facilities infrastructure, power grids and telecommunications circuits are all deployed with backup components to maximize fail over and redundancy.

Other physical security features include:
-Redundant power supply using backup generators with full power for up to 7 days
-Redundant completely independent electrical systems, power train, commercial power feeds, cooling system, UPS systems, dedicated A/C units, generator systems and fuel system
-Environment and climate controlled facilities, resistant to seismic activity and other natural disasters, with Class A vaults with OSHA certified fire suppression and EPA certified water treatment plants and clean air fire extinguishing systems (CAFES)
-Level 4 (highest) security rating, 24/7 armed security, maintenance & service operation
-Finger scanners for physical access, motion detectors, CCTV monitoring & camera tracking
-Failed account access attempts are logged and reviewed to prevent unauthorized access
-Privacy and Security of your Data

With such low rates, a lot companies provide cheap data storage for alterior motives – data mining. That’s right, it says right in their User Agreement that they are free to use your own “private” data for their own marketing purposes. If that doesn’t bother you, be sure to check the regulatory compliance laws that affect your industry. If you use a data backup company that mines your data, you won’t pass an audit and can face serious fines and penalties for compromising the privacy and security of your clients’ private data.

With Remote Data Backups, you set your own private encryption key, which they never have access to. Your data is encrypted before leaving your computer, in transit and stored at their data centers, using bank-level 128-bit AES encryption, so without the key it cannot be accessed.

Bottom Line:
How valuable is your clients’ data, and your reputation? Can you risk your clients’ data, and your reputation, on an unproven, cut-rate backup service just to save a few bucks?

Dugal is excited to announce, “All HP StoreEasy storage devices sold will have Remote Data Backup’s LiveVault hands-free-trial displayed as an option during setup. Links on the StoreEasy desktop and start-up menu will also point to www.remotedatabackups.com/livevault.”

There are a variety of external hard drives and flash drives available to backup your data, but they all have disadvantages, which I shared in an article earlier this summer: Disadvatages of External Hard Drive and Flash Drive Backups.

Listening in on Daniel and Deryck’s conversation promises to be much more than an education in backing up your important data.

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2014 Georgia vs Florida Rates on Amelia Island

Georgia vs Florida Rates on Amelia IslandGet Your Game On with Special Rates and Offers on Amelia Island During the Georgia vs. Florida Football Weekend

Amelia Island, FL – On Saturday, November 1, the University of Georgia Bulldogs and University of Florida Gators will hold their annual rivalry game at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Football fans from both teams will enjoy Amelia Island’s all-star line-up of special offers, discounts and a chance to win a three-day vacation. Located 45 minutes from downtown Jacksonville, Amelia Island is home to several award-winning hotels, resorts, and inns offering discounted packages. Gator and Bulldog fans can turn a game day trip into a weekend getaway or enjoy watching the game from the comfort of their hotel room or favorite sports bar.

Amelia is also running the “Gridiron Getaway” contest in which one lucky fan will win a three-day, two-night stay at Omni Amelia Island Plantation and two tickets to the Florida vs. Georgia football game on November 1 as well as round-trip transportation to the game. To enter the contest, visit www.floridageorgiaweekend.com.

The following packages and specials are available:
-Stay at the Amelia Hotel at the Beach with a special starting rate of $149 and enjoy a Manager’s Reception on Friday evening (Oct. 31). Sunday’s breakfast for guests will also include $4 mimosas and Bloody Marys. ameliahotel.com

-Amelia Rental and Management Services is offering a 10 percent discount on stays of three or more nights at their popular rental properties located on Amelia Island Plantation, Summer Beach Resort and Surf & Racquet Club, during the Georgia vs. Florida Football Weekend. ameliarentals.com

-The 11-room Amelia Island Williams House is providing Gator and Bulldog fans with a 15 percent discount. Guests can enjoy the inn’s daily breakfast and evening social. williamshouse.com

-ERA Fernandina Beach Realty Vacation Rentals, along with Amelia by the Sea, Oceans of Amelia and Amelia South, is featuring a 15 percent discount for the Georgia vs. Florida Weekend. The discount will apply to stays between October 29 and November 1 on select properties for reservations made on or after August 18. Ameliavacations.com

-The Hampton Inn at the Beach is offering a special $1 rate for Sunday, November 2 for guests who stay Friday and Saturday night. Rates start at $159 plus tax, for Friday and Saturday nights and include complimentary breakfast each day. Offer is only available by calling the hotel directly at 904-321-1111. ameliaislandhamptoninn.com

-The Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Fernandina Beach is featuring guests a festive Bulldog and Gator welcome reception on Friday, Oct. 31. The reception, held from 4 to 7 p.m., will feature complimentary beer and wine, as well as an assortment of food and game day paraphernalia. hamptoninnameliaisland.com

-The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering fans of both teams a special overnight package, including luxurious accommodations, transportation to and from the Georgia vs. Florida game, tickets to the property’s Georgia vs. Florida Bash, and arrival amenity with tasty treats representing each state. The property will also be offering a number of special events during the weekend, including a pumped up bash on Friday night, spa services tailored to devoted fans, and a special sale at The Shops. omniameliaislandplantation.com

-The Residence Inn Amelia Island is gearing up for the return of one of the biggest college football rivalries with rates starting at $159 per night. Guests will receive all the Florida and Georgia fan party favors they can handle, an invitation to a Kickoff Cookout on Friday night, as well as the hotel’s full, hot complimentary breakfast, free island shuttle, evening socials, and more. Must visit http://bit.ly/1lRXTGV or call 866-245-6099 to book. residenceinnameliaisland.com

In addition to the packages, guests can celebrate before the big game by participating in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Florida-Georgia Bash. Taking place on Friday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m., the event will feature live music from the Swingin’ Medallions, costume contests, food, drinks and more. Please visit www.flgabash.com for more information.

About Amelia Island:
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Consistently ranked in the top 10 North American Islands by the readers on Conde Nast Traveler, Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts.

The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; Come make memories on Amelia Island. For visitor information and online planning, visit www.ameliaisland.com.

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Visit Florida Visits Amelia Island to Fish

 Visit Florida Visits Amelia Island to FishVisit Florida is the state’s official tourism marketing company and it provides a ton of information to those visiting Florida. Tourism is one of Amelia Island’s biggest sectors, and many of the state’s attractions invest as Partners in advertising campaigns to generate more traffic for the industry.

Local resident and Charter Fishing Captain Russell Tharin took Visit Florida writer Terry Gibson on a dynamic and productive trip through the uncrowded salt marshes and shallow waters surrounding one of the best kept secrets in Northeast Florida, Fernandina Beach.

Check out the wonderful video produced when Terry went fishing with Captain Russ:

http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/videos/2014/Insider-Amelia-Island-Offers-Some-of-Floridas-Best-Fishing.html

Just another reason to love Amelia Island, Florida!

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Planning Advisory Board Meeting August 26, 2014

Planning Advisory Board Meeting August 26, 2014Here is the agenda for the Planning Advisory Board’s regular meeting on August 26, 2014. The meeting will be held at City Hall Commissioner Chambers at 204 Ash Street, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon (when most of us are at work).

Here is the agenda:
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL/DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM

3. NEW BUSINESS
3.1. DISCUSS HISTORIC DISTRICT IMPACTS
3.2. DISCUSS WETLAND AND DREDGING PROJECTS CONTAINED IN MASTER PLAN UPDATE
3.3. DISCUSS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS – APPENDIX D
4. ADJOURNMENT

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Farmers Market Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe [Video]

Farmers Market Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe Your local, Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market has been taste-testing incredible recipes using ingredients sold by the vendors on N. 7th Street.

This week we fired up the family grill and made Grilled Cheese Sandwiches using fresh, organic sourdough bread from Alex’s Bakery Ribault. Then we added pimento cheese spread from Lulu’s at the Thompson House, and then topped the sandwiches with either sweet pickle relish or a tasty pear relish made by Jane from King’s Kountry Produce.

These sandwiches were delicious!

To complete the meal, we also grilled Vegetarian Shish Kabobs and served them up alongside some tangy, homemade Cole slaw, but I’m saving those recipes for another day.

All of of the meal was produced from fresh and delicious ingredients found at the dowtown farmers’ market on Amelia Island, Florida.

Ingredients:
1 Loaf of fresh, sourdough bread from Bakery Ribault
1 Tub of plain (or spicy) pimento cheese spread from Lulu’s at the Thompson House
1 Jar of sweet pickle relish (or pear relish) from King’s Kountry Produce
1 Tablespoon butter per sandwich

Directions:
Fire up your grill on low, with a medium flame.
Slice the bread to 3/4 or one inch pieces and cut in half if needed for a smaller sandwich.
Butter the outside of each piece of bread.
Spread pimento cheese and relish on the unbutter side of the bread.
Assemble the sandwich with buttered sides on the outside and place on the grill.
Carefully, turn entire sandwich over when bread is toasty and cheese begins to melt.
Sandwiches are ready when the 2nd side is toasted, too.

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Bosque Bello Cemetery Master Plan

Bosque Bello Cemetery Master PlanFernandina Beach, FL – Over the past two years, City staff in the Community Development and Parks and Recreation Departments have been working toward creating a master plan for the management and preservation of the historic Bosque Bello cemetery. The cemetery dates to c.1798. The plan will include historical information about the cemetery, existing conditions and operations of the cemetery, and recommendations from City staff about preservation and use of the cemetery moving forward.

The Bosque Bello master planning effort is directed by two elements of the City’s Comprehensive Plan: Recreation and Open Space, and Historic Preservation. Policies in these elements recognize the need to preserve the historic cemetery while also planning for its future. For example, space is limited in the cemetery, so the City should be preparing now for how to increase space availability while retaining the historic character of the cemetery.

City staff began the master planning process during the late summer of 2012, which was greatly assisted by a group of interested citizens and stakeholders, including members of the Amelia Island Genealogical Society and Amelia Island History Museum. The working group has helped City staff gather history and information on the cemetery. From this information gathering, City staff can begin to create recommendations for inclusion in the plan.

As part of the planning process, the City asked for feedback on the cemetery through a survey open from October 2013 to January 2014. The survey questions involved people’s current understanding and usage of the cemetery and thoughts on what should occur in the future. Over 200 people responded to the survey, which was available online and in hard copy. The results were positive and indicated that a majority of respondents were in favor of improving the cemetery and making it a more visible cultural resource in the community.

Many respondents were interested in having different options besides plot burial, and supported creating a location within the cemetery for these alternative methods, such as a columbaria or scattering garden for ashes, or a memorial wall to recognize family and friends who may be buried elsewhere. There was also a desire to see the cemetery used more interactively by residents and visitors, which can help educate people on community heritage and lead to better protection of the site.

A majority of survey participants could envision Bosque Bello as a space for quiet, passive activities, such as meditating, walking, bird watching or special events such as historical walking tours. Survey respondents also believed that information about the history and location of graves, available via kiosk, mobile app or interpretive signage, would greatly enhance a visit to the cemetery and aid in helping family members locate relatives. The top concerns regarding the cemetery were: maintenance of headstones and walls; landscaping and tree preservation; vandalism; and running out of space.

This summer, two graduate student interns from the University of Florida, Erin Minnigan and Belinda Nettles, were instrumental in completing necessary research and mapping for the plan. It is staff’s goal to have a public workshop on the plan this fall, and present a finalized version of the plan to the City Commission by the end of 2014 or early 2015. This plan will help ensure that proper stewardship is provided for the care and maintenance of the cemetery in years to come.

For more information, contact Adrienne Burke at (904) 310-3135 or aburke@fbfl.org or Cemetery Coordinator Meredith Jewell at (904) 310-3350 or mjewell@fbfl.org.

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