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Crane Island Now Open for Sales on Florida’s Amelia Island

Amelia Island, FL – Crane Island has officially begun sales for its 72-acre master planned community, located on northeast Florida’s Amelia Island – consistently rated among the top island destinations in North America. With panoramic coastal views, The Range at Crane Island is first new development on Amelia Island with deep-water access to the Intracoastal Waterway in 15 years. It is also the island’s last waterfront land available for new home construction with boat access, making Crane Island a rare opportunity to own part of Amelia’s enviable island lifestyle. The gated community will include 110 homesites starting from $300,000.
 
“Crane Island offers a magnificent natural setting and is ideally situated at the heart of Amelia Island, making it arguably one of the most desirable properties available on the Eastern seaboard today,” said Vann Simmons, Director of Sales for Crane Island. “Here you can enjoy the benefits of your investment while living in one of the world’s top vacation destinations.”
 
Developed by long-time Amelia Island residents Saad Wallan and Jack B. Healan, Jr., Crane Island is designed as a low-impact development with minimal disturbance to the natural environment. Graced by spectacular old-growth trees and undisturbed lands, Crane Island offers homesites with stunning views of water, protected marshes and a manicured park. The developers aim to create a small, but vibrant neighborhood that is surrounded by an extensive waterfront park. “It’s the perfect locale for socializing, relaxing, and creating memories to last a lifetime,” said Healan. “And with quick access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Nassau Sound, it’s ideal for enjoying life on the water.”
 
The development will also include a private clubhouse, day dock, pool and walking paths. In addition, residents will have the opportunity for exclusive membership at Amelia Island Club, which includes privileges at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation for world class golf, spa, dining, tennis, beach service and more.
 
Crane Island features beautiful wooded lots for custom homes, as well as a limited number of builder residences. Builders for the development will include Rutenberg Homes, Pineapple Corporation and Lendy Homes. 
 
Crane Island Sales Team expects final sales to close by the end of summer with new home builds to begin this fall. For more information about Crane Island or real estate opportunities, visit www.CraneIsland.com or call 904-432-8390.
 

Fernandina Accepting Bids for IT Security Assessment

The City of Fernandina Beach is seeking proposals for a vendor to conduct security assessments of the City’s existing IT infrastructure. The vendor awarded the contract will assist the City in determining our current and potential future security risk profile so an appropriate set of responses can be developed. The anticipated list of vulnerabilities to be evaluated may include but is not limited to:

• Network penetration
• Social Engineering vulnerability
• Policies and practices as they pertain to 3rd party support entities
• Internal policies and practices
• Application vulnerability, internal and public-facing
• Sensitive data vulnerability
• PCI Compliance

Publication Date/Time January 13, 2017, 12:01 PM
Closing Date/Time February 06, 2017, 2:00 PM

For more information, please contact Patti Clifford in writing at pclifford@fbfl.org.

Vaccinating the Future, TEDxFSCJ

TEDxFSCJ Announces Upcoming Salon: Vaccinating the Future

TEDxFSCJ will host a salon exploring the critical role vaccines play in promoting public health.

Recent advances in vaccine research have laid the groundwork for addressing many of the key public health issues of the 21st century. Yet vaccines have also proved a source of popular misunderstanding, and ever-new outbreaks of infectious disease challenge researchers and practitioners alike to keep pace with a globally interconnected health environment.

The evening includes a panel discussion with Dr. Keith Knutson, a leading cancer researcher at the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Pauline Rolle, the medical director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County. Co-hosted by Florida State College at Jacksonville professors Dr. Dianne Fair and Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay, the salon will provide insight into how a vaccine is brought to market, how vaccines are tested for safety, the challenges of getting vaccines to the public and new hope for using vaccines to fight cancer.

Join the conversation with cutting-edge researchers and dedicated public health workers committed to growing healthy communities.

For more information, visit http://www.tedxfscj.com/.

WHEN: Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville Deerwood Center-Performance Theatre, Room G-1709
9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Learn to Pilot Your Drone at FSCJ

YULEE, FL – In response to the rising popularity in drones, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) will offer a course at the FSCJ Nassau Center designed to prepare students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot knowledge test to earn their FAA Remote Pilot Certificate for commercial drone operation.

The course will be held on Saturday, January 14 and Saturday, January 28, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The class will meet for a total of 12 hours, six hours on each Saturday. Weather and time permitting, demonstration flights may be flown at the end of the classes.

Topics covered in the course include airspace, sectional charts, communications, aviation weather and reports, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) safety, decision making and Part 107 rules governing commercial operations of small unmanned aerial systems.

Registration for the course is $95. The FSCJ Nassau Center is located at 76346 William Burgess Blvd, Yulee, FL. For more information or to register, contact FSCJ Continuing Education at (904) 357-8910.

About FSCJ
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, nonprofit higher education institution that offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to meet the education and training needs of more than 50,000 students per year.

NYT Best Selling Author Comes to Amelia Island’s Book Loft

We are thrilled to share that New York Times bestselling author Karen White is coming to the Book Loft on Amelia Island to promote the beloved Tradd Street Series, THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY (Berkley Hardcover; January 10, 2017; 9780451475237). White is the author of twenty previous novels, including Flight Patterns and The Forgotten Room which was an instant New York Times bestseller.

White has always been charmed by the brick-walked streets of Charleston, its beautiful architecture and its rich history. So, when it came time for White to write a series about complicated characters with a side of spooky lore, she knew just where to set it. And so began the story of Melanie Middleton, a Charleston realtor with a special gift, in The House on Tradd Street. THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY picks up on the picturesque streets of Charleston after Melanie has given birth to twins, and is married to the love of her life, Jack Trenholm. Melanie’s maternity leave has reached its end and she is less than thrilled to return to work, especially when she’s awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end, and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for over a year are about to invade her life once more. But, Melanie’s return to the realty office goes better than expected, with a new client eager to sell her recently inherited home on South Battery. Despite her stroke of luck, Melanie can’t deny that spirits have started to appear to her again. And while she knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past, some secrets refuse to stay buried. THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY is the perfect addition to the Tradd Street series, reuniting fans with their quirky doughnut-loving, schedule-obsessed heroine.

Certain to delight long-time fans of the series, and easy to jump into for newcomers, THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY is another winner from the “ultimate voice of women’s fiction” (Fresh Fiction).

Karen White will be speaking at The Book Loft located at 214 Centre Street from 12:30 until 2 p.m. on January 20, 2017. Dessert and tea will be served.

Charming and complex living characters, combined with unsettled ghosts that balance uncanny creepiness with very human motivations, keep this story warm, real, and exciting.” – Publishers Weekly

White’s latest will keep you in its grip from first page to last.” – RT Reviews

A book with the right combination of chills, thrills and romance.” – Huffington Postkaren-white-books

Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Opens The Lobby Bar Christmas Eve

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island hopes you will experience The Lobby Bar inspired by bourbon legends, featuring small batch spirits and craft cocktails. Theater and cocktail craft meld together with personal tableside infusions and lite bites, including freshly prepared sushi, sashimi and specialty rolls.

The Lobby Bar is open daily at 12 p.m. – a cocktail experience like no other.

NEW TRADITIONS
Experience First Call when The Lobby Bar mixologist introduces the day’s small batch, house-infused spirit. The First Call infusion is available as craft cocktail until that day’s spirit is sold out.

Reserve the Legends Table, a private banquette with a personalized cocktail menu that includes a small batch tasting flight, signature cocktail, sushi presentation and rare spirits.

Request the Reserve Menu including the exclusive Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Advance reservations are required through Leisure Reservations, 904-277-1087.

FRESH SUSHI, SASHIMI AND SPECIALTY ROLLS
Their sushi chefs prepare delectable sushi, sashimi and artful sushi rolls made with the freshest seafood available. House specialties include the Amelia roll with shrimp tempura and spicy tuna and lobster and scallop crudo.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE LOBBY BAR
Celebrate the New Year with a Gatsby themed party on New Year’s Eve in The Lobby Bar. Experience infused drinks, artful cocktails and the sushi bar. The night includes a DJ, complimentary champagne toast, party favors and fireworks. Dress in Gatsby-style clothing and enter the costume contest.

No cover charge, reservations not required.

RESTAURANT WEEK FINALE: A BOURBON AFFAIR
On January 28th, Amelia Island’s Restaurant Week concludes with A Bourbon Affair event at The Lobby Bar. Sample small batch and house-infused bourbons and craft-cocktails while enjoying small plates from our fresh sushi and sashimi menu. The evening includes select wines and hors d’oeuvres, plus presentations from visiting mixologists, cigar roller and a glassblower with live demonstrations.

For reservations call 904-277-1087.

AFTER DINNER DELIGHTS IN THE LOBBY BAR
End your evening at The Lobby Bar for after dinner specialty drinks, house-made desserts, fine ports and cigars.

FEATURED AFTER DINNER DRINKS
Salted Caramel Martini, a decadent martini with Absolut Vanilla, silky White Chocolate Godiva and salted caramel syrup. Espresso Martini, a combination of vanilla infused vodka, White Chocolate Godiva, espresso and Baileys Irish Cream blend together to create the perfect dessert martini.

CORDIALS AND PORTS
You will find a variety of cordials that include everything from Hennessy to Louis XIII de Remy Martin to Baileys and Grand Marnier. Enjoy an after dinner port from a selection including Graham’s 1980, Cockburn’s Reserve and Warre’s 1985.

CIGARS
The Lobby Bar offers a variety of fine cigars; their selection includes: The Classic Churchill, a medium bodied cigar with a light, creamy and nutty flavor. The Davidoff Millenium Blend Toro, a full flavored cigar with notes of chocolate, caramel and a little spice.

If you’ve worked up an appetite, The Lobby Bar offers sushi and sashimi until 10 p.m

REMINDER: The Belle of Amherst at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Back by popular demand, and benefiting Friends of the Library’s Capital Campaign, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Sinda Nichols in her “masterful performance” as Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst” on January 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Amelia Musical Playhouse and January 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Find out why Emily proclaimed, “Take all away from me, but leave me ecstasy!” Ms. Nichols first performed, “The Belle of Amherst” in December 2010, and has toured the show at multiple theaters in and around the First Coast, the United States and in Ireland. Frequently her performances have benefited local Friends of the Library in honor of Emily Dickinson’s extraordinary contribution to literature.

Wherever Ms. Nichols performs, audiences have one thing to say about her “energizing and uplifting” performance as Emily Dickinson, “Don’t miss it! Do whatever you have to do to see it!” Her “spellbinding performance” takes the audience on an unforgettable journey over 40 years. Bursting with humor, wisdom and enormous energy, “The Belle of Amherst” reveals the many secrets of our most enigmatic poet. Ms. Nichols brings not only Emily to life, but also over a dozen of the poet’s family, friends and loves. This “exquisitely intelligent” performance leaves the audience, “seduced, captivated and uplifted.”

William Luce’s extraordinary play weaving together letters and poems won Julie Harris a Tony Award in 1977. Unique and intimate, this play invites the audience into the home of Emily Dickinson’s parlor as she lifts the veil on the greatest joys and deepest sorrows of her life.

Tickets are available online at www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com or by phoning 904-277-3455.

Friends of the Library Offers FREE Presentation on Community Hospice

Friends of the Library is offering a FREE presentation led by Maureen Paschke, a specialist in social gerontology, who will inform participants about Community Hospice and its services for patient care and family needs.

Ms. Paschke is an expert in the non-medical aspects of aging and has led bereavement support groups for those who find themselves alone. Participants will also learn about palliative care and what that means for patients and their loved ones.

This FREE program is brought to the community by the Education Committee of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library. It will be held in the Fernandina Beach Library’s Meeting Room at 24 North 4th Street, on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. You may register at the Library or call the Library at 904-277-7365.

For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.

Amelia Island Prepping for Ninth Annual Restaurant Week

Amelia Island, FL – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island will host its ninth annual Restaurant Week, Jan. 20-29. The 10-day culinary showcase will feature culinary events and fixed lunch and dinner menus at a wide selection of the island’s most popular and award-winning dining establishments. The lunch option is $12 per person and includes an entrée, side and a non-alcoholic beverage, while the dinner option (priced at either $21 or $31 per person) includes three courses and a beverage. Menus, restaurant listings, special event information and discounted hotel packages can be found online at www.ameliaisland.com/yummy.

“Restaurant Week has become one of our most anticipated annual events and is the perfect time for hungry visitors and locals try some of the island’s new culinary hotspots and enjoy their old favorites,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This Restaurant Week will include several new tours, cooking classes and other events we’ve added to the menu.”

Among the new 2017 Amelia Island Restaurant Week special events is the “Distillers Dinner” on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, a playful reflection of clear, blonde and brown spirits to kick-off the week. Executive Chef Daven Wardynski and his culinary team will highlight the distillation process of each spirit and how it relates to flavors of our island in the winter. The four-course dinner will focus on Vodka, Gin, Whiskey and Rum, each course mindfully paired with a cocktail. Tickets for the dinner are $100 and available by calling 904-432-1467.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island will wrap up Restaurant Week with “A Bourbon Affair,” a craft cocktail event at the Lobby Bar, celebrating specialty spirits. Starting at 7:30 p.m., guests will sample small-batch and house-infused bourbons, whiskeys and craft cocktails while enjoying small plate selections of fresh sushi and sashimi. The evening includes select wines and hors d’ oeuvres, as well as presentations from visiting Mixologist Bob Peters and The Ritz-Carlton’s Head Mixologist Johnny Love. Additional tableside infusions and flights of select bourbons, scotches and sakes will be available. Tickets are available for $125 per person by calling 904-277-1087.

Available again this year is a Mixology Tour with Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tours. With available dates throughout January, the tour includes stops at four local bars. At each stop, guests will learn about the bar’s history and enjoy a specially prepared cocktail. Tickets are available for $45 per person by calling 904-330-5746.

During Restaurant Week, aspiring chefs can attend cooking classes hosted by the Amelia Island Culinary Academy. Available themed classes include Parisian Café, Hands-On Pasta Making, a Farmer’s Market Tour & Class, as well as a Children’s Pasta Camp, ideal for a parents’ night out. For information, please call (904) 515-6863.

Nearly 30 of the island’s most popular restaurants are participating in the 2017 Amelia Island Restaurant Week, providing fixed menus for either lunch, dinner or both. The list of participating restaurants currently includes:

29 South Eats Gilberts Underground Kitchen Marina Seafood Restaurant
Bar Zin Hola Cuban Café Oceanside
Brett’s Waterway Café Horizons The Patio Place
Burlingame Restaurant Jack & Diane’s Café Pi Infinite Combinations
Cafe Karibo Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro The Salty Pelican
Ciao Bistro La Mancha Restaurant The Surf Restaurant & Bar
Coast at The Ritz-Carlton Le Clos of Amelia Island Verandah
Crab Trap Lechonera El Coqui Cucina South Italian Bistro
Lucas on Centre España Restaurant & Tapas Lulus

For a complete listing of menus, participating restaurants, special event information and discounted hotel packages, visit www.ameliaisland.com/yummy.

FSCJ to Host Community Conversation Series

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) will host the first of a three-part Community Conversation Series in an effort to provide an open dialogue forum for the College’s internal and external community.

Following the success of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s (JSO) “Coffee with a Cop” program at FSCJ, the College aims to further assist in strengthening community relations with the introduction of this series.

The opening forum of the Community Conversation Series will explore the state of
relations between Jacksonville’s community and the law enforcement officers that
serve to protect it.

Students and community members will have the opportunity to pose questions and offer solutions on topics ranging anywhere from legal implications to psychological and sociological impacts.

A panel of FSCJ faculty members will provide interdisciplinary perspectives. Faculty members include:

* Director of Security Gordon Bass
* Professor of Psychology Dr. Penny Devine
* Professor of Criminal Justice Kimberly Hall
* Professor of Legal Studies Dr. Nick Martino
* Professor of Sociology Dr. JR Woodward

FSCJ faculty will be joined on the panel by Assistant Chief T.K. Waters with the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office.

Students from the University of North Florida (UNF), Edward Waters College (EWC),
Jacksonville University (JU) as well as regional community members are encouraged to attend.

For more information and to RSVP no later than Monday, December 5, contact Barry Summers via email or by calling (904) 381-3436.

WHEN:
Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 6 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Florida State College at Jacksonville Kent Campus-Room D-120
3939 Roosevelt Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Hickox Now President of Florida Property Appraisers

Nassau County, FL – Property Appraiser A. Michael Hickox has been elected by his peers to serve as the President of the Florida Association of Property Appraiser’s.

The Florida Association of Property Appraiser’s (FAPA) is a statewide professional organization composed of locally elected, constitutionally authorized Property Appraisers. The mission of FAPA is to actively work with the Florida Legislature by providing technical assistance and advice in drafting ad valorem legislation affecting Florida citizens and property appraiser’s offices.

Hickox, took the position last month and is ready for the challenges ahead. “My goal is to ensure that property tax policies will benefit citizens throughout the state. Our organization will do this by effectively advocating for residential and commercial property owners.”

Hickox previously served as the organizations President-Elect and Legislative Committee Chairman where he met with legislators regarding proposed policies affecting property valuation and property tax exemptions.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Ceremony and Display

December 1, 2016, you have the opportunity to join others and remember our brothers and sisters lost to HIV/AIDS and offer hope to those who live with HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Ceremony and Display
12:00PM Event Is Free and open to the public
Atrium of Jacksonville City Hall
117 W Duval Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Service of Remembrance and Hope
A nondenominational event to remember the lives lost to HIV/AIDS and offer hope to those who live with HIV/AIDS in anticipation of a cure and the elimination of any new infections.
7:00PM Event is Free and open to the public
Arlington Congregational Church
431 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

For more information, please visit www.neflworldaidsday.org.

The Benefits of Daily Cleaning Between Teeth

You may have seen or heard news stories suggesting that you can forget about flossing, since scientists lack solid evidence that you’ll benefit from cleaning between your teeth with a sturdy string. But many dentists may beg to differ. They’ve seen the teeth and gums of people who floss regularly and those who haven’t. The differences can be striking.

“Every dentist in the country can look in someone’s mouth and tell whether or not they floss,” says Dr. Tim Iafolla, a dental health expert at NIH. Red or swollen gums that bleed easily can be a clear sign that flossing and better dental habits are needed. “Cleaning all sides of your teeth, including between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach, is a good thing,” Iafolla says.

If dentists, and maybe even your personal experience, suggest that regular flossing keeps your mouth healthy, then why the news reports? It’s because long-term, large-scale, carefully controlled studies of flossing have been somewhat limited.

Researchers have found modest benefits from flossing in small clinical studies. For instance, an analysis of 12 well-controlled studies found that flossing plus toothbrushing reduced mild gum disease, or gingivitis, significantly better than toothbrushing alone. These same studies reported that flossing plus brushing might reduce plaque after 1 or 3 months better than just brushing.

But there’s no solid evidence that flossing can prevent periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that’s the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontitis can arise if mild gum disease is left untreated. Plaque may then spread below the gum line, leading to breakdown of bone and other tissues that support your teeth. Periodontitis develops slowly over months or years. Most flossing studies to date, however, have examined only relatively short time periods.

Another research challenge is that large, real-world studies of flossing must rely on people accurately reporting their dental cleaning habits. And people tend to report what they think is the “right” answer when it comes to their health behaviors, whether flossing, exercising, smoking, or eating. That’s why well-controlled studies (where researchers closely monitor flossing or perform the flossing) tend to show that flossing is effective. But real-world studies result in weaker evidence.

“The fact that there hasn’t been a huge population-based study of flossing doesn’t mean that flossing’s not effective,” Iafolla says. “It simply suggests that large studies are difficult and expensive to conduct when you’re monitoring health behaviors of any kind.”

While the scientific evidence for flossing benefits may be somewhat lacking, there’’s little evidence for any harm or side effects from flossing, and it’s low cost. So why not consider making it part of your daily routine?

Talk to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns about your teeth or gums. If flossing is difficult, the dentist may recommend other ways to remove plaque between teeth, such as with a water flosser or interdental cleaners. “If you need help learning how to floss, or if you don’t think you’re doing it right, your dentist or hygienist will be happy to show you how,” Iafolla says. “It helps to know the proper technique.”

Article by NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Managing Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Erin Calhoun, Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Bonnie Tabasko, and Carol Torgan.

2nd Annual Children’s Holiday Extravaganza

The 2nd Annual Friends of the Library Children’s Holiday Extravaganza will be held Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Library, 24 North 4th Street.

There will be readings of several popular holiday books and an arts and crafts station that coincides with the themes of the featured books.

There will be guest appearances from some local firemen who will let the children tour one of their firetrucks. Other surprises are also in store.

For more information, please call the library at (904) 277-7365.