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National Pasta, Seafood, Vegetarian Awareness and More at Farmers Market

Autumn is a busy season and October traditionally kicks-off the start of the holiday season, but did you know there are a number of October specialties that are recognized and/or celebrated at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market? Continue reading

Farmers Market, Arts Market and Car Show in Fernandina This Saturday

October 15, 2016, brings the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market back to Amelia Island, and because we had to cancel both the farmers market and the arts market last Saturday due to Hurricane Matthew, this Saturday there will be a special “make up” edition of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market.

Never a dull place, Saturday morning will be alive with activity with the farmers market, the arts market, and the Amelia Cruizers 20th Annual 8-Flags Car Show.

This week we are showing off a couple of new vendors. One new booth you will see is local restaurant, The Patio Place. Stop and visit Amy and her crew while they serve up crepes this week as well as on October 29th. Another new vendor, Bluegrass to Sawgrass Gourmet Foods, specializes in beautifully packaged pecans that are glazed in a variety of amazing, handcrafted flavors. We encourage you to show them both a friendly Fernandina welcome!

In addition to these new vendors, this week there will be over 60 tents full of amazing vegetables, fruits, meats, seafood, dips, prepared dishes, olives, pickles, plants, trees, shrubs, rice, breads, pastries, jewelry, pottery, paintings, woodworking, apparel, home decor, furniture and so much more.

We are open rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and your well behaved leashed pets are welcome. Music will be provided by the talented Spanish guitarist Dennis Fermin, and our Booth with a Cause will be The Ben Byrns Foundation. They will be sharing information about their annual 5K Runway Rally coming to the Fernandina Beach Airport on October 22, 2016, and you can learn more about their mission to educate and guide young adults to make good choices in their lives.

For the latest information be sure to find either market on facebook or the world wide web.

Property Appraiser to Estimate Hurricane Damage

Nassau County, FL – Property Appraiser Mike Hickox, along with his field staff, began inspecting properties damaged by Hurricane Matthew immediately after the storm passed. “We are tracking structural damage throughout the county to estimate how much was adversely affected from the Hurricane,” said Hickox. “It’s hard to estimate the actual effect on value at this time, but we anticipate the properties most affected are on the Island and low lying areas in close proximity to the Island.” According to reports from the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), over 700 properties were damaged from the storm. The Property Appraiser will now begin locating those properties and monitoring their repairs to determine if they warrant a value reduction for 2017 based on the severity of the damage.

The market value is estimated based on the condition of the property as of January 1st of each year. Properties damaged from Hurricane Matthew could possibly see a reduction in their 2017 value based on the severity of the destruction if repairs are not completed by January 1st. The Property Appraiser and his staff will make every effort to locate and inspect each property, but those wishing to make the office aware of their damage may do so by calling 491-7300.

Evacuation of Amelia Island Ordered

The Fernandina Beach website has announced than an evacuation of Amelia Island, Florida, has been ordered!

“October 4, 2016 12:58 PM
Hurricane Matthew
Mandatory evacuation of Amelia Island begins Thursday, October 6th at 6:00am. Further updates will be posted here.”

Failing to evacuate, when informed to do so, is a violation of state statute.

-Once you are instructed to evacuate, you must do so without hesitation.
-All residents should have an Evacuation Plan in place before Hurricane Season.
-Keep in mind that the Shave bridge on the west side of the island may be closed to vehicular traffic when it is determined that sustained winds of 45 mph or more render it unsafe.

-Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages.
-Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
-Make transportation arrangements with friends or your local government if you do not own a car.
-Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
-Gather your family and go if you are instructed to evacuate immediately.
-Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
-Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
-Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas.
-Stay away from downed power lines.

If Time Permits…
-Gather your disaster supplies kit.
-Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap.

Secure your home:
-Close and lock doors and windows.
-Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances, such as toasters and microwaves.
-Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.
-Let others know where you are going.

Farmers and Arts Markets Scheduled to be Open October 8th

Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be CLOSED on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

October 8, 2016, brings back both the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Arts Market to historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Currently involved in a contest to be named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living, a leading authority on coastal home and travel, the City of Fernandina Beach is indeed a happy place. Continue reading

Farmers Market Tips for Customers

As we find ourselves free-falling into the holiday shopping season, there are unspoken rules in the retail world. You expect to haggle with the salesman at a car dealership, you don’t expect service at the fitting room at Bealls Outlet, and you expect to be asked your name at Starbucks. Well, farmers markets have their own set of unwritten rules and customer expectations, too. Continue reading