County Feeling Rising Fuel Costs

Rising fuel costs have caused the Nassau County Commission to restrict county employees from taking home county vehicles. Nearly 40 employees currently take their cars home. Only employees who average at least 32 after-hour service calls in a year will be authorized to drive their vehicles home, reducing the number to about 14. That is a substantial reduction in fuel and maintenance expenses for the county.

Feeding the Hungry

An 11-year-old from South Florida, Jack Davis, brought about the Florida Restaurant Lending a Helping Hand Act after learning that restaurants throw leftover food away rather than donate it because of liability concerns. Now our own, Ritz-Carlton, Read more

EMMA LOVE HARDEE WINS $10,000

GOVERNOR CRIST SIGNS BILL TO REQUIRE PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES K-5

Governor Charlie Crist signed legislation requiring that elementary students at public schools receive an average of 30 minutes physical education each day. The goal is to encourage young students to choose an active lifestyle that will last a lifetime.
“Florida has the unique potential to become a national leader Read more

Kingfish With Peanut Butter Sauce

Try this fast and easy recipe and you will never want to release another Kingfish!

In a pan, combine:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion
3 cloves garlic
A small handful of finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon each of salt, curry powder, cumin powder.
Add 2 lbs. cubed Kingfish boneless meat and sauté until tender and transparent.

In a good sized saucepan pan combine:
2 tablespoonful of peanut butter
1/2 cup water
Stir until you get a sauce consistency.

Add the kingfish and cook until it boils, being careful not to over cook the fish.
Serve over a bed of rice.

Rehabilitating Pete

A deteriorating landmark in historic Fernandina Beach, one who stood proudly as a symbol of community fellowship at the old Welcome Center at the waterfront, was recently hijacked by the Fernandina Pirates Club who coordinated the restoration and unveiling of the wooden sculpture of a pirate.

A community-wide contest to name the statue was won by the students of Emma Love Hardee and Peg Leg first took his place on October 14, 1978. Originally carved from a single ten foot piece of live oak by artist Wayne Ervin, it took the cooperative spirit of an additional two dozen volunteers and contributors to bring the historic landmark to life. Pete, as Peg Leg became fondly known, is reported to be the single most photographed icon in Fernandina Beach. When Eric Childers was the president of the Fernandina Pirates Club, he approached his crew about the project to restore their comrade and was met with an overwhelming commitment to accept the responsibility to patch up the acclaimed pirate.

Since 1973, the pirates have been responsive to the tangible needs of our community such as promoting the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, local charity events and are the sole sponsor of a scholarship contest provided each year to Nassau County High School Seniors. Though mostly thought of as fun-seekers who only hand out beads at local parades, these Pirates do a whole lot more!

But, when the club took a closer look at Peg Leg, they realized he had lost over half of his original weight and in fact, he was in worse shape than anyone had imagined. “This is going to take more than a face-lift and a paint job,” members teased. His fragile core was hollow in many places from insect damage, his rotting wood was crumbling apart and a bird had even built a nest in his weathered head. With the welding skills of Container Corporation and the professionals with the City’s Street Division, Peg Leg was transported into the care of the Pirate Club’s membership to undergo several weeks of intense rehabilitation and therapy.

On November 10, 2007, the Fernandina Pirates Club proudly unveiled Peg Leg Pete, refurbished and restored. The Sign Shoppe provided a new dedication plaque and Rafloski Photography documented the exciting event. On December 4, 2007, the City Commission of Fernandina Beach presented a formal Proclamation to the Fernandina Pirates Club in appreciation of “their efforts in restoring the City’s beloved Pirate, Peg Leg Pete, which has been a landmark in our downtown for over 30 years.”

The Pirates would like to formally thank all of those who felt connected to “rehabilitating Pete.”

Discovery lifts off for space station

CAPE CANAVERAL Shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts blasted out of the Kennedy Space Center today on a mission to deliver the last of the major science laboratories to the International Space Station.

Japan’s Kibo science complex, the largest piece of the station to be launched on a U.S. space shuttle, will join U.S., Russian and European laboratories on the orbiting outpost. Kibo will be attached to the space station on Tuesday and open for business on Wednesday if all goes as planned. The long-awaited launch of Kibo was held up, along with the overall construction of the space station, by the 2003 Columbia accident.

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