City of Fernandina Beach
March 4, 2021
Stop the invasion! City of Fernandina Beach Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers will be removing invasive Kalanchoe, or “mother of millions,” from along Ocean Ave. on March 9, 2021. This plant, like all invasives, threatens the existence of valuable native dune plants along our coast.
Whether you participate in these group efforts or not, please consider removing Kalanchoe from your property by pulling and bagging it securely before disposal in order to prevent further spread. Once removed from the dunes, the threat of reintroduction from neighboring properties will remain a threat.
If you would like to assist with this volunteer effort at the City’s beach accesses, please pre-register by completing the City’s online waiver at www.smartwaiver.com/v/invasives (valid for 1 year). Meet at accesses 4N-5N off of Ocean Avenue at 9:00 am Tuesday, March 9. Long sleeves and gloves are recommended.
For more information contact Kathy Russell, email@example.com.
The City Commission approved Resolution 2021-30 authorizing the City of Fernandina Beach to assume responsibility of residential yard waste services. This transition will officially take place on April 7, 2021.
Grapple trucks will be used to pick up residential yard waste (5 cu. yards max). Citizens who bag their waste must use biodegradable bags. Biodegradable bags can be purchased at local hardware stores. Waste should be piled and placed at the edge of yards for the grapple truck to pick up. Do not mix yard debris with trash! Please also be cognizant of storm drains and other obstructions (hydrants, electrical boxes, low limbs, etc.).
Questions and concerns may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or (904) 310-3310.
Amelia Community Theatre
Submitted by Linda McClane
March 1, 2021
Amelia Community Theatre presents a comedy production for the entire family on March 5 and 6 on the main stage at 207 Cedar Street. The Peppermint Players, adult actors who perform theatre for young audiences and the “young at heart,” will perform two 30-minutes shows that entertain and introduce children to live theatre.
The first play, “All at Sea,” takes place on the beach. A fisherwoman has reeled in a blob of pollution by the name of Polly who is made up of plastic bags, soda cans, and all sorts of trash. Polly tries to help a shrimp who is being chased by a grouper and encounters a trucker turtle and surfer pelican. They all ponder the solution to pollution, and how they can protect sea creatures. The cast includes Pat Henderson, Jayne Jeney, Kay Stephens, Peggy Strickland, Jennifer Webber, and Sue Weiner.
The second show is an old-fashioned melodrama called “The Marshmallow Mystery or Marvin, Grab that Music Box because the Villain Can’t Carry a Tune.” In typical melodrama fashion, there is a villain and a hero, and the audience participates with cheers and boos as encouraged by a cat named Mellow Drummer. The melodrama cast includes Ellen Blair, John Chastine, Pat Chiarelli, Diana Herman, Billy Powell, and Chris Twiggs.
Both shows are written by Mary Leonard Hurt, retired artistic director at ACT who founded the ACT Peppermint Players in 1981. For many of ACT’s 40 seasons, the Peppermint Players performed for thousands of children and adults at daycares, preschools, elementary school, and senior centers throughout Nassau County.
ACT is excited to bring the community the 2021 version of these Peppermint Players shows, with options for in-person attendance with socially distanced seating and masks required, and livestreamed performances. Shows are at 7 p.m. on March 5 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 6. In-person tickets are $5 for children/students and $10 for adults. Livestream tickets are $5 for an individual and $15 for a household.
ACT Box office hours are from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Call 904-261-6749 or visit the theatre website, AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org for tickets and information.
Fernandina Beach Main Street will hold a Social Media and Online Sales panel discussion on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 9 to 10:30AM. This event will have limited space for in-person attendance at Fernandina Beach City Hall.
Panelists will share their experiences and provide tips for business owners and managers to use in their marketing and sales operations. The panel includes Nathalie Wu from Wicked Bao, Theresa Duncan from Villa Villekulla Toy Store, Lori Osborne from BizBolster Web Solutions, and Jenny Schaffer from Summer House Realty. Each brings expertise and experience in different areas within the professional, retail, food service, and technical fields. Kristi Dosh, lawyer turned sportswriter, personal branding expert, and author, will lead the panel through a discussion on which social media channels you should use, how often and when you should schedule posts, using reels and live video, and what’s important in a website plus much more. There will be time for Q&A as well.
This free event is open to all local businesses with limited in-person seating and an online option. In order to adhere to all government and health department guidance, masks will be required while indoors and social distancing will be in effect.
The panel discussion is free however, pre-registration is required. You can register at www.fernandinamainstreet.com. Please contact Lisa Finkelstein at email@example.com with questions.
Fernandina Beach Main Street is part of the National Main Street Program that includes more than 1,200 communities – large and small, rural and urban – in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the main street program is strengthening communities through preservation-based economic vitality in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. It is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Fernandina Beach Police Department
James Hurley, Chief
February 18, 2021
After a delay of nearly a year due to the global pandemic, members of the Fernandina Beach Police Department were rewarded by the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation with our agency’s 5th Re-Accreditation Certificate. The latest assessment of our agency took place in December and the full commission met today via Zoom with Chief Jim Hurley, Deputy Chief Mark Foxworth, and Captain Jim Norman for a final presentation and vote, and our acceptance of our most recent certification, which will next expire in 2023. The police department was first accredited in 2005.
Being accredited means that in the delivery of police services, the members of the FBPD practice the elements of 195 standards which are considered as best practices for law enforcement agencies. These standards are set by the commission, which is comprised of police chiefs, sheriffs and criminal court judges as well as city and county managers from throughout Florida. Our own Sheriff Bill Leeper is currently serving on the commission.
2/17/21 @ 6:45 p.m. - Beginning Monday, February 22, 2021, a daily road closure on Amelia Road at Simmons Road will take place from 9am-4pm for approximately one week. AJ Johns, Inc., will be making repairs to the rear entrance at the Lakeside at Amelia Island Assisted Living Facility. The work will include shoulder grading and grassing, concrete sidewalk and valley gutter removal and replacement, and milling/asphalt overlay on Amelia Rd.
The attached map shows the detour around the road closure. AJ Johns will ensure 24/7 access to homeowners within the road closure while the detour is in place. Residents of Lakeside will be required to use the main entrance from Amelia Island Parkway.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Todd Patric, Sr. Project Manager with AJ Johns, Inc., at (904) 591-2798 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Information Officer
Courtyard By Marriott Amelia Island and SpringHill Suites By Marriott Amelia Island will be hosting a job fair on Monday, February 22nd from 9am - 1pm at The Amelia Tavern, located at 318 Centre Street in Fernandina Beach.
For more information and to apply online, head over to the Facebook pages for the Courtyard Amelia Island and SpringHill Suites Amelia Island and click on 'jobs' or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fernandina Beach Library Branch
Submitted by Janet Loveless
February 10, 2021
Dr. Johnetta Cole will be the guest speaker for the Nassau County Public Library System’s Black History Month’s virtual program on Thursday, February 18 from 6-8 pm. Dr. Cole is a distinguished educator and museum professional; noted author and speaker on issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion; and a committed advocate for social justice. She currently serves as the Chair and Seventh President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), an advocacy organization with more that 2 million members, working in the interest of women’s rights and civil rights and as Special Council on Strategic Initiatives at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Dr. Cole rose to national prominence as the first African American woman President of Spelman College and, later, as President of Bennett College, making her the only person to serve as president of both historically Black colleges for women in the United States. Over the course of her career, she has held teaching and administrative positions in anthropology, women’s studies, and African American studies at several major colleges and universities.
After retiring from academia, Dr. Cole served as the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art for eight years. Dr. Cole has a long history of community service and was the first African American to serve as the Chair of the Board of United Way of America.
This county wide program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library, The Association for the Study and Preservation of African American History in Nassau County and the Nassau County Public Library System.
To join the Feb. 18th program visit the Library website at www.nassaureads.com and click on the link. For more information, please call the library at 530-6500 and select any library branch extension.
January 25, 2021
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Committee has voted to cancel the 2021 festival & parade scheduled for April 29th – May 2nd due to the current status of the Coronavirus and vaccines. This was a difficult decision, for the Executive Board and Committee Directors, to cancel the Shrimp Festival for a 2 nd year, but we have to take into account the health & safety of all of our volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and of course, the general public.
But don’t despair! The Shrimp Festival Committee is hoping to host a “Falling for Shrimp” weekend on Saturday & Sunday, October 2nd & 3rd . We have already starting planning the various aspects for this fun weekend event. We are hoping that by the fall, the virus will be in check and the vaccines are available to all ages of the general public.
Although this won’t be the normal “Shrimp Festival,” it will have numerous aspects you have grown to love and look forward to each year. There won’t be a parade or Kids Fun Zone at this event, and the footprint downtown will be smaller, but we will still have lots of shrimp to eat & enjoy! Keep checking our website and Facebook page for updates.
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival and “Home of the Modern Shrimping Industry” look forward to seeing everyone again in 2022 – “always the first weekend in May”!
Harry Harrison, Chairman
2021 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
The nominations are officially in! The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards process is an opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Nassau County. Winners will be announced and contacted during the week of February 8th.
For questions or more information, please email info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com or call (904) 261-3248.
And the nominees are...
LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Amelia Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine
Baptist Medical Center Nassau
First Port City Bank
Hot Paws Pet Grooming, Hotel & Spa
Liberty Landscape Supply
Millennium Physician Group
Orange Park Mall
Summer House Realty
MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Amelia Express Care
Joe's 2nd Street Bistro
Palm III Realty
The Hurst Company, CPAs, P.A.
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Amelia Island Adventures
Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
FASTSIGNS of Fernandina Beach
Paisley Grace Makery
SJ Brewing Company
Surcheros Fresh Grill
Villa Villekulla Toy Store
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Randy Bowman | Orange Park Mall
Michael Brooks | First Port City Bank
Mark Bullington | Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
Durand Childers | First Port City Bank
Neal & Marty Cochrane | Cochrane's Collision Center
Kerri Foster | Amelia Island Adventures
Jodi Henson | Small Business Development Center at UNF
Gil Langley | Amelia Island TDC and CVB
Octavio Martinez | Hot Paws Pet Grooming, Hotel & Spa
Kelley McCarter | Keep Nassau Beautiful
Tracy Nazzaro | Traders Hill Farm
Tim Poynter | Café Karibo
Jaret P. Rice | The Hurst Company, CPAs
James Schaffer | Summer House Realty
Jenny Schaffer | Summer House Realty
Don Shaw | Cambridge South
JoAnn Stewart | SJ Brewing Company
YOUNG BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Dr. James Antun | 8 Flags Chiropractic
Bradley Bean | Rayonier Advanced Materials
Heather Bennett | Paisley Grace Makery
Aaron Bullington | Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
Theresa Duncan | Villa Villekulla Toy Store
Darrin Eakins | Nassau Pride
Greg Franklin | Franklin Equipment Sales
Martinique Lemke | Redbones Dog Bakery & Boutique
Jacob Logsdon | Amelia Express Care
Antoinette Richter | First Port City Bank
Ricky Rochester | Meridian Waste
CUSTOMER SERVICE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Andrea Aroyo | Amelia Express Care
Pam Austin | First Federal Bank
Kathryn Bell | Millennium Physician Group
Kellie Boston | Boston Photography
Nik Bremer | Amelia Island Bait & Tackle
Aaron Bullington | Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
Amber Bullington | Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
Rachel Clark | Traders Hill Farm
Linda Crow | Crow Jewelers
Kim Ferman and Kelly Redlinski | Advanced Muscle Therapy
Dearsha Johnson | Story & Song Bookstore Bistro
Michelle Myers | Mint Magazine
Noelle Najimy | Hartke & Najimy Accounting Services
Olivia Harris | Whataburger
Amy Petroy | The Patio Place
Ricky Robbins | Amelia Island Coffee
Emiko Rocha | First Federal Bank
Jenny Schaffer | Summer House Realty
Tambre Webb | FASTSIGNS of Fernandina Beach
Nathalie Wu | Wicked BAO
NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR
Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County
Fernandina Beach Main Street
Fernandina Beach Pride
Keep Nassau Beautiful
Nassau County School System
Nassau Humane Society
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Take Stock in Children of Nassau County
Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation
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