Regional

Judge: Kessler is competent to stand trial

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Kimberly Kessler may have a personality disorder, but a judge ruled last week she is well enough to be tried for the 2018 murder of Joleen Cummings. “(Kessler) has the sufficient present ability to consult with her lawyers with a reasonable degree of rational understanding and has a rational as...

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort to suspend operations

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The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort has made the decision to temporarily shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The closure will result in a loss of roughly 1,000 local jobs, according to Amelia Island Tourist Development Council Managing Director Gil Langley. On Thursday, Langley told...

FB commissioners share their thoughts on the pandemic

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The city of Fernandina Beach is facing hard decisions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. One of the hardest was closing the beaches Saturday in order to discourage groups of people from gathering and possibly spreading the virus. But, as with most situations, much of the city’s response...

All Amelia Island beaches now closed to the public

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As of Saturday morning, there was still only one confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in Nassau County, and city and county officials expressed their intention to keep it that way. Crowds of students, tourists, and local citizens looking for a safe place to...

Businesses struggle with new mandates

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A drive around Amelia Island shows a much different community since an order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week devastated bars and turned diners out of restaurants.

Leeper: Stop panic buying

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Taking the next step to prevent the spread of coronavirus, most Nassau County county commissioners participated in a board meeting Monday evening by conference call. Physically present were Chairman Danny Leeper, County Manager and Attorney Michael Mullin, Assistant County Manager Taco Pope, Office...

County and city declare states of emergency over COVID-19

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Despite a reluctance earlier in the week to declare a state of emergency, given that the state and federal government have already done so, the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners approved at Wednesday’s meeting a state of emergency for seven days, giving the county manager and his...

Sadler Road-Seaside Park vehicle access to beach parking is closed

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Per City Manager Dale Martin, the city has closed the vehicle access to beach parking at Sadler Road-Seaside Park as of noon today: "Despite continuing public awareness efforts related to Covid-19 and social distancing, people continue to congregate. The ability of vehicles to park in the...