Regional

Do businesses have to disclose positive tests?

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With businesses reopening and more people testing positive for the novel coronavirus or coming down with COVID-19, citizens want to know where to avoid, if not who. So, do businesses have to tell you, as a customer, that someone who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, or was diagnosed with COVID-19, has...

‘Back the Blue’ event scheduled for tomorrow

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Amid marches and protests across the nation calling attention to police brutality, two local business owners have organized a walk in support of local law enforcement, calling the event a non-political effort to “Back the Blue.” The walk is scheduled to take place Thursday. Rick Robbins,...

The COVID-19 free testing schedule for Nassau County

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Free drive-through/walk-up diagnostic testing COVID-19 is available for everyone in Nassau County. See the schedule posted below. Please take some form of identification. Testing is available on a first come, first-served basis. According to the Florida Department of Health-Nassau...

Bid awarded for new Simmons Road park project

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The controversial Simmons Road park in Fernandina Beach moved another step toward completion on June 16 when the City Commission accepted a $320,872 bid from Cole Builders to build the park. Two commissioners voted against it, with Commissioner Chip Ross giving a laundry list of reasons he decided...

Proposed charter changes to come via mail

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Changes to the Fernandina Beach City Charter, the document that outlines how the city is managed, will be put to voters via a mail-in ballot only. That decision was made in a June 23 joint workshop between the City Commission and the Charter Review Committee, which was tasked with reviewing the...

Oasis pitches its marina management proposal

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Earlier this year, the city of Fernandina Beach received five proposals from companies that want to lease or manage the Fernandina Harbor Marina. Oasis, the firm whose offer was rated best by another private firm, gave a presentation about its proposal to the city’s Marina Advisory Board last...

Osprey Village stays vigilant against virus

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Osprey Village, an independent living facility on Amelia Island, can boast of an increasingly rare accomplishment: As of Wednesday, June 24, none of its staff or residents had tested positive for the coronavirus. As part of a movement across the country to reopen, the independent and assisted...

Local mounds spark curiosity and research

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Curiosity may have killed the cat but it can also lead to adventure. For the 50 years that I lived in Key Largo, I explored the Everglades, Big Cypress Swamp, thousands of mangrove trails and Fakahatchee Strand. We usually began at about five in the morning.

Robbins wants more fiscal responsibility

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Business is the lifeblood of the city of Fernandina Beach, says City Commission candidate Ricky Robbins, and it needs to have a seat at the table of city government. The manager of Amelia Island Coffee, located on Centre Street, said he believes his experience working in the city gives him a...

Filkoff chooses to go out on her own terms – again

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There’s a centuries-old adage that says, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” and Fernandina Beach Main Street Executive Director Arlene Filkoff is taking it to heart. Filkoff announced last week that she is retiring from her position by the end of the year, and she intends to...