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Leeper warns Nassau businesses to protect their customers

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The special meeting held Wednesday by the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners looked startlingly different that the one held last week. The four commissioners present, plus the county manager and attorney, were all wearing protective facemasks and appeared to be sitting at least six feet...

Second annual Paddle for Veterans

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The second annual Cross the Line Paddle for Veterans was held Saturday from St. Marys, Ga., to Ferandina Beach. The nine-mile event was held to raise awareness of veteran suicide. Proceeds benefitted K9s for Warriors. Amelia River Cruises transported the first 50 registered participants.

Fernandina restaurants close for cleaning after positive tests

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As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told a news conference Monday, the number of people in the state testing positive for COVID-19 is accelerating too fast to be attributed simply to more testing. “There’s evidence that there’s transmission within those communities,” DeSantis admitted. And the...

Chasing the king

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“Prior to the kingfish tournament, Brad Reese and I were catching tournament-size pogies off the beaches of Amelia Island, but during the tournament day, all we could come up with were small pogies,” Mitch Fields said. “Luckily, we had some good-size ribbonfish on board, and that’s what we...

Minshew wants communication and management

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More than 40 years in business taught Genece Minshew that even when things are great, they can always be a little better, and she says she wants to bring that attitude and experience to the Fernandina Beach City Commission. “I think the biggest issue that drew me (into the race) is that the...

Ritz-Carlton’s GM says business is picking up again

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To say the hospitality industry has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic is an understatement, so taking a position managing a top hotel for one of the most prestigious brands in the world during the pandemic could seem like a daunting task. But Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island General Manager Greg...

Board of County Commissioners meets in person

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The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners met again Wednesday in their Yulee chambers. It was the first time in months that their meeting was not conducted via videoconferencing technology, a result of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ emergency orders concerning the coronavirus pandemic and the need for...

FBHS grads share thoughts on 2020’s challenges

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While each graduating class faces challenges, the Class of 2020’s experiences have been quite unique as their senior year has been marked with “no” – no prom, no senior awards, no baccalaureate. Yet, some graduates view their senior year in a positive light, as being like no other graduating...

GOP women hear from candidates

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The Federated Republican Women of Nassau hosted candidates running for the positions of Nassau County schools superintendent and supervisor of elections at a luncheon held last Friday at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. Current Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathy Burns and opponents Dale Braddock and...

On-island hotel reservations offered by Trump campaign

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The campaign organization working to reelect President Donald Trump is offering packages costing up to $1.16 million to access and attend exclusive events on Amelia Island and in Jacksonville during the Republican Party’s “convention celebration” Aug. 24-27. The Trump Victory packages...