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FDOH – Nassau director gives BOCC alarming COVID-19 data

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During the week following Christmas, Nassau County added 536 new COVID-19 cases to its numbers, with positive test results jumping 4%, Florida Department of Health – Nassau Director Dr. Eugenia Ngo-Seidel told the Nassau Board of County Commissioners...

Team shows support for JDRF

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Little sluggers supported two teammates and other children with diabetes while earning a championship. Callahan Little League Minor baseball team Warrior Red donned blue shirts advocating for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The 10U team is comprised of boys ages 8 to 10. Coach...

Hill again challenges OHPA commission

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Miriam Hill is the newest Ocean Highway and Port Authority commissioner, and once again was on the losing end of a vote on the commission when she asked for the financial statements of port operator Worldwide Terminals Fernandina. 

YEAR IN REVIEW

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As the world bids a not-so-fond farewell to 2020, the News-Leader looks back at the stories that shaped our community in the last year.   The biggest story of 2020 is perhaps the biggest story of the last 50 years: the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 numbers continue their rise

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Nassau County, much like the rest of the nation, is experiencing a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases even as distribution of a much-anticipated vaccine has begun.

Oasis faces the music after rate raise

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Oasis Marinas took over management of the city-owned Fernandina Harbor Marina on Dec. 1.  On Dec. 17, the company sent out notices of a 25% increase in the rates some slipholders were paying at the marina. 

DIGGING DEEP

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A $15 million contract to keep the beach on the north end of Amelia Island wide and beautiful is moving forward, as the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin maintenance dredging next month of the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base entrance channel.

Baptist Health continues vaccination of frontline health care workers

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Baptist Health, made up of five nationally accredited hospitals, currently has 120 COVID-19 patients throughout its five hospitals, with 18 of those people in intensive care unit beds as of Tuesday, Dec. 22, according to spokeswoman Beth Stambaugh, who said none of the ICUs at Baptist Medical Center...

Some marina slip rates rise; now all pay the same

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Some slipholders at the Fernandina Harbor Marina received an early, unexpected and unwelcome Christmas gift — a notice that the rates they pay to keep their boats at the marina will rise in the new year, from $15.50 per foot to $19.25.

HO HO HO! Santa’s cabin joins museum’s online home tour

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Each year, the Amelia Island Museum of History conducts its Holiday Home Tour, a major fundraiser that takes residents and visitors into some of Fernandina Beach’s most historic homes, which have all been professionally decorated for the season. Like so many other activities and events this...