Regional

RYAM burns shredded cash as fuel for plant

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Seven members of the Federal Reserve Bank’s leadership team, including Chris Oakley, vice president and regional executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Jacksonville Branch, recently toured Rayonier Advanced Materials’ Fernandina Beach plant, where they also received an update on a...

Gas-powered turbine could go in on WestRock’s land

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A gas-powered turbine that would supply steam and hot water to WestRock’s Fernandina Beach paper mill as well as produce power that could be sold to electric companies could be in the works for the WestRock property, but WestRock officials have not responded to multiple calls and email inquiries...

Judge hears evidence on Kessler’s competence

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Defense attorneys said last week Kimberly Kessler is not mentally able to assist with her defense in the case against her for the murder of Joleen Cummings. The state maintained that Kessler is not delusional, though she may be uncooperative, and should stand trial. Judge James H. Daniel has taken...

Fernandina’s place in the history of slavery

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The importation of human beings through the port at Old Town Fernandina and their use for slave labor is a story that does not appear in most Amelia Island tourist guides. Most of the treasure brought to Amelia Island by pirates was not meant for secret burial; it was meant to be sold. The treasure...

Using conservation fund to pay debt discussed

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The newest member of the Marina Advisory Board of the city of Fernandina Beach presented a completely new solution Monday to the Fernandina Harbor Marina’s multi-million dollar debt – using the city’s Land Conservation Trust Fund. On Feb. 4, the City Commis-sion appointed Jerry Decker to...

Expansion at Summer Beach approved by county board

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The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners approved the final development plan for phase two of The Enclave at Summer Beach on Amelia Island this week amid citizen concerns about its impact on the tree canopy and traffic on Amelia Parkway. Margaret Kirkland, representing the Amelia Tree...

State drops murder charge against Skylor Johnson

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The State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit has dropped a charge of second-degree murder against Skylor Cole Johnson of Hilliard, according to a court filing on Feb. 26 by Assistant State Attorney Donna Gregory Thurson.

Controversy over tall ships’ dock fee

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Authentic replicas of the Niña and the Pinta, two of the three ships Christopher Columbus used on his voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, will be returning to the Fernandina Harbor Marina during this year’s Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, but the visit won’t be without some controversy. ...

More big projects slated for the city

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Three more large construction projects are proposed for the city of Fernandina Beach: another hotel and two townhouse developments. Historic District Council members talked about one of the sites that would be affected by the new construction, the old Standard Marine building, at a Feb. 18 joint...