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A rare right whale sighting from the beach

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CANDIS WHITNEY Special to the News-Leader Sunbathers and beachcombers delighted Thursday, Feb. 13, in the beautifully sunny beach day at Seaside Park in Fernandina Beach. Beyond them, a rare right whale mother and her newborn calf were leisurely swimming offshore. On the observation deck above...

Head of tugboat company wants in on jobs at port jobs

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The president of a tugboat company recently told the Ocean Highway and Port Authority that his business is being unfairly shut out of ship towing jobs at the Port of Fernandina. But Worldwide Terminals Fernandina CEO and Port Director Chris Ragucci said Robert Gibbs’ boats are simply not powerful...

Short-term rental bill won’t affect city much

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At Tuesday’s meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission, City Attorney Tammi Bach gave a rundown of some bills currently under consideration in Tallahassee that could affect the city, beginning with short-term rentals, which Bach says the city will keep controlling for the most part, thanks...

$100k donated to city for land conservation

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A family wishing to remain anonymous jumpstarted the city of Fernandina Beach’s Land Conservation Trust Fund this week with a donation of $100,000 and a pledge to donate up to another $100,000 to match public donations to the fund. Kelly Gibson, the city’s Conservation & Planning...

New beach ordinance set for review on Monday, March 23

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County Manager and Attorney Michael Mullin has advised the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners that a draft of a new beach ordinance is near completion and requested a public hearing be set for its review. The board selected Monday, March 23, at 6 p.m. In other beach-related news, on Feb....

Barnabas opens in Callahan

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Barnabas Center now has a service center in western Nassau. The non-profit held a community open house at First United Methodist Church of Callahan in honor of opening its service center to help people in need in western Nassau County. The open house included a luncheon and a tour of the new...

Historic A.L. Lewis house continues to disappear

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Residents have expressed indignation over the demolition work now underway at 5456 Gregg St. in American Beach, the site of the original home of the historic community’s founder, Abraham Lincoln Lewis. Lewis, an African American millionaire, constructed his home there after creating American Beach...

Kreger seeks a deal with WestRock on Old Town land

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Fernandina Beach Vice Mayor Len Kreger said at a City Commission meeting earlier this month that he is working on behalf of the city to obtain property owned by WestRock for the city’s conservation efforts. Kreger said the waterfront property, located southwest of Garden and Estrada streets, is...

Work on Amelia Bluff allowed to resume when $38.7k is paid

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Construction on the Amelia Bluff subdivision off Citrona Drive can resume as soon as fines are paid by the developer for removing trees that were protected under the ordinances of the city of Fernandina Beach. In a Feb. 14 letter to W. R. Howell, owner of Amelia Bluff LLC, City Manager Dale...

Fernandina’s place in the history of slavery — part 2

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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...