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Parking on county beach north of state park is OK’d

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The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners packed a lot into an hour-long, videoconference meeting Wednesday, including opening up more room to park on the county’s beaches. The board is currently meeting this way to comply with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order to local governing bodies to meet at...

Four test positive for COVID-19 virus at Lakeside at Amelia Island

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The Lakeside at Amelia Island retirement community, which includes dementia care, assisted living, and independent living for its residents, received four positive results from recent “community-wide COVID-19 testing.” The testing took place last week, according to an email sent to residents,...

County’s on-beach parking reopens

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After approving a consent agenda that included extending the county’s state of emergency for another week, the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to lift the county’s temporary on-beach parking ban at 8 a.m. today, but with several important restrictions. ...

DeSantis’ Phase 2 plan starts today

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that private businesses and public facilities have additional permission to operate closer to normal, as Phase 2 of the state’s plans to recover from the novel coronavirus pandemic began today at 12:01 a.m. For residents and visitors worried about...

Masked commission meets at turbulent time

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In its first meeting at City Hall since March, the Fernandina Beach City Commission conducted its business while wearing masks to avoid spreading any coronavirus they might have, then addressed the social unrest taking place across the country after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn. on...

Mullet attracting big fish

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We live on the backwaters of Langsford Creek and get to watch a lot of changes in the tides, waterfowl and fish migrations. During the winter months, I have watched egrets and white pelicans dipping their bills deep down into the mud and shell bottom, seeking to find crabs and other crustaceans....

County parks open; leagues split on restarting

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Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on May 22 to allow for the return of organized youth sports in Florida, and on May 28, Nassau County management met with representatives from organizations via conference call to discuss the reintroduction of the use of sports fields. County Manager...

Council on Aging assisted via donations

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Several local businesses have donated to the Nassau County Council on Aging recently, helping the non-profit assist senior citizens in need. WestRock recently came to the rescue of the NCCOA with 21,000 boxes to package meals for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.  From the outset of...

Campaign launches to open Nassau-based camp

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The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches embarked on a $3.7 million campaign to renovate and open Camp Sorensen in Nassau County in order to provide expanded youth camping programs in Northeast Florida. The campaign was launched when Firehouse Subs Co-Founder Robin Sorensen and his wife, Tabitha, made...

Gatherings for prayer and protest in the city

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A crowd of people gathered Sunday to hold a prayer vigil on the steps of Memorial United Methodist Church in downtown Fernandina Beach. Leaders from area churches and members of the community joined for the “Vigil of Lament, Solidarity, & Hope,” according to a news release from...