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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...

City votes to move forward with new trail

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Against the backdrop of Friends of Amelia Island Trail CEO Phil Scanlan dying on Monday, the Fernandina Beach City Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to move forward with another section of multi-use trails on Amelia Island, the Schools to Downtown Waterfront Trail. “I believe we honor Phil...

Planning Advisory Board looks at city spending

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Members of Fernandina Beach’s Planning Advisory Board had questions at their June 10 meeting about some financial outlays in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan, including discussions of vehicles and waterfront development, and whether capital improvements will be affected by the current...

Burns analyzing plan for schools to start up in August

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Superintendent Dr. Kathy Burns told the Nassau County School Board on Thursday that she’s analyzing a Florida Department of Education plan to have students return to school campuses in August for the 2020-21 term. Burns said the district has a task force that is gathering information from...

Raydient wins a round in lawsuit against county

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Raydient Places + Properties LLC and the related companies developing the Wildlight community, and the East Nassau Stewardship District, which governs the 24,000-acre area, received some support from Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge James H. Daniel last week when Daniel issued a partial summary...

Peaceful rally and march attract hundreds

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“I have come to chew bubble gum and kick you-know-what, and I’m all out of bubble gum,” Rev. Anthony Daniel told a crowd of hundreds of demonstrators Saturday as part of rallies and marches held nationwide in the wake of the recent deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., Breonna Taylor...

Gen. Gregor MacGregor’s greatest scheme

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General “Sir” Gregor MacGregor, “Liberator of the Floridas” and “Cazique of Poyais,” was the kind of person who felt like he was destined for greatness. Born in Scotland in 1786, MacGregor, at the age of 16, joined the British Army...

City Charter review is done

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The Fernandina Beach Charter Review Committee could not come to an agreement Monday night regarding an initiative that would have enabled voters to add items to City Commission agendas and repeal certain ordinances. The CRC’s 3-3 vote killed the initiative for lack of a majority. Under the...

School board won’t ask for more taxes

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The Nassau County School Board indicated during a June 4 workshop, that it will not move forward with a referendum asking property owners to pay more taxes in order to fund teacher salaries and security measures in the district’s schools.

Free COVID-19 tests offered

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The director of the county’s department of health told the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners Wednesday that the number of officially counted positive cases of COVID-19 virus in the county had risen to 76 residents and seven non-residents as of Tuesday morning.