Regional

Marina board bids Springer farewell and looks toward the future

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Fernandina Beach’s Marina Advisory Board held its last meeting on Monday with Joe Springer acting as marina manager of the Fernandina Harbor Marina. Springer is an employee of Westrec Marinas, the marina management company whose contract to manage the marina ends Tuesday, Dec. 1, when Oasis...

ESSA gives away turkeys

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Members of the Elm Street Sportsman Association gathered at the MLK Jr. Center Friday to organize more than 70 turkeys to be donated to needy local families. Participating were Wayne Peterson, Alvin Williams, Charles Morris, Lawrence Albertie, George Raysor, Teddy White, Darrick Singleton,...

Christmas on the horizon

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While the city of Fernandina Beach canceled most holiday events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Christmas tree still adorns the downtown waterfront. Earlier this week, city employees hoisted the 26-foot-tall artificial Christmas tree near the marina. The tree has more than 2,000 lights. A second...

Disabled veteran receives kayak from local groups

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A disabled veteran can enjoy the freedom of the water and take part in a local event that raises funds through a kayak race, thanks to the efforts of Amelia Island Kayak Excursions and Cross the Line Foundation, an organization that supports veterans. Jennifer Tozzo received a specially modified...

Committee to review access to beaches

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People walking to and from the beach often damage the dunes that protect Amelia Island from flooding and storm surge. Having accesses, platforms over the dunes and designated paths to walk through the dunes helps mitigate damage to the dunes. However, walkovers – and to a lesser extent...

County COVID-19 numbers continue to rise

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During a county commission meeting on Monday, Nassau County Emergency Management Director Greg Foster said 65 positive tests for the coronavirus were reported over the weekend. “There is nothing, based on our observations, that is causing this other than the normal progression. We are not...

Pirates in playoffs

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The Fernandina Beach High School football team hosted its second playoff game in a row Friday night. After beating West Nassau a week prior in the program’s first home playoff game since 1970, the FBHS Pirates faced powerhouse Bolles. The visiting Bulldogs eliminated the Pirates 35-7. The...

Pleasant church members aid neighbors

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Greater Mt. Pleasant Church hosts a Barnabas food distribution event Nov. 21. The church hosts the drive-thru food distribution the third Saturday of every month, 9-11 a.m. The next event is Dec. 19 at 45031 Historical Lane, Callahan. Those who attend receive a three-day supply of food for their...

More than 150 Nassau County students quarantined

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More than 150 students in Nassau County have been quarantined due to COVID-19 concerns, Nassau County School District Assistant Superintendent Mark Durham said Thursday night during a school board meeting. Durham said the school district has recorded 11 new student cases this week, which has led...

CEO: Florida Ports Council misled OHPA about combining positions

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Chris Ragucci, CEO of Worldwide Terminals Fernandina, which operates the Port of Fernandina, also acts as port director since Laura DiBella left the job last year. Whether Ragucci can wear both those hats has been questioned, but Ragucci says the matter is moot, as complaints made to Ocean Highway...