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Governments talk about how to reopen the beaches

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Several city and county officials took part in a conference call Monday afternoon to discuss how, and when, to reopen the beaches on Amelia Island. Local beaches will not be opening in the foreseeable future, but Danny Leeper, chairman of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, said the...

Churches stock pantries

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Callahan’s Jenny Peale pulled up to the curb at Callahan First Baptist Church to retrieve dry food items March 17.  She collected a couple bags for her parents and herself from volunteer Connie Krug.  “I saw the notice on the church’s website and shared it online,” she...

Seeing reds

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Seeing redfish has been a bit of a challenge recently for longtime fishing buddies Kent Poteat and Russ Heller. Granted, fishing goes in cycles, and redfishing is excellent for a period of time because of a successful spawn, abundant supply of forage foods, moon phases, water quality and, most...

Judge: Kessler is competent to stand trial

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Kimberly Kessler may have a personality disorder, but a judge ruled last week she is well enough to be tried for the 2018 murder of Joleen Cummings. “(Kessler) has the sufficient present ability to consult with her lawyers with a reasonable degree of rational understanding and has a rational as...

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort to suspend operations

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The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort has made the decision to temporarily shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The closure will result in a loss of roughly 1,000 local jobs, according to Amelia Island Tourist Development Council Managing Director Gil Langley. On Thursday, Langley told...

FB commissioners share their thoughts on the pandemic

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The city of Fernandina Beach is facing hard decisions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. One of the hardest was closing the beaches Saturday in order to discourage groups of people from gathering and possibly spreading the virus. But, as with most situations, much of the city’s response...

All Amelia Island beaches now closed to the public

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As of Saturday morning, there was still only one confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in Nassau County, and city and county officials expressed their intention to keep it that way. Crowds of students, tourists, and local citizens looking for a safe place to...

Businesses struggle with new mandates

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A drive around Amelia Island shows a much different community since an order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week devastated bars and turned diners out of restaurants.