Residents and visitors who want to explore the maze of islands, marshes and rivers that separates our island from the mainland, go fishing, take nature walks, watch birds, dolphins, manatees, wild horses, sunsets or go sunbathing or fishing from a boat have plenty of opportunities as a variety of local enterprises offer a diverse choice of options ranging from driving a boat of your choice, being guided by a seasoned captain on a spiffy19-footer or boarding a large 45-person vessel for a narrated tour.
The Fat Man From Space (FMFS) has once again beamed himself down to our island, this time providing his opinion on the upscale Ritz-Carlton’s Eight Sports Bar with the following galactic observations:
I made the trek south and tried the burger at Eight Sports Bar at the Ritz. It was a good enough burger – they managed to get medium rare right when so many can’t – but it came at a Ritz price that wasn’t worth it. Also, if that’s a sports bar, I’m Charles Barkley.
The Fernandina Beach News-Leader is part of the privately owned Community Newspapers Incorporated chain of weeklies and it can print whatever it sees fit. But there is little virtue in having editorial and news pages that the paper’s masthead says are “…dedicated to the truth, integrity, quality and hard work” and whose aim is to expand the horizons of its readers if those pages contain sycophantic suck-up endorsements and blatantly false claims, and its news pages are edited to paint a picture preferred by a stridently prejudiced publisher and editor on personal vendettas, who knowing they can’t win intellectual arguments, seek to influence opinion by portraying those they oppose with an editing pen dripping with bias, animosity, innuendo and omission. Its editorial pages bear a greater similarity to a psychological disorder than they do to standard political discourse.
If I was to once again grade the five Fernandina Beach City Commission candidates during their second forum, this one sponsored by the online newspaper Fernandina Observer at City Hall Thursday, October 16, here’s what their report cards would look like: