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Non-Mayor’s Campaign Survey Results Are In: Get Rid Of City Hall & Everyone In It They Say

The results of a non-scientific, surreptitious survey conducted in some of Fernandina Beach’s most popular watering holes, has taken the pulse of the community to reveal the most critical issue currently facing city residents — the city government!

“The people have spoken,” I explained in a non-mayoral campaign press release issued just seconds ago. “Residents demand that once I’m elected non- mayor they’ll settle for nothing less than permanently abolishing the position I’m seeking, but only after I’ve disassembled city hall.”

“Results of our survey indicate that Fernandina Beach’s citizens claim its city government is exasperating, expensive, useless, and corrupt —  elected officials and staff, all of them. They all need to go demand our disgruntled city survey respondents.”

“Nice business ya got here, it’d be shame if something happened to it.”

According to my non-campaign staff of survey experts, nobody responding to our survey can explain the purpose of the Fernandina Beach City Government other than the people who work for it, and most of them aren’t so sure what it does other than tax residents, intimidate and extort businesses, and levy extravagant fees to pay their salaries. Survey respondents say they’re tired of footing the bill for the city’s blatant excesses as it has repeatedly proven that necessity and fiscal prudence are the least of its concerns.

Our survey results and explanations are no more mysterious, incomprehensible or nutty than the ones City Manager Dale Martin is using to justify his proposed new taxes and fees. He says the 1,052 survey responses that his murky survey received rationalizes raising taxes and levying fees on all of the city’s 12,102 residents. Mr. Martin’s unfathomable explanation of his survey in his weekly “City Notes” letter last week was an incoherent word jumble guaranteed to cure insomnia. Did anybody who read that garbled mess, that was written by the company that the city paid to conduct the survey, understand anything in it? If so please enlighten me. The rambling muddle contained numerous illuminating explanations including the following:

“How closely survey results come to recording the way a person really feels or behaves often is measured by the coincidence of reported behavior

“This survey explanation is so interestzzzzzzzzzz”

with observed current behavior (e.g. driving habits), reported intentions to behave with observed future behavior (e.g. voting choices) or reported questions about current community quality with objective characteristics of the…..” zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Oh sorry, I dozed off there for a minute.

In a nutshell the folks that were paid by the city to conduct the survey were asked by the city to tell us that everything about its city-sponsored survey is just fine and dandy. I assume an additional invoice was submitted to the city for the vendor’s incomprehensible double-talk explanation of their good work.

Basically, what City Manager Dale Martin is telling us is to shut up, pay up, and don’t question the questioner. His survey is a means to justify the city’s existence, add more layers of bureaucracy, and squeeze more money out of us – the sucker taxpayers. And our tax dollars paid for the survey that came to those conclusions!

Since Nassau County performs all the services conducted by the City Of Fernandina doesn’t that make all the folks at Fernandina Beach’s City Hall redundant? Can anyone reading this explain the purpose of the Fernandina Beach City Government other than levying exorbitant taxes, endorsing environmentally extremist programs, arbitrary overregulation, irrational and illegal fees, harassing and extorting local businesses, purchasing hundreds of thousands of dollars of worthless studies — even studies explaining how to purchase more studies — a growing bloated, unnecessary city payroll, and surveys telling us why we need more of this hogwash?  Anybody? We’re waiting….

Last week regular reader and alert local observer, Skeet Taylor, said he’s puzzled, asking: “What I don’t get is we pay something like $1,200 a year for city taxes and the next subdivision over is in the county not the city and don’t pay Fernandina Beach taxes. So, what do I get for my money that they don’t get?” Well, Skeet what you get is hosed! Read on to see why.

Former city resident, now county resident (for obvious reasons), entrepreneur, lawyer and real estate investor, Pat Keogh, has frequently questioned the purpose of these duplicate governments. As my non-mayoral campaign heats up I thought it was an opportune time to echo some of Pat’s concerns, since he has agreed to be a non-supporter of this nonsensical non-mayor campaign.

“So, why do we have a city government?” asks Pat.

  • The county has held the line on tax rates and the city routinely increases the rate.
  • The city continues to unlawfully charge impact fees which taxes progress and undermines property values.
  • Permit fees are higher in the city than the county with building inspections less timely and its employees antagonistic and hostile.
  • The city has a police force and so does the county. The city has a fire and emergency management staff and so does the county. Parks and recreation staffs work for the city as they do for the county. The city has human resources, financial, administrative, planning, building and code enforcement personnel. The county has them too.
  • The City has a water and sewer department; the county owns one too and also contracts for those services from a public utility.
  • The city has a marina, a golf course, an airport, and a cemetery, and the County doesn’t. But the city has proven it doesn’t do a good job managing any of those enterprises. Besides, why should local government perform these functions in the first place? The only clients that don’t complain about city services are those in the Bosque Bello Cemetery.

Pat succinctly sums it up saying: “City government seems to be mostly a bad soap opera whose principal product is conflict, losing litigation, and creating positions for people who control the government. If there were a citywide survey asking: “Which government is run best; the City of Fernandina Beach or Nassau County” does anyone think the city would win?”

I can’t say it any better than Pat when he asks: “If Fernandina Beach did not already have a city government would you choose to create one?”

Pat continues, asking: “Why do 12,000 citizens need a municipal government that costs so much and creates no real value for its citizens? Why do county residents fight so hard to avoid annexation into the city?

In addition to calling for the extermination of Fernandina Beach’s city government my non-mayoral campaign is capitalizing on the city’s extreme and expensive anti-business tactics that negatively impact small firms as well as big ones like Rayonier and West Rock, by adopting the following campaign slogan: “Fernandina Beach – Stay Out Of Our Plants!”

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Things I Wish I’d Said: “If you can’t laugh at yourself, make fun of other people.” – Bobby Slayton. *** “When you’re dead you don’t know you’re dead. The pain is felt by others. The same thing when you’re stupid.” – Anonymous.

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Another Reason To Avoid Jacksonville and take your kids out of its failing public school system: Last week Jacksonville First Coast High School Science Teacher Daniel Adam Goodman was appalled when not one of the kids in his homeroom stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag at the beginning of the school day.

As a result, he wrote the following statement on his whiteboard explaining why it’s necessary to stand and show respect:

 “THINK: We had about a half million Americans die in our Civil War, which was largely to get rid of slavery. There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for “white” and “colored,” as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960′s. We had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing women the right to vote. We have had a Black president. The superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman. Mr. Fluent, our principal, replaced a Black man, Mr. Simmons, who now is a D.C.P.S. administrator.

MY POINT? You are all extremely lucky to be living in the U.S.A. If you refuse to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance or our National Anthem (AS SOME PAMPERED ARROGANT CELEBRITIES AND ATHLETES TEND TO DO), are you revealing maturity and wisdom? Actually, you are displaying the opposite.

-Mr. G.”

So, what happened? Did the kids stand? Was Mr. Goodman patted on the back for his statement? NO! The teacher was removed from his classroom on the third day of school when his whiteboard message was made public last Wednesday with a photo posted on Facebook.

Ignorant, ill-informed parents, and dim social media users commented on the Facebook photo expressing their lack of support for the teacher’s statement.

An example of the claptrap posted includes: “Using historical trauma (which every teacher had a training on during orientation this year) to coerce students to abide to political beliefs could be argued as mental endangerment,” one said. “Kick him out,” said another. “Someone needs to have a little chat with this Florida man,” added someone else.

This teacher deserves a “Well done!” and a bonus for his actions. He received just the opposite. “The statements made by the educator are not consistent with state statute or school board policy,” Duval County Public Schools said in a statement. And that’s exactly why these miserable schools and their far-left lackeys are failing their students. If I had a kid in this dreadful school system I’d yank him out immediately and either home-school him or get him into a private institution fast. I pity those parents who lack the resources to do so.

Florida Statute 1003.44 and Board Policy 3.60 says students are excused from reciting or standing for the pledge as long as their parent or legal guardian files a written request. The district’s code of conduct covers this as well. It says students have the right “not to participate,” which includes “reciting,” “standing and placing the right hand over [their] heart.” That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be informed about why that statue is a load of manure.

Goodman’s actions have been referred to the Office of Professional Standards for “review and appropriate action,” the district said. In the meantime, the teacher has been removed from his classroom. I hope there’s a good lawyer out there who will fight for this gentleman pro bono.

“I believe classrooms provide the perfect place to have insightful and thought-provoking discussions about patriotic expressions and civil liberty,” First Coast High Principal Justin Fluent said in a statement. “However, this must be done in a productive and respectful way, and in accordance with law and school board policy.”  The principal is as full of crap as the parents that complained and the school system that threw him under the school bus and then had the bus back up over him.

These dim “educators” need an education. If he is fired or loses any pay I hope he brings legal action against these public-school nitwits and lands a high paying job in the private sector. He sounds like the kind of person most firms would love to employ. Students need more teachers like Mr. Goodman not a bunch of union zombies who could care less about teaching, morality and patriotism.

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Another Reason to Avoid Public Schools: In New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced that the schools there have too many white teachers, so they he’s trying to diversify the teacher rolls. No mention of merit or ability, just skin color is the criteria to hire a teacher they say. They claim black teachers “relate” to the kids’ lives, so the kids do better. How about the top-quality teacher of any color bringing real education and motivation? Just because a teacher has dark skin, does not make him or her a good teacher. And you wonder why charter schools have long waiting lines, while kids in public schools are falling so far behind, and have their lives ruined by third grade. Oh, by the way DeBlasio is polling at 0 percent in the Iowa Democratic Presidential primary poll meaning that not a single person there likes him. However, he’s more popular there than in New York City.

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A Real Green Deal: Despite the hot air about climate change, America’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are 13 percent lower today than in 2005, even with an economy that is a third larger, writes Bernard L. Weinstein in The Hill. “This achievement isn’t the result of environmental regulations or the huge subsidies available to wind and solar investors; rather, it has been the increased use of natural gas that has helped reduce GHGs in the U.S.” — Source, Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

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Drinking, Dining & Dancing: The Rotary Club’s popular annual Taste of Amelia program moved from its Omni Plantation location a couple of year ago into a “Culinary Crawl” an organized band of roving diners stopping to sample dishes at some 30 area participating eateries. Tickets for this year’s 34th annual scholarship fund raiser are $40 per person and that includes two glasses of wine or two beers per ticket. Diners are presented a booklet of participating restaurants and a wristband at the old downtown train station at Front and Centre Streets. They then fan out to see how many of the 30 places they can walk or drive to from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, November 16.  If you want your tickets hand-delivered to your door call congenial Rotarian, former professional hockey player, and expatriate Canadian Pierre Guite at 904/415-9124. Or go to the www.eventbrite.com site. While browsing the www.eventbrite.com site I came across what I consider a do-not-miss event scheduled in nearby St. Marys, Georgia. It’s Midget Wrestling at 9 p.m. at J’s Tavern & The Sound House at 711 Osbourne Street with tickets going for between 10 and 35 bucks. Can they still do “dwarf tossing?” Chef Kenny Gilbert has tossed in his barbeque towel and will now focus on seafood at his South 8th Street Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen. Some non-seafood items will be available as well, including kids menu options. He’ll still serve BBQ at his Jacksonville location. For many years the Amelia Island 8 Flags strip mall location on South 14th Street was the site of the Doo Wop Diner, then about 18 months ago it became the New Orleans Diner and now it’s transitioning into something called the Southern Sisters and that’s all I know other than it’s supposed to be a soul food restaurant, something the island currently lacks and I’m sure will embrace if done properly. I know I reported it last week, but the Captain Jack’s Smokehouse at Gateway Plaza (just before the island side of Shave Bridge) Tuesday’s $1 ribs and dollar Bud Light draft beers from 4-8 pm could be the best happy hour deal anywhere within happy hour driving distance of Florida.  A couple of pals and I went again this past Tuesday and we weren’t disappointed, just the opposite. Call’em at 904/310-3611.

Non-Mayor’s Campaign Survey Results Are In: Get Rid Of City Hall & Everyone In It They Say

The results of a non-scientific, surreptitious survey conducted in some of Fernandina Beach’s most popular watering holes, has taken the pulse of the community to reveal the most critical issue currently facing city residents — the city government!

“The people have spoken,” I explained in a non-mayoral campaign press release issued just seconds ago. “Residents demand that once I’m elected non- mayor they’ll settle for nothing less than permanently abolishing the position I’m seeking, but only after I’ve disassembled city hall.”

“Results of our survey indicate that Fernandina Beach’s citizens claim its city government is exasperating, expensive, useless, and corrupt —  elected officials and staff, all of them. They all need to go demand our disgruntled city survey respondents.”

“Nice business ya got here, it’d be shame if something happened to it.”

According to my non-campaign staff of survey experts, nobody responding to our survey can explain the purpose of the Fernandina Beach City Government other than the people who work for it, and most of them aren’t so sure what it does other than tax residents, intimidate and extort businesses, and levy extravagant fees to pay their salaries. Survey respondents say they’re tired of footing the bill for the city’s blatant excesses as it has repeatedly proven that necessity and fiscal prudence are the least of its concerns.

Our survey results and explanations are no more mysterious, incomprehensible or nutty than the ones City Manager Dale Martin is using to justify his proposed new taxes and fees. He says the 1,052 survey responses that his murky survey received rationalizes raising taxes and levying fees on all of the city’s 12,102 residents. Mr. Martin’s unfathomable explanation of his survey in his weekly “City Notes” letter last week was an incoherent word jumble guaranteed to cure insomnia. Did anybody who read that garbled mess, that was written by the company that the city paid to conduct the survey, understand anything in it? If so please enlighten me. The rambling muddle contained numerous illuminating explanations including the following:

“How closely survey results come to recording the way a person really feels or behaves often is measured by the coincidence of reported behavior

“This survey explanation is so interestzzzzzzzzzz”

with observed current behavior (e.g. driving habits), reported intentions to behave with observed future behavior (e.g. voting choices) or reported questions about current community quality with objective characteristics of the…..” zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Oh sorry, I dozed off there for a minute.

In a nutshell the folks that were paid by the city to conduct the survey were asked by the city to tell us that everything about its city-sponsored survey is just fine and dandy. I assume an additional invoice was submitted to the city for the vendor’s incomprehensible double-talk explanation of their good work.

Basically, what City Manager Dale Martin is telling us is to shut up, pay up, and don’t question the questioner. His survey is a means to justify the city’s existence, add more layers of bureaucracy, and squeeze more money out of us – the sucker taxpayers. And our tax dollars paid for the survey that came to those conclusions!

Since Nassau County performs all the services conducted by the City Of Fernandina doesn’t that make all the folks at Fernandina Beach’s City Hall redundant? Can anyone reading this explain the purpose of the Fernandina Beach City Government other than levying exorbitant taxes, endorsing environmentally extremist programs, arbitrary overregulation, irrational and illegal fees, harassing and extorting local businesses, purchasing hundreds of thousands of dollars of worthless studies — even studies explaining how to purchase more studies — a growing bloated, unnecessary city payroll, and surveys telling us why we need more of this hogwash?  Anybody? We’re waiting….

Last week regular reader and alert local observer, Skeet Taylor, said he’s puzzled, asking: “What I don’t get is we pay something like $1,200 a year for city taxes and the next subdivision over is in the county not the city and don’t pay Fernandina Beach taxes. So, what do I get for my money that they don’t get?” Well, Skeet what you get is hosed! Read on to see why.

Former city resident, now county resident (for obvious reasons), entrepreneur, lawyer and real estate investor, Pat Keogh, has frequently questioned the purpose of these duplicate governments. As my non-mayoral campaign heats up I thought it was an opportune time to echo some of Pat’s concerns, since he has agreed to be a non-supporter of this nonsensical non-mayor campaign.

“So, why do we have a city government?” asks Pat.

  • The county has held the line on tax rates and the city routinely increases the rate.
  • The city continues to unlawfully charge impact fees which taxes progress and undermines property values.
  • Permit fees are higher in the city than the county with building inspections less timely and its employees antagonistic and hostile.
  • The city has a police force and so does the county. The city has a fire and emergency management staff and so does the county. Parks and recreation staffs work for the city as they do for the county. The city has human resources, financial, administrative, planning, building and code enforcement personnel. The county has them too.
  • The City has a water and sewer department; the county owns one too and also contracts for those services from a public utility.
  • The city has a marina, a golf course, an airport, and a cemetery, and the County doesn’t. But the city has proven it doesn’t do a good job managing any of those enterprises. Besides, why should local government perform these functions in the first place? The only clients that don’t complain about city services are those in the Bosque Bello Cemetery.

Pat succinctly sums it up saying: “City government seems to be mostly a bad soap opera whose principal product is conflict, losing litigation, and creating positions for people who control the government. If there were a citywide survey asking: “Which government is run best; the City of Fernandina Beach or Nassau County” does anyone think the city would win?”

I can’t say it any better than Pat when he asks: “If Fernandina Beach did not already have a city government would you choose to create one?”

Pat continues, asking: “Why do 12,000 citizens need a municipal government that costs so much and creates no real value for its citizens? Why do county residents fight so hard to avoid annexation into the city?

In addition to calling for the extermination of Fernandina Beach’s city government my non-mayoral campaign is capitalizing on the city’s extreme and expensive anti-business tactics that negatively impact small firms as well as big ones like Rayonier and West Rock, by adopting the following campaign slogan: “Fernandina Beach – Stay Out Of Our Plants!”

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Things I Wish I’d Said: “If you can’t laugh at yourself, make fun of other people.” – Bobby Slayton. *** “When you’re dead you don’t know you’re dead. The pain is felt by others. The same thing when you’re stupid.” – Anonymous.

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Another Reason To Avoid Jacksonville and take your kids out of its failing public school system: Last week Jacksonville First Coast High School Science Teacher Daniel Adam Goodman was appalled when not one of the kids in his homeroom stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag at the beginning of the school day.

As a result, he wrote the following statement on his whiteboard explaining why it’s necessary to stand and show respect:

 “THINK: We had about a half million Americans die in our Civil War, which was largely to get rid of slavery. There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for “white” and “colored,” as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960′s. We had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing women the right to vote. We have had a Black president. The superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman. Mr. Fluent, our principal, replaced a Black man, Mr. Simmons, who now is a D.C.P.S. administrator.

MY POINT? You are all extremely lucky to be living in the U.S.A. If you refuse to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance or our National Anthem (AS SOME PAMPERED ARROGANT CELEBRITIES AND ATHLETES TEND TO DO), are you revealing maturity and wisdom? Actually, you are displaying the opposite.

-Mr. G.”

So, what happened? Did the kids stand? Was Mr. Goodman patted on the back for his statement? NO! The teacher was removed from his classroom on the third day of school when his whiteboard message was made public last Wednesday with a photo posted on Facebook.

Ignorant, ill-informed parents, and dim social media users commented on the Facebook photo expressing their lack of support for the teacher’s statement.

An example of the claptrap posted includes: “Using historical trauma (which every teacher had a training on during orientation this year) to coerce students to abide to political beliefs could be argued as mental endangerment,” one said. “Kick him out,” said another. “Someone needs to have a little chat with this Florida man,” added someone else.

This teacher deserves a “Well done!” and a bonus for his actions. He received just the opposite. “The statements made by the educator are not consistent with state statute or school board policy,” Duval County Public Schools said in a statement. And that’s exactly why these miserable schools and their far-left lackeys are failing their students. If I had a kid in this dreadful school system I’d yank him out immediately and either home-school him or get him into a private institution fast. I pity those parents who lack the resources to do so.

Florida Statute 1003.44 and Board Policy 3.60 says students are excused from reciting or standing for the pledge as long as their parent or legal guardian files a written request. The district’s code of conduct covers this as well. It says students have the right “not to participate,” which includes “reciting,” “standing and placing the right hand over [their] heart.” That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be informed about why that statue is a load of manure.

Goodman’s actions have been referred to the Office of Professional Standards for “review and appropriate action,” the district said. In the meantime, the teacher has been removed from his classroom. I hope there’s a good lawyer out there who will fight for this gentleman pro bono.

“I believe classrooms provide the perfect place to have insightful and thought-provoking discussions about patriotic expressions and civil liberty,” First Coast High Principal Justin Fluent said in a statement. “However, this must be done in a productive and respectful way, and in accordance with law and school board policy.”  The principal is as full of crap as the parents that complained and the school system that threw him under the school bus and then had the bus back up over him.

These dim “educators” need an education. If he is fired or loses any pay I hope he brings legal action against these public-school nitwits and lands a high paying job in the private sector. He sounds like the kind of person most firms would love to employ. Students need more teachers like Mr. Goodman not a bunch of union zombies who could care less about teaching, morality and patriotism.

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Another Reason to Avoid Public Schools: In New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced that the schools there have too many white teachers, so they he’s trying to diversify the teacher rolls. No mention of merit or ability, just skin color is the criteria to hire a teacher they say. They claim black teachers “relate” to the kids’ lives, so the kids do better. How about the top-quality teacher of any color bringing real education and motivation? Just because a teacher has dark skin, does not make him or her a good teacher. And you wonder why charter schools have long waiting lines, while kids in public schools are falling so far behind, and have their lives ruined by third grade. Oh, by the way DeBlasio is polling at 0 percent in the Iowa Democratic Presidential primary poll meaning that not a single person there likes him. However, he’s more popular there than in New York City.

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A Real Green Deal: Despite the hot air about climate change, America’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are 13 percent lower today than in 2005, even with an economy that is a third larger, writes Bernard L. Weinstein in The Hill. “This achievement isn’t the result of environmental regulations or the huge subsidies available to wind and solar investors; rather, it has been the increased use of natural gas that has helped reduce GHGs in the U.S.” — Source, Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

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Drinking, Dining & Dancing: The Rotary Club’s popular annual Taste of Amelia program moved from its Omni Plantation location a couple of year ago into a “Culinary Crawl” an organized band of roving diners stopping to sample dishes at some 30 area participating eateries. Tickets for this year’s 34th annual scholarship fund raiser are $40 per person and that includes two glasses of wine or two beers per ticket. Diners are presented a booklet of participating restaurants and a wristband at the old downtown train station at Front and Centre Streets. They then fan out to see how many of the 30 places they can walk or drive to from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, November 16.  If you want your tickets hand-delivered to your door call congenial Rotarian, former professional hockey player, and expatriate Canadian Pierre Guite at 904/415-9124. Or go to the www.eventbrite.com site. While browsing the www.eventbrite.com site I came across what I consider a do-not-miss event scheduled in nearby St. Marys, Georgia. It’s Midget Wrestling at 9 p.m. at J’s Tavern & The Sound House at 711 Osbourne Street with tickets going for between 10 and 35 bucks. Can they still do “dwarf tossing?” Chef Kenny Gilbert has tossed in his barbeque towel and will now focus on seafood at his South 8th Street Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen. Some non-seafood items will be available as well, including kids menu options. He’ll still serve BBQ at his Jacksonville location. For many years the Amelia Island 8 Flags strip mall location on South 14th Street was the site of the Doo Wop Diner, then about 18 months ago it became the New Orleans Diner and now it’s transitioning into something called the Southern Sisters and that’s all I know other than it’s supposed to be a soul food restaurant, something the island currently lacks and I’m sure will embrace if done properly. I know I reported it last week, but the Captain Jack’s Smokehouse at Gateway Plaza (just before the island side of Shave Bridge) Tuesday’s $1 ribs and dollar Bud Light draft beers from 4-8 pm could be the best happy hour deal anywhere within happy hour driving distance of Florida.  A couple of pals and I went again this past Tuesday and we weren’t disappointed, just the opposite. Call’em at 904/310-3611.

16 Comments

Neil Borum

4 September , 2019 at 6:23 pm

To stay on topic ........the answer is simple. Keep the Fire and Police Departments as county, sell the Water & Sewer Department back to FPU .....or any other interested utility that would take the whole thing over and give the rest either a job with the county or their walking papers if they're not needed. And as far as the golf course , marina and airport...well make the first two private and call Jacksonville Airport Authority. Done and done!

GERALD DECKER

1 September , 2019 at 6:41 pm

Mr Lott, is not even a resident of FLORIDA....hmmmm. His apologetics for the tax-hungry local governance of the City falls on many deaf ears. Trash pickup has deteriorated, idiotic conservation taxes are being seriously considered, business development is thwarted, and riotous minorities are swaying weak-minded commissioners. Why should we accept this, Mr Lott?????

Margo Story

1 September , 2019 at 1:58 pm

I'm w/ Gerald Decker on this......de charter the city commission. merge w/county depts., see what needs to be eliminated & put it all under one governance. Problem solved!! Welcome to Fernandina Beach!!

GERALD DECKER

1 September , 2019 at 10:00 am

It is time to de-charter the City. The City is not even the seat of government for the county. Merge departments with county counterparts, eliminate some, then all of the island is under one governance. Welcome to the beautiful seaside Town of Fernandina Beach.

Robert Warner

30 August , 2019 at 2:49 pm

Ah nostalgia, premeditated incites, and common disparagement - with associated dribbles of slander and disinformation. All for attention. Waiting to see if any in Dave's "peanut gallery" stand up, run for election, and do it themselves. Bet Dave won't - nor any commentator, including me. I appreciate what we have.

Brad Coker

30 August , 2019 at 1:56 pm

Yes, only because I am a professional researcher who publicly shredded the thing, I subjected myself to reading the entire defense presented by the firm that conducted Martin's survey. My eyes are still bleeding. I will spare the details, but the defense was a bigger crock than the survey. Obviously, Mr. Martin is in over his head because if he understood what it said (and what it did not say), he would have never published it.

Fran

30 August , 2019 at 11:57 am

I was wondering if we would all be better served if the Island in total became it's own county. If the island is the "cash cow" of Nassau county, How would we not benefit? According to a famous local boat captain Amelia Island is the same size as Manhattan island, which is one of 5 NYC Burroughs that act as counties. It too is separated by bridges from the surrounding areas. Along with it being the "cash cow" of the city. I would guess there are other examples of this kind of county arrangement around the country. My guess is that "Wildlight" will be Nassau county's highest priority in the coming years, Not our Island. Just a thought...

Jeff McDowell

30 August , 2019 at 11:56 am

Honorable Non Mayor: If we abolish the City Government, would the money we currently spend paying these fat cats, cover beach maintenance? Hmmm, I'm warming to the idea... Until then, lets make the City Commissioners be a part of the solution and make them perform as beach maintenance "technicians" for a minimum of 6 hours a week. Rakes and shovels are cheap. And there's no need to raise taxes, with the exception to cover the cost of their snazzy new beach jumpsuits... I'm available for additional solutions at your convenience.

RTroxel

30 August , 2019 at 11:39 am

Dave your message today makes me glad and sad. Glad I never lived in the City Limits (still don’t) Sad that my old home town Jacksonville has fallen way off the right track. Can’t imagine giving kids a pass on being a proud American by not Standing for the pledge of allegiance.Shame on those supposed leaders.

Chris Hadden

30 August , 2019 at 11:22 am

I am not sure how you can drive over the bridge into Yulee and think, yes this is what we need on our island too! Lets get rid of our city government and get those county guys to recreate their fine work right here in our little town...good grief Dave.

Skeet Taylor

30 August , 2019 at 10:55 am

Well the more I think about it, I get steamed. Everyone would save a lot of money not having to pay a bunch of beaurocrats for cushy jobs. It’s like we collect more money so we can hire more people to collect more money. . If Nassau is growing like they say it is, we are going to need more patrol officers and firemen and ambulance people with our money.

Frank Quigley

30 August , 2019 at 10:53 am

I defer to Mr. Lott regarding government structure, but do wonder if another way is to form authorities that are pulled together for common services such as sanitation, fire & safety, and the like. Each, managed by a combo of county and city officials. Collect fees for those things and provide services on a county-wide basis. Leave zoning, planning and the like to FB and to Nassau County - "local" issues. So leave the really specific issues alone, and solve common issues. I for one am in favor of more feet on the street as NE Florida grows, as opposed to more bureaucracy costs.

Vince Cavallo

30 August , 2019 at 10:42 am

I am old enough to recall we stood up when the teacher arrived in the classroom! We also stood up to make recitation or answer a question. I wonder how these clown administrators would fare in a court room if they did not stand when the judge came in! We also were called upon to read a passage from the Bible in homeroom ( it was a public school) but with an option to not do it. As far as sitting for the pledge or the national anthem, my feeling there is you do not have to recite it or sing, but you better well stand up to show support for a country where you can do virtually anything you wish without reprisals from the government. If not, well go find some place to go more in agreement with your philosophy because I am not changing to accommodate your insolence. Don't come back when you find it does not exist.

Tom Yankus

30 August , 2019 at 10:29 am

I personally would contact Mr. Goodman inviting him to interview for a position at my school. Unfortunately I retired as a Georgia School Principal a few years back and when I greeted all students every morning with a positive message followed by the Pledge of Allegiance over the intercom system. I ask..."What has happened?"

Dave Lott

30 August , 2019 at 9:57 am

David, I will be happy to take up the mantle for defending the need for the services of the city of FB. The primary benefit is local control. I will be the first to admit there are some inefficiencies and some down right dumb actions, but I believe the benefits far outweigh the negatives. I would have thought you would have been one of the first to extol the benefits of having a local fire rescue service that can respond to you in an average time of 3 minutes as opposed to much longer for the county. When our house was burglarized several years ago, I thought the response by the FBPD was excellent and their investigation led quickly to the arrest of the individual committing the burglary. Amelia Island/CoFB is so different from Nassau County west of I-95 in so many ways, it is good to have the control of local officials. AI/CoFB is the cash cow for Nassau County but has a minority of representation for the County Commission. One only needs to look a little northward to St. Simons Island which is not incorporated and how they are treated by the Glynn County Commission. Things seem to have gotten better there over recent years, but the lack of local control was one of the major factors that caused us to move from SSI down to FB back in 2001. Not everything is perfect and I certainly don't agree with all of the actions by City staff and elected officials, but then everyone has the choice of living in the city with its higher taxes or not. People seem to be flocking into the City more and more each year so there must be some benefits they are seeing.

Peg Dickinson

30 August , 2019 at 9:12 am

I know I'm getting old but I remember standing every morning for the Pledge of Allegiance, hand over my heart, facing the American flag, which hung in every classroom. What a great reminder it was of where we lived and how great our country was. You can dislike our president or other elected officials, you can dislike laws they made, but we need to get back to respecting our country, and standing for the Pledge or National Anthem with your hand over your heart should never be questioned or ignored!

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