Musings, opinions, observations, questions, and random thoughts on island life, Fernandina Beach and more

If Election Was “Amelia Island Idol” Talent Show These Two Challengers Would Be Finalists

If political forums operated like talent shows and applause was the deciding factor, then two city commission candidate challengers — restaurateur Tim Poynter and educator Robin Lentz — would be declared winners. During last Tuesday evening’s gathering at the Amelia Park Holy Trinity Church of all the candidates running for city commission seats Poynter’s and Lentz’s […]

That Flushing Sound Is $600,000 Of Our Tax Money Disappearing Down The Toilet

Close to $600,000 of our Fernandina Beach tax money has been needlessly flushed down the toilet as Adam Kaufman reports in the online newspaper Fernandina Observer last week that the city has spent almost that much prosecuting and defending the two indefensible cases involving its imposition of “impact fees” on new water customers as a […]

A Few More Things That Make Amelia Island An Attractive Place To Live & Visit

Sitting at the Green Turtle bar late last week chatting with quirky Addison B&B owner Bob Tidball and patting his dog, Maggie, who was occupying the stool next to me, pretty barkeep “Larry” explained the new beers on tap and asked if we had any questions. Bob thought for a few seconds and said, “Yes. […]

Amelia Island Residents Are Living A Norman Rockwell Painting Existence

A little more than three years ago when wife Linda and I had been full-time residents of Amelia Island for about three months the Fernandina Beach News-Leader printed an opinion-editorial I submitted expressing our observations about our new hometown. Surprisingly a number of readers told me that they remember that piece and asked me if