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rfrn rtb rrr rn rfrf rffrntb ntb r r fnft fttb r r r t tttn n ntb “Someone We Can Trust” Early Voting Aug. 3RD-Aug. 16THElection Day August 18THwww.janetadkins.comPAID FOR BY JANET H. ADKINS, REP. FOR SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS bThe importance of getting information to the public on the exponential increase in positive COVID-19 virus cases and helping the public understand the many issues involved was addressed Wednesday. Dr. Eugenia Ngo-Seidel, director of the county health department, began a meeting of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners by directing them, and the public, to data at, which is updated daily. The “Summary for Nassau County,” as of July 7, showed 19 cases reported for that day, and 346 total cases made up of 331 Nassau County residents and 15 non-residents. The median age of the victims testing positive for the COVID19 virus was 40 years old. Also displayed were the age and sex of those reported. The hospitalizations from the beginning of the pandemic to the present day is 26. As of July 7, there were eight individuals hospitalized, seven in Baptist Medical Center Nassau and one in a Jacksonville hospital. The number of novel coronavirus tests reported was listed along with the number of negative and positive results and the calculation of the percentage of positivity. The county’s positivity rate has increased from the beginning of monitoring statistics to over 9% currently. Ngo-Seidel then went to the page entitled “Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard” (from the same website) giving the Florida’s statewide results. There is a separate page dedicated to testing and another page that gives information based on ZIP codes. Ngo-Seidel noted that there is a lag in identifying cases after an action is taken such as the city and county requiring the use of facemasks or coverings when people cannot social distance. Those orders went into effect last week. Contract tracing was the next topic discussed. Ngo-Seidel displayed a web page from the Florida Department of Health entitled “Contract Tracing Can Contain COVID-19”: https://bit. ly/2ZSryfM. “What contract tracing tries to do is limit the spread of disease, but by itself it cannot control the spread,” she said. “We have to do the other things, (like) the phased reopening. That is what we are under right now. As our cases increase, the effectiveness of contract tracing goes down. A lot of people have different misperceptions of what it is. It is a way to find and control the disease Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed local family law attorney Chanda L. Rogers to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission. The JNC is charged with interviewing applicants for both circuit and county judges assigned to sit in Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties. The commission forwards the final names to the governor for selection. It has been more than 10 years since Nassau County has had a representative on the JNC and a voice in the selection of these judges, according to a news release. Rogers is a partner at Faltemier Rogers, PLLC, in Fernandina Beach and is active in the Nassau County Bar Association and the local Inn of Court. bJenny Higginbotham Barrett, who is a candidate for Nassau County judge, says being a small town lawyer fighting crime in the corporate world has widened her horizons. After a short time in a private practice, Barrett began working for financial firm Fidelity Investments, where she has been for 16 years. She is currently a senior in-house counsel handling matters in almost 40 states. During that time, she headed a team of lawyers fighting fraud in real estate transactions. “In 2008, 2009, when all the mortgage fraud came to light when the economy tanked, there was a lot of fraud going on with inflated appraisals, a lot of fraud,” Barrett said. “Our company created several fraud positions where an attorney’s whole job was to report fraud to law enforcement. I managed those attorneys, so I’ve worked with law enforcement over the last 15 years, reporting fraud but also handling a lot of theft claims for the company where attorneys or people steal money.” Working for the largest title insurance underwriter and settlement services provider in the country has exposed her to a wide variety of crime, Barrett said, experience that she would bring to the bench. “I feel like, working for Fidelity, I’ve seen so many different kinds of cases and assisted the company prosecuting fraud that I have a good handle on a variety of things,” she said. “When you are presented with different kinds of cases, you come up with different answers. If you see the same thing over and over again, you become complacent I think. I bring something to the table maybe the other candidates don’t.” Another facet of her corporate career has been managing other lawyers, a skill set Barrett says will help her manage a courtroom. “A judge needs to be able to manage a courtroom, to demand respect and decorum in the courtroom, and I think my experience of working at Fidelity has provided me the resource of, part of my job is managing other attorneys in their work,” she said. “I think that would correlate well with being a judge because a lot of attorneys are just in the courtroom making a case. In my role now I manage attorneys as well to make sure they are doing their job, to make sure they are staying on task and are accountable for their cases.” Barrett said that while a judge cannot prevent crime, they can hold people responsible for their decisions and help bThe Fernandina Beach City Commission wants some experts to help them figure out what additional steps can be taken to counter the increasing number of positive coronavirus tests in the county. The commission approved an emergency order July 2 making wearing some sort of facemask or covering in indoor public spaces mandatory for people six years of age and up “when not able to engage in social distancing.” A disease called COVID-19 is caused by infection with SARS-CoV-2, also known as the novel coronavirus. The virus is highly contagious and some carriers have no symptoms at all. At their June 7 meeting, Vice Mayor Len Kreger said the city needs to have a plan in place based on data and metrics that will allow city leaders to know when to take actions like re-closing some businesses that reopened after Gov. Ron f“It is not about the places you have been. It is about who you’ve been around, and most of the exposures that we’re seeing are at work and at home settings and rarely in gatherings,” Dr. Eugenia Ngo-Seidel said Wednesday at the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners meeting. COVID-19 Continued on page 5rfntbrtn fbrt RogersROGERS Continued on page 5nnbbtttrbrfbnfJULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADERJenny Higginbotham Barrett, a candidate for Nassau County judge, said the judicial system helps shape society, and she wants to be part of the leadership that does that. BARRETT Continued on page 4‘‘ ‘PLAN Continued on page 3 Ross NL Friday 07.10.20.indd 1 7/9/20 6:37 PM


Keep Nassau Beautiful and Nassau County Solid Waste Management will hold a free household hazardous waste collection for Nassau County residents Saturday, Aug. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Nassau County Road Department, located at 86200 Gene Lassere Blvd. in Yulee. Aerosol cans, batteries, used cooking oil, computers, corrosives, electronics, fertilizers, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, cleaners, insecticides, lubricants, oil filters, paint/paint thinners, solvents, pesticides, pool chemicals, propane tanks and televisions will be accepted. A non-perishable canned food drive for Barnabas Food Pantry will also be held. For information and directions to the event, visit or call (904) 261-0165.rfnntDue to the challenges created by COVID-19, NassauTRANSIT is changing its reservation policy for registered paratransit passengers. Paratransit clients throughout Nassau County may now contact NassauTRANSIT and schedule same-day, door-to-door service, depending Paratransit Program provides transit services for the elderly, disabled, economically disadvantaged, children at risk and individuals who have no other means of transportation. If you would like to register for the program, visit To schedule a ride, call 261-0700. bnnntMedicare can be a confusing subject, but it IFAS is providing free MEDICARE consultations via telephone. Whether you will be new to Medicare and need to enroll (perhaps because you have lost your employee health insurance) or are seeking information on changes you can make to your current coverage, this is your chance to receive knowledgeable, unbiased assistance with your choices. Appointments can be scheduled by calling Meg McAlpine Extension Service (904) 570-5713. nnnnntStarting Point Behavioral Healthcare remains open and is scheduling online telehealth sessions for all medication management, individual and group therapy services. All current patients are being contacted by their therapist, case manager, or support staff member to begin using Zoom for future appointments. If a patient has an appointment scheduled but has not yet been contacted by an SPBH staff member, please call 225-8280 to speak with a registration clerk. Technical assistance is available for those who do not know how to use Zoom.For anyone experiencing a mental health crisis, a counselor is available 24/7. For children or adolescents, call 580-0529. For adults, call 206-1756.tnSeniors, disabled adults, and their caregivers can get free, live help from trained customer service specialists and information about local HelpLine. ElderSource specialists are trained to listen local agencies, services and programs, according to Linda Levin, CEO of ElderSource, a local nonprofit organization designated by the state as the Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center for Northeast Florida. The agency provides information and referral resources for caregivers and seniors ElderSource HelpLine counselors work with callers to explain what resources are available and to help them enroll in the programs for which they are eligible. The service is part of the federal Aging and Disability Resource Centers program, which addresses the frustrations many older adults, people with disabilities, and family members experience when trying to learn about and access service programs and support. An additional program that ElderSource offers helps area seniors understand their Medicare benefits that cover expenses due to COVID-19 testing and illness. The HelpLine assistance is available to persons of all income levels in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia counties. Specialists are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ElderSource HelpLine number is 1-888-242-4464.ntntnn for Nassau County, has a 24-hour Crisis Hotline that residents can call or text. The number is (904) 225-9979.tntnnttNortheast Florida Community Action Agency has temporarily suspended in-person operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. public and staff is working remotely, NFCAA is continuing to provide financial assistance to households in need of utility assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Residents in need of assistance are required service options at or call (904) 3628052 for additional options. Due to COVID-19, the Low-Income Home Energy (LIHEAP) benefits amounts have increased as follows: disabled household members and an addiassistance is provided once per year to reduce energy burden. must be past due. Eligibility is based on household income and family size.nnnIf you are interested in maritime history, shipwrecks, pirates, or French and Spanish treasure fleets, make sure you visit the Maritime Museum of Amelia Island. The museum is now open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The museum is located at 115 S. Second St. in downtown Fernandina Beach. Artifacts on display include those from local maritime history as well as hisweapons from multiple time periods, a Soviet era KGB diving suit, and artifacts from a treasure hunting expedition. Call (904) 277-1948 or go to for information.ntnnfThe Fernandina Beach Police Auxiliary Corps is seeking volunteers who can assist police as well as citizens in support of a wide variety of community activities. Among these are traffic control for the local schools, visiting senior citizens living at home (Safe in Place/ SIP), events such as Shrimp Festival, Sounds on Centre, parades, races and numerous charitable events. Many involve street closures with traffic and pedestrian control issues. Applications are available at the Police Department at 1525 Lime St. in Fernandina Beach and online at http://bit. ly/2wYBBBS.Support group for survivors of sexual assault ages 18 or older meets 4-5 p.m. every other Wednesday at Family Support Services in Yulee. For information, call Lori at 716-5390.fnnNassau Habitat for Humanity has announced a new, simplified process for applying for a Habitat-built home. The initial process includes completing a self-evaluation questionnaire to see if the applicant meets the basic qualifications for Habitat home ownership – income level, creditworthiness, need, and other considerations. If so, applicants will then meet with Habitat to start the official application process. For information, contact Nassau Habitat for Humanity at or 2771014 or visit the Habitat office in Suite 115 at 516 S. 10th St. in Fernandina Beach between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday or Thursday.Support group for survivors of sexual assault ages 18 or older meets 4-5 p.m. every other Wednesday at Family Support Services in Yulee. For information, call Lori at 716-5390.tntfDrinking problem? We can help. Alcoholics Anonymous. Call (904) 399-8535 or visit neflaa. org/meetings nnHealing Hearts is a support group for those who have lost a spouse. The group meets twice a month. On the first Monday of the month, the group meets at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at Gators Dockside in Yulee. On the second Monday of the month, members meet at 6:30 p.m. for dinner at the Marina Restaurant in Fernandina Beach. For more information, contact Joni Reid at 556-6767 or attend one of the meetings. tntfDrinking problem? We can help. Alcoholics Anonymous. Call (904) 399-8535 or visit neflaa. org/meetings open support group for those grieving the death of a loved one are held 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in the organi1901 Island WalkWay, Fernandina Beach. For information, contact Bereavement Manager Byron Beall at 407-6811.nDonations of blankets and towels as well as mac and cheese and peanut butter and jelly are needed for homeless individuals. Donations of dry, canned or boxed foods are also needed. Drop off at Palm III Realty, 1721 S. Eighth St. Call 556-5700. Academy is now taking applications from county residents who would like to attend a nine-week class to learn about the Nassau vide a look at what the NCSO does in detail Office operates by explaining procedures. The Citizens Academy meets Thursday nights with Contact Larry Boatwright at or 548-4027 to learn more.nHealing Hearts is a local support group for those who have lost a spouse. The group meets twice a month on the second Monday at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and on the fourth Monday at 6 p.m. for dinner. For information, contact Joni at 556-6767.tGary W. Belson Associates holds basic with defensive tactics courses, concealed-weapon license courses and close-quarter defensive tactics courses. For information, contact Belson at 491-8358 or 476-2037 or, or visit Submit events to Weekly Updates c/o News-Leader, 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034; editor2@fbnewsleader. com; or 261-3696.Lorraine Margaret Carrier, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., went home June 21, 2020 to be with her Lord. She was born December 5, 1935 in Linesville, Pa., the middle child of three children. After graduating from Townville High School in 1953, she worked as a cashier at a grocery store where she met her future husband, Jerry Carrier, whom she married in 1954. At the age of 19, she had her first baby and then a second two years later. She devoted the next 20 years to raising her two children, a boy and a girl, in the Meadville, Pa. area. After the kids were out of the house, and in the wake of an economic downturn in Northwest Pennsylvania, they moved in 1984 to Sarasota, Fla., where they stayed for 14 years before moving to Sebring, Fla. for three years. They loved Florida life, and especially loved Amelia Island, where they relocated in 2002 shortly before Jerry’s passing. Lorraine was an excellent pianist, playing honky-tonk style; she especially enjoyed gospel hymns. She was a fearless, energetic woman with loads of charisma and an incredible work ethic, but she also loved to have fun and play games. Every few years, she and Jerry would buy and live in a house that needed some work, remodel it, and sell it for a profit. She would tackle any job and even taught herself masonry. She enjoyed flowers and flower arranging, working off and on at Publix as a florist. When her sensitive skin kept her from gardening in the Florida sun, her neighbors dubbed her “the moonlight gardener” as she started tending her flowers at night. She was a volunteer at Barnabas Center’s New To You Resale Store on Amelia Island and an active member of Grace Community Church of Nassau. She loved the Lord and reading the Bible, and she loved her family. She taught her children that there was nothing they could not do if they set their minds to it. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, Emanuel and Minnie Baldwin, and her husband of 49 years, Jerry Carrier. She is survived by her devoted husband, Claxton Jones; brothers, Edward Baldwin and his wife, Althea, and David Baldwin and his wife, Linda; a son, Ron Carrier and his wife, Carol; a daughter, Loretta Vernier and her husband, Paul; grandchildren, Jennifer Bradsher and her husband, David, Corey Vernier and his wife, Elizabeth, Ryan Vernier and his wife, Heather, and Amanda Hartman and her husband, Trevor; and 13 great-grandchildren, Ruthie, Sam, Lydia, and Ethan Bradsher, Lily, Rowan, Iver, Isla, and Asher Hartman, and Scarlett, Grant, Logan and Caroline Vernier. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.”rLloyd Broward Freeman, 77, of Yulee, Fla., passed away Friday, July 3, 2020. He was born November 29, 1943 in Fernandina Beach, Fla. to the late Napoleon Broward and Vivian A. (Evatt) Freeman. He was at Burgess and Cook and owner of Freeman’s Automotive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Freeman. He is survived by his partner, Doris Corrao; a daughter, Kelly Freeman and her son, Harley Freeman; a son, Ashley Freeman and his wife, Carla (ne Mosey), son, Jason Freeman, and daughter, Jamie Freeman (fianc, Jamie Griffin); a daughter, Toni (ne Freeman) Mullinax and her husband, Richard, and sons, Drew Baden (Tiffany) and John Trenton Baden; and a son, Jonathen Freeman and his wife, Wendy (ne Jones), and daughters, Alexis McCaull and Skylee Freeman. He also is survived by three great-grandchildren, Rosa Lee, Kaidyn, and Amelia Lynn; a brother, Johnny Freeman; a sister, Betsy Bell; and many, many cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to a local food pantry of your choice.frntbWilliam (“Bill”) John Neuss, 73, of Amelia Island, Fla., passed away suddenly early Sunday morning, July 5, 2020, at Baptist Heart in Jacksonville, Fla. Bill was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was also a dedicated serviceman. He served his country with courage, his community with enthusiasm and compassion, and especially his family with quiet, unwavering love and patience. Born September 21, 1946 in Freeport, N.Y., he was the son of William and Elfreda Neuss and grew up on Long Island. He moved to Bayport in 10th grade where he met Sandy. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and he and Sandy married in 1969. Soon after, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1970. While serving in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot in the 1st Calvary from June 1971 to June 1972, he impressed his fellow soldiers with his bravery. Meanwhile, back at home, his young wife was raising his new babies. He received several commendations for his service, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Upon completion of his duty, he and Sandy returned to Long Island to build their family home in Bellport. Bill retired from his professions as pilot and business owner. In 2005, he and Sandy moved from Long Island to Fernandina Beach. Their beach house oasis became a resort refuge for family and friends. In retirement, Bill and Sandy enjoyed traveling and hosting friends. Bill welcomed all visitors, treating them to delicious dinners and desserts. He cultivated his passion for service on Amelia Island by volunteering his time with the Nassau County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels, and the Woman’s Club. Many folks on Amelia became familiar with him and his gracious and helpful nature. He will be remembered by his family and friends for infectious positive energy and willingness to help. Bill taught his grandchildren to be devoted and diligent. Always combining industry and fun, he was a swim instructor, cook, and a gentleman. He had a way of making everyone feel special and important simply by looking them in the eyes and intently listening. Bill was an avid athlete constantly looking for the next challenge. Close friends and acquaintances alike mention his happy, encouraging ways. No matter how your path crossed with Bill, he made a lasting impression. Bill is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandra Dioquardo Neuss; their three children, Heather Leahy (Ken) of Atlanta, Ga., William John Neuss Jr. (Denise) of Lindenhurst, N.Y., and Matthew Neuss (Misty) of Wading River, N.Y.; five grandchildren; brothers, Donald Neuss (Shelley) of Livermore, Calif. and Jeffrey Neuss (Barbara) of Manlius, N.Y.bMabel Lucille (Blake) Selby, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center Nassau. She was 91. Mabel was born August 2, 1928 in Volant, Pa. to Lester T. and Marie C Blake. She attended school in West Middlesex, Pa and graduated from West Middlesex High School, Class of 1946. She married Harold J. Selby Jr. on June 5, 1948. They were married 58 years until his passing in October of 2006. Mabel moved to Fernandina Beach in 2009. Mabel was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach. She was an avid sports fan and was known to watch professional and college sporting events year-round. Mabel thoroughly enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in athletic, cheer and dance events throughout the years. She leaves behind her son, Theodore “Ted” Selby and his wife, Bernadette “Bunny,” of Fernandina Beach; her daughter, Deborah Selby (Thomas) Sweesy of West Middlesex Pa.; five grandchildren, Tracy Selby (Palmer) Knight Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., Leslie Selby (Brian) Dumas of Orange Park, Fla., Laurie Selby Teeters of Aiken, S.C., Tamala Sweesy (Ben) Levin of Hingham, Mass., and Jay Thomas (Jodi) Sweesy of Hermitage, Pa.; 10 great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Austin Knight, Kaleb and Brandon Dumas, Chase Teeters (Travis) Mills, Amber Teeters, Tula and Abe Levin, and Brinley and Vera Sweesy; and one great-great-granddaughter, Tyler Mills. Memorial services will be held at a later date and Mabel will be buried next to her husband, “Cork,” in the Haywood Cemetery in West Middlesex, Pa. Please share your memories and condolences at Lee Fisher, 76, of Yulee, Fla., passed away June 30, 2020.rf t r b NEWS DEADLINES Community News: Wednesday, Noon Letters to the editor: Monday, 5 p.m., Wednesday, 5 p.m. Church Notes: Tuesday, 5 p.m. People and Places: Wednesday, 3 p.m. AD DEADLINES .................. WEDNESDAY EDITION ........ FRIDAY EDITION Classified Ads: .................. Monday, 5:00 p.m.* ................ Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. Classified Display: ............ Friday, 3 p.m. ......................... Tuesday, 5 p.m. Legal Notices: ................... Friday, noon ........................... N/A Retail Advertising: ............ Friday, 3 p.m. ......................... Tuesday, 3 p.m. * Monday holidays the Classified deadline will be Friday at 5 p.m. MAIL SUBSCRIPTION RATES nn fr rnrftbrb rnrnThe News-Leader is published every Wednesday and Friday by The Fernandina Beach News-Leader, 511 Ash Street, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Periodicals postage paid at Fernandina in part without written permission from the publisher are prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: News-Leader, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. The News-Leader may only be sold by persons or businesses authorized by the publisher or circulation director. NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS: The News-Leader assumes no financial responsibility for typographical errors in advertising. When notified promptly, the part of the advertisement in which the typographical error appears will be reprinted. All advertising is subject to the approval of the publisher. The News-Leader reserves the right to correctly classify, edit or delete any objectionable wording or reject the advertisement in its entirety at any time prior to scheduled publication if it is determined that the advertisement or any part thereof is contrary to the general standard of advertising acceptance. Copyright 2020 The r. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without specific written permission of the publisher. All rights reserved LA FLORA MISSIONCREMATORIUMFernandina Beach, Florida 32034 (904) 261-3644Nassau County’s Only Crematorium 1303 Jasmine St., Suite 101 Fernandina Beach, FL NLP\SA The food pantry needs donations of non-perishable food items all year round.For more information, Call: 261 -7000 NL Friday 07.10.20.indd 2 7/9/20 6:37 PM


DeSantis allowed them to do so. “I’m not a big fan of waiting for the state or the county to do anything,” Kreger said. “What kind of criteria do we need before we take further action? When do the numbers tell us we need to do something further? When do we consider further action, curtailing operations? Gyms are open, restaurants are at 50% – do we want to look at that? “The beaches are another concern. I don’t think, personally, (on) most of our beaches people are socially distancing. We could do something there. I’m not saying what or when, but we need to look at that.” Mayor Johnny Miller said he believes county officials and the Florida Department of Health should be involved in any city workshop to create a plan based on data showing increasing numbers of COVID-19 virus cases. City Attorney Tammi Bach cautioned the commissioners not to look for guidance from health experts because dealing with the coronavirus has become so political, but also said they have the power to pass ordinances to close certain types of businesses or impose curfews without approval from the county or the state. “If you have an expert in here they are not going to tell you what they think,” she said. “They are letting officials make decisions. They are publishing statistics, but they are not going to tell you what to do. We’ve tried. You’re not going to get the experts to say, ‘For Fernandina Beach, this number means you need to shut restaurants.’ They’re not going to put themselves in that kind of political hot seat. They are going to want to know what to expect when they get here. I would suggest you have questions about the statistics, questions about protecting ourselves, but you all ultimately have to make that decision.” Commissioner Phil Chapman said enforcement would be an integral part of any plan the city develops. Commissioner Mike Lednovich suggested having code enforcement in restaurants in the evening hours because he has seen violations of the ordinance passed by the City Commission last week. Commissioner Chip Ross expressed doubts about the workshop and said enforcement won’t stop people from going to crowded places or make them wear masks, adding that its a personal responsibility. “The reason I’m a little skeptical about having a workshop is that somehow you have got to get people to buy into the fact that they shouldn’t go to crowded places,” Ross said. “People have to stay six feet apart. We have to get word out that we can’t do the things we want to do as a group of people. You want to get people together, you want to shake hands, you want to hug. “You want to enforce this, but it has to be a voluntary thing. Everybody thinks this pandemic is going to go away magically – it will not. We can flatten the curve, but it has to be the public working together. I don’t think we have enough police and code enforcement officers to do that.” The commission agreed to hold a workshop on July 15 at 2 p.m. at the city golf course. Gil Langley, managing director of the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council told the City Commission the TDC gave $50,000 to local nonprofits to help hospitality employees affected by the downturn in tourism and is working with hotels to track visitors to the island and send that data to the Florida Department of Health. A website has been created to have one place people can get information about the coronavirus in the city and county and another website where local businesses can have an online presence, free of charge, and offer goods and services, Langley said, adding that the TDC supplied facemasks and supplies to help businesses make customers aware of social distancing. Call the TDC at (904) 2774369 for more information about the websites Langley was referring to. Langley said the TDC has canceled all of its advertising, although some of the ads that have already been scheduled are continuing to run on television and in print. “We’re taking the approach that tourism is going to suffer greatly the remainder of this fiscal year,” Langley said. “We’re not running any advertising for the next four months. We’re not doing any promotion. We’re answering questions for the media and trying to do what we can to help businesses, especially in the downtown area, that are dependent on tourism. We will lose some businesses. Fourth of July is usually a 100% occupancy weekend for hotels on the island. They ran about 60%.” Langley said the Republican National Convention has signed contracts with all the hotels on Amelia Island, and it is the TDC’s responsibility to ensure those guests have a positive experience “without adversely affecting the citizens who live here.” Langley said there is a plethora of issues affecting Florida tourism. “Here’s the situation: We’ve got beaches that are under a cloud. ‘Open or closed – we don’t know why’ is what the consumer tells us. Hurricanes at the height of the season, the economy is cratering, we’ve got COVID, and today we found out that Florida now has brain-eating amoebas, which made national publications,” Langley said, referring to one case of Naegleria fowleri in Hillsborough County. It is usually found in warm, freshwater sources in Florida. “We are at a war, but we are taking the proper steps to address the issues facing the city and the county,” he added. The commission awarded a bid of $126,435 to Golf Sculptors International to perform work on the municipal golf course, but there were concerns regarding the bid process as well as spending the money when the city’s finances are uncertain due to the pandemic. The work is being done, in part, to prepare the course for the installation of Toptracer, an electronic golf game the city agreed to install in order to raise revenue and help pay off debt. The city has budgeted $400,000 for the game. Kreger said the company that won the bid was not the lowest bidder but rather the one that could get the work done quickly. He said there were no time constraints in the Request for Bids, which resulted in the city choosing a bid $30,000 higher than it should have. “My question is, was (a time requirement) in the bid specs? When we go out and get four bidders and don’t take the lowest bid, and it’s $30,000 higher, that’s concerning,” he said. “If this bid was structured properly, all the scheduling data would be in there. “We are sending a terrible message to bidders. The other two low bidders are going to wonder what’s going on here. We have to do a better job. Competitive bidding should be competitive bidding. We should specify what we want. We shouldn’t have to spend $30,000 more.” Lednovich said the city is in a hurry to have the golf course ready for the parts of the Republican National Convention scheduled to take place at the end of August in Jacksonville. He said Fernandina Beach should not make those improvements simply to attract more tourists during a pandemic and should make the improvements next year. “When we (agreed to install Toptracer), it was during normal times with the expectation that we would have a full tourist season,” Lednovich said. “Does anybody think this is a time to open a new business that is dependent upon (the sale of) food and drink? We can wait until our economy rebounds. We don’t need this.” The bid was awarded by a 4-1 vote with Kreger voting to approve the contract despite his objection. Lednovich cast the dissenting vote. In other business, the City Commission: Approved a transfer of $23,100 from the General Fund contingency account to the information technology communications internet account in order to purchase more bandwidth needed for security cameras; Amended the time frame for the Charter Review Committee to extend to Sept. 30; Approved the final plat for Crane Island Phase 2B; Approved the transfer of $20,250 from the building reserve account to the building operating supplies account, approved the transfer of $10,000 from the building reserve account to the building overtime account, and approved the transfer of $24,986 from the building reserve account to various building accounts for expenses related to additional personnel; Approved a list of vendors to perform building plan reviews and inspection services when that department is understaffed due to vacations, sickness, training, etc; Amended the city code, prohibiting animals to be transported without being safely restrained; Appointed Amy Bryan to the Charter Review Committee to replace Richard Clark, who resigned due to relocation; Recognized “Foar from Home” for the group’s work to raise awareness and combat the high rate of veteran suicide and their work for veteran posttraumatic stress disorder medical research; Recognized the Cross the Line Foundation’s second Annual Paddle for Veterans event and gave the group a decal with the city of Fernandina Beach seal for use on their kayak; and Proclaimed July 25-Aug. 1 as Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week. 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Hopf is the co-owner and science director of Dune Science Group LLC, according to his LinkedIn profile. “My experience and interests follow two different paths with a common background in civil engineering. My first career of 35 years involved working as and engineer and manager in the hydrocarbon pipeline industry. I then retired from Shell and earned a doctorate in coastal geomorphology from Texas A&M and taught related courses for 3 years. I have come out of retirement to share the skills I have developed along the way in management, beach and dune protection, public affairs, safe pipeline and terminal siting and permitting, research, teaching/coaching and public speaking,” Hopf says on the profile. “Would appreciate it if you could highlight one of our citizens who has continued to make a contribution to science while in retirement,” Ross said in her email to the NewsLeader. “With so much covid bad news lately, something a little more positive may be a welcome change. We can all still be productive during a pandemic (including writing for scientific publication and receive some national recognition).” rfrr r rnt rfrThe Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) now posts its weekly lane closure report online at TrafficReport. With major work underway on A1A and other projects in Nassau County you can stay up-to-date on which roads will have lane closures. Commuters traveling into Duval County can also get the latest on Jacksonville lane closures. The report is updated every Friday. NL/PSA NL Friday 07.10.20.indd 3 7/9/20 6:39 PM


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Steve Turner leads a devoted and knowledgeable staff who is dedicated to helping customers with all of their hardware needs. The staff also is available to help get your home and business to-do lists DONE! The greenhouse, offers a plethora of lawn and garden accessories, such as a huge selection of ceramic pots, fountains, wind chimes, birdbaths, decorative benches, stepping-stones and plants galore, including shrubs, trees, roses, annuals, perennials, orchids, palms, tropicals, vegetables, herbs and much more. Inside, customers will find the latest products such as the new Benjamin Moore-Aura paint with no VOCs and no odor. Other top-of-theline brands include Stihl power equipment, Toro Mowers, Myers pumps, Weber and the Big Green Egg Smoker and Grill, Egg accessories. Traeger, Green Mountain and Delta Heat grills (assembly & delivery available). Yeti coolers and Yeti cups in decorative colors, Hunter and Rainbird irrigation accessories, Kingsley Bate s, casual furniture, CRP Poly Furniture. Large Birding dept! Whole corn, and Taste of the Wild dogfood, Case & Benchmade knives. Turner Ace now features the Ace Rewards program, in which customers receive money-saving coupons and additional discounts on many items each month. Turner Ace is the headquarters for: Key making – Turner Ace cuts a variety of keys, including decorative and transponder keys. Ace also keys alike Kwikset and Schlage locksets, as well as master padlocks. Fasteners including bolts, nuts, screws, anchors, stainless, Grade 8 and metric, chrome screws and bolts for motorcycles sold separately or by the box, in stock! Small engine repair. While Turner Ace is independently owned, it is an affiliate of Ace Hardware Corp., based in Oakbrook, Ill. Together with approximately 5,000 other Ace Hardware stores, Turner Ace has tremendous buying power. This means great savings and selection for customers. Turner Ace also can special order from 100,000 items from its parent company and receives two Ace trucks per week for quick delivery. All major credit cards are accepted and Ace Hardware credit and gift cards are now available. Check out our website: www.shopsaltybreeze.comTurner Ace HardwareTurner Ace Hardware2990 S. Eighth Street Fernandina Beach904-261-5270Hours: 8 a.m. 7 p.m., Mondays – Saturdays, 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Sundays The helpful place get to the root of the crime, such as theft caused by drug addiction. After graduating from West Nassau High School, the University of North Florida with honors, and Florida State University, Barrett worked as a young attorney in the Public Defender’s Office in the 2nd Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee for two years. “I handled misdemeanor, felony cases – the gambit,” she said. “My second week, when I was 25 years old, I represented someone in trial. I did well. It was scary. That was a good experience, and I believed in that work. Everybody didn’t have enough money to retain a lawyer. High pressure, but I learned a lot. I was in court every day.” But the Nassau County girl came home to Callahan, where she was born and raised and where she still lives today with her husband, Scott, and children, Max, 7, and Isabella, 6. She said she has lived in the west part of Nassau County, and visited the east, all her life and understands the importance of maintaining community. “A lot of people in larger communities don’t get the benefit of community. Community takes care of each other. That is why I love Nassau County,” Barrett said. “We are still a tight community that takes care of each other. Things will change. I know we are in a lot of growth, and will most likely continue to grow, and you need a judge that knows our community and can maintain the ideals our community was founded on as we continue to grow.” Barrett said being in the corporate world “where nobody cares what your last name is” has helped her create a strong work ethic, which she uses in that world and would use as county judge. “I’m not afraid to work. I have worked so hard my entire life. I have had to prove myself everywhere,” she said. “Being from a small town if anything your accent is a mark, because they don’t think you’re smart. I’ve had to prove myself to executives in California and New York. I have had to work really hard to get there. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty and work. I am not sitting in an ivory tower telling people what to do.” Barrett said a judge should be active in the com munity and she would continue to do so by attending community events and speaking at schools. Currently, she is a member of the American Business Women’s Association and Florida Land Title Association, serves on the board for ElderSource, is active in her church, and coaches her children’s basketball and Little League teams. Barrett says accountability is what a judge pro vides, and she is prepared to bring that to the bench. “I will be tough but fair,” she said. “People make bad decisions and should not be defined by their decisions. They should be held accountable for their decisions. The law is the law. A judge does not change the law. They uphold the law to make sure the people follow the law, make sure justice is served and be fair about it. I think our home deserves strong leadership that will protect our families and be fair to everyone. I know that sounds kitschy, but that’s what I believe.” The deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 18 primary is July 20. Early primary voting is Aug. 7-15. The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3 general election is Oct. 5. Early general election voting is Oct. 19-31. Continued from page 1 The city’s financial and accounting structure includes several “funds.” The most significant fund is the General Fund. The General Fund is the city’s primary operating account, with the overwhelming amount of revenues generated by property taxes and expenditures associated with personnel and services (approximately two-thirds of which is related to police, fire, and parks and recreation operations). In addition to the General Fund, the city has several other “Enterprise” Funds. Enterprise Funds are typically designated as such because of the funding mechanisms associated with the services provided: user charges and fees, not property taxes. Enterprise funds are, in theory, designed to generate sufficient revenues through user fees to fund operating costs. The city’s enterprise funds include the marina, the golf course, the airport, sanitation, and utilities (water and wastewater). The marina and the golf course have received the most significant scrutiny due to the failure of those operations to satisfactorily sustain their operations through user fees. Due to those financial shortcomings, those two operations have required substantial financial support from the General Fund (property taxes). The financial operation of those two recognized community assets must be addressed to reduce the need for General Fund support. The sanitation and utilities funds are often overlooked as enterprise funds. Those funds provide a basic municipal service and have no need for additional financial support outside of the fees associated with those services. Unlike the other two “recreational” enterprise funds (the marina and the golf course), the airport is financially sustainable, requiring no support from the General Fund. In large part, this is due to the extensive land at the Airport, several hundred acres of which are leased for use as the Amelia River Golf Club. Several other ground leases, at fair market rates reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), provide long-term steady and predictable revenue. Annual funding from the FAA (derived from taxes and charges on commercial ticket sales) and the Florida Department of Transportation (derived from aviation fuel sales) provide revenues for the airport, too. The financial position of the airport has been historically strong, even during a period of contentiousness between the airport operator (Fixed-Based Operator, or FBO) and the city. Despite the contentiousness, the previous FBO, and in tandem, the city, was financially successful with airport operations. The strength of the financial success was demonstrated by the ability to design and construct the new terminal facility with no need for General Fund (property tax) support. I believe that another recent key factor in the success of the airport is the result of the leadership and professionalism of the airport director, Mr. Nathan (Nate) Coyle. Mr. Coyle came to the city approximately three years ago from a similar position in Idaho (although at the time, he was actually serving his community as the city manager following his service as the community’s airport manager). He is an Air Force veteran, and his service included overseas tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan to support Air Force operations in those theaters. His wife, Heather, is originally from Florida, which led, in part, to their decision to come to Fernandina Beach. Their two young children, James and Kylie, are full of boundless energy, precociousness, and trouble. Those kids will be fun to watch as they torment their parents! Since Nate’s arrival, his parents, Mike and Becky, have moved to Nassau County from Pennsylvania. Nate has established a professional rapport with the members of the Airport Advisory Commission. His experience with airport operations provides outstanding direction in determining future operations and plans. One indicator of the success of the airport may be evident in the waiting list for individual hangars. That list has grown from roughly 20 interested people to close to 70. Mr. Coyle is developing plans to accommodate this growing demand with additional hangar space. The financial position of the airport will likely have a practical application with the planned construction of a new fire station. By being located on airport property, the airport will be able to provide additional funding and perhaps even serve as the financing source for the construction of the facility (the city would then likely “lease” the grounds/facility from the airport). Other notable projects scheduled at the airport include new fuel tanks and the rehabilitation of a runway (funded 100%, over $2 million, by the rfrfn FILE The airside entrance to the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. rf FAA as part of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic). As the airport was originally developed to support military operations, several military units – ground-based with no inherent aircraft assets – have utilized the airport for training exercise: a unit of the Florida Army National Guard has provided air control support for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance for several years, enhancing the safety of air operations during one of the busiest island events. Mr. Coyle is a great asset to the airport. He, like other senior leaders on the city staff, represents the city well and demonstrates a strong commitment to this community. I look forward to continuing to serve with Nate. Dale Martin is the city manager of Fernandina Beach. 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spread, to identify who has been exposed, and who was ill, and who needs to be isolated because they can spread the disease.” Referring to the chart, NgoSeidel continued: “The chart illustrates that home isolation and at-home care for 14 days is what most people need. The method is to isolate in one room and have sole use of a bathroom, if possible. Keep track of your symptoms. Get rest and stay hydrated. Ask your health care provider about pain and fever medication. Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for at home care. ... A contact tracer will ask, ‘Who have you been in contact with over the last 2 weeks?’ If these contacts show symptoms, they must self-isolate at home for 14 days. If their symptoms get worse, they will probably be tested. These contacts may be asked about their contacts. Any missed contacts could spread COVID-19 to other people. To slow the spread of COVID-19, contact tracers will try to find these contacts. “Some people with COVID19 have no apparent symptoms; however, this contact will also be asked to practice social distancing, keeping at least six feet between themselves and others, and keeping track of possible symptoms such as fever cough and shortness of breath. “Not everybody can stay home for 14 days without a paycheck,” Ngo-Seidel said. “We have had some situations where we’ve had help and we have some great partners. Our program has provided concrete needs, food delivery, and helped people get the resources that they may need. Meals have been delivered for people as well. “If you are told that you have COVID, you need to identify your contacts; however, it may take us a while to follow up, so be proactive. If you are told that you have COVID, please contact your contacts and let them know they need to start to quarantine. Additionally, if you’re told that you’re a contact, don’t wait for the public health department to reach you. It may take a while because of the massive workload that we are under right now. Be proactive and do the things that you need to do – staying home, social distancing and practicing all the things that we talked about. “It is not about the places you have been. It is about who you’ve been around, and most of the exposures that we’re seeing are at work and at home settings and rarely in gatherings. “One in five people do not have any idea where they got infected, but a good number of people say, ‘I know how I was exposed,’ and it’s usually a work or home setting. At this time, we have 12 staff trained to do contact tracing. We also have four or five additional people that are under contract through the state and we’re expecting to get more personnel. The recommendation for our population is approximately 25 contact tracers.” In relation to testing, NgoSeidel said her department uses Nassau County Emergency Management as a single point of contact and they distribute the information on testing. County Manager and Attorney Mike Mullin asked about the antigen and antibody tests. “The antibody test tells you whether you may have had it in the past; however, the problem is (that) it’s not specific, as there may be other viruses involved that cross react with it. We will count the PCR test as a COVID case and the antigen test as a COVID case,” Ngo-Seidel responded. A question came up about follow-up monitoring. NgoSeidel said if her contact tracers are concerned about not hearing from a person, they might make a home visit, and if a person is noncompliant, we then “may have to move into a non-voluntary situation.” Ngo-Seidel said the SARSCoV-2 virus, which can cause a disease called COVID-19, can be spread two days prior to getting symptoms. But many people who have the virus develop no symptoms at all, referred to as “asymptomatic,” and spread the virus without realizing they are infected. Others may have a mild case. Asked about how close contact is defined, she said being within six feet for 15 to 20 minutes and oftentimes in an enclosed space. Ngo-Seidel added there are different kinds of masks for different situations. There may be some people who cannot wear a mask, but for the vast majority, this is a protective measure, mostly for the people around us. She suggests caution. The board unanimously approved extending the local state of emergency for another week, rescheduling their Monday, Aug. 10 meeting, and rescheduling a beach ordinance meeting from July 27 to July 28. The proposed beach ordinance would be the sole item on the agenda. BOCC Chairman Danny Leeper stated there has been a lot of discussion about the closed grass parking lot at American Beach. He asked Mullin if he could look at possibly opening the lot on weekdays. Mullin stated he would look into it. Leeper then reported a Nassau County employee has teamed up with a group of veterans who are going to be rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. He said he would like to bring the group in for a proclamation and help get the word out for donations. The four men involved are Billy Cimino, Cameron Hansen, A.M. “Hupp” Huppmann, and Paul Lore. Leeper asked if Mullin would want to go along with them. Mullin then suggested that some of the commissioners might want to row with them. Leeper called on Gil Langley, president and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and managing director of the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council, to share news on the tourist front. Langley said they are continuing daily surveys of more than 300 lodging properties and turning the information over to the county and the local health department. They have also distributed more than 2,000 facemasks and developed employee and public education materials. Langley said they have completed over 200 social separation kits for small businesses that include floor stickers, a tape measure and instructions on how to enforce social separation within their businesses. Langley then spoke about Amelia Island tourism marketing and advertising programs, saying he understands commissioners are getting “calls about why we are still promoting our destination when we still have the pandemic going on.” He said that on March 12 all advertising that could be pulled was pulled, but “on May 25, right before the Memorial Day weekend, we lost some social marketing and then began to ramp up our program as restaurants and bars were allowed open and the beach had more access. “On June 22nd, we could tell that we were going to have some issues, so we stopped all social media paid advertising and continued to monitor Facebook and Instagram and respond to questions from people, but we pulled all our advertising at that point. “On July 3rd, we knew that the Fourth of July weekend was going to be difficult.” Langley reported that over the July 4 weekend there was a 60% occupancy rate at area hotels. “We ordered all advertising pulled in any shape, form or fashion. The only thing that has continued to run, because it was contracted, was some of the TV ads that have been running in the Jacksonville market and that should be done by (July 8). “The result is that we pulled over $525,000 out of the market and as we explained to you in April, our plan was to segment our buys so we could cancel at any point in time. We thought it was in the best interest of the county that we pull that advertising and continue to interact with our customers if they have questions, but not be out there actively soliciting additional business. “We think the next three quarters are going to be difficult and we are now seeing that we don’t see recovery in the tourism industry until the second quarter of next year. It will be a difficult time. We’ve revised our projections on budget bed tax collections for the year. “As you know, our original budget was $7.5 million. We now expect collections to come to about $4.5 million, so it will be $3 million less than what was budgeted. Our hotels are having challenging times, as well as restaurants and bars. We had 19 restaurants closed over the Fourth of July weekend. We started to see some layoffs in the hospitality industry. I want to make sure you have the latest information: That we are not advertising, we have pulled all the advertising, and plan not to do any advertising until the next fiscal year.” NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE AMELIA WALK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTNotice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors ( “Board” ) of the Amelia Walk Community Development District (“District”) is scheduled to hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. where the Board may consider any business that may properly come before it (“Meeting”). The meeting is anticipated to be conducted remotely, pursuant to Zoom communications media technology and/or by telephone pursuant to Executive Orders 20-52, 20-69 and 20-150 issued by Governor DeSantis including any extensions or supplements thereof, and pursuant to Section 120.54(5)(b)2., Florida Statutes. While it is anticipated to be necessary to hold the above referenced Meeting utilizing Zoom communications media technology due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency, the District fully encourages public participation in a safe and efficient manner. Toward that end, anyone wishing to participate in the meeting c/o Governmental Management Services, LLC at (904) 940-5850 or to obtain access information. Additionally, participants are strongly encouraged to submit questions and comments to the District Manager at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting at (904) 940-5850 or to The Meeting is open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida law for community development districts. An electronic copy of the agenda for this meeting may be obtained from the District Manager, 475 West Town Place, Suite 114, St. Augustine, Florida 32092 (and phone (904) The Meeting may be continued to a date, time, and place to be specified on the record at such Meeting. There may be occasions when one or more Supervisors will participate by telephone. Any person requiring special accommodations at the Meeting because of a disability or physical impairment hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1, or 1-800-955-8771 Each person who decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the Meeting is advised that person will need a record of proceedings and that accordingly, the person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based. If you are unable to participate by telephone or by Zoom (904) 940-5850 or for further accommodations. Daniel Laughlin District Manager Department of Planning & ConservationJuly 10, 2020NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLANNING ADVISORY BOARDA Virtual Public Hearing with Restricted Physical Access is scheduled for 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 to con sider COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS addressing State mandated legislative requirements for “Peril of Flood,” “Seasonal Population,” and “Water Supply Facilities Work Plan” as deter mined by the 2019 Evaluation and Appraisal Review (EAR) report. Specifically, revisions are proposed to policies 1.02.04, 4.03.05, 4.03.12, 5.02.08, Objective 5.03, 5.03.12, 5.04.01, 5.04.05, adding new Objective 4.12 Water Supply Facilities Work Plan with sup porting policies 4.12.01 through 4.12.05 and adding new policies 5.03.14 through 5.03.22. Amendments will follow all applicable Florida Statutes. Copies of amendments and supporting docu ments are available at The virtual meeting log-in will be posted with the agenda at least 7 days in advance of the meeting date at Any persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in this hearing should contact 310-3100, TTY 711, (TTY number for all City offices) or through the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771 at least 24 hours in advance to request such accommodation. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the board/com mission with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, s/he will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In addition to nding out the latest news, sports & events happening in Nassau County you can also:Visit today! DO YOU KNOW? Renew your subscription online! Browse back issues... and more! Place classied ads online! Continued from page 1To promote physical distancing and minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, Baptist Health will return to a reduced visitation policy beginning at 8 a.m. today for adult inpatient units and adult inpatient surgery, according to a news release. One designated visitor will be permitted to wait until adult inpatient surgery is complete to receive word from the care team. Visitors will not be permitted to enter the inpatient unit. No adult inpatient visitation will be allowed, with very few exceptions: Labor and delivery: One designated visitor per day. One spouse/partner, one visitor or one doula per patient, per day; no combinations at this time. Hospice: Two loved ones will be permitted. End-of-life: Two loved ones will be permitted. Care teams will arrange visitation on a case-bycase basis. “Our team is continually refining our processes to battle this pandemic,” Brett McClung, president and CEO of Baptist Health, said in the release. “The decision to reduce visitation today is best for the health and safety of our community.” There are no visitation changes for Wolfson Children’s Hospital at this time. For other COVID-19 safety measures, visit Baptist Health’s https://covid19.baptistjax. com/ is a comprehensive online resource for the latest COVID-19 visitation policies, safety protocols and more. It includes an online risk assessment tool, a nurse help line, COVID-19 testing information, a list of available clinical trials for COVID-19 patients and more.rfntbt “I am honored to have been appointed by Governor DeSantis,” Rogers said in the release. “I look forward to serving alongside my fellow commission members to provide the governor with the best candidates the Fourth Judicial Circuit has to offer.”Continued from page 1 Langley NL Friday 07.10.20.indd 5 7/9/20 6:40 PM


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Rader was employed as a medi cal assistant at a doctor’s office in Jacksonville Beach. Without the doctor’s knowledge, she stole pads of blank prescription forms and developed a scheme to sell fraudulent prescriptions for con trolled substances for cash. She also filled fraudulent prescrip tions for drugs in her own name. Rader also posed as a “mobile doctor” conducting home visits in Nassau and Duval counties, where she would write fake pre scriptions with the stolen pads and was paid $100-$300 in cash for each one. Christopher John “C.J.” Bates was the head organizer in Nassau County, assisted by Christopher Martinez, who was Rader’s boy friend. They acted as “recruiters” in Nassau County while Rader’s right hand man, Otis Kirkland, worked as a “recruiter” in Duval County, according to the release. These three individuals would recruit new patients to meet the “mobile doctor” at various homes to get the fake prescrip tions and then go get them filled at area pharmacies. The recruit ers assured the new patients that Rader was a real mobile doctor and everything was legal so they would feel more at ease while getting the prescriptions filled. Once the prescriptions were filled, the new patients would be allowed to keep some of the pills for their own personal use but had to give the rest back to the recruiters so they could then sell them on the street. Approximately 116 fraudu lent prescriptions were issued and over 7,000 hydrocodone, oxycodone and Xanax pills were obtained between March and September 2016 at 44 different pharmacies located in Duval County and Nassau County. When a fake prescription was taken to the pharmacy, the phar macy tech would sometimes call the doctor’s office to verify if the person was a patient. Rader’s sister, Sara Yokum, worked as a receptionist at the doctor’s office and would answer the phone. If the person was actually a patient, Yokum would confirm that, but if the person wasn’t a listed patient, she would refer the call to Rader, who would say the person was a patient. It all unraveled when Rader quit the doctor’s office and her sister was off sick one day. That’s when Holmes went to get her prescription filled before anyone could notify her not to, and that’s also when it was confirmed by the doctor’s office that she was not a patient there. The investigation was very lengthy. A federal grand jury was also convened, which indicted them for their crimes. Rader and 10 other suspects were arrested, convicted and sentenced for their part in the operation. Five of those lived in Nassau County at the time. The case is still under investigation and further arrests are expected. Arrested and sentenced were: Rhiannon Rader, 34, from St. Marys, Ga., sentenced to fives years in federal prison for con spiracy to distribute oxycodone, hydrocodone, and alprazolam (Xanax). Otis Kirkland, 33, from Jacksonville, sentenced to 63 months imprisonment. Christopher Oquendo Martinez, 28, from Yulee, sen tenced to 51 months imprison ment. Christopher John Bates, 27, from Fernandina Beach, sen tenced to 42 months imprison ment. Sandra Arnold, 35, from Yulee, sentenced to 24 months imprisonment. Reginald Ray, 34, from Jacksonville, sentenced to 19 months imprisonment. Carleigh Wilson, 25, from Bryceville, sentenced to four months imprisonment. Christopher Lee Calhoun Jr., 25, from Fernandina Beach, sentenced to three years’ proba tion including six months home detention. LaRhonda Lukes, 32, from Jacksonville, sentenced to three years’ probation, including two months of home detention. Jon’quill Holmes, 31, from Jacksonville, sentenced to three years’ probation. Sarah Yocom, 30, from Kingsland, Ga., sentenced to one year of probation.rfntNASSAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE rfn ttbttt tttbbrtt bttt nt f bnrfftrf n bnrfftrf n NL Friday 07.10.20.indd 6 7/9/20 6:45 PM


We could use more common sense in all levels of government – local, state, national. On a local level, however, we think we have this. A new citizen’s group with knowledge, insight and resourcefulness has formed in Fernandina Beach. Its name speaks for itself: “Common Sense Fernandina Beach.” And its objective is to promote sense/discipline into the city’s spending. “We’ve got a lot of people interested,” says Jack Knocke, a founding member. “Which is encouraging.” Rampant spending has been a recurring habit for the Fernandina Beach government. Even with tax receipts soaring from higher property values, city officials have embellished them by increasing the millage rate. This tandem process has produced unprecedented tax revenues. And city officials have willingly spent them. By hiring more employees. Buying more vehicles and equipment. Pursuing new high-dollar projects with a gold-rush mentality. All the while justifying the spending – and wanting more. Within the Common Sense group’s efforts to be heard, Knocke spoke at the City Commission meeting Tuesday night. Knocke asked if commissioners would roll back the property tax rate in the next budget, so that the same tax revenue comes in this year as last year. Nothing more. The sound emanating from the meeting room resembled a chorus of crickets. However, at least a couple commissioners (Mike Lednovich, Len Kreger) seemed supportive of the taxsaving notion. This, during a time of hardship for many city residents and businesses. The budgeting process within the city is hardly one of transparency. The city manager compiles the preliminary figures and presents them to the commission. That will be July 20. The commissioners vote a week later over the proposed tax (millage) rate, and then begin negotiations. This time last year, few residents spoke up against the 32% tax increase (over the rollback rate) approved by city commissioners. This year will be different. This is not the last the commission will hear from Knocke or other prominent organizers such as retired city finance director Patti Clifford. Three of the five commission seats are up for grabs this fall. So this is a pivotal time for city residents to be heard – and for commissioners to hear them. Lednovich is the only commissioner openly opposing higher taxes, even declaring this intention on his Facebook page. Some residents who came out against a tax increase last year were humiliated during commission meetings. City officials would pull up the resident’s private tax bill and discuss it, in public. City taxes only make up about one-fourth of most residents’ tax bills, but are hardly insignificant. Even if residents do not speak up against excessive taxing and spending, they notice it. “We as citizens don’t support that,” says Knocke, “and our silence doesn’t mean we don’t care about it.” So the Common Sense group is making and stating its case, with “factbased analysis.” The group will focus initially on the new budget, but has other priorities, like identifying and endorsing responsible candidates for the open seats. And let’s not forget the $12.5 million marina boondoggle. “We’re trying to make sure the facts get out,” says Knocke, “and people who make bonehead decisions are held accountable.” In the meantime, the enterprising group is recruiting, organizing and promoting itself on Facebook and in other media with letters, emails, and word of mouth. It’s a staunch campaign against the higher taxes and excessive spending that impact city residents, businesses, landlords, renters, secondhome owners, investment properties. And potentially imperil the city’s future. “We need followers who will amplify this message around the community,” says Knocke. Steve Nicklas is a financial adviser for a major brokerage firm who lives and works on Amelia Island. He is also an award-winning columnist. His columns appear regularly in several newspapers in North Florida and South Georgia, and on his website: þ  www. He has also published a book, All About Money, consisting of his favorite columns over the past 20 years. The book is available at local stores and on Amazon. He can be reached at (904) 753-0236 or at þ My grandfathers, my father, and my husband’s father – all career military officers – fought in WWI and WWII. I am so thankful that none of them, nor their wives, who supported them through those dark days, is alive today to see what the country they gave their lives for has become. They offered their lives for duty, honor, country, in the belief that their þ  country – this country – was worth their sacrifice. Growing up in a military family, I frequently heard those three words: duty, honor, country. Words that seem to have fallen out of fashion in our – “me first,” “not my job,” “I got mine” – climate of greed, alienation, and disintegration. Our government has abandoned duty, honor, country for expedi ency, personal gain, partisanship. Today, I see grown men playing at being mercenaries, all dressed up and heavily armed, threatening politicians and neighbors; I see people refusing to suffer a minor inconve nience to save another person’s life; I see our troops called out to attack their fellow citizens; I hear lies fall from the lips of our “commander in chief” and I think of all the men and women who believed in our country’s values, democracy, and potential enough to devote – and sacrifice – their lives to safeguarding her. Today, countries around the world have closed their borders to us while at home police can freely murder a man in plain view of all bystanders. Rapists are placed in positions of power in our government while we lock children in cages. I am so thankful that those who sacrificed so much, including their lives, in our two World Wars are not alive today to see what the country they fought for has become. Shame on us. Nancy Dickson Fernandina BeachrfrnnrtbrWhile Democrats like Mr. Kayne may believe that a Duval County career bureaucrat has the answers for Nassau County, I disagree. I say this since I suspect Mr. Kayne is simply unaware of the vast and necessarily varied experi ence of Janet Adkins. The Supervisor of Elections is an important position; and we have a local Republican in Janet Adkins, who has served our community for many years helping us solve problems. Janet Adkins brings real balance to this position with her 12 years in the private sector as a software developer and information technology consultant and her years of service in Nassau County as a local and state office holder. Janet Adkins is the only candidate in this race who has a Master of Business Administration and has broad community involve ment. The SOE must have working relationships with state agencies and the state legislature to ensure state policy stays on track with ballot security. Janet Adkins is known as a problem solver and a professional; and she is trusted by many here in Nassau County as a conservative that people can count on when it comes to protecting our vote. I will be urging my friends and neighbors to vote on Aug. 18 for a real conservative and someone we can all trust – Janet Adkins. We have had the good fortune of knowing and working with Janet Adkins since moving to the island 12 years ago. She is not only a caring wife and mother to their two chil dren and friend to those in need, but at the same time, she exhibits a unique professionalism and no-nonsense approach to any position she has held, whether public or private. The irony of the title to the letter from Mr. Kayne is striking. I do agree with him it’s no time for “amateur hour” and the only true professional is Janet Adkins. Mary B. Downey Fernandina BeachrrrfIn less than four months, America will either re-elect the incumbent or will elect a new president with a different vision. Should we stay on the same trajectory? Should we go in a new direction? A variation of the question Ronald Reagan posed in 1980 when he first ran for president comes to mind: Is America better off today than it was four years ago? In evaluating this, we should consider: Are we more hopeful about the future of our country? Are there fewer racial divisions? Are our freedoms of speech and press stronger? Are we more empathetic to those that are less fortunate? Are the voting rights of all citizens more secure? Is America’s role as leader of the free world stronger? Does the incumbent have personal qualities that we would want our children to emulate? Is the incumbent credible on important issues? Is the wealth gap between the rich and the poor narrower? Are the wealthy paying their fair share of taxes? Will the current environmental policies improve the planet for future generations? Has the economic situation for more people improved? Are we prouder to call ourselves “Americans”? Have the basic necessities of food, shelter, and health care for the disadvantaged improved? Does the incumbent care about all Americans? Will we be better off in four years if we continue follow ing the same policies? These questions should be asked before voting on November 3, 2020. The sake of our children and grand children is at stake. Tom Ray Fernandina BeachRecently, a great deal of misinformation regarding the fiscal health of Nassau County has been distributed over multiple platforms, including print media, a targeted phone campaign, and through various social media outlets. In a recent “investigative report” from FLAPOL, which misleadingly cited a study that is now 13 years old, a reference to the county’s deficient capital budget was used as substantiating evidence of its “long standing money problems.” The “investigative report” cited an outdated 2015 Fitch rating report to further substantiate that claim by cherry-picking statements referring to pay-go funding for capital needs as potentially having a long-term detrimental effect on the county’s financial position. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The 2015 Fitch report affirmed the county’s general obligation bond rating at AA-, or high-level, with an overall stable outlook. That same report identified key rating drivers in their analysis which included “satisfactory reserves, and ample liquidity despite recent draws on fund balance, increased revenues and contained costs, an improving overall economy, and manageable long-term liabilities” as the contributing factors in affirming the high-level rating. What was not acknowledged in this “investigative report” was the updated Fitch report from 2017, which again affirmed the rating of AA-, stating that the “issuer default rating reflects Nassau County’s superior financial resilience and low long-term liability burden.” Fitch refers to the county’s “superior budget flexibility and reserve levels” as solid should another economic downturn occur, as well as “restored structural balance, contributing toward the first net general fund operating sur plus in three years” as key indicators of favorable operating performance. This is a stark departure from the claim that “the County had found itself in a position where it had a growing deficit and no sustainable path to traverse the trend,” as cited by FLAPOL. Furthermore, in January of 2020, Moody’s issued a rating report on Nassau County assigning a General Obligation rating of Aa2, which is equivalent to the Fitch rating of AA-. There are 13 other counties in Florida that are rated Aa2: Alachua, Bay, Charlotte, Escambia, Hernando, Leon, Miami-Dade, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, St. Lucie, Sumter, and Volusia. Nassau is the only county on that list with a population less than 100,000. In their analysis, Moody’s cites a robust financial position, an extensive tax base and an exceptionally light debt burden among the key credit factors contributing to the Aa2 rating. On March 18, 2020, Ron Whitesides, a partner at Purvis Gray & Co., gave his report to the Board on the FY 2019 annual audit. Mr. Whitesides stated that the county received an unmodified opinion, which is the highest level of assurance that can be issued. When discussing the county’s overall financial condition, he described it as healthy, pointing to reserve levels as the main indicator. The Government Financial Officers’ Association (GFOA) recommends that a local government hold at least two months of operating expenditures in reserves. As of Sept. 30, 2019, the County had 2.7 months. The recent opinion piece by the Citizens for a Better Nassau County, Inc. titled “A tale of two Nassau counties” continues to beat the drum that the prior pay-go strategy to fund large capital projects has caused the county to “raid reserves” to cover operating budget shortfalls. This veritable Groundhog Day of so-called investigative journalism is nothing more than recycling outdated information in a feigned attempt to show the county in a bad light. In fact, as stated in the Moody’s report, the county’s current low debt levels directly contributed to its high credit rating; and the opportunity to leverage low interest rates, should the county decide to issue bonds to fund capital projects, is as favorable as it was in 2015. To that extent, Nassau County has contracted with financial advising firm Hilltop Securities to assist with developing funding strategies to execute future capital projects. This could include a number of short and long-term financing options, including bonds and loans, to ensure that a financial plan that appropriately addresses capital needs is implemented. The county’s adopted five-year capital improvement plan is well underway, with more than $100 million in committed improvements including new fire stations, new parks and public recreation, and an extensive road improvement plan which leverages federal and state grant funds, direct state appropriations, county mobility fee funds, and county general revenues to implement. A portion of improvements are funded by impact fees, which are one-time payments made by developers to offset impacts on public facilities. The notion that prudent financial stewardship and sound long-term capital planning and maintenance are not being practiced in Nassau County is, in a word, false. Nassau County administration encourages all citizens to be informed and engaged participants in local government. To access the documents referenced in this article, along with others, please visit the Office of Management and Budget webpage at http://www. 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rfntbbbfrfffr As movie theaters across the country shut down this spring as the coronavirus raged, Florida-based Epic Theatres opened a new drive-in location in St. Augustine. With no new movies coming out of Hollywood right now, the theater is showing a mix of recent and cult favorites that run the gamut in genres. Here’s what’s coming up: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, July 10 and 13. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, July 11 and 14. Black Panther, July 11, 14, and 16. The NeverEnding Story, July 12 and 15. Inside Out, July 16. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, July 17 and 20. Becky, July 17-18 and 20-21. The Goonies, July 18 and 21. Bohemian Rhapsody, July 19 and 22. Iron Man, July 19 and 22-23. Beauty & the Beast, July 23. Tickets – $20 per car – can be purchased online at and concessions can be ordered online from your car or at the box office. The theater is located at 112 Theatre Drive. Please note that you must stay in your vehicle while watching movies.OK, so you’re tired of watching movies on TV. You want to see something on the big screen, even if it’s a movie you’ve seen before. What are you going to do? The coronavirus has hamstrung indoor theaters. Asking people to sit six feet apart in a dark theater is like asking professional baseball players not to spit during a game. What about the drive-in theater, where you can sit in the privacy of your own car or truck and breathe air contaminated only by people you know? You may have to drive miles to find one, because only about 300 survived in this country over the last 60 or 70 years. For those few, however, this might be a great time for a comeback. But even drive-in theaters must abide by certain restrictions. If you call Hound’s Drive-In in Kings Mountain, N.C., you’ll hear these warnings: “Do not go to the playgrounds. You may sit in the back of your truck and SUVs, but you must stay in your space. If you must use the restroom, only four people at a time (are allowed) in the restroom. Please stand six feet away from each other. Please do not steal our toilet paper, and please wash your hands with our soap.” Of course, vehicles must park farther apart these days, but it’s easier to social distance when you can see where you’re going. Tiger Drive-In in Tiger, Ga., for example, is running about half-capacity to abide by the state’s rules. Don’t expect to see a firstrun movie, at least not right now. That’s because Hollywood isn’t making any. With most theaters closed, moviemakers “can’t make enough money Amazon Studios and Michael B. Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society, announced earlier this month the launch of “A Night at the Drive-In,” a free nationwide summer screening series featuring a wide selection of films “celebrating multi-cultural voices in cinema.” The Jesup Drive-In, located at 3686 Savannah Highway in Jesup, Ga., is participating in the event, which includes free entrance and some free concessions. Every other week through the end of August, the drive-in will host double features picked by Jordan with help from his newly formed production company. “When Michael and our friends at Outlier proposed this idea, we instantly agreed there was no better time to celebrate these inspired films featuring diverse stories while bringing communities together to share in the experience” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in the release. “Drive-in theaters offer a unique experience in that they provide an inspiring and joyful communal experience while still maintaining safe social distance. A special thanks to our friends and colleagues at Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal Pictures, and Paramount Pictures.” “With this drive-in summer series, I hope that friends and families are able to not only enjoy but to learn and grow,” Jordan also said in the release. “Now more than ever, amplifying black and brown stories means engaging culture to speak to hears and minds about the world we live in. As we use this opportunity to re-imagine community and proximity, I am excited that these films will be shared and celebrated all across the country.” As part of the concessions for the screenings, all attendees will receive refreshments provided by blackand brown-owned businesses, which include Path Water, Pipcorn Popcorn, and Partake Cookies. Jordan and Outlier Society, who have a TV first-look deal with Amazon Studios, selected films from Prive Video’s portfolio of content. Each week, the featured titles will focus on a specific theme: Movies to Make You Proud, July15-19: Black Panther and Creed. Movies to Inspire Your Inner Child, July 22-26: Hook and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Movies to Make Your Open Your Eyes, Aug. 12-16: Do The Right Thing and Get Out. Movies to Make You Laugh, Aug. 26-30: Coming to America and Girls Trip. For free passes to the screenings and more information about the series, visit rfn FILE PHOTO tb to pay all the actors,” Sherryl Major says. Sherryl and her husband, Tom, own the Tiger Drive-In, which Sherryl’s daddy, Bill Wilson, operated from the 1950s until 1984, when he got tired of fighting a losing battle and closed the place down. In 2004, after the Majors made several improvements, the drive-in reopened. You can do more at the drive-in than just watch the movie. No, not smooching. Most of the smoochers you’re thinking about are now in their 70s. I’m talking about seeing prerecorded concerts. A number of drive-ins, including Tiger and the Swan Drive-In in Blue Ridge, Ga., featured a Garth Brooks concert recently. Also, you can see a local dance recital, or whatever, on the big screen. And in Tiger, you might even spend the night in one of the tiny campers the Majors have set up. “They hold about one and a half persons,” Sherryl says. As for indoor theaters, well, you have to wonder how they’re going to stay in business if the coronavirus outbreak drags on for several more months, restricting public gatherings to keep people safe. It’s really sad. But drive-in movies are doing fairly well. Maybe it’s comeback time. Phil Hudgins is the former senior editor for Community Newspapers Inc. FILE PHOTOSBlack Panther and Creed will be the double feature at next week’s “A Night at the Drive-In” nationwide screening, which is taking place locally in Jesup, Ga. rf NL Friday 07.10.20.indd 8 7/9/20 6:48 PM


þR Worship this wee k Doug Sides, Senior Pastor Morning Services 8:15 and 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Evening 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm Wednesday Children 6:30 pm Nursery Provided For All ServicesYulee, FL 3209785971 Harts Rd. 9042255128YBC ULEEYBCAPTISTVisitors Always Welcome! HURCH 904-261-4293 www.stpeterparish.orgWelcomes You!Located at the corner of 8th &AtlanticSt. Peter’s Episcopal ChurchDue the recommendation of the CDC we have suspended in person church services until further notice. We will offer a livestream service from our website: at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings for the next two weeks. Thank you for your patronage. ~ Lee Weekend Masses:Sat . Mass 4 p.m. (7:00pm Spanish) Sun . Mass 8 a.m. (9:30am Family)Rev. Rafal Mazurowskiwww.stfrancisyulee.org86000 St. Francis WayIntersection of SR200 & Gene Lasserre Blvd.St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission Church ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI Catholic Mission r fntbnnb b t bbbbnn bbnn bnn bbb b b 904 491 6082 8:00 AM Holy Communion ( aid) 9:15 AM Sunday Bible College 10:30 AM Holy Communion ( ung) The Church with the RED DOORS In Amelia Park by the YMCA 1830 Lake Park Drive Anglican Province of America TRINIT Y CHURCH HOL Y rfntb rf ftbrrb trrt rrffbt nrnrbrrfnttbbrrnrf Pastor Brian Winburn Advertise Your Church Here!To advertise in the Church Directory; Call the News-Leader at 261-3696 Advertise Your Church Here!To advertise in the Church Directory; Call the News-Leader at 261-3696 In the Heart of Fernandina 9 N. 6th StreetInterim Pastor Rev. Dr. Karl KlingHead of StaffRev. Julie JensenASSOCIATE PASTOR FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Nursery Children Youth Adults 261-3837 10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship Nursery/Children’s church provided Located near Yulee Winn-Dixie 96038 Lofton Square Court 904-491-0363 F o c u s e d o n J e s u s C h r i s t F a i t h f u l t o G o d ’ s W o r d O v e r f l o w i n g w i t h G o d ’ s l o v e at the place of your choice... P RINCE C HAPELA.M.E. CHURCHGrowing in God’s Grace by Faith Reverend Dr. Helen D. Jackson, PastorBible Exploration: Sundays at 9:45 a.m. Worship Service: Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Bible Discovery Hour: Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. 95189 Hendricks RoadFernandina Beach, FL 32034A community church. All are Welcome in Jesus’ Name! The Salvation Army Hope House is currently stuffing backpacks for students signed up for our Smart Start Program. If you’d like to help students in families who suffered significant income loss due to the COVID-19 virus shutdown, we need the following supplies: compass and protractor sets, graph paper, prong folders with pockets, red pens, pointedtip scissors, staplers and staples. Thank you for bringing your donations to 410 S. Ninth St. in Fernandina Beach between 10 a.m. and noon or 1 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.We are still worshiping outside each week and welcome you to join our little group as we pray, sing, read, discuss, and digest the Word of God. We will continue journeying through the Gospel of Luke, starting with the account of Jesus choosing his disciples. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St. in Fernandina Beach. For more information or if you need prayer or help, call (904) 321-0435.rfrfrThe Salvation Army Hope House’s Emergency Food Pantry continues to be well stocked. The only thing we need this week is jelly. Our abbreviated Free Clothes Closet, however, is in need of deodorant, feminine hygiene products, ladies underpants, bras, shorts, and socks – just in case you have some extra lying about! Thank you always for your generous and constant support! Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St. in Fernandina Beach, between 10 a.m. and noon or 1 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (904) 321-0435. Submit event announcements/briefs to: Calendar Listing c/o News-Leader, 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034;; or 261-3696.The city of Fernandina Beach gives our island character. Without the city, there’d be no charm, nor any sense of civic pride. Fortunately, some 14,000 people have gathered here, entered into the community, and – intentionally or not – produced Fernandina Beach’s oneof-a-kind culture. That culture affects you and me, and it influences the character of life in our corner of Nassau County. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, we shape our city; thereafter our city shapes us. All cities are built as centers of worship. They are intentionally designed and constructed to provide citizens with what they honor, respect, and most dearly cherish. In big cities, it might be a financial district, first-class art galleries, symphonies, theater, or a high-tech research corridor. In smaller cities like our own, it might be easy access to the beach, a gentler pace, neighborliness, or laid-back charm. In any case, say theologians Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard, the fact remains: All cities are built in honor of some god, and they pay homage to it. Christians may bemoan the fact that churches are no longer the center of civic life. Even so, Americans are as spiritual as ever. Tim Keller, the former pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, often says that the human heart is made for worship. Even the late novelist David Foster Wallace understood that, “In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as atheism.” We all worship. It’s simply a matter of what – and why. Cities are the same way. Every city, including Fernandina Beach, is an expression of what is most precious to its people. Um and Buzzard talk about how people flood into big cities in pursuit of false gods such as “power, fame, possessions, privilege, and comfort.” Picture Washington, D.C. and it’s easy to imagine that ordinary life for most of the people there is shaped by the pursuit of political, military, or cultural power. Think about Portland, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Life in one city barely resembles life in the others. They have different values and priorities because, as cities, they worship different gods. Now envision Daytona Beach, Myrtle Beach, and Panama City. What gods are honored there? Fernandina Beach, of course, couldn’t be more different. Still, we too resemble what we worship. Today, as our community wrangles over commercial and residential development, beach ordinances, parking, population density, and caring for the environment of a fragile island, we’re actually struggling to resolve what we, as a city, most highly treasure. It’s a moving target because our city, like every city, is populated by people who are searching for fulfillment; who have come because Fernandina Beach holds out promise and possibility. Maybe it’s the beach or downtown, the boating and fishing, or the quaint restaurants. Whatever the lure, people see the potential for a different and better life. So, they come with hopes and aspirations. They bring fresh perspectives and they mold and remold our city, which then molds us. Will we continue to thrive? Or are we certain to wither? It depends on what – and who – we worship. Many of us hope to shape a city where, because people worship God, they also love their neighbors as themselves. Naturally, then, we want our neighbors to enjoy life in a small town, not a bustling city. We want them to navigate light traffic, not feel the stress of rush hour. We want them to feel at home in shops and restaurants where people call them by name, not where they’re lost in the anonymity of big city masses. We want to shape a city where, because people worship God, they’re responsible stewards of this barrier island, where the maritime forest matters, where dunes, sea oats, and wrack lines are intricate parts of God’s creation, where turtles, terns, and pelicans – by their existence – give glory to their Creator. Truthfully, most Christians belong in big cities, simply because that’s where most people live. Major cities are centers of influence. They’re where global business gets done, where books are published, and TV shows are written, produced, and distributed. God’s people should be there and be involved. But small towns teach the world valuable lessons. We show the world how community works. We’re the picture of neighborliness. We’re the place where every citizen – rich, poor, young, or old – has a voice and can make a difference. In a small town, when a healthy percentage of people first worship God, they show the world what it takes to shape a thriving city; which thereafter shapes every citizen. Richard Doster lives in Fernandina Beach with his wife, Sally. He’s the editor of byFaith, the magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America, and attends Grace Community Church in Yulee. Reach him at ddoster@ when you attended what we used to think was considered to be a “normal” wedding, whether it was by conservative standards – you know, wedding gowns and tuxes in a church, private venue, or wooded area in a park or facility – or more individually “unique” like on a beach in shorts and Hawaiian shirts, while skydiving, on the field at a ballpark, in a hot air balloon, and even in the rain? Times, ideas, and venues have changed drastically for many people! The summer months of June, July and August are ideal times for many weddings, even in times like now. Now, people are wearing masks to carry out their special day in a way that will “make it work” to complete their plans and desires for, hopefully, that once in a lifetime event. Just remember all the times and places you attended a wedding of all kinds and any age group. Wasn’t it great to see those intended couples just before the wedding, looking at each other with those special looks full of caring, hopes, and dreams, reflecting the excitement of their new life together? They laughed, held hands constantly, had the “look of love” for one another and sneaked a kiss here and there. You sensed the love between them and hoped for the promises of the future for them. But have you noticed that perhaps these same couples seemed to change toward one another during the course of everyday life after the wedding and the honeymoon was over? Does it seem that the magic moments you once witnessed between them seem to have worn off very quickly? Many times, there could be a huge difference between what we promise and what we practice. The “to-love-and-cherishuntil-death-do-us-part” marriage statistics show, according to, that many issues exist among couples of all ages in today’s world especially, that if not resolved could lead to separation and even possibly divorce.” Most of the issues mentioned pertain to not being able to truly communicate with each other and dysfunctional habits and behavior that will pull apart many relationships. Why are so many of those couples that we may know or hear of in disbelief, possibly going through differences that may seem irreconcilable? The subjects of love, dedication, loyalty, kindness, and real, down-to-earth communication between a husband and wife seem to generate the largest number of negative issues in today’s world! Couples and individual spouses are not only filling counselors’ schedules to the max, but these types of negative circumstances are wreaking havoc in countless families where members could merely be surviving while emotionally bleeding internally. The single word “honor” could be the most forgotten keyword in every good intention of every marriage vow. This single word is the cornerstone of every successful relationship in God’s Kingdom. Love between husband and wife, as God intended it to be, is more than just passion, romance and sentimental expressions. It is a decision that involves commitment, communication, sacrifice, dedication, caring, sharing, and hard work! These things, and many more given to each other, always benefit the giver and receiver. It all starts by examining yourself deeply, including your conduct and actions toward your spouse and your family. Then, it requires you to commit or recommit to live and conduct yourself by His Word, just as you pledged before God to your betrothed on that first day when you joined your lives together. God considers marriage vows as sacred! There are some folks who feel, and really believe, that the time around Valentine’s Day is the only “love season.” I encourage every couple and those who wish to be – and especially stay that way – to consider that every day is a new and special time to give and to receive from that special person in your life. The very least we can do to honor Him and those we love is to live by and teach others love by our actions – loving them as He first loved us! FILE PHOTOSmall towns teach the world valuable lessons. We show the world how community works. We’re the picture of neighborliness. 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Participants will be encouraged to maintain confidentiality to allow everyone to fully take part. Caregiving can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Whether you are in the health care field, the profession of care giving, or taking care of a loved one, it is important to remember to recharge your batteries. For family members, care giving can also lead to additional pressures, such as financial strain, family conflict, and social withdrawal. Over time, caregiv er stress can lead to burnout, a condition marked by irritability, fatigue, problems with sleep, weight gain, feelings of helpless ness or hopelessness, and social isolation. “It is easy to get so invested in giving to others that a care taker’s own needs and wellness tend to be left out. You matter too! Now, more than ever, it is vital to take care of ourselves and to utilize self-care tools to focus on personal wellness. You cannot pour from an empty cup,” said Starting Point CEO Dr. Laureen Pagel. “We created Being Well Starting Now to offer a safe space for people to talk about what is on their minds, how they are feel ing, and how they are coping – but in a virtual environment that keeps everyone safe during the pandemic. We are excited about this new approach and will be working with the participants to determine future topics.” For more information about the series or to register for the session, visit https://bit. ly/3iJ9b5r. Starting Point provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens, and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 2,800 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 25 years. Starting Point is accred ited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. For more information, visit Early summer brings a plethora of fresh, seasonal produce to Fernandina Beach’s downtown farmers market, located on North Seventh Street between Centre and Alachua streets, and silver queen corn, a variety of squash, what remains from blueberry and strawberry seasons, field peas and beans, juicy watermelons, a rainbow of bell peppers, jalapenos, hydroponic salad greens, cucumbers, peaches, and green tomatoes are just some of what the farmers of the Fernandina Beach Market Place are harvesting. Bakers get up extremely early Saturday mornings to bake fresh cinnamon rolls, strudels, muffins, and breads. You also can expect to find a tasty sampling of jams, chow chow, pickles and more canned goodies from Jane at Kings Kountry Produce. Elderberry syrup has become a staple at the farmers market, as has Gana’s Pecans and the body products from Amelia Naturals. Osbourne Ranch Soaps and the Collar Cottage have fired up their sewing machines and are bringing twoand four-ply home-sewn facemasks in delightful patterns. Everyone’s favorite sweet and savory pies can be found in the Me, Myself and Pie booth, and do-it-yourself dips are sampling their Simply Savory flavors. Wild-caught shrimp, beef, pork, chicken, salmon, and scallops are all available this Saturday, too. This outdoor market is following CDC and local guidelines to keep our customers and vendors safe from the coronavirus by requiring vendors to wear masks. We are limiting the number of customers as necessary and the street has been separated into two, one-way directions. There is plenty of signage encouraging people to remain physically distant. Customers have been coming early, when we open at 9 a.m., and again right before we close at 1 p.m., and this has kept the market from becoming over-crowded at any one time. Though challenging at first, the farmers market has been able to successfully make shopping in the fresh air a wonderful alternative to standing in the crowded checkout lines of the typical indoor grocery store. The Fernandina Beach Market Place is open every Saturday, rain or shine. We do permit well-behaved, leashed pets at the farmers market and fresh drinking water is always available. However, if you are considering whether to bring your best friend, please remember that as the asphalt of the street heats up with our longer days, so do Fido’s paws. For more information, find us on Facebook. Many churches and other organizations across Nassau County offer food pantries to help residents who, now more than ever as a result of the coronavirus public health emergency, struggle with food insecurity. Here is a list of resources. If your church or organization offers assistance and would like to be added to this list, email your details to Army Hope House þ 410 S. Ninth St. þ 321-0435 þ Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. þ Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. þ Friday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Barnabas Center þ 1303 Jasmine St., Suite 101 þ 261-7000 þ Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Fernandina Beach Church of Christ þ 1005 S. 14th St. þ 277-2517 þ Day Drop-in and food pantry. The food pantry operates from 10 a.m. to noon on the fourth Saturday each month. The Coalition for the Homeless provides a bagged breakfast and lunch at the Day Drop-In Center from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday every week as well as the first, second, and third Saturday of each month. No identification is needed and bags will be provided. You do not need to reside in the 32034 ZIP code to receive help. Barnabas Center at MLK Jr. Center þ 1200 Elm St. þ Second Saturday each month, 9-11 a.m. Next distribution is July 11. First Baptist Church þ of Fernandina Beach þ 1600 S. Eighth St. þ 420-9555 þ Second Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m. þ Hot meals to go. Home delivery of meals by appointment 24 hours in advance.Journey Church Food Ministry þ 95707 Amelia Concourse, þ 261-8310 þ Tuesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Yulee United Methodist Church, þ 86003 Christian Way þ 225-5381 þ Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Yulee Baptist Church þ 85971 Harts Road þ 225-5128 þ Monday, 1-4 p.m. Barnabas Center at þ Springhill Baptist Church þ 941017 Old Nassauville Road þ 261-4741 þ Third Wednesday each month, 2-4 p.m. Next distribution is July 15.First Baptist Church of Callahan þ 45090 Green Ave. þ 879-2172 þ First Thursday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. þ Third Thursday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. þ In addition, pre-packaged dry meals can be picked up for families in conjunction with lunch giveaway at Callahan Elementary School. First Baptist Church of Gray Gables þ 54031 Church Road þ 879-2986 þ Monday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. United Methodist Church of Callahan þ 449648 U.S. 301 þ 879-3877 þ Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Buford Grove Baptist Church þ 553274 U.S. 1 þ 845-3656 þ Thursday, 6-8:45 a.m. (except fifth þ þ Thursday). þ Limited to once per month. Barnabas Center at þ First Baptist Church þ 15850 C.R. 108 þ 261-7000 þ Third Monday each month, 1-3 p.m. Next distribution is July 20. Assembly of God Emergency Pantry þ 550920 U.S. 1 þ 675-9062 þ Call for appointment. Bryceville Baptist Church þ 7732 U.S. 301 þ Fourth Wednesday each month, 2-4 p.m. þ Next distribution is July 22. We work very hard trying to keep our children in school and out of trouble as we go from day to day. These are our special jewels. Spending quality time with them goes a long way in their hearts and mind, when they get involved in the right things and we support them we have fewer problems with them when they are part of our everyday lives. Many reasons for problems in our neighborhoods from our children are because we allow them to do whatever they want to do and not what we tell them to do. We thank God for our children during these times in their lives when they really don’t understand everything that is going on around them. It is the parents’ responsibility to keep them safe. Being out of school with no other activities makes them bored and gives them the opportunity to become involved in the wrong things. Parents, you have done a great job in helping them to cope. These are our precious jewels. Let’s keep them in our hearts and involved in whatever they are doing. We know that they miss a lot of activities that went along with school and after school. We pray that school will open up soon and that God will send a cure for the virus. Our children will remember this time in their lives. We just need to keep them safe and teach them to respect each other. God made us in His image. We are no better than the next person. We are all His children, so enjoy life. Birthday wishes to Carley Edell, Dorothy Robinson, Franklin Roberts Sr., Connie, Ronnie, and Gladine White, Kenneth Brown, Ryan Peterson, Hattie Baker, Torrie Gilyard, Pamela Fisher, Rhianna Brown, Deondra Hightower, Dawn Rauls Key, and Mother Marion Shaw.r r fr rfn rf rfrntbnbbntnbb FILE PHOTOThe Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market asks that visitors follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines by remaining six feet apart from each other.rrrr NL Friday 07.10.20.indd 10 7/9/20 6:42 PM


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rþL fþn þn þn ntb Racer, writer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Lyn St. James is the honoree of the 26th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance scheduled for March 4-7, 2021. St. James’s life is a highspeed motorsports adventure. þ  Her racing career began in a Ford Pinto – her daily driver – in the 1970s and had its grand finale more than two decades later in a special commemorative ceremony on the “yard of bricks” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. þ  Her first titles were a pair of regional south Florida road racing championships. She moved up quickly, racing a Corvette at Sebring, Palm Beach and Daytona. A brave class victory in the punishing 1979 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, racing an AMC Spirit AMX sponsored by BF Goodrich, is an exotic and sometimes overlooked line on St. James’s deep resume. By then, corporate America liked what they were seeing and hearing from the racer from Willoughby, Ohio. She graduated to the pro ranks in the 1980s as a Ford factory racer. In 1984, Autoweek magazine named her Rookie of the Year in IMSA’s GTO class. A year later, she won IMSA’s Norelco Driver of the Year award. That was a very good year. An IMSA GTO victory came in August 1985 at Road America in the Lowenbrau Classic. A month later, on one of her favorite tracks, the full Grand Prix course at Watkins Glen, St. James scored an unprecedented and still unequalled solo IMSA GTO class victory in the Serengeti Drivers New York 500, racing a Roush Mustang. þ  The s also saw two class victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona. þ  For St. James, the 80s were fast and productive. In 1988, she set a closed course speed record for women at 212.577 mph in a Bill Elliott-built Thunderbird. That was just one of 21 national and international speed records she authored. St. James earned another page in the record books with an Indy 500 qualifying lap of 227.32 mph that stood as a record for women until Sarah Fisher’s lap of 229.675 mph qualifying time for the 2002 .” In 1989, St. James entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving a Ford-powered Spice. It was another classic race course and, even though her car retired on Sunday morning, St. James logged a lot of seat time. She returned to the classic French 24 Hours in 1991 with two-time World Sports Car Championship race winner Desir Wilson and Cathy Muller, but their Cosworthpowered Spice prototype lasted just 47 laps. In 1990, St. James earned yet another GTO class win in another famous classic endurance race, the 12 Hours of Sebring, with a Mercury Cougar XR-7. þ  It was a visit to the Indy 500 with her mother in 1966 that revealed St. James’s passion for motorsport. Her Indy 500 career began with a surprise test at Memphis Motorsports Park in a Dick Simon Racing Lola. Things began to move quickly. Her commercial, marketing and persuasive skills brought JCPenney to her Indy rookie program. On Memorial Day in 1992, St. James raced her JCPenneysponsored Lola/Chevy – the Spirit of the American Woman – to 11th place, becoming the first woman to win Indy’s prestigious Rookie of the Year award. r fnt St. JamesCONCOURS Continued on 14High school and middle school football teams in Nassau County are hitting the practice fields and weight rooms to condition for a season that is still in limbo. The spring season was canceled, and the start of the fall season is still up in the air. “The FHSAA Task Force had its meeting last week,” said Jude Swearingen, head football coach at Fernandina Beach High School. “They didn’t really come up with anything. They were just making recommendations for the Board of Directors for them to make a decision. They voted at the meeting to push the start of practice back two weeks, until Aug. 10, I believe.” He said another meeting is planned in the coming days. “None of that really matters until the Board of Directors decides to vote on it,” Swearingen said. “As sad as it is to say, I’m just not sure that where we are right now in a month if we’re even playing football.” But, workouts continue weekdays for the Pirates. “It’s stressful, but luckily, my kids are pretty resilient,” Swearingen said. “But, we’ve been working pretty hard to establish what we expect. The kids know what we need to do and know what they need to do. They’ve already seen the progress we’ve made following the program. “A lot of them were able to still move forward even during the quarantine and during all the time off. It was a lot easier once they opened the gyms back up.” There is no contact and staff are encouraging social distancing amongst the players. “We clean everything as much as possible after each kid uses it in the weight room,” Swearingen said. “Anything they use is cleaned after each use.”brPHOTOS BY BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADERThe Fernandina Beach High School football team held workouts Wednesday afternoon on the practice fields behind the gym. rfnThe Fernandina Beach Middle School football team held a workout Wednesday morning. The Pirates are working out Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings as they prepare for the fall season.PHOTOS BY BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADER NEW Sports Fri.indd 1 7/9/20 4:09 PM


rfnntbThe 2020 high school football season kicks off Aug. 22 with the third annual Bold City Showcase. Six teams from throughout Northeast Florida, including the West Nassau Warriors, will open their seasons at SkinnerBarco Stadium, with the tripleheader starting at noon. All three games will be televised, starting with a one-hour pregame show at 11 The noon game features Ribault fac þ þ þ þ þ þ þ first game under new head coach Marlon White. þ  Creekside is looking to build off last þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ over district champion Ponte Vedra. The second game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. with the battle of Clay County on the line – Orange Park taking on Oakleaf. þ  The two rivals open their season again in a rematch of last þ þ þ þ The final game will start at 7 p.m. as Bolles takes on West Nassau. þ  The Bulldogs bounced back from a loss in the showcase last year to advance to the state champion ship game. þ  West Nassau went 8-3 last season after being upset in the region semifinals. VIP tickets are available for all three games þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ zone shaded tent, meal and drinks. þ  Admission for each game is $10 each, with student tick ets available through each school two weeks prior to the games. Tickets are on sale through www.JaxHigh, þ  Airstream Ventures, WJXT and The Bolles School, which will follow all COVID-19 guidance from local, state and national authorities to ensure the safety of the participants and fans.nThe Amelia Island Boules Club holds ptanque pickup games on the ptanque courts at Central Park, corner of Atlantic Avenue and South 11. Street, Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and most afternoons on weekdays. Ptanque (pay-tonk) is a cousin of both horseshoes and bocce, the Italian bowling game. The public is always welcome. Call fbttnb þ þ þ þ þ þ reclaimed their title as National Arena League champions and picked up 13 league awards including best franchise and best fans, has canceled the 2020 season. The Sharks are providing fans a special thank you bonus to all season ticket holders for rolling their tickets over to the 2021 sea son. The bonus includes free season ticket upgrades, free extra single game tickets, a free super upgrade or free extra award experi ences, with more offers coming soon. Fans who select the season ticket upgrade will be offered different seating choices to be used for the entire 2021 season. The singlegame ticket option allows season ticket hold ers to bring more friends and family to games for free. For fans looking for a big reward, try the super upgrade. This would give fans the option to move into different premium seating for Sharks games. For Shark pit members, there is also a free club suite option that would allow a fan to bring up to 16 guests to a game. The Sharks are also working on an exclu sive gathering or special event. Staff members will be calling all season ticket holders after the new 2021 season ticket map is completed by the arena and Ticketmaster, which should be approximately the end of July or early August. At that time they will go over all the various options. Any 2020 season ticket holder interested in taking advantage of the reward bonus may email the Sharks at Anyone interested in 2021 season tickets or details should email þ  All teams are currently working on their arena dates so the 2021 NAL schedule can come out as soon as possible. The season is set to start in April. The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League. The 2019 and 2017 NAL champions and ArenaBowl XXIV champions play all their home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Follow the Sharks on Facebook at jaxsharks and on Twitter and Instagram @ jaxsharks as well as the Attack Dance Team at and Chum at 38th Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo, presented by the Nassau Sport Fishing Association, will be held Aug. 1 at the Fernandina Harbor Marina. It is sanctioned by the Southern Kingfish Association as part of their 2020 Tournament Trail national champi onship series. There will be kingfish division and an inshore/offshore division. Every entrant can fish one or both divisions. The early entry deadline is July 17. Early þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ $100 for inshore/offshore. In a break from tradition due to the risks of COVID-19, the 2020 rodeo will not include on-site entertainment or refreshments, but the needs of thirsty and hungry fisherman can be satisfied by the many merchants in walking distance of the weigh-in tent. Visitors are also welcome to watch the weigh-in of the catch þ þ Online tournament registrations are encouraged, but checks will be accepted. Five days will be needed to process a check if it is mailed in, so send them early to receive early registration fee rate. See all of the registration information and instructions at www.nsfafish. net. VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards are accepted. Cash prizes up to $10,000, based on the number of boats registered, will be awarded. The tournament will also pay both a firstand second-place cash prize for each species in the inshore/offshore division. Visit or call the tourna ment committee at 277-8889. The Nassau Sport Fishing Association, founded in 1983, is þ þ þ þ þ þ þ develop and promote saltwater fishing in the Nassau County area while adhering to state, federal and local regulations, to encourage compliance with the rules of water safety and to promote youth-related community and other civic-minded activities.frnfScheduled play at the pickleball courts at Central Park in Fernandina Beach has þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ is from 8-10 a.m. Nighttime social play (all lev els) is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Levels þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ þ On Saturday, nighttime social play (all levels) is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit, Fernandina Beach Pickleball Pirates on Facebook or email Several local organizations are offering summer sports camps for children. a surf school from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13-17 and July 27-31. Participants must be able to swim. Surf boards, lunch and water are included. Students receive and first aid certified. is a four-week program to help develop and maximize athletiEach class focuses on functional athletic movements and develops balance, strength and power that enhances the skills and performance the child gains from this class are great for building confidence and making everyday activities easier. to support the performance skills common to team sports, popular obstacle races, like build resistance to sports for information. will learn to kayak and paddleboard and go on nature tours in search of dolphin and other wildlife. day offers free admission on aside for the friends and family paddle tour or it can be scheduled another day. Drop-off and pickup are at lunch. teen an includes two camp days. for information. Pickleball Pirates hosted a mixed doubles round robin at Despite the heat and high pickleballers at each level proved they were up to the levels and eight games at the individual winner attaining the highest number of points in a round robin format, changing partners for each game. ing of July 3, and Ed Eng was and David Lee proved unbeatable. Schroeder took the honors. Each of the winners received a sleeve of pickleballs for his effort. organizing and running the round robin, volunteers Dan ing with scorekeeping, and all the players who helped make the round robin a fun event. Visit Last, Bruce Duncan, Pam Keeley and Ray Lebitz, from left, competed in the pickleball round robin tournament. Fran Herzog, Lynn Kunkel, Marton Szederkenyl and Darius Prentice, from left on left court, and Rudy Meredith and Rumi Gardner, right court. Lisa Sala, Karen Reilly, Lynn Courtenay and Barbara Amergian, from left, in action. Peter Keeley, Fran Herzog and Eva Meredith, from left. 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Register online at Pick up your boat number Friday, July 31 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Fernandina Harbor Marina Allow for a wait and crowd if you choose to register at the tent the day before fishing. Tournament Committee: 904-277-8889 SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 ST FERNANDINA HARBOR MARINA FISHING HOURS: 6:30AM TO 5 PM WEIGH-IN: 2-5 PM KINGFISH DIVISION DONATION FEE IS $350 THROUGH JULY 17TH, THEN $400 IN/OFFSHORE RODEO DONATION FEE IS $100 THROUGH JULY 17TH, THEN $125. * Raffle Grand Prize* A Week Stay In An Oceanfront Omni Amelia Island Plantation Villa MORTGAGE SERVCES KINGFISH DIVISION 1 ST PLACE $ 10,00010 PLACES PAID ALL CASH(BASED ON 100 PAID BOATS) RODEO DIVISION – 8 SPECIES 1 ST PLACE $ ND PLACE $ 350(BASED ON 100 PAID BOATS) 1st & 2nd Place, Single Engine Boat Lady & Young Angler Cash PrizesNL/PSA To advertise your listings in the Exclusive Properties section Contact Candy or Meghan at the News-Leader 261-3696 Doug Hamer(904) 654-9828 rfn nnftrbr nb rfntb t fb ffbfrfbb rfrr nrr Doug Hamer(904) 654-9828 r fnrtr fr rfnft bf n nff fnrf fnb Doug Hamer(904) 654-9828 rf ntrbt tr trr rr rr trr rrr rrtrfntb LUXURY LIVING AWAITS in this stunning former model home that has been impeccably maintained by the original owners. From the moment you arrive, you are greeted by a beautifully manicured yard w/ luscious landscaping guiding you up the inviting walkway. 1 YR Home Warranty Included! $299,000 MLS#90390Angela Garcia Direct: 904-335-7822 EXCLUSIVE PROPERTIES Even today, she is quick to remind us she still holds the record as Indy’s oldest Rookie of the Year winner. Eight years and seven Indy 500s later, St. James retired from Indy Car competition with career earnings of nearly $1.2 million. Her strong entrepreneurial streak first emerged in an auto components business that fused with her passion for racing. Her ability to see and understand motorsport from the perspective of the cockpit and the boardroom has been a constant asset during her long tenure in and around motorsport. In 2010, those skills were honored by Automotive News as one of The Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry. Sports Illustrated named St. James one of the “Top 100 Women Athletes of the Century.” She has been a spokesperson for Ford, appeared in Rolex ads and is the founder of the Lyn St. James Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organizaPHOTOS COURTESY OF LYN ST. JAMESRacer, writer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and honoree of the 26th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Lyn St. James behind the wheel of the JCPenney-sponsored Lola during the Indy 500, left, and giving a thumbs up after qualifying for the Indy 500 in 1992, right.From 12 tion, for the education, training and advancement of women in automotive fields. St. James has also served on the board of Kettering University, a top engineering school. St. James served as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation from 1990-93. In 1994, she was inducted to the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, and Working Woman Magazine included her as one of the Top 350 Women Who Changed the World between 1976 and 1996. She’s been summoned to The White House for civic honors by three consecutive Presidents – Reagan, Bush and Clinton. “Lyn has been an integral part of the racing community for years and followed in the steps of the likes of Elizabeth Junek, Janet Guthrie and Lella Lombardi, who won races, set records and broke barriers,” said Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “Lyn earned her stripes driving a wide variety of race cars, starting in club racing with her daily driver, a Ford Pinto, and culminated with a successful career in Indy cars. “Along the way, she shared long distance drives with some of the best drivers of the day. There is more than a quarter of a century of proof that she is the ‘real thing’ behind the wheel.” Tickets for the 26th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance are now available online. For information and to purchase tickets visit www. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be held March 4-7, 2021 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island. For the schedule, including Saturday’s Cars & Coffee at the Concours and Sunday’s premier Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, visit or call 636-0027. The show’s foundation has donated more than $3.5 million to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996. All of the city of Fernandina Beach Parks & Recreation activities, with the exception of aqua aerobics and instructed further notice. Parks & Recreation Department offices are open at the Atlantic Center, MLK Jr. Center and Peck Gym. The Atlantic pool is open for lap swim and aqua aerobics only. The Atlantic Fitness Room is open. Private swim lessons have been postponed until further notice. The MLK Jr. pool will remain closed until further notice. The Peck Gym are open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The Peck Gym basketball court and volleyball court remain closed under further notice. held July 13-17, with a $360 due by July 31. USA Softball rules; six men and four women minimum per team. All bats must be USA Softball/ASAthem. on Mondays at the Ybor Alvarez softball fields. For or email (closest to South 13th Street) reserved for instructed play courts. Keys may be purchased at the Atlantic Center Services. Private lessons with a head professional are $60 per hour for city residents, $70 non-city; $30/30 minutes for city residents, $35 non-city. Lessons with a staff professional are $50/hour for city minutes for city residents, $30 non-city. Semi-private lessons are also available. Youth tennis clinics July Red Ball 1 Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15 and Wednesdays from 11:15 residents, $16.80 non-city and $9 drop-in rate city residents, Tuesdays and Thursdays from Mondays and Wednesdays $11 drop-in rate city residents, Junior intermediate Tuesdays and Thursdays City and $16 drop-in rate city Junior advanced Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6:30 non-city. Fees listed for each level are for the entire session. Daily rates also available. NEW Sports Fri.indd 3