Not many left? 1800’+/- Florida Waterfront Acreage & Very Uncommon Frontage….

Acreage and exceptional views at the end of Glenwood Road is more accessible than you might think.  Only minutes away from the 2018 Concours d’Elegance, you can actually buy 22 acres on the water for less than the price of a used car.   $2.75 million Make that a really nice used car! Based on a rough approximation,  1800 feet of the property fronts on two named waterways.  The cottage for a caretaker is currently occupied and, while modest, might create a tax advantage with existing rental onsite.  Last year, according to Bloomberg’s coverage of the event, one car….the “1957 Jaguar XKSS Roadster, is expected to bring $16 million with Gooding & Co.”. 3/7/18. Comparing some of the prices for these, admittedly, exceptional cars, I still love waterfront and, in this case, a very unusual “Glenwood Point”.

Glenwood Point with Fernandina visible a short boat ride away. 

Just consider some of the changes to Amelia Island and the vicinity. Frankly, I’m surprised anything like this still exists in so close to downtown Fernandina on Amelia Island.  Interested in buying?  Give me a call over the weekend and I’ll have a contract ready for you to review by the end of the day.   The majority of my contracts are electronic.   This particular owner will consider financing with a large deposit, may take a larger condo or ocean-front property as a portion of the price or, I’m always happy to presenting offers or look for creative solutions.

Amelia Concours d’Elegance

IMG 1307A local favorite event, the greatest part of the show, in my opinion, is the exceptional support for local charities.   In looking over the website for this year’s show, it took me a few minutes to locate information on donation to the foundation or a summary of the supported charities.  

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Please enjoy the show, take home a few memories of the island and consider the underlying accomplishment.    

Charity – Amelia Concours d’Elegance:

Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March “The Amelia” draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections from around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996 the show’s Foundation has donated over $2.5 million to Community Hospice & Palliative Care and other deserving charities from Florida’s First Coast.

Flood Zones and Twitter Reminder from Nassau County Emergency Services

Do you need flood insurance?  Worth remembering, we’ve flooded twice in the 1% 100 year flood areas.  See below for more information,  but think before removing flood insurance from your budget.   

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According to Nassau County Emergency Management, “Even if you live in an area with only a 1% chance annually of flooding, you should have #NFIP Flood Insurance! In the past 18 months, we’ve seen severe flooding TWICE in those “just 1% chance per year” areas.”

— NassauEM (@NassauEM) February 28, 2018


Flood Zones |

Flood hazard areas identified on the Flood Insurance Rate Map are identified as a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). SFHA are defined as the area that will be inundated by the flood event having a 1-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year. The 1-percent annual chance flood is also referred to as the base flood or 100-year flood. SFHAs are labeled as Zone A, Zone AO, Zone AH, Zones A1-A30, Zone AE, Zone A99, Zone AR, Zone AR/AE, Zone AR/AO, Zone AR/A1-A30, Zone AR/A, Zone V, Zone VE, and Zones V1-V30. Moderate flood hazard areas, labeled Zone B or Zone X (shaded) are also shown on the FIRM, and are the areas between the limits of the base flood and the 0.2-percent-annual-chance (or 500-year) flood. The areas of minimal flood hazard, which are the areas outside the SFHA and higher than the elevation of the 0.2-percent-annual-chance flood, are labeled Zone C or Zone X (unshaded).

History and Blog, News and Opinion

Years ago, I hoped to make a small difference on the island, so began to write something a little like this blog.  I worried about a local environmental issue and the only way to get anyone to listen appeared to be by publishing information in an online forum.  The blog existed quite a while before Facebook (Feb. 2004) and before most of us thought about social media.  Back then, social media was pretty primitive or amounted to forums, something I also managed for a while in the late 80’s, with a bulletin board or BBS.   My first domain name,, I still have.  Don’t laugh, but at the time, almost every variation of Amelia Island was available, including those without the “-“.  Years later, I guess it matters less and the traffic is more about content than an actual

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Still my favorite local coffee…Hola

domain name.  The palm and small island, by the way, was hand drawn one afternoon; eventually resized to be a logo for the original version of Amelia Island Net.



The environmental issue had to do with a reclaiming and disturbing an area with potential for material from an old dump disrupting the environment.  Actually, I still disagree with the way it was reclaimed.  Sold as a restoration, it actually destroyed quite a bit of land to change an established environment from fresh to saltwater based.   The plants and animals living in the area for more than 50 years were displaced, but the actions were portrayed as entirely positive.  Land was rezoned to recreational bordering the property and other landowners were told their land should be deeded over to the project.   I don’t want to move too far from the subject, but the way the messaging made it to the papers and the way this was “sold”, convinced me to look for ways to produce my version of the world and what I think amounts to the truth.  I still see incredibly slanted stories every day and am more convinced than ever.   We need to pick the news to consume and make a point of sharing our views.   I never want to passively consume questionable facts.

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2008 Facebook Group Logo

I market myself and real estate for a living.  Being able to reach people, without paying a fortune to be given nearly worthless advertising space is part of the reason I write blogs.  Over a period of years, my idea of blogging or publishing changed.  At one point, I only posted information on the island and thought adding a simple contact point for the commercial side would work.  As “Buy Local” and green living became an accepted idea, I started to promote local business and about that time, started an online group to encourage this called “Amelia Island Net”.  The group, in a way, led to time in politics, but I’m now on a second and, I think, improved version.  This image is one of the original images and you can see my focus was “LOCAL” from the beginning.  I also cared about the idea of restoring the US Post Office on Center Street, anticipating an opportunity to acquire the building at a low-cost, possibly move local government to the building and protect a local landmark.    I still think some of the same things and recognize the ways an idea can die.  It is far easier to kill ideas and take credit for saving us from a manufactured crisis, than it is to follow through with a plan.  We’re seeing the same things happen with long-term plans along the water, the marina, the airport and Alachua Street.

The recent changes to the blog are the beginning of another reinvention.  I had two blogs, separating everything related to my business or personal life and the general posts related to the island.  Blogs don’t see traffic in this way.  Few people pick up a single web address to visit daily and thinking this is a mistake.  Traffic does flow from social media connection and based on the subject matter in the blog.  I could pay for traffic to specific posts or change my approach, consolidating efforts to a single location.

So….you’re seeing a part of an effort to influence, whether I’m hoping for something better here on the island or a property I’m developing or sharing something I love about the island.   As one of the vanishing native residents, I enjoy seeing the changes, but also hope the time living here added a little wisdom and something worth sharing.

Cafe Karibo Tops Local Recommendations…Kombucha, Seafood, Courtyards and more…

Cafe Karibo is one of the places I enjoy sharing with clients.   With, literally, something for everyone, I can find a healthy choice or one of the best burgers on the island.   The back courtyard is also one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen for lunch or a quiet meal.  If you’ve ever considered creating an outdoor space, this is one of the best local examples of an outdoor fireplace and dining. Local color like the “Before I Die” board, local seafood and creative daily specials….this place just tops my list of local recommendations. tUGyIrMeRPKGoCZwEW5IPA.jpgN1sec5gGQugYhj6f716w.jpg


Today, my wife enjoyed the soup of the day and I ordered a favorite, the veggie wrap and a kombucha tea from their local supply.   As usual, I thought to take a picture with only 1/4th left, but you get the idea.  Completely full of fresh vegetables and tofu, this is a very healthy choice and more than enough for lunch.

Age of Your Live Oak Tree

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Live oaks on Amelia Island are some of the most resilient local inhabitants.  Unlike the water oak, they tend to live longer and weather storms.   Considering the age of a tree, I’d like to estimate the age of a tree with a 72” diameter, using the formula below.   Typically, the diameter is calculated by measuring the circumference at 4 to 5 feet above the ground and using that number to calculate a diameter.   


How to Age a Live Oak Tree | Hunker:

The first 10 inches in diameter indicate an age of 76 years. Each inch after that adds six-and-a-half years up to age 154. After that, each inch adds six years.

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First 10 inches  – 76 years

Then, the next 12 inches… takes us to 154 years.   After that…I’m guessing 22 inches in diameter, we still need to account for the last 50 inches at 6 years per inch.    (50×6)+154= 454 years.  That can’t be right!   Let’s compare the “Treaty Oak” age estimate in Jacksonville.  Apparently, the Treaty Oak’s estimated age is 250 years, with around 95 inches in diameter and a 25’ circumference.   If I use this number, a 72 inch oak in Fernandina might be closer to 190 years in age.  There is variation in growth rate, depending on location, water, surrounding vegetation, but seeing a tree like this as 150 to 200 years in age is reasonable.   These trees could have been saplings when Louis-Michel Aury was on the island in 1817.   

IMG 0881Regardless, big oaks are old and should be protected.  I’d love to think the big oaks I grew up with might be around for another 200 years, but the island is changing.   Looking for creative ways to develop property can preserve trees and homeowners are beginning to see the value of this preservation.    Depending on the configuration of a site, sometimes losing lots can be offset by the premium for larger lots and reduced cost for infrastructure.  

Rayonier Advanced Materials and Long Island History

IMG 0692Driving to the office earlier, I took the shortcut, passing Rayonier’s plant on the way.   The operation is almost invisible on the main roadways, other than the visible logging trucks turning down Gum Street, but this place is always on my mind.  In 1939, Ed Boner, Sr., came to Fernandina from the Grays Harbor location.   I grew up hearing stories about lines for jobs and chlorine leaks.  Mom would take me to drop off meals a the guard house, when Dad left his lunch on the counter.   All the diversity we have on the island and stability, in my opinion, are possible because the local mills provided jobs, when there were few jobs.  Shrimping, once a significant part of the local economy, is still important, but now more a part of the local history, not a major economic driver.  

Rayonier has been the biggest influence on Fernandina and on our county for decades.  In many ways, we are taking a last bite of development and seeing a best possible plan, because Rayonier owned the majority of land in Nassau County.  The luxury of being last and luxury of planned development will benefit Nassau County far more than most realize.  




NewImageHistory – Rayonier Advanced Materials:

1939 Rayonier completes construction on its first cellulose specialties plant in the Southeast in Fernandina Beach, Florida

Beach Driving….Why reduce access?

I grew up on the island and, at one time, I could drive the beaches from end to end.  Surfing and fishing was far different and beach access meant I could access the public beaches easily with fishing gear, cooler, car and friends in the car with me.  Over time, the island became more crowded and driving the entire beach became a safety concern.


While I understand the changes will probably never allow unrestricted driving, the unwritten “DEAL” or the “UNDERSTANDING” with locals and advocates for beach access, including many locals with a very long history on the island like Lowell Hall, was to stay away from further reduction of access to the beach.   On Tuesday, the tiny area remaining in the city may be cut in half and, if you read the proposal, a number of restrictions may be added, including a “study” required to demonstrate need if the area is ever increased, special training and a permit?

SYNOPSIS: Parking on the beach has been permitted at the Sadler Road public access since the City Commission approved an “on-beach” parking area south of the north right-of-way line of Sadler Road to a point 600 feet south in the late 1980’s.

The City Commission wants to discuss reducing the parking area on the beach at Sadler Road from 600 feet to 300 feet which would put the terminus of this parking area at the southern property boundary line of Seaside Park if the Ordinance passes.

Source: Agenda 2/6/18

Read the Proposed Ordinance

While I understand both sides, I disagree with further reducing the area or access in any way.  I also feel anyone with a Nassau County tag should be able to access the areas without permit or any proposed special beach driving training, given available remaining space.  Living in Florida my entire life, being trained for driving on the beach is somewhat absurd, in my opinion.   I would hope, if training is proposed, the training is optional with a signature noting it was declined.

Paradise is changing and I find the repeated return to elimination of or reduction of beach access painful!  Living on the island for the past 54 years and a native, I think I have a right to a strong opinion and the right to feel a little offended.

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1981 Beach Control….Drive only south from Sadler

A Day on the Island….

Politicians who actually care, Centre Street with so much variety you’ll spend weeks trying every restaurant, musicians without compare, sleepy pelicans on a working dock, a short distance to Jacksonville International and, finally, fantastic beaches are key to the island’s allure.

Commission Race for the “Last 3 Year Term” Nears for Fernandina Beach

The commission races are nearing and this is the last 3 year election for Fernandina Beach.  What does this mean for Fernandina and for Amelia Island?Local elections have more to do with our future, at times, than national or statewide elections.   Consider access to the beach, parking or improvements bringing jobs to Fernandina.

The information below as taken from the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections website on 10/4/17 or from one candidate without a current statement on the site, a statement was provided by his campaign.

Current information, including financial disclosures and any changes to wordage below on is directly linked here….”Announced Candidate Information

November 7, 2017
Election Day
Voting Locations open from 7am to 7pm

Positive comments expressing your support and reason for supporting a candidate are welcome. 

Group 2 City Commission Race

Philip A. Chapman, III

City of Fernandina Beach Commissioner, Group 2

Contact Information:

2120 Florida Avenue

Fernandina Beach, FL – 32034


Candidate’s Statement
My wife and I came to Fernandina Beach for a get away weekend and it was love at first encounter. The combination of the charm of the city and the quality of the people made it easy to know that this is where we would call home when I retired from 38 years in public education.
As a homeowner for over 6 years and a full time resident for over 3 of those years, I have seen many changes to the character and fabric of this city. Shortly after settling in, I began to attend the City Commission meetings. I have spoken repeatedly at most every meeting about the waterfront, the density, the maritime canopy, and numerous other subjects and try to get the Commission to allow the people to express their full opinions (not in just 3 minutes) on subjects that are near and dear to them also. Citizen input and a Commission that listens to that input are the biggest components to the concept of community.
Change is ongoing. A look at the development both on and off the island clearly shows this and such will impact what our city will be in both the near and distant future. As your Commissioner, I will listen to all of you and your input and make decisions that will manage development, in all aspects of growth, which will keep the character of our city and the reason we are all live here. Change is inevitable, management of that change wisely, is critical! Thank you.

Note: The candidate’s photograph and statement are supplied by the candidate and are not endorsed by the County Supervisor of Elections or checked for accuracy.


Candidate: Timothy M. Poynter

Office: City of Fernandina Beach Commissioner, Group 2

Contact Information:

3967 First Avenue

Fernandina Beach, FL – 32034


Eighteen years ago, my family and I moved to Fernandina.  Our children were younger and the move was work related.  The job didn’t last.  After readjusting, we opened a small restaurant in 2001 at Thanksgiving.   Over time we grew to open another business and eventually employ over 50 people.    I’m aware of just how difficult it can be to run and operate a small business and aware of the obstacles we face.

During this time, I’ve been privileged to give back with two terms on the Fernandina Beach City Commission, serving as commissioner and Vice Mayor.    I’d like to think we accomplished a lot, including advocating for local businesses and quality of life.   Thinking about some of the changes, our town now enjoys an expanded library, animal shelter, refurbished train depot and two playgrounds as a result of creative public private partnerships.   These are the kinds of projects we need to see more in the coming three years.   Leveraging efforts with private partnerships gives us a more efficient use of your tax money and a better quality of life.

Our community is dependent on tourism, but the mills and port give us diversity to withstand downturns.   I plan to remain an advocate for jobs and support local industry whenever possible.  Gas lines serving the mills had the side effect of reducing the cost to operate restaurants.  Think about the tax base and positive impact we see from local “high paying” jobs!

My background includes a BA in Business Marketing from the University of Cincinnati in 1980 and a diverse history working in a number of positions.  Part of my background includes time as a painter, work in the health care industry, successful restaurant startups, local politics and time invested giving back to our community.


  • Better utilization of the waterfront.
  • Improve marina when repaired to eliminate silting (save dredging cost), including shifting north.
  • Seek more Public Private Partnerships
  • Protect local industry.
  • Reduce cost and regulation required to open a business or live in Fernandina, while improving quality of life.
  • Look for opportunities to work with the Port Authority toward common goals.

It is important to give back.  Fernandina means a lot to me and I have a history here, but we also have a future here.  Even if I didn’t have family in town, we have a vested interest in the future of the town.   Whether our concern is our current family, the restaurant or our sons living here, I am passionate about the future of our community.   On October 10th or November 7th, I need your vote.    If you want more efficient use of your tax money, more public private partnerships, a working marina and revitalized waterfront and to protect local jobs, please vote.  Turnouts are low and I need your help.

If you want to volunteer or just “LIKE” my Facebook page, you can reach me at the link, by email or phone number below.  Again, I appreciate your support and your vote.

Thank you,

Tim Poynter


***You are always invited to gatherings at 6:00 p.m. on the Thursday following the first City Commission meeting each month at 27 North 3rd Street.  ***

Note: The candidate’s photo and statement were provided by the candidate.   

 Group 3 City Commission Race 

Candidate: Orlando J. Avila

Office: City of Fernandina Beach Commissioner, Group 3

Contact Information:

Address Protected

Fernandina Beach, FL – 32034


Candidate’s Statementavila
I sincerely hope you will take the time to look over my bio and ask any questions about my candidacy or positions.

I believe in being a citizen servant, I think that the role of government is to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the citizenry.
Prudent management of the people’s treasure and providing maximum benefit to them by ensuring service levels are maintained.

Orlando J. Avila

Biographical Info
Janel Avila, Wife
Married 17 years (July 1)
4 children, all adopted through foster care
Janel is a teacher at FBHS and a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Florida
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida
Bachelor of Arts Public Administration, August 1999

Columbia Southern University
Orange Beach, AL (Distance Learner)
Masters, Business Administration in International Management, October 2011

Work Experience

All American Ship Agents, LLC
Fernandina Beach, FL
Owner/President October 2012 – Present

Seaboard Marine, Ltd.
Fernandina Beach, FL
Vessel Boarding Agent, November 2007-Ocotber 2012

Florida Department of Corrections
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Correctional Probation Officer, March 2003-November 2007
Certified position supervising caseload of felony offenders placed on probation by the Court
Florida Department of Children & Families
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Family Services Counselor-Protective Supervision, December 2000 – March 2003
Case manager specializing in child protection and family services

Volunteer/Community Service

Amelia Lodge No. 47
Served as Master, in 2008

Morocco Shriners 2002-Present
Fernandina Beach Shrine Club, Past patient Coordinator for Club Sponsored Patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children

Leadership Nassau, Class 8
Past steering committee member and Chairman (2011-12)

Nassau County Foster/Adoptive Parent Association
Past President 2011-2013

Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association
Vice-President, 2016-Present
Director of Programs 2014-2016

Nassau County Condition Use and Variance Board
Appointed 2010

Fernandina Maritime Exchange
President 2013-2015
Note: The candidate’s photograph and statement are supplied by the candidate and are not endorsed by the County Supervisor of Elections or checked for accuracy.


Candidate: Medardo Monzon

Office: City of Fernandina Beach Commissioner, Group 3

Contact Information:

2826 South Fletcher Ave

Fernandina Beach, FL – 32034


Candidate’s Statementmonzon
Since moving to Fernandina Beach in 2012, I have demonstrated my commitment to the wellbeing of our community. It would be my honor to serve you as a City Commissioner.

Below is my biographical information and qualifications.

I was born in Colombia and first came to the United States as an adolescent in 1963, when my father attended the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. We retuned to Colombia a year later and I lost my father in a tragic accident in 1966. I learned integrity, discipline, responsibility, compassion and empathy from my parents

My wife and I married in 1980. We have four children, five grandchildren and two dogs. Our family moved permanently to the U.S. in 1981. My wife and I lived in 8 different communities prior to moving to Jacksonville in 2003. Soon thereafter, we discovered Amelia Island and moved permanently to Fernandina Beach in 2012.

By obtaining academic scholarships and by tutoring science, I put myself through college, earning a M.S. in Chemistry. My professional career spans 43 years: 17 years as an entrepreneur and 26 years as a scientist and business executive in the chemicals, plastics and paper industries, typically in international environments. I have owned an organizational and leadership consulting firm for the past 7 years.

I have served on the board of directors of non-profit organizations, most notably, the Fox River Valley Community Foundation, the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Visit Jacksonville.

I have led organizations and managed budgets and assets several times larger than the City of Fernandina, developing skills and to solve complex problems by implementing innovative solutions.

My professional experience makes me uniquely qualified to understand and work effectively with all the segments of our community.

Since moving to Fernandina Beach, I have demonstrated my commitment to the wellbeing of our community. By working collaboratively with West Rock’s management and City Commissioners, we prevented deliveries of coal by ship to the island, preventing an environmental and economic disaster in our historic downtown district.

I also made and presented “An Independent Assessment of Lignotech” to the City Commission, documenting the significant environmental and economic benefits of this project to our community. Emissions of green house and toxic gases will be reduced markedly, while creating more than 50 high paying jobs.

Note: The candidate’s photograph and statement are supplied by the candidate and are not endorsed by the County Supervisor of Elections or checked for accuracy.


Candidate: Ronald ‘Chip’ Ross

Office: City of Fernandina Beach Commissioner, Group 3

Contact Information:

210 N 3rd Street

Fernandina Beach, FL – 32034

Candidate’s Statementross
I previously lived in a small county on the Chesapeake Bay known for its “Tranquil Living at Tidewater”. In less than 15 years the population soared from 25,000 to over 70,000. The developers and real estate interests prospered. Life for the rest of the community became anything but tranquil. My wife and I chose to live here because of what it is, not what the current City Commission appears to want it to become.
I believe our beaches, historic district, residential districts, and local businesses need to be preserved, protected and nurtured. I am running for City Commissioner to preserve the great little town in which we all chose to live. We can’t stop development, nor should we, but we can manage growth in a thoughtful and inclusive manner.
I believe that before a City Commission takes any action, the Commissioners must determine how the action will improve the quality of the life of its citizens and its business environment, and also determine how the action will impact – either positively or negatively – the character and environment of the City. How much will the action actually cost, and who will ultimately foot the bill as a result?
Presently I live in the Fernandina Beach Historic District, and I continue to practice Emergency Medicine on the Island. The remainder of my time is consumed by advocating for quality of life issues, playing petanque, cooking, and most importantly, spending time with my wife, Faith.
More information can be found at .

Note: The candidate’s photograph and statement are supplied by the candidate and are not endorsed by the County Supervisor of Elections or checked for accuracy.