Hurricane Irma Issue….Looking High Tides…Pictures at 2:30PM 9/10/17 ???

The following pictures were taken about 2:30PM, 2 1/2 hours after high tide, in Fernandina.  If you notice, along the waterfront and Egan’s Creek, the tides are beyond ordinary high tide levels…I’m guessing by about 1 to 2 feet.   Our next high tide is at 12:33PM.      Wind is piling sand up at Main Beach, but we didn’t notice any significant damage yet.

In the high tide and low tide chart, we can see that the first high tide was at 12:08 am and the next high tide at 12:33 pm.

Source: Tide times and charts for Fernandina Beach, Florida (East Coast) and weather forecast for fishing in Fernandina Beach in 2017 9/11/2017

Hurricane Irma Update and Useful Information

9/6/2017 at 6PM Source: Navy Model

Hurricane Irma will have some impact on Florida, but the path can change. Be prepared, but keep in mind how storm paths can shift.  The twitter feed for Nassau Emergency Management is updated when you load this page.


Nassau County Emergency Information

95 Residents, Business Owners and Property Owners Randomly Polled on Parking Solutions

As of today, a poll on a local’s only Facebook group called Amelia Island Local Network, showed support for either leaving parking alone or some support for an adjustment of parking times and enforcement of the current rules.

It will be interesting to see how closely the answers from this group compares to  a larger survey by the City of Fernandina, mailed to 1500 random local residents.   The sample groups are different, but this group does show low levels of support for paid parking in 2017.

Source: 9/3/2017


Notice Anything Interesting in the Parking Approach? Part 2

Parking should always be about insuring access to something, whether an amenity or business.  I oppose parking control for revenue generation.  A program, when the time comes, should pay for itself, but not become a tax on business.  The post linked below was originally from 2011.  With a city commission presentation and discussion tonight (8/29/2017), I remembered the approach by one town and a view I felt deserved consideration.  It is all about the access and providing what business or the public needs to ensure access.  Anything else is just an added tax.

……….I’m not trying to open a parking meter debate.  I’m pointing out the way a town partnered with business and something unique, in my opinion.  This town is assisting business, not taxing the merchant as a revenue stream.   This assistance or partnership, if I am correct, is a subtle difference in approach to government.  Partnering does more than taxation.

Source: Notice Anything Interesting in the Parking Approach? «

10:40 on a weekday morning August 2017

As towns implement parking meters, I think the danger is in forgetting the original purpose.  Parking provides a spot to park vehicles in order to access something.  The access might be for business or a public park or some other amenity.  The purpose of meters should always be to preserve access, but never, in my opinion, to generate additional revenue. Look at some of the comments in another city, considering extending hours until 10PM.  The creeping potential and lure of using meters for a profit is something I dislike.  If Fernandina determines meters are eventually needed, we should do everything possible to hard-code the original purpose into an ordinance and everything possible to remind future commissions of that purpose….access, not revenue!

The city’s 1,525 parking meters cost $1 an hour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and bring in about $4.6 million a year to the city’s general fund.

By comparison, Boston’s meters cost $1.25 an hour and operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and meters in Burlington, Vermont, cost $1 an hour and operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“We’re from Portsmouth (New Hampshire) and I could see having to pay until 7 or something like that, but till 9 p.m.? I think that’s really pushing it for tourists to ask them to pay that late,” said Kirsten Moskowitz, who was parking Thursday night on Exchange Street.

Source:  8/29/2017

Brugmansia or Angel’s Trumpet

Fairly common on the island, this species can be dangerous.   Consider wearing gloves if pruning to avoid any contact with or ingestion of sap or plant!  Last year, I stopped to warn someone pruning a large area of these plants.  The sap from blooms or sap from cutting these can be a danger.  img_2313

According to the The American Journal of Psychiatry “Ingestion of Angel’s Trumpet flowers or a tea brewed from them results in an alkaloid-induced central nervous system anticholinergic syndrome characterized by symptoms such as fever, delirium, hallucinations, agitation, and persistent memory disturbances. Severe intoxication may cause flaccid paralysis, convulsions, and death.”

We have a few potentially toxic plants, including Oleander.  The biggest danger with oleander is in burning the clippings after trimming.

Cuban Coffee and Routines

16770777308_afd34ca436_oI’m convinced!  Great restaurants and coffee shops create value and make my job easier.  I’d guess I bring at least one client to Hola Cuban Café every month.   Having a handful of small coffeeIMG_2295 shops or restaurants to take clients, knowing the owners and knowing the menu, can make a huge difference when showing off your hometown.

Real estate brokers are often tour guides…expected to know a little about almost everything in an area.   I’m a native and playing tour guide is my favorite part of the job and gives me an excuse to spend time talking with my wife over coffee.   If you’re interested in great coffee, Hola Cuban Café is on North 2nd Street, just behind the Palace Saloon.  It isn’t big, but serves authentic Cuban cuisine and excellent coffee.   IMG_1705

Since I’m thinking about routines and morning coffee, t


he island has something unique we all take for granted.  Almost everything I need in a day is less than 5 minutes from home.   If I need more time in the gym, lunch becomes a fast hour at the YMCA or Club 14.  If we haven’t been to the beach lately, the free parking and 5 minute drive makes the island feel like an every day vacation.   I do admit to one flaw in the island.  Budgeting time for


work and budgeting time for play sometimes requires a schedule.   I started writing in time at the gym a few months ago, along with a daily list for my next day, before leaving the office.downtn1floyd1

By the way, if you work on the island and meals with clients are a part of work, definitely schedule time time at  a gym.  We have some amazing restaurants for such a small town!