Have you heard about the Diverging Diamond that is descending upon Nassau County? For our August 8th meeting we were honored to have as our guest speaker Ms. Odette Struys, Public Information Officer, Florida Department of Transportation who gave us the inside scoop on this curious French-based phenomenon. The Diverging Diamond in question is the new traffic interchange being constructed at SR 200 and I-95. This new Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) is part of the major road […]
The EABC pub night in June 2017 was held at The Patio Place in downtown Fernandia Beach.
The May 2017 pub night was held at the Galley Bar & Grille near the Amelia Island Yacht Basin.
Our guest speaker in June, 2017 was Fernandina Beach city manager, Dale Martin. Dale talked a little bit about his background and how he came to Fernandina Beach. His presentation consisted of an overview of some of the operational details of the city departments as well as weighing in on some of the current hot issues like the repair of the city docks. Dale is highly professional manager and his calm and steady approach to […]
The March 2017 meeting featured a panel of some of our EABC members who have immigrated to the United States, and to Amelia Island in particular. We were treated to some great stories about how they came to this area and what experiences they had in developing their businesses in the United States. The panel members were: Caroline Blochlinger: Switzerland Barb Kent: Canada Han Ramakers: Holland Martin Wilson: UK Don’t miss the picture of Matin […]
We were very honored to have Cal Atwood as our keynote speaker for the February EABC meeting. Cal is a WWII veteran and Amelia Island resident with an extremely interesting past and plenty of great stories. As you can see by his bio he has been around the block a few times and has graciously agreed to speak to our group. Cal gave a very interesting an poignant talk that was captured on the accompanying […]
Our speaker for the September 2016 meeting was the well known and highly respected local architect John Cotner. Mr. Cotner has been involved with many significant architectural projects on Amelia Island and has extensive experience in single and multi-family housing design and construction, specialty commercial, restoration, religious, hospitality and assembly architecture. He is also an expert in land planning and graphic design. His presentation to the EABC addressed the benefits of a less prescriptive public/private approach to development […]
The EABC was pleased to once again hold a Petanque social and mixer as our June meeting in 2016. The event was held on June 14th and we enjoyed the game of petanque, friendly conversation and networking. Our very own Philippe Boets was the host and fun director for the evening and supplied the equipment and game instructions. He also brought along some members of the island’s petanque club to help organize the play and […]
In August the EABC group visited the White Oak Conservation Center near Yulee for a half-day tour of the facility. We enjoyed a great walk-through of several of the buildings, which house a wonderful collection of artifacts and artistic objects, we toured the grounds in open safari-type vehicles to see the animals and even got off occasionally to feed and or pet some of the more docile creatures. Then we ended the day with a […]
Our March meeting featured Steve Leimberg, a national award winning nature photographer with local roots. Steve gave a very entertaining and educational presentation, highlighting some of his most useful tips and suggestions for successful photography, especially when traveling. He used his own photographs to show many examples of his suggested techniques and demonstrated how the average photographer can improve their own results. A major part of his message was to encourage us to spend some […]
Our guest speaker for the February, 2016 meeting was Ms. Nan Kavanaugh, Editor of First Coast Magazine and HealthSource Magazine. As a long-time resident of Fernandina Beach and now Jacksonville, Nan is very familiar with the local culture, business environment and social life.
Our January meeting was one of reflection and consideration. Reflection on our times and activities in 2015 and consideration for our activities in 2016. Tim Burningham was our moderator and he led a discussion around the continuing development of the EABC and roughly followed this agenda: – Review 2015 What did we like What would we change – Plan for 2016 Suggestions for meetings Some fun things to add Perhaps a few […]
Our guest speaker for the November meeting was travel expert, Ange Wallace, President, Wallace Pierson Travel here on Amelia Island. Ange is a true travel consultant who walks the walk, flies the skies and sails the seas and is therefore well-qualified to guide others who wish to explore the world. She shared some of her knowledge and advice about how travel has evolved over the years and suggest some new and exciting destination ideas. She […]
At the October, 2015 meeting we were treated to an excellent presentation on Rayonier’s partnership with Nassau County on two large-scale land use plans that will evolve over many decades – the Crawford Diamond Industrial Park and the East Nassau Sector Plan, a mixed-use development, known to some locals as the TerraPointe development. Over the next 70-100 years, the East Nassau Sector Plan will include houses, offices, shops, resort facilities, medical facilities, schools, and industrial […]
Our speaker in September 2015 was Mr. Todd Lindner from the Jacksonville Aviation Authority who is project manager for the new Cecil Field Spaceport operation. Todd gave us an overview of the lengthy and complex process it took to get Cecil Field certified as a spaceport. He and his team had to coordinate with a number of government agencies, all branches of the military, the FAA and local governing authorities and communities. After several years […]
At the August meeting we took the opportunity to discuss the development and launch of our new EABC web site. The current web site was developed and tirelessly maintained by Caroline Bloechlinger since the beginning of the club and we want to acknowledge the tremendous amount of work she has devoted to our organization. Another of our club members, Shaun Harrell, has taken on the web site redesign and he gave our keynote address at […]
In July our guest speaker was personal trainer Zachary Rocheleau, who gave us an inspired talk on the value of physical fitness and the power of taking small steps toward your goal. Personal physical fitness has become an important aspect for many of us these days as the health benefits of exercise and proper diet have become more well-understood. We are fortunate to have an expert on this topic as one of our own members. […]
At the May meeting EABC members were treated to a discussion by Tom O’Neil (of American Funds) titled “Creating Clarity from Confusion”. Tom lead a discussion about some developments in financial markets you don’t hear about in the media very often and then shared a roadmap for staying focused on your long-term goals. It’s no secret that Americans tend to distrust the media — but we listen anyway. According to a recent Gallup poll, public […]
At the April meeting we heard from local Park Ranger and historian Frank Ofeldt who gave us a glimpse into Fort Clinch’s past and shared with us some of the international aspects of its history. Frank is a well-known expert on the details of Fort Clinch and you can find him most days inside the compound portraying a Union Sgt. in full uniform, delighting visitors with stories and military life factoids. He is an entertaining […]
It is not often that we are able to welcome a local TV celebrity to speak at the EABC meeting. Well, we did it this time and Donna Deegan, author, breast cancer awareness advocate and former weekday television anchor on the First Coast News agreed to enlighten us about her cause. Did you know that Donna is an avid marathon runner who started “26.2 with Donna” the National Marathon to fight Breast Cancer? Imagine over […]
One of Amelia Island’s biggest annual events comes to town this month. The Concours d’Elegance takes place on March 13-15th at the Ritz Carlton and honors Britain’s motor racing hero Sir Sterling Moss. We are fortunate enough to have Mark Becker join us to give us a preview of this year’s event. He raced semi-pro motocross as well as Formula Vees and Formula Fords and is an eclectic restorer whose collection spans the spectrum from […]
The EABC celebrated the Holidays at the new Marlin & Barrel distillery in Fernandina Beach. Owner Roger Morenc hosted this special event by offering a preview tour of the distillery set up to open in late December 2014. The tour was informative and fun and we all agreed that this future tourist attraction will be unlike anything else in Fernandina Beach. The new owner of the nearby Bright Mornings Café provided the food for this […]
Brandy Carvalho, Development Officer at White Oaks Conservation was the guest speaker and gave our group a little history and background of White Oaks. White Oaks is located on the banks of the St. Mary’s River and encompasses more than 7,400 acres of hardwood hammocks, pine forest, and tidal wetlands. The property was acquired by the Gilman family in 1938 and philanthropist Howard Gilman established a significant program for the conservation and propagation of imperiled […]
Population: 11,925 Housing: 7,064 Households: 4,775 Square Miles: 11.13 In our October meeting the director of the Fernandina Beach, FL Community Development, Adrienne Burke answered some questions that focused on historic preservation planning and other community planning activities. In her presentation she touched on many topics and tried to answer some of the more confusing aspects of our community. She noted that for example building code enforcement is really State regulated which overrules the city. […]
EABC convinced Science First to bring one of their portable Starlab planetariums to the meeting. What an opportunity to experience the stars and also learn about the local company that is part of an international network of business partners. In addition to the stars, we also learned how Science First found Nassau County and a little bit about the process of relocating a medium sized business from Buffalo, NY to our area. Due to size […]
August 2014 – Lt. Dooley and Scott Basset ‘WOW’ed our group with their presentation about the Kingsbay Submarine Base
What a great presentation this was! No one even noticed that Navy Captain Guffey, the planned speaker, was not able to attend. Instead the Base sent Lieutenant Dustin Dooley, the Submarine Base Operation Officer and Scott Bassett the Public Affairs Officer. The Kingsbay Submarine Base was commissioned in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter and houses one of the largest buildings in Camden County. We also learned that there are two crews for each submarine, the […]
It’s summer and we wanted to have some fun, so Andrew and Tim decided to come up with a Trivia game which was designed to even have been a little useful for business people. Certainly it tested the international knowledge of all the participants. Many of the trivia questions started conversations amongst the randomly drawn teams. Who knows some new friendships have been started that evening. One thing is certain everyone had a great time […]
Steve Livingstone, Club president of the ARMADA FC visited us with some of his crew and gave us some insight about what the team is planing in the upcoming season. Steve is originally from Scotland and he explained that Jacksonville is quickly becoming a training destination for international and national soccer teams. Once ARMADA FC has decided on their steady home base they plan some major improvement to the fields and have a soccer complex built in 2018. He pointed out that Football (soccer) highly depends on its fans. “A team is nothing without its fans”.
Mike Bowling was our guest speaker who knew that to get his plush-pet ideas off the ground, he needed to produce a variety of stuffed animals that were loveable by kids but were easily manufactured. The Pound Puppies were born! However, not everyone believed in this idea and he was rejected 14 times, however he kept at it since he believed in his product so much. The Pound Puppies were officially launched in 1984 in […]