Road Tour Today 11:30 to 2:00 in Historic Downtown Fernandina

“The Reliable Carriers Eight Flags Road Tour" is today, Friday, March 11, 2016. Fifty+ (50+) vehicles will be on public display in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.  This is a rally, so times may vary, but a good guess is arrival around 11:30 or 12:00.  If interested in a full event schedule for the weekend….a direct […]

Thoughts Leaving City Commission

Over the last two years, I served as Mayor of the City of Fernandina Beach.  The opportunity to give back was an incredible experience and I have no regrets.  I am proud to have been a part of a number of projects in the last three years.  Some, I initiated, some I helped complete or […]

Roof Leak, Delay and Unplanned Win for Owner

Roof leaks can be tricky, especially when the leak isn’t on the property you represent.  Last year a sale imploded, after a very minor leak created a stain in the ceiling.  The buyer wanted a repair of the leak, but unfortunately, the leak started on the neighbor’s roof…..flowing below skylight flashing and onto an exterior […]

Rendezvous Festival on Amelia Island


The festival has been ongoing for the past week, but almost invisible to locals.  I had the pleasure of meeting the director of tonight’s feature film, “The Better Half”.  The films are generally all independent efforts by film makers from across the world.  People are here from across the country, Europe, Asia, and yes….even […]

Shrimp Festival 2015

Just looking back at the last 51 years, I can see the absolutely amazing change here on the island. Back, when I was a kid, I remember the wooden docks and calls from friends with shrimp boats to buy shrimp off the boat. On holidays, I’d spend time at the beach, sometimes sneaking into Fort […]

FBMS First Game of the Year

Playing a school more than twice the size isn’t always the best way to win, but is a great way to teach kids how to play harder.  Watching the game and crowd of friendly locals, really makes me proud to live in Fernandina.  Great entertainment, $2.00 pizza and $1.00 drinks……conversation with friends you don’t […]

Historic Districts in Fernandina….more than you imagine.

Ever think of developing or remodeling a home on Amelia Island?  The attached map shows the location of local historic districts, requiring added review before contruction.   The result is a local tourism draw and a fine example of historic preservation, seldom seen.  The additional trouble is worth the recognition in the area, added value and […]

Photo Edit and Too Far?


The pictures are examples of photo editing in advertising.  Smart phones and common software really can change the appearance of a property, but are there fair limits?  The first picture is an edited version of a home near Amelia Island.  The water and color “NEVER” hits that shade of blue, but it looks great…..doesn’t […]

Land, Contacts, Experience……Sunday

The last week has been an interesting week, with some of the busiest days I remember, since 2005/6.   This afternoon, after the “officially lost count” weekend in a row of working instead of playing, today was actually pleasant.   Only 11 emails of varying length, posts to , , , , […]

Day in the life…..and Advice….Walk the Dog During Showings…..

Well, today included a new first.  When I arrived a few minutes early for a listing appointment, I heard barking behind the door and a child opened the door to invite me inside.  Two cute dogs were, I thought, competing for my attention, but one only wanted to nip.  I ended up with a pinch […]