Old-fashioned 4th of July Holiday in Historic Fernandina

Happening 4th of July weekend on Amelia Island: Jimmy Parish & the Ocean Waves will create a Margaritaville vibe in this Victorian-era riverfront city with a free concert July 1. Stars & Stripes Freedom Festival July 4, 2011 in Fernandina. Parade on Centre Street, fireworks at Fernandina’s riverfront and Ritz-Carlton oceanfront.

Fernandina Full Throttle With Tax-and-Spend Mode

Fernandina Beach city officials want to borrow nearly $10 million to undertake several pet projects that are hardly “urgent.” They continue full throttle with a tax-and-spend mode, this time with non-voter debt.

Appeal of Amelia Island Lures Tourists, Rich & Famous

It is the prestigious brand of Amelia Island that draws tourists from around the world and earns accolades from travel publications. Tourism numbers are improving dramatically over last year. And while some come to visit, others come to stay. Famed author John Grisham has reportedly purchased several oceanfront lots.

Florida’s Butterfly Milkweeds, Backyard Snakes

Urban and suburban development is eliminating monarch butterfly habitat by supplanting agricultural landscapes where an estimated 90% of milkweeds occur. Almost all of Florida’s 21 milkweeds are native — add some to your landscape for the butterflies. Also, a useful reference, “Dealing with Snakes in Florida’s Residential Areas – Identifying Commonly Encountered Snakes.”

Made in America From Oranges, Florida’s Vodka

Where better than Florida, top producer of orange juice, to squeeze out another fruit-based product to quench thirst? 4 Orange Premium Vodka is produced from four varieties of oranges – Valencia, Temple, Parson Brown and Hamlin and it’s all orange and all natural. With its refreshing citrus taste, this vodka certainly puts a new meaning on “getting juiced up.”

AMELIA ISLAND: So What’s New Since Last Summer?

Haven’t been on Amelia Island since last summer or planning a first trip? For those unlocking the door to a summer beach escape, check out these tidbits about new stuff around Fernandina and the beaches.

Real Estate: The Amelia Island Lifestyle

Thinking about calling Amelia Island “home”? See some of your options for Amelia Island living, with this overview video of communities, neighborhoods & the Amelia Island lifestyle…

Celebrity Determinate Tomatoes, Bitter Cucumbers

Tips on growing tomatoes and cucumbers in northeast Florida, Q & A by Nassau County Florida Extension expert. June 2011 gardening classes and clinics offered to Nassau County, Florida residents.