There’s positive housing market news being reported for the calendar year recently ended. “Real estate sales in Amelia Island Plantation experienced a significant increase over the previous two years. Overall sales in terms of dollar volume finished at just under 55 million dollars for 2011,” according to a recent report.
Florida cities dominated the top ten list of the highest home listing price gains nationwide during the one year period December 2010 through December 2011, according to Realtor.com. Seven Florida cities are on this top 10 list, with gains in listing prices ranging from +16% to +32.5%, far above the US national median list price gain of +5.03%.
A financial tsunami is upon us. In case after case, in place after place, pension obligations (liabilities) are suffocating cities, counties and states. Small towns along the Jacksonville beaches and in Fernandina Beach are experiencing such plights. They are facing unworkable calculations with their public pension plans.
AN EVENT THAT DELIVERS THE WOW FACTOR: Tickets are on sale for Amelia Island’s signature March event, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, a rare collector car show recognized as one of the best of its kind in the world. Plan to be on Amelia Island this spring for this sensational glimpse of automotive history. March 9 – 11, 2012 at the Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton and Golf Club of Amelia at Summer Beach.
Longtime stalwarts, Kmart and Food Lion, are both closing on Amelia Island. But as one door closes, another one opens. Kohl’s and T.J. Maxx are opening in the new shopping plaza along A1A near the island. Plus, another Publix supermarket is taking up residence there.
Tebow is the inspirational and heartwarming story of this NFL season.”I’m just so blessed to be able to play quarterback for the Denver Broncos,” he said after his dazzling win over the Steelers. And to think he could have been talking about the Jacksonville Jaguars.
GARDENING NEWS: Nassau County Master Gardeners will be at the Yulee Extension office every Friday during calendar year 2012, from 10 am until 2 pm to answer horticulture questions. They will also receive any horticulture samples of problems experienced by homeowners and can conduct soil pH testing.
Thinking about growing some oranges in your northeast Florida yard? What are the best types to grow for orange juice in Nassau County, Florida? There are two juicing oranges which grow best in our area and they are Hamlin and Pineapple oranges.