Remembering Deputy Eric Oliver – A Hero in Nassau County

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Memorial for Deputy Oliver

 

The human condition comes stocked and fully loaded with intense of ambition, or certain sense of obligation. Surveying the masses, you might not be surprised to learn some unlikely truths. Unless you are blessed with the opportunity and – more importantly – follow through, the chance of finding yourself budding a career in a vocation that started as a “calling” is anything but eminent. Perhaps your aspirations are nothing more than wasted imagination? Is there any honor in the grand pursuit? Maybe, the true value of ones’ legacy lays in those who know you best, and your attributes which they aspire to possess.

If a man or woman seeks to pursue a career in law enforcement, usually they come to this decision as an alternative to college, or just to make their mother worry! Other times, applicants are following in steps laid proudly before them. Steps that can never be filled, only followed. Moreover, avoiding student loans altogether and a retirement plan are very attractive bullet points to young professionals. Deputy Eric Oliver, Nassau County Sheriffs’ Department, had no shortage of brothers and sisters in his life, both at home and in the workplace. On November 22, 2016, while in pursuit of suspected wanted for questioning, Oliver’s courageous efforts to run down the suspect led him into the path of an SUV. The force of the vehicle was more than the Deputy could absorb, and survive.

Deputy Eric Oliver

We will miss Deputy Eric Oliver

Deputy Oliver was born in a town called Heidelberg, Germany. One of a whopping four children, his parents had all hands full and on-deck. Once Eric turned 2 years of age, The Oliver family came to a decision. To return to the United States of America was the only viable plan. Spending some amount of time in the North and on the East Coast, Eric would eventually find himself settled in the small coastal town of Fernandina Beach, FL. Once unpacked and ready for action, 2004 would hold new beginnings for the German-born American.

Ready to serve his country, Eric enlisted just as soon as he was able. As an Aviation Ordinance technician, he served for two tours in Iraq. His service to his country came with no expectancy of pay. He played a key role – as all whom participated did – in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, while working with and supporting all Humanitarian Aid efforts.

When it came down to Eric and his interests when he wasn’t dawning the Nassau Co. colors, he was a die hard, bring on the trash talk, avid Florida Gators fan. In search of the truest thrills, motorcycles and (as we call it in Jackson) muddin, were what kept his blood flowing on breaks from active duty with the department. As if he wasn’t well rounded enough, Eric also shared the passion of creating music. He was an avid guitarist. But the one true love that could bend his will and conquer all was the love of his daughter Shelby.

Eric, you will be most sorely missed, Nassau County can only pray that whomever joins the Sheriffs’ department in your stead will share the courage and diligence that you showed us all. In a feat a bravery you were lost, but in the communities eyes, you were decidedly found!

 

 

 

The 2016 Hurricane Season is Over

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

No matter where we settle and make our homes, we are all subject to some sort of natural disaster. In the bible belt of the central eastern United States, tornadic activity is something you learn to expect. In the western parts of the country, earthquakes occur so often that residents don’t even flinch over anything less than a 4.0 on the Richter Scale. If you want to enjoy the sunshine in Florida, one best be ready for a tropical cyclone, or Hurricane.

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A Special Thanks to First Responders

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Thank You First Responders

 

Today, thanks are in order. It is incredibly easy to become so lost in your day-to-day grind that you begin to take certain things for granted. Who knows how any of us ever survived without all the GPS and cell phone technology we are now using for nearly everything. Well, that’s all fine and grand. Without the handymen that have taken on the trade of working for companies like Florida Public Utilities, there would be none of that electricity, on which we desperately depend. It takes a certain mindset and demeanor to work in such hazardous conditions. A skill set not easily attained and practiced. Only a few weeks ago, residents of Amelia Island were pummeled by the winds whipping around the eye of Hurricane Matthew. Granted, living on an island off the eastern coast of the United States is an assured way to experience diversity in weather.

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One More BYOB Cruise For A Good Cause

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Last 2016 BYOB cruise

 

Hurricane Matthew came barreling along the eastern coast of the United States only a couple weeks ago. While the island fared well as a whole, the dock where our vessels rest took a beating like it’s never seen. Thanks to around the clock work, things are more or less back to working order. That very miracle gave us the great pleasure of announcing one more, our last twilight cruise of the year; the Hurricane Relief BYOB Twilight cruise. Normally, we would have been wrapping up our Adult Twilight BYOB cruises at the end of October, and hunkering down for the cooler months. However, this year we extended the summer series to just one more tour.

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The Hurricane Matthew Adventure

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Harbor Marina during Hurricane Matthew

Harbor Marina during Hurricane Matthew

 

 

There are all sorts of things in life which are completely predictable. You can always count on the leaves to change with the seasons, and all flowers will soon whither and fade. In direct disagreement with that idea, there are other aspects of the human experience which – after so many years of study and research – remain to be perceived as “best-guess” scenarios. Successfully predicting the weather can be a lifesaving maneuver. Especially along on the Southeastern coast, weather patterns and many seasonal predictions in Florida fall into that latter category. Meteorology and the academic enthusiasts pursuant to its’ study are unfortunately considered to be on the bottom of the scientific scoreboard, in terms of consistently delivering accurate hypotheses. Here in Fernandina Beach, the island sky – in one moment – can look as though it is a pre-cursor to the beginning events in the book of Revelations. Ten minutes later, singing birds and the blinding afternoon sun leave you forgetful of the dark and ominous sky, just having vanished.

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Whaling Ban Goes Ignored

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

 

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Whale with Dolphin

 

Humans are famous in getting caught up in the sights, smells, and sounds of beautiful surroundings. Although, there are far more prudent things that should enter our thought process as we take the grace and beauty with which these miracles of nature go through their endangered existence. Many of the species you will encounter when going out on the blue with Amelia River Cruises are – in fact – even more endangered than their recognition claims.

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Good News for the Green Sea Turtle Population

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Turtle Nest on Amelia Island

Turtle Nest on Amelia Island

 

Of the seven different types of species of sea turtles, all are in danger of extinction due to an array of problems, both natural and those for which mankind and its’ “progress” must claim responsibility. Unnecessary outdoor lighting and nest disturbance are just a couple of the issues that we ourselves are participating in, causing the depletion of a national treasure. However, there is a touch of good news on the headlines for the Green Sea Turtle today. The odds of the survival of said subpopulation have increased enough to entice the decision-making environmentalist to slightly downgrade the level at which this particular sub-species is considered to be endangered. Archie Carr National Wildlife refuge, located not too far from our Island, is not only the largest and most protected Green sea turtle nest place in Florida. It is responsible for being the largest nesting habitat for these survivors in all of North America. In 2015, a new national record was set for the number of turtles to nest in Archie Carr’s refuge. Researchers counted 14,152 nests by the time the egg-laying season ended in the fall. That surpassed the previous record of 12,846 clutches, set in 2013, and smashed past yearly totals, which ranged from just under 200 nests in 2001 to 6,023 in 2011.

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Post Hurricane Matthew Update

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Amelia River Cruise - Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle’s new temporary home at Dock 8 – South Front Street – Historic Fernandina Beach.

 

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL – October 12, 2016 – Due to extensive hurricane damage to our normal dock at the Fernandina Harbor Marina, we will be resuming operations out of the south end of the same marina, off of Dock 8. This is approximately 300 yards south of our normal business location at 1 North Front Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. A temporary ticket booth building will arrive tomorrow, October 13, 2016 and will be placed south of Atlantic Seafood in the gravel parking lot south of Ash Street.

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Tiger Sharks; the Latest Entry on the Endangered Species List

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Tiger Shark

 

This week’s shark adventure takes us to one of the most sought after species of shark in the world. Second in numbers only to everyone’s favorite fear-fish, the Great White, these predators are the oceans perfect trigger for fear. They eat literally, anything. They most do plenty of it too, because these massive creatures have been seen growing to lengths of 16 feet and more. This particular eating habit has dubbed the tiger shark as being an apex predator (literally meaning they attack and eat anything that brings their appetite to the forefront of their oceanic agenda. You may think of a shark’s diet being primarily composed of typical predator-doomed and defenseless fish. In this instance, you will find that the tiger sharks’ tastes are broader, for lack of a more accurate descriptor. This species of shark – like many grey sharks – is found in the moderately temperate and tropical coastal regions. They have also been known to patrol the oceans surrounding Hawaii, Tahiti, Solomon and the Marshall Islands.

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The Great White Shark – King of the Deep

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Great White Shark

 

 

This week, we are going to take a look into to what is maybe the most popular predator of all time. It’s exploits on both the silver screen and in real life events have put it into a category that almost transcends the universal species label of “shark.” No, this swimming set of teeth would be more aptly named the King of the Deep. Fear mongering and widely believed fiction-based storytelling have turned the beautifully scary oceanic icon into a decidedly calculating man-eater. In truth, the reality of the situation is that these monstrously large predators very rare approach – much less attack – human. Even when the occasional great white attacks take place, they are a far cry from always ending in a fatal blow. While most are under the impression the Great White is the absolute top of the food chain, they would be remised to believe -unequivocally – that the buck stops with the Great Whites. As history has taught us in studying and living out the grinds in all facets of plant, animal and human life, there is always a threat to your position in both your work and personal life.

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