Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Annexed into Fernandina? Some Property Owners Say No; One Resident's Concern Is That It Could Affect Beach Driving Rights

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Annexed into Fernandina? Some Property Owners Say No; One Resident's Concern Is That It Could Affect Beach Driving Rights

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Byline: WENDI ZONGKER

AMELIA ISLAND - A request by some South Fletcher Avenue property owners to be annexed into the city of Fernandina Beach has other property owners up in arms about what the annexation would do to beach driving rights.

The City Commission will review an application Tuesday to annex 14.27 acres and 53 oceanfront properties south of the city limits and north of Peters Point into the city. The area includes Sandpiper Beach Homes, Villas of Ocean Dunes and 13 single-family houses.

Approving the annexation could eliminate beach driving there because it is prohibited within city limits.

That is why Drew Scott - who lives within the property to be annexed - told the City Commission July 15 that he doesn't want to be a part of the city.

"I have always been able to drive on that beach. I think it's important we give citizens of Nassau County access to the beach," he said.

In a letter from Sandpiper Beach Homes Association President Thomas Gambino to City Planner Marshall McCrary, Gambino said 80 percent of the 53 property owners approve of the annexation.

However, Scott told city commissioners that the majority of those - 43 - aren't permanent Nassau County residents and it would be a "bum deal" for part-time residents to change the laws for permanent Nassau County residents.

Gambino said in the letter that benefits of the annexation include improved public safety, access to city recreational facilities and discounts at the city golf course. The city also stands to gain an estimated $150,000 in property taxes.

Atlanta resident Dudley Pearson, who lives in one of the properties to be annexed, said he supports the annexation because he will be better represented by the City Commission than the Nassau County Commission. He also supports eliminating beach driving, saying it's a safety issue. …

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