For City Commissioner Group 1
This November its time we stand up and vote for a candidate who is willing to fight to protect what we cherish so dearly.
A Vision For The Future
We need a candidate with a clear vision to Protect, Preserve & Enhance the treasures on our island. With too many corrupt politicians being taken advantage of by special interest groups we a candidate with a clear vision.
Our beaches and the natural beauty of our island is under attack. We need to make sure these issues are addressed and not taken over by special interest groups.
Our beaches and the natural beauty on our island is under attack. We need to make sure these issues are addressed and not taken over by special interest groups.
Repairing our marina
Our Marina is a working waterfront. It should remain as such. The destruction by two hurricanes, has created loss revenue for our city. The issue of recouping funds from FEMA has caused a hardship for the city. Repairs are almost completed. Now, we need to see that the marina is restored to an even better state than it was before the hurricanes. The marina can be profitable if managed correctly. My vision is to bring Shrimp Boats back to the docks, have a wharf type walkway along the waterfront. Fresh seafood from our local waters can be brought to the docks for purchase. Children can take field trips and learn about the modern shrimping industry, and net making. Maybe small seafood restaurants can also be accessible along the waterfront. Boaters can launch their boats. Charter boats can resume taking visitors out for fishing trips and sunset tours. We are the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry. How can we say this if we don’t have shrimp boats?
Protecting our natural preserves & controlling development
Development is rampant on our island paradise. The destruction of our maritime forest has caused damage that can never be repaired. Our natural beauty that everyone comes here for is slowly being taken away. As city commissioner, I want to slow the development down by placing restrictions on how large or high buildings are or how close they are to easements. Place high penalties if trees ordinances are not adhered too with hefty fines. Our maritime forests are what protects the sand dune we live on. The deep roots hold us together when hurricanes hit, while the strong branches protect us form the high winds in the storms. The habitats of endangered species such as birds, turtles, and our people are in danger. Our island is unique. We must protect this treasure.
Making sure we keep our beach rights
Our beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. Our beaches are sovereign land, meaning they belong to everyone. Access to our beaches should remain free to all who want to access them. I am against paid parking. In the 80’s, if you wanted to drive on the beach, you purchased a yearly sticker for $25 or daily sticker for $5 for your vehicle. I’m not sure what ever happened to these. For some reason this rule has been overlooked. Most people would not have an issue with this. But, I will never support parking meters to access our beaches. The hotel that has been erected at Main Beach should never have been allowed. This could have been parking for those who want to access the beach. Beach parking spaces are being used by those who dine at Salt Life. This was not properly thought out either. Our beaches are always going to be here. People come here for because they love our beaches and waterways. We must protect our rights to access our beaches.
Contribute to a Cause
Show your support by donating to my campaign or contributing to one of a few organizations on the island that help protect it’s beauty.
My name is Marian Phillips and I have been a resident of the City of Fernandina Beach since moving here with my family at the age of 9.
I am the proud graduate of Fernandina Beach High School, Class of 1979. I am the proud daughter of the Korean War Veteran, and part of a family of shrimpers, just a few characteristics that make this community so great. I have been so lucky to share my life and love for this amazing community. I come from a very long line of strong and dedicated members of this community.
A very large part of my passion is driven through my part in the Union. My Union experience has taken me to many states around the country, meeting many people along the way. Working and learning my way up from a member, all the way to president of one of the strongest of the smallest educational staff professional unions in the state. I worked hard to take a union in shambles and with the help of the other members, built it to 58% in membership. I believe Leaders lead by bringing others up with them.
Throughout the years, I have been very busy preparing and learning to be the best part of the City of Fernandina Beach Commission.
Mission & Values
AS A COMMISSIONER OF THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH, I want to leave a positive legacy that will be forever remembered as a good faithful servant to all of those I have served and stood up for. I will be known as protecting the people, and our wonderful way of life.
Ready to take the next step and support Marian?
We are looking for a few good volunteers who share our vision and are willing to spend a few few hours a week in support of our cause. Change is coming and we want to make sure the citizens of Fernandina Beach are involved.
News & Updates
Marian Phillips does not shy away from being in the public eye, stating strong opinions, or standing up for what she believes in, characteristics she believes make her a strong advocate for Fernandina Beach residents and a top candidate for the Group 1 seat on the...
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Candidate Debate Sponsored by The NAACP & Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Aug 8, 2020 | Peck Center | 9am to 1pm
Bring a lawn chair as this will be outside under the trees. Candidates for all upcoming city & county elections will be asked questions.
Candidate Forum Sponsored by The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce
Sept 2nd, 2020 | The Chamber | 8am to 11am
This will be a candidate forum sponsored by the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce for those candidates running for City Commissioner Group 1, 2 and 3.
Candidate Forum Sponsored by Fernandina Observer
Sept 24, 2020 | City Hall | 7pm
Fernandina Observer Candidate Forum, City Hall Fernandina Beach Florida 204 Ash Street Fernandina Beach, FL