January 9 update

The Omni building is now totally complete, including painting.


The big dig was to expose the well head so Partridge Well could begin “plugging” it today.

The very old ball valve was cleaned up and “with fingers and toes crossed” it was closed and held.

The main feed pipe was cut and a new adapter fitting was put in place

The pumping rig was put in place
And the slurry hose was connected.
Once done the old valve was cut loose
The pumper was fired up
Pressure was established using the pump
img_0143There was a chemical/water tank on the truck used to make the slurry mix

Portland cement was then added to the mixer

And pumped into the well.

All is complete. We will wait several days to make sure everything sets and there is no leakage. Then the casing will be cut back four feet below grade so there will be no interference with the foundation work.

Groundbreaking for new community center celebrated

Celebrating the start of construction of the new community center are (from left): Castle Group General Manager Patty Stewart; POC Evaluation Committee Co-Chair Geoff Clear; Treasurer Lib Schuler; Community Center Construction Committee (CCCC) member Ron Kolar; CCCC Co-Chairs Bob Stichweh and Ron Nelson; President Jeff Packer; Castle Group Project & Facilities Manager Kenny Walczak; POC Evaluation Committee Co-Chair Jackye Rubin; and Immediate Past President Larry Jones.

“Let’s dig!” was the call at the December 19 groundbreaking for the new Amelia Island Plantation community center.

With the razing of the former Property Owners Club complete, the site was set for the ceremonial start of construction of the new, two-story, 11,230-square-foot center on Sea Marsh Road. Actual construction will begin in January.

A large turnout of community members attended the celebration including Board members; members of the POC Evaluation Committee; the Community Center Construction Committee; and even some residents who had been living in Amelia Island Plantation when the now demolished POC opened in 1986.

Also attending were representatives from the Omni Resort, which graciously hosted the event at the Marsh View Grill; Basham & Lucas, which designed the community center; and Dicky Smith & Company, which was awarded the $3.26 million construction contract.

Special thanks were given to Jackye Rubin and Geoff Clear, co-chairs of the POC Evaluation Committee, for championing the construction of a modern community center to better meet the needs of AIPCA members.

The centerpiece of the new facility when it opens in 2019 will be the community “living room,” along with spacious multi-purpose rooms to host a variety of community and member events. The expansive outdoor seating area with screened porch is designed for enjoying the spectacular views of the marsh. The unfinished second floor will be used for future growth and current storage.

Final 2018 posting


The demo is complete. Groundbreaking day December 19, 2018.

Drainage material was partially delivered.


Ready for the big event.


Ron makes sure the juice is good.


The crowd gathers.


Two honorees: Geoff Clear and Jackye Rubin.


Ready to dig.


The team – Basham and Smith.


One last smoothing at the drain


President and co-chairs.


Omni furnished a great party.



Jeff give the intro.


The honorees get commemorative shovels.


Away we go. The site is now closed until January 2 when construction begins. Watch for updates in 2019.

Sat 12/15 am

Waiting on trucks to haul. Mud is an issue at the dump sites so might get delayed. Looking to get concrete and rest of trees out today. 20 loads of dirt get delivered Monday AM. But the demo contractor coordinates that so there will be no delay.


All walks are out.



Some siding is up on left side.


Weather stopped the work.


Last pillar is down and corner cut.

One more load of trees.

All till Monday.