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Starting in March, the American Beach Community Center began hosting on the second Saturday of the month an African Arts & Culture Marketplace featuring art, food, vendors, games, music, and movies. They will break for the summer in June and July, but it has been a fun place to gather on a Saturday afternoon over the last few months, and it got us thinking more about the history of African Americans on Amelia Island. As Karen Miller writes in this month’s cover story, African Americans are one group that did not come to Amelia Island by choice. Since Jean Ribault set foot here in 1562, encountering the native Timucuans, people have come to these shores for many reasons, from strategic or military to political and financial. Ribault and the French were followed by the Spanish, the English, pirates and scoundrels, fishermen, Confederate soldiers and Union soldiers, then wave after wave of visitors following the sun, many of whom chose to stay. But the African slaves brought to these shores had no choice. They came in chains to do back-breaking work that created wealth for others on local plantations. Eventually, they won their freedom, with many fighting for it in the Union army, some stationed here at Fort Clinch. A freedman’s school was opened in Fernandina after the war, and a large African-American community took root on Amelia Island, adding their distinctive thread to the many disparate threads that make up our “Isle of Eight Flags” tapestry. But after the euphoria of emancipation, Jim Crow reared its ugly head. African Americans here and around the South endured another period of senseless discrimination, but there were bright spots nonetheless. One of those was Peck High School, one of the oldest African American high schools in Florida and a cornerstone of the African American community here. Another source of pride, and an integral part of Amelia Island’s varied history, was American Beach, a place where African Americans could vacation and own beach homes in an era when blacks were denied entry to most public beaches in Florida. American Beach was a thriving community from its founding in 1935, and one of its icons was MaVynee Betsch, “The Beach Lady,” who was a tireless advocate for recognizing American Beach as an historical landmark. Today we celebrate African American culture at the monthly marketplace, and we offer this month’s cover story to provide a fuller account of the experience of African Americans on Amelia Island. Also this month, we check in with the Amelia Island Sailing Club; celebrate an important milestone with the Fernandina Beach High School Foundation; feature another Great Home of Fernandina with Dickie Anderson; enjoy a “Backyard Adventure” on the joys of shelling; and much more.

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11 Cover Story MANY THREADS, ONE TAPESTRY

Unlike others who have arrived on these shores, African Americans didn’t come by choice, but their physical toil and indomitable spirit have left a rich legacy here and contributed greatly to Amelia Island’s unique and varied tapestry.

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43 Supporting Success

With sailors, power boaters, and non-boat owners, the Amelia Island Sailing Club is a club that shares the joy of sailing through courses, regattas, and friendship.

With an important fundraising milestone reached, the Fernandina Beach High School Foundation makes an impact in the classroom in a million ways.

51 Great Homes of Fernandina The Lewis-Tabby House, constructed from tabby, a mixture of oyster shells and cement, is one of the most distinctive homes in Florida.

80 Backyard Advenure Whether you’re on vacation or you live here, looking for shells is a favorite pastime for many, and Little Talbot Island offers an amazing variety of species.

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Everything Amelia The people, events, and history that make Amelia a special place

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Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores

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In the Neighborhood Profiles of area businesses and organizations

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Beach Combing Great shopping on Amelia Island

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Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers

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Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River

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Around Town What’s happening around Amelia Island

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In the Garden As June’s warm weather arrives, add summer color to your landscape with Spider’s Web, Mint Julip, Lucky Leprechaun, and new varieties of Dianthus.

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MANY THREADS, ONE TAPESTRY Unlike others arriving on our shores, African Americans didn’t come by choice, but their physical toil and indomitable spirit have helped create Amelia Island’s unique tapestry. BY KAREN MILLER

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melia Island is a community built by diverse peoples. Since the early 18th century, the island has seen eight different flags flown over it throughout its history, earning it the well-deserved nickname “the Isle of Eight Flags.” Since the French first reached these shores to encounter the native Timucuans, they have been followed by the Spanish, the English, pirates and bootleggers, adventurers, fisherman and growers, Confederate soldiers, Union troops, Victorianera tourists, 20th-century snowbirds, and many others drawn to our warm climate and unspoiled beaches. In addition to the waves of newcomers, Fernandina was also blessed with a natural deepwater harbor, making it a busy port and a crossroads for ships from around the globe. According to Gino Litrico, patriarch of an old local fishing family and president of the former Trigger-Net Company, “When you were down at the docks, there were languages spoken from all over the world. In Fernandina Beach, we have people from many races, cultures, and walks of life. That’s what makes our island so special.” 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

However, one group of people did not come to these shores by choice. Instead, they were ripped from their African communities against their will, split off from their families and everything they knew, and shipped across the ocean in horrific conditions to be sold as slaves to America. “When Thomas Jefferson outlawed the importation of slaves in 1807, New England slaving families reregistered their ships under the Spanish flag and brought their cargos to Florida to be smuggled across the border into Georgia,” states writer and journalist Russ Rymer in his book, American Beach: A Saga of Race, Wealth, and Memory. “Fernandina’s traffic in ‘new’ Africans became intense—its harbor sometimes hosted three hundred square-riggers at a time.” Even though African-Americans didn’t come here by choice, they have contributed mightily to the history and culture of Amelia Island, and to our understanding of ourselves, helping us forge our unique community tapestry out of many disparate threads. Here is a look at part of their story on Amelia Island. JUNE 2018

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BLACK & WHOTE PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE FLORIDA MEMORY PROJECT

PHOTO BY KAREN MILLER

Clockwise from far left: Esther Bartley, born a slave on Kingsley Plantation, shown living on the grounds in the early 20th century; what remains of the slave quarters today at Kingsley Plantation; slave dwellings at Kingsley Plantation; an African American family at the plantation in the post-Civil War period.

KINGSLEY PLANTATION During the 18th and 19th centuries, many people came to Florida. Some sought to make their fortunes by obtaining land and establishing plantations. Others were forced to come to Florida to work on those plantations, their labor providing wealth to the people who owned them. Some of the enslaved would later become free landowners, struggling to keep their footing in a dangerous time of shifting alliances and politics. All of these people played a part in the history of Kingsley Plantation. Among those striving for freedom and security in Spanish Florida was Anna Kingsley. Anna was the African wife of plantation owner Zephaniah Kingsley. At an early age, she survived the Middle Passage and dehumanizing slave markets to become the property of Kingsley. After manumission by her husband, Anna became a landowner and slaveholder. She raised her four children while managing a plantation that utilized African slave labor. She survived brutal changes in race policies and social attitudes brought by successive governments in Florida, and her survival demanded difficult, often dangerous, choices. With an enslaved work force of about 60, the Fort 12 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

George plantation produced Sea Island cotton, citrus, sugar cane, and corn. “Florida’s Spanish colonists encouraged and legally sanctioned interracial marriage,” Rymer goes on to say in his book. “There were numbers of freed blacks in the area, and some of them owned plantations and slaves, and found acceptance in white society.”

COLORED TROOPS AT FORT CLINCH On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation: “All persons held as slaves within any States…in rebellion against the United States,” it declared, “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” It also declared that “such persons (that is, African-American men) of suitable condition will be received into the armed service of the United States.” For the first time, black soldiers could fight for the U.S. Army. The First South Carolina Volunteers was a Union Army regiment during the Civil War which was composed of escaped slaves from South Carolina and Florida. It was one of the first black regiments in the Union Army, and it served time at Fort JUNE 2018

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Clockwise from top: Black soldiers and their families atop Ft. Clinch during the Spanish-America War in 1898; etching of black troops near the Florida House Inn in Fernandina Beach; Black Soldier in the 34th United States Colored Troops; etching of black troops on Amelia Island.

Clinch. “This unit received a lot of attention under the leadership of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a supporter of John Brown,” says Frank Ofeldt, Fort Clinch State Park historian. “The regiment participated in a military expedition from Beaufort up the St. Marys River. Eventually, the designation of the regiment changed to the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops on February 8, 1864.” Even as they fought to end slavery in the Confederacy, African-American Union soldiers were fighting against another injustice as well. The U.S. Army paid black soldiers $10 a week (minus a clothing allowance, in some cases), while white soldiers got $3 more (plus a clothing allowance, in some cases). Congress passed a bill authorizing equal pay for black and white soldiers in 1864. By the time the war ended in 1865, about 180,000 black men had served as soldiers in the U.S. Army. This was about 10 percent of the total Union fighting force. Most, about 90,000, were former or “contraband” slaves from the Confederate states. About half of the rest were from the loyal border states, and the rest were free blacks from the North. Forty thousand black 14 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

soldiers died in the war: 10,000 in battle and 30,000 from illness or infection.

AMERICAN BEACH: A RAY OF HOPE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS American Beach was founded in 1935 by one of Florida’s first black millionaires, Abraham Lincoln Lewis, and the Pension Bureau of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company during his presidency. The plan was for his employees to have a place to vacation and own homes for their families by the shore. Throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, summers at American Beach were busy with families, churches and children. The beach included hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs, as well as homes and other businesses. American Beach played host to numerous celebrities during this period, including Zora Neale Hurston, Billie Daniels, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, and many more. James Brown was actually turned away from performing outside Evans’ Rendezvous, a nightclub on the beach. JUNE 2018

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Marsha Dean Phelts remembers fondly her family’s retreat on American Beach the first two weeks in July each year and writes of her experience in her book, An American Beach for African Americans. “For us, going to American Beach was the equivalent of going to Disney World today, in terms of popularity and prestige,” she writes. “It was a place where dreams came true just by being there, the place for family gatherings or community get-togethers, the place to see and gape at the prominent personalities of the community.” Phelts and her brothers, Charles and Kenneth, enjoyed crabbing, fishing, and collecting shells during their two-week vacation. “At low tide, we delighted by filling our sieves with donax, tiny coquina clams, easy to gather by the thousands as they lay on top of the sand—purple, orange, blue, yellow, pink, and white,” she writes. “After slurping bowls of donax broth, we used the shells to create mosaics on driftwood or poster board to take back home.” In 1964, American Beach was hit hard by Hurricane Dora, and many homes and buildings were destroyed. The passage of the Civil Rights Act that same year desegregated the 16 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

beaches of Florida, and American Beach became a less and less popular vacation destination as more African Americans from Jacksonville turned to beaches closer to their homes.

THE LEGACY OF THE BEACH LADY MaVynee Betsch, known to locals as the Beach Lady, returned from a long career as an opera singer to American Beach in 1977 to fight for its preservation. For years, she planted trees along Lewis Street, offered historical tours of the beach, and fought to raise public awareness of the beach and its struggle until her death September 2005. She wanted to make American Beach a monument to black Americans’ determination to overcome the obstacles of the Jim Crow era. Since January 2001, American Beach has been listed as a historic site by the National Register of Historic Places. Betsch was born in Jacksonville, Florida, into one of the preeminent black families in the South. Her parents were Mary and John Betsch, and she was the great-granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln Lewis and Mary Kingsley Sammis, the great-granddaughter of Zephaniah and Anna Kingsley. She JUNE 2018

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Clockwise from top right: Young women pose at American Beach in the early 1960s; the Owens family enjoying American Beach today; American Beach founder Abraham Lincoln Lewis of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company; the Rosier family enjoying the beach in the 1950s.


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Clockwise from left: MaVynee Betsch serving as judge in the 1962 Miss Stanton Contest at American Beach; large dune at American Beach, affectionately called “NaNa” by MaVynee Betsch, whose tireless efforts resulted in “NaNa” and the surrounding 10 acres being protected as part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve; MaVynee Betsch “The Beach Lady”.

was educated at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and after earning her bachelor’s degree in 1955, she moved to Europe, where she became an opera singer. Upon her return to American Beach, the Beach Lady made fast friends and instant enemies as she fought for the preservation of her beloved American Beach. “Crackers lounging in front of the ammunition store and rednecks passing in pickups trucks would give her a nod or a wave or stop to tell her they did or didn’t agree with her most recent letter to the editor,” writes Rymer. “They called her MaVynee or Miss Betsch, or Beach Lady. She would yell back, ‘Hey! Hey!’ and give them a wave or thumbs up, and a score of bracelets would ripple and chime on her forearm.” The Beach Lady gave her life savings, some $750,000, to sixty environmental organizations and causes, ten of which she was a lifetime member.

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at Atlantic Avenue and 11th Street. Moses H. Payne, a Howard University graduate, became the first principal and teacher that same year. William H. Peck, also a Howard graduate, joined Payne in Fernandina in 1887, and served as assistant principal. Following Payne’s death in 1888, Peck was promoted to principal, a position he held until 1931. Professor Peck developed the high school’s curriculum and graduated its first class in 1891. In 1909, a four-acre parcel was purchased on South 10th Street to build a larger school. Peck tenaciously gathered support from within the community and from the Rosenwald Foundation, a program for African-American school construction funded by Julius Rosenwald of Sears, Roebuck & Co. In 1911, the school was renamed in Peck’s honor. Peck High School was completed in 1927, serving grades 1-12. Peck, who died in 1950 and is buried at Bosque Bello Cemetery, was widely respected in the community and recognized in the state’s Great Floridians 2000 program. As one of the oldest African American high schools in the state, Peck High School was the center of the African American community and a source of pride. Used for classes in the day, JUNE 2018

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the school served as a meeting place for community groups in the evening. In later years, adult education and industrial skills were also offered. Teachers were an integral part of the fabric of the community and embraced their roles with great pride and commitment, understanding that they were educating students, families, and a community. When schools in Fernandina were desegregated in 1969, Peck was closed. Students were integrated into other schools, and by 1976, the building was vacant. Recognizing the impact the deteriorating building had on the spirit of an entire community, a diverse group including Ellie Colburn, Elmo Myers, Charles Albert, and Willie Mae Ashley began the campaign to save Peck High. In the 1990s, state grants and the City of Fernandina Beach funded its restoration, and it reopened as the Peck Center. The center houses non-profit groups, city offices, and hosts recreational activities and special events, making it possible for Peck to celebrate its past while continuing to serve the community. The Peck High School building serves as a 20 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

significant component of the story of African-American heritage in Fernandina Beach. The African American community of Amelia Island celebrates its heritage each month with an African Arts & Culture Marketplace on the second Saturday of each month at the American Beach Museum, featuring cultural arts vendors, food vendors, yoga and meditation sessions, fun-filled games, music, movies, and more. The American Beach Museum on Amelia Island remembers the historic African American journey of vision, struggle, joy, and triumph, and celebrates the preservation of this historic site. Photographs, text, artifacts, videography, and a unique display on the legacy of MaVynee Oshun Betsch, “The Beach Lady,” recount the beach’s history and preservation. The American Beach Museum is located at 1600 Julia Street. For more information about the Marketplace, Museum hours, and special events, call (904) 510-7036 or visit www.americanbeachmuseum.org. JUNE 2018

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Les DeMerle, world-renowned drummer and Artistic Director of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, in conjunction with Arts Alive Nassau, Inc., is hosting a Drums & Rhythm Summer Camp during the month of July. This exciting camp for ages 9 and up is designed to develop rhythm and enhance musical skills in drummers and percussionists, as well as students of any musical instrument. Subjects include the correct way to hold drumsticks, creating a groove with a steady beat, and learning drum rudiments. Students will also participate in exciting drum and rhythm jam sessions. DeMerle has appeared with musical greats such as Lionel Hampton, Harry James, Lou Rawls, and more. He and his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele DeMerle, continue to perform at concerts, festivals, and cruises. Drums & Rhythm Summer Camp will be held July 9-11 and July 16-18, Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon daily, for a total of six sessions. Cost is $120. Students will require a drum pad and one pair of drumsticks, which can be purchased at the first class. Camp will be held at New Vision Congregational Church, 96072 Chester Road in Yulee. For more information or to register, contact Arts Alive Nassau at (904) 310-9243 or email arts.alive.nassau@gmail.com.

BEAT THE HEAT THIS SUMMER AT THE FERNANDINA BEACH PARKS AND RECREATION POOLS In addition to the Atlantic Ocean, you can stay cool this summer at the Fernandina Beach Parks and Recreation department’s two swimming pools that are open to the public, both of which feature a wide variety of aquatic programs and family swim times all summer long. The Atlantic Recreation Center, located at 2500 Atlantic Recreation Center, features a year-round outdoor pool and kiddie pool, and offers swimming lessons, water aerobic classes, and is used in the evenings by local swim teams. The pool is heated during the cooler months and is handicapped accessible. The Martin Luther King Jr. Center pool, located at 516 South 19th Street, is only open during the summer months, with a variety of aquatic programs. Cost for both pools is $3 per day for city residents and $5 per day for non-residents, with one-month and four-month passes available. For more information and complete pool schedules, visit www.fbfl.us. Team Fernandina Stingrays is the local youth swim team and it is open to youngsters between the ages of four and eighteen who are interested in competitive swimming. Their action-packed seasons include diving, breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle. For more information about the Stingrays, visit www. swimtfs.org or call (904) 432-1524. SHERRY CARTER

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More Treasures include gas pumps, rustic wood signs, primitive and industrial pieces, mid-century furniture, vintage jewelry, lamps, and toys. They also have a selection of coastal-style décor, perfect for a beach house or for visitors wanting to bring a bit of the beach back home with them. “Antiques and More Treasures has a range of items that are different and distinct in character and quality,” says Susie. “Our group of vendors and consignors add to our variety of wonderful things! Our constantly revolving inventory means new finds for our customers, each and every day.” The close personal relationships within the shop make Antiques and More Treasures a true family affair. For more information on the store, call (904)-226-0351 or (904) 548-6080, or visit www.facebook.com/ antiquesandm. Antiques and More Treasures is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. “Be sure to check us out on your way to Amelia Island,” says Susie. “We’re looking forward to your visit!”

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elebrating 25 years as a small family-owned and -managed home furnishings consignment shop, Amelia’s Attic Furniture has grown into a multi-faceted, full-service furniture store. Located at 2164 Sadler Road, the store has expanded their new inventory over the years based on requests by customers. Consignment remain popular, with items rapidly selling, sometimes right as they arrive. A sizable selection of new furniture for every room of the house and patio provides a pleasant shopping experience, with inventory changing weekly. The store also offers custom ordering and features a tremendous selection of wall art. Owners Sylvia Gedeon and her daughter, Jennifer Crews, provide a welcoming environment for customers to stop in and browse often. Amelia’s Attic Furniture considers their staff as family! They serve customers by helping them sell items they can’t use, then assisting them in furnishing their homes, offering moderate prices and, whenever possible, American-made products. One of their favorite parts of the business is when customers say they are happy in their surroundings, purchased at Amelia’s Attic Furniture. Sylvia’s late mother, Vickie Poole, helped in the early days, along with a couple of devoted employees. After college, Jennifer worked in Atlanta before returning home to Fernandina Beach. She has been at Amelia’s Attic for 14 years, helping customers create beautiful coastal homes. For more information, call (904) 277-2095 or visit www.ameliaislandfurniture.com. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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hen Otis Lee was working for his neighbor’s pool company in Kingsland, Georgia, the pair visited a pool and spa show in Orlando to check out the latest pool equipment. After hours of walking around the show, the two friends collapsed into a pair of patio chairs. They were then approached by a wholesale rep who suggested Otis open his own patio store. “It’s funny how things happen,” laughs Otis. “There was no patio or outdoor furniture store in Kingsland or the surrounding area. It made perfect sense.” Soon after, Otis opened The Patio Store at 1621 Highway 40 E, and after 10 years, the store is a smashing success. Otis runs the store by himself—he’s both salesman and deliveryman. His wife, Susan, helps when needed, but Otis is a one-man show. “The store keeps me busy, but I love what I do,” says Otis. “Our medium- to high-end inventory and wide choice of fabrics and designs mean my customers have the world at their fingertips when it comes to outdoor furniture.” The Patio Store features quality patio and pool furniture by Castelle, Windham Castings, Royal Teak, Lloyd Flanders, Tropitone, and many more. Unlike “big box” stores that sell outdoor furniture, The Patio Store offers the very best quality furnishings with outstanding warranties. “Our products are durable, as well as beautiful,” he says. Only a short drive from Amelia Island, The Patio Store is open Tuesday through Saturday. Call them at (912) 729-1173 or visit www.thepatiostorega.com.

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Perfect Pendant Show off your love for Amelia Island with this beautiful custom-designed Amelia Island Pendants from Nassau Jewelry Co. $99-$499. You’ll find them in Silver & 14K gold, with a wide selection of other fine jewelry. Available at Nassau Jewelry, 1743 South 8th Street. (904) 277-1993.

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e are a social club with a boating problem,” laughs Tom Maguire, the current Commodore of the Amelia Island Sailing Club. For Tom, as with many members of the club, the lure of open water is strong. The Amelia Island Sailing Club currently has about 100 members, which includes sailors, power boaters, and even nonboat owners who are interested in sailing or boating. Many of the members are transplants to the Amelia Island area, who are drawn to the club by their love of sailing and the camaraderie among the members.

Commodore Maguire and his wife, Jan, moved to Fernandina Beach in 2015 and joined the club the same year. They brought their sailboat down from Virginia and now regularly compete in local regattas. Graeme and Nicola Nichol —originally from South Africa, but who came to Amelia Island with their sail boat by way of New Jersey—credit the club for introducing them to a number of good friends on Amelia Island. The couple, long-time sailboat racers and cruisers, joined the club as soon as they moved to the area in 2004. “We love being involved in the sailing community here,” says Nicola. “It was really a great way to meet new folks.” A past Commodore, John Lohr, retired to Fernandina Beach from Denver. John and his wife, Joan, joined AISC right away, even though they didn’t own a sailboat. The Lohrs do, however, own a powerboat and they have long loved all things to do with water. They are active members. “We loved the fact that you could get involved in such a great local activity so easily,” says John. One of the goals of the club is to encourage an interest in sailing. The club has held “learn how to sail” mini-courses, and they have sponsored “A Day on A Sailboat” to encourage community members to get involved in the sailing world. The club also sponsors several races, or “regattas,” each year and generally promotes the interest in boating in the area. Currently, the club is involved in “river sampling,” working with the St. Marys River riverkeeper to determine the health of the river and the sound. Boat owners and members sign up to participate in “sampling” days on the first Wednesday of each month. The club was founded in the late 1970s, and it is run by an elected leadership, which includes a Commodore or

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club President, a Vice Commodore, a Secretary, and a Treasurer in its slate of officers. Various committee chairs do the “landside” work of hosting the monthly potluck dinner, setting up the cruises and regattas, publishing the newsletter, managing the membership, and planning the yearly parties. Members of the club try to remain abreast of conditions affecting boaters in the Amelia Island area. For example, several years ago, when the city decided to lay out a “mooring field” at the downtown marina where sailboats could anchor, the club was invited to review the proposals and to have input on the layout of the field and the type of mooring balls used. If you would like to learn more about sailing and boating in our area, stop by a meeting or contact Russ Ridley, the current membership chair. The monthly newsletter, “The Scuttlebutt,” is available on their website. Amelia Island Sailing Club meetings are open to anyone. For more information and membership applications, visit www. ameliaislandsailingclub.com. 36 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JUNE 2018

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JUNE 1 Sounds on Centre Free family community concerts held first Fridays on Centre Street from 6 to 8 p.m. June’s concert features The Bluff 5 Band. Raffles and prizes. Bring a chair and wear your dancing shoes!

JUNE 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Free Yoga Class for Cancer Survivors Held every Saturday, 1 to 2 p.m. at Community Yoga + Wellness, 210 Beech Street. Register in advance at www.yoga-amelia.com.

JUNE 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 Bachata and Merengue Ballroom On Amelia offers Tuesday group classes with Bachata at 7 p.m. and Merengue at 8 p.m. Classes are $10 for one class or $15 for both. Dance workshop is offered on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; $10 per person. Located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios; no partner or reservation is required. For more information, call 904.624.0886, or visit www. ballroomonamelia.com or their Facebook page.

JUNE 6 Brown Bag Lunch The Amelia Island Museum of History hosts a Brown Bag Lunch presentation the first Wednesday of every month at noon, on a variety of subjects. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Gray at (904) 261-7378 ext 102, or gray@ameliamuseum.org.

JUNE 6, 20 Amelia Island Lighthouse Tours Guided tours of the lighthouse are held the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. Tours are limited to 25. Participants should meet at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave. Pre-registration is required 24 hours in advance. For more information, call the Fernandina Beach Recreation Department at (904) 310-3358.

JUNE 7 Amelia Knitting Group Meets the first Thursday of every month from 3 to 5 p.m. at BuyGO. Knit with great company and grab a snack or drink. Created by Merle Sauer. No commitment, attend whenever you have time.

JUNE 7, 8, 9, 14-17, 21-23 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Mischief under the light of the moon in William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy. Held on the main stage at 207 Cedar Street. Performances at 8 p.m., except for June 17,

which is 2 p.m. Tickets $22 for adults; $10 for students through college. Rated PG. For more information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit www. ameliacommunitytheatre.org.

JUNE 7, 14, 21, 28 Nassau Community Band Practice Multi-generational ensemble meets Thursday nights at 6 p.m., Yulee Middle School band room, 85439 Miner Road. For more information visit nassaucommunityband.com.

JUNE 8 Summer Dance Series Featuring Reed Meyer and Marah Lovequist with Crescendo Amelia, Ballroom On Amelia, and Bold City Swing, this series is held the 2nd Friday of June, July, and August at Kraft Athletic Club, 961023 Buccaneer Trail. Doors open 7:15 p.m., music begins at 7:30. BYOB responsibly. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 the door; limited reserved seating available. For more information contact Dennis@CrescendoAmelia.com.

JUNE 9 Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participating galleries offer a diverse selection of art. For information, call (800) 226-3542, or visit www.ameliaisland.com.

JUNE 11 Pink Ribbon Ladies For survivors of breast cancer and other female cancers, Pink Ribbon Ladies meets at 6 p.m. at Ackerman Cancer Center, 1340 South 18th Street. For more information, contact Anne Showalter at (904)321-5465 or Isobel Lyle at (904)321-2057.

JUNE 12 Newcomers Club Coffee The Newcomers Club of Amelia Island hosts its monthly coffee on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Women interested in joining the club who reside in Nassau County (no matter how long they have lived there) are welcome to attend. For further information, contact coffees@newcomersamelia.org.

JUNE 13 Women, Wealth & Wine An informal group of women who meet to discuss financial and related issues affecting us all. Come and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask and get insight into the questions you haven’t thought of yet. Financial answers and ideas over a glass of wine. Begins at 5:30 p.m. For more info, call (904) 305-2608.

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JUNE 14 Men Helping Men Prostate Cancer Support Group Educational program for men meets at 11:30 a.m., Baptist Medical Center Board Room. Hosted by Ackerman Cancer Center. For more information contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.

JUNE 15 Third on 3rd The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month, at 6 p.m., based on a variety of different topics related to the history of the island. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more information, call (904) 261-7378, or visit www. ameliamuseum.org.

JUNE 18 Acoustic Sessions Musical director Tom Leon brings local and regional musicians to ACT’s Studio 209 stage, 209 Cedar Street, at 7:30 p.m.  All tickets $15. For more information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org.

JUNE 21 Writers By The Sea Writers and friends meet the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. upstairs at the Amelia Island Museum of History for program and discussion. For more information, contact Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne at nvaughanwilliams@gmail.com, or Nancy Blanton at blantonn@msn.com.

JUNE 22, 23 Jazz Weekend Featuring The Dynamic Les DeMerle Trio with Bonnie Eisele, held at Horizons Restaurant, 5472 First Coast Highway, from 6 to 9 p.m. For information and reservations call (904) 3212430 or visit www.horizonsameliaisland.com.

JUNE 29, 30 Mary Poppins, Jr. Amelia Community Theatre’s musical theatre campers, ages 8-17, present a one-hour version of the Broadway musical at 7 p.m. on June 29 and 1 p.m. on June 30, on the main stage at 207 Cedar Street. All tickets $10. Rated G. For tickets and information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to calendar@ameliaislander.com.

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t doesn’t seem like over 30 years ago that a group of us parents decided to start an endowment for the high school,” reflects Chris Bryan, a founding board member of the Fernandina Beach High School Foundation. “Bill and I hosted a dinner at our home for potential donors. Neil Blalock was lined up to speak about our goal, which I thought was $100,000. He surprised me and announced that our goal was $1,000,000, and I remember thinking, ‘wow!’” Fast forward to 2018, and now we’re all saying, “wow” and offering well-deserved congratulations to the FBHS Foundation, which reached their $1,000,000 goal this year. “Reaching $1 million in the endowment ensures that the school will always have supplemental funds to fill the gaps between the needs of the school and the limited available public funds,” explains incoming Foundation President Kassy Sjuggerud. The Foundation is committed to promoting academic excellence for all students and does so through two avenues ‚the endowment fund and the annual operations fund. The endowment is left untouched, with part of its interest supplying the operating fund. However, having reached the endowment goal, Kassy explained that next year the Foundation will be able 43 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

to give even more to meet the mission of impacting the FBHS education experience for as many students as possible. Most of the classroom support comes in the form of minigrants, which teachers apply for to meet specific academic needs. Over the past four years, an average of $25,000 in grants has been awarded annually. In the just-completed school year, $1,400 was granted to the science department for lab equipment; $1,600 to the physical education department for CPR certification for students; $1,000 for math software and manipulatives; $3,500 in supplemental books for the English department; and another $3,000 for art supplies, which will help make an art program possible. Media Specialist Evelyn French described how the FBHS Foundation grant supports reading annually. “I receive a grant to order the Florida Teens Read award-winning books. My students look forward to getting the top 10 teen books every year.” “There certainly is a tangible impact in the classroom when the books and computers show up,” says English teacher Joe Monaghan. “But there is an intangible impact which is equally important when parents and community leaders show up in support of our children again and again. Thank you FBHS JUNE 2018

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Address: 27 South 7th Street Date built: 1885 Built by: Charles W. Lewis Architect: Robert Sand Schuyler

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ertainly one of the most distinctive great homes in Fernandina’s Historic District, the unique tabby house is a favorite of photographers and painters alike. The house occupies one of the most interesting intersections in the Historic District. At one time, a bed & breakfast inn occupied three of the corners at the intersection, with the Lewis-Tabby House the only exception. The detailed trim on the galleries were typical of the intricate detail that Robert Sands Schuyler included in his architectural designs. Similar detailing can be seen in the Williams House and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The unusual house is constructed of tabby, and it is the only house of its kind built in the late nineteenth century and the only tabby house remaining on the island. It was unusual to use this construction technique at the time it was built. The method of construction is simple—a mixture of Portland cement and oyster shells is poured into molds to create the walls of a house. Tabby is dependent on an abundance of oyster shells. Thanks to the Indian tribes that occupied the coast of Florida, many middens of oyster shells were left for later generations to use in the fabrication of tabby houses. A midden is made up of the trash left by civilizations that have gone before us. Great mounds of oyster shells can be

found in and around Amelia Island, Cumberland Island, and the Talbot Islands to the south. Locally found oyster shells were burned in kilns and open pits, and then pounded into powered lime. The powdered lime was then mixed with whole oyster and clam shells, clean sand, and fresh water, which were formed into bricks or poured into wooden frameworks to create walls or foundations. You can see the horizontal lines that indicate the individual sections of wall. It took three years to build the house. Tabby was also used to make the floor. The cement wall and simple fencing was built to keep out the local free-range animals. The builder of the house, Charles Lewis, came from Massachusetts in 1867. He was engaged in the milling and merchandise business. He was the land commissioner for the Florida Land and Improvement Company, the Florida Transit and Peninsular Railroad Company, and the Florida Town Improvement Company—the largest holder of real estate in Fernandina at the time. He was a partner in the purchase of the Florida Mirror in 1884. In 1900, he was listed as postmaster in a Fernandina directory. The house has had many lives. It was abandoned, badly burned in a fire, and barely survived. It remains today thanks to its current owners, who are committed preservationists.

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une is not only a popular month for weddings, but it is also the month when gardens are manicured, flowers are abundant, and iced tea is poured for pure refreshment. Yes, summer is officially here! Summer is the time as well to fill in those spaces in your landscape that need a new plant or two. How about a new Fatsia for your part-sun, mostly shade garden? This Fatsia is called Spider’s Web, also known as Japanese Aralia. Spider’s Web has a compact growing habit, is disease and pest resistant, and heat and cold tolerant. Its foliage changes color each season as it ages. The large white variegated palmate leaves are speckled and dotted, giving the appearance of a Spider’s Web, hence its name. This spectacular plant definitely deserves a spot in your garden. Spider’s Web is a southern landscape shrub that loves deep shade. It is beautiful in mass plantings, container plantings, in a rock garden, water garden, or woodland garden. If you don’t already have a hardy tropical garden, you could start with this plant and add other eye-catching tropicals.

TIP OF T HE M O N T H If your Azaleas have stopped blooming, now is the time to fertilize them with an acid fertilizer. Feed Azaleas again in early fall for a beautiful show of flowers in the spring.

Amophophallus corrugatus is a really odd, interesting Lily that would be wonderful in your shade tropical garden. It is a native of China/Thailand called Mint Julep. It grows a 4-foot tall olive green stalk, speckled brown, topped with typical palm leaf-shaped green foliage. When it is large enough to flower, the solitary 3-foot flower stalk is topped with a hooded flower composed of a gray spathe, speckled brown outside and creamy white inside, with a winered base and contrasting wrinkled white phallic spadix. This new Lily makes a great conversation piece as a rare treasure in your garden; it almost looks like a giant Jack in the Pulpit! You don’t have to be Irish to have a Leprechaun in your garden, but you do need a spot for this one. Lucky

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Leprechaun Cornus is an extremely free-flowering shrub. The abundance of white blooms contrasts nicely with the dark green foliage. Lucky is compact in nature, and a plethora of blooms makes it a nice addition to the garden. This beauty can grow to 13 feet and spread 4 to 5 feet in width. Besides being an evergreen, it is resistant to mildew. Lucky grows in full sun and makes a great backdrop for Knock Out Roses, Plumbago, or any other shorter variety of shrubs with brightly colored flowers. While walking through a garden center recently, I was attracted by an array of very colorful flowers. They were the old reliable Dianthus, a perennial that fits anywhere in your garden. There are many new varieties and colors now available and they would make a beautiful border. These new colors are the Mountain Frost series in shades of pink, white, silver, rose, and speckled. Plant some of these little wonders to brighten up your garden! If you have any questions, you can email me at bamorrell@aol.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!

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n the mid-1990s, Ken Byrns was a Chicago-based pilot for American Airlines who commuted from his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When Ken and his wife, Laurie, realized they no longer liked the long Michigan winters, they started looking for a new base out of which Ken could fly. The couple looked at Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina. American also flies out of Miami, but Ken and Laurie didn’t want to live in Miami or Tampa, so they headed to North Florida. Once she saw Fernandina Beach, says Laurie, she knew this was the place they would live. Laurie has always loved the beach, calling it “a very calming influence.” Ken, Laurie, and their two children first moved to Beach Walk, then to Ocean Oaks, where they built a home. In 2015, the couple bought a 100-foot-wide, 1.1 acre lot on the tidal marsh near Amelia City, which had a small,

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Top: The comfortable screened porch with a fireplace is really a second living room. Above left: At the top of the kitchen cabinets, lighted, glass-fronted shelves showcase the couple’s collectibles. Above right: The attractive dining room table expands to seat ten.

1960s home on it. The house required too much work to make it livable, so Ken and Laurie began planning their dream home. Laurie knew she wanted a comfortable home that would complement their “laid back” lifestyle, and she knew she wanted a horizon-tohorizon view of the marsh. She and Ken sketched out their plans, and Ken loaded them into a CAD program. In April 2016, the couple broke ground. The 3,475-square-foot coastal cottage sits on the back of the lot on a circular driveway. The front door opens into an expansive living room,

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dining room, and kitchen area with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing a 270-degree view of the marsh. “It is an ever-changing art piece,” says Laurie, referring to the view. “We see dolphins and manatees, and have seen a swimming gator pass by.” Ken’s plans for the wall-to-wall windows included motorized shades that operate in pairs to take advantage of the full western sun. Ken and Laurie designed the screened porch at a forty-five degree angle off the living room so that nothing would impede the spectacular view. The porch is really an outdoor living and

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Top: The Byrns’ cat, Angus, enjoys the comforts of the master bedroom. Above left: Maps grace the couple’s desks in a small office off the foyer. Above right: A wheelchair-accessible shower and large vanity in the master bath.

dining room, with a fireplace with a comfortable sofa and chairs at one end and a dining table for al fresco meals at the other. Using soft, beachy colors throughout, the couple designed the interior themselves. A custom-made wall unit graces the living room, while the dining room features a table that seats up to ten people. The kitchen cabinets were designed and installed by Mike Gleason of Creative Cabinets. The drawers have auto-closers, and the top shelf of each cabinet has a glass front, revealing

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beautiful pieces from their collection of sea-colored pottery and glass. The beachy colors are used again in the luminous tile backsplash over the gas range. The flooring in the great room is 24” by 24” Italian porcelain tile, while a large island separates the kitchen from the dining room. Four rattan stools make the island a favorite eat-in location, while a “hidden” pantry runs behind the back wall of the kitchen. Ken and Laurie designed the north wing of the house with the idea that Laurie’s parents might live there one

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day. Two comfortable bedrooms— each with a private bath—and a sitting area now provide a lovely guest wing. One of the baths has a shower that can accommodate a wheelchair or a walker. The master bedroom and bath are on the south side of the house, using the same muted, beachy colors to create a serene and calming space. An armoire that Laurie refinished in a distressed blue-gray color holds favorite artifacts. French doors open to the screen porch and provide another vantage point on the marsh. The master bath has two separate vanities and sinks, and a shower with no threshold as well.

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Down the hallway from the master bedroom is the attached garage and another bedroom up a small staircase. “This is a bonus,” says Laurie. A comfortable queen-sized bed, a small bath, and a morning coffee bar make a cozy retreat. Although the large screened porch serves as the outdoor living room, a lovely terrace lies between the house and the Amelia River, where Adirondack chairs and a large fire-pit provide another comfortable spot to enjoy a glass of wine on cool, starry evenings. Without a doubt, the Byrns family has perfected their “laid back” island lifestyle!

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ne of the many things that downtown Fernandina Beach has in common with every other city is the chance to find a skinny latte with a double shot, only here you won’t be ordering it at any national chain restaurant. On Centre Street, you’ll find the sweet caffeinated relief you crave at Amelia Island Coffee. If caffeine isn’t your thing, don’t worry, because they’ve got organic teas, freshly baked pastries, gourmet ice cream, cold brew, frozen drinks, and a nice selection of craft beers and

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On a recent cool spring Sunday, I wandered in with a couple of friends for a few laughs and a snack. I can count on one finger the cups of coffee I have had in my life, so I was delighted by the many beverage options. Since it was cool morning, I went with my favorite: a cup of Earl Gray with honey. It was still a little early for lunch, so I did what any logical person would do. I had both! While I sipped on my cup of tea, I enjoyed a chocolate-chocolate chip muffin, which is like having dessert rather than breakfast, but it was moist and delicious, with a beautifully tender crumb. Not long after polishing off my muffin, our food arrived with big smiles and friendly service. We enjoyed a veggie wrap with hummus, cream cheese, avocado, peppers, onion, artichoke hearts, and feta, as well as a breakfast bagel with bacon, egg, and cheese. The bagel was fresh and delicious, and the wrap was a perfect vegetarian option for my friend. I chose the California BLT on toasted rye: the bacon was crisp and delicious, the lettuce and tomato fresh, and it was served with a dollop of mayonnaise and a bag of chips. As we enjoyed our food and conversation, the people never quit coming. The baristas took orders and delivered drinks with the kind of casual efficiency that keeps the line moving without making anyone feel rushed. As I was telling a friend about my experience later that morning, she shared with me how much she enjoys the Live Trivia on Friday nights. How could you go wrong with a handful of friends, a bucket of beer, discounted snacks, and an evening of trivia in a fun, casual setting? Amelia Island Coffee is located at 207 Centre Street and is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Come by and see why locals and visitors alike love Amelia Island Coffee. JUNE 2018

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dining guide Amelia Island Coffee ~ A coffee shop and bistro at 207 Centre St. in the heart of historic Fernandina Beach. For more than 16 years, Amelia Island Coffee has been a welcoming place to meet for both locals and visitors alike. This family-owned business features friendly service, locally roasted single-source coffee, cold brew, select organic teas and freshly baked pastries, pies and cakes. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, along with small plates and appetizers in the evening. You’ll find a selection of mainstream and craft beers along with varietal wines, as well as ice cream, milkshakes, frappes, fruit smoothies and frozen lemonade. The ambiance of a 100-year-old building is enhanced by outdoor, petfriendly dining. Open 7 days a week starting at 7 am Monday-Saturday and 8 am on Sunday. All major credit cards. 904-321-2111. Ameliaislandcoffee.com Amelia Tavern ~ Restaurant & Brewpub on Centre Street provides delicious local food and cold brews to the friends and guests of Amelia Island. Our kitchen serves amped up southern comfort food, where you’ll see enough diversity to be surprised without losing sight of the simple stuff you love. The collection of house brews and craft beer options are curated to match the menu, with plenty of pairings to fit any palette. A.T. is a brewery infused gastropub, or a brewpub with great food, something like that - just stop in, grab a bite and a sip, you’ll see. We are doing it our way, the right way, for you and for this Island. Bar Zin ~ Inspired by 30 years in the hospitality industry and numerous trips to Napa and Sonoma, our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor/outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. In addition, we offer a diverse beverage menu consisting of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. Whenever possible, it is our intention to utilize local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision was to design a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome, whether you are enjoying a full meal, appetizers, or just stopping in for a cold beverage; a place that will attract a diverse clientele which in turn makes it a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. www.barzin-bistro-winebar.com. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Major credit cards. 4924 First Coast Hwy at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. (904) 310-6620. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. At the marina on Front Street. (904) 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, F. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this restaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. Dining out is about more than just food, and our superb service and casually

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elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Tue – Sun. Closed Mon. (904) 4327671. BurlingameRestaurant.com Café Karibo ~ Located on North 3rd St. just off Centre Street in the historic downtown district. It has a cozy interior with a funky, laid-back setting. It’s most striking feature is its naturally shaded outdoor dining patio. Great selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. Kid friendly. Vegetarian items on the menu. Open: 11am–9pm Tue thru Sat; Sunday 10:30am– 3pm with lunch menu specials; Mon 11am–3pm. Fresh-brewed beer available in the Café and in the brew pub—The Karibrew—located next door. Food prices are relatively low-lunch average $10 pp; dinner $20 pp (generous portions). Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 - $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. $$$ V/MC/D. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale romantic atmosphere, and professional service. New Caviar menu with toast points or Blinis and accoutrements consisting of crème fraiche, red onion, capers & chopped egg. Full bar and large wine menu including wines by the glass. Dining creations such as Filet Oscar, our Signature 16oz. Grilled Delmonico Ribeye, and when available our 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. Daily Fish specials as well as English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. Vegetarian & Vegan options. Happy Hour Sunday Thursday 5 to 7 pm (except Special Events & Holidays). Lounge Menu & Port Flights. Incredible Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert menu and after-dinner cordials. Open 7 days. Lounge opens at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm. Young Adult menu available. Reservations highly recommended. Private wine room holds 12 & private dining room up to 50. Resort casual. 802 Ash Street. (904) 310-6049. Make reservations online at AmeliaIslandDavids.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. All major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. $$$, D, B/W. Fancy Sushi ~ We serve fine Japanese cuisine from our Hibachi grill, the best Tempura and the tastiest Teriyaki this side of Tokyo. We give you all the fine foods with the friendliest service you will ever have here in friendly Fernandina Beach. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the freshest sushi that you won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 261-9855. 1478 Sadler Rd. Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy Southern cooking at its finest at Leddy’s Porch. Menu includes Southern Salads, Sandwiches, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and much more. Black Board specials daily. The Florida House Inn is located just off Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The inn is the oldest hotel in the state of Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Open for brunch Wednesday – Friday from 11:00am – 2:30pm and Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Monday – Saturday at 5pm. Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night. 22 South Third Street, (904)4913322. L, $$, F

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dining out Horizons ~ Where great food and good friends come together. The gourmet food you are always craving. You can visit us for a fantastic lunch or dinner or let us cater your event. We have gourmet items to please everyone in your group, including beef, lamb, seafood, chicken, and even gourmet vegetarian choices and also fresh pastries and desserts! 5472 First Coast Hwy. (904) 321-2430. www.horizonsameliaisland.com Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. 321-2558. Open seven days. D, $$$. Lulu’s at the Thompson House ~ Lulu’s is more than just a sandwich shop! The dinner menu changes nightly to showcase the best available fresh, local seafood. Lunch features sandwiches, po’ boys, salads, and a wide selection of seafood “little plates.” Open for lunch and dinner Tues - Sat. Sunday Brunch from 10:30am - 3pm. Beer and wine available. Major credit cards. Reservations recommended. 11 South 7th Street. Located in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. Visit online at www. lulusamelia.com. (904) 432-8394. The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, organic chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with The Mustard Seed’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon - Sat., 8 am - 3pm, and 11am - 3pm on Sun. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141. The Picnic Basket ~ For a perfect dessert, knockout side dish, or casual picnic, The Picnic Basket has what you need, including charcuterie, cheese, party platters, picnic baskets, bakery treats, and take-home suppers. Open Tuesday - Sunday from 9am - 3pm, we offer breakfast and lunch until 3 pm, serving wine & beer and foods to-go. Breakfast includes bagels, daily muffins, house-made granola, fresh scones, freshpressed fruit and veggie drinks, and fresh coffee. Lunch features homemade soups, organic salads, sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, and delicious wraps. We also offer catering for any occasion and we have a small selection of excellent wines. 503-A Centre St. (904) 277-9779. Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Slider’s offers fun dining for the whole family! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). 277-6652. L, D, $$, F. Townies Pizzeria ~ Townies is the “Locals’ Choice for Island Pizza”. All of our food is prepared fresh to order. Townies uses real cheese, only the finest quality ingredients, and fresh local produce. Unlike the big pizza chains, our sauces don’t come out of a paint can. Pizza! One Luv! 819 TJ Courson Road. (904) 2774755. Order online at TowniesPizzeria.com or call! Wicked Bao ~ Enjoy Asian Street Food in a charming historical building in downtown Fernandina Beach. Small Plates, Noodle+Rice, Baos. Beer, Wine, Sake, Vietnamese Coffee. Happy Hour 4-6 Monday -Thursday & Dinner 4-9 Monday - Saturday. 232 N2nd St. (904)775-5577. Please find our menu at Wickedbao.com

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gracious & inviting This stunning lakefront home is located in prestigious Summer Beach Resort. Like new, this beautiful 3,000 square foot property boasts 4 spacious bedrooms and 4 baths. It has a very open floor plan and a wonderful upstairs leisure room for media, games, or just gazing at the magnificent surroundings. A lovely screened lanai is an invitation to relax and enjoy the first-floor views. The beach and the community pool are located just a short walk away. Membership to The Golf Club of Amelia Island is available, offering many wonderful social and golf opportunities. This listing is a “must see”! For more information on this exceptional property, contact Marcy Mock of Summer Beach Properties at (904) 753-6500. 69 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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Selling Luxury Real Estate on Amelia Island and the surrounding areas.

The only brokerage on Amelia Island Plantation.

129 Sea Marsh Road A handsome architecturally designed home 5BR/4.5BA

13 Painted Bunting Custom built Greg Lane home 4BR/4.5BA

9 Little Dunes Circle Cozy “Nantucket/Key West” style community 3BR/3BA

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2049 Beach Wood Villa Completely renovated, turn-key with brand new furnishings 3BR/3.5BA

247 Sandcastles Villa Fabulous ocean views from all living areas 1BR/1BA/6th floor

2513/2514 Tennis Villa END UNIT has two large balconies and new furniture package 2BR/2BA

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6 Hickory Lane (Lot 15) Large, wooded homesite on west side of Amelia Island Plantation

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Selling Luxury Real Estate on Amelia Island and the surrounding areas.

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8322 Sanctuary Lane $6,850,000

2 Juniper Court $1,795,000

Enjoy spectacular views from this luxury oceanfront home in gated The Sanctuary. This home has 4 bedrooms, 5 full baths, and one powder bath. On the 1st floor there is a beautiful brick wine cellar, a large study and a meditation room, in addition to access to the 5x3 elevator. Outside you will find a large fireplace, Bevolo light fixtures, cypress wood ceilings, marble floors, and a pool. With about 100 feet of beautiful ocean frontage, this unique home is perfect for life on the Atlantic Ocean. Presenting elegance and grandeur, don’t wait to make this your Florida island retreat!

This 4 BR/4 BA custom home sits on one of the largest single lots in the Long Point community. Stucco and brick exterior, lifetime concrete tile roof and fully landscaped. Inside is a large theatre with a Noyes built-in surround system. The chef’s kitchen includes a 48” Thermador gas cooktop, 2 Thermador warming drawers, 30” Thermador double convection oven, custom cabinets by Mooney throughout. The outdoor space has a screened pool and summer kitchen. Preservation area behind the home ensures privacy. There is a separate carriage house that includes an upstairs office area.

709 Ocean Club Drive $1,795,000

418 Beachside Villa $1,395,000

Located in gated Ocean Club Drive, this oceanfront 4 BR, 4 BA, 3rd floor elegantly designed villa has many exceptional features including granite counters and a charming breakfast nook. The den or optional 4th bedroom has a Murphy bed, private bath, French doors and ocean view. The master suite has tray ceilings, balcony access with ocean views, and private bath. One guest bedroom has a private balcony with ocean views. Wonderful opportunity to own, live and play oceanfront with white, sandy beaches lined with pristine dunes. Zone AC units only two years old.

Beautifully decorated 6th floor, 3 BR, 3 BA villa in the gated oceanfront Beachside community offers spectacular ocean and marsh views. The living room features built-ins with a mirrored accent wall and fireplace. The kitchen has a pass-through to the formal dining area, and breakfast nook with access to balcony for breathtaking sunset views. The 3 bedrooms are spacious and have unbelievable ocean views. Other features for this villa include utility room and pantry, has 2,566 square feet of living space, 11 foot ceilings, garage parking and private storage area.

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Selling the Amelia Island Lifestyle since 1995... 311 CENTRE STREET • AMELIA ISLAND • OFFICE: 904.261.0347 • WWW.CLAUDIAWATTS.COM

31 OCEAN CLUB DRIVE (Lot 4) $2,980,000 100 ft x 178 ft Vacant Homesite • .4 acres Appealing ocean homesite on Ocean Club Drvie. The members only Ocean Club House with access to the shimmering Atlantic Ocean is a mere few hundred yards away. Fine & casual dining options, the oceanfront heated swimming pool, or direct access to the beach for a morning walk or an invigorating evening run. A quick golf cart ride from this elevated lot with broad view of greenery & the vast Atlantic Ocean is Racquet Park which houses the Verandah Restaurant, the health & fitness center and many tennis courts. Situated in a beautiful enclave with miles of trails, championship golf and a host of recreation & amenities, this homesite offers ocean views and would make an ideal spot to build your dream home. MLS# 79600

1603 SEA DUNES PLACE $709,000 2 Bedroom, 2 Baths • 1,120 square feet Top-shelf renovation with walk-out convenience in sought-after Sea Dunes. 2 BR villa ideal for the secondary home owner or investor alike, with $48,000 in gross rental revenue in 2017. Nine-foot ceilings, wide plank porcelain tile floors in entire condo, new interior & exterior doors and 2016 HVAC. Kitchen boasts stainless appliances, task lighting, reshaped breakfast bar with granite top, subway tile backsplash & tech lighting. The baths feature solid surface vanities, under-mount sinks, lowstep showers with glass doors, gorgeous tile work, chrome fixtures and motion lighting. Plentiful amenities available by joining the Amelia Island Club & membership is available. Fully furnished with fantastic decor. MLS # 80444

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1279 GERBING ROAD $1,229,000 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath • 3,092 square feet

Historic Gerbing Gardens. You’ll feel you’ve stepped back in time with this quality residence fronting nearly 3 acres of preserved Gus Gerbing Azalea & Camellia gardens on South Amelia Island. Signature Cotner design features 3/4” wood floors, 10-foot smooth ceilings, Andersen high-impact windows & doors, 2”x6” exterior walls, standing seam metal roof, & carriage house suite over garage (4th BR). Gorgeous antique brick fireplace, Dutch door to breezeway, open & spacious kitchen with 6-burner Wolf gas range with brick backsplash, Bosch dishwasher, large walk-in pantry & farmhouse sink. 1st floor master suite has Carrera marble vanity & dual walk-in closets. Blown-in insulation yields low utility bills, plus there is an 1,150 square foot heated & cooled walk-in attic space. Included in the 1.2 acres is a potential separate building lot. MLS#80395

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94306 SUMMER BREEZE DRIVE

Over 5,000 square feet of breathtaking views and extraordinary details in Amelia Island Plantation. Enjoy your private infinity pool and spa overlooking the nature preserve, or walk to the beach. This custom Arthur Rutenberg home has a gourmet kitchen, elevator, den or home office, and 4 spacious bedrooms. The master suite has its own floor with multiple closets, whirlpool tub, and private deck. Enjoy ocean views from the top floor and breezes on the many porches. MLS#79809 $2,875,000

Beautiful 4 BR/3.5 BA home with panoramic marsh views remodeled by Donna Lynne Homes. Screened outdoor living space. Updated kitchen opens to family room. Separate office, master has sliders opening to deck. A must see! MLS#79535 $798,800

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85144 SHINNECOCK HILLS DRIVE Enjoy country club living in this 3BR/2BA home. Large screened porch with lake and golf views. Freshly painted inside and out, ready to move in! North Hampton offers community pool, tennis, and more. Priced to sell. MLS#80160 $356,500

96040 BRADY POINT ROAD

5406 MARY AVENUE

Brady Point lot with beautiful marsh views. Gated community convenient to Jax and JIA. Community features private kayak/canoe launch area and community center with clubhouse. Membership to the Amelia Island Club available. MLS#79576 $425,000

Rare double lot is ready to build. Just blocks from the ocean in historic American Beach, this wooded lot is near the community center and museum. Private location at end of road offers secluded site. MLS#75828 $198,000

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1305 SHIPWATCH CIRCLE, #1305

Spacious home in desirable golf course neighborhood of North Hampton. Close proximity to A-Rated schools and numerous shopping and dining options as well. Home equipped with a 3 Car Garage, All Tile or Wood Flooring, spacious Covered and Screened-In Lanai backing to a peaceful wooded conservation area for privacy, 3 full bathrooms, 14 foot high ceiling in family room, Granite kitchen countertops, and Fireplace. MLS#79664

95359 ARBOR LANE - $699,900

Fully furnished Amelia Island Plantation villa with captivating ocean views. Tile and carpet throughout, with three bedrooms downstairs with full baths. Full-sized washer and dryer. Community heated pool and steps from the beach. Family getaway or terrific rental opportunity. MLS#78943 $529,000

97098 PIRATES POINT ROAD 3 BR/2 BA cottage on over .7 acres on river with gorgeous views with access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Wood floors, fireplace, NEST thermostat, rear deck, and fruit trees. Dock needs repairs, metal ramp and floating dock in good condition. Ask about $3K buyer closing cost credit. MLS#79884 $329,000

1664 SCOTT ROAD Private 4 acres on south end of Amelia Island. Walk to Ritz-Carlton and Scott Road beach access. Room for horses, boat, or RV. No HOA dues or restrictions. Includes 40x22 pole barn and 3 BR/1 BA house. RS-1 zoning, but could be changed to RS-2 for development. MLS#79732 $1,900,000

Over 2 acres for this waterfront western red Cedar custom home with panoramic views on the Nassau River and deep water access. Hurricane code construction throughout with Andersen windows and doors, Galvalum roof. 2 x 6 Tidewater Red Heart Cypress Wood Flooring on 2nd floor, solid yellow pine interior doors throughout, downstairs Master suite with large walk-in closet, and upstairs loft. MLS#80074

96090 BRADY POINT RD $395,000 Distinctive water front estate sized homesite in the gated, upscale neighborhood of Brady Point Preserve overlooking Amelia Island with dock permit in place just waiting for you. MLS#80217

1246 DATE STREET New construction on Amelia Island! This adorable island cottage boasts stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, vinyl plank flooring, irrigation system with sod, and a two-car parking pad. Four blocks from Atlantic Ave. $2,000 buyer closing cost credit. MLS#79393 $269,000

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95113 Sago Drive $599,000

5033 First Coast Hwy, Unit 101C $1,300,000

Situated on a lake and close to the beach, this 5BR/4BA home is designed for the Florida lifestyle. Living room/library is lined with bookshelves and cabinets and opens to lake view sunroom. Kitchen is perfect for the family chef while great room offers 10ft. ceilings. The 5th bedroom/Bonus has a private bath. Gated community with community pool. MLS#79717

Located on the ICW with extraordinary marsh/water views, this spectacular residence offers gorgeous water views from living areas and master. Travertine floors. Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen with gas stove, granite countertops, and custom backsplash. Library/Office opens to covered side porch and private courtyard. Heated/A/C, private storage. Boat slip included. MLS#79716

3 Marsh Hawk Road $2,595,000

1402 Beach Walker Road $995,000

Designed to embody a gorgeous blend of warmth and elegant aesthetic, this estate has it all: grand entrance hall, large living room with stone FP, family/ theatre room with bar, music room, elegant dining room, up-to-date country kitchen, service room, back staircase, and carriage house with bath. Outdoor living area with fireplace and kitchen. MLS#80095

Gorgeous ocean views from this renovated 4 BR, 3.5 BA town home being sold completely furnished. Open living/dining room w/private balcony. Stainless appliances and large pantry in kitchen. Wood floors, ground level ocean front patio, one-car garage, and community pool. The perfect beach property with the ability to rent short term. MLS#79649

Fernandina Cay, Unit 301 $550,000

96136 Light Wind Drive $479,000

Gorgeous ocean views from this top floor furnished Fernandina Cay condo located across from Main Beach Park and steps from the ocean or community pool! Granite counters, double oven, plantation shutters, and tile in all living areas. Gated and secure garage parking with private storage and elevator access leading to the unit foyer. Short term rentals allowed. MLS#79954

Custom home in Oyster Bay features renovated kitchen with center island, granite counters, new stainless appliances, new backsplash, and opens up to living room, with new wood flooring. Spacious MB has updated ensuite with new wood flooring, shower, and hardware. Other features: gas fireplace, French doors, screened porch overlooking new landscaping. MLS#79329


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5209 Sea Chase Drive #4 Oceanfront townhome villa offers 4BR/4BA with breathtaking views of Amelia Island's beaches and the Atlantic Ocean. Located in the gated community of Ocean Village with two private pools and two tennis courts. With a one car garage this villa offers all the amenities of a custom home. REDUCED $1,239,000 MLS# 77397

96225 Piney Island Dr. Little Piney Island- Custom 5BR/3BA water/ marsh front home located on Kingsley Creek with breathtaking vistas and sunsets. Many custom features throughout including Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, travertine tile, granite counter tops. REDUCED $1,125,000 MLS# 78805

778 S. Fletcher Ave. The true definition of a Florida Beach Home, this 3BR/2BA oceanfront cottage with its 2017 complete remodel of the interior and freshened exterior is the perfect location for your family's beachside getaway or full-time home. $1,599,000 MLS# 80499

85323 Amaryllis Court Fantastic opportunity to own this 3 BR/2.5 BA home in Amelia Concourse. This home features custom upgrades on a large corner lot. The neighborhood has a wonderful pool, kiddie pool, and water park. $299,000 MLS# 80288

2102 Atlantic Avenue One of a kind 1939 Coastal Cottage located on one of the highest elevations on Amelia Island. Stepping into this 3 BR/2 BA home you will immediately notice the expansive open floor plan with 9 foot ceilings. $449,000 MLS# 78834

Glenn Hancock REALTOR 904-583-7099

4020 S. Fletcher Ave. Incredible Oceanfront Home with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. This custom 4BR/4BA home offers an open floor plan with 10' ceilings and 8' doors, plantation shutters and beautiful custom trim throughout. 100â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ocean frontage. $3,250,000 MLS# 79354

Doug Hamer REALTOR 904-654-9828

Taylor Edwards BROKER 904-753-1814

5317 S. Fletcher Ave | Amelia Island, FL 32034 | 904-261-8433


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AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE

PLANTATION POINT This stunning home on south Amelia Island features maple hardwood Áoors, a Chef's kitchen with a Àve burner gas range, cast iron farm sink, dual drawer Fisher/Paykel dishwasher, and wine cooler. Yellow pine ceilings in den. Baths have cedar ceilings and marble vanities and showers. Wood burning Àreplace, Plantation shutters. In a gated neighborhood near Harris Teeter. Convenient to Jacksonville via south island bridge. $499,000

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~ Featured Listings ~ CARLTON DUNES AT SUMMER BEACH

SAILMAKER AT SUMMER BEACH

These fabulous oceanfront condominiums are adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Located on the south end of Amelia Island, each condo features beautiful custom appointments and large square footage. The oceanfront and golf course views are incredible! Membership to The Golf Club of Amelia Island is available.



Ocean front 2 BR condo just south of The Ritz. Picturesque ocean and dune views from living area, kitchen, balcony, and master. Granite counters in kitchen and baths. Vaulted ceilings in bedrooms. Fully furnished along with washer and dryer. Attractive laminate Áooring and bead board. Newer windows, and brand new roofs in 2018. Equipped with electric hurricane shutters. Close to Sailmaker pool and parking. Private entry. $665,000

SAILMAKER AT SUMMER BEACH Large 3 BR end unit condo overlooking the pool. Largest Áoorplan at Sailmaker with abundance of natural light. Ocean view from master. Granite counters in kitchen and baths. Fully furnished with washer and dryer. Upstairs bedrooms have vaulted ceilings. Bead board throughout, private entry and short walk to the beach and parking. Plenty of storage space. Gated community just south of Ritz. Sailmaker roofs replaced 2018. Pets allowed. $479,000

OCEAN PLACE AT SUMMER BEACH

Located on the south side of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, these wonderful condominiums offer the perfect get-away. Competitive pricing, fabulous floorplans, beautiful views, as well as rental potential have made Ocean Place a “must have” for potential owner-investors. These units are direct oceanfront.

Rent a beautiful Ocean Place unit. View virtual at www.vrbo.com. #224773

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Fran Holland Farnsworth 904-753-1862

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1405 Park Avenue, Suite 102 Amelia Park Town Center Amelia Island Call Carol or John Woodmansee today!

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200 River Oaks Drive ~ Amelia Island Best Value ~ $489,000 OPEN HOUSE Sundays: June 10 & June 17 Noon - 4 PM

When calling about the properties featured in this Open House section, please mention you saw the ad in the Amelia Islander Magazine. www.ameliaislander.com

Amelia Island home 5 minutes to beach. SEDA home, 3,077 sq.ft., traditional ƃoor plan. 4 large bedrooms including 2 masters with full baths ensuite. 3 1/2 baths. Huge kitchen, family room with Ƃreplace, media room. 1/2 acre. MLS# 78917 NO HOA FEES! FREE HOME WARRANTY.

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backyard adventure

shelling O N L I T T L E TA L B O T I S L A N D BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS BY TROY ALLEN LAIR

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helling is a favorite pastime of many visitors to the beaches of Amelia Island, but the best place to go shelling might be Little Talbot Island, just a short drive down A1A off the south end of the island. Part of the reason the shelling is so good there is because its beaches are not as busy as Amelia’s beaches. That means fewer people, and more shells! After a storm or during full moon when the tide is unusually high, collectors can expect to find a multitude of species, including clam, scallop, and oyster. On a recent weekday, I took my beau, Rusty, to Little Talbot for a shelling experience he’ll never forget. We went near the low phase of the tide, which exposes the most beach area.

Searching in the “shell line”—where the highest waves stop as they come upon the beach and deposit groups of shells—is where we found the most interesting shells, but Little Talbot’s beaches are almost always awash with treasures. Rusty was visiting from Oklahoma, so exploring the beach is a magical experience for him. Coming away with a bag of 80 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

beautiful shells, we were eager to identify the various species and learn more about the sea creatures who inhabited them. Little Talbot’s ranger station provided a shell and sharks teeth handout, which was very helpful. In unpacking our booty, we discovered Arks, Angel Wings, Jingle Shells, Atlantic Slipper Snails, Eastern Oyster Shells, Saw Tooth Pen Shells, Banded Tulips, Minor Jackknife Clams, and Giant Atlantic Cockles. We didn’t find any sharks teeth on this trip, but it takes a trained eye to find those! We were very happy with our new treasures and took them home to clean. The best way to clean shells is to fill a bucket with half warm water and half bleach, then toss the shells into this solution and leave them to soak for at least 24 hours. After soaking, scrub the shells with a toothbrush, and then rinse. You can also boil the shells in water, but it all depends on the shell and what condition it is in. We used our collection of shells for a variety of things. Some we sent to our granddaughter, others we saved to make earrings, some got placed in a bowl to decorate our coffee table, and interestingly enough, we used several of the large oyster shells as salt cellars to serve sea salt at our dining table. Before you go shelling, here are a few things to keep in mind. First, don’t ever take a live shell, that is, a shell with a creature living inside. Secondly, just take the shells you need for crafts and decorating; leave the rest for others to find. Thirdly, never take driftwood from Little Talbot Island, as it is a protected feature of the park and collection is strictly prohibited. And lastly, don’t forget to wear sunscreen, and bring plenty of water, because once you start shelling on Little Talbot, you’ll be on the beach for hours! With more than five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, Little Talbot Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida. For more information about shelling on Little Talbot and other activities, call the ranger station at (904) 251-2320 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/Little-Talbot-Island. JUNE 2018

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