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Putting together

ISLANDER

the July issue makes it difficult for us to

Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers and Editors

stay in our beach chairs because we are

Tom Barrett Art Director

reminded again about

Mark O’Day Advertising Sales

all the fun things to

Contributing Writers Dickie Anderson, Michael Gass, Karen Miller, Betty Morrell, Julie Simmons, Teri Sopp

do on Amelia Island.

Each year, the July issue brings our annual “Fun in the Summer Sun” guide, in which we highlight some of the varied and exciting activities that are available on and around the island during our beautiful summer season. Putting together this issue always makes it difficult for us to stay in our beach chairs because we are reminded once again about all the fun things to do around Amelia Island, which our summer visitors are enjoying, and we want to get in on the fun, too! We don’t like to admit it, but for a good part of the year, as we struggle to keep up with the responsibilities of work, family, kids’ activities, and so forth, we sometimes forget that we live between an unspoiled, miles-long Atlantic Ocean beach and the tranquil Amelia River and Intracoastal Waterway. That’s why we always commit in the warm summer months to getting out of the house as much as we can. When summer arrives, we can all hardly wait to abandon our usual routine and start kayaking, surfing, fishing, cruising, and whatever else we can think of to bring the extraordinary into the everyday ordinary of our lives. We’re ready to jump on a river cruise, take a sailing trip, hop into a kayak—that’s our summer homework! We like getting out on the water, but if you prefer keeping your feet planted firmly on the ground, there’s plenty of other fun things to do, like taking a Segway tour, biking off the south end of the island, or grabbing your tennis racquet or golf clubs. There are a lot of very good reasons that people from all over the Southeast visit our island paradise in the summer, so get out and enjoy it—whether you live here or you’re here for a much-needed vacation. Of course, we don’t want you to get so busy searching out summer fun that you forget to enjoy a quiet walk on the beach or find a good book to read. And while you’re relaxing, we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of this month’s Islander, which includes an article on the wide variety of excellent trails available on Amelia Island for biking, walking, or running; a feature on the striking swallow-tailed kites, which travel north from South America to show off their elegant flight skills above Amelia Island each summer; a “Fernandina Faces” feature on Evelyn McDonald, president of Amelia Lifelong Learning, who reminds us that learning is an adventure for our entire lifetime; an “Island Entertaining” on an easy grilled dinner that won’t keep you sweating over the hot coals too long; and much more.

Contributing Photographers William Raser, Elizabeth Wilkes, David Burghardt, Pam Bell, Sherry Carter, Stephan Leimberg

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11 Cover Story THE 2018 AMELIA ISLANDER “FUN IN THE SUMMER SUN” GUIDE

Whether you’re headed to the beach, relaxing by the pool, or seeking adventure by boat, bike, or kayak, our annual “Fun in the Summer Sun” guide is a great way for the whole family to find fun things to do this summer on and around Amelia Island!

35 All Hail the Trails

43 Eyes To the Skies

51 Fernandina Faces

80 Island Entertaining

Whether you’re hiking, biking, running, or walking, Amelia Island offers a variety of trails and outdoor experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

With its striking appearance and flight skills, the migrating Swallow-tailed kite brings a singular beauty to the skies above Amelia Island in the summer.

As president of Amelia Lifelong Learning, Evelyn McDonald believes the opportunity to learn something new is always available, if we’re looking for it.

With the summer heat here, you won’t spend a lot of time over a hot grill with this quick grilled dinner of skirt steak, grilled vegetables, and cornbread.

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ABOUT THE COVER

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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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Snapshots Islanders out and about

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In the Garden Add new life to your summer garden with a tree named Sweet Tea, two new Dianthus called Coconut Surprise and Raspberry Surprise, or variegated shrubs.

Photos courtesy of AICVB, Elizabeth Wilkes, Deremer Studios, Inc., and Sherry Carter. Design by Tom Barrett

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Island Home Both widowed, Brian and Candace Loftus met and found they had a lot in common, and the marshside home they built together is a perfect blend of his and hers.

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Eating Scene Although relatively new to the downtown eating scene, Burlingame has firmly established itself as a favorite with its superb fresh cuisine and excellent service.

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Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island

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Fun Summer Sun IN THE

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IT’S NO SECRET why visitors and residents love Amelia Island, from its stunning beaches to Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, and everything in between! Our beautiful island paradise comes alive during the summer months, jam-packed with activities and entertainment. While much of the South suffers with sweltering temperatures, Amelia Island’s cool ocean breezes bring people from all over the world to bask on its beaches and seek respite from the heat. No matter what your interests, you’ll always find something new and different on Amelia Island to occupy the lazy days of summer, from boating, fishing, surfing, and shelling to hiking, biking, yoga, and golfing. Amelia Island’s 13-miles of pristine beaches take on a special magic at sunrise, and its harbor sunset is a mustsee experience. In addition, the City of Fernandina Beach is a treasure trove of heritage and history. So, whether your summer fun is a round of golf or a stroll through Fernandina’s lovely tree-lined streets, there is always something to see and do, and activities for the whole family to enjoy! 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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Amelia Island is home to a number of marinas, including the Harbor Marina in downtown Fernandina Beach, Tiger Point Marina in Old Town, and the Amelia Island Marina, just off A1A, which are all great places to rent a boat, book a cruise, or find a fishing charter. Amelia River Cruises (904-261-9972) offers narrated historic sightseeing boat tours 7 days per week from Fernandina Beach up to Cumberland Island National Seashore. Breathtaking views of wildlife and fascinating stories will enrich your coastal experience with intrigue and wonder, a fun and memorable experience for all ages. Amelia Island Boat Club, located at Amelia Island Marina (904-277-4615) provides a variety of boats, gear, and boating accessories so that its members can maximize their time on the water. In addition, they also rent boats and wave runners to non-members. Select a boat from their fleet and leave your cares on shore! Backwater Cat Adventure Amelia Island (904-7537631) offers one of the most unique boat tours you will ever experience. You get to drive your very own Craigcat boat, which is very safe and easy to operate. It’s one the best ways to explore Amelia and Cumberland Islands’ wildlife and sea life. And if you love the outdoors, Amelia Adventures (904-500-8687) provides kayaking tours that are a great way to explore the rivers and marshes of Coastal Georgia and Florida. In addition, 12 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Amelia Adventures also provides Amelia and Cumberland Island Nature Boat Tours, paddleboard lessons and tours, and on July 30, an Amelia Island Kids Camp. Have you considered trying your hand at sailing? Whether you want to learn how to sail or just enjoy some relaxing time on the water with family and friends, Windward Sailing (904-327-3265) makes it fun and easy with sailing excursions, overnight trips, and sailing lessons. Or if angling is your passion, join Captain Terry Lacoss at Amelia Angler (904-261-2870) for the best in sport fishing, boating, sailing, and sightseeing opportunities, for groups, families, and even hardcore “big game” anglers. Kayak Amelia (904-251-0016) wants you to get outdoors this summer! They are the official concessionaire in Talbot Islands State Parks, offering guided kayak, stand up paddleboard, and Segway ecotours, as well as kayak and bike rentals, SUP instruction, SUP yoga, and a summer kid’s camp. Amelia Island Kayak Excursions (904-557-5307) is an awardwinning business offering a variety of guided kayak adventures exploring creeks, rivers, and marshes on and near Amelia Island. Join the Bullington family on one of their popular naturalistled eco-tours. With their fun and professional guides, get off the beaten path and discover Amelia Island, Cumberland Island and surrounding areas. JULY 2018

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TAKE TO THE TRAIL Here in Northeast Florida, our favorite paths are paved with sand, and our local beach parks provide people of all ages access to a spectacular shoreline and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. But there are lots of other paths you can take throughout the island, too. Egans Creek Greenway, with its grass-covered paths, serve as a network of trails that are suitable for walking and bicycling, and its environment exhibits a variety of natural wildlife and vegetation. Local wildlife, such as alligators, snakes, bobcats, and many birds, may be enjoyed from a distance. Friends of the Amelia Island Trail have completed a bike path that covers over seven miles, between Peters Point County Park to the south end of the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park, where it connects to Big Talbot Island. The trail takes advantage of the tree canopy alongside A1A so that much of the trail is shaded and shielded from the wind. A map of the 14 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

trail can be found at www.ameliaislandtrail.org. In addition, the Amelia River-to-Sea Trail is set to be completed by the end of this year, along Simmons Road from South Fletcher Avenue westward to the city ball fields off Bailey Road and then onward to the new privately-funded Crane Island development on the Amelia River. White Oak Conservation (904-225-3200) offers “Safari from the Saddle” horseback rides with experienced guides through manicured trails, while passing by a number of endangered and threatened species. Rides include lunch and a chance to talk to their animal experts. Active outdoor adventure-seekers will want to check out the local maritime forests, state parks, and green spaces located in and around Amelia Island. Fort Clinch State Park, Pumpkin Creek Preserve State Park, Little and Big Talbot Island State Parks, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park, and George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park all provide a remarkable wilderness experience, offering hiking biking, fishing, camping, picnicking, bird watching, and beachcombing for the whole family. Only a short day trip from Amelia Island, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the world’s most unspoiled, fascinating, and precious black water wilderness swamp in North America. Okefenokee Adventures (866-843-7926) will JULY 2018

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Driftwood Surf Shop (904-321-2188) is a local, familyowned shop that has been serving the Fernandina Beach community since 1979. A surfer-owned store, Driftwood understands the needs of surfers, from beginners to experts, carrying all the latest apparel ad beach gear from the most reputable brands in the surf industry, and they offer surf lessons for all ages and abilities.


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TAKE TO THE GYM Summer is a great time to get into shape, and what better way to beat the heat and stay fit than a yoga or exercise class at one of Amelia Island’s fitness studios or gyms! AmeliaFit (904-432-8060) offers programs for different levels of fitness including Jazzercise LO, Yogalates, Barre, Silver Sneakers, as well as other formats of yoga. AmeliaFit features a welcoming and comfortable environment, and first-time visitors are always welcome to come try a class at no charge. 16 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Community Yoga + Wellness (904-613-6345) offers all the essential ingredients for an intelligent Iyengar Yoga practice, a mindful Vinyasa class, or a powerful Pilates session for students of all levels and abilities, including a Healing Back Care Series beginning July 5, and a free yoga class on July 4. Be sure to call them to book a class. The City of Fernandina Beach operates two recreation centers —Atlantic Recreation Center (904-310-3350) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center (904-310-3358)—offering aquatics, fitness, and other family activities. The McArthur Family YMCA (904- 261-1080) provides swim lessons, youth and adult sports, summer specialty camps, and personal training so you and your family will stay fit and busy this summer.

TAKE TO THE SKY Are you ready to feel the excitement of skydiving at 120 miles per hour? Skydive Amelia Island (904-718-4648) can provide you with a tandem skydiving experience that deposits you two miles high in the sky! During your skydive, you will see miles of beach views, along with the splendor of North Florida, and your instructor will even provide you with a video of your jump. How about another thrilling Florida flying adventure experience? Hang Glide USA (877-WeDoFly) provides motorized hang gliding flights for the first-time pilot as well as JULY 2018

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PHOTO CREDITS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY AICVB; COURTESY SKYDIVE AMELIA ISLAND; SHERRY CARTER; COURTESY AMELIAFIT; COURTESY HANG GLIDE USA

help you explore this wilderness are with boat tours, naturalist walks, fishing opportunities, and even overnight camping trip. During the summer, alligators are out in full force basking on the flats and on the canal banks soaking up the sun. The prairies are filled with fragrant white water lilies, yellow and purple bladderwort, pitcher plants, sundew, grass pink, and ladies hatpins. Visit early in the day to avoid the heat! Nature lovers will want to visit Amelia Island Nature Center (904-321-5082) and join one of their naturalists on a hike, bike, Segway, or kayak tour, discovering birds, plants, and wildlife. Stop by the fully stocked retail shop complete with top-of-the-line binoculars and field guides, to fulfill all your exploring needs. Or visit with their local rescued critters, chat with a naturalist, rent a fishing pole, or sign up for a tour or camp.


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TAKE TO THE GREENS Golf is one of Florida’s favorite pastimes and Amelia Island’s fairways and greens are close to the beach, meandering through unique coastal maritime hammocks. The Golf Club of North Hampton (904-548-0000) is carved into the natural surroundings and framed by spring-fed lakes lined with coquina boulders and the wild grass and rolling dunes capture the feel of a Scottish links-style course. It’s a challenging Arnold Palmer signature course that’s enjoyable for persons of all skill levels. The Fernandina Beach Golf Club (904-310-3175) is conveniently located near the beach on Amelia Island, featuring 27 holes, a full-service restaurant, clubhouse, and it is one of the most popular municipal golf courses in Florida. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Golf (904-2775907) provides the golfer with breathtaking views and intriguing play. The Omni offers a first-class golf experience for members and guests, with three championship courses including Oak Marsh, Ocean Links, and Long Point. The Amelia River Golf 18 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Club (904-491-8500), known for its smooth TifEagle greens, manicured fairways, and challenging pin positions, is one of the most interesting courses in North Florida. Whether a true beginner or a single digit handicapper, Amelia River’s par 72 course is a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. For the young and the young at heart, Island Falls Adventure Golf (904-261-7881) is Amelia Island’s best miniature golf course with 18 (and a half) inventive and beautiful holes, surrounded by water falls, bridges and tunnels, with music throughout the course.

TAKE TO THE TOWN After a day at the beach or a round of golf, treat yourself to Amelia Island’s vast array of art, music, theatre, and dining experiences. Many of the local pubs and restaurants have live music, featuring some of the best local bands around. And if you love live theater, Amelia Community Theatre (904-2616749) presents local talent in new and familiar plays, celebrating over 35 years as Amelia Island’s premier theater. Crescendo Amelia (904-302-6086) is partnering with their dance partners, Ballroom on Amelia and Bold City Swing, for a great Summer Dance Series of music and dancing on July 13 and August 10 at the Kraft Athletic Club. You may purchase tickets in advance or at the door. JULY 2018

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those with experience, and they cater to both thrill-seekers and the not-so-thrilled alike. Your power hang gliding experience will have you soaring over the beauty and wonder of Amelia Island, Cumberland Island, and the colorful green marshes on Fernandina Beach with a birds-eye view few ever experience.


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And there are plenty of places to shop around the island. If you’re staying at one the local bed & breakfast inns (www.ameliaislandinns.com), be sure to check out the myriad of specialty items at Fernandina Beach’s downtown shops. Other places to shop include Palmetto Walk Shopping Village, The Shops at the Omni Resort, and Sadler Road businesses. If you’re staying at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort or The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, both resorts offer plenty of amenities and fine concierge services. Along with events and activities that are open to the public. The Spa at the Omni Resort (877-843-7722) will help you unwind after a long day of summer activities with vast array of herbal teas and organic citrus water, and rejuvenating spa treatments that include couple massages, facials, steam showers, and much more! At The RitzCarlton’s Florida Spa Resort (904-277-1087) let cares and distractions melt away as you relax under the therapeutic benefits of zero gravity with a Heaven in Hammock massage, or simply take time to breathe deep in a eucalyptus infused steam room. For more information on Amelia Island summer activities, visit www.ameliaisland.com or call the Amelia IslandFernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center at (904-261-3248). And be sure to check out Amelia Islander Magazine’s blog that features updated weekly activities and more summer fun at www.ameliaislander.com. JULY 2018

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If you have children 9 and older who are interested in music, Les DeMerle, world-renowned drummer and Artistic Director of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, in conjunction with Arts Alive Nassau, Inc., presents a Drums & Rhythm Summer Camp (904-310-9243) that will help develop rhythm and enhance their musical skills. Located throughout the island you’ll find many beautiful galleries and antique shops. Check out the Amelia Islander Magazine’s Galleries & Antiques page for a list of the area’s finest local paintings, sculpture, jewelry, textile designs, plus antiques, collectibles, and furniture. The Island Art Association (904261-7020) also offers summer classes, open studio hours, children’s art programs, and more. And each second Saturday of the month, enjoy a special Artrageous Artwalk from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., taking visitors to many galleries in the downtown area. Clay Times Art Center (904-624-5824) is a pottery studio that offers art classes for all ages, ceramic supplies and equipment, handmade art by U.S. artists, and special events for all art lovers! The Amelia Island Museum of History (904-261-7278) is located in the old jail and boasts its own colorful past, in addition to the pirates, bawdy women, and rich history presented by its interesting docents and exhibits. On the Discovery Ship, “Margery,” children will learn about knot tying and be able to pilot their own ship, among other interactive activities.


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Ready for a romantic getaway? You don’t have to go far, because our little community of Fernandina Beach has been named one of the most romantic places in Florida by Coastal Living Magazine. From secluded beaches to lush secret gardens, Florida offers an array of enchanting escapes for lovers, and Amelia Island loves lovers! “Amelia Island holds a special place in the hearts of countless visitors who have fallen in love here,” says Gil Langley, president and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’re honored to be recognized by Coastal Living as one of Florida’s most romantic places and welcome their readers to come make memories on our enchanted island!” Exuding Southern charm, the Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach district is the centerpiece of Amelia Island’s Victorian Era-architecture and relaxed ambiance. Couples can take in the sights while listening to the leisurely clip-clop of hooves during a horse-drawn carriage ride, or browse an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, then head down to the marina to enjoy a gorgeous sunset on the water. Other romantic spots mentioned in Coastal Living include Dry Tortugas, Key Biscayne, Longboat Key, and Honeymoon Island. To read the full article, visit www.coastalliving. com/travel/gulf-coast/most-romanticdestinations-florida.

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ALS GOLF CLASSIC CELEBRATES 14TH YEAR ON AUGUST 3 When John Louis O’Day retired on Amelia Island in 1996, little did he know that in just two short years, he would be diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Within four years from diagnosis, O’Day would lose his life to this progressive and fatal disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, and breathe. In 2002, O’Day left behind his wife, Ardith, five children, twelve grandchildren, and many friends and family members. After O’Day’s passing, his son Mark decided to start a yearly golf event to honor his father’s memory and raise money for the ALS Association Florida Chapter. “Besides money going to funding research, proceeds also help families whose loved ones are suffering from the disease,” said Mark. “The outpouring from the community and our sponsors has been overwhelming.” This year’s tournament will be held on Friday, August 3 at The Golf Club at Long Point. Registration and Lunch Buffet will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A Shotgun Start is at noon, which will be followed at 5 p.m. by a Dinner Reception with raffle prizes, awards, and a silent auction. Register by calling (904) 553-0576, emailing Mark O’Day at odaym25@aol.com, or by visiting www.ALSgolfamelia.com.

SUMMER DANCE SERIES CONTINUES IN JULY AND AUGUST Join Crescendo Amelia, Ballroom On Amelia, and Bold City Swing as they bring you a night of live music, dancing, and the best entertainment in town! Reed Meyer and Marah Lovequist will be joined by a full horn section and classic big band as you dance the night away. Enjoy dance favorites including swing, tango, foxtrot, hustle, rhumba, waltz, blues, cha-cha and more. The Kraft Athletic Club, located at 961023 Buccaneer Trail, is perfect for all kinds of dancing, mingling, or just enjoying the sweet sounds of Northeast Florida’s premier big band. This event is BYOB, so please drink responsibly and have a wonderful time. Each month will feature a special theme and guests are encouraged to dress up for a chance to win prizes. The series is held the second Friday of July and August, with a patriotic music theme for July and a Decades Party in August. Light snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase. Reserved seating is available with a VIP ticket. Crescendo Amelia is partnering with their dance partners, Ballroom on Amelia and Bold City Swing, for a great evening of music and dancing. For those interested in group rates, email Dennis@CrescendoAmelia.com. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite. com/e/summer-dance-series-with-crescendo-amelia-tickets-45916989953.

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n Amelia Island, William Maurer is well known for his watercolors depicting the town of Fernandina Beach, with its quaint streets, harbor, and shrimp boats. These images are featured in his book, Sketches of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach: The Mark of William Maurer. In his reflections in the book, Maurer expresses in a quiet way his inner emotions and love of these subjects. In 2009, he was selected by a jury to represent the community’s favorite event with his Shrimp Festival poster design. At present, William recently completed a 56-foot mural for Baptist Medical Center Nassau, featuring the beauty of Nassau County from the outer county to the beaches. He has also painted a very large canvas for the Fernandina Beach Library’s historical room, depicting the early history of Amelia Island. Prior to moving to Amelia Island in 1979, Kathleen Maurer attended the Ringling Art School in Sarasota. Currently she teaches acrylic painting, sharing her knowledge and introducing beginners to the medium. Her inspirational manner of teaching motivates students to return time and

time again. Offering an art class each week, she believes that painting is the best distraction, offering relief from stress, all while having fun. Kathleen has also recently published a coloring book for children entitled The First Enchanted Amelia Island Coloring Book. The Maurers visit France frequently, having resided part time in Cannes for many years. Coupled with his love of books, William is fluent in French and history, leading to the development of his formidable skills. Maurer’s watercolors are rendered in the style of Impressionism. Maurer’s late close friend, Neal Coleman, referred to the artist as “the master of perspective.” His home portraits and commissions are never a disappointment. Maurer received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard and enjoys painting as an extension of the architectural experience. Together with Kathleen, they formed Maurer Fine Art, and their paintings and prints can be found at Eight Flags Antique Market, The Book Loft, and JW Frame Gallery. For more information, call Kathleen and William at (904) 261-8276 or visit www.MaurerFineArt.com.

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roviding professional, reliable, and courteous transportation service for the past 14 years, Montego Limo is the longestrunning, family-owned black car service on Amelia Island. Owners Phil Huber and Shirley Bosko started the company with a mission to provide travelers with the high-quality service that discerning clients are looking for. Phil has an excellent idea of what that is, since he often used limo services in his 30-year career in the corporate world. “I was a manager and advisor in the financial industry in Cleveland and Albany,” says Huber. “I learned that a seamless transportation service can ease client meetings, provide a quiet place to think, or just a pleasurable trip in the midst of a busy schedule.” Montego’s fleet includes impeccably detailed Lincoln Town Cars and SUVs. Through their affiliates, they also offer stretch limos, vans, and multi-passenger coaches, all at reasonable rates, providing transfers to and from Jacksonville International Airport. They also offer hourly charter service for dinner outings or trips to Jacksonville and the surrounding area. “We take people to the theater, concerts, doctor’s appointments — anywhere they need to go with ease and in comfort,” says Huber. “It’s great to get to know local folks, as well as the many vacation and business travelers. When visitors land in Jacksonville, we have 35 minutes to ‘talk up’ the island’s history and all the great things about Amelia, and even give a few of our favorite restaurant suggestions!” For more information, call Phil or Shirley at (904) 583-7337 or visit www. montegolimo.com.

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Bristly Thistle

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ichele Herron’s love for needlepoint began when she was young, and it has grown as the craft has grown, growing her business as well. When her shop, The Bristly Thistle, moved to its new location at 811 Beech Street in 2016, it was the perfect “next step” in her life and love of needlepoint. She and her late husband, Chris, owned a needlepoint store in Michigan. Nine years ago, they moved the business to Fernandina Beach, where it remains one of the top-five internet needlepoint businesses in the country. “We have customers from all over the world,” says Michele. “We ship to Europe, Africa, many places. We have the most wonderful and dedicated customers.” Bristly Thistle’s needlepoint canvases are all painted entirely by hand, by artists from all over the country. Michele attends needlepoint shows each year, seeking out new artists and designs. An expert needlepoint teacher herself, she teaches a class at a retreat in Montgomery, Alabama called “Canvas: A Needlepoint Adventure.” In addition, Michele invites distinguished instructors to give classes at The Bristly Thistle. Michele also holds special Trunk Shows at her shop, where she introduces new needlepoint artists to her customers, allowing them to see the depth of their work. “Today, needlepoint has taken on a whole new vibe. I’m a thread junkie!” she laughs. “There are so many types of threads and embellishments that no two pieces are ever the same, and each is a work of art!” For more information, call (904) 729-4020 or visit www.bristlythistle.com.

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JULY 2018

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Greater peace of mind with 3D mammography Early detection makes all the difference when it comes to breast cancer. So why not get a breast study that’s more comprehensive than a traditional mammogram? Beginning July 19, 2018, Baptist Nassau will be the only one in the county to offer 3D mammography. You’ll experience many benefits: Q

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All Hail the Trails! PHOTO CREDITS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: EGANS CREEK GREENWAY, DEREMER STUDIOS; LITTLE TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK, DEREMER STUDIOS; FT. CLINCH STATE PARK, W. HERB CLARK; AMELIA ISLAND TRAIL, SHERRY CARTER.

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ace up your hiking boots, pump up your bike tires, slip on your trail runners, and hit the trail! Summer is here, and what better time to get out on one of Amelia Island’s numerous hiking and biking trails? From north to south and east to west, paved and off-road trails provide a multitude of biking and walking experiences, through maritime forests and stretches of beach, or along the city bike lanes throughout the island. Amelia Island and the surrounding area has numerous hiking and walking trails suitable for people of all ages and abilities. The Fort Clinch Trail is a 3-mile moderately trafficked trail located in Fort Clinch State Park that can be accessed near the front gate. To make the trail a full loop of about six miles, you can hike the trail to the fort, then walk back along the beach for a good work out! The trail is also makes for a challenging bike ride. Egans Creek Greenway includes several miles of flat dirt paths that let you get close to nature. You can access this area from three points: behind the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center (2500 Atlantic Ave), at the trail crossings on Jasmine Street, or from the access on Sadler Road near the Residence Inn Amelia Island. The Greenway is also a great off-road biking trail for all ages, but fatter tires are recommended. 35 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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The Dune Ridge Trail is a 4-mile loop located at Little Talbot Island State Park which takes you through a tropical forest, sand dunes, and out to the beach. From there, you can walk a mile-and-a-half along the Atlantic Ocean on a beach covered in shells and driftwood back to the parking lot. The Amelia Island Trail (AIT) is a 6-mile paved, off-road, multi-use path suitable for all types of bicycles and riders. The AIT is a designated part of the National East Coast Greenway, a long-term project to provide a paved, off-road cycling path connecting Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. The AIT runs along the south end of Amelia Island and can be accessed at numerous locations running parallel to South Fletcher Avenue or A1A. The northern trailhead is at Peters Point Beachfront Park, and the trail terminates on the southern side of the Nassau River. Amelia Island’s premier casual riding venue, it is extremely popular with visitors and locals alike. The trail is mostly shaded and flat, and on its most southerly segment through the Amelia Island State Park (entry fee for cyclists is waived), it offers a trafficfree ride via the Crady Fishing Bridge over the Nassau River. There are several Amelia Island roads with marked bicycle lanes making them very suitable for accomplished JULY 2018

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“road cyclists.” Cyclists must obey all traffic laws, rules, and signals. The most popular routes are along South Fletcher Avenue or A1A from Atlantic Avenue south to the Nassau River and across the river to the Talbot Islands, and alongside the Amelia Island Parkway. Depending upon the time of day and subject to any special events in progress, many of the island’s secondary roads offer safe cycling. Centre and Front Streets in the historic downtown provide access to river views, restaurants, and shops, but you must share the road with motorists, and city ordinances prohibit bicycles from riding on the downtown sidewalks. Connecting downtown to the beach, Atlantic Avenue is a wide boulevard with ample room to cycle safely on the road or on the sidewalks. Of course, another favorite of local cyclists is the paved road inside Fort Clinch State Park, which offers a great shaded ride on a warm day. The Amelia River-to-Sea Trail (ARTS) will be completed by fall of this year, and runs alongside Simmons Road from South Fletcher Avenue westward to the city ball fields off Bailey Road, and then onward to the new privatelyfunded Crane Island development on the Amelia River. For more information and maps, visit www.ameliaislandtrail.org, www. floridastateparks.org/park/Fort-Clinch, and www.floridastateparks.org/park/ Little-Talbot-Island.

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JULY 2018 TIDES AT THE AMELIA RIVER Day

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On the first of the month, the sun rises at 6:26 a.m. DST and sets at 8:32 p.m. DST. On the last day of the month, the sun rises at 6:43 a.m. DST and sets at 8:20 p.m. DST. Daylight hours increase an average of 1.5 minutes per day.

JULY Weather Avg. High 90 degrees Avg. Low 75 degrees Avg. Precip 5.80 inches

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JULY 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 Night Club Two Step and Country Ballroom On Amelia offers Tuesday classes with Night Club Two Step at 7 p.m. and Country at 8 p.m. Classes $10 for one or $15 for both. Dance workshop Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; $10 per person. Ballroom On Amelia is located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios; no partner or reservation is required. For more info, call (904) 624-0886 or visit www.ballroomonamelia.com, or their Facebook page.

JULY 4 Free Yoga Class Held at Community Yoga + Wellness, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Located at 210 Beech Street. For more information, visit www.yogaamelia.com or call (904) 613-6345.

JULY 4 Hometown All American 4th of July Celebration Family-friendly celebration complete with vendors, kids zone, pie eating contest, most patriotic pet, and most patriotic bicycle. Fireworks staring at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.fbfl.us.

JULY 5 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.

JULY 5, 12, 19, 26 Healing Back Series Bring relief to your lower back with therapeutic yoga. $60 for 4 classes, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Held at Community Yoga + Wellness, 210 Beech Street. For more information, visit www.yogaamelia.com or call (904) 613-6345.

fee, plus $2.50 per person Fort admission. For more information, call (904) 277-7274, or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.

JULY 7, 14, 21, 28 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.

JULY 9 Clinch Historical Society Presentation Join Ron Sapp at the Amelia Island Museum of History for a talk on the Political History of Fernandina Beach, 1950-Present. 7:30 p.m.; refreshments served; free and open to the public. 233 South 3rd Street. For more information contact clinchhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

JULY 9 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.

JULY 10 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.

JULY 10 Poetry Canteen with Nola Perez Held at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro at 5 p.m., 1430 Park Avenue. Bring a poem you’ve written or one you’d like to share. For more information call (904) 601-2118.

JULY 6 Sounds on Centre

JULY 11 Brown Bag Lunch

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!

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.

JULY 7, 8 Living History at Fort Clinch State Park Visit with volunteers in Civil War-era attire portraying daily life at the fort as it was in 1864. Fees include the $6 per vehicle park entrance

JULY 11 Women, Wealth & Wine An informal group of women who meet to discuss financial and related issues affecting us

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JULY 12 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.

JULY 13 Summer Dance Series Join Crescendo Amelia, Ballroom On Amelia, and Bold City Swing for night of live music and dancing. Held at Kraft Athletic Club, 961023 Buccaneer Trail, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. BYOB. For more information email Dennis@ CrescendoAmelia.com. For tickets visit www. eventbrite.com/e/summer-dance-series-withcrescendo-amelia-tickets-45916989953.

JULY 13, 14 King Lear Presented by the Teen Shakespeare Campers at Amelia Community Theatre’s Studio 209 Theatre, 209 Cedar Street, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at ameliacommunitytheatre.org or by calling (904) 261-6749.

JULY 14 An Evening of Story & Song Held at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro at 7:30 p.m., 1430 Park Avenue. Featuring Nashvillebased singer/songwriter Donna Frost. Tickets $20. For more information or to purchase tickets call (904) 601-2118.

JULY 14 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 more information, please call (800) 226-3542, or visit the website at www.ameliaisland.com.

JULY 16 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.

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FRESH. SEASONAL MADE-FROM-SCRATCH JULY 18 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.

JULY 19 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.

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JULY 20 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. This month features a Rhythm Demonstration by Les DeMerle, artistic director of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, and his students. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more info, call (904) 261-7378, or visit ameliamuseum.org.

JULY 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 An Act of God An irreverent adult comedy by David Javerbaum, rated R for content and language. All performances at 8 p.m., except for July 22, which is at 2 p.m. Tickets $15 adults; $10 students through college. Held at Amelia Community Theatre’s Studio 209, 209 Cedar Street. For tickets, please visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org or call (904) 261-6749. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to calendar@ameliaislander.com.

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With its striking appearance and exceptional flight skills, the migrating Swallow-tailed kite brings a singular beauty to the summer skies above Amelia Island. STORY AND PHOTOS BY GAIL PFOH

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F YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH to live on or near Amelia Island, you are lucky enough. Should you catch a glimpse of a Swallow-tailed kite floating overhead, well, then you are exceptionally lucky. Swallow-tailed kites are large black-and-white raptors with a long, pronounced forked-tail. They use this tail as a rudder to glide effortlessly through the skies, rarely flapping their wings. According to The Crossley ID Guide to Raptors, “the Swallow-tailed kite is perhaps the most striking and graceful bird on the planet! In flight, it is simply mesmerizing, moving through the air with unparalleled elegance, buoyantly floating above the treetops in search of prey.” You are not likely to confuse this graceful flyer with any other bird species. From below, it is black-and-white with a snow-white head. If you see their topside, you will see their black iridescent

plumage and always that deeply-forked tail. These kites have a 48” wingspan, yet are able to turn and dive in the blink of a nictitating membrane to pluck an anole from a tree branch or a dragonfly right out of the sky. Look for them over the Egan’s Creek Greenway, in Yulee, over Amelia Park, in Flora Parke, or over the fields at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport as they glide at low altitudes feeding on flying insects, frogs, lizards, nestling birds, and even snakes! Swallow-tailed kites spend most of them time aloft, and unlike other raptors, they usually eat as they fly. They even drink on the fly! They use their exceptional flight skills to swoop low over a pond then skim the water drinking as they go. When Swallow-taileds arrive in our area in March, it is the culmination of an approximately 5,000 mile migration from South America. They fly an arduous, perilous ‘highway in the sky’

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LOWCOUNTRY FAST FOOD 10,000 mile migration they make each year to and from our shores. The ARCI website at www.arcinst. org provides updates on the location of these beautiful, at-risk kites. With the help of the solar-powered GPSequipped satellite device worn by a kite, they know just where the kite is. In August, as the summer winds down, Swallow-tailed kites across the southeast respond to their millenia-old instinct to migrate. After feasting on protein-rich insects, they are ready to begin their migration to South America until next Spring. So keep your “eyes to the skies” above our Amelia Island ecosystem this summer. Perhaps you will be exceptionally lucky and see a Swallow-tailed kite! Visit www.arcinst.org for updates on satellite tracking of Swallow-tailed kites and other birds and for interesting details on research and volunteer opportunities. You can be a volunteer citizen scientist for ARCI by reporting your sightings of Swallow-tailed kites at arcinst.org/report-sightings.

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Gail Pfoh has always loved photography and birds. She and her family visited Amelia Island frequently for 15 years until they moved here seven years ago. She volunteers at Audubon, OspreyWatch, and ARCI. With her grandchildren, she enjoys scouring the skies of Georgia and Florida searching for birds. Her photographs have appeared in The Cecil Whig, Equus, Equestrian News, The Fernandina Observer, The News-Leader, and other publications. 45 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JULY 2018

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velyn McDonald is committed to learning. The opportunity to learn never seems to stop, no matter our age, if we are on the lookout for it. As president of Amelia Lifelong Learning, McDonald is insuring that Amelia Island and Nassau County have plenty of opportunities to take part in classes offering a potpourri of interesting subjects. McDonald moved to Fernandina Beach from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. in 2006. She first discovered Amelia Island while on vacation, and like many others before her, she soon decided that Amelia Island would be a perfect choice for her retirement. She has an M.S. in Technology Management from the University of Maryland’s University College and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Michigan. Amelia Lifelong Learning recently celebrated 20 years of offering courses to the community. Many of its teachers come from academia, while others have been successful in specialized fields. Courses are offered twice a year, in the spring and fall. Courses may be offered during the summer months as well. Amelia Lifelong Learning’s catalogue includes course offerings in literature, history, languages, technology, arts, and current events, among other things. She credits the program’s success to the dedication of volunteers, teachers, students, and her board. The lifelong learners taking the classes are not typical retirees. They are looking to explore a variety of topics, from photography to wine tasting and everything in-between. Among its current offerings, Ron Kurtz shares his knowledge and passion for the theatre by creating courses in partnership with Amelia Community Theatre. From the programs earliest days, Bernie McCabe has offered classic literature courses. Photography classes are offered by island photographer Lee Gallardo. Norman and Marilyn Wesley lend their love for literature to a variety of courses. You can even learn to fish, with local Captain Lawrence Piper teaching the basics. His final class is cleaning, cooking, and eating a fish dinner of locally caught fish.

McDonald herself teaches a course she calls Implications of Artificial Intelligence. So why this topic? “I spent my professional career in the computer field,” she shares. “It seemed to me that given the driverless car, a discussion of the implications of artificial intelligence would be appreciated.” She was right. Her course has been popular. McDonald writes an Arts and Culture column for the Fernandina Observer, an online newspaper. She takes part in two writing groups and the Friends of the Library Book Club. She is also on the Dean’s Council for the Carpenter Library at the University of North Florida. She shares her home with her two cats—Sugar, the alpha cat, and Bodie, whom she describes as large and loving. Always eager to explore new horizons, she treasures her yearly trips to Europe and Hawaii with her daughter and grandchildren. Asked about her involvement in Amelia Lifelong Learning, she shares, “At our stage of life, we have a unique opportunity to learn something new for the sheer pleasure of learning it, not for grades, work, or such. Amelia Lifelong Learning is dedicated to providing courses that encourage this type of learning, and the community of learners it inspires.” For more information on Amelia Lifelong Learning, visit their website at www.amelialearning.com.

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fabulous foliage If you want to add new life to your summer garden, try a tree named Sweet Tea, two new Dianthus called Coconut Surprise and Raspberry Surprise, or variegated shrubs. BY BETTY MORRELL

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ummer has arrived with a bang! Lots of fireworks, barbecues, boating, vacations, and of course, a little gardening. With all the rain we had earlier, plants, trees, and grass have been thriving. An exciting new tree is the unique Sweet Tea Mountain Gordilinia. Fried egg-like flowers with showy white petals accentuating a large, eye-catching, gold floral center bloom from July through September. These flowers resemble beautiful Camellia blooms. They have a light sweet fragrance and measure five inches in diameter. When temperatures turn cool, this Sweet Tea’s foliage turns beautiful shades of red and orange. Mountain Gordilnia grows best in morning sun and afternoon shade. Because this tree is new on the market, its mature size is not yet known, but it is estimated that it will grow 20 to 30 feet in height and 10 feet wide. As a smaller landscape tree, it is ideal as a single specimen in the yard, a foundation tree, or mixed in with a perennial and shrub border. For nighttime landscape, up lighting would beautifully accentuate its

TIP OF T HE M O N T H Don’t trim your azaleas, as they have already started to set bud for next season. Give them a dose of acid fertilizer to help them along now, and then another dose in the fall.

branching structure and form. Planted in the ground or in large, decorative containers, a pair framing a front door would be ideal to greet visitors with a warm southern welcome. Dianthus is a hardy little perennial that most gardeners have tucked somewhere in their garden in full sun to part-shade. This adorable plant adds color and spring fragrance. Dianthus Coconut Surprise has a spicy fragrance, with double and semi-double white blooms and burgundy centers. Once established, these plants are droughttolerant. Plant them in containers, or as a border or accent. They are very versatile, with a compact growing habit of 10 inches by 10 inches. Dianthus Raspberry Surprise is fragrant, with double pink blooms with

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burgundy centers. A little larger than Coconut Surprise, it has a showy upright habit of 10-inches high and 12-inches wide. Fertilize these plants throughout the growing season. Both these plants are new and belong to a new series called Scent First. For salt-tolerant shrubs, try a new holly called Low Rider, which has a dense growth habit that is perfect for topiaries, borders, containers, or as a hedge. Besides being salt-tolerant, this compact shrub is disease- and pest-resistant. Plant it in full sun to part shade. Another striking new shrub is Romeo Cleyera, with attractive buttery-golden variegation in spring and summer, and rose-colored variegation in fall and winter. Pest-resistant and heat-tolerant, Romeo has year-round interest with its changing colors. Use it as an accent plant, border, container, edging, mass planting, or as a privacy planting. Plant in full sun to part-shade. Fertilize it and shape it in early spring before first flush. If you have any questions, email me at bamorrell@aol.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!

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is and hers is now theirs. Both widowed, Brian and Candace Loftus found each other, and they have successfully blended their lives in the renovation of a marshside home in Amelia Island Plantation. From Chicago, the couple met after each had lost their spouse, and they found that they had a lot in common. Candace’s husband had been a lawyer, and Brian was a successful practicing lawyer in Chicago. They both love travel, music, and art. Between them, they have five children and nine grandchildren. Brian owned property on the beach side of Amelia Island Plantation, where his family vacationed for years. When he and Candace were considering a home on the island, they

Top: A large open room greets visitors as they enter the home, with large windows highlighting the home’s dramatic marsh views. Above left: A cozy corner of the living room, which retains the home’s original stone fireplace. A favorite Leroy Neiman print hangs above the fireplace. Above right: A French clock belonging to Brian dates to the 19th century. 57 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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island home looked at many properties and found the perfect marshside view, but not the perfect house. Set back from the street, the house has a canopy of live oaks and amazing views of the tidal marsh and Amelia River, but the house needed a lot of work. The house was custom built in the 1980s, and it had many unique details that were not consistent with what the Loftuses had in mind. The original house was divided in half, with bedrooms on one side and the living areas, including the kitchen, on the other. Oddly incorporated within the house was a cage-like structure where the original owners grew orchids. Creating the delightful space that welcomes visitors today took quite a bit of work. The couple, both experienced in design and building, took on the challenge. Brian was general counsel for

Top: The home’s dining room is a perfect blend of his and hers—his table and her chairs. Below left: Candace’s English farmhouse clock is an elegant feature of the home’s décor. Below right: A mid-century cabinet that belonged to Brian’s mother.

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Right: The spacious open kitchen, which uses serene neutral colors, has a large island for entertaining. Below left: A comfortable sun room off the kitchen has beautiful views of the marsh. Below right: The home’s tiered decks take full advantage of the beautiful marsh views.

a large building company, and Candace had her own design business, built homes on spec, and developed a 30-townhome project in Illinois. They worked closely with their contractor, Bryan Bunk, and Amelia Island interior designer Julie Johnson. Johnson worked closely with Brian and Candace. Both had collected a variety of wonderful art, and they wanted to use some of their own furnishings. The challenge was marrying the two while adding a few new items to tie it together. The couple was often traveling, so Johnson would coordinate on Facetime and walk the couple through the house on-line. Once inside the front door, a beautiful open area extends all the way to the back of the house, revealing a series of decks and 60 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

views of the marsh. The large open area offers a gallery-like space for the couple’s collected artwork and two treasured clocks. Decor in the house is a rich combination of his and hers. Each brought a clock to the marriage. Brian’s wall clock is French and dates to the 19th century, chiming twice rather than the usual once on the hour. Candace’s clock is an English farmhouse clock, purchased in Richmond, England and also dating to the 1800s. The redo of the kitchen was important to both Brian and Candace. Both had designed oversize kitchen islands in prior homes, and they wanted one in their renovated home. The generous space allows plenty of room for entertaining at home. JULY 2018

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Top left: The comfortable master bedroom looks out on the marsh. Top right: The his-and-her master bathroom has a glass shower. Above left: One of the guest bedrooms has decor highlighting the couple’s Midwestern past and Florida present. Above right: Another guest bedroom has a large ornamental fan, a souvenir from Brian’s many business trips to China.

Much of the furniture in the house belonged to parents of the couple. Favorites of Candace are colorful art deco Chinese rugs from the 1920s, which add bright touches without distracting from the marsh views. The glass dining table belonged to Brian and his first wife; Candace’s mid-century dining chairs were a great match. An unusual round marble pedestal table in the living room belonged to the parents of Brian’s first wife, who had it in their home in Hanover, Germany. It survived a bomb that hit their home in a World War II air raid. A desk in the couples shared office is a partner’s desk that belonged to Candace’s husband and was originally from the old Chicago Public Library. Photos from Brian’s career adorn 62 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

the walls. Specializing in corporate legal work, he traveled to China more than 20 times between 1980 and 1986 to negotiate joint venture agreements with Chinese state-owned enterprises. The signing ceremonies were attended by former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Illinois Governor James Thompson, among other dignitaries. Brian is an avid skier, and the couple spends time at their home in Vail each winter and for a couple of months in the summer. They look forward to getting involved in their new community, which they have already begun by joining Cummer Amelia, an Amelia Island group supporting the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville. JULY 2018

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hile still fairly new to the downtown scene, Burlingame has quickly established itself as one the finest restaurants on the island. For my visit tonight, I decided to trade in my napkin for an apron and head into the kitchen to help make the magic happen. In the culinary world, a “stage” is a term derived from the French word stagiaire, meaning trainee. Simply put, a culinarian of any degree will go into another kitchen and work for free for the opportunity to learn new techniques. I was excited to go into the kitchen at Burlingame for a host of reasons, not only to see the delicious food prepared, but also for the people. Chad Livingston, chef at Burlingame, is a talented Culinary Institute of America graduate, who has trained with some of the world’s best chefs at The Ritz-Carlton. Like me, he is a Fernandina native and a graduate of Fernandina Beach High School. When I entered the kitchen, three of my former culinary students were also there to greet me. Sharing the kitchen with three generations of local culinary talent—swapping stories as we prepped for dinner—was an unforgettable experience. 64 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Kendall Kratky, an FBHS junior and culinary student, would be my guide. When I found her, she was busily weighing out ingredients for the scratch-made sourdough served with the meals. These loaves rise in wooden baskets and are baked in cast iron domes to create the crunchy and rustic crust and tender structure inside. This task takes all day, but there is no substitute for excellence. As I worked around the kitchen and service began, I saw some very interesting plates headed for the dining room. Chef Chad and Sous Chef Jarrod (also a local talent) showed me their stations, where all the ingredients were stored, and they showed me how to prepare a series of the dishes on the menu. Their kitchen tidy was very tidy, with no wasted space and nothing left indiscriminately lying about. As the dinner rush began to draw down, I had the chance to try some the items on offer. Earlier I had the opportunity to taste the base for the Shrimp and Corn Bisque, and I could not get it off of my mind. The dish consists of the most delicate corn pudding—which can scarcely maintain its composure once it reaches your mouth—tender local shrimp, Honshimeji mushrooms, and micro greens, all floating on a delicate creamy soup with a flavor more dense than a neutron star. When I finished the soup, the chefs fired a series of tasting portions of various menu items. Most notable for me were the scallops and the duck, two of my very favorite entrée items. The scallops were seared and served in a lovely sherry cream with potato confit, house-cured egg yolk, asparagus, prosciutto, and grapefruit. The duck breast came with beautifully crispy skin, grilled baby bok choy, pickled mushrooms, lentils, and kimchi. Wine tasters were poured, and we talked about flavors, ingredients, and good times. I can’t pack enough praise about Burlingame into this one article, but you can experience it for yourself Tuesday through Sunday at 20 South 5th Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. JULY 2018

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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 elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Tue – Sun. Closed Mon. (904) 4327671. BurlingameRestaurant.com

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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 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

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dining out 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. Story & Song Bistro ~ Amelia Island residents and visitors now have a neighborhood bookstore bistro with an atmosphere that celebrates the art of living. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon snack -- prepared with fresh, local ingredients -- indoors or in the “secret garden” courtyard. Favorites include a croissant omelette sandwich, quiche, lox platter or toasted Bronx bagel for breakfast; Ina’s chicken salad, our signature pot pie, wheatberry salad and seasonal specials for lunch. Relax and unwind with our organic coffee and iced tea, personally selected wines, and regional craft beer. Mon. - Sat. 9 to 6, Sun. 10 to 6. 1430 Park Avenue at the 14th St. entrance to Amelia Park. (904) 601-2118 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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Luxury living This meticulously maintained custom home sits on one of the largest single lots in the desirable Long Point community. It features a stucco and brick exterior, a concrete tile roof and full landscaping. Inside you will find a large theatre with many accessories, like the Noyes built-in surround system for most areas, and interior walls insulated for sound. The chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen is inspiring and includes a 48 inch Thermador gas cooktop, 2 Thermador warming drawers, a 30 inch Thermador double

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Luxury living in Long Point at Amelia Island Plantation! Expansive views of pristine salt marshes and the Intracoastal beyond. A magnificent grand staircase and soaring ceiling welcomes you into the great room with a charming fireplace and majestic views of the marsh. The formal dining room is spacious with seating for eight. The kitchen includes a large center island with a small veggie sink and a breakfast nook. A guest house sits across Circle Drive from the main house. 2.24 acres fronting the marsh on 2 sides, 4,982sf of living space, a 3-car garage, and a screened swimming pool.

Luxury 3,230 sq. ft. oceanfront condo at Ocean Club Villas! Travertine tile, designer window treatments, tray ceilings, gas fireplace, custom wet bar, and built-ins. The Master suite has a large oceanfront balcony, Jacuzzi, bath with jet tub, double vanities, and a large walk-in closet. One guest bedroom has a balcony with an ocean view. Another bedroom has a full bath en suite. The den is plumbed for an easy conversion to a bedroom/bath/closet. Amenities include beach access, oceanfront pool/lounge area, double covered parking, 90 sq ft storage room, and refrigerator.

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Meticulously maintained 4BR/4BA home in Long Point. Features a stucco and brick exterior, concrete tile roof and is fully landscaped. Inside is a large theatre with a Noyes surround system. Chef’s kitchen includes a 48” Thermador gas cooktop, 2 Thermador warming drawers, 30” Thermador double convection oven and more! Custom cabinets by Mooney throughout. Outside is a screened pool and summer kitchen area. A preservation area sits behind the home. There is a separate carriage house that includes an upstairs office area.

Extensively renovated home on 1.5 lots surrounded by nature. The large living room steps down from the dining area on hardwood floors, showcasing high wooden beams, marble fireplace and views of the pool and marsh. The kitchen features Jenn-Air appliances, including a gas range. Family room extends off the kitchen and has a fireplace, large sunroom with a wet bar, and billiards room. Master suite has a spa-like bath with marsh views! Outdoor lighting system. Full irrigation system run by well. 3BR/3 full/2 half BA, new landscaping installed in 2016. Full workshop.

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98252 SWAMP RIVER LANE

Prime location on tidal creek with marsh views. Over 1,600 ft. of frontage leading to Intracoastal. 38 acres for family, animals, or development. Hardwoods, 3-acre lake, fishing, boating. MLS#80241 $950,000

1664 SCOTT ROAD

4 acres on south end of Amelia. Walk to Ritz and beach. Room for horses, boat, RV. No HOA dues or restrictions. 3 BR/1 BA house and pole barn. Could be RS-2 for development. MLS#79732 $1,900,000

98234/98282 SWAMP FEVER LANE

Prime location on tidal creek with marsh views. Over 1,600 ft. of frontage leading to Intracoastal. 41 acres for family, animals, or development. Hardwoods, 3-acre lake, fishing, boating. MLS#79548 $1,275,000

85172 SOUTHERN CREEK BLVD

Builder’s special in a marshfront community in Fernandina. 17 lots, homesites are .5 to 1.5 acres. Marsh and lakeview homesites. Utilities, roads, sidewalks, and street lighting in place. MLS#76782 $749,000

75308 RAVENWOOD DRIVE

4 BR/3 BA lakefront home in Timbercreek Plantation with wood floor downstairs, bathroom updates, stainless appliances, bonus/media room, and fire pit. Close to I-95 and beaches. MLS#80623 $276,000

85158 SOUTHERN CREEK BLVD

Over half-acre lot with southern exposure, hardwood, and live oaks. Privacy and breezes off the marsh. Conveniently located to JIA, beaches, and Kings Bay. Bring your own builder. MLS#76820 $55,000

1305 SHIPWATCH CIRCLE, #1305

Furnished AIP villa with ocean views. Tile and carpet, with three bedrooms with full baths. Community pool and close to beach. Family getaway or rental opportunity. MLS#78943 $515,000

97098 PIRATES POINT ROAD

3 BR/2 BA cottage on .7 acres on river with views and access to Intracoastal. Wood floors, fireplace, rear deck, fruit trees, and dock. $3K buyer closing cost credit. MLS#79884 $329,000

1246 DATE STREET

New construction on Amelia! Adorable cottage has stainless appliances, granite counters, vinyl plank flooring, irrigation system and two-car parking pad. Close to Central Park. MLS#80811 $249,900

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95104 Spring Tide Lane Spectacular sunsets for your evening enjoyment overlooking the intracoastal river on Amelia Island. Private gated entry into this Mediterranean styled community is just the beginning of the luxurious appointments included in this 3 BR/4BA 3,702 SF Villa. REDUCED $799,000 MLS# 79607

95169 Willet Way Fantastic....4 BR/4BA Mediterranean style villa on the south end of Amelia Island. Minutes from the beach, the Ritz Carlton Resort, and the island walking/biking paths! Includes many upgrades; granite countertops, plantation shutters, gas cooktop, beautiful tile floors. REDUCED $584,900 MLS# 79950

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

4921 Summer Beach Blvd. Nestled quietly under century windswept oaks this 3 BR/2BA Patio home offers convenience to the beach. Very open floor plan with vaulted ceilings that creates an entertaining living and dining area for family and friends. $625,000 MLS# 80777

8144 Residence Court #102 Ocean front luxury furnished condo located on the south end of Amelia Island in the prestigious Residence. This spacious 3BR/2.5BA first floor condo has spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. REDUCED $739,000 MLS# 79972

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95176 Sandpiper Loop In this Oceanfront Sandpiper patio home enclave, there are only 4 fee simple owned homes. This 3BR/3BA home is designed with the living area, dining room, kitchen and master suite in the main part of the oceanfront home. JUST LISTED $849,000 MLS# 80781

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3014-B S Fletcher Ave $859,000

3 Marsh Hawk Road $2,595,000

Live on vacation year round in this renovated, 3BR/3BA oceanfront townhome! Master suite provides incredible ocean views and custom builtin shelves and cabinets. The updated kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances and flows into dining and living room. Back door access to pool/ patio and beach walkover. 60 day minimum rentals allowed. MLS#80669

Designed to embody a gorgeous blend of warmth and elegant aesthetic, this estate has it all: grand entrance hall with powder, 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 has fireplace and kitchen. MLS#80095

861984 North Hampton Club Way 89,000

1797 Indigo Street $399,000

Golf course and pond views from this lot in the golf community of North Hampton. Amenities include: 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course/clubhouse, tennis/basketball courts, community pool/clubhouse, multi-sports field, and Lofton Creek Outpost that comes with cooking facilities, fishing pier and kayak launch. HOA fees include internet and basic cable. MLS#79355

Close to schools and park! 4BR/2.5BA home features a wonderful open floor plan with neutral color palette throughout. Oversized walk-in closet and custom bath with soaking tub & separate shower in master. Kitchen with center island, granite counters, stainless appliances opens up to a large family room overlooking the fenced back yard beyond. MLS#80796

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96012 Sea Breeze Way $549,500

1783 Heather Street $390,000

Former model home, in the community of Ocean Breeze, is move-in ready with generous upgrades and curb appeal. Beautiful 4 BR/3.5 BA open floor plan. Hardwood flooring, soaring coffered ceilings, chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen, screenedin porch with brick pavers, and a 3 car garage! Ocean Breeze is a Natural Gas Community centrally located to everything on island. MLS#80730

The perfect cottage in Amelia Park. Gorgeous hard wood floors throughout, granite counters and stainless appliances in kitchen, split bedroom design, 2-car rear entry garage, and a screened front porch perfect for summer lemonade sipping! Easy walking distance to shops, YMCA fitness center/ pool, 1.5 miles to the beach, convenient to everything. MLS#80800


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96090 BRADY POINT RD - $1,045,000

Marcy Mock

Distinctive water front estate in Brady Pointe Preserve. Floor plan from Artisan Homes offers spacious master, island kitchen, wood floors in main areas, tile in baths, covered patio with outdoor kitchen, a 3+ car garage, maple cabinetry, fireplace, granite countertops, galvanized metal roof, butler’’s pantry, wet bar, paver patio and walkway, and on and on. Dock permit in place. MLS#80313

95359 ARBOR LANE - $624,900

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 with Andersen windows and doors, Galvalum roof. 2 x 6 Tidewater Red Heart Cypress Wood Flooring on 2nd floor, solid yellow pine interior doors, downstairs Master suite with large walk-in closet, and upstairs loft. MLS#80074

85270 SAGAPONACK DRIVE - $339,900

Spacious home in golf course neighborhood of North Hampton. Close to A-Rated schools, shopping, and dining options. 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

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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.



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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.

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SAILMAKER AT SUMMER BEACH 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

10 Dunes Row $3,675,000

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 G Fisher/Paykel INdrawer END SALE Pand dishwasher, 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

Extraordinary & prestigious 4BR/5BA/2 Half BA residence situated in the coastal paradise of Omni Amelia Island Plantation. One of only seven remarkable homes on Dunes Row that enjoy the layering of brilliant colors of the pool, bright golf greens, warm beach sand & deep hues of the Atlantic Ocean in one breathtaking vista. Superbly executed floor plan to incorporate the stunning views from almost every room in the house. 3-car garage on ground level. Secondary bedrooms & family room on 1st floor. Kitchen, dining & living on 2nd floor & owner's suite with separate office on 3rd floor. Balconies on the front & back are perfect for enjoying sunrises & sunsets. Pool & outdoor fireplace for enjoyable outdoor lifestyle. Amenities include 54 championship holes of golf, beach club, tennis, dining, spa & fitness.

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y parents love to cook on the grill, but the summer heat can be a bit much for them down here in the South. During the warmer months, I like to invite them over for a quick grilled dinner of skirt steak and veggies, a snap to make, and let them rest in the shade of a magnolia tree with a pitcher of icy drinks while dinner is prepared. Skirt steak, the long piece of meat cut from the diaphragm muscle, has an intensely “beefy” flavor, even more so than flank steak, and lends itself well to hot, fast cooking. When it is sliced on the bias and served very rare, it is truly a treat, and one of the easiest cuts of meat to monitor on your grill. The key to perfect skirt steak is to not overcook it. I don’t even use a thermometer for this piece of meat. The grill needs to be smoking hot – around 700 degrees – and my rule of thumb is to cook it for 2 minutes on each side, or even less. With skirt steak, you’re trying to get a good char and crust on the outside without cooking the inside too much. I’m a coffee-holic, and lately I’ve been adding coffee to everything – marinades, rubs, desserts, and the like. For beef, coffee adds a dark, rich layer of flavor, so I’ve made a rub with 80 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

COFFEE-ENCRUSTED GRILLED SKIRT STEAK Ingredients 1/4 cup finely ground good espresso coffee (not instant!) 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 1.5 tsp. sea salt 1/8 tsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. white pepper

1 tsp. minced ginger root 1/8 tsp. five spice powder Cayenne pepper to taste (a pinch or two) 1 tbsp. olive oil 2.5 lbs. skirt steak

Preparation In a bowl, mix all the ingredients except the olive oil and steak. Remove steak from refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Cut into 2-3 pieces to fit your grill. Rub steak with olive oil, and then sprinkle with the coffee/spice mixture. Rub the mixture into the meat and let it rest for about an hour. Heat the grill so it’ s very hot – about 700 degrees. Cook the steak for about 2 minutes on each side for rare. Let rest for about 5 minutes, then slice on the bias.

finely ground espresso, brown sugar, and spices. I apply the rub to the beef, then let it sit at room temperature before putting it on the grill. I’m a little weary of corn on the cob, so lately I’ve been experimenting with different veggies on the grill. For this meal, I’m grilling okra that has been tossed with oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. The okra takes longer than the steak, so cook it first, grilling it over medium-high heat on an oiled veggie grill pan until it is charred and tender. Remove the okra from the heat, turn up the grill, and cook the meat. After the meat is cooked, my partner, Rusty, suggests putting slabs of homemade corn bread on the grill for a few minutes while the meat is resting. That’s another key to good skirt steak: let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing, and it will be absolutely perfect. Served on a platter with the okra and corn bread, it looks as good as it tastes! JULY 2018

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