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If you have school-aged children and you live in Northeast Florida, then you have no doubt been to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island in Georgia. The center is a major stop on the trail of worthwhile children’s activities in our region and always a favorite with kids. What child (or adult) can resist the plight of the devoted mother sea turtle who travels hundreds, even thousands, of miles so that her progeny can start their lives on the familiar beach of her own beginning? The rescue center’s work in providing medical care for injured turtles and trying to return them to their natural habitat is important and provides some important lessons for children and adults. Yet one need not travel that far to get close to the pathways of these amazing creatures. The drama of their age-old will to survive and perpetuate life is played out on Amelia’s shores every year. Most of the time, when we walk, jog, or lounge on the beach, we are completely unaware of the sea turtle’s astounding lifecycle, which begins right on the sand beneath our toes. Likewise, for the Atlantic right whale, the waters off of Amelia’s beaches are the backdrop for that species’ dramatic survival as well, as mother whales migrate each year to southern Georgia and north Florida to give birth to their precious calves. What better time of year to contemplate this universal drive to survive than August? While the human species in Northeast Florida is surviving its hottest month of the year (although, admittedly, we survive just wonderfully on Amelia, with our ocean breezes, beautiful beaches, and reliable air conditioning), what better time to relax in the shade and enjoy a good read? Our thanks go out to Wilma Allen for bringing us this wonderful idea and weaving together the stories of these marine mammals in such a clear and compelling way. So ﬁnd that shady spot at the beach or by the pool, and get ready for some uninterrupted reading time. Finding time to relax and catch up on reading is something we feel strongly about, and so we hope you’ll enjoy this month’s issue, which also includes an article about a very special new playground that is being developed by some caring local residents; a Fernandina Faces article on talented local musician Sean McCarthy; a boating Backyard Adventure with Amelia Family Charters; and much more. See you around the island!
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AUGUST2012 11 Cover Story MARINE MARVELS OF AMELIA ISLAND
Local shores are the backdrop for exciting marine mammal activity —and for human activity aimed at protecting these endangered species.
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33 Fernandina Faces
41 Island Home
60 Backyard Adventure
Local families and businesses have come together to form 8 Flags Playscapes, a group committed to providing a fun and educational playground that is accessible to people of all abilities.
With musical talent and a local family that is known for boating and seafood, Sean McCarthy is Amelia’s own “ﬁshin’ musician.”
An understated but inviting exterior leads to fabulous views and treasured collections in the Amelia Island Plantation home of Sherry and Dennis Schroeder.
Craving a journey out on the water? A trip with Amelia Family Charters is a fun excursion, tailormade to ﬁt your family’s idea of fun.
ISLANDER AUGUST 2012 • VOLUME 25 • NUMBER 7
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ABOUT THE COVER
Everything Amelia The people, events, and history that make Amelia a special place
Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores
In the Neighborhood Proﬁles of area businesses and organizations
Beach Combing Great shopping on Amelia Island
Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers
Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River
Around Town What’s happening around Amelia Island
Snapshots Islanders out and about
In the Garden After considering so many new plants this year, it’s time to appreciate our reliable “common” plants.
Eating Scene Kelley’s Courtyard Café offers dishes with pizazz—from Southern classics and comfort food to fabulous desserts—all in a delightful courtyard in downtown Fernandina Beach.
Cover photo of Atlantic right whale mother and calf courtesy of Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commision.
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Marine Marvels of Amelia Island
Local shores are the backdrop for marine mammals, and for a variety of local efforts to protect them.
PHOTO OF BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN BY DONALD LAY
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melia Island waters abound with incredible creatures. Female right whales swim from Canada and northern New England to give birth off our shores. Sea turtles circle the Atlantic for years then nest and lay eggs on our beaches. And, like something out of a spy novel, an elite troop of security guards protects the Kings Bay Submarine Base just north of Amelia Island. These marine guards of a different sort are bottle-nosed dolphins and California sea lions raised in California and ﬂown to their assignments here. These smart and savvy animals patrol the waters around Kings Bay in shifts around the clock, says Carolina Le-Bert, DVM of Fernandina Beach. Le-Bert is a clinical veterinarian and marine mammal specialist with the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF). This group
cares for about 100 Navy animals here and elsewhere around the globe. All marine mammals, including dolphins and sea lions, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The U.S. Navy has studied and worked with these mammals since the 1950’s. In the early years, they were taken from the wild, but today’s animals were either acquired in the 1990’s from zoos and aquariums, or are descended from them. With their important role in naval operations, they are very well cared for. According to Le-Bert, who clearly loves her charges, the dolphins use their exceptional sonar capabilities to locate swimmers, mines, and other objects. The sea lions’ speed and dexterity allow them to zoom around obstacles, and they carry markers in their mouths to place on suspicious objects to be
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PHOTO BY DONALD LAY
California sea lions
Bottlenose dolphin play in the waters off Amelia Island.
Carolina Le-Bert, DVM, with the National Marine Mammal Foundation
checked out later by Navy personnel. Both dolphins and sea lions can dive far deeper than humans without getting “the bends.” “The sea lions are just like big, wet dogs, and the dolphins all have distinct personalities. Some love treats of shrimp, and others adore special attention from their trainers,” says Le-Bert. To keep them ﬁt and healthy, Le-Bert provides her patients the ultimate in medical care: each animal receives a thorough physical twice a year, with full-body ultrasound exams, x-rays, endoscopies, and more. Not only do these exams help keep the animals healthy, they provide valuable data on environmental changes that can impact a whole spectrum of aquatic life, food supplies, and ecological diversity. They also aid research into human conditions, such as diabetes and immune system irregularities. “Dolphins are top predators and they eat a lot of ﬁsh,” explains Le-Bert. “By closely monitoring their health, we can determine if environmental changes
may be affecting them and other marine life. For example, lab tests can show increases in dangerous PCBs and other contaminants in their diet and water. A goal is to help keep ﬁsh populations healthy and sustainable.” Taking into account their nutritional, social, and physical needs, Le-Bert and her team work hard to provide a good quality of life for their charges. Thanks to lavish rewards of ﬁsh and attention, the animals volunteer for their regular blood tests and exams. “When they’re on the job, they could go AWOL at any time,” she adds, “but, at the end of their shifts, they always come home.” Amelia Island’s sea turtles also come home to local waters, and they get lots of attention, too. Three different types nest on our beaches: leatherbacks, green turtles, and, our most common, the loggerhead. Leatherbacks can weigh over half a ton and reach eight feet in length. They are about twice the size of green turtles and four times the size of loggerheads, which can reach a beefy
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The sea lions are just like big, wet dogs, and the dolphins all have
“ ” Nesting is going pretty
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well so far this year...
12 specially trained and ‘permitted’ volunteers is dispatched to verify that a nest exists and stake it out for protection and monitoring.” Permitted volunteers have special training from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and no one else is allowed to interfere with the nests, eggs, or hatchlings, Duffy cautions. Last summer, when storms and beach replenishment could have buried thousands of eggs, volunteers carefully moved them to safer locations. They also excavate nests when appropriate, to assist tiny hatchlings that may be struggling in the sand. At the end of the season, the group submits their data to Fish and Game ofﬁcials, who evaluate any change in turtle populations. “Nesting is going pretty well so far this year,” says Duffy, “which is great, since the last two years were also quite good.” As of mid-July, 164 loggerhead, two green turtle, and 14 leatherback nests had been found on Amelia Island. Eggs have been hatching and turtle watchers are now actively conducting
300 pounds. After spending several years at sea, females lumber up the beaches, dig nests in the sand, lay their eggs, and disappear into the waves. If all goes well, about two months later, hundreds of two- to three-inch babies hatch, struggle free of their nests, and clamber into the foaming surf for their ﬁrst taste of the sea. It’s a dangerous journey. These reptiles have existed for over 100 million years, but today they are seriously threatened or endangered. Amelia Island resident Mary Duffy is determined to save them. Almost thirty years ago, Duffy helped found the Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch, Inc., which now consists of sixty hardworking volunteers who each patrol one mile of beach at daybreak once or twice a week throughout the nesting season of May to October. These dawn patrols must be carried out—rain or shine—and procedures must be carefully followed and documented. “Volunteers look for turtle tracks and signs of nesting activity,” explains Duffy. “When a nest is suspected, one of the group’s
PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER
Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling making its way to the ocean.
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PHOTO BY SANDRA BAKER-HINTON
Adult leatherback sea turtle
nest “excavations,” to assure that as many hatchlings as possible make it out to sea. Visitors can attend these fascinating excavations. You can check for times at www.ameliaislandseaturtlewatch.com. After the sea turtles have left the island, right whale mothers-to-be begin to arrive off shore. Moms, roughly the size of tractor trailers, deliver calves the length and weight of small sedans. They feed and nurse for a while in our waters, before swimming back up north in the spring, with moms nursing offspring all along the way. With as few as 400 in existence today, North Atlantic right whales are one of the rarest of all whale species and among the world’s most endangered mammals. Because it is likely that their only calving ground is off the coasts of Georgia and northern Florida, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collects data from a whale conservation headquarters in Fernandina Beach.
Right whale and calf.
According to Barb Zoodsma, a NOAA marine mammal biologist here, laws implemented in the last few decades to protect the whales seem to be making a difference. “Right whale numbers are trending upward, but their recovery is precarious, with ups and downs along the way,” she says. “This year we conﬁrmed the birth of only six calves, whereas last year there were 22. The low number is likely due to poor foraging conditions in 2010, a critical time for the 39 moms who gave birth in 2009. We were expecting a poor year this year, but hoping for the best.” Births are just one factor in the whales’ survival. Reducing early deaths due to human activity is another. Given their size, right whales are surprisingly hard to see. They are darkly colored, have no dorsal ﬁn that projects from the water, and, because they spend considerable time at or near the water’s surface, they are especially vulnerable to boat collisions. Surprisingly, impact
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How to protect your offshore neighbors Whales – during calving season, from November to April Stay at least 500 yards away – it’s the law Keep boat speed below 10 knots – even huge cargo ships cut their speed during calving season. Wear polarized sunglasses to aid vision and keep a vigilant watch If ﬁshing off shore, start out earlier so you can travel slower Sea Turtles – during nesting season, from May to October Never disturb them or their nests Cut the lights at the beach at night, or be subject to ﬁnes To ﬁnd out about Turtle Watch activities, visit www.ameliaislandseaturtlewatch.com Manatees – summer and warm months in spring and fall Go slow in harbors and rivers. They swim close to the surface, usually just having their nose or mouth above water Don’t feed or spray water at them or get too close All shore life Leave wildlife alone. Don’t feed, get close, chase, or harass Avoid boat travel at night and during fog and low-visibility conditions Dispose of used ﬁshing line, plastic garbage, bags, and other trash properly If you see an injured animal, call the NOAA hotline: 1-877-433-8299, or Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: 1-888-404-FWCC Adult manatee swimming in Florida waters
with a boat just 36 feet long can be fatal to a right whale. Smaller boats can kill or maim a calf, or a manatee, another endangered mammal found in our waters and one that has also been a subject of Zoodsma’s research. Manatees, the clumsy-looking aquatic relatives to elephants, migrate from southern waters to feed and breed in our rivers and bays in the summer. These chunky vegetarians, sometimes called sea cows, can weigh over 1,000 pounds and devour up to 100 pounds of sea grass a day. They prefer shallow waters and need temperatures of at least 68 degrees to survive. If the water stays warm in the fall, they may stick around longer than is prudent. One group of manatees perished here in the 1990’s, Zoodsma recalls. They wintered over in Fernandina harbor keeping warm in water discharged from a local industrial plant. “When the plant reduced its warm discharges in the mid-
90’s, it was hoped that the manatees would move south, but unfortunately they didn’t,” she explains. “Many of them died.” From this sad experience, Zoodsma and her colleagues learned lessons that may help protect other manatees from a similar fate. At this time, the manatee population seems to be slowly stabilizing. Entanglements in ﬁshing gear, ingestion of plastics and ﬁshing lines, and boat collisions are serious manmade threats to all these beloved animals. Sea turtles face additional hazards, due to shoreline development in their nesting spots. It is estimated that fewer than one out of 1,000 turtle hatchlings survive to adulthood. Will today’s efforts be enough to save these extraordinary species from extinction? We can only hope that with care, protection, and incredible luck, these marine marvels will stage a comeback, and keep coming back to the waters off Amelia Island.
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At this time, the manatee population seems to be slowly stabilizing.
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207 Cedar Street ~ 904-261-6749 www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org
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AMELIA COMMUNITY THEATRE AND LINDA MCCLANE RECEIVE NATIONAL THEATRE AWARDS
“LITTLE RIVER BAND” TO HEADLINE MUSICAL LINE-UP AT AMELIA ISLAND’S GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOK-OFF The Australian rock group Little River Band will headline the third annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, which returns August 24 & 25. Considered one of Australia’s most signiﬁcant bands, the group will perform on Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m. at Main Beach. One of the great vocal bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Little River Band was the ﬁrst band to have Top 10 hits for six consecutive years. The group has sold more than 30 million albums and recorded 13 American Top 40 hits, including “Reminiscing,” “Lady,” and “Take It Easy on Me.” The Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff is a free, two-day event, offering live entertainment and barbeque from some of the top competitors in the country. The event features more than 50 professional and backyard (amateur) teams competing for more than $20,000 in prize money and trophies. For more information about the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, to register to participate as a backyard team, or for schedule details, visit www.gstailgatecookoff.com.
Amelia Community Theatre and ACT Managing Director Linda McClane were recently honored by the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) at their 2012 convention in New York City. ACT received the AACT Twink Lynch Award, which recognizes AACT member theatres for completing major steps in new directions, expanding services to their community, or moving to the next level of organizational development. McClane received the AACT Distinguished Merit Award, which recognizes contributions made to promote and develop the highest standards for community theatre. ACT was founded in 1981 with 80 charter members contributing $10 each. Shows were held at the high school and other available halls. In 1988, ACT purchased a building and converted it into 88-seat theatre. In 2005, the allvolunteer theatre began a capital campaign to build a new theatre. In 2010, now with one employee and a mortgage, ACT opened their new 160-seat theatre. Linda McClane is a charter member who has served in all areas of production. She is on the Board of Directors and is a past president. Linda became Managing Director of the theatre in 1998.
THE AMELIA ISLAND BLUES FESTIVAL’S “HISTORY OF THE BLUES” EXHIBIT AT THE AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY The Amelia Island Museum of History is launching a new exhibit in partnership with the Amelia Island Blues Festival. The “History of the Blues” exhibit will open on August 3rd at 6:00 p.m., with a lecture about the genre and an acoustic guitar performance by Roger “Hurricane” Wilson. At the event, the ofﬁcial 2012 Blues Festival musical line-up will also be announced. After a ribbon cutting and reception, visitors can explore the exhibit, which will feature a blues history timeline, blues memorabilia, historic photos, and an informative video. The twomonth exhibit also features a tribute to the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” a collective name for venues throughout the eastern and southern United States that allowed African-American musicians and entertainers to perform during segregation. The exhibit will lead up to the 2012 Amelia Island Blues Festival, scheduled for September 14 to16 at Main Beach. For more information, visit www.ameliamuseum.org or www.ameliaislandbluesfest.com.
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AMELIA ISLAND ANTIQUES 5210 First Coast Hwy • 321-1314
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AMELIA SANJON GALLERY 218A Ash St. • 557-1195 BLUE DOOR ARTISTS 205 1⁄2 Centre St. • 491-7733
MEAD’S FRAMERY & TROPHY STORE CASABLANCA 2188 Sadler Road • 415-1540 D’AGNESE CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 205 1/2 Centre St. • 261-6044 or 556-2014
L to R: Devon Thornton, John Mead, and Ida Cox
ohn Mead was just back from college when he began offering framing services to the local community in 1972. He got his start right out of his mother’s garage, calling his business The Framery. Forty years later, Mead’s Framery & Trophy store, located in Yulee at the corner of A1A and North Highway 17, continues to provide custom framing services, trophies, awards, engraving, and much more to the Yulee and Amelia Island communities. There is no limit to what can be framed at Mead’s. Devon Thornton, John’s niece and a frame design specialist, is amazed at the variety of items customers want to have framed, from priceless antique artwork to a child’s ﬁrst ﬁnger painting, from sports memorabilia to military medals. “We have over 1000 frames to choose from, along with creative matting. Our frames will enhance and preserve any of your precious or collectable items or artwork, so you can enjoy them for years to come,” says Devon. “One of our most recent and unique framing jobs was for an exquisite,
handmade rug from Iran, which we enclosed in a shadow box,” says Devon. “It was just beautiful, and our client was very pleased with the results.” You can also ﬁnd regional artwork, prints, and unique gifts at Mead’s. Mead’s is a family affair, with Devon’s mother and John’s sister, Ida Cox, as the shop’s awards specialist and designer. Their fast services, completed right on the premises, include trophies, plaques, engraving, ribbons, signs, and name plates. Hundreds of customers from local community organizations have utilized Mead’s over the years, including local schools, businesses, and charities. Mead’s is a member of the Professional Picture Framers Association and the Awards and Recognition Association, but the best recognition they receive is from their clients. People shop at Mead’s for the high quality framing, and what keeps them coming back is the personalized care and integrity of this small family-run specialty shop. For more information, visit the store or call them at (904) 225-2195.
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PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER
EILEEN’S ART & ANTIQUES CENTRE 702 Centre St. • 277-2717 FIRST COAST COMMUNITY BANK GALLERY 1750 South 14th St., 2nd ﬂoor • 277-5290 GALLERY C 218-B Ash Street • 583-4676 HUNT’S ART & ARTIFACT GALLERY 361 Centre St. • 261-8225 ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION COOPERATIVE GALLERY 18 North 2nd St. • 261-7020 LA TORRE’S GALLERY & GIFTS 206 Centre Street • 261-0444 MEAD’S FRAMERY & TROPHY Corner of A1A & Hwy 17 • 225-2195 THE PLANTATION SHOP 4828 First Coast Hwy • 261-2030 TRAILER PARK COLLECTIBLES 702 Centre Street • 491-4461 TRISH’S SLIGHTLY OFF CENTRE 218C Ash St. • 277-1147 WATERWHEEL GALLERY 819 South 8th Street • 261-2535
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COMPLETE CUSTOM FRAMING AT AFFORDABLE PRICES Custom Framing since 1970 100’s of framed and unframed prints Member of Professional Picture Framers Association
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(Between Harris Teeter & Amelia Island Plantation)
hours mon.- sat. 10 - 5; sun. 1- 5
18 North 2nd Street Voted “Best of the Best Gallery” 2011 A co-op of 50 local artists show their paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass art, ﬁber art and more in our newly renovated gallery.
Come see our Nouveau Art, IAA’s Member’s Only Show during the month of March. “Anything Goes” in this once a year show.
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NOVEMBER Jane Angelhart – Watercolor Portraits Nicholas Simmons – Watercolor Daryl Urrig – Oil/Acrylic
Call 904-491-8040 to register.
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SEPTEMBER Pat Weaver – Watercolor Workshop
Sepia sketch, Paris. From the sketchbook of William Maurer.
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Mon. - Fri.10am - 5:30pm • Sat.10am - 4pm Sun.12:30 - 4pm 809 South 8th Street • Amelia Island, FL 32034 • 904-321-0020 • 800-693-1315 www.redbonesbakery.com
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in the neighborhood
Ballast Pointe Trading Company
fter purchasing a solar hot water system for his own home and seeing how much money it saved his family, Pete Wilking was so impressed that he made a career move to solar energy. A1A Solar has been in business since April 2010, after Pete left the ﬁnance industry and then spent several years managing a solar contracting company in Jacksonville. While working in the rapidly expanding industry of solar power, he felt he could offer clients a superior product, plus unsurpassed service and installation. With support from his wife, Amy, who does all their marketing, advertising, and web design, Pete now employs a staff of nine, and A1A Solar is growing every day. A1A Solar’s mission is to convert the roofs of as many homes and businesses as possible into solar “power plants” by spreading the message that going solar really makes sense, ﬁnancially and environmentally. Pete is the only solar installer in Northeast Florida to have earned certiﬁcation by the North American Board of Certiﬁed Energy Practitioners for both photovoltaic (solar electric) and solar hot water. “I love showing customers their meters spinning backwards for the ﬁrst time,” says Pete. “I especially enjoy receiving phone calls from happy customers when they open their ﬁrst utility bill after going solar. I feel like we make a difference in people’s lives, and also in the environment. That’s very rewarding.” For more information on AIA Solar, call (904) 468-SUN1.
ana Maye Hawthorne opened Ballast Pointe Trading Company in Kingsland, GA ﬁve years ago, and the eclectic “general store for the home” has garnered favorable comparisons to top boutiques in Atlanta, Charleston, and Savannah. A destination resource of ﬁne home furnishings and gifts, Ballast Pointe is a unique addition to Kingsland’s historic downtown district. The store is located in a charming 1928 brick building with its 12-foot tin ceilings and brickwork still intact, a perfect backdrop for Ballast Pointe’s sophisticated and intriguing home goods. Dana received a B.A. in interior design in Atlanta, and worked at other upscale boutiques for 12 years before opening her own business. Before gravitating to interior design, she studied psychology. “Believe it or not, the two are very closely linked,” says Dana. “I’ve always enjoyed helping to create environments that actually enhance lives.” The shop prides itself in offering a different perspective in home décor, along with an exceptional shopping experience for the Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida coastal area. “Our customers are like friends and family to us - cheering us on all the way!” Ballast Pointe specializes in what they call “Provisions for the Classic Home,” with reclaimed treasures, one-of-a-kind ﬁnds, and industry-leading furnishings and upholstery, such as Lee Industries, Bernhardt, Rowe, and Sam Moore. Custom orders are available. For more information, stop by the store at 100 S. Lee Street, Kingsland, Ga., call (912) 882-1100, or visit www.ballastepointetrading.com.
L-R, is J. Peter Wilking, Ben Best, Cliff Little, Drew Kestner
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lunch ~ tues - sat 11:30 - 2 lunch/brunch ~ sun 11:30 - 2 happy hour ~ tues - sat 4 - 6 dinner ~ tues - sat 5:30 - 10 select wines / craft beers local artisan cheeses & charcuterie saketini’s / american bistro cuisine
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DINNER Wed – Sat 6 – 9pm
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New Summer & Fall Arrivals! English and French Antiques Unique Antique Smalls • Home Accessories & Gifts Outdoor & Upholstered Furniture
An Island Tradition for 34 Years! (904) 261-2030
Stonewall Kitchen Two’s Company • Caspari Nielsen-Massey Vanillas
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Clothing - Jewelry - Accessories Shoes - Handbags - Gifts
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Roxy Backpacks • Roxy Girls size 4-16 Fall Arrivals
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Nassau Diamond FINE JEWELRY
Watches • Gifts Casual beach wear, home décor & gifts One of a kind artist treasures
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Tuesday thru Saturday 9–5 1743 S. 8th Street (Across from Compass Bank)
Sea Designs LaTorre’s Gallery & Gifts, 206 Centre St., (904) 261-0444, has much more than paintings and prints, like their line of handcrafted copper whales, dolphins, mermaids, and more. All sell below retail, starting at $239, including bracket.
Island-Style Tableware Art Wilson’s, located in the Palmetto Walk Shopping Village, (904) 432-8319, carries a variety of coastal-themed stoneware pottery that adds island style to any décor or party. The dip bowl with pâté spreader ($33) is hand-crafted by Doug Jones, ceramic artist, with custom-made, lead-free glazes. It even includes a shrimp dip recipe!
Luminous Style Miss Twitty’s, located at 1008 Atlantic Ave., (904) 2612333, offers extraordinary gift and home décor ideas, like these Soft Light Hurricanes by Two’s Company. The smaller hurricane sells for $80, and the larger is $98.
Pottery Perfected Rose of Sharon Pottery is offered exclusively on Amelia Island at Southern Touch, 301 Centre St., (904) 261-5377, or online at AmeliaSouthernTouch.com. Sharon Parson has been creating pottery for over 30 years. Her Fish Bowls (ranging from $20 to $30) are one-of-a-kind, and the Hurricane Cross ($29.95) follows a Florida Keys tradition from the 1930’s.
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Quality Health Care Close to Home When you’re looking for quality health care services, ﬁnding them close to home is not just comforting, it’s convenient too. That’s why Southeast Georgia Health System offers a wide array of specialty practices right here in our community.
Camden Family Medicine Center- 912-882-1909 Southeast Georgia Physician Associates: Camden General Surgery- 912-576-6340 Camden Pediatrics- 912-673-8000 Ear, Nose & Throat- 912-576-6434 Gastroenterology- 912-576-6434 Hematology & Oncology- 912-466-5506 Internal Medicine- 912-882-6767 Obstetrics & Gynecology- 912-882-6310 Radiation Oncology- 912-576-6320 Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery- 912-576-6355 For more information about these services, please visit sghs.org.
These practices are strategic afﬁliates of Southeast Georgia Health System. Southeast Georgia Health System is a tobacco-free organization. © 2012 SGHS
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Local group is dedicated to building a playground for children of all abilities BY JULIE SIMMONS • PHOTO BY KATRIN BELL
ernandina Beach’s 11-year-old Sarah Harding is wheelchairbound. When Sarah goes to the park, she sits in the sun and watches, or—even worse—she doesn’t go at all because the property is not conducive to her wheelchair, and her mom cannot lift her to play on the equipment. “I don’t think it’s fair for anyone to be left out, and that is why I am committed to the playground project,” explains Amelia Island’s Aaron Morgan, chairman of 8 Flags Playscapes, Inc., and a father of two. “8 Flags Playscapes’ mission is to create and maintain a community-accessible playground that integrates exercise, art, nature, music, imagination, and local history for children of all abilities, including those with visual impairments.” Today, there are approximately 200 children in Nassau County who cannot access outdoor parks because of their disabilities, and this doesn’t include the numerous disabled
adults who would love to participate with the children. “The neat thing about this playground is that it will be built above the limits of ADA guidelines,” says board member Trey Warren. “This means that playground surfaces will be accessible to both adults and children using their means of mobility. Grandparents will be able to play with their grandchildren.” 8 Flags Playscapes, Inc. recently became incorporated and is a tax-exempt, not-for-proﬁt organization. To date, over $30,000 has been raised to build the playground and over $10,000 of in-kind donations have been received. The City of Fernandina Beach is in full support and presented a letter in early 2012 conﬁrming that the project may use the three-quarters of an acre of land behind the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center. “It is such a beautiful piece of property,” says volunteer Melissa Morgan. “The large oak trees provide a canopy of shade, it is situated at the entrance to the Egans Creek Greenway, and there are bathrooms! We are very grateful for the city’s support.” The design of the playground is not only accessible for people of all abilities, but it is created to be representative of the local history and traditions. “It’s a really fun design,” says volunteer Inga Warren. “It presents a large shrimp boat, lots of nature, a bird’s nest, a fort, a stage, and educational totem poles.” For children with visual impairments, the play space incorporates music, sand water for tactile exploration, vibrant signage, including Braille, and landscaping with fragrant plants to appeal to the sense of smell as the seasons change. “The playground is so much more than a traditional playground. Children will have a new experience each visit,” explains board member Sharyl Wood. “Additionally, it’s important for all children to learn to include others, regardless of their characteristics or abilities, and the playground will facilitate this practice.” 8 Flags Playscapes, Inc. is especially grateful to Architect Ted Kempton, Builders Care Nassau County, Gillette & Associates, Inc., and John E. Myers for their generous in-kind donations. The group is actively pursuing grants, but they still need help to raise the additional $200,000 necessary to complete the project in 2013. Any donations of time or resources are greatly appreciated. Sarah and many other children are waiting for a playground that will give them a fair chance to play. If you are interested in participating ﬁnancially or in-kind, or if you have other questions or ideas, please contact Aaron Morgan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-335-7253, or go to www.8ﬂagsplayscapes.org.
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AUGUST 2012 TIDES AT THE AMELIA RIVER Day
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“TEST DRIVE THE WORLD” LUXURY TRAVEL SHOW
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On the ﬁrst of the month, the sun rises at 6:43 a.m. DST and sets at 8:20 p.m. DST. On the last day of the month, the sun rises at 7:01 a.m. DST and sets at 7:50 p.m. DST. Daylight hours decrease an average of 1.5 minutes per day.
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around town 2012
Brown Bag Lunch This month Dr. Bill Birdsong who is a native Floridian and local historian will discuss his efforts to solve the mystery of a trunk found stored at the museum. This trunk is roughly 100 years old, apparently belonged at one time to JL Battiste (Battiste Funeral home founder) and contains photographs of various unidentiﬁed Caucasian and African American people as well as local landmarks. Come ﬁnd out who may have taken the photos as we delve deeper into the mystery. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gray at (904) 261-7378, ext. 102 or gray@ ameliamuseum.org.
AUGUST 1, 15
Amelia Island Lighthouse Tours Guided tours of the lighthouse are held the ﬁrst and third Wednesdays of every month at 10am. 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 Recreation Department at (904) 277-7350.
AUGUST 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Fernandina Harbor at the foot of Centre Street. This is one of the largest events on the Southern Kingﬁsh Association tournament trail. The three-day event also includes a Saturday ﬁsh fry, award ceremony and other festivities. The additional Fishing Rodeo is a family oriented event that includes off shore as well as in shore species, witht he intent to increase local angler participation. To register, or for Tournament information, visit www.ﬁshnsfa.com or call (904) 607-4224.
Evening of Story & Song Don Henry
Sounds on Centre The Historic Fernandina Business Association proudly presents Sounds on Centre, a free community concert held the ﬁrst Friday of each month (March – October) in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Taking place on Centre Street between Second and Front streets from 6 to 8pm, each free concert is another chance for friends to bring their chairs and their dancing shoes to enjoy a wide variety of local bands. For more information, call (904) 277-0717.
Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park
Third on 3rd The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month. The presentations are on a variety of different topics, but each relate to the history of the island. The event takes place in Baker Hall in the museum. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more information, call (904) 277-0717 or visit www.ameliamuseum.org.
Welcome Grammy Award-winning singer/ songwriter Don Henry. Henry has been called “the next Randy Newman” for his songs that come across as mini-movies. His Grammywinning song “Where’ve You Been,” recorded by Kathy Mattea, was the ﬁrst to receive every major award in the same year. Concert will be held in Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish. Doors open at 7:15 pm, show starts at 8 pm. For preferred seating, make reservations in advance to EveningofStoryandSong@gmail.com. A $15 donation to the artist is requested at the door. For more information, visit DonHenry.com or call (904) 277-2664.
All local musicians are invited to show their talents at Open Mic Night from 7:30pm – 10pm. All ages are welcome to perform or just sit back and enjoy the sounds of our local musicians. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (904) 412-7665.
Living history interpreters recreate life at Fort Clinch during the War between the States. Activities may include powder artillery demonstrations, medical demonstrations and soldier drills. Saturday events are held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday events are offered from 9 a.m. until noon. For more information, call (904) 277-7274.
AUGUST 2–4, 9–12, 16–18
AUGUST 4, 11, 18, 25
This laugh out loud Neil Simon comedy is loosely based on the Biblical story of Job. Set in modern day Long Island, a tycoon must contend with a messenger of God and his dysfunctional family, while undergoing temptations and tests of his faith. Call (904) 261-6749 or visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org for tickets.
Come ﬁnd farm-direct fruits and vegetables, organic products, specialty foods, gourmet baked goods, specialty plants and more. 9am – 1pm. For more info, visit fernandinafarmersmarket.com.
The nationally known Singer Collection of estate jewelry will be available for one day only at Robison Jewelry Co. in downtown Fernandina Beach. Items totaling over 3 million dollars in value and including pieces from the estates of Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope and John Wayne will be available for sale. A company representative will be on hand to answer any questions about this one of a kind collection. There is a wide range of styles and prices to choose from, with items starting at $400. For more information, call (904) 261-3635.
AUGUST 24 – 25
Open Mic Night at The Florida House Inn
Eighth Annual ALS Amelia Island Golf Classic The annual golf tournament beneﬁtting the ALS Association, Florida Chapter, will be held at Long Point Golf Club with a 1pm shotgun start followed by a reception. Buffet lunch is also included. Register by calling (904) 553-0576, emailing Mark O’Day at email@example.com, or visiting www.ALSgolfAmelia.com.
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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 to the questions you haven’t thought of yet. Financial answers and ideas over a glass of wine. Begins at 5:30pm. For more information, call (904) 305-2608.
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A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach from 5:30 – 8:30pm. Thirteen participating galleries offer a diverse selection of art. For information, call (800) 226-3542, or visit ameliaisland.com.
30th Annual Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo and Kingﬁsh Tournament
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Sean McCarthy BY DICKIE ANDERSON • PHOTO BY KATRIN BELL
melia Island has its own island troubadour. Inspired by the island and the coastal waters he loves, Sean McCarthy writes and records songs that are all about island life. He is a familiar and popular performer on the Amelia Island musical scene. Sean’s ﬁrst CD, Life In a Beachtown, was a great success, and he has just released his second CD, A Bad Day Fishin’. Sean is the youngest sibling in Amelia Island’s McCarthy clan. The McCarthys are a big part of what’s happening on the island. The middle brother, Brian McCarthy, a master seafood chef, treated folks to the best of seafood at the famous Down Under Restaurant for many years. He is back and serving up his famous fried seafood and hush puppies at Timoti’s Fry Shack next to Karibrew. Brian’s wife, Susan, operates Trailer Park Collectables on Centre Street. The oldest brother, Kevin, offers a variety of delightful water adventures to visitors and locals with Amelia River Cruises. Youngest brother Sean often captains one of the popular cruises, including their newest, the Shrimping-Eco Tour. He joins Andrea Margiotta, marine biologist, as they take families out to experience the actual casting of a ﬁshing net, then pull in of catch to learn about the creatures they catch. In addition, Sean is a licensed charter boat captain and a top local ﬁshing guide. Sean has loved music from an early age. Born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, he grew up in Fernandina Beach. He started writing music at age 13 and has been writing ever since. As a Nashville recording artist and respected singer/songwriter, he has several national credits. His original songs are a colorful
blend of tropical, pop, and country. His time in Nashville in the late 80’s and 90’s is treasured, but the call back to his island home could not be ignored. The title of McCarthy’s debut CD, Life In a Beach Town, is what he is all about. His complete enjoyment of the carefree, casual lifestyle of living on an island comes out in each and every song. He found he had even more music in him and new stories to tell, so his latest CD, A Bad Day Fishin’, was released just in time for Shrimp Festival 2012. In everything he does his love of the water is evident. He is a surfer, a ﬁsherman, has built boats, sold boats, organized charters, and he has been a harbor master. His varied talents also include painting, and his work can been seen at Timotis, Karibrew, and is available at the Amelia SanJon Gallery. “Sean’s love and knowledge of the water is evident in his bright, impressionistic paintings,” says Sandra Baker-Hinton, owner of the gallery. Sean is truly one of the most popular entertainers on and around Amelia Island. He is available to perform solo or backed by his talented band of fellow Fishin’ Musicians. His favorite singer is James Taylor. It’s not surprising, as the two have a talent for telling very personal stories through their music. So what about the name of the new CD? The following lyric tells it all: “If I don’t show up at work tomorrow you’ll know where I’m at. A bad day ﬁshing is better than a good day at work.” You can ﬁnd McCarthy’s newest CD at Amelia Island tackle shops, gift shops, iTunes, and Amazon. For information on his appearances, contact www.resorttalent.com.
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n the last few issues, I have written about many exotic and unusual plants. Now is the time to get back to the basics, taking stock of the main plants that work well in nearly any local garden, either as border plants, ground cover, foundation plants, specimen plants, or grasses. The ﬁrst old standby plant that comes to mind is the Ligustrum. This frequently overlooked plant makes a wonderful hedge. When limbed up, it becomes a beautiful specimen bush or tree, with a canopy. Pittosporum, either variegated or plain green, is a hardy bush that can be used as a foundation plant (kept trimmed) or let go into a natural large bush. In spring, both the Pittosporum and Ligustrum have ﬂowers that attract the bees. The Pittosporum’s ﬂowers are especially fragrant. The Viburnum, a wonderful plant as either a shrub or a tree, makes a great privacy hedge. It grows a foot a year in both directions, and has beautiful ﬂowers in the spring. By the way, the Pittosporum has the most wonderfully fragrant ﬂowers. Indian Hawthorne is another old favorite. It is salt-tolerant and has attractive, fragrant ﬂowers.
TIP O F T HE M O N T H The common grasses for our area come in different sizes and colors and make wonderful borders or foundation plantings. Evergreen giant or Liriope are just two wellknown types that are well adapted to our area, and so need very little care. Some prefer sun, while others prefer shade. Just make sure they don’t sit in water, as they will get root rot.
Azaleas are always an outstanding shrub, with beautiful ﬂowers in spring. The new varieties will bloom throughout the year. There are Azaleas that grow in the shade and others that thrive in the sun, so you can plant a whole lot of these shrubs in many different shades to create a panoramic sea of color. Thyrallis is a much overlooked shrub with its spiked yellow blooms from summer through fall and into the ﬁrst freeze. It may die back, but it will bounce back in the spring. Another old reliable is the Lantana. It takes lots of sun, is drought-resistant, spreads like a weed, and provides lots of color. What’s better than that? Yes, lantana is like an invasive weed, along
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with the asparagus fern. It is a good choice, however, if you need an area ﬁlled in, and it can be controlled. It comes in many different colors. For accent plants in the garden, there is the African Iris, with two colors and foliage types to choose from: one blooms white with purple, and the other yellow. Society Garlic is one of my favorites. It may be a tad aromatic in not the most pleasant of ways, but it performs so beautifully as a border or cluster plant. It has a nice green base and sports pretty little purple ﬂowers on taller spikes. I like to pair them with red knock-out roses. Our common reliable plants not only add color to your landscape, but allow you to create a maintenancefree landscape, and, in some cases, reestablish native material, minimizing your irrigation needs and thus reducing your overall maintenance costs. That is because many of these are native plants and do not need a lot of water once established. They are also tolerant of the conditions in our area. As always, you can email me at email@example.com. Until the next time, Happy Gardening!
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Right: The living room is a soft combination of rusts and browns and offers a cozy, space to gather. Below left: A large family room offers a dramatic view through the live oak woods and the golf course beyond. Below right: During business trips to Finland, the Schroeders discovered Iittala, a Finnish company that makes beautiful glassware, including glass birds designed by award-winning glass artist Oiva Toikka.
visual surprises BY DICKIE ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DAVID BURGHARDT, ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY
ucked in like a piece of a puzzle, Dennis and Sherry Schroeder’s house snuggles under the dense green umbrella coverage of live oak trees. With an unassuming craftsmen-style cottage exterior partly camouﬂaged by the moss-dripping oak trees, it is quietly inviting, leaving guests surprised by the treasures that lie within. A beautiful curved staircase and 24-foot ceilings offer a dramatic entrance in the foyer. Peering through the foyer to the living room beyond, a variety of windows and doors offers beautiful views opening to the green of the third hole of the Oak Marsh golf course. Ready for retirement in 2008, Sherry and Dennis found the house of their dreams. For him, there is easy access to the golf courses he loves; for her, there is a
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Above left: A dream kitchen offers lots of counter space and generous display cabinets for china and glass wear. Above right: The center piece of the downstairs ofﬁce is a piece of art doubling as a desk that was purchased in Sedona, Arizona. Right: The dining rooms ﬁts snugly between the formal dining room and generous family room beyond.
beautiful open kitchen adjacent to a generous family room. Dennis ﬁrst visited the island on business with the Container Corporation (now Rock Ten) paper mill. Coming back many times over the years, the couple was encouraged by friends to purchase a part-time home in 1997. Their current home is the second they have bought on the Plantation. Both born in Wisconsin, Sherry and Dennis met while in college at the University of Wisconsin. They were married in June 1970, but, within a month, Dennis was drafted into the army and sent to El Paso, Texas, just at the Vietnam War was ending. At the completion of duty in early 1972, the couple returned to Wisconsin. A career with Beloit Corporation eventually took the couple to Mobile, Alabama. In 1977,
Dennis began a career with BE&K Engineering, which was at the time a ﬁve-year-old engineering and construction company. He held various positions, served on the board of directors, and retired as president of BE&K in 2009. Since retiring and moving to Amelia Island full-time in 2009, both Sherry and Dennis have become actively involved in the community. Both attend the Amelia Plantation Chapel, where Dennis serves on the board. Sherry is actively involved in the children’s program for Community Bible Study. She loves morning walks, her needlework, and keeping up with the latest on her grandchildren. The Schroeders are the second family to live in the home. Originally built in 2002, the house was designed by John
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island home Below: A spa pool with a perky mermaid spills into a larger splash pool. Bottom: A dramatic piece of artwork enhances the wall to the left of the entry door.
A breathtaking view is offered from the rooms on the back of the house, which include the family room, pool area, living room, and master bedroom. Live oak trees line a path leading to the golf course beyond.
Cotner and decorated by Brett Carter. One year, the home was a featured home on the popular annual Micah’s Place Home and Garden Tour. The house now has a new life and personality, thanks to Sherry and Dennis Schroeder, who have slowly made it their own. In 2010, they replaced the outdoor patio area with a screen-enclosed splash pool and elevated stone spa with a waterfall. A ﬂirty mermaid sits atop a wall separating the spa and pool, and the area can be accessed from the master bedroom, as well as the family room. “What we love about this house is the open-ﬂow design featuring the kitchen and gathering room with multiple windows and the oak-lined view of the golf course. It ﬁts our lifestyle perfectly,” shares the couple. “Eclectic,” is how Sherry is quick to describe the many treasures scattered throughout the house. Traditional oriental rugs purchased in Turkey spread elegantly on the Brazilian Ipe
hardwood ﬂoors. Rich, dark wood cabinets throughout the home hold treasures Sherry and Dennis have collected through the years. Notable artwork in the house includes ceramic pieces from Ephesus, Turkey, a beautiful bronze statue of a parrot, various paintings from their travels, and a special collection of hand-blown glass birds from Finland. Dennis’s ofﬁce features a very unusual desk that serves an aesthetic function, as well as its practical one. Created by a “mad hatter” artist in Sedona, Arizona named Terry Mears, it is made of wood cut from a dead Juniper tree from the Arizona desert. The Schroeders own several pieces of Mear’s unusual wood sculptures. With their diverse collection of artwork and the charming views through the canopied trees to the golf course, this beautiful home is full of visual surprises. The Schroeders have found their perfect Amelia Island retreat and—no surprises here—they are enjoying it thoroughly.
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Kelley’s COURTYARD CAFE Kelley’s Courtyard Café offers dishes with pizazz – from Southern classics and comfort food to fabulous desserts – all in a delightful courtyard in downtown Fernandina Beach. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER
elley’s Courtyard Café is going into their third year in business in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, and owner Michael Gass is offering up some of his family’s famous recipes. My friend Sherry and I stopped by Kelley’s for dinner one evening and were thrilled that Chef Michael was able to visit with us for a bit and make some menu suggestions. Kelley’s is a family tradition on Amelia Island, with nearly every family member blessed with superb cooking skills and a love for food and entertaining. Our server brought us each a glass of Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc, a lovely summer French wine. While many sauvignon blancs are very fruity and citrusy, Sherry pointed out
that the French variety, a white Bordeaux, is ﬂoral and softer on the palate. As the wine lost its initial chill in the summer heat, it actually improved in ﬂavor as we drank it. How nice! We shared a plate of Fried Green Tomatoes with Roasted Red Pepper Remoulade and Tropical Fruit Salsa. This is a wonderful appetizer: the tomatoes are crispy, with a cornmeal crust, and it is very moist within. Chef Michael makes his own remoulade,
and it shows. The salsa is a combination of pineapple, honeydew melon, watermelon, yellow bell pepper, and cilantro. Michael makes a unique Curried Spaghetti Squash Soup that we were eager to try. The base is chicken stock, with sautéed spaghetti squash, celery, onions, carrots, coconut milk, and curry. It is a splendid soup, full of ﬂavor yet still very light and healthy. We also ordered Allie’s Salad, named for Michael’s wife, which features baby spinach, tart apples, golden raisins, and honey toasted almonds in a poppy seed vinaigrette. The dressing was sweet and satisfying and paired well with the other ingredients. For our entrees, Gary suggested their special that evening, a Potato Chip Encrusted Lane Snapper, served with Chorizo Macaroni and Cheese and Collard Greens. We also decided to try their Blue Plate Special: Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Meatloaf served with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and a Vegetable Medley. In true diner tradition, each night Chef Michael offers up a different Blue Plate offering, giving new pizazz to traditional comfort foods. The homemade meatloaf is covered with thick cut bacon, and the barbecue sauce is coarse and fresh-tasting. Sherry and I both agreed that Chef Michael needs to bottle and sell his secret sauce—it was fantastic. The mashed potatoes were light and ﬂuffy, made with red skin and russet potatoes, and his medley of summer squash was tender and buttery. The Snapper—my favorite ﬁsh—was delicate and slightly sweet, and the crust added a nice balance to that ﬂavor. There was a bit of beurre blanc drizzled on the ﬁsh and a fruity salsa. The macaroni and cheese was creamy and a little spicy, and the collards are a simple and yet perfect recipe—slow simmered with onions, green peppers, and jalapenos. Both entrees were truly delicious! Perhaps my favorite part of the meal was Granny Mutt’s Blueberry Squares, served with vanilla ice cream and warm blueberry compote, a Kelley’s family tradition. Not only is it the best blueberry dessert I’ve ever had, but Chef Michael is pleased to share the recipe with anyone who asks. The secret to this dish is lots of fresh blueberries and plenty of love. Kelley’s offers indoor and outdoor dining, as well as a ﬁne selection of sandwiches, plus on- and off-site catering. They are open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
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Ask a local. www.SlidersSeaside.com 1998 South Fletcher Avenue •Amelia Island 904.277.6652
29 South ~ This eclectic bistro has it all; great
ambiance, fantastic food, an extensive wine list and reasonable prices. The menu can best be described as traditional world cuisine with modern, whimsical twist, where award-winning executive chef and owner Scotty Schwartz paints a playground for the palette. Choose from entrees including: lobster corn dogs with spicy horseradish ketchup spiked with ketel one vodka, seared scallops on green tea smoked thai curry nage topped with crispy calamari straws, and sweet tea brined smithﬁeld farm pork chop on macaroni gratin with warm blackberry preserves. 29 South also features grilled pizzas, sandwiches, and nightly specials. 29 South Third Street, Historic Downtown, (904) 277-7919, www.29southrestaurant.com. 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. The Beach Club At Amelia ~ Experience one of a kind ocean views while you dine! The Beach Club At Amelia is centrally located near the roundabout at 2080 S. Fletcher Avenue, within walking distance of multiple hotels and only steps to the beach. Inviting decor, scenic views, ample menu selections and a full liquor bar are just a few of the reasons to patronize this beautiful establishment! Tuesday-Thursday 11am to 3pm; 5:30pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 7pm. (The bar remains open each day after the kitchen closes, until the fun ends!). (904) 4328978 or (904) 881-0131. Beech Street Grill ~ This restaurant has won awards for its wine list and has been selected often as one of the 25 best restaurants in the area. It features an outstanding seafood selection
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including seared tuna, herb roasted sea bass and swordﬁsh piccata prepared in New American style. 277-3662. 801 Beech Street. Open seven days. D, $$$, F. Bonito Grill and Sushi ~ Bonito Grill & Sushi offers guests a unique dining experience with an “East meets West” fusion cooking style. Enjoy miso-rubbed Chilean Sea Bass, black bean & garlic Maine lobster, hoisin citrus glazed salmon, or one of our chef’s daily fusion specials. Dine in the casual sushi bar area, or for a more elegant evening, select from our extensive wine list and indulge in the experience of our warm, contemporary dining room. Monday through Saturday, join us for lunch, and try Bonito’s popular Bento lunch box. Our full bar, eclectic menu, and unique atmosphere will provide a new twist to your normal lunch or dinner routine. 614 Centre St. 261-0508. www.bonitogrillandsushi.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat. 12:00-2:30pm, Dinner: 7 days, 5:30-9:30pm V/MC/AE. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the reﬁned ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. Open seven days. At the marina on Front Street. 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, F. 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. Tasty nightly fresh ﬁsh specials, theme nights (Tue: Trivia with Angie. Prizes each night.), and live music in the patio most Friday and Saturday nights. Kid friendly. Vegetarian items on the menu. Open: 11am–9pm Tue thru Sat; Sunday 11am–8pm 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 lowlunch average $10 pp; dinner $20 pp (generous portions). Le Clos ~ Located in Fernandina’s Historic District, Le Clos serves delicious Provençal dishes, by candlelight and music, in a charming, intimate, 1906 cottage. Patio garden seating available, weather permitting. Eclectic wine list. Monday-Saturday 5:30-9:00 PM. Reservations recommended. 30 South Second Street. (904)261.8100. www.leclos.com. D, $$$, B/W. Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 - $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, 261-4749. $$$ V/MC/D. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in
dining out 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. 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. $$$, L, D, B/W. Espressos Cafe ~ Food offerings at Espressos are simple and light, reﬁned over many years by discriminating palates and freshly prepared in the best Tuscan tradition. Enjoy Old-World wines from the star vineyards of Europe and coffees and teas chosen from the ﬁnest estates in the world. Espressos boasts an elegant ambience that mirrors Europe’s ﬁnest bistros and cafés. Located in Gateway to Amelia. Open Mon. to Wed., 8 a.m to 5 p.m; Thurs. to Sat., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Available for private events at other times. (904) 491-9800. Major credit cards. B,L,D. $$ Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy Southern cooking at its best. Chef Susannah Sands makes everything on the menu from scratch. Menu includes southern style home cooking as well as Southern Bistro salads, sandwiches, soups and daily specials. The Florida House Inn is located just off Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The inn is the oldest surviving hotel in the state of Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Lunch: Wed. – Sun. 11:30am 2:30pm. Mermaid Bar: Open Wed. – Sun. Drink specials nightly. 23 South Third Street, 904491-3322. L, $$, F
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Lunch - Tue. – Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm Sat. & Sun. 11:30am - 3pm Southern Bistro Fare Mermaid Bar Open Wed. – Sun. 5 - 10pm Drink Specials Nightly 22 SOUTH THIRD STREET 904-491-3322 WWW.FLORIDAHOUSEINN.COM
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NOW OPEN! Home of the GIANT Lobster Roll! Diner/Deli Menu Eat In or Take Out Across from The Hoyt House B&B
Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano and Pizzaria ~
Authentic Italian cuisine at its ﬁnest. Start with our Antipasto or our mussels with white wine or marinara sauce. Accent with luscious wine from our extensive selection. Try our signature dishes, such as Chicken Marsala, Veal Cacciatore with fresh mushrooms, Shrimp Fra’ Diavolo or Veal Piccata with lemon, butter, capers and white wine sauce. Specialty pizzas include Margharita, Chicken Florentine, and Shrimp Feast. 5472 First Coast Hwy (between Summer Beach check-in and Omni AIP), (904) 261-9400 and (904) 491-1999, Mon-Sun 4:00 - 9:30pm. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. Outdoor dining and private room for large parties. Beer and wine. Gourmet Gourmet ~ Gourmet Gourmet is located between The Ritz-Carlton and AIP at the historical American Beach entrance, on the corner of Lewis Street and A1A. In addition to our fabulous selections of baked goods, appetizers, salads, & entrées to go, we also serve gourmet coffees/cappuccino/espresso with continental breakfast items, brunch, and lunch everyday. A bistro-style dinner menu is served Wed-Sat 5-9pm. AE/MC/ V/DISC 261-8973. Sun-Tues 9am-6pm; Wed-Sat 9am-Seasonal. $$, B,L,D. Hoyt House ~ Enjoy an Authentic English Tea Experience at The Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast. Our menu has fresh Scones and Crumpets made about one hour before you arrive and are usually still warm. A perfect balance of sweet and savory with three different Silver tray platters to choose from.Our signature Tea Sandwiches of Spiced
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Open every evening from 5pm to 10pm 510 South 8th St • Fernandina Beach 904.277.8797 “Where Friends and Flavors Come Together”
English Tea Wed-Sun 12:30 to 3 Reservations Required
904-277-4300 • www.hoythouse.com 804 Atlantic Avenue • Historic District
Open for Lunch & dinner daily Closed Sundays (904) 432-8213 19 South 3rd Street Historic Downtown Fernandina
Le Clos serves dinner nightly by candlelight in a charming 1906 cottage. Eclectic wine menu. Reservations recommended. LE CLOS RESTAURANT 20 South Second Street
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Egg, Tarragon Chicken and the classic Cucumber are sure to please. For a different experience we also have a tray of English Cheeses and Trufﬂe Pate. Open daily Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm and private parties of six or more on Monday & Tuesday. Trays range from $11.95 - $39.95. Full libations offered including Bellini Cocktail, Mimosa & Bloody Mary’s to complete your experience. Reservations are required. 904-277-4300.Our menu is on-line at www.hoythouse.com. Located at 804 Atlantic Avenue on the corner of Center & 8th Avenue in the Historic District. Jack & Diane’s ~ Jack & Diane’s remains the love of the locals for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Come explore “A world of Taste all in one Place” as it is affectionately known by guests from every corner of the globe. At the crossroads of comfort and quest, you will ﬁnd each dish combines homespun recipes with global inﬂuences offering new discoveries in their signature concept of “adventurous dining”. The extensive ﬁve page menu presents such a great variety that they created a $5 tasting menu, so you can explore all your cravings at once. This cozy bistro nestled in a historic home circa 1862 offers a fun-loving, unique dining experience in what is now an artists’ sanctuary. Your senses will be ﬁlled with sights, sounds and tastes from the world over in this little island gem. Tastes that echo both tradition and adventure, it’s the memories a happy life are made of. www.jackanddianescafe.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, $$$. Kelley’s Courtyard Café ~ The newest addition to Fernandina Beach’s eclectic blend of restaurants. This family friendly Café offers homemade soups, salads and sandwiches in a warm and welcoming courtyard in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. On and Off site catering available. Please come and join us at Kelley’s we’re at 19 S. 3rd Street Fernandina Beach. (904) 432-8213 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. Historic Downtown Fernandina. www. lulusamelia.com. (904) 432-8394. Marker 13 Bar & Grille ~ Enjoy delicious seafood and a variety of hamburgers with a unique and picturesque view. Watch boats come in go in the busy bridge side marina. Toast a beautiful sunset as you sip from a wide variety of beers and wines. Casual and fun for the entire family. Kids menu available. Tuesday through Saturday 11AM-10PM Sunday 11AM – 7PM. Located at the Amelia Island Yacht Basin by the A1A bridge. 277-9619.
The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau
5472 First Coast Hwy.
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, free range chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available —all prepared with Stephanie Christopher’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, 8 am - 3pm. Mon -Sat. NassauHealthFoods.net 833 T.J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141
(located between Ritz-Carlton and Omni AIP)
Monday-Sunday 4:30PM - 9:30PM 904.491.1999 • 904.261.9400 Outdoor dining. Private room available for large parties. Catering and takeout available. Reservations suggested.
Old South Yankee Gourmet Grocery Store ~
Whether you’re headed out to the beach or on your lunch break, Old South Yankee offers a variety of sandwiches including Cubans, Spicy Chicken Salad, The Best BLTs and many more. We have homemade soup every day, salad specials, and lunches are served with cole slaw, pickles and sweet or unsweet tea. And while you’re waiting, enjoy samples of Old South Yankee gourmet dips and spreads, blueberry lemonade, and awardwinning pies. If you’re planning a party, pick up a catering menu or make an appointment by calling (904) 277-5609. Located at 1667 South 8th Street, across from the Island Carwash. PLAE ~ PLAE (People Laughing and Eating) features a brilliant and seductive atmosphere that accompanies an incomparable menu. Both the menu and the lounge are classic, with exciting twists and unexpected elements that tantalize all appetites. Make PLAE a must on your “to do” list. Located at The Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation. (904) 277-2132. D, $$$, F. Sandy Bottoms ~ Casual dining, lunch and dinner menu, outside beach bar, tables and chairs in the sand on the beach, live entertainment almost every night, feet from the ocean. We offer seafood, sandwiches, salads, and home made pizzas. Full bar inside and outside. 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, $$, F. The Surf ~ Dine indoors or out on our huge, sun-drenched deck with views of the ocean across the street. The extensive menu features delicious seafood, steaks, burgers, wraps, salads and Boar’s Head sandwiches. Daily specials include our famous all-you-can-eat wings (Wed. night) and lobster special all day Sunday. Casual, fun atmosphere. Takeout available. Open daily from 11am. 29 TVs throughout. WIFI available. Full service bar. Entertainment every night and weekend afternoons. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. L, D, $$, F.
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Luxury oceanfront with southerly exposure in AIP 1766 Dunes Club Place MLS#56905 $1,485,000
6502 SPYGLASS VILLAS $1,250,000 Idyllic oceanfront home with fabulous views of the ocean. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and stellar renovation including ﬂoor to ceiling Andersen windows, ﬁreplace, diagonally laid travertine & oak wood ﬂoors. Completely redesigned kitchen boasts granite tops, GE Proﬁle appliances, custom cabinets and hidden pantry storage. Unique privacy and ﬁrst ﬂoor convenience hallmark this luxury home on AIP.
Oceanfront on South Amelia with westerly 5th ¾oor vistas 110 Seaside Retreat MLS#57779 $998,000 Spacious 2nd ¾oor oceanfront condo in popular Beachside 425 Beachside Place MLS#57816 $979,000 Privacy and quality in historic Old Town 1010 Someruelus Street MLS#57867 $629,000 Golf front with serene views from nearly every room 18 Belted King½sher MLS#56385 $495,000 3rd ¾oor lock-out unit with oceanfront sunrise views 219/220 Sandcastle condo MLS#56864 $449,000
96076 WINDSOR DRIVE $289,500 Beautiful “like new” home with fabulous upgrades features 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and private, fenced yard. A few of the upgrades in this former model home include ceramic tile ﬂoors in living areas, built-ins and gas ﬁreplace in living room, kitchen with granite and large center island, stainless steel appliances, double ovens, upgraded light ﬁxtures. Large master suite with tray ceiling, study ofﬁce has great built-ins and could be 4th bedroom.
Serenity overlooking the marsh in the Amelia Island Plantation 3404 Fiddler’s Bend MLS#57837 $375,000 3 marshfront acres just on the mainland from Amelia Island 96162 Piney Island Drive MLS#57868 $349,900
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95214 SPRING BLOSSOM LANE Lovely, well maintained home in the prestigious south end of the island. The home has a great open ﬂoorplan. The greatroom boasts a ﬁreplace and opens to a large screened porch overlooking a private, fenced backyard. The large, open dining room makes this a perfect home for entertaining. The kitchen is a gourmet delight with Dacor gas range, granite countertops, 42” cabinets and a bright breakfast room. The split bedroom plan offers privacy to the spacious owner’s suite. Very close to restaurants, shopping and the beach! MLS#53716. $345,000
208 OCEAN PARK Exceptional views of the Atlantic Ocean from the living room, kitchen, master bedroom and balcony. In excellent condition with 30 year warranty, cushioned-back pergo and new carpets. The ﬂoorplan is very open and there are 10 ft ceilings. The complex features a community pool and spa area. Short stroll to main beach with oceanside restaurants, miniature golf, playground and benchs to sit on to just watch the ocean waves roll in and out. Short term rentals are allowed. The building is very well maintained. MLS#57518. $325,000
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Wonderful condo overlooking the ocean,enjoy beautiful sunrises on your patio. Beautifully maintained and updated with wood ﬂoors, granite countertops in kitchen and bath. Stainless steel appliances, beautiful cabinets. Walk out back patio to beach and the Ritz Carlton. Never have to get on an elevator. Superb rental because of ground ﬂoor and the convenience to the Ritz. Enjoy golf at Golf Club of Amelia at Summer Beach. MLS#57202. $750,000
2319 YARD ARM WAY This beautiful 3 BR/3.5 BA Arts-nCrafts home makes for stunning curb appeal. A tray ceiling crowns the great room which features builtin cabinetry, French doors, and gas ﬁreplace. Kitchen has gorgeous upgraded cabinets, center island and granite countertops. Master suite has sitting room, French doors, dual walkin closets and spacious bath with jetted tub. Covered porch overlooking large back yard. Outdoor lighting, and wonderful breeze door to allow the sounds of the ocean and breezes to ﬂow through. MLS#51053. $489,000
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Located north and adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. These fabulous oceanfront condominiums feature beautiful custom appointments, large square footage and membership to The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Oceanfront and golf course views are incredible! These units start at $1,150,000.
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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 floor plans, beautiful views, as well as rental potential have made Ocean Place a “must have” for potential owner-investors. These units start at $459,000 and are direct oceanfront. View Virtual Tours of these and other fabulous listings on www.marcymock.com.
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10A AMELIA RETREAT Spectacular views from this oceanfront unit. Secluded location next to AIP. Kitchen updated with granite counter tops, & stainless appliances. Wet bar with wine cooler. Guest bath upgraded with travertine tile and modern ﬁxtures. Split bedroom plan with magniﬁcent balcony views. Tile through out main living areas & hardwood ﬂoors in bedrooms. $775,000
770 QUEENS WAY This 1977 home has been completely remodeled. On over an acre with detached game room, additional detached 1 car garage with workshop and an in-ground pool. Kitchen & family room have travertine ﬂoors and the rest of the home is wood ﬂooring. Kitchen features custom cabinetry, center island, and glass cook top stove. $369,000
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161 LONG POINT DRIVE Custom Built Mediterranean style home in prestigious Long Point. Over 5,200 feet of living area and 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths. All bedrooms feature ensuite baths. Gourmet kitchen has 2 islands, Sub Zero refrigerator, and GE Monogram gas stove. 12’ ceilings on 3 ﬂoors with elevator. Includes a private dock with remote boat lift on Nassau River. $1,895,000
96086 HEATH POINT LANE Spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bath home in Lanceford Creek Plantation situated on .70 acre lot with large oaks and fruit trees. Outdoor space features screened in pool and 24’ X 21’ open patio. Wood ﬂooring throughout and chef’s kitchen with large island and built in desk. Master located on ground ﬂoor. Oversized utility room and extra storage in garage. $475,000
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Adventures on the Water Offering fun and informative excursions, Amelia Family Charters satisﬁes the urge to get out on the water. PHOTOS AND STORY BY DICKIE ANDERSON
love to be on the water, but I would never have the patience to maintain a boat. Of course, the next best thing is to know someone who has a boat and is willing to share the good times. With no boating friends immediately available, I went in search of my boating adventure and found Amelia Family Charters, created by Tom Lohman. Captain Lohman knows the waters around Amelia Island. He grew up in Amelia City and now lives on the property his parents owned. Late on a beautiful summer afternoon, Lohman took a group of us out for a casual tour. We climbed aboard the distinctive Blacklab Marine aluminum boat, which he keeps docked at his mid-island riverside home. A 26-foot boat made of lightweight aluminum, the boat can hold four to six people comfortably, and Lohman has adapted it to make it handicap-accessible. As we ventured out into the Amelia River, we were full of questions about the houses along the shore. With the knowledge of someone who has spent most of his life on these shores, Lohman recounted tales of the many changes he has witnessed, as well as the things that have remained the same, such as the wildlife and the beauty of our natural surroundings. We headed south to explore the waters around Talbot Island. Seeing the familiar island from the water gave us a unique perspective. There was evidence of a recent forest ﬁre. Like thorny sculptures, the trees that had been claimed by erosion line the beach. An entertaining storyteller, Lohman shares his memories
of growing up on Amelia Island. He remembers Gus Gerbing and the beautiful camellias and azaleas he grew. Having completed the Florida Master Naturalist program offered through University of Florida, he enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge about area ﬂora and fauna. Lohman explains that each outing can be custom-designed for the client, whether it is a ﬁshing excursion, an eco-tour, a sunset cruise, or just time on the water. Fishing outings can be backwater, inshore, or offshore. What you catch depends on the season and weather. Those interested in nature will thrill at the sight of white pelicans, roseate spoonbills, herons, egrets, ospreys, and even, at times, bald eagles. The waters offer sightings of manatees and dolphins. Trips to Cumberland Island are popular and offer a unique chance to learn about the geography of Florida’s most northern barrier island, Amelia Island, and Georgia’s most southern, Cumberland. For my next trip, I’d like to take my grandchildren out to catch some ﬁsh or maybe some pesky crabs. Lohman will take care of everything—even the nasty piece of meat to attract the crabs. Or perhaps a sunset cruise? You can just pack your own cooler and enjoy a beautiful cruise on the Amelia River. We found our afternoon with Captain Lohman delightful and almost as good as owning a boat—with none of the headaches! To learn more about Amelia Family Charters, you can go to www.ameliafamilycharters.com, or call (904) 335-7862.
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