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MARCH 2020

A M E L I A

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The Silver Anniversary Amelia Concours culminates Sunday with a display of three hundred rare and restored automotive gems on the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia.

ISLANDER Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers and Editors Tom Barrett Art Director Mark O’Day Sales Manager

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

March is one of our favorite months on Amelia Island. With its arrival comes the much-anticipated end of winter, which invigorated us this year with temperatures that occasionally flirted with freezing. Beautifully blooming azaleas are one of our first clue that the weather is becoming favorable, and, here on Amelia Island, our second clue is that unmistakable harbinger of spring, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Known affectionately around the world as “The Amelia,” this fabulous automobile show is a two-time winner of the Motoring Event of the Year at the prestigious International Historic Motoring Awards in London. Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, the Amelia Concours is a non-stop three-day extravaganza of everything automotive, with seminars, social events, road rallies, an automobile auction, Saturday’s “Cars & Coffee,” the Porsche Driving Experience, and, of course, all those beautiful automobiles. The event culminates Sunday with a display of three hundred rare and restored automotive gems on the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia. These painstakingly restored classic cars represent almost every era of automobile production, including very early models, the great luxury cars of the 1930s, classic models from the 1950s and beyond, and even some of the best racing cars ever produced. The inclusion of racings cars and the stars of racing is one of the things that sets the Amelia Concours apart, earning it the nickname “The Racer’s Concours.” This year’s honoree is legendary American driver and team owner Roger Penske, affectionately known as “The Captain,” whose racing team has won a record 18 Indianapolis 500 victories. Congratulations to Bill Warner and his staff for presenting another spectacular Concours weekend. Over the past 24 years, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has given over $3.45 million dollars to local charities, including over $1 million dollars to Community Hospice & Palliative Care. Community Hospice has been an innovative leader in palliative and hospice care, as well as being an important provider of programs and services dealing with advanced illness here in Nassau County. In its 40-year history, Community Hospice has served over 200,000 adults and children in Nassau and the surrounding counties, including at the Warner Center, named in honor of Jane and Bill Warner, founders of the Amelia Concours, whose vision and generosity has helped fuel the success of Community Hospice. In addition this month, we meet some Fernandina Beach natives who are serving their country in the U.S. military around the world; enjoy another “Eyes to the Skies” feature on the rare but striking Reddish Egret; look ahead to the second season of the Amelia Island Dance Festival; learn to make a delicious cioppino, a fish stew that originated in San Francisco; and much more. See you around the island!

Contributing Photographers William Raser, Sherry Carter, Stephen Leimberg, Pam Bell, Christy Le Lait, Elizabeth Wilkes

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Amelia Islander Magazine is published monthly. All editorial contents including maps and photographs are Copyrighted 2020 Sweetpea Media, Inc. Reproduction of any material contained herein in any manner, in whole or in part, is prohibited without the express written consent of the publisher. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or other artwork cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. No responsibility is assumed for unsolicited materials. The cover and the magazine’s contents are fully protected and may not be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. The Amelia Islander is distributed free of charge on and around Amelia Island. Back issues may be purchased from the publisher for $2.00 each plus postage.

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MARCH2020 11 Cover Story 2020 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

One of the world’s top automotive events, the Amelia Concours returns for its Silver Anniversary edition with 2020 Honoree “The Captain” Roger Penske, legendary driver and racing team owner, the iconic Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow, the team behind Porsche’s first Le Mans victory, and much more.

35 Serving Our Country

45 Eyes to the Skies

51 Discovering Dance

As they serve our country around the world, Amelia Island’s servicemen and servicewomen challenge themselves, acquire new skills, and learn to put others first.

Always a rare sight in our local ecosystem, look for the striking Reddish Egret at dawn or near dusk near shallow salt or brackish water, and you may even see one dance.

Created to bring world class dance to North Florida, the Amelia Island Dance Festival returns with an outstanding program that includes classical ballet, modern, and tap.

59 Great Homes of Fernandina Visited by President Ulysses S. Grant and the Carnegies, the recently restored Florida House Inn is one of the great antebellum structures on Amelia Island.

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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 With spring in full bloom and garden shops full of new plants, don’t forget old favorites like Plumbago and Cape Honeysuckle to add color and texture to your garden.

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Island Home After living for many years near their hometown, Jim and Suzi Hocker retired to Amelia Island and built a home they look forward to sharing with friends and family.

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Eating Scene A restaurant known for its standard of excellence for 20 years, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro continues to offer classic, creative cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Photo by Steve Leimberg, unseenimages.com

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Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island

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Island Entertaining If you have a little time to prepare something special, try cioppino, a fish stew that originated among immigrant Italian fishermen in San Francisco in the late 1880s.

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One of the world’s top automotive events, the Amelia Concours returns for its Silver Anniversary edition with 2020 Honoree Roger Penske, the iconic Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow, and the team behind Porsche’s first Le Mans victory. BY TERI SOPP

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he Silver Anniversary of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be held this year from March 5 to March 8 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island. The theme this year’s Concours is “Visionary Leadership Through Innovation,” honoring four such visionaries: “The Captain” Roger Penske, legendary designer Harley Earl, the Mercedes-Benz engineers who created the iconic Silver Arrow, and the team behind Porsche’s first Le Mans victory. “In each of these instances,” notes Amelia Concours founder Bill Warner, “a culture has been created that accepts only the very best. The result is people who see themselves as members of an elite corps and work consistently to that high standard.” Warner, who founded the Amelia Concours 25 years ago, has grown the event to four fun-filled days of automotive happenings, including automobile rallies, the popular “Cars and Coffee” gathering for local enthusiasts, lectures, historical

collections, auctions and the final event—the Concours – at The Ritz-Carlton and on the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island on Sunday, March 8. “Concours d’Elegance” literally means “competition of elegance,” and the idea dates back to 17th-century France, where elegant carriages were exhibited and judged. Wealthy Parisians paraded their horse-drawn carriages in the parks on holidays. Eventually, the carriages became horseless, and the event was often held in conjunction with automobile races. The oldest still-extant Concours, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, is held annually near the Villa d’Este hotel in Cernobbio, on Lake Como in Italy. The first Concours was held in September 1929.. The first Concours in North America was held in 1950 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California, in conjunction with the first Pebble Beach Road Race.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF TEAM PENSKE

ROGER PENSKE HONORED AT THE 2020 AMELIA CONCOURS 2020 Amelia Concours Honoree Roger Penske won his first national championship – Sportscar Club of America D Modified – in 1961, racing a Maserati T61 and a Cooper Monaco, earning him “Driver of the Year” honors from Sports Illustrated. He retired from the cockpit with a stunning record of 51 victories in 130 races. He also logged top-five finishes in another 60 races. In 1966, he formed Roger Penske Racing, applying solid business practices and an insistence that every component of his racing organization be executed to the highest standards. Roger Penske Racing ultimately became Team Penske, which logged a stunning 18 Indianapolis 500 victories (a record), multiple wins in NASCAR, victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 hours of Sebring, plus a trio of Trans-Am Championships. Penske delivered McLaren’s first Indy 500 victory in 1972 and Porsche’s first Can-Am title in the same year. In all, Penske racers have earned more than 500 race victories, 591 pole positions and 34 championships. The

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Right: 1988 Penske PC-17/Chevrolet Below left: Bill Warner, founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, presents awards to the Grand Prize winners at last year’s event. Below right: This 2009 Dallara IR-06/ Honda marked Team Penske’s 15th Indy 500 win.

five Penske Team Indianapolis 500 winners, including Team Penske’s first Indy winner from 1972 up through its 2019 winner, will be the center of attention at the Concours. “The cars of the Indy 500 have been a Penske tradition for half a century,” says Warner. “These teams have made history. It is truly an honor to have them all at our 25th anniversary event.” Roger Penske is not only one of the most recognizable names in American motorsports, but a man who commands respect in the international racing community as well. When he retired as one of America’s most successful young road racers in 1965, Penske was offered the ownership of a Philadelphia Chevrolet dealership. But racing remained a key element in Penske’s business plan. After forming Roger Penske Racing, he fielded Corvettes in the 1966 endurance races at Daytona and Sebring, then joined forces with driver Mark Donohue to campaign a Lola T70 in the United States Road Racing Championship and Can-Am sports car series. Penske Racing quickly found success with Donohue, winning two consecutive USRRC championships and three SCCA TransAm titles.

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Left: Harley Earl with his 1951 GM LaSabre concept model. Below left: Harley Earl’s first concept car was this 1936 Buick Y-Job, which Earl used for many years as his personal vehicle. Below right: This year, the Concours celebrates the legendary cars of Sergio Scaglietti’s on the 100th anniversary of his birth, and will include cars like the iconic “pontoon-fender” 1957 Ferrari 250/Testa Rossa.

After three years racing sedans and sports cars, Penske Racing and Donohue made their debut in Indy car racing, running a pair of United States Auto Club-sanctioned road races in 1968. The following year, the team made its debut in the Indianapolis 500, where Donohue finished seventh and earned “Rookie-of-the-Year” honors. With Donohue, Penske Racing quickly made its mark in the USAC Championship Series utilizing high standards of car preparation, presentation, and development. Donohue finished second at Indianapolis in 1970 and he recorded the team’s first Championship Car victory in the Pocono 500 on July 3, 1971. Donohue earned Penske’s first Indianapolis 500 triumph less than a year later with an average speed that would remain the race record for a dozen years. Since then, Team Penske has become synonymous with Indy car racing, with more than 200 race victories, over 270 poles and 16 National Championships. Team Penske, however, is probably best known for its 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, four with driver Rick Mears and three with Brazilian driver Helio Castroneves.

THE CARS OF HARLEY EARL CLASS COME TO THE AMELIA CONCOURS This year the show also honors the cars of designer Harley Earl, the first head of automotive design at General Motors. Earl, who is heralded as the father of the “tailfin design,” spearheaded the design and marketing of concept cars for General Motors. Earl was the director of a Cadillac dealer’s custom design shop when he was observed at work by Carl Fisher and commissioned to do a special project. The Cars of Harley Earl class features the great stylist’s most famous dream cars and successful productions cars. “Winnowing that group down was no simple task,” laughs Warner. Eight decades ago, General Motors’ Art & Colour Section was the auto industry’s first attempt to invest the business of creating and selling automobiles with aesthetics as a marketable commodity. GM chief Alfred Sloan put Harley Earl in charge, and Earl changed the car business forever. Every American auto company followed his lead, employing designers who trained under or worked for Earl.

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Right: Bill Mitchell’s factory custom Buick Century X. Below left: Each year, the Eight Flags Road Tour—a parade of some of the classic cars that are entered in the Concours —ends in downtown Fernandina Beach for the public to view. Below right: It’s not just cars at the Concours. This year’s Motorcycle Class will feature this feet-forward, hub-center steering front wheel 1922 Ner-A-Car, as well as other unique two-wheelers.

Earl created an industry within the biggest industry in the world, set the esthetic parameters for the American car industry, and led General Motors from a 12 per cent market share in the 1920s to a 55-plus per cent market penetration during the decade when he retired. For nearly four decades, Harley Earl was the arbiter of style for the entire American auto industry. In the decade before he reached GM’s mandatory retirement age of 65, he oversaw the creation and the rise of America’s storied and celebrated “tailfin era.” “Misterl,” as his disciples called him, left his mark on the American industry and on the GM Technical Center at Warren, Michigan, the definitive monument to Earl’s towering contributions to General Motors and the automobile industry.

BUICK CENTURY X FACTORY CUSTOM FROM BILL MITCHELL In addition, Buick’s unique and obscure Century X styling department custom will make its international Concours debut in the Silver Anniversary Amelia Concours d’Elegance’s Cars of Harley Earl class. Bill Mitchell was Harley Earl’s hand-picked successor at GM Design and Styling. Many described their collaboration as more of a father-son relationship. Mitchell was just 23 when Earl appointed him chief designer of Cadillac. His design of the 1938 Cadillac 60 Special

was a landmark. But Mitchell was a “Buick man” long before he became a man. His father was a Pennsylvania Buick dealer, and despite being the design prodigy given the reins of the Corporation’s premier car division and style leader, Mitchell ached to draw Buicks. Three years after returning to GM from Earl’s private design firm, he created the Buick Century X, a modified production car – “special order 90022” – a true factory custom with a lot of glamour. “Having the Century X on the field in the Cars of Harley Earl Class is the sort of thing we love to do,” says Warner. “Finding a rare and often obscure car that’s a solid part of automotive history entertains and educates. The Century X was found in pieces. Its restoration is an ‘Indiana Jones’ Class adventure story in automotive archeology. We’re grateful to the owner for allowing us to show it in the Cars of Harley Earl Class.”

CELEBRATING THE MERCEDES-BENZ SILVER ARROW AND PORSCHE’S FIRST VICTORY AT LE MANS In 1936, Mercedes-Benz created a racing department to design and build the mighty Silver Arrow—a department which created the template for professional racing operations and changed the grammar of racing car design, construction and management.

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Left: 1967 Porsche 910/6 Below left: The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance show field features classic cars as well as some of the newest concepts in the auto industry. Below right: Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow W196 F-1

In 1937, 1938 and 1939, the Silver Arrow dominated the Grand Prix seasons with three new cars; in the 1950’s, a new generation of Silver Arrows won the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 1953 and 1955 Formula I World Championships and the 1955 World Sports Car Championship. The Silver Anniversary of Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance also coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of Porsche’s first (of nineteen) victories in the world’s most important and prestigious sports car race, the 24 Hours of LeMans. The LeMans, the world’s oldest sportscar endurance race, is widely considered the venue where endurance and efficiency shine brightest. Of course, it is also the subject of the new movie, Ford v. Ferrari, where Carroll Shelby’s famous Ford beat Ferrari. Under the direction of Porsche Chief Ferdinand Piech, the Porsche 917 won in 1969, then again in 1971. The international rules for endurance sports car racing were rewritten in 1972; Porsche turned their attention to North America’s unlimited Can-Am Championship, turbocharging

the 917 and forming an alliance with Team Penske. That coalition swept through the mega-dollar/mega horsepower Can Am series winning back-to-back titles in 1972 and 1973.

A RARE LOOK AT THE LOZIER A special class of Loziers will help celebrate the Silver Anniversary Amelia Concours. More than a century since Lozier left the American car catalog, Lozier is among the rarest of collectible cars. They were also the most expensive American automobile of the “brass era” and a rival of Rolls-Royce. But for the production strategy of Howard Marmon and Ray Harroun, Lozier may have occupied a platinum-plated niche in American history. They were fast and powerful cars. In 1911, Teddy Tetzlaff logged a stunning 100-mile speed record in a stock 49-horsepower Lozier at nearly 90 mph! Indy star Ralph Mumford won the 1910 305-mile Elgin Trophy plus the 1911 Vanderbilt Cup at Savannah at the near Indy 500-winning speed of 74.076 mph over a pair of Mercedes with his four-cylinder Lozier Type 46. That same

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summer, Lozier won the Fairmont Park (Philadelphia) round of the AAA National Championship and was named “Stock Car Road Champion of the World.” The most telling numbers in Lozier’s catalog were prices. When the average annual salary of an American worker was $750 and a Cadillac left the showroom for $1,600 and a Packard for $3,200, Loziers wore price tags as high as $7,500, a hefty six-figure price in today’s money. Lozier understood that their market was limited. Annual production peaked in 1912 at 600 cars. One year later, Lozier introduced the 88 horsepower Big Six with electric lights and a $5,000 price tag. That same year Lozier’s lead engineer left to form his own company. Tellingly, he took several key men with him to make high-quality cars below Lozier’s lofty prices. Lozier never recovered. In 1915, the company declared bankruptcy after building just a few thousand cars in a decade and a half. “Lozier might be the most ‘American’ marque of all,” says Bill Warner. “Loziers are big, fast, powerful, expensive and built to uncompromising standards. Yet now they’re all but unknown. They are rare and glorious cars; only about 30 are

Left: 1908 Lozier 7 Passenger Touring Below left: 1914 Lozier Model 84 Roadster Below right: John Oates, of the rock and soul duo Hall & Oates, and his wife, Aimee, are celebrating 25 years of marriage by donating their 1984 Tiga Sports 2000 race car to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation charity.

thought to exist in America. They deserve a special place on The Amelia’s Silver Anniversary field.” The mission of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation is to create a world-class motoring event that serves the community through education and charitable giving. In 2019, the Foundation donated $100,000 to Community Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Jacksonville. In total, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation has donated more than $3.5 million to local charities since 1996. “The Amelia is about celebrating rare and historicallysignificant automobiles, but it is people that make it special,” says Warner. “Being able to give back to the local community makes all of the work that our Board of Directors, staff and hundreds of volunteers invest worthwhile.” For more information and a complete schedule that includes RM Sotheby’s Auction, the Reliable Carriers’ Eight Flags Road Tour, Guardians of Porsche Wine Maker’s Dinner, Mercedes-Benz Gala, and many other events, visit the Concour’s website at www.ameliaconcours.org.

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ISLAND CHAMBER SINGERS PERFORM SPRING CONCERT AT AMELIA PLANTATION CHAPEL The Island Chamber Singers are ready to astound you once again with a concert featuring “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms, one of his signature works, accompanied by a 12-piece chamber orchestra. The “Requiem” was Brahms’ largescale masterpiece for chorus, orchestra, and soprano and baritone soloists. Originally written in German and composed of scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments, the Island Chamber Singers will sing an English score led by Founder and Director Dr. Jane Lindberg. Requiems usually follow the Order of the Mass and focus on the souls of the dead, but Brahms, who began writing the Requiem after his mother’s death in 1865, focused on scriptures that bring comfort to the living. Probably the most famous piece in the work is the Psalm, “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place.” Concerts will be at Amelia Plantation Chapel on March 27 at 7 p.m. and March 29 at 3 p.m. Adult tickets are available for $20 at www.IslandChamberSingers. org, the Amelia Island Visitor Center, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, and Harrison’s Mercantile. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25. All students are free. For more information or to sing with the group, please call (904) 225-0575.

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Collections of her art can be found around the country, as well as in Europe and Asia. She is expressly grateful for the support and encouragement of friends, family, and collectors who have contributed to her success and fulfillment. Her husband, Bob, has recently built a private studio on their property on Amelia Island, which affords her the space and time to be creative “Being an early riser, I have time every morning to reflect and thank God for this wonderful gift of passion to express myself through art,” says Sandra. “For me, it is as necessary as breathing, and I am truly grateful for the guidance and direction He gives me. Without my husband’s and family’s undying support and encouragement, I couldn’t begin to dream and accomplish these statements on canvas.” In addition to her private home studio, Sandra’s work can be found at the Plantation Artists Gallery at 94 Amelia Village Circle. For a private showing of her work, email Sandra at sandra.p.hughes@icloud.com, call (904) 415-6575, or visit her website at www.sandrahughesart.com.

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r. Patti Shelly-Lohman and her husband, Terry, opened Amelia Audiology in Fernandina Beach in 2000. The two are excited to announce that their grandson, Alex Barnard, who will receive his doctorate of audiology from the University of South Florida in May, will join their practice. Dr. ShellyLohman, who earned her doctor of audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences, is board-certified by the American Board of Audiology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Terry is a licensed Audiology Assistant. Amelia Audiology provides comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluations for patients of all ages. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Shelly-Lohman will discuss the test results with you and provide you with recommendations about amplification and protection. “We provide hearing instruments from all major hearing aid manufacturers. We offer a new generation of hearing aids; patients tell us they have not heard this well in years. We also provide cleaning and repair service for all makes and models of hearing aids,’ says Dr. Shelly-Lohman. Amelia Audiology offers custom swim plugs, custom hearing protection (for work, sports, and entertainment), and custom communication ear molds. They also have extensive experience with pediatric and difficult-to-test children. Patti says she and Terry love working together, and after more than 35 years of marriage, “we make a pretty good team.” The office is located at 1411 South 14th Street, Suite F. For more information, call (904) 572-4562 or visit www.AmeliaAudiology.com. 30 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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Amelia’s Fine Jewelry

igi Grubner opened Amelia’s Fine Jewelry on historic Centre Street in 2007, offering unique, personal, and iconic pieces. “Amelia Island is a great place to live and work,” says Gigi. “Getting to know both locals and visitors makes every day special.” The store is well known for their trademark piece—a handmade pendant in the shape of Amelia Island with a diamond in the middle. “The pendant is solid 14 karat in white, pink, or yellow gold,” Gigi explains. The shop also offers a collection of certified authentic shipwreck coins, as well as ancient Greek and Roman coins minted in the BC era, which can be made into pendants, earrings, bracelets, and rings. The store also carries a fantastic line of sea life design jewelry, including their iconic sea turtle jewelry. Gigi’s selective jewelry consignment and large inventory of estate jewelry offers something for everyone. “Unique, personal, and fun is our motto,” says Gigi. “Our one-of-a-kind pieces make our store unique, and our friendly staff offers personal service in a relaxed island atmosphere.” The jewelers make custom-design jewelry and can also redesign, repair, or remount customers’ well-loved favorites. The Grubners love for Amelia Island shows in their carefully curated collection and in their delight in providing customers with “something just a little out of the ordinary.” Stop by the shop at 317 Centre Street, Suite B, or visit them on Facebook or at www.ameliasfinejewelry.com. For more information, call (904) 277-0665.

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7 TH ANNUAL FISH TO FORK Our 7th Annual Fish to Fork weekend will be a celebration of Mother’s Day with Southern cuisine and family recipes. Join us for our Main Event on May 9, from 6-10 p.m. This ultimate foodie event features chefs from around the country and offers true dock-to-dish specialties in CHWPCPFKPVGTCEVKXGCVOQURJGTGtCNNNGCFKPIWRVQCȧPCNEJGHUJQYFQYPYKVJC live vote from event guests! Main event tickets are $135 per person. Or ride the elevator home with our overnight packages. Tickets and packages may be booked online at FishToForkWeekend.com.

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Taken directly from nature, this beautiful Cypress Root Console Table is made with a tree root that is hand-selected, trimmed, and hand-finished to enhance the exquisite forms of the wood. Each table differs in shape and form, giving each one a unique organic beauty. $1,099. Available at Lott’s Furniture, 2110 Sadler Square. (904) 261-6333.

Magnificent Mariposa With 30 years of experience making handmade, creative, and beautiful gifts, Mariposa creates handcrafted and customdesigned engravable tableware, serving trays, platters, picture frames, and more. Made from 100% recycled aluminum, all products are food-safe and will not tarnish. Available at ISOLA Home, 303 South 8th Street. (904) 321-1124.

Transcendent Treasure When you’re ready to shine this spring, don’t miss this gorgeous “Dazzling Treasure from the Sea,” a 14K Yellow Gold Larimar turtle pendant, which is surrounded by sparkling diamonds. $2,100. (Chain not included.) Available at Robison Jewelry, 217 Centre Street. (904) 261-3635.

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serving our country As they serve our country around the world, Amelia Island’s servicemen and servicewomen challenge themselves, acquire new skills, and learn to put others first. BY JULIE SIMMONS

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s we rise each morning on Amelia Island, we can watch the sun rise over the ocean and hear the birds welcome a new day. For most of us, we only occasionally stop to think about our fellow Amelia Islanders who live away from home in service to our country, waking up in the dark, sometimes to the shout of an order, and springing into the service to which they’ve pledged their lives. Meet Blake Jones, Instructor Pilot for the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III in the U.S. Air Force; Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Shiver, a member of the U.S. Navy’s submarine force; and Jordan Roehre, Hospital Corpsman U.S. Navy, who all hail from Fernandina Beach and are committed to serving those back home every single day. Jones, who has nearly 17 years of tenure, describes his journey. “I was in homeroom at Fernandina Beach Middle 35 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

School when the teacher informed us that a plane flew into the World Trade Center. I wanted to do something to serve my nation, and when I could I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. The ironic part is that I remember telling an Air Force recruiter to ‘get lost’ just a few months earlier!” Shiver, 2012 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School, credits his continued success to lessons learned back home. “I learned the importance of hard work from my father,” he says. And hard work is what its all about as an electrician’s mate, nuclear power, at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. “I see my work as part of a legacy that will last beyond my lifetime by providing the Navy our nation needs,” says Shiver. “In return, I get the opportunity to learn useful skills and provide a future for my daughter.” continued on next page. MARCH 2020

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Jones agrees with the incredible opportunities the armed services have provided. “I began my career flying as an Air Surveillance Technician, which is like a mobile air traffic control, controlling hundreds of miles of airspace globally. This experience gave me the ‘aviation bug,’ and I wanted to become a pilot. After a lot of night school and sleepless studying, I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2010, and my pilot wings from Laughlin Air Force Base in 2012.” During his tours, Jones has traveled to over 47 countries, with Hungary being his favorite since it is the home of his future bride! Perhaps it’s not just what you get, but what you give that is most valuable thing to those serving. “The lessons that you gain by serving others are indescribable; there will always be something special about putting yourself second and others first,” says Jones. Roehre echoes this sentiment, recognizing that her time in the service prepared her for life more than she ever imagined. “I joined the Navy in 2016, and when I graduated to become a Hospital Corpsman, I thought it was the most incredible thing I could ever accomplish,” she smiles. “It’s a prestigious rate in the Navy, and while I’m proud of this, my highlight in life changed this past August when my daughter, Stevie, was born. The Navy taught me that I am part of something bigger than myself and to put others’ needs before my own, and this was perfect preparation for becoming a parent.” As this trio serves the nation, a piece of their hearts is always back home. “One of the best ways to support an enlisted individual is through prayers and communication,” says Roehre. And when they get home for a visit, Jones makes a beeline for some Moon River Pizza, T-Ray’s fried shrimp, oysters from Atlantic Seafood, and time with his mom. Roehre looks forward to homecooked meals, and the fried chicken from Publix! And all three agree that catching an Amelia Island sunrise and the feeling of ‘home’ is something to cherish.

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MARCH Emily Gordon-Featured Exhibit Emily Gordon will be artist of the month at Plantation Artist Guild & Gallery. Emily Gordon’s modern and colorful mixed media art is comprised of acrylic paint, gold and silver leaf, encaustic hot wax and resin. Come and enjoy Emily’s featured works along with other local artists. Plantation Artist Guild & Gallery, 94 Amelia Village Circle at Omni Amelia Island Plantation shops. For more information, call (904) 432-1750 or visit sites.google.com/site/ paggamelia.

MARCH 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, AND 30 Easy Pace Yoga Every Monday and Friday of March. Help with back pain, balance, posture and pain. We work with the beginner yoga poses to create spinal traction, healing movement, proprioception and sensitivity. $18 drop-in or $65 for 5 classes. Call Lisa for more information at (904)-613-6345 Community Yoga & Wellness 210 Beech Street. Visit cyoga-Amelia.com. Register at cyogaAmelia.com/workshops.

MARCH 3 Art in the Afternoon Cummer Amelia presents Masterpieces of Art from the Tumultuous Nineteenth Century Impressionism and the French Academy with Dr. Debra Murphy. Free to members; $10 non-members. 2:oo p.m.-3:00 p.m. Register at CummerMuseum.org/Amelia. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore 1430 Park Avenue, Fernandina Beach. (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com or on Facebook.

MARCH 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 Salsa and Waltz- Amelia Island Ballroom On Amelia two for Tuesday group classes start with Salsa at 7:00 p.m. followed by Waltz 8:00 p.m. Classes are $15 for one class $20 for two classes per person. Thursdays dance workshops 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Thursday workshops $15 per person. Ballroom On Amelia located at 1897 Island Walkway inside RAD Studios. No partner or reservation is required. Contact us at (904)-624-0886, visit our website at www.ballroomonamelia.com, and Facebook.

MARCH 4, 11, 18, 25 Waltz Beginner Level - WILDLIGHT Ballroom On Amelia Wednesday beginner level group classes for Waltz 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $15 per person. Ballroom On Amelia located at 20 Homegrown Way inside RAD Studios. No partner or reservation required. Contact us

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MARCH MARCH 7, 14, 21, 28 Willow Pond Tour

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. Limited to 25 participants. Meet at Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Avenue. Pre-registration is required 24 hours in advance. For more information, call the Fernandina Beach Recreation Department at (904) 310-3358.

Willow Pond Nature Trail winds through the hardwood hammock around a fresh water area known as Willow Pond. Join a local naturalist for a guided tour of this pristine piece of North Florida and you may even see some of the park wildlife. Be prepared to walk on sand and an uneven trail, and pack bug spray. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Park fees $6 per vehicle up to 8 ppl. $4 Single $2 Pedestrian or bicycle. 2601 Atlantic Avenue. Call (904) 277-7274 or email jason.allgood@floridadep.gov.

MARCH 6 From The Ground Up

MARCH 8 Stretch to Song

Yoga as Therapy Series with Karen Klima, Yoga Therapist. $22 class starts 9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. Community Yoga & Wellness 210 Beech Street. Call (904)-613-6345 or visit www.cyoga-Amelia. com. Register at cyoga-Amelia.com/workshops

Unplug to reboot your body and brain. Stretch to Song with Singing Bowls and Yin Yoga. The perfect way to reset your mind, nerves and week. 5-7 pm $25 Community Yoga & Wellness 210 Beech Street, Fernandina Beach. Call (904)-6136345 or visit www.cyoga-Amelia.com. Register at www.cyoga-Amelia.com/schedule

MARCH 4, 18 Amelia Island Lighthouse Tours

MARCH 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 Follies the Musical The time is 1971, and theatrical impresario, Dimitri Weissmann, hosts a reunion of ex-Follies performers in his crumbling theatre, setting the stage for a parade of brilliant pastiche numbers, including “Losing My Mind”, “I’m Still Here” and “Broadway Baby”. Amid reminiscing, two middle-aged couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present, coming faceto-face with the future. Tickets $15-$20. Amelia Musical Playhouse, 1955 Island Walkway. (904)277-3455. info@ameliamusicalplayhouse.com

MARCH 7 Candlelight Fort Clinch Tour Tour the fort without the use of electrical lights, experiencing what the soldiers could see at that time in our island history. 7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Reservations are required. Ft. Clinch State Park 2601 Atlantic Avenue. Call the Ranger Station at (904) 277-7274 to register or email jason. allgood@floridadep.gov.

MARCH 7, 8, 21, 22 Weekend Federal Garrison Travel back in time to 1864 when the Union Army’s New York Engineers were in the process of building one of the newest forts in the federal fort system. Program includes the eleven month occupation of the confederates in 1861. Starts at 9:00 a.m.Park fees $6 per vehicle up to 8 ppl. $4 Single $2 Pedestrian or bicycle. 2601 Atlantic Avenue. For more details call the Ranger Station at (904) 277-7274 or email jason.allgood@ floridadep.gov

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MARCH 8 Amelia Concours D’Elegance “The Amelia” draws over 300 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy. Visit www.ameliaconcours.org for the extensive list of activities. General admission is $150 at the gate and military active duty and dependents $60 with ID, on-site only.

MARCH 11 Women, Wealth & Wine An informal group of women who meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. to discuss financial and related issues. Contact Nicola Nichol CFA, financial advisor at (904) 305-2608 or email her at nicola@ financialamelia.com.

MARCH 12 Annual Food and Wine Tasting 8th annual fundraiser features local restaurants and wines. There will also be live music and a silent auction to raise money for the Rotary of Amelia Island Sunrise’s selected local non-profit. Past recipients include Council on Aging, the Boys and Girls Club and Friends of Fernandina Aviation. Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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MARCH 12 The Bartram Trail Garden Club Monthly Meeting and Program Hospitality begins at 10a.m. with the general business meeting beginning at 10:15 a.m. Program follows the business meeting. This month’s featured topic will be Leaves of the Trail. Leaf Manipulation with several club members demonstrating techniques of leaf manipulation to use in your floral designs. Meetings are September through May on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the GFWC Woman’s Club of Fernandina Beach, 201 Jean Lafitte Blvd. Please visit bartramgardenclub.org for additional information.

MARCH 12 Men Helping Men Prostate Cancer Support Group Men Helping Men is an educational program developed to help men make informed decisions throughout their prostate cancer journey. Join them on the second Thursday of every month. Held at 11:30 a.m. at Baptist Medical Center Nassau Board Room. Hosted by Ackerman Cancer Center. Contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700

MARCH 12 The Literary Book Club Literary professors Norman and Marilyn Wesley facilitate the group to revisit significant books of the past and discover noteworthy authors and works. Meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor Room at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Fernandina Beach. For more information call (904) 530-6500 or email fernandinalibfriends@gmail.com.

MARCH 12 -15 St. Michael Academy Spring Carnival This carnival has something for everyone, rides, games, food and fun. This is an annual fundraiser that benefits the St. Michael Academy. Carnival takes place at Central Park on Atlantic Blvd. For more information on the hours and the cost please visit the organizer’s website at smacad.org

MARCH 13, 14, 15 Randy Just Workshop Randy Just, Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher from Dallas Texas. 3 months of yoga experience necessary. March 13, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., March 14, 10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., March 15, 9:00 p.m.-11 a.m. $50 per session. Community Yoga & Wellness 210 Beech Street. Call (904)613-6345 visit cyoga-Amelia.com or Register at cyoga-Amelia.com/workshops.

MARCH 14 Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach and participating island galleries offer a diverse selection of art. 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Contact (904) 261-7020 or the website islandart.org

MARCH 14 An Evening of Story and Song Friction Farm, Christine and Aidan Quinn are singer songwriters whose music is inspired by a love of reading and literature. Cost $20 begins at 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore 1430 Park Avenue (904) 601-2118. Visit our website storyandsongbookstore.com or find us on Facebook.

MARCH 16 Acoustic Sessions The third Monday of each month Musical Director Tom Leon brings local and regional musicians to Amelia Community Theatre’s Studio 209 stage. Open seating begins 30 minutes before curtain. Amelia Community Theater, 209 Cedar Street at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (904) 2616749 or visit AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org.

MARCH 19 Itzhak Perlman Itzhak Perlman is an internationally known violinist garnering 15 Grammy Awards along with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church 1600 S. 8th Street. Tickets $100, $125 and $150. Call (904) 261-1779 or check our website for tickets and more information ameliachambermusic.org

MARCH 24 Floral Design Demonstration Floral design demonstration by Marilyn Smith and Cathy Snyder of the Garden Club of St. Augustine, aka the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants. Their humor and talent for creating beautiful floral designs using flowers, fruits, and plants from your yard and garden have educated and entertained many across northeast Florida. Floral demonstration held at Fernandina Beach Public Library. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Admission is $15, seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP sueblord@ me.com.

MARCH 27 Finding Mrs.Ford The first in our new, Literary Luncheon series with author Deborah Royce. Her suspenseful

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MARCH story was named one of the top ten summer reads by Good Morning America. The story-line, Susan Ford’s cocoon of privilege is threatened when an Iraqi man from her distant past boards a plane in Baghdad to come find her. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. Visit our website storyandsongbookstore.com or find us on Facebook.

MARCH 27 Take Stock in Children Benefit Light up a Life Take Stock in Children providing scholarships, mentors and hope. 6:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Held at The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island. Cash bar, silent auction, and dinner. Guest Speaker David Baldacci and music by John Springer.Tickets are $150. For more information call (904) 5484464. Visit takestockinchildren.org

MARCH 27, 29 Island Chamber Singers Spring Program Features a major work by Johannes Brahms, A German Requiem. Soprano, Robyn Lamp, and baritone, David Scheininger, will be part of our sixty-member chorus singers. Tickets are $20 for adults in advance online at islandchambersingers. org Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $25. Tickets are FREE for all students. For additional information,(904) 225-0575.

MARCH 28 Mindfulness Mindfulness for a Sane Life in a Stressful World. Learn visualizations, mini-meditations, learn about safe boundaries and healing touch. 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. $25 Community Yoga + Wellness, 210 Beech Street. Call (904)-6136345 visit cyoga-Amelia.com or Register at cyoga-Amelia.com/workshops

MARCH 31 Valentina Listsa - Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Valentine Lisitsais one of the most watched classical musicians on the internet. An Amelia Island favorite, Valentina is at ease with a vast repertoire, ranging from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Bernstein. Her orchestral repertoire, alone, includes more than 40 concertos. Valentina has a particular love for Rachmaninov and Beethoven. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. At the Amelia Island Plantation Chapel 36 Bowman Road $60 Call (904) 261-1779 or check our website for tickets and more information ameliachambermusic.org. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to calendar@ameliaislander.com.

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REDDISH EGRET

Always a rare sight in our local ecosystem, look for the striking Reddish Egret at dawn or near dusk near shallow salt or brackish water, and you may even see one dance. STORY AND PHOTOS BY GAIL PFOH

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hey are tall, long-legged, have long, beautiful ‘hair,’ and they are great dancers! Who are they? They are Reddish Egrets, the rarest of all egrets in the United States and designated by the State of Florida as a threatened species. Keep your “eyes to the skies” because we are extremely fortunate to see them once in a while here on Amelia Island and in our surrounding ecosystem. This rare, beautiful wading bird comes in two color phases, or morphs. There is a dark morph and a white morph. According to Audubon’s Guide to North America Birds, either color morph can be born to any Reddish Egret parents. The egrets remain either the white or dark morph for the rest of their lives, beginning with their downy feathers as nestlings. The white morph is far more rare, and only a few exist in the entire Florida population of Reddish Egrets. The white morph has entirely white plumage and is sometimes confused with the Great Egret, which is also all white and found in abundance in our area. Although now the number of white-morph Reddish Egrets is very low, Audubon notes that the “white morph apparently made up a higher percentage of the total population prior to persecution by plume hunters” in the 1920’s and 1930’s. An easy way to spot a dark-morph Reddish Egret is to look near shallow salt or brackish coastal bodies of water in our area. Go just after dawn or late in the day near dusk when they are most active. You’ll continued on next page 45 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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probably first recognize one by its striking plumage colors of rust or red and its gray or slate-gray feathers, accompanied by a beautiful two-tone pink and black bill. What also stands out is the long, shaggy mane-like plumage on the neck of this egret. During courtship displays, the male of the species will stretch his head and neck upward and backward with shaggy feathers fully raised, then toss his head forward repeatedly. Once you spot a Reddish Egret, if he didn’t catch your eye with his rich colors, he will definitely make you take notice when he starts to dance! Yes, dance. Casual observers and birders alike will tell you that this egret has quite a unique foraging behavior, which will remind you of dancing. He loves to run through the water (often quite erratically) as he hunts for the small fish upon which he likes to feed. His hyperactive feeding behavior includes running, jumping, weaving, and zigzagging in the water. As he does this, he often spreads his wings into a sort of umbrella or canopy as he searches for prey. Audubon states that these egrets primarily eat small fish such as minnows, mullet, and killifish, as well as frogs, tadpoles, and crustaceans. The Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) is headquartered in Florida and studies the Reddish Egret. It notes that this egret “is a highly specialized feeder, ecologically restricted to a very narrow coastal habitat that is vulnerable to human disturbance, storm effects, and climate change. The Florida population is estimated at 350 to 400 pairs, with 100 to 125 in Florida Bay and the Florida Keys.” In conjunction with partners, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ARCI gathers data on the movements of the egrets via satellite telemetry. It is hoped that this data can help address “important management topics, including habitat needs, seasonal movements, site fidelity, breeding effort, survivorship, and sources of mortality.” This information may unlock the key to the future of the rarest egret in the United States: our beautiful Reddish Egret.

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Created to bring world class dance to North Florida, the Amelia Island Dance Festival returns with an outstanding program that includes classical ballet, modern, and tap. BY JULIE SIMMONS • PHOTOS BY JOE JONES

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melia Island boasts a roster er of of udiing spectacular festivals, including Mu usiic the Amelia Island Chamber Music stivval, Festival, Book Festival, Jazz Festival, Eigght and, of course, the Isle of Eight om Flags Shrimp Festival. Missing fro from al, ssoo the schedule was a dance festival, Dod dgee local dance instructor Susie Dodge th decided to fill that void last year with sland sl d the creation of the Amelia Island orr its i s second it nd season sea easo son n from from April Aprill Dance Festival, which returns for 16 – 19 at Amelia Community Theatre. “The concept evolved over time, starting with our move to Amelia Island,” explains Susie. Susie grew up in the area and graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, which paved the way for a full scholarship to study dance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A degree in hand, she began her career as a professional dance artist with the Paul Taylor Modern American Dance Company in New York City alongside her husband, Joe Gallerizzo. 51 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

I 2014, the couple retired from In profe professional dance and decided to make their home on Amelia Island. make “At the th time, I was satisfied with the “At mark I made on the world of dance, mark and I was ready to return to my roots and and embark e and on a new chapter with my family fa my at the beach.” L Lucky for Amelia Island, Susie didn n’t stay settled for too long! didn’t “A As I began began bega n teaching teac te achi hing ng children childre ren n dance at Royal Amelia Dance “As A d li d my responsibility was more than to be a Academy, I realized ‘dance teacher.’ I am an educator, and this part of me dreamed of giving my dancers the opportunity to see live performances and interact with professionals. Northeast Florida had no dance festival, and performances were limited to children dancing at studio recitals and competitions.” Susie shared her dream of a festival with family and friends, including Alexandra Carroll, owner of Royal Amelia Dance continued on next page MARCH 2020

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he Florida House Inn is considered the oldest continuously run inn or rooming house operating in Florida. The main structure was built around 1857 by the Florida Railroad and initially provided housing for railroad employees. Its architectural style is vernacular with Greek Revival adaptations. The basic design is rectangular with a gabled roof. The doublegalleried porches are distinctive. The inn was an essential part of David Yulee’s ambitious efforts to establish Fernandina as a terminus for the state’s first trans-peninsular railroad. The Florida House was a center of activity and the primary place to stay for both employees and visitors. Florida’s first railroad linked Cedar Key and Fernandina. Yulee’s dream was connecting the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico by land to provide a safer and more direct route for the transport of goods. The dream was close to fruition when the Civil War abruptly stopped all forward progress, and much of the newly completed railroad was torn up for the war effort. The inn was a boarding house for Union officers during the Civil War. After the war, Major Leddy, the Provost Marshall of Northern Florida, and his wife bought the property and continued to operate it as a hotel. In 1865, they added living space for themselves and a dining room for guests. The dining

room proved very successful and served such notables as the Carnegies, Morgans and Duponts. The Carnegies were said to stay at the Florida House, play at the Palace Saloon and pray at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The Florida House has never been a private residence, but has always offered rooms as an inn or a boarding house. It is one of the grand antebellum buildings remaining on Amelia Island. Several additions were made through the years to accommodate the popularity of the island and the inn. The building was refitted as apartments. In 1990, it was sold and entered into a long process of restoration and, eventually, opened as a popular bed & breakfast inn. The building has survived hurricanes, tough financial times, severe weather, and the Civil War. Its survival is testament to the quality of the original building. The inn is a veritable museum of events in Amelia Island’s history. It is said that José Marti planned his invasion of Cuba while staying at the Florida House in 1883. President Ulysses S. Grant entertained at the inn when visiting his friend, David Yulee. During the glory days of the movie industry in Jacksonville, notables who stayed at the Florida House included Laurel and Hardy and Mary Pickford.

This article has been reprinted with permission from Dickie Anderson’s book, Great Homes of Fernandina. It is available at The Book Loft and the Amelia Island Museum of History. 59 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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inally, spring is around the corner, and the garden shops are filled with beautiful shrubs and flowers in all colors. I enjoy just walking around and admiring them all. You can also find perennial flowers and bulbs that will work well in your gardens in summer and fall. I have been writing about a lot of new plants for your garden, but let’s not forget the wonderful old reliables that will fill your beds with color and texture. One easy-to-grow plant is Plumbago, which has clusters of beautiful sky-blue flowers. Plumbago flowers practically nonstop throughout the year. Grow this plant in full sun or light shade; it can tolerate full shade, but it won’t bloom as well. Although drought-tolerant, it needs water during dry spells. This flowering shrub will grow fastest and bloom best if watered through the season. You can prune Plumbago any time of the year. Butterflies and hummingbirds love this plant. It’s practically maintenance-free. You can grow it in containers, fertilizing regularly with a general-purpose fertilizer in

TIP OF T HE M O N T H Do not fertilize Azaleas until they have finished blooming, then prune them up to the end of May. After that, new blooms for next season will be forming.

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plants and Cape Honeysuckle keep a steady stream of beautiful butterflies and a few hummingbirds coming around. Esperanza is also known as Yellow Bells, Hardy Yellow Trumpet, or Yellow Alder. It is recognized by its large masses of lightly scented gold-yellow trumpet-shaped flowers surrounded by dark green foliage. The plant was once used for medicinal purposes, including brewing beer from its roots. It blooms from spring through fall, and it pairs well with Plumbago and Cape Honeysuckle in the garden. Yellow Bells also attracts butterflies. Plant it in full sun, although afternoon shade is fine. Esperanza is a low-maintenance plant once it is established. It requires watering once a week during hot, dry weather, as well as a general-purpose fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks. This plant produces bean-like seed pods. Remove them as they appear for continued blooming. Trim this one to desired shape and size in early spring. If you have any questions, email me at bamorrell@aol.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!

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Top: The rich colors in the main living area, some of Suzi’s favorite color, create a striking effect. Above: The backyard terrace looks out on the golf course.

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Above left: The spacious kitchen overlooking the golf course has lots of natural light, a generous island, and new cabinets. Above right: A window seat and an intimate table for in-kitchen dining. Right: A family heirloom, the maple dining table opens to seat as many as sixteen people.

Nathan, 27, are both married and still living in the Midwest. Sydney is a social worker in Carbondale, Illinois, and Nathan is a first-year internal medicine resident in Iowa City, Iowa. The Hockers’ pets include Sammy, an 11-year-old miniature poodle, and Jett, a black cat that Jim found as a three-weekold kitten. The couple first discovered Amelia Island while visiting friends from Peoria who had a vacation home on the island. They immediately loved the island and all that it offered. Jim, a golf enthusiast, especially appreciated the outstanding golf courses on the island. By 2003, they had bought their first home and began visiting regularly, sharing it with friends and family. When they decided to move to the island full-time, they began to search for a house that would meet all their needs. 66 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Suzi watched the real estate market carefully, and when she visited the island, she had a list of houses to share with her realtor, Claudia Watts of Coldwell Banker The Amelia Group. Ironically, when the couple found the perfect house, it was right next door to the house where they first stayed with friends on the island! As a dedicated golfer, Jim appreciates living on the tenth hole of the Oak Marsh Golf Course. The couple enjoys the view, and they have quite a collection of stray golf balls. Suzi’s touch is felt in every room. Her love of rich color is evident throughout the two-story house. “I like warm colors —rusts, tans, oranges, and golds—even though the ‘experts’ probably say that Florida homes should be decorated with ‘cool’ colors.” She made a few changes to the house that fit with her sense of style, like changing the light maple cabinets in the kitchen to a darker finish to match the flooring. MARCH 2020

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Top left: The master bedroom has warm colors and a coffered ceiling. Top right: This second-floor bookcase is actually a door opening to a bonus room. Middle left: This guest bedroom has artwork in blues found at Amelia’s Attic. Middle right: Another guest bedroom is decorated in shades of turquoise and orange. Above: A guest bath uses warm, earthy tones. 68 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

The house is rich in detail, with built-in bookshelves and crown molding throughout. The original owner, a builder, added many unusual and original details. A stained glass door opens from the main living area into the first-floor master suite. On the second floor, what appears to be a bookcase is actually a door that opens to a bonus room over the garage of the home. An extra garage once housed a motor home, and it is now the perfect storage area for Suzi’s holiday decorations, which include amazing Christmas collectibles. Suzi first started Christmas decoration collecting in 1984, the year the couple got married. Her sister gifted her with a Hallmark “12 Days of Christmas” series. This began a lifetime of accumulating holiday collections, which include Hallmark ornaments, Department 56, North Pole Village, Cherished Teddies, and Boyd’s Bears. The Hockers look forward to sharing their decorated home each holiday season.

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island home Left: The Hockers’ colorful, comfortable den has shelves that display family treasures. Below: A black leather doctor’s bag was left to Jim by the doctor he knew growing up. Bottom left: Treasured china in a cabinet that originally belonged to Suzi’s great grandmother. Bottom right: The welcoming entry to the Hocker home.

Suzi treasures family heirlooms and mementos. Bookshelf treasures include a classic black leather doctor’s bag that was left to Jim by the family doctor that took care of his family while he was growing up. Other treasures on the shelves of the den include Suzi’s grandmother’s sewing machine, her mother’s typewriter, family bibles, and a Chicago Bear’s football helmet from the 1985 Super Bowl winning team signed by players—a gift from Jim’s office when he retired. The dining furniture is a beautifully restored table, and the lovely china cabinet belonged to Suzi’s great grandmother. The maple dining table has additional leaves which allow the table to seat 16 for special occasions. The antique china in the 70 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

cabinet also belonged to Suzi’s great-grandmother. The pattern is Pope Gosser Flora Bell from early 1930’s. Despite its size, the 4,500 square foot house has a homey feel. The couple can live comfortably on the first floor, and when guests and family arrive, three bedrooms with baths await them on the second floor. A bonus is the flexible room over the garage that can be an additional guest room, a place for workout equipment, and extra storage. Suzi and Jim envision it as the perfect space for future grandchildren. The couple has settled comfortably into their home-awayfrom-home. They travel back to their Midwestern roots, but they are always happy to return to their home on Amelia Island. MARCH 2020

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Joe’s 2ND STREET BISTRO A restaurant known for its standard of excellence for 20 years, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro continues to offer classic, creative cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. BY MICHAEL GASS • PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER

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ife doesn’t always allow us a lot of free time, but every now and then, we’re reminded to slow down and make time for what is important. Running into an old friend is just the thing to bring our priorities into focus. And so it was on a busy Friday recently when I dropped by Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro for a bite to eat on my way out of town. Joe’s Bistro is located at 14 South 2nd Street in downtown Fernandina Beach and has defined quality on the local culinary scene for more than 20 years. Chef Ricky Pigg is an island native. He and his wife, Mari, cultivate relationships with their customers, making every experience at Joe’s Bistro memorable. On this particular day, I was looking forward to a weekend paddling on the Withlacoochie River, but I was starving and needed to stop in and see Ricky before hitting the road. I tried to slip in the back door like I did in the old days, but it was locked and I had to come in through the front door like a good boy. I said hello to the hostess, a former student, and made my way to the kitchen to find the chef and his crew busily preparing for the coming lunch rush. I hid in a little nook between the ice machine and the sink and tried to stay out of the way. The lunch menu at Joe’s Bistro has something for everyone. It includes standards like Crab Cakes and Caesar Salad, and more intriguing options like an Ahi Tuna Martini or Chicken and Andouille Wontons. Ricky figures they’ve made over 58,000 wontons in the last two years; they’re pretty popular. The menu also features delicious entrees like the Fernandina Mac & Cheese with Fresh Lobster, Shrimp with Penne and a Three-Cheese Sauce, and a Petit Filet Mignon. I opted for the Grilled Salmon BLT. The Grilled Salmon BLT is served on thick-sliced whole wheat toast, with a tangy remoulade sauce, crisp micro greens, tomato, applewood smoked bacon, and feta, with the fillet of perfectly grilled Nova Scotia salmon. I took my sandwich with 72 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

a side of crunchy-hot fries and ducked out into the dining room to enjoy it. Eating in the dining room feels a bit like eating in Ricky and Mari’s home; it has a white linen aesthetic with a kitchen table feel. As I finished my lunch, Ricky came out and joined me for a few minutes and we had a chance to catch up before things really got going. We talked about the sense of camaraderie the restaurants downtown share, which is fairly uncommon. He talked about his love of community, and how he enjoys

nurturing local talent to grow into the next generation of restaurateurs and chefs. As these words left his mouth, as if on cue, another former student appeared at the hostess stand, this time for an application to work in the kitchen. The future is in good hands. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro is open for lunch and dinner six days a week, closed on Tuesdays. They have banquet space available upstairs and a full bar. Make a reservation or just drop in anytime. MARCH 2020

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DINING GUIDE Amelia Island Coffee ~ For more than 16 years, Amelia Island Coffee has been a welcoming place to meet. 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, pet-friendly dining. Open 7 days, 7 am Mon–Sat and 8 am on Sun. Major credit cards. 207 Centre Street. (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 ~ 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. We offer a diverse beverage menu of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. When possible, we source from local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision is to create a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome; a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. 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. 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. Our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Mon – Sat. Closed Sun. (904) 432-7671. BurlingameRestaurant.com. 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. 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

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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. Major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. 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 friendly service. 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 ~ 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. Open for brunch Wed. – Fri. from 11am – 2:30pm and Sat. – Sun. 10am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Mon. – Sat. at 5pm. Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night. 22 South Third Street, (904)491-3322. 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. (904) 321-2558. Open seven days. Lagniappe Restaurant ~ [“lan-yap”] One of Jacksonville Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants and voted #1 Chef and #1 Amelia Island Restaurant by “Best in the 904” voters across NE Florida! From the melting-pot culinary heritage of Charleston, New Orleans, and Savannah comes Lagniappe, where you can always expect a little something more. Chef-owner Brian Grimley’s respect for Southern tradition, culinary curiosity, and a quarterdecade’s experience in Virginia’s Tidewater District shine through a delectable line-up of evolving charcuterie selections, house-smoked meats, and seafood must-haves like po’ boys, salmon brûlée, and the occasional whole fried fish! Dig in with loved ones over wine, considered cocktails, and curated bourbons in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. Open daily, 11am–10pm; Happy Hour 3pm–6pm; Sunday Southern Breakfast 10am–3pm. 4810 First Coast Hwy. lagniappeamelia.com 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 10am - 2pm on Sun. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141.

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dining out Pogo’s Kitchen ~ Serving southern cuisine with a bend, with a menu that celebrates the full medley of Southern flavors. Cocktails and wine selections are simple but creative. Vsit us for dinner, lunch or brunch at POGO’s Kitchen—a bright, open eatery tucked away from the main lines, waiting to unpack your day and refill your glass. (904) 432-8483. pogoskitchen.com. Pozzi Bistro ~ A new “Old World” style restaurant. Espresso bar and café by day and a full menu restaurant by night. We offer pastries, espresso drinks, blended shakes, and brunch specialty beverages, and brunch each day. In the evening, come and taste charcuterie, cheese, and wine, or a relaxing meal in our dining room or on our outdoor patio. Our simple menu features steak, lobster, crabcake, and more. Top off your evening with one of our house made desserts. Wed - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat & Sun 9am - 9pm. 300 Ash Street. Call (904) 310-3779 or email info@pozzicoffeeandwinebar.com. Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! 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 & dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). (904) 277-6652. Story & Song Bistro ~ Neighborhood bookstore bistro. 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, or toasted Bronx bagel for breakfast; Ina’s chicken salad, our signature sandwiches and salads, 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. 11 to 5. 1430 Park Avenue at the 14th St. entrance to Amelia Park. (904) 601-2118. Thai Spice Cafe ~ Located on Sadler Road next to Jersey Mike’s. We are proud to prepare fresh authentic Thai food. Our menu features traditional Thai dishes, Curries, fried rice, appetizers, soups, salads, and other Thai specials. Come join us for lunch or dinner, or call us for carry-out orders. Happy Hour 5 - 8pm Everyday! Buy 1 get one free House Wine! M - Th 11am - 3pm and 5 - 9:30pm; F 11am - 3pm and 5 - 10pm; Sa 12 - 9:30pm; Su closed. (904) 432-7748. thaispicecafe.com. 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) 277-4755. 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 N. 2nd St. (904) 775-5577. Please find our menu at WickedBao.com.

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96604 Sandpenny Island $2,975,000

Enjoy magnificent Atlantic Ocean views from this 3BR/4BA, 7th floor luxury condo. The main living areas all have ocean views and balcony access, as does the master suite. Elegant columns frame the living room which includes a fireplace with built-ins. The gourmet kitchen has a breakfast nook with ocean views, plantation shutters, stainless appliances and granite counters. All guest bedrooms have balconies and two have beautiful views of the marsh and Intracoastal Waterway for enjoying sunsets over the marsh. The den could be used as a 4th bedroom. Garage parking under building.

Private Florida Island! With 2+ acres, this immaculate home exudes a casual, Southern elegance. Amenities include a 1,500 SF master suite with a wall of windows and large bath with an Alabaster tub, oversized shower, fitness area, and more. The 700 SF veranda has access to the family room, dining room, guest bath and master suite. Features a whole house generator with 500 amp service, Travertine, granite and porcelain tile floors with minimal carpet, and a 4-door garage with room to accommodate up to seven cars. On the water, with covered 5 & 10-ton lifts and a 30’x10’ floating dock.

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1940 SYCAMORE LANE (LOT 17) $1,000,000 Acreage in equestrian community on Amelia Island Gorgeous micro-equine development by the marsh & set amidst majestic trees has a shared dock to tidal creek, community riding arena and gated entry. This +/- 3.5-acre lot has been cleared, includes a private dock, a private horse stable, shared irrigation well & power poll (with neighbor), perimeter fencing, winding river rock driveway, and landscape irrigation. Close to to all Island conveniences including the beach, downtown Fernandina, The Ritz-Carlton, area boutique shopping, casual and fine dining venues with easy access to the Jacksonville International Airport. MLS#86903

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940098 OLD NASSAUVILLE ROAD $199,000 Tidal creek access overlooking Christopher Creek to the Nassau River!

Kathy Garland

THE CLAUDIA WATTS TEAM REALTOR

Just onto the mainland from Amelia Island, this .64-acre home site could be yours. Phenomenal vista and easy boat access into Christopher Creek. Enjoy long days on the water or taking in the bird life. The conveniences of Amelia Island are a short trip east. Or, for those who travel, the Jacksonville International Airport, Kings Bay Naval Station and the I-95 interchange are also nearby. This is a choice high bluff-like lot, ready for you to build anew today. Close to the Holly Point Boat ramp and beautiful Golfinsville Park. MLS#87729

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5007 FIRST COAST HWY., UNIT 102A

2149 HIBISCUS COURT

Luxury 3BR/3.5 BA villa at The Landings on the Intracoastal Waterway. Large balcony with marsh views. Travertine floors, chef’s kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, private elevator, boat slip. MLS#87998 $1,350,000

3 BR/ 2.5 BA villa with 1-car garage has kitchen with granite counters, living area with high ceilings and bay window, tile floors, and wood-burning fireplace. First-floor master suite, with guest bedrooms upstairs. Screened lanai. MLS#87368 $309,000

Renovated home on 1 acre, very rare on Amelia Island. New kitchen with stainless appliances and quartz counters, hardwood floors, updated bathrooms, new HVAC. Living room overlooks expansive backyard. Fresh paint inside and out. MLS#87708 $379,900

3165 SOUTH FLETCHER AVENUE

211 SOUTH 7TH STREET

97158 HARBOR CONCOURSE CIR CIR.

Centrally located townhouse on S. Fletcher near beach access. Enjoy ocean views from balcony and gatherings on new deck in back. Small community pool and vacation rentals possible. Perfect second home or primary home to enjoy beach living! MLS#87970 $390,000

Charming historic home in downtown Fernandina Beach with 3 spacious porches and shaded backyard patio. Mixes fireplaces and ornate mantels with modern kitchen and baths and beautiful hardwoods. Wonderfully maintained home in sought-after neighborhood. MLS#87873 $575,000

1618 CLINCH DRIVE

4 BR/ 3 BA home with upgrades includes grilling area outside, gutters, blinds, and more. Kitchen has granite, stainless appliances, opens to living and dining area. Split bedroom plan allows privacy for guests and families. MLS#87315 $335,000

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982 S. FLETCHER AVE

2384 S. FLETCHER AVE

3 BELTED KINGFISHER RD

This is as Oceanfront as it gets! This 4BR/ 4BA home is nestled against a pristine sugar white sand dune on a 100' wide lot. Totally remodeled and updated in 2014/2015. The second floor features the massive great room with the most spectacular views of the sandy beach. $2,599,000 MLS#85315

The "C" Turtle! ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN THIS FURNISHED OCEANFRONT HOME. 3,659 square feet, 5BR/5BA. This three level home features an outstanding floor plan with decks on each level overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. In-ground oceanfront pool with summer kitchen! REDUCED $2,747,500 MLS#81620

Spacious home located on Omni Amelia Island Plantation in the Marsh Creek subdivision. This 5BR/4.5BA home is a must see with many custom features. The beautiful Brazilian Mahogany hardwood floors and custom trim/molding offer the feel of elegance. Short walk or bike ride to the beach. $1,039,500 MLS#87913

4953 SUMMER BEACH BLVD

95104 SPRING TIDE LN

5048 OUTRIGGER DR

Great location for this 2BR/2BA Oceanside Patio Home at Summer Beach!! Nestled under century old windswept oaks and overlooking a preservation area, this home is just steps to the beach and community pool. The home features high vaulted ceilings and abundant windows. REDUCED $525,000 MLS#87142

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 3BR/4BA villa. REDUCED $755,000 MLS#83420

Outstanding oceanfront location in the gated community of Summer Beach Village. This unique furnished townhome offers dramatic ocean views and sunrises. With 3BR/3.5BA this is the perfect beach home! The master bedroom and a guest bedroom overlook the ocean with covered balcony. $999,000 MLS#87120

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JUST LISTED 3621 SS. Fl Fletcher h Build your dream home with CTS Custom Home Builders. Plans for 3000 sq ft coastal home with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Just steps to the sandy shores of Amelia Island’s pristine beaches. Call for details and floor plans. $1,500,000 MLS # 88073

JUST LISTED 2046 Oak Marsh Drive Newly renovated 2056 sq ft 4 bed 3.5 bath home on Egan’s Creek. Over 1 acre waterfront property with new dock! Call for a private tour. $1,100,000 MLS #88072

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6533 Spyglass Fernandina Beach, Florida 3 bed•3.5 bath•2,716 Sq Ft

95184 Bermuda Drive Fernandina Beach, Florida 4 bed•3 bath• 2,813 Sq Ft

1309 Lime Street Fernandina Beach, Florida 3 bed•2.5 bath• 1,392 Sq Ft

1405 Beachwalker Rd Fernandina Beach, Florida 4 bed•4.5 bath• 2,440 Sq Ft

2681 West 6th Street Fernandina Beach, Florida SOLD!

10033 Little Clapboard Court Jacksonville, FL 6 bed•6.5 bath• 5,565 Sq Ft

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95078 SUMMER CROSSING #1703 T This Laurel Oak plan is a 3 bedroom/3 bath flat on the b 2nd floor with private 2 elevator included, large e o open kitchen, dining and g great room with balcony o off great room and owner’s ssuite. Bedrooms each have ttheir own bath with large cclosets. Loft area features a t station t ti with ith b ilt i S computer built-ins. Summerwoods is a gated community on the south end of Amelia Island with a community pool and dedicated walkway to beach. Short term rental available 7 days or longer. Single car garage. This villa is the one you are looking for MLS#73194 $489,000

95026 SUMMER CROSSING ROAD #1905

706 OCEAN CLUB VILLA $2,195,000 Exclusive beachfront condo now available. Amelia Island Plantation – Direct beach access! Spacious wraparound balcony to enjoy sweeping ocean views. Chef’s kitchen; 4 bedrooms, all with ensuite baths. Clubhouse next door. Furnished and ready for luxurious resort living. 3,230 sq. ft. 2-car garage and large storage room.

Andrew Sands

Broker/Salesperson (904) 556-7559

S Stroll to the ocean and miles m of wide-open beaches b on beautiful Amelia Island, voted one of A America’s A best beach rresorts. This Laurel Oak plan is a 3 bedroom p 3 bath condo on the 2nd ffloor featuring a large open kkitchen, dining and great room with balcony off the greatt room, and master suite. Bedrooms ith a b l ff th have their own baths and large closets. Loft area. Gated community with pool and dedicated walkway to the beach. Call today to make this your dream vacation location or permanent residence. MLS#87910 $449,000

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67 Long Point $1,200,000 This elegant home in the gated community of Long Point takes advantage of all that nature has to offer. Three levels can be accessed by stairs or private elevator and feature 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, hardwood floors, extensive woodwork and moldings, owner’s retreat with gorgeous marsh views, screened porch, and lots of peace and serenity! MLS#84735

OCEANFRONT AT AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION

3729 S Fletcher Avenue $864,000 Stunning 4BR/3.5BA home with dramatic ocean views from most rooms. Black bottom pool and Kool deck create an island oasis in the back and make entertaining a breeze as outside flows inside to lower level with wet bar and den. Top floor includes kitchen, living room, dining room, half bath and enormous deck with stair access to roof top deck. MLS#85000

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5010 Summer Beach Blvd, Unit 407 $439,000 Beautifully furnished & renovated Sailmaker townhome with pool and peekaboo ocean views features wood-look tile flooring in living areas & baths, plantation shutters, dual sink quartz vanity and all new shower in master bath. NEW: carpet upstairs, windows in bedrooms and laundry, roof, HVAC, range and dishwasher. Just steps to the beach! MLS#87874

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OCEANFRONT 1738 N FLETCHER AVE

Sweeping Views of Egan’s Creek Greenway A rare Amelia Island property with breathtaking views. Located on 1.13 acres of pure privacy nestled in nature’s beauty and less than a mile to the beach. In addition to the main home, your guests are treated to a duplex type guest cottage and the studio or workshop space would excite any artist, woodworker or tinkerer, plus a spacious greenhouse and RV shed. MLS#82432 $900,000

Creekfront Beauty

4 BR Oceanfront is a rare find located on the northern end of Amelia Island. South of Fort Clinch State Park. 1st time offering of this home by original owner. The Living, Dining, and Kitchen have beautiful oceanfront views. Large double car garage. MLS 87622 $1,295,000

If you are looking for a ‘wow’ home this it! Beautiful craftsmanship and design in this recently remodeled ‘Southern Living’ style home. Situated in a Park like setting on 3/4 acre with creek frontage and room for a pool, new metal roof and HVAC, 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, plus a spacious media room, there is space to accommodate most needs. Two adjacent creek front lots available at $85,000. MLS#86289 $650,000

400 ELM ST NEW CONSTRUCTION

Marsh View Villa Enjoy expansive marsh views from this Amelia Island Plantation Fiddler’s Bend 3 BR/ 3 BA Villa. Vaulted tongue and groove ceiling with beams in the living and dining areas, first floor master suite with 2 bedrooms and baths upstairs. Spacious kitchen with breakfast area. Screened porch plus open deck for outdoor relaxation. Community pool near-by. MLS# 87744 $355,000

Central Island Convenience

5 BR, 3.5 BA Craftsman-style home located close to Downtown Historic district. 2450 sq. ft. heated area. Carriage house/mother-in-law suite over garage has 1 BR, 1 BA with tile flooring, stove, microwave, and refrigerator. Corner lot and side entry garage. MLS 87901 $524,900 22 S. 8th Street Suite 2 Fernandina Beach FL (904) 321-1999

Open floor plan 4-BR home with fireplace, built-in cabinetry, and sliders opening to large screened porch and private backyard. Split floor plan has dining room, breakfast room, and kitchen with granite counters. 2-car garage with storage. Wood floors, carpet in bedrooms. Priced to sell. MLS# 87776 $379,000 22 South 8th Street Suite 2 Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 321-1999


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~ NEW PRICE! ~ LOT 16, S. FLETCHER AVE. $525,000 YOUR PIECE OF PARADISE!! This ocean view 1/2 acre lot backs to Egans Creek, giving you unparalleled privacy. Build your home or vacation cottage. Seller will consider owner financing with minimum of 30% down and 3-5 yr. balloon. Seller will consider selling home next door with sale of lot at $1.7M. MLS #85796 22 S. 8th Street Suite 2 Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 321-1999

#201C THE LANDINGS ON AMELIA RIVER $1,499,000. Exclusive Intracoastal Waterway Condo Now Available. Come see Amelia Island’s most sought after property, The Landings on Amelia River. Fully furnished, 3 BR, 3.5 BA condo within 9 acre gated community on south Amelia with dock and boat slip. Includes large storage room, underground parking, beautiful swimming pool, and sunsets!

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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.



OCEAN PLACE AT SUMMER BEACH

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

95686 SAGO DRIVE THE PRESERVE AT SUMMER BEACH $929,000 Beautiful home located in the gated community of The Preserve at Summer Beach on South Amelia island. Features 4 BR, 4 BA plus a bonus room along with office/study. Home has hardwood floors, solid surfacing countertops with gourmet kitchen, all Kitchen-Aid appliances, custom cabinetry, and coffered ceilings. Large master suite with

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een and Jeff Peterson have shared a lifetime of romance, travel, food, and fun over the past 50-years, having lived in many places and experienced countless adventures. But their favorite thing to do is cook and serve food to the people they love, and recently, the Petersons invited my husband and me for dinner, featuring Jeff’s famous Cioppino. Cioppino was developed in San Francisco in the late 1800s by Italian immigrant fishermen, who shared their catches with one another so that everyone had enough to eat. They created a fish stew with an Italian flair, featuring garlic, tomatoes, and oregano. Cioppino is not for the faint of heart, as it takes an entire day to shop and prepare the stew. Jeff and Teen tell a funny tale of cooking Cioppino with their friend, Neil Wilding, when Neil and his wife, Joyce, came

to visit. The two men went to every grocery store on Amelia Island to purchase the ingredients, including Atlantic Seafood, where a pelican strode into the market and began helping himself to the catch of the day. Shopkeepers ran off the pelican, while Jeff and Neil laughed in delight! Cioppino is different each time you cook it, as you are looking for the very freshest fish you can possibly get; substituting your favorite seafood, like squid or cod is perfectly okay. Jeff likes to simmer shrimp shells in vegetable broth before straining it into the stew, imparting an even more complex flavor. Teen and Jeff served their Cioppino in large bowls with crusty bread and a simple green salad, and it was one of the best meals we’ve ever eaten. We fell in love with Cioppino that night, and hope that you will, too!

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CIOPPINO Ingredients 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 onions, finely chopped 1 bay leaf 1 tsp. dried oregano 1 tsp. red pepper flakes 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1/4 cup olive oil 1 green pepper, diced 2 tbsp. tomato paste 1 1/2 cup dry red wine, like Chianti Three 14.5 oz. cans fire roasted tomatoes 1 cup bottled clam juice 1 cup veggie broth 1 lb. crab meat 18 small littleneck clams, or mussels, or both 1 lb. skinless halibut or red snapper 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined 3/4 lb. sea scallops 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley 3 tbsp. chopped basil Preparation Cook the first seven ingredients in olive oil in an 8-quart heavy pot over medium heat, stirring until onions are softened. Add green pepper and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add wine and boil until reduced by half. Add tomatoes with their juice, clam juice, and veggie broth, then simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. While stew is simmering, add crab and clams (or mussels) to the stew and simmer until clams open, transferring the clams to a bowl with tongs. (Discard any unopened clams.) Lightly season fish fillets, shrimp, and scallops with salt and add to the stew, simmering until just cooked through, about 5-minutes. Discard bay leaf, then return clams or mussels to the pot, along with parsley and basil. Serve in bowls with lots of bread for dipping, along with a good bottle of Chianti.

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