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MARCH2021 11 Cover Story REMEMBERING PECK HIGH SCHOOL

Long an anchor and a source of pride for Fernandina Beach’s African-American community, Peck High School is fondly remembered by former students and teachers for its quality education and supportive relationships.

33 Changing of the Guard An Amelia Island icon, The Fairbanks House has new owners, Rob and Yvonne Batterton and their son, Finn, who look forward to continuing the inn’s tradition of luxury.

41 Fernandina Faces

49 25 Years Young

80 Backyard Adventure

Born and raised on Amelia Island, Janice Ancrum, president and CEO of Nassau County Council on Aging, has helped the organization expand its services to seniors.

After opening in 1996, Monkey Barrel Children’s Store celebrates 25 years as an Amelia Island favorite, with distinctive clothes and toys in a new, expanded location.

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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 happenng around Amelia Island

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Snapshots Islanders out and about

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In the Garden With spring in the air and warm weather here, March is the time to plan and execute your garden plans for the year, perhaps including new plants like Tractor Seat.

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hree years ago, I decided to make Fernandina Beach my home. On the first walk around our new neighborhood, my dogs and I were drawn to an impressive red brick building on South 10th Street. It is a fine building, one that stands tall and proud in the shade of several large oaks. I knew it had a story to tell and I was not disappointed when I read the Florida Historical Marker positioned in front of the building. Intrigued by what I had learned, I hurried home to find out more. Peck High School was a Rosenwald School, which sent me on a search to learn everything I could about the Rosenwald Foundation. The Rosenwald Foundation erected more than 5,300 schools and auxiliary buildings for black 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

children in the South between 1912 and 1932 during the Jim Crow era. This school-building program began when Booker T. Washington, who was the principal of Tuskegee Institute, partnered with Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck & Company. By requiring communities to raise matching funds, the two men inspired a grassroots movement that built schools in 15 Southern states. The schools were designed with the students in mind, for example, using natural light to protect the children’s eyesight and providing adequate space for learning. These buildings, which were the social centers of their African-American communities, were also used to set standards for white schools. MARCH 2021

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Left: Dr. William Peck, who was Principal of Peck High School for 50 years. Below: Dr. Peck with students in 1931.

The original school building for African Americans in Fernandina, a four-room building known as Colored School No. 1, opened in 1885 with Professor Moses H. Payne, a Howard University graduate, as the first principal and teacher. Two years later, Professor William H. Peck, also a Howard graduate, became the assistant principal. Payne passed away in 1888, and Professor Peck was promoted. He developed the high school’s curriculum, and in 1891, the school graduated its first senior class. Eighteen years later, in 1909, four acres of property on South 10th Street were purchased, and Professor Peck went to work gathering support from the community and the Rosenwald Foundation to build a larger school. He needed to raise $59,000. The Rosenwald Foundation contributed $20,000 and the remaining $39,000 was raised within the black community under the guidance of Professor Peck. Colored School No. 1 was renamed for Peck in 1911, and the new school was completed in 1927. Professor William H. Peck died in 1950. Widely respected in Fernandina Beach and the surrounding areas, Professor Peck 12 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

was recognized in the state’s Great Floridians 2000 program. Peck High School was in use for 49 years until it was closed completely in 1976 due to integration.

A COMMUNITY LIKE AN EXTENDED FAMILY I wondered what life was like for the students at Peck High School, so I started collecting names and making phone calls. The first person I contacted was Cheryl Henderson, who now lives in Georgia. Henderson was a senior the last year that Peck High School held high school classes. She graduated in 1969. “I feel very fortunate to have graduated from Peck. I’m not sure I would have finished school had I changed to Fernandina Beach High my senior year,” says Henderson. “I never felt discriminated against in our segregated community, but lower classman who integrated were not treated fairly. Students who would have graduated with honors at Peck were treated as if they weren’t as smart as the white students.” “We were never faced with racism at Peck. It was more than a school; it was a community. We weren’t exposed to drugs, we MARCH 2021

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Right: Neil Frink as a young student at Peck High School in 1948. Below left (l-r): Student Henry Evans, teacher Charles Albert, and student Spencer Clayton in 1966. Below right: Clarence Simmons, the first bandmaster at Peck High School.

weren’t promiscuous or anything like that, because our teachers were members of our churches. They were friends with our parents, and our parents all knew each other. We were one big family, and we were raised to be respectful,” says Henderson. She laughingly told me that she once got a spanking for not saying “hello” to two ladies sitting on their porch when she walked by. She said the two ladies were talking to each other and she didn’t think they noticed her, “But they did, and they called my grandmother, who was waiting for me on the porch when I got home. She wanted to know why I hadn’t said ‘hello.’ Like I said, we were raised to be respectful.” Cheryl and I talked for a while about how things have changed. “Until this past year, I didn’t realize that racism was still such an issue. I mean, I knew it existed, but I thought things had gotten better. Watching the events on the news brought back old memories. When I was young, my cousins and I would go downtown to Gene’s for cherry Cokes. There was one small table with four chairs in the back where we could sit. I never paid much attention because it was just the way it was. 14 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

“When I came back to visit in 1971 after moving to Miami to go to college, I stopped in a local drugstore and sat at the counter to order lunch. I was told that the grill was down. I later realized they didn’t want to serve me,” says Henderson.

FOND MEMORIES OF PECK HIGH SCHOOL I was able to reach three more former students of Peck. Johnnie “Lin” Robinson and Spencer Clayton who graduated in 1967, and Neil Frink, graduated in 1959. Mr. Frink is also an advisory member for the Peck Center Committee. We made plans to meet at Peck the following week. When we met in the auditorium, named after former teacher and historian Willie Mae Hardy Ashley, I was pleased that four more former students of Peck High School had joined them: Robert Blue, Class of 1965; Wanda Blue, Class of 1970; Louryne Spaulding, Class of 1965; and Alvin Williams, Class of 1969. I only had to ask one question to get the conversation started. What did Peck High School mean to you? “Peck was more than just a school—it was family,” says Frink. “It was MARCH 2021

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Below: Peck High School Principal A. Quinn Jones, 1948 - 1957. Right: Beatrice Woodard, the first female coach at Peck High School.

church for all of us. It brought everyone together.” “We did everything here,” adds Wanda Blue. “From May Day programs, operettas, and plays, we did it all right here.” “The auditorium was our movie theater,” Robinson says, pointing towards the vents high on the wall opposite of the stage. “There was a space up there where they played movies and had spotlights for the stage when we had plays. We had freshman sock hops, dances, graduations, and many other events in the auditorium. And the courtyard was where everything happened. I used to love standing on the balcony. I mean, who else had a balcony at their school?” “There was no ‘high drop-out rate’ like you hear about now days. Everyone took pride in going to school and wanted to graduate from Peck,” says Clayton. As well they should. Thanks to Principal A. Quinn Jones and his dedication to the success of both teachers and students, Peck High School became an accredited school in the 1950s. He was the principal from 1948 until 1957. The students, in spite of getting hand-me-down books and passed-down school buses from the other schools, received a first-rate education. 16 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

“You were taught respect. The male teachers did not let you disrespect the women teachers or the female students. The teachers were our parents away from home,” says Robinson. “You never heard about economic status,” says Robert Blue. “Nobody worried about how much money you had or how you lived. We were in our own little world and we were happy with it.” “From Gum Street all the way back to Elm Street was Peck,” says Clayton. “It was the center of our community.” “And news traveled fast. You better believe if you acted up, your mama would know about it before you got home,” Williams laughs. “And this was back before cell phones!” They told stories about playing basketball on the outside court before the gymnasium was completed in 1956. The first court was clay, then the second was cement. Fire barrels (55 gallon drums filled with firewood) were used to keep the athletes and spectators warm during games. “Once the gymnasium was finished, every district tournament, and just about every state tournament, was held in Fernandina because Peck had better facilities than other black MARCH 2021

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schools in the area. Green Cove Springs, Pine Forest, and several other black high schools were still playing on clay courts. There were so many tournament games that we used both our outside court and the new one inside the gym,” remembers Clayton. “People in our community opened their homes to everyone who traveled here for the tournaments because they weren’t allowed in the motels,” says Robinson. “Back then, we all took care of each other. No one went hungry or without a place to stay.”

INTEGRATION BEGINS WITH CLASS OF 1970 Wanda Blue, who graduated in 1970, was part of the forced transition. “Because of the excellent education I’d received at Peck, I tested out of English, Math, and History for my senior year. Due to the classes at Fernandina Beach High School being overcrowded when the schools integrated, I would finish my work at Fernandina Beach High, then come over to Peck and sit with Mrs. Kennedy for the rest of the school day. The classes I took at Fernandina Beach High were P.E., Chemistry, and a half-year of ‘Americanism vs. Communism,’” remembers 18 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Wanda Blue. Once basketball season started, she’d go back to Fernandina Beach High for practice. “Nassau County wasn’t ready to integrate; there wasn’t enough room at Southside Elementary to house all the kids, so third graders stayed at Peck until 1976. The vocational classes—Automotive, Industrial Arts, Refrigeration, and Home Economics—stayed, too,” she adds. “Plus, the brand-new Science Suite,” Louryne remembers sadly, “but it wasn’t used after 1969.” Johnnie Robinson, Sr. was one of the teachers that left an impact on the students. He was the first coach (football and basketball), taught Math, Art, and Social Studies, and was a mentor to the kids. “We called him the ‘X’s and O’s man,’” says Frink, “He did everything.” “When the school was integrated, a lot of our teachers were displaced. Our P.E. teacher didn’t have a job anymore. Mr. Albert and Mrs. Owens, our Science and English teachers, ended up going to the Junior High School. Mr. Robinson was a floater for the first year before they found a place for him,” says Wanda. MARCH 2021

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In 1976, the building that was once a great source of pride for Fernandina’s African-American community was left vacant, and soon it started to show signs of neglect. “When you lose such an important part of the community, you lose more than just a building,” says Clayton. “When Peck High School was deteriorating, it felt like our neighborhood, our worth, was too. It happens in towns like this all over the country, and it’s a shame.” Members of the community came together in the early 1980s and campaigned to save Peck High School. In 1989, the Nassau County School Board transferred ownership to the city, and the state awarded grants to restore the building. Renovations were completed in 1996, and in 2010, the Peck High School building was included in the city’s local Historic District.

THE PECK CENTER TODAY Today, the building is known as the Peck Center, and it is used for different events, classes, and recreational activities. It 20 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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is also home to several City of Fernandina Beach offices and non-profits. In 2019, the Peck Library was officially renamed the Ernie Tyson Albert Library. Ms. Albert, who graduated from Peck High School in 1949, is a great role model for us all. A mentor, friend, and teacher, she has dedicated thousands of volunteer hours to help the youth of Fernandina Beach. “In 2020, the Peck Gymnasium was renamed for former coach Nelson P. Williams,” said Spaulding. “He was a phenomenal coach, but he was much more than that. He’s part of our history.” Thanks to the dedication, determination, and hard work of the Peck Alumni Association, Peck High School received a Florida Historical Marker in 2016. It was that marker which caught my eye and started me on the path to discover more about the proud-looking building on South 10th Street and the people who called it home. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Peck High School, visit the Amelia Museum of History and the Peck Community Center. MARCH 2021

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KEEP NASSAU BEAUTIFUL DISTRIBUTES 500 TREES FOR ARBOR DAY Florida Arbor Day is celebrated annually on the third Friday in January. In 2021, Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) celebrated the day with their second annual Adopt-ATree project. During the inaugural event in 2020, KNB distributed over 340 trees to residents, and this year, they met a new milestone by sharing 500 trees with our community. To coordinate distribution, over 40 volunteers logged 180 hours of service in three drive-through events loading trees into vehicles. “Keep Nassau Beautiful is fortunate again this year to have the support of Rayonier, Rayonier Advanced Materials, Liberty Landscape Supply, Florida Department of Transportation, Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, Fernandina Beach City Commissioners, the Callahan Masonic Lodge, individual donors, and our many hearty volunteers,” says Kelley McCarter, KNB Board Member and Adopt-A-Tree Project Chair. With ongoing support from the community for an annual Florida Arbor Day event, KNB plans to continue the Adopt-A-Tree project in 2022 to help off-set the loss of trees in Nassau County due to development, weather events, and age. If you would like to learn more, donate, or to register for notification of the next Adopt-ATree event, visit www.keepnassaubeautiful.org or call (904) 261-0165.

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IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD with Mandy Haynes

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ick and Nadine Nichols of Nassau Jewelry Company have forty-seven years of experience in the jewelry business between the two of them. Established in 2005, Nassau Jewelry Company is one of the favorite places for Amelia Island locals to shop for beautiful gifts. “We love our customers, and we love to make them smile,” says Rick. The store is a treasure chest full of stunning estate pieces, local artisan’s unique work, and exquisite jewelry that includes pieces from collections all over the world. Their designers include Alamea from Honolulu, Kovel Jewelry, Twinkles featuring flickering Rhinestones, Phillip Gavriel New York, Diamond Bands by Nasbro, Shula New York, Estate Jewelry Collection, and Amelia Island Jewelry. Rick and Nadine also create beautiful custom pieces themselves and offer first rate repair work on-site, from laser welding and pearl stringing to watch repairs and engraving. “When we’re not working at the shop, we love to take our dog hiking at Fort Clinch.” If you’ve visited Nassau Jewelry, you’ve probably met Beauregard, better known as Bo. “Bo is a one-and-a-half year old Mountain Cur Hound Dog we rescued from Nassau Humane Society,” says Rick with a laugh. “He is our official store mascot and the main reason many of our customers come by. He greets everyone with smile and wagging tail. Occasionally, he works as a paper shredder.” Nassau Jewelry Company is located at 1743 So. 8th Street. For more information, visit their Facebook page or call (904) 277-1993.

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on and Montez Jacobson, the owners of Shoe Visions, moved to Amelia Island from Georgia twenty-two years ago. “We fell in love with Amelia and decided this would be the perfect spot,” says Ron. “We love the people—everybody is so friendly.” Shoe Visions is Amelia Island’s premier luxury footwear retailer. Eileen Fisher, Softwaves, Eric Michael, Naot, and Gabor are just an example of the brands they carry. With close to forty years of shoe experience, which includes traveling to shoe factories in Italy and Spain, they are confident when they say they offer the best footwear available. “We have brands and styles that you probably won’t see other places, and we’re constantly looking for the next great shoe,” says Ron. “If we can’t get the shoe you’re looking for, we’ll tell you where you can find it. It’s a thrill to search the world for the next great shoe.” Ron started selling shoes as a teen at his grandfather’s store in Waycross, Georgia, and it has been his passion ever since. And what’s his favorite part of the job? “It’s gratifying to hear a customer say that a pair of shoes they purchased from us is the best shoe they’ve ever owned. When I’m not at work, I like to play piano and I love to cook, but in reality, talking to customers in the store is my favorite thing to do.” Shoe Visions is located at 4802 First Coast Highway in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center. For more information, visit www.shoevisions.com or call (904) 277-0909.

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change, and they looked at possibilities all over the world, including at a number of castles and monasteries. The family has a passion for things that are old, particularly houses and antiques. Their son, Finn, 27, has a degree in architectural history from the University of California at Berkeley. The Fairbanks House offered so much to these lovers of history, including 12-foot ceilings, dormers, bay windows, massive chimneys (fireplaces in every major room), an oriole window, and a soaring tower. So who originally built the house? George Fairbanks was a dynamic man who lived in an amazing period in Florida’s history and was a proud and active participant. He served as a state senator from 1846 to 1848. He was a founder of the Florida Historical Society and served as the organization’s first president when the Society reorganized in 1902. Originally from New York, Fairbanks was a fruit grower, a noted historian, a lawyer, an editor of the Florida Mirror (now the Fernandina continued on next page.

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Beach News-Leader), and a major in the Confederate Army. Once the Battersons found The Fairbanks House, they were so sure of their decision to come to Amelia Island that they bought it sight unseen, except for the online photos and videos that were shared. The Battersons welcomed their first guests in December last year. Despite the COVID pandemic, business has been very good. Extraordinary efforts have been made to reassure guests that every precaution has been taken to offer them the safest getaway possible. Guests can choose from a variety of large guest rooms, luxurious suites, or private cottages. There are five guest rooms and four suites, each with its own unique decorating and detailing. Each room has a private bath ensuite with a shower, Jacuzzi, or Victorian soaking tub. The Fairbanks House has a lovely pool, and the inn is within walking distance of Centre Street with its delightful mix of shops, bars, and restaurants. Popular weekend options include elopement, honeymoon, and anniversary packages. The Elopement Package includes a ceremony in the gazebo in The Fairbanks House’s private garden, an officiant, photography by the innkeeper, Historic District tour after the ceremony, dinner for two at David’s Restaurant, wedding cake, and champagne. Everything is taken care of, including gratuities. No wedding planner needed! The move has been a good one. The Battertons have settled into their new home and are enjoying being innkeepers. Neighbors were quick to welcome the new family. “One of the biggest surprises we found coming here from California is how genuinely friendly everybody has been,” says Rob. For more information on The Fairbanks House, visit their website at www.fairbankshouse.com or call (904) 277-0500. The Fairbanks House is featured in the book, Great Homes of Fernandina: Architectural Treasures of Amelia Island, which is available at Amelia Island bookstores and gift shops.

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MAP | TIDES AT THE AMELIA RIVER | MARCH 2021 DAY

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3:47 AM 4:07 PM 4:36 AM 4:52 PM 5:28 AM 5:42 PM

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NORTH BEACH

AMELIA ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

4 THU 6:26 AM 6:36 PM 5 FRI 7:29 AM 7:37 PM 6 SAT

MAIN BEACH

8:34 AM 8:42 PM 7 SUN 9:40 AM 9:47 PM 8 MON 10:42 AM 10:51 PM 9 TUE 11:41 AM 11:52 PM 10 WED 11 THU

SEASIDE PARK

12 FRI 13 SAT 14 SUN 15 MON

FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF CLUB

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PETER’S POINT

19 FRI 20 SAT

RITZ CARLTON

12:35 PM 12:48 AM 1:24 PM 1:38 AM 2:07 PM 2:23 AM 2:46 PM 4:05 AM 4:22 PM 4:44 AM 4:57 PM 5:22 AM 5:31 PM 6:01 AM 6:05 PM 6:41 AM 6:42 PM 7:26 AM 7:25 PM 8:17 AM 8:16 PM

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10:10 AM 10:15 PM 23 TUE 11:07 AM 11:15 PM

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OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION RESORT

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TO ST. JOHN’S RIVER FERRY

AMELIA ISLAND STATE PARK

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1:18 AM 1:37 PM 2:21 AM 2:40 PM 3:31 AM 3:49 PM 4:41 AM 4:57 PM 5:45 AM 5:59 PM 6:40 AM 6:54 PM 7:30 AM 7:43 PM 8:14 AM 8:27 PM 8:55 AM 9:08 PM 10:33 AM 10:46 PM 11:09 AM 11:23 PM 11:44 AM 11:58 PM 12:20 PM 12:35 AM 12:57 PM 1:14 AM 1:37 PM 1:58 AM 2:23 PM 2:48 AM 3:15 PM 3:46 AM 4:14 PM

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MARCH Downtown Fernandina Historic Tours Pick up at 170 Ash Street. Ride into the past and learn the stories of Amelia Island and the eight flags that have flown over its historically rich land. All ages $29 per adult (Discounts for Seniors, Military and Children under 15). Tours run everyday at 10 am, 1 and 3 pm (Sunday 3 pm only). Advance booking only. Contact Daniel Daly at info@ameliaislandhistorictours. com. (904) 899 2429

MARCH 5, 6 Gilligan’s Island the Musical Amelia Musical Playhouse presents this familyfriendly stage musical version of the ever popular and iconic 60’s TV comedy show “Gilligan’s Island.” It’s a fun, wacky and entertaining musical with 18 original, tuneful and memorable songs. Admission: $20. Bring your own chair or blanket. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. 1955 Island Walkway, Fernandina Beach. For info, call Jill Dillingham at (904) 277-3455 or email info@ameliamusicalplayhouse.com.

MARCH 6 Beginner Tai Chi Workshop Movement, grace and form. Move with your energy and breath to be more balanced and centered. 1 pm-3pm $35 register at www.cyogaamelia.com or call 904-613-6345 for more information. Community Yoga + Wellness 210 Beech Street. (904) 613-6345 www.cyoga-amelia.com

MARCH 8 Celebration of International Women’s Day Members of High Tide Amelia Women’s Collective share books that have inspired their personal and professional lives. Watch online at 4 p.m. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. Facebook.com/ StoryandSongBookstore

MARCH 11 Speaker Deborah Garrard Health and wellness coach Deborah Garrard talks about books in Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Mindfulness” series, “How to Sit” and “How to Walk”. Watch online at 4 p.m. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 6012118 Facebook.com/StoryandSongBookstore

MARCH 11 The Bartram Garden Club Monthly Meeting Masks are required and seating will be socially distanced. GFWC Woman’s Club of Fernandina Beach, 201 Jean Lafitte Blvd. Hospitality will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the program to follow

at 10:30. Please visit bartramgardenclub.org for additional information. Contact Linda Broadrick at linda.broadrick@gmail.com or call (904) 491-7759.

MARCH 12 Healing Yoga Class

MARCH on our outdoor stage. Bring your own chair or blanket. $15. 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Amelia Musical Playhouse1955 Island Walkway. Contact Jill Dillingham at info@ameliamusicalplayhouse. com or call (904)277-3455.

ix Fridays 11-12 am $89 for all 6 classes Painful Hips, Knee Pain, Back Pain, MS, Parkinson’s, Neck and Shoulder issues, cancer and other specific conditions that need individual care are encouraged to attend. Each student will have a personalized program. Safe Covid classes, limited to 7 people. In-studio only. Community Yoga + Wellness 210 Beech Street. (904) 613-6345 www.cyoga-amelia.com

MARCH 13 Bartram Trail Conference To preserve the legacy of William Bartram and celebrate the 247th Anniversary, Amelia Island Kayak Excursions will guide a kayak tour focusing on the history and flora and fauna of Egan’s Creek and the area. Following the kayak tour, we will host the Bartram Trail Conference. They will bring history to life in a reenactment of the naturalist using Bartram’s words and illustrations. This event is great for history buffs, naturalists, gardeners, hikers, bikers, paddlers and others who might benefit from the recreational trails and botanical gardens along Bartram’s route. Reservations required. Call (904) 557-5307 or Book online. Directions provided at time of reservation. AIKE is a Bartram Trail Conference Affiliate. $60 per single kayak. $120 per tandem kayak. 8:45 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. Call Amber Bullington at info@ ameliaislandkayak.com or (904)-557-5307.

MARCH 13 Artrageous Artwalk On the second Saturday of each month, participating galleries on the island and mostly the downtown area host free art events and open houses during the second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy the various types of local art that each gallery has to offer as well as meet the artists. Photography, pottery, copper, metal, fused, as well as stained glass, watercolors, acrylics, oils and batik are just a few of the varied media one can expect to see. 4 - 7 pm.

MARCH 14 Beer & G-Strings The 2021 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will present music lovers with a dazzling range of world-renowned artists. This concert features The Christiania Trio, Andres Diaz, Elizabeth Pridgen and Chee-Yun. Two show times: 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sadler Ranch, 869 Sadler Road. $45.

MARCH 26 The Dover Quartet with Bassist Edgar Meyer The phenomenal Dover Quartet, our Quartetin-Residence, catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition. In demand as both a performer and a composer, solo classical bassist Edgar Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. Two concerts, 3p.m. & 7p.m. Amelia Baptist Church, 961167 Buccaneer Trail. $60.

MARCH 27 Dover Master Class The internationally acclaimed Dover Quartet, our quartet-in-residence, conducts a free master class each season. These master classes, which are open to the public, draw large audiences every year. Two concert times, 5p.m. & 7p.m. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 2600 Atlantic Avenue. Free

MARCH 13, 17 Celtic Treasure

MARCH 30 Amelia Island Writers

A proverbial pot of gold filled with classic selections of Irish literature including excerpts from plays, prose and poetry. Some of the selected authors include Brendan Behan, Teresa Deevy, Sean Dunne, Seamus Haney, James Joyce, Sean O’Casey, John Millington Synge and William Butler Yeats. Performed

Topic for this meeting of the local chapter of the Florida Writers Association is “Let’s Get Started: Choosing the Right Title.” 3 pm. Open to anyone interested in writing. RSVP to jimlee. shobe@gmail.com. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118 Facebook.com/StoryandSongBookstore

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assau County has grown dramatically, and so have the needs of the county’s senior population. Janice Ancrum, president and CEO of Nassau County Council on Aging, is a strong and talented woman who has guided the dramatic growth of this critical organization serving our seniors, including the move to its current 25,000-square-foot home in the old Rayonier Building. In addition, the Hilliard Life Center will be opening a newly renovated facility later this summer. Janice was born and raised on Amelia Island. Her love for the island is apparent as she recalls her childhood growing up on Broome Street in Amelia Island’s Historic District. She remembers summers on Cumberland Island, staying with her grandmother and uncle, who were cooks at the Greyfield Inn, and exploring that magical island. Her education and career took her away from Amelia Island, but she always knew she would return. After graduating from Fernandina Beach High School, Janice earned a college scholarship awarded by Rayonier. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Florida and went on to complete a number of leadership programs, including at the University of North Florida and Florida Community College in Jacksonville. Janice has spent her career dedicated to helping people. Working in different positions for the State of Florida early in her career, she focused on helping both employers fill job vacancies and job seekers find employment. She worked to get individuals into training programs, getting them to school, and helping women get into non-traditional jobs such as truck driving and welding. She made a difference in many lives. For 15 years, she commuted to Jacksonville while working for Community Connections of Jacksonville (formerly the YWCA), helping homeless women and children become self-sufficient, as well as operating summer camps and school programs. 41 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Then the perfect job materialized. Janice could return to Amelia Island and be part of implementing the Council on Aging’s expanded vision. Once hired as president and CEO, her first challenge was to coordinate their much-needed move to a bigger facility and dramatically expand their services. She smiles as she recalls working one summer as a teenager at the Council on Aging. Back then she was pulling weeds; now she is fighting as an advocate for seniors and making a difference in their lives. Janice has always lived in Fernandina Beach, even though it meant long commutes to Jacksonville, and she loves it. “I’m grateful when newcomers tell me that they’ve lived many places around the country, but Fernandina is the best place they’ve ever lived. I’ve always known that!” One of Ancrum’s biggest challenges came with COVID-19. Suddenly the Life Center closed, and many of its services ceased. The challenges were met with an aggressive boots-on-the-ground initiative. The first and biggest focus was getting Meals on Wheels to seniors in need and to those afraid to go out. The number of meals delivered went from 32,000 in 2019 to 93,000 in 2020.The Life Center also ramped up their Telephone Reassurance Program after the stay-at-home order, as volunteers and staff touched hundreds of seniors, providing a lifeline of care, compassion, and conversation. Janice will be the first to give credit to her staff of 100 and the more than 300 volunteers who passionately give their time to make things better for community seniors. She has a daughter Janeecee and 16-year-old grandson. Her Dad lives with her now, and one of her greatest pleasures is listening to his stories of growing up in the 1940’s and 1950’s. MARCH 2021

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25Young Years After opening in 1996, Monkey Barrel Children’s Store celebrates 25 years as an Amelia Island favorite, with distinctive clothes and toys in a new, expanded location. BY JULIE SIMMONS PHOTOS BY LYNN TENNILLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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hen Bonnie and Rob Southwick came to Amelia Island in 1996, they discovered a brand-new children’s shop called Monkey Barrel, which had perfect apparel for their new baby girl. “There wasn’t an Easter, Christmas, or birthday that passed without a visit to Monkey Barrel for something fancy for my daughter, and later a matching sibling outfit for my son,” Bonnie remembers with a smile. Fast forward 25 years, and not only is Bonnie singing “Happy 25th Birthday” to her daughter, but she’s also blowing out the candles on the cake for her newest baby – the Monkey Barrel Children’s Store. “At the end of 2016, I heard through the grapevine that Dina Martin, the founder of Monkey Barrel, was looking to transition to new things. My youngest was headed to college, and I was ready to do something new, too! It was a win-win for both Dina and me to pass the keys to the store onto our family.” “Although I was elated about my new store, I was terrified,” Bonnie confesses. “I had a little front desk retail experience, but the backend of buying and merchandising the clothes and toys was brand new. I could not have asked for a better mentor than Dina. She took me under her wing, guided me through my first visits to the marts, and showed me the ropes. I still call her today from time to time.” “It was my dream to own a children’s retail business,” shares Dina. “On March 1, 1996 Monkey Barrel opened, continued on next page.

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and these 25 years passed so quickly! It fills my heart with pride to see Monkey Barrel thriving under Bonnie’s care.” The same passions that inspired Dina to enter the children’s business are what bring joy to Bonnie every day. “One of the best parts of a local business on Amelia Island is the immense loyalty Amelia Islanders have for their own from generation to generation. It delights me time and time again when a friend of mine comes in to shop for her grandbaby, or one of my daughter’s friends stops by to pick up a gift for her nephew.” Bonnie also shared how special it is when customers reminisce on their days as “Monkey Barrel Models,” and she continues to enjoy featuring children in her advertisements. As local shoppers, we look forward to the consistent, personal shopping experience Monkey Barrel offers. The Team welcomes you with a smile, asks how they can help, and within minutes you are on your way with the perfect wrapped gift. Or if you are like me, you are in awe of the cuteness and choose to stay awhile. “Helping customers with personal requests is a highlight of my day,” says Bonnie. “For example, recently a guest at Omni Amelia Island Plantation called because their family made it to sunny Florida without a bathing suit for his daughter, and they didn’t have a car. I was thrilled to run a couple of options to the hotel for him.” Many of you will recall that last Easter we were staying safe at home due to COVID-19. As difficult as the pandemic restrictions have been, the year 2020 started a whole new trend for Monkey Barrel: Facetime virtual shopping. “I had so much fun building baskets for our customer’s children and delivering them to their cars.” And Bonnie promises she will do the same for you again this Easter! Monkey Barrel is an Amelia Island landmark, and Bonnie and the store are now settled happily at their new location in The Shops at Amelia Market in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center. Stop by the store or call (904) 310-9463 if you have any questions.

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Craft Beer & Artisan Pizza Fernandina Beach’s newest craft brewery has opened its doors. First Love Brewing is a community centric microbrewery that features 20 rotating taps all brewed on site. First Love Brewing also offers artisan pizzas made with their signature dough recipe. We are inspired by the community we live in and the people we meet. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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spring in the step With spring in the air and warm weather here, March is the time to plan and execute your garden plans for the year, perhaps including new plants like Tractor Seat. BY BETTY MORRELL

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smell spring in the air, and so, my friends, now is the time for some serious gardening. I am sure you have visited the local nurseries and were greeted by the colorful annuals and perennials that can be planted now. Be sure you have your beds planned before you do that. Transplanting can put your tender annuals and perennials in shock. An under-utilized plant previously known as Ligularia has a new name, Farfugium Japonicum, also known as the Tractor Seat plant. This evergreen clump-forming perennial is now being sought widely for use in landscapes and in containers. The Tractor Seat plant adds rich texture and deep glossy foliage to shady woodland gardens, boggy areas, sand banks, perennial borders, and container gardens. In small beds and containers, they make a great back to low border plants, and in large beds they can be massed as a ground cover in front of ornamental shrubs and under canopy trees. (This plant will spread to a handsome clump). A member of the sunflower family, an added attraction of this plant is the

TIP OF T HE M O N T H If you haven’t cleaned your beds of winter debris, do it before preparing your beds for planting. If the soil is tired, add some good garden soil and Milorganite, which won’t burn the roots. Check plants for winter damage using the nail test, and hopefully you’ll find green on the stems. Prune down to the green.

flower spike that rises up to 3 feet above the foliage with small, bright yellow daisylike flowers that bloom in fall and winter. The bees and butterflies love them. The Tractor Seat plant prefers moist, rich soil, but it’s not fussy about the PH. It grows best in shade with filtered sun, as too much sun can wilt and burn the leaves. Insect and disease problems are rare. I have admired this plant in person and was really taken back by its beauty. It is a plant any gardener would be happy to add to their landscape. A stunning new Shasta Daisy with long-lasting, large, bright sunshineyellow blooms is being introduced. It is a

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Leucanthemum called “Real Goldcup,” an exclusive to the Southern Living and Sunset Plant Collections. This hardy PP plant is an excellent garden performer. With its sturdy stems, it is ideal for longlasting cut flowers. Real Goldcup has a tight clumping habit that grows 36 in. in height and 18 in. in width. Plant it in well-drained garden soil in full sun to part-shade. This improved, disease-resistant, easy care plant, when established, becomes drought-tolerant. This eye-popping plant is great in pots and containers, makes an awesome garden border or clumps withing the landscaping. I really love this plant and anxiously await its debut. It should be soon. And don’t forget that pots of colorful flowers or plants of textured foliage make great additions to your beds; they can be moved to any spot that you need color or visual beauty. I love potted plants! Christy Hickey and I are now doing virtual and onsite consultations. Email me at bamorrell@aol.com for information or with questions. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!

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Left: A comfortable family room with a treasured antique spinning wheel is perfect for conversation or reading. Below: The main living area has a dramatic 18foot ceiling with a beautiful two-sided fireplace. The back of the fireplace features a smaller, more intimate area for relaxation.

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obbi and Peter Newland first discovered Amelia Island while attending a private equity investor conference on the island. After many moves and homes around the country, including North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maryland, Texas, and Nebraska, they knew when they retired they wanted to be in a warm climate near the water. The couple enjoys scuba diving, and they have many treasures from their dives, so beach and water are very important to them. Amelia Island fit their criteria perfectly. They considered several different options for retirement, but when they discovered Amelia Park, they were confident it was the right choice. They purchased a lot and began to plan their new home. Amelia Park, a planned community, offered so much. Friendly porches front many of the homes, inviting

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Top: The kitchen has lots of cabinet space, a large island with seats, and striking model sailboats from a local antique shop above the cabinets. Above left: The entranceway features some of the Newlands’ collected paintings, including works by local artists and family members. Above right: In the elegant dining area, a large painting, which was purchased while the couple lived in Omaha, Nebraska, depicts a warm marsh scene.

a sit-down and visit with friends. People walking their dogs stop and chat, others visit the friendly ducks on Amelia Park’s pond. Conveniently located near the island’s hospital and Fernandina Beach’s Historic District, it offers many positives. While conforming to the requirements of Amelia Park, the couple was able to design the perfect space to suit their lifestyle and house their treasured art and family antiques. They sketched out their ideas, then enlisted the help of their son, Scott, and daughter-in-law,

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Top: The comfortable master bedroom in green and beige shades also has a sitting area made cozy with family photos and antiques. Above left: A guest bathroom has beachy tones and collected seaside treasures. Above right: The welcoming guest bedroom has large windows creating a bright, sunny environment.

patio area is tucked against the house next to the garage. The home has lots of places to enjoy the inviting Florida climate. Once in the front door, you are drawn into a dramatic open living area with a soaring ceiling that is 18 feet high. The kitchen area flows into a cozy space with a stone fireplace that reaches to the ceiling. Around the corner, the backside of the fireplace features a smaller, more intimate area for conversation and relaxation. The house and its décor reflect the couple’s many interests. Each piece of art displayed throughout the home is special to the couple and has a story. Some of the artists represented include Bill and Kathleen Maurer, Tony Van Hasselt, Andy Evanston, David Nackashi, and

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close friend Ruth Igoe. A large painting with warm marsh-like images hangs on the far wall in the dining room; it was purchased while the couple lived in Omaha. Much of the displayed art is by talented family members, including Peter, son Scott, and daughter-in-law Colleen. In addition to the artwork on the walls, the couple has a pottery collection with pieces by Trish Tipton (Slightly Off Center), Robert and Beverly Combs (Bright Sky Pottery), and Sandra Baker-Hinton. Bobbi shared that many of the decorative accessories in the house were found in shops on the island. She found many pieces at Eight Flags Antique Mall; it’s where the Newlands found the

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Top left: A lovely cabinet off the kitchen houses a number of the Newlands’ stunning pieces of original pottery and glass. Top right: The sitting area on the other side of the two-sided fireplace makes a great place to enjoy the Florida climate. Above: The front covered porch provides the perfect spot to enjoy the home’s park-like setting.

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two large sailboats that are above their kitchen cabinets. Bobbi shared that downsizing meant choosing what to keep and what to let go. Their antiques are family treasures with precious memories. Each has a special area. Peter has a small office space where he can indulge in his love of painting, and Bobbi has a little sittingand-reading area off the master bedroom that is made cozy by family photos and antiques. The Newlands love the convenient location of their home. They enjoy the intimacy of Amelia Park and their neighbors. Bobbi volunteered for the Amelia Island Museum of History’s Holiday Home Tour for seven years. The last three were spent as chair of the House Captains. They enjoy their rounds of golf and are active in the life of the First Presbyterian Church, Fernandina Beach. Their move to Amelia Island has been a good one for the Newlands. They have a lifestyle suited to their many interests and a home designed for memories yet to come.

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Salt Life Food Shack With a spacious deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at Main Beach, Salt Life Food Shack serves up delicious fresh seafood, great specialty cocktails, and a fun, beachy vibe. BY MICHAEL GASS • PHOTO COURTESY SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK

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eople come from all over the world to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach looking for their little piece of heaven, but every day in paradise can’t be sunny and 80 degrees. On this particular Friday night, it was cold and rainy, but I was determined to scratch that tropical itch, so I made my way to Salt Life Food Shack at Main Beach for dinner with a very special friend.

Salt Life Food Shack in Fernandina Beach is the third location for the young ocean-themed chain, but this one belongs to us. Despite the wonky weather, the bar was hopping and the dining room was full. Apparently, I was not the only one pining for an island-style attitude adjustment. Salt Life boasts a youthful vibe, which is reflected in the staff, many of whom are current or former Culinary Arts students of mine at Fernandina Beach High School. It’s always a treat to bump into students working in the world, and tonight our hostess was one of my freshmen. On the way to our table, we passed the bar, wrapped in tiles of cool teal, sea 62 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

foam green, and ocean blue, looking out over what is typically a packed deck and bustling sidewalk scene, but tonight the fun outside was on hold. Inside, however, the surf videos and reggae rhythms were keeping everything irie. Once situated at our table, I ordered a Cosmico for myself and a featured Coconut Margarita for Jessica, my guest. The Cosmico is one of many stellar offerings from Mocama Beer Company, located here on Amelia Island. I also ordered my favorite thing on the menu at Salt Life: the Mexican Shrimp Roll. The Cosmico is crisp with citrus appeal, and it went wonderfully with the roll, which features tempura-battered shrimp and avocado wrapped in soy paper and topped with sliced ahi, fresh jalapeños, Sriracha, and tobiko. We ordered our entrees from the “Seasonal Specials” menu, where we found the Coconut Margarita. Featured currently is a dynamite Lobster with Johnny Cakes, a cross-climate mix of cold-water lobster and Caribbean comfort, reminding us that warmer weather is only a few weeks away. The lobster was buttery and delicious, and the Johnny cakes were studded with bell peppers and kernels of fresh corn, all of which was drizzled in a lime cream sauce spiked with coconut rum. In addition to the lobster, we found a Crab Baked Grouper that harkened back to my “good old days” at the Golden Grouper Café. Served with crispy and perfectly seasoned new potatoes and mixed veggies, the grouper was moist, flaky, and topped with a luscious spinach and crabmeat cream. We had a ball laughing and hanging out, and everyone around us seemed to be doing the same. The bar stayed full, and people were hanging out, making the most of the scene despite the weather. I cannot wait to come back again with family and friends, hopefully under a summer sunset looking over the Atlantic Ocean from upstairs. Salt Life should not be missed. Located at Main Beach across from the Putt-Putt Amelia Island, it is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., midnight on Friday and Saturday. MARCH 2021

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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 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

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menu and after-dinner cordials. Lounge opens at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays. 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. 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, www.AmeliaIslander.com


dining out 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 serving breakfast and lunch indoors or in the “secret garden” courtyard, home of Amelia’s “Wings” murals. Enjoy favorites like a genuine Bronx bagel, quiche, Ina Garten’s chicken salad, and seasonal specials made with fresh, local ingredients. Organic coffee, Rishi tea, rose lemonade, beer and wine also available. Monday-Saturday 9 to 2, Sunday 11 to 2. 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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This Amelia Island Plantation oceanfront condo has received a complete and custom top-shelf transformation. The stylish ocean view kitchen has large quartz counters, custom cabinetry and pullouts, coffee pantry, wine cooler, ice maker and bar seating for five. The owner suite has a large contemporary tub and shower combination. Professionally designed there is all custom lighting and closets throughout along with other decorative touches such as designer wallpaper and fabrics. Furnishings are included as well as a one car garage. A move-in ready residence with three bedrooms, three baths and nearly 1900 square feet on the south end of Amelia Island.

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14 Ocean Club Drive Vacant Land | 0.57 Acres

95342 Mackinas Circle 3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 2,622 sq ft

3411 Sea Marsh Road 3 Bed | 3 Bath | 1,874 sq ft

$1,225,000

$725,000

$519,000

1815 Turtle Dunes Place 2 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,120 sq ft

2509/2510 Boxwood Lane 2 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,470 sq ft

260/261 Sandcastles Court 2 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,352 sq ft

$695,000

$342,500

$549,000

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10 Ocean Club Drive

1532 Piper Dunes Place

6 Bed | 6 Bath/2 Half Bath | 6,800 Sq. Ft. | $3,399,000

3 Bed | 3 Bath | 2,144 Sq. Ft. | $1,995,000

This stunning custom designed home is just steps to the beach. The property sits up on top of a bluff overlooking a beautiful preserve and small lake.

Enjoy your own slice of paradise with spectacular ocean views from the main living areas and master bedroom. The large balcony offers the perfect space for entertaining.

The master suite is on the main level with access to the porch. Guest bedrooms and mother-in-law suite are located on the second level.

In addition to the large master suite, the villa features two guest rooms with en suite baths.

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S UNR IS E O R S U NS E T. . . 3815 SOUTH FLETCHER AVENUE Walk Across the Street to the Beach!

Claudia Watts BROKER-EXECUTIVE claudia.watts@coldwellbanker.com 904.556.4000 www.claudiawatts.com

4856 FIRST COAST HWY SUITE 2 O: 904.261.0347 THE CLAUDIA WATTS TEAM

Appealing inside and out, come see this desirable custom home. Features 4th bedroom or den option, upper bonus room with wet bar, hard wood flooring, volume ceilings, abundant storage in laundry room, porch spaces with Trex decking, and Hardi-board siding. Convenient to beach accesses across the street. Gourmet kitchen includes gas range with pot filler, soft-close white cabinetry, stainless appliance package with wall ovens, breakfast bar seating, quartz countertops, stone backsplash, plentiful storage and is open to the great room. Ideal primary or secondary home with gas package for range, Rinai tankless water heater, romantic fireplace and barbecue grill. You’ll love the summer kitchen on the rear porch after enjoying long days on Amelia’s pristine shoreline! MLS#93694 $1,650,000

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. . .Y OU CHO O S E ! 9 SOUND POINT COURT Paradise Found!

Kathy Garland REALTOR kathyg@bellsouth.net 904.556.5744

This custom home’s double door entry gives way to soaring ceilings with lovely view of the tropical pool enclosure...Amelia’s serene salt marsh beyond. Located in Long Point within the Amelia Island Plantation, home features an elevator, retractable sliding door systems, wine cellar, luxurious bar, 3 fireplaces, and custom artisan detail by Gordon Meggison. Kitchen boasts 6-burner gas range, Butcher-block island, GE stainless wall ovens & handsome cabinetry. Separately accessible in-law suite. Delightful owners suite with separate sitting area, upper media room, fully equipped & overlooking the appealing heated saltwater pool, gas fire pit & whole-house generator. Crestron technology system allows for seamless automated control. MLS#93785 $3,775,000

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JASINSKY TEAM

www.amelia4sale.com • jasinskyteam@gmail.com Property Management Services • Pat Jasinsky 904-557-1555 • AmeliaForRent.com 4856 First Coast Hwy Ste #2, Fernandina Beach, FL

Erin McCarthy Fox Justin Jasinsky 904-206-0696 904-743-3235

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LOT 4 1ST AVENUE Large lot one block from Atlantic Ocean with green space at back for privacy. Zoned for single family home or duplex. MLS#93554 $299,000

16 MOSS OAKS DRIVE Build your dream home on this beautiful large lot at the quiet end of a cul-de-sac in Amelia Island Plantation. MLS#93935 $359,900

13503 YELLOW BLUFF RD 2 BR/1 BA home with office on 2 acres with plenty of green space and pond. Large detached garage and workshop. MLS#93930 $269,000

2070 BEACHWOOD Built in 1974, this lovely condo home has 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in approximately 1,258 square feet. MLS#93033 $314,000

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14 N. 2ND STREET Vacant lot and building plans for two-story commercial office building. Zoned for restaurant. Just off Centre Street. MLS#89896 $699,000

5550 S. FLETCHER AVE Out parcel at popular Harris Teeter Plaza. Opportunities for commercial or professional use. Improvements in place. MLS#93562 $795,000

95950 LOFTON SQUARE CT Prime location for retail, restaurant, or commercial building. 1.78 acres ready to build on. Near the movie theater. MLS#92590 $1,290,000

US HIGHWAY 17 Great location on Highway 17. 375 feet of frontage on 2.7 acres. Commercial intensive zoning allows multiple uses. MLS#87293 $300,000

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719 White Street | $975,500 JUST LISTED

2754 S Fletcher Avenue | $1,355,000 JUST SOLD

5 Bd | 4 Ba | 2,678 Sq Ft.

4 Bd | 2 Ba | 1,951 Sq Ft.

1543 Piper Dunes Place | $2,000,000

6524 Spyglass Circle | $1,375,000

UNDER CONTRACT IN 1 DAY 3 Bd | 3 Ba | 2,114 Sq Ft.

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3 Bd | 3.5 Ba | 2,679 Sq Ft.

Joe Cutajar, Broker/ Owner 904.753.0365 joe.cutajar@firstcoastsir.com


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3280 S Fletcher Ave| $2,750,000 UNDER CONTRACT IN 1 DAY

95016 Reserve Court UNDER CONTRACT-$695,000

96201 Marsh Lakes Drive $649,000

5 Bd | 5 Ba | 4099 Sq Ft.

3 Bd | 2 Ba | 2,093 Sq Ft.

5 Bd | 3 Ba | 2,712 Sq Ft.

Nick Burke 904.557.1440

Nick Burke 904.557.1440

Nick Burke 904.557.1440

8 Sound Point Pl $3,500,000

47 Sea Marsh Rd $940,000

940142 Old Nassauville Road $200,000

4 Bd | 5.5 Ba | 4,767 Sq Ft.

3 Bd | 3 Ba | 2,419 Sq Ft.

1.05 Acres

Cody Lanier 904.415.2100

Cody Lanier 904.415.2100

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95176 SANDPIPER LOOP

Located in the gated community of Summer Beach Village this poolside 3BR/ 3BA townhome is just a short walk away from the beach dune walkover and The Golf Club of Amelia Island Beach Club. This corner villa offers a great floor plan with a wonderful deck overlooking pool. $525,000 MLS#93179

Fantastic historic location to build your dream home in McArthur Estates. Located off a dedicated canopy preservation road on southern Amelia Island. Beautiful gated entrance to this small neighborhood of only 15 homesites. Bring own builder and design the perfect estate home. REDUCED $349,900 MLS#93337

The Villas of Ocean Dunes, oceanfront 3BR/3BA home a short walk from The Ritz Carlton. In this patio home cluster, there are only 4 fee simple owned homes. Designed with the living area, dining room, kitchen and master suite in the main part of the oceanfront home. $824,900 MLS#80781

982 S. FLETCHER AVE

4167 S. FLETCHER AVE

2122 S. FLETCHER AVE

This is as Oceanfront as it gets! This 4 BR/ 4 BA 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. SOLD $2,100,000 MLS#92481

3BR/3BA home located in one of Amelia Island’s most unique settings, in a beautiful hammock of windswept oaks covering 1 acre +/-. Access and frontage on S. Fletcher Ave. There is a deeded shared beach access on the beach side of S. Fletcher Ave. PENDING $899,900 MLS#90934

Oceanfront opportunity located just south of Sadler Rd. with a prime beach location on Amelia Island! This 4BR/3BA home offers many possibilities and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. Open floor plan design, with a large oceanside deck and dune walkover. PENDING $1,395,000 MLS#90368

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


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Gary Farnsworth 904-583-5611

Fran Holland Farnsworth 904-753-1862

23 YEARS EXPERIENCE. EXPERTISE & KNOWLEDGE THAT MATTERS!

AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION COMPLETE RENOVATION This ocean view Plantation condo has had a complete and thorough high-end transformation by the seller. Professionally designed and renovated the condo now features a kitchen with large quartz countertops, stainless appliances, custom cabinets, drawers and pullouts, coffee pantry, wine cooler, ice maker, and bar seating for five. The owner suite has a stylish soaker tub and shower combination. Designer touches include custom closets, custom lighting and designer wallpaper and fabrics throughout. All furnishings included. Custom cabinetry throughout. Also a rare one car garage included. Powered blinds throughout. Anderson windows & doors. Large covered oceanfront balcony. Offered at $1,488,000.

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PAM TROXEL

pdtroxel@msn.com • (904) 556-1258 thetroxelgroup.com UNDER CONTRACT

1935 Anchorage Place $599,000 Beautiful and spacious one-level home in sought after Ocean Reach features screened and heated pool, triple crown moulding, 10-11 ft ceilings, attractive split bedroom plan and fenced yard with fruit trees. Kitchen offers Corian countertops, island, 42” upper cabinets and stainless appliances. Gas fireplace in family room and built-ins by Mooney. MLS#93648 UNDER CONTRACT

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3056 S. Fletcher Avenue, Unit #305 $399,000 Top floor villa with unobstructed south-facing ocean views! Open floor plan nicely furnished with raised panel mocha maple cabinets, built-in eating nook with lots of storage and ocean front balcony. Wonderful retreat or rental with walk over to the beach. Outstanding location between downtown Fernandina Beach and the south end of Amelia Island. MLS#93767

please mention you saw the ad in the Amelia Islander Magazine. 861984 North Hampton Club Way $89,000

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Golf course and pond views from this prime lot in the North Hampton golf community. 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course/clubhouse, tennis/ basketball courts, community pool/clubhouse, multi-sports field, and Lofton Creek Outpost that comes with cooking facilities, fishing pier and kayak launch. HOA fees include internet and basic cable. MLS#81028


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t has been a frustrating 12-months for everyone in lockdown during the pandemic, but one thing Amelia Islanders have going for us is that we live on an island paradise! Our beaches and restaurants are open, and there are numerous safe outdoor activities we can take advantage of. Recently, my husband, Troy, and I took a weekend “staycation” at Fort Clinch State Park, a gem for nature lovers and history buffs. After a quick trip to the grocery store for food, ice, and charcoal, we headed down the canopied road to Fort Clinch’s Amelia River campground. Within minutes, we had set up our camp and were ready to explore. Fort Clinch has several miles of hiking trails, including the Willow Pond Trail, which snakes its way around Willow Pond, an otherworldly destination. Troy decided to hike that trail, while I took some beach time for myself. The park has several miles of beach for shelling, swimming, and fishing, and I brought my binoculars to check out the shore birds. Painted Buntings, Piping Plovers, Brown Pelicans, and Wood Storks all make Fort Clinch their home at some time during the year. After our walks, Troy and I met up to visit the fort itself, with its row of cannons staring across the St. Marys River into Georgia. Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th-century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. The fort is one in a series of masonry forts constructed between 1816 and 1867. The fort has limited activities since the pandemic, but it is open to explore and we were happy to meet up with our friend and Park Ranger, Frank Ofledt, who was riding horses with his assistant that day. Fort Clinch offers 80 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

a unique living history experience! A soldier is on duty every day of the year, including holidays. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the soldier as he goes about his daily activities. After our visit to the fort, we went back to our campsite to get ready for dinner. Nothing beats food cooked over a campfire! Fort Clinch has two campgrounds, one on the Amelia River and the other on the beach. I love the river site because it offers shade, and we can access the hiking trails directly from our campsite without having to drive. Their facilities are clean and in top-notch condition, and there’s even a laundry area. In addition, Fort Clinch offers primitive and youth camping. Another thing we love about the park is its location. You can see the sunrise at the beach in the morning, and then watch it set on the river in the evening. On our second day, we got up early to see the sun rise, then hiked the main trail up to the entry gate, and back again, for a total of six miles. This trail is also open to mountain bikes, and on it you’ll discover tabby structures, ponds, and a view of the Amelia Lighthouse. The shoreline along St. Marys Inlet provides great opportunities for viewing dolphin and an occasional right whale. Deer often graze in the grasslands adjacent to the fort during early morning and late afternoon. Gopher tortoise gather on the dune ridges during warmer months. We love to hang out at the inlet in late afternoon, looking for wildlife with our binoculars and watching the boats go by. For more information on how to enjoy your own “staycation” at Ft. Clinch, visit the fort’s website at floridastateparks.org/fortclinch. MARCH 2021

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