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of the most significant moments in our life.

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

In April each year, we are happy to present our Amelia Islander Magazine “Home & Design” special issue. Since April always delivers spring at its blooming best, it’s fitting to think about fresh starts in our lives and in our homes. Spring is a time of new beginnings, some good old-fashioned spring cleaning, and perhaps a few adjustments to the routine rhythm of our daily lives. The Home & Design special issue is always a favorite for us. Building a house, buying a house, or turning the house you love into the home of your dreams can be one of the most significant moments in our life. Creating a comfortable environment where you can raise a family or enjoy retirement is a vital part of life. When we establish a home for ourselves, we make decisions that reflect our priorities at the time, which might mean an extra bedroom for guests, a home office, or a bonus room for the kids. As we grow and change through the years, our homes reflect those changes. When kids are in the home, we need bedrooms and maybe a playroom where the kids can congregate; when kids leave the nest, we might decide to change a bedroom into a den or a hobby room – at least until the grandkids start arriving! As Julie Simmons notes in her home trends article this month, the Covid pandemic, which wrought major changes in your lives this past year, has also encouraged new configurations in the work and play spaces of our homes. In this issue, we share the stories of two local residents and their homes. In the first feature, we meet Chris and David Loucks, who came to visit David’s sister in Oyster Bay Harbour on Friday, fell in love with the community and bought a lot on Sunday, then built a lovely home on the river with expansive views of the marsh and local wildlife. In the second feature, we catch up with Alexis Reynolds, who first visited Amelia Island over 40 years ago, then last year found a custom-built home with beautiful river views, which she then completely transformed into an idyllic retreat she named “Oyster Reef,” complete with a charming cottage for her visiting kids. Also this month, we look at recent home design trends, influenced in part by the pandemic; introduce a new project by four local woman called “2020 – A Look Back,” which collected over 100 photos to capture local life in our year of Covid; present another “Eyes to the Skies” from Gail Pfoh on the brilliantly colorful birds of Amelia in spring; offer a great recipe for crab cakes; and much more.

Contributing Photographers William Raser, Sherry Carter, Stephan Leimberg, Pam Bell, Christy LeLait

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Enamored with the Oyster Bay Harbour community, its respect for nature, the marina, and Oyster Bay Yacht Club, Chris and David Loucks came to visit David’s sister for the weekend, and by Sunday, they had purchased a lot in the neighborhood.

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Alexis Reynolds first visited Amelia Island 45 years ago, and just last year she found a house on the river with beautiful views and undertook a complete renovation.

Since most of us have been hanging around the house a lot more in this past year of Covid, changes to the living and work areas in our homes have become the norm.

49 Looking Back at 2020 With a new community project called “2020 – A Look Back,” four women catalogue Amelia Island’s extraordinary pandemic year of 2020 in photos.

80 Island Entertaining When Karen Miller was looking for a great crab cake recipe, she turned to Chef Michael Gass, recently named Fernandina Beach High School’s Teacher of the Year.

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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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Eyes to the Skies Perched on many of the beautiful shrubs blooming on Amelia Island this time of year, you’ll also see equally stunning birds like Eastern Bluebirds and Painted Buntings.

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In the Garden While enjoying the good weather in your garden this month, consider adding a few new shrubs for screening or interest, like Olive Martini and Sunshine Ligustrum.

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Eating Scene Long an anchor of the marina and downtown Fernandina Beach, Brett’s sets the standard with fresh flavors, delicious seafood and steak, and unmatched sunset views.

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Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island

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Right: Chris and David’s home in Oyster Bay Harbour is the epitome of low-country living at its finest. Below: An open concept living room and kitchen features meticulous shiplap cladding and a vaulted ceiling.

nestled in nature BY KAREN MILLER PHOTOS BY NEAL SMITH, ECVT PHOTOGRAPHY

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moving to Fernandina Beach. The couple was originally from Miami, and Florida was always in their blood. Not to mention that two of David’s sisters were already living at Oyster Bar Harbour. “We were destined to come to Fernandina Beach,” says Chris. “We love the location, and it’s a more laid-back lifestyle than the Miami area.” Chris and David built their dream house around their family, with the expertise of Shawn Kirouac of The Kirouac Group. Construction began in 2012. “We wanted the house to include guest quarters for our children and grandchildren,” APRIL 2021

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Top: The dining room sparkles with a mirrored sideboard, chandelier, and cheerful window treatments. Inset: A cozy breakfast area sits just off the kitchen. Above: Natural light fills the kitchen, with lots of room for family and friends. A wooden “eyebrow” bar sits atop a fossil stone counter.

says David. “We wanted them to have an entire floor to themselves, with two bedrooms, a family room, two bathrooms, and a laundry room.” Kirouac’s unique design included an entryway onto a middle landing in the house, with a half-flight of stairs leading down to the guest quarters, and another half-flight of stairs leading to the main

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living quarters, which includes a master suite, living room, dining room, kitchen, an outdoor lanai, and a second bedroom that serves as an office. In addition, a 4-bay garage provides room for two cars, a workshop, and room for their golf cart. The home took about two years to build, partly because of its fortified foundation, along with the precise details

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Top: The summer kitchen on the lanai makes entertaining on the lanai a breeze. Above: This stunning lanai features lots of room for relaxing or entertaining, an outdoor kitchen, a bar, and panoramic marsh views.

put into the design. The Kirouac Group prides themselves on never building the same design twice, with the visions of their clients as the most important element of their design process. “The carpenters and craftsmen who worked on the house were true artists,” says Chris. “The shiplap cladding was meticulously installed. We wanted a vaulted ceiling to give a more expansive feel to the house, but still have warmth with all the wood details. The wood floors

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are all reclaimed lumber, too,” she adds. Chris and David hired Anne Rosenthal of Rosenthal Interiors to help with decorating. But Anne did much more than that. “Anne was in on the design from the very beginning,” says Chris. “She’d look around the space and say, ‘you need a window right here.’ She’s an amazing designer, helping us use our existing furniture, and then adding new pieces and elements that we wouldn’t have thought of.”

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Top: This guest suite, located in the lower-floor guest quarters, includes a secluded screen porch in a tranquil setting. Above: The master suite, located in the top floor main living quarters, is a large, comfortable space with gorgeous marsh views. Inset: A private bath in the master bathroom is a peaceful oasis.

As much as Chris and David love their home at Oyster Bay Harbour, it is the property and the neighborhood that means the most to them. Their home reflects that, too, with its wide marsh views from several points in the home. “We love the outdoors, and we love watching the birds and other wildlife,”

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says David. “When the grandchildren come to visit, they want to go out in the boat. Sometimes they fish from the dock, and sometimes we’ll take a ride through the neighborhood in the golf cart. We also feel that the people who live here have a true respect for the natural world, and that makes us all feel connected.”

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STEAK OUT IS BACK We believe that steak is cause for celebration! Help us kick off the season with the return of our signature culinary event at Marché Burette. Join us every Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy live music and a selection of premium cuts of meat. Prices vary.

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Top: In the home’s entryway, a half-flight of stairs leads down to the guest quarters, and another half-flight of stairs leads up to the main living area of the house. Above: A portion of the living room includes this “game space” for young and old alike. The beautiful wood “bodega,” or bar, has been in Chris’ family since before she was born.

The Oyster Bay neighborhood reflects a luxurious, but casual low country lifestyle, with amenities that include a marina with boat slips, a Tiki Hut, a Yacht Club with a restaurant and full-service bar, 2-swimming pools, a fitness center, tennis courts, plus safe roadways for walking and cycling. Chris and David appreciate Oyster Bay’s location, too, being just a short drive to Amelia Island, with its array of beach

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accesses and their favorite restaurants. The couple also likes to take their grandchildren to The Nature Center, located at the south end of the island, to learn more about the flora, fauna, and rich history of the area. “More than anything,” says Chris, “the atmosphere here at Oyster Bay is warm and friendly and has a true, small town, southern coastal charm. We couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!”

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LES DEMERLE’S BIG BAND BASH RETURNS MAY 1 AND A NEW LIVE ALBUM Amelia Island’s favorite jazz artist, Les Demerle, has just released a new album called Hot Night In Venice! This live set was recorded at the Venice Jazz Club in Venice, Italy and features the Les Demerle Quartet with Bonnie Eisele entertaining a packed room of fans. “We are playing jazz classics: Perdido, Night Train, Down By The Riverside, plus Bonnie’s wonderful interpretations of The Very Thought Of You, Peel Me A Grape, The Lady Is Tramp, Girl From Ipenema, and many more, for over an hour’s worth of music,” says Les with a smile. Amelia Islanders can enjoy this great set today by picking up a CD at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro. If you want a taste of this great set live, join Les and Bonnie at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Big Band Bash on Saturday, May 1 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Omni Amelia Island Resort. Featuring the Les DeMerle 17-piece orchestra with Bonnie Eisele performing classics from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and a tribute to Harry James, the group is ready for a crowd! For tickets and more information, visit ameliaislandjazzfestival.com.

If you’re vacationing or staycationing and looking for something unexplored, two new Marriott properties will open on Amelia Island in May: Courtyard and SpringHill Suites at Atlantic and South Fletcher Avenues near Main Beach. The 239-room dual-branded property is adjacent to Fort Clinch State Park, close to the historic downtown, and steps from the Atlantic Ocean. A resort-style pool deck, in-pool seating, fire pit, many dining options, full bars, and a fitness room are just some of the amenities. For those of us not on vacation, the properties have lots of flexible spaces for meetings, events, and special occasions with on-site catering. Committed to the community, Courtyard and SpringHill Suites is the title sponsor of “2020 – A Look Back,” a community-wide project that assembled 100 photos from hundreds submitted to tell the story of the year 2020 on Amelia Island and in Nassau County. The community is invited to tour the two new properties and view the exhibit as part of its opening events. Created by the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery, the exhibit is free and will benefit Arts Alive-Nassau, a non-profit providing after school arts programing to the children of Nassau County. For more information or to book a stay, call (904) 261-1919.

LOCAL AUTHOR TOM HITCHCOCK RELEASES HIS LATEST NOVEL Local author, Tom Hitchcock has a new novel which lands right here on our Island! Four of his five novels are set partially or wholly on Amelia Island. His explanation: “A story needs a location, and Amelia Island is one I’m familiar with, so why not?” Yet Hitchcock and his wife, Susan, lived on another island for nearly 20 years—a small, remote spit of land on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. “Back then, Tilghman Island was populated mostly by watermen,” he continues. “Kind of a sleepy place. Not that it couldn’t have been the scene of murder, mystery, or intrigue, but it would have exceeded the limits of my imagination at the time.” His latest novel, Drowning, is the story of three people who embark on an ill-fated sailing voyage. Tom thought it needed wider horizons than Amelia Island, so the story begins on Tilghman Island and concludes here for its climactic ending. When an illicit love affair turns an idyllic sailing trip into a nightmarish ordeal of torment and guilt, it hounds an adulterous couple through a string of island hideaways landing on our Island. The book is available at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro and The Book Loft. Learn more at tomhitchcockwrites.com.

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in upstate New York, her American Primitive paintings sold through the Folk Art Museum in Manhattan, as well as shops throughout the area. She was also instrumental in starting the Dublin Art League in Ohio. Upon moving to Amelia Island with her husband, Tom, she started the Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery with the support of the Cooper family. Loraine not only represents the homes she is rendering, but includes family pets, cars, and even family members. Why a house portrait? “Perhaps you have just purchased your first home or have finally completed your dream home,” says Loraine. “Possibly it’s your family home or grandparents’ home that brings a flood of memories. I work from photographs, capturing the heart and soul of your life or those you care for. It makes a wonderful personal gift.” Loraine’s work can be found at her home studio and gallery by appointment, and at Baptist Nassau, Amelia Island Real Estate, Scotch Cove Gallery, and on her website at loraineking.com. For more information, call (904) 491-3737.

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avid Grissett, Jacksonville native, Eagle Scout, and graduate of Episcopal School of Jacksonville and Florida State University, is Account Executive for Fernandina Beach’s Angel Watch Personal Care. With years of home health care experience, David quickly identified what he enjoyed most about his job. “The most rewarding part of my job is knowing we provide a valuable service to people by providing daily assistance and warm companionship to help keep our patients safe, independent, and empowered in their homes,” says David. Angel Watch Personal Care, an Amedisys company, offers a range of services tailored to your circumstances. Some of Angel Watch’s services include assistance with bathing, grooming, and dressing, meal preparation, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, grocery delivery, laundry services, and medication and appointment reminders. They also offer companionship and emotional support for enhanced wellbeing, such as reading to their clients, engaging in conversation, and listening. They can accompany clients to appointments and involve them in exercise and recreational activities. They also specialize in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Luckily, David’s life isn’t all work and no play. “When I’m not working, you can find me attending my son’s basketball games year-round or on my bicycle. I also enjoy visiting great local craft breweries on the island, listening to music, and traveling.” Angel Watch Personal Care is located at 1869 S 8th Street, Suite A. For more information, call (904) 491-3222.

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rystal Netherland knows firsthand how hectic it can be travelling with small children. Before she moved back to Amelia Island in June last year, she and her husband would travel with their two young boys from California to Amelia Island two or three times each year to visit family. “It’s a lot! There is nothing relaxing about lugging all of the extra things you need for the little ones when you’re travelling,” says Crystal. “But BabyQuip changed that, and I decided to become a BabyQuip Quality Provider to help other mamas make their trips easier.” BabyQuip is a game changer. They provide families with a huge assortment of clean, safe, and insured baby equipment— everything to keep the little ones sleeping well at night and engaged during the day so that everyone can have a wonderful vacation. And BabyQuip uses natural, non-toxic cleaning products that are tough on dirt, but safe for your baby. “I love making parents and grandparents visits so much easier. I know it may sound cliched, but I also love getting my kids involved. For example, when I rent out a toy bucket, I let Elias, who is four, and Benjamin, who is two, contribute a couple of their toys, and I pay them a little bit for it. They’re learning how to run a business right alongside me!” When Crystal isn’t working, she likes to get creative. “I love to refinish furniture. I also enjoy baking, watercolors, and party planning. I’m always looking for fun things that inspire me and help me refocus.” For more information, call Crystal at (904) 624-1620 or email crystal596@babyquip.com.

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Right: Oyster Reef greets visitors with a warm welcome in Blue Heron hues as a nod to the abundant wildlife around the property. Below: The white-on-white living space is exquisite, with its elegant décor and original wood-burning fireplace. The oyster signage is an antique Alexis found on the eastern shore of Maryland.

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lexis Reynolds first visited Amelia Island 45 years ago. Now, just 44 short years later, she is here, and here to stay! “When my realtor, Sandy Moser, and I pulled up to this house, the view sold me,” says Alexis. Positioned under a canopy of oaks and surrounded by indigenous landscaping and citrus trees sits the beautiful home that Alexis has named “Oyster Reef,” after the 7-foot tidal creek abounding with oyster beds in her backyard. The property came with loads of character and a very unique beginning. “The original owner was an architect and craftsman, who designed and hand-built this house in 1977. He put exceptional care into every detail, and the build and finishes are as solid as they come. Sometimes even too solid, like when I wanted to move cabinets that just won’t come out!” she laughs. “The only problem was that it also came in fifty shades of brown.” But that was no obstacle for Alexis, who is an artist, botanist, high school educator, and designer. With her own two hands APRIL 2021

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and just a little help, she has given Oyster Reef a complete makeover. “First, I painted everything white! Sea Pearl, to be exact.” And she’s not kidding. From ceiling to walls to trim, it is bright and gorgeous, especially paired with the French oak plank flooring. From there, her talent for design is evident in the custom, upholstered, and refinished antique pieces. “I’ve been planning for a home in Florida for many years, and I have been saving special pieces that came through my studio over the years, along with Nantucket antiques and treasures I inherited from my grandparents.” The result is exquisite, all with Alexis’s special touches. “There are certain themes I wanted to carry through the design,” says Alexis. “One was to include odes to the wildlife around me, another to leverage Gustavian Swedish influence as a nod to my dad’s family, and a third was to optimize my blue antique glass collection.” 32 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Top: Oyster Reef’s kitchen features an antique oven coated in blue, along with an antique carved wooden shell from Black Rock, Connecticut. Middle: The dining space, with its antique Nantucket ribbon-back Chippendale chairs, offer a front seat to Oyster Reef’s abundant natural beauty. In the afternoons, Alexis loves to see the sun rays glisten through the crystal. Above: The kitchen cabinetry and countertops are original, and the abundance of open shelving are accented perfectly with Alexis’s collectibles. APRIL 2021

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Top: The master suite is a favorite indoor space. The suite has stunning views that “feel brand-new every single day.” It also features a gorgeous, original stained-glass window. Middle: The guest room named Ocean Room features Fallow Deer and Eland Antelope, inspired by Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt’s home on Oyster Bay, Long Island. Above: The second guest suite is named Coral Room and features a gorgeous vertical ceiling. Alexis paid homage to her heritage with the Scandinavian girl on the bedside table. 34 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Alexis accomplished her goals with artwork, blue heron paint, beautiful carved-wood furniture like her Swedish Mora clock, and her aqua glass bottle collections, which subtly glitter throughout the design. A cherished touch is her antique oven, coated in blue by Ocean Air Coating, which sits under the original brick backsplash. Alexis completed her redesign in record time and has been enjoying it ever since. “I just love painting and entertaining on my back patio overlooking the river – especially at sunset,” she smiles. An interesting fact about her patio is that it is paved with original Centre Street bricks, and it is also the place her dog, Auggie, most enjoys – along with the many squirrels who count on peanuts from Alexis for dinner! The master suite might be her favorite indoor space. “I removed a wall to open the room and allow for more natural light. The entire suite has stunning views that feel brand new every single day.”

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Alexis isn’t the only one loving Oyster Reef. Her three adult kids and their friends can’t get enough of it, even when they have to drive from Colorado, North Carolina, and Illinois to visit. “The Nantucket Cottage” adjacent to the main home is perfect for guests, especially now that she has finished updating the kitchenette. When Alexis isn’t enjoying Oyster Reef, you can meet her downtown in her newly opened antique furniture shop, Atlantic Coast Design, at 25 S. 3rd Street. “I got started in this business by helping friends refinish their pieces, and soon I needed a shop, and then a bigger shop, and I am thrilled to have a refreshed studio here on the island to share my work.” Alexis abounds with creativity and energy and says she loves her redesign at Oyster Reef “so far,” but she promises that it’s never finished. “I’m always upgrading to suit what I need,” she says with a smile.

Top: The Nantucket Cottage is nestled in natural landscaping and offers a private bath and kitchenette. Middle: The back patio, with its original Centre Street bricks, is the perfect space for entertaining at sunset. Bottom: Alexis loves to welcome family and friends, and her guest suites and cottages are the perfect abodes.

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ver the past year, most of us have spent more than ample time in our homes experiencing “home life” like we never imagined. As a result of our hours staring at our walls or maybe battling for space to make it through the workday, a significant uptick in home upgrades and redesigns has developed. If you have ventured to our local home stores and experienced the crowds, you know what I am talking about! For 2021, new design trends are one more sign of our times, and local designers are adding their own valuable perspectives. “Life has changed, and if there was ever a time to think about an upgrade, it’s now,” says Robyn Branch of Robyn Branch Design. “I believe that your personality and surroundings dictate your style, not trends. Designers recognize trends before they happen and tire of them quickly. But what we never tire of is ‘you!’ Individuality is paramount in your home.” This past year has certainly set us up for a great flowering of individuality. For example, many homeowners are turning small closets and nooks into offices and study spaces to accommodate our “new normal.” Or maybe it’s the opposite! If you are like me, your open home office was no longer sufficient, so a guest bedroom corner is the new best bet. Following suit is the emergence of “designated spaces” in the home. The open floor plan is very prevalent in modern design, but the pandemic is demanding distinct spaces as we merge our home, work, and school lives, and families are opting for greater separation between their living and working spaces. While interior changes are in demand, outdoor living upgrades have accelerated to all new levels. “Clients are investing in outdoor spaces, including better quality and comfortable furnishings,” notes Tiffany Hinton, designer and founder of Lola Interiors. This development is a testament to our homes evolving as our world changes, meeting our need to reconnect with neighbors and friends. As we think about home upgrades and timing, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows! “I’m not saying you should sink your savings into your home, but definitely upgrade, and now is the time. Prices for everything are only going to go up because of high demand. Be prepared to pay more, and be patient!” says Robyn. “Patience is the new shiplap!” echoes Tiffany. “Everything is backordered, from appliances to flooring to lighting and windows. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t coming!” continued on page 43 www.AmeliaIslander.com


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APRIL 1, 9, 11, 13 Plantation Artists Guild & Gallery From April 1 through April 9, the “Corner Show” will display PAGG’s Art Lovers’ group artwork. PAGG is thrilled to announce that the “2020 – A Look Back” photo retrospect will debut Friday April 9 through Sunday April 11 with free admission. After April 11, the “Corner Show” will feature some of the standouts till the end of the month. April 13 is the debut of the gallery show “Visions of the Past,” which will run through June. Masks required. 94 Amelia Village Circle in the Omni Amelia Island Resort shops. Hours: Mon 11-5, Tues 9-1, Wed thru Sat 11- 5, Sun 1-5. Visit paggart.com or call (904) 432-1750 for more information.

APRIL 2 Easter Story Walkthrough Experience the Easter story with your five senses in a COVID-safe, station-by-station, immersive half-hour journey through historic Jerusalem! 5:30 p.m. – 7:30p.m. Visit bit.ly/392QZRi to book your slot, and for more info. Families and all ages welcome! Free.

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APRIL 8 Fairies on Parade The Bartram Garden Club’s featured topic will be fairy gardens and botanical arts designs featuring fairies. The meeting will preview and discuss preparations for the Bartram Garden Club’s fundraiser flower show and garden walk featuring fairy gardens at the Woman’s Club on May 7. Hospitality starts at 10 a.m. with the business meeting to follow at 10:30a.m. Program begins at 11 a.m. Located at GFWC Woman’s Club Inc., 201 Jean Lafitte Blvd. Masks required with socially distanced seating. Vsit www.bartramgardenclub.org for additional information, or contact Linda Broadrick at Linda.Broadrick@gmail.com or (904) 491-7759.

APRIL 9 Midori with Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute Part of the 20th annual Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, this concert features violinist

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APRIL 10 All That Jazz! Crescendo Amelia Big Band holds an outdoor concert series with monthly dates through July. Performances scheduled at Amelia Musical Playhouse outdoor stage, 1955 Island Walkway. Tickets online at crescendoamelia.com. Call (904) 878-0037 for more information.

APRIL 15 Sign & Sip The Book Loft invites you to join them and local author R.W. Herman for a Sip and Sign presentation in downtown Fernandina Beach from 4 to 6 p.m. Published by Giro di Mondo Publishing of Fernandina Beach. 214 Centre Street. Call (904) 231-8991 for more information.

APRIL 16, 17, 23, 24, 25 The Great American Trailer Park Festival There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew. *Adult language is used during the show. Amelia Musical Playhouse, 1955 Island Walkway. $20 general admission, $10 students 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Please call Jill at (904) 277-3455 or email info@ameliamusicalplayhouse.com for more information.

APRIL 16-18, 22-24, 25, 29, 30 The Importance of Being Earnest Performances are at 8 p.m. on April 16,17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30. In-person tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students, with socially distanced seating in the Main Stage theatre at 207 Cedar Street. Livestreaming tickets are $15 for individuals; $30 for households of 2-4 people; and $90 for a group of 5-10. Visit www. ameliacommunitytheatre.org or call (904) 2616749 for tickets.

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APRIL 17 Drive-Thru Tree Giveaway City of Fernandina Beach and Keep Nassau Beautiful will host a drive-thru tree giveaway from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Meet at 1017 South 5th Street www.keepnassaubeautiful.org/news and events or call (904) 261-0165

APRIL 17 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Keep Nassau Beautiful and Nassau County Solid Waste Management will hold a free household hazardous waste collection for Nassau County residents from 8 a.m. to noon at the Nassau County Road Department at 86200 Gene Lasserre Blvd. in Yulee. A non-perishable canned food drive for Barnabas Food Pantry will also be held. For more information and directions, visit keepnassaubeautiful.org/news-and-events or call (904) 261-0165.

APRIL 18 Valentinea Lisitsa Part of the 20th annual Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most watched classical musicians on the Internet. With her multifaceted playing described as “dazzling”, Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Bernstein. The Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road. Concerts at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets $50. Visit ameliachambermusic.org for more information.

APRIL 21 An Intimate Conversation with David Baldacci Best selling author David Balducci joins us via ZOOM to talk about his latest thriller, A Gambling Man. Personalized and autographed copies available to all who register. Starts at 7 p.m. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. For more information, please call (904) 601-2118.

APRIL 22 Amelia Island Writers Lynette Najimy presents a program to help writers build their marketing platforms. Open to anyone interested in writing. 12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118 RSVP to jimlee. shobe@gmail.com. For more Amelia Island events, please visit ameliaislander.com/calendar.

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2020 – A Look Back, a community photographic project, opens at the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery on April 9 to 11 at 94 Amelia Village Circle. The gallery is open 11am to 5pm. Other scheduled exhibits include the grand opening of the Courtyard and Springhill Suites by Marriott in mid-May and the month of June at Story and Song Bookstore Bistro.

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Painted Bunting Eastern Bluebird

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blossoms STORY AND PHOTOS BY GAIL E. PFOH

Perched on many of the beautiful shrubs blooming on Amelia Island this time of year, you’ll see equally stunning birds like Eastern Bluebirds and Painted Buntings.

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f you love birds and or blossoms, this might be your favorite time of the year. Blossoming shrubs and flowers on and around Amelia Island, such as azaleas and bottlebrush bushes, are in full bloom. Perching on these as they sing are incredibly beautiful birds. Our area is bursting with color this spring, like the vivid blue of our Eastern Bluebirds, the crimson red of male Northern Cardinals, and the emerald green of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Their colors brighten our days and heighten our awareness of why we love living or visiting here. You can increase your chances of seeing these beauties, and other colorful “neighbors,” by planting native plants and providing some water and food to supplement their diet. Local birds such as Carolina Wrens, Tufted Titmice, and Pine Warblers are nesting now. Breeding season means the adult birds need more nourishment because of the demands of parenting, and they have the added burden of providing food to their nestlings. These and other birds would be happy to find black oil sunflower seeds and homemade or store-bought suet in your yard. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology notes that Pine Warblers are “yellowish birds with olive backs, whitish bellies, and two 57 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

prominent white wingbars on gray wings. Adult males are the brightest; females and immatures are more subdued and can even appear gray-brown.” Pine Warblers weigh less than one penny and have a wingspan of approximately 8.5 inches. They enjoy finding suet in your yard. Painted Buntings have recently returned to the island and surrounding areas. With his brilliant blue head, greenish back, and red rump and belly, the male Painted Bunting is one of the most colorful birds found breeding in the United States. The female, as well as the immature male, is a bright yellow/green. Birders often call the females and immature males “greenies.” The only way to be sure if a Painted Bunting is a male is if you see the bird singing. Only the male Painted Bunting sings. Painted Buntings spend their breeding season here before moving south in the fall. To attract them, be sure to offer a fresh supply of white millet in your feeders. A tube feeder with small perches works well for them and keeps larger birds away. Like all birds, they enjoy fresh water from a fountain or clean birdbath. Eastern Bluebirds with their royal blue and red coloring are always popular. They weigh only about one ounce and have continued on next page APRIL 2021

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a wingspan of about 11 inches. You can attract them to your yard if you offer them mealworms, which are available dried or live. During nesting season, you may see a male Eastern Bluebird feed a mealworm to his female during courtship. Carolina Wrens and other birds also eat mealworms. Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers are nesting now. They are year-round residents here. They love peanuts as well as suet, as do other species like Brown-headed Nuthatches and Carolina Chickadees. During warm months, only put out small amounts of suet to be sure it does not spoil. Don’t hesitate to slice your suet before putting it outside. You can freeze homemade suet so you always have a fresh supply. Hummingbirds and warblers love the blossoms of bottlebrush bushes. These shrubs are evergreen, hardy, and easy to grow. They bloom twice a year in spring and fall, which is a welcome treat for migrating birds. Talk to a local nursery to learn about native plants, which beautify your yard and feed and nourish birds and butterflies. To enjoy backyard birds, always keep feeders and birdbaths clean. For reliable information on birds, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website at allaboutbirds.com.

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SOUTHERN LIVING PLANT COLLECTION

IN THE GARDEN Sunshine Ligustrum

superb shrubs While enjoying the good weather in your garden this month, consider adding a few new shrubs for screening or interest, like Olive Martini and Sunshine Ligustrum. BY BETTY MORRELL

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pril is one of the best months of the year to plant in the garden. Everything is so fresh and vibrant, with new leaves on the trees, new sprouts on the plants, new buds on the flowers, new seedlings popping up from last season, and a few wind-blown surprises. No surprise are the weeds! The beautiful Azaleas have outdone themselves in welcoming the spring. Their awesome colors always catch the eye. Encore Azaleas will continue to bloom throughout the year. I was also greeted by bands of gold and yellow Lantana in my garden. I cut them way back in the fall, and they have come back with a vengeance. They stand out, but like a weed, they need to be controlled. Walking through a nursery recently, I came across a new Eleagnus, a unique and beautiful Southern Living shrub called Olive Martini (PP). This plant produces vibrant foliage, edged in gold, that creates a striking display on sunny borders. It has a dense upright habit. Eleagnus is salt-tolerant, and left to do its own thing, will create wonderful screening 10 to 15 feet high and wide, or

TIP OF T HE M O N T H If your azaleas have finished blooming, trim and shape them, or cut back and fertilize them with an acid fertilizer. Use the same fertilizer for your gardenias, hydrangeas, holly, hibiscus, and ground orchids.

it can be shaped into an attractive shrub. Its sturdy structure and consistent color, along with its silvery new growth, adds seasonal interest to this evergreen shrub. I love plants in the landscape that vary in color, texture, and height. One fitting that category is a Southern Living (PP) plant called Sunshine Ligustrum, a showy eye-catching evergreen shrub with year-round golden foliage. It flourishes in the sun. Sunshine grows 3 to 6 feet in height and 3 to 4 feet wide. It’s perfect for a backdrop, or you can trim and shape it to your liking. This shrub’s new growth starts out a lime green color and continuously intensifies to yellow hues in spring, then ushers in summer with vibrant golden yellow. It’s so beautiful. Plant it

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in full sun and fertilize yearly in spring. Sunshine pairs beautifully with Purple Pixie Loropetalum in front (the dwarf weeping one I mentioned last month). Meerlo Lavender is a stunning, aromatic plant. It has proven to be one of the most heat- and humidity-tolerant plants for our area. This hardy perennial has brightly variegated green and creamwhite serrated foliage that produces a wonderful fragrant aroma. A multitude of pale purple-blue flowers appear during the summer. After the blooms have faded, trim it back to keep this plant in its compact form. Meerlo is perfect for containers and as a stunning addition to landscapes, flowerbeds, borders, low hedges, or even as a specimen. Plant it anywhere you have sun to part-shade. In mass plantings or solid borders, place each one 18 to 20 inches apart. Average size is 24 to 36 inches high and 24 to 30 inches in width. They attract birds and butterflies. Christy and I are doing virtual and onsite consultations. Email me at bamorrell@aol.com with any questions. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!

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Brett’s Waterway Café Long an anchor of the marina and downtown Fernandina Beach, Brett’s sets the standard with fresh flavors, delicious seafood and steak, and unmatched sunset views. BY MICHAEL GASS • PHOTO BY SHERRY CARTER

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rett’s Waterway Café is the centerpiece of downtown Fernandina Beach. Perched at the westernmost tip of Centre Street, it presides over all the island’s favorite festivities. It is from this vantage point that Chef Brett Carter has been setting the bar for culinary excellence in Fernandina Beach. His sense of style and flavors remain fresh, and his commitment to quality unequalled. Many a young culinarian has worked alongside or looked up to Chef Brett, and our community is better for it.

On a recent Friday afternoon, I met up with some of my favorite people on the porch at Brett’s to wind down the work week. When I arrived, I found my friend, Christie, already at our table and chatting it up over the porch rail with Captain Kyle McCarthy of Amelia River Cruises; he and I had just said hello in the parking lot. Dozens of people milled about as revelers anxiously awaited their sunset cruise, creating a sense of anticipation and excitement on the dock and the porch, 62 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

making us feel like we were right in the center of everything. There were pelicans and people everywhere, boats came and went, the sun started its evening descent, and for a moment, everything was right. A few minutes later, Christie and I were joined by my parents, and soon after our very good friend, former co-worker, and Brett’s veteran server Cortney Gray came right behind them to get our drink order. Dad kept it simple with Budweiser, but the weather was perfect and the table behind us had a pitcher of Rosé Sangria full of fresh peaches and grapefruit, and so I had to side with the ladies. As the tour boats headed out, they took with them much of the volume. Conversation flowed easily, and Cortney came back to let us know about the menu features for the evening. We got started with an order of Brett’s Café Chips, homemade potato chips topped with sweet and tangy pulled pork, sliced jalapeños, and melted cheese. We also asked for an order of the Bam Bam Shrimp; perfectly fried local shrimp drizzled with their signature Bam Bam sauce. It’s a sweet-and-savory shrimp explosion with just a hint of heat. We came for drinks and appetizers, but when the Lucy Ferguson headed for Cumberland Island, dinner service began and the Scallop and Pork Belly evening special was the temptation of the table. We decided on the scallops and an order of Fried Shrimp to share. The pork belly was silky smooth and paired wonderfully with the scallops, which came surf-and-turf, divided by an island of creamy and delicious risotto and roasted asparagus. The sear on the scallop was the perfect crispy contrast to its delicate flesh, finished with a lemon butter sauce. The dish was perfect. The Fried Shrimp were breaded lightly and fried golden brown, served on a nest of crispy French fries with all the accoutrements. A definite crowd pleaser. While Brett’s Waterway Café is the perfect spot to celebrate a Friday afternoon and welcome the weekend, their delicious food and hospitality make it a great place to celebrate anything at all. They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with the dinner menu beginning at 5:30 p.m. APRIL 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,

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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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Located at Omni Amelia Island Resort | 10 Amelia Village Circle | Amelia Island, FL 32034 (904) 277-5980 | (800) 874-0322 | AmeliaIslandRealEstate.net | aiprealestate@realestateamelia.com Danny Leeper, licensed real estate broker. ©Amelia Island Real Estate Services. All rights reserved. Amelia Island Real Estate Services is a registered trademark licensed to Omni Hotels & Resorts. An Equal Opportunity Company, Equal Housing Opportunity. If your property is listed with another real estate broker, please disregard. It is not our intention to solicit the offerings of other real estate brokers. We are happy to work with them and cooperate fully.


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95007 Whistling Duck Circle

306 Centre Street | Commercial

4 Bed | 3 Bath | 2,860 Sq. Ft. | $1,048,000

Live/Work Space | 2,425 Sq. Ft. | $1,300,000

This beautiful pool home is located at The Preserve at Summer Beach. Features include a spacious layout, paver driveway and walkways, lead glass entry door, ȩTUVȪQQTOCUVGTDGFTQQOYKVJGPVT[VQRQQNFGEM crown molding, custom built-ins and more. The house backs up to a natural preservation area, creating a private and peaceful setting.

This gorgeous, brick Victorian live/work storefront is zoned C-3 and is currently the home of a successful frozen yogurt/ice cream/baked sweets business. The upstairs loft is 1,212 square feet and features JGCTVRKPGȪQQTOCKPTQQOCTEJKVGEVWTCNȪQCVKPI ceiling, glass partitioned room, bathroom, kitchen and a balcony overlooking a private courtyard.

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Located at Omni Amelia Island Resort | 10 Amelia Village Circle | Amelia Island, FL 32034 (904) (904) 277-5980 277-5980 | (800) | (800) 874-0322 874-0322 | AmeliaIslandRealEstate.net | AmeliaIslandRealEstate.net | aiprealestate@realestateamelia.com | aiprealestate@omnihotels.com Danny Leeper, licensed real estate broker. ©Amelia Island Real Estate Services. All rights reserved. Amelia Island Real Estate Services is a registered trademark licensed to Omni Hotels & Resorts. An Equal Opportunity Company, Equal Housing Opportunity. If your property is listed with another real estate broker, please disregard. It is not our intention to solicit the offerings of other real estate brokers. We are happy to work with them and cooperate fully.


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1514 PIPER DUNES PLACE Oceanfront Penthouse with 360˚ views

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

Kathy Garland REALTOR kathyg@bellsouth.net 904-556-5744 THE CLAUDIA WATTS TEAM

4856 First Coast Highway, Ste 2

Be enchanted by glorious sunrises over the shimmering Atlantic Ocean to the East & sunset vistas of the Intracoastal Waterway to the West from this top floor oceanfront condominium in the Amelia Island Plantation on South Amelia Island. House-size square footage with lock-and-leave convenience featuring an amazing 360-degree panorama. Two villas were combined at original construction and the views will have you in awe! Featuring 10’ & 11-foot ceilings, tile flooring throughout, separate powder baths, Murphy bed in 4th bedroom, Scandinavian door system in primary bedroom for privacy, Plantation shutters, fireplace in family room, catwalk balcony surrounding the entire perimeter, hurricane shutters, wonderful entertaining flow, two exterior private garages, on-premises swimming pool with easy access to Amelia’s pristine shoreline. If you’re seeking oceanfront on Amelia Island, schedule your personal tour today! MLS#94158 $4,200,000

LOCATED IN PALMETTO WALK ON SOUTH AMELIA ISLAND • OFFICE: 904.261.0347


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1891 Sycamore Lane

128 Long Point Drive

JUST SOLD

Represented both buyer and seller $870,000 | JUST SOLD

$2,126,000 5 Bd | 5.5 Ba | 6,669 Sq Ft.

3 Bd | 3.5 Ba | 2,810 Sq Ft.

86245 Meadowfield Bluffs Road “Waterfront Living”

NEW CONSTRUCTION/NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS

$1,375,000 | JUST LISTED

$1,750,000 | “The Landings”

6 Bd | 6.5 Ba | 4,895 Sq Ft. | 3 Acres

3 Bd | 3.5 Ba | 3,348 Sq Ft.

5063 First Coast Highway

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

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$724,900

4 Marsh Point Rd UNDER CONTRACT | $2,350,000

3056 S Fletcher Ave #311 UNDER CONTRACT- $419,000

3 Bd | 2.5 Ba | 3,092 Sq Ft.

5 Bd | 5 Ba | 2 Hb | 5,177 Sq Ft.

2 Bd | 2 Ba | 776 Sq Ft.

96064 Marsh Lakes Drive

Nick Burke 904.557.1440

Tina Pierce 303.204.6499 Gary Patterson 904.710.0243

Tina Pierce 303.204.6499 Gary Patterson 904.710.0243

8 Sound Point Pl $3,500,000

4602 Carlton Dunes Dr $3,000,000

1207 Beach Walker Road

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

3 Bd | 4 Ba | 3,046 Sq Ft.

2 Bd | 2 Ba | 1,554 Sq Ft.

Cody Lanier 904.415.2100

Cody Lanier 904.415.2100

$650,000

Leslie Cutajar 904.624.0187

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New Luxury Condos for Sale The Landings on Amelia River 5003 First Coast Highway

~ Taking Reservations Now ~

PAM TROXEL

pdtroxel@msn.com • (904) 556-1258 thetroxelgroup.com SOLD!

SOLD FOR $610,000

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

3056 S. Fletcher Avenue, Unit #305 $399,000 JOE CUTAJAR BROKER/OWNER M 904.753.0365

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

joe.cutajar@firstcoastsir.com

UNDER CONTRACT

JoeCutajar.com

4BR/2BA split bedroom plan on a premium lot with peaceful lake views. The gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances, French door refrigerator and granite counters adjoins family room with fireplace, views of the lake, and breakfast area. Owner’s suite features spa-like bath. Three additional bedrooms offer possibilities from home office to craft room. MLS#94054

5548 First Coast Highway, Suite 101 Amelia Island, FL | 904.277.6522 © MMXX Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. All Rights Reserved. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated. Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty Logo are service marks licensed to Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

2833 Ferdinand Court $525,000


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DOUG Hamer REALTOR (904) 654-9828

TAYLOR Edwards BROKER (904) 753-1814

1756 S. FLETCHER AVE

2 McARTHUR ESTATES

95176 SANDPIPER LOOP

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. JUST LISTED $2,499,000 MLS#94094

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. PENDING $824,900 MLS#80781

509 SAILMAKER VILLAS

4167 S. FLETCHER AVE

2122 S. FLETCHER AVE

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. PENDING $525,000 MLS#93179

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 by Lola Interiors, 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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3321 South Fletcher Avenue

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“Jenny has my absolute highest recommendation to be your next listing agent. She is smart, attentive, and knows her market. In addition, I admire her initiative and drive in owning and growing her own business. If you want someone who knows the market, and dedicated work ethic and professionalism, Jenny is your agent.” - Z. Johnson

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SHORT TERM RENTABLE! $849,000 3207 EVENTIDE CT ELEVATOR, 5BR, 3615 SF RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL LOT

FERNANDINA BEACH BUSINESS DISTRICT

$299,000 111 S. 8TH STREET **C-3 ZONED**50 X 100**

$750,000 113 S. 8TH STREET HOME/BUSINESS + DUPLEX

AMELIA ISLAND PARKWAY

LOTS 10 & 11

RESIDENTAIL LOT *0.89 ACRES*

$769,000 95611 AMELIA NATIONAL PARKWAY 4/3, .55AC, WATERFRONT LOT

$155,000 S. 3RD STREET 50’ X 100’, ZONED MU

$150,000 LOT 75 PINEY ISLAND DR

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Geoff Haynes (904) 468-0019 geoff haynes@remax.net www.geoffhaynes.com

SECLUDED OCEANFRONT ESTATE 4136 S FLETCHER AVE

SALE PENDIN

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Oceanfront estate offers seclusion with unique 1 BR 1 BA guest cottage in sought after area of Amelia Island. Rare opportunity as home sits on 75 x 400 ft. lot, boasting spectacular views of surf from both upper and ground levels. MLS #93566 $2,295,000

OCEANFRONT 1738 N FLETCHER AVE

G! SALE PENDIN

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

4 BR OCEANFRONT is a rare find located on the northern end of Amelia Island. South of Fort Clinch State Park. MLS #87622 $1,295,000 22 S. 8th Street Suite 2 Fernandina Beach FL (904) 321-1999

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ISLAND ENTERTAINING CRAB CAKES Ingredients 1 lb. crabmeat, drained and picked over for shells 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 1/4 cup sweet onion, diced fine 1 large egg 2 tsp. Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened Seafood Magic 1/8 tsp. sea salt Fresh ground black pepper, to taste 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided Zest of 1/2 lemon Preparation Sauté onion and seasonings in 1 Tbsp. olive oil, let cool. Place all ingredients (except the remaining olive oil) into a large bowl and toss gently with your hands or a spatula. Form into 8 cakes and chill on a plate in the fridge for at least 1 hour. When ready to cook, heat the remaining olive oil in a heavy skillet and fry the crab cakes on both sides for several minutes until they are golden. Serve with Fruit Salsa and Romaine and Herb Salad.

crab cakes MASTER CLASS

BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTO BY SHERRY CARTER

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hen I heard my friend, Chef Michael Gass, had been named Fernandina Beach High School’s Teacher of the Year, I was thrilled for him! But not surprised, as Chef Mike’s culinary program is top-notch, paving the way for young people to pursue careers in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. “It is a delight to walk into restaurants and see students from the past and present,” says Gass. “We prepare students to work in the industry locally, but we have also sent several students to premier culinary schools around the country. Two just graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, and another is expected to graduate next year!” When my husband and I were hankering for crab cakes recently, I asked Chef Mike if he would share his favorite recipe. He was pleased to do so, and also included his recipes for Fruit Salsa and

Romaine and Herb Salad to go with the crab cakes. After chatting with him about the recipes, Chef Mike decided to use his crab cake menu as a class project, so a lot of crab cakes were consumed this week! Here are some keys to successful crab cakes: any crab will do, but lump is the best for this application. Be careful not to overwork the crab and filling as you stir the ingredients together. Sauté the onion and seasonings in a bit of olive oil before adding it to the crab cake mixture. After forming your crab cakes, place in the fridge for an hour or so. This will help them keep their shape when cooked on a hot griddle. Crab cakes can be served all sorts of ways—atop a bed of asparagus, alongside a heap of grilled vegetables, and even as a sandwich. And mini crab cakes make great hors d’oeuvres. Thanks for the recipes, Chef Mike! And keep up the good work!

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FRUIT SALSA Ingredients 1 cup diced melon 1 cup diced strawberries 1/2 small red onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup) 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped (about 2 Tbsp.) 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice Pinch sea salt Preparation Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss gently. Chill before serving. ROMAINE AND HERB SALAD Ingredients 3 leaves of romaine from the heart, stems removed 3 large leaves of basil 3 leaves of mint Olive oil Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste Preparation Place romaine leaves on a cutting board, roll, and slice into thin strips. Toss with the herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

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