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One of the largest events in the Southeast, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival returns to Amelia Island in its traditional spot in May after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic.

ISLANDER Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers and Editors Tom Barrett Art Director Mark O’Day Sales Manager Contributing Writers Karen Miller, Julie Simmons, Dickie Anderson, Mandy Haynes, Teri Sopp, Betty Morrell, Lois Winkler

One of the largest events in the Southeast, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival returns to Amelia Island in its traditional spot in May after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic. With annual crowds exceeding 100,000 visitors, the Shrimp Festival is a one-of-a-kind event on Amelia Island, and we are grateful that our island community can celebrate once again in the style to which we are accustomed, from the boisterous parade and pirate invasion to the Kids Zone and all the delicious, shrimp-filled food. Shrimp Festival is a perennial favorite, a wonderful event with a little something for everyone. Fernandina Beach is rightfully proud to be the birthplace of the modern shrimp industry, and while there are fewer boats today, the venerable shrimp is still a local favorite. If you are a visitor to Amelia Island and you missed Shrimp Festival this year, be sure to join us next year. The festival traditionally kicks off with the Pirate Parade on Thursday evening, continues with Friday’s Downtown Merchants’ Sidewalk Sale, and rolls into the evening with live entertainment and delicious food—including a wide variety of shrimp dishes—the annual Pirate Invasion, and a fireworks display over the harbor. Saturday and Sunday bring the festival’s highly-regarded fine arts and crafts show, more food and entertainment, and all sorts of fun contests. Much of the food at the festival is sold by local churches and service organizations, which use the food booths each year to raise muchneeded funds to support their efforts. Sunday brings the traditional blessing of the fleet, which is actually how the festival got started over 50 years ago. To all the volunteers who make the Shrimp Festival such a great event each year, we offer our heartfelt gratitude. We at the Islander celebrate shrimp each year in May with our annual Shrimp Festival recipe issue, in which we share mouth-watering shrimp recipes from our favorite restaurants. We are grateful that so many talented local chefs are ready to share with our readers so many delicious ways to serve shrimp! Of course, when you’re not in the mood to cook, you can always find these and many other delicious dishes at Amelia Island’s outstanding restaurants. Also this month, in another annual May tradition, we meet some members of the Fernandina Beach High School Class of 2022, an excellent group of young people who had to navigate the Covid pandemic during their high school years; follow the route of the old Florida Railroad by bike; enjoy another “Fernandina Faces” with Dickie Anderson; explore historic Fort George Island south of Amelia; and so much more.

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Za’atar Grilled Shrimp and Couscous Salad from The Tavern by AIBC

11 Cover Story 2022 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE SHRIMP FESTIVAL RECIPE ISSUE

After a break due to the Covid pandemic, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival returns in its traditional spot in early May. To honor our favorite crustacean, we present our Shrimp Festival recipe issue, sharing great shrimp recipes from the island’s best restaurants. Enjoy!

35 Overcoming Obstacles

47 In Search of the Florida Railroad

As the class whose education was most impacted by the Covid pandemic, the FBHS Class of 2022 has overcome hurdles and learned some valuable leadership skills.

On a bike trip along the route of the Florida Railroad, a father and son made their own journey of discovery from Cedar Key on the Gulf Coast to Fernandina Beach.

55 Fernandina Faces

80 Backyard Adventure

After a 30-year career in Pittsburgh and Boston, Karen Bowden retired on Amelia Island, where she shares her talents with the Newcomers Club and the Plantation Artists Gallery.

South of Amelia Island on Heckscher Drive lies Fort George Island, where one can hike in a maritime forest, tour Kingsley Plantation, and visit the 1020’s-era Ribault Club.

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ABOUT THE COVER

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Everything Amelia The people, events, and history that make Amelia a special place

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Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores

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In the Neighborhood Profiles of area businesses and organizations

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Beach Combing Great shopping on Amelia Island

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Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers

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Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River

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Around Town What’s happenng around Amelia Island

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Snapshots Islanders out and about

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In the Garden With everything in the garden fragrant and blooming, don’t miss these showy plants that will add interest to your landscape, like Brunfelsia and Abutilon Red Tiger.

Shrimp & Grits from the Florida House Inn. Photo by Lilly Scheetz.

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Island Home With deep roots in the Fernandina Beach community, Hugh and Ann Williams found a home they loved on Atlantic Avenue and embarked on an extensive renovation.

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Eating Scene Serving delicious Italian cuisine in a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere, Cucina South offers hearty salads, fresh seafood, pasta, Osso Buco, and Italian wines and craft beer.

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Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island

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Burlingame Restaurant Shrimp and Grits

8 each 16/20 local shrimp 4 oz. stone milled grits (cooked with cream and butter) 6 oz. shellfish stock 1 oz. Andouille sausage 1 oz. succotash White wine

Butter Salt Lemon juice Minced shallots and garlic Scallions 6 each fried okra

Render andouille in pan, then add succotash and sauté for 2 minutes. Deglaze with 2 oz. white wine and reduce by half. Add the shellfish stock and a tablespoon of butter. Reduce again by half and season with salt and lemon juice. Add minced shallots and garlic, then quickly deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine. Reduce the wine and add 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Add shrimp and stir gently until shrimp are cooked through. Fry okra at 350º for about 2 minutes or until golden brown, and reserve. Assemble the grits and succotash with sauce and shrimp on the plate. Garnish the plate with scallions and the fried okra.

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Lagniappe

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp 8 jumbo head on shrimp (twist the eyes just below the horn and pull out to allow sauce to get into shrimp) 4 oz. stick cold unsalted butter 1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp. blackening seasoning 1/2 cup shrimp stock 1 bottle room temperature domestic beer

Place butter, garlic, Worcestershire, and blackening seasoning in a large skillet over medium heat. When butter starts to foam, add shrimp and cook until just pink on bottom side. Turn shrimp and add shrimp stock. Gently shake pan in a backward and forward motion. When shrimp have just turned pink on second side, add 1/2 of the beer and continue shaking pan. The sauce will begin to emulsify and thicken. After a about minute, the shrimp are done and can be tipped onto a plate. If doing two servings, make sure your skillet is big enough to hold the shrimp in one layer. Serve with crusty bread to sop up the sauce. Makes 2 servings.

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SHERRY CARTER

Never defrost any type of shellfish at room temperature and it is best not to defrost them in the microwave either. Defrost shrimp either in the refrigerator or in ice cold water. Do not defrost in a warm place or microwave.

Sautéed Shrimp, Bruschetta Tomatoes, Hot Italian Sausage, and Spinach in Blackened Cream Sauce Over Creamy Polenta Creamy Polenta 3 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 Tbsp. butter

1 tsp. salt 1 cup polenta

Bring water, heavy cream, and salt to a boil in saucepan. Slowly pour polenta into boiling water, whisking constantly until there are no lumps. Turn off heat, stir, cover and allow to sit for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. After 30-minutes, the polenta grains should be tender. Add butter. Blackened Cream Sauce 4 shallots, minced 28-shrimp, peeled, tail-on 4 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp. olive oil 6 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cups tomatoes, diced

2 cups spinach 1/2 cup blackened seasoning 2 cups hot Italian sausage, sliced 2 cups heavy cream

Melt butter and oil in a pan. Add tomatoes, shallots, and garlic to pan and sauté for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add Italian sausage, spinach, and shrimp to the pan, sautéing for two minutes longer. Add blackened seasoning and stir well, reduce heat to low. Slowly stir in heavy cream. Stir until blackened seasoning is thoroughly incorporated. Divide polenta onto the center of 4 plates. Top with blackened cream sauce, dividing shrimp and sausage evenly between the four plates.

Amelia Island Specialty Tea House Shrimp Salad

LILLY SCHEETZ

3 cups chopped cooked shrimp 1 tsp. fresh dill, chopped Rind of one lemon 1/2 cup chopped celery 3/4 cup mayonnaise Juice of half a lemon Ground pepper Celery salt to taste Mix all ingredients together. Add more mayonnaise if too dry. Fill mold and serve with a side salad.

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España Restaurant & Tapas Grilled Shrimp with Saffron Crab Sauce South American U-8 shrimp 2 cups stock Heavy pinch saffron 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1/4 cup diced onions

Heaping tablespoon minced garlic 1 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup shredded crabmeat Salt and pepper Roux

In a small pot, heat stock to a boil. Once it boils, turn off heat and add a heavy pinch of saffron. Let it steep like tea for 30 minutes. In a sauté pan over high flame, add olive oil. Then add onions and garlic. Once the onions are translucent, add the saffron stock, heavy cream, and crabmeat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil and thicken with roux. Grill shrimp separately with your favorite seasonings. 12 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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- 2 2022 2 S SHRIMP H M F FESTIV IVA AL L R RECIPE ECIPE ISSUE SSUE Shrimp sitting on ice in the local seafood case are not, in fact, truly fresh. They’ve been previously frozen and have now been thawed for who knows how long. For best results, buy individually quick frozen shrimp in the shell and defrost them yourself.

Pepper’s Mexican Grill & Cantina Shrimp Ceviche

1 lb. cooked shrimp, chopped 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup lime juice 2-3 Roma tomatoes, diced 1/4 cup cucumber, seeded and diced

1/2 small red onion, sliced 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced 1 large handful cilantro, coarsely chopped Paprika Salt and pepper

Combine first 8-ingredients in a bowl, and toss. Add paprika, salt, and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. Makes 2-4 servings.

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Fancy Sushi

Shrimp Treasure Roll 3 pieces tempura crispy shrimp 1/2 avocado, sliced 1/2 mango, sliced 4 pieces lettuce 2 slices fresh tuna

1 sheet seaweed nori 1 oz. salmon roe or masago 4 oz. sushi rice 1 oz. homemade eel sauce

Amelia Island Coffee Island Shrimp Roll

WILLIAM RASER

Spread sushi rice on the seaweed nori to make the foundation. Add all the avocado, lettuce, and shrimp inside the roll. On the top, layer 2 slices fresh tuna and mango. Roll and cut into 8 pieces. Top each with salmon roe or masago, and just a hint of Fancy Sushi’s homemade eel sauce.

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1 lb. boiled shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp. lemon juice 1 tsp. white vinegar 1 Tbsp. minced fresh dill 1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning 1/4 tsp. sugar Kosher sat and freshly ground black pepper to taste 4 brioche hot dog buns 2-3 Tbsp. salted butter, room temperature Garnish of fresh parsley or additional dill Pat shrimp dry and place in a large bowl. Add celery, green onions, and toss gently to combine. In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, vinegar, dill, Old Bay, and sugar. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.Butter the cut sides of hot dog buns. On a griddle or cast-iron skillet, toast the buns, buttered sides down, until golden brown. Fill each bun with shrimp salad. Garnish with fresh parsley and dill. Best served with sliced lemon and a dill pickle. Serves 4.

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Blueberry Glazed BBQ Grilled Shrimp over a Parmesan and Bacon Grit Cake 1 cup cooked grits, cooled 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 5 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled 1 Tbsp. green onion, sliced thinly Corn meal, as needed 2 Tbsp. oil

Sauté ingredients in a skillet. Serve with red eye gravy over smoked gouda grits with fried hushpuppies on the side, with a slice of lemon, and garnished with Parmesan cheese, scallions, and parsley.

In a bowl, mix grits, parmesan, bacon and green onion. Portion to desired size and dust with corn meal. Warm a sauté pan over medium heat. Add oil and sauté cakes until brown. If needed, place on low heat oven to keep warm. Blueberry Jam 6 oz. fresh blueberries 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 oz. pectin

BBQ Sauce 1/2 cup chili sauce 1 1/2 cup ketchup 1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/8 cup mustard 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder 1/8 Tbsp. onion powder 1/2 Tbsp. black pepper

1/2 Tbsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. ancho chili powder 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 2 drops Liquid Smoke 1/4 tsp. cumin 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 oz. bourbon

Wicked BAO Shrimp Bao

Mix ingredients in a bowl. Fold in blueberry jam until incorporated. For the shrimp Skewer 12 local peeled and deveined shrimp on 3 skewers. Place on clean grill. When half cooked, flip. Glaze shrimp with blueberry BBQ sauce. When cooked, flip and glaze the other side, allowing BBQ sauce to caramelize. Place on grit cakes, and right before serving, glaze one more time. The rest of BBQ sauce can be used as a dipping sauce. 16 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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In a pan over low heat, add blueberries until they pop and become soft. Add sugar and pectin, then bring to a simmer until all the sugar is melted. Do not boil.

12 pieces Bao (found at Asian specialty markets) 24 shrimp (1 lb.), medium to large, peeled and deveined Frying oil Arugula Toasted sesame seeds Buttermilk batter (2 cups buttermilk, 6 eggs)

5 spice rice flour mixture (3 cups rice flour, 1 cup cornstarch, 2 Tbsp. 5-spice seasoning, pinch sea salt) Sriracha Aioli (1/3 cup Sriracha sauce, 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 tsp. lime juice)

Steam Baos according to package directions. Dip shrimp into buttermilk batter. Coat with rice flour mixture, shaking off excess. Fry shrimp in oil until golden brown. Assemble Bao with arugula and shrimp (2 shrimp per Bao), top with Sriracha Aioli, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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- 2 2022 2 S SHRIMP H M F FESTIV IVA AL L R RECIPE ECIPE ISSUE SSUE David’s Restaurant

Shrimp and Polenta Apple Jalapeno Glazed Shrimp served with Crispy Cheese Polenta, Goat Cheese Mousse, Apple Jalapeno Gel, and Chipotle Crema

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Apple Jalapeno Glaze 2 green apples, chopped and diced small 3 jalapenos, chopped 1 Tbsp. minced ginger

Brett’s Waterway Cafe Red Curry Watermelon Shrimp 1 Tbsp. sesame oil 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 red pepper, chopped 1 sweet onion, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tsp. salt 2 lbs. peeled and deveined shrimp 4 pita bread

Feta cheese, scallions, mint, basil 1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped 1 cup seedless watermelon, chopped 1 Tbsp. sugar 2 Tbsp. red curry paste 2 Tbsp. corn starch 2 cups cool chicken stock Red pepper flakes, to taste

In a heavy stock pot, combine first seven ingredients and sauté until tender. Add tomatoes, watermelon, sugar, and curry paste. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Make a slurry of corn starch and cool chicken stock. Add to other ingredients to thicken. Cook 10 more minutes. Add red pepper and more salt to taste. Use this sauce to sauté fresh peeled and deveined shrimp. Place on toasted pita and top with cucumber cubes, mint, basil, scallions, and feta cheese.

If you peeled your shrimp before cooking or serving, don’t just throw the shells in the trash. The shells of crustaceans (that means shrimp as well as lobster, crayfish, and crab) are loaded with flavor. They’re the key to making a flavorful bisque or seafood stock. Store the shrimp shells in a zip-top bag in the freezer until you’re ready to use them.

Add all the ingredients in a small pot and cook until the liquid becomes a syrup, then blend everything together and add 1 tsp. xanthan gum. For the shrimp you are going to marinate the shrimp with lemon, oil, and paprika then in a hot pan, sauté each side of the shrimp for 2 minutes. When they are golden brown, and add some of the glaze. Crispy Cheese Polenta 3 cups polenta 6 cups chicken stock One handful Parmesan cheese ln a small pot put the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Then add the polenta, whisk until it becomes really thick then turn the flame off and add Parmesan cheese. Let it cool down until it becomes a cake, and cut it into circles, then fry it. Goat Cheese Mousse 8 oz. goat cheese 1 cup heavy cream Lemon zest of 2 lemons Put all the ingredient in the bowl and whisk until it’s a whipped cream consistency. Chipotle Crema 1/2 cup marinated chipotle 1 tin coconut cream 2 lemons with zest 3 cloves garlic, minced ln a small pot, add the garlic with some oil, and sauté until it’s golden brown. Next add the rest of the ingredients, boil for 10 minutes, and then blend.

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- 2 2022 2 S SHRIMP H M F FESTIV IVA AL L R RECIPE ECIPE ISSUE SSUE The easiest way to devein shrimp is with a pair of kitchen shears or a sharp paring knife. Simply snip or cut a shallow ridge along the top of the shrimp from the wide end toward the tail and scrape out the little black strip.

Florida House Inn Shrimp & Grits

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1 lb. fresh local shrimp 1/2 lb. country ham, diced 1pt. cherry tomatoes 1 bunch scallions or green onions 1 Tbsp. minced garlic 1 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup sherry wine 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper, ground 1 Tbsp. butter

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Za’atar Grilled Shrimp and Couscous Salad Grilled Shrimp 1 lb. 16-20 shrimp, shelled and de-veined 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. Za’atar seasoning 1/2 tsp. kosher salt Pre-heat grill according to manufacturer’s recommendation. Toss cleaned shrimp and other ingredients together in a bowl. Place shrimp on heated grill and cook until done, flipping as needed. Place shrimp on a small tray and refrigerate until needed for salad. Couscous Salad 2 cups couscous 1 English cucumber, diced 1 small red onion, sliced 1 large tomato, diced 1/4 cup capers 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and rough chopped 1 bunch fresh dill, rough chop, reserve some whole sprigs for garnish 1 bunch fresh oregano, rough chop, reserve some whole leaves for garnish 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar Salt and pepper to taste

Grits 1 cup grits 1 stick butter 1 qt. whole milk 2 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. black pepper, ground In a 3-qt. pot, place milk, butter, salt, and pepper and turn to medium heat. When mixture has reached 180º, remove from heat and whisk in dry grits. Stir every few minutes to keep from lumping. Once grits have thickened, keep warm until ready to serve.

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For Shrimp In a large sauté pan, turn to high heat and add butter. Add shrimp and ham. Cook until shrimp have been cooked halfway then add garlic and tomatoes. Deglaze with sherry and allow to reduce to nape (almost evaporated). Add cream, salt, and pepper and allow to reduce by half. Add scallions and stir. Place grits in a large serving bowl and pour sautéed shrimp mixture over the top. Serve immediately.

In a medium sized pot, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Add 2 Tbs. kosher salt to the boiling water and add the couscous. Cook the couscous until desired doneness, drain and cool in refrigerator. Once couscous is cooled, add cucumber, onion, tomato, capers, olives, oil, and vinegar to a bowl and mix all ingredients. Add in fresh herbs and season. Allow this to marinate in the refrigerator at least one hour as the flavors will enhance in that time. Before serving mix salad well and place in a bowl large enough for a family style serving or individual bowls. Arrange the grilled shrimp around the salad and sprinkle the reserved herbs on top of it. The couscous salad can be made in advance and held in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. The shrimp should be made the day of for freshness. Serves 4. 20 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER NASSAU NAMED A TOP GENERAL HOSPITAL Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Baptist Medical Center Nassau on Amelia Island was recently named a Top General Hospital in a nationwide survey. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Leapfrog Group is a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality. “Quality and safety are ingrained in our culture. Our physicians and team members are dedicated to collaboration and open communication,” says Hospital President Ed Hubel, FACHE. “I cannot thank our team enough for being so vigilant in ensuring that every patient receives the best care possible.” More than 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, Baptist Nassau received a Top General Hospital distinction – for the second time! The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. To learn more and see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

LOCAL AUTHOR TOM HITCHCOCK RELEASES NEW BOOK

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA CONTINUES ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG ON TALBOT ISLAND The Mocama-speaking Timucua Indians of northeastern Florida were among the first indigenous populations of Florida encountered by European explorers in the 1560s. Documents written by the French and Spanish describe Timucua villages with wooden palisade walls, houses, public buildings, and granaries. These accounts further hint at the location of some of these villages, which happen to be right here around Amelia Island. Interesting for us, Dr. Keith Ashley and his team from the University of North Florida Archaeology Lab are determined to find these villages. After nearly 25 years of field investigations, this year the team has made extensive discoveries of the village of Sarabay at the Armellino site on Big Talbot Island. A key finding was a wall trench structure that hints at the village center. The UNF team ultimately hopes to confirm the discovery of Sarabay by unearthing houses and public architecture, which will allow them to give a voice and tell the story of this people who shared our island centuries ago. If you want to get involved in this work, Dr. Ashley and his team can use your support for this important work. Visit keithashley.domains.unf.edu/sarabay to learn more, follow the excavation progress, financially support the dig and discovery. COURTESY KEITH ASHLEY

A radiation leak from a submarine docked at King’s Bay triggers a genetic chain reaction, unleashing a species of mutant, humanoid sea creatures on an unsuspecting populace. The creatures lurk just beneath the waves near Amelia Island, prowling the surf. Suddenly, a trip to the beach is fraught with a new and spine-chilling hazard, one that no lifeguard is equipped to handle. The Fallout, Tom Hitchcock’s sixth novel, is one in which he felt compelled to throw off the restraints of conventional fiction genres. “Mysteries and thrillers are great,” he says, “but I kept hitting dry wells when it came to plot ideas with enough depth and originality to hold my interest, let alone a reader’s. The Fallout is a hybrid: sci-fi fused with thriller. The challenge was to craft the details with enough authenticity and realism to allow readers to let the story surround them, the suspense of imagining it’s actually happening to their world.” With summer on our doorstep, Hitchcock promises this is your ultimate beach read—at a safe distance from the surf! Pick up a copy today at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro or The Book Loft, or visit tomhitchcockwrites.com to learn more.

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and sustain an interest, appreciation, and enjoyment of the arts. IAA conducts a variety of activities in Nassau County. A year-round project for IAA is administration of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Arts and Crafts section. Artist vendors are selected through a detailed jury process and given

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guidance through the festival from IAA volunteers. Guest judges review all the art, awards are made, and then the entire process begins again for the next year. Nouveau Art, a bi-monthly juried and themed show and sale, features artwork submitted by members, community artists, and citizens. Participation is open to the public, as well as the membership. Nouveau is judged by guest art experts from around the region and nearby universities. An annual show is held for Nassau County school students, as well as a scholarship opportunity. If you are looking for original artwork, you are sure to find a treasure from among the 48 local artists exhibiting at the gallery. Shopping is also available online. Art soothes, educates, and entertains us in all its forms. The IAA gallery is open until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, including Second Saturday Artwalk. Come downtown and be inspired by art and conversation in the heart of Fernandina Beach’s historic district. IAA’s new Art Garden in the courtyard is a pleasant place to relax and enjoy the gallery’s 17 original totem art sculptures. Everyone is invited to support the arts by joining IAA through a variety of membership and support levels. For information regarding Children’s Summer Art Camp (July), free third Sunday art programs, plus classes and workshops for all ages, please drop by at 18 North 2nd Street, visit their website at www. islandart.org, “Like” them on Facebook, or call (904) 261-7020. Island Art Association is now on Instagram at islandartfernandina.

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205 1⁄2 Centre Street • 556-7783 D’AGNESE CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 205 1/2 Centre Street • 261-6044 or 556-2014 ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION COOPERATIVE GALLERY 18 North 2nd Street • 261-7020 JW FRAME GALLERY 1875-B South 14th Street • 310-6610 ISLAND TREASURES 1104 South 8th Street • 261-8887 LUNA FINE ART GALLERY 2700 Atlantic Avenue • 261-1919 MAURER FINE ART AT EIGHT FLAGS ANTIQUE MART 602 Centre St • 261-8276 MEAD’S FRAMERY & TROPHY Corner of A1A & Hwy 17 • 225-2195 MOON FINE ART moonfineart.com PLANTATION ARTISTS’ GUILD & GALLERY 94 Amelia Village Circle • 432-1750 THE PLANTATION SHOP 4828 First Coast Hwy • 261-2030 TRAILER PARK COLLECTIBLES 702 Centre Street • 491-4461

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ifi Queen’s story is as colorful as the summer dresses for sale in her boutique. She is a self-taught pianist, a graduate of the Barbizon School of Modeling, and she was once ranked the 6th best female amateur golfer in North Florida by the North Florida Golf Journal. It’s no surprise she’s been included in Who’s Who Among Young People in America and in Who’s Who in Business America. Fifi was just recently awarded another Who’s Who in America for 2021-2022! “I was born in the small town of Waynesville, North Carolina. The oldest of five children, I was my mother’s helper and worked hard to help raise my younger siblings. There wasn’t extra money to buy the clothes I longed for in the fashion magazines, but it didn’t stop me from window shopping,” says Fifi. She first came to Amelia Island as a piano bar entertainer at the Admiral’s Lounge on Amelia Island Plantation, but her love of fashion inspired her to open her first Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel Boutique in Jacksonville in 1986. In 1992, she opened Fifi’s on Amelia Island. “The Island has a strong sense of community with a real down-home feel. It lures you back time and time again.” You’ll find a large selection of name brands such as Lilly, Chico, J McLaughlin, Eileen Fisher, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Coco Chanel at pocket-friendly prices. You can stop by Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel’s Amelia Island location at 4802 First Coast Highway, call (904) 310-3773, or visit their website at fifisfineresale.com.

laine and Dave Lynch of Outer Banks Boil Company of Amelia Island have been visiting Amelia Island’s golf courses for years, but last year they made the island their permanent home. “As the pandemic continued into 2021, we thought that since we both work from home, why not move to an area that we really love,” says Elaine. “We wanted to do more than just move to a new place; we wanted to involve ourselves in the community. The best way to do that was to open a business, hire from the community, and contribute to the local economy.” “We enjoyed the hiring process for our new General Manager and meeting the candidates who applied. We recently announced the hiring of Shannon Mayhan. She’ll be playing a vital role in our operation, and she comes with many years of experience here in the community both in hospitality/ restaurant management and catering operations. Although our doors are not open quite yet, Shannon is busy designing and preparing the day-to-day operations and opening day!” When Elaine and Dave aren’t busy getting ready for the opening of Outer Banks Boil Company, they love to spend time outdoors. “We also love taking our dog, Clancy, to the beach. He is a complete beach bum! If he had his way, he would be renting surfboards and beach umbrellas, and playing hacky sack behind Sliders!” For more information, call (904) 6012272 or visit www.ameliaisland.outerbanksboilcompany.com to see all the great catering options they offer. They are located at 820 Sadler Road.

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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. WED - FRI 4 - 9 PM • SAT 11 AM - 9 PM • SUN 11 AM - 8 PM 22 South 8th Street | Fernandina Beach

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Perfect Patio Don’t miss the season! We have a warehouse full of furniture ready to be delivered to you. Grab an awesome tete-a-tete set by POLYWOOD for only $999 while supplies last! Made in America and designed for any weather, it comes with a 20-year warranty. Available at The Patio Store, 1621D Highway 40 East, Kingsland, Georgia. (912) 729-1173.

Ravishing Roses Luxuriate in the aromas of rose with this Limited-Edition Midnight Rose Tea, a Yunnan Dianhong black tea scented with red roses, then blended with additional Moroccan rose petals ($19.99). And this Midnight Rose Candle is infused with calming rose essences and topped with rose petals ($9.99)! Available at The Spice & Tea Exchange, 316 Centre Street. (904) 432-7897.

Healthy Hair Aveda’s new Botanical Repair Strengthening Overnight Serum strengthens and repairs with the power of plants! This new revolutionary serum reduces split ends and breakage by 84% in just one application. Experience the entire botanical repair line of products at Magna’s Aveda Salon and Spa, 103 Centre Street. (904) 321-0404.

Handsome Heron Celebrate the beauty of summer on Amelia Island with this joyful Copper Heron Dancing ($208). It will make a striking addition to your home or patio! You’ll find this along with lots of beautiful decor for every season on Amelia at Coastal Cottage, 1439 Sadler Road (in the Publix Shopping Center next to Staples). (904) 580-0484.

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As the class whose education was most impacted by the Covid pandemic, the FBHS Class of 2022 has overcome numerous hurdles and learned some valuable leadership skills. BY JULIE SIMMONS

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t was 2004 when Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Google announced Gmail to the world, Oldsmobile made its final car, and the Class of 2022 was born! A class of scholars, musicians, athletes, artists, leaders and entrepreneurs, the Amelia Islander Magazine would like to honor these graduates and their hard work they did to reach this milestone. “I’m so excited about what the Class of 2022 has overcome. They are the class that might have been most affected by Covid. It’s been a mainstay of their high school experience, and I’m proud of the ways they have battled through all the hardships the pandemic has brought on,” says Fernandina Beach High School (FBHS) Senior Guidance Counselor Rob Hicks, noting that overcoming obstacles has formed many leaders in this graduating class. Meet Luke Lyle, who is not just a senior at FBHS but also a local chess superstar. “I have won quite a few chess tournaments over the years, with my best finish at the 2021 K-12 Nationals, where I placed seventeenth in my grade level,” he humbly shares. But more impressive is Luke’s commitment to the nextin-line. “As I transition to college, I want to compete less and lead more. While chess has always been my passion, I want to focus more on building up the chess scene in Nassau County as a whole.” Luke plans to attend Florida State College Jacksonville and then transfer to the University of North Florida to study business and finance. Daisy Adams, a senior in Lindisfarne Hall, also has leadership on her mind. “My favorite memory from high school is the sorting ceremony. Each student is sorted into continued on next page

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one of four houses based on the virtue he or she cultivates most. I was sorted into Falcere, the house of self-discipline and order. Yet, Falcleres, who cultivate order, must also remember to cultivate the virtues in the other houses.” Daisy will attend Georgia Military College in the fall on a scholarship to play golf. In addition to being strong leaders, this bunch of seniors feels equipped for and is looking forward to the next stage of life. “FBHS has given me a full range of resources and people to talk to in order for me to make the best decision regarding my future,” says senior Brianna Degrove. “They have taught me that in order to gain success, you have to stay persistent and motivated.” Brianna displays both of these through her participation in the school’s Certified Nursing Assistant Program and enlistment in the United States Navy. Likewise, senior Maddox Bryan said, “FBHS has prepared me for the next step by building my character, work ethic, and integrity,” all of which will be crucial for his future at the University of Florida, where he will study engineering. In addition to these seniors, we tip our hats to a few other future stars, too. “Ty Boston and Isabell Sturges were both elected as presidents of the senate at Boys and Girls State. It’s quite a feat for two students from one high school to pull that off. Garrett Vitori has solo-piloted our airplane through our Aerospace Technology program. Anika Richards and Hanna Rhatigan contributed to our girls’ golf team, which finished second in the state. Seniors in the Marching Band have won straight superiors four years in a row, and the boys’ soccer team, led by eight seniors, are the FHSAA Academic Team Champions,” says Hicks. As these students reflect on their past four years, they all expressed their gratitude: Brianna for Mr. Talbert and her peers; Luke for Coach Ball and his commitment to make learning fun; Daisy for her family and especially her little brother, Benjamin; and Maddox for the Amelia Island community, which is endlessly supportive. Congratulations to the Class of 2022! We wish you all the best!

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MAP | TIDES AT THE AMELIA RIVER | MAY 2022 DAY

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MAY Historic Downtown Fernandina Historic Tours Pick up at 170 Ash St, junction of Ash and 2nd streets. Ride into the past and learn the stories of Amelia Island and the eight flags that have flown over its historically rich land. We take you on a journey from the Timucua Indians into the modern day shrimping industry. All Ages. $29 per adult. Discounts for Seniors, Military and Children under 15. Tours run everyday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m. only. Advance booking only. For info, contact Daniel Daly at info@ameliaislandhistorictours.com or call (904) 899-2429.

MAY 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 Nightclub 2 Step & ChaCha Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes on Amelia Island with NightClub 2 Step at 7 p.m. followed by the Cha Cha at 8 p.m. Two for Tuesday classes are $15 for one class or $20 for both classes per person. A dance workshop is offered on Thursdays on Amelia Island from 7-8:30 p.m.; Thursday classes are $15 per person. Ballroom On Amelia is located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios; no partner or reservation is required. For more information, call (904) 624-0886, or visit www.ballroomonmelia.com or Facebook.

MAY 4, 7 Amelia Island Opera Join Amelia Island Opera for an evening featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein. The performance will feature highlights from popular Bernstein works, including “Maria,” “Tonight,” and “Make Our Garden Grow,” sung by soprano Robyn Marie Lamp and tenor Derrek Stark, and accompanied by Juilliard-trained pianist Gordon Roberts. 7:00pm - 8:30p.m. $25 May 4 at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro,1430 Park Avenue (904) 601-2118. May 7 at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road. Info@ ameliaislandopera.org

MAY 7 An Evening of Story & Song Jeff Black is an American singer-songwriter originally from Kansas City, Missouri and now based in Nashville, Tennessee. His writings have been described in the Allmusic as impressionistic songs that are smart without forgetting the emotional undercurrent. 5 p.m. $25. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

MAY 7 Fernandina Beach Main Street 2022 Preservation Tour May is National Historic Preservation Month, Main Street is offering guided tours of local

preserved historic buildings to include, two historic homes, a historic church and cemetery, a decommissioned church adapted to a residence, and an urban flower farm You’ll also get to walk through an active job-site nearing completion of a multi-year rehabilitation, where you will learn about sensitively incorporating historic and new construction into rehabilitation projects. Tickets $25 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. Fernandina Beach City Hall 204 Ash Street

MAY 7 Plant Sale UF/IFAS Extension Nassau County Master Gardener Volunteer plant sale. We’ll have hundreds of plants available that were masterfully prepared and tended to by Nassau County’s Master Gardener Volunteers. This is the MGV’s primary fundraising program to help support our county’s horticulture extension programs. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Hosted at the county extension office at 85831 Miner Road, Yulee.

MAY 7 Inaugural Spring Sip & Shop Sara Elene Photography, Eleve Events, Totally Baked, and Mocama Brewery have partnered to host the inaugural Spring Market from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. An indoor/outdoor family event with food trucks, local businesses, photo booth, treats, coffees, and more! Located at 629 South 8th Street.

MAY 11 Everybody Has a Story… What’s Yours? Join Sinda Nichols, founder of Live Ink Theatre, for a Storytelling Workshop where you will explore the meaningful moments of your life, craft your story into words, and use your voice and bring your unique experience to life. 3:30p.m. - 5:00p.m. tory & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

MAY 12 Spice of Life Luncheon with Matthew Raiford Gullah-Geechee food is an essential cuisine of American history. It is the culinary representation of the ocean, rivers, and rich fertile loam in and around the coastal South. From the Carolinas to Georgia and Florida, this is where descendants of enslaved Africans came together to make extraordinary food, speaking the African Creole language called Gullah-Geechee. In Bress ‘n’ Nyam (Bless & Eat), Matthew Raiford pays homage to this cuisine that nurtured his family for seven generations.

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MAY 14 Yoga for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia Find out how Iyengar Yoga is the best activity for the health and strength of your bones. $49 In studio and online.. All levels, space limited, sign up now. 210 Beech Street. For more info, visit www.cyoga-amelia.com/workshops or call (904) 613-6345.

MAY 14 Veterans 4 Veterans All Veterans are cordially invited to attend this free event, hosted by the Veterans Council of Nassau County. Information booths staffed by veterans’ organizations and support personnel within the county will provide information and guidance. Lunch will be at no cost and will be catered by Callahan Barbeque. The keynote speaker will be the FOAR from Home rowing team, recently returned from rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness of and resources for combating veteran suicide. Event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Nassau High School, 1 Warrior Drive, Callahan. Contact Mike Doran at mike.doran89@gmail.com or call (202) 390-7877.

MAY 18 Meet Your Neighbor Social Hour Story and Song Bookstore Bistro invites you to the Meet Your Neighbor Social Hour. Once each month on the third Wednesday in the evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Coffee and dessert or beer and wine at happy hour prices. Browse books, look at art, buy those cards you keep forgetting or relax on the covered outdoor patio with acoustic musicians Kristin and Ed. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

MAY 26 Yoga for Stiff Hips Come join us to oil your stiff joints, find mobility and ability even though the joint may not be as flexible as it used to be. Best for beginners, $22 drop in studio. 210 Beech Street www.cyoga-amelia.com (904) 613-6345

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aren Bowden is if nothing else organized and determined. When she contemplated retirement after a successful career in hospital administration and software development/ sales in the Northeast, she had her priorities. She wanted a coastal location, a warm climate, and no more snowy winters. Eventually, she narrowed her search to the stretch of coastline between Ponte Vedra Beach and Charleston, South Carolina, then followed up on a friend’s suggestion to look at Amelia Island. As she recalls, “I felt the pull to the island and instinctively knew I felt ‘at home.’” Her 30-year hospital career took her to Pittsburgh and Boston. While in Boston, she started her own consulting business. Her team developed software that required a large data center as the customer base grew. The business was successful, and she was able to sell her business to a much larger, international company, where she stayed on as a member of their executive team until she retired in 2020. This talented woman wasted no time getting involved in her new community, and she recognized that the Newcomers Club was a great place to get involved. The club offers social connections and a wide variety of activities. She joined, got involved, and has just finished her term as president! Her love of photography connected her to the Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery (PAGG). PAGG is a cooperative gallery run by exhibiting artists located in The Shops at Omni Amelia Island. Again, once involved, Karen shared her leadership skills and is currently on the board and serves as the Gallery Director. She helped coordinate a recent renovation of the gallery and is responsible for coordinating new exhibits on a quarterly basis. Her striking photographs are on display at the gallery. When COVID brought everything to a halt, this highenergy woman brought together a group of gallery members and together they created the successful traveling photographic exhibit, “2020-A Look Back.” The exhibit invited community 55 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

members to submit photos that captured their experiences during the year 2020, a year like no other, as we all know. In addition, she is on the board of Amelia Community Theatre, coordinating their sponsorship program and helping with this year’s summer youth camp programs. Karen also volunteers her time and photography skills to the Amelia Island Book Festival. She has loved travel since a high school summer trip to France. One memorable trip shortly before her retirement was walking the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James. There are several ancient pilgrimage trails leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, including one through Portugal. Karen and a friend choose the Portugal path and walked 175 miles over 13 days. She is looking forward to a photography trip to Sicily in the fall. Her future will include more trips to new places and learning about different cultures. You can bet the trips will be carefully cataloged through her stunning photographs. She has a daughter and three grandchildren in Lynn, Massachusetts. No pets except the neighborhood cat named Cat, who adopted her. She loves the energy of Amelia Island’s art community, the strong connection to the giving and generous spirit of the people who live here, local parades and festivals, and of course, the beautiful beaches. Karen found her perfect home here, and Amelia Island is lucky to have this multi-talented woman contributing so much to her adopted community. MAY 2022

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just love the month of May. Roses are blooming, spreading their fragrance around the garden, along with Lavender, while perennials are holding their heads high to admire the colorful annuals. I have to write about Brunfelsia, a colorful plant that I have been enjoying in my garden for years. When in full bloom, the display of flowers and colors is breathtaking. This plant is also called YTT, or Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. YTT is a native of the American tropics featuring showy flowers during the blooming season of spring to summer. The tubular blossoms open to flat, round, five-petaled disks, which quickly change from purple to lavender to white as they age. Eventually, all three colors will show off, covering the entire bush. It is definitely a sight-to-see. I have had passersby stopping to ask “what is the name of that beautiful bush,” and I smile and tell them about my YTT. An evergreen shrub that likes full sun, it does well in part-shade. I keep mine pruned to about 4 feet in height, same in width. I trim in the fall and shape at the end of winter. Enjoy one of

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these in your garden. By now you know what plants survived the freezes and which ones gave up. In April, both my Angel Trumpets and Hibiscus looked sad, but I cut them back and now they are in full leaf and growing well. I can’t wait for the flowers. I don’t know how many of you have been acquainted with the Japanese (Chinese) Lantern Plant. It was popular many years ago; I remember putting them in containers for fall decorations. Now there is a new version called Abutilon Red Tiger. Dazzling yellow flowers with scarlet red veining throughout gives Abutilon Red Tiger the appearance of colorful Japanese lanterns hanging from the deeply lobed

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foliage. Bell-shaped or Hibiscus-like, it is also known as Flowering Maple. It really produces some gorgeous flowers. This Abutilon blooms continuously from spring to fall. Red Tiger produces the same maple-like foliage of all Abutilons. You can grow it from seed or purchase a young plant. In our area, plant it where it gets afternoon shade, or where it gets bright light all day. The unusual blooms attract a lot of attention. You might want to try this one, too. A bush I was led to by its fragrance was the Sweet Almond Bush. This sweetly fragrant, vigorous, drought-tolerant, upright shrub is from Argentina. It produces spiked flower clusters with small white almond-scented flowers. This bush has an extended bloom period from spring through fall, and it is a good nectar source for butterflies. In our zone, this plant will freeze back, but it will regrow as a 3 to 4 foot shrub. You do not need to deadhead it, but for best results, prune the shrub between bloom cycles. If you have any questions, email me at bamorrell33@gmail.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!

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Top: A sunroom at the front of the house features dramatic turquoise Venetian plaster walls, which were hand-finished by a local craftsman. Above: The home’s living room has its original fireplace, which has a favorite piece of art bought on a trip to Taos, New Mexico displayed over it.

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ugh and Ann Williams smile as they remember the house they walked through in the summer of 2015. Located on Atlantic Avenue, the home was built in 1937 by Charles Ludwig, who immigrated from Jassy, Romania. Described as Art DecoMediterranean Revival, the house has many unique details, and the minute Hugh and Ann stepped inside, they knew it was special. Hugh should know, as he has been in the real estate business for more than 30 years. To say the house had some deferred maintenance would be an understatement. Pictures taken at the time of their purchase reveal a house in need of love, but Hugh and Ann thought the house had a lot of character. “Considering the shape it was in, I would say on a scale of 1 to 10, it was maybe a one,” laughs Hugh. One friend who walked through the house cried. Hugh’s family has lived in the area since 1941. Ann was born at Nassau General Hospital, which used to be on North 14th Street. Many know the Williams family from the Palace Saloon. Hugh’s grandfather, Ervin Williams, purchased the Palace Saloon in 1957 with his partner, Dee Land. The Palace was owned by the family until 1987. The

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ISLAND HOME Right: The family TV room is decorated in browns and blues. Below: The home’s renovated kitchen, which includes updated appliances, opens into the original pantry area. Bottom left: The dining room, with its large glass dining table, gets lots of natural light. Bottom right: This beautiful cabinet, with unique scones on either side, is a favorite piece of furniture.

bar’s famous Pirate’s Punch remains a bestkept secret. The Williams enlisted close friends to help in the challenging restoration. Hector Van Lennep of Castleton Homes was instrumental in every phase. The house was well-built, and it was possible to take it back to close to its original design. The original hardwood floors were in place. Detailing in the house offers unique deco design elements in the entryways to each room. The living room ceiling has a scalloped detail. The house has nine-foot ceilings, unusual in older houses. Rooms flow from kitchen to pantry, dining, living, and sunroom. A pool area at the back of the house has a welcoming patio area with a fire pit 62 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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ISLAND HOME Left: The master bedroom is decorated in soft beiges for a peaceful ambience. Below right: One of the guest bedrooms has a graphic of a zebra for a striking splash of color. Below left: A colorful guest bath off the kitchen has a gorgeous wall treatment. Bottom right: A black-and-white guest bathroom incorporates the home’s original tile floor.

the past to create our own new look,” says Ann. “We wanted our home to be unique, warm and welcoming while, still representing the glory of its past history.” The couple was especially pleased with the craftsman who finished the walls throughout the house with Venetian plaster. The technique used on interior walls and ceilings mimics the multi-toned, threedimensional effect of natural stone. It originated in Venice, Italy, and gained great popularity in palazzos, villas, and cathedrals. Lime plaster is mixed with marble dust. The final effect softens wall treatments, which seems to go with the older home. 64 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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Left: A terraced pathway climbs the gentle hill to the front door. Below left: A fire pit in the backyard pool area has ample and comfortable seating. Below right: The Williams’ kept the original shape of the pool, but remodeled the pool and the deck.

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Cucina South Serving delicious Italian cuisine in a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere, Cucina South offers hearty salads, fresh seafood, pasta, Osso Buco, and Italian wines and craft beer. BY LOIS CHAPPELL WINKLER • PHOTO BY LILLY SCHEETZ

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n Italy, cucina means the kitchen, as well as the cooking style that emerges from the kitchen. On Amelia Island, Cucina South is the Italian restaurant on the south end that prepares this cooking style. And what style it is! Having its own coterie of regulars, I suggest you book your table a week or two in advance. Your reservation will get you a seat upstairs, downstairs, or on the porch, the latter being the most sought-after seats, so ask for these early. One particular Saturday, my husband and I sat upstairs in what felt like our own little dining room – a rustic piccola cucina awash in sundrenched colors. On the walls were

paintings that transported us to the Mediterranean. Italian beer would ground us in this cucina moment. Our server Eve brought bread and advised on beer. For me, she recommended Cyclope Bianca, a Sicilian craft wheat beer, citrusy and golden, with notes of flowers and spices. Just perfect! Without her help, I would’ve missed this beautiful beer. In typical Italian style, focaccia and oil came quickly to the table. Focaccia bakers ourselves, we didn’t expect anything special, but this was the thinnest, airiest, crunchiest focaccia we’d ever seen! Puzzling how they got such big holes into a 68 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

crunchy flat bread that drank in the delicate house-infused garlic olive oil. Fresh focaccia was also featured in the panzanella. A Tuscan bread salad with tomato, onion, and other vegetables, panzanella was borne of a need to upcycle fresh daily bread and bountiful tomato crops. At Cucina South, Panzanella, Spinach, and Caesar Salads all come in mezzo porzione, or half portions. In addition to bruschetta, a variety of soups and pastas are available for those who like to fashion their own favorites. Brussels sprouts are the new bacon, I’ve heard it said, but Cucina South doesn’t think you should have to choose. My black plate was art with Bacon and Brussel Sprout Risotto alongside my Pan-Seared Scallops, served on Sun-Dried Tomato Puree. The P.E.I Mussels and Littleneck Clams had Ken considering cioppino, but he was craving a little carne. Eve suggested the Osso Buco. Meaning “hole in the bone” to describe the flavor imparted by the marrow, his Osso Buco popped with Wild Mushroom and Arugula over Creamy Polenta. Troppo abbondante? No, not too much, but almost. Clearing our palates with a small muscato di asti, we rested and reflected on our dinner. How I love a place where people are dressed way up and down, where groups are both large and small, and where children are out with their families are welcome. Desserts were listed on a card Eve gave us. Chocolate-lovers, rejoice, with a choice of Mousse, Flourless Cake, Cannoli, and Tiramisu. Fruity finishes include Blueberry Cheesecake and Limoncello-Mascarpone Cake. We picked the latter, and another which was unspeakably grand: Toasted Almond Cream Cake is amaretto-soaked sponge cake with biscotti crumbs and toasted almonds. Its flavor and texture that left us talking about it for days. From our first sip of Italian beer to the last bite of cake, we felt suspended in la dolce vita at Cucina South. Cucina South serves dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday at 4828 First Coast Highway in the Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. MAY 2022

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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 Island Brewing Company ~ 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. AIBC 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) 2612660. 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

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dining guide casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Mon – Sat. Closed Sun. Call (904) 432-7671. or visit BurlingameRestaurant.com. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale romantic atmosphere, and professional service. New Caviar menu with toast points or Blinis and accoutrements consisting of crème fraiche, red onion, capers & chopped egg. Full bar and large wine menu including wines by the glass. Dining creations such as Filet Oscar, our Signature 16oz. Grilled Delmonico Ribeye, and when available our 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. Daily fish specials as well as English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. Vegetarian & Vegan options. Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5 to 7 pm (except Special Events & Holidays). Lounge Menu & Port Flights. Incredible Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert menu and after-dinner cordials. 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) 2617700. 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) 2619855. 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

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available. Reservations recommended. (904) 3212558. 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 quarter-decade’s experience in Virginia’s Tidewater District shine through a delectable line-up of evolving charcuterie selections, housesmoked 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 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. 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. MondaySaturday 10am to 2pm, Sunday 11am to 2pm. 1430 Park Avenue at the 14th St. entrance to Amelia Park. (904) 601-2118. 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. Find our menu at WickedBao.com.

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Gone with the Wind The waterfront estate of your dreams. Travel down a long winding driveway to your 5BR/4.5BA, 5,596 square foot home amongst the oaks. Imagine waking up to these views! Property is high and dry on 1.58 acres with 150’ frontage on Lanceford Creek with a dock, 3 car garage, barn, elevator, and many custom features. The 12 foot double porches are your favorite escape, ideal for all day lounging. Picturesque boardwalk leads to a covered deck and tidal access to an ocean inlet. Impressive gourmet kitchen with gas appliances

opens to the living room complete with cozy wood burning fireplace and oak flooring. Sophisticated dining room, expansive butler’s pantry, private office, & spacious owner’s suite with porch access oversized shower, jetted tub, custom closets, and laundry chute. The upper level bonus/media room features a wet bar as well as a guest bedroom & bath. Bonus lower level waterside living area with a gas fireplace, kitchenette and additional bedrooms. Short term rentable. Sunshine state of mind!

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HOME IS MORE THAN JUST A HOUSE. IT IS FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA. It’s no mystery why Nassau County is among the fastest growing counties in the state of Florida. Buyers are traveling far and wide to come get a taste of what island living is all about; and our team of seasoned, local professionals are ready to guide them every step of the way. Our agents have an intimate knowledge of the region and an unmatched devotion to client relationships. Since 1973 we have been the top-producing real estate office in Amelia Island Plantation. We are proud to be one of the most successful real estate offices in Northeast Florida. We recognize the value and trust that our clients place in us and strive every day to exceed their expectations. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or rent -- we have experts that exude credibility and commitment, and have the determination to help with all of your real estate transactions.

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Old Town of Amelia Island with its “Old Florida” charm is the perfect setting for this gorgeous custom-built home. Quality abounds with attention to every detail. Beautiful pine floors throughout, chef’s kitchen with gas cooktop, marble counters, and custom lighting are just a few of the wonderful finishes that accentuate this ideal floorplan.

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3 Bed | 1.5 Bath | 1,480 Sq. Ft. SOLD FOR $453,000 Quaint home with great curb appeal situated close to downtown historic Fernandina Beach, schools, and the beach. Enjoy the cozy comfort of a large fireplace, hardwood floors, various upgrades, and spacious screened in back porch. Beautifully landscaped with mature trees and plants!

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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SECLUDED AND PRIVATE 1211 Beach Walker Road

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

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4856 First Coast Highway, Suite 2

Come see this 2-bedroom, 2-bath end unit in Lagoon Villa on South Amelia Island. Completely revitalized interior with all new upgrades, equipment, and lovely renovations throughout. Extensive tile with light and bright first floor convenience on oceanside in the Amelia Island Plantation. 10-minute stroll to the white sands of Amelia’s pristine shoreline. The all-white kitchen boasts attractive cabinetry with quartz counters, new appliances & handsome backsplash. Enlarged from the original floor plan with floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking total privacy (1,506 square feet). Vacation rentals permitted. Schedule your personal tour today! MLS#99085 $797,000

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Outstanding ocean and beach vistas from this 3rd floor 3BR/3BA Piper Dunes Villa in Amelia Island Plantation. Master Bedroom, Dining Room, Kitchen and Living Room all overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Spacious oceanfront balcony. Single car garage with storage. $2,095,000 MLS#98448

Oceanfront 4BR/3BA Villa located on Omni's Amelia Island Resort, offered fully furnished. Beach Walker Villas are known as a popular family favorite and is also known as an excellent investment with outstanding short term rental potential. Just steps to the oceanfront pool. $995,000 MLS#98671

Beautiful 3BR/2BA home and 900 square foot heated and cooled Metal garage/ outbuild in Glen Laurel. Fantastic opportunity to have all your boats/RV's/ Toys on your property. This split bedroom home design features vaulted 10 ft ceilings in the living room and kitchen. 3/4 Acre. REDUCED $499,000 MLS#97751

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Beautiful 3BR/2.5BA home in Amelia National!! Featuring a one story home located on a .38 acre lot which backs up to conservation area, Well appointed kitchen with quartz counter tops, 42 inch maple cabinets, glass mullions, SS appliances, gas range, 18” tile, gas FP, 10 foot ceilings. PENDING $549,000 MLS#998614

ON THE ISLAND!! This 4BR/3BA home is extremely hard to find!! Home was extensively renovated in 2017 with a new roof, carpet, new fixtures, appliances, granite counter tops throughout! Home features split floor plan with two master bedrooms! JUST LISTED $539,000 MLS#98870

BOATERS PARADISE!! Unbelievable opportunity to own a 3BR/2BA deep water home with the most amazing waterfront sunrises and sunsets!!! This home features: private dock that can fit up to a 50’ boat, 4 car heated and cooled 1222 square foot garage, pool, and full home generator. PENDING $990,000 MLS#97333

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100 OCEAN PLACE 4776 AMELIA ISLAND PARKWAY PRICE REDUCED TO $1,845,000

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Rare to market 3 bed, 3 bath, 6th floor oceanfront villa on southern end of Building 3. Fully furnished, ideal for investment with strong rental history. 10 ft. volume ceilings with laminate flooring in all living areas. New cabinets, quartz counter tops, and appliances installed in 2018. Enjoy the spacious covered porch with sweeping oceanfront views, and 2 community pools. Owners can have pets, membership to Golf Club of Amelia Island available, and next door to Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Includes a private one car garage! MLS#98622. $1,845,000

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BACKYARD ADVENTURE Point Isabel

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Fort George Island STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN MILLER

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ort George Island is one of northeast Florida’s most treasured places, and lucky for us, it’s only a short drive south from Amelia Island on Heckscher Drive. Recently my husband, Troy, and I took a drive over to Fort George to do some hiking, but we ended up spending the entire day exploring the interesting features of this amazing place. Fort George Island was called Alicamani by the Timucuan Indians, who were living here when French explorer Jean Ribault landed nearby at the mouth of the St. John´s River in 1562. Later it was occupied by the Spanish, and then by the British. A fort was built there in 1736, and eventually the island became home to a number of large plantations. The first stop we made was the Thompson Tabby House. This structure dates from the mid-1800s, but is the same type of construction that was used in the Americas circa 1580 by the Spanish and their slaves. It is typical tabby construction, a method that is thought to have originated in Africa. The material is oyster shell. We also stopped along the drive to take a photo of a peacock. Yes, there are numerous peacocks and pea hens living here, along with local and migratory birds and other wildlife like deer, raccoons, and armadillos. Our next stop was the Ribault Club, a restored 1920s recreational club, which is now part of the Fort George Island Cultural State Park and the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Here we wandered around, looking at the grand banquet rooms and sprawling lawns with beautiful live oak trees. To the left of the entrance is a museum, where we found out a lot about the Timucua and their culture, along with the ecological aspects of the park. From there, we hiked along the Fairway Loop Trail, 80 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

which took us to Mt. Cornelia, the highest point of the island, and Point Isabel. This trail, which is about 3 miles long, skirts a former golf course, which now features a sizable gopher tortoise population. Wood storks, great blue herons, and snowy egrets can be spotted along the salt marsh of the Fort George River. Considered moderately challenging, the trail offers surprising elevation changes, wide water views, and a lush maritime forest setting. After our hike and a picnic lunch back at the Ribault Club property, we began an auto tour of the island called the Saturiwa Trail. The tour, which begins at the Ribault Club, lasts about an hour, describing the island’s rich history and ecological significance. At Marker #6, we reached Kingsley Plantation, offering an authentic view of an early 1800 sea island cotton plantation. The house, built by John McQueen in 1791, is the oldest plantation house still standing in Florida. The extensive remains of 23 tabby slave cabins provide a valuable resource to learn about slavery. Kingsley Plantation offers its own walking tour, which took us about an hour to complete, along with a stop at the visitor center for additional information. This area offers beautiful wide-water views, and it’s a great place to take a break. After getting back into our car, we continued our auto tour, where we stopped at interesting places along the road like the San Juan del Puerto Mission site, the Intracoastal Waterway, an old sugar mill site, and the historic St. George Episcopal Church. We had a great day exploring Fort George Island! For more information about Fort George Island, visit www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails.. MAY 2022

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