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This period is often referred to as Fernandina’s Golden Age, and many of the homes, businesses, and churches built then stand today as a reminder of those prosperous years.

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Known as the “Isle of Eight Flags,” Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island have a long and rich history. From the Native American Timucuans, who first inhabited the island from around 2,000 B.C., to French sailors led by explorer Jean Ribault, the first Europeans to set foot here, who named the island L’Isle de Mai, to the Spanish who defeated them and founded the Santa Maria Mission, to the English, to Americans after the Revolutionary War, Confederates, assorted pirates, and Americans again at end of the Civil War, the island has experienced quite a bit. In the period of explosive growth after the war, Amelia Island was well-positioned to flourish thanks to one of the deepest natural harbors on the East Coast and the arrival of the railroad in Florida, which brought visitors, new residents, and lots of opportunity. This period is often referred to as Fernandina’s Golden Age, and many of the homes, businesses, and churches built then stand today as a reminder of those prosperous years. While the extension of the railroad further south, taking business and tourists with it, brought an end to this era, we continue to enjoy the beauty and charm of the magnificent structures that grace Fernandina Beach’s Historic District. As Dickie Anderson reflects in our cover story this month, when the boom slows down, once-beautiful buildings are often broken up for salvage or taken down with little sentiment. After the historic Keystone Hotel was unceremoniously demolished in 1972, concerned residents swung into action and the Fernandina Beach City Commission appointed the first Historic District Council. In 1973, the downtown Historic District was included in the National Register of Historic Places. Thanks to the efforts of the City Commission and downtown residents, many of the beautiful homes and churches built in the late 1800s to early 1900s have been carefully preserved. The iconic Fairbanks House, one of the treasures of the Historic District, is now a luxurious bed-and-breakfast inn. The Bailey House and the Tabby House are private residences. And St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, built in 1881 and located at the corner of Centre and Eighth streets, is a NeoGothic gem. A special thanks to Dickie for sharing some of the history of Fernandina’s Golden Age. Her book, Great Homes & Churches: Architectural Treasures of Amelia Island, explores these magnificent buildings in more detail. Also this month, we take a look at Micah’s Place, which provides prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence in Nassau County; present a profile of Linda Love, a local businesswoman and avid outdoorswoman; feature a local ministry to the homeless offered by Sharing Hope and Reaching People; learn how to spatchcock and grill a tender and delicious chicken; and much more. See you around the island!

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11 Cover Story FERNANDINA’S GOLDEN AGE

With stunning Victorian homes and majestic churches scattered throughout the Historic District, downtown Fernandina Beach’s architectural treasures are notable reminders of Amelia Island’s prosperous Golden Age in the late nineteenth century.

37 A Safe Haven Offering critical prevention and intervention services, education, and a 24/7 hotline, Micah’s Place provides hope and help for victims of domestic violence in Nassau County.

51 You Might Know Linda Love, But... Known for her company Bling Staging and Redesign, Linda Love is also an avid outdoorswoman, who owned a design business and store with her daughter in Colorado.

61 Sharing Hope

88 Island Entertaining

In partnership with First Baptist Church Fernandina Beach, Sharing Hope and Reaching People assists the homeless in Nassau County by building relationships with those in need.

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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 When starting a vegetable or herb garden at your home, try planter boxes and include Chef’’s Choice Culinary Rosemary, with its spicy flavor and colorful periwinkle flowers.

The Fairbanks House Photo by Lilly Scheetz

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Island Home After working as 13-year-old lab partners in Maine, Heather Bass and Sam Blalack went their separate ways before reconnecting, marrying, and buying a loft in Fernandina Beach.

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Eating Scene In the historic Florida House Inn, with a large porch and a charming courtyard, Leddy’s Porch offers Southern hospitality and delicious Southern favorites for brunch.

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Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island

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FERNANDINA’S

Golden Age With stunning Victorian homes and majestic churches scattered throughout the Historic District, Fernandina Beach’s architectural treasures remind us of the island’s Golden Age.

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n the late 1800s following after the Civil War, Amelia Island was a bustling center of commerce. Its deepwater port and the emerging development of railroads in Florida created great opportunities for the entrepreneurs attracted to the island. Many homes, businesses, and churches built during those years still stand today to remind us of those glory years. Why does Amelia Island have so many Victorian-era houses and churches in such good shape? The island shares an interesting history with Galveston, Texas and Mystic, Connecticut. Each has homes and buildings preserved in their original shape. Why were these communities frozen in time? There is a logical explanation. If a town or city suffers dramatic economic losses, all progress, growth, and change stop. Typically, towns evolve. Old buildings are torn down, and new ones are built. In the case of Galveston, Mystic, and Fernandina, everything stopped, and nothing changed hands or was altered. Galveston was a thriving port. When the port was moved because of hurricane threats, the town went to sleep. Mystic was a thriving port, where fleets of whaling ships were based. With the arrival of electricity and no need for whale oil to fill lamps, the port became quiet.

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Three Sisters, built from remnants of the Keystone Hotel.

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Above: The Keystone Hotel, located at the corner of Centre and 8th streets. To the right is St. Peters Episcopal Church. Below: Captain Wm. Jones house on North 3rd Street.

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The dramatic shift of Amelia Island’s economy was largely due to Henry Flagler’s railroad expanding down the east coast of Florida, taking commerce and tourism away from Fernandina. The once-thriving Egmont Hotel, which welcomed guests from the Northeast, shut down. No use was found for the elegant building, and it was broken up into salvage. The so-called Three Sisters, a row of houses on South 7th Street, were built of salvage from the hotel. With no growth in the economy of Fernandina, there was little movement or change. The elegant homes of North 6th Street and South 7th Street remained unchanged and are there for us to enjoy today—a living museum.

PRESERVING FERNANDINA’S ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES Historic preservation has been a priority for Amelia Island and the town of Fernandina Beach since 1973, when the downtown Historic District was included in the National Register of Historic Places. The original designation included 1,500 acres of land. An additional 970 acres were added in 1987. Four hundred buildings are included in the district. As often happens, the teardown of a historic building created a sense of urgency to act in order to prevent future losses. Many tie the commitment to historic preservation to the loss of The Keystone Hotel. Built in 1912, it was the center of social activity in its heyday. However, it outgrew its usefulness and sat sad and empty on Centre Street. When the hotel was abruptly torn down overnight in 1972, a shocked community recognized the need to take action and protect its historic properties. It is important to understand that recognition by the National Register of Historic Places does not protect the buildings. It functions solely as a listing of historic sites, districts, buildings, and landscapes. It is up to local government to protect buildings or sites

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from demolition or alteration. After the loss of the Keystone Hotel, concerned groups formed and the City of Fernandina Beach prioritized the protection of its historic buildings. The Historic District Council (HDC) was formed, comprised of five regular members and two alternate members, all appointed by the Fernandina Beach City Commission. The carefully preserved houses, buildings, and churches built during the so-called Golden Age were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s by the entrepreneurs and leaders in the community. Foremost among the leaders, David Yulee, was president and chief stockholder of the Florida Railroad Company, which ran 156 miles from Fernandina to Cedar Key on the Gulf of Mexico. He was a major employer. Yulee moved the original town of Fernandina from a bluff north of present-day Fernandina Beach, leaving behind “Old Town” and creating Fernandina Beach, or “New Town,” at its current location. He platted the new town to mimic Manhattan in New York City. Fernandina even has a Central Park just east of the historic downtown. Part of his relocation plans included offering prime locations to churches for their new sanctuaries at favorable terms.

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THE FAIRBANKS HOUSE AND THE BAILEY HOUSE

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Victorian-era buildings are recognizable for their elaborate detailing. Many houses in Amelia Island’s Historic District showcase a wide variety of window styles, fretwork, shaped shingles, brickwork, galleried porches, and a variety of paint colors. The more detail used, the more impressive the house would be considered. The majority of the houses in the Historic District were not designed by architects and are considered vernacular, an architecture style concerned with function and comfort rather than grandeur. So who built these amazing houses? They were the leaders of the community, the movers and shakers

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of the day. George Fairbanks was a fruit grower, a historian, a lawyer, an editor of the Florida Mirror (now the Fernandina Beach News-Leader), and senator. Fairbanks hired architect Roberts Sands Schuyler, who designed St. Peter Episcopal Church and other buildings in the Historic District. The Fairbanks House is Italianate in design, one of the many variations popular during the Victorian Era. Details include an unusual oriole window, balustrade porches, dormers, bay windows, and its distinctive tower. The house, considered extravagant in its day, was nicknamed Fairbanks Folly. It is now a popular bed-and-breakfast inn. Considered one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture, the Bailey House sits on the corner of Ash and 7th Street. Built in 1885, the house offers examples of typical Victorian-era house detail. It has three-story turreted bays at the two corners of its front facade, and wide-eaved porches on its south and east sides. Fish-scale shingles cover its gables. Effingham W. Bailey was an agent for a Fernandina Beach shipping company and enjoyed a successful career with the railroad, built the trolley that ran from town to the beach and the Keystone Hotel. The Bailey House is a so-called bride’s house. At the time of its building, a gentleman was expected to provide a home for his new bride. George W. Barber of Knoxville, Tennessee designed the Bailey House. It is built of native heart pine and includes six fireplaces and Tiffany-style stained-glass windows. Local boat builders and ships carpenters probably were engaged to perform the exacting tasks of cabinetry, molding, and the carved railings and pillars.

THE TABBY HOUSE One of the more interesting houses in the Historic District is the so-called Tabby House, located at the corner of Ash and 7th Street. Most of the historic homes are named after their original owners,

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but in the case of the Tabby House, it is named for its unique construction material – tabby. Built during the Golden Age, the house offers a sharp contrast to the more typical Victorian houses in its neighborhood. It was unusual to use this construction technique at the time it was built. Robert Sands Schuyler, the same architect that designed many other buildings in Fernandina, was the designer. It is the only existing tabby house on the island. The method of construction is simple. A mixture of Portland cement and oyster shells is poured into molds to create the walls of a house. Tabby is dependent on an abundance of oyster shells. Thanks to the Indian tribes that occupied the coast of Florida, many middens of oyster shells were left for later generations to use in the fabrication of tabby houses. The detailed trim on the galleries is typical of the intricate detail that characterized Schuyler’s buildings. Similar detailing can be seen in the Williams House, Fairbanks House, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The house has had many lives. At one time, it operated as a funeral home; later it was abandoned, suffered a fire, and barely survived. It remains as one of the Historic District’s more unusual and important homes.

The Tabby House

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FERNANDINA BEACH’S HISTORIC HOUSES OF WORSHIP

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Amelia Island has always valued its houses of worship. Throughout the island’s history, churches have been established and organized that reflect the needs and interests of the people. Like most of the buildings in the Historic District, community churches were not designed by architects but were the result of the efforts, available resources, and talents of congregation members. When David Yulee convinced the residents of the original Fernandina, or Old Town as it is known today, to move to its current location, the railroad offered a very low price to “each body of Christians desiring a

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One of the ornate stained glass windows in Trinity Methodist Church.

place to worship.” Many took advantage of the offer and occupy prime real estate in the Historic District. Located at Centre and Seventh streets, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church was built in 1881 and is considered architect Robert Sands Schuyler’s masterpiece. Originally from New York, Schuyler was deeply religious. He built many churches throughout Florida in the Gothic or Carpenter Gothic style. Architectural detail includes nearly perfect proportions, arched windows, a steeply pitched red roof, buttressed walls, and its distinctive tower with a castellated parapet. The church’s stain glass windows are memorials to people who are part of the church’s rich history. The church is open to the public. A cemetery adjacent to the church is the graveyard of many leaders of the community. A more modest church, Trinity Methodist, sits several blocks away at Ash and Eighth streets. The small, boxy church has many details that reveal the congregation’s commitment to build a beautiful house of worship. The two-story masonry building is noteworthy for its lancet arched windows with belfry and square tower. Beautiful etched stained-glass windows line the walls and glow on a sunny day. In 1996, the church’s congregation had dwindled, and the historic church fell into disrepair. Leaders in the community stepped up and formed Friends of Trinity. In 2016, when Hurricane Mathew damaged the roof of the church, once again the community rallied, and a successful fundraising campaign funded the roof replacement and made other improvements to the historic church. With its lovely Victorian-era homes and historic churches, Fernandina Beach is a historian’s dream. In addition, you’ll find plenty of locally owned shops and restaurants on Centre Street and throughout the Historic District. And don’t miss the Amelia Island Museum of History for its informative exhibits and docent-led tours.

Dickie Anderson has a special passion for her island home and Fernandina Beach’s Historic District. Her latest book, Great Homes & Churches – Architectural Treasures of Amelia Island, is an expanded version of her earlier book Great Homes of Fernandina. This new edition adds 9 features of historic churches, and is available in area bookstores and gift shops or by emailing dickie.anderson@gmail.com. AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 South 3rd Street | ameliamuseum.org DOCENT-LED 8 FLAGS TOUR WALKING TOURS Monday to Saturday at 11 AM and 2PM By reservation only for groups of 4 or more. and Sunday at 2 Pm Additional tours including ghost tours and Christmas light tours offered by: Anchor Trolleys and Transport Amelia Island Historic Tours www.anchortrolleys.com www.ameliaislandhistorictours.com 20 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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Amelia island's only beachfront restaurant! The Sandbar & Kitchen sits directly on Main Beach with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Dine with us indoors, on our covered patio, or at our picnic tables in the sand. You can expect fresh seafood, wood-fired pizza, crispy chicken wings, and our Main Beach Burger! Enjoy one of our live music events while sipping on a cold beer or cocktail. We also boast the largest whiskey selection in Florida! We've truly got something for everyone!

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SILVER PEN WRITING COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY OSPREY VILLAGE Osprey Village, a luxury senior living community on Amelia Island, announced the 2022 winners of its Silver Pen Writing Competition. The awards, started in 2012 by parent company The Maxwell Group, have given nearly $386,000 to high school seniors to assist with their college goals and to bridge the communication gap between high school seniors and members of the senior living communities. “The Silver Pen Competition serves as a great opportunity for our Members to experience Osprey Village investing in the youth of our broader community,” says Osprey Village Executive Director Back: Winners Sophie McEachern, Matthew Barger. “For the recipients and participants, B it allows for the potential monetary incentive to start Kallie Johns, and Reagan Webber. off their education journey and to also experience the senior living industry as a possible career path.” Three cash prizes totaling $3,750 were awarded to the winners of the writing competition. The essay topic, which asked whether cell phones have made a positive or negative impact on the world, was chosen by senior residents at Osprey Village, who also made up the judging panel. This year’s recipients were Reagan Webber, first place; Sophie McEachern, second place; and Kallie Johns, third place. Congratulations to the winners, and best of luck in college this fall! COURTESY OSPREY VILLAGE

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SOUNDS ON CENTRE CONCERTS IN DOWNTOWN FERNANDINA BEACH Sounds on Centre is an Amelia Island Friday Night favorite. A free, fun musical celebration for the entire family, concerts are on first Friday of each month from April through October at the intersection of Second and Centre streets in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. From 6 to 8 p.m., the streets are transformed into an amphitheater with a performance stage and space for attendees Amelia Blues Project to gather, set up beach chairs and blankets, and get comfortable to listen, dance, sing, people watch, and kickoff the weekend. Sounds On Centre is created and produced by the Historic Fernandina Business Association (HFBA) and features Fernandina Beach’s favorite bands with a great line-up this summer. Amelia Blues Project will play on June 3, Str8-Up on August 5, the Decades Band on September 2, and Soundwavz on October 7. In addition to the show, you can purchase Sounds on Centre t-shirts and participate in raffle drawings with prizes donated by local community businesses and retailers, with all proceeds going to the marketing of the downtown businesses. HFBA also donates funds to local community service groups such as the Pirates Club, Police Auxiliary, and College Scholarships. Visit SoundsonCentre.com to learn more.

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his inspirations. Growing up in the Midwest, he has always been attracted to barns and landscapes. Living near Lake Michigan as well as on Amelia Island, boats are also a common theme. Michael’s style is considered impressionistic; his clouds and skies are dreamy hues of color and light. Michael’s Michigan studio is located in Holland, a harbor town where the landscape features beaches, sand dunes, and rolling farmland. He shows his work at The Galleria, an innovative combination of cocktail lounge, studio, and gallery space. In Fernandina Beach, his home studio features paintings that can be seen by appointment. His work is also featured at JW Frame Gallery at 19 South 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. In addition, Michael offers paintings on commission. “It is a special challenge and privilege to create an original oil painting that will have special meaning for one of our clients,” he says. For Michael, who had Michael Rippey putting finishing touches on “Deep Water Access,” available at JW Frame Gallery. a busy and successful career, painting has become a how to work with artists, fortunately,” cathartic and liberating way of life. “It laughs Michael. “While I’m creating art, takes me away,” says Michael. “I go into Durenda is taking care of our marketing, my studio to paint, and there’s nothing advertising, and social media.” else. It’s a special place, where I lose Michael and Durenda are both track of time and enjoy the solitude of widowed. They met in 2012, and my work.” were married in November 2013. For more information, visit www. “We both know how lucky we are to rippeyart.com or view new works on have found each other,” says Michael. Facebook @Michael Rippey Art. To The couple spend half their time in arrange a studio visit or to learn more Holland, Michigan, and the other half about a particular painting, call the artist on Amelia Island, where Michael finds at (407) 473-2824. 26 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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n 1987, Dr. Mark Olbina opened Amelia Gentle Dentistry. In 2013, he was joined by his daughter, Dr. Jackie Miller. In 2016, Dr. Paul Miller (Jackie’s husband) joined the practice, and two years later, Dr. Jessica Loumeau, a close friend and colleague, joined the team. “I was born and raised here in Fernandina Beach. My parents moved to the island in 1984 as my dad was a Navy dentist at the submarine base in King’s Bay, Georgia” says Dr. Jackie. “I love the great people here and the small-town feel of Amelia Island.” If you’re searching for a family dentist in Fernandina Beach, Amelia Gentle Dentistry is the team you can trust. They offer the latest in dental technology, outstanding patient care, and results that last. Comfort is their number one priority. Whether you need a preventative cleaning or a cosmetic procedure, you’re in excellent hands. “My favorite part of my job is that moment when my patient sees their brand-new smile for the first time. The most satisfying part for me is that I get to serve the community in which I was born and raised,” says Dr. Jackie. “And we have fun here! I love laughing and telling jokes with patients and my office team. I call them my ‘work family.’” When Dr. Jackie isn’t working, she enjoys reading, listening to live music, and spending time with her two young children, Theo and Isla. For more information, call (904) 277-8500 or visit www. ameliagentledentistry.com. Amelia Gentle Dentistry is located at 1699 South 14th Street, Suite #21, in Fernandina Beach.

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im Holwell, owner of Twisted Sisters!, and her wonderful staff love to help you find what you need, whether it’s in the store, online, or on social media. “We have Facebook Live every Twisted Tuesday, so you can shop with us live online and see the newest arrivals of the week. If there’s ever anything we can help you with, we’re here! It’s not just our job, it’s our passion!” says Kim. There is never a dull moment with this small but mighty group of women. The fun, eclectic boutique offers apparel, accessories, and gifts with a twist! “Whether you see us behind the counter or on the floor, we are here to shop with you because we love what we do,” says Kim. “How great is it that we get to live in beautiful Fernandina Beach and work at one of the best women’s boutiques on Amelia Island? It doesn’t get any better than that! Each of us love to see your smiling faces every day in the store. We love to see those of you who are here for vacation shopping with us online when they go back home. We are a community of women who love all things Twisted Sisters!, and that includes each and every one of you.” Be sure to give Sister Girl (the store’s kitty mascot) a pet if you stop by the boutique. She may be the friendliest of the sisters! Twisted Sisters! is located at 402 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach, or find them at www.facebook. com/TwistedSistersAmelia and Instagram @shoptwistedsisters, or online at www.twistedsistersamelia.com. (904) 468-0449.

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Awesome Apparel RennWorks Outdoors has a full line of outdoor gear, and now offers great women’s clothing, like this Dream Catcher Straw Hat ($45), Ace Long Sleeve Shirt ($49), and Reel Boardshort ($45), all from AFTCO. Shirt and shorts both provide UPF 50 sun protection. Available at RennWorks, 2440 Lynndale Road. (904) 310-6794.

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bring rescue, healing, and empowerment to victims in all stages of their healing journey. “At Micah’s Place, we work with each and every client to meet them where they are and offer services specifics to their needs,” explains Cassie Ott Crosby, Outreach & Community Engagement Director. “Everything we do is free, it’s confidential just like an attorney-client privilege, but most of all, it’s supportive; we like to think of our services as the soft hand on victims’ backs to guide them through their journeys. And each journey is unique and helps us to grow and become better at what we do,” she adds. A cornerstone to the work of Micah’s Place is its 24/7 hotline, emergency shelter, legal aid, and community education. The hotline, which now offers voice and text support, provides crisis intervention counseling, safety planning, and supportive services at the point of need. When a victim reaches out, the team is there to help navigate their next steps. continued on next page JUNE 2022

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JUNE Historic Downtown Fernandina Tours Pick up at 170 Ash Street, 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.

JUNE 6 Kayak Summer Camp Regardless of experience, our fun, professional and personable guides are there to teach skills, and share with the next generation of kayakers. Get a sense of adventure and wonder about kayaking with outdoor fun for kids. Day 1 and 2 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Day 3 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration Required by calling (904) 557-5307 or by Booking Online. Amelia Island Kayak Excursions, 3 South First Street. ameliaislandkayak.com

fight for justice after becoming mysteriously ill. The show is rated PG-13. Visit www. AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org or call (904) 261-6749 for tickets. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on June 10-11, 16-18, 23-25 and at 2 p.m. on June 12 and 19. Cost: $25 for adults and $10 for students in the Main Stage theatre at 207 Cedar Street.

JUNE 11 Fernandina Beach Pride Festival The festival will include speakers, music, information booths, food trucks, and children’s activities. An opportunity for individuals and families to picnic, enjoy the festivities and celebrate gay pride at an open and welcoming event. This will be an alcohol free event. Central Park Parade route begins at 11th and Ash. Ash to 2nd Street, right on 2nd Street to Centre, right on Centre back to Central Park. Parade starts at Central Park at 10:00 a.m. Festival 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Festival, 1200 Atlantic Avenue. fernandinabeachpride.com

JUNE 11 Artrageous Artwalk

Author James Chapin tells a story set during the tumultuous years of the Florida Territory’s Second Seminole War and early statehood. Free and open to all. 3:00 p.m. Seating is limited; open to those fully vaccinated, masks optional. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

On the second Saturday of each month, participating galleries host art events and open houses during the second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk to showcase their resident artists. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy the various types of art that each gallery has to offer as well as meet the artists. Photography, pottery, copper, metal, fused, as well as stained glass, watercolors, acrylics, oils and batik are just a few of the varied media folks can expect to see. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m Eleven Participating Galleries on Amelia Island

JUNE 9 One Book, One Community Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop

JUNE 12 Amelia Island Dance Series featuring Crescendo Amelia Big Band

Come hear the history of Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop and learn some baking tips. Each ticket will include 4 specialty cookies and Nana Teresa’s sugar cookie recipe. Tickets can be purchased by cash/check at the Fernandina Library until 3 June. Cost $20. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fernandina Beach Library 25 North Fourth Street (904) 530-6500

We will be partnering with our friends from Crescendo Amelia Big Band in the spring of 2022 for a fun-filled dance series. Starts at 4 p.m. Cost $20 Sadler Ranch at 869 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, (904) 624-0886. ballroomonmelia.com

JUNE 8 Ride South Until the Sawgrass

JUNE 10-12, 16, 17, 19, 23-25 Radium Girls Amelia Community Theatre presents this powerful drama by D.W. Gregory. The play is based on the real-life stories of the young dial painters who worked for the U. S. Radium Corporation in the 1920s and their

JUNE 13 Father’s Day Southern BBQ with Chef Thomas The Chefs at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island are presenting a monthly cooking demonstration preparing and cooking a variety of cuisines. Small class sizes create an intimate environment in the gorgeous Salt dining room. After each demonstration, students dine with a matched

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wine and return to the set for the next dish. The final demonstration is by the pastry chefs. Cost $200 10:30 a.m. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway (904) 277-1100 www.ritzcarlton. com/en/hotels/florida/amelia-island

JUNE 14 American Business Women’s Association Extravaganza Join the American Business Women’s Association for their first annual Extravaganza, an evening of food, fun, fashion, and celebrations! The event sponsor is L. Moore Aesthetics. Local businesses Twisted Sisters! and Go Fish will showcase fashion that allows you to “dress for success on a budget.” The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Golf Club of Amelia Island, 4700 Amelia Island Parkway. Tickets are $45 and available online at www.abwaeightflags.org.

JUNE 14 Birds & Beer The Friends of Talbot Islands Event at Mocama Beer Company. From seashore and marsh to upland hammocks, Amelia Island and northeast Florida support and attract an abundance of bird species as well as birders and photographers from novice to professional. Come learn more about our local birds gather with friends for an evening that will feature informative speakers covering three topics. Shorebirds presented by volunteers for Shorebird programs on the Talbot Islands Backyard Birds presented by the owners of Wildbirds Unlimited and Audubon EagleWatch presented by the NE Florida Counties Coordinator. Attendance is limited so preregister soon at talbotislands.com/events for a suggested donation of $10 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 629 South 8th Street, (904) 456-9088. www.mocama.com

JUNE 14-15 Teen Kayak Camp A cool experience catered to teens! Regardless of ability after this outside activity, one will be better prepared for future outdoor adventures, and build new life skills. A unique opportunity to paddle, explore and learn with a Florida Master Naturalist. Not only will the teens learn outdoor/water skills, but these skills and knowledge build confidence and instill an appreciation for the workings of our natural environment. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration required by calling (904) 557-5307 or by booking online. Amelia Island Kayak Excursions, 3 South First Street. ameliaislandkayak.com

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JUNE 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 Dance styles Single-time swing and Country 2-step

JUNE 22 The Wonders of the Okefenokee Swamp

Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes on Amelia Island with single-time swing at 7:00 p.m. followed by Country 2-step 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 7:00 p.m. to 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, contact them at (904) 624-0886, visit our website at www. ballroomonmelia.com or our Facebook page.

Come hear about the exciting adventures on the Okefenokee Swamp and the importance of this ecosystem as told by expert guide Kim Bednarek and Michael Lusk. 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fernandina Beach Library, 25 North Fourth Street, (904) 530-6500.

JUNE 15 Cinema Conversation & Chow Books aren’t the only medium to talk about. Join us to watch a film chosen for its meaningful theme, and stay for a facilitated discussion after. Free event. 5:30p.m. Optional heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverage of choice available at 5:00 p.m. Cost: $15. Call 904601-2118 for reservations. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JUNE 17 One Person, One Vote Nick Seabrook, an authority on constitutional and election law and an expert on gerrymandering, tells the history of how we got to this moment and shows us as well how to protect our most sacred, hard-fought principle. Free and open to all. 4:00 p.m. Seating is limited; open to those fully vaccinated, masks optional. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JUNE 18 Juneteenth Jumpoff This is a family friendly, community celebration committed to encourage improved community interactions, educate, and bring a sense of pride to the community as a whole. The event will include activities for children, contests, food trucks, informational booths, and a vendor market. This is a non-alcoholic event. For information about this event, please contact Tiffany Harris at (904) 557-0170 or 04TheCulture@gmail.com. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Peck/Charles Eugene Richo Field, 516 South 10th Street.

JUNE 23 Riverkeeper Meet and Greet Come mingle, drink local beer, and talk about how we can better enrich our St. Marys River! Learn about upcoming Volunteer opportunities, fun events, and how you can engage with us this year. Event is free, but registration is required. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mocama Beer Company, 629 South 8th Street www.mocama.com

JUNE 23 It Takes An Island To Cross An Ocean Join to learn more about the Foar from Home Team and what they’re doing to end veteran suicide. Free event. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nassau County Council on Aging 1901 Island Walk Wa,y (904) 261-0701. nassaucountycouncilonaging.org

JUNE 23 The Story of Jazz with Les Demerle Dixieland is the first of a 4-part series, featuring musical styles and narrative. Cost: $25 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JUNE 24, 25, 26 2022 Supporting Cross the Line Foundation Please join us for the 4th annual paddle event, Saturday, June 25 from historic downtown St Marys, Georgia to historic downtown Fernandina Beach. We are paddling for One More Wave, a non-profit organization that provides ocean therapy to disabled and wounded Veterans through custom designed surf equipment, as well as a community of surfers. Packet pickup and kayak drop off is in the vacant lot across from the entrance to the Salty Pelican on Front Street. The dates are Thursday June 23rd from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday June 24th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Amelia River Cruises will transport participants from the city marina to St. Marys Waterfront Park Boat Ramp

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at 7 a.m. on Saturday June 25th. No kayaks will be transported on the river cruise. The paddle will begin at 8 a.m. in St. Marys. An after event party will be held on Leddy’s Porch, 3rd St. at 1 p.m. If you would like to join on this road trip, please reach out to Americanriverstrokers@ gmail.com. Cross the Line Foundation, 1101 South 19th Street.crossthelinefoundation.com

JUNE 28 Sharing Information and Personal Stories through Writing An illuminating workshop presented by Amelia Island Writers. Free and open to all. 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; open to those fully vaccinated, masks optional. Story and Song Art Gallery 1430 Park Avenue (904) 601-2118 www.storyandsongbookstore.com

JUNE 29 Palmettos and Saltwater Local author Bryan Brooks tells a love story to a place that no longer exists: Ft. Lauderdale as it was during WWII. Free and open to all. 3:00 p.m. Seating is limited; open to those fully vaccinated, masks optional. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JUNE 29 Neighbor Nite Make new friends and exchange tips about goods and services while enjoying live entertainment, wine and beer at happy hour prices, and complimentary nibbles. Free and open to all. 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited; open to those fully vaccinated, masks optional. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JUNE 30 Anything Goes! Come on a cruise this summer with a big rollicking musical Anything Goes! telling the whirlwind story of Reno Sweeney, a nightclub singer with bad luck in love, as she helps young businessman and former flame, Billy Crocker win the love of the winsome debutante, Hope Harcourt aboard the deck of the S. S. American ocean liner. Age Range: Teens, Adults, Seniors Cost $25. 7:30 p.m to 10 p.m. Amelia Musical Playhouse 1955 Island Walkway, (904) 2773455. www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com For more Amelia Island events, please visit ameliaislander.com/calendar.

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never felt closer to God than when she’s out in nature. “Do you think I ever shot anything with Daisy May hanging around?” she laughs. “The answer is no.” Linda started a women’s hunting group and was very active in the Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, and Elk Foundation. When their daughter moved to Colorado for college, Linda and Nat followed. Did you know that she and her daughter owned a store in Pagosa Springs called The Hideout? Linda was an interior designer, and the store was full of items she’d use in her work. Did you know that Linda worked with contractors on remodels and new construction to make sure her clients vision stayed true through the whole process? Just listening to some of the homes she’s designed is a story in itself. Linda has a natural gift for it. Whether it’s a huge project or a small one, she knows just what her clients want – sometimes before they do. After eighteen years in Colorado, now a widow, Linda decided it was time for a change. She followed her daughter and granddaughter to Palm Beach and planned to retire. But Palm Beach was a little too “busy” for Linda. She bought a new house that was a blank canvas in Fernandina Beach and, in making it her own, she realized how much she missed doing that for other people. Did you know that instead of retiring, Linda took a course in Staging with Transformations in Jacksonville, got certified, and started a new business? Bling Staging and Redesign, where the motto is “We Bring The Bling,” suits her to a tee. You’d never guess by looking at Linda, a small, blonde lady with her blinged manicure (including sparkling rhinestones that match the shine in her eyes) that she’s killed (and cleaned) a 400-pound elk and a 275-pound bear! But you know by that sparkle in her eyes she has some stories to tell! JUNE 2022

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t’s hard to believe it was over four years ago that myself and just a few volunteers gathered in the Salvation Army parking lot with 20 sandwiches, bottles of water, and flip flops to distribute to the homeless in our community,” Robbin Smith, founder of Sharing Hope and Reaching People, shares as her voice cracks with emotion. Robbin, along with her sidekick, Denise Nelson, have hearts of compassion for the homeless in Nassau County. They have spent most of their Saturdays over the past few years building relationships with these citizens, providing hot meals, and earning their trust. “God never wanted us to do life alone, and we have the opportunity to be there and help our neighbors in their different walks of life. As we’ve spent more and more time with these friends, we are breaking down walls between us,” she says. “The less fortunate want trust and connection just like you and I; sometimes they just need an ear or a chance to vent. For me, learning how grateful they are for everything we offer makes it worth it,” adds Denise. 61 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

In partnership with First Baptist Church Fernandina Beach, Robbin, Denise, and a host of volunteers serve meals and groceries to-go every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. From that first Saturday with 20 sandwiches, the ministry has grown and provided over 7,000 meals, 700 bags of groceries, numerous snack packs, and more in 2021 alone, but that’s not all. “We are providing other services to those in need, including laundry and shower facilities. We have seen folks who were uneasy coming in for meals who now have the courage to use the church locker rooms for a shower, and some have even attended service and worshiped with us,” says Robbin. Sharing Hope and Reaching People is making a mark on our community, and next they have their eyes on Yulee. “With support from Christ Walk Church, Memorial United Methodist Church, 14th Street Church of Christ, Celebration, and The Journey, we are delivering nine routes of food bags to nearly 80 families each month both on Amelia Island and Yulee,” says Robbin. continued on next page JUNE 2022

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can’t believe that at the end of this month we will be starting the second half of 2022, time is just flying by! Usually in June, I write about Roses and the flowers of the month, life advice but after thinking about how time flies, it got me thinking about how we also age too quickly. I have always loved having a vegetable and herb garden. Last year, I incorporated my veggies in pots into the landscape. It worked well, but they were hard to care for. This year, as the ground seems to be getting farther away and my body resists getting up and down, I have made it easier for myself with what I call my “Wee Farm.” My Wee Farm is made up of 6-foot long raised wooden boxes on 30-inch legs. I stained the boxes, then lined the inside with weed block fabric (stapled) and filled them with good garden soil. I had so much fun planting radishes, beets, eggplants, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, and of course, tomatoes. The cukes are planted in a 20-gallon planter and a 4-foot planter, both with a trellis. The tomatoes are in 5-gallon pots

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Left: The quote on the wall is one more reflection of Heather and Sam’s love for each other, and the joy they find in filling their home with friends. Below: Each Loft on 5th offers abundant living space. Heather and Sam leveraged contemporary design elements, including flush, frameless interior doors and floating dry wall trim.

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e’ve known each other since we were 13-year-old science class partners in Maine,” laughs Heather Bass, as she reaches out to hold the hand of her husband, Sam Blalack. “I can still hear him saying, ‘You can calibrate the scale.’ I was thinking, ‘Really? That’s all I get to do?’” If you get a chance to meet Heather, you’ll know that 13-year-old Sam had a lot to learn when he thought he could relegate Miss Bass to some minor duties! And learn Sam did. After fast forwarding through years of academics, entrepreneurship, and professional success, Heather and Sam

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reconnected, and Amelia Island is right in the middle of their story. “We first discovered Amelia Island in 2014 after reading about it in Coastal Living Magazine and making a visit to The Florida House Inn. We should have known we’d be back when we left our mark at The Green Turtle,” the duo reminisces, sharing that Heather stood on the handrail to write Heather ‘hearts’ Sam alongside the names of so many others. The couple went on to say, “I do” in the sand at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in 2015. Coming from Maine, the couple knows a great coastal town, and Amelia Island checked all the boxes. “We love the Victorian elements of the northeast U.S. that are here, the grittiness of the mills, and of course, the great restaurants.” But what they love even more is their brandnew home at Lofts on 5th, a 1960s-era three-story brick building that was once part of First Baptist Church and is today nine luxurious modern lofts. “When I first visited the concrete block and brick veneer building, I knew

Top left: The kitchen boasts the largest island of the units at Lofts on 5th and features gorgeous rose velvet counter-height stools. Top right: Mr. Toad greets guests at the front door, a nod to Sam’s beloved, Toasted Toad Tiki Bar. Above: The hand-built staircase leads to the private, rooftop terrace and is made from reclaimed wood from the original First Baptist Church pews. The stairwell showcases artwork from their favorite Maine artists.

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it was something special,” says Sherri Rinker, the developer of Lofts on 5th. For Sherri, the chance to repurpose this three-story structure was the project of a lifetime. The City of Fernandina Beach liked what they saw and presented Lofts on 5th with two Preservation Awards: the 2022 Keystone Award and the 2022 Adaptative Reuse Award for projects that best represent historic preservation. Sam, a licensed building contractor who specializes in renovation and design himself, followed the development of Lofts on 5th and appreciated the highquality work of the renovation. “We were visiting Amelia more and more and we were thinking about buying. When we met Sherri and toured Lofts, we knew this was home.” 70 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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Right: The couple welcomes the morning and closes each day on their beautifully furnished private rooftop terrace, which features weatherproof HDPE flooring. Below left: All units have access to a community rooftop terrace and gardens. The units also include bottom-floor storage, along with a one-bedroom shared guest suite that residents may reserve for visitors. Below right: The City of Fernandina Beach presented two preservation awards to Lofts on 5th developer Sherri Rinker: the 2022 Keystone Award and the 2022 Adaptative Reuse Award.

In addition to their gorgeous two-bed, two-bath condominium with spacious living spaces and an extra-large kitchen, the couple has a private 600-square foot rooftop terrace with unprecedented views of historic Fernandina Beach and the Amelia River. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunrise over coffee, and then enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine. Heather and Sam’s third-floor unit boasts impeccable interior design thanks to the talent of none other than Heather. “I am a psychotherapist by trade, but what I really do is create space for my clients. Sometimes its emotional and mental space, and other times it’s physical and lifestyle space 72 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

in the home design work I am able to do with Sam and in my new Marco Island boutique, The Curated Crab,” she says. The intentionality with which Heather approaches life is inspiring, and her design choices echo her passions. For instance, Heather and Sam talked Sherri into giving them some of the church pews to repurpose as wood flooring for the stairs leading to their upstairs garden. From detail to detail, the couple’s new home represents their love for each other, and perhaps nothing more so than the large scale of justice that sits on the kitchen island—a reminder of the balance they bring to each other’s lives, which began many years ago in a classroom in Maine and is alive and well on Amelia Island today. JUNE 2022

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Leddy’s Porch In the historic Florida House Inn, with a large porch and a charming courtyard, Leddy’s Porch offers Southern hospitality and delicious Southern favorites for brunch. BY LOIS CHAPPELL WINKLER • PHOTO BY LILLY SCHEETZ

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he last time my daughter, Sophia, and I were at the historic Florida House Inn together, we were in a family wedding in the courtyard. As flower girl, she processed around the top walk, down the stairs, past the fountain, and into the trellised corner. Last Sunday morning as adults, we reminisced with brunch on Leddy’s Porch, with orchids hanging like magic over the courtyard and fellow diners streaming in. No longer a passageway to the courtyard or a place to get away for a private conversation, the porch has become a focal point of the dining area. Entering the Florida House Inn from

the front, you pass The Mermaid Bar, while entering through the rear courtyard, you pass the giant mermaid fountain. Mermaids greet you whichever way you enter Leddy’s Porch. The inn was built in 1857 by David Yulee to house workers on his railroad; during the war, it housed soldiers, and then postwar, it was purchased by Major Leddy and his wife. They turned it into a fashionable hotel, where luminaries of the era visited or stayed. The ghost of Major Leddy’s wife might have 74 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

stayed a bit more long-term, it is said, for her lavender scent has been known to waft through the bar on occasion. If only we could ask that tree: In the center of the entire property is an oak whose measurements suggest it began life in 1772, at which time the English flag flew—well, despite objections from the King of Spain, but that’s another story. What tales that oak could tell! Our own brunch tale began with Bloody Marys, Pimento Cheese, and Fried Green Tomatoes. The olive-okra-pickle garnish was its own treat, as was the subtle burn of the pimento cheese and the firm bite of the three tomato cutlets. We could’ve made a meal with these by getting the Grilled Pimento Cheese sandwich or Fried Green Tomato BLT, but we were there to explore. The Fort Clinch Platter, The Hoss, and the Breakfast Bowl were mighty appealing, but we picked Fried Chicken & Waffles and Saltmarsh Shrimp & Grits. House-made jams with the light Belgian waffle got our breakfast started, while the generous serving of delicately fried chicken completed our lunch. The Shrimp & Grits was savory and similarly satisfying. Under the umbrella of Saltmarsh Hospitality Group, Ernie Saltmarsh and his family have restored and revived several beloved Fernandina historical spots, including Beech Street Grill, Down Under, and other grand venues for special events. Fernandina native Chef Matthew Kennedy unites the restaurant concepts as Food & Beverage Director. Our server Chrissy said she enjoyed working at both Beech Street Grill and Leddy’s Porch. With hints of Confederate jasmine in the air, we listened to the train whistling a few blocks away and watched a frog peeking out of a birdhouse a few feet away. Sophia was sure the orchids were real, but I contended that they were just too perfect. She was right, and furthermore, they are the work of Brian Saltmarsh. Luckily for Leddy’s Porch and the rest of us, Brian is moving to the island and bringing his orchid interests with him. That, too, is another story, but look for his blooms to proliferate on Leddy’s Porch at the Florida House Inn. JUNE 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 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.

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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 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

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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, Mon - Thu 4-9pm; Fri - Sat 4-10pm; Sun 3-9pm. 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. The Sandbar and Kitchen ~ Amelia Island’s only restaurant that sits directly on Main Beach with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Dine with us indoors, on our covered patio, or at our picnic tables in the sand. You can expect fresh seafood, wood-fired pizza, crispy chicken wings, and our special Main Beach Burger! Join us for a cold beer or cocktail during one of our live music events. We also boast the largest whiskey collection in Florida with over 1,200+ options! Contact us about hosting your next event! Call (904) 310-3648 or visit us online at thesandbarandkitchen.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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Unlock Timeless Luxury Enjoy the lifestyle of prestigious Long Point on Amelia Island in this custom designed home built with no expense spared. Open floorplan, perfect for enjoying family or entertaining. Breathtaking views of the marsh and the Amelia River. Spacious chef ’s kitchen with large island, granite counters, Sub Zero refrigerator, 2 Fisher and Paykel dishwashers, GE Monogram gas cooktop, stove, and warming drawer. The kitchen is open to the family room allowing sweeping vistas from both rooms. Large primary

bedroom with views and private balcony. Three additional ensuite bedrooms and 1/2 bath. Extensive crown molding, custom bookshelves, elevator, plunge pool, and plantation shutters are just a few of the features that make this home stand out. Brazilian Cherry wood and porcelain tile floors throughout. 12’ ceilings on 2nd and 3rd floors, 10’ on 1st. Locked safe room. Spray foam insulation provides low energy bills. Construction is stucco over block and frame, reinforced with steel beams.

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95132 AMALFI DRIVE #4C 3 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 2,093 Sq. Ft. LISTED FOR $749,000

Located on the highly sought-after south end of Amelia Island, this Summer Beach Villa is in walking distance to the island’s stunning beaches. This fully furnished, end-unit villa offers new travertine flooring, stone countertops in the kitchen and soaring vaulted ceilings in the living area coupled with a cozy gas fireplace. Perfect for unwinding after a fun day in the sun.

126 S 4TH STREET

3 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 1,860 Sq. Ft. SOLD FOR $850,000 Main home with guest cottage located in the heart of the Downtown Historic District, just two blocks from Centre Street! This beautiful Victorian-style home was originally built in 1890 and restored in 2006 to include modern amenities while safeguarding the period details. Enclosed with a white picket fence surrounded by citrus trees and gorgeous foliage.

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1933 Sycamore Lane

1756 S. Fletcher Avenue

3.26 ACRES MARSHVIEW LOCATED IN SHADY POINT

5 BED | 3 BATH | 3,552 SQ. FT. 75FT OF OCEANFRONT LIVING

$950,000

$3,225,000

1890 Floyd Street | AMELIA PARK TOWNHOME

95050 Barclay Place #5B | HARRISON COVE

2 BED | 2.5 BATH | 1,668 SQ. FT.

3 BED | 3 BATH | 1,930 SQ. FT.

$610,000

$639,000

Seaside Retreat #112

1658 Field Street

3 BED | 3 BATH | 2,214 SQ. FT.

3 BED | 2 BATH | 1,958 SQ. FT.

$2,000,000 | SOLD

$705,000 | REPRESENTED BUYER

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1817/1818 Turtle Dunes Place

20 Beach Walker Road

2 BED | 2 BATH | 1,300 SQ. FT.

4 BED | 4 BATH | 5,225 SQ. FT.

$1,050,000

$2,400,000 | REPRESENTED BUYER

69 Marsh Creek

55 Marsh Creek Road

3 BED | 3.5 BATH | 3,318 SQ. FT.

3 BED | 3 BATH | 1,993 SQ. FT.

$1,689,999 | REPRESENTED BUYER

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3407 Sea Marsh Road

3206 Sea Marsh Road

3 BED | 3 BATH | 1,710 SQ. FT.

2 BED | 2 BATH | 1,250 SQ. FT.

$665,000 | SOLD

$575,000 | REPRESENTED BUYER

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Experience Waterfront Living on the St. Johns River

9294 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville 4 BEDS | 4 BATHS | 5600 SF | .78 ACRES This custom designed home is perfect for entertaining and water lovers alike. This home is a boater’s dream with deep water acess, large stationary dock, electric boat lift and floating dock. Expansive views of the river demonstrate the uniqueness of this home and its location.

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A VIEW TO LIVE FOR! 3120 Sea Marsh Road

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4856 First Coast Highway, Suite 2

Located in the Marsh View Villas complex within gated Amelia Island Plantation. Built in 2018, this wonderful end unit floor plan boasts a fantastic arrangement of space. Home features Hardie board exterior siding, 12’ vaulted ceilings, handscraped engineered hardwood floors, staircase with washed white oak treads and cable railing, 10-foot retractable sliding door system opening to screened enclosure, plus wrap-around deck with views of the marsh vista and the Intracoastal Waterway. Kitchen features Subzero refrigerator, induction range with down draft, and handsome soft-close cabinetry with quartz & granite counters. Primary bedroom on the first floor. MLS#99085 $2,099,000

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1107 BEACH WALKER VILLA

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

Just STEPS from the beautiful BEACH's of Amelia Island in the Exclusive gated community of OCEAN VILLAGE. Featuring: a 5BR/4BA home with plenty of room for family and friends, Master on Main level, solar panels, split floor plan, 10’ foot ceilings, plantation shutters. JUST LISTED $1,199,000 MLS#99359

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

96131 SWEETBRIAR LANE

2146 BONNIE OAKS DRIVE

97439 BLACKBEARDS WAY

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 $489,000 MLS#97751

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! PENDING $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

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


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28759 GRANDVIEW MANOR $130,000

Does the limited supply of resale homes have you thinking of building? Look no further than beautiful Waterman’s Bluff. Full of Southern charm and Low Country vibes, this gated 72-acre riverfront community is situated on the Bell’s River replete with majestic live oaks. Waterman’s Bluff offers a community center, tidal dock with kayak and canoe launch, future 32boat slip marina, and community park. Build your dream home on Lot 32 and create your own sanctuary of escape among the natural beauty and all Waterman’s Bluff has to offer. MLS#96171


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ISLAND ENTERTAINING

SPATCHCOCKED GRILLED TERIYAKI CHICKEN Ingredients One 5 to 6 lb. chicken, spatchcocked For marinade 1 orange, sliced 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup water 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar 2 tsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. hot sauce 1 large knob of ginger, peeled and grated 4 cloves garlic, minced

Chicken

A on Every Grill! BY KAREN MILLER

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re you appalled at the price of groceries these days? We certainly are! But that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop eating the food we love, and that’s when we turn to the humble chicken. As the price of meat and seafood goes up, chicken is still reasonably priced and adaptable for any meal, from a backyard cookout to an elegant dinner party. With Father’s Day right around the corner, we’re making Dad a grilled spatchcock teriyaki chicken for dinner. Spatchcocking is a culinary term for splitting open, or butterflying, poultry for grilling or roasting. In this way, the chicken will cook more evenly, and it will be tender and juicy. Using strong kitchen shears, cut alongside the chicken’s backbone from one end of the bird to the other. Then, cut along the other side of the backbone and remove it completely. Open the cavity and score the breastbone from one end to the other, without cutting into the meat and skin. Your chicken should lay flat at this point.

You may season your chicken however you wish before you grill it, but we like to make a teriyaki sauce and let the chicken hang out in the marinade, refrigerated, for about 4 hours before cooking it. When you’re ready to grill, remove the chicken from the marinade and pour the leftover sauce into a small pan. For a 5 to 6-pound chicken, grill on one side for about 25 minutes, then turn and grill on the other side until a thermometer reads 160 degrees. Remove the chicken from the grill, cover it with foil, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. While the chicken is resting, bring the leftover teriyaki marinade to a simmer, and cook until it is reduced by about half. Cut the chicken into serving pieces and drizzle the sauce over all. We like to serve this teriyaki chicken with broccoli ramen salad and roasted potatoes. Leftovers are great cold or at room temperature. But, knowing my Dad, there won’t be any leftovers this Father’s Day!

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JUNE 2022

Preparation Combine all marinade ingredients in a pitcher. Place prepared chicken in a large Ziploc bag, then pour marinade over all and seal. Refrigerate for 4 hours, then grill as above. When chicken is nearly done, place orange slices on the grill and cook until tender. Makes 6 to 8 servings. BROCCOLI RAMEN SALAD For salad 2 small crowns broccoli 1/2 small red cabbage, thinly sliced 3 scallions, thinly sliced 1 package ramen noodles 1 handful raw pumpkin seeds For salad dressing 1/2 cup neutral oil 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar 2 Tbsp. soy sauce 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, more or less to taste Preparation Make the dressing by combining the oil, vinegar, soy sauce, and brown sugar to taste. Remove the florets from the broccoli, making sure they are cut into very small pieces. Peel the broccoli stalks and slice very thinly into matchsticks. Using your hands, crush the ramen while still in the package. (Discard the spice packet.) In a large bowl, place broccoli, red cabbage, ramen, and scallions. Pour the dressing over all and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours before serving. Makes about 8 servings.

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