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July brings our traditional “Fun in the Summer Sun” issue, in which we spotlight the many and varied activities available around the island. This issue always gives us the urge to get out and enjoy a little vacation time, even when we’re not on vacation! With our four children starting to grow up—our youngest is now three-years-old— we’ve decided that the time is right to get out and enjoy some adult time. We’ve enjoyed terriﬁc music at some of our local watering holes, as well as several virtuoso concerts presented by the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. We’ve been getting out to our local restaurants more frequently, as well. We’ve discovered that our old favorites are just as good as ever—and always seem to have something new – and also discovered a few new restaurants that add much to the diversity of cuisine available here on Amelia. When out with the kids and their grandmother, we’ve enjoyed mini-golf, plenty of ice cream cones, beach-time, pool-time, and browsing-through-the-shops time. We’ve even found time for some biking and horseback riding – and we did all this before July 1! We’ve met families from Georgia, North Carolina, and New Jersey—and everyone always tells us how much they love their Amelia Island vacation. There is so much for everyone to enjoy, after all, so check out our cover story for some great summer vacation ideas. If, like us, one of your favorite summertime activities is lounging under an umbrella with a book or magazine, then just ﬂip beyond our cover story. In our Money Matters column, Pamela Brown of Edward Jones outlines the important things to consider when caring for an aging loved one. If you’re a foodie, you won’t want to miss the terriﬁc recipes from Chef Adam Sears of Merge Restaurant in our Island Entertaining column. We hope this issue encourages locals to step into the shoes (or ﬂip ﬂops) of our visitors as frequently as possible, enjoying the sights and activities that make Amelia such a great vacation destination, as well as a home. For the island’s visitors, as always, we hope our Island Home column, Fernandina Faces feature on local artist Milt Shirley, and our regular Islander departments help you to walk in the shoes of locals for a while. Enjoy—it sure is a ﬁne stroll! See you around the island!
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Whether you’re on the beach or off, our annual “Fun in the Summer Sun” guide is the source for great things to do this summer on and around Amelia.
25 Fernandina Faces
35 Money Matters
39 Island Home
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Meet Milt Shirley, the former mayor of Fernandina and an accomplished artist, who returned to his boyhood love of painting only seven years ago.
Worried about how to care for an aging loved one? Pamela Brown of Edward Jones outlines some important things to remember when that time comes.
Debbi and Greg Roland fell in love with a historic home in downtown Fernandina Beach and bought it—twice.
Adam Sears of Merge Restaurant shares a favorite family recipe, as well as a recipe you’ll want to keep handy on the hottest days of the year.
ISLANDER JULY 2011 • VOLUME 24 • NUMBER 6
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ABOUT THE COVER
Everything Amelia The people, events, and history that make Amelia a special place
Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores
In the Neighborhood Proﬁles of area businesses and organizations
Beachcombing Great shopping on Amelia Island
Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers
Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River
Around Town What’s happening around Amelia Island
Snapshots Islanders out and about
In the Garden Native wildﬂowers are both eye-catching and eco-friendly.
Eating Scene A downtown Fernandina Beach favorite for 25 years, Pompeo’s serves authentic Italian cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island
Photos by Elizabeth Wilkes. Cover Design by Tom Barrett.
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day. t’s that time of year for all things gs da Stop by Driftwood Surf Shop (904-321-2118) and Pipeline summer: sand in your toes, es, (9 Surf Shop (904-277-3717) for fast-melting ice cream cones, late te Su everything beach-related. If you evening walks in the lingering ng ev BY LYNNE LYN Y NE TAYLOR R prefer solid ground, you can rent light. Whether this is your ﬁrst visit bikes at Pipeline Surf Shop. At low tide, you can ride for miles to Amelia Island or you have lived here all your life, summer is along the ﬂat, hard-packed sand at the water’s edge. a great time for enjoying the bounty of fun in the sun activities. From outdoor recreation to summertime indulgences, the hardest part is just deciding where to start! Become One with the Fishes When you’re ready to head out onto the water, Amelia EXPLORING THE OUTDOORS Island offers plenty of boating and ﬁshing options. For historic and wildlife sightseeing tours around Amelia and Cumberland Sand in Your Toes islands, stop by the Amelia River Cruises (904-261-9972) It’s summer, you are on an island—start by heading out kiosk at the harbor. Learn the history of Amelia Island and to the beach! With over 13 miles of uncrowded, continuous view pristine, largely undeveloped Cumberland Island, with its shoreline, the island is truly a beach lover’s paradise. The long wild horses and ruined Carnegie mansion. They also offer ecosummer days are perfect for an early morning or late evening tours with a marine biologist, and a fun sunset tour with live stroll in the sand, or for lounging away the afternoon with entertainment where you can bring your own beverages. a good book under the shade of your umbrella. How about If you prefer to do the “driving,” then head to Ocean learning to surf? With gentle waves and plenty of rock-free Outboard Marine (904-321-1422) and rent a ﬁshing boat or a beaches, Amelia Island is the perfect place to learn. You can take beach cat deck-boat for easy cruising around the inland waterways. a lesson with one of the surf shops on the island, pick up all the If you’re interested in getting out on the ocean for some serious gear you need for the beach, or rent some equipment for the
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ﬁshing, head to the downtown marina where Captain Allen Mills of AC Charters (904-261-9481) will guide you to the best ﬁshing spots. Any of these choices will give you a great chance to explore the waterways around Amelia Island, including Fernandina Beach’s picturesque harbor, water views of Fort Clinch, and the wild horses frolicking on Cumberland Island’s beaches. For an up-close exploration of the marshes, you can go kayaking with a variety of guided eco-tours from Kayak Amelia (904-251-0016). Their family-friendly shell-hunting trip is a great way to introduce the kids to kayaking and the marsh ecology. If you passed on surﬁng but still want to try a fun and easy water sport, Kayak Amelia can also teach you how to do stand-up paddle-boarding on the calm waters of the marshes. In addition to the various eco-tours, they offer kayak rentals and lessons, kayak ﬁshing trips, and bicycle eco-tours.
PHOTO CREDITS – CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: KAYAKERS ~ WILLIAM RASER; FAMILY ON SEGWAY ECOMOTION TOUR ~ COURTESY OF ECOMOTION TOURS; CHEERS HORSE RANCH BEACH TOUR ~ LYNNE TAYLOR
Turning inland, head to the maritime forests. Egans Creek Greenway runs along the middle of the island and has over three miles of trails for walking or bicycle riding, along with excellent bird and alligator watching. Fort Clinch State Park (904-277-7274) has hiking and biking trails both on and off road through the maritime forests, along with beaches and a historic restored fort. The fort is staffed with costumed interpreters with reenactments the ﬁrst weekend of each month. Kids and history buffs alike love the black-powder artillery demonstrations.
Another fun way to explore the area’s natural beauty is with EcoMotion Segway Tours (904-251-9477). Follow Amelia’s coastal A1A south for a great time aboard the coolest transporter around. Enjoy the thrill of riding an off-road Segway as you explore the beautiful, undeveloped island terrain of the Florida Park Service’s “Real Florida,” where guides will take you where birds roost, turtles dig, and dolphin swim. You’ll also learn alot about the natural and man-made history of northeast Florida. Segways are easy to ride—no experience necessary—but you must be 13 or older. Another great place to explore the local ecology is the The Nature Center at Omni Amelia Island Plantation (904-321-5082). The Center’s naturalists are happy to chat with you about the local ecology, show you their residence critters, or sign you up for a tour. The tours and presentation are for people of all ages and range from shark tooth hunts to birding excursions to biking and kayak tours. For a more adventurous outdoor trip, you can go horseback riding either on the beach or inland along trails. Cheers Horse Ranch (904-277-7047) offers lessons at their arena, as well as trail and beach rides for all levels of riders. For more in-depth riding and horse skills, they also have a great summer camp for kids. If you prefer manicured greenery, then visit the Amelia River Golf Club (904-491-8500), Fernandina Beach Golf Club (904-277-7370), and The Golf Club at North Hampton (904-418-6107), all of which offer well-designed and
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beautifully maintained golf courses that can challenge golfers of every skill level. For miniature golf fans, experience Island Falls Adventure Golf (904-261-7881), with its waterfall and up-and-down terrain. If you prefer a putt-putt course with an ocean view, don’t miss Putt-Putt Golf (904-261-4443), located on Main Beach.
Day Trips Be sure to experience the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, located just outside of Folkston, Georgia. With water access to 430,000 acres of primal swamp land and an information center, swamper homestead, boardwalk, and viewing tower, there are a number of ways to explore the swamp. Okefenokee Adventures (877-843-7926), located inside the entrance, also offers guided tours (try the moonlight tour for a novel trip!) along with canoe, kayak, boat, and bike rentals. CLASSIC VACATION TREATS
Relaxation To help you recover from all the outdoor activity, try a massage or a yoga class. The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation (877-843-7722) offers both spa services and yoga classes. The yoga classes are held in a “treehouse,” a serene studio located up a ﬂight of stairs, nestled in the live oaks (you really do feel like you’re in a treehouse!). The Spa at The Ritz-
Carlton, Amelia Island (904-277-1100) offers a wide array of spa services and massages in a luxurious setting, which includes a private pool, sauna, lounge, and steam rooms.
Entertainment As the temperature rises, so does the pace on the island, with new summer menus at the restaurants, an ever-changing line-up of live music, and new theater productions. If you are looking for a restaurant or live music, check the Amelia Islander Magazine Dining Out section for a list and description of the many choices on the island. Be sure to mark your calendars for the ﬁrst Friday of each month to catch the Sounds on Centre concerts (904-277-0717). Offered free, the concerts are held at the marina end of Centre Street, March through October, and feature regional acts. The music plays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with spontaneous dancing in the street among kids and adults alike. The island also has an impressive choice of local talent for theater and classical music. The Amelia Arts Academy (904-277-1225) offers art walks, special performances, student and faculty recitals, along with classes for children through adults. The Amelia Community Theatre (904-261-6749) and Fernandina Little Theatre (904-277-2202) offer live production of plays, musicals, improv, concerts, and ﬁlm festivals, all with an amazing array of local and regional talent.
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PHOTO CREDITS – CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: FERNANDINA FARMERS MARKET ~ COURTESY OF FERNANDINA FARMERS MARKET; AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY ~ WILLIAM RASER; AMELIA COMMUNITY THEATRE ~ COUTESY OF AMELIA COMMUNITY THEATRE; HISTORY WALKING TOUR ~ WILLIAM RASER
Amelia Island has a terriﬁc selection of unique shopping destinations, with clusters of locally-owned shops offering unique items and an experience beyond the typical cookiecutter shopping mall. Looking for a special gift? How about a book for the beach? You are sure to ﬁnd it in Amelia’s wonderful shops and eclectic galleries scattered around the island. With over 30 shops and restaurants, historic downtown Fernandina Beach is a good place to start. Come on down on a Saturday morning to see what is new at the Fernandina Farmers Market (904-491-4872). In addition to seasonal local fruits and vegetables, the market also offers unique specialty items like baked goods, honey, pastas, plants, artisan cheeses, and more. The live music and bustle of shoppers makes for a festive atmosphere. At mid-island along Sadler Road is a wide selection of stores and restaurants, and, further south on First Coast Highway, is the Palmetto Walk Shopping Village, a collection of vernacularstyle shops tucked in among the shady live oaks. At Palmetto Walk, you’ll ﬁnd a women’s boutique, home furnishing and
décor stores, gifts, and kitchenware, and a couple of great restaurants. Continuing on to the far south end of the island is The Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. This collection of boutique shops is also in a lovely setting, nestled among live oaks encircling a pond, with great restaurants, too. If art is your interest, there are several galleries downtown and around the island. Check out the Galleries & Antiques page of the Islander to ﬁnd out what’s showing. The Amelia Island Museum of History (904-261-7378) has interesting historical collections focusing on the local history of the island, along with changing exhibits that range from historical photos to ﬁne art landscape photography. The Museum also offers fun and informative guided walking tours of Fernandina Beach’s historic area, as well as various lectures on local history. Finally, in case you are still looking for more options, you can ﬁnd more information at the downtown Visitors Center (904-277-0717) near the marina or the Chamber of Commerce (904-261-3248) at Gateway to Amelia. Try something new or stick with your favorites—either way, it’s the season to enjoy some fun under Amelia’s summer sun!
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Seventy-two years have passed since Lou Gehrig’s death from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), yet there is still no known cause, treatment, or cure for the fatal degenerative neuromuscular disease. There are approximately 300,000 Americans living with the devastating disease, and every 90 minutes it claims another life. Many locals know that, in 2002, it took the life of family man, avid golfer, and long-time Amelia Islander John O’Day. In 2005, as a memorial to his father, Mark O’Day spearheaded the inaugural ALS Amelia Island Golf Classic at Amelia Island Plantation. “The Plantation was a very special place to my father, and he loved golf. I wanted to do something special in his memory and help ﬁght for a cure,” says O’Day who is excited for the tournament’s seventh year. Over $120,000 has been raised from this event in its ﬁrst six years, and all proceeds beneﬁt The ALS Association Florida Chapter. The success of this event would not be possible without the generous support of the Andrews McMeel Universal Foundation and the many local sponsors, participants, and volunteers. The 7th Annual ALS Tournament is scheduled for Friday, August 5, 2011 at Long Point Golf Club with a 1pm shotgun start followed by a BBQ reception. Box Lunch is also included. Register by calling (904) 553-0576, emailing Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting www.ALSgolfAmelia.com.
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LOCAL FILMMAKERS PLAN TO SHOOT FILM ON AMELIA Husband and wife team, Nadine Vaughan and Rick Traum, have just completed the trailer for their ﬁlm, entitled “Native Land: Lost In The Mystery of Time.” Vaughan is a writer, director-producer, and psychologist, and Traum is an Emmy Awardwinning producer with a long career in ﬁlm and television, notably as executive in charge of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Based on Vaughan’s historical novel of the same name, “Native Land: Lost in The Mystery of Time” is about a woman searching to discover the mysterious origins of her family. It is a story of racial intolerance, an unforgiving family, and the ultimate coming together of a community, told through the symbolism of a dark Florida forest and an enigmatic family of Native Americans. To be shot on Amelia Island, the ﬁlm features Native American actor Buffalo Child (“Dances With Wolves”) and a veteran crew of ﬁlm and television professionals. “Our local landscape will serve as a rich and compelling visual backdrop for Nadine’s wonderful novel,” says Traum. Vaughan and Traum are putting together funding and hope to start shooting by 2012. For more information, go to www.nativelandproductions.com.
LOTT’S FURNITURE EXPANDS SHOWROOM Lott’s Furniture on Amelia Island has recently expanded, adding 50% more space to make for an impressive 25,000-square-foot showroom. Adjoining their store, they now have a “Comfort Zone,” which includes a La-Z-Boy gallery and a sleep center with a large assortment of bedding from Tempur-Pedic, Simmons, Restonic, Englander, and more. The new offerings also include an eclectic mix of unique and eco-friendly furniture from vendors such as Four Hands and Padma’s Plantation, as well as an Ekornes Stressless Chair gallery. An outdoor furniture gallery features Woodard aluminum and cast-aluminum products, Designer Wicker, and even Breezesta poly-wood outdoor furniture, which has a lifetime warranty, holds up well in Florida weather, and is actually made from recycled plastic bottles. “We’ve always wanted our store to be a place where our customers enjoy shopping, can ﬁnd everything they want, and have a great experience,” says store manager Laura Lott Harris. “With our expansion, we are happy to be able to offer even more exciting options—right here close to home.” To see the new showroom, stop by Lott’s Furniture, located at 1112 South 14th Street in the Eight Flags Shopping Center, or for more information, call (904) 261-6333 or send an email to email@example.com.
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The par 72 layout, tucked into a forestlike setting, gives the golfer a natural low country feel as the course winds through native water oaks, palmettos and southern pines. The golf course is known for it’s well-manicured rolling fairways, smooth bunkers and quick-paced TifEagle greens. Lakes and ponds are featured on several holes including our signature
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AFTER 1PM, $35. Includes green fee, cart fee and range balls. Twilight rates and other discount programs available.
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rightly painted blue double doors and a ﬂight of colorful steps lead visitors up to the Blue Door Artists, a unique gallery and studio space in downtown Fernandina Beach. Creativity abounds here, and any day of the week you will ﬁnd one of the nine resident artists at work. Elizabeth Dion is one of those artists. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in architecture, for many years Dion explored various art forms while working exclusively as an architect. In the mid-1980’s, she studied acrylic painting with artist Jeanne Pellegrino and developed a passion for the medium and for working in vivid colors. She now shares her time between painting and architecture. She ﬁnds the combination of the ﬁne art of painting and the applied art of architecture to be a good balance, each feeding the creative process in the other. “I work in acrylic paint that is thick and translucent,” explains Dion. “It is applied mostly with painting knives, which I use along with other tools to shape and draw into the paint while it is still wet. Layers are added after the
paint dries, building up the surface and changing the colors, sometimes in surprising ways. It is a process of discovery that makes me want to keep exploring the potential of this medium to mimic the complexities in nature.” The painting shown above is entitled “Earthplane 3.” Dion describes it as “an abstract landscape that is more a place of the mind than any location on earth.” Dion started the painting with just a basic structure—the horizon line—and a color combination. “Once it gets going, it works best when it ﬂows as an intuitive process,” says Dion. As the layers often need to dry before she can add more paint, she usually works on several paintings at a time. In this painting, some of the drawing appeared as groups of people. “I liked that and added more as the painting developed. The colors took a bold and fun turn that I think makes it a happy and uplifting painting.” To see more paintings and meet one of the resident artists, stop by Blue Door Artists, just upstairs from Amelia Island Coffee, at 205 ½ Centre Street, or call (904) 556-1119.
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Akria Blount ~ Ägurative scuplture in fabric and mixed media July 10-15 Leah Lopez ~ oil still life September 10-12 Nouveau Art Best of Show So Many Memories Diane Hamburg ¿EHUDUW
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in the neighborhood
ip and laidback urban style has arrived on Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. Peter Parkin, owner of Driftwood Surf Shop across from Main Beach, opened Lemongrass last year. “For a long time, I envisioned another shop—one that is a more mature version of Driftwood, but with items that will appeal to people of all ages.” With a focus on women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories, the store also carries a large selection of sunglasses, many leather items, handbags, and menswear, as well as unique vintage-styled clothing and jewelry for women. Parker describes the look as “hip and eclectic, but with a vintage, relaxed vibe.” “We have items for women of all ages,” explains manager Phoebe Kromann, “for women who might have enjoyed the surf shop as teenagers, but now want more options in contemporary, interesting clothing, with a broad spectrum of styles and sizes to ﬁt everyone.” Lemongrass showcases clothing by Judith March, Free People, and Desigual from Spain, as well as crossover surf styles from brands like Quiksilver. You’ll ﬁnd local art on the wall, locally made handbags, scarves, and even Lemongrass candles. Billie Parkin, Peter’s mother, opened the original Driftwood in 1979, and she is very proud of the new store. “This fulﬁlls a longtime dream of mine,” says Peter, “and my mother loves it, too.” Lemongrass is located at 114 Centre Street. For more information, stop by the store, call (904) 310-6718, or visit www.facebook.com/ LemongrassAI.
or over 10 years, Redbones Dog Bakery has been committed to providing the healthiest nutrition for dogs and cats to help them live long and happy lives. The only gourmet dog bakery in Northeast Florida, Redbones offers homemade doggie treats made of the highest quality ingredients, like fresh apples, pineapple, pumpkin, cheese, and peanut butter. They also offer the ﬁnest selection of dog accessories and gifts, and can ship their treats from coast to coast. For owner Martinique Lemke, Redbones represents the merging of her two passions: animals and cooking. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy in 2000, Lemke worked in ﬁne restaurants around the world, traveling throughout Asia, Hawaii, and the U.S., and living for two years in Osaka, Japan. She moved to Amelia Island in 2004 and bought Redbones shortly after that. Lemke has been a board member of the Nassau Humane Society since 2006, and Redbones sponsors a variety of promotions, like their “puppy kisses” and “free dog wash” days, which raise funds for the Nassau Humane Society and provide opportunities for pet adoption. “I love seeing the combination of smiles and wagging tails—and knowing that I’m helping my clients give their pets the very best,” says Lemke. “I only stock products that I believe in, and that I would use with my own dogs.” For more information, stop by Redbones, located at 809 S. 8th Street, in the Pelican Palms Shops, or call (904) 321-0020.
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Nature’s Jewelry This unique cuff bracelet, designed by Cumberland Island resident and renowned jewelry designer, Gogo, is made of sterling silver “armadillo plate” and makes quite a statement. It’s available at Lindy’s Jewelry, (904) 277-4880, located at 202 Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, for $425.
Made in the Shade Sun Gallery has an amazing variety of sunglasses—with over 1,000 sunglasses in stock—including hundreds of surf glasses. Pictured are the latest from Spy, with prices ranging from $85 to $110. Sun Gallery, (904) 2615955, is located on Sadler Road next to Starbucks.
Hawaiian Design Performance, comfort, and longevity are the hallmark of OluKai, which has a full range of leather and sport sandals, shoes, and slippers. A Hawaiian brand, ‘Olu’ means ‘comfort’, Kai is ‘ocean’ – that says it all! Prices start at $65. Find these, as well as premium sunglasses and all your summer gear, at Driftwood Surf Shop, 31 S. Fletcher Ave., (904) 321-2188.
All that Glitters Twisted Sisters! located at 215 Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, (904) 261-2501, is the place for gorgeous nautical and fashion jewelry. With a variety of styles, prices range from $16.95 to $60. 23 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JULY 2011
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milt shirley BY JAN DAVIS
melia Island is ﬁlled with talented artists. A great number of wonderful galleries and shops display original artwork, and the popularity of the Artrageous Art Walk on the 2nd Saturday of each month in downtown Fernandina Beach is a testament to the variety of art available locally. One of these galleries is the non-proﬁt cooperative organization, the Island Art Association. Located on North 2nd Street, the association recently added a new Art Education Center, increasing their exhibit space to 57 members. “The new education wing will offer a full schedule of classes,” says Mike Clemens, president of the association, “with opportunities for ‘wanna-be’ artists of all ages to explore their personal creativity under the tutelage of some of the most talented artists in the area.” Milt Shirley, who recently ﬁnished his three-year tenure as president of the Island Art Association and whom many people know as the former mayor of Fernandina Beach, helped bring the Art Education Center to fruition. Yet, just seven years ago, he himself was one of those “wanna-be” artists enrolled in art classes. As a young man, he loved painting, and he even started his freshman year at college as an art major. His practical father —a professor of math—discouraged that major, saying, “You’d better get a real job.” Milt soon dropped his interest in art and became an environmental engineer. He and his wife, Sutsy, moved to Fernandina Beach from Apalachicola in 1969, when he accepted a job at Rayonier. It was also a convenient location to St. Augustine, where their son, Paul, was enrolled in the Florida School for the Deaf. There was no time for painting at that time, but, with his outgoing, gregarious personality, Milt did ﬁnd time to become involved in politics. He served on the Fernandina Beach City Commission, became mayor, and was later elected to the Nassau County School Board. The last elected job he held is what he describes as “the best job in the State of Florida: Director of Mosquito Control.”
After he retired, his personality propelled him into an 11year job as a golf starter at Long Point Golf Club. That was where he met Marlene Strobach and Barbara Fuller, who are both artists as well as golfers. The two badgered him each time they reached the tee box, saying that he should try picking up a paintbrush again. Soon after, he decided to enroll in a series of lessons that the two were teaching at the Atlantic Recreation Center. He picked up right where he had left off so many years before, and soon began specializing in oil paintings of the marsh. “I have lived on or near the marsh for forty years,” explains Shirley. “I like the panoramic view of vast expanses of grass and skies and the way the scene changes by the hour, depending on the light. I ﬁnd it fascinating.” Others must also ﬁnd those views fascinating, as his work is now displayed in galleries from Savannah to New Smyrna, with a special collector in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Even Sarah Palin has one of his paintings—one that features a McCain/ Palin sign sitting in the middle of the marsh. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival has always been a successful time for him, and he sold 15 paintings there this year. He attributes it all to “working the crowd” and chatting with the people who stroll by. He entices them with a sign that says, “Buy my paintings now, before I become famous.” After denying his talent for so many years, Milt Shirley now says, “I just have to paint! I really love it!” With the Island Art Association’s new Art Education Center and so many classes now being offered, maybe some other “wanna-be” artists will be inspired to pick up their own paintbrushes.
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JULY 2011 TIDES AT THE AMELIA RIVER Day
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On the ﬁrst of the month, the sun rises at 6:26 a.m. DST and sets at 8:32 p.m. DST. On the last day of the month, the sun rises at 6:43 a.m. DST and sets at 8:20 p.m. DST. Daylight hours increase an average of 1.5 minutes per day.
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Watches • Gifts Tuesday thru Saturday 9–5 1743 S. 8th Street (Across from Compass Bank)
around town 2011 JULY 1
Sounds on Centre This free community concert is held the First Friday of each month from March through October in the historic downtown on Centre Street between 2nd & Front from 6pm - 8pm. For more information, call (904) 277-0717.
Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park Living history interpreters recreate life at Fort Clinch during the War between the States. Activities may include powder artillery demonstrations, medical demonstrations and soldier drills. Saturday events are held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday events are offered from 9 a.m. until noon. For more information, call (904) 277-7274, or visit www.ﬂoridastateparks.org/fortclinch.
JULY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Day in the Park
Bring the whole family to The Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation for a day of games, kids activities, art displays and cooking demonstrations. Every Saturday at 4:00 pm. For more information, call (904) 277-5180.
$69 for adults and $25 for children 5 to 12 (inclusive of gratuity). Reservations are required. For more information, call (904) 277-1100 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.
Discovering Digital Video and Creative Production Join the “Fernandina Live” staff and produce your own video program segment! Learn from a professional videographer how to create, shoot, edit and burn a DVD of the show - a funny, sometimes wacky spoof on TV shows that encourages your audio, video and photo skills! $125 per week. For more information, call (904) 277-1225.
JULY 6, 13, 20, 27
Summer Game Nights Come to Marche Burette and grab a bite to eat, play oversized board games, listen to live music and celebrate the magic of summer. Don’t want the games to end? Extend the fun with trivia night at the Falcon’s Nest, starting at 8:00pm! Free admittance. For more information, visit visit www.aipﬂ.com.
Fernandina Farmers’ Market Enjoy a morning of food, fun and friendship, featuring farm-direct fruits and vegetables, organic products, specialty foods, gourmet baked goods, specialty plants and more. 9am - 1pm. The market will be closed during the Shrimp Festival. For more information, visit their website at www.fernandinafarmersmarket.com.
Stars & Stripes Freedom Festival Celebrate Independence Day with your family and join your neighbors and friends in Central Park from 10am - 2pm. A Touch-ATruck Public Safety display will include Law Enforcement Vehicles, Fire Apparatus, Muscle cars, and various other vehicles. Visitors can meet some of the personnel who protect, serve and work in our community. Other activities include a Parent-Child Look-A-Like Contest, an All American Apple Pie Contest, Fun for the Kids playground, arts and crafts show, food, vendors and more. A parade down Centre Street in Downtown Fernandina will begin at 7pm, with the ﬁreworks starting around 9:30pm. For more information, call (904) 261-3248.
Red, White and the Deep Blue Celebration Celebrate Independence Day with The Ritz-Carlton from 7 - 10pm with a lavish, All-American Barbecue, fun and games for the whole family, live music by Whiskey Bent. Fireworks display begins at 9:15 p.m. Cost is
information, call (904) 261-7378, ext. 100 or visit www.ameliamuseum.org.
Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk
JULY 5 - 9
JULY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach from 5:30 - 8:30 pm . 13 participating galleries offer a diverse selection of art. For information, call (800) 226-3542, or visit www.ameliaisland.com.
JULY 11 - 15
Time Travvelers Summer Camp Have you always wondered what it would be like to travel through time? Come join us for an unforgettable journey at the Amelia Island Museum of History. We will start in the year 1791 and make our ﬁnal voyage to the year 1900. Along the way we will encounter pirates, soldiers, ﬁshermen and a Victorian Lady. For more information and cost, call (904) 261-7378, ext. 100 or visit www.ameliamuseum.org.
Third on 3rd The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month. The presentations are on a variety of different topics, but each relate to the history of the island. The event takes place in Baker Hall in the museum. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more information, call (904) 277-0717 or visit www.ameliamuseum.org.
Wine Tasting JULY 7, 14, 21, 28
Shrimp Boil and Barbecue The chefs at Marché Burette are cooking up a special shrimp boil menu all summer long. Enjoy large Mayport shrimp, smoked sausage, new potatoes, corn and spring onions, all perfectly seasoned with Cajun spices. Plus, the kids will be entertained with hermit crab races, croquet and the duck pond. Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.aipﬂ.com.
JULY 8, 15, 22, 29
Guests on this tour will learn Amelia Island ghost stories as they tiptoe through dark streets and walk in the footsteps of a bygone era as the past comes alive through the skillful storytelling of your guide. This tour begins at 6 PM every Friday and lasts approximately one hour. Meet your guide in the cemetery behind St. Peters Episcopal church located at 801 Atlantic Avenue. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum for $10.00/adults and $5.00/students. For more
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Come to O’Kane’s Irish Pub in Downtown Fernandina and try ten different wines while listening to live music in a festive atmosphere. Accompanied by different types of cheeses. From 6 - 8pm. Cost is $10 per person, adults only please. For more information, call (904) 261-1000.
Manner Class/Luncheon for Children Salt will host a Kid’s Manners Luncheon. Children, ages 6-12, will learn table manners at a three-course meal. Kids will meet with Chef Rick of Salt and receive an introduction about the ingredients and preparation for their lunch. Suzanne Willis, author of Mimi’s Manners, will teach children on introductions, handshakes, and proper dining conversation all during a three-course meal and how to write a thank you note. Children will receive a workbook, a manners reminder card and a certiﬁcate of completion. The price is $55 per child, plus gratuity. For more info, call (904) 277-1100 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
snapShots AT THE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL’S “GRASS ROOTS SONG AND DANCE” CONCERT AT OMNI AIP
IMOGENE COLEMAN, AND PAUL & KATHY BOSLAND
BEV ARNOLD, ANN ADELE ALLF, PAT BAKER AND BARBARA JONES
JACK & BEVERLY KEIGWIN, AND JUDY & DR. KERRY ROMESBERG
SHELLY ANDERSON, AND MARSHA & DONALD JOYNER
AT A “SENIOR PROM” PARTY AT SAVANNAH GRAND
WILBUR JOHNSON AND MARY JANE MATHEWS
ANGIE AND PAUL LATENIA – VOTED QUEEN AND KING
STEVE & MURIEL TOLLE
LISA BALLEW AND BEBE COOK
AT A VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY FOR THE AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL
ANDREA & DON PARKER, AND ATTAVIA FACCIOLO
RON KURTZ AND ROGER MOORE
DAVID SIEGMUND AND BRENDA CARR KATIE KERR AND BARBARA BOOKMAN
AT A COUNCIL ON AGING INFORMATIONAL EVENT AT THE HOME OF FRAN SHEA
MARIE SMITH AND ROBIN BOLAN
BARBARA BOOKMAN AND GINA TAYLOR
ANNE COONROD AND DEBORAH GOLD
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SHEILA BRADDOCK AND CHRIS STENSON
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Caring for an aging loved one BY PAMELA BROWN
f the time should come to begin caring for an aging loved one, you want to be as prepared as possible. Addressing some common ﬁnancial issues today can help ensure that your loved one’s needs will be met.
FIRST STEPS It’s always a good idea to designate one family member to determine whether any legal documents are already in place— such as a will, living will, healthcare or durable power of attorney, or trust—to be sure his or her future physical and ﬁnancial needs are met. Call a family meeting to evaluate current and future needs. If your loved one is still mentally capable, involve him or her in the process. Can your loved one remain at home? If so, discuss needed improvements for access and safety. Who will be responsible for property maintenance, routine cleaning, food, bills, etc.? Can he or she drive? If not, discuss transportation options. Identify the correct medications. Determine who will coordinate tax documents each year and designate a medical liaison, or consider hiring a care manager to assess the situation and make recommendations. Establish a team of potential caregivers consisting of family members, friends, neighbors, and health care professionals. Provide house keys to necessary members of the care-giving team so they can access the home, if necessary. Consider purchasing an alert system to allow your loved one to call for help in an emergency. Locate important documents, including a will, living will, healthcare or durable power of attorney, and any trusts that may exist. Take time to care for yourself physically and emotionally so you are able to care for your loved one. Gather personal information on one document, including your loved one’s legal name, date of birth, Social
Security number, and names and phone numbers of doctors, dentist, pharmacy, attorney, etc. Gather and assess information about assisted living facilities and other long-term care options to determine how costs can be managed. Now is also the time to research senior centers and adult day services in the area to help determine monthly expenses for home health services, meal delivery, and potential transportation options. Consider a physical therapist or gym membership to increase or maintain mobility. Obtain authorization from your loved one to access medical information to ensure Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy laws are met. (Without authorization, medical providers are not allowed to share medical information.) Family or friends who have been through this situation can be valuable resources, too, as can organizations like Meals on Wheels and The National Family Caregivers Association.
FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS To help safeguard your loved one’s ﬁnancial future, obtain authorization to access their bank or brokerage accounts and any safe-deposit box. Locate and review all of their ﬁnancial records. Create a list of creditors, including contact information, and make a list of your loved one’s income, assets, expenditures, and debt. Establish a monthly budget to conﬁrm the resources needed. You might want to consider automatic payment of important recurring bills to be sure nothing lapses, direct deposit of pay and beneﬁt checks. A professional trust company can also be engaged to pay bills and manage property and assets. It’s also a good idea to review and update insurance coverage, including health (Medicare/Medigap), long-term care, life, home/renter’s and auto. Accompany your loved one to meet with a ﬁnancial advisor to review/update beneﬁciaries to IRAs, 401(k)s, life insurance, annuities, and other ﬁnancial accounts. While your loved one is in good mental and physical health, meet with an attorney to update or create applicable documents, like a will, a living will, a durable power of attorney, and a health care power of attorney. Remember: a few simple steps taken today can go a long way toward safeguarding the ﬁnancial future of a loved one who is getting older.
Pamela Brown is the Financial Advisor for Edward Jones, located at 11 North 4th Street, Fernandina Beach. For more information, contact (904) 277-2466 or www.edwardjones.com. 35 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JULY 2011
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he summer is heating up, and unfortunately there has not been enough rain to replenish the deﬁcit in accumulated water. That makes it even more important to consider using native plants in our gardens. Many of these are classiﬁed as wildﬂowers and can be found along roadways, in open ﬁelds and wooded areas, and along beaches. The fact that there are no sprinklers in these areas proves that they are drought-tolerant. One eye-catching wildﬂower is the “Flora Sun” beach sunﬂower (Helianthus debilis). It is a great sand dune stabilizer, offering protection from wind erosion, as well as beautiﬁcation. A native to our area, “Flora Sun” is a lowgrowing, tender herbaceous perennial. Its ﬁve-to-eight-inch-long deep green leaves alternate along the stem and are wedge-like to heart-shaped. At seven centimeters in diameter, its ﬂowers are a bright yellow, cheerful daisy-like composite. The plant spreads readily by above ground stolon-like runners. The stem is hairy and the seeds are sticky, due to the presence of a resin. Under normal Florida conditions, Flora Sun can be expected to ﬂower
TIP O F T HE M O N T H To add native wildﬂowers to your garden, plant the root mass one half to one inch below the soil surface. Use a slow-release fertilizer at the time of planting and then again two to three weeks later. Watering until well established is recommended for beach settings (up to six months), but watering should be done only when the plants show visible signs of stress.
from March through November each year. Perfect for our area, it is salttolerant and thrives in environments with a low amount of available water. The sunﬂower does not appear to be affected by insects. Although spots may occasionally appear on its leaves, they will disappear after approximately 30 days and do not require treatment. When its vegetation grows thick, it may sometimes experience decay underneath, likely caused by poor air circulation. “Floral Passion Blazing Star” (Liatris elegans) is a hardy perennial herb that is native to Florida and adapted to coarse, droughty soils. Its long upright spikes arise from a woody corn tuber and produce an abundance of delightful
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lavender or purple wildﬂowers in the fall. Attracting butterﬂies and bees, these ﬂowers create a bucolic natural setting. With its very open canopy, weed control can sometimes be a problem, but in mass plantings they are very eye-catching. There are two kinds of “Perennial Peanut” (ornamental). One has bladelike leaves and produces a large number of yellow-orange ﬂowers, and the other has rounded leaves and yellow ﬂowers. With a growth habit of one to six inches tall, this fast-spreading plant serves well as ground cover in place of a lawn. Green all spring, summer, and fall, it produces ﬂowers throughout these seasons. In winter, it acts like normal grass, turning brown until spring wakes it up with rain and warmth. If the “Perennial Peanut” gets taller than you like, it can be topped with a weed eater to the height desired. Drought-tolerant and disease-resistant, it is perfect for your eco-friendly yard. For more information on native plants, you can e-mail me at email@example.com, or go to www. inthegardenwithbetty.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!
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second time around BY JAN DAVIS PHOTOS BY HOLLY ALLAIN PHOTOGRAPHY
here has to be something special about a house to make a family want to purchase it twice. The house in question is a circa-1887 home in the historic district of Fernandina Beach, and Greg and Debbi Roland are the devoted homeowners. Greg and Debbi grew up in the area and were high school sweethearts at Fernandina Beach High School. For 29 years, Debbi has taught English at that same school they once attended, from which their daughter Bailee also graduated in 2008. In the 1980’s,
Debbi became involved in coaching the school’s cheerleading team, and she now has three local cheer teams and an allcounty team, having led her teams to an impressive nine national titles. “But it’s that tenth title that has eluded me!” says Debbi. “I hope I have a team I can bring that far soon.” Greg has been mayor of Fernandina Beach twice and served on the city commission for nine years. As a certiﬁed paramedic, he is district chief for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. On weekends, he ﬁlls in
Top left: The Rolands have opened all of the doorways in the vintage house to add light and spaciousness. The cozy family room with a large recessed ﬂat screen TV leads comfortably to the new kitchen. Above: The exterior architecture is Gothic Revival with Italianate inﬂuences. Note the ﬁsh-scale siding and the “gingerbread” on the porches. This house was one of the highlights of the 2010 Holiday Home Tour last December. 39 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JULY 2011
Right: Debbi Roland, an English teacher at FBHS, is a great fan of Hemingway, and she prizes a ﬁrst edition of “The Old Man and the Sea,” as well as the original copy of Life Magazine, where the book was ﬁrst debuted in 1952. Below: The red paint becomes a foil for the antiques scattered around the living room. Heart pine ﬂoors glisten beneath the crystal chandelier, and a tall “Daisy” cut crystal oil lamp makes a dramatic statement. Framed memorabilia of early Fernandina is used as artwork throughout the house.
when needed as a nurse in the Baptist Nassau Emergency Room. The Rolands had been looking for an historic home to renovate for several years, searching for that perfect home that would suit both their needs and their budget, when, in frustration, they decided to build a “new” historic home on a lot they owned. As they left the architect’s ofﬁce, however, they noticed a new “For Sale by Owner” sign. They stopped and toured the home, then looked at each other in amazement: it was virtually the 40 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JULY 2011
same house the architect had drawn for them. “It was meant to be,” says Debbi. They bought the house in 1994 and began a project of extensive renovations. They updated all of the wiring and plumbing; they removed porches and rebuilt them; the bead-board was removed and dipped and stripped; and the list goes on and on. “I didn’t speak to Greg for six months, it was so horrible,” remembers Debbi. “It was like pulling a thread in a hem,” adds Greg. “Everything began unraveling.”
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A lengthy renovation of the kitchen caused the most turmoil, however. “For a year and half, we dined in lawn chairs, with no appliances, while we washed dishes in the powder room sink,” recalls Debbi. When the dust from the renovations ﬁnally settled, they found that they loved both the home and living in the downtown. They also found that someone else seemed to love the home as well: a happy ghost. Bailee, as a very young child, had commented on “the man” in the house, and later the senior Rolands also became aware of his presence. They named him “Henry,” and went about their business of keeping up and enjoying their home. Yet, nine years after they purchased the home, Debbi discovered another “dream home”—on Kingsley Lake in Clay County, where they owned a small weekend cottage there. They jumped at
Top: The dining room table is set with dramatic black and white china. Another vintage crystal chandelier adds sparkle to the room. Above: The new kitchen is by Mike Gleason of Kempsville Cabinets, and has all the bells and whistles, including a built-in wine rack, a six- burner stove, and a microwave located in a drawer in the large center island.
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Left: The claw foot tub is original to the 1887 house. Below: The master bedroom is decorated in subtle beige tones. A leather bench is positioned at the foot of the bed, and contemporary mirrored chests guard each side of the bed. A wall beside the ﬁreplace was opened so that the adjoining bedroom could be converted into a sumptuous master bath.
the chance to buy it, seeing it as their ideal retirement home. They sold the historic home and purchased a smaller home in the Lakewood neighborhood, planning to live there until Bailee graduated from Fernandina Beach High School, while spending weekends and summers in the Kingsley Lake house. After three years, however, they realized it was not so ideal after all—they missed their historic home in Fernandina Beach! Kingsley Lake was just too remote, and they missed being in walking distance to downtown Fernandina and their friends there. So they began searching for another historic home, similar to the one they left. And what should happen, but the family to whom they had sold the house heard about their search and contacted them, saying they were moving. The Rolands were delighted and
quickly signed a contract to re-purchase. Bailee was the one spurring them on, saying, “It’s the only house I have really known. It‘s home!” Several improvement projects still remained from their original to-do list, and it hasn’t been easy. Yet this time they knew exactly how much renovation was needed and they hired professionals to complete the work. Bailee is now a junior at the University of Georgia and is happy to be home again. She took over the 3rd ﬂoor as her “pad” and enjoys bringing her college friends to visit. Apparently, Henry is equally happy to have the Rolands back where they belong, as he continues to give them good vibes. Maybe they should have consulted Henry before they left the ﬁrst time.
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Pompeo’s ITALIAN CONTINENTAL CUISINE AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT With authentic Italian dishes and a warm and friendly atmosphere, Pompeo’s has been a Fernandina Beach favorite for over 25 years. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER
ompeo’s Italian Restaurant has been an icon on Centre Street for over 25 years. Owner Mario Pompeo, a native of Naples, Italy, was forced to leave school at age 12 to work at a nearby restaurant to help support his family. With his interest in the culinary arts, he eventually came to the United States, became an American citizen, opened his own restaurant, and is living the American dream. Today, Pompeo’s boasts an enormous menu, with something for everyone, and Mario himself, using many of his family’s secret recipes, makes everything from scratch. On a recent visit to Pompeo’s, my partner Rumsey and I were looking forward to some authentic Italian cuisine and Mario’s famous dishes. I usually order the mussels when I go, but this time we decided to try some new items. The special that night was Stuffed Crab Shells, and we started with that, as well as the Caesar Salad. Mario’s lovely daughter, Angela, suggested a glass of Citra Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, a ruby red wine that is dry, but well balanced with a hint of fruit and made a great pairing for our Italian dinner. The stuffed crab shells were loaded with crab, shrimp, green pepper, bread crumbs, and butter. With rich, succulent crab, it was a very nice starter for two. The salad was divine, with homemade Caesar dressing that is made the traditional way. The garlic is sharp and pungent, and all is tossed with crisp romaine and served with croutons. I could eat this salad every day! With hot rolls and butter, fresh out of the oven, it was even better. Since I was in the mood for seafood, Angela suggested Zuppa de Pesce over linguini as my entrée. Rumsey chose the Veal Marsala, served with spaghetti. The veal was incredibly tender, thinly pounded, and absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The sauce had a touch of sweetness from the Marsala wine, and the portion was very generous, with enough leftover to take home. My seafood dish was full of ocean delights: the grouper, clams, shrimp, scallops, and mussels were piled so bountifully that I could barely get to the linguini below. The
sauce was so wonderful I had to sop it up with my bread to get every drop. One of the things that impresses me about Pompeo’s is that they make their own pasta every day. I bought a pasta machine last year and have struggled with making my own from scratch, so I am amazed that they crank out that much pasta, like it is second nature. Angela laughs when she remembers making pasta as a young girl with her father. It was a daily task, and it still is.
For dessert, Mario baked up an Italian Lemon Cream Cake that spoke to my sweet tooth. The sponge cake was layered with dreamy, lemony custard. While it’s rich on the tongue, the cake still feels light and makes a fresh and sweet ending to a meal. Pompeo’s also offers great cappuccino and espresso – always a nice way to ﬁnish your Italian dinner. Family-friendly, warm and welcoming, Pompeo’s takes great pride in pleasing their many customers with homemade Italian dishes and pleasant service. Patio seating is available outside, as well, and they are open for dinner every evening except Tuesday.
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dining guide 29 South ~ This eclectic bistro has it all; great ambiance, fantastic food, an extensive wine list and reasonable prices. The menu can best be described as traditional world cuisine with modern, whimsical twist, where award-winning executive chef and owner Scotty Schwartz paints a playground for the palette. Choose from entrees including: lobster corn dogs with spicy horseradish ketchup spiked with ketel one vodka, seared scallops on green tea smoked thai curry nage topped with crispy calamari straws, and sweet tea brined smithﬁeld farm pork chop on macaroni gratin with warm blackberry preserves. 29 South also features grilled pizzas, sandwiches, and nightly specials. 29 South Third Street, Historic Downtown, 277-7919, www.29southrestaurant.com. Beech Street Grill ~ This restaurant has won awards for its wine list and has been selected often as one of the 25 best restaurants in the area. It features an outstanding seafood selection including seared tuna, herb roasted sea bass and swordﬁsh piccata prepared in New American style. 277-3662. 801 Beech Street. Open seven days. D, $$$, F. Bonito Grill and Sushi ~ Bonito Grill & Sushi offers guests a unique dining experience with an “East meets West” fusion cooking style. Enjoy misorubbed Chilean Sea Bass, black bean & garlic Maine lobster, hoisin citrus glazed salmon, or one of our chef’s daily fusion specials. Dine in the casual sushi bar area, or for a more elegant evening, select from our extensive wine list and indulge in the experience of our warm, contemporary dining room. Monday through Saturday, join us for lunch, and try Bonito’s popular Bento lunch box. Our full bar, eclectic menu, and unique atmosphere will provide a new twist to your normal lunch or dinner routine. 614 Centre St. 261-0508. www.bonitogrillandsushi. com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat. 12:002:30pm, Dinner: 7 days, 5:30-9:30pm V/MC/AE. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the reﬁned ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. Open seven days. At the marina on Front Street. 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, F. Café Karibo ~ Located on North 3rd St. just off Centre Street in the historic downtown district. It has a cozy interior with a funky, laid-back setting. It’s most striking feature is its naturally shaded outdoor dining patio. Great selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. Tasty nightly fresh ﬁsh specials, theme nights (Tue: Trivia with Angie. Prizes each night.), and live music in the patio most Friday and
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Saturday nights. Kid friendly. Vegetarian items on the menu. Open: 11am–9pm Tue thru Sat; Sunday 11am–8pm with lunch menu specials; Mon 11am– 3pm. Fresh-brewed beer available in the Café and in the brew pub—The Karibrew—located next door. Food prices are relatively low-lunch average $10 pp/ dinner $20 pp (generous portions). Le Clos ~ Located in Fernandina’s Historic District, Le Clos serves delicious Provençal dishes, by candlelight and music, in a charming, intimate, 1906 cottage. Patio garden seating available, weather permitting. Eclectic wine list. Monday-Saturday 5:30-9:00 PM. Reservations recommended. 30 South Second Street. (904)261.8100. www.leclos. com. D, $$$, B/W. Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 - $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, 261-4749. $$$ V/MC/D. 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. All major credit cards. Open 7 days. 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. $$$, L, D, B/W. Espressos Cafe ~ Food offerings at Espressos are simple and light, reﬁned over many years by discriminating palates and freshly prepared in the best Tuscan tradition. Enjoy Old-World wines from the star vineyards of Europe and coffees and teas chosen from the ﬁnest estates in the world. Espressos boasts an elegant ambience that mirrors Europe’s ﬁnest bistros and cafés. Located in Gateway to Amelia. Open Mon. to Wed., 8 a.m to 5 p.m; Thurs. to Sat., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Available for private events at other times. (904) 491-9800. Major credit cards. B,L,D. $$ Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy family-style dining and Southern cooking at its best. Chef Susannah Sands makes everything on the menu from scratch, including fried chicken, meatloaf, gumbo, collard greens, mashed potatoes and a assortment of seasonal vegetable dishes and mouth-watering desserts. The Florida House Inn is located just off Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The inn is the oldest surviving hotel in the state of Florida and his listed in the National Register of Historic Places.Open Monday through Sunday from 11:30AM to 3PM. Private parties can be arranged. No reservations. 23 South Third Street 904 491 3322. L, $$, F Gourmet Gourmet ~ Gourmet Gourmet is located between The Ritz-Carlton and AIP at the historical American Beach entrance, on the corner of Lewis Street and A1A. In addition to our fabulous selections of baked goods, appetizers, salads, & entrées to go, we also serve gourmet coffees/cappuccino/espresso with continental breakfast items, brunch, and lunch everyday. A bistro-style dinner menu is served WedSat 5-9pm. AE/MC/ V/DISC 261-8973. Sun-Tues 9am-6pm; Wed-Sat 9am-Seasonal. $$, B,L,D.
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. Major credit cards. 321-2558. Open seven days. D, $$$. O’Kane’s ~ Whether you’re Irish or not, you’re sure to enjoy this pub. Genuine Irish cheer on tap with a wide selection including ales, bitters and stout, plus single malt Scotches, of course Irish Whiskey and just the right food to go with it–Irish Steak and Guinness Pie or Shepherd’s Pie. O’Kane’s has a lively pub in front and a spacious brick-walled dining room in the back. 318 Centre St. 261-1000, Open 7 days, L, D, $$, F. Old South Yankee Gourmet Grocery Store ~ Whether you’re headed out to the beach or on your lunch break, Old South Yankee offers a variety of sandwiches including Cubans, Spicy Chicken Salad, The Best BLTs and many more. We have homemade soup every day, salad specials, and lunches are served with cole slaw, pickles and sweet or unsweet tea. And while you’re waiting, enjoy samples of Old South Yankee gourmet dips and spreads, blueberry lemonade and award-winning pies. If you’re planning a party, pick up a catering menu or make an appointment by calling (904) 277-5609. Located at 1667 South 8th Street, across from the Island Carwash. Peppers Mexican Grill ~ Pepper’s seves authentic Mexican food and great margaritas in a familyfriendly atmosphere. Daily specials available. Come see our new location in downtown Fernandina with full bar and patio dining! Open for lunch and dinner every day. www.pepersmexican.com. 530 Centre Street (Fernandina Beach). 277-2011. 96098 Lofton Square Court (Yulee). 491-6955. Picante ~ Just west of the Shave Bridge, Picante offers the vibrant ﬂavors of Peru and Latin America with a contemporary look and a fun atmosphere boasting a large dining area and free Wi-Fi throughout. The menu at Picante reﬂects the culinary inﬂuences of Latin America providing their guests with a distinctive and unique Latin dining experience. Mostly inﬂuenced by Peruvian cuisine, we stamp our dishes with new, bold ﬂavors to challenge and excite your palate! Offering everything from authentic Peruvian Cebiche to Argentinian cuts of beef with chimichurri sauce. Picante also serves an extensive selection of both boutique South American wines as well as international and domestic craft brew beers, adding a unique ﬂare to the Island’s dining experience. Live music every 1st and last saturday of the month. For more information please call (904) 310-9221/9222 or visit us at www.picantenassau.com. Open: For Dinner: MonSun | For Lunch: Sat and Sun. $$. B/W. PLAE ~ PLAE (People Laughing and Eating) features a brilliant and seductive atmosphere that accompanies an incomparable menu. Both the menu and the lounge are classic, with exciting twists and unexpected elements that tantalize all appetites. Make PLAE a must on your “to do” list. Located at The Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation. (904) 277-2132. D, $$$, F. Sandy Bottoms ~ Casual dining, lunch and dinner menu, outside beach bar, tables and chairs in the sand on the beach, live entertainment almost every night, feet from the ocean. We offer seafood, sandwiches, salads, and home made pizzas. Full bar inside and outside.
Le Clos serves dinner nightly by candlelight in a charming 1906 cottage. Eclectic wine menu. Reservations recommended. LE CLOS RESTAURANT 20 South Second Street
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Thanks to everyone who participated in the 7th Annual St. Michael Academy Golf Classic at the Long Point Golf Club. We would particularly like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity: First Federal Savings Bank The Staver Group IBM Southwick & Associates Rick Keffer Dodge Chrysler Jeep Island Academy Liston and Matie Radney For more information on St. Michael Academy, please call (904) 321-2102 or visit www.stmichaels-academy.org. 50 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JULY 2011
Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Slider’s offers fun dining for the whole family! 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 and dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). 277-6652. L, D, $$, F. The Surf ~ Dine indoors or out on the huge, oceanview deck. The extensive menu features delicious seafood, steaks, burgers, wraps, salads and Boar’s Head sandwiches. Daily specials include our famous all-you-can-eat wings (Wed. night) and $6.99 lobsters all day Sunday. Casual, fun atmosphere. Take-out available. Open daily from 11am. 29 TVs throughout. WIFI available. Full service bar. Entertainment every night and weekend afternoons. 3199 S. Fletcher AVe. 261-5711. L, D, $$, F. The Verandah ~ Charmingly casual with today’s freshest seafood…The Verandah alone is worth a trip to Amelia. Sample specially prepared delicacies from the sea as well as grilled New York strip, panroasted free-range chicken, grilled pork tenderloin and more! Set among the live oaks of Racquet Park, views are splendid and the service is even better. Dinner nightly, 5:30pm-9pm. Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Hwy. Reservations, 321-5050. www.aipﬂ.com
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oceanfront penthouse This beautiful 3 Bedroom 3.5 Bath penthouse features 2,200 sq. ft. of luxury living and also offers privacy and amazing ocean and Nassau Sound views from every room. Oversized master bedroom, fully furnished with 2 balconies on the ocean and one back balcony with marsh and Nassau Sound view makes this villa very unique. This villa is equally perfect as a primary residence, second home, or income producing property with impressive income history. Best priced oceanfront luxury penthouse on Amelia Island Plantation with all the amenities Omni Hotels and Resort offers. For more information on this unique property, call Laily Schlegel with Amelia Best Realty at (904) 415-8256. 51 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE â€˘ JULY 2011
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12 Laurel Oak Cozy 3 BR/2 BA home with open living areas, vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. Located near Racquet Park. $349,000
Beachside Villas Spacious 3 bedroom / 3 bath villas on the Atlantic Ocean $1,175,000
2 Spotted Sandpiper Natural, wooded views in this 3 BR/3 BA home with open floorplan, Whirlpool appliances and new granite countertops. $549,000
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7 Willow Pond A classic 5 BR/3.5 BA 2 story home on Oak Marsh Golf Course with an abundance of natural light, fireplace and gourmet kitchen. $675,000
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Selling and listing in Amelia Island Plantation is all we do. We are specialists. You will not ﬁnd these exclusive and unique listings in the MLS. To see all our listings or schedule a showing, visit aipﬂ.com/realestate 14 Belted Kingfisher A Marsh Creek community home featuring hardwood floors in the main living areas, cathedral ceilings, fireplace and a sunroom. $699,000
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SEA DUNES OCEANFRONT
Superb 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath penthouse encompassing 2,200 sq. ft. of luxury living, this villa offers privacy and amazing ocean and Nassau Sound views from every room. Oversized master bedroom. This villa is equally perfect as a primary residence, second home, or income producing property. Available furnished. $985,000 MLS#54982
This beautiful 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is the place to relax and entertain. Exceptionally and thoroughly renovated. Beautiful cherry cabinetry and built-ins. Remodel done for comfortable full time living or 2nd home with high rental income potential .Great end unit location. Garage available. $1,150,000 MLS#53244
MARSH LAKE POOL HOME
TURTLE DUNES VILLA
Custom built, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath light ﬁlled contemporary home on the lake with cathedral ceilings, skylights, gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, living room with ﬁreplace, dining room and library/family room with lake and pool view, First ﬂoor master bedroom suite with private access to the pool. $685,000 MLS#55206
Walk to the beach or the Dunes Club pool from your own ocean front lanai. Convenient ﬁrst ﬂoor, 2 bedroom, 2 bath villa in the desirable South end of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation providing the best beach front experience. Villa is sold fully furnished. Ask about the excellent rental history. $625,000 MLS#52836
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SEA DUNES CONDO
Staggering views of beach and Atlantic Ocean in this 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo that looks east, south, and west with spectacular views in every direction. There is a great room with a gourmet kitchen and walls of glass. Beautiful MB and 2 guest bedrooms open onto nice sized decks, fully and tastefully furnished. $1,200,000 MLS#55039
Exceptional 2 bedroom, 2 bath villa with excellent investment or ocean getaway. Amazing ocean view from kitchen, dining room and living room as well as the MB. Enjoy the glorious view of the sunrise and moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean from your own private deck. Sold fully furnished, garage optional. $600,000 MLS#54782
ST. JOHNS RIVER PROPERTY
• Oceanfront lot in secluded area ~ $500,000 • Oceanfront lot with RS-2 zoning, 50’ x 150’ ~ $350,000 • Oceanfront lots with RS-2 zoning, 100’ x 150’ ~ $650,000 • Waterfront lot at Amelia Island Plantation ~ $385,000 • Oceanview lot on Historic American Beach ~ $190,000
Panoramic view of St. Johns River from this 3 bedroom, 3 bath approximately 1 acre well shielded from the main road. Minutes from the ocean, 100 ft on the river with 100 ft dock with deep water slip and boat ramp. This is a great opportunity for boaters to live on the river with easy access to Atlantic Ocean. $550,000 MLS#55040
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Oceanfront 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo in gated community of Sailmaker in the Summer Beach resort on Amelia Island’s south end. Light and open living areas just steps from the beach and overlooking the community pool. Kitchen, dining room, family room, 1 bedroom and bath on the ﬁrst ﬂoor with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths on the second ﬂoor. Outside decks facing the water perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Excellent primary residence, home away from home or resort rental investment. Memberships to The Golf Club of Amelia and The Amelia Island Club are available. Offered at $600,000.
8 WILD GRAPE ~ $679,000 Charming lakeside retreat on Omni Amelia Island Plantation featuring private dock and deck overlooking Red Maple lake. This lovely home features 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, spacious living and dining rooms with wood ﬂoors, ﬁreplace, generous cabinetry in kitchen, solid surface countertops and light-ﬁlled family room. The beautiful owner’s suite features wood ﬂoors, abundant closet space and marble tile in bath. This home is an exceptional value for this perfectly maintained property! Located in a very special spot—quiet street, short walk to the beach and convenient to racquet park, ﬁtness center and the Ocean Club.
Hear the sounds of the surf from this south end home in the private community of Seawalk. Built in 2005, this 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,445 square foot home is nestled amongst tall, mature oaks in a 17 home cul de sac just a stroll to beach, Summer Beach resort and The Ritz-Carlton. This home boasts a spacious owner suite with sitting area, high ceilings, plantation shutters, open family room with ﬁreplace adjoining the kitchen and overlooking the back patio and yard. Kitchen appointments include granite counters and stainless appliances. Memberships to The Beach Club and The Golf Club of Amelia Island are available. Offered at $435,000.
CHAD STREET 1585 REGATTA DRIVE ~ $749,000
Centrally located on Amelia Island, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,440 square foot town home built in 2005 is close to beach, historic downtown Fernandina Beach and all island amenities. Freshly painted with soaring ceilings and skylight in main living area. Living room, owner suite with spacious walk in closet and bath, kitchen with breakfast bar and dining room are on the ﬁrst ﬂoor. Two additional guest bedrooms and bath and an ofﬁce/ loft are on the second ﬂoor. Fee simple home with no association fees. Ideal primary or secondary residence. Offered at $182,500.
This 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath residence is perfectly situated for amazing views of the Golf Club of Amelia Island’s signature hole #5. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac street in gated Golfside South in Summer Beach, adjacent to The Ritz and stunning beaches! Fabulous open ﬂoorplan designed to maximize views features great room with vaulted ceilings, ﬁreplace, wet bar—all open to the gourmet kitchen and breakfast room. Kitchen has stainless appliances, granite tops and huge pantry. Beautiful wood ﬂoors on entire ﬁrst level—including Master suite and library. This home offers abundant outdoor living spaces—all with stunning lake and golf views!
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6 WATER OAK ROAD This well-maintained, recently remodeled 3 BR, 3.5 BA home in Omni Amelia Island Plantation provides wonderful living space indoors and out. Pavers in the front and back of house with a low maintenance yard and lightscaping. All with a view of the golf course in your back yard! New roof was added in 2005 and total house was replumbed in 2008 when upgrades were done. This home is priced well with today’s upgraded standards, perfect for the buyer who wants move-in ready. $615,000
$1,295,000 Gated Estate on St. Johns River
FOREST RIDGE VILLAGE If you are looking for a totally renovated turn-key unit within walking distance to the beach, you have found it! Fully furnished and move-in ready, just bring your toothbrush and bathing suit. Assigned parking space. $135,000
206 SAND DOLLAR VILLAS Just bring your bathing suit! This nicely decorated condo is move-in ready. See and hear the ocean from your home! This unit also has great rental history, and it is being sold fully furnished!! A few personal items are being excluded. Call today for your private showing. $299,000
$1,100,000 Architect’s Home on Ft. George Island
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Marcy Mock OCEAN VILLAGE This lovely property is nestled in a quiet cul de sac. The 2,875 square foot property offers 4 bedrooms and 3 baths on two levels of spacious design. Beautiful built-in cabinetry, with two bedroom and bath suites on the ground ﬂoor. A screened lanai off the living room looks out onto a private lush preservation area. The front door is just steps away from one of three private board walks leading to the shore. Golf Club membership is available. $699,000.
OCEANFRONT CONDO Oceanfront furnished one-bedroom condos with stunning ocean views. Excellent rental income. Enjoy the beach, ﬁshing, tennis, and more. Second ﬂoor unit overlooks pool, and sixth ﬂoor unit has panoramic ocean view. $315,000 and $339,900.
LAUREL OAK Cottage with beautiful lake view. Short walk to the beach and Plantation amenities such as the Verandah Restaurant, club facilities. Step into your canoe from your back yard and enjoy the lake and wildlife. A bucolic setting perfect for a second home get away or a permanent residence. $475,000.
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Located north and adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. These fabulous oceanfront condominiums feature beautiful custom appointments, large square footage and membership to The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Oceanfront and golf course views are incredible! These units start at $1,300,000.
OCEAN PLACE AT SUMMER BEACH
Located on the south side of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. These wonderful condominiums offer the perfect get-away. Competitive pricing, fabulous floor plans, beautiful views, as well as rental potential have made Ocean Place a “must have” for potential owner-investors. These units start at $525,000 and are direct oceanfront. View Virtual Tours of these and other fabulous listings on www.marcymock.com.
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5391 Florence Point Dr ~ $649,000 Your “Piece of Paradise” awaits! This unique contemporary home is snuggled to the back of large lot to enhance the privacy and views. Imagine sipping coffee on the screened porch or relaxing on the open deck watching the wildlife amd changing colors of the sunset of the ICW. Kitchen, sunroom, wood beamed family room and living room flow around the unique bricked octagonal dining room to give continuous view of the marsh. Home features a master suite on both floors. Primary suite upstairs has additional area for office or sitting area. Upgrades include multiple built-ins, tiled 1st floor, wood framed doors and windows. Kitchen has large center island with vegetable sink and tiled counter tops and concealed lighting. Appliances, roof and both A/C units replaced in last 5 years.
4241 S Fletcher Ave ~ $699,000 Private estate with captivating ocean views plus oversized lot backing to a preservation area for added privacy. This custom built home features a 17' x 32' family room with wet bar downstairs plus 2 large bedrooms and bath. You’ll love the openness of the upstairs living area and large kitchen loaded with cabinets, JennAire range and corian countertops as well as two master suites. Additional features included generator, remote controlled gate and recently replaced dual heat pumps and water heater. All of this plus a large back deck with enclosed pool and spa overlooking a preservation area.
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Merge BY CHEF ADAM SEARS PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER
ne of the challenges for cooking in the heat of the summer is creating something that sparks an appetite, yet is still light and refreshing. After all, by the end of a sweltering summer day, the last thing you want to do is sit in front of a big plate of hot food. For a recipe that teases the taste buds and makes you say “oh, I want that,” try this simple tomato salad. Nothing sings quite like tomatoes in the summer. Add some fresh berries, fresh mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegar, and a star is born! Remember, the key to this dish is the freshness of your ingredients.
s a chef, the question I hear most often is, “how did you get into cooking?” If you ask my mother, who confesses that she has never been a very good cook, she’ll tell you it was simply survival. The real answer is that my father got me into cooking. In the beginning, we would go into the kitchen and bang on pots and pans, having our own version of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Spending so much time in the kitchen together, I soon developed a love of cooking. One of our favorite dishes to make together is seafood bisque. In this recipe, I take my father’s classic bisque recipe and give it a Surf-and-Turf twist. Enjoy!
TOMATO FRUIT SALAD SEAFOOD BISQUE WITH A TWIST 1 pint mixed tomatoes 1 pint mixed fresh berries (I use raspberries and strawberries) fresh mozzarella, diced drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar sprig of fresh mint Just toss together and garnish with mint for a quick meal after a long day at the beach.
The owner of Merge Restaurant, located at 510 S. 8th Street in Fernandina Beach, Chef Adam Sears is a graduate of Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Charleston, SC and the former Sous Chef of The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island. His wife, Tapha, is a representative of Premier Beverage and in charge of the wine program at Merge.
1 cup celery, onions (minced) 1 small can of tomato paste 1 stick of butter ½ cup ﬂour 2 quarts seafood stock 1 green bell pepper, deseeded (keep in one large piece) 3 bay leaves 1 pint of heavy cream 1 cup sherry splash of Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. ground cloves splash of Tabasco sauce 2 6 oz. beef ﬁlets, cooked to desired temperature 6 ea. jumbo shrimp, peeled and sliced in half 1 can lump crab 2 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning 1 quart beef stock 1 cup of mixed vegetables fresh corn, green beans, tomatoes
To make the bisque in a pot, melt the butter and add the celery and onions. Next, dust with the ﬂour, trying to make it look similar to wet beach sand. Add the seafood stock and the small can of tomato paste, bay leaves, and the green bell pepper. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next, add the heavy cream, sherry, Worcestershire sauce, cloves, and Tabasco and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes. In a separate sauté pan, heat some olive oil and quickly sauté the shrimp, just until they turn a light pink. Remove from heat and keep warm. In the same pan, add the fresh vegetables, sauté for 5 to 6 minutes, and add the Old Bay and the beef stock and simmer for 9 to 10 minutes. Add the crab and warm shrimp and sliced beef to the reduced stock and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes on low heat. To assemble, place a small amount of bisque on the bottom of the plate and spoon the seafood and meat mixture onto the bisque. Serve warm.
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