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Helping you breathe easier A new lung and respiratory expert joins Baptist Pulmonology Specialists.

If you’re having trouble breathing, even little things can be difficult. Fortunately, Nassau County residents have convenient access to a new physician specializing in lung conditions and diseases.

Jorge Glass, MD, a fellowship-trained pulmonologist, has joined Baptist Pulmonary Specialists. Dr. Glass is board certified in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine and has served as a clinical assistant professor. He enjoys making a difference in the pulmonary well-being of his patients and strongly believes in preventive care. Dr. Glass’s areas of expertise include: • COPD/Asthma • Sarcoidosis • Chronic cough

• Interstitial lung disease • Pulmonary hypertension • Lung nodules and lung cancer

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Amelia

Every July, we publish

ISLANDER

our annual “Fun in the Summer Sun” guide,

Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers and Editors

in which we highlight some of the many and

Tom Barrett Art Director

varied things to do

Mark O’Day Sales Manager

during the summer on Amelia Island.

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

Every July, we at the Amelia Islander Magazine publish our annual “Fun in the Summer Sun” guide, in which we highlight some of the many and varied (and often exhilarating!) things to do for residents and visitors alike during the gorgeous summer months here on Amelia Island. This issue is always a lot of fun for us to put together because we get to discover some of the new and exciting things going on here on the island, and we get to spotlight many of our old favorites. With this issue, we feel like have a better chance of joining in some of the good times that people visiting Amelia Island are discovering and enjoying! Thankfully, things seem to be returning to normal this summer after our unprecedented year of Covid-19. I don’t want to spend much time looking back, but it feels great to see our beaches busy, sidewalks crowded, and restaurants full again. Amelia Island is a resilient community, and we have come roaring back. And not a moment too soon! Everyone is ready to recharge and rejuvenate, and the glorious months of summer are the perfect time to do just that, giving us the opportunity to enjoy things we don’t always have time for during the rest of the year. When we think about recharging, we remember that live on a beautiful barrier island with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Amelia River on the other, and our minds naturally turn to kayaking and sailing, surfing and fishing, paddleboarding, boat cruises, and all sorts of fun excuses to add something special back into our lives. We take a river cruise, sail on Fernandina Harbor, grab a SUP board—it doesn’t matter how we do it, we just want to get out on the water! Of course, if you’d rather be on dry land, there are plenty of other things to do, like golf, tennis, hiking, skydiving, jumping on a Segway, biking off the south end of the island, as well enjoying a little leisurely shopping or dining out at Amelia’s many outstanding restaurants. Whatever you do, take some time this summer to explore why people from all over the Southeast continue to visit our beautiful island paradise. Of course, we don’t want you to get so busy chasing adventure that you forget to simply kick back on the beach or by the pool with a good book. And while you’re relaxing, we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of this month’s Islander, which includes a feature on the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s Spring Institute, which brings together the world-renowned Dover Quartet with young chamber musicians for a little musical mentoring; another “Eyes to the Eyes” feature from Gail Pfoh on the amazing shorebirds that share our beaches and how we can protect them; a look at one era ending and another beginning at Waas Drug Store; a “Backyard Adventure on sailing the waters around Amelia; and much more. See you around the island!

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

C O N TA C T U S Sweetpea Media, Inc. P.O. Box 16624 Fernandina Beach, Fl 32035 904-277-8012 islander@ameliaislander.com www.ameliaislander.com

Amelia Islander Magazine is published monthly. All editorial contents including maps and photographs are Copyrighted 2021 Sweetpea Media, Inc. Reproduction of any material contained herein in any manner, in whole or in part, is prohibited without the express written consent of the publisher. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or other artwork cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. No responsibility is assumed for unsolicited materials. The cover and the magazine’s contents are fully protected and may not be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. The Amelia Islander is distributed free of charge on and around Amelia Island. Back issues may be purchased from the publisher for $2.00 each plus postage.

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11 Cover Story THE 2021 AMELIA ISLANDER “FUN IN THE SUMMER SUN” GUIDE

Whether you’re headed to the beach, relaxing by the pool, or seeking adventure by boat, bike, or kayak, our annual “Fun in the Summer Sun” guide is a great way for the whole family to find fun things to do this summer on and around Amelia Island!

33 Musical Mentoring

43 Sharing the Sand

53 New Beginnings

84 Backyard Adventure

Started in 2019, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s Spring Institute brings together young musicians with the best in the business to learn and perform.

While you enjoy the beach this summer, don’t forget that we share the sand with a variety of amazing shore birds, from the American Oystercather to the tiny Least Tern.

A locally owned pharmacy since 1893, Waas Drug Store is getting a new owner (but not a new name!) as longtime owner Jimmy Parker gets ready to begin his retirement.

When you’re ready to enjoy the waters around Amelia Island, Amelia Offshore offer relaxing sailing trips or fun excursions to St. Marys and Cumberland Island.

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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 Florida has a great number of native plants, from ground covers and blooming plants to shrubs and specimen trees, which can add new interest to your landscape.

Design by Tom Barrett

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Island Home When Hurricane Irma destroyed their beloved beach house on the north end of the island, Phil and Kathy Coletti planned a rebuild that is just perfect for their family.

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Eating Scene Opened in 2016, the recently renamed The Tavern by AIBC and The Alley by AIBC, newly opened next door, serve handcrafted beers and delicious fare in a fun atmosphere.

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Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island

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ur beautiful island paradise comes alive during the summer months, jam-packed with activities and entertainment. With 13-miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long

been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike. In addition, the City of Fernandina Beach is a treasure trove of heritage and history. So, whether your summer fun is a round of golf or a stroll through Fernandina’s lovely tree-lined streets, there is always something to see and do, and activities for the whole family to enjoy!

TAKE TO THE WATER Amelia Island is home to a number of marinas, including the Harbor Marina in downtown Fernandina Beach, Tiger Point Marina in Old Town, and the Amelia Island Marina, just off A1A, great places to rent a boat, book a cruise, or find a fishing charter. Amelia River Cruises (904-261-9972) offers narrated historic sightseeing boat tours 7 days per week from Fernandina Beach to Cumberland Island National Seashore. Breathtaking views of wildlife and fascinating stories will enrich your coastal experience with intrigue and wonder, a fun and memorable experience for all ages. Kayak Amelia (904-251-0016) wants you to get outdoors this summer! They are the official concessionaire for Talbot Islands State Parks, offering guided kayak, stand up paddleboard guided ecotours, as well as kayak and bike rentals, SUP instruction, SUP yoga, and a summer kids camp. Visit their website for more information at www.kayakamelia.com. 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Amelia Island Kayak Excursions (904-557-5307) is an award-winning business rated #1 on TripAdvisor for 8 consecutive years offering a variety of adventures like exploring the rivers and marshes around Amelia Island, Cumberland Island, Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge, and the Suwannee River. They offer guided kayak tours or rentals, Hobie Mirage® Kayaks, SUPs, private motorboat tours, and kids/teen camps. Visit them at www.ameliaislandkayak.com and join them for a fun and informative experience! Backwater Cat Adventure Amelia Island (904-7537631) offers one of the most unique boat tours you will ever experience. It’s one of the best ways to explore Amelia and Cumberland Island’s wildlife and sea life. You get to drive your very own Go-Cat boat, which is very safe and easy to operate. Have you considered trying your hand at sailing? Whether you want to learn how to sail or just enjoy some relaxing time on the water with family and friends, Windward Sailing JULY 2021

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FISHING THE WATERS For a successful day of fishing, visit locally owned and operated RennWorks Outdoors (904-310-6794) for a full line of fishing gear, tackle, bait, lures, hand-tied flies, reels, and more. RennWorks will give you the best advice on freshwater, backwater, nearshore, offshore, and bluewater fishing. They also carry clothing, hats, and gifts for your favorite fisherperson! Or if angling is your passion, join Captain Terry Lacoss at Amelia Angler Outfitters (904-261-2870) for the best in sport fishing, boating, sailing, and sightseeing opportunities for groups, families, and even hardcore “big game” anglers. Stop by the store for a full line of outdoor wear and fishing gear before your trip on the water. 12 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

If you’re looking for a great adventure on the water, call Captain Jeff Crumpton from Amelia Island Charter Fishing (904-753-6379) to book your next fishing trip. From sight fishing redfish on the flood tides to catching sharks, tarpon, and other native fish, as well as fly fishing and light tackle, Capt. Jeff, an Orvis Endorsed guide, provides a fun, safe, and exciting fishing adventure. Visit www.redfishameliaisland.com for more information.

TAKE TO THE TRAIL Here in Northeast Florida, our favorite paths are paved with sand, and our local beach parks provide people of all ages access to a spectacular shoreline and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. But there are lots of other paths you can take throughout the island, too. Egans Creek Greenway, with its grass-covered paths, serve as a network of trails that are suitable for walking and bicycling, its environment exhibiting a variety of natural wildlife and vegetation. Friends of the Amelia Island Trail have completed a bike path between Peters Point County Park to the south end of the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park, where it connects to Big Talbot Island. A map of the trail can be found at www.ameliaislandtrail.org. In addition, the Amelia Riverto-Sea Trail has been completed along Simmons Road from South Fletcher Avenue westward to the city ball fields off Bailey Road and then onward to Crane Island. White Oak Conservation (904-225-3396) offers “Safari from the Saddle” horseback rides with experienced guides JULY 2021

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(904-327-3265) makes it fun and easy with sailing excursions and sailing lessons. Amelia Offshore (904-556-7380) offers unique, customcurated, private sailing charters aboard their luxury sailboat, in addition to water taxi services, nature photography tours, and sunset cruises. Make special memories this summer! For more information, visit www.ameliaoffshore.com. Driftwood Surf Shop (904-321-2188) is a local, familyowned shop that has been serving the Fernandina Beach community since 1979. A surfer-owned store, Driftwood understands the needs of surfers, from beginners to experts, carrying all the latest products from the most reputable brands in the surf industry, along with lessons for all ages and abilities.


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way to beat the heat and stay fit than a yoga or exercise class at one of Amelia Island’s fitness studios or gyms. Community Yoga + Wellness (904-613-6345) offers all the essential ingredients for an intelligent and safe yoga class, offering over 25 classes per week online and in-studio. Therapeutic yoga is offered in addition to regular classes, including healing knee, back and neck/shoulder series. They also offer Tai Chi and Qigong. Get well, find community, and be inspired! www.cyoga-amelia.com. The City of Fernandina Beach operates two recreation centers—Atlantic Recreation Center (904-310-3350) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center (904-3103358)—offering aquatics, fitness, and other family activities. Be sure to stop by Central Park on Atlantic Avenue to check out their tennis, pickleball, and petanque courts for players of all ages and The Peck Center (904-310-3353) has an indoor gym and a fitness room, as well. And for your four-legged friends, consider a trip to Nassau Humane Society Dog Park (904-491-1511) or Hot Paws (904-277-3075) for canine socializing, doggie day care, and a cool down at their bathing stations.

TAKE TO THE SKY Are you ready to feel the excitement of skydiving at 120 miles per hour? Skydive Amelia Island (904-718-4648) can provide you with a tandem skydiving experience of a lifetime. During your skydive you will see miles of beach views, along with the splendor of North Florida, and your instructor will even provide you with a video of your jump! JULY 2021

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through manicured trails, while passing by a number of endangered and threatened species. Rides include lunch and a highlight animal tour to see some of the species you missed on the horse ride. Active outdoor adventure-seekers will want to check out the local maritime forests, state parks, and green spaces located in and around Amelia Island. Fort Clinch State Park, Pumpkin Creek Preserve State Park, Little and Big Talbot Island State Parks, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park, and George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park all provide remarkable wilderness experiences that include hiking, biking, fishing, camping, picnicking, bird watching, and beachcombing for the whole family. Only a short day trip from Amelia Island, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the world’s most unspoiled and fascinating black water wilderness swamp in North America. Okefenokee Adventures (866-843-7926) will help you explore this wilderness area with boat tours, naturalist walks, fishing opportunities, and even overnight camping trips. Nature lovers will want to visit Amelia Island Nature Center (904-321-5082) and join one of their naturalists on a hike, bike, Segway, or kayak tour, discovering birds, plants, and wildlife. Stop by the fully stocked retail shop complete with top-of-the-line binoculars and field guides to fulfill all your exploring needs.


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Golf is one of Florida’s favorite pastimes and Amelia Island’s fairways and greens are close to the beach, meandering through unique coastal maritime hammocks. Fernandina Beach Golf Club (904-310-3175) is conveniently located, featuring 27 holes, a full-service restaurant, clubhouse, and is one of the most popular municipal golf courses in Florida. The Golf Club of North Hampton (904-548-0000) is carved into the natural surroundings and framed by spring-fed lakes, capturing the feel of a Scottish links-style course. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Golf (904277-5907) provides the golfer with breathtaking views and intriguing play, with three championship courses including Oak Marsh and Long Point. The Amelia River Golf Club (904-491-8500), known for its smooth Tif-Eagle greens, manicured fairways, and challenging pin positions, is one of the most interesting courses in North Florida. For the young and the young at heart, Island Falls Adventure Golf (904-261-7881) is Amelia Island’s best miniature golf course with 18 (and a half) inventive and beautiful holes, surrounded by waterfalls, bridges and tunnels, with music throughout the course from their outdoor sound system. And for more mini golf fun, bring the whole family out for Putt-Putt Main Beach. Continuing the 60+ year tradition of providing a family-friendly fun place to visit, PuttPutt of Amelia Island (904-261-4443) is a competition-style 36-hole course.

Les DeMerle, world renowned drummer and artistic director of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival in conjunction with Arts Alive Nassau, presents a Drums are Fun Summer Camp (904-310-9243) designed to enhance rhythm skills in drummers, percussionists, and students of all instruments for ages, 9 and up. Classes are held Monday through Wednesday, July 12, 13, and 14 from 10 a.m. to noon each day, at Arts Alive Nassau, 9602 Chester Road in Yulee. To register, email arts.alive.nassau@gmail.com. Throughout the island, you’ll find many beautiful galleries and antique shops. Check out the Amelia Islander Magazine’s Galleries & Antiques page for a list of the area’s finest local paintings, sculpture, jewelry, textile designs, plus antiques, collectibles, and furniture. The Island Art Association (904-261-7020) and the Plantation Artists Guild & Gallery (904-432-1750) offer classes and gallery receptions. And each second Saturday of the month, enjoy a special Artrageous Artwalk from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., taking visitors to many galleries in the downtown area. Take a break from the beach and visit Story & Song Bookstore Bistro (904-601-2118) for a myriad of summer events and activities, including “New Neighbor Night” on July 21 and an opera recital on August 28. For a full schedule of events, visit www.storyandsongbookstore.com. The Amelia Island Museum of History (904-261-7278) is recently renovated with all new exhibits where you can learn

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50 for your littles. Magna’s – A Full Body Salon in downtown Fernandina features Aveda products and has a full array of lotions and treatments to beautify your skin and protect it from the sun. And there are plenty of places to shop around the island! Be sure to check out the myriad of specialty items in Fernandina Beach’s many eclectic downtown shops. Other places to shop include Palmetto Walk Shopping Village, The Shops at the Omni Resort, the Harris Teeter Shopping Plaza, and Sadler Road businesses. If you’re lucky enough to be staying at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort or The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, both resorts offer plenty of amenities and fine concierge services. At The Ritz-Carlton’s Florida Spa Resort (904277-1087) let cares and distractions melt away as you relax under the therapeutic benefits of zero gravity with a Heaven in a Hammock massage. The Spa at the Omni Resort (877843-7722) will help you unwind after a long day of summer activities with rejuvenating spa treatments that include couple massages, facials, steam showers, and much more. For more information on Amelia Island summer activities, visit www.ameliaisland.com or call the Amelia IslandFernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center at (904) 261-3248. And be sure to check out Amelia Islander Magazine’s blog that features updated weekly activities and more summer fun at www.ameliaislander.com.  JULY 2021

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about pirates, bawdy women, and rich history presented by its interesting docents and exhibits. On the Discovery Ship, “Margery,” children will learn about knot tying and be able to pilot their own ship, among other interactive activities. Check their website for hours and current activities at www.ameliamuseum.org. Beat the summer heat with a fun immersive experience at Amelia Island Escape Rooms! (904-775-5083.) Get the whole family together for puzzling and escaping. For more information and to check out their rooms and special events, visit www.ameliaislandescaperooms.com. After a day at the beach or a round of golf, treat yourself to Amelia Island’s vast array of art, music, theatre, and dining experiences. Be sure to check out what’s playing at Amelia Community Theatre, by visiting their website at www. ameliacommunitytheatre.org. If you’re traveling with a baby this summer, you can rent clean and safe baby gear essentials from BabyQuip and have them delivered to your door. Choose from cribs, car seats, strollers, toys, plus beach gear and yard games! This is a great service for grandparents who are hosting little ones this summer. To learn more, call Crystal at (904) 624-1620 or visit www.babyquip.com. L. Moore Aesthetics (904-222-6053) has all your sunprotection needs, offering a variety of SPF for all skin types, including their bestselling A More Beautiful You Mineral Tint SPF 40 and new Puttisu Safe Baby Mild Sun Cushion SPF


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CELEBRATING THE FOURTH OF JULY ON AMELIA On Amelia Island, all hearts are beating true for the red, white, and blue this Fourth of July, and there are loads of opportunities for you and your loved ones to celebrate! If you’re feeling festive on the water, Amelia River Cruises & Charters offers both family-friendly and festive fun sunset tours daily along with special fireworksviewing cruises. If your ears are ringing for live music, you can catch Soundwavez at the Palace Saloon on July 4 at 7 p.m. or The Dynamic Les DeMerle Jazz Quartet at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro from 2 - 3:30 p.m. If you’re looking for a party with food, music, and fireworks, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island commemorates Independence Day with its annual Red, White, and Deep Blue Celebration. This year, you can join in the fun on July 4 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. with a barbeque buffet, live music, and activities, which culminate with a spectacular fireworks show set to music. Light Up Amelia is another family-friendly celebration in downtown Fernandina Beach that offers live music, a kid’s zone, vendors, and a grand fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Whether you are heading out or staying home for the holiday, best wishes to all for a very happy Fourth of July!

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he Island Art Association (IAA) Gallery is owned and operated by over 250 artists and associates, and they offer a wide range of art opportunities in their Education Center to Nassau County residents and visitors alike. A 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is philanthropic and educational, IAA’s purpose is to develop and sustain an interest, appreciation, and enjoyment of the arts. Our community developed a new appreciation for the arts during last year’s national quarantine. Art soothed, educated, and entertained us, and it will continue to do so in new and refreshing ways. A year-round project for IAA is administration of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Arts and Crafts section. Artist vendors are selected through a detailed jury process and given guidance through the festival from IAA volunteers. Guest judges review all of the art, awards are made, and then the entire process begins again for the next year. Nouveau Art, a bi-monthly themed show, features “new” artwork submitted

by IAA members, community artists, and residents for five juried themed shows each year. This gives all artists the opportunity to display and sell artwork in the gallery for a period of two months. Participation is open to the public, as well as the membership. Nouveau Art is judged by guest art experts from around the region and nearby universities. You are sure to find a treasure from the original artwork of 48 local exhibiting artists. The gallery is open late during Second Saturday Artwalk. Come downtown and be inspired by great art and conversation in the heart of Fernandina Beach’s Historic District. You are invited to support the arts by joining IAA in a variety of membership and support levels. For information regarding Children’s Summer Art Camp in July, free third Sunday art programs, plus classes and workshops for all ages, please drop by at 18 North 2nd Street, visit their website at www.islandart.org, “Like” them on Facebook, or call (904) 2617020. Island Art Association is now on Instagram at islandartfernandina.

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ori O’Conner, an Amelia Island native, worked at Red Otter Outfitters for two years before she became the owner in April. Located just a few blocks from downtown Fernandina Beach, the original store has been in the same location for seventeen years. A University of Georgia graduate with a degree in Retail Management, Tori was the perfect person for former owner Jennie Stephens to pass the torch to. “I enjoy meeting new customers and getting to know more people who live in town,” says Tori. Her favorite thing about living in Fernandina Beach? Being surrounded by family. “Both sets of my grandparents live on the island, as well as my parents. I only have one sister, but there’s a whole lot of cousins!” laughs Tori. “As a matter of fact, in the 1980s, my grandfather owned and lived in this building where Red Otter is located. The office space used to be a small apartment.” Red Otter Outfitters carries accessories and apparel for men and women, as well as a large assortment of comfortable footwear, with name brands like North Face, Patagonia, Keen, Merrell, Prana, Chaco, On Running, and more. Tori laughs when I ask if she is the sole owner. “Yep. Just me,” she says. “Well, I’m not entirely alone. I have Basil,” she adds. Basil is a five-year old rescue mix who loves to be at the store. If you’re looking for a pair of comfortable shoes or a new outfit for the beach, stop by Red Otter Outfitters at 1012 Atlantic Avenue, call them at (904) 206-4122, and look for them on Twitter at @redotteroutfitters.

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indy Kavanaugh moved from Douglas, Georgia to Amelia Island with her family in 1988. At 18, she started working as a bench jeweler for a shop in Fernandina Beach, and later worked at Underwood Jewelers in Jacksonville while in college at the University of North Florida. After college, Lindy enrolled in the Gemological Institute of America and earned her Graduate Gemologist degree at the New York City campus. She spent four years in New York City, working on Fifth Avenue for Tiffany & Co. before returning home to Fernandina. “I met my husband, Hardee, at the Palace Saloon. We’d both lived in New York. Hardee, who is a harbor pilot, attended Kings Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, in Long Island, but that night we were both at the Palace,” Lindy laughs. “Hard to believe we’ve been married for 19 years and have three kids!” Not long after Lindy bought the building at 110 Centre Street where Lindy’s Jewelry is now, she found out that her husband’s ancestors once owned the store. “I have the paperwork dated 1907. Lindy’s Jewelry used to be J & N Hardee, Groceries and Hardware.” I asked Lindy what her favorite thing was about owning a jewelry story, “It’s a happy business. Customers often buy jewelry for special occasions or significant milestones. There are good memories associated with each piece, and I love hearing those stories.” See the wide array of jewelry on display at Lindy’s at 110 Centre Street, visit www.lindysjewelry.com, or call (904) 277-4880.

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Heavenly Handbag If you’re looking a terrific gift for someone special or yourself, don’t miss this handbag and wallet from Folklore Couture. Made with up-cycled leather and suede, each item is unique in design and color. No two are alike. Available with lots of great finds for you and your home at Twisted Sisters, 402 Centre Street. (904) 261-2501.

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Dover Quartet

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musical mentoring Started in 2019, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s Spring Institute brings together young musicians with the best in the business to learn and perform.

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wenty years ago, a cellist vacationing on Amelia Island and a group of Fernandina Beach women had a vision. Their love of chamber music and passion for music education was the perfect combination. Together, with help from the community, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival was born. Since its humble beginning, it has grown into one of the largest chamber festivals in the southeastern United States. Staying true to its passion for music education, the Festival launched the Spring Institute in 2019. The primary purpose of the Spring Institute is to provide young students with the opportunity to be trained and mentored by some of the best musicians in the field. This year, the esteemed Dover Quartet, the Festival’s quartet-in-residence and one of the most in-demand quartets in the world, were able to share their knowledge with students from the Meraki and Jennings quartets. I had the opportunity to interview the students and arrived at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church as Bryan Lee and the members of the Jennings Quartet were in the middle of a coaching session. Eric Sakurai, Executive Director of the Festival, appeared and whisked me off to another room to meet the Meraki Quartet. 33 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

It was obvious that Eric is great at time management, which no doubt came in handy this week. When I asked the Meraki Quartet what their favorite thing about the Spring Institute has been, they were unanimous: to have a week of instruction by the Dover Quartet was something the students would never forget. “We love the Dover Quartet, and to get to meet them and work with them has been incredible,” says violinist Sofia Matthews. “It’s so nice to get to work with a quartet on the younger side because it feels like our dream is attainable. They’ve shown us that if we keep working hard and working together, we could possibly get there too,” adds cellist Isabelle Nichols. It was time to run next door and get an interview with the Jennings Quartet before they left for lunch. I asked the same question: “What’s been the best thing about your week at the Spring Institute?” “The sessions with the Dover Quartet, the feeling of satisfaction of getting to know how they work, and getting to use the knowledge they’ve cultivated and shared with us so we can be a better quartet,” says Louis Parra Elkhouri, cellist. “The Dover are like these mammoth players, my favorite quartet in the world. It was like meeting celebrities, but they continued on next page JULY 2021

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talked to us like colleagues. It’s really crazy and surreal,” says violinist Anna Black. “The most challenging part has been having the energy and stamina to endure all of the coaching and performing,” says violist Carlos Walker. Then he laughed and added, “But what a great thing to get to complain about!” “I’m not aware of another student string quartet program anywhere that matches this kind of intense musical experience. The progress and development the students achieved in such a short time was amazing; it was a thrill to witness,” says Christopher Rex. “I hope the students know how much joy they brought to everyone on the island.” The Dover Quartet enjoys the opportunity to work with students. “They’re great, so much fun to work with. Really sweet and receptive, and their energy energizes you. At the end of the hour or two hours that you’ve worked with them, you feel more

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invigorated than you were before,” says violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt. “Amelia Island feels like a second home for us. The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is a great organization that’s always been ahead of the curve. They bring so much to the community, and we love our time here,” says violinist Bryan Lee. The feeling is mutual. “We are fortunate to have all four members of the world-renowned Dover Quartet and Christopher Rex as coaches and mentors for the Institute. The students practiced and rehearsed very diligently day and night at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for the entire week. Their final concert at the Nassau County Courthouse was simply amazing,” says Erik Sakurai. “It’s so enlightening for me to see both student quartets make very noticeable improvement in just one week. Without this wonderful community amongst the musicians, we could not have had a successful Spring Institute.”

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MAP | TIDES AT THE AMELIA RIVER | JULY 2021 DAY

LOW

1 THU 8:54 AM 9:23 PM 2 FRI

PORT OF FERNANDINA BEACH

9:43 AM 10:19 PM

NORTH BEACH

AMELIA ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

3 SAT 10:29 AM 11:12 PM 4 SUN 11:14 AM 12:03 AM 5 MON

MAIN BEACH

6 TUE 7 WED 8 THU 9 FRI 10 SAT 11 SUN 12 MON

SEASIDE PARK

13 TUE

11:59 AM 12:51 AM 12:44 PM 1:37 AM 1:29 PM 2:21 AM 2:12 PM 3:02 AM 2:54 PM 3:41 AM 3:35 PM 4:19 AM 4:15 PM 4:58 AM 4:56 PM 5:37 AM 5:41 PM

14 WED 6:19 AM 6:31 PM 15 THU 7:05 AM 7:27 PM

FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF CLUB

16 FRI 7:56 AM 8:29 PM 17 SAT 8:50 AM 9:33 PM

PETER’S POINT

18 SUN 9:46 AM 10:36 PM 19 MON

RITZ CARLTON

SUMMER BEACH

10:44 AM 11:38 PM 20 TUE 21 WED 22 THU 23 FRI

AMERICAN BEACH

24 SAT 25 SUN 26 MON 27 TUE

OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION RESORT

11:42 AM 12:39 AM 12:41 PM 1:37 AM 1:39 PM 2:33 AM 2:35 PM 3:26 AM 3:29 PM 4:16 AM 4:20 PM 5:03 AM 5:10 PM 5:49 AM 6:01 PM

28 WED 6:35 AM 6:53 PM 29 THU 7:22 AM 7:48 PM 30 FRI 8:09 AM 8:44 PM 31 SAT

TO ST. JOHN’S RIVER FERRY

8:56 AM 9:40 PM

AMELIA ISLAND STATE PARK

HIGH 2:45 AM 3:16 PM

4:22 AM 4:59 PM 5:13 AM 5:49 PM 6:03 AM 6:37 PM 6:52 AM 7:23 PM 7:39 AM 8:08 PM 8:24 AM 8:51 PM 9:09 AM 9:34 PM 9:52 AM 10:15 PM 10:35 AM 10:57 PM 11:18 AM 11:38 PM 12:02 PM 12:20 AM 12:47 PM 1:03 AM 1:35 PM

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AROUND TOWN 2021

JULY PAGG Corner Show Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery will feature the artwork of Jeanne Tennyson as the Corner Show artist in July. Jeanne uses acrylics and watercolors and prefers to interpret a subject matter in an abstract way. Plantation Artists Guild & Gallery Masks still required. Hours Mon 11a.m.-5p.m., Tues 9a.m.-1p.m., Wednesday -Saturday 11a.m.- 5p.m., Sunday 1p.m.-5p.m.. 94 Amelia Village Circle in the Omni Amelia Island Resort shops. For more information, call (904) 432-1750 or visit paggart.com.

JULY Gentle Seated Yoga Community Yoga + Wellness is now offering a Gentle Seated Yoga class. Great for those with mobility and balance issues, Parkinson’s, MS other neurological conditions. Must be able to come into the studio and sit on a yoga chair unassisted. Classes held and Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.We are a handicap accessible studio. Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-1:30p.m. Drop in $22, 5 class pass $70 Online or In-Studio options Community Yoga + Wellness. 210 Beech Street. (904) 613-6345. www.cyoga-amelia.com.

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

JULY 2 Sounds on Centre Free community concert. This is a family and visitor friendly event, children and pets are welcomed. Centre Street from Front Street to 2nd Street. 6p.m. - 8p.m.

JULY 4 Hometown Fourth of July Celebration Food, Music & Fireworks. Join Fernandina Beach in celebrating our Nation’s Independence. Festivities begin at 6p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15p.m. Downtown on the waterfront.

JULY 4 Red, White & Blues A Jazz Tribute to Independence Day Story & Song Bookstore Bistro Gallery features Dynamic Les DeMerle Quartet with Bonnie

Eisele. Times are 2:00p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets are at storyandsongbookstore.com/specialevents. Story and Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. For more information and to RSVP, call (904) 601-2118.

JULY 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 22, 27, 29 East Coast Swing Ballroom On Amelia offers group classes on Amelia Island featuring East Coast Swing from 7-8:30 p.m. Classes consisting of learning steps followed by dance time to practice. Classes are $15 per person. Ballroom On Amelia is located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios. No partner or reservation is required. For more information, call (904) 624-0886 or visit at www.ballroomonamelia.com or find them on Facebook.

Author Cynthia Barnett talks about seashells and the animals that make them, revealing what they have to tell us about nature, our changing oceans and ourselves. Free and open to all. 3:00 p.m. Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. For more information and to RSVP, call (904) 601-2118.

JULY 10 Artrageous Artwalk On the second Saturday of each month, participating galleries on the island and mostly the downtown area host free art events and open houses during the second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy the various types of local art that each gallery has to offer as well as meet the artists. Photography, pottery, copper, metal, fused, as well as stained glass, watercolors, acrylics, oils and batik are just a few of the varied media one can expect to see. 4 - 7 pm.

JULY 10 An Evening of Story & Song with Mary Gauthier Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier performs songs co-written with wounded veterans from her 10th album, Rifles and Rosary Beads. $25 tickets. 5 p.m. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. For more information and to RSVP, call (904) 601-2118.

JULY 11 Literary Luncheon with Mary Gauthier Author Mary Gauthier talks about overcoming hardship, recovery from addiction, and the ways in which food and music can change lives. Her new book, Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting, is included with the cost of JULY 2021

lunch. 12:30 p.m. $48 tickets, seating is limited. Call (904) 601-2118 for reservations. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. For more info and to RSVP, call (904) 601-2118.

JULY 16 Southern Skies Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery invites the public to a reception July 16 from 5:30 7:30pm. Osprey Village sponsoring “A Walk to End Alzheimer’s” charity and catering the event. This show will be displayed through September. Hours Mon 11a.m.-5p.m., Tues 9a.m.-1p.m., Wednesday -Saturday 11a.m.- 5p.m., Sunday 1p.m.-5p.m.. 94 Amelia Village Circle in the Omni Amelia Island Resort shops. For more info, call (904) 432-1750 or visit paggart.com.

JULY 21 New Neighbor Night

JULY 8 The Sound of the Sea

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All newcomers to Amelia Island are invited to meet, mingle, and make new friends. Live music, beverages at Happy Hour prices. 5p.m.-7p.m. Free and open to all. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. For more information and to RSVP, call (904) 601-2118.

JULY 30-31 Christmas in July Sale Stop by Amelia’s Fine Jewelry for a spectacular Christmas in July sale. The entire store will be on sale! Also, enter a drawing to win a 14k Amelia Island pendant. 317 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach.

JULY 24 Battle for the Big Top Author and Florida historian Les Standiford tells the story of the battles of the three circus kings, James Bailey, P.T. Barnum, and John Ringling. All three vying for control of the vastly profitable and widely influential American Circus. 4p.m. Free and open to all. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. For more information and to RSVP, call (904) 601-2118.

JULY 31 Reverse Raffle and Auction The Quarterback Club of Fernandina Beach will auction off items of leisure services along with a grand prize raffle on behalf of the middle school and high school football teams. Proceeds support new equipment, uniforms, helmets and field maintenence along with coaching and training oppourtunites. 6pm. until 10p.m. Atlantic Recreation Center located at 2500 Atlantic Blvd. For more Amelia Island events, please visit ameliaislander.com/calendar.

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ome of you may recall when Waas Drug Store was on Fourth Street downtown, others will recall when it moved to Sixth Street, and the rest of us probably have visited the 14th Street location since it found a home there over 20 years ago. But whether or not you remember these various locations, you probably remember meeting Amelia Island’s favorite pharmacist, Jimmy Parker, R.Ph., who has owned and operated Waas Drug Store since August 1970. “That’s nearly 51 years ago, Julie,” says Jimmy with a smile, reflecting on how quickly five decades can pass. “I’d just finished pharmacy school at University of Georgia and heard there was opportunity to buy a pharmacy down in Fernandina.” Jimmy liked the idea of being near Folkston, Georgia, where he grew up. “I visited Glyn Waas, who was selling to pursue other career interests. Leonard Long was a pharmacist working with him, and he and I went in together and bought the business. We ran it together for 10 years, and in 1980, I bought his half.” 43 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

From that day forward, Waas Drug Store has been Jimmy Parker, and I bet many of you have great stories to tell. But today, the secret is out that Jimmy is retiring. He’s ready to travel with his wife, Molly, who already has her maps and calendar out, and they look forward to spending more time with their children and grandchildren. Fortunately, he found just the right successor. “Katie Graves Kotopka approached me and said that if I was ever interested in selling, she might be interested in buying. I prayed about it and knew this was the right decision. I’ve known Katie for many years from church, her husband played baseball with my son, and she brings a wealth of experience after serving in a chain pharmacy for the past 20 years.” Jimmy is thrilled about transitioning the reigns to a colleague who loves independent pharmacy and Fernandina Beach as much as he does, but I wager to say that nobody is as excited as Katie. “Waas is where it all started for me!” she continued on next page JULY 2021

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says. “While I was in high school, I shadowed pharmacist Pam Simmons at Waas Drug. I decided that was my calling, and off to Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy I went. It is so special to me that the pharmacy that steered me toward this career is now going to be my own enterprise.” Katie is quick to tell you that she is a smalltown girl and she will continue to provide the white-glove personal service that is synonymous with the Waas name. “I have huge shoes to fill, but I am so excited. I look forward to the opportunity to do just this, and give back to the community.” While keeping up the Waas tradition, Katie is also hoping to offer new technology options to support a tech-savvy clientele, but she reiterated that her goal is to get medicine to all types of patients in the best way possible. “We also will be adding more gift items soon! We are hoping Waas Drug becomes not only a place for medications and healthcare support, but also a place where folks know they can stop in to grab a gift and go, whether for a baby shower, wedding, birthday, or hostess.” Katie will join Jimmy to transition the business this month, and Jimmy will be around for a few more weeks. Stop by and wish him well, and reminisce on favorite times together. Congratulations on your retirement, Mr. Jimmy, and we wish Katie all the best!

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hhh, summertime! The stage is set to enjoy our beautiful sandy beaches, sea shells, shrimp, and sunshine. But people aren’t the only ones interested in eating shrimp and staying at the beach. An assortment of beautiful and amazing birds live here, too. In many cases, their very lives depend on the things found along our coast. We can always find an interesting assortment of shorebirds here on Amelia Island, including the American Oystercatcher, which is the largest of our shorebirds. With his red-yellow eye, deep red eye ring, and black head, this species looks dazzling on the sand. Their wingspan is approximately 32 inches! Compare that to our smallest shorebirds, such as the Least Tern, which have wingspans of only 19 inches. Oystercatchers eat insects and jellyfish, but their primary food source is mollusks. They use their powerful bright red-orange bill as a shucking tool to open shells. In Florida, American Oystercatchers are considered a threatened species. The Ruddy Turnstone is a colorful shorebird species with bright orange legs. The Sibley Guide to Birds describes them as “relatively short-legged with a short, pointed bill. Their calico 53 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

plumage pattern with dark breast and white belly is distinctive.” You may see them year-round along the water’s edge or on jetties. They eat insects, including bees and wasps, as well as mollusks and small fish. Another shorebird found in our area is the Royal Tern. Cornell University’s website allaboutbirds.org says, “A sleek seabird, the Royal Tern lives up to its regal name with a tangerine-colored bill and ragged, ink-black crest against crisp white plumage. Royal Terns fly gracefully and slowly along coastlines, diving for small fish, which they capture with a swift strike of their dagger-like bills. They are social birds, gathering between fishing expeditions on undisturbed beaches and nesting in dense, boisterous colonies.” In some places, nesting season is in full swing for Royal Terns right now, so watch for them when you visit the beach. You may even get to see some of their beautiful courtship behaviors, which happen in the air and on the beach. Mated pairs spiral through the air very close to each other. On the beach, watch for the male to present the female with continued on page 55 JULY 2021

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inally, the booms, swishes, crackles, and pops celebrating Independence Day have stopped. The Fouth of July is over for another year (my poor little dogs were so traumatized!), and we will have a reprieve until the next occasion (most likely New Year’s Eve). Did you know that Florida has the greatest wealth of native plants of all the states? Native plants ranging from spectacular bloomers to miniature vines are very desirable for home use, either in in group or specimen planting. Here are some of the better known ones for you to consider this month. The Gopher Apple (Licania michauxii) is an evergreen groundcover found in the pinelands and dunes over the entire state. It grows from 3 to 12 inches, and it has white flowers in the spring and pink flowers in summer. The Gopher grows in full sun, can tolerate dry conditions, and is salt-tolerant. The Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens) likes moist, acid sites, grows 1 to 2 inches high, is evergreen, and has white flowers in spring followed by red berries. It thrives in the shade, is salt-

TIP O OF F T HE M O N T H Native shrubs and trees are protected under the Plant Protection Law. It is against the law to harvest, pick, or remove any plants covered by the law without written permission from the owner of the property. A special law protects sea oats and sea grapes, which help prevent beach erosion.

tolerant, and it’s good for edging in mass plantings. The most common native vine is the Carolina Jasmine, which I am sure many of you have growing on your fences or trellises. It grows in the woodlands, so can tolerate sun to part-shade. The fragrance is captivating. Native deciduous vines include Southern Honeysuckle, Trumpet Creeper, and the Virginia Creeper. The Virginia Creeper was called “Weed of the Month” by Home and Garden Magazine. I call it an invasive weed. It is native to North America and can climb to 30 feet or more. Its tendrils end in oval-shaped disks that adhere to surfaces.

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It can damage stucco, mortar between bricks, and painted surfaces. This five-leaved vine is often mistaken for Poison Ivy, which has has three leaves. Like poison ivy, get rid of it unless you are using it as ground cover for erosion control on a slope. It is drought-tolerant and a vigorous grower. To control of or eliminate Virginia Creeper, prune, mow, and weedwhack in the spring. If it survives until fall in your garden, the leaves turn a brilliant red and the vines produce dark blue berries, which are valued by birds and wildlife. (However, they are somewhat toxic to humans and dogs.) I can’t believe they are sold in pots ready to put in your garden. Other popular native shrubs make great foundation plantings, and many native trees—some very large—can be used as specimen plants in your landscape. To be continued in another issue. Much of the information above comes from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. If you have any questions, email me at bamorrell@aol.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!

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ISLAND HOME Left: The main living area has dramatic ocean views. Below: The front entry tile detail mimics a rug. Bottom left: The shingle exterior has detailing that is similar to some of the island’s historic homes. Bottom right: Bright blue doors at the entrance welcome visitors.

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ittle did Phil and Kathy Coletti know that when Hurricane Irma passed the north Florida coast in 2017, a tornado would spin off from it and destroy their beloved beach house on North Fletcher Avenue. When they bought the property in 1998, they knew it would be their forever beach property and eventual retirement home. They had owned other homes on the island, but being on the beach was a priority. Their property is the last house on North Fletcher adjacent to Fort Clinch; they appreciate the advantages of being next to the park, with its dunes and open spaces. The tornado blew out the back doors and windows of the house and torqued the structure. When the Colettis decided to rebuild, they found that there were strict local and state building codes designed to build safer structures in the case of hurricanes or other violent weather. They were limited on both the footprint and the height of the new house. Restrictions even included landscaping choices. They credit their architects, Cotner and Associates, and their builder, Steve Pickett, for helping them jump through the necessary hoops.

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Top left: Antique glass lanterns are part of a stairway light fixture. Top right: The home’s well-appointed kitchen has cheerful bistro chairs on the island for family gatherings. Above left: The formal dining area has a spectacular ocean view. Above right: Generous porches stretch across the backside of the house.

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Despite the tragedy of losing a house, it was an opportunity the couple embraced—a chance to build a house that was designed for their family. The house has the look of the popular so-called cottages in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York. Corbels and stick-style details mirror features found in houses in the island’s Historic District. Parents of quadruplets who are now grown, the couple planned a bedroom for each, with a bunk room for young visitors and/or future grandchildren. Kathy especially appreciated Melissa Wehrmeyer of Pickett Construction for sharing her talents and helping find the materials, appliances, fixtures, and special touches that make the home what the Coletti family envisioned. The house is about the beach and ocean. Great expanses of glass allow for unobstructed views of the dunes and beach beyond. The glass, called turtle glass, is tinted to protect the turtles who would be attracted to brighter lights. It is required on all houses fronting the ocean. Throughout the house, neutral colors with touches of blue create a coordinated space. The porches on the second and third level stretch 75 feet across the beachside of the house. A primary goal was an ocean view from every room. JULY 2021

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ISLAND HOME

Top: A trough sink in the children’s bath is ready for dirty little hands. Above left: Portholes in the hallway outside the children’s bunk room add a nautical detail. Above right: Bunk beds in the children’s bedroom sleep eight.

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Bedrooms were kept small to maximize “gathering space” in the center of the house. Flooring is an easy-care tile that looks like wood. One clever detail is the “rug” by the front door entry, which is fashioned out of contrasting pieces of tile. Everything in the house is child-, dog-, and beach-friendly. All area rugs are indoor/outdoor, and upholstered furniture is covered in Sunbrella fabric. An interesting design element in the main living area is the floor-to-ceiling fireplace surround. The unusual beige porcelain tile has the pattern of a sandy beach. The third level of the house has bedrooms for the Coletti children and a very special suite of rooms for younger visitors. A cleverly designed bunk room has bunk beds that will sleep 8. Kathy had fun designing the area and has hopes that sometime in the future the beds will be filled with grandchildren. Playful details like the rattan crab create a child-friendly feel. Portholes in the walls reflect the nautical theme she envisioned. The children’s bathroom is all business, with a trough sink that stretches across one wall. One can imagine youngsters lined up to wash hands side-by-side. JULY 2021

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Top left: A comfortable guest bedroom has accents of blue. Top right: A four-poster bed is ready for guests. Above left: The back porch stretches across the entire length of the house. Above right: A guest bath uses soft blue tile in the shower space.

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Unique light fixtures throughout the house were designed by Kathy. Her collection of vintage hand-blown Murano glass lanterns purchased in Venice, Italy, became eye-catching light fixtures. “I’ve always considered light fixtures to be the jewelry of a home,” shares Kathy, “so I wanted to create something colorful and unusual with my vintage lanterns.” She credits David Singleton of Bandit’s Outback Antique Lighting on Beech Street for helping her convert the lanterns into dramatic light fixtures. The kitchen is integrated into the main living area. The kitchen has Fisher-Paykel and Kitchenaid appliances. A large farm sink adds an interesting design element. The generously sized large island with its blue and white bistro chairs is a great place for the family to gather. Another corner has a more formal dining area. The Colettis could not be more enthusiastic about the team that built their new home. Thanks to the team’s coordinated work, their oceanside home has all the details that were important to the Coletti family, and it is a house built to withstand future weather challenges! JULY 2021

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ernandina Beach is always changing. Since the city was born, never was there a time when everyone agreed that no more improvements needed to be made. This persistent drive to improve encourages successful island eateries to cater to the ever-changing tastes and curiosities of the customer, and the Amelia Island Brewing Company is a fine example. Opening ambitiously in 2016 as the Amelia Tavern, they brought a dynamic new look to Centre Street and gave us a local microbrewery of our own. As opportunity presented itself, the company rebranded as AIBC, and in 2021 launched a new taproom next door known as The Alley by AIBC, with the Amelia Tavern now known as The Tavern by AIBC. Each has a unique menu, and both exclusively serve the same premium craft beers. The Tavern is a wide-open space with towering tanks enclosed in glass, a little raucous with a smart vibe, and delicious food. The Alley is a more intimate space, with a biergarten aesthetic and a laid-back atmosphere. On a hopping Thursday afternoon, I sat down with longtime friend Charlie Crosby to enjoy a few frosty beverages and talk about old times. I ordered an Annie Brut IPA, which is citrusy but smooth, light in flavor and easy to drink, although it packs a wallop with a 9.3% APV. Charlie opted for the Margo Peach Wheat, a seasonal offering, a lighter beer at 5% APV, with a delightful peach aroma and a low hop bitterness. At our server’s suggestion, we ordered the Crispy Bacon and Jalapeno Wontons for a snack. The wontons are a cross-cultural experience: crispy Asian rice wrapper with a spicy southwest filling served with a house-made sweet-and-sour sauce. For our second round, Charlie liked the Annie Brut IPA and ordered her own, while I went for the Sm’kn M’rtha, a smoky stout with lots of character. We also ordered a Grilled Shrimp Flatbread. The crispy crust came topped with bubbling hot fig jam, blue cheese, and a snappy balsamic glaze. 66 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

When our glasses were empty, we headed toward the door, where we bumped into our very good friend Mike Stauffer on his way into the Tavern. Our schedule was open, and so we sat once again, this time on the outside patio. We ordered drinks and watched the world walk by. Mike is not a beer man; he is a man of the tropics and enjoys a Captain & Coke as often as not, but Charlie and I were feeling adventurous and tried out the AIBC line of hard seltzers. The Jalapeno Pineapple Guava sounded—and was—most delicious. We ordered a basket of the new Kimchi Fries and Crispy Brussel Sprouts for the table. The company, the drinks, the food, the service, everything was perfect. We sat and swapped stories and enjoyed it all, and as darkness fell and the streetlights came on, we knew it was time to head home. If you’re ready for lunch or dinner, the Tavern is open Tuesday to Sunday. If drinks and snacks are the call, The Alley is open evenings on Wednesday and Thursday and all day Friday to Sunday at 318 and 316 Centre Street respectively. JULY 2021

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DINING GUIDE Amelia Island Coffee ~ For more than 16 years, Amelia Island Coffee has been a welcoming place to meet. This family-owned business features friendly service, locally roasted single-source coffee, cold brew, select organic teas and freshly baked pastries, pies and cakes. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, along with small plates and appetizers in the evening. You’ll find a selection of mainstream and craft beers along with varietal wines, as well as ice cream, milkshakes, frappes, fruit smoothies and frozen lemonade. The ambiance of a 100-year-old building is enhanced by outdoor, pet-friendly dining. Open 7 days, 7 am Mon–Sat and 8 am on Sun. Major credit cards. 207 Centre Street. (904) 321-2111. Ameliaislandcoffee.com. Amelia 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) 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this restaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. Our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Mon – Sat. Closed Sun. (904) 432-7671. BurlingameRestaurant.com. Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale romantic atmosphere, and professional service. New Caviar menu with toast points or Blinis and accoutrements consisting of crème fraiche, red onion, capers & chopped egg. Full bar and large wine menu including wines by the glass. Dining creations such as Filet Oscar, our Signature 16oz. Grilled Delmonico Ribeye, and when available our 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. Daily fish specials as well as English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. Vegetarian & Vegan options. Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5 to 7 pm (except Special Events & Holidays). Lounge Menu & Port Flights. Incredible Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert menu and after-dinner cordials. Lounge opens at 5 pm, 67 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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Southern Comfort Food Lunch Wed-Fri 11:00am-2:30pm Come try our fried chicken! Brunch Sat & Sun ~ 10:00am-2:30pm

The place to meet for locally roasted coīee, fresh food, pastries, beer, wine and great company.

$10 bottomless Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas!

Voted #1 coffee shop on the Island*

MERMAID BAR

Locally Owned. Veteran Operated.

Classic cocktails, great wines, & craft beers Happy Hour ~ 5-7pm Daily Open Mon-Sat 5-10pm Available for private dinners, catering, celebrations, & more. OUR PHILOSOPHY IS SIMPLE ~ Southern comfort food and interesting cocktails. 22 SOUTH THIRD STREET 904-491-3322 • FLORIDAHOUSEINN.COM

Open daily for fresh coīee and tea, breakfast, lunch and aŌernoon snacks. For Catering info, email ricky@ameliaislandcoīee.com.

Friday Night Trivia Saturday Night PainƟng with Lamar Miles

207 Centre Street 904-321-2111 www.ameliaislandcoīee.com * Trip Advisor, Google, Yelp

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JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR FERNANDINA BEACH 1478 SADLER RD (904) 261-9855 Tu – Th: 11a – 10p F – Sa: 11a – 11p Su: 12 – 10p 68 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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dinner at 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays. Young Adult menu available. Reservations highly recommended. Private wine room holds 12 & private dining room up to 50. Resort casual. 802 Ash Street. (904) 310-6049. Make reservations online at AmeliaIslandDavids.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. Fancy Sushi ~ We serve fine Japanese cuisine from our Hibachi grill, the best Tempura and the tastiest Teriyaki this side of Tokyo. We give you all the fine foods with friendly service. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the freshest sushi that you won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 261-9855. 1478 Sadler Rd. Florida House Inn ~ Southern cooking at its finest at Leddy’s Porch. Menu includes Southern Salads, Sandwiches, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and much more. Black Board specials daily. Open for brunch Wed. – Fri. from 11am – 2:30pm and Sat. – Sun. 10am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Mon. – Sat. at 5pm. Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night. 22 South Third Street, (904)491-3322. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. (904) 321-2558. Open seven days. Lagniappe Restaurant ~ [“lan-yap”] One of Jacksonville Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants and voted #1 Chef and #1 Amelia Island Restaurant by “Best in the 904” voters across NE Florida! From the melting-pot culinary heritage of Charleston, New Orleans, and Savannah comes Lagniappe, where you can always expect a little something more. Chef-owner Brian Grimley’s respect for Southern tradition, culinary curiosity, and a quarterdecade’s experience in Virginia’s Tidewater District shine through a delectable line-up of evolving charcuterie selections, house-smoked meats, and seafood must-haves like po’ boys, salmon brûlée, and the occasional whole fried fish! Dig in with loved ones over wine, considered cocktails, and curated bourbons in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. Open daily, 11am–10pm; Happy Hour 3pm–6pm; Sunday Southern Breakfast 10am–3pm. 4810 First Coast Hwy. lagniappeamelia.com The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, organic chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with The Mustard Seed’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon - Sat., 8 am - 3pm, and 10am - 2pm on Sun. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141. Pogo’s Kitchen ~ Serving southern cuisine with a bend, with a menu that celebrates the full medley of Southern flavors. Cocktails and wine selections are simple but creative. Vsit us for dinner, lunch or brunch at POGO’s Kitchen—a bright, open eatery tucked away from the main lines, waiting to unpack your day and refill your glass. (904) 432-8483. pogoskitchen.com. Pozzi Bistro ~ A new “Old World” style restaurant. Espresso bar and café by day and a full menu restaurant by night. We offer pastries, espresso drinks, blended shakes, and brunch specialty beverages, and brunch each day. In the evening, come and taste charcuterie, cheese, and wine, or a relaxing meal in our dining room or on our outdoor patio. Our simple menu features steak, lobster, crabcake, and more. Top off your evening with one of our house

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made desserts. Wed - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat & Sun 9am 9pm. 300 Ash Street. Call (904) 310-3779 or email info@pozzicoffeeandwinebar.com. Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch & dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). (904) 277-6652. Story & Song Bistro ~ Neighborhood bookstore/bistro serving breakfast and lunch indoors or in the “secret garden” courtyard, home of Amelia’s “Wings” murals. Enjoy favorites like a genuine Bronx bagel, quiche, Ina Garten’s chicken salad, and seasonal specials made with fresh, local ingredients. Organic coffee, Rishi tea, rose lemonade, beer and wine also available. Monday-Saturday 9 to 2, Sunday 11 to 2. 1430 Park Avenue at the 14th St. entrance to Amelia Park. (904) 601-2118. Thai Spice Cafe ~ Located on Sadler Road next to Jersey Mike’s. We are proud to prepare fresh authentic Thai food. Our menu features traditional Thai dishes, Curries, fried rice, appetizers, soups, salads, and other Thai specials. Come join us for lunch or dinner, or call us for carry-out orders. Happy Hour 5 - 8pm Everyday! Buy 1 get one free House Wine! M - Th 11am - 3pm and 5 - 9:30pm; F 11am - 3pm and 5 - 10pm; Sa 12 - 9:30pm; Su closed. (904) 432-7748. thaispicecafe.com. Townies Pizzeria ~ Townies is the “Locals’ Choice for Island Pizza”. All of our food is prepared fresh to order. Townies uses real cheese, only the finest quality ingredients, and fresh local produce. Unlike the big pizza chains, our sauces don’t come out of a paint can. Pizza! One Luv! 819 TJ Courson Road. (904) 277-4755. Order online at TowniesPizzeria.com or call! Wicked Bao ~ Enjoy Asian Street Food in a charming historical building in downtown Fernandina Beach. Small Plates, Noodle+Rice, Baos. Beer, Wine, Sake, Vietnamese Coffee. Happy Hour 4-6 Monday -Thursday & Dinner 4-9 Monday - Saturday. 232 N. 2nd St. (904) 775-5577. Please find our menu at WickedBao.com.

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Old Florida Charm

This historic home, built in 1903 and beautifully renovated in 2012, is just two blocks from Centre Street. The charm of this home landed it a spot in the Museum Christmas Tour this past year. Unique additions and features throughout the home give way to pieces of history on the island. The guest room was added on the main floor by request of Chief Judge Burgess

needing extra office space to perform courthouse business. Enjoy evenings on the wonderful verandah porch on the main level or summer fireworks from the balcony on the second level. Step out of your personal piece of history and take a short stroll downtown to experience the wonderful shops, restaurants, art galleries, museum, and harbor!

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403 Cedar Street

6 Oak Point Drive

3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 2,381 Sq. Ft. | $779,000

4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 3,012 Sq. Ft. | $1,100,000

Located three blocks from Centre Street and the historic downtown district. This is a wonderfully crafted Turn-key home! Upon entering, you’ll be ITGGVGFYKVJCPQRGPCPFCKT[ȪQQTRNCP9KVJCORNG entertainment space in both the living room and kitchen with crafty appliances and vaulted ceilings. A spacious bonus room located above the two-car garage built in 2017, is perfect for additional entertaining and overnight guests stay.

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PREMIER SOUTH END Penthouse!

1773 DUNES CLUB PLACE

Claudia Watts

$3,439,000, 3 Bedroom/4 Bath, 3200 Square Feet JUST SOLD IN RECORD TIME!!

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

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

1712 DUNES CLUB PLACE

$2,825,000, 3 Bedroom/4 Bath, 3200 Square Feet

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LIS TING S AVAIL A BL E ! Intracoastal Waterway Views

9 SOUND POINT COURT

$3,625,000, 6 Bedrooms, Marsh-front in Long Point

Kathy Garland REALTOR kathyg@bellsouth.net 904.556.5744

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

8144 RESIDENCE COURT

$1,590,000, 3 Bedroom/2 Bath, 2024 Square Feet

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We hope you have a Happy Independence Day! “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” —Benjamin Franklin

96150 Brady Point Road Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Marsh front, lake front and wooded estate-sized lots within a secluded, private, natural setting. LIMITED NUMBER REMAINING! 96226 Brady Point Rd, MLS #92873 96236 Brady Point Rd, MLS #90924

Terri Tennille: 904.415.1002 terri@ameliaislandre.com

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2571 FOREST RIDGE Forest Ridge Townhome, 2BR/1.5BA located just a short walk to the beach. Community pool and Tennis Courts. Centrally located on Amelia Island in a beautifully wooded setting. Ideal for fulltime occupancy or as a second home. Short term rentals permitted. JUST LISTED $299,995 MLS#5468

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95078 HARRISON COVE 1C

96206 MARSH LAKES DR

Summer Beach 3BR/3.5BA townhome condo in desirable gated Harrison Cove. This end unit townhome features vaulted ceilings in the living room and dining area, tiled floors, gas fireplace and easy access to the screened lanai, all overlooking majestic oak trees and yard. PENDING $550,000 MLS#95129

Stunning Tudor Style home in Prestigious Marsh Lakes with incredible ICW views!! Custom 4BR/3.5BA home features Anderson Windows and Doors, Gourmet Kitchen, gas cook top with quartz countertops, stainless appliances and large master bedroom with sitting area. REDUCED $1,045,000 MLS#94413

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8334 Sanctuary Ln $8,325,000

4602 Carlton Dunes Dr SOLD | $2,775,000

5 Bd | 6.5 Ba | 8,755 Sq Ft.

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

Joe Cutajar | 904.753.0365

56 Long Point Dr SOLD | $2,245,000 4 Bd | 5 Ba | 4,046 Sq Ft.

Charity Hahaj | 540.969.9535

Cody Lanier | 904.415.2100

35 Beachwood Rd SOLD | $1,421,174

4 Bd | 4 Ba | 2 Hb | 3,632 Sq Ft.

Tina Pierce | 303.204.6499 Gary Patterson |904.710.0243

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31 Ocean Club Dr .40 Acres | $3,500,000

86245 Meadowfield Bluffs Rd

1645 Sea Dunes

$1,375,000

SOLD | $950,000

BUILD ON OVER 100 FT. OF OCEANFRONT

6 Bd | 6.5 Ba | 4,894 Sq Ft.

2 Bd | 2 Ba | 1,400 Sq Ft.

Joe Cutajar 904.753.0365

Joe Cutajar 904.753.0365

Cody Lanier 904.415.2100

1855 Perimeter Park Rd W $759,000

96064 Marsh Lakes Dr $699,000

85034 Majestic Walk Blvd UNDER CONTRACT | $649,500

3 Bd | 2.5 Ba | 2,539 Sq Ft.

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

6 Bd | 4 Ba | 4,127 Sq Ft.

Nick Burke 904.557.1440

Nick Burke 904.557.1440

Charity Hahaj 540.969.9535

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“Ready to sell? So am I!” Jenny stayed on top of all the details, while being cheerful and positive throughout the process. From recommendations of houses to see, offers to make, vendors to use—everything was professional and courteous. We found an amazing home and we Love Where We Live. Jenny and the Summer House Realty team is highly recommended. - B. Harrison

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PAM TROXEL

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

95152 Sandpiper Loop $779,000

Greet the sunrise from this stunning oceanfront townhome in sought after Sandpiper. Light and bright end unit with expansive views of the ocean from nearly every room. Home has been beautifully finished, elegantly decorated! Spacious bedrooms, open concept living area and located close to the Ritz Carlton and bike path. MLS#95324

NEARLY NEW ISLAND-STYLE HOME Built in 2019 this home features an open kitchen, quartz counters, stainless appliances including gas stove, an abundance of cabinet space, and bar seating. Nearly 2,000 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, the home also has three porches including a large rear screened marsh-view porch. Situated on a 1.2 acre picturesque lot with plenty of trees, brand new dock and 500 foot artesian well, covered parking for three cars, drive-in storage shed, and carport for RV or boat. Only 10 minutes from Amelia Island. MLS #94693 $849,000.

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1325 Clinch Drive $275,000

Centrally located island home on a large lot with easy access to downtown Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island beaches. This adorable home offers many opportunities so bring your renovation ideas and create your perfect island getaway! Priced to sell and being sold as is. MLS#95265

UNDER CONTRACT

Gary Farnsworth 904-583-5611

Fran Holland Farnsworth 904-753-1862

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570 Patriots Way $699,000

Premier property in Isle de Mai impresses with fantastic floor plan featuring Chef’s kitchen with granite countertops, new cabinetry and marble backsplash. Owner’s bath has been beautifully remodeled with granite-topped vanity and walk-in shower. California closets and plantation shutters throughout. MLS#95246


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Carol Woodmansee, Broker/Owner (904) 419-9080

Carol

Colleen

Estelle

When calling about the

ESTELLE CONOVER

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SOLD in Amelia National

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

COLLEEN GERKE

SOLD FAST! Fletcher Beach House $2,150,000

Realtor specializing in Amelia Park and Oyster Bay homes (904) 866-1211 colleen@closewithcolleen.com

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Offshore Breezes BY JULIE SIMMONS PHOTOS BY AMELIA OFFSHORE/NATE PARSONS

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n Amelia Island, we’ve experienced a phenomenal spring and early summer. Cool mornings, shining blue skies, and birds serenading have been the norm. I’ve enjoyed time outdoors every single day, but without a doubt my favorite day outdoors this year was sailing our local waters with Amelia Offshore. Founded and operated by Captain Nate and Amy Parsons, Amelia Offshore is one of the island’s newer adventures. Amy discovered Amelia Island in the early 2000s and decided not to leave! “I loved it so much, I hired movers to deliver my belongings from my home in Beverly Hills, California,” she says. She stayed here until 2013, when she returned to her hometown of Vermilion, Ohio to be near her aging parents, and that’s when she met Nate. Their love story will remind you of a Hallmark Movie, when the hometown girl comes back for a visit and falls in love with a boy from grade school. “That’s exactly us,” laughs Nate. “We went to kindergarten together and were reacquainted at our town’s annual Festival of Fish, and we have been inseparable ever since.” Captain Nate, who was born to the water and learned to captain a boat before he could drive a car, is a seasoned sailor and has been a quick study on the history of Amelia Island and its geography. We met at the Fernandina Beach Harbour Marina, where he welcomed me aboard with a smile. Married to a boat captain myself, I am comfortable on the water, but this was my first time on a sailing adventure. Nate could see that I was a bit unsure of myself, and he quickly put me at ease by explaining the principles of sailing and preparing me for what was ahead. 84 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

As the breeze propelled us north toward Cumberland Island, I was amazed how quiet and peaceful we were. The sound of the waves, the smell of the salty air, and the views of Fort Clinch on the starboard side were breathtaking. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, a mother and baby dolphin surfaced right beside us. “One of my favorite things about sailing is how close we can get to nature,” shares Nate. “The sailboat makes such a different sound than power boats, and the dolphins are always curious and want to say hello. There are also hundreds of species of birds that are absolutely fascinating.” He went on to tell me how much he’s learned about the differing personalites of Amelia Island’s brown and white pelicans, and how the brown pelicans enjoy the company of humans while the white prefer to stick with their feathered friends. It’s just these sorts of details and bits of trivia that make for an extraordinary time with Captain Parsons. If you are interested in meeting Captain Nate and taking a sail on She Said Yes, a 35-foot Beneteau, he’d love to design an adventure just for you. You can BYOB onboard or leave it to Nate and Amy to provide you with a custom charcuterie box. And don’t forget your favorite playlist for the boat’s Bluetooth speakers. If sailing isn’t your thing, Amelia Offshore also offers power boat excursions to St. Mary’s, where you can bring your bike sightsee around St. Marys or visit Cumberland Island. To learn more, visit ameliaoffshore.com. JULY 2021

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