One of the most overlooked…..BIG……attractions on Amelia Island is located at the far north end of the island, through an unassuming entrance on Atlantic Avenue. Fort Clinch is home to the best mountain biking trail in the area, nature walks, the longest fishing pier in Northeast Florida and Fort Clinch. I remember sneaking into the fort on holidays 40 years ago. Growing up on the island, playing in our own Civil War Fort, was a unique experience…..and remembering days spent playing with a handful of local kids is something I doubt many locals were lucky enough to experience. Now, I see the restoration efforts and the incredible changes over the years as an incredibly positive thing for the island.
If you have time, take a second look or try to attend over the Nov. 1,2,3 weekend for the monthly fort garrison event that portrays life at Fort Clinch under Union Occupation. This event is sponsored by the Fort Clinch Living History Program, Co. E. 1st NY Engineers, 75th Ohio, & Co. K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters/McBrides Company of FL Indian Scouts. Events are well worth attending and the re-enactors are often entertaining and authentic. Your attention is as interesting to the participants as their recreation of history is interesting to visitors. http://floridareenactorsonlineresources.yolasite.com/list-of-events.php
If you’re interested in researching history, some of the local Spanish American soldiers are buried in Bosque Bello Cemetery off North 14th Street. The Amelia Island Genealogical Society is a wonderful resource when searching for grave locations. The trip is, while perhaps not normally first on most vacationers bucket lists, worth making and adds perspective to the history here in Fernandina. (Map Credit to www.aigensoc.org)
Camp Amelia during the Spanish-American war – Fernandina, Florida
Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/28839
Every business coming to the island brings an economic impact. This business brings years of international publicity and promotion. Thanks to people like Gil Langley of TDC and Donald Staments of Omni, we are attracting exceptional business and opportunity.
Welcome to the island!
The Fernandina Beach Pirates football team lost Friday’s home non-conference game against West Nassau by a score of 43-26, but it was still a great time. Homecoming, band, watching the oldest make four trips to the concession and completely miss noticing a girl notice him…. It’s so much more fun to watch, when you know half the crowd. Now I’ve got to find a way to tell a friend I missed a benefit with “jazz” and “big band” for the big band and football at FBHS.
I’m curious…..this product looks like the packaging on synthetic drugs, but I was unable to find anything labeled “Rose’” online, under novelty item, synthetic, incense or anything logical. Then again, the word “rose” is pretty common.
If anyone knows where this product originated and if it is a synthetic drug, please contact the site. The package below was found on school grounds in October of 2014, in an area reserved for a sports activity. We walk our dog through the area frequently and I tend to notice small packages about the size of synthetic drug packaging. (3”x3”) Just for the record, the last package we found was “Cloud 9”, a known synthetic, around 2 to 3 years ago the morning after a football game. Locally, we have an ordinance with substantial fines…..I believe $500/gram fine if proven to be a synthetic. Hopefully, the ordinance discourages all sales in the area and increases parent awareness. http://www.fbfl.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/1351?fileID=1015
This seminar should be informative, but will also be taught by a very experienced instructor. Beyond the international study of aikido and years of time as an instructor, Dan Kelly is a retired US Marshall and far, far more experienced than most ordinary “self defense” instructors. This is worth a look, for a good cause and may save your life. See details below…..October 4th, 2014 9AM to 12 Noon at the Atlantic Avenue Rec Center…..don’t be late.
You definitely notice the bees moving in and out of the pecan tree behind Hola Café and the Palace Saloon, but the uncommon part is the actual honey comb visible in the open under heavy tree and vine growth. Pieces of the hive are lying on the ground along the fence and I think one of the nearby businesses called a local beekeeper out of concern for safety. I can imagine the danger if parts of the fragile hive fall out of the tree, when someone is standing nearby.
See the dark area of the growth? You can barely see the bees or hive in this picture, but they are fairly easy to see when standing underneath.
Giant Pampas grass in the background a rubber tree in a pot on my back porch, I think sometimes people take Florida for granted. I take that back I think people take Fernandina Beach for granted. We live on a barrier island with two state parks, world-class beaches and great restaurants in a historic downtown.
The Palace saloon, below is the oldest bar in Florida and one of the most unique stops you can make in Fernandina.
Kids try out for Babe Ruth and you might be surprised by the level of involvement in this community. Did I mention we won state championships?
After September 1st each year the beach often looks like this until sometime in mid-March.
My son picked this up and managed to “maybe” enjoy a sting a few minutes ago. It really is worth reading the information on poisonous caterpillars in Florida.
“Pale green with yellow and red stripes. Often exceeds 2″ in length and is fairly stout-bodied. The nettling organs are borne on fleshy tubercles, and the spines are usually yellow with black tips. The spines are connected to poison glands.” http://www.poisoncentertampa.org/venomous-critters/caterpillars.aspx