I’m an Amelia Island native and have lived here for the majority of my adult life. The charm everyone finds on Amelia Island is really all about the diversity in such a small place. Beaches and river views just a short drive from each other offer amazing views, but the working pieces of the island made is a great place to grow up. My family came here originally, when my father moved here with the opening of Rayonier in the 1939, from another facility in Washington State. Mom worked at the Jacksonville Journal, the Nassau County School Board in accounting and finally opened a real estate brokerage in the 70’s.
The scenery you see along the water and interesting skylines all trace the history of the working waterfront. Whether you’re looking at the port cranes, the mill silhouetted in the sunrise or shrimp boats docked. Our local seafood and dining, recreational fishing or watersports….it all tells a story. The identity or “sense of place” developers try to recreate is something natural to Amelia Island. Where else can you find pirates, a history of 8 different flags, Spanish, French, English, American….legends of buried treasure, ghosts, old forts, world class fishing, world class beaches, dining, locally caught seafood, a historic district, two 5 star resorts, A rated public schools……. Should I go on?
I know of no other place I’d prefer to live and, adding a nearby international airport, diverse tax base and diverse people, we’ll be a more attractive destination for many years.