Bike Lanes Make a Difference

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Atlantic Ocean

 

If there is any one occupational hazard to being a human being that comes at the greatest cost, it’s a fundamental misunderstanding of the relationship we have with our home planet earth. Or even worse, we ignore it altogether. Most of us are pretty savvy about staying up to date on what’s happening in our own zip codes. That’s a great thing, but it’s a good idea to take in as much knowledge as our eager minds will allow! Then, use it. Ocean acidification is as worthy a recipient of that brain space as any other. The burning of fossil fuels has resulted in the acidification of our oceans. The decrease in the ph level of earths’ largest bodies of water has resulted in countless damaging factors; including the bleaching of the coral reefs along the once beautiful coastlines

Bleached Coral

A bleached coral reef

Giving new meaning to the phrase, “Out of sight – out of mind,” acidity levels have been running at an alarming rate for quite some time. Basically, it’s global warming that’s taking place underwater. Ranging from the mid 1700’s through the end of the 20th century, the ph level in earths’ ocean waters has decreased from 8.24 to an 8.14. This change shows us that there has been a 30% increase in the acidity of the oceans. Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere of our planet are at the highest level they’ve hit in 15 million years. With billions of us walking – make that driving – the earth, our daily lives continue to call for the use and exertion of more and more energy. Everything operating electric and burning fuel brings change to our planet. Around today’s’ coffee table, the term “greenhouse effect” brings about a negative reflex response when brought to conversation. This wasn’t always the case. Greenhouse gases are responsible for trapping the heat and sustaining the warmth necessary for Earth to have the life and color that make’s it such a beautiful home. However, that effect has been compounded by the past 150 years of progressive ambition in the growth of industry. The rapid rise in Earth’s global temperature has put life on Earth off-balance. Our oceans and freshwater areas can’t thwart of the attack of the CO2 levels we are pumping into its’ chemistry. With every tank of gas our cars burn, the environmental outlook gets a little desperate. Corals are having great difficulty growing and shellfish (which need less acidic water to grow) struggling to grow their hard shells. Without the proper adaptation period, many of the planets plant and animal species could go extinct. Our own families and friends could be subject to being pulled from their homes because of the compounded effect of sudden global climate change.

Thankfully, there are ways in which we can find ourselves back on the path to righteousness! Better late than never, an impressive amount of communities have put funding into adding bicycle lanes to a large portion of America’s roads. The addition of biking lanes has been most helpful in tight, metropolitan areas and small communities where commuting by bike is a reasonable concept. Over a quarter of carbon dioxide in the air reaches our ocean waters. While we can’t reverse damage done, we can certainly make an effort to get the wheel spinning in the other direction. If you don’t have turn the keys in the car, leave it in the garage and take in some shine!

 

How about biking through our beautiful historic town to our dock, currently located at S. Front Street,  hop on the boat at 10:30am or 2:30pm and enjoy an amazing narrated tour.

 

 

Destination Historic St. Mary’s Georgia

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 The Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

The Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

 

While a few hours on the river makes for an unforgettable time, Amelia River Cruises is ecstatic to be able to offer you and your family one of our customized Destination Tours. With one of our own Coast Guard captains at the helm, you and yours may enjoy the breathtaking sights of Cumberland Islands’ Greyfield Inn, take in the serenity of Cabin Bluff, or get your history fix while walking along the streets of Historic St. Mary’s. Today, let’s take a gander at a couple of the most frequented spots in this well-traveled slew of historically significant landmarks.

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New Year’s Eve: A Brief History

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Happy New Year from Amelia River Cruises

 

With the holiday season on its’ way out, there is still one hooray left to be had. That’s right! A new year has come upon us once again. Officially the last day on the Gregorian calendar, parties all over the USA are held to welcome the next chapter on New Year’s Eve. The first recorded celebration was around 2000 B.C. While you can’t call it an official federal holiday, it definitely is a favorite among citizens looking to have a solid night out on the town! Although this event has been recognized for nearly four millennia, it has not always been a celebration held on December 31. Long ago, it was celebrated in mid- March upon the vernal equinox. The early Roman calendar did not include the first two months we know now as January and February.

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Dredging the First Coast

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Dredging the intracoastal waterways

 

In some form or fashion, Earth’s bodies of water are always being manipulated by external influences. In some way, our planets’ bodies of water are always in motion. Water cascades down mountains, and pours into oceans. Wind pushes along the top of the water, first creating a ripple. Over time, those ripples eventually become waves as they reach the shore. Gravity moves rainwater after it has splashed down on your driveway. Debris in the path of moving water shapes routes along which water flows.

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Remembering Deputy Eric Oliver – A Hero in Nassau County

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Memorial for Deputy Oliver

 

The human condition comes stocked and fully loaded with intense of ambition, or certain sense of obligation. Surveying the masses, you might not be surprised to learn some unlikely truths. Unless you are blessed with the opportunity and – more importantly – follow through, the chance of finding yourself budding a career in a vocation that started as a “calling” is anything but eminent. Perhaps your aspirations are nothing more than wasted imagination? Is there any honor in the grand pursuit? Maybe, the true value of ones’ legacy lays in those who know you best, and your attributes which they aspire to possess.

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The 2016 Hurricane Season is Over

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

No matter where we settle and make our homes, we are all subject to some sort of natural disaster. In the bible belt of the central eastern United States, tornadic activity is something you learn to expect. In the western parts of the country, earthquakes occur so often that residents don’t even flinch over anything less than a 4.0 on the Richter Scale. If you want to enjoy the sunshine in Florida, one best be ready for a tropical cyclone, or Hurricane.

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A Special Thanks to First Responders

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Thank You First Responders

 

Today, thanks are in order. It is incredibly easy to become so lost in your day-to-day grind that you begin to take certain things for granted. Who knows how any of us ever survived without all the GPS and cell phone technology we are now using for nearly everything. Well, that’s all fine and grand. Without the handymen that have taken on the trade of working for companies like Florida Public Utilities, there would be none of that electricity, on which we desperately depend. It takes a certain mindset and demeanor to work in such hazardous conditions. A skill set not easily attained and practiced. Only a few weeks ago, residents of Amelia Island were pummeled by the winds whipping around the eye of Hurricane Matthew. Granted, living on an island off the eastern coast of the United States is an assured way to experience diversity in weather.

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One More BYOB Cruise For A Good Cause

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Last 2016 BYOB cruise

 

Hurricane Matthew came barreling along the eastern coast of the United States only a couple weeks ago. While the island fared well as a whole, the dock where our vessels rest took a beating like it’s never seen. Thanks to around the clock work, things are more or less back to working order. That very miracle gave us the great pleasure of announcing one more, our last twilight cruise of the year; the Hurricane Relief BYOB Twilight cruise. Normally, we would have been wrapping up our Adult Twilight BYOB cruises at the end of October, and hunkering down for the cooler months. However, this year we extended the summer series to just one more tour.

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The Hurricane Matthew Adventure

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Harbor Marina during Hurricane Matthew

Harbor Marina during Hurricane Matthew

 

 

There are all sorts of things in life which are completely predictable. You can always count on the leaves to change with the seasons, and all flowers will soon whither and fade. In direct disagreement with that idea, there are other aspects of the human experience which – after so many years of study and research – remain to be perceived as “best-guess” scenarios. Successfully predicting the weather can be a lifesaving maneuver. Especially along on the Southeastern coast, weather patterns and many seasonal predictions in Florida fall into that latter category. Meteorology and the academic enthusiasts pursuant to its’ study are unfortunately considered to be on the bottom of the scientific scoreboard, in terms of consistently delivering accurate hypotheses. Here in Fernandina Beach, the island sky – in one moment – can look as though it is a pre-cursor to the beginning events in the book of Revelations. Ten minutes later, singing birds and the blinding afternoon sun leave you forgetful of the dark and ominous sky, just having vanished.

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Whaling Ban Goes Ignored

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

 

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Whale with Dolphin

 

Humans are famous in getting caught up in the sights, smells, and sounds of beautiful surroundings. Although, there are far more prudent things that should enter our thought process as we take the grace and beauty with which these miracles of nature go through their endangered existence. Many of the species you will encounter when going out on the blue with Amelia River Cruises are – in fact – even more endangered than their recognition claims.

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