Posts Tagged ‘Fernandina Beach’


Beach Erosion A Widespread Problem

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Beach on Amelia Island

 

Last year, the Florida’s coastline and others experienced a blow that has only been equaled a few times in the past century. Hurricane Matthew was an undisputed tragedy. Residents of Amelia Island evacuated to central areas in Georgia and other safe zones for shelter from the storm. Hundreds of people in the  Caribbean lost their lives, poorly manicured municipal tree lines and other factors cost tens of thousands to be without power, beaches were flooded up to the dunes. While the storm causes a great deal of erosion, the process is certainly nothing new, and a footnote to the erosion playing out on a much larger scale over time.

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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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Amelia Island is a Community of Solidarity and Loyalty

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Historic Fernandina Beach at Sunset

Historic Fernandina Beach at Sunset

 

Showing no signs of cessation, Silicon Valley sits perched atop the tech industry, unrivaled and always eager to serve up a touch more convenience to take another edge off our daily grind. Whether you’re pressed to whip out a last minute phrase in Spanish, trying to remember the name of a song, or need to download a level on the jobsite, someone has likely programmed an app which awaits your eager click. Uber, originally taking to the streets in 2009, was introduced in the San Francisco Bay area as Ubercab. In true grass roots fashion, the small startup capitalized on their locally-realized potential. In just a few short years, 2009 brought the unchallenged new company international success. As of May 2016, Uber was becoming a global in all operations, providing its’ services and transportation in 66 countries and 449 cities. Adversely, next time you are in need of a lift, take a look at how many Uber drivers are available in Fernandina Beach on any given night. No, there’s not an issue with your data plan. You’re experiencing what many tourists will experience throughout the season. Individuals seeking to compete with well-established taxi services are having a difficult time getting their foot in the economic door. While big cities are a virtual money pit for an Uber driver partner, smaller towns are proving to be a far less effortless economy to penetrate. These local businesses have earned the loyalty of their tightly-knit communities and have most or all their personal worth invested in their business.

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Kick Back for Adult Beverages – Pirate-Style!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Palace Saloon Amelia IslandWith plenty of historic scenery on the island, nostalgia is in no short supply. When I first came to Fernandina Beach, I was blown away by the historic downtown district. As a professional singer, I was enthusiastic about the opportunity to perform in such a noteworthy place. After I had settled into my new digs across the island, I came downtown to check out the scene. I stopped at most of the pubs around; making my way down towards the marina. After my adult beverage-laced tour of Centre Street had been going on for a few hours, I had worked my way down to Second Street. I walked into the Palace Saloon for the first time and hadn’t seen a more rustic and authentic bar setting any time that I can remember. The Palace plays a very significant role in the town’s social and music scenes. Myself and several friends of mine – some of whom you can see on a river tour – have been performing there for a solid decade, and then some.

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The Sleepy Sailor

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Captain Pajama

 

 

Laden with Palm trees and vibrant locals, Amelia Island is a haven meant for all souls. The wise and daring alike can enjoy its splendor and docility! The local fare is delectable, and a postcard worthy portrait comes into frame at every turn. I challenge you to find another place where the locals are so tightly knit and welcome tourists and migrating northerners showing the same compassion for all. Our own paradise offers a ‘shopping fix’ for the most cultured of collectors and garment-loving souls, while the weather is 2nd only to Hawaii, which even warrants a saying we have here, “if you don’t like the weather…wait five minutes, and it’ll change.” As any travel destination will boast, it is not the scenery, nor lack thereof that manifests your fondest memories of a tourism experience….– It’s that one tour guide, the guide that wowed you with history, captivating your own circumstances – so directly – that befuddlement is your only available expression! …Or, perhaps it’s that bartender at the local dive that pours you a shot of history through handed down elixir remedies sacred to all.. Or, it’s the veteran captains, sailors, and fisherman coming to port to frequent their favorite bar stool, (if even only for a couple of pints before casting off into the mystic)….though any you choose from as your favorite local moment to encounter and celebrate, all help set and solidify the island vibe. It is the people – the fabric – who are the gears behind the machine that makes the location so desirable. Once the sun sets over the marina on the western stretch of the island, the historic district becomes something more than just window framed shops. Downtown Fernandina Beach’s music scene has landed some of the finest talent around on Amelia Island. Having spent a stent in the service industry, I will speak for the restaurant scene proudly. In historic Amelia, you can bury your chompers into several styles of cooking all the way from family-style Italian, to traditional Cuban cuisine. Once the late night hours begin, local musicians begin to sound off in the plethora of bars to choose from for your night out on the town, echoing and bellowing down the Centre Street strip.

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