One of the posh events of the year on this northeast Florida barrier island is held in March – the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Picture in your mind lush green golf fairways of Summer Beach, lined with millions of dollars worth of gleaming, glitzy collector automobiles, dubbed the “Field of Dreams.”
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The local economy has gotten a reprieve from the harshest wrath of the recession. One of the county’s largest employers – the Smurfit Stone Container Corp. mill in Fernandina Beach – has reportedly regained solid financial footing after a sudden slide. The Amelia Island Plantation Company has also sought out the protection of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, attempting to reduce debt and restructure. It is widely expected that the resort company will also be successful in its restructuring efforts.
There is something good and virtuous about counting your blessings — especially when starting a new year. We still live in an enchanted place. Just ask the visitors who travel to Amelia Island from around the world. The beaches are still breathtaking, the historic district of Fernandina Beach still emanates a distinct charm, and the island lifestyle is still laid-back and idyllic. Norman Rockwell could portray us in a painting.