Last year Amelia Island attracted 500,000 tourists and this year is on track to be even better. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel had 90 percent occupancy for the first time ever in May. And for all local hotels and resorts, revenues are 22 percent higher than a year ago, as tourists flock to Amelia Island like moths to a bright light.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island VolunTeaming worked with Texas Roadhouse restaurants to implement their annual Humanitarian Day. Beneficiaries of contributions (corporate volunteers plus over $110,000 in funding) included the Barnabas Center, YMCA, Fernandina Park & Recreation, Nassau Humane Society and local Council on Aging.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida has achieved a rare rating in the hotel and restaurant industries. Remarkably, it is the only hotel and restaurant combination in North America to achieve the top AAA Five Diamond rating in 2013 for both the hotel plus its fine dining restaurant, Salt.
These are exciting times in Nassau County — even though we may not realize it. There are some investments happening in the community that will pay valuable dividends down the road. They have significant ramifications for the area’s economy and way of life. They are clearly investments in our future. See Steve Nicklas’ TOP 10 list.