A large part of island activity revolves around the beach and tourism. But the seashore is closed and tourists have vanished in the new reality of pandemic life.
Gregor MacGregor, who claimed Amelia Island in 1817 and raised the Green Cross flag, is now viewed as one of history’s top con artists. His later claim to fame is the “Poyais” scam.
See photos and video about dredging process and sand placement at Fernandina Beach, Fort Clinch, and Amelia Island State Park.
The Fernandina Beach Marina and public boat ramp downtown closed to mariners in late November 2018. See photo gallery of marina work underway.
Like swarms of swallows migrating, Florida-Georgia football fans flock to northeast Florida each year for a Southern showdown. An autumn tradition as reliable as the tides, a wave of football fans washes into Fernandina’s bars, beach homes and hotels.
Another Florida storm has blown up on the radar, gaining strength when HB 631 passed. In the minds of many, a “cone of uncertainty,” has formed around public use of Florida’s beaches.
EYES IN THE SKY: Glimpse Amelia and Cumberland islands and follow the St. Marys River between Florida-Georgia from Atlantic Ocean to Okefenokee Swamp.
It took FEMA a year, but the city government of Fernandina Beach has finally been notified in writing. FEMA reportedly will cover 75% of costs to fix damage inflicted by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.