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Over the years, Amelia Island has come to be known as having the best cycling in Florida. In fact, some would even challenge any visitor to name a better place to cycle in the state. The City of Fernandina Beach is one of only fifteen Florida communities to receive Bicycle Friendly Community status through the League […]

Amelia River to Sea Trail Opening Event

History Meets Art on the River In a day and age where life is increasingly hurried and commercialized, there are still places that evoke a sense of days gone by and people deeply rooted in a way of life that is simpler and simply, a work of art. On the north end of Amelia Island, […]

History Meets Art on the River

Then and Now The Skinny Days of the Burbanks Net making was and still is a way of life that has supported the Burbank family from the early 1900’s to present day. Even through the depression, William Burbank, Sr. was able to support his family making nets and seining on the beach. Billy remembers being […]

Net Maker to the World – Part V in a Series of VII

A Day in the Life   Stories and Superstitions of Shrimpers Billy’s childhood gave him a bird’s eye view of the men and women who made Fernandina Beach the shrimp capital of the world. It also gave him first-hand experience as a shrimper and first-hand knowledge of some of the most interesting people you’d meet […]

Net Maker to the World – Part III in a Series of VII

Life on the River Written By Lori Hoerl At Crane Island, we have a deep appreciation for our natural surroundings, the people who have shaped our local history, and the stories that continue to be told through the deep connection our neighbors have to this island we call home. An island within Amelia Island, Crane […]

Net Maker to the World – Part I in a Series of VII

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