Surf fishing

Surf fishing
By: Jamie Deonas

Now that tropical storm Fay has past us and Amelia Island is starting to dry out we are seeing an unbelievable explosion of surf fishing. When a tropical storm comes through our area Read more

Encore Performance

Hittin\' the Skins!
The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band
With Bonnie Eisele & Special Guests
Al Walters (sax and flute) and Doug Matthews (keyboards)

August 25, 2008 brings an encore performance of “Blue Monday Jazz & Wine”, an intimate concert at the Intercoastal Wine Co. in historic downtown Fernandina Beach.
Tickets are only $20.00 for a swingin’ night of live jazz at this super chic venue! Advance tickets are available at the UPS Store or Intercoastal Wine; open seating, cash bar and “Jazzy Treats!”

(A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship Fund!)

Offshore Towers to be Removed

Submarine

Offshore Towers to be Removed

By: Jamie Deonas

If you have ever ventured offshore Amelia Island then you certainly have seen the 2 offshore towers located just north of the St. Mary‚Äôs channel. These 2 towers have been in place since the mid 80’s when the channel was re-routed to facilitate naval submarines en route to Kings Bay navel re-fit facility. They are roughly 75′ tall and equipped with solar panels and a small “shed” to house batteries and weather tracking monitors. The purpose for these towers is to aid in navigation for all inbound marine traffic by providing visual signs, high intensity lighting and horns to keep boats in the middle of the channel.

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Han and the Current Ex

Intercoastal Winery
The Intercoastal Wine Company is located on North 2nd Street, right off Centre Street in Historic Fernandina Beach. They sell beer and wine, and often provide free wine tasting.
Local friends, Han and Dave, who are lovingly referred to by friends as Han and the Current Ex, will be playing guitars and singing on Saturday night, August 16th, from 7:30 pm until close.
It is a great little place, so come on out and have some fun!

Family Tee Program

Amelia Island Golf

Families play together all starting from the same tee! A great time to introduce younger family members to the game of golf. Available on Oak Marsh front nine only.
Daily, 5-7 pm, from May 24-September 1.
Adults, $35/person, children 15 & under play FREE!

Golf on the Go
Not enough time for eighteen or nine? Consider Golf on the Go.
Play as much or as little as you want…by the hour! $30/hour.
Available May 24-September 1 on Oak Marsh or Ocean Links after 2pm.

Twilight Golf
Play Oak Marsh, Ocean Links or Amelia River
after 2pm for 25% off or after 4pm for 50% off!
Available May 24-September 1 based on availability.

Junior’s Play FREE
Juniors 15 & under play FREE when accompanied by a paying adult golfer.
Available year round.

Rehabilitating Pete

A deteriorating landmark in historic Fernandina Beach, one who stood proudly as a symbol of community fellowship at the old Welcome Center at the waterfront, was recently hijacked by the Fernandina Pirates Club who coordinated the restoration and unveiling of the wooden sculpture of a pirate.

A community-wide contest to name the statue was won by the students of Emma Love Hardee and Peg Leg first took his place on October 14, 1978. Originally carved from a single ten foot piece of live oak by artist Wayne Ervin, it took the cooperative spirit of an additional two dozen volunteers and contributors to bring the historic landmark to life. Pete, as Peg Leg became fondly known, is reported to be the single most photographed icon in Fernandina Beach. When Eric Childers was the president of the Fernandina Pirates Club, he approached his crew about the project to restore their comrade and was met with an overwhelming commitment to accept the responsibility to patch up the acclaimed pirate.

Since 1973, the pirates have been responsive to the tangible needs of our community such as promoting the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, local charity events and are the sole sponsor of a scholarship contest provided each year to Nassau County High School Seniors. Though mostly thought of as fun-seekers who only hand out beads at local parades, these Pirates do a whole lot more!

But, when the club took a closer look at Peg Leg, they realized he had lost over half of his original weight and in fact, he was in worse shape than anyone had imagined. “This is going to take more than a face-lift and a paint job,” members teased. His fragile core was hollow in many places from insect damage, his rotting wood was crumbling apart and a bird had even built a nest in his weathered head. With the welding skills of Container Corporation and the professionals with the City’s Street Division, Peg Leg was transported into the care of the Pirate Club’s membership to undergo several weeks of intense rehabilitation and therapy.

On November 10, 2007, the Fernandina Pirates Club proudly unveiled Peg Leg Pete, refurbished and restored. The Sign Shoppe provided a new dedication plaque and Rafloski Photography documented the exciting event. On December 4, 2007, the City Commission of Fernandina Beach presented a formal Proclamation to the Fernandina Pirates Club in appreciation of “their efforts in restoring the City’s beloved Pirate, Peg Leg Pete, which has been a landmark in our downtown for over 30 years.”

The Pirates would like to formally thank all of those who felt connected to “rehabilitating Pete.”

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