I truly believe that there always are going to be bad people where ever you go, but Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island are some of the safest places that I can think of, thanks to all the good people that do live here.
Recently we had a discussion that SearchAmelia.com did not want to dwell on any crime that takes place in Fernandina Beach or Amelia Island as we want people to realize that, all things relative, we do live in paradise. This got me thinking intensely about violent crime here and caused me to come to a few realizations.
Amelia Island and Fernandina beach are definitely tourist destinations, and most people who live here on a full time basis are in some way connected to this tourism. The majority of our local population welcomes our tourist season with open arms and cash registers. Our season is fairly short and runs during the summer months. We are not like South Florida with their bloated winter population of snowbirds.
We have a very low rate for violent crime. But, there is Crime every where, and criminals and weirdoes will always exist. In the 19 years that we have lived on the island there have been very few instances of serious crime and most of it stems from drugs, and severe degenerates, which can be anywhere. The local Fernandina Beach Police Department and Nassau County Sheriffs Department do a great job of keeping these problems away from the tourists and most law abiding citizens. The cops know where the repeat offenders are located and these are not the neighborhoods or streets our tourist population would seek out.
When you are vacationing in unfamiliar places you should always stick to the well beaten paths and designated tourist zones, especially if you are out of the country. This last one reminded me of two stories where my wife and I were traveling and we did not adhere to that rule. While traveling in Cancun, Mexico, we strayed and ended up in a non-tourist disco. When it was time to leave, we realized the situation was not a good one and we needed to act fast to get out of there with our money and our lives. We are still thankful to a very observant cab driver, who noticed the commotion from afar and screeched his taxi to a halt about 75 yards in front of the direction we were running and he slung open the back doors so we could dive in. Without his assistance, I don’t know what the consequences would have been.
Our second incident of straying from the beaten path to us into a part of downtown Chicago that our obvious Florida touristo faces did not belong. Immediately we remedied the situation by getting back to where we were welcomed, and felt safer.
I truly believe that there always are going to be bad people where ever you go, but Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island are some of the safest places that I can think of, thanks to all the good people that do live here. There are very few locations around town that are known crime areas, and honestly, the criminals are not advertising their corner trying to lure in the tourists.
A friend who just relocated his business here last week told that he was extremely happy with how friendly and helpful everyone has been to him. So, it seems, we really do live in Paradise!