10 responses to “Florida’s Tourism and its Impact on our Community”

  1. Anonymous

    Please be careful what you add as there is a reason people flock to your lovely Island and it is for the beauty and wonderful nature you have. That is where you can capitalize on bringing people to your site. Develop a world class attraction based on your unique bird population, unusual plants, turtles, etc that live there. Environmental attractions are HUGE. Continue to capitalize on your lovely historic town it is very rare to see that many historical buildings, maybe your town museum could be re-done and grown. We loved the tour of Old Town and it seemed to be very very popular, it was done for a special centennial you were having but maybe could be done at a special time every yr. If I want Disney and Orlando attractions I know where to go and that is exactly why we visit Amelia every spring from Canada. Just look around you everything people love is right there-just develop it to the fullest and leave ‘tacky’ off the Island:)

  2. Anonymous

    Please be careful what you add as there is a reason people flock to your lovely Island and it is for the beauty and wonderful nature you have. That is where you can capitalize on bringing people to your site. Develop a world class attraction based on your unique bird population, unusual plants, turtles, etc that live there. Environmental attractions are HUGE. Continue to capitalize on your lovely historic town it is very rare to see that many historical buildings, maybe your town museum could be re-done and grown. We loved the tour of Old Town and it seemed to be very very popular, it was done for a special centennial you were having but maybe could be done at a special time every yr. If I want Disney and Orlando attractions I know where to go and that is exactly why we visit Amelia every spring from Canada. Just look around you everything people love is right there-just develop it to the fullest and leave ‘tacky’ off the Island:)

  3. Anonymous

    the post office is a wonderful building—that is an economic burden for the feds not fdna citizens—-an uncluttered water front with  just green space is all that is needed plus it would be fine to get rid of the marina and bring what is left of the shrimping fleet back to the base of center street—that is what made us unique and interesting and special—maybe reserve some space for charter fishing and a gambling boat?—–private owned water front can develop according to codes and zoning or do nothing—-children’s attractions should be at the main beach with out using all of the open area—-the charm and attraction of fdna has always been its tie to nature —-beaches-marshes-wildlife-fishing-shrimping-and even golf with its  well preserved natural beautiful courses—–the airport offers recreation of another kind and an instrument approach that does not need duplication—-u want to preserve what makes fdna special then quit messing with it——businesses that close on center fail for many reasons—-poor cooperation from the city–high rents—duplications of  businesses—-poor management—-stagnant economy—ideas that would fail regardless—

  4. Anonymous

    There are, as usual, many ways (and many interests) when looking at progress and the price tags attached. The major reason to develop tourism on Amelia Island is to provide economic sustainability as a result of utilizing natural resources. I think I have expressed many concerns and opposition to mindless development on this website. I even go as far as stating that we really do not need an airport, unless a clear majority decides to I think it’s smart to make a list of what needs to be preserved and what improvements can match naturally. Calling the Post Office building an economic burden for the Feds is not going to contribute to a much needed solution for Centre Street. Getting rid of the marina to bring shrimp boats back is not only capital destruction, it’s not going to contribute economically to the wellbeing of FB or as you call it fdna. Instead develop a powerful yacht marketing plan to attract sailors to our waters. 

    I agree that nature is a huge asset that needs to be preserved, at all cost, yet when you mention the beauty of the golf courses, I can only look at the visitor surveys that say that only 8% of the visitors enjoyed golf, right under 8.8% that enjoyed the Farmers Market and on par with fishing and bird watching. In other words, either develop a truly competitive position, like some people said during last weekend’s Petanque tournament (why is Farmer Market so small?) or leave these attractions to areas better equipped. 

    I do however agree with you that we need to strictly adhere to a master plan that defines locations for high and low impact attractions in line with existing infrastructural and commercial opportunities.

  5. Anonymous

    I’m sorry if at any point I gave the impression that Orlando type attractions would be an answer for our beautiful island. Far from that. Just want to point out that the visitors that do come to our island tell us that they are not really impressed (enjoyed) by such attractions as the farmers market, golfing, fishing and bird watching (all under 10% approval). That does not mean that our resources are insufficient or bad, it could mean that we have not build a support structure around these features. If marsh fishing and open water fishing are magnificent, as many of my friends say, it begs to wonder why only 8% of our visitors claim they enjoyed it. Are there not enough fishing boats, is fishing not promoted correctly, do we need to work hotel guests differently, is the charter pricing too high? Sometimes just a bit of rethinking and slight adjustments to what we have available in natural resources, will do the trick, without having to change a thing. It’s like with the trees at the airport; taking the top out of several dozen or even a hundred to warrant safe landings and take-offs, is no problem. Cutting a couple of thousand to the bottom to make night time instrument flying possible will not only have a very negative impact on our quality of life, it will move a tourism product into a direction we may not want.

  6. Anonymous

    I agree with what you have said here, another good place to look at real time comments is trip advisor where people stay at your island hotels and rented properties. We stay at the Marriott Residence Inn which by the way gets the best ratings I have ever seen and I do a lot of reviews for things and I am on the web about such things all the time. There are lots of families staying on Amelia and they have kids who need things to keep them entertained while us mid level seniors are just happy with a walk on the beachJ
    The mini golf is great but again needs some repairs those kinds of things are important for the businesses to keep up the physical appearance of what they do offer, maybe even though there is an ocean as you had mentioned in your article a water park would be fun for children, but again a program for kids using Egan’s Way through the hotels with a naturalist would be great, there seems to be real traffic in that area and rental bikes at each hotel would be perfect, Residence Inn has them. Even it is it not turtle season so to speak a program could be built around that and better use of the Fort area is a natural thing to involve the area is great but most times not very busy. One of the main problems of Amelia is that no one has ever heard of the Island, a few maybe the plantation but getting the word out in general would help. Free stories from well know tourism publications would help and at no cost to your chamber of commerce. Canadians love Florida try marketing to them, many own property down there and would love to see your Island. A few days on your Island might be enough for most but the real money maker is getting them to come back year after yr. Lots of shells on your beach what about a shell museum? And how to find shells etc, other places in the state have things like that. A real quality restaurant on the beach would be fantastic, and no not Sandy Bottoms! And I know Sliders has re-built but hey take advantage of that great view. Maybe one huge, program filled, hands on, informative Eco Station and combo Museum with the right experts that would be a quality draw including sleepovers for kids on the beach with park rangers people and parents a real experience that some hotels do but this would be ongoing and again THE WORD has to get out-doesn’t matter what you have if no one knows who or where you are.

    Thanks Janet Baker Edmonton AB where it is -20 C with a wind chill and blowing snowL

  7. Ameliaprivateeye

    At this time – the only bad response for Fernandina Beach would be to DO NOTHING. Our natural Island is indeed a worthwhile attraction, but we must engage more people. I was blown away with the number of “bird-watchers” that come here… we may be over looking tourist attractions that are just that simple… K-I-S-S  Keep It Simple Sweetie!

  8. Anonymous

    All very valid points. Actually went to new Sliders last night for the Chambers After Business Hours event and must say they did a magnificent job on the reconstruction. Even put a large elevator in to service people who have a hard time climbing stairs to the second floor restaurant. That’s good planning. And the food coming out of their kitchen was absolutely impressive. They definitely understand how to market beach front. We need more places like that. Sorry about your weather in Alberta. You should come down we’re having great weather.

  9. Anonymous

    glad to hear the meal is good at Sliders we will for sure come by to try it out, will be there in late March for 15 days………Yea

  10. Anonymous

    glad to hear the meal is good at Sliders we will for sure come by to try it out, will be there in late March for 15 days………Yea

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