Press release: The City of Fernandina Beach will celebrate historic preservation – from its early days in the 1970s to the present on November 16, 2019. At this free event all are invited to hear from the people who made it happen then and continue supporting the vitality and history of our downtown. The event, sponsored by Fernandina Beach Main Street will feature:

9:00-10:00am:
-Courthouse tours with Robert M. Foster, Nassau County Chief Judge (Retired)
-Historic talking stations from key figures

10:00-11:00am:
-Panel discussion Centre Street: Then and Now
Panel speakers and presenters:

    Sal Cumella, Historic Preservation Planner, City of Fernandina Beach
    Buddy Jacobs, Attorney and Fernandina Beach lobbyist
    Kevin McCarthy, Amelia River Cruises
    Thea Seagraves, Amelia Island Museum of History
    Susan Steger, Fernandina Observer
    Suanne Thamm, Author and Editor, Fernandina Observer
    Arlene Filkoff, Executive Director, Fernandina Beach Main Street

11:00am-12:00pm:
More courthouse tours, stations

This history-making event will be audio recorded by the Amelia Island Museum of History. No fee or registration required.

The Fernandina Beach Main Street Program kicked off in 2015, was recertified in 2019 and is part of the National Main Street Program that includes more than 1,600 communities – large and small, rural and urban – in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. All Main Street Communities share the same goal: strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. It is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.