welcome-station-fernandinaYou can tell how our population has grown over the years just by looking at the boats in the Fernandina Beach city marina back in the early seventies. I remember when the marina was first built and how the city fathers were worried that there may not be enough boaters to fill the slips. Things were slim as you can see by the photo.

Today, Amelia Island has a shortage of marina slips and when comes open it is filled from a waiting list. Fernandina had the distinction of having a marine welcome station operated by the State and it was a draw for boaters entering or leaving Florida. Yes, we have grown a bit over the years and our marinas are proof.