Old and New at the Waterfront

The waterfront in Fernandina has undergone changes, since my childhood.  Years ago, I remember playing underneath the old wood docks or fishing with hand lines.   Simpler days and a vanishing waterfront is overshadowed by change.  Smaller cruise ships, a change in port ownership and Front Street in sore need of repair, mean more change is on the horizon.

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Cruise Ships and Shrimpers

We can guide change, but the Fernandina today is a world away from the Fernandina I knew 45 years ago.  Unlike many friends, I chose to stay on the island as an adult and think we’re just evolving.   Fernandina is a far more interesting place to live today.  Consider car shows, fishing tournaments, numerous festivals, races, restaurant week and world class dining, world class resorts, restored historic buildings, fantastic parks, the greenway, jobs from diverse industry and cleaner beaches.

 

Meeting Space for Chamber Members

I took a few minutes to visit the new Chamber of Commerce location or, I should say, their newly remodeled location.  The design, I believe by Jose Miranda, feels collaborative and feels usable.  Tables, meeting spaces, coffee, private rooms and a very functional arrangement, make this one of the nicest spaces I can imagine.  With membership, you can reserve space or just drop in to use desk, copier or meet a client.

Stop in to take a look…you’ll be shocked and pleasantly surprised by the change.

 

Throwback Thursday

Pizza in the air at Moon River, the old docks, one great day at the beach, Fort Clinch brickwork, fake Dora and a blurry shot of downtown, all bring back memories.  Most of these came from earlier blog posts 15 years ago.   Remembering how much the island is the same and how much it changed…perspective or important?

When did you make it to the island and what seemed important at the time?

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