Aloha Bagel and Deli…Hidden Gem

If you haven’t tried Aloha for breakfast or lunch, you’re missing a hidden gem on 8th Street.  Somehow, I missed this for the last year and stopped in earlier this week. Sandwiches are fantastic and the salads are the best I remember.  Fresh ingredients, baby spinach and fresh bread every day. hERafaNAROCbPzmaann5Fg

Stop in….I don’t think you’ll regret giving them a try.

432 S 8th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

+1-904-432-8934

A Day on the Island….

Politicians who actually care, Centre Street with so much variety you’ll spend weeks trying every restaurant, musicians without compare, sleepy pelicans on a working dock, a short distance to Jacksonville International and, finally, fantastic beaches are key to the island’s allure.

Silt, Silt and more $ilt

In 2011, before ruunning for the Fernandina Beach City Commission, a local attorney gave me most of the information linked below.  Everything below is public record, but reading may help in understanding the marina’s history.

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96110 ATM Feasibility Study Marina and Misc

A key to understanding silt is in seeing the features limiting a natural flow of current.  We needed to be further west and would benefit by any construction toward the Port of Fernandina, a naturally deep and minimally silted part of the waterfront.  A recent CoFB Commission discussion related to grants and marina changes is embedded below.

Hurricane Matthew damage, DOT’s attention to Front Street, Alachua, continuing silt damage and vacancy at the marina are all adding to the pressure.   Regardless, this is worth following if you live in Fernandina.

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Item 7.7 GRANT APPLICATION APPROVAL – BOATING INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAM (BIG-P) –
RESOLUTION 2017-105 AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF A BOATING
INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAM (BIG-P)APPLICATION TO THE FLORIDA FISH AND
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION (FWC) TO EXPAND THE EXISTING
FERNANDINA HARBOR MARINA TO THE NORTH AND IMPROVE THE OVERALL
FACILITIES FOR TRANSIENT BOATERS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes the submittal of a BIG-P
application to the FWC in the amount of $1,500,000
and agrees to provide a 51.4% match in the amount of $1,585,695 for expansion northward of the
Fernandina Harbor Marina.

Hurricane Floyd….1999 and Amelia-Island.net’s History

The post below was a “pre-Wordpress” post on Amelia Island Net, back in 1999.  Time passes, but looking back at a post from nearly 18 years ago….Wow!  Keep Preparedness in mind and pay attention to emergency updates in hurricane season.  Locals may seem lax, but they know to move when a major storm is on the way.  While the old surfer in me still hopes for waves, I’d love to see storms pass a few hundred miles offshore, instead of making landfall. 

On September 15th, 1999, Hurricane Floyd passed a short distance off the coast of Amelia Island.  Although this was not a direct “hit”, it is interesting to see what happens here when a category 3 storm passes nearby.   The pictures you see were all taken before, during and after the storm.  If you have any shots you would like to add, you can e-mail them to source@amelia-island.net .

If you want to see how lucky we were this time, another storm in 1964 caused far more damage.  I think the last shot is a picture of the North Beach area of Amelia Island during Hurricane Dora.

Dora in 1964?

Anyone is welcome to use these pictures with the following stipulation.  If they are published, you must contact me for a release and I will ask for a small credit.  The last shot rumored to be of Hurricane Dora is not mine.  If you would like a copy, call Quality Fast Photo at 904-261-9600. (Closed many years ago)