You know, sometimes the best things are right in front of you. I grew up here on the island and was born in the local hospital lived here since 1963. The island changed a lot but sometimes the world just comes to you don’t have to go to it. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a place Where everyone knew each other and watched as it changed when the world came here cultures from everywhere else seem to find their way to Amelia Island.
I sometimes hear people complain about the rate of change, but then, if you look around, we wouldn’t have the restaurants culture and some of the interesting things that we have now with less population and less diverse cultures moving to the island. We’ve always been an island of diversity…if you think about the 8 Flags and the way the island changed hands over time it’s really mimicking what’s happening now as people flood back to the island finding things that they really can’t find anywhere else in the world. so there isn’t any place like home even though it’s not quite the home I remember from the 60s and 70s.