By Bryn Byron
Over the past century Florida has become the vacation spot for people seeking fun in the sun. The beautiful pristine beaches of Florida have been converted into vacation destinations PACKED with hotels, tiki bars, theme parks and Macmansions. All the while Fernandina remained a serene place apart, a time warp of Victorian beauty. With a Historic District of 50+ blocks and houses on the National Register of Historic Places, some of the nations finest examples of Queen Anne, Victorian, and Italian mansions are here. Laced with live Oaks dripping with Spanish moss and protected by a very active tree conservation group. The city boast uncluttered white sandy beaches, bicycle and walking trails on it’s irreplaceable natural environment.
Here we find historic downtown Fernandina with its homes built over generations filed with families, friends, memories, celebrations, life events and aspirations. All within a few blocks walking distance to historic Center St., with specialty shops, boutiques, antique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Ending at the foot of Center Street onto the Fernandina Marina with its breathtaking sunset.
Today the City of Fernandina is under attack by its elected officials and those bureaucrats in control who wish to destroy this beautiful and gracious lady “Fernandina” for their own monetary gains by disregarding or reimagining our codes and ordinances to fit their needs.
Please help us save Fernandina stop the destruction and STOP THE DOMINO EFFECT.
Resident of Fernandina Beach
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