Tuesday, April 6, 2010

With roots dating back to the late 1500s, the historic fishing village of Fernandina Beach is the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry. In its heyday, nearly 80 percent of Florida’s sweet Atlantic White Shrimp were harvested in Amelia’s waters. Fernandina Beach boasts a bronze and copper monument to Fernandina shrimpers sitting atop a 12-foot tower of granite. Amelia Island celebrates its unique shrimping heritage during the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, held the first weekend in May. If you like shrimp, live music, browsing fine arts and crafts, antiques and more, this is one of the best events on the East Coast. The Festival, which takes place April 30 through May 2, includes a Shrimp Fest Parade, a Kids Corner, 25 food booths and even a Pirate Invasion. Visit www.shrimpfestival.com for more information.

John Holbrook - Realtor 904-415-0171

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