Fernandina Beach (Nassau County) - Designated: 2005

Located just south of the Georgia state line in Nassau County, Fernandina Beach is described by many as a prime example of a true working waterfront. Scattered along the banks of the Amelia River are two working paper mills, a deepwater port, and a small commercial fishing fleet. Although Fernandina Beach claims to be the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, businesses and fishermen are adapting to compete with the low price of imported seafood. Also known for its array of historical architecture, buildings in the waterfront district reflect late 19th and early 20th century development. Fernandina Beach was designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its Dozen Distinctive Designations of 2002.

Program Contacts

  • Kelly N. Gibson, Planner II
    City of Fernandina Beach
    204 Ash Street
    Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
    (904) 277-7325 ext. 227
    (904) 277-7324 (fax)
  • Adrienne Dessy, Planner II
    (904) 277-7325 ext. 259

Community Profile


Studies and Documents

  • Waterfronts Florida Vision Plan, 2006
    Community Redevelopment Plan, 2004
    Waterfronts Florida Final Report, 2007
    Design Guidelines for the Waterfront Community Redevelopment Area, 2008
    Waterfront Park Master Plan, 2009
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