Amelia Island At A Glance
Name: Bestowed by Oglethorpe in honor of Princess Amelia, the daughter of George II.
Location: The northeastern most corner of Florida, just across from St. Marys river from Georgia. 32 miles northeast of Jacksonville, FL.
Elevation: Avg. 20-25 feet above mean sea level.
Size: 13.5 miles long. Width varies from a quarter mile to two miles. 11,600 acres. 8.2 square miles (7 square miles in the city limits of Fernandina Beach.)
Only U.S. Location to have been under 8 flags: French, Spanish, British Patriots, Spanish (again), Green Cross of Florida, Mexican Rebel, Confederate, and U.S.
Population: Fernandina Beach: 11,952
Nassau County: 75,710
Annual Avg. temperature: 69.9 F
50-block area of downtown Fernandina Beach listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Main Tourist Attractions: Beach, golf, sailing, Fort Clinch, American Beach, Centre Street Historic District, Amelia Island Museum of History.
Principal Industries: Tourism, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, The Ritz-Carlton, Rayonier, Inc., WestRock commercial and sports fishing, Port of Fernandina.
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