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Title Restoration Foundation Scrapbook
Object Name Scrapbook
Scope & Content This scrapbook of newspaper clippings chronicles the efforts of the Amelia Island Fernandina Restoration Foundation to revitalize Centre Street.

Image 1- Blue plastic cover.

Image 2- EDA Tentative Okays Grant Applications dated December 30, 1976. Congressman Charles E. Bennett sent telegrams explaining that applications for federal grants had been approved. The next day further telegrams were received stating that the approvals were tentative. The applications were for funding a new jail, a new public library and downtown restoration. Local Architect, David Coonrod, had filed the applications. The jail application requested $1,250,000. The library application requested $300,000. Local attorney, Arthur I. "Buddy" Jacobs, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice-President, Don Roberts, filed the downtown restoration application for $1,353,000. None of the funds would be used for private property.

Image 3- Transcript of a commentary on WKTZ Jones College Radio titled, "Fernandina Restored- A Jewel" aired April 10,1977 by Ed. Bell. Begins with an apology for not knowing Fernandina had a restoration committee and then recognition of the million dollar grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and the grant from the Economic Development Administration. Helen Litrico was executive secretary and Suzanne Davis Hardee was President of the Restoration Foundation at the time.

Image 4- Local newspaper article with aerial photo from about 1977 titled, "Bid Accepted on Centre St. Project."

Image 5- Sketch of The Future of Fernandina. The project is to be completed by May 1978.

Image 6- Article from a Jacksonville newspaper dated October 18, 1977 titled, "Fernandina Project Draws Barbs". Jim Moore, owner of Centre Street Station, a small restaurant, and Centre Street Haberdashery, a clothing store, displayed a sign,"MUCH MORE PROGRESS AND I WON'T BE ABLE TO STAND IT!" in jest but has had to close the restaurant and fears closing the clothing store is at hand due to patrons inability to get to his business because of Centre Street renovations.

Image 7- Article from Florida Times-Union dated January 19,1978 titled, "Centre Street's 'Stone Pretzels' Stir Fernandina Beach Redesign Action." The article describes new curbs as pleasant to look at but nearly impossible to drive around. Dave Brewster, project designer, says the curbs will be reshaped at a cost of $13,000.

Image 8- The Program for the Dedication of the revitalized Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach, Florida dated Saturday, April 29, 1978.

Image 9- Inside of the Program for Dedication. See the People section of this entry for all names listed.

Image 10- Back of the Program for Dedication. See the People section of this entry for all names listed.

Image 11- Article from the News Leader dated April 26, 1978 titled, "Protest Planned During Dedication." The article states that citizens planned to protest US Senator Richard 'Dick" Stone's "giving away the Panama Canal." Senator Stone was a guest speaker at the dedication.

Image 12- Article dated November 8, 1978 titled, "Centre Street Revisited" by Jim Mast, former publisher of the News Leader. This editorial recalls the initial meetings about downtown restoration. F. Eugene Smith and Associates described a plan. Roscoe Moore requested a preliminary drawing. Robert "Bob" Whitaker chaired the finance committee. Aubry Williams was owner of The Palace Saloon and enthusiastically supported the project. Mast concludes, "It was heartwarming to see the beauty that had been achieved."

Image 13- An article from the News Leader dated February 27, 1980 titled, Jail Prepares for History," describes the transformation of the former Nassau County Jail into the Eight Flags Museum of Nassau County. An estimated $200,000 will be needed to renovate the building and install museum exhibits. Barbara Stidfole, was museum director at this time. The photo shows a welder dismantling jail cells.

Images 14, 15, 16 - An article reprinted from Good Housekeeping dated February 1980 titled, "Amelia Pleasures" promotes Amelia Island and the Amelia Island Plantation.
Catalog Number 1990.020.010
Collection AIMH
Accession number 1990.020
Caption Img_3415
Number of images 16
People Bell, Ed
Bennett, Charles E.
Boatwright, Larry
Brewster, David
Butler, Grace
Cole, Frank R.
Coonrod, David
Cottrell, Pat
Courtney, Grady
Fishler, H. W.
Goolsby, T.H.
Grady, Walton
Hall, Ira W.
Hardee, Suzanne Davis
Jacobs, Arthur I. "Buddy"
Killoran, Brian
Litrico, Helen G.
Mason, Bill
Mast, Jim
McCranis, Susan,
Moore, E.R. "Roscoe"
Moore, Jim
Mottayaw, J. C. Jr.
Oliver, Rosanna,
Partin, Eldridge
Roberts, Don
Smathers, Bruce
Smith, F. Eugene
Smith, Rob
Sorensen, Ben
Stidfole, Barbara
Stone, Carmen
Stone, Richard "Dick"
Whitaker, Robert "Bob"
White, Robert, M.
Williams, E. A. "Aubry"
Search Terms Centre Street
Centre Street Haberdashery
Centre Street Station
F. Eugene Smith and Associates
Fernandina Beach High School Band
Fort Clinch personnel
grant applications
historic district
Jones College Radio
Panama Canal
program of dedication
Subjects City & town life
City planning
Classification Cities and Towns