By Susan Hardee Steger
September 24, 2019

Amelia Island Trails President Mike Pikula

During a late afternoon ribbon cutting ceremony, city and county officials, Amelia Island Trail representatives and volunteers and supporters gathered to officially open the Amelia River To Sea Trail. The project, six years in the making, required coordinating with seven subdivisions, and Nassau County and Fernandina Beach officials and staff.

Amelia Island Trail President Mike Pikula said federal funds totaling 1.7 million dollars were received to fund the project after a grant application, prepared by Taco Pope, former Nassau County Director of Planning and Economic Development, was submitted and approved by the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization of which Commissioner Danny Leeper is a member and lent his support and guidance.

Early on, as the trail project was being developed, Jack Healan approached representatives about extending the trail to Crane Island.

Jack Healan, developer of Crane Island who worked with Amelia Trails representatives to extend the trail to Crane Island, said the remaining link of the River-To-Sea Trail  should be completed by the end of the year.  Once completed,  the public will soon have access to Crane Island’s river park complex including a fishing pier.

Pikula recognized a long list of individuals whose efforts made the  River-To- Sea Trail possible. In particular, he extended his appreciation to County Attorney/Administrator Mike Mullin, Bill Moore, former director of planning and development for the Amelia Island Plantation, and Susan Henderson area artist who designed the trail logo.

Since most of the trail is now complete, Friends of the Amelia Island Trail will begin installing benches, bike racks, and bicycle service stations. These amenities are funded by donors. (To donate click here.)

The ribbon is cut officially opening the Amelia-To-Sea Trail.

Pikula said volunteers for Amelia Island Trail are planning four additional island trails. The first is a continuation of the Amelia Island Trail westward along the parkway to A1A, an east west “Schools to Downtown Waterfront Trail,” from Hickory and Gum Streets to S 3rd to the Amelia River, a north-south trail on Will Hardee and Citrona, and a north-south trail running from North 14th Street and Atlantic Avenue, to Egans Creek to the Nassau County Boat Ramp.

The goal of  Amelia Island Trail is to “connect places and people, promote fitness, and improve day-to-day lives in our community.” Judging from the impressive activity on the newly completed Amelia-River-To Sea Trail, the public enthusiastically welcomes this new addition to our community.

Thank you for those involved with the Amelia Island Trail for improving the quality of life for all of us  on Amelia Island!

To learn more about Amelia Island Trail, click here.

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Peggy Bulger
Peggy Bulger
2 years ago

Congratulations and a big THANK YOU to Mike Pikula and all those many folks who have worked over the years to make this trail a reality!! It is so wonderful to see that it is already being used by bikers, runners, dog-walkers and more! This is the best way to serve our community and keep our island a pedestrian-friendly and bike-friendly home.

Tim Lucey
Tim Lucey
2 years ago

A big shout to Mike Pikula for all of his time and dedication to such an important project for the island. Thanks Mike!

John Goshco
John Goshco
2 years ago

Thank you Mike and all others involved in this project. We’ve enjoyed using the trail in the past few weeks, even before the official opening.

ian patterson
ian patterson
2 years ago

I just looked at the map… This “trail” looks like it’s a sidewalk next to a 55 mph highway. Am I mistaken? There doesn’t seem to be a separate right of way for any of it.

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