Update on A.L. Lewis house destruction in American Beach

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Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
February 14, 2020

Community confusion and outrage over the destruction of the A. L. Lewis house in American Beach continues.  The Fernandina Observer has obtained a copy of the County Building permit reproduced below, which clearly indicated that the work approved was for repairing and remodeling a residential structure:

While the home’s significance lies in its history and connection to A. L. Lewis, Adrienne Burke, Nassau County Director of Planning and Economic Opportunity, has advised that the home at 5466 Gregg Street was listed as a non-contributing structure on the National Register nomination due to alteration.

A meeting will be held next week to determine if the contractor exceeded the work authorized in the permit.

First Coast News provided a video report on the incident during their February 14, 2020 newscast at 6:00 p.m.  Click here to see their story.  Action News Jax has also reported on the story. 

Suanne Thamm 4Editor’s Note: Suanne Z. Thamm is a native of Chautauqua County, NY, who moved to Fernandina Beach from Alexandria,VA, in 1994. As a long time city resident and city watcher, she provides interesting insight into the many issues that impact our city. We are grateful for Suanne’s many contributions to the Fernandina Observer.

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