Beach Development and Mid-Century Resource Survey to Begin This Summer

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release

Beach Houses on Fletcher - Circa 1960's 1970's, Courtesy of State Archives of Florida

Submitted by Adrienne Burke

City Planner

In an effort to document the City’s architectural resources outside the Historic Districts, the City Planning Department will be conducting two documentation surveys this summer. One survey will focus on beachfront development in the City, and the other on mid-century buildings. The City is fortunate to have a volunteer graduate student in historic preservation conducting these surveys. The survey field work will consist of collecting historical information on neighborhood and building development in the City, and taking photographs of residential and commercial buildings in our beach neighborhoods and in neighborhoods downtown and north and south of Atlantic Avenue. Photographs will be taken from the right-of-way only and will not encroach on private property.

Beachfront development was identified in the City’s 2011 Reconnaissance-Level Architectural Survey conducted by Janus Research (Janus Survey) as a high-priority survey item. Little concentrated research has been done on the City’s beachfront development history and the structures along the beach. No work has been done to date to recognize local mid-century resources, which are buildings built during the 1940’s to 1960’s. These surveys are being done for informational purposes only, to document existing structures in 2012. The 2011 Janus Survey did not identify any potential new historic districts in the City.

For more information or to ask questions, please call the City of Fernandina Beach Community Development Department at 904-277-7325 or e-mail Adrienne Burke at [email protected]

June 13, 2012 – 3:38 p.m.