Amelia Island, Florida


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This is an archived version of the website for the US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference in 2008. For current conferences, please see the current events page at www.us-taiwan.org.
Spouses
Registered and paying spouses are welcome to attend all meals, including breakfasts. Registered spouses are particularly encouraged to attend the Welcome Reception on Sunday, September 28 and the Reception & Dinner on the evening of Monday, September 29. Spouses are also welcome to attend the Keynote Address on the morning of Monday, September 29. The Spouse registration fee this year is US$195.

Exploring Amelia Island
Amelia Island, located just off the Nassau County coast at the southern tip of the Sea Islands, was named for Princess Amelia, daughter of England’s King George II. It is a beautiful historical isle that is part of the chain of barrier islands stretching from South Carolina to northern Florida. Also known as the “Isle of Eight Flags”, the island is the only territory in the United States to have been under the domain of eight different national flags since 1562: France, Spain, Great Britain, the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederate States of America, and finally the United States of America.

The Amelia Island Plantation sits on a 1350 acre property that overlooks the blue water of the Atlantic on the east and the green marshland and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west. The Plantation is nestled among centuries-old live oaks, a majestic maritime forest, and tranquil salt marshes. The resort takes pride in its presence so closely entwined with nature. With average temperatures in September in the 80s, guests and attendees are invited to go on excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of the Amelia Island environment.


Amelia Island Plantation on Amelia Island, Florida


Golf
Amelia Island Plantation, the location for the conference, boasts 72 championship holes and was named a "Silver Medal Golf Resort" by Golf Magazine in 2006. Resort courses includes Oak Marsh (features tight fairways and small greens that meander along salt marsh creeks and through moss draped heritage oaks), Ocean Links (fairways and greens are parallel to the beach and offers five oceanfront holes), and Amelia River (formerly Royal Amelia, known for large greens and rolling, wide open fairways sculpted around a forest of live oaks, sabal palms, pines and wax myrtles). The primary Amelia Island Club Member course - also open to resort guests - is the award-winning Long Point course, which winds through three spectacular and distinctive settings: the magnificent marshes, the thick oak and pine forest and the scenic oceanfront dunes.

Public 18-hole courses in the area include the municipal Fernandina Beach Golf Club with 27 holes, and the North Hampton Golf Course.


Amelia Island Plantation Golf


Area Attractions
For more information on attractions and activities on Amelia Island, visit the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council website.

Historic Fernandina Beach

A historic seaport encompassing seven square miles in the north-central portion of Amelia Island, Fernadina Beach is the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry. With a mix of residential and commercial late-Victorian architecture in downtown, reflecting the city's great prosperity in the late 1880's, Fernadina Beach has a 50-block downtown district on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The heart of downtown is Centre Street, a charming eight-block corridor with pedestrian-friendly street-scaping leading to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Fernandina Harbor Marina, where shrimp boats unload catches and charter boats depart for sightseeing and fishing. Surrounding shops offer an array of art, antiques, apparel, books, candy, collectibles, dry goods, furnishings, gifts, jewelry, souvenirs, tobacco and toys. Cafes and restaurants provide a spectrum of cuisine.

Additional commercial districts with shops, restaurants and accommodations are located along 8th and 14th streets, Sadler Road, South Fletcher Avenue and Main Beach.


Florida Victorian House

Fort Clinch State Park

2601 Atlantic Avenue
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Admission Fee: $5.00 per vehicle
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. until sundown

Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. Daily history tours, with period reenactors depicting garrison life, bring the fort to life. The 6 miles of trails that run through the state park provide an opportunity to ride one’s bike or leisurely walk while looking at the local wildlife. Fishing is also possible.


Fort Clinch

Amelia Island Museum of History

233 South Third Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

The newly-renovated Amelia Island Museum offers a variety of exciting exhibits relating to Nassau County history, including Footprints in Time (outlines the fascinating personalities that were a part of Nassau County's development), Timucuan Village (an exhibit and mural that looks at the area's first residents), and Spanish Missions of La Florida (artifacts and stories relating to the Spanish Mission Period of Nassau County's history). The museum also offer several walking tours, a docent-led guided tour of the exhibits, and a library for historic research.


Historic Fernandina Beach