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  • May 08, 2022 9:04 AM | Tom Linley (Administrator)

    Zero Feet Above recently donated $2,000 from the 2022 Florida Roots Trail Race to the Friends of Fort Clinch. 

    The annual event was established in 2020 and consists of 50K, 30K, and 10K events utilizing the park’s many trails. With its increasing popularity, current plans are to expand the field of participants in 2023.  

    Title sponsor Athletic Brewing Company (non-alcoholic), Omega Forensic Engineering, and local sponsors Mythic Running, Lakeside at Amelia Island, Nana Teresa’s, Brightway Fernandina, Amelia Bait and Tackle made contributions bringing the donation total to $2,000.

    Pictured are Daniel Larkin and Alex Johnston of Zero Feet Above, Stewart Pikula, President of Friends of Fort Clinch, and Heath Alboher, Fort Clinch Park Manager. 

    Friends of Fort Clinch is a 501 (3)(c) citizen support organization that exists to support the preservation of Florida’s natural and cultural resources while providing outstanding recreational and educational opportunities to the public in Fort Clinch State Park.

  • December 05, 2021 4:16 PM | Tom Linley (Administrator)

    Friends of Fort Clinch Members,

    Our annual membership meeting will be held at noon, December 11, 2021, in the Visitor’s Center conference room at Fort Clinch.

    You many participate in person, via Zoom, or by phone.

    • Participate in PersonRSVP Here
    • Participate via ZoomClick here
    • Participate via Phone -  Call 646-876-9923 Meeting ID: 896 1144 4105 Passcode: 961553  
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    • Please contact Tom Linley at 850-510-7818 for any issues or questions relating to Zoom or calling in.

    Click here for the meeting agenda, Board Member election nominee bios, and the ballot of 2021 board nominees for those who want to mail in their vote.

    Members in attendance will vote by ballot. Zoom participating members will be able to vote their ballot by a visual “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” Those listening in via phone will be able to vote verbally “yea” or “nay.”

    For write in nominations, problems, or confidentiality concerns of those participating in the meeting, ballots can be mailed to Friends of Fort Clinch, 2601 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach 32034. Notifying us of your planned mail-in ballot, is required during the meeting. The deadline for receipt of any mailed ballot, is December 21, 2021.

    We will hold a raffle while votes are being tallied. The drawings will be from among attendees, on-line names, or call-in phone numbers associated with memberships. Any prizes awarded can be picked up at the ranger station beginning on Tuesday December 14.

    We look forward to your participation in our meeting.

    Stewart Pikula, FOFC President

  • September 28, 2021 8:34 AM | Tom Linley (Administrator)

    Fort Clinch State Park was the location of Cars and Cannons, where visitors had the unique opportunity to admire over 50 classic cars on display within the footprint of the historic fort. Over 1000 attendees enjoyed the beautiful weather, hearing the stories behind each vehicle from the car’s owners, and voting for their favorite car at the show. Alongside the cars, visitors took in the history of the fort and were able to see and hear the firing of the Civil War era cannons numerous times during the event.

    The winner of the award for People’s Choice went to Doug Blackburn of Fernandina Beach for his 1965 Azure Blue Ford Thunderbird.

    Cars and Cannons is an annual event hosted by Auto Legends Amelia and the Friends of Fort Clinch.

    Doug Blackburn receives his trophy for People’s Choice from Friends of Fort Clinch President, Stewart Pikula. 

  • August 16, 2021 2:34 PM | Tom Linley (Administrator)

    Cars and Cannons is a unique, once a year, opportunity to see more than fifty vintage and classic cars inside historic Fort Clinch. The car show is on Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm and the public is invited to view these cars inside the walls of this unique 19th-century coastal fort setting. Visiting Fort Clinch State Park is special anytime, but the day of the Cars and Cannons Vintage Car Show is an extra bonus. Attendees will vote for a “People’s Choice Award” among the cars on display.

    The regular park entry fee of $6 per vehicle (2 to 8 people) or $4 single-occupant vehicle is required along with $2.50 per person for fort admission. The Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset, while the fort is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Do you own a vintage car, 1996 or older, and have an interest in showing your car at this unique 19th-century coastal fort setting? Go to www.friendsoffortclinchinc.org  for more information and to register.

    All cars must be pre-registered by September 21 and the registration is $35 per car. There will be no day of show registration. This is a cruise-in event and owners are responsible for driving their cars to the park and into the fort. Registered participants receive a one-year membership with the Friends of Fort Clinch which includes 12 FREE park visits for the year. 

    This classic vintage car show event benefits the Friends of Fort Clinch. The Friends exist to support the preservation of Florida's natural and cultural resources while providing outstanding recreational and educational opportunities to the public in Fort Clinch State Park. Through fundraising and grant acquisitions, the Friends enable restoration projects at historic Fort Clinch, support special events and educational programming, provide tools and equipment to assist park rangers and expand and improve the park's renowned living history program.

  • August 12, 2021 2:00 PM | Tom Linley (Administrator)

    By Pat Foster-Turley, Ph.D.

    August 12, 2021

    My recent day started with a routine medical appointment, then I had a couple of hours to kill before meeting friends for lunch. Instead of going directly home, I took the long way, through Fort Clinch State Park, and never made it home at all that morning. Read the complete article.

Friends of Fort Clinch - 2601 Atlantic Avenue - Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

Friends of Fort Clinch, Inc., established in 1992, is a Florida Not For Profit corporation (EIN 59-3126070) and has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. All or part of your gift may be tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.  Please check with your tax advisor. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

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