Our organization helps to preserve the rich history and natural resources of historic American Beach on Amelia Island in Florida

We are happy to have you join us in the journey to celebrate our beautiful community, preserve our rich history and protect the environment of American Beach, Florida. Founded in 1935 as one of the first resort destinations for African American citizens during the Jim Crow era, American Beach was enjoyed by thousands for its beautiful seashore and nighttime entertainment. This historic oceanfront playground is located north of Jacksonville on Amelia Island near Fernandina Beach.

Who We Are  

Friends of American Beach raise funds to promote, preserve, educate, and improve the quality of life and protect American Beach’s environment. With residents and business owners as our dedicated members, our shared vision is for friends and families to continue to enjoy our peaceful beach community the whole year-round. 

What We Do  

Our organization is dedicated to protecting our nationally recognized history and unique natural environment. We strive to protect the threatened gopher tortoise and endangered sea turtles who make American Beach their home and nesting area. With many historical structures still intact, preserving our pivotal history for future generations is another goal.

With neighborhood cookouts, community clean-ups, and annual events, such as our golf tournament, ‘A Night Under The Stars’ and Jazz Fest, there is always something going on.

How We Began

In 1935, Abraham Lincoln Lewis, one of Florida’s first black millionaires, purchased 200 acres north of American Beach as an oceanfront resort for African American citizens. Unable to use other beaches, black beachgoers flocked to the area, and within a few years, it became a prime tourist destination. 

Evans’ Rendezvous, a historic beachfront restaurant and club, has been the major focus for fundraising efforts by Friends of American Beach. The restoration will serve as an education venue for Jazz workshops, educational workshops in environmental studies, and tree conservancy. This oceanfront location will also be an ideal venue for weddings, family reunions, and other beachfront gatherings and concessions. 

We have collaborated with the American Beach Property Owners, Inc., American Beach Museum, and Nassau County to raise over $338,000 through grants and fundraising towards the restoration of Evans’ Rendezvous.


Step Into Wellness at American Beach -FUN WALK! Saturday morning, February 3, 2024. Click here to download PDF registration form.

The Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) has partnered with the Friends of American Beach Healthy Heart Committee to bring a wellness class to the south end of Amelia Island.  A Zumba Gold class will be held at the American Beach Community Center, 1600 Julia Street on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:00 PM through Tuesday, March 26th. The class is open to all.  Come on guys and join the ladies for a great workout.  The class is taught by certified instructor Stacey “Sparkle” Vinson.  Sparkle also teaches several wellness and fitness classes at NCCOA’s Fernandina Beach Senior Life Center, 1901 Island Way.  Classes are free for NCCOA members and $5.00 for nonmembers.  For additional information contact, NCCOA at 904-261-0701.


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