Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach
Club 4360, District 6970

Ft. Clinch Park Ranger Mark Lee Speaks to the Club

Recently, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club welcomed Ft. Clinch Park Ranger Mark Lee. Lee said many visitors have described the beautiful tree-lined canopy drive to the fort as a "time portal to the 1860s." He said that while the fort was the primary reason people visited, they are often surprised to discover the many other attractions -- private beaches, half-mile long fishing pier, Willow Pond nature trail and two campgrounds. Lee added that the park hosted 300,000 visitors in 2015 -- 74 percent of whom came from out of town. These visitors spent $114 per person in our local economy and supported 421 jobs locally, Lee noted. He closed by saying that Ft. Clinch is the third most popular park in Florida.