Museum spotlights Florida shrimping history

FERNANDINA BEACH | Only a few shrimp boats call Fernandina Beach home these days, docked along Front Street near the end of historic Centre Street.
 
But a new museum a few blocks south of those boats will remind people that hundreds of local shrimp boats used to hunt those crustaceans for more than the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.
 
The museum in the city’s Welcome Center at 17 S. Front St. was set up by the Amelia Island Museum of History to showcase how Amelia Island’s waters birthed the modern shrimping industry in Florida.
 
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