Cities throughout the US adopt a particularly animal to signify heritage or local wildlife and Amelia Island is no exception. In our case shrimp were chosen as this island was the beginning of the commercial shrimp industry in the US. We already have the annual eight flags shrimp festival the first weekend of May each year, and this is another step in honoring the local heritage of shrimping. Businesses on the island purchased the shrimp figures and then local artists did the decorating and art work. They are scattered around downtown and in front of businesses around the island.
Some are humorous, some nostalgic and some just plain fun! We appreciate the efforts of many local businesses and the artists involved in adding to the character, charm and local culture of this beautiful island!