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Greening of Hospitality Industry
Amelia Island Continues To Increase Its Visitor Appeal
One of North America’s most popular island destinations, Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island continues to increase its visitor appeal with an array of exciting new green initiatives, renovations and hospitality awards. The Addison on Amelia has received Green Lodging Certification from the State of Florida, becoming one of only a few bed and breakfast inns in Florida to obtain the certification. The 14-room Addison on Amelia maintains eco-friendly practices such as widespread use of compact fluorescent bulbs and LED lights, recycling centers in guestrooms and common areas, and a kitchen garden for herbs, greens and garnishes used at the inn. Read more about the Addison on Amelia’s environmental policies at www.AddisonOnAmelia.com/environment. For information about the Florida Green Lodging program, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging.

Go Yoga Goes Green
Amelia Island’s Go Yoga was recently remodeled to be eco-friendly, and now offers a relaxing Oxygen Bar and Lounge. For the renovation, Go Yoga used eco-friendly products, including low VOC paints, sustainable and renewable bamboo flooring and recycled furniture from Tibet, Vietnam and Mexico. Additionally, the new Oxygen Bar and Lounge offers visitors the revitalizing benefits of 80 percent pure oxygen combined with aromatherapy. For more information,
visit www.goyogainc.com.

Ritz-Carlton Completes Renovation
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island has completed construction on its $22 million ballroom expansion. The new facility brings a state-of-the-art design and 11,000 sq. ft. of additional meeting space to the luxury property, making it one of the largest conference hotels in the region. The expansion increases the resort’s available conference space to 35,000 sq. ft., including two sizeable function areas and a variety of smaller meeting rooms. Additional information can be found at www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland. New Bakery & Pastry Shop

New Performing Arts Theatre
The Amelia Community Theatre unveiled its new theatre complex on February 20, with an open house and tour. The new, 144-seat theatre includes an outside walk-up box office, a catering kitchen, event space and a concession area. The first performance in the new theatre was The Pirates of Penzance, which took place April 8-24. For more information,
visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org.
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