This is an abbreviated and simplified story about a marina “that was”….but first, a little history….
In the mid-60s—to escape dismal public schools in Jacksonville–my family moved to brand spanking new apartments in Orange Park on the St. Johns River….after a year, we moved away then in mid-’69 returned. During our absence, the property owners began to build out the old Colgate-Palmolive Estate (now Club Continental). Condos appeared. Then the marina.
And I love marinas! I love looking at boats, talking to people, the smells of fresh fish, river water, diesel fuel and the sounds…..halyards clanging in the wind, the squeaking sounds from bumpers….gurgling boat engines. There’s just something about that environment that speaks to my soul. In the early days, the marina was a lively place with impromptu dinners, parties and all around fun. Life was good.
Fast forward to the early 2000s. Through a complicated and bizarre series of real estate and legal actions, the docks, walkways and all the improvements, except the breakwaters, were demolished. All with the intent of rebuilding. Then the recession ravaged the complicated, bizarre real estate deal and dreams for the marina. Sadly, it has looked like this for more than 15 years. Abandoned. Forgotten. Forsaken.
Two days ago a derelict boat was removed. It’s been there for 2 years.
Amazingly the palm trees are thriving.
There is some hope. A new real estate deal was recently consummated and word is that the new owners intend to rebuild. There are many issues to overcome. In the meantime, I’m going to continue to admire the view from the terrace of my Mother’s condo and to remember better times.
The St. Johns isn’t typically calm for long. It’s about 3 miles wide at this location and the wind has a long fetch. The long shot (106.5 sec), overcast day and B&W make it seem a bit eerie.
Photo shot December 29, 2018, F22, ISO 200, 106.5 sec SS, tripod. Edited in LR & PS including converting to B&W.
(Trivia: The St. Johns and the Nile are the only rivers in the world that run north)