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Ponte Vedran of the Week – Amy Harris

Long time Ponte Vedra Beach resident has seen here fair share of changes in our community including watching this area grow leaps and bounds. There’s so much to love about Ponte Vedra Beach including welcoming new residents, living near the beach and the amazing dusk sky views. Amy’s love for the community extends into the school system, especially when her children were school aged, when she became involved in supporting local public and private schools. Find out more why Amy is this week’s Ponte Vedran of the Week and how you too can help support our school system.

Name: Amy Harris

Occupation: Co-owner,  Oceanside Cleaners

Where I grew up: Jacksonville

A Ponte Vedran since: 2003

Other Places I have lived: New Jersey for 5 months – we got back to Florida as fast as we could !

My favorite thing about Ponte Vedra: Living near the beach

My least favorite thing about Ponte Vedra: The traffic on A1A

In my spare time I like to: Spend time with family & entertain

My favorite time in Ponte Vedra?  Dusk

Dream Vacation other than Ponte Vedra: Nantucket in the summer

Last time you went to the beach: Yesterday

Favorite organization/charity that I support: Our local schools  (public & private)

Why this organization/charity: Schools are so important to a community & we have the best because of community involvement.

How did you become involved with this organization/charity:  When my children started school (in the ‘90s) I became more aware of the deficits in school budgets.

What would you like others to know about the organization/charity: There are needs at every level & every school, you don’t have to have a school aged child to help.

How can others help with this organization/charity: Reach out to parent/teacher organizations – they have a long list of needs

Favorite Ponte Vedra restaurant (or area): Dwight’s Bistro

Favorite quote: “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them”

Favorite TV show: Anything on HGTV

Favorite book: Romantic Fiction – I don’t have a favorite

Favorite band or music: Country music

Something most people don’t know about you: I was accepted to the first freshman class at UNF  in 1984

Anything else: My husband, Michael & I have owned Oceanside Cleaners for 31 years. I was pregnant with our first child when we opened the Ponte Vedra location on Solana Rd in 1993 (we asked for a 1 year “out clause” in the lease in case the location was not a success)  – that child – our daughter, Clare now works in the business & is getting married this year – time flies !

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