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 !