A Dune System Called "NaNa"

A Dune System Called "NaNa" (HM14HK)

Location: Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Nassau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 34.388', W 81° 26.695'

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NaNa, the tallest dune in Florida, is a protected landmark due largely to the efforts of MaVynne Betsch (January 14, 1935-September 5, 2005), widely known as the "Beach Lady." Betsch, who once performed opera in London, Paris and Germany, returned to American Beach in 1975 as a full-time resident. Here, she used her resources and talents for the preservation of nature, the environment and the African-American community of American Beach. For this 60-foot dune system that she dubbed "NaNa," and the adjoining property to the shoreline, her efforts resulted in acquiring nearly ten acres as a national park now located in the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. The "Beach Lady" also championed efforts that led to the posting of nesting signs for the protection of sea turtle eggs and encouraged residents to plant wildflowers on vacant lots to stabilize the sand as well as serve as hosts for butterfly nestlings and feedings. MaVynne Betsche, devoted the last 25 years of her life as this historic African-American community's most vocal advocate. Beach Lady is lovingly remembered for her mantra, "Getting the most from the least and living peacefully in harmony with nature is the most rewarding lifestyle."

A Florida Heritage Site
HM NumberHM14HK
Marker NumberF-660
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe American Beach Property Owners Association and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 5:36am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 457337 N 3382380
Decimal Degrees30.57313333, -81.44491667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 34.388', W 81° 26.695'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 34' 23.28" N, 81° 26' 41.70" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5486 Ocean Blvd, Fernandina Beach FL 32034, US
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