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This past year was a breakthrough year for the community, after being named the 2019 Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year. The Lakeside at Amelia is also the only community in the area with Extended Congregate Care certification for all staff members.

“In our first year alone, we moved more than 180 residents into the entire Lakeside community, and hired over 110 staff members from Amelia Island and surrounding communities,” shared Melissa Sloper, executive director at The Lakeside. “This year has been remarkable for our residents and we look forward to many more as part of the Fernandina Beach community.”

As part of the anniversary celebration, attendees will have a chance to take photos with the sheep statues outside the community. The popular fixtures are located at more than a dozen communities around the U.S. owned by the community’s parent organization, The Arbor Company. Many staff members view the sheep as a symbol for the way the team “shepherds” residents and their families.

The anniversary party event, which is open to the public, will feature bites from the Bayou, King Cake, and Dixieland jazz from the Spare Rib Jazz Trio. Festive attire is encouraged.

The event takes place at The Lakeside at Amelia, located at 649 Amelia Island Parkway, Fernandina Beach, Florida. For questions about the event, please contact Gina Char at
904-637-1559 or

Melissa Sloper

About the Author: Melissa Sloper

Melissa has 20 years of Senior Living Experience and a background in education. She has managed many Senior Living Communities on the East and West Coast as a Divisional Director of Operations before joining The Arbor Company. Melissa is dedicated to coaching and mentoring high quality teams. She is passionate about serving seniors. Recently Melissa and her family relocated from Washington State, trading in their rain coats for suntan lotion to join the team on Amelia Island.