Melanie Baker and Dean Root are originally from Michigan, and they met in Atlanta, Georgia. Melanie was a corporate paralegal, and Dean was an owner/operator of an air freight business. When the couple was ready to trade their busy schedules for life in a small town, they came to Amelia Island on a visit and purchased Beach Rentals and More on South Fletcher Avenue. Owners and operators of the business, Melanie and Dean are dedicated to providing clients with the best gear for fun and adventure here in Fernandina Beach. “We pride ourselves in offering fantastic customer service to all our customers,” says Melanie. “Dean and I have always wanted a vacation-type business, and we found this one in January 2011. We bought it, and we’ve been growing it ever since! Dean is meticulous in maintaining all of our equipment so we can offer the best on the island.”
“If you’re interested in exploring the flora, fauna, and rich history of our small barrier island, rent one of our beach cruiser bicycles!” says Melanie. Beach Rentals and More also offers bait & tackle, rash guards, sweatshirts, sun shirts, jackets, sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, tee shirts, flip flops, kites, beach towels, sundries, cold drinks, snacks, post cards, sharks teeth, coolers, and totes. “You can even set up a surfing lesson or a stand-up paddle board lesson,” says Melanie. “We have guided tours as well.” Local residents receive ten percent off rentals or items in their shop. For more information, call (904) 310-6124 or visit www.beachrentalsandmore.com.