Neptune Beach is a community of 2.5 square miles neighboring Atlantic Beach to the north and Jacksonville Beach to the south. The residents of Neptune Beach value the residential nature and high quality of life of their city.
Neptune Beach was originally part of Jacksonville Beach; the name "Neptune Beach" originated in 1922 with Dan G. Wheeler, one of the few residents who had a hone at what is now One Ocean Resort. Wheeler built his own train station near his home and named it Neptune. Neptune seceded from Jacksonville beach and incorporated as its own municipality in 1931, following a tax revolt. The comparatively few residents of the area were largely cut off from Jacksonville Beach city services such as police, fire, garbage collection, and road developments, though they paid taxes in equal share.
Neptune Beach has a lot to offer just off the shoreline, as well, which is a big part of what makes this particular beach so great. They have a nice little strip off 1st Street that is home to all kinds of restaurants, bars, and shops.
♦ Area: 6.8 sq. miles
♦ Population: 7,090 (2011)
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