Plantation honors veterans with Navy Appreciation Day


Since 2003, the residents and management of The Plantation in Ponte Vedra Beach have graciously funded and hosted a “Naval Appreciation Day.” Inspired by the events of 9/11/2001, the theme of the event is to express thanks, and to never forget, in particular, the role of our local Navy personnel.

The 13th Appreciation Day was especially significant as its founder, Jim Gaff, a member of the Greatest Generation, decorated US Navy WWII veteran and Plantation resident, passed away January 15, 2015.

The Plantation’s golf course is currently undergoing a renovation and therefore, the committee faced the obstacle of having to secure another site for the event. Not wanting to cancel the successful event, it was decided to bring it to the Navy. Arrangements were made to use the Navy’s Mayport Windy Harbor Golf Club. The Plantation transported 28 resident golfers, 40 volunteers (including chefs), food, beverages, and prizes to Mayport for the day.

The activity-packed day began with breakfast, followed by a day of golf. Prizes were awarded throughout the day, and the event ended with a steak luncheon for all participants. Activities throughout the day were catered by Plantation residents and employees who, if not scheduled for the day, volunteered their time and talent.

Ninety-one Navy personnel participated in the day’s event, including representatives from NAS/Jax, Kings Bay, Mayport, the Marines, Coast Guard, Canines for Warriors, and Wounded Warriors.

The Plantation is a premier, equity residential neighborhood in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with luxury amenities including a championship golf course, private beach club, tennis facility, fitness center and a clubhouse with dining and social activities for all ages. In addition, The Plantation is undergoing a $7+ million dollar facilities improvement plan which includes a new amenities park coming in early 2016, a complete revitalization of the golf course and an extensive renovation to the beach club facility. For more information regarding The Plantation visit