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Meet The Team

Staff member behind bar holding out a drink while smiling


A.K.A. Dory- Our front of the house manager started with us as a bartender when we recruited him in 2015. Lance has several years bartending experience.  He grew up surrounded by a family of Chefs.  He has a passion for cooking but loves to be out front with our customers.

His quote:    “I have a thought and then it’s gone…but what I do remember is that I love fast cars and awesome drinks, you can usually find me watching a race on Sunday’s and soaking up some sun”.

Headshot of Lance - Front of House Manager in front of the surf sign
Headshot of Ernie in front of The Surf sign - Kitchen Manager


Our most seasoned Surf kitchen manager, moved to Fernandina Beach in the early 90’s when he started in the restaurant business. His first restaurant job was with the original Down Under. We were privileged to gain as part of The Surf in 2005. Ernie has a love for producing great food. He is the central commander of all our ordering, without him we couldn’t produce our great food. Ernie is best known for his ability to run the smoker. The team knows that they can count on him to show them the way. He is family oriented, when not at work he is entertaining is god son and grandson.


Promoted to Hotel Manager in December of 2018, has several years office management and marketing experience.  She brings a sense of pride and organization to the hotel as well as the restaurant.  She has a passion for people.  She is the first one to make sure our guests are treated with exceptional care and have a memorable experience. When not at work you will find her spending time with her family and friends on the beach or Facetiming her grandson.

Headshot of Dawn - Hotel Manager
Headshot of Erin in front of The Surf sign - Cook


Joined the team in July of 2018.  She has 5 years of cooking experience.   She is young in the business but don’t let that sway you, she serves a great breakfast!  Prior to working with us she was at the Mustard Seed Café.  She is a Boston transplant and brings a little of that Boston upbeat sass to our team.  She is a mother of two young, bright little girls.  When she isn’t working she is soaking up the Florida sun and enjoying the outdoors.