No one I have known has contributed as much to Old Ortega and to Jacksonville as Mrs. Edward W. Lane, Jr. (née Helen Murchison) whom I have always very happily known as "Aunt Helen".

My wife, Debra Landau, and I recently enjoyed a visit to the Lane's gorgeous Atlantic Beach home which they endearingly call, The Beach Nuts. Perusing the many artworks and photographs that are graciously on display there, happily emerses me in my own Atlantic Beach memories. Atlantic Beach will always be a wonder of the world to me, and the entire Lane family has been a big part of the fun.

On this most recent visit (May 2014), I snapped photographs of my favorite found treasures from both The Beach Nuts cottage and the magnificent ocean front home with a few to boot from Helen's town home alongside the St. John's River.

I hope that this gallery page, An Homage to Helen Lane, serves up as much joy as I had in creating it. Were it not for Helen Lane, my life in Old Ortega and beyond would truly be something much less.

Thank you, Aunt Helen.

Jeff Hartzer - June 1, 2014

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An early Happy Easter.



Cheers to the Murchison Family!



Debutantes at the Florida Yacht Club. -- Helen Murchison Lane is third from right next to Dorothy (Tody) Corcoran Hartzer.



Wedding Celebrations!



Helen and Ed Lane, World's coolest couple, take a spin.



Helen and Ed.



A dandy road trip makes the cover of League Looks.



Dashingly Gorgeous.



Welcome Aboard, Helen and Ed!



Ed and Helen Lane -- Tody and Joe Hartzer



Charley Lane.

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An oceanside portrait of the Lanes - Helen, Ed, Charley, Anna, Palmer, and Edward.




A great shot of Charley Lane.



And you can sit in it, if you dare to dream.



My favorite dining room of all time.



Atlantic Beach-A nice curl, almost a tube.



Ocean Front at The Beach Nuts; Atlantic Beach, Florida.



A full moon shines on the surf at Atlantic Beach, Florida.



One of the many treaured shell collection pieces created by Helen Lane's mother, Mrs. Helen Murchison.



Lee Adams' Jean Ribault Mural, originally in the Sears Lunchroom, was recently generously funded for restoration by Helen Lane for the 450th anniversary celebration of Ribault's Landing . This picture is one I took at Helen's Ortega Blvd. home of a mock up for the restored mural...

Shown below, my father, Joe Hartzer, was one of Lee's models.



Helen Lane meets the President of the United States. She told me her current feelings for Mr. Obama are somewhat in limbo.



Helen Lane at home. Daughter Anna painted the portrait of her brother, Charley.



Helen Lane and Debra Landau.



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"Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now…"  
from Bob Dylan's "My Back Pages"

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From YouTube: Crossing the Old Ortega Bridge...


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