Jacksonville's manufacturing scene is a Florida anomaly. Here's a list a few products being produced locally that you may find surprising.
7. Safe Harbor Seafood
Many people identify Safe Harbor Seafood as a popular eatery along the St. Johns River in Mayport. The restaurant offers a wide array of fresh seafood dishes, as well as outside seating so guests can see the river. However, Safe Harbor is much more than just a restaurant.
It's is a family business, ran and owned by Gerald Pack, that includes a restaurant, fresh fish market and a seafood processing plant. Pack is responsible mostly for the plant; his daughter, Deanna, and his son-in-law, Christopher, run the restaurant and market.
The seafood processing plant is the last longtime fish house still standing in Mayport that processes shrimp and other fishing products. Here, local fishermen dock and fuel their boats, buy ice and unload their catch. Safe Harbor prepares much of that catch for retailers, such as Publix and Winn-Dixie.
Located at 4371 Ocean Street, the seafood processing facility sits on 4.5 acres and covers over 53,000 square feet of office, processing and warehouse space.