As spring turns to summer, our readers of influence naturally look to the beaches for fun and sun. But our beach communities offer so much more. Some of Northeast Florida’s finest shops, restaurants and service providers can be found east of the Intracoastal Waterway. Some of the area’s most indefatigable activists, innovative artists and generous philanthropists reside there. Our very first beaches-oriented readers’ poll celebrates these people, places and organizations. From Atlantic Beach to Vilano, from the mouth of the St. Johns River to Porpoise Point, this is the Best of the Beaches 2019.