Green Cove Springs isn't all about boat yards and marinas. A few decades ago when the Navy had a presence here, I imagine it was a thriving community with all kinds of businesses along the main highway through town. When the Navy left, so did most of the jobs. Like other small cities and towns throughout the US, you will see closed businesses and "For Sale" signs here and there in Green Cove Springs. But Green Cove Springs is still there - quieter perhaps, but still with an economy still capable of supporting buisinesses large and small, including car dealerships and car rentals, St. Brendan's Isle (an outstanding mail forwarding service for boaters and other travelers - check out their online demo!), Spring Park Coffee (a superb coffee house), and restaurants (including, to our pleasant surprise, a traditional Mexican restaurant/Latin grocery combination located along the main drag). It has a neighborhood with some grand old houses under even grander and older live-oak trees heavy with Spanish moss. And then there is the beautiful First Presbyterian Church, dating from 1884. Just look at all those gables.
If you find yourself in the Green Cove Springs area, take an hour or so to wind your way around some of the back streets. Have lunch at the Mexican restaurant, and grab some of the finest coffee in the state at Spring Park before you head back on the road.