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Beaches News Journal P.O. Box 51593 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240 News Journal St.Au Decision Summertime Whats Inside The This Month Hurricane Awareness PRSRT SDT US POSTAGE PAID CALLAHAN, FL PERMIT #4 NEWS FOR AND ABOUT RESIDENTS OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE BEACHES AREA Diversify Your Investment Risk DO Leave Home Without It! August 2012 Insurance Needs Change As You Grow Older City Hall Update St.AugustineBeaches At its July 2, 2012 regular meeting, the City Commission did the following: Oester, Public Works maintenance with the city. 2. Approved a special event permit for the 5K Santa Run/Jog on Saturday, December 8, 2012, starting at the county pier park at 8 a.m. 3. Heard a report from Mr. Mark Bailey, the city's employee health insurance consultant, that compared increases in the premium over the past eight years and forecasts a potential 10% increase for Fiscal Year 2013, which will begin on October 1, 2012. 4. Heard a report from Ms. Mary O'Brien on the recycling program that her company, Advanced Disposal, provides contract 5. Approved a conditional use permit Ice Cream at 570 A1A Beach Boulevard. 6. Approved two resolutions: one to authorize the Supervisor of Elections to count absentee ballots in the upcoming primary election in August; the second to authorize the execution of the renewal of the agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for the city remove litter. 7. Approved a budget resolution to appropriate money to pay for additional postage for the mailing of notices to every registered voter in the city of the July 16th special meeting on the police department and whether the city should retain the department or enforcement services. request to remove depreciated assets from the city's inventory. allow the plazas (continued on page 3) Pictured above are members of the South Beaches Business Council (St. Johns Chamber of Commerce) who recently held their Summer Mixer at Allegro on Anastasia Island. More than 60 guests enjoyed music and delicious food prepared by Allegro and beer and wine compliments of Prosperity Bank. (see more on page 2) South Beach Business Council Summer Mixer Last year, State Farm challenged their employees with the Green Neighbor Challenge. The contest promoted a workplace, marketplace, and a community initiative to go green. A Catastrophe Services Florida took up the workplace initiative to reduce environment impact, conserving resources, and managing their expenses. The catastrophe team, also known as The Green Machines, was comprised of Amber Halcrow, Jody Prince, Rafael Solis, Ryan Halcrow, and Torr Gillyard. This team was recently announced as the Green Neighbor Challenge winners and awarded the coveted title and monetary prize. While handling claims across the nation, The Green Machines Materials including aluminum, plastics, cardboard, and glass were taken to local recycling centers and weighed. The challenge began recycled a total of 510 pounds of materials. All Green Neighbor Challenge programs were submitted to a organization of the winning teams choice. The winning The Green Machines team recently surprised St. Augustines Boys & Girls Club with the generous donation. These unexpected dollars allowed the Club director, Gerson Penza to purchase some much needed supplies such as new tables, coolers for summer camp and walkie talkies. The donation is allowing us to better serve our members. Its not every day a group walks through the doors with a sizeable check, stated Richard Hardy; Chairman of the Boys & Girls Club Area Board. With the Clubs surge in daily attendance to over 100 youth the funds come at a critical time. State Farm takes great pride in servicing communities, helping people recover from the unexpected and (Continued on page 2) Green is Good State Farm and The Boys & Girls Club Agree

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2 News From Around St. Johns County St. Augustine Crescent Beach ATLANTIC OCEAN St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Shores PO Box 51593, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240 Todd Logsdon General Manager Email: beachesnewsjournal@yahoo.com Cliff Logsdon Publisher/Editor Email: col@scrtc.com Online at www.beachesnewsjournal.com News Journal St.AugustineBeaches The function of the Beaches News Journal is to serve the Neighborhoods of the St. Augustine Beaches area. First priority will be given to reporting news and activities of beaches residents and organiza tions, as well as news and events that directly affect the St. Augustine Beaches community. Second priority will be given to articles of general interest as space permits. Articles or information may be sent to the Beaches News Journal, P.O. Box 51593, Jack sonville Beach, Florida 32240. Information may com or the editor at col@scrtc.com. All articles, news, ads, or other informa tion submitted to the News Journal are subject to editing. Publishing of submitted letters and information is at the discretion of the publisher. Views and opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not express the viewpoint of the publisher or editorial staff of the News Journal. All ads submitted for publication in the Beaches News Journal should be received by the 15th of the month in order to appear in the following months issue. Matters concerning advertising should be referred to the General Manager or mailed to P.O. Box 51593 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240. The Beaches News Journals acceptance of advertising, articles, advertising, or other infor mation does not constitute endorsement. Nor will the Beaches News Journal and its staff be held liable for information provided herein by submit ters, including websites and/or emails listed, that may have the potential to constitue fraud or other violation of law. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising or information that does not meet the publications standards. The Beaches News Journal is published by an any St. Augustine Beach community develop ment, management company or Homeowners Association. City of St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beaches News Journal Mayor S. Gary Snodgrass City Manager Max Royle www.staugbch.com sabadmin@cityofsab.org City of St. Augustine Beach DEALING WITH CONTRACTORS We all know there are good and bad contractors. Fortunately, St Johns County Florida is blessed with many honest and reliable contractors. However, there are some that are not honest as evidenced by the fact that Seniors vs Crime has had seven complaints locally from residents that claimed they were ripped off by unscrupulous contractors. One of the most common situations we have been asked to investigate is a contractor starting a job but walking off before the work is complete. Often in these cases, the homeowner has paid most or all of the bill in advance. If the contractor is less than honest, has spent more money than he estimated and stands to lose money by continuing, he may decide to walk. Your best chance of having your project successfully completed is to make sure the contractor understands he will be paid in full only after the work has been completed to your satisfaction. When you need a contractor to assist you in doing work around your home that you are unable to do yourself, here are a few ground rules for you to remember: 1. Always get an estimate from at least two contractors before you decide to start your project. Consider the quality of work you expect as price alone is not always the compelling reason for selecting a contractor. 2. Request advice from your friends or neighbors who may have had similar work done and are in a good position to recommend a contractor. 4. Choose a contractor that is licensed, insured and bonded. 5. Do not agree to pay in advance. The contractor may ask that you pay for materials up front but this opens up the door for a disappearing act. Having said that, if the contractor has a good reputation and the price of materials is less than half the cost of the entire project, you may consider helping him out. 6. Once the work has started, resist adding or changing the scope of work. Change orders too. Unfortunately, some contractors will low ball the initial price in anticipation of making 7. Pay with a credit card if possible. If a problem arises after the contractor leaves, you can dispute the charges with your credit card company. If you pay with cash, check or with a debit card, your chances of recovering are slim. scam, please contact Rick Johnson, St. Johns County Seniors vs Crime Manager, St. Danny & Jeanie Carter EWELRY REPAIR J PAYING TOP DOLLAR FOR GOLD COINS & JEWELRY www.cartersjewelry.net 904-471-1023 ROLEX WATCHES & REPAIRS Ancient City Lions Club is seeking to expand its membership in the St. Augustine Beaches area. We currently meet for lunch on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 12:00 p.m. at the TGI Fridays on S.R. 312. We are currently engaged in developing fund raising projects to support the Florida School For The Deaf And Blind. In addition to charitable pursuits it is a great club to network with business professionals in the area. Anyone interested in learning more information about joining the club is invited to attend a meeting or email rcook@robcookpa.com. Are you new to the area? Or if you have been around awhile and are looking for a fantastic synagogue, we want to meet you! Temple Bet Yam in St. Augustine is holding by our location at 2055 Wildwood Drive and wondered what we were all about? Well this is your opportunity to explore and discover the only Reform Synagogue in the St. Augustine area. Rabbi Mark Goldman and the Board of Directors will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our Temple. Light refreshments will be served and we welcome all. Please come out and see what a wonderful group of people worship at Temple Bet Yam. We would love to meet you! Membership Fair at Temple Bet Yam At the summer mixer of the South Beach Business Counsel of the St. Johns Chamber Beach Civic Association, and Dan Hubley of Webhub Design. The South Beaches Business Council meets on the third Thursday of each month and is open to all members of the St. Johns Chamber of Commerce. Meetings are held at refreshments and a speaker on pertinent topics. If interested, please email vjbrown@ bellsouth.net. Ancient City Lions Club Seeking New Member being a good neighbor just as THE PLAYERS Championship Boys & Girls Club realize though the Club is a branch of the Boys & Girls Club of America. The Club provides time tested and nationally County residents between the ages of 6 to 18 years. For information on The Boys & Girls Club or how you can get involved please contact Jennifer Tesori, St. Augustines bgcnf.org. THE PLAYERS Championship Boys & Girls Club is located at 555 West King Street, St. Augustine, 32084. Green is Good (continued from page 1) Wiesner Repeats as AAU National Taekwondo Champion Bobby Wiesner, a 10 year old Saint Augustine resident, kicked and punched his way to the 1st place podium to become the 2012 AAU USA National Champion in Taekwondo forms and sparring. The national tournament took place from July from throughout the USA. After winning gold at nationals in 2010, Wiesner returned to the tournament Championship in March and the Florida State Championship in April. quick to credit his successes to several area taekwondo instructors including: Master Jose Delgado, Master Greg Olipendo, Mr. Titus Durojaiye, and Ms. Shari Toregrossa. For additional information, contact Robert Wiesner (father) at rtgaudit@aol.com.

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3 City Hall Update MICHAEL A. DAGOSTINO, O.D. ELIZABETH K. MCLEOD, M.D. MEDICARE PARTICIPANTS ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS 1400 U.S. Highway 1 South 829-2286 TODD P. THOMPSON, M.D. PAUL W. HUND, III, M.D. N. PATRICK HALE, M.D. Best Vision Center 10 Years WE ACCEPT MEDICARE, BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD, UNITED, CIGNA, AND MOST MAJOR MEDICAL HEALTH PLANS. TODD HOCKETT, O.D. 319 West Town Place, World Golf Village 940-9200 RUSSELL W. NELLIGAN, M.D.* *Cornea Specialist (continued from page 1) St. Augustine Beach Town Hall meetings with Commissioner Undine Pawlowski Conference Room. City residents are invited to join the informal, round table discussions and review the Saint Augustine Beach City Commission meeting agenda and supporting materials. St. Augustine Beach Commissioner Meeting Coming from Ohio.... GO BUCKEYES! My family through marriage owned and operated a well know Hungarian hot dog restaurant in Toledo, Ohio called, Tony Packo's Hungarian hot dogs. If you have ever watched Mash, Klinger talked about Tony Packo's restaurant in several episode's. Tony Packo's was also know for their signed hot dog buns on the wall from MANY famous people. Unfortunately, they sold all the restaurants after many years. After being down here for 18 years I decided to open my own hot dog restaurant. It's a small but friendly atmosphere and I'm ALWAYS open to suggestions! My hot dogs and my CONEY ISLAND sauce comes from Flint Michigan, they have that for yourself and mention you saw this ad and receive 10% off. Come see what we have to offer. Kim Packo, owner. along 2nd Avenue between A and 1st Streets to be used for a community garden, and approved the fence proposed by the Community Garden Association and accepted by the city staff. 10. Postponed to the next meeting consideration of an ordinance to regulate storage trailers. 11. Decided to put in the city's Personnel Manual a reference to the state's Whistleblower Protection law. 12. Tabled to the August meeting consideration of allowing parking along the north side of 16th Street from the Boulevard west to the entrance to the Anastasia Oaks condos. 13. Approved a $350 increase in the monthly retainer paid to the city attorney. The retainer will go from $2,400 to $2,750 a month. 14. Put on the agenda for the August 6th meeting consideration as to whether the city should have decorative pins made to give to visitors; and consideration of the city holding a Veterans Day ceremony at its Veterans Memorial in Lakeside Park. 15. Postponed to its October 1st meeting the update report the mayor and each commissioner is to provide concerning the respective strategic plan priorities that each has agreed to develop an implementation plan for. At its July 16th special meeting, the City Commission by majority vote approved a long range plan to reduce the number of sworn Police Chief. A civilian administrative assistant will also be included in the Department. Deputies from the St. Johns County Sheriffs continue to provide such specialized services as dispatch, canine unit, investigations, and air and marine resources. The reduction in Police Department personnel will save an estimated compensation and severance, are paid. The reduction will not occur immediately, as the City lacks a Police Chief. Once a Chief is hired, an advisory committee will be appointed to help the Chief determine who among the Departments existing personnel should be the The Commission also decided to hire Police Chief. Representatives from Colin Baenziger and Associates have been invited to the City Commissions August 6th regular meeting to discuss how it will conduct the search, the timetable for hiring the Chief and City Commission, on the recommendation of the current interim Police Department administrator, Chief David Messenger of the Correa of the Citys Police Department to be its interim Police Chief, effective August 1, 2012. The city commissions next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in city hall at 2200 A1A South. The public is invited to attend. Max Royle, City Manager City of St. Augustine Beach, 2200 A1A S. St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 PLEASE NOTE: Under Florida law, most communications to and from the City disclosure. Beach Hot Dogs Comes to St. Augustine Beach The St. Augustine Beach Community Garden installed a fence this week, a major step forward to getting a community garden growing on the site at Second Avenue, between A Street and 1st Street. Tractor Supply and Home Depot provided discounted prices on materials and Hardwick A well and irrigation piping were installed at the garden site in May. Building gates, raised garden beds, hauling dirt and constructing a tool storage shed are some of the next steps to having a garden in full bloom. The SBCG is dedicated to producing healthy organic food, lowering our carbon footprint, promoting sustainable living, mastering the art of organic gardening through collaborative learning, and growing community. An associate membership costs just $10 year and a box membership $50 annually. St. Augustine Beach Community Garden Has New Fence BIRDING FOR KIDS AT ANASTASIA STATE PARK Anastasia Park Volunteers provide outdoor classroom to children for birding basics On August 12th The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Anastasia State Park will be providing a program about birding basics in an outdoor classroom for kids. with an outdoor classroom session on how to identify birds, followed by a scavenger hunt Turtle Pavilion and run out to the beach, and back over the boardwalk. The goals of this program are to introduce kids to birding in a fun and educational manner, present birding as one of many ways kids can interact with nature and instill an overall appreciation of our natural resources. Class size will be limited to ten students and adult chaperones will be required. This program is free with regular paid park admission. Advance registration Anastasia State Parks goal is to provide access for people of all abilities. If you Accessible parking is provided throughout the park. This program will take place Sunday, August 12, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A South

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4 By Robert Samuels, President St. Augustine Beach Civic Association www.thecivicassociation.com S. Gary Snodgrass, Mayor City of St. Augustine Beach, FL comsgsnodgrass@cityofsab.org Message from the Mayor TEMPLE BY THE SEA 2055 Wildwood Drive, St. AugustineServices: First & Third Friday Evenings of the Month at 7:30 p.m.Rabbi Mark N. Goldman A Reform Congregation904-819-1875www.templebetyam.org T emple Bet YamReach The Beach By U.S. MAIL! The Beaches News Journal reaches thousands of homes in the Beaches area by U.S. Mail. St. Augustine Beach Civic Association The Civic Association's Music by the Sea Concerts continue in August: Motown Review Raintree R/R, LaStrada FA Cafe The Gypsy Cab Classic R/R, Maui Grill Music is from 7pm 9pm with dinners served at 6pm. Come early for best parking, extra handicapped parking areas are provided. Bring a beach chair and a cooler of your favorite beverages. Sister Shack's homemade Italian Ices are available. WYRE Radio will be broadcasting live from the Pier Park before each concert. For a complete schedule see our website www. TheCivicAssociation.org A special thanks to TD Bank and the Bailey Group for sponsoring the Concert Series this year. We'd like to remind our guests that grilling is not permitted in the Pier Park except at the picnic area by the bocce courts. New this year is free shuttle service from the parking lot at City Hall (16th St. and A1AS). Voltage Shuttle operated by Casey Duggen, is donating their green transport every 20 minutes starting at 5:30. Pickups on 16th St. are also available. The Pier Park parking lot will not be closed this summer and the Wednesday Market and Concerts will continue without interruption. Currently, the pier is having some decking replaced and materials may be placed at the very eastern section of the parking lot by the the City has begun in front of Splash Park, but only occasional disruption of the immediate parking area may take place because of building materials. Splash Park renovations will not begin until after Labor Day and it will be open for use until then. Sorry for any confusion caused by an incorrect announcement in the Record. Civic Association volunteers fed the homeless on July 2, in down town St. Augustine. We'd like to recognize our volunteers who participated: Sare Deome, John Thompson, Merrill Roland, Fr. Nick Marziani, Diane Von Ahlefeld, Kiki Christine, Robert Samuels and Susie Sullivan who did the cooking. Thanks also to Al and Olivia Deinhart for coordinating the food donations. About 100 individuals enjoyed a meal of beef perlou, baked chicken, green beans, tomato salad, fruit salad and desserts. Paul Johnson of Home Again St Johns surprised our volunteers by inviting all of them to a cookout at Vickers Field which will be served to all those who have helped with volunteer feeding throughout the year. Meet the Candidates Night Forum will be Tuesday August 7th at 7pm at City Hall. This event will be for primary candidates participating in the August 14th primary elections. Doors open at 6:30 and written questions from the in primary races include: Merrill Roland, Cyndi Stevenson John Ruggeri, Ray Quinn Bennett, Joesph (Ken) Bryan, Alan Kelso Canan, Gary McMahon, Tom Rivers Anastasia Mosq Control Dist 1: Faye Armitage, Vivian Browning, Bob Smith Anastasia Mosq Control Dist 5: Gary Howell, Paul Linser, Vernon Tyrone Stroman Jr Port & Waterway Dist 4: Carl Blow, Robert Kee Each group will have an opportunity to make a brief introduction, answer several questions and make closing remarks. Light refreshments will be available. This event will be broadcast and rebroadcast on Comcast channel 2. Live streaming is usually available on the City of St. Augustine Beach website. (www.staugbch.com) Civic Association members receive discounts at many local restaurants and shops that are Participating Merchants. We'd like to welcome our newest business, ORGANIZE, a service company run by long term resident of St. Augustine Andra Giovanni a British version of Martha Stewart with a wealth of experience behind her to facilitate her exceptional organizing skills. She has studied art and design, interior decorating and cooking. Her international travels and passion for embracing new cultures have given her a unique edge on how to keep the home life streamlined, allowing time for enjoying life. ORGANIZE will aid you in achieving balance you the freedom to be more involved in family, friends and interests you have always wanted to pursue. Stress relief, better time keeping, and that you CAN achieve. Listed below are just some of the things Andra can assist you with: *Appointment Setting, *Bill Paying *Cooking, *Computer & Interior *Errands, *Exercise Companion/ *Important Dates Reminders, *Insurance Evidence, *Menu Planning, *Obtaining Estimates, *Organizing Closets, Pantries, Garages, Sheds, *Overseeing Maintenance, Repairs, Building Work, *Packing, Unpacking, Relocating, Moving, *Party Planning, *Pets to Vets, *Sorting Items to Keep, Donate or Discard, *Travel *Wrapping & Shipping Gifts. For a consultation, please call Andra members will receive 50% off the 1st hour of organizing service. Don't forget to visit the Wednesday Farmers/Arts & Crafts Market at the Pier Park. We always have new vendors joining the market. The produce is fresh, the food delicious and the shopping always unique. The market is open from 8:00am 12:30pm. It's a great place to grab a quick lunch. Greetings, fellow citizens! Here is an update of recent events and a snapshot of other projects on the horizon: recent retirement of the St. Augustine Beach Police Chief, an opportunity developed to take a fresh look at how the city provides law enforcement services. At a special Commission meeting held July 16, 2012, the Commission examined three potential alternatives: 1) retain its current approach to police services, i.e. Charter change through a Voter Referendum in 2013 that would enable the City to potentially deactivate its Police Department which would law enforcement services to the City, or 3) adopt a blended approach that would retain a restructured Police Department and augment its efforts with a more effective use of services of including public comment, a review presented by Sheriff David Shoar and Undersheriff Joel Bolante of how the blended option might work, the Commission in a 3 to 2 vote decided to adopt option 3, the blended approach. Under this scenario, the City will scale back its department Administrative Assistant augmented by services used for needed infrastructure improvements. services as records management, information technology, dispatching, CSI services, and investigative functions including crime scene, investigations, containment and disposal of hazardous materials and, as needed, special operations units such as SWAT, a helicopter, a accredited law enforcement organization in the State of Florida and nationally, has resources and expertise that the City doesnt have. The Citys Police Department is not accredited. In other police related matters, the Commission approved the appointment of Sergeant Ralph Correa to Acting Police Chief effective August 1, 2012. Correa has nearly twenty years experience in law enforcement including nine years service with the Citys Police Department. More information about how the blended approach to law enforcement services will work will be provided in subsequent updates. is part of a 50 year plan to rebuild shoreline shaved away after the St. Augustine Inlet was carved in the 1940s, is nearing completion. The effort which commenced in March was expected to conclude by the end of June. However, weather related events including noreasters and storms, such as Beryl, have impeded progress and it now appears that completion of the project will slip to early August or beyond. Citizens and tourists are urged to exercise care and caution when visiting Ensuring your safety is our number one priority. Vice Mayor Rich OBrien reports that the tourism outlook continues to brighten as the numbers of visitors to St. Johns County have nourishment taking place is enhancing the beach by bringing in over 2 million cubic yards of sand on St. Augustine Beach which is a substantial in our City in 2013 and beyond. The cost of the County through the Tourism Development Council Bed Tax. Here is a quick listing of City sponsored/led projects for 2012: (at Pier Park) at Pier Park projects (Lockhart Lane, east end of 2nd Street, E Street and 2nd Avenue and F Street and 3rd Avenue) erosion along a section of the Citys main drainage canal that goes through Marsh Creek subdivision We value your inputs and ideas for making our City a better community. For all of us, its the place we call home. Best regards, S. Gary Snodgrass

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5 Paradise is here... Paradise is here... Paradise is here... Paradise is here... Paradise is here...1 F Street 1 F Street 1 F Street 1 F Street 1 F Street St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 www.beachfrontbandb.com www.beachfrontbandb.com www.beachfrontbandb.com www.beachfrontbandb.com www.beachfrontbandb.comYour Hosts Your Hosts Your Hosts Your Hosts Your Hosts By Max Royle St. Augustine Beach City Manager Decision Phone: 904-236-6243 Fax: 904-239-5505 Email: undine@anastasialaw.net 4075 A1A S. Ste 200 St. Augustine, FL 32080 www.anastasialaw.net Way back when, or November 2005 to be exact, this newspaper had an essay Id written titled More Like a Business. It featured of the local government scene, namely that government should be run like a business. Im not going to reprise my remarks here from nearly seven years ago, because Im certain they were and are so memorable that youve never forgotten them. But, on the absurdly implausible possibility that your memory cells are already overstuffed with fond remembrances of scenes from all those enthralling TV episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians that youve seen over the years, please allow me to provide a faint hint of the topic of my 2005 essay. Basically, it was about how sometimes local government cannot be run like a business because the pragmatic, bottom line goals and procedures of the business world arent always similar/compatible with the government world. For example, the residents of a city who so willingly generously, and lets not forget joyously pay their taxes, may want an activity that will cost them more money, such as a recreation program, or an enhanced service, such as two trash pickups per week that they dont care if there is an extra cost. Theyll gladly pay it because they value the activity and feel a sense of ownership about it. This attitude is quite at variance with the shareholders of a private corporation. However, there are times when local government must be run like a business; when the elected leaders must make a decision thats not based on sentiment but on the best practices a decision that the leaders see is clearly in the vehemently expressed opposition of a group of residents. One example of such a decision occurred right here in our own little corner of the Florida paradise. It concerned the fate of the citys much in the best spirit and tradition of community service had been volunteering to serve as 1959. During those early years, when the citys population was less than a thousand residents, the service provided by the considered primitive by todays standards, but it was adequate. There were few homes and commercial properties to protect; most of the volunteers lived/worked in the city or stations siren that alerted the community a needed to extinguish it. Then, slowly over the years, the city changed: vacant land sprouted buildings; the sons (and later a few of the daughters) of the outside the citys limits and even outside the St. Augustine area, and thus were no longer Even the use of telephones and later pagers to summon the volunteers didnt help, because where the volunteers lived or worked made it impossible for an adequate number of them to in them. Fire training standards changed. Gone were the days when the training of new volunteers could be done by the traditional experienced volunteers. A minimum number was eventually required, and a volunteer had before he or she could don bunker gear and The city commission did its best to cope. When the number of volunteers available dwindled, the commission in the late 1990s authorized the hiring of one, then two paid, at the station to answer night calls, the commission authorized overtime pay for the shift had ended. Yes, the city had mutual aid agreements with the county and St. Augustine eventually came to realize that what the city improvised contraption held together by stale chewing gum, frayed string, and rusty wire, The change happened in the spring of 2001, after two years of discussion and debate by the commission as to what solution would choice of a solution was made on the basis of bottom line, the cost: for the city to have its on duty 24/7 would have put an extraordinary taxpayers. The commission decided that the way to avoid that burden was to make the This would mean that the citys taxpayers would share with thousands of others in the district the cost of the service. The district included not only St. Augustine Beach, but also areas of the county north, west, and south of the city. Yet, this decision, as businesslike as it appeared on the surface, was made in a very unbusinesslike setting: not in a corporate board room with the doors closed and the press and public excluded. No, it was made in a very public setting, the commission meeting room in the former city hall, that at meetings in March and April 2001 was stuffed with citizens, many of whom were vocally and with passion opposed to contracting with the The opposition to the change was based on three reasons: the city could have a corps the abilities of the volunteers to contain, could county and/or St. Augustine; there should be a referendum to let the voters decide whether the city should contract with the county; and would diminish the citys identity. In reviewing the minutes of the March 5th and April 2, 2001 commission meetings when concept, ultimately wasnt considered as workable. With all the new training and other Other residents, as well as one commissioner, suggested at the March 5th meeting that the question of the city having referendum by the voters. To this, Commission John Rowland replied, according to the minutes, that [the matter] should be decided by the Commission. The Commissions authority shouldnt be transferred to the people. My, my, in some circles it doesnt get any more politically incorrect than that, Id venture to say. Two other commissioners, Mayor Emmett Pacetti and Albert Holmberg, agreed with Mr. Rowland, so the vote for the city to contract with the county was approved The minutes of that meeting show that 13 persons spoke on the issue: six were in favor six were against; and one resident said more study was needed on the proposed change. The third reason suggested by some residents was that the change to the county citys identity. That raises the questions as to what exactly constitutes a citys identity. Is it the services the city provides, or its historic buildings, scenic location, typography, types of businesses, characteristics of its residents, or a combination of some or all of the above? Clearly, this is a topic for us to explore at another time. So, here we are, 11 years later. Has the city lost anything because of the change? Not that I can see. And no resident has told me that they think the city has lost something. Rather, the change has been a smooth transition, and Ive heard not a single complaint about the service Those three city commissioners in 2011 who made the decision in favor of the change proved that indeed local government a business.

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But, as an investor, one of the biggest risks you face is that of not achieving your comfortable retirement and remaining life. To help reach your objectives, you need to own a variety of investment vehicles and each carries its own type of risk. If you spread your investment dollars among vehicles that carry different types of risk, you may increase your chances of owning some investments that do well, even if, at the same time, you own others that arent. As a result, you may be able to reduce the overall level of volatility in your portfolio. (Keep in mind, though, that protect against all losses.) To diversify your risk factors, are some of the most common types of investment risk: of risk that everyone thinks about the risk that you could lose principal if the value of your investment drops and does not recover before you sell it. All investments are subject to market risk. You can help lessen this risk by owning a wide variety of investments from different industries and even different countries. pays an interest rate below the current rate can help provide reliable income streams, but you also need to consider investments with growth potential to help work toward a bond that pays 4% interest, and newly to sell your bond for full price. So if you wanted to sell it prior to maturity, you might have to offer it at a discount to the original price. However, if you hold your bonds to maturity, you can expect to receive return of your principal provided the bond does not default. with some more complex investments, such as options, are subject to default risk. If a company issues a bond that youve bought and that company runs goes bankrupt, it may default on its bonds, leaving you holding the bag. You can help protect against this risk by sticking with receive high ratings from independent rating agencies such as Standard & Poors or Moodys. investments, like real estate, are harder to sell than others. Thus, real estate is considered more illiquid than many common investments. Make sure you understand what type of risk is associated with every investment you own. And try to avoid overloading your portfolio with too many investments with the same type of risks. Doing so will not result in a totally smooth journey through the investment world but it may help eliminate some of the bumps along the way. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. indoor Fitness room Atlantic Beach & Tennis Club $20 includes Initiation fee and Only $20.00! Summer Special! A toxic set of attitudes, that is . when heading out on vacation. As I compose these lines this month Im trying to take my own advice, sitting in my hotel room on the waterfront in Boston. Were visiting our youngest daughter, fourth grandchild, and our uneventful JetBlue cheese supper last night (there IS a place varieties of that standby from our childhood) has put me in a good frame of mind. time in a long time I made a deliberate to not carry my busy world with me when I left town (and it has been VERY busy earlier this summer). One writer with the New York Times put it this way Leave Your Context at Home (Vacation Sabotage: Dont Let It Happen to You!, Matt Richtel, 6/29/12). And that context includes certain physical stuff as well as mental attitudes of the anxious and disruptive sort. Our son Michael recently visited us from Austin, TX for my Fathers Day ordination as a Catholic priest, and his approach to travel was intriguing. Now, mind you, Mike of the box (chip off the ol block). So I dont necessarily recommend his approach on this occasion, but essentially he got on on his back, his wallet, and his iPhone (I think he may have also had his iPad as well, but you see hes an IT headhunter back home and I do believe hes stitched to his purchase the few things he thought he would otherwise need for the trip, and let it go at that. Interesting . Well, beyond that, here are a few gems from Mr. Richtels article, basically just the paragraph headings. Read them slowly . savor the wisdom . and consider YOUR next vacation. OK, here we go: Endure the Boredom . Dont Prepare for Your Own Death (with excessive putting things in order before leaving). And maybe this is the best Its Spam. Now THAT does hit the nail on the head, doesnt it! stuff that potentially changes lives, must encumbered by hyped advance planning as possible. Dont get me wrong I certainly did some homework before embarking on this trip, seeking best rates on travel and accommodations, etc., just like everyone should. But after a reasonable amount of such looking to logistics, we really need to breathe deeply and be prepared for nothing in particular. Let serendipity be your seductress, let your mind and spirit wander, discover new dimensions of yourself, your spouse and children, friends, etc. And discover the world through as clear a mental lens as possible, without preconceptions other than this is Gods world, all of it, and God and creation are a whole lot bigger than any of us have imagined. away (dodging tropical storms, if necessary). And try not to stress it really is a choice, and its one Im increasingly electing to not indulge in. Happy Trails!! May you all be blessed, Fr. Nick. We Cover The Beaches

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7 St. Augustine Beaches Advisory Committee Ann Palmquist, Committee Member Palmquist@comcast.net Professional Packing, Shipping & Mailing Service Center (904)460-0022 With Safe ShipYou Have Options For info & directions please see www.safeshipstaug.com Summertime *NQMBOU%FOUJTUSZt $SPXOT#SJEHFTt $PTNFUJDt 8IJUFOJOHt 7FOFFSTt *NQMBOU%FOUVSFTBSUJBMTt $POWFOUJPOBM%FOUVSFTt t&YUSBDUJPOT t8JTEPN5FFUI t*7FEBUJPO t*NQMBOUT t#POF(SBGUT tJOVT&MFWBUJPOT t(VNVSHFSZ t-BTFS5IFSBQZ tPGU5JTTVF(SBGUT %%4.4I% %FOUBMVSHFPO0YGPSE August, the last month of summer, is all about attitude. Known as the Dog Days of is put aside while time is allowed to dawdle list is buried under East corner of a sand castle. Kick back, relax, and listen to the sounds of summertime and perhaps you will hear the voice of the turtle. Such is the eloquent invitation found in the poetic words of the lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. Like the voice of the turtle, August invites visitors to cherish summertimes symphonic sounds: the peels of childrens laughter heard as yet another sand castle is built; echoes from ricochet from a frightening past to a hopeful here and now; dissonant histories, archived in toeing along narrow cobblestone streets and across sand dunes can still be heard. There is also the glorious sound, between the noise, after the hubbub is quiet. The peaceful sound of silence at daybreak at waters edge or at days end when knots unravel and you walk along the beach and a salty breeze softens the days wrinkles smooth. These dog days urge us to embrace the last days of summer, perhaps chronicle or journal their passing in a chapter, a page, or even a verse, and preserve the joy of sharing our family history. One such chapter in the citys history was marked a year ago, June 26, 2011, at the dedication of the Sculpture Garden, located at Lakeside Veterans Memorial Park. This year you are invited to celebrate Thomas Glover Whites life and his remarkable gift to our community. Thomass talent is evident in his sculpture in front of City Hall with an accent on the gifts of the sea, a promenade sea turtle, a buxom mermaid, and other fanciful treasures from the deep and was a gift to the City from Maida and Barrie Tuttle. This piece introduced Thomass vision of Art in Public Places to the City and served as the cornerstone for the Sculpture Garden and the City of St. Augustine Beach continues to be enriched with this gift of generosity and the gift of beauty. Marianne Foundation, invites you to bring a chair or blanket, a dish to share, and enjoy the music, friendship and fun. Mark your calendar, September 30th 2012 at 4:00 PM, for more information: lisamackpa@aol.com or call missed. Sounds from Community Gardeners can be heard as the garden takes shape and plans for fall planting are underway. Participation is open to all as a member, an associate member, or as a sponsor interested in supporting this growing community effort. Along with having a place to grow your own food, the Community Garden provides the opportunity for social interaction and friendships all standard ingredients for healthy living. Residences who live in condominiums, have a shaded yard, or have the desire but limited space or even sport a brown thumb can check out the website 3541. Folks with gardening expertise who are interested in heritage or heirloom seeds are encouraged to get involved. One such historic link with the city is the Datil Pepper which according to legend was introduced and grown by the Minorcan settlers in 1768. Growing this hot little hot jewel in the Community Garden could be the historic link asked for by Mayor Joe Boles in his invitation to the City to add to the 450th celebration. Research shows this pepper has been grown by St. Augustine families for over 300 years with recipes passed down from generation to generation. It is a required ingredient in chicken pilau (perlow), Minorcan style clam chowder, datil pepper relish, and datil pepper vinegar. With a garden box set aside to grow these hot little jewels a strong (read hot) connection with the 450 would be established. Growing a little history or just the best vine ripe island tomatoes you are invited to take part and grow your community. As Summers cadence slows and you listen to the soulful words of George Gershwins Summertime, you agree the living is easy. In August when the beach invites and each wave promises to wash your cares away, the last lines of the Song of Solomon, ring true, vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Come away to this beautiful city by the sea and make wonderful memories and a little history. Free Concert SeriesLocation: St. Johns County Pier Park St. Augustine Beach 350 A1A Beach Boulevard (904) 347-8007 V isit our website at www.thecivicassociation.orgDinner At 6 p.m. Concert At 7 p.m.Bring A Beach ChairEvery Wednesday Thru September ST.JOHNS COUNTY, FLORIDATOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL St. Augustine / Ponte Vedra on Floridas Historic CoastPalencia PressSt. Augustine Shores ObserverP f fice of ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Approved Date Approved with noted changes DateF AX Back to: (904)797-4311 or email: thepaper@bellsouth.netAD PROOF FOR AUGUST 2012St. Augustine Beaches News Journal Steam the Band Mid Life Crisis Jimmy Parrish & the Ocean Waves Smokin Mirrors Aint 2Proud 2 Beg Orion Navy Band Roland Fleming ET Swing Band All Star Band Free Voltage Shuttle rides from City Hall parking lot (A1A S /16th St) starting at 5:30 p.m. The St. Augustine Beaches News Journal is distributed MONTHLY BY MAIL to the largest neighborhoods and more! 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8 Fresh, Local Seafood Prepared the Way You Like it! Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday 7:30am-10:30am Lunch & Dinner: 7 Days 11am-9:00pm Early Bird Specials: M-F 3:30pm-5:30pm St. Augustines Best Casual Oceanfront Restaurant GRILLED, FRIED, STEAMED, BROILED, SAUTEED or BLACKENED (904) 471-8700 45 Cubbedge Rd. Crescent Beach www.southbeachgrill.net Open For BREAKFAST Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Join Us For and more! St. Johns County Sheriffs Corner By David Shoar, St. Johns County Sheriff Hurricane Awareness Grand Opening Beaches Hot Dogs Formally Sweet Treats 701 A1A Beach Blvd. & A Street (904) 471-8026 Want Something different between your BUNS? Your suggestions are DOG GONE important to us... they keep us in business! Beaches Hot Dogs is locally owned & operated. Kim Packo Owner/Operator 10% Discount! Mention you saw this ad in the Beaches News Journal. dogs Ice Cream ISLAND DOG! It has been nearly 48 years since a hurricane that hurricane, Hurricane Dora has been the only one to strike from the east since records have been kept dating back to 1851. There are only a very small percentage of folks who remember the destruction that Hurricane Dora caused in the early morning hours of 10 September 1964. The storm made a direct hit at then sparsely populated Vilano Beach with its 120 mph winds and a storm surge of 12 feet. Dora continued east to Lake City and then made a right turn and traveled north through Georgia and the Carolinas before going out to sea. The storm caused one death directly and $280 million damage. Although we have been spared from devastating storms we should not let down our guard and be prepared if a hurricane is headed our way, remember it was not too long ago, we had the outer effects of three storms coming from the west coast that caused substantial damage. In addition, later this year marks the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew which caused devastation to South Florida. With that said, I would like to devote this months column on Hurricane Awareness or Safety. Hurricane season began at the beginning of last month and lasts until the end of November and meteorologists are predicting a near normal season in the Atlantic basin. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), predicts that there will be nine to 15 named storms. Of those they say between four and eight could reach hurricane strength and of those, one to three could become a major hurricane. You should be familiar with the terms Hurricane Watch and Hurricane Warning. A Watch is issued when conditions are favorable that a hurricane could strike in 36 hours. A Warning is issued when hurricane force winds are expected to strike in 24 hours. By this time you should already have an emergency plan for yourself and family and begin implementation of that plan. Some things to consider in your preliminary plans are: angles, it may not look the same once the storm passes. a shelter or at home. storm. storm. your structures (shutters, screens, eaves, gutters, antennas, satellites). have to evacuate. area. gas, electricity, and water. When a Hurricane Watch for your area is issued you should do the following: or NOAA Weather Radio, and Internet for updates. if they are in satisfactory condition include batteries. pressure. skylights. outside. for elderly, handicapped, etc. When a Hurricane Warning is issued here are some suggestions: Weather Radio. cover. drinking water. switch. Sometimes a hurricane path may not be predictable and evacuation orders could come at any time. If you are asked to evacuate, please do so early and know the route you will be taking. Remember there will be many folks taking the same route from a very large area so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to leave safely. Finally, if you refuse to leave following an evacuation order, here are some safety tips for riding out the storm: electricity goes off you can use the ice to keep food cold in the refrigerator. authorities. strong. covered. closet. object. Now is the time to go over your hurricane preparedness. If you have not made any emergency plans, you should do them now. Planning ahead will save you unnecessary stress from not knowing what to do or not having the supplies you will need to get you through the hurricane watch, warning, storm, and aftermath. Print and post this list on the refrigerator or somewhere it will be easily seen. Please visit our website, www.sjso.org for additional information concerning Hurricane Preparedness and of course feel free to drop me a line at dshoar@sjso.org. It is our hope at the St. Johns happy summer. Tell our advertisers and contributors you saw them in the Beaches News Journal

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9 Beaches Bistro By Paolo Pece, Cafe Atlantico cafeatlantico@comcast.net INSURANCE NETWORKFIRST FLORIDAFIRST FLORIDA IS ST.JOHNS COUNTYS PREMIER HOMEOWNER INSURANCE AGENCY St. Augustines Oldest Continuous Insurance Agency HOME REPLACEMENT YOUR HOMEOWNER INSURANCE PREMIUM ADDL DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE $200,000...............................................$578...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $250,000...............................................$763...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $300,000...............................................$912...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $350,000.............................................$1100...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $400,000.............................................$1027...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $450,000.............................................$1355...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $500,000.............................................$1503...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $550,000.............................................$1651...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $600,000.............................................$1800...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $650,000.............................................$1947...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $700,000.............................................$2098...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $750,000.............................................$2243...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $800,000.............................................$2390...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $850,000.............................................$2585...............................home/auto discount up to 20% $900,000.............................................$2687...............................home/auto discount up to 20%Prices based on 2010 Masonry Construction. East of the Intracoastal. Call us for the BEST rate for which you qualify. Quotes ar e subject to Underwriting Guidelines. St. Augustine Beaches News Journal July 2012 Issue STUFFED TOMATOES WITH CORN AND FRESH GOAT CHEESE The acids in fresh tomatoes achieve the best balance on the palate although the other ingredients and the method of preparation of a dish are also important. serves four crumbled to taste thyme Cut the tops off the large tomatoes and discard. Scoop out the seeds and pulp with a melon baller or spoon, reserving the shells. the cob. Combine the corn with the shallots and cheese in a small bowl. Add the cherry tomatoes and thyme leaves and mix gently with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. shells, mounding the tops. Serve on salad plates glossed with thyme oil, and garnish with additional cherry tomatoes and thyme sprigs. Contemporary Italian Grill 904-471-7332 647 A1A BEACH BLVD. ST. AUG. BEACH www.cafeatlantico.net Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5-Closing By the time you retire, your accumu lated wealth is usually at its height. The challenge now is to manage your assets so that they last as long as you do. Home gage, its still important to have protec disasters. Many insurance companies provide discounts for retirees because they spend more time at home; have more time to maintain their property; and are more likely to act promptly to correct small problems before they become big problems. Some retirees stay active by working need a supplemental liability policy that sider an umbrella policy to protect your accumulated assets. Real estate, securi ties, and savings could be wiped out by one lawsuit. Umbrella coverage adds a layer of protection beyond your standard homeowner and auto policies. Life earlier in life it is purchased. Retirees can still get life insurance, but should be prepared to pay a little more for it. For those who already have coverage, premiums will generally move higher as existing term insurance reaches the end of a set policy period and is up for renewal. Cash value coverage tends to have a set premium that was locked in years earlier. viving spouse, it is necessary to continue to pay the premium. Auto give discounts to drivers between the ages of 50 and 70. As drivers age, how ever, their abilities change. Many states mandate discounts for seniors who have successfully completed driver refresher training. Older drivers, those 70 and older, have higher rates of fatal crashes, based on miles driven, than any other group except very young drivers. These older drivers should expect to see their rates begin to rise. Health group health insurance through their or their spouses job. Most people who are 65 and older get Medicare from the federal government. Medicare has two parts: A) helps pay hospital bills; and B) helps pay for doctor bills. part of Medicare and is purchased from private insurers. It is designed to pay for the many services needed by people who and need regular care, either in their own care policy can help with daily living (such as bathing, eating, dressing, conti nence and mobility, and cognition). First Florida agents invite you to take their Quote Challenge. Call First Florida to discuss your current policy coverages. Their goal is to be certain you have the absolute best rate for which you firstfloridainsurance.com, or come by to visit one of First Floridas friendly agents. By Jane Tucker, First Florida Insurance Insurance Needs Change As You Grow Older

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10 What Part Would You Want To Be? By Rob Stanborough PT, DPT, MHSc, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT First Coast Rehabilitation (904) 829-3411 Answering questions about Home Owner lawn equipment. Featuring Mow St Augustine Power House spokes person. I recently heard an interviewer as If you were a body part, what part would you like to be? My mind raced through the pros/cons of each part, as did the interviewee. When I thought of the feet I knew there was no way. Think of the abuse they take transporting the body everywhere, carrying any extra weight the hands decide to pick up, being burned on beachs hot sand, shoved and cramped into certain shoes just to look good, stubbed on furniture, and even stepped on by other feet not fun. Needless to say, there are many conditions that can cause foot pain. One that I often treat is plantar fasciitis a very painful condition that can result in lifestyle changes. The tissues on the bottom of the foot act as a shock absorber primarily the aponeurosis. Although the exact cause of plantar fasciitis is not well known it is thought to occur when these tissues become irritated when exposed to repetitive stresses. feet, tight calf muscles or inappropriate shoe wear. Plantar fasciitis can be quite painful, out of bed. The tissues shorten while at rest during the evening and then are forced to stretch back out upon rising a painful process. If left untreated secondary problems can develop such changes in the walking pattern or even heel spurs. Surgery may be necessary in a few cases but most of the time it can be treated conservatively. Treatment may be as simple may be prescribed to help decrease pain the bottom of the foot or calf muscle may help, such as rolling the foot over a bottle or cylinder each morning. ineffective physical therapy may be necessary. A physical therapist may perform similar interventions as mention above. He/she may also incorporate massage, assess footwear, and perform manual stretches and/or exercises. One treatment that has been found to work especially well is ASTYM or Augmented Soft Tissue Manipulation. This treatment uses special tools to massage or manipulate the tissues. Cells within the tissues respond to the treatment by rebuilding the tissue so it will patients are able to maintain their lifestyles at work or recreational activities. If youve been diagnosed with plantar experiencing foot pain, treatment may be simple. The only way to know is to consult your MD and/or physical therapist. Feet are unsung heroes. You never know how valuable they are until something goes wrong. So stop abusing them and start taking care of them today. Rob Stanborough is a physical therapist serving St. Augustine for over author of Myofascial Manipulation:Theory & Application, 3rd ed by Proed Inc. He is American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists and has presented on the topic of soft tissue dysfunction in a variety of venues. Read previous columns posted on www. Hello Beach Readers. We have had some wonderful responses to Mow, some of you have a unique sense of humor, and some of you are just crazy. Mow whats on your mind this month? Lets talk safety. This past month we had an incident that could have gone ugly, after reviewing the scenario we realized this most likely has happened to any home owner that has loaded a riding mower for transporting. Common sense dictates that care should be used when transporting these machines. No one was hurt, not that kind of an incident. But thanks for asking, more like an incident of whoa that was scary and had us thinking about safety. These are lawn mowers with sharp blades and if not treated right they can hurt you. The last thing you want is to be hurt by a lawn mower when you are transporting it to or from a repair shop. Here are a few tips in regards to mower safety. 2. Do not mow the yard while children are playing in the yard. 3. Do not add fuel to the lawn mower while it is running or while it is hot, if you run out of fuel while mowing, let the mower cool off before refueling. Statically speaking, each year 80,000 Americans require hospital treatment for lawn mower accidents. The majority of those accidents are associated with children under debris that is picked up and thrown by the mowers spinning blades. Hmm. Interesting, inside information on a deal before it goes public to everyone What if you a home owner could try a Snapper NXT mower before you buy it? Thats all Thats all the time we have now, Thanks for the advice Mow. So until next month, remember St Augustine Power House is located at 125 Pope Road, right here on the island. Visit us at www.staugpowerhouse. com and if you have any questions for Mow email him askmow@ staugpowerhouse.com. Have I seen signs of the shift to a seller's market here in St. Augustine Beach? Yes, absolutely. shrinking. We have approximately 8.5 months of inventory right now. When it drops to 6 months, Buyers are waiting for each new house to hit the market. Sellers are getting closer to their full asking price, when priced well. Contracts in With a good agent and results like this, sellers are thrilled! Recently, one of my listings went under contract in just 8 hours. Many buyers are watching the market daily for their perfect home to come along. When it does, they are snapping it up. This is especially true in neighborhoods where few homes are well mean loosing a good house when it comes on the market now. These are all good signs for St. Augustine. I feel very excited about the real estate future for our area. How do you think things are changing? If you have been waiting to sell your house, now is a great time. Buyers are getting mortgages buyers are just waiting for the right home to be Im here to help you with your real estate needs. Rebecca Romaine, Realtor rebeccaromaine.com. A Shift in the Real Estate Market THE PLAYERS Championship Boys & Girls Club in St. Augustine announced it has chosen LaQuiz Findley, a 7th grade student at Murray Middle School, as their Youth of the Month. Monthly a stand out member is selected by staff based on behavior and academic achievements. LaQuiz is an ardent assistant to staff and is a good role model to other Club members. Club mentors point out her good behavior, positive interaction with fellow members, and respect for others. She does well in school, enjoys reading and science, and has set a goal of one day becoming a teacher or doctor. LaQuiz participates in the Boys & Girls Club SMART Girls program, which teaches girls ages 10 12 about the changes and challenges they will encounter as teenagers. She enjoys College. St. Augustines Boys & Girls Club provides trained youth ages 6 to 18 years of age. The St. Augustine Club, located at 555 W. King Street, is devoted to youth development outcomes and incorporates key elements into engaging activities that encourage its members to become productive, caring and responsible citizens. Through researched and nationally prescribed programs, the club promotes positive values, a commitment to learning, positive and community involvement. The St. Augustine Unit is a branch of Boys & Girls Clubs Girls Clubs of America. For further information regarding The Boys & Girls Club please contact St. Augustines Community Liaison/Youth Advocate, Girls & Boys Club Youth of the Month

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11 St. Augustine Shores Observer October 2011 See a full listing of our services and specialists at www.firstcoastrehab.com where patient care comes first829-3411 1 University Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32086 Scar Tissue may be the underlying problem if you are limited by pain or immobility from: Abdominal surgery Back surgery Burns Chemo ports Contractures Crush injury C-section Diabetic injection sites Endometriosis Fracture Infection Joint replacement Mastectomy Open-heart surgery Plantar Fasciitis Repetitive stress injury Superficial scar Surgical adhesions Tennis or golfers elbow Trauma Scar tissue is part of the bodys normal healing process, but sometimes it gets out of control. In these cases, scar restricts the bodys natural movement...and those restrictions cause pain. Thats where we come in. Scar tissue hurts.Y ou dont have to.

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12 Top Producer For Watson Watson Realty Corp. St. Augustine Beach Elaine Wallace Call Elaine at (904) 347-5439 3175-1 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach Broker/Associate, PA www.oldcitystaugustinehomes.com 2008 Best Real Estate Agency Choose Watson. Get More. TOP PRODUCER St. Augustines Top Producer, Eaine Wallace, has hit a level of achievement in real estate that few agents reach. Buying or selling, let Elaine put her experience to work for you. OCEANFRONT W/POOL IN SEA COLONY Amazing panoramic views from 4BR/5BA European style home upgrades. Great architectural features, high end windows and doors, coquina shell concrete walk, privacy wall, premium lighting, quality cabinets, stone countertops, high end appliances, tumbled travertine stone OCEAN GRANDE INTRACOASTAL CONDO. Located in a serene and peaceful setting, th is like new 3 BR/3BA unit has upgrades galore. Chefs kitchen has center island, granite countertops and those cool winter evenings. Gas grill on large screened porch overlooking the marsh and Intracoastal for spectacular views. Tranquility and beauty in Ponte Vedra await you! $419,000. OCEAN VIEW BEACH HOME in Sea and whistles, designed for beach lovers! free materials available. 4BR/4.5BA and over 3,000 sq ft of luxury. Chefs kitchen with granite, SS upscale appliances, warming oven, wine cooler. A coastal home with great style and a must see! Gated oceanfront community with pool, clubhouse and beach walkovers. $1,275,000. OCEAN VIEW HOME WITH ELEVATOR in Sea Colony of St. Augustine. Beautiful 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home features gorgeous beach views in. Home features a Ocean views from second and third levels and the tower room. Over 3,600 sq ft of upscale coastal living awaits you! $1,090,000. BEAUTIFUL ESTATE HOME IN PALENCIA. This gorgeous home is located in a gated section of Palencia, it has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3 car garage, 5th bedroom on media room. Large kitchen with 41 uppers, great appliances, amazing amount of counter space. David Weekly home with childrens retreat. Views galore with water views to make you feel you are in your own private island. The screened outdoor space with pool and Jacuzzi makes you feel you are on a constant vacation. $599,000. JUST LISTED BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM HOME IN SEA COLONY. 4 bedrooms, 2 full & 2 half baths, and gorgeous ocean view for the discriminating buyer. One of the largest gourmet chef's kitchens you'll ever see w/granite counters, custom cherry cabinets & throughout. Upscale features include: tower room, & large screened porch. Let the elevator take you to has own irrigation system. A great buy! $1,075,000 EXCLUSIVE SEA COLONY SEASIDE ESTATE : Gorgeous estate nestled among and private entry bridge, in the private estate area of exclusive Sea Colony. This lovely home offers 4,700 sq ft of living space, 5BRM, 4.5BTH, 7 fabulous porches, imported cedar shake shingles, and extensive upgrades. Tower affords sunrise and sunset views of the ocean, the intracoastal and waterway. $1,378,000. OCEAN FRONT SAND DOLLAR END UNIT. This beautiful 3BRM/2BTH condo has large windows, lots of natural light, fantastic views. Light & bright condo to enjoy year the building with views galore of the intracoastal and ocean. Building offers parking, pool & private walkover to beach. Complex has elevators, tennis, parking garage & additional owner storage area. $469,000. JUST LISTED SEA COLONY GEM. WOW! is the only word to describe this beautiful ocean view sea worthy gem. Bermuda style home with open features include full house vinyl clad wrap barrier, cellulose insulation, 3 instant hot water units and a 6 zone Lennox HEPA/HVAC system for maximum comfort, hardwood and private courtyard with pool, steps from the describe this house. $1,490,000. WHAT A PRICE, IT WONT LAST Wonderful 3BRM/2BATH pool home is located in desirable beach subdivision, Marshview Estates. This home is totally remodeled with new carpet, interior paint, many new windows, new pool pump and irrigation pump. This is a great house for a great price. $289,900 BEAUTIFUL BEACH HOUSE. This 4BRM/3BATH home is for all beach lovers, live the good life and enjoy the sounds and breezes of St Augustine Beach. Just 3 houses away from the ocean. Many updates include new a/c 15 seer 5 T, new paint, 2005 roof, and screened porch, laundry room and oversize garage. Lot size 117 x 123. A must see! $500,000. PELICAN REEF LOTS FOR SALE! 191 Spartina Ave. $144,900 136 Spoonbill Point $149,000 117 Spoonbill point $ 69,900 SEA COLONY LOTS FOR SALE! 912 Ocean Palm Way $119,900 892 Ocean Palm Way $149,000 883 Ocean Palm Way $199,900 GREAT LOTS FOR SALE! GRAND OAKS ESTATE 109 Grand Oaks $199,000 MARSH CREEK 184 Herons Nest Ln. $229,000 ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE OCEAN 225 Dondanville Rd. $ 99,000 ANATASIA DUNES 353 Ocean Forrest Dr. $174,900 GREAT BUY IN ST. AUGUSTINE! Beautiful 2 BRMS/2Baths plus a cozy den that can easily be converted into a bedroom. Light and airy with a sunroom off the back of the home with an abundance of windows that faces the preserves. This home has been bumped out 4 feet to allow for a larger garage, pantry, bathroom and kitchen. Designed to be almost maintenance free with concrete block construction and a 25 year architectural roof. $229,000 GREAT VALUE IN THIS GREAT POOL HOME Great value in this 2 story, 4brm/2.5bth pool home with almost 3000 sq ft of living space, in Marsh Creek a gated community. This home has great privacy with the preserves on one side and on the back. The 4th bedroom can covered patio where you can enjoy the deer and other wild life. $399,000