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Beaches News Journal 1965 A1A SOUTH #180 ST AUGUSTINE, FL 32080-6509 News Journal St.Au Update 1 Plant for a More Beautiful America Whats Inside The This Month PRSRT SDT US POSTAGE PAID ST. AUGUSTINE, FL PERMIT #132 NEWS FOR AND ABOUT RESIDENTS OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE BEACHES AREA Back to School Safety From Holy Ireland To Holy Russa St.AugustineBeaches August 2013 his City & Community St. Augustine Beach Mayor S. Gary Snodgrass along with community leaders and city staff held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the Renovation and Grand Re-Opening of Splash Park. Located at the St. Augustine Beach City Pier, Splash Park was built in 2007 through many community efforts spearheaded by Jennifer Sauvage, (continued page 3) Photo L to R St. Augustine Beach Chief of Police Robert Hardwick announced the 2013 National Night Out at the Beach will take place Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 6-8pm. The event takes place at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park 350 A1A Beach blvd; St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080. The City of St. Augustine Beach Police Department is partnering with multiple Law Enforcement Agencies, The Oasis Bar and Grill, Sunset Grille, the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association, multiple National Association of Town Watch to present the 2013 National Night Out at the Beach. There will be food, drink, exhibitors, child safety education information, DNA kits, emergency vehicles, law National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to: (1) heighten crime prevention awareness, (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized In 2012 NNO involved 37.5 million people in 15,704 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian citys, and military bases world wide (www.nationaltownwatch.org). Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, fairs, and youth events. For more information contact Michelle Price at the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael Cunningham, email: email@example.com. National Night Out at the Beach Friends of A1A Scenic Historic & Coastal Byway has undergone a transformation. A recent change in the Board of Directors has resulted in a new enthusiasm for the coastal byway and the preservation of our incredible resources. The team is ready to serve and has already begun creating committees to make every event on our schedule exciting and meaningful for those who participate. The Executive Committee consists of President -Bob Samuels; Vice President Commissioner Sandra Siepietoski; Secretary Danielle Anderson; and Treasurer Commissioner Bill McClure with Sallie O'Hara continuing to serve as Byway Administrator. Volunteer Coordinator Gerald Yule has been key in organizing volunteers to serve during community events over the past two months. Opportunities to be a part of this dynamic change are available! For more information, contact Sallie O'Hara at (904) 425-8055 or our new Program Assistant Joan Kramer at J_Kramer@scenica1a.org. Remember to report volunteer hours as you are valuable to our mission!!! Friends of A1A Secic Historic & Coastal Byways
St. Augustine Beaches News Journal August 2013 2 Come out of your shell The jewelry professionals at Carters Jewelry have a combined total of 100 years of knowledge and experience. The store has a Graduate Gemologist on staff to meet your special needs. Carters Jewelry is a full service jewelry store with a $2 million inventory of diamonds, colored stones, gold, silver, pearts and more. Carters Jewelry is conveniently located to serve you in the Anastasia Publix Plaza. 471-1023 Open Tues Fri 10 am 6 pm, Sat 10 am 4 pm www. cartersjewelry.net A few months ago the St. Augustine Beach City Commissioners presented a plaque to Mr. Robert Samuels for his ten years of service to the community as president of the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association. Photo to the right is Mayor S. Gary Snodgrass making the presentation to Bob Samuels. Under his leadership, the Association expanded the weekly farmers' market and the December Surf Illumination event to mark the start of the winter holiday season in the city, organized A Taste of the Beach each May, and the spring/summer Concerts by the Sea, which go from early May to the end of September. With over 13 years with the Civic Assocciation, 10 as President, he has now stepped down from the reigns, but continues as Vice President and Board Member and a leading resource for the St. Augustine group as well as the city of St. Augustine Beach. Bob commented, I am going to step back some and let new leadership take over most of the responsibility so I can do a few other things. Bobs contribution to the city and the community has been vast over the past years. Here is a few examples of his leadership accomplishments with the Civic Association: In January 2001 he presented and received approval from The St. Augustine Beach City Commission to add Arts & Crafts to the recently begun Farmers Market that increased the number of vendors from 6 to now has reached 80 with a waiting list to participate. In December 2001 he started the Surf Illumination community Christmas celebration with the help of Marcus Nevacoff. It started with volunteers strunging lights on Pier Park buildings and some palm trees along with decorating the Christmas Tree and getting Santa to visit with the children. In 2002 he started the Music by the Sea Concert Series in the spring with just a few performances that were enjoyed so much that an expanded concert series was requested by the attendees. In 2006 he started Taste of the Beach to promote our local island restaurants been able to donate over $6,000 a year for many years. He started the Participating Merchant Program with many of our local restaurants and businesses to promote support for shopping locally with members receiving discounts. Under his leadership over the years the Civic Association has been the major sponsor of the citys Arbor Day Event, partnered with the Sons of Italy to build and maintain the Bocce Courts, donated to the building of Splash Park and the Veterans Memorial. The Civic Association has also helped to organize or sponsor annual events such as: Ron Parker Day, National Police NIght Out, Veterans Day, Beach Blastoff, Second Robert Samuels Continues his service to his City & Community by Cliff Logsdon, Beaches Publisher Sunday Concerts in the Sculpture Park, Meet the Candidates Night. The Civic Association has also such as: The Art Studio, The SAB Community Garden, Play It Forward, Early Learning Coalition, Seniors vs Crime, Friends of Scenic A1A and many other orgnaizations There are numerous other sponsorships and activities of the Civic Association over the past 13 years that Bob has overseeen and coordinated. I truly believe that St. Augustine Beach has been enriched by and enjoyed a quailty beach lifestyle because of the dedicated efforts of the many volunteers who have made a positive contribution to our community, Bob commented. I think we all agree. Along with continuing making a major contibution to the Civic Association, and his community, he is also continuing to reach out in other way to serve. He is now the President of A1A Scenic Highway. Based on his success with the SABCA and past record, he will be a big asset to them. Thank you Bob, keep up the good work! You should also thank him, when you see him around town. 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Free Concert Series Location: St. Johns County Pier Park St. Augustine Beach 350 A1A Beach Boulevard (904) 347-8007 thecivicassociation.org Dinner At 6 p.m. Concert At 7 p.m. Every Wednesday Thru September July 31st Aint 2 Proud 2 Beg Classic R/R Zaharias Restaurant August 7th Mid Life Crisis Classic R/R Sea Oats Cafe August 21st Smokin Mirrors R/R Ripe Bistro Wednesdays at Pier Park Come spend Wednesdays at the Beach Shop the Market in the Morning Concert in the evening in between enjoy the Pier and the Beach! Come and spend the morning shopping 90 venders including Farm Produce, Arts & Crafts, and other various venders to choose from. Open from 8:00 am until 12:30 pm
St. Augustine Beaches News Journal August 2013 3 NEW LISTING 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 4BR/4.5BA open maintenance-free materials. Windows are hurricane resistant to 125 MPH. Kitchen w/granite, SS appliances and more. In beautiful gated community pool, clubhouse and private access to the ocean. Perfect upscale beach house! $1,190,000 FLEMING ISLAND-AMAZING Southerly Lane. 3BR/2.5BA home displays character exemplary moulding. Remodeled kitchen with upscale appliances and beautiful cabinetry. Views of Peters Creek and the St. Johns River from almost any room. New TREX deck with LED lighting. $489,000 AMAZING PANORAMIC VIEWS Way. 4 BR/5 BA European style home w/upgrades--great architectural features, high end windows & doors, coquina shell concrete walkway, privacy wall and driveway. Premium lighting. Quality cabinets w/stone countertops and Viking appliances. $2,150,000 Kings Rd South. Beautiful 4BR/2BA home is better than new. Travertine area. All SS appliances and Corian kitchen countertops. Custom designed double front door. This is one of the most attractive homes in Oakbrook-gated cmty w/clubhouse, tennis, pool &playground. $250,000 Seascape Circle. Beautiful 5BR/3.5BA home that offers an Ocean view from almost all roomssold as is, but in this 3 -story Crescent Beach home made elevator. If you love ocean breezes and comfortable living, you will want to see this one! $899,000 NEW PRICE NEW LISTING BREATHTAKING OCEAN Beautiful 4BR/4.5BA home on a street of Old Florida style homes. Ocean views from 2nd/3rd and tower room take your elevator to all levels. Chefs ceiling make this home perfect for you and your guests. In Sea Colony gated cmty. $1,199,000 Dune Dr. Spacious 5BR/4.5BA home in the gated community of Sea Colony. Chefs kitchen with all the bells and whistles & large bkfst room. Elevator takes you to all 3 levels of Maintenance-free decking on front counters, stainless steel appliances, much more to see. FABULOUS POOL HOME Night Hawk Ln. Beautiful custom home boasts 4,950 sf of living area w/5BR/5.5BA, multiple decks & 4 car garage-A/C & wkshp. Screened Patio and Pool. Separate guest qtrs perfect for visitors, 25x20 bonus/media room, 2 full kitchens (Stainless applcs), St. Aug beach! $779,000 AMAZING LOT IN ESTATE Ocean Palm Way. Beautiful lot with Cedars and Oaks in one of the most desirable gated communities in St. Augustine. Large estate homes section where you can build your new dream home. Community offers security, pool, clubhouse, and 4 private ocean walkovers. Bring your plans and enjoy! $249,000 LARGE CORNER LOT IN SEA Way Lot is in prestigious Estate Section where all homes have large lots. Custom homes in this section are large and beautiful built in Old Florida style. Cmty is the premiere neighborhood in St. Augustine Beach-beautiful pool w/pavilion & kitchen. Buy today and start to plan your dream home tomorrow. $259,000 8550 A1A South, Unit 259. Recently remodeled 2BR/2.5BAnew Lennox 2 Ton A/C and air handler with 10 year warranty. New paint, carpet, balcony and much more. Completely furnished and located in a complex with 4 heated pools, tennis, racquetball, playground, and boat storage. Great investment property for the discriminating condo buyer! GREAT LOTS FOR SALE Hawaiian Isle Estates $59,000 Pelican Reef $69,900 Pelican Reef $117,000 Boyd Beach $149,000 Grand Oaks $169,000 Serenity Bay $249,000 Coquina Gables $279,000 NEW CONSTRUCTION 353 Open living spaces in this 4BR/2.5BA home in Anastasia Dunes. Gourmet kitchen features large island and is open to the Dining Room. Large bonus space under the housegreat for boat or beach toys. Oversized screened porch space. Side entry oversized garage with extra storage to help keep your dream home organized. $749,900 EXCEPTIONAL DIRECT OCEAN This 2BR/2BA condo has fresh paint in the interior, new hurricane shutters and new appliances. Sold as is, with 1,315 sf of living space and large patio overlooking the Ocean. One car carport with guest parking in the Ocean Sunrise community. $459,900 SALT RUN ESTATE. 953 Lew 5BR/4.5BA waterfront estate with private entry. Old World Charm with all the amenitiesChefs kitchen, fp, beveled glass French doors, pool and Jacuzzi, patio w/beadboard ceiling and to dawn lighting lets you truly enjoy this paradise estate. $1,975,000
St. Augustine Beaches News Journal August 2013 4 News From Around St. Johns County St. Augustine Crescent Beach ATLANTIC OCEAN St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Shores Beach. The check amount was just over $6,700. Photo left to right: Frank Ward, Bob Samuels, Joyce Mahr, Mike Mele, Paul Salva. Cindy and Benk Dagevos, the previous owners of FA Cafe, have opened a new business at 305 A1A Beach Blvd. next to the restaruant called LYMI Oddities. The retail store features shabby chic and other eclectic furniture and home decor jewelry and other arts featuriing local artists. A line of LYMI (Luv Ya Mean it) beach apparel including 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. You oddities or for information call 904-827-7383. ST AUGUSTINE 155 SR312 West (904) 819-9093 CARRABBAS.COMCome to Carrabbas tonight for one of our signature dishes, Chicken Bryan. Enjoy delicious wood-grilled chicken with caprino cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, topped with our basil lemon butter sauce. ENJOY A TASTE OF TONIGHT The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Anastasia State Park, in conjunction with the Friends of Anastasia are holding an art contest. For our 10th Annual Endless Summer 10K XC Run to be held on September 21, 2013, we are seeking an artists design for the race t-shirts. The topic of design is your favorite thing about Anastasia State Park! This contest runs now to June 30th, is open to all ages, and will be limited to four colors. (Black is considered a color). Media of any kind including photography, oil, watercolor, computer generated, and sketch will be accepted. Art must be submitted on 8x11 paper. The words: 10th Annual Endless Summer 10K XC Run 2013 and Anastasia State Park must be incorporated in the design. Each entry must be accompanied by a signed registration form obtainable at www.endlesssummerrun.org or by contacting Cristy Leonard. The deadline for the contest is June 30, 2013. The winner will get their design printed on over 200 t-shirts, have the opportunity to be on hand and to enter the contest. Anastasia State Parks goal is to provide access for people of all abilities. If you have any special needs, please contact park staff at (904) 461-2033 before your arrival. Accessible parking is provided throughout the park. For more information, visit www. CALLING ALL ARTISTS Endless Summer Run shirt design contest open to all ages Temple Bet Yam in St Augustine, will hold a Membership Fair and Religious School Meet and Greet on Sunday morning, August 18. The Religious School portion will begin at 9:00 A.M. and the Membership Fair will begin at 10:00 A.M. Both will conclude at noon. Light refreshments will be served. Religious School Director, Joan Guglielmo invites families interested in giving their child(ren) a Jewish education, a chance to meet Rabbi Fred Raskind and talk with the Religious School staff. "The Religious School welcomes children from PreK through high school. Our multi level program is designed to help students develop a strong sense of Jewish identity within an enthusiastic and compassionate environment." Parents will also receive written information on school calendar, fees, and the exciting new curriculum During the Membership Fair, those interested in learning more about Temple Bet Yam will have an opportunity to meet Rabbi Fred Raskind, and talk with Board members about the diverse activities TBY has to offer. Barbara Rogove, Membership Chair relates, the congregation and the amazing choir that we joined immediately." Temple Bet Yam, known for its warm, welcoming congregation, offers a wealth of opportunities to become active. TBY invites everyone, whether very interested, or just mildly curious, to join them on August 18th to learn more. Temple Bet Yam, a Reform congregation, is located at 2055 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32086. Founded in 1993, TBY is a growing congregation of 125 families of traditional and interfaith backgrounds. For more information on the Temple, call 819-1875 or visit the Temple's website at www.templebetyam.org. Religious School Meet & Greet St. Johns River State College is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of children and families in Floridas public schools. A new scholarship is now available for students enrolling in SJR States Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. The Florida Fund for Minority Teachers (FFMT) program is a scholarship opportunity for African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and Native American students. The program was also designed to assist in the retention and success of the To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must: program application Minority teacher education scholar graduates are not required to repay the scholarship amount so long as the scholar teaches in a Florida public school. A scholar may repay the entire scholarship amount by remaining employed as a Florida public school teacher for 1 year for each year he or she received the scholarship. For more information regarding the scholarship and applicant selection, visit the website at www.sjrstate.edu/teachereducation.html or call 386-312-4242. SJRSC New scholarship Feared toward Education Majors
St. Augustine Beaches News Journal August 2013 5 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 At its July 1, 2013 regular meeting, the St. Augustine Beach City Commission took the following actions: 1. Approved the Police Department support personnel. 2. Approved a permit for a wedding to be held on November 9, 2013 at the county pier pavilion. 3. Approved vacating a short, dead end section of 2nd Avenue south of F Street. 4. Approved funds being allocated for the Events Coordinator's work. 5. Approved three resolutions to amend the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. 6. Heard a report on the respective strategic plan issues that the Mayor and each Commissioner had adopted to develop further. In particular, Mayor Snodgrass presented his proposed performance evaluation form for the department heads and the city manager, and his study which showed that the pay the city provides its employees is competitive with the pay provided by other cities of similar size. 7. Reviewed the social media policy proposed by Commissioner Samuels and asked that she work further with the city attorney on the policy's development and 8. Reviewed the report prepared by the city's grant consultant and directed that the consultant help the city write a grant for pedestrian/bicycle safety and for dune enhancement/restoration. 9. Discussed with Commissioner Helhoski his request that the city's regulations regarding the sale of vehicles on private property be made less burdensome. Commissioner Helhoski will work with the city attorney on an ordinance. 10. Discussed the defacing of public actions. The city attorney is to work with the police chief on terms for an ordinance. 11. Tabled to the next meeting the discussion concerning the regulation of storage trailers. 12. Approved the city manager advertising for proposals for workers' compensation insurance. 13. Took no action concerning the adoption of guidelines for the writing of articles and news releases by city board over the next two to three months what is in the articles written by the board members 14. Approved Commissioner Samuels being the city's voting delegate to the 87th annual Florida League of Cities' conference in August. the city's Fiscal Year 2014 on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the commission meeting room. The public is invited to attend. The city commission's next regular meeting will be held on Monday, August 5, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. Steve Cupalo, Jill Atwood, John Reardon and Marc Chattin. Over the past several months, more than $40,000 in renovations have been completed that include added water features, new pumps, new entry, new restroom facilities, relocation of showers and playground. The majority funds for the renovation came from Beach Blast Off, a New Years Eve Event that celebrates the Arts and Culture of St. Augustine Beach. Additional funds of $3453 came from the Citys Parks and Recreation Impact fees. For more information contact Michael Cunningham, Events Coordinator, at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org. Splash Park (continued from page 1) FOSAA (Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre) will again "Pack the Bus" at the upcoming Back2School Beach Fest on Saturday, August 10th. The school bus will be parked at the Amphitheatre from 5:00 P.M 9:00 PM to collect new school supplies for St. Johns County Public School students. The public is encouraged to stop by with donations when they come to the Amphitheatre for the evening events. FOSAA will give one FOSAA tee shirt to every family, or individual donor, as a way of saying "thanks." FOSAA is proud to again be a sponsor of Keepers of the Coast's Back2School Beach Fest. FOSAA provides grants to assist them in utilizing the Amphitheatre for their own events, or to bring school children to special performances and events. Those interested in seeking a grant can go to fosaa.org for an application, or they can call Carol Gladstone at 471-4113 for more information. Friends of St. Augustine Amphitheatre to Pack the Bus at Beachfest
St. Augustine Beaches News Journal August 2013 6 S. Gary Snodgrass, Mayor City of St. Augustine Beach, FL Message from the Mayor St. Augustine Beach Professional Packing, Shipping & Mailing Service Center (904)460-0022 With Safe ShipYou Have Options For info & directions please see www.safeshipstaug.com The beach has been a very busy place so far this summer. Both our local friends and our out of town guests are enjoying our newly re-nourished beach along with The Wednesday market and the 11th annual Music by the Sea Concert Series. On Wednesday as over 1600 people enjoyed the music of The Falling Bones. In August we'll enjoy music from popular bands Mid Life Crisis, Jimmy Parrish and the Ocean Waves, Smokin Mirrors and Big Lonesome. Bring your cooler and your beach chair and join us every Wednesday Night at the St Johns County Pier Pavilion. A complete schedule of bands and restaurants is available on our website at www. thecivicassociation.org In other happenings on the island you may want to check out these events coming up in August... Saturday August 3rd until 10 Amphitheater. Live music, food, has done remarkable work to help provided quality medical care for people in Kenya. Kijiji works with DaVita Medical Missions to provide much needed dialysis equipment and treatment to those in need. The event is being organized by Martin of the Kenya Coffee. Many of us know Martin from his work at our local Farmer's Markets. For more information on the event please visit www.kijijiinternational. org or call 904-554-1073 Tuesday August 6th National Night Out presented by the St Augustine Beach Police Chief Robert Hardwick and his team will be at the St Johns County Pier Pavilion food, drink, exhibitors, child safety education information, DNA kits, emergency vehicles, law enforcement personnel, Chief Robert Hardwick has enlisted the help of other law enforcement agencies, local businesses including the Sunset Grille and The Oasis. The St Augustine Beach Civic Association will again be working with the Police Department as a sponsor of the annual bicycle giveaway. The event runs from 6 until 8 pm. While we at The Civic Association share information and try to refrain from getting involved in politics, sometimes that is just not realistic or possible. As President of the Civic Association I have sent a letter of complaint to Glen Hasting so the St Johns County Tourism Development Commission regarding the TDC's grant process. Many local events are funded by grants from the TDC. The grant money comes from a bed tax on hotel rooms rented here in St Johns County. The 32080 zip code generates the largest percentage of bed tax revenue. The Civic Association is concerned about the TDC Funding Panel decision not to fully fund out annual free concert series and we are upset that the City of St Augustine Beach was denied funding for the Beach Blast Off Festival that historically draws thousands of visitors to our community during a time of the year that is traditionally slow for our hotels and restaurants. Our 32080 zip code is apparently good enough to raise money for the TDC but for some reason is not being given the same consideration as other zip codes as money is doled out. Please visit our website at www.thecivicassociation. org to see the entire letter. Thanks to all who support our organizations effort to improve our quality of life and the experience of visitors to our community. If you are not a member of the St Augustine Beach Civic Association please visit our website and become a member today for just $10. Your membership supports our great local programs and you'll receive discounts at over 80 businesses here on the island. Questions, comments? Please e-mail me at email@example.com See you at the beach! In early 2013, THE ART STUDIO of St. Augustine Beach opened its' doors to the public. Located at St. Johns County Pier Park in the west end of the historic Cultural Arts Center Building, this venue hosts art classes and provides gallery space exhibiting the works of local artists. The public is welcome to visit the studio whenever the OPEN sign is displayed on the door. Several years in the planning, with donors and countless hours of volunteer efforts, the space continues to evolve as a charming small community based art studio. This is a dream come true for all in the St. Augustine area. Dues are $20 per year. Fifteen hours of Open Studio time is provided for members and an opportunity to display art as space permits. Please contact Paul Slava, president of the Board of Directors for membership information (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our September column will be devoted to the future project of a clay and sculpture studio with outdoor sculpture garden. The small historic "outbuilding" located between The Cultural Arts Center Building and the Bocce Ball courts will be transformed into a teaching/working center for clay and sculpture. A Halloween fundraiser to support this effort is being planned for Friday, October 25th. Plan to join the party for "The Haunting at The Art Studio ". Please visit our website at www.beachartstudio.com for further information on The Art Studio. The little studio that could........and did." The Art Studio of St. Augustine Beach by Jan Heusdens email@example.com www.beachartstudio.com Greetings fellow citizens! Here are some comments about important developments within our City: As outlined previously, the City will formally review its Charter for possible Charter changes, if any, as approved by the Commission will be presented for a general vote of the Citys registered voters in the fall of 2014. A Charter Review Committee composed of citizens selected recently by the Commission has been established to review the Charter and The Charter Review Committee will hold will be facilitated by Ms. Marilyn Crotty, Director, Florida Institute of Government, University of Central Florida. All Charter Review Committee meetings, which will be held at City Hall, are open to the public. meeting dates and times. Police Department Report At its July 1, 2013 meeting, the Commission received and formally approved a comprehensive report from Police Chief Robert Hardwick covering an assessment he had conducted of the Police Department, at the request of the Commission, including its policies, procedures and practices, its mission Since his appointment in January 2013, Chief Hardwick has implemented a number professionalism and effectiveness of the agency and to restore trust and credibility of the Citys law enforcement agency. The Citys Police Department will retain a fully staffed local community policing effort augmented by services provided This approach is designed to ensure the safety and security of citizens and visitors. Importantly, the plan going forward provides a pathway to ensure that the Citys Police Department becomes a fully State accredited law enforcement agency by January 2015 or sooner. Ongoing City Projects 2nd Avenue/10th Street Drainage Project This project calls for the piping of the 2nd Avenue ditch from C Street north to 10th Street, and then west along 10th to a ditch on the east side of property owned by Runk Corporation. The project will facilitate the removal of storm water rain. Projected costs: $593,000. With brick pavers, the City will improve the plaza at the northeast corner of A1A Beach Boulevard and 8th Street. Projected costs: $40,000. Solar Panels The City is exploring the possibility of placing solar energy panels on the City Hall roof. This could generate enough electricity to provide for power for lighting and heating/cooling. More information on this effort will be provided at a later date. At a special meeting on Monday, July 29, the City Commission will review the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget, and will make decisions concerning such matters as employees pay adjustments, medical health care plan for employees, major projects and purchases, such as vehicles, and the tentative property tax millage for FY 2014, which will begin October 1, 2013. Two public hearings on the proposed budget will be held in September. The public is invited to attend all budget meetings. 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, Mayor.
St. Augustine Beaches News Journal August 2013 7 St. Augustine Beach City Manager Financial Focus Edward Jones 4108 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080 www.edwardjones.com MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING that her retirement question shouldnt be answered by a call center. Connie Reep Financial Advisor Ben Reep Financial Advisor Dont Get Trampled The focus of my past two essays has been mainly on me, myself and I, that unholy trinity of the ego and the preeningly self-absorbed. Its time to give you a likely welcomed break from all that feather stroking. Well do this by providing you with information about topics that you might actually be interested in, or something to that effect. I guess that makes some sense. So, with your approval, Ill bring you up to date on a few of the many, and thus too numerous to count, matters that concern our little government in paradise here. Because the information exceeds the print space that the editor so generously gives me in a single issue of this, your favorite monthly newspaper, my update will have to be in two parts. year (FY) will begin on October 1, 2013, and end on September 30, 2014. Please FY for Floridas cities and counties isnt the same as the calendar year, or why the June 30th. Like stuff, such apparently just happens, with the cause lost in the mists of the past. The citys well-experienced Finance Director, Ms. Melissa Burns, begins June. She meets with the department heads to learn what they regard as essential for their respective budgets; she notes in various sources trends in revenues and the newly mandated expenditures that the Florida legislature has imposed. In late June or early July, she receives revenue estimates from the state for key sources of money, such as the half cent sales tax, and from the countys property appraiser the estimated assessed value of all privately-owned real estate in the city. This information is crucial, because property taxes are the citys main revenue source. Ms. Burns can then determine how much money the city will receive at the current millage decrease is possible or an increase needed in order to provide the city with enough income to meet its expenses in the millage levy is 2.3992 mills, or $2.3992 for every $1,000 of the assessed value of a residence, commercial building or vacant lot or tract of land. Thus, if the property appraiser determines that the value of your house is $200,000 after all the allowed exemptions have been deducted, then your city property tax will be: 200,000 divided by 1,000 times 2.3992, or $479.84. I cant say at this time what millage level the city commission will adopt for decision are how much revenue the city will receive from other sources, and the costs of fuel, electricity, insurance, vehicles, major items of equipment and major construction projects. On the budgets expenditure side, the commission will need to make decisions concerning employee pay raises, whether changes in the employees health insurance plan are needed to reduce costs, and whether the city can afford, for example, to buy new vehicles or do certain construction projects. The city commission will review the proposed FY 14 budget at a special meeting on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., in the city hall, and will at that meeting set the tentative millage. The property appraiser will include this information in the notice thats mailed in August to all property owners in the city, along with the on the budget. This is usually held at the city commissions regular meeting on the second Monday in September at 7:00 p.m. Citizens are invited to comment on the proposed budget at these meetings and any other the commission may hold concerning the budget. The public can review the budget at citys website at www.staugbch.com. Citizens with questions about the budget 2122, or send an email to the Deputy City Clerk, Ms. Cathy Benson, at sabadmin@ cityofsab.org. 2. Off-Beach Parking Study. An entire essay could be devoted just to two questions: whether its possible to have enough public land for off-beach parking in a barrier island city; and whether the city alone should be responsible for paying the costs to construct such parking areas when the beach is a recreational magnet for visitors from areas far beyond the citys boundaries. But, for the present, Ill just highlight a parking study that was prepared for the city by a county consultant hired to study the availability of parking areas along the countys entire coast. The city paid $6,200 for that part of the study that was an inventory of off-beach parking within the citys limits. The consultant described several parking areas that already exist, such as the pier park and the east end of Pope Road, and suggested (continued on page 11) UPDATE I Is it bizarre to believe your retirement concerns should be addressed by an actual human being not a menu of options? Of course not. Thats why our in neighborhoods like yours, not a call center in who-knows-where. So face-toface attention is a given. Join the rearly 7 million investors who know face time and think time make sense. Every year in early July, thousands of people run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. 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On the other hand, when an investments price has shot up, these same investors will often keep buying more shares, hoping to reap even bigger gains even if the investment has now become quite expensive, as measured by the price-to-earnings ratio, and has little upside potential remaining. Instead of emulating other investors, and create a viable strategy for achieving them, taking into account your risk tolerance and time horizon. Look for quality investments and hold them for the long term. Dont be discouraged by the inevitable market downturns, but be ready to adjust your portfolio as needed. Above all else, be patient and disciplined, always keeping your eye on your ultimate objectives. It can feel comfortable when youre in the midst of a herd but it can lead you to places where, as an investor, you dont want to go. Steer clear of the crowds and go your own way.
St. Augustine Beaches News Journal August 2013 8 St. Augustine Beaches Palmquist@comcast.net Spiritually Speaking firstname.lastname@example.org St. James Church Holy Eucharist Saturdays 4:30 pm St. Augustine House of Prayer St. Augustine, FL 32084 From Holy Ireland To Holy Russa Dateline: Galway, Ireland; 14 July 2013 Pastor, St. James Church, a Catholic Community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter www.saintjameschurchsaintaugustine.org Plant for a More Beautiful America The notion of pilgrimage is considered rather quaint today, and hardly anybody associates going on holiday with a spiritual or religious theme today. But that is exactly what my lady and I are doing at the moment, having just spent a few days in County Mayo at Ashford Castle and in the shadow of Croagh Patrick and the Reek Mountains, and now down in Galway. The venerable saint is reliably said to have established early outposts of the Celtic Catholic mission in this area, and there is something intangible but lovely about it. I have not a drop of Irish blood to my knowledge, but one cant help feeling something of powerful spiritual roots in this place. The land is lovely, the people quite possibly the friendliest in Europe (or America!) and in any case an ancient faith was revitalized throughout this continent across the pond in the seventh century by Irish monks who saved the West from itself and encroachments threatened its very existence. To walk these green hills and gaze on these lochs is an experience of holiness. In a couple of days we are then heading east, through Frankfurt on to St. Petersburg to embark on a river cruise from that unique Russian city to Moscow itself and their many majestic churches and monasteries that preserved the Holy Orthodox faith brought to the Slavic peoples by Saints Cyril and Methodius. We will explore truly mysterious venues that nurtured a powerful faith that withstood seventy years of atheistic, Communist oppression, mostly by little black-robed babushkas who said their prayers and passed on the faith as best as they could under the rigors of the Soviet regime. The Kremlin itself and its environs were once grand cathedrals of Orthodoxy sometimes even referred to as the Third Rome. From West to East my wife and I are retracing the progress of Christianity across a continent, from the shores of the eastern Atlantic along the coast of the Emerald Isle onto the edge of the Urals. And yes, we are enjoying some creature comforts along the way, drinking our share of Guiness and savoring the fabled full-Irish breakfast, and soon enough well be sipping on vodka and imbibing Russian delicacies courtesy of Viking Cruises. But through it all I am deeply sensible of being on something of a sacred journey, tracing the steps of better men than myself who transformed huge tracts of Gods good earth. And while their spiritual descendents this writer included have often behaved in a less than appropriate manner, unworthy of the sacred heritage they left behind, the obvious good effect of their work and sufferings is deeply appreciated. And with that I conclude this monthly column which is something of a travelogue as well as a personal commend similar holy travel to anybody who would like to do something different when getting out of Dodge. Of course, St. Augustine itself is also a holy destination for many people who frequent the Sacred Acre at the Shrine, and I for one am most appreciative that St. James Church meets at the House of Prayer just across the street. By the time this column is published we will have just returned from our time away. I would be happy at that time to meet with anyone reading this article to give you a of this, our pilgrimage in the vestibule, as it were, of our own 450th year as a habitable city. Blessings to you all, Fr. Nick For the environment, after all, is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is one thing that all of us share. It is not only the mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.Lady Bird Johnson The United States Postal Service issued Forever stamps honoring Lady Bird Johnson CENTENNIAL, 1912. These beautiful adapted stamps for the centennial were originally issued in the 1960s. Their message encourages people to: PLANT for more BEAUTIFUL STREETS; PLANT for more BEAUTIFUL PARKS; PLANT for a more BEAUTIFUL AMERICA; PLANT for more BEAUTIFUL HIGHWAYS; PLANT for more BEAUTIFUL CITIES. Mrs. Johnsons work for environmental and conservation causes inspired generations to leave a lasting legacy and to believe in the power that one person, at any age, can make a difference. As Lady Bird said, Keep the beauty of the landscape as we remember it in our youth and to leave this splendor for our grandchildren. Plant a More Beautiful Garden The following are edited highlights from The Quarterly Report on the St. Augustine Beach Community Garden: April 9, a PowerPoint presentation was given at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, St. Augustine. Working with Nature to Minimize Pests and Maximize and insects to help control undesirable pests by establishing the most advantageous ecological balance. May 10, Arbor Day on St. Augustine Beach, the community garden hosted a table with info on starting a community garden, vermiculture, composting, and seed planting for children. An estimated 20 adults and children stopped by to gather information. St. Johns County Vegetable Gardening Contest: Three of our members entered their garden boxes in competition. Photos as well as recognition of the entire community garden were offered during the awards dinner held last month at the County Agricultural Center. James Stephens, one of the judges and the author of Vegetable Gardening in Florida, said that this community garden was the best one he had seen in his travels within Florida and outside of the state. Way to grow, island garden people! General Community Participation: Early May, a mural contest was announced via newspaper side of a metal wall of the building which abuts the garden. Seven entries were received, and judges Gary Snodgrass, Mayor of St. Augustine Beach; Wil Smith, Director of Recreation of St. Johns County; and Rachael Bennett, County Commissioner for the City of St. Augustine Beach, selected. Winning mural design was created by Catherine Calabria. Check out the winning photo at www.sabgarden.org. Kudos to Catherine and all who took part. Anticipated completion of the mural is September 1. Communal beds include strawberries, bush beans, summer squash, corn, pole beans, cucumbers, radishes, beets, eggplants, peppers, carrots, various greens, onions and turnips. Our experimental Three Sisters Gardens, though small in scale, worked as advertised, with the beans coiling around the corn and the squash spreading throughout. In summary, our goal of building a community of gardeners who learn from each other has already been substantially achieved. We have experienced good success in actually producing food and intend to do even better. We are open to experimentationbe it trying to grow asparagus, growing a Native American Three Sisters Garden, or seeing what shows up in our ladybug house! We have garnered to our perseverance and success. Nana Royer, President. gardening is all about. If youve ever wondered how your food is grown, or remember the burst of want bragging rights for homemade awesome grown in the community garden, you will want to visit www.sabgarden.org or call Nana Royer at 461-3541. You can participate as a member, an associate member, or a sponsor. In North Florida, planting gardens or tending our yards in August leans heavier on the side of perspiration than inspiration. However, a plan for fall planting was one of the topics being bantered about at the last compost social. There was also some hopeful chatter, from a guy named Charlie, who wanted to know if the Great Pumpkin might pay a visit. In search of answers, Keith Fuller, St. Johns County Horticulture Agent, was given a call and said planting pumpkin seeds in early August allowed enough time; it takes from 90 to 120 days from seed to Halloween pumpkin. So yes, Mr. Brown, it could happen! Keith also said there was still time to preregister for the next rain barrel class scheduled for August 23 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The fee is $40.00 for this make-and-take, hands-on class. Call 209-0430 for details and to register. The next Committee meeting is on August 27 at 7:00 PM, held at City Hall and it is open to the public. Lady Bird was right: You can make a difference. PLANT a more BEAUTIFUL CITY and leave a lasting living legacy. Email: email@example.com 107 A 11th Street St. Augustine, FL 32080 www.anastasialaw.net 3175-1 A1A South Call Laura Broker-Associate Ocean Front Lot Near Marineland New Listing! Beautiful direct ocean front home site just south of Summer Haven and Marineland. Bring your own builder and timeframe to create a stunning seaside retreat. 74x256. $440,000. 7069 Oceanshore Blvd. N. at Maritime Estates. MLS143790
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The city commission reviewed the study at its May 6th meeting and decided, due to vehement opposition by the Linda Mar subdivision residents, not to make a public parking lot at the east end of Versaggi Drive. In June, the commission agreed to work with the county to construct a new, safe parking lot at the east end of Pope Road and to pay half the estimated $90100,000 for this project. No decision was made about opening 8th Street west of the Boulevard for public parking and paving the plazas between A and 1st Streets along the Boulevard. The estimate of the costs of these two projects is $151,635 for 8th Street and $36,888 for the plazas. 3. Review of the City Charter. Every 10 years, starting in 2013, the citys charter, or constitution, mandates that the city commission appoint a committee composed of seven members, all city residents, to review the charter in detail and provide recommendations to the commission for changes to it. At the commissions June 3rd meeting, the mayor and each commissioner appointed one committee member. At its June 17th special meeting, the commission, regular charter review committee members and two alternates. The seven members are: Michael Aulicino, Nicholas Binder, Ron Brown, Henry Dean, Edward George, Grace Guido and Len Weeks. The two alternates are: Nancy Nevacoff and Robert Rousseau. Also, at that special meeting, the commission approved a resolution that established guidelines for the Charter Review Committee. The committee will have a professional facilitator to help it do the review over the next six to seven months. She is Marilyn Crotty, Director of the Florida Institute of Government at the University meeting will be on Wednesday, July 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the commission meeting room at city hall. All of the committees meetings will be held in public, and interested persons are invited to attend. Topics thus far that have been suggested for the committee to consider as part of its review of the city charter are: include in the charter a 35-foot building height limit; have the mayor directly elected by the citizens; have term limits for the commissioners; have frequency of employee performance evaluations; have services; include whistleblower protection; remove obsolete references to the city manager as the citys tax collector; have the police chief a department head appointed and supervised by the city manager; delete reference to the city manager being the city clerk; have more precise residency requirements for city commissioners; set boundaries for commission behavior; put in the charter provisions for the removal of a commissioner by the commission; put in the requirement that persons serving on the commission are not to have personal relationships (business, romantic, residential) with each other. It remains to be seen how many of these suggestions the charter review committee will recommend to the commission, and how many the city Citizens with suggestions for the city charter are invited to send them to the city manager by email at sabadmin@cityofsab. org, or by regular mail at 2200 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080, or by calling 471-2122. The citizens, not the city commission, will ultimately decide what changes are to be made to the city charter, as the proposed charter changes must be voted on by the citizens. Once the charter review committee completes its review, the city commission will decide which changes to adopt. The city attorney will prepare an ordinance with the language for the changes, which will then be put on the ballot for the 2014 primary or general election; or the city commission may decide to have the voters by mail ballot decide which charter changes should be adopted. Part II of this Update will be provided next month. 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12 St. Augustine Beaches News Journal August 2013 Busy as ever, I thought this month we could talk a little about us, St Augustine Power House. I was going thru some past articles and realized we have never introduced the crew at the Power House. We have assembled a talented and very experienced crew that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Lets start off with our technical crew. Mike Taylor a local, born and raised in St Augustine, an excellent two cycle tech. Mike grew up working on power equipment with his dad, remember Als on US1? Aaron Land has worked for a few of the local shops in town, now hangs is hat here. Josh Gardner came to us from First Coast Technical Center, our youngest tech and a hard Working in the business end of the company, Lance Conner, our new owner. Lance has experience in growing businesses, and guiding the business in the right direction. Matt Conner our newest employee, responsible for ordering and receiving inventory. Just Gene Bryan a native Floridian, has been in the power equipment industry for 20 plus years. If you ever have been in the store then you know Gene. Thats our crew; just the six of them, when it comes to the power equipment industry, these guys combined are the best of the best. Let me tell you, there is no man behind the curtain, its just us. We all communicate with each other, everybody here has their specialty and we run the company one customer at a time. Its fun; lets face it we are talking about buying, selling and servicing lawn equipment. Not rocket science. Nothing we do is life or death. Lets be serious for a moment, when it comes down to Why buy a Lawn Mower from the Power House, a few things to keep in mind. One we have already made some tough decisions for you, in regards as to why buy this one instead of that one and second with the Power House Partnership Program available for you, why go anywhere else. Nobody has the level of service and satisfaction you will receive from the Power House. And lastly who makes a lawn mower better than Snapper? Let me rephrase that, who makes a lawn mower that has a local dealer in town that offers parts and service and warranty for what they sell? If you have tried the rest, why not try the best? We stand behind what we sell and will go out of way to make sure you are happy with your investment Thats all the time we have this month, so until next month, remember St Augustine Power House is located at 125 Pope Road. Visit us at www.staugpowerhouse.com and if you have any questions for Mow call 904-461-0310 or email him email@example.com. Ask Mow? Answering Questions About Homeowner Lawn Equipment. Featuring Mow, St. Augustine Power House Spokesperson. $419.99 Starting at $1249.99 125 Pope Road St. Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 461-0310 www.staugpowerhouse.com firstname.lastname@example.org Scan St. Augustine Power House Partnership Program St. Augustine Power House The Right Cut A New Classic & Stratton engines. Starting at $1,299.00 Snapper Mowers Starting At $279.99 Provide School Supplies For Kids In Need Turn Your Landscape Into Bird Haven
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St. Augustine Beaches News Journal August 2013 16 existed in the fossil record for at least 95 million years. Magnolia is a large genus of over 200 flowering species. worldwide. Summer days are shortening and here in the Beaches plants and trees are dropping the last of their seasonal flowers. Of all the stunning blooms that abound on the barrier islands, the Southern magnolia produces, unarguably, the largest and showiest of all flowers. This ancient evergreen species, native to North America and Asia, is found throughout the southeast and thrives in the windswept, salty conditions of coastal Florida. Although wonderfully fragrant, the magnolia flower, does not produce nectar; it evolved before the existence of bees and depends on a variety of beetles for pollination. In 1688 the first magnolia specimens arrived in Europe from the New World and quickly became a favorite landscaping ornamental. The magnolia gets its name from Pierre Magnol, a 17th century French botanist. Amazingly, this tree has The naming of St. Augustine, Florida On August 28, 1565 exactly 448 years ago Conquistador Pedro Menendez Aviles came ashore in North East Florida, landing at the native Timucuan village of Seloy. Because the 28th day of the month is the (Catholic) Feast Day of "San Agustin", the Spanish named the new settlement in his honor. The previous year the French had established Fort Caroline thirty miles to the north in the area of present day Jacksonville; the Spanish fleet was, in fact, in hot pursuit of the Protestant Huguenots. Who was "San Agustin"? An Algerian-born Christian theologian (354 430 AD) considered to be one of the most important Church Fathers. He is patron saint of brewers, printers and theologians.There are 27 species of frogs and toads in Florida, plus at least three "non-natives", the most problematic being the Cuban tree frog. This pop-eyed guy (gal?) was found perched inside a toilet bowl where presumably it lived happily while the homeowners were away for six weeks. A popular, "easy keeper" of the pet trade, Cuban tree frogs began to appear in the wilds of Florida sometime after 1900. They are the largest tree frog in North America and will eat pretty much anything that fits into their mouths, including lizards, hatchling birds and other frogs. Nocturnal amphibians, this species likes to hang around artificial lights where their prey tend to congregate. Cuban tree frogs are among numerous invasive species that have changed forever the natural eco-system of Florida's native animals and plants. A (random) list of oldest cities Founded by the Spanish in 1565, St Augustine, Florida, is the oldest continuously occupied, European settlement in the continental United States Acoma Pueblo & Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, are the oldest, continuously occupied native communities in the United States (at least 1,000 years) Established by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan, Puerto Rico is the oldest continuously occupied European city in territories belonging to the United States Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is the oldest continuously occupied European city in the Americas; founded by Portuguese explorers in 1496 Damascus, Syria and Jericho, Israel compete for the title of oldest, continuously occupied city in the world (between 9,000 and 12,000 BC fiercely debated)