A Florida NewsLine Publicationpage 12Puzzles page 11Get To Know . Belinda Macek page 2Take 5 Ponte Vedra, Palm Valley, Nocatee and South Ponte Vedra Beach Sea turtle cont. on pg. 11MAY 2018 Volume 5 Issue 5Photos courtesy PGA TOURSea turtle season is hereBy Martie Thompson email@example.comFollowing a challenging 2017 that saw the second hurricane in 11 months aect northeast Florida for sea turtle nests along northern St. Johns County beaches, the 2018 season returns on May 1. is is typically the earliest date that female sea turtles return to shore to lay their eggs. e season continues until Oct. 31. Last year was the second year in a row that we had a big storm, said Wes Moore, a volunteer with Ponte Vedra Sea Turtle Patrol, which patrols three and a half miles of beach from the Duval County line to Sawgrass Beach Club. We had approximately 20 percent of the nests wiped away during the hurricane, which is about the same percentage the entire state experienced. Despite this, Moore said that he had some good news to share: the green sea turtle has been upgraded from endangered to threatened. Loggerheads remain threatened and leatherbacks are A turtle returns to the sea after laying her eggs.Photos courtesy Tracy Klempfpage 6Inquiring Minds want to know!NEW! Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.Creeks rrfntbffbnnrfntnb nnt ntbn tnt r(904) 230-7840 www.creeksair.com 2018 at THE PLAYERS Championship will be one to remember. Never ceasing to put fans rst and continuing the ef-fort to make the experience as enjoyable as possible, the PGA TOUR strives to improve every year upon the last. Special announcements and new additions were recently unveiled at the media day held at Sawgrass. THE PLAYERS youngest ever winner and reigning Champion, Si Woo Kim, answered questions from the media. Si Woos Kimchi short ribs were revealed as the Korean inspired addition to the menu. Long time favorites such as Tacos on 12 with Tacolu will be available again this year. Hawkers and Mojo BBQ will also be on hand to serve fans. Perhaps the most highly anticipated new addition will be the bier garden behind the 16th green. THE PLAYERS Championship is teaming up with a local brewery to provide an area for craft beer fans to enjoy during the tourna-ment. THE PLAYERS Championship Bier Garden, presented by Hoptinger, will be open to all fans of age with a Stadium Pass. It speaks to our vision to not only em-brace all tastes, but also highlight restau-rateurs like Hoptinger that are indigenous to northeast Florida. e tournament celebrates Northeast Florida and thats what makes THE PLAYERS so dierent, said Executive Director of THE PLAY-ERS Jared Rice. In an eort to conserve, parking will be complimen-tary for fans who arrive at the tournament with four or more people in their vehicle. Rules apply and no parking passes will be sold on site; they can be obtained online before arriving at the tour-nament. THE PLAYERS is continuing its partnership with Uber and other ride sharing services. Tournament goers can be dropped o at the Marriott Sawgrass Conven-tion Center and from there, they can take a shuttle to the tourna-ment. Many changes have been in the works to expand food areas and the kids zone, extend fairway bunkers for more approachable viewing areas, increase seating availability, and an updated PGA TOUR app will be available to help fans move around easier and to make the on site experience dierent and better. e new Family Care Suite, presented by Baptist Health, will be available just in-side the Nicklaus Gate for nursing Popular events sponsored by Ocean Palms Elementarys PTO, such as the Otter Run and sought after auction items from Groovin Havana Nights, helped raise $60,000 for new technology in the classrooms. Principal Tiany Cantwell accepted the check and announced the funds would be used for clear touch panels in every classroom. e money will also help fund other computer programs such as i-Ready and RAZ Kids. Pictured are Tiany Cantwell with board members from the Ocean Palms PTO.Ocean Palms to upgrade classroom technology Photo courtesy Pamela RileyTHE PLAYERS defending champion Si Woo Kim with Executive Director of THE PLAYERS, Jared Rice. Si Woos Kimchi short ribs were revealed as the Korean inspired addition to the menu. THE PLAYERS defending champion Si Woo Kim. moms and young families to cool o in the climate controlled setting. Expansion of the lower lawn and the wall removal will be valuable at the closing ceremony. Among many other changes this year, the PGA TOUR Shop will be expanded to 21,000 sq. feet of retail space with more lifestyle apparel and limited edition hats and tees than ever before. e musical act for this years Military Appreciation Day ceremony on Tuesday, May 8 will be award-winning country music artist Luke Combs. e ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the 17th hole. With the return of Tiger Woods and fans eager to see all their favorite players, ticket and parking sales will be watched closely in order to prevent tremendous over-crowding. THE PLAYERS Championship will be held May 8 at TPC Sawgrass. PGA TOUR raising standards at THE PLAYERSBy Angela Higginbotham firstname.lastname@example.org
Page 2 | Ponte VedraNewsLine May 2018 take Photo courtesy MetroCreative rfntrbnff rfntrrfntttfbbn bfttbnttt nfttr ttrrtttt rfntttbbtbbnfbt tbttttttbtntttttntt tbrtttnfttrrttntrtt tbntrbttfbtbn tnnntnttttftttt bbbbb frrrb A Night on the St. Johns gala announcede Diocese of St. Augustines Morn-ing Star School will host the seventh annual A Night on the St. Johns Gala and Auction on May 5, from 6 p.m. 9 p.m., at e Haskell Building, 111 Riverside Ave. in Jacksonville. Proceeds from the gala and auction will be used to fund specialized education programs, state-of-the-art technology, and this year, the establishment of a tuition assistance fund to help families who cant aord a special education for their child. Inspired by the popular Cinco de Mayo celebration, the gala will feature Mexican inspired cocktails, dancing, food and a silent auction. Tickets are $75/person, and the event is open to the public. Call Maria Johnson at (904) 721-2144 or email develop-ment@morningstar-jax. org for more informa-tion.FloridaFriendly Landscaping class oeredSt. Johns County Parks and Recreation has partnered with UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County for a lecture on Florida-Friend-ly Landscaping on Friday, May 11 from 10 a.m. 11 a.m. at e Players Community Center, 175 Landrum Lane. Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. At this lecture, attendees will learn how to plant a beautiful landscape that could save time, energy and money while protecting our future. Focus will be on how to attract pollinators and other wildlife to your landscape. Contact Kelly Ussia at (904) 209-0335 or email@example.com for more information about this free program.COA announces annual Centenarian LuncheonCouncil on Aging will honor commu-nity centenarians and nonagenarians at the annual Centenarian Luncheons, scheduled for May 3, 2018 at 12 p.m. at River House (179 Marine St. in St. Augustine) and May 23, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at THE PLAYERS Community Senior Center (175 Landrum Lane in Ponte Vedra Beach). Table sponsorships are available for $250 and include a variety of special recognitions and a seat (Ponte Vedra) or two seats (St. Augus-tine) at the luncheon. If you or someone you want to honor is age 95 or better, or if you would like to sponsor a table or RSVP, contact Cindy Walker (St. Augustine) at firstname.lastname@example.org, (904) 209-3687 or Danielle Johnson (Ponte Vedra) at djohnson@stjohnscoa. com, (904) 280-3753. Chabad at the Beaches starts new book clubChabad at the Beaches presents a Jewish book club for women that will meet on May 8 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Around Sarahs Table: Ten Hasidic Women Share eir Stories of Life, Faith, and Tradi-tion, by Rivkah Zakutinsky and Yaa Lieba Gottlieb. e book club is free of charge and meets at Dunkin Donuts in Ponte Vedra. Call (904) 543 9301 or (904) 504-0451, email lkurinsky@ gmail.com, or visit www.ChabadBeach-es.com for more information.Summer reading and math volunteer opportunities oeredRSVP of St. Johns County is seeking community members to assist once a week in the summer reading or algebra program through the St. Johns County School District. Hours are exible, out of town travel can be accommodated. ere are students who can greatly benet from the help of those willing to give just a small amount of their time, said Cheryl Freeman, RSVP director. Contact RSVP at (904) 547-3945 or Cheryl.Freeman@stjohns.k12..us for more information.Photo courtesy MetroCreative
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Page 4 | Ponte VedraNewsLine May 2018 May around townS S M T W T F 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 ST. JOHNS Race Track Rd. next to Memorial Emergency Center 111 Doctors Village Dr. Ste. 400 St. Johns, FL 32259ST. AUGUSTINE22 St. Johns Medical Park Dr. St. Augustine, FL 32086 rfnrtbrrfffnrtb rrf ntbr Race Track Rd. 111 Doctors Village Dr. Creating Beautiful Smiles for Over 25 Years! Smiles for Over 25 Years! May 1Parents with Hope (support for parents who have lost a child) 6 p.m. 8 p.m. Ponte Vedra Valley, 4750 Palm Valley Road www.pontevedravalley.com/grief-supportMay 2Toastmasters Club #5199 Ponte Vedra Beach 7:30 a.m. (repeating event on Wednesdays) Players Community Senior Center, 175 Landrum Lane email@example.com Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Ponte Vedra Chapter meeting 10:45 a.m. 1 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.orgMay 3U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7 7:30 p.m. St. Augustine Yacht Club near the St. Augustine Lighthouse (904) 460-0243May 4GTM Research Reserve new volunteer orientation 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road (904) 823-4500 Nocatee Community Shabbat Dinner 6:30 p.m. Nocatee Crosswater Hall, 245 Nocatee Center Pkwy. RSVP: www.JewishSJohnsCounty.com/Nocatee or (904) 701-4422May 5U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-4: About Boating Safely course 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Sea School, 14180 Beach Blvd. Boatsafely04@gmail.com or (904) 955-7077May 7Caregiver support meeting 12 p.m. 1 p.m. (repeating event on Mondays) Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center, 1048 A1A N. (904) 297-0061 Current Events Discussion Group 10 a.m. (repeating event on Mondays) Donovans Irish Pub, US Highway 1 email@example.comMay 8Friends of the GTM Reserve Board Meeting 5 p.m. 6 p.m. GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center (904) 823-4500 Lilies of the Valley widow support group 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Ponte Vedra Valley, 4750 Palm Valley Road www.pontevedravalley.com/grief-support Adult Coloring Club 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library (904) 827-6950May 8 13THE PLAYERS Championship TPC Sawgrass www.theplayers.comMay 10Palencia Bridge Club plays Party Bridge 11 a.m. 3 p.m. (repeating event on Thursdays) Donovans Irish Pub, 7440 US Highway 1 Diane Tamplin, (904) 808-7326 Shorebird Walk at Matanzas Inlet with St. Johns County Audubon Society 9 a.m. 11 a.m. Matanzas Inlet West Parking Lot, 8655 A1A S., St Augustine www.stjohnsaudubon.comMay 11Food Truck Friday 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Nocatees Splash WaterparkMay 12HAWKEs Dine on the Wild Side 5 p.m. 9 p.m. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Tickets available April 15; www.hawkewildlife.orgMay 14Beaches Toastmasters Club 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. (Repeating event on Mondays) Baptist Hospital Beaches, W. Epstein Building Water Problems? rf n tbbbb bbr REMOVE 3760 Kori Road 904-262-0197 www.affordablewaterjax.com rfrrfrfnftb FREE WATER TESTINGnrr rrfrfnftb Acupuncture Treatment CenterNeurological & Muscular Disorders Absolutely No Side Effects 13241 Bartram Park Blvd., Suite 913(904) 234-2023www.jacksonvilleacupuncture.com firstname.lastname@example.org Ponte Vedra Beach Municipal Service District Meeting 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library www.pvmsd.orgMay 15St. Johns CARES meeting 7 p.m. Bartram Academy, 164 Everest Lane, Ste. 1 www.stjohnscares.org First Coast Newcomers Club trivia evening/dinner 6 p.m. dinner/ 7 p.m. trivia Contact Lea for name of St. Augustine restaurant and to be added to attendee list (904) 829-0643 or (904) 814-9612 Newcomers of North St. Johns luncheon featuring Americana singer Trevor Compton 11 a.m. Marsh Creek Country Club, 169 Marshside Drive RSVP by May 7, email@example.comMay 15 June 19Northeast Florida AHEC Quit Smoking Class Tuesdays, 6 p.m. 7 p.m. Flagler Hospital Wellness Center Free; call (904) 482-0189 to registerMay 19Nocatee Farmers Market: Jacksonville Jaguars Rally 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Town Center Field, NocateeMay 20Singers by the Sea concert, The Spring Sing 2:30 p.m. Palms Presbyterian Church, 3410 3rd St. S., Jax Beach www.sbts-fl.orgMay 29First Coast Card Club adult card players 1 p.m. 3 p.m. St. Augustine Main Library, 1960 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (904) 829-0643May 31AARP Driver Improvement Class 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Council on Agings River House, 179 Marine St., St. Augustine Call (904) 209-3655 to register
May 2018 Ponte VedraNewsLine | Page 5 St. Johns County Local Government (www.sjcfl.us) Sheris Oice: Sheri David B. Shoar, firstname.lastname@example.org, (904) 824-8304 Ponte Vedra Field Oice: (904) 209-2215 Property Appraiser: Eddie Creamer, email@example.com; (904) 827-5500 Supervisor of Elections: Vicky Oakes, firstname.lastname@example.org, (904) 823-2238 Tax Collector: Dennis Hollingworth, email@example.com, (904) 209-2250 Clerk of Court: Hunter S. Conrad, (904) 819-3600 St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners District 1: Jimmy Johns, firstname.lastname@example.org, (904) 209-0301 District 2: Jeb Smith, email@example.com, (904) 209-0302 District 3: Paul Waldron, firstname.lastname@example.org, (904) 209-0303 District 4: Jay Morris, email@example.com, (904) 209-0304 District 5: Henry Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org, (904) 209-0305 St. Johns County School Board (www.stjohns.k12.fl.us) District 4: Kelly Barrera, email@example.com, (904) 547-7510 State of Florida Elected Oicials State House District 17: Representative Cyndi Stevenson, Cyndi.Stevenson@myfloridahouse.gov, (904) 823-2300 State Senate District 7: Senator Travis Hutson, (386) 446-7610 Federal Elected Oicials U.S. Congress District 4: Representative John Rutherford, (202) 225-2501 U.S. Senate: Senator Bill Nelson, (202) 224-5274 Senator Marco Rubio, (202) 224-3041FYI Contact Numbers @ 407-803-3098 The CreekLine | Ponte Vedra NewsLine | Mandarin NewsLine | Southside NewsLine Call us for advertising rates (904) 607-5062 www.FloridaNewsLine.com June Real EstateJuly Pet Guide, Summer Fun GuideAugust Back To School GuideSeptember Back To School GuideOctober Breast Cancer AwarenessNovember Senior NewsLineDecember Holiday Guide with Florida State Representative Cyndi Stevenson, District 17 Q A Q: What provisions were made in the budget for education this year?A: e per pupil funding increased by an average of $101.50 for the state of Florida. In St. Johns County, we were fortunate to increase by $172.10, which gives our School Board a little more funding to work with. Of course, a signicant amount of this funding is for school safety and mental health pro-grams in the schools.Q: What can you tell us about the events leading up to the passage of SB 7026, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act?A: What happened in Parkland was a terrible tragedy, which cut short the lives of 14 students and three faculty members. Republicans and Democrats banded together to pass this bill, which was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott in March. e bill set new age limits, to age 21, for the purchase of all rearms; provides for a uniform gun purchase policy that requires a threeday waiting period and background check for all rearm purchases; bans bump stocks; strengthens the Baker Act by allowing law enforcement to seize a persons gun for 24 hours if they pose a threat to others; and says that people who are unable to buy a gun due to mental health issues wont be able to possess one either. Q: Basically, it sounds like some loopholes were closed?A: is law closes signicant gaps in current law to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. is bill does not prevent law abiding, respon-sible people from possession of any rearm. ose serving in our military and law enforcement are exempt from the new requirements.Q: What are some other provisions of the bill?A: We are going to invest more to pro-tect children at school by funding more School Resource Ocers throughout the state. e bill also created a vol-untary program called the Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which allows school sta to be armed at school after specic training and mental health assessments. is program is voluntary for both school districts and teachers. All schools are required to perform active shooter and hostage drills and multi-agency communication will be improved. Finally, the mental health component is addressed with increases in mental health services and crisis teams that provide mental health services to youth with serious chronic mental illness. Q: What are your thoughts on this law?A: Parents entrust their children to our public schools. We have a duty to make them as safe as possible. Some parents I have spoken to feel that it is an epidemic of violence in our schools. Because of this, I wanted to share some information from a study by James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University. He claries that, is is not an epidemic Mass school shootings are incredibly rare events, furthermore, the incidents of shooting incidents involving students have been declining since the 1990s. I am grateful that the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott took decisive action to improve school safety. We cannot stop every act of evil, but we can take steps to keep it as far away from our kids as possible. Q: What is the best way for our readers to contact you?A: Readers can email me at Cyndi. Stevenson@myoridahouse.gov or call my local oce at (904) 823-2300.
Page 6 | Ponte VedraNewsLine May 2018 Inquiring Mindswant to know!By Martie Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org ?? ALL-DAY DINING AT SILVER CREEK.YOUR TABLEIS ALWAYS READY. 165 Silver Lane | St. Augustine, FL 32084 Assisted Living Memory Care Short-Term StaysAssisted Living Facility #12928 Good food can elevate a moment to a memory. Thats memory care and short-term respite care community offers good food, all day. Our robust dining program uses fresh, local ingredients to design exciting menus in each of our distinct dining venues, so you can enjoy any time of day. Get a taste of exceptional senior living and see why the gold standard is at Silver Creek. Call 800-761-0839 or visit SilverCreekRetirement.com to learn more or schedule a tour. with St. Johns County Property Appraiser Eddie Creamer Q A Q: Can you give us an update on the proposal to add to Floridas homestead exemption? A: is November, on the ballot will be an opportunity for all Floridians to vote for an additional $25,000 of homestead exemption. e primary personal exemption in Florida is the homestead exemption, which is currently a $50,000 reduction in assessed value that is granted to Florida resident property owners who live in their house as a primary residence as of Jan. 1 of each year and whole le by March 1. Q: How will the proposed additional exemption work? A: For assessed property values of $0 to $25,000, the exemption applies to all millage rates. For property values of $25,000 to $50,000, there currently is and will continue to be no exemption. e next band, for properties valued between $50,000 $75,000, the exemption applies and continues to be applied to all millages except schools. e proposed new exemption will continue as follows: for properties valued between $75,000 $100,000, there is no exemption and then for properties valued between $100,000 $125,000, the third band would apply to all millages except schools. If your homes value falls between any of these bands with exemptions, youd receive a pro-rata exemption. Q: How many properties in St. Johns County would be aected if voters approve the ballot measure in November? A: In St. Johns County, there are just over 66,000 parcels with homestead exemption and approximately 56,000 would be aected by the homestead exemption increase. erefore, about 10,000 parcels would not get a benet if the measure passed. Q: How would this aect county revenue? A: Based on current numbers, this would reduce the countys taxable value by approximately $1.3 billion, which represents a decrease in taxable revenues of about $9.3 million. Its important to note that this would not reduce the total revenue to the county, but would reduce the rate of growth of revenues. Q: What else can you share with us? A: If passed, the additional homestead would be into eect for the 2019 tax year (that is, on the November 2019 tax bill). If a person already has homestead led, they do not need to do anything; the additional homestead would automatically be applied. Finally, if an individual property owner would like to see how the proposed increase in homestead exemption would affect their tax bill, they can go to our website, www.sjcpa.us, and click on the Stay Informed tab and enter their address. e websites calculator will give the updated amounts. Q: What is the best way for our readers to contact you? A: Our oce is located at 4030 Lewis Speedway Ste. 203, (904) 827-5500. It is open Monday Friday, 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m. Also, readers can email me at Eddie@sjcpa.us or call me at (904) 827-5500.Are you puzzled about something going on in Ponte Vedra or Nocatee or won-dering about whatever happened on a topic from a previous issue? Email your question to us at email@example.com by the fth of the month and we will do our best to track down the information for you. While we will do our best to answer all the questions we receive, we may not be able to answer all questions received each month. Also, due to publication scheduling, the time it takes to research answers may vary. Here are answers to questions we received this month:Q: When is the boardwalk going to be rebuilt at Mickler Beach? Could a temporary walkway like the one at Jax Beach be used?A: According to Billy Zeits, assistant director of the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department, the county has funding to rebuild the walkover and they are currently working with the countys purchasing department to nalize costs and select a contractor. e goal is to build a 12 ft. wide walkway on the north side of the beach walkway to the Coastal Construction Line. ey an-ticipate having a plan in place prior to May 1, but it is too early at this point to determine the length of construction time. Zeits does anticipate allowing public access during construction of the walkover. As for the possibility of a temporary walkway, he said: We are trying to make the best investment we can for the county. We will try to go with the original plan unless it is cost prohibitive. If it is, then we would probably go with a temporary walkway and seek additional funding for the permanent walkway.
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Doolittle competed in a number of races and in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, he won the Triple Crown of airplane racing, setting a world speed record of 296 miles per hour in the Shell Speed Dash. Hav-ing won all there was to win, Doolittle retired from racing. I have yet to hear anyone engaged in this work dying of old age, he would say at the time. But Doolittle was no shrinking violet and his most famous ight was still ahead of him. On April 18, 1942, Doolittle, now a lieutenant colonel, and 15 other crews took o from deck of the aircraft car-rier Hornet. ey were ying Mitchell B-25 two-engine bombers. Neither the planes nor the carrier were designed for this sort of operation and both required modications to launch at all. eir plan was to y to Tokyo and other cities and drop their bombs before proceed-ing to land in occupied China. It must have seemed like a suicide mission. Six hours later, Doolittle and his raiders dropped their bombs on Tokyo. ey proceeded, low on fuel, toward the Chi-nese mainland. ree planes crashed at sea. One landed in Russia and the crew was imprisoned. e remaining planes made crash landings in China. e raid itself did little damage, but it caused a panic in Japan and euphoria here in the States. Finally, we were striking back! When asked where the planes had launched, President Roo-sevelt would respond from ShangriLa, a mythical valley mentioned in a book called e Lost Horizon by James Hilton. Afterwards, FDR would rename the presidential retreat we now call Camp David, Shangri-La. What interests me most about this story was the eect the raid had on the stock market. e market had been plunging since it opened on Monday Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. All the war news was bad. We would have been hard pressed to nd investors who were bullish on the market in April of 1942. Yet, 10 days later, the Dow would bottom at $92.69, before beginning a strong rally that would carry the market up 130 percent over the next four years. e lesson here is that no matter how bad the news, never bet against the USA or the stock market. Scott A. Grant is President of Standfast Asset Management in Ponte Vedra Beach. He welcomes your comments or questions at email@example.com. Correction Due to an editing error, the rst name reference for General Morgan was omitted in the MarketInsight column entitled, e right to bear arms in the April 2018 issue of St. Johns Business Monthly. General Morgans name was Daniel Morgan. We apologize for the inconvenience. Stay calm on the investment roller coasterBy Karsten Jacobson firstname.lastname@example.orgUnless you live near an amusement park that does a lot of advertising, you proba-bly didnt know that Aug. 16 is National Roller Coaster Day. Actual roller coast-ers provide people with thrills but as an investor, how can you stay calm on the roller coaster of the nancial markets? Here are some suggestions: Know whats in front of you. If youve ever ridden a roller coaster in the dark, you may nd it scarier than if you boarded it in daylight after all, it can be unsettling not to know where youre going. e same can be said about investing: If you have no idea whats in front of you, you might nd the journey investment roller coaster cont. on pg. 8
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I was thinking sled dog, hair of eece, and white. Mother was xated on something else. She was bent on a hair-less dog. A miniature dachshund. Guess who won. (Being allergic to dogs, she thought it wouldnt shed. ey do and it did.) One Sunday in 1954 we set out for Darien, Ct. from Larchmont, N.Y., to go to a miniature dachshund breeder. e litter of four teeny chocolate puppies, whose names all began with the letter S, was beguiling, angelic. Samantha and Sebastian were the top contenders. I favored the female. Mom, who had not given birth in three tries to a boy, was partial to the male. An aristocrat, Mother called him, which will give you an idea of the type of treatment he received. She loved the name Sebastian and we nicknamed him Sebas, pronounced Si bas, (the s is silent) which means so low in French. What he lacked in fur he made up for in tail, a perpetually wagging metro-nome that could only mean joy. Even though the dog was not what Id envisioned, I was elated and came up with various maladies so I could stay home from school and play with the pup. Mother allowed this, but if she hadnt I might not be so pathetic about knowing state capitals and so much more. Dad didnt believe in feeding our king of dogs store-bought dog food. He spoon-fed him his famous moussaka, and let him lick cherry pie o his n-gers. Si Bas adored cheese and learned to balance Brie on the end of his nose. Hed Sit! for a long time until Dad would holler, Ok! Si Bas would growl and throw his snout left and right to loosen the melting cheese, stuck like Scotch tape, and gobble it down. I was thrilled to have a dog who would eat my dinner serving of trout that dad cooked. I loved dropping the happy dog forkfuls of the nasty sh from my plate. e mini Dachsy, as you can imagine, soon blossomed into a robust 20 lb. hoglet, in dire need of a gym for dogs. Dads cooking continued. In winter he loved to settle in on snowy, arctic week-ends and cook up pies and cakes and casseroles all day. Sebastian, his most ardent consumer and family gourmand, scarfed all he was given with nary an Alka Seltzer in his bowl for dessert. He did have to to be polite about it be taken for many a walk on days when Dad played chef. One year when I was in college, alas, he was ailing from something perhaps dyspepsia. Mother slept in a sleeping bag near him on the kitchen oor many nights until he died at the age of 14. When my son Jay was two years old, I gave in to his pleas for a dog. We chose a Samoyed whom I named Vodka. She was the softest, whitest dog I could nd. I adored him as did Jay. I never did ask him if he would have preferred a hairless dog. Your Vote CountsElections ahead By St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky OakesCurious about what the General Elec-tion ballot will look like? Your Novem-ber ballot is going to be a long one. As of April 1, there are already ve consti-tutional amendments that have made ballot position. ey are: 1. Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption 2. Limitations on Property Tax As-sessments 3. Voter Control of Gambling in Florida 4. Voter Restoration Amendment 5. Supermajority Vote Require to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees Amendments 1, 2 and 5 were placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature. Amendments 3 and 4 were placed on the ballot by the citizen initiative peti-tion process. For further information on these amendments visit votesjc.com and look under 2018 Constitutional Amendments November 6. e Constitutional Revision Commis-sion (CRC) is also in session reviewing the Florida Constitution considering which sections of our constitution need to be changed. e 2017 2018 Constitution Revision Commission is the third of its kind in Florida history. In 1968, Florida voters ratied three separate amendments rewriting sig-nicant portions of the Florida Con-stitution. One of those amendments included a provision requiring a CRC to convene and examine the Florida Constitution once every 20 years for possible changes, beginning in 1977. e rst CRC convened in 1977 1978 and the second CRC convened in 1997 1998. e 1978 CRC placed eight proposed constitutional amend-ments on the Florida ballot for voter consideration. None of the proposals were passed by Florida voters; however, proposals similar to the Commissions proposed changes were adopted in later years as part of the Florida Constitution or Florida Statutes, either by citizen bal-lot initiative or by legislative proposal. e 1998 CRC placed nine proposed constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot for voter consideration. Eight were passed by Florida voters. In 1998, CRC proposals required a simple majority to be passed by Florida voters (more than 50 percent). As of 2006, at least 60 percent of the vote is required to pass a constitutional amendment. How many constitutional amendments the CRC will place on the ballot is unknown. ey have an excellent website, www.crc.gov, where you can view and track the proposals as they move along in the process. May 10 is the deadline for the CRC to le with the Secretary of State its proposed revi-sions to the Florida Constitution. When May 10 arrives, we will know how many total constitutional amendments will be on the General Election ballot. Once all of the ballot language is nalized, these new amendments will be added to the website and available for you to research at votesjc.com.
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I enjoyed being with her and having the time for volunteer work with her school and other things, Macek said. Macek began playing tennis 20 years ago as a hobby that quickly turned into a passion. She spends her days at e Oak Bridge Club as the Tennis Facilities Director, working behind the scenes to ensure a great experi-ence for all Oak Bridge members. Macek has been a proud Ponte Vedra resident for just under two years. 1) What do you enjoy most about living and working in Ponte Vedra? I love the weather here and all the trees. e small town feel is nice, yet its so close to everything. e people are very welcoming and I like how family oriented the town is. 2) What do you enjoy most about your work at The Oak Bridge Club?e facility has been around for a long time and it has been revamped. I enjoy working to increase our memberships and establish this great place again. I also enjoy being a part of the fundraisers and making a dierence in the commu-nity. We have a fundraiser coming soon to benet pediatric cancer research. 3) What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?I would say just living my life to a point where I feel like Im moving forward every day. Putting my heart into some-thing and making other peoples days better by having a positive impact.still endangered and unfortunately seem to be declining, based on a lower number of nests. Loggerhead nests in 2017 were comparable to 2016, but last year was higher for green turtles. Moore said that normally the area he patrols has one to two leatherback nests, but there were none in 2017. According to Micklers Landing Turtle Patrol volunteer coordinator Nancy Condron, last year her group counted 90 nests in the four mile stretch of beach they monitor from Sawgrass south to the Old Ponte Vedra condominiums. Fourteen nests were lost to Hurricane Irma. Micklers Landing Turtle Patrol volunteers begin walking their stretch of beach each morning beginning April 15, while the Ponte Vedra Sea Turtle Patrol begins its inspections a bit later, on May 1. is Sea turtle cont. from pg. 1group uses an ATV to cover the beach using fewer volunteers. We normally dont see nests until about May 15, so thats why we begin patrols on May 1, Moore said. Sometimes leatherbacks lay eggs as early as April 15, before we begin our patrols, but their tracks look like a monster truck coming ashore, so we always get calls about it from beachgoers. e leatherback turtle, Moore said, is by far the largest sea turtle and can be up to eight feet long and a thousand pounds.4) What do you enjoy doing outside of work?I enjoy Zumba and yoga. Ive been doing yoga for more than 20 years. I go to the beach a lot. Coming from a country where there are no beaches, its great to be so close. I traded by ski boots for ip ops. Some-times the more you work for a sport the less you actually play it, but I try to actually play tennis as much as pos-sible. My family still lives in Austria, so time permitting, I go visit when I can. 5) If you could play a game of tennis with anyone, who would it be and why?Maria Sharapova. Shes had some con-troversy but Ive always been intrigued by the way she grew up in another country and had to seperate from her parents at a young age to follow her passion for tennis. I think that takes a lot of strength to do that. She would be so bored with me on the court though. Moore said each morning, one volunteer, on a rotating basis, goes on the beach on the groups ATV around sunrise to check for nests laid the previous night. Moore was happy to report that the group recently purchased a new John Deere Gator for their patrols, thanks to generous adopta-nest donations. For both groups, volunteers are responsible for marking any new nests by putting up stakes around them with tape and recording the GPS location. Approximately two months later, volunteers return to look for signs of a nest hatching. ree days after this, at dusk, they return to perform a Nest Hatchling Success Survey, where whole (unfertilized) eggs are counted as well as partial eggs and any dead hatchlings. Moore has some advice for beachgoers who are interested in helping to preserve sea turtles: pick up tents and chairs and litter from the beach as well as ll in any holes in the sand, which may trap mother turtles on their way to lay their eggs or prevent hatchlings from returning to the sea. Basically, we hope people enjoy the beach during the day, but leave it as they found it for the night time, Moore said. Visit www.facebook.com/PonteVedraSeaTurtlePatrol/ to learn more about Ponte Vedra Turtle Patrol or www.facebook.com/ groups/MicklersTurtlePatrol/
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