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Title: The Beaches leader
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Place of Publication: Jacksonville Beach Fla
Publication Date: March 21, 2007
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Vol. 44, No. 76

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Tides of Change,
a special section,

AB Mobile Home
park refurbishing
and is not selling
Singleton's Mobile Home
Park is not for sale and is cur-
rently fixing up the trailers
on the Mayport Road proper-
Pat Morrison, of
Singleton's, said that the
park owners have no inten-
tion of selling the park and
are "refurbishing every trail-
"We believe that there is
enough affordable housing
gone without losing 57
more," Morrison said.
A March 16, 2007 Leader
article on affordable housing
at the Beaches included
incorrect information about
the park and was based on a
fact sheet recently provided
by B.E.A.M.. The sheet was
outdated, according to
B.E.A.M.'s executive director.

Serving the communities of Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Mayport and Ponte Vedra Beach.since 1963

Home burns hours after firefighters' first visit

Undetected fire
in the wall causes
fire that destroys
Jax Beach home
A Jacksonville Beach
woman lost her home to a
fire last weekend after an ear-
lier fire reignited hours after
firefighters left the scene.
Genie Lewis was with her
two cats at her 2224 11th
Ave. N. home when a fire
started around 8:30 p.m.
"I had been burning the
fireplace because it was so
cold outside but the fire was

just about gone," she said.
Lewis said she was in
another room when she
smelled smoke and thought
the remaining log had some-
how rolled out of the fire-
place and set the carpet on
She opened the doors and
windows to allow the smoke
to escape but it continued to
intensify, prompting Lewis to
call her 80-year-old father
Red Lonberg.
"I called [my] Dad and told
him that the house was full
of smoke so bring some fans,"
she said. "I didn't see any fire
but where there is smoke,
there is fire. I didn't realize
how serious it was"
By the time Lonberg
arrived at the two-story

home, the smoke was thick
and flames were flickering in
the reflection of a wall mir-
"When I got there, smoke
was just bubbling out the
door," Lonberg said. "I told
her to call 911."
Lewis said when she turned
around "the whole wall was
engulfed." She began calling
for her cats as she made her
way out of the burning house
where she has lived for 22
Lonberg and Lewis man-
aged to escape the blaze
though her 8-year-old male
cat Kit Kat perished in the fire
from smoke inhalation. Her
other cat wandered away.

See FIRE, A-5

Genie Lewis looks at an item
recovered from her burned home

A young reveler dances to
the music of Irish band
Rathkeltair as part of the St.
Patrick's Day festivities
Saturday outside Lynch's
Irish Pub in Jacksonville

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Calendar..................A-8 Opinion ..................A-4
Classified ................B-4 Police Beat ..............A-5
Fishing ....................B-2 Sports ....................B-1
Obituaries .............A-7 Weather...................A-3

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AB gets state
$ for Buckman
The Florida Communities
Trust has approved a grant to
help the city of Atlantic Beach
purchase an area of marshland
off the Intracoastal Waterway,
Mayor Don Wolfsorl said
The Buckman Trust property
is approximately 340 acres of
marshland on the city's west-
ern border. The city was previ-
ously approved by the FCT,
but was on a contingency list
for funding.
The land costs between $2.1
million and $3 millib4. The-
FCT grant requires that 25 per-
cent of the land purchase is
locally funded and the state
would pay the remainder of
the cost of acquiring the land
for preservation purposes.

The Beaches Leader/Ponte Vedra Leader

March 21, 2007

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Copyright 2007

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Signs posted near the putting green at Jacksonville Beach's
public golf course remind golfers there are other courses all
miles away. Golf Pro Boots Farley said the signs are just for

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Freestyle is a special section that includes interesting, quirky
and sometimes humorous news and events related to the Beach
communities. Its contents are unique to The Leader and to this
section, and we welcome submissions.
Send your ideas to

SIn Jacksonville Beach, one group is
ers In bringing the elusive Florida panther '- "
into the limelight. A sign posted at .
rk 'Paws Park dog park in Jacksonville
ark Beach warns patrons of an unwelcome '
guest stalking the small area.
SLast week, several park patrons 4 .
S reported seeing a "large cat" roaming
i; outside the fence of the small dog area. "
In a matter of hours, stories were .':..i -
widely circulated that the cat was a bob '!, ..
Scat, no, it was a panther, that's it. And
,... the panther tried to attack two pomeranians or wait, it
It ,I111 I) killed a bulldog, yeah, that's right.
S[ 11 I" I 1According to Oxford Concise Dictionary, the word sensa-
tional can be defined as "arousing or intended to arouse
strong curiosity, interest, or reaction, especially by exagger-
ii ated or lurid details." Park patrons are left to wonder if a
ll lL panther will actually be sighted or if use of the popular park
&. ? dries up like a water bowl in the sun.
I i54-.s. .' Both wildlife officials and the city's animal control officer
..,,1 ,", ,,, have opined that the likelihood of a panther sighting at
" Paws Park or nearby Wingate Park is slim.
S.,.. Panthers are billed as one of the most endangered large
mammals in the world with less than 30 to 50 adult.pan-
thers recorded in existence in the state, mostly in the south-
west region, according to the Florida Panther Society, Inc.
- ''" But, according to the sign at Paws Park, the dog park is
home to one of those really big cats.

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County mental health workers
will experience schizophrenia

'" ;St.! Johns Ctitunty Department of Mental Health' il' give it!
- employees-a virtual tour of the schizophrenic mind from -10a.m. to
4 p.m. Thursday.
A unique training experience will allow mental health staff mem-
bers to enter the mind of a person suffering from schizophrenia'in
order to better understand the
visual and auditory senses that
accompany simple daily tasks.
Staffers were given first priority
to participate and each will have H
10 minutes in a virtual reality
machine provided by the Jansen Read this m
Pharmaceutical Company. The
remaining slots were available
for members of the community Before Ins
who want to better understand
the mental health disorder. Lay Of Th
Call David Hoak at 209-6015
or Barbara Gentry at 209-6021 We rely on fences to serve an
for information or to schedule a ferent purposes. They keep c
virtual tour. The tours will be pets safe, offer privacy from nos
held at 1955 US1 South in St. transform yards into outdoor
Augustine. ment centers, and add beauty a
property. Choosing the right fer
a bit perplexing when you see tt
fencing options available. Howe
F .as you know your landscape
Former focused on your purpose, you']
/ get off the fence and take actioI
Sweat Hog When fence-shopping, consid
factors before purchasing:
goes hog w Id 1. Stick to the mission. Onc
goes hog W d your goal-child safety, pet conta
vacy, entertainment, aesthetic
Movie and motorcycle ment, or multi-purpose-stick to
enthusiasts alike will go hog by picking fencing that best
wild at the chance to bid on a goal. For safety, choose fencing
custom-made Harley Davidson PLUMBING by:
ridden by none other than P UMBIN, by
John Travolta.
The Ocala Film Commission FW F A I
is auctioning off the cycle to Fw FA IF
benefit the restoration of the
historic Marion Theatre located PLUMBING
near the city's downtown LU Ii
Travolta, who owns a home 241-719
near Ocala complete with his
private airplane hanger, is star- FRED FAIR OWNER/MASTER PLI
ring in the film "Wild Hogs"
with Tim Allen, Martin
Lawrence and William H. Macy.
.The men attempt to outrun
their respective mid-life crises PROMPT PROFESSIONAL SER
on a cross country motorcycle SERVING THE BEACHES AREA SIN
trip despite being devoid of any
cycle skills. |V A* R
At the film's exclusive Ocalao _ __
premiere on March 2 surely
the biggest event the city's has INSURANCE by:
hosted since the last Rainbow ...
Gathering routinely held in the McNeill, Garrison & Felec
National Forest Travolta and Insurance Agency
his wife Kelly Preston rode a OCEANFRONT SPECIA
bike modeled after one in the
film down the red carpet. Whether you nee
Travolta autographed the auto, homeowners
bike. which will be auctioned or commercial ins
Soff at a benefit dinner in May. A we can make you
signed leather jacket and day at the beach.
motorcycle helmet will also be Call today for you
available to the highest bidder. '_is evolution.
SProceeds will go toward the Call us today 249-2345
restoration of the town's land-
mark theater which first 1211 North Third Stre
opened in 1940. The theater Jacksonville Beach
closed in October and is expect- STPAUL
Sed to reopen this summer. S TRAVEPAULE
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reduction, choose a taller, solid fence.
2. Know the lay of your land. Know
your landscapes intimately-their hills, val-
leys, and slopes-no matter .how small. They
can cause big installation .problems and
impact your fence's appearance. For yards
with many ups and downs, avoid disasters
by using stair-stepped fencing, which
ensures a level fence.
3. Ditch the high maintenance.
Wooden fences are charming until they
weather, warp, and rot from the elements or
lack of diligent annual maintenance. Wood
requires frequent sealing to keep it viable.
Vinyl or virgin vinyl (non-recycled) fencing
withstands harsh elements and offers care-
free maintenance. Extremely durable, vinyl
requires only occasional power-washing.
Choose vinyl containing titanium dioxide
(TI02) to prevent UV damage.
4. Know your posts and gates. All fences
require posts. For vinyl posts, thicker may
be better, but beware-some companies use
foaming agents to boost wall thickness
without boosting strength. Choose vinyl
posts with wall thickness in the .135 to .150
range. If you need gates, remember that
steel reinforcement inside the gate hinge-
posts is key; most gates are too heavy for
vinyl alone to accommodate.
5. Consider your climates In frosty,
northern climates, use concrete to anchor
fence posts. Planting posts 36-inches into
the ground prevents heaving during cold
snaps. In humid, rainy areas, wood is more
susceptible to water damage, so vinyl is a
better choice. High quality vinyl fencing,
won't blister, peel, crack, or turn brittle,
even when installed in extreme hot or cold
6. Don't reinvent the fence. While do-it-
yourself fencing is popular, the results are
often surprising (not in a good way).
Installing fencing is no walk in the park.
Get professional help. Enlist a fencing con-
tractor before purchasing anything. The

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out a company's installations in person.
Reputable companies often have customer
*sites where you can see completed fences
.. Get neighbors on board. Make sure
your fence doesn't block your neighbors'
view. As a courtesy, talk to them before
choosing fencing, so youdon't wind up
feuding later Getting their input can make
them more agreeable to whatever fencing
design you ultimately choose.
9. Don't zone out on building codes.
Check with your municipality about locar
zoning ordinances and building codes. Your
fencing project may require a permit.
10. Know your warranty rights. A limit-
ed lifetime warranty is common for fencing.
But warranties typically only protect
against structural failure, so unless your
fencing collapses, you can't make a claim.
For added protection, get an installation
warranty from your contractor.

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Today's Weather

Wed Thu Fri
3/21 3/22 3/23

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74/60 73/58 78/58
Partly cloudy. High Times of sun and Sunny. Highs in the
74F: Winds E at 10 to clouds. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in
20 mph. low 70s and lows in the upper 50s.
the upper 50s.

Sunrise: Sunrise: Sunrise:
7:28 AM 7:27 AM 7:26 AM
Sunset: Sunset: Sunset:
7:37 PM 7:38 PM 7:39 PM
UV Index
Wed Thu Fri
3/21 3/22 3/23
a 1 8 1 8
8 8 8
Very High Very High Very High
The UV Index is measured on a 0 11 number scale, O 11
with a higher UV Index showing the need for greater
skin protection.

Jacksonville Beach
Day High Low High Low
Wed 10:36 am 4:34 am 11:01 pm 4:46 pm
Thu 11:26 am 5:26 am 11:53 pm 5:35 pm
Fri 12:18 pm 6:21 am None 6:28 pm
Sat 12:48 am 7:20 am 1:13 pm 7:28 pm
Sun 1:47 am 8:25 am 2:12 pm 8:33 pm
Mon 2:51 am 9:30 am 3:18 pm 9:39 pm
Tue 3:58 am 10:31 am 4:25 pm 10:43 pm

Day High Low High Low
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Thu 12:01 pm 5:34 am None 5:40 pm
Fri 12:31 am 6:33 am 12:55 pm 6:37 pm
Sat 1:28 am 7:39 am 1:55 pm 7:42 pm
Sun 2:32 am 8:46 am 3:01 pm 8:52 pm
Mon 3:43 am 9:52 am 4:13 pm 10:01 pm
Tue 4:53 am 10:53 am 5:21 pm 11:04 pm

Pablo Creek Entrance
Day High Low High Low
Wed 11:38 am 5:13 am None 5:22 pm
Thu 12:06 am 6:07 am 12:30 pm 6:13 pm
Fri 1:00 am 7:06 am 1:24 pm 7:10 pm
Sat 1:57 am 8:12 am 2:24 pm 8:15 pm
Sun 3:01 am 9:19 am 3:30 pm 9:25 pm
Mon 4:12 am 10:25 am 4:42-pm 10:34 pm
Tue 5:22 am 11:26 am 5:50-spm 1,.37 pm

Palm Valley
Day High Low High Low
Wed 12:59 am 6:50 am 1:26 pm 7:02 pm
Thu 1:51 am 7:42 am 2:16 pm 7:51 pm
Fri 2:43 am 8:37 am 3:08 pm 8:44 pm
Sat 3:38 am 9:36 am 4:03 pm 9:44 pm
Sun 4:37 am 10:41 am 5:02 pm 10:49 pm
Mon 5:41 am 11:46 am 6:08 pm 11:55 pm
Tue 6:48 am 12:47 pm 7:15 pm None


The Beaches Leader/Ponte Vedra Leader

Jacksonville Beach creating a

group for volunteers interested

in working at city events

The City of Jacksonville
Beach is looking for volunteers
to serve during city events
throughout the year.
Volunteers are needed prima-
rily to provide information to
event attendees and visitors,
but there is also a need for
some help setting up and tak-
ing down on event days,
according to Marilyn Matejcek,
the city's events coordinator.
Among the volunteer "jobs"
available, are ushers during the
city's Moonlight Movies Film
Series to show people to empty
spots and to hand out informa-
tion about future films and
Friendly people are needed
to provide information to visi-
tors during the popular
Summer Jazz Series as well as
the Pops at the Beach Mother's

Organizational meeting
will be held March 31
Day Concert and the 4th of
July Liberty Celebration,
Matejcek said. Most events are
early evening programs.
Volunteers do not have to
live in Jacksonville Beach but a
knowledge of the area is help-
ful, she said. Volunteers must
be age 18 or older.
"Frequently people ask us if
we have a volunteer group to
help with the events. We
thought about it and decided
having official volunteers help-
ing at the City events would
help us enormously as well as
those who attend City events,"
Matejcek said. "It is fun too, to
see the results of your work
blossom into an event enjoyed

by everyone there."
An organizational meeting
.will be held it the Jacksonville
Beach City Hall, 11 3rd St. N. in
the City Council Conference
Room on Saturday, March 31,
at 10 a.m. Volunteers will learn
more about the various tasks
involved and have the oppor-
tunity to select the events they
want to volunteer for. Enter
City Hall for the meeting from
the furthest door west on the
1st Avenue North side of City
Sign up for the meeting by
sending an e-mail to visit- with the
or by calling (904) 247-6268
and ask for Special Events. In
the email please include name,
daytime and evening phone

Hundreds of people flocked to the SeaWalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach Saturday for a day
of seafood, sunshine and shamrocks at the Great Atlantic Seafood Festival which also fell on
St. Patrick's Day.

Mayport has stray cat problem

Feral and stray cats are on
the prowl in overwhelming
numbers in Mayport Fishing
'Village, according to Rick
DuCharme, president of First
Coast No More Homeless Pets,
The village is having- an
"explosion" of stray. .cats,
according to DuCharme, who
is offering services to neuter
or spay Mayport feral cats free
of charge.
"I've never seen a commu-
nity with so many feral cats,"
he said at a Mayport
Waterfront Partnership meet-
ing Tuesday.
With the Trap-Neuter-
Release program, the cats will
be trapped, spayed or
neutered and then released
back into the village. The ears
of spayed cats. are clipped to
identify that the animal has

been spayed or neutered. in Mayport and aim to be fin-
DuCharme said he suspects ished by June or July.
that the cats are finding food First Coast No More
sources, possibly fish, that are Homeless Pets, Inc. was creat-
keeping them in the village, ed to reduce and control stray
although he is not sure. and feral cats in the area. The
He said they anticipate TNR program operates from, a
spaying or neutering 70 to 90 Jacksonville-based clinic.
percent of stray and feral' cats' ' :.
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Seniors to fish at Hanna
Mayor John Peyton will host the
28th annual mayor's Fish-A-Thon
on March 21 at Hanna Park from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seniors from
across the city will be outfitted for
fishing. In addition, there will be
bingo games, dancing, card games
and other activities.
NB electric help offered
Neptune Beach City Manager
Jim Jarboe is advising citizens to
contact city hall before hiring an
electrician to put a conduit under-
Jarboe told the council at a
meeting Monday that some elec-
tricians have been offering good
deals, but have not been putting
in the conduits correctly for resi-
dents who are switching to under-
ground electric services. He sug-
gested calling the city's building
department before contracting for
underground line connection.

NB light rule needs
input, mayor says
Neptune Beach Mayor Dick
Brown wants citizens to shed light
on whether a proposed nuisance:
ordinance amendment is needed..
Councilor John Weldon pro-]
posed changing the city's nuisance:
ordinance to restrict light that:
shines or reflects onto a neighbor-:
ing residence and creates an:
Weldon said that his main con-:
cern was residents "aiming" lights:
at another residence, rather than:
pointing lights downward onto:
their own properties.
"I have had numerous corn-
plaints from other citizens," he:
said and emphasized that the ordi-I
nance would be in place to give:
someone standing before the city.
"It just establishes a guideline;
for consideration of neighbors ini
this tightly-knit community." ,
.However, Brown pointed out:
that he has not heard complaints:
about the problem and wants:
more citizen feedback to deter-:
mine if the ordinance is necessary.,
"I'd like to wait and see if some-:
one sends me an e-mail," Brown:
City Attorney Chris White sug-:
gested that the language of the:
ordinance be changed to make,:it
less subjective. Vice Mayor Harriet
Pmette wanted the word "reflects":
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SThe Leader's Opinion

Civic volunteers

asset to the city

Jacksonville Beach city officials report that numerous
individuals have expressed interest in helping out at civic
events such as Moonlight Movies and concerts at the
Seawalk Pavilion.
Since people willing to work free for a good cause are to
be encouraged, the city is organizing a program to help
train and utilize any interested volunteers. The only
requirement is that participants be at least age 18.
It is a good decision on the city's part and both the city
and the individuals willing to donate their time for the
civic good are to be commended.
It was not too many decades ago that it would have been
inconceivable that any Good Samaritans would have
offered their talents to volunteer time in downtown
lacksonville Beach. The fact that so many are interested is
evidence of how far the city has really come in redevelop-
ing and revitalizing itself.
A volunteer orientation will be held at Jacksonville
Beach City Hall on March 31 at 10 a.m. Attend if you can.

Taxes are inevitably agitating

To the editor: showing up to help put out
VWhen is help going to arrive fire. This time they brou
ft. the Jax Beach Fire the ladder truck with them
apartment and the Citizens My question is when is
of Jax Beach? going to end? We need a
:Another fire has occurred ger fire department or just
4Hat the Jax Beach Fire Jacksonville Fire Departmr
i apartment could not handle take all our fire calls. The
t1~~d had to call in the Beach department is in seri
IIksonville Fire Dept. need of help and manpowe
Tl'he fire occurred Saturday can't believe after all this t
ijght on llth Avenue North. and article after articles in
VJhat I saw was a total cluster paper we still have the s;
-IAd mass confusion. The old small "fly by night"
l1cksonville fire engine and dept.
;ibulance showed up to assist The City Council needs
S1'e lax Beach Fire Dept which take action today, not ton
Jipeared to be overtaxed with row! What's it going to tak
it enough people to help put someone's life being lost be:
ott the fire. someone does anything?
undaN morning this all
% opened again, with Adam So
;, son\ille Fire Department Jacksonville Be

rB light law would hit Xmas lights

.A, i4 editor .. turb:.." Let's say that I don't
I-noted the front page article your decorations (i.e., t
"NB ready to declare it a nui- annoy me---and the first del
dance in the March 16 newspa- tion I found for annoy is "to
per, (Let me first state that I am turb or bother ((a person))
npt a resident of NB and the way that displeases, troubles
ordinance proposed will not slightly irritates") and we
hpve any effect upon my fami- neighbors---not necessarily
hx) juxtaposition. I now have
"As I read the proposed ordi- power of the government
nance, which in part states "any force you to remove them
outside lightning..." it would all I have to be is slightly irr
also include Christmas decora- ed.
Sibns that many NB residents MEMO TO NB COUN
putt up outside their homes as MEMBERS: Think very caref
'I1 as other similar holiday and don't forget what is o:
i'hhts. referred to as "the law of ui
jThe proposed ordinance fur- tended consequences."
tlier states "...shines or reflects
light onto or into a neighboring Michael P. St
residence as to annoy or dis- Jacksonv

Don't overregulate our daily lives

To the editor:
Nuisance, nuisance ?? A nui-
sance is a city councilman try-
irig to get the city involved in
every aspect of our lives.
Don't the police have enough
to do with crime rising, even
without Walmart, to investigate
a "lightyfomplaint"?
Do you have any idea of the
malicious complaints that will
result when someone who does-
n't get along with their neigh-
b6rs get the chance to "get

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Stumbled across something
on the IRS Web site I never
expected to see: quotations
from great minds on taxes.

The first two agitated me:
"Taxes are what we pay for
civilized society." Oliver
Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S.
Supreme Court justice
"The power of taxing people
and their property is essential
to the very existence of gov-
ernment." James Madison,
U.S. president
Hey, fellows, I don't mind
paying taxes for a civilized
society. It's paying for the
uncivilized part that grates on
me. And I'm happy for the-
existence of our government,'
but, goodness, why does its
existence have to be so big?
Here is a telling quotation
from Frederick the Great, an
18th-century Prussian king:
"No government can exist
without taxation. This money
must necessarily be levied on
the people; and the grand art
consists of levying so, as not to
Yes, Freddy, levying without
oppressing is a grand art -
much the way it is an art for a
loan shark to break five fingers
without harming the wrist.
Two great thinkers offer
flowery words on the subject:
"Like mothers, taxes are
often misunderstood, but sel-
dom forgotten." Lord
Bramwell, 19th century
English jurist
"To tax and to please, no
more than to love and to be
wise, is not given to men." -
Edmund Burke, 18th century
Irish political philosopher and
British statesman
Hey, Brammy, my dear sweet
mother may be misunderstood
and I'll never forget her, but I
don't remember the govern-.
ment ever bringing me milk

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and cookies after clearing,
my bank account.
And though I admire B
the father of conservatism
failed to envision Ameri
2007. Some Americans ar
only pleased with taxes
they hope to impose mo
them on the rest of us.
Three of our.thinkers,
fine points:
"The, hardest thing, in
world to understand is
income tax."'- Albert Ein
"Taxation WITH repres
tion ain't so hot, either
Gerald Barzan, humorist
"A tax loophole is s
thing that benefits the
,guy. If it benefits. you, it
reform." Russell B. I
U.S. senator
Ah, now we're getting t
thick of it. Our tax code i
hardest thing in the wor
understand. It was made
way because our repres
tives, seeking favor and d(
.slipped in gobs of loop
for their buddies.
Our government calls
"tax reform," and it is thi
son our tax code now
according to the
Institute, 61,000 page

length and takes the average
American nearly 30 hours to
comply with.
One quotation made me
"Next to being shot at and
missed, nothing is really quite
S as satisfying as an income tax
refund." F.J. Raymond,
Well, EJ., next to being shot
S at and hit, nothing is quite as
unpleasant as the sizable
Checks I've had to write every
year since I became self-
Semployed in 1993.
The concept of taxes agitates.
me so much, particularly this
week as I am buried in a pile of
receipts, that I was drawn to
g out the more humorous quota-
3urke, "I am proud to be paying
m, he taxes in the United States. The
ca in only thing is I could be just as
e not proud for half the money." -
, but Arthur Godfrey
:re of "People who complain
about taxes can be divided
make ..nto, two classes; men .and
.. women.',-U7,nknow ,
a.the,.: "The 4ncometax'has made'i
Sthe more liars out of the American
stein people than golf." Will
senta- Rogers
r." The IRS says that it does not
endorse any of these quota-
ome- tions. I don't fault it for being.
other cautious. Enforcing our
is tax incomprehensible laws, rules
Long, and regulations is the hardest
job in the world. The IRS is
to the often blamed for the mess that
is the Congress created.
ld to Still, I'm sure the IRS wants
that to keep a distance from this
;enta- one:
tough, "Where there is an income
holes tax, the just man will pay more
and the' unjust less on the
this same amount of income." -
e rea- Plato
runs, Well, then. I guess tax woes
Cato have been around for a while.
s in

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A native opinion encourages involvement

To the editor:
I am a born and bred
native of the Beaches, as
well as, a regular to our local
natural resources especially
^the ICW.
I do not pretend to know
all the legal ramifications of
Kendall and Rose Taylor's
request for seeking to clear a
"cloud on the title" of their
property, but I can under-
stand their rights as proper-
ty owners and local citizens.
I believe Beach Marine has
been very generous in the
past and present. They have
promoted the origin of the
largest Kingfish Tournament
in the world, to complying
to sound ordinances to pre-
vious onsite nightclub ven-
The Taylors' management
of their property has always
had the local interest in
mind, 'not to mention the
economic impact, which the
marina has had over its

years of existence.
My fellow locals and
myself well know the public
access problems, but I feel
the squabble over the last
bit of property left north of
the marina is a moot point!
The public boat ramp
parking capacity is based on
1960-70's parking. After all
if Mr. [Art] Graham or
[George] Forbes are fisher-
men, they may have their
trailers and/or boats in the
Beach Marine storage areas.
I know there is a majority of
locals who do, because we
cannot store them on our
own properties, due to zon-
ing compliances!
I wonder that'if public
awareness and participation
is the issue (according to our
elected officials), then why
not enlist public input by
means other than a little
orange sign in some obscure
place and use something
more widespread like a

notice in the utility bill
I enjoy my privilege to
vote for those who I think
speak for my views and
some times those views have
a conflict. The conflict in
this case is my fight as well
as, the apathy of my fellow
voters we need to get
more involved.
My solution to the anti-
quated public boat ramp
and access is as follows. It
would be for F.I.N.D, J.W.C.,
Army Corps, D.E.P., and
other involved agencies, to
allow the necessary dredg-
ing for an additional public
ramp west of 'the present
public boat ramp (with ade-
quate parking).
I never imagined having
to pay $10 in the past to
park my boat trailer after
launching my vessel.

Jody Rogers

Bowie Kuhn's intellect will be greatly missed

To the editor:
Following the death of
Bowie Kuhn, much debate
will surround his legacy as a
former baseball commission-
However, having had the
privilege to know Bowie over
the last few years, I believe
his legacy as a wonderful and

caring human being is
beyond dispute. Bowie was a
tremendously kind, generous
and warm man; a man of
great faith, who quietly and
tirelessly put his faith into
action in so many ways.
Bowie is an enormous loss
to his friends and family, fel-
low parishioners at Our Lady

Star of the Sea and communi-
ty generally here in Ponte
Vedra. Personally, I will miss
his exceptional intellect, his
outgoing personality, his elo-
quent wisdom and keen
sense of humor.

John M Clegg
Ponte Vedra Beach



lacks style

It was both laughable and
thought-provoking. Affixed
to the wall of an insurance
office,,the poster said, in large
letters,. "Smoking Is
Glamorous." Above the state-
ment was a picture of a haggard
woman (okay, a hag) who had a
cigarette dangling from her
mouth. To me, it spoke volumes
about the results of the cigarette
habit, in a way that should not
be lost on impressionable
It underscored an undeniable
truth of life: Smoking is bad for
you, and the best way to avoid it
is not to start. One means by
which young people are drawn
to the, hazards of the perilous
practice is no doubt seeing their
favorite movie stars puffing on
ciggies in films. An anti-smok-
ing organization has advertised
this position in Newsweek mag-
azine, stressing that smoking in
Hollywood productions influ-
ences 390,000 new teen smokers
annually. Its Internet website,
w., has a raft of convincing
information on the subject,
with ways for parents to fight
When I was growing up, there
were way fewer movies conve-
niently available, but I got
hooked by emulating my now
long-deceased father, who
smoked almost anything on the
nicotine scene that would
ignite; i.e., pipes, cigars, and cig-
arettes, mostly th e., latter.
Another preteen,.and. I collected
cigarette butts ard iphaled
them out in the woods. Wow,
we were groovy, except some-
times we burned our nose light-
ing a too-short one.
It took me until I went out for
high school football to learn
that both cigarettes and the
sight of beautiful girls left me
breathless. Fortunately, I didn't
have to give up girls, just ciga-
rettes, but only for the season. (I
finally cut the weeds entirely in
A gagster once suggested an
improbable means of discourag-
ing kids from taking up smok-
ing. The government's Surgeon
General could report research
which indicates cigarettes are
fattening. Then, legions of
potential young gasper grabbers
might instead reach for carrots
and celery. Personally, I'd rather
listen to all the crunchy munch-
ing than the coughing.
The anti-smoking movement
Sfor kids claims, "In-store adver-
tising of tobacco' products
entices children and young peo-
ple to begin smoking." A visit to
some local convenience stores
seems to support this. There's
usually a veritable wall of ciga-
rettes and promotional come-
ons extremely visible behind
the counter; e.g., (Camels)
"Light and Luscious." This is
"Truth In Advertising"?
To debunk, I offer what star
movie actor Yul Brynner, long-
time smoker and dying lung
cancer patient, said in a prere-
corded postmortem on TV:
"Now that I'm gone, I tell you,
don't smoke."

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Wanda Y. Taylor, 54, was
arrested for possession of
cocaine and attaching a license
plate or sticker that was not
assigned on March 14 in the
1400 block of Mayport Road,
according to a police report.
* *0
Joel Carey Johnson, 39, was
arrested for grand theft and
dealing in stolen property on
March 15 in the 400 block of
Atlantic Boulevard, according to
a police report. An officer locat-
ed the defendant and a check
revealed the listed warrant.
Karl Alexander Leiter, 48, was
arrested for disorderly intoxica-
tion and resisting an officer with
violence in the 700 block of
Atlantic Boulevard, according to
a police report. At a restaurant
an officer tried to call a cab for
the defendant who yelled and
cursed at the officer, the reprot
said. The defendant swatted
and struck the officers leg,
although he did rot injure the
officer, according to the report.
S *

Burglary was reported on
March 14 in the 800 block of
Beach Avenue, according, to a
police report. A bicycle was
stolen from the victim's garage,
according to the report.

Shawn Ryan Smith, 30, was
arrested for battery on a law
enforcement officer on March
17 in the 2000 block of
Rosewood Drive, according to a
police report. The victim told
police that her boyfriend had
been causing problems. He was
intoxicated and broke a window
with a flower pot, the victim
told police. When officers
arrived, the defendant would
not calm down and punched an
officer in the left side of the face,
according to the report.
* ,*
Bobbi Lynn Bowman, 40, was
arrested for grand theft and
aggravated assault on March 16
in the 1400 block of Atlantic
Boulevard, according to a police
report. The victim went to get a
hotel room and while inside the

Four juveniles were arrested in connection with
several automobile burglaries that occurred Friday, according
to Atlantic Beach public information officer Tiffany Layson.
Officers observed the four 16-year-old suspects enter one of
the vehicles and the youth were carrying items stolen from
other burglaries, according to Layson.
The locations of te burglaries were Beach Avenue, Selva
Marina Drive, 19th Street and East Coast Drive, according to
The police department is conducting further investigation to
determine if the suspects were involved in other recent vehic-
ular burglaries in the city, according to Layson.


Cont. from A-1
"I almost had to forcibly
eject her from the house,"
Lonberg said. "She was looking
for her-cats."
Jacksonville Beach firefight-
ers, with automatic aid from
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue,
responded to the structure fire
at 9:33 p.m. five minutes
after the 911 call was logged -
and battled the blaze which on
the east side of the first floor.
According to the report,,
crews worked for nearly fiiie'
hours' to control thdblaze 'the '
fire was finally cleared and
determined to be "confined"
to the first floor around 12:30
Jacksonville Beach Fire Chief
Gary Frazier Monday'said that
crews left the scene around 1
a.m. and checked the area peri-
odically through the night.
"We were told that the fire
was secured and went on to
[my dad's] house," Lewis said.
Just after 8 a.m. Sunday, fire
dispatch received two 911 calls
about flames and smoke at
Lewis' home. Upon arrival,
firefighters observed heavy
smoke emanating from all of
the second story windows.
Firefighters were sent to the
second floor but crews had to
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Crews used a ladder to finish
extinguishing the second blaze
'at 8:21 a.m. and cleared the
property again by 9:36 a.m.,
the report said.
"I heard the sirens again
about 8 a.m. when I went to
bury [Kit Kat]," said Lonberg.
"I thought it was going some-
where else."
Frazier said the fire originat-
ed in the walls behind the fire-
place mantle. Wood paneling
on the living room walls quick-
ly ignited altherffire rew. r' r:"'r
Fflei %i~llffierfirfight6 ers
that responded to the first fire
followed protocol and
employed every measure,
including the use of thermal
imaging equipment to ensure
the fire was out.
"We were there until about 1
a.m. We checked every couple
of hours," Frazier said. "We
wouldn't have left it if it wasn't
out. It started back up around
7:45 a.m."
Frazier said even the smallest
embers still smoldering can
cause a fire to restart.
"There was fire in every
nook ahd cranny. It just built
from there," he said.
"Sometimes this happens and
unfortunately, this time it did.
Not everyone is going to see a
little bit of smoke between 3
a.m. and first light."

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Lonberg, who fought fires
for 35 years in the U.S. Navy,
said he does not to be critical
of the firefighters but he said
he "would've left someone
there" at the scene.
"I'm not a land-based fire-
fighter but there are things I
would have done differently
but I am not being critical," he
said. "They did what they
Lewis praised the efforts of
the firefighters for retrieving
"her cat's body and helping to'
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"They were extremely com-
passionate. They recovered the
body of Kit Kat and went back
in and found my photo
albums," she said.
Later in the day, she said fire-
fighters also found Lewis' Bible
and a macrame cross that
Lonberg made for her years
before. An antique rocking
chair and a cedar chest filled
with afghans made by her late
mother and sister were also
Lewis found her wandering
cat, Mama Cat, more than a lit-
tle dirty in the comer of the
backyard Monday afternoon.
"I am so thankful. God is
good," Lewis said. "My house
is destroyed but I've got Mama
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hotel, the suspect got into his
rental car and attempted to flee,
police said. The victim tried to
stop her and she tried to run
him over, according to the
Burglary was reported on
March 16 in the 1900 block of
Strickland Road, according to a
police report. Someone stole a
laptop computer from the vic-
tim's vehicle, according to the
Grand theft was reported on
March 14 in the 400 block of
Atlantic Boulevard, according to
a police report. The manager of
a store told police that a clerk
witnessed a man trying to pull
DVD players from a shelf. The
man said he was going to pay
for them and as he rounded the
counter, he ran out of the store,'
according to the report. The
total value stolen was $404.97,
according to the report.
* *
Grand theft was reported on
March 14 in the 1100 block of
Seagate Avenue, according to a
police report.
A 19-year-old woman report-
ed early Friday that she and an
18-year-old friend were ridingin
a limousine .with a man who
was mad at the teens because
they wanted to go home. They
all got out of the limousine in a
parking lot on Arbor Club Drive
and the man "kept telling [the
victim] ... that he was going to
'kick her a,' according to a
deputy's report. The man

pushed the victim, who. called
911 on her cell phone, which
was then thrown to the ground'
by the suspect, according to the
report. The victim said the man
began to get back in the limou-
sine when he slammed the car's
door on her arm, the report said.
The man was arrested and
charged with battery, a misde-

A 70-year-old resident of the
Quail Point area of Sawgrass
Country Club reported that
someone ransacked her vehicle
sometime between March 14
and Thursday and stole her
$400 portable GPS device. The
victim said she didn't think it
was necessary to lock her car in
her neighborhood.
* *
A 54-year-old man reported
that someone broke a window
of his 2005 Mustang Thursday
when it was parked in the north
Guana parking lot and took his
wallet, which contained several
credit cards.

Nathaniel Robert Glasser, 27,
of Jacksonville Beach was arrest-
ed March 18 and charged with
possession of a controlled sub-
stance in the 100 block of 3rd
Avenue North, according to a
police report. Police were
responding to a report of a dis-
turbance in a bar. Glasser was
found with a bottle containing
10 Xanax pills without a pre-
scription, police said.
* * '*
Battery was reported March
18 in the first block of 1st Street
North. The victim told police
that he was punched in the face
by a suspect around 2.a.m. while
he was walking through Latham
Plaza. He sustained a cut on the
inside of his lip.
* *0
Grand theft of a motor vehi-
cle was reported March 18 in the
300 block of 1st Street North. A
black 2003 Harley Davidson val-
ued at $15,000 was stolen from
the courtyard between the
Ocean Club and Fionn
MacCool's. The victim told
police he went to retrieve the
motorcycle after spending the
night at a nearby hotel and it
was missing. He had the keys' in
his possession.

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Mayo enrolls epileptic patients for study

Neurologists at Mayo Clinic
are enrolling patients with
epilepsy in the next phase of a
clinical research trial to further
determine the safety and effica-
cy of a surgically implanted
device that detects seizure
activity in the brain and may
suppress. seizures.
The device, called a respon-
sive neurotransmitter (RNS),
acts like a pacemaker for the
brain. It may be implanted in
some patients with frequent,
disabling seizures who have

failed treatment with at least
two anti-epileptic medications,
according to a Mayo
spokesman. A treatment team
works with patients who wish
to be part of this research trial,
called the RNS System Pivotal
Clinical Investigation, to deter-
mine eligibility.
A Mayo neurosurgeon
implants the self-contained
device under the scalp of eligi-
ble patients. The neurosurgeon
then connects the responsive
neurostimulator to wires
placed in the region or regions

of the brain where seizure
activity occurs. The Mayo treat-
ment team will follow partici-
pants for at least two years after
the device is implanted. Each
month the team will assess the
patient's seizure type and fre-
Those interested in partici-
pating will need to undergo a
comprehensive Mayo Clinic
epilepsy evaluation before
being considered as a candi-
date for this study. For an
appointment, call (904) 953-

Watson manager
aids Lupus group
Crissie Cudd, Sales Manager
at Watson Realty Corp.'s
Intracoastal Office on Atlantic
:Blvd., successfully completed
: facilitator training for the
.. Greater Florida Chapter, Inc.
Lupus Foundation of America.
:.;.Lupus is a chronic autoim-
,- mune disease that causes
..inflammation and tissue dam-
age to any organ in the body
;..including the skin, joints,
heart, lungs, kidneys, and

scans today from 2 p.m. to 6
p.m. at its offices at 1282 3rd
St. S. as part of the grand open-
ing of Hanger's Foot Health
Center which features a certi-
fied pedorthist.In addition to
the scans, free balloons and
refreshments will be offered.
* *

names chair
The Mayport Waterfront
Partnership elected a new
chairman and four vice chair-
men at a meeting Tuesday. Paul
Parsons was voted as Chairman
of the partnership. Dean
Singleton, Tyler Greenwell,
David Fisher and Alyce Decker
were all voted as vice chairs of
the partnership. Ben Tucker
was the former chairman and

Paul Parsons was the former
Vice chairman.
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Retirement pro
Ponte Vedra resident Scot A.
Regner has been awarded a cer-
tificate in retirement planning
from the Wharton School of
the University of Pennsylvania,
making him
one of 350
financial profes-
sionals nation-
wide to hold the
certificate. The
certificate is
awarded upon
completion of a
50-hour course
taught by 10 Regner
Wharton School
faculty members.


brain. Lupus can 'be hard to
diagnose, and can range from
mild to life-threatening. Cudd
will be part of the local support
group's efforts to raise aware-
ness of t~edisese, and to pro-
vide support and resources for
'patients and their families. For-
more information on the sup-
port group, readers may email
00* *


foot scans
Prosthetics &
will offer free foot



The PARC Group's Pablo Creek Reserve neighborhood in
the West Beaches welcomed Jacksonville's top Realtors
inside its gates last month for a luncheon. Paul Johnson and
Nancy Morrison, above, of Benchmark Homes were on site
to answer questions about the Villa del Lago. At the progres-
sive luncheon, more than 50 Realtors toured six spec


:Elizabeth Hudgins, a longtime sales associate and top producer with Prudential Network Realty's
.Ponte Vedra Beach office, remained the company's "crown jewel" as the 2006 Top of the Rock
Winner for her $55 million-plus production year. Michelle Cummings of the company's Beaches
: office, was named Prudential Network Realty's 2006 Top of the Rock for Listings. Jill Streit of the
ij$Beaches office was the company's Rookie of the Year. The Beaches office received the 2006
SePresident's Cup Award of Excellence during the company's annual awards banquet of Prudential
;: Real Estate Affiliates. Earl Lee, the president of California-based Prudential Relocation and
-Prudential Real Estate Financial Servicesof America President Andrew Downs, attended. Above,
F Mac McGriff, Prudential Network Realty Partner; Michael Hughes, president, Gibraltar Title; Didi
SCherney, Prudential Network Realty Partner; Andrew Downs, president, PREFSA; Earl Lee, presi-
' dent, Prudential Relocation; Linda Sherrer, founder, president and CEO of Prudential Network
" Realty; Tom Petway, Prudential Network Realty Partner gather during the banquet.

STime', Holocaust
survivor speaks
at UNF

Faculty and students from .
the Foundation Academy
attended the dramatic film "
Borrowing Time" at UNF
hosted by Herb and Miyuke
Scheidel. Holocaust sur-
vivor, philanthropist and
subject of the film, Henri
Landwirth, at right, was in
attendance to answer ques-
tions from students after-
wards. ,'

Former Jacksonville Mayor Ed Austin, Sarah Ryder, Ponte
Vedrans Dr. Yank Coble, director of UNF's Center for Global
Health and Medical Diplomacy, and Shereth Coble are part of a
sold out crowd enjoying the George Will VIP Reception at UNF's
Fine Arts Center Lazzara Performance Hall last week. Will dis-
cussed 'The Political Argument Today."

Flagler hosts free series on
state history beginning tonight

Flagler College and the St.
Augustine Historic Research
Institute will host "Plantation
Life in Colonial Florida," a lec-
ture series on the rich history of
Florida,beginning tonight.
Dr. Jane Landers will present
"Prince Whidden: Slave and
Soldier" tonight. Landers is
associate professor of history at
Vanderbilt University, where
she teaches Latin' American
colonial history, Atlantic world
history, and courses on compar-
ative slave systems.
On March 28, Dr. Jim
Davidson will present "Slave
Life at the Kingsley Plantation:
Archaeology at the Kingsley
Slave Cabins." Davidson is
Assistant Professor of
Anthropology at the University
of Florida, and a leading expert
in the archaeology of the
African Diaspora. He is current-
ly directing an., arcWTlaplogipl
program,: at the Kingsley
Plantation slave cabins to lean

about slave life during the sec-
ond .Spanish period and
On April 4, Dr. Greg Smith
will discuss "Excavations at
Mala Compra: General Joseph
Hernandez' St. Augustine
Plantation (ca.. 1820-1836)."
Smith is a Consulting
Archaeologist, and Director of
the St. Augustine office of New
South Associates, Inc. While
with Environmental Services,
Inc., Dr. Smith directed the
excavations of Mala Compra
Plantation, the early territorial
home of General (and St.
Augustine Mayor) Joseph
Hernandez .
Each installment of "the
series will be held in the Flagler
Room at Flagler College at 7
p.m. The lecture series is free
and open to the public, but seat-
ing is limited. Call (904) 829-
; ) fe9nmore i M strn1o n'.
gtine Fus. s ndatin.b eSt
Augustine Pounation.

Child rearing expert
John Rosemond will
speak at Beaches
church next month
'Dr. John Rosemond will be
speaking at St. Paul's-By-The-Sea
Episcopal Church on April 3 at 7
Rosemond is a best-selling
author, columnist, speaker and
family psychologist. His syndi-
cated column on child rearing
appears in the Times Union.
(w w w.rosemond .com
The program is sponsored by
Beaches Episcopal School's
Parent Support Organization
and is open to the community.
Tickets will cost $20 each. For
information call Mary Jo Gentek
at 334-6617 to register or for
more details about the event
He will speak at St. Paul's-By-
The-Sea Episcopal Church, 465
11th Ave. N., Jacksonville

Salon in the y of

Jacksonville Beach

Lili, Carmen, Alex
& Sara M. invite
you to visit us at
our new salon


3201st St. N.,Ste.101
Downtown Jax Beach
Metropolitan Condos
(across from the Ritz)
Now hiring new Stylists
and Aestheticians

Member FDIC,


Atlantic Coast Bank

Keeps Focus on Community

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(1-r) Patricia Henry, financial services advisor, Ashley Reamy, teller, Kelly
Tanner, assistant manager, and Doug Flanders, manager

Atlantic Coast Bank is celebrating its new full-service branch
in Neptune Beach by partnering with the American Cancer
Society in support of the First Coast Beaches Relay For Life
on April 21 at Jarboe Park.

Stop by, meet our staff and learn about our great banking prod-
ucts. Then learn how you can help fight cancer by supporting
the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

Call Branch Manager, Doug Flanders at 998-5500, ext. 6201

1425 Atlantic Beach Blvd.

Atlantic Cos
Bank ILL



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Sidney L. Blanton, 60, died
March 9, 2007 at his home in
Lake City following an extended
illness. A native of Augusta, Ga.,
Blanton had been a resident of
Lake City for the past three
years, having moved there from
Blanton served in the U.S. Air
Force during the Vietnam con-
flict. He worked as an Air
National Guard recruiter for
many years. He later worked for
the state of Florida in Child
Support Enforcement and the
Department of Agriculture prior
to retiring.
Blanton held a degree in jour-
nalism from the U.S.
Department of Defense at Fort
Slocum, N.Y., and wrote articles
for "Stars and Stripes." He went
on to earn a B.S. from the State
University of New York.

George Fraed of Ponte Vedra
Beach died March 17, 2007.
Bom in Ford City, Pa. in 1923,
he was a longtime resident of
Fraed was a retired educator
and Guardian Ad Litem. He
served in the U.S. Air Force in
World War II and rose to the
rank of captain.
Fraed will be missed by family
and friends, the family said. He
is survived by his wife, Marcia;
children, Cynthia A. Fraed M.D.,
Janet Clements (Sam), Pam
Appling and Daniel Fraed;
grandchildren, Laura Blunt and

D e s
Hamilton, 52,
died March
17, 2007. He
was a
native and
from Fletcher
Senior High School in 1972 and
attended Central Florida
Community College and Florida
Community College at
Jacksonville, where he played
baseball. After ,being ,drafted. by
the Cleveland Indians in 1974
and playing in their minor-
league system for two years, he
received his B.A. in Education
and certification to teach
Physical Education and Science
from the University of North
Coach Hamilton, as he was
known to hundreds of students
and players, began his career at
Ed White High School and con-
tinued teaching at schools in
Baker County, Nassau County,
Newberry, Dunnellon, Santa Fe
and at his alma mater, Fletcher.
Most recently, he was a science
teacher at Sandalwood High

Gloria Jean
65, died
March 18,
2007. She
was born Feb.
14, 1942 to
SElmer and
\ Louella Sharp
in Bristol,
Va. and lived
in Bristol,
Tenn. until she was 21.
Matarazzo was a high school
graduate whose life in Atlantic
Beach began in December 1972,
when she and husband Pete
were married. She was
employed by Baptist Medical
Center Beaches for 17 years in
their patient accounting depart-

William F. "Bill" Meyer, 75,
died March 11, 2007 in Ponte
Vedra Beach. Meyer, who lived
most of his life in Columbus,
Ind., was the son of the late
Frank and Mary Meyer.
Meyer is survived by a broth-
er, Don Meyer of Ponte Vedra
Beach; three sisters, Barbara
Goeller of Terre Haute, Ind.,
Gretchen Waltz of Columbus,
Ind., and Jennifer Garten of
Francesville, Ind.; four nephews
and one niece.
Meyer attended Indiana
University and was an avid I.U.
fan. After a career in the retail

Evelyn Victoria Robson, 82, a longtime
resident of Jacksonville Beach died March
18, 2007 after a long illness. She was born
May 23, 1924 in Charlotte, N.C.
Robson was a devoted mother, grand-
mother and great-grandmother, the family
said. Her passions in life were going to the
beach, traveling and taking cruises.

Following his retirement, he
enjoyed fishing, building things
and doing handiwork.
Blanton was preceded in
death by his father, Harry
Blanton, and a sister, Sandra
Blanton. He is survived by his
wife, Barbara Blanton; a daugh-
ter, Becky Olson of Lake City;
his mother, Irma Blanton of
Jacksonville Beach; two broth-
ers, Homer Blanton of
Washington state and Carl
Blanton of South Carolina; and
one granddaughter, Britton
Funeral services were con-
ducted March 15 in the chapel
of Dees-Parrish Family Funeral
Home, Lake City. Private family
interment services followed.
Arrangements under the direc-
tion of Dees-Parrish Family
Funeral Home.

Robert Bonnichsen; great-grand-
children, Taylor and Jacob
Bonnichsen; siblings, Sylvia
Piper, Mary Beth Alexander (Jay)
and Jackie Fraed. He was prede-
ceased by his grandson, Chris
Celebration of his life was
held Tuesday in Christ the
Redeemer Church, Ponte Vedra
Beach. In lieu of flowers, memo-
rial donations may be made to
Thru the Roof Ministries, P.O.
Box 3005, St. Augustine, FL
32085-3005. Services under the
direction of Quinn-Shalz Family
Funeral Home.

School and coordinator and
originator for the North Central
Florida Scouts Team since its
inception in 1995.
He followed in the footsteps
of his father, Leon, who was in
professional baseball for more
than 45 years and is a member
of the Scouts Hall of Fame in
Cooperstown, N.Y.
Hamilton was preceded in
death by his father, Leon
Hamilton, and son, D.J.
Hamilton. He is survived by his
wife of nearly 12 years, Mary;
children, Sibby, Katy and Chase;
imbther, Mi1ie Hamilton; broth-
ers, Kirby Hamilton (Lora) and
Leon Hamilton; sisters, Marlee
Hanby (Steve), Patty McDonald
(Charlie) and Sue Crosby (John);
numerous nieces, nephews and
A memorial service celebrat-
ing Hamilton's life will be held
11 a.m. Wednesday in East
Pointe Church, 270 N. Keman
Blvd. Memorial contributions
may be made to East Pointe
Church for the benefit of the
Hamiltons' young children.
Arrangements entrusted to
Beaches Chapel by Hardage-
Giddens Funeral Home,
Jacksonville Beach.

Matarazzo is survived by her
husband, Peter; sons, David and
Todd Vencil and .Gregory
Matarazzo; daughter, Jessie
Kaufmann; eight grandchildren;
one great-granddaughter; one
great-great-grandson; two broth-
ers and one sister.
Matarazzo requested no view-
ing and no services. Interment
will take place in the Veterans
Cemetery of North Jacksonville
when its construction is com-
SRemembrances may be made
to Community Hospice of
Northeast Florida, 4266
Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL
32257. Services under the direc-
tion of Quinn-Shalz Family
Funeral Home.

clothing business in Columbus,
Ind., he moved to Ponte Vedra
Beach in 1996.
Meyer loved golf and contin-
ued to play the game at Ponte
Vedra Golf and Country Club at
Sawgrass. During his retirement,
his avocation was hunting lost
golf balls. He accumulated more
than 100,000 balls, including a
display of 10,000 logoed balls.
Meyer, who will be buried in
the family plot in Columbus,
Ind., will be missed by friends
and relatives in Florida and
Indiana, the family said.

Matthew Connor, 85, of
Atlanta, Ga. died March 16,
2007. Connor was born Dec. 16,
1921 in Hagerstown, Md. to
Gabrielle Startzman Connor
and Charles M. Connor, super-
intendent of transportation for
the Western Maryland Railroad.
After receiving a Bachelor of
Arts from Mount Saint Mary's
College in Emmittsburg, Md.,
Connor served in the U.S. Navy,
initially at the Naval Air Station
in Lakehurst, N.J., where he
worked with lighter-than-air
craft (blimps) and developed a
lifelong interest in aviation. He
later served on several cruisers,
including the USS Louisville,
and was honorably discharged
from the Navy as a lieutenant
After working for the Atlanta
Journal & Constitution, Connor
left to work for Tucker Wayne &
Co., an Atlanta advertising
agency of which he became
owner following Wayne's death.
Under Connor's leadership, the
agency went on to become the
largest in the southeast.
Connor is survived by his
wife, Arlene Connor of Atlanta;

a daughter, Patricia Connor of
Neptune Beach; and a brother,
Edmund Connor of Melbourne,
Fla. He was preceded in death by
his youngest daughter, Margaret
Shawn "Dealie" Connor. Other
survivors include a stepdaugh-
ter, Mari Lane of Marietta, Ga.; a
stepson, Mark Lane, also of
Marietta; and step-grandchil-
dren, Tonya Breen of Charlotte,
N.C., Stacy Leigh Dearman of
Los Angeles, and Eric Dearman,
Jessica Lane and Shelby and
Kendall Lane, all of Marietta.
Connor held a private pilot's
license with instrument rating.
He was a member of the
Piedmont Driving Club, Ponte
Vedra Inn & Club and Sawgrass
Country Club.
A Celebration of Connor's life
will take place Wednesday at 11
a.m. in the chapel at H.M.
Patterson & Son, Spring Hill,
1020 Spring St., Atlanta. The
family will receive friends one
hour prior to the service at the
funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
the Hunger Project or Atlanta
Humane Society.


Marisa Kaye Frosio, infant,
died March 1, 2007. She was
bor the same day at Baptist
Medical Center Beaches.
Family members include her
parents, Karin and Allan Frosio;
brothers, Brett Frosio and
Andrew and Ben Clark; grand-
parents, Tom and Jan Hilton;
and many loving aunts, uncles
and cousins.
Private family services will be
held in Palm Valley Cemetery.
A memorial granite bench

engraved with Marisa's name
will be placed in the Garden of
Innocence at the Palm Valley
Cemetery. Contributions for
this memorial may be sent to
Reverend Tom Hilton, 1921
Selva Marina Dr., Atlantic
Beach, FL 32233. Checks can be
made out to Rev. Hilton, with
"The Marisa Frosio Memorial"
on the memo line.
Arrangements entrusted to
Beaches Chapel by Hardage-
Giddens, Jacksonville Beach.


Bowie K. Kuhn, 80, former
Commissioner of Baseball, died
March 15, 2007 of respiratory
failure after a short illness at St.
Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville.
Born Oct. 28, 1926 in Takoma
Park, Md., Kuhn graduated from
Princeton University in 1948
after .serving in the U.S. Navy,
then earned a legal degree from
the University of Virginia. He'
joined the New York law firhi of
Willkie Farr Gallagher, where
he represented Baseball's
National League. A lifelong
baseball fan, in 1969 Kuhn suc-
ceeded William Eckert as
Commissioner of Baseball, a
position he would hold until
Kuhn and his wife Luisa relo-
cated in 1990 to Ponte Vedra
Beach, where he continued his
many charitable and philan-
thropic activities. He served on
the boards of directors of
numerous prominent corpora-
tions, hospitals, universities and
foundations, including the
board of directors of the Baseball
Hall of Fame and the boards of
trustees of Ave Maria University
and the Ave Maria Law School.
A dedicated Roman Catholic,
Kuhn was a Papal Knight
Commander with Star of the
Order of St. Gregory, a Knight of
Malta and a founding member
of Legatus. In his later years, he

was particularly involved with
numerous Catholic organiza-
tions and charities.
A lifelong Republican, Kuhn
served on the election commit-
tees of the 2000 Bush/Cheney
campaign, the 1988 and 1992
Bush/Quayle campaigns and the
1996 Dole campaign. He was
the author of "Hardball, The
Education of a Baseball
Kuhn is survived by his wife
of 50 years, Luisa; son, George;
son, Paul (Carol); daughter, Alix
(Stephen) and son, Stephen
(Leslie), as well as 10 grandchil-
dren: Geordie, Kyle, Katie,
Robert, Molly, Liam, Ally, Peter,
Willa and Nicholas.
A visitation was held Monday
at Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral
Home, with a Prayer Vigil in the
chapel of Quinn-Shalz. Mass of'
Christian Burial was celebrated
Tuesday, in Our Lady Star of the
Sea Catholic Church, Ponte
Vedra Beach. A Memorial Mass
also will be held in the spring at
the Church of the Immaculate
Conception in Quiogue, New
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to The Ave Maria
Foundation, One Ave Maria Dr.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0373.
Services under the direction of
Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral


Richard Holmes Parham, 70,
known by family and friends as
"Dick," died March 14, 2007,
Everything Parham did demon-
strated his love for and devotion
to Jesus Christ, said the family,
and God used him to save
countless lost souls.
Parham was born and raised
in Orlando, a member of
College Park Methodist Church,
and graduated from Edgewater
High. He attended the
University of Florida before serv-
ing in the Navy on the aircraft
carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Parham was a member of the
Robertshaw Design and
Installation team for the vehicle
assembly building for NASA. He
was co-owner of Fields Control
and owner of Parham
Engineering, and was consult-
ing engineer and sales for Delta
Controls and Belimo Aircontrol.
Parham married Donna Harris
March 8, 1958, 'and the couple
celebrated their 49th wedding
anniversary two weeks ago. He
was a member of Beach United
Methodist Church and enjoyed
his role, along with that of his


Robsoh is survived by her son, Larry
(Tammy) Anderson; daughters, Pamela
(Michael) O'Connor, and Renee (Ben
Brewer) Robson; grandchildren, Sean,
Joshua, Christiana, Michelle and Jennifer;
and four great-grandchildren. She was pre-
deceased by her husband of 19 years, Roby
Robson, in 1983 and her mother, Fannie

wife, as City Team Leader with
Crown Ministries.
Parham is survived by his
wife, Donna Harris Parham of
Neptune Beach; son, David
(Toni) of Carmel, Ind.; daughter,
Karen Bellah (Jamie) of Auburn,
Ala.; son, Richard (Denise) of
Dade City; brothers, Jim Parham
(Sarah) of Orlando, and Bill
,Parham of Gainesville; and
grandchildren, Daniel and
Morgan Parham, Audrey Bellah,
and Brooke and Mallory
Visitation was held Saturday
at the Hardage-Giddens Funeral
Home, Jacksonville Beach.
Memorial service was held
Sunday in Beach United
Methodist Church, Jacksonville
In lieu of flowers, the family
requests contributions be sent in
memory of Dick Parham to
Crown Ministries, P.O. Box 100,
Gainesville, Ga. 30503-0100.
Arrangements entrusted to
Beaches Chapel by Hardage-
Giddens Funeral Home,
Jacksonville Beach.

Visitation was held Tuesday in Quinn-
Shalz Family Funeral Home. Private
Interment will be held Wednesday in
Ponte Vedra Valley Cemetery. Services
-under the direction Quinn-Shalz Family
Funeral Home.

Charlene Jennette Deware,
75, died March 16, 2007. She
was a local artist and native of
the Beaches.
Survivors include her daugh-
ters, Jenna Lopes and Deborah
Ables, both of Jacksonville; sis-
ter, Shirley Brewer of

Marie A. Perry, 86, died March
18, 2007. She was born April 4,
1920 in Frias Point, Miss.
Family members include her
sons, Charles S. Perry, Jr. of
Jacksonville Beach and Ronald
S. (Cindy) Perry of Jacksonville;
grandsons, Chris, Russell, Scott
and Brennan, all of Jacksonville;

Eric Matthew Puttbach, 45,
died March 14, 2007. He was
born Oct. 7, 1961 to Herbert and
Jane Puttbach in Newark, N.J.
Puttbach lived in the Beaches
area for the majority of his life.
He attended St. Paul's Catholic
Church, and Beaches Chapel
Church and loved fishing and
Puttbach was preceded in
death by his father, Herbert
Puttbach. He is survived by his
wife, Michelle Puttbach; sons,
Joshua and Jonah Puttbach;
mother, Jane Puttbach; brothers,


Ann Lynch Boyer, 73, died
March 19, 2007.
She was predeceased by her
husband Paul Boyer and daugh-'
ter, Kim Angela. She is survived
by two sons, Michael Boyer,
Nanuet, NY, Joe Boyer (Jennifer),
Jacksonville and her daughter,
Melanie Boyer, Ponte Vedra
She was born in Brookhaven,
Mississippi to Archie and May
Lynch. She graduated from the
University of Southern
Mississippi and was a proud
member of the original "Dixie
Darlings" dance team. She and
Paul came to Jacksonville where
,she became an educator in the
public school system for 15
years. 'She made a positive'
impact on many young lives,
her family said. She helped her
husband establish their family
business. She enjoyed painting
landscapes in oils. She became
very active with the Daughters
of the American Revolution and
'maintained the Office of
Registrar for the Jean Ribault
Chapter for seven years. She was
also a member of the
Jamestowne Society. She wrote
volumes of family history, not
only for her own, but for others
as well.
A Memorial service will be
held at 11:30 a.m., Friday in the
chapel of Quinn-Shalz, A Family
Funeral Home with the
Reverend William Kelly officiat-
ing. Services under the direction
of Quinn-Shalz, A Family
Funeral Home & Cremation

Jacksonville; three grandchil-
dren and five great-grandchil-
Funeral arrangements are pri-
vate. Arrangements by Beaches
Chapel by Hardage-Giddens
Funeral Home, Jacksonville

great-grandchildren, Kaylee of
Tampa, Fla., Chaynee, Chase
and Riley of Jacksonville; and
two great-great-granddaughters.
Private family services will be
Arrangements entrusted to
Beaches Chapel by Hardage-
Giddens, Jacksonville Beach.

Bobby (Marie) Puttbach, Ed
(Rebecca) Puttbach,' Phil
Puttbach and Andrew (Christy)
Puttbach; sister, Dee Puttbach
(Jeff); and many loving nieces
and nephews.
A memorial service was held
Monday at Beaches Chapel
Church, Neptune Beach. In lieu
of flowers, contributions for
Joshua and Jonah's college fund
are requested.
Cremation arrangements
under the care of Ponte Vedra
Valley Funeral Home and

In Loving Memory" 7'

Gregory Scott Gard
05/13/1965- 03/23/2006
If tears could build a stairway
And memories a lane,
We'd walk right up to Heaven
And bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken,:
No time to say goodbye ;
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God knows why.

Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears stillflow -
What it meant for us to lose you
No one will ever know.

But now we know you want us
To mourn for you no more -
To remember all the happy times,
Life still has much in store.

Since you'll never be forgotten,
We pledge to you today
A hallowed place within our
Is where you'll always stay.

Your Loving Family .

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Family Fun Hour ,)
Wednesday, March 21

'Family Fun Hour: Guana
Tolomato Matanzas National
Estuarine Research Reserve
(GTMNERR) hosts a Family Fun
Hour the third Wednesday of
each month. Today's event,
which runs from 2 p.m. to 3
p.m., features a Native i
American story and crafts
Author Geri Keams' story,
"Grandmother Spider "
Brings the Sun," teaches
participants to honor and
respect Fire, Grandmother
Spider and our four-legged
friends, just as the Cherokee -
Indians do. The story will be rol- -
lowed by a Native American wuat
activity participants can take
home. The event is open to the
public, including large groups. Children ages 3 to 10 must
be accompanied by a parent. Participation is free, but registra-
tion is required. All materials will be supplied. Contact the
GTMNERR at 904-823-4500. The GTM Reserve Environmental
Education Center is at 505 Guana River Road, South Ponte
Vedra Beach.

Wednesday, March 21
Glass by Kathy: Kathi Bell,
owner of Glass by Kathi, teach-
es a glass filigree suncatchers
and glyphs workshop from 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. and also May 9 at
the Cultural Center at Ponte
Vedra Beach. Fundamental
stained-glass techniques, using
glass nuggets and bevels rather

than cut stained glass, will be
the focus of the workshop.
Students will create suncatchers
and glyphs while being intro-
duced to some of the tech-
niques used in the fabrication
of a stained glass panel. All
tools will be supplied. The cost
for members is $110, for non-
members $140. For informa-
j tion, call 904-280-0614.

. Hospital Jewelry Sale: The
final day of a two-day
Auxiliary at Bapist Medical
Center Beaches jewelry
S sale by All That Glitters
starts at 9 a.m. and ends
at 3 p.m. The sale is
being held in the main
lobby of the hospital, 1350
1 ~tit Ave. S., Jacksonville
Beach. The general public is
in\ ited.

NARFE: National Active and
Retired Federal Employees
Chapter 1671 meets at 12 p.m.
at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 14035 Beach Blvd.
Visitors are welcome. For infor-
mation, call 221-7644.

Underwater Archaeology:
Today is the second day of a
three-day inaugural Northeast
Florida Symposium on
Underwater Archaeology, tak-
ing place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

each day at the Guana
Tolomato Matanzas National
Estuarine Research Reserve
Education Center, 505 Guana
River Road in South Ponte
Vedra Beach. GTMNERR, in
partnership with the St.
Augustine Lighthouse
Archaeological Maritime
Program, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration,
Florida Public Archaeology
Network, Florida Division of
Historical Resources, St. Johns
County and the 'St. Augustine
Archaeological Association, is
hosting the event. The public is
welcome to attend. For infor-
mation, visit www.lampmar-

Thursday, March 22
BDC Book Forum: The
Beaches Democratic Club's
Book Forum will be held at 7:30
p.m. at the Village Inn,
Neptune Beach. Geoffrey Stone
will discuss his book, "Perilous

Friends of Library Book
Sale: The Friends of the Library
hold their semi-annual book
sale in the Friends of the
Community Room at the Ponte
Vedra Beach Branch. Library

starting with a preview party
from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Public
sales will be held 9:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. March 23, 9:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. March 24 and 12
*p.m. to 4 p.m. March 25.
Sunday is Bag Day, when a bag
to fill with books can be pur-
chased for $8. All proceeds ben-
efit the library and the commu-
nity. For information, call 273-

Wildflowers: The Ribault
Garden Club, at 705 2nd Ave.
N., Jacksonville Beach, will
offer a program on wildflowers
at 10 a.m. by Pat Sasser, wild-
flower chairman of FFGC-
District IV. The public is invit-
ed. For information, call 246-

Friday, March 23
Fleet Reserve: Fleet Reserve
Association Branch 290, 390
Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach,
offers a Fish Fry ($10 donation)
from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The
Ladies Auxiliary holds a prime
rib dinner ($10 donation) from
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 31. The
public is invited, and take-out
orders are welcome. Music by
Fuzzy can be heard from 7 p.m.
to 11 p.m. March 24. For infor-

mation, call 246-6855.

Free Tax Filing Help: Each
Friday through April 13, the
Neptune Beach Senior Activity
Center, in cooperation with
AARP Tax-Aide, offers free tax-
filing help for taxpayers with
middle and low income. Special
attention is offered for those 60
and older. Service is provided
on a first-come, first-served
basis. No appointments can be
made. The Neptune Beach
Senior Activity Center is at
2004 Forest Avenue. For infor-
mation, call 270-1688.

Saturday, March 24
Human Figure Workshop: A
two-day human figure open
studio workshop will be held
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March
24 and March 25 at the
Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra
Beach. Professional nude model
Suzie McGuire will begin each
session with several five-minute
poses and transition into one
pose for the remainder of the
day. No instruction will be
given in this workshop. The
cost to members is $5 hourly or
$20 each day; for non-mem-
bers, it's $8 hourly or $35 each
day. For information, call 904-


Art Association: The Pablo Towers Art
Association meets from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 246-4158 for information.

Ballroom Dancing: Ballroom dancing is
offered at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaches Senior
Center, 281 19th Avenue S., Jacksonville
Beach. The cost is $4. For information, call

Cancer Support Group: The Cancer
Support Group at Baptist Medical Center
Beaches meets at 6 p.m. at the Florida Cancer
Center in Medical Office Building B on the
hospital campus. Call 247-2910 for informa-

Poker Tournament: A poker tournament is
scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the
Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center. Tables,
cards, chips, refreshments and snacks are pro-
vided. The Senior Activity Center is located at
2004 .Forest Avenue.and can be.reached by.
calling 270-1688.

Sons of Italy: Sons of Italy Beaches Lodge
2821 conducts its general meeting at 7:30
p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at
the Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean
Blvd., Atlantic Beach. A social time starting at
6:30 p.m. precedes the meeting. Anyone, male
or female of Italian heritage or not, who is
interested in attending a meeting is welcome
as a guest. For information, call 904-242-

Toastmasters of Ponte Vedra: Toastmasters
of Ponte Vedra meets from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45
a.m. in the administration building of the
Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. Coffee is served.
For more information, call Michael Steele at
904-910-1982 or visit

Yoga at Guana: Hatha Yoga classes are
offered at 5:30 p.m. at the Guana Tolomato
Matanzas (GTM) Environmental Education
Center. Sally and Spring Saldana, a mother-
daughter team, are the instructors. The cost is
$10 per class, which lasts 75 minutes.
Participants need to bring a mat, beach towel
and water. For information, call 904-823-

Yoga for Health: Yoga for Health & Healing
is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the
Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center. The
class is designed for those reluctant to attend
a regular class but \want to learl the ~ln'da-'
mentals of yoga. For in toiiti:on, contact
Leslie Lyne at the Senior Activity Center, 270-
1688, or call the teacher, Nancy Rathburn, at

Kiwanis Beaches: The Kiwanis Club of
Jacksonville Beaches meets at noon at Selva
Marina Country Club, 1600 Selva Marina Dr.,
Atlantic Beach. Visit for information.

Exchange Club: The Exchange Club of the
Jacksonville Beaches, a non-profit service
organization that's been active in the Beaches
communities since 1980, meets each week
from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Sea Turtle
Inn. First-time visitors receive a free breakfast.
The club website, for information about
upcoming speakers and programs, is Chris
Hamilton of T Mobile is the March 9 speaker.
The Exchange Club raises about $35,000
annually and distributes those funds to a vari-
ety of Beaches causes. For information or to
join, contact Jack Morison at 904-318-7162 or

Recovery, Inc.: Recovery, Inc., a mental
health support group, meets at 6:30 p.m. at St.
Paul's Catholic Church's Family Life Center,
578 1st Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach. Call 247-
3299 for information.
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Rier City Sinigles Club:' i he Ri\e City
Singles Club, Inc., a chapter of the Singles
Association of Florida (SAF), holds a dance
from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Knights of
Columbus Hall, 1501 Hendricks Ave.,
Jacksonville. Admission is $8, $7 for members.
Live music, snacks and refreshments are pro-
vided. For information, call 779-1234.

Senior Tennis: Tennis for seniors is offered
from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Huguenot Tennis
Center in Jacksonville Beach. For information,
call Moe at 247-6221. A senior men's doubles

tennis "C" level league plays through April at
Huguenot Tennis Center on Friday mornings.
The league has home and away matches. Call
Bob Totter at 247-1865-for information.

Adopt-A-Rescued-Kitty: Kittens and cats
that have been veterinarian-checked and test-
ed, and that have shots and been neutered, are
available for adoption from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
at PetCo at Atlantic and Kernan boulevards.

Parliamentarians: The First Coast
Parliamentarians meet from 10:15 a.m. to
12:15 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month,
September through May (a luncheon session),
at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101
Library Road. Visitors are welcome. For infor-
mation, call Bernice Kamerling at 223-1314 or
e-mail Sherry Strange at

' Pohte \'edra Writers: Florida Writers
Association's Ponte""Vedra Writers Group
meets at 10 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each
month at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch
Library. FWA is a statewide, non-profit organi-
zation with more than 750 members dedicat-
ed to the support and networking of aspiring
and published writers. Meetings are open to
members and non-members. For information;
call FWA regional director Vic DiGenti at 904-


AARP Tax-Aide
AARP Tax-Aide Income Tax
Preparation runs to April 11 at
the Beaches Branch Library, 600
Third St., Neptune Beach. Hours
are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday
and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday. For information,
call 241-1141.

Art Association
The Pablo Towers Art
Association meets from 12:30
p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Call
246-4158 for information.

Ballroom Dancing
Ballroom.dancing is offered at
7:30 p.m. .Wednesday at the
Beaches Senior Center, 281 19th
Avenue S., Jacksonville Beach.
The cost is $4. For information,
call 241-3 796.

Computers for Seniors
; The Neptune Beach Senior
Activity Center offers a new ses-
sion of computer classes for sen-
iors beginning March 27. The
classes are scheduled Tuesdays
and Thursdays. Beginning com-
puters are scheduled from 9:30
aim. to 11:30 a.m., intermediate
computer class (including the
Intemet) from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
and advanced computers from
Z:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The class-
es are $55 for six sessions, which,
includes the course text, or $40
vWithout the text. Call the
Center at 270-1688 to reserve a
seat in the computer lab.

Free Tax Filing Help
Each Friday through April 13,
the Neptune Beach Senior
Activity Center, in cooperation
with AARP Tax-Aide, offers free
tax-filing help for taxpayers
with middle and low income.

Special attention is offered for
those 60 and older. Service is
provided on a first-come, first-
served basis. No appointments
can be made. The Neptune
Beach Senior Activity Center is
at 2004 Forest Avenue. For
information, call 270-1688.

Life Line Screening
Tests that can save lives are
scheduled with Life Line
Screening March 29 at the
Neptune Beach Senior Activity
Center. Stroke screening/carotid
artery, abdominal aortic
aneurysm screening and periph-
eral arterial disease screening
will be available. Risk of osteo-
porosis can be identified as a
part of the testing, which is
non-invasive and completely
painless. Pre-registration is
required. Call 1-800-324-1851
to make an appointment.

London Symphony
The Neptune Beach Senior
Activity Center will attend the
Florida International Festival in
Daytona Beach with the
London Symphony Orchestra
July 28. The London Symphony
marks its 40-year association
with the Florida International
Festival with a "Music of
Hollywood" Pops Concert.
Charter transportation and din-
ner are included. Call 270-1688
for information or to make a

Monday Movie Matinee
Monday Movie Matinee at
the Neptune Beach Senior
Activity Center features "Blood
Diamond" March 26. The
movie is complemented by a
soft drink, candy bar and pop-
corn, all for $1. The movie
begins at 1:30 p.m.

Poker Tournament
A poker tournament is sched-
uled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday at the Neptune
Beach Senior Activity Center.
Tables, cards, chips, refresh-
ments and snacks are provided.
The Senior Activity Center is
located at 2004 Forest Avenue
and can be reached by calling

Senior Center
The Palm Valley Senior
Center, 148 Canal Blvd., is open
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday
and also on Thursday. Lunch is
served at noon. Call 280-3233
for lunch reservations or for
information on activities. For
transportation to lunch, call
280-3753 between 7:30 a.m.
and 2:30 p.m.

Senior Workshop
Edward Jones, 13171 Atlantic
Blvd., Suite 300, Jacksonville,
offers a free senior workshop at
10 a.m. Tuesday on a variety of
topics, including retirement
income planning, wealth trans-
fers, IRAs, annuities and life
insurance. Reservations are
required. Call 221-8501.

Spring Social
The annual Spring Social is
scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
March 31 at the Neptune Beach
Senior Activity Center.
Attendees are invited to bring
their favorite covered dish to.
share; main entree will be pro-
vided. Local DJ Tom Turner will
entertain with music, karaoke
and dancing. Reservations are a
must. Call the Center at 270-
1688 for details.
Suns Opener

The Neptune Beach Senior
Activity Center plans to attend
Opening Day for the
Jacksonville Suns April 5 at the
Baseball Grounds of
Jacksonville. Charter trans-
portation, a private sky deck
party and all-u-can-eat ham-
burgers/hotdogs with all the fix-
ings are included for $32 per
person. Reservations are a must.
To make a reservation, visit the
Center at 2004 Forest Avenue or
call 270-1688 for more details.

Yoga for Health
Yoga for Health & Healing is
offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Wednesday at the Neptune
Beach Senior Activity Center.
The class is designed for those
reluctant to attend a regular
class but want to learn the fun-
damentals of yoga. For informa-
tion, contact Leslie Lyne at the

Senior Activity Center, 270-
1688, or call the teacher, Nancy
Rathburn, at 386-6453.

Yoga for Seniors:
Yoga for Seniors is held from
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Let's Dance
Studio, 246 Solano Road, Ponte
Vedra Beach. Classes, which can

be done from a chair, are
designed with the needs of sen-
iors in mind and include
breathing techniques, warm-
ups, yoga postures, guided
imagery and relaxation. No
prior yoga experience is
required. To register, call Joan
Ryan at 280-4628 or e-mail

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On March 19, Chabad @
the Beaches held its annual.
Model Matzah Bakery at the
Ponte Vedra Branch of the St.
Johns County Library.
Many of the children who
attended participated in the
process of making matzah,
the traditional bread for
the seven-day Jewish holi-
day that celebrates Biblical
events in the book of Exodus.
This year Passover is April
During Passover, the Jewish
people "take a step back and
remember when they were
slaves in Egypt," said Leah
Kurinsky of Chabad.
The Model Matzah Bakery
"brings the holidays to, life.
When the Jewish people left
Egypt in haste, their bread
didn't have time to rise."
"We can't eat anything
leavened during Passover,"
said Ponte Vedra resident
Pam Ervanian, who brought
her two children to the event
to show them how to make
For Jewish people, matzah
has many different meanings,
said Kurinsky.
"It teaches a lesson in
humility. It is important to
remember we need to be
humble and through humili-
ty we become better people,"
she said
Some people make their
own matzah, Kurinsky said.
Most of the matzah for the

A F/A-18 Hornet jet with Strike Fighter Squadron 83 prepares to make an arrestmentt" on the USS John F. Kennedy in June 2004.

Carrier's final combat deployment

in 2004 was' eye opener for reporter

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In the preface to his 1997
book, "Bogeys and Bandits:
The Making of a Fighter
Pilot," former U.S. Navy. avia-
tor Robert Gandt describes the
unique scent.of a 90,000-ton
aircraft carrier.
"It wasn't until I had
ducked through a steel door
and started down a ladder that
it hit me an evocative mix
of oil, steel, jet fuel, paint,
machinery and sweat."
Gandt was describing "the
peculiar internal atmosphere"
of the USS Nimitz, a nuclear
carrier, but he could have easi-
ly been describing the smell of
the USS John F. Kennedy, one
of the Navy's last convention-
al carriers.
In June 2004, I was one of a
handful of reporters who went
to sea with the USS JFK before
it made its final combat
deployment to the Middle
East. The nearly 40-year-old
flattop will be decommis-
sioned Friday at Mayport
Naval Station.
Like Gandt said, the first
thing you notice about an air-
craft carrier is its "peculiar
And it doesn't take long
below decks before your own
sweat becomes part of that
great "internal atmosphere."
Our two-day embark on the
Kennedy was very drenching
to say the least. I changed
shirts once, but not pants,
socks or shoes. There was liter-
ally no time. Our Navy han-
dlers ran us around from one
end of the huge floating city
to the other.
And we lapped it all up
without a whimper.
At the time, the Kennedy
was coming off a $330-million
overhaul and the Navy was
anxious to show it off at flank
speed. There's nothing like
being on an operational carri-
er on combat deployment.
This was the real deal. Flight

Sailors wave goodbye to sightseers near the Mayport jetties as the USS John F. Kennedy departs
for its final six-month deployment in June 2004.

operations day and night. Full
combat readiness. Or as one
chief petty officer said in pass-
ing, "We're underway and
making combat pay."
And the Navy made sure we
reporters didn't miss a minute
of the action. In just over 30
hours on the ship, we hustled
up and down every deck, from
a top level above the bridge
known as "Vultures Row" to
the bowels of the engine
We took meals in the, offi-
cer's wardroom, shopped in
the ship's store, ventured to
the forecastle, visited the cap-
tain in his quarters, and for-
mally interviewed the carrier
battle group commander, a
rear admiral and aviator with
close to 1,000 carriers land-
ings, or traps.
"It's heaven coming back,"
said the admiral about return-
ing to sea for a long deploy-
'"We've been home for 20
months. It's our turn now. The
ship is like its own city with
an airport that stays open
It also has its own ZIP code,
our main handler, Lt. Leslie
Hull-Ryde, the carrier's public
affairs officer at the time, told
The JFK went to sea with a
crew of more, than 5,000, but
even in this sea of humanity, I
was able to bump into a sailor
from Jacksonville who attend-
ed Finegan Elementary in
Atlantic Beach.
Big ship. Small world.
Drinking water is a hot
commodity on a carrier.

Everybody has secret water
stashes in their work or
berthing spaces.
On the massive, four-acre
flight deck, fully-armed fighter
and attack jets land and take-
off.with split-second timing.
Puffs of steam rise and curl
from the catapult tracks. The
aerial concert doesn't end
until well after 1 a.m. on our
first night.
I spent a lot of time with
the ship's embarked helicopter
squadron, interviewing both
the pilots and the maintain-
ers, and the squadron XO.
Our stateroom was on the
gallery deck, just below the
flight deck. We showered in
the admiral's "flag head."
Night carrier qualifications
were going on when we final-
ly hit the rack our first
evening. Instead of counting
sheep, we counted catapult
shots off the bow.
The next day, the captain
invited us to the Kennedy's

famous in-port cabin, unlike
no other in the U.S. Navy. The
wood-paneled room was
designed by Jackie Kennedy to
resemble a colonial-era sea
cabin. We lounged in replicas
of the rocking chairs the for-
mer president favored in the
Oval Office.
When we boarded the carri-
er, it was docked at Mayport.
We left the ship via a C-2 tur-
boprop, also known as a COD
plane, while the JFK was
steaming at 25 knots about
150 miles out to sea.
Outfitted in cranials (hel-
mets) and survival vests, we
launched from a bow catapult,
going zero to 200 mph in two
seconds flat.
The interior of a windowless
COD has its own peculiar
scent: A mixture of stuffy air,
sweat and jet fuel.
The JFK's "evocative mix" of
sights, sounds and smells is
something I will not soon for-

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photo by JOC M. Breedan
Reporters wearing cranials and survival vests preparing for
departure from the USS John F. Kennedy in June 2004.

Matzah has many

meanings for Jewish

Jim Spear checks the baking matzah.

holiday is made in a few large
matzah bakeries in New York
and other parts of the U.S.
At the Model Matzah
Bakery, Kurinsky told the
Biblical story about matzah

and the Exodus story to the
Rabbi Moshe Bialo,
Program Director at Chabad,
led the children in the
process of making matzah.
The children began by sep-
arating grain from the stalks
distributed by Bialo. They
then used a hand grinder to
grind the grain into flour.
Water is the only other
ingredient added to the flour
to make the dough. Once 'the
water and flour is combined,
the matzah must be ready to
be baked within 18 minutes,
said Kurinsky. If not, the
leavening process begins and
the dough will begin to rise.
Bialo made sure the flour
and the water were kept com-
pletely separate until it was
time to mix the two ingredi-
ents. The children then
.quickly worked with Rabbi
Nochum Kurinsky to roll out
small pieces of the dough.
These were baked and then
enjoyed by the matzah bakers
and their families.


Elly Ben Simon grinds grain into flour as Rabbi Bialo and
Zach Ervanian watch.


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Dianna and Greg Birdsong Sherri and Michael Magnera



Rita and Gene Wells

Rita and Gene Wells of
Jacksonville celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary on
Saturday, March 17.
The couple, formerly of
Atlantic Beach, were married
on March 17, 1957, at Hastings
Baptist Church. She is the for-
mer Rita Melzer.

He is retired from the
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
She is a retired bank executive.
The couple have two chil-
dren, Toni Skorusa of
Jacksonville and Hank Wells of
Atlantic Beach, and four

: Dianna Foss and Greg
Birdsong, both of Neptune
Beach, were married on
Saturday, March 17, at Palms
Presbyterian Church in
Jacksonville Beach.
: Pastor Tom Walker and
Father Kelly officiated the cere-
- The bride is the daughter of
Bonnie Dietrich of Jacksonville
and Michael Foss of Atlantic
Beach. She is a graduate of
Fletcher High School and is
employed by Gowen Animal
SThe groom is the son of Scott

and Norita Birdsong of
Neptune Beach. He is a gradu-
ate, of Fletcher High, the
University of Florida and the
University of North Florida. He
is employed by Jax
Cornerstone Partners.
Brenda Cobb was the matron
of honor. Bridesmaids were
Kristy Bloom, Tina Sealey and
Kendall Sealey. Scott Davis was
the best man. Groomsmen
were Dale Bloom and Matt
After a honeymoon to Las
Vegas, the couple will reside in
Neptune Beach.

Sherri Lynn Setchell of
Jacksonville Beach and
Michael James Magnera of
Rochester, N.Y., were married
on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Flint
Hill in Norcross, Ga.
The Rev. Scott Hearn per-
formed the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of
Linda and Fred Setchell of
Jacksonville. She is a graduate
of Fletcher High School and
the University of Florida.
SThe groom is the son of
Joyce and Frank Magnera of

Rochester, N.Y. He is a gradu-
ate of Irondequoit High
School and Randolph Macon
Julie English was the
matron of honor. Shannon
Setchell and Sandi Setchell
were the bride's attendants.
J.P. Duvall was the best man.
Frank 'Magnera and Tim
Magnera were groomsmen.
The couple spent their hon-
eymoon in St. Lucia and
reside in Cumming, Ga.

Is it possible to have too

many vacuum cleaners?

by KRIS RADISH machines themselves but
COLUMNIST what they do and how I feel
when I am well cleaning.
A variety of mostly normal Stay with me here. So much
people that I have lived with of what I do is mind work. I
during the past 53 years all write, and a'lot of what I write
seem to think I have a vacu- is fiction not this though -
um cleaner fetish. please I.never joke about
Go figure. I mean, really it vacuum cleaners.
is not possible to have too So when I get a chance to
many vacuum cleaners, is it? do something like sweep or
You need one main cleaner, turn on a machine that can
a small one for those "imme- visibly change my surround-
diate" pick ups, one for the ings so I actually feel like I am
garage and basement, and doing something well, that
then at least one back-up in makes me happy.
case one or all of the above It's sort of like painting. I
mentioned machines do not like to do that also.
work. When you paint, it not only
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icpl, there"arl. .it' .-~: tLhart \oi. nuade progress. This'
cleaners, does not happen much in
Two of them are limping most of my world. Think
let me tell you that. One about it.
stinks as if someone has You have to wait for the
sucked up some road.kill, kids to grow up so they can
which is very possible because drive you someplace for a
it's close to my college son's change. You have to wait for
jink pile, and another one the book to be printed. You
just never made it past the have to wait for someone you
trial period, love to recognize how cool
The trial period machine is you are.
a heartbreaker because I final- None of this happens when
ly broke down and ordered you vacuum. You can just
something substantial online, turn it on, and rightoff the
and it ended up to be a refur- bat, especially if you have one
bished lemon. Who the heck of those new clear machines
is going to box up a refur- where a bag used to be, you
bished vacuum and send it can see that you have sucked
back to the idiots who did not up some dirt.
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Samantha Allick and Jeffrey Minton.


Spencer Brogden and Melissa Neu


Samantha Allick and Jeffrey
Minton, both of Jacksonville,
have announced their engage-
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: The bride-elect is the daugh-
ter of Samuel and Susan Allick
of Lynn Haven, Fla. She is a
graduate of Florida State
University. She is employed by
the Jacksonville Community
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The groom-elect is the son of
Herbert and Rhonda Minton of
Jacksonville. He is a graduate
of the University of North
Florida. He is employed by
The couple plan to wed on
May 12, 2007, at Immaculate
Conception.' Catholic Church
in Jacksonville.

Melissa Neu and Spencer
Brogden have announced their
engagement to be married.
The groom-elect is the son of
Debbie and Kelly McEvoy of

The couple plan to wed on
Nov. 10, 2007, at Ocean Park
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photo submitted
Mayport Middle School's 8th grade gifted class went on a field trip to Fort Caroline National Memorial on Friday, Feb. 23. The stu-
dents took a field trip to the fort to study Florida history. From left, Hannah Gentry, Jacqui Burns, Ashley Pulliam, Ashley Johnson,
and Elizabeth Aley. Back row from left: Kenneth Myers, Emma Shoots, Mia Thornton, Ash Snodgrass, and Bobby Allen.

Local students participate in Montessori UN

Montessori Tides teacher
Stephanie Mercurio and three
of her middle-school students
visited New York recently to
participate in the first
Montessori Model UN..
The initial conference coin-
cided with Montessori's 100-
year celebration.
The K-8 Jacksonville Beach
facility, in its second year with
a middle-school program, was
one of 50 Montessoris that
sent representatives to New
York. The Tides' trip ran Feb.
26 to March 3.
The Tides students were
Zoya Krupczynski, Zack Hatton
and Brittany Powell, all of
whom traveled as U.S. dele-
"The children picked the
countries they wanted to rep-
resent, then did research," said
Mercurio. "They truly simulat-
ed the UN. It's very unique,
not only because it's a
Montessori Model UN but also
because it's middle school.
Most of the Model UNs are
high school and college. It was
a lot of work, but they did an
amazing job."
Krupczynski is Tides' only
eighth-grader and will be its
first eighth-grade graduate.

Friends of Atlantic Beach
Elementary (FABE) will hold
its eighth annual party
Saturday, April 21, at the
Adele Grage Cultural Center.
The event is from 6 p.m. to
8 p.m.
FABE is a non-profit
501(c)(3) organization
inspired by parents and com-
munity members who desired
a mechanism for the local
community to provide on-
going financial support for
Atlantic Beach Elementary.
Each year FABE receives
donations from parents and
grandparents of students who
attend the school as well as
community members. FABE
has partnerships with the
City of Atlantic Beach and the
City of Jacksonville. For more
details, call 246-7072.
Beaches Chapel School is
now registering 4 year olds for
the state-funded Voluntary
Prekindergarten Program
for Fall 2007. For more infor-
mation, call 241-4211, ext.

U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw
is accepting applications for
the 4th Congressional
District High School Art
Competition. Each school is
allowed to submit 10 pieces of
art. Every student who partic-
ipates will be awarded a cer-
tificate of recognition.
The top 25 entries will be
displayed at the "Wilson
Center Gallery on the South
Campus of Florida
Community Collegg at
Jacksonville. The winning
entry will be displayed in the
U.S. Capitol for one year.
Deadline for entries is April
12. For details, call 598-0481

or visit
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The College of Education
and Human Services at the
University of North Florida is
accepting nominations for
the 2007 Gladys Prior
Awards for Career Teaching
The two major criteria for
selection of teachers for this
prestigious award are sus-
tained teaching excellence
and sustained inspiration of
To be eligible for the award,
teachers must have at least 10
years of teaching experience
in a Duval County public or
private school. The award car-
ries a $12,000 cash prize. Up
to four Gladys Prior Awards
are presented annually by the
College of Education and
Human Services.
Any person (colleague,
administrator, student, parent
or community, member) may
nominate a teacher for the
award. The nominee should
write a letter describing how
the teacher inspires students
through excellent teaching.
For more information, e-mail
Lynne Raiser at Deadline for
nomination letters is March
30. Send nominations to Dr.
Larry G. Daniel, Office of the
Dean, College of Education
and Human Services, 4567 St.
Johns Bluff Road S.,
Jacksonville 32224-2676.
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Fletcher Middle PTSA
meetings for the remainder of
the school year are Tuesday,
March 27, at 7 p.m., and
Tuesday, May 1, at 8 a.m. The
last meeting will be .for elec-
tion of officers for the 2007-
2008 school year.

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Teacher Stephanie Mercurio (second from left) with students Zack Hatton, Zoya Krupczynski and
Brittany Powell holdings copies of the UN charter.

Next year, she moves,on to
Bishop Snyder.
"It was very life-changing,"
Krupezynski said of the Model
UN experience. "It was such an
honor to do that."
It was a great experience to
go to the UN, meet new people
and make friends, then explore
New York City," said Powell.
The. students didn't go to
any United Nations sessions,
such as the General Assembly
or Security Council, but they
did vote in UN fashion at the

"They had this special room
dressed up to look like the
General Assembly," said
Powell. "We pressed buttons to
All students received copies
of the Charter of the United
Nations and the Statute of the
International Court of Justice.
Among their guest speakers
were Ambassador Francis
Lorenzo of the Dominican
Republic and Craig Keilberger,
founder of Free the Children.

The Tides students took side
trips, including a CBS tour and
a visit to the Empire State
"It was held in March this
year, but in the future it's
going to be in May, which is a
nicer time [of the year in New
York]," said Mercurio. "I think
they're going to make it a little
bit longer. It was a two-day
conference, but the partici-
pants found they needed more
time to really get into it."

photo submitted
Ninth and 10 grade students at The Foundation Academy have
been studying their ecological footprints: the area of the earth's
productive surface necessary to support a given human life
style. From the results of brainstorming sessions, they discov-
ered the nine components of their footprint: oxygen, food, water,
fiber, energy, employment, infrastructure, waste disposal and
recreation. The students completed an online questionnaire to
determine their footprint. The average American requires 30
acres of land. To find out your ecological footprint? Visit


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hidden Easter eggs throughout the paper. Give the paper your sharpest
look and count the eggs you spot.

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recognized in the newspaper for each of the publication dates, and
a grand prize winner will be named. The Grand Prize winner is the
person who comes closest to total number of eggs hidden
in the four publications.

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Several Panthers find success at Bob Hayes meet


A number of Nease High
runners and throwers enjoyed
success Saturday during the
Bob Hayes Invitational track
meet at Raines High School.
The Hayes Invitational is one
of the most prestigious high
school track meets in the
country and some top talent,
has emerged
throughout its
43-year histo-
"We didn't
bring a large
here," Panthers
coach Ken
Taylor said
Saturday. "Just
those we thought might have
a chance to place."
James Wilson took fourth in
the shot put with a throw of
51 feet, 2 inches. The senior
said he was suffering from
cold and flu-like symptoms
but participated anyway
because the Hayes meet offers
such great competition.
Taylor noted Wilson may
have been a bit fatigued after
competing in a boys
weightlifting meet two days
before the track event.
In other boys field events,
Nease's Jon Abrams placed
fifth after clearing 12 feet.
Taylor said Panthers' top
vaulter Michael Buchholz, still
recovering from injuries not
related to track and field, may
possibly rejoin the team in
time for next week's St. Johns
River Athletic Conference
The SJRAC meet was origi-
nally scheduled to take place
at Nease, but has been moved
to Orange Park since construc-

tion work on the Panthers'
facilities continues.
In girls field events, Kelsey
Swendsen placed 10th in the
discus with a toss of 105 feet,
2 inches. Teammate Laura
Phillips took 13th in the
event with a throw of 101
Phillips also placed 14th in
the shot put with an effort of
34 feet, 6.5 inches.
On the
track, Panthers
7 7 runner Jessica
S Gambill didn't
make the final
of the 400
meters, but
she won her
heat in a time
of 59.12 and
placed llth
overall in the
Amy Price
and Brittany Schwertfager
competed in the girls 300 hur-
dles, Blake Bennett raced in
the boys 300 hurdles,.Alex
Bermudez ran the 800 meters,
Dalton Faulds threw the dis-
cus and Matt Cote participat-
ed in the pole vault.
Other Beaches area top per-
formers included Fletcher's
Alex Schanen who placed in
both the 1,600 and 3,200 .
meters, and Senators team-
mates Megan Bary who com-
peted in the one- and two-
mile runs and Marki' Lyon
who ran the girls 1,600.
Schanen earned a third-
place finish in the 1,600 with
a time of 4:39.27. The junior
followed that performance
with a 9:58.25 in the 3,200
for a fifth-place finish.
Lyon took 14th in the 1,600
in 5:39.21 while Bary was
right behind in 5:42.52 to fin-
ish in the 15th spot.
Bary later clocked a
12:38.39 in the 3,200 to finish
in 11th place.

Former Fletcher coach

was a teacher at heart

Will always picture Des
Hamilton sitting on an
upturned plastic bucket
calling pitches at Fletcher
High's baseball field.
When batters fouled pitch-
es outside the lines, Hamilton
would yell "S.O.I" at the top
of his lungs.
In Hamilton's baseball
vocabulary, "S.O.I" stood for
"step on it." And pity the fool
in the Fletcher dugout who .
didn't snap to attention and
retrieve an errant ball.
Hamilton didn't suffer fools
Fletcher's yard-boss from
1982 to 1994, Hamilton was
known as a tough taskmaster
who knew the game of base-
ball inside and out and often
got tossed out because of it.
But there was always two
sides to Hamilton's character:
the no-nonsense disciplinari-
an side and the loving and
caring side of
a true father
I will miss
both sides of
complex per-
The former
Fletcher sci-
ence teacher
and baseball
coach died
Saturday of a
massive heart
attack. He was
"The aggressiveness is
something I never witnessed,"
Hamilton's wife, Mary,
recalled Monday, two days
after her husband collapsed
and died on the baseball dia-
mond at Florida Community
College at Jacksonville, where
he was an assistant coach and
recruiting coordinator.
"People didn't know the
same coach that I saw. He was
more subdued when I met
him. But when Des was at the
ball game, you knew he was
A former baseball and foot-
ball player at Fletcher,
Hamilton never played the
glamour positions. He was
true grit.
An offensive lineman in
football and a catcher in base-
ball, he exuded confidence


and charisma.
Hamilton was Fletcher's
winningest baseball coach
(191 victories) when he was
forced out, they said, because
of too many run-ins with
Bitter about the decision,
but strong enough to stom-
ach it and move on,
rebounded at
High near
where he led
es f the school's
baseball team
to the second
t. I round of the
state playoffs
in his first
was also
where Hamilton met Mary,
his wife of almost 12 years.
The son of a former
Dodgers scout, Hamilton
played two years of junior
college baseball and two years
in the minor leagues before
embarking on a teaching and
coaching career that spanned
almost three decades.
"He told me, 'I have three
more years to get to 30 and I
hope I make it,' Marie
Hamilton, Des' mother,
recalled Monday from her
Jacksonville Beach home.
A baseball coach at six dif-
ferent North Florida schools,
Hamilton spent a two-year
stint as a scout supervisor for
the Seattle Mariners. But the
life of a full-time scout didn't
suit him like it did his father.

See HAMILTON, page B-3

ABOVE: Nease
'High's Jessica
Gambill nears
the finish line in
the girls 400
meters during
Saturday's Bob
Invitational track
mneet at Raines
High School.
Gambill won her
heat with a time
of 59.12 and fin-
ished 11th over-
all in the event.

Panthers hur-
dler Blake
Bennett clears a
barrier in his
race during the
heats Saturday.
Bennett clocked
a 41.20 in his

-Photos by ROB DeANGELO

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Might be time to try luck at the party grounds

It might be time to think
about trying your luck on
the party grounds. The sea
bass are hungry and the snap-
per, grouper and cobia are
On the "Mayport Princess"
last Tuesday, Dick Barry
weighed up a 14-pound
grouper and George Chiarello
brought back a 15-pound
grouper, Megan Fraeocr
cleaned a 27-pound cobia and
Terry Dirmann had the only
kingfish of the day on the
"Princess." All anglers came off
with great catches of sea bass
and beeliners.
On the "King Neptune"with
Capt. Scott Reynolds last
Wednesday and Sunday
anglers came off with snapper,
grouper, flounder arid lots of
sea bass and beeliners. Anglers
had 10 snapper on Wednesday,
five of the snapper weighed
over ten pounds.


Jetty guide Fred Morrow
from his "Little Yvonne" made
three productive trips to the
rocks last week. On Tuesday
morning, Fred and his friend
Don Dingmon pulled 17
sheepshead off the rocks and
on Wednesday Pat and Diane
Ryan, with Fred, put their live
fiddlers over the rocks and

Jeromy.Martin caught this 48-pound black drum on the
Jacksonville Beach Pier last Tuesday.

caught 17 sheepshead to four
pounds and two drum at nine
Capt. Fred took Johnny and
Buddy Nettles to the jetties on
Friday where they pulled up 31
sheepshead weighing up to
four pounds.
Al Wiltshire and John
Burroughs took the "John's
Toy" up the river near N.A.S.
and captured a cooler full of
fresh water catfish weighing up
to 21 pounds along with eight
yellowmouth trout.
Capt. David Sipler has surely
found a hot trout spot. On a
trip in the river last
Wednesday he caught 22
speckled trout and a
sheepshead. On second trip
Thursday he netted three
speckled trout, six reds and
five flounder near the same
On another trip last Friday
with the Wolenski family,
Capt. Dave reports a catch of
six reds to 26 inches.
Dylan Vestal and Tom
Wheeler brought home nine
sheepshead from the jetties last
Sunday. Their largest weighed
eight pounds.
J.B.Hill, his brother Delbert
and James Gergley teamed up
last Monday morning on J.B.'s
"Fun Times." They fished
along the big jetties for several
hours and caught 11
sheepshead and a flounder. On
Monday afternoon James took
his "Head Hunter" to the canal
with friend Mike and netted 40
speckled trout and six red bass.
Capt. Kirk Waltz and the
Chris Huff party fished within
sight of the beach last Tuesday
morning and had 30 throw-
back snapper, 25 sea bass, a
triggerfish and two mangrove.
Later in the morning they
went back to the jetties and
caught five drum to five
pounds, five red bass and a
On Wednesday Capt. Kirk
with the Mark Howard party
took the "Enterprise" about
eight miles offshore. Again,
they caught dozens of snapper
they had to throw back but
had lots of sea bass. They came
back to the jetties to finish the
morning and caught 15 ring-

Capt. Eddie Smith cranked
up the "Turtle Boat" for a short
trip down the beach last
Wednesday morning. On
board were his dad Raymond,
brother Gene and friend
Daniel Jarrett.They stopped in
30 feet of water and drifted
along the slough pulling up 68
Larry Finch reports that the
best pompano bite is still in
the sloughs off Daytona. The
"Fishman" and his wife
Murphy caught their limit of
pompano to four inches and
several coolers of whiting.last
Monday and Tuesday and
again on Sunday.
Capt. Dennis Young on his
"Sea Dancer" with the Mike
Maxwell party last Tuesday
pulled up four big snapper, a
grouper.and 60 sea bass. They
had dozens of throwbacks.
On Thursday Capt. Dennis-
and the Grady James party
brought home a 12-pound
grouper, a 10-pound snapper
and 32 sea bass.
Veteran angler Gary Stickney
reports good perch fishing in
the local fresh water ponds. He
says the new moon will pro-
duce some great catches over
the beds. Gary fishes most of
the time with artificial. He
likes the imitation crawfish as
a bait and live mud minnows
on a jig head for his live bait.
Gary's largest fish recently
while pond fishing has been a
black bass estimated at 13
The Jacksonville Beach Pier
has become very active during
the past 10 days. Black drum,
whiting, blues and an occa-
sional sheepshead can be seen
in most coolers. Jeremy Martin
caught one of the largest drum
last week at 48 pounds. Robert
Prine cleaned a four-pound
drum and Tom Williams
caught 50 whiting.
Capt. Chris Cathey, Kelly
Sisk, Paul Manning and Joey
Lawhon had plenty of action
at the ledge last Wednesday.
They caught three wahoo
trolling before dropping to the
bottom and pfilling up seven
scamp grouper, a red grouper,
triggerfish, beeliners and sever-
al amberjack. Great day.
Good Fishin'.

Photos submitted
Brian Leake, above, with the 20-pound red snapper he caught
aboard the Mayport Princess with Capt. George Strate and
Joey DePalma, below, with his 24-pound scamp grouper.


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Drs. Tanner, McCarthy & Staff
at Beaches Family Medicine,
welcome the association of 41'-'9'1 g .....
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a new member of the Beaches
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excellent credentials.
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Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees
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Basketball Camp (Y St. Paul's
School is offered May 29 to
June 1 at St. Paul's. The hours
are 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. for
students entering third
through fifth grades and 12
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Triathlon is lootkimI, for volun-
teers to help will this sulm-
mer's sprint triathlon races
May 19, June 9 and July 14.
Triathlons start promptly at
7 a.m. at It, kl's Landing in
Ponte Vedra Beach.
For m re I'W,'i tn,0ti.1.n
phone the I! \\I office at
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The lBeaches Fine Arts Series
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triathlon clinic in mid-April.
Both sessions are free and
open to anyone interested in
learning about triathlons or
improving racing skills.
First session is Thursday,
April 12 from 7 p.m. until 9
p.m. at the Mayo Clinic on
San Pablo Road.
Second session is slated for
April 14 at 8 a.m. at the BFAST
race site at Mickler's Landing.

Flag Football
Registration is now taking
place for the spring flag foot-
ball season for kids ages 5-17.
The spring season league runs
from March 17 until May 19
throughout the First Coast
area including UNF and Ponte

Photo submitted
Eight-year-old lan Poland, of Atlantic Beach, recently won the
Junior Gate River Run. plan's one-mile time was 5:30.

For more information, loca-
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to register on line, visit Web
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phone (904) 992-4263.

Florida vs. FSU
Tickets are now on sale for
the University of Florida vs.
Florida State baseball game on
Tuesday, April 3 at 7:05 p.m.
at the Baseball Grounds of
Prices are: $15.50 for dugout
box seats, $12.50 for reserved
'box seats and $8.50 general
Tickets may be purchased by
calling the Jacksonville Suns

box office at 358-2846,
through the Suns Web site at or by visit-
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The third annual Atlantic
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Marina Country Club. Tee
times start at 8:30 a.m.
Cost is $70 and includes
range balls, golf, light break-
fast, lunch and prizes. Field is
limited to the first 75 players
who submit paid entry.
For entry form, e-mail or
phone 246-3144.

Gators' Horford unstoppable

he Florida Gators have a
streak going in the NC AA
tournament and now
must risk it Friday in what's
known as the "Sweet Sixteen "
It is hoped by their beloved
fans that next Saturday we
won't be moaning "the Butler
did it." Save that for dime-sto'r'
detective novels.
Butler is the next foe to test
Sthe mighty Billy Donovan
machine, which gets to St.
Louis and the next step toward
a repeat championship. But
only by the hairs of their chin-
ny-chin-chins, as the old nurs-
ery ditty went.
That wasn't the Purdue
Boilermakers the Gators finally
disposed of on Sunday in New
Orleans it was the Purdue
Troublemakers. The Gators
claimed they were "physical"
as a team. What did UF expect
in a tournament game? It's run
or get run over in the NCAA's
big dance. The Gators had to
know Purdue was a mighty
tough team or they'd never
have gotten to the round of 32.
Donovan should have told
his players before tip off,
"You've got to be not just
tough, but tougher than they


are. They didn't get a cute
name like 'Boilermakers' by
sipping tea on the veranda
with a doily in their 14ps.
"You're playing one of the
toughest teams in the country.
. This isn't the Georgia Bulldogs
with their traveling intramural
Well, of course it went down
to the wire in a game closer
than clock hands at noon.-Fans
are entitled to thrillers in the
NCAA tourney and they got
But for the Frank Merriwell
heroics in the last three min-
utes (anyone under 50 proba-
bly doesn't know who Frank

Merriwell was in the old dime.
novels of the past), the Gators
could be gone. It wasn't
Merriwell, it was Al Horford
who lit the torch and showed
the way. Horford scored six of
his 17 total points during that
period, completely disdaining
the rough defense Purdue
threw at him.
Just as he's been all season,
Horford was unstoppable. He
personified the Gators' deter-
mination Sunday. The fact that
Florida was trailing or clinging
* to a slim lead most of the way
tells something. Do coming
events cast their shadows? Is
there a leak in the balloon?

Vijay Day in Orlando
Meanwhile, there were other
exciting adventures going on.
Down at Bay Hill in Orlando,
the town owned by good old
Arnold Palmer, another "good
old boy" named Vijay Singh
won the inaugural Arnold
Palmer Invitational.
It was a good show for a guy
who always seems to be in the
hunt,, but hasn't racked up key
victories lately.
Singh showed why he is a
tough man to count out on the
golf links.

HAMILTON: Baseball coach remembered

Loss of Bowie Kuhn hits

home for Leader staffer

Iwas online March 15,
ordering a first-birthday
present for my first grand-
child, when broadcasters told
me I had lost a special friend
and mentor Bowie Kuhn of
Ponte Vedra.
I had hoped Bowie would be
admitted to Baseball's Hall of
Fame while he was still able to
hear the applause at
Cooperstown, but that won't
be the case.
Hall of Famer Monte Irvin,
Bowie's special assistant when
I was in the Commissioner's
Office, said Thursday
he'll do all he can to get B
him admitted. Much as
he wanted to attend, sp
Monte said he wasn't
going to be able to get to Ba
Bowie's funeral Tuesday Ofl
at Our Lady Star of the
Sea, where the Baseball fro
contingent was to be led adl
by Commissioner Bud
Selig. si
Bowie was the best pr<
Baseball Commissioner
I've known, and I've Ru
known six of the nine, to Wa
include Happy Chandler,
Peter Ueberroth, Bart me
Giamatti, Faye Vincent of
and Selig, missing only
Judge Kenesaw Mountain
Landis, Ford Frick and
Gen. William Eckert.
Bowie graciously allowed
me, sporting a beard, to join
the Baseball Commissioner's
Office in 1981, when baseball
frowned on facial hair, princi-
pally when worn by players -
but also by staff.
My admission to the
Commissioner's Office, in the
Warner Communications
Building at 75 Rockefeller
Center in New York, came
with the promise that, as soon
as theRutherford, N.J. centen-
nial was over, as well as my
membership in its "brothers of
the brush," I would shave. I
wasn't about to let hair stand
in the.way of achieving a life-
time dream.
Bowie went to bat for me a
number of times, most recent-
ly in 1991,.when some kind
words on my behalf to then-
PGA Tour Commissioner
Deane Beman led to a 10-year-
plus association with the Tour.

i -


)wie graciously allowed m
orting a beard, to join the
iseball Commissioner's
Fice in 1981, when baseba
iwned on facial hair. My
mission to the Commis-
mer's Office came with th
omise that, as soon as the
Itherford, N.J. centennial
is over, as well as my
membership in its "brothers
the brush," I would shave

The Takoma Park, Md. native
was, over the years, a source of
strength, a wealth of informa-
tion, a wonderful role model
and, just simply, someone
with whom I always enjoyed

talking and watching baseball.
He was very giving, very car-
I saw Bowie for the last time
last year, tied to his and wife
Luisa's 50th anniversary Oct.
20, followed eight days later
by his 80th birthday on Oct.
28. He wasn't well then, a
lung had collapsed, and he
had surgery recently to try to
correct the situation. I was
hoping to visit Bowie at St.
Luke's, but that did not 1hap-
pen. I'm sorry I never got to
see him again.
All I can hope for now is
that some way, some
how, some day Bowie
e, Kuhn will get into the
Hall of Fame at
Cooperstown, where he f'
belongs. *
IIl Any decision the
"Commish," as he liked himself and who
got his start as a $1-a-
game scoreboard boy at
e Griffith Stadium in
3 Washington, D.C., ever
made was in the best
interests of baseball.
Bowie stood tall at 6-
foot-5 and always
stood for the integrity of
S the game.
I loved that great man;
and shall miss him.. -
My heart goes out to
Luisa; their children, George :
and Paul.Degener, Alix Bowef,
Stephen Kuhn and their fami-
lies, now numbering 10 grand-
kids; and Bowie's sister, Alice

Continued from page B-1

Des and Mary and their two
children, Katy and Chase,
returned to Florida in 1999 for
teaching jobs at Dunnellon
High. The couple's first child,
Des Jr., died prior to his first
Marie Hamilton said her
son's "Hallelujah day" was
when he and Mary returned to
the Sunshine State.
"Des said scouting had
changed a lot since when his
father started. Des felt he was

Former Fletcher High baseball
coach Des Hamilton in 1994.
He was a 1972 Fletcher grad.

better at coaching. As long as
he was in baseball, lie was
Hamilton was the athletic
director at Dunnellon. Mary,
who taught Spanish and
French, was the athletic depart-
ment's business manager.
Mary said she knew what she
was getting into when she mar-
ried a lifelong baseball coach.
"It was more than a game for
him. It was his passion," Mary,
a Spanish teacher at Providence
High, said.
"He lived it. He wanted to be
a steward of the game. I
watched him train young
coaches. The baseball coach at
Newberry now played for Des
when we first met."
Hamilton was Sandalwood's
pitching coach in 2003 and
2004, before joining the base-
ball coaching staff at FCCJ in
He had taught science at
Sandalwood since 2002.
Spring was always a busy
time for Hamilton, who rou-
tinely worked out in the early
morning before teaching school
and then drove to FCCJ's north
campus for baseball practice.
He collapsed Saturday after
throwing batting practice,
according to FCCJ head coach
Chris Blaquiere.
"Des didn't drink or smoke
or have any vices," his wife
"He wouldn't even take a
Tylenol for a headache."

"It was a shock," said Marie
Hamilton, who taught physical
education at Ponte Vedra-Palm
Valley Elementary School and
coached Little League baseball
in Jacksonville Beach.
"He went to the club every
morning to do the treadmill."
The last time Marie saw her
son was two weeks ago when
he came over to retrieve some-
thing from a small trunk in her
. inside the trunk were tro-
phies from Hamilton's athletic
career, both as a player and a
"He said, 'Can I come by and
look at the trophies?' I have no
idea what he was looking for,"
Marie Hamilton said.
Des was searching for a vin-
tage baseball recording that he
used to listen to as a child. The
vinyl record also was stamped
with Duke Snyder's autograph.
Mary said her husband
brought the record home and
showed it to Chase, their 8-
year-old son.
"He had it in his hand," she
recalled. "He always wanted to
personalize his experience with
our children."
Des was always teaching,
whether it be science to high
school students or baseball to
college players.
Some saw a gruff coach who
gave no quarter.
Others saw a kind and com-
passionate man at peace with
himself and his true calling.



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Housing and Urban Development -HUD-
1(800)669-9777, or for the hearing im-
paired 1(800)927-9275.

2.6 ACRES, Neptune Marsh, Green Belt.
240 feet. marsh front. $260,000.
JAX BCH, 426 5th Ave. S. Zoned duplex,
4 blocks to ocean. 2BR/1BA house, wood
floors, frplc., CH/A. Move-in, rent out, tear
down. Lot value $190K OBO. (954)326-
GRAND OPENING Save $20,000 "One
Day Only" Saturday, March 24th New
Coastal Georgia Community Homesites
up to 4.5 acres, marshfront, live oaks,
palm trees and panoramic views make
this Georgia's Best Kept Secret. Excellent
on financing. Shown by appt. Call Now
ATLANTIC BCH beautifully wooded lot,
Camelia Street; $77,500. 993-7328
NORTH FLA Properties 10 to 350 Acres
starting at $6200 per acre w/Owner fi-
nancing. (800)294-2313, ext.1485 A Bar
Sales Inc. 7 days 7a.m.-7p.m.
Lance Cove Estates. Lots 1.0 to 2.5
acres, wide paved roads. Underground
utilities. 5 miles to Hayesville, NC and
Lake Chatuge. 1/2 mile to Hiawassee Riv-
er. $54,900 to $87,900. 904-254-9644.
COASTAL GA. 135+ AC, $249,900! GA/
FL border. Mature pines, abundant wild-
life. Only an hour from Jacksonville, FL!
Call now(904)206-5114 x 1195.
LAKE ACCESS Bargain 1+ acres,
$34,900 w/free boat slips! Rare opportuni-
ty to own land on spectacular 160,000
acre recreational lake! Mature oak & hick-
ory, park-like setting w/lake access. Paved
road, underground utilities. Excellent fi-
nancing. Prime waterfronts available. Call
now (800)704-3154, x916.
developed Atlantic Beach Street. Block
216, Carnation Street (North of W. Plaza
Rd.). $125,000. O'Malley Real Estate, Inc.
John O'Malley, Realtor. 904-502-9406.
GA LAND Bargains! 20+ AC Great price,
location and financing!
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(800)732-6601 x1287.
OCALA NATIONAL Forest Lots. $500
down, $199 month. Owner (352)239-5520
or (352)236-4579.
ASHEVILLE, NC Area. Breathtaking
mountain view & river parcels. 1 to 8 acres
from the $80's. Nature trails, custom
lodge, river walk & more. 5 min. from town
of Hot Springs. Call (866)432-7361.

WATERFRONT JAX Beach, 3/2. Reduced
by $96,000. Estate Sale Price $279,000.
w/spectacular ICW views! Screened-in
pool, jacuzzi, hardwood flooring, ornate
crown moulding, plantation shutters, sur-
round sound, fitness room, balcony, and a
fully equipped gourmet kitchen. $1.374M
904-372-9222. Broker.
PONTE VEDRA, 3BR/2BA, beautiful, re-
modeled townhome on lake. End unit.
$185,000. (904)273-2772.
TOWNHOUSE, 14TH Ave. So. & 2nd St.,
2 blocks from ocean w/ocean views,
2297sqft; built fall 2005, 3BR/3.5BA, tons
of upgrades. GE profile appliances, sur-
round sound, saturnia tile; discounted
$100K, priced at $590,000. Seller will pay
$5000 closing cost & pay $5000 cash in
decorating allowance at closing. Will coop
at 3%. Call 424-7204.
FSBO, ICW. Beautiful 3BR/2BA home
w/sparkling pool. Bonus room could be 4th
bedroom. Completely remodeled includ-
ing: new windows, plumbing, A/C, and
cherry hardwood floors throughout.
$299,900. (904)626-0924.
JAX BCH home on golf course 3-4BR
2.5BA, beautifully remodeled, granite.
countertops, stainless appliances, new &
refinished floors throughout, huge yard w/
2200sf screen enclosure, heated pool,
fireplace, $550,000 962-5332.
ATLANTIC BCH, very nice 3/2, 1100+sf, 5
blocks to the beach. $325,000. (904)591-
INVESTORS, IF you are interested in a
prime 4 unit rental property in the heart of
the Mayport Waterfront Partnership Rede-
velopment area I am relocating, and in the
unfortunate position of being the motivat-
ed seller. Each unit is 2BR/1BA, rents
easily and the building is priced below
market value at $329,900. Must close
byJune 15. Contact Martin Hamm at
(9{04)280-2728 for details.

JAX BCH, 426 5th Ave. S. Zoned duplex,
4 blocks to ocean. 2BR/1BA house, wood
floors, frplc., CH/A. Move-in, rent out, tear
down. Lot value $190K OBO. (954)326-
SUNDAY, 3/25, 12-3PM
12952 Summerwind Lane.
3/2, screen porch, deck $299K
JTB, N. on Hodges, LF
Glen Kernan, LF Kernan
Mill, RT Yellow Star
RT Summerwind
Phyllis Staines, 476-SOLD
RE/MAX Coastal Real Estate

JAX BEACH, 3BR/2BA, completely re-
modeled, 6 blocks to beach. Huge corner
lot. $319,000. (904)339-3084.

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JAX BEACH, .1360sf., 3BR/1BA, older,
1 story, fenced, wooded dbl lot 102x100.
End of dead end street by ICW. CH&A,
city W&S. Good investment- tenant includ-
ed. As is 235K OBO. (904)704-6987
SAWGRASS SINGLE family home.
2BR/2BA, completely remodeled, new 30
year roof, new maple cabinets travertine
stone floor, Berber carpet and crown
molding. Seller will pay all closing costs.
$289,900. 463-0505.

BELOW APPRAISAL. $350,000. 2 or 3
BR, 2 full BA, extra large lot, in-ground
pool w/jacuzzi, pool house, fireplace, lots
of upgrades, Call Dee, (904)219-1620.

NEPTUNE BEACH, 3BR/2BA, 1866sqft,
OPEN HOUSE. Isle of Palms. 3445 Eu- brick home, completely remodeled; lot
nice Rd. 3Bf/2.5BA, deep water access, size 110'x120'; 7 blocks to ocean,
Sunday, 1pm-4pm. (904)992-3796. $405,000, 982-9968.

ATLANTIC BEACH/ Royal Palms 1200sf.
3BR/2BA w/bonus room, totally renovated.
$249,000, 591-2278.
Key West Style custom built 2- story in pri-
vate Marsh community. Beautiful stone
front, family room w/gas fireplace, 1st floor
master suite, w/ jacuzzi tub & screened
porch. Tropical landscaping. For private
viewing, please call 247-4442 or 568-
acre of land, completely renovated, every-
thing new, quiet cul-de-sac, bike ride to
beach. $277,500. Call (904)626-0663.

JAX BEACH, walk to ocean, 4/2 remod-
eled, 1550sf, $329K, 18 Sandra Dr. Open
House, Sat./ Sun., 233-8124, 336-572-
JAX BEACH 2BR/1.5BA townhouse, ce-
ramic tile'floors, CH&A, laundry room, ap-
pliances, patio, privacy fenced yard,
ATLANTIC BEACH, 533 Seaspray Ave.,
3BR/2BA, w/garage, tile & wood flooring,
new cabinets, house just painted; walk or
bike to beach and schools; big, fenced
back yard; move in ready, $282K

DEERFIELD LAKES- 2/1.5 condo,
ASHLEY WOODS- Lg 4/2, better than
new! Many upgrades. $289,000.
HARBOR WINDS- Approx. 1600sf, 3/2,
like new. $219,900.
SANDALWOOD- Well maintained 3/1.5,
1500sf, sturdy brick home in well estab-
lished area. Detached shed w/ electric, Ig
stone frplc. & much more! $189,900.
SUTTON LAKES- 4/2, eat in kit., separate
dining, great room, Ig master w/ Ig master
bath. $249,900.
HARBOUR SPRINGS- Lg 3/2'w/ scr. pa-
tio on pond. Investors only- currently rent-
ed for one year. $220,000.
HARBOR WINDS- 3/2, hardwood floors,
new tile in kit. & bath, freshly painted in &
out. Covered patio, top quality Ig above-
round pool. Tons of upgrades!
221-1711 OR 241-5501

OLD PONTE Vedra, 3/3 on large lot. Quiet
street, old oaks, 1 block to beach access,
1/2 mile to club. $829,000. (904)868-3259.
DEEP WATER access. Isle of Palms,
3445 Eunice Rd. Pool, boat lift, 3/2.5, re-
modeled kitchen & bathrooms. Move in
ready. $656,000 OBO. (904)703-0254.
SATURDAY, 3/24, 12-3PM
3114 Scenic Oaks, $355K
Olde Oaks (Gated)
Newer 3/3, 3065sf, lake
Close to Mayport, Airport
Atlantic Blvd. to 9A N
Rt. on Alta, Rt. at Olde Oaks
Phyllis Staines, 476-SOLD
RE/MAX Coastal Real Estate

PRESTIGIOUS OCEAN Forest, 3/2, for-
mal rooms, fireplace, attached garage.
Make Offer. (904)616-1126:
PVB, FSBO, 3/2, 1 car garage on lake,
1750sf. Asking $299K, will consider RTO.
655-8245 for.appt.
OPEN HOUSE- Sat. & Sun. 1pm-4pm
61 Beach Cottage Lane, Atlantic Beach.
Refreshments Served! Preview: Gorgeous,
4BR/3.5BA Executive Townhome, end
unit, private beach access, 2 car garage,
pool. Between 19th & 20th off Seminole
and Beach Ave. Lisa Mahony, Realtor
SOUTH OF Fleming Island, 5/3/2, 2180sf,
built 2006, large fenced yard, $264,900,
Independent Brokers & Associates, Inc.
247-4333 or 710-3111.
for sale, a 4BR/3BA, 2-story, recently re-
modeled home on 4 ac w/amazing views
of Amelia Island $379,900 and a 3BR/2BA
DW on a canal with a dock, slip, boatlift
and sunset views for $309,900. Great in-
vestments. See www.BlackHammockls- for more info. 233-8077 Broker.
located in Covington Creek Subdivision on
San Pablo Rd. Private neighborhood on
cul-de-sac. 4BR/,3BA, 2575sf, 2 car ga-
rage, pool w/ scr. enclosure, modern kitch-
en, new granite countertops, extra tall
cabinets. Open floor plan, frplc., fabulous
hard wood floors & tile bathrooms. Brand
new CH/A, nothing that isn't updated!
Reduced! $449,900. 2353 Alderman Oaks
Dr. 220-7557.
HOi l SPRINGS,: NC,.Gated residential
community surroundedly Nation~' ,Forest
PanedCtrois, clubhouse, :Waterfalt-,pohd,
hiking trails and more. Lots starting at
$60K. Call (877)477-3473.
IC WEST- near Mayo Clinic, 3/2/2,
1750+sf. Remodeled. $269.900 OBO. In-
dependent Brokers and Associates, Inc.
(904)247-4333. or (904)710-3111.
TH 1650sf.,1 car gar. Only $285,000.
Contact Mark Lowe w/Prudential Network
Realty @ (904)241-2417 or 874-4540.
BEAUTIFUL 3/2 w/ study located East of
A1A. Open floor plan w/ French doors,
leading to in ground pool. Secluded, gated
community. Walk to beach. A must see!
$499,900. Call 273-9809, 610-0583.

Jax Beach, 197 & 199 11th Ave. N. Large
luxury townhomes. Block from ocean.
3BR/3.5BA, garage/ yard. $1950/mo, no
condo fees. (904)318-2121.
ISLE OF Palms, gorgeous 3/2, new paint
inside &, out, fixtures, carpet, windows,
landscaping, sprinkler system, A/C & roof.
$219,900. Tim 509-9071.
2040SF., 4/2, renovated, spacious 1 floor,
large lot. Estate Sale reduced by $85,000.
Price $299,000. (904)616-1126.
$295 AT the beach. 860 Begonia, 3BR
2BA newer home. Marsh views, wrap-
around porch. Contact Lara Hoffman, Re-
max Atlantic, 465-3140.
JAX BCH 4/3, beautifully remodeled, ss
appliances, granite countertops, teak
floors, 2 car garage $485,000. 813-3994.
PONTE VEDRA Court Townhouse,,2/2.5
1200sf, completely remodeled, new A/C,
$159k. 591-2278.
Jax Beach, 197 & 199 11th Ave. N. Re-
duced- Large luxury townhomes. Block
from ocean. 3BR/3.5BA, garage/ yard.
$569K per unit,, no condo fees. (904)728-
2338 MLS279276.

Beautiful home, 3/2 w/ 2 car gar., frplc.,
private &.very huge backyard. Community
pool, tennis, basketball & fishing. Just mi-
nutes to the beach. $259,000. Bold City
Realty (904)333-8880.

NEPTUNE BEACH home. Must sell now!
Freshly painted, 3BR/2BA, 1870sf.
$314,900. Bring offers! Vanguard Realty,
Inc. GMAC, Brandon Buckley,
NEPTUNE BEACH,TUDOR 2-story, 4/3.5,
+study, 3000sf, LR, DR, FR, ElK, stain-
less & granite, pool; beautiful lot, 1414
Forest Marsh. $539K, 307-9107.

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OPEN HOUSES, SUNDAY, 3/25, 12-3pm
758 & 751 Sandy Oaks Ct, just south of
Solana, off A1A, priced in the low
$300,000's! For details contact Clare Ber-
ry, Berry & Co. RE, 273-4800 or 382-5875
or Michele Smith, ReMax Coastal RE,
286LS4U6r 382-645 ,T Li's"i~g? rker's.
Gathed2 ,loeilings', .tree-fllled, dt, reasona-'
bly priced. '
ATLANTIC BEACH. Great investment,
tenant occupied. 3BR/1.5BA; Completely
remodeled, carport., $200,000. (904)339-
OPEN HOUSE, Sat. CB brick front, 3/2
home, 6 blocks to beach, large back yard
w/gazebo, and much more, $329,900
Kathy Tiliakos, Realtor, Vanguard Realty
NEAR GAINESVILLE lake view home on
5 acres, 4/3, 2950sf, built 2002, $439,000
OBO, Independent Brokers & Associates,
247-4333 or 710-3111.

3BR/2BA. Very desirable end unit 1-story
patio home w/l car garage in PVB!
Remodeled kitchen/baths and lots of
upgrades! Private yard and more! $339,000
OPEN HOUSE Sal. 3/24 -14PM!
14750 Beach Bhld. #75
2BR 2'B '4 nund-leclI condo w huge gla"
L-,Il'-,sd pUUo lncludiei. boat slip for deep
'ujir a3'Cet Io toe Inu2cohSlal, nter and
"cLan' $1Srli ni
3BR/2BA. Just minutes to ocean, remodeled
kitchen, 2 car garage. Steps to playground
w/tennis courts! $277,700
3BR/2BA, home on cul-de-sac just minutes
to the beach in sought after neighborhood!
1326 sq ft $244,000..
OPEN IIOUSE Sun. 3/25 I-4PM!
241 A.brmm Falls Cnurt
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4BR/2BA, home in S PonteVedra! Sun deck,
balcony and more! $925,000.
4BR/4BA, brand new cottage style home,
4200 sq ft! Palm Valley/Ponte Vedra area!
Gated community, 4BR/3BA, 3000+ sq ft
home w/in-ground pool! Built in 1995!
2BR/2BA, off Hodges Blvd.- near JTB- 3rd
floor unit. $161,000.
Key West style cottage, 2BR/1.5BA,
adorable with huge great room, private
backyard, great for entertaining, Low
maintenance landscaping. $314,900.
Off Solano Rd. one has small beach cottage,
been remodeled. Take advantage of golf
views or purchase both for your dream
home... Not many like this! 2BR/2BA beach
cottage, $485.000. Additional lot is
3BR, 2BA Home in S. Jax Beach
w/ remodeled kitchen and private backyard
w/ storage shed! Over 1700 sq ft, screened
lanai & more! $689,000!


LANDMARK $799K, 463-2006

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PONTE VEDRA Condo, 2BR/2BA. Over-
looking pond in gated community. Near
beach. Club house, pool, fitness center,
video room, and other amenities. Asking
$198,900. Call Doug at (904)321-2017.
JAY BCH b, owner. Ili l.,urR -' : _'on
c-. ,n ', ir, i:i Aval i.n,,r,, REDUCED
OVER $20,000 to $340,200 M.:.ii. ied
FSBO, 3BR 2BA condo @ Jardin "De Mer.
Upgrades incl. hardwood floors, lighting &
decorator touches. Priced under market
@ $245,000. No realtors. 247-5592 or
GROUND FLOOR, 2/2 PVB condo on
golfcourse. Quiet & secluded. Leasing
permit, easy to rent. $220K will consider
lease option. 864-2440.
PONTE VEDRA, 2BR/2BA, waterfront
condo, split plan, tile & carpet floors,
kitchen upgraded, screened porch.
$239,500. Call 610-5606.
Now open at the beach, priced from
$780K to over $3M. Features include:
feeder, heated pool, underground garage,
steam room & sauna, huge fitness room &
spa, business center, & billiard room. To
preview the building & obtain a list of
available condos, call Shirley Lee at As-
sis2Sell Buyers & Sellers Real Estate,
568-6909 or 247-4442.
OCEAN FRONT Completely renovated
1BR, gated w/pool, second story, gor-
geous view, $269K, 307-9107.
2BR/ 2BA condo in Courtyards.
$148,000. (904)235-9304.
PRICE REDUCED 100K MiraVista in-
vestor liquidation, 2674sf. w/garage on
marina. Value $799K. Sell $699K. 40' slip
additional $159K. (904)463-2845. Only
Buyers/Investors. No Brokers please.
MOTIVATED SELLER! Bring all offers!
Jacksonville Beach, Condominium.
3BR/2BA, 1413sf. $239,900. The Palms,
just off Marsh Landing Parkway. Call Me-
lissa Riley, Vanguard Realty 859-5997.
550SF EFFICIENCY, 14th Ave. N. & 2nd
St. A MUST SEE! $156,900.
OCEAN FRONT, 2/2, consider lease op-
tion, pool, exercise room. $474,900. Own-
er/Agent, 463-7343.
FSBO 1 block to beach in S. Jax Beach.
2/2 New condo, granite, SS appliances,
tile throughout, custom upgrades, 2nd
floor pool view, bright/ sunny. $421,000.
Michael 241-5564.
PVB, 2BR/2BA, walk to beach. Below
market value. $199,900. (904)955-0872.
THE PALMS- Gorgeous 1/1, many up-
grades. See: ad JAX8848
156,900. 535-6804.
2BR 2BA, Belleza condo. Must sell! Own-
er has moved. Flexible terms.
ATLANTIC BEACH, 2/2, updated,
$269,000, Seaplace, unit 61, (904)461-
1906, (786)246-2143.

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& Mobile Home Specialists. Call for free
color brochure. (800)622-2832.

WAREHOUSE AND Office Space for
lease. 3 bays available. 3000sf. WARE-
HOUSE cooled with roll-up door. 5600sf.
WAREHOUSE w/1600sf. office. 7600sf.
WAREHOUSE w/1600sf. office 11000sf.
-Desirable location at the beaches.

2800sf., $2800/mo includes utilities. Call
Bar @ 241-3111 (Ext. 11).

ATLANTIC BCH beautiful 1BR/ 1BA apart-
ment. Avail. immediately, 374 8th Street.
Call 904-233-4784 or 904-521-7707.
$795/mo., 1065 Stocks St. (West of May-
port, off 9th). 642-1003.
1.5 BLOCKS to ocean, 1st Ave. S. 1BR &
2BR, CH&A, no pets, $725/mo. to
$875/mo. 891-0606.
2BR/1.5BA. Freshly painted, ceramic tile
downstairs, WDHU, CH&A. $745/mo+
$500/dep. 718 Cavalla Rd. Call 655-1534.
2BR/2BA oceanview, just a block to
beach! W/D & more! $1200/mo., All South
Realty, 241-4141.
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2BR/2.5BA, Jax Beach, no smoking.
$1050/mo. +deposit. Small pets ok.
CLEAN, QUIET 1BR, close to beach,
W/D, $850/mo. 803-6834 & 424-5333.
NEPTUNE BEACH, quiet 2BR/2BA ocean
view, LR, DR, sunroom, porches, beach
side of 1st St. Available 4/1. $1200/mo
+utilities. Deposit and credit check. No
pets. No smoking, 404-819-7955.

WALK TO beach, 208-214 10th Ave. No.,
efficiency, $550/mo; 1BR, $650/mo; 2BR,
$800/mo; laundry room in building. Credit
check. No pets. 514-8530.

CH/A, WDHU. East of 1st St. $795-
$895/mo. 241-7368, 733-3730. ,

7-blocks to beach. $800/mo. +deposit.
1 BR, large patio, ceramic tile throughout,
WDHU, walk-in closet, assigned parking.
Ocean View, 160 7th Avenue North.
$900/mo. 993-2555.
2BR 1BA, WDHU, no smoking, no pets,
$875/mo, $500/dep. 247-1935.
PVB TOWNHOUSE, private, gorgeous -
lake view, 2BR/2.5BA, $975/mo. No
smoking, 280-8782.
WOLF CREEK, ICW, beautiful, newer
townhome, 3BR/2.5BA, garage,. 1700sf,
club pool, W/D, Chets Creek/ Kernan
schools $1295/mo. Possible lease pur-
chase. First Trust Realty (904)994-3608.
1-1/2 BLOCKS to Ocean, 1stAve. South,
1BR/1BA. $685/mo (904)891-0606.
Spacious, 1500sf. Built 2003, New carpet
& tile. CH&A, W/D. Easy bike to beach
down Plaza Dr. $925/mo. (904)610-2743.
JAX BEACH. Oceanview. Renovated.,
Hardwood. floors, Dishwasher, CH&A.
1BR/1BA,' $700/mo. to $1000/lno.'
(904)859-1301, (904)553-1354.
JAX BEACH- 2BR/1BA, brick duplex apt.!
7 blks to beach! $775/mo. All South Real-
ty, 241-4141.

newly renovated, private patio, WDHU,
minutes to base. $1100/mo. +$1100/dep.
JAX BEACH, 123 13th Ave. N.
2BR/1.5BA, Townhome, 1/2 block to
beach, newly renovated w/ceramic tile
downstairs, carpet upstairs, $1175/mo.
Call 233-8208.
ATLANTIC & JAX Beach, 2BR apartments
on/ near ocean. No pets. $825-$1095/mo.,
OLD ATLANTIC Beach, 1BR apartment.
Steps to ocean. 354 4th St. $800/mo. +de-
posit. No pets. 246-5137.
PONTE VEDRA townhouse, 2BR/2BA,
lakeview, screened porch, fireplace, W/D.
$1100/mo. +$1100/dep. 904-571-5517.
NEPTUNE BEACH, beautiful 1BR/1BA
apt. in new home. First house behind
ocean front at beach access, 4 blocks to
Town Center. Tile floors, security system,
new appliances, private gated courtyard.
No pets. $1100/mo. 249-8849.
3/2.5 TH in Atl Bch, Selva Lakes Com-
munity. 2 car gar. Comm. pool. $1700/mo.

OCEANSIDE, NEW 3BR/2BA oceanview
condo! Just steps to ocean! $1950/mo. All
South Realty, 241-4141.
1.5 blks to ocean, garage, cathedral ceil-
ings, frplc., $1550/mo. Will sell for
$699,000. (904)993-9191.
JAX BCH- 116 13th Ave N., downstairs,
1/2 blk to bch, 2BR/1BA, CH&A, W/D.
$995/mo, +dep. Avail April '07. (904)472-.

JAX BEACH- 2BR/2BA condo, just 4 blks
to beach! $1000/mo. All South Realty,
BEST DEAL- 2/2 deluxe upstairs unit. Nep
Bch. Cov. parking, huge balcony, laundry
room, upgraded appliances, game room,
rent includes utilities. $1300/mo., $750 de-
posit. Small pets considered. 616-3580 or
EFFICIENCY 1 block to beach, water/ gas
included, no oets. $500/mo. 607-7425..

NORTH JAX Beach. Efficiency, $515/mo.
1BR $615/mo. 1 block to Ocean. Pool. No JAX BEACH 1/1 Efficiency, 1 block to
pets. 249-5368. ocean. $700/mo. 315-6558.

2BR/2BA, fenced yard. 2908 Bayshores
Drive. $825/mo. 280-2728 Iv. msg.
BEACHFRONT 1BR/ 1BA, 108 Orange
St, Nep Bch, downstairs, $1050/mo. incl.
util. (661)803-6275.
PONTE VEDRA Bch 3BR split, 2BA, sin-
gle gar. Upgraded including all new apple.
& monthly lawn care. 177 Del Prado.
$1200/mo. 1st & last deposit required.
Non-smoker. Avail May. Call 568-1983.
1 BR w/separate dining room, wood floors
throughout, laundry room, private parking,
large deck w/great ocean views, one block
from beach. Wave Crest, 120 Fourth Ave-
nue North. $900/mo. 993-2555
'2BR/2BA, bonus room, covered patio,
CH&A, WDHU. 1243 Mayport Landing Dr.
$790/mo, $700 deposit. 280-2728. leave
NEPTUNE BCH, near ocean. Nice mod-
ern well taken care of 2BR Apt. All amen-
ites, $980/mo. Also 1 BR Apt $775/mo.
JAX BCH 1BR/1BA apt., $750/mo.
+$750/dep. 928 2nd St. N. 294-7163.
2/3BR/1BA 2.5 blocks to ocean CH&A,
washer/ dryer $1190/mo 655-5367 or 803-
SOUTH JAX Bch, 2BR/1BA, 1 year lease,
NO pets, no W/D, $675/mo. +$675/dep.
325 S. 5th Ave. 246-8970 or 591-1218
MOBILE HOMES. $525 to $575, on pri-
vate lots. Near Mayport Naval Station; no
dogs, 333-5579.
1654 MAIN Street, Atlantic Bch. 2/1,
WDHU, A/C, ceiling fans, fireplace. No
pets. $650/mo + dep. 246-4098.
NEP BCH, 1 blk to ocean, 2BR/1BA, lyr.
lease, NO pets, 800sf, includes W/D.
$1000/mo. +$1000/dep. 918A First Street,
between Bay & Pine. 246-8970 or
591-1218 evenings.
3BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE end unit fenced
in yard, new A/C, low market value
LARGE 1 bedroom. Excellent location. 2,
blocks to ocean. Very clean. No Pets.
$675/mo. 642-1214 and 241-1219.
2BR 2BA townhouse w/ den. Energy effi-
cient, LR, DR, kitchen combination, sky-
lights, deck, CH/A, WDHU, new carpet &
tile. $1100/mo., $800/dep. No pets.
106 Poinsettia St., Atl Bch. 241-2624.

JAX BEACH, three blocks to ocean,
1BR/1 BA, year lease. NO pets, WDHU, in-
cludes utilities, $850/mo., $850 sec. dep.,
332 N. 14th Ave. Call 246-8970 or

ICW, 3/2 home off Keman. 1500sf, fenced
yard, $1100/mo. Jacksonville Homefinders
4BR/2BA 4151 Tradewinds Dr.,
$1495/mb. $1000/dep. 241-RENT or
PONTE VEDRA furished lake front 2/2
short term, utilities included, $1600/mo.
607-3417, 607-7974.
fenced, weekly lawn care included. Walk
to FMS and FSH. Available 4/1.
$1500/mo. C all 241-2552.
612-8868, 631-3583.
4 bedroom, 3 baths, 2 car garage, 2800sf,
lake view, vaulted ceilings, fireplace; like
new, upscale community, 2 pools, tennis,
soccer, clubhouse, family park; next to
Mayo Clinic/ JTB, minutes to beach.
$1995/mo.; available now (904)349-3434.
Term Rental. 3/1.5 home in quite area.
Begin May/ June until Sept/ Oct. 1200 sq
ft for $1500/mo, inclds cable, intemet and
lawn service. Contact Stephanie' 982-1980
or Can
send pictures.
3BR/ 1.5BA, Ponte Vedra, close to Beach
& JTB, $1200/mo., 294-1114.
WINDSOR PARK, $1850/mo., 3/2.5 w/loft
and sunroom, 2500sqft., granite, travertine
floors, FP. Call 333-6969.
S. JAX BEACH, 3BR/1BA, convenient to
schools & shopping! 930 S. 1st Ave.
$800/mo., All South Realty, 241-4141.
PVB 3/2 patio, home, lots of extras,
$1250/mo, 318-8644.
JAX BEACH, walk to ocean, 4/2 remod-
eled, $, 18 Sandra Dr., 233-
8124, 336-572-2225.
ISLE OF PALMS, 3BR/2BA, brick home.
Fenced, ceramic tile. $1200/mo. 241-
3752, 318-6937.

DOLPHIN COVE in Ponte Vedra.
2BR/1.5BA TOWNHOUSE. No pets or 4BR/ 2BAHouse for RentPurchase Op-
smoking. CH&A, WDHU. 418 4th St. tion. $1600/mo. (904)219-1689.
North, JB. $850/mo. 249-0370.
ATL IC H Townhouse, 2BR TANC BEACH, 2 blocks to. beach;
ATANTCBCHTownhouse,-2BR/1.5BA BR/1BA,. W/D .No smoking. No dogs.
$Z50lmo, 15M abloek.iof.Jordanr (Eastiotf Refererlds-',& deposit. $1200/mo.,
Mayport, off Donner). 642-1003. (904)246-8367.

ramic tile floors, CH&A, laundry room, pa-
tio, fenced yard, 1 yr. lease, no pets,
$1050/deposit, $1050/mo., 993-1114 or
PVB, 3/2 immaculate home, garage,
fenced back yard, screened porch, water-
front, quiet neighborhood, $1300/mo,
ELEGANT 4BR/3.5BA studyl 2car ga-
rage, 3 levels w/elevator. End unit over-
looks pool, direct access to Beach Ave,
Cherry floors, granite, shutters, $3200/mo.
can lease purchase. -(904)228-0088
GREAT HOME: 3BR/2BA, large, screened
porch, fenced backyard, pets considered.
$1290/mo. (lawn care discount provided).
3BR 2BA house, kit., DR, LR, CH/A,
WDHU, hardwood floors/ carpet, 2 car
carport, $1200/mo. $800/dep. No pets.
1651 7th St. S., Jax Bch. 241-2624..
BEACH HOUSE, 2BR, clean, bright, hard-
wood floors. Sunroom. CH&A, laundry.
$1275/mo. (904)463-1052.
yard & garage, WDHU, and new applian-
ces. $1000/mo. (904)249-1878.
3BR/2BA +BONUS Room. 526 14th Ave.
N., Jax Beach. $1395/mo. 247-1484,
NEPTUNE BCH 116 Lora St., large
3BR/2BA, 1/2 block to ocean. Deck, no
dogs $2500/mo. 463-0222 or 465-2653.

ATLANTIC BEACH, 2BR/2.5BA, 1400sf;
corner unit; well kept townhouse, W/D,
screened porch faces nature; community
pool, four blocks to beach; 241-5221.


PVB, NICE 3BR/2BA, loft w/spiral stair-
case, garage, W/D, place, new tile & car-
pet. $1400/mo., 607-5283, 373-0990
JAX BCH, newly remodeled 3BR/2.5BA
brick house, garage, new granite kitchen,
bathrooms, tile, carpet, & paint. Fireplace,
privacy fenced backyard. $1350/mo.
607-5283, 373-0990
PONTE VEDRA Beach, East of A1A. 2/2,
gar., on lagoon, scr. lanai w/ jacuzzi. Avail.
now. $1325/mo. 285-9884.
PONTE VEDRA, unfum. 2/2, fenced yard/
care incl. Lease $1050/mo. buy option.
RIPTIDE- 3/2, tile floors, new carpets in
bedrooms, open floor plan, easy access to
JTB, shopping, the ocean and Sunshine
Park. $1350/mo. 260-8329.
3BR/ 2BA, 2000sf, giant family, Ig sun-
room, laundry room on 1/2 acre at beach.
Completely renovated inside. Incl. lawn
service. Enjoy beach living without being
cramped. Call Cindy at 241-5251.
NEPTUNE BEACH, 3BR/2BA w/fireplace
and pool. 2 car garage. $1800/mo. in-
cludes lawn and pool care. Call Susan
3BR/2BA, great condition, 1654sf, over
looking golf course, low maintenance,
$1400/mo. 904-219-7962
SOUTHSIDE, TH, 3/2, stainless appl., up-
grades, 1762sf, $1295/mo. Jacksonville
Homefinders 564-4040.
PONTE VEDRA- Furnished 3/2 at L'Atri-
um. Available now for short-term lease.
$1200/mo. +util. Call (626)628-5299 or
email talbrannan
IBIS POINT off San Pablo Rd near Atlan-
tic Blvd. 3/2 w/study & scr. porch, Less
than 3 miles from Mayo and 3 miles from
beach. No smoking, $1395/mo. 6mo. or
1yr. lease. Call 904-613-5958.
Beach, 2BR/2.5BA, 2 car garage. New
HVAC, carpet, paint, bathrooms, 3 ocean-
front decks. 1yr. lease. $1995/mo or fully
furnished $2300/mo. 1741 1st St N. Call
3BR 2BA 1-story house, 1850sf, w/ 2BR
1BA garage unit, CH/A, WDHU, blinds,
carpet, Ig Florida room, carport, Ig yard,
$2000/mo., $1000/dep. 347 3rd St., Atlan-
tic Bch. 241-2624.
2/2 Townhome, $725/mo.
2/1 duplex, upper unit $1250/mo
3/2, 1 car gar., 1700sf, $1495/mo.
2/2 w/ bonus room, 1600sf, Avail 3/25.
2/2, 1 car gar., $1250/mo.
3/2.5, 2 car gar., $1450/mo.
4/2, 2 car gar:, 2000sf $1350/mo.
4/2, 2 car gar., 1900sf, $1275/mo.
Avail. 3/25.
3/2, 2 car gar., 1600sf, $1095/mo.
Avail. 4/15.
3/2, 2 car gar., 1628sf, w/ yard service.
$1195/mo. Avail. 3/25
4/2, 2 car gar., 2000sf, $1395/mo.
4/3, avail. 4/10, $1450/mo.
4/2, $1395/mo., avail 4/1.
4/2, $1595/mo.
3/2.5, 1 car gar., $1025/mo.
2/2, $950/mo.
,,3/2, 2 cargar., 1247sf, $995rMq. ,.,
3, 2 cSUMa ERTREE' 1 $ ., .
14 3/2 car g Irgar.', $950/mo. :
3/2, 2 car gar., 1730sf, $1200/mo.
Avail. 4/15
4/2.5, 2 car gar., 2289sf, $1500/mo.
4/2, 2 car gar., $1300/mo.
3/2, $1025/mo.
3/2, W/D, $1050/mo.
3/2 house, $995/mo.
Several 3 & 4 bedroom houses
Priced from $1195/mo & up.
241-5501 OR 221-1711.
PONTE VEDRA, 3/2/1, large fenced yard.
No smoking. Pets possible. $1300/mo.
273-5137 or 553-5413.
JAX BEACH, Oceanview. Very nice
3BR/1.5BA, CH&A, WDHU, hardwood
floors, fireplace, screened porch, fenced
yard. $1500/mo. 891-0606.
JAX BCH home on golf course 3-4BR
2.5BA, beautifully remodeled, granite
countertops, stainless appliances, new &
refinished floors throughout, huge yard w/
2200sf screen enclosure, heated pool,
pets negotiable, $2400/mo. 962-5332.
NEPTUNE BEACH, 3/2; 517 Lora St.,
newly remodeled, eat-in kitchen, wood
floors, ceiling fans, inside laundry, utility
shed, well for lawn watering, 2 car carport.
$1250/mo. TDO Mgmnt. 246-1125.

1BR/1BA CONDO in The Palms at Marsh
Landing, first floor, newly remodeled. W/D,
refrigerator, gated community, pool, gym,
$900/mo, 339-3500 or 220-6603.

ATLANTIC Beach, Ocean Village Town-
house,Fantastic views, great breezes.
Beachside balcony and patio.
2 spacious BR/1.5BA, equipped kitchen.
Annual lease. Available 4/1. No pets/ No
smoking. $1750/mo.
Realtor, 904-247-5153.
MARA VISTA, Atlantic Blvd. on Intracoast-
al Waterway New luxury 3/3, 2100sf con-
do. Kitchen w/granite, stainless steel ap-
pliances & 42" cabinets. Oversized rooms,
large closets, huge screened lanai &
peaceful views. 1st floor w/backyard. All
appliances included. Garage w/storage.
Intracoastal waterfront, gated community
w/pool & fitness center. Minutes to Beach/
Southside for easy commute to work,
malls & restaurants. 40' boat slip availa-
ble. $1695/mo., water included. (904)881-
612-8868, 631-3583
PVB, 5-STAR. Gated, Summer House
Community. 2-story, 2BR/2BA, $1300/mo
PONTE VEDRA Bch South/ Vilano Beach.
Ocean Grande Condo- Upscale pent-
house w/ great oceanview, 3/3, 2000sqft,
garage, stainless & granite kitchen, frplc.,
scr. lanai w/ gas grill, washer/ dryer, gated
community, Serenata Beach Club availa-
ble. 6mo. minimum unfurn., $1995/mo.
OCEAN FRONT, 2BR/2BA, unfurnished.
No pets.1 year lease, $1500/mo.,
AAAH BEAUTY ocean front luxury 2/2,
$1675/mo., 1-800-758-7658.
THE PALMS. Spacious Upscale 3BR/2BA
w/garage $1300/mo. Avail. immediately .
SOUTHSIDE, 2/2 w/ garage, 3rd floor, up-
grades, washer/ dryer, $950/mo. Jackson-
ville Homefinder 564-4040.
Brand New Condos East of A1A
1/1 from $ 2/2 from $1400/mo.
3/2 from $1600/mo. All w/great amenities.
Call Kathryn at (904)509-1039.
LOVE THE BEACH? South Jax Beach.
3BR/2BA, Furnished, right on Ocean.
Awesome view. $1600/mo. 242-0411.
PVB, 1BR/1BA. Elegantly furnished. Steps
to Ocean. Garage, $1750/mo. 708-4022.
2BR/2BA, PVB, 1/2 Month Free! 5 star
amen. New Summer House. Available
now. (607)745-0364.
consider lease option. $1750/mo.
PVB, 2/2, 3rd floor, fireplace, tile floor.
$1150/mo. Call (904)535-6804.
PVB, 2BR/2BA, walk to beach, short-term
lease. avail. $1100/mo. (904)955-0872.
PONTE VEDRA- Grand Cay 2/2 1st floor.
No stairs, new carpet/ tile, gated,
$1085/mo. (904)994-2825.
VILLAS AT Marsh Landing, 1BR/1BA,
marsh view 2nd floor, garage, $900/mo.
Lease/ purchase option, 536-7733.
OCEANFRONT, 2BR/2BA, 601 S. 1st St.,
6th floor, furnished/ unfurnished. Available
immediately. 465-4101.
Fully furnished, 2BR/2BA, all inclusive
(electric, cable). Short/Long term.
1500/mo. 535-3911.
OCEANFRONT, 1BR/1BA, unfurnished,
pool, 2nd floor corner unit, newly remod-
eled and beautiful. All new appliances,
corian counters, cabinets and floors. No
pets. 1 parking space. $1399/mo.
PVB NORTH, 2BR/2.5BA Townhouse,
lake front, screened lanai, fireplace, W/D,
DW, pool, tennis courts, close to JTB.
$1100/mo +$1000/deposit. 904-563-1516.
!1/1 NEWLEY.r',.no. ,ftad Close.itb b each..:
!$875/mo!! Call 407-902-9576 or visit ithe
leasing office 605 Boardwalk Dr. #324 to
see where WANT to bel
JAX BEACH, Palms at Marsh Landing,
2BR/2BA, gated community, screened
patio, lake view, newly remodeled, tile
floors, Berber carpet, new appliances,
W/D included, 2 pools, tennis court,
jacuzzi, tanning, beautiful fitness center,
clubhouse. Must see. $1195/mo.
2BR/ 2.5BA condo completely renovated.
Lg screened patio, frplc., tile floors in com-
mon areas & bathrooms, granite counter-
tops in kitchen & baths: Pool, tennis & rac-
quetball courts. $1100/mo. 241-2054.
PVB/ OCEAN LINKS 3/2 w/garage,
1600sf, ground floor, end unit, all ameni-
ties, $1350/mo. 273-8923.
the Intracoastal Waterway. 3/4BR, 3.5BA,
approximately 2700sf. w/marina view. Re-
sort style living. $2450/mo. Includes 1-car
garage, water, sewer, cable, pool, spa,
clubhouse, health club. Marina Walk, gat-
ed communityMarsh and marina views.
40' boat slip available. Call 463-2845.

AAAH BEAUTY ocean front luxury 2/2,
$1675/mo., 1-800-758-7658.
2BR 2.5BA townhome, remodeled 2005,
pond view, .$950/mo. Corner unit.
165 ARUBA Lane, PV townhome,
3BR/2BA, garage, lake front, W/D, pool,
tennis $1250/mo. (904)249-6585.
PVB/ SAWGRASS TPC 3/2 patio home,
fully remodeled, large deck in back yard.
Pest control and lawn service included.
$1350/mo. 904-962-0197.
PVB 3BR/2.5BA end unit townhouse. East
of AMA, great location, very spacious
rooms w/enclosed porch w/tile floor, W/D
included, $1175/mo., (904)273-2703.


S. JAX Bch. 2BR, fully furnished, ocean-
front condo. Monthly/ Weekly. 241-0267.
OCEAN ISLE, NC. Rent new, beautiful,
private oceanfront home. Close to Myrtle
Beach and'historic Wilmington. Perfect for
larger group retreat. www.Cha-, (910)579-3535.

PONTE VEDRA Beach Condo. Beautiful,
3BR/2.5BA, East of A1A. $600/mo. in-
cludes utilities. 434-9915,.
ROOMMATE TO share 3BR cottage in
Ponte Vedra. Non-smoker. No pets. Refs
please. Private room & bath, access to
community pool, $400 security, $475/mo+
1/2 util. Call 280-9241 eves.
MATURE WOMAN seeking roommate to
share large house on ICW in Isle of Palm
near Mayo Clinic. $500/mo. + 1/3 utilities.
3BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE, marsh view in
Mayport Landing. $400/mo. includes utilit-
ies or $20/night if needed part-time,

ROOM FOR RENT, $380/mo. Responsi-
ble, Non smoker. 247-2818.
MIRA VISTA Looking for roommate to
share new condo. Must be clean, neat.
$650/mo.+ 1/3 utilities, & fees, 463-2845.
NEPTUNE Beach home. Kitchen privileg-
es, W/D. $650/mo. includes utilities.

$550/mo. 183 Landrum Ln. across from
YMCA. 373-3038 or 612-3310.
BEAUTIFUL OFFICE space, Atlantic
Blvd., brand new build out. 708-7016.
FULLY BUILT out office spaces on Beach
Blvd. in Jax Bch. 2 spaces 1350 & 1800sf.
Jonathan 866-6937.
TWO OFFICE suites for rent in Atlantic
Beach, 1100sf., 1600sf., directly across
from new Walmart on Atlantic Blvd. in
Neptune Beach. Call 247-6565 for appt.

lease, 3629sf. Close to marina. & inter-
coastal waterway. Office included. Com-
pletely fenced,' large parking lot.
(770)929-1721, (678)525-0854.
JAX BEACH- great location, Beach Blvd:
exposure, 1700sf, multi-use building.
Could be used for warehousing, subcon-
tractors, etc. 1 roll-up door, 1 walk-in door,
$1550/mo, 343-1919/ 249-3214.

FREE CATS and Kittens to approved
homes. Call 242-0224.
FREE BEAUTIFUL, 5 year old Himaylan
male cat. Loves outside. Please call

AAA DORABLE rare Havanese champ
bloodlines, 8-10 Ibs. max, non- shedding,
$1950 firm. Call (904)625-0932
AKC SILKY Terrier puppies, tiny, $600-
$800. Call 625-8294, 992-8040.

HORSE FOR Lease. English or Western.
Experienced adult rider. $200/mo.

HOMELESS PETS for adoption- Cats &
dogs: 246-3600.

''ARTHUR WAYNE' Mathews, Optician, is
"pleased to announce the sale of Beach
Optical Co. to James Wilson, Optician;
Eyeglass records remain on the premises
at 21 S. 12th Street, Jacksonville Beach,
THANK YOU St. Jude for favors granted;
Melanie Lovingood & Kristin Sandberg.
WHAT DESTROYS Relationships? An-
swer pg 446 Buy. and Read Dianetics by
L. Ron Hubbard Send $8.00 to: Hubbard
Dianetics Foundation, 3102 N. Habana
Ave., Tampa FL 33607 (813)872-0722.

FREE ROOM in exchange for light house-
keeping and caregiver for mother,
FIDDLE PLAYER & guitarist wanted to
jam with other musicians, 859-7279.


IN RE: The license to practice nursing of
Lonnie Holley, L.P.N.
8077 Stargrass Ct.
Jacksonville, Florida 32210
CASE NO: 2006-16065
LICENSE PN 1174291

The Department of Health has filed an Ad-
ministrative Complaint against you, a copy
of which may be obtained by contacting,
Robert Fricke, Assistant General Counsel,
Prosecution Services Unit, 4052 Bald Cy-
press Way, Bin #C65, Tallahassee Florida
32399-3265, (850)245-4640.
If no contact has been made by you. con-
cerning the above by April 25, 2007, the
matter of the Administrative Complaint will
be presented at an ensuing meeting of the
Board of Nursing in an informal proceed-
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a special
accommodation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact the individual or
agency sending this notice not later than
.seven days prior to the proceeding at the
address given on the notice. Telephone:
.(850)245-4640, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or
1-800-955-8770 (V), via Florida Relay
BL 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11/07

PONTE VEDRA Summer House.
2BR/2BA, $1050/mo.; 1st mo. $525,

PVB/ BELLEZA, 1BR/1BA condo w/up-
grades, beautiful view, excellent ameni-
ties. $850/mo. (904)708-3809.

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The Beaches Leader/Ponte Vedra Leader

March 21, 2007

By: /s/ Patrick Murphy, Division
BL 3/21 3/28, 4/4, 4/11.

The following vehicles) will be sold at
public auction, per FI Stat 713.585 at
10:00 AM on April 6, 2007 at Lienor's ad-
dress to satisfy a lien against said
vehicles) for labor, services and storage
charges. No titles, as is, cash only.
1998 Plymouth Voyager SW
VIN 2P4GP2433WR653555
Cash sum to redeem vehicle: $1533.62
Lienor: RPM Automotive at Julington
Creek LLC dba RPM Auto Service
12608 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville FL
Phone: 904-268-2044
Notice to owner or lienholder that he has a
right to a hearing any time prior to sale
date by filing with the clerk of the court.
Owner has the right to recover vehicle by
posting bond in accordance with FI Stat
559.917. Net proceeds from sale in ex-
cess of amount claimed by lienor will be
deposited with the clerk of the court. In-
terested parties, contact: State Filing
Service, Inc. (772) 595-9555.
BL 3/21/07
File No.: 16-2007-CP-0459
Division: PR-A
The administration of the estate of Mack
Greene, Jr., deceased, whose date of
death was May 31, 2006, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Duval County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which is
Duval County Courthouse Probate Divi-
sion, 330 East Bay Street, Room 101,
Jacksonville, Florida, 32202. The names
and addresses of the personal representa-
tive and the personal representative's at-
torney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on' whom a
Scopy of this notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this court WITH-
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS.
-The date of first publication of this notice
is March 21, 2007.
Attorney for the Personal Representative:

Florida Bar No.: 000884
Chase I Freeman, P.A.
250 International Pkwy, Suite 250
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
Telephone: (407) 333-7337
Facsimile: (407) 333-7335
Personal Representative

Lisa G. Moore
2853 Brigata Way
Ocoee, Florida 34761

.JON J. MARVEL, Case #22025
Residence Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Administra-
tive Complaint has been filed against you
seeking to revoke your LAW ENFORCE-
MENT Certificate in accordance with Sec-
tion 943.1395, F.S., and any rules promul-
gated thereunder.
You are required to serve a written copy of
your intent to request a hearing pursuant
to Section 120.57, F.S. upon Michael
Justice Professionalism Program, Florida
Department of Law Enforcement, P. O.
Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302-
1489, on or before May 19, 2007. Failure
to do so will result in a default being en-
tered against you to Revoke said certifica-
tion pursuant to Section 120.60, F.S., and.
Rule 11B-27, F.A.C.
Dated: March 19, 2007
By: /s/ Doug Culbertson, Division Repre-
BL 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11

"CAN YOU Dig It?" Heavy Equipment
School. 3wk training program. Backhoes,
Bulldozers, Trackhoes. Local job place-
ment. Start digging dirt now. Call
(866)362-6497 or (888)707-6886.
AIRLINES ARE hiring Train for high pay-
ing Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial aid ifqualified -
Job placement assistance. Call Aviation
Institute of Maintenance (888)349-5387
All levels, styles & ages. Will come to your
home. Piano Tuning also available.
241-4954, 655-3300.
ATTEND COLLEGE online from home.
Medical, Business, Paralegal, Computers,
Criminal Justice. Job placement assis-
tance. Computer provided. Financial aid if
qualified. (866)858-2121 www.OnlineTide-
DRIVER: .DON'T just start your career.
Start it tight.! Company sponsored CDL
training in 3 weeks. Must be 21. Have
CDL? Tuition reimbursement CRST.

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es in CDL A. Low tuition feel Many pay-
ment options! No registration feel
:(866)889-0210 info@americasdrivingaca-
HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator training for
employment: Bulldozers, Backhoes, Load-
ers, Dump Trucks, Graders, Scrapers, Ex-
cavators;-National Certification, Job Place-
ment Assistance; Associated Training
Services (800)251-3274 www.equipmen-

MED/ LAB tech M.A. skills a plus, family
practice. Fax resume: 285-7442.
mornings and possible weekday afternoon
in chiropractic office. Must be licensed &
have proof of malpractice insurance. Fax
resume to 246-8105.
AM-AFT-PM shifts. Earn $7-$12/hr. Good
phone voice. Call 246-4422.

Part time Driver (evenings) at our premier
retirement community. Must have ability to
help set-up and/ or break-down for special
events. Must have flexible schedule and
have a C CDL Passenger Endorsement
License. Come join .a great team! Excel-
lent benefits. Applications at Fleet Landing
Security Gate, One Fleet Landing Blvd.
Atlantic Beach, FL; Fax to 904-246-9447;
email to Web-
site: EOE/ Drug Free

HELP WANTED classifications in this
newspaper are intended to announce gen-
uine current job openings. No fees may be
charged to the prospective employee. Ads
for self-employment or business opportu-
nities appear under the Business Opportu-
nities category. Ads which may require
payment of fees for employment informa-
tion, guidance or training may appear un-
der Job Service. Should any Help Wanted
advertiser ask for a fee or if the advertiser
is offering a product or service rather than
a job opening, please notify The Beaches
Leader, 249-9033.
Part time Driver (weekends only) at our
premier retirement community. Must have
ability to help set-up and/ or break-down
for special events. Must have flexible
schedule and have a C CDL Passenger
Endorsement License. Come join a great
team! Excellent benefits. Applications at
Fleet Landing Security Gate, One Fleet
Landing Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL; Fax to"
904-246-9447; email to jobs@fleetland- Website: EOE/
Drug Free Workplace.
PARKING ATTENDANT $10 per hour, Fri-
day & Saturday 9pm-lam. Sat./ Sun.,
daytime. 655-4573.
ADMIN. ASST. Must be highly organized,
detail oriented and able to multi-task in
fast paced environment with positive atti-
tude and excellent people skills. 20hr./wk.
supporting a visually handicapped pastor
with a demanding schedule. Resume by
mail to Beach United Methodist Church,
325 7th Ave. No., Jax Beach, 32250. At-
tention: Human Resources or by fax to
PART-TIME evenings in our -main dining
room. Flexible schedule. Some holidays
and weekends necessary. Experience
preferred. Students welcome. Great work
environment. Applications at Fleet Land-
ing Security Gate, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL; Fax to (904)246-
9447; email to:
Website: EOE/ Drug-
Free Workplace.
flexible hours. American Legion Post 316.
Call 249-0202.
Now hiring stock person. Weekends re-
quired No nignls Musi be 18 yrs. old &
able to lif 40 IDS Piea.e apply in person,
370 S. Third Street, Jacksonville Beach.
COOK- ATRIA Senior Living is seeking an
experienced, self motivated part time cook
for the facility located at 14199 Wm. Davis
Parkway. Please fax resume to 821-9879.
GENERAL SECRETARY duties, experi-
ence required, computer literate; Beaches
area. Compensation commensurate with
ability & experience. Mack, (904)285-4372
or 1(800)241-3099.
BEACH & Park cleaning. Work will be
physical at times. Ability to drive a tractor
and drive a truck with a trailer helpful.
DMV record check, 992-1271. .
P/T SECURITY & Receptionist Positions
available. 'at Vicar's Landing. Security li-
cense not required. EOE/ Drug Free Work
place. Call 285-1055.
Weekends, 7pm to 7am, at a Premier
Retirement Community Health Center.
Applications available ,at-RFeetorLanding
Security Gate, One ,FriT Laniari: BI,,.
Atlantic Beach, FL; Fax to (90J)-:-l.. 9-4:,
email to: EOE/
Drug-Free Workplace.
MWR DEPT. Naval Station Mayport..
Hiring for Lifeguards, WSI, & Aquatics Di-
rector. Apply at: Call
(904)270-6061 for info.
Staff. Responsibilities will include answer-
ing phones, scheduling appointments and
marketing. Written and verbal communica-
tion skills and computer knowledge are re-
quired. Please fax resume and references
to (904)246-3778. No phone calls please.
PART-TIME PONTE Vedra, AR Clerk po-
sition. Must have AR experience to in-
clude collections. Requires fast learner
and well organized. Email resume to: EOE
INT'L SHIPPING. P/T General Office per-
son for PVB office. Good pay, 20hr./wk.
Send resume to:
COUNTER HELP, Ponte Vedra area, af-
ternoons & Saturdays. Call 285-5644.


Kitchen and Dining
apply in person 11-3pm at

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FOREMEN TO lead utility field crews.
Outdoor physical work, many entry-level
positions, paid training. $17/hr plus per-
formance bonuses after promotion, living
allowance when traveling, company truck
and benefits. Must have strong leadership
skills, good driving history and be able to
travel throughout Florida. Email Resume
to or fax
Seeking responsible reliable individuals.
Must be bondable. Serious inquiries only.
Leave message at 716-8824..
Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra
Beach is now hiring for full-time and part-
time servers and beverage cart servers.
Apply in person .at the Clubhouse, Tues-
day-Saturday. Call 285-6514 for direc-
tions. Drug testing/ EOE.,

F/T, P/T TECH for Dog Daycare. Experi-
ence working with dogs preferred. Fun job
with good pay. Saturday required
KUHN FLOWERS of PVB is currently ac-
cepting applications for F/T Sales person-
nel at PVB location. Must have excellent
communication skills, good spelling abili-
ties, and be highly motivated. We offer
competitive salary, paid vacation, medical
& dental insurance. We are a drug free
workplace. Apply in person at 832-10 Al A
N. (Tournament Plaza) Ponte Vedra Bch.
No phone calls please..
DRIVERS ACT nowl 21 CDL-A Drivers
needed 36-43cpm/$1.20pm. $0 lease -
New trucks CDL-A + 3 mos OTR.
FULL time with excellent benefits at Pre-
mier Retirement Community. Applications
available at Fleet Landing Security Gate,
One Fleet Landing Blvd., Atlantic Beach,
FL 32233; Fax resume to (904)246-9447;
e-mail to: Web-
site at EOE/
Drug-Free Workplace.

PONTE VEDRA Animal Hospital seeking
Receptionist with Customer Service expe-
rience. Apply within: 28 Corona Rd.. Ponte
Vedra, 285-7924.
Helpers. Apply 7am, TNT Landscape.
1074 10th Ave. S., Jax Beach. 247-4477.
HAIR STYLIST/ barber. Busy salon on CR
210 needs full/ parttime stylist. Great pay,
flexible hours, friendly staff, established
clientele. Call Carol, 280-4212, 631-7614.
Office work. Tired of spending gas money
to get to the city? Looking for a smaller of-
fice setting with great benefits, including
profit sharing? Atlantic Beach office, mini-
mum 5 years A/R, invoicing, A/P, custom-
er service, both manual and computer
bookkeeping. Desire: self motivated, ana-
lytical person. Finance/ QuickBooks/ title
work/ Excel/ technology/ marketing/ back-
ground A+l Smoke free office. www.tran Fax resume 221-2705.

Taxi Drivers needed to work Beach and
Intercoastal areas, at least 23 yrs. old,
good driving record. Call 249-0360.

Full time 11pm to 7am, Monday-Friday at
a premier retirement community. Health
Center. Excellent benefits and pleasant
work environment.. Applications at Fleet
Landing Security Gate, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233; Fax to
(904)246-9447; email: EOE/ Drug-Free
PAINTERS WANTED: Must have basic
hand tools-and transportation. DFWP.
Scott Painting, Inc.. (904)710-6732.
DRIVERS -CAR hauling career. Great
home time! Exceptional Pay & Benefits!
Paid Training! Min. 1 yr. Class-A CDL exp.
req. The Waggoners Trucking (912)571-
9668 or (866)413-3074.
CLASS "A" CDL Drivers. Temporary work
out of state. $18/hr plus bonus. $25 per
day per Diem. Call Tom or Carol
(904)377-8211, (904)377-1098.
LINE COOKS, Sous Chef, & Servers.
Please apply in person at rear entrance.
Giovanni's, M-F, 11am-2pm, 1161 Beach
PAINTERS, FAUX Painters and General
Labor needed. (904)826-0602. Ask for
Current openings in our construction dept.
Must have construction experience, pool
construction experience a major plus. Full-
time work w/benefits package. Must have
good driving record. Apply, at Surfside
Pools, 313 Beach Blvd.,Jax Beach
246-2666 or fax resume to: 249-8801 or

Full Time at a premier retirement com-
munity. Excellent benefits. Applications at
Fleet Landing Security Gate, One Fleet
Landing Blvd. Atlantic Beach, FL. Fax to
904-246-9447; email to jobs@fleetland- EOE. Drug-Free Workplace.
Three people needed to assist Manager.
Duties include recruiting, training and mar-
keting of new products. Willing to train.
Earnings opportunity to start $500 to $700
per week. Call: 821-1351. EOE
$300 HIRING BONUS. D-Licensed Secur-
ity Officers needed to work upscale gated
communities and condominiums in Jax
and Ponte Vedra Beach. Apply in person
at: First Coast Security Services, 1 Inde-
pendent Dr. #117 (Modis Bldg.), Jax, FL
32202 (904)598-1993
experienced Pre-school Teachers &
Assistant Teachers. F/T & P/T available.
We offer a competitive salary & benefits
package. Call 273-6960 or fax resume to:
LIQUOR STORE Clerk, Bartender, Door
Person, Must be able to work days,
nights, weekends, and holiday. "Must-
pass drug test and, background check.
Call Robert @ 465-0149.
TRANQUIL SPACE at Jax Beach availa-
ble for nail person to come join my salon.
Call 270-0997.
Experienced in all aspects of floorcovering
a plus. Great opportunity for right person.
$50-$60,000 potential. Fax resume to
(904)247-9036. Beaches area.
TAXI DRIVERS Wanted. Clean driving re-
cord required. Call April, 246-9999. ,

"Be Part.of the Best"

Front Desk

Apply at the
Fairfield Inn & Suites
1616 N. First St.
We offer great pay, paid vacation &
personal time, Health/vision/dental
insurance, 401K.

WORKING SOUS Chef, looking for deci-
cated individual w/minimum 5yrs. experi-
ence. Good people skills, Ask for Chef
Steve at 233-7452. DFWP
SMALL LOCAL Landscape business is
looking for people who want to work and
have transportation. Will train. Call
FULL-Time, 3pm-11pm at Premiere Re-
tirement Community. Excellent benefit
package, competitive wages, good work-
ing environment. Applications available at
Fleet Landing Security Gate, One Fleet
Landing Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233;
Fax to (904)246-9447; email to: EOE/ Drug-Free
w/valid Florida Driver's License. Experi-
ence helpful but will train. Good salary &
benefits. Apply: Surfside Pools, 313
Beach Blvd., 246-2666, or fax resume:
249-8801, e-mail: surfsidepools

LAWN. SERVICE looking for exp. help-
ers. Must be able to provide own trans-
portation. Great pay for right person.
Call 249-7883.
KENNEL ATTENDANT, no exp. nec.; As-
sistant, experience preferred. Must be en-
ergetic, personable & hard working. Apply
in person, 1210 N. 3rd St., Jax Bch.
needed for Beaches office. Fax resume to
HAIR STYLIST- Immediate openings in
our busy salons for Leadership and Li-
censed Stylists. Guaranteed hourly/ com-
mission and benefits. Fun work environ-
ment and excellent free advanced Redkin
training. Call Trish at (904)236-6323.
WANTED Line Cooks, Dishwashers, Host/
Hostesses. Apply in person, 127 1st Ave.
N., rear blue door, 12-2pm. Campeche
Bay. 249-3322.
employs individuals in a variety of posi-
tions. For a listing of current opportunities
please visit us in person 11 N. 3rd St.,
2nd floor, send an email to:, or visit our
Drug free work environment, EOE, VP.
Full Time in Housekeeping Department at
a Premier Retirement Community. Floor
experience required. Excellent benefits
and work environment.. Applications avail-
able at Fleet Landing Security Gate, One
Fleet Landing Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL;
Fax to 904-246-9447; email to EOE/Drug-free
MENT OPERATOR: Beach Private Club.
FT\ benefits \401k experience preferred.
Golf privileges. DFWP. Call 246-4711.
OFFICE ASSISTANT needed, must have
real estate office experience, accounting
knowledge, and organizational skills. Real
estate license a plus. Please fax resume
to (904)249-2841 or e-mail to
LOOP PIZZA Grill is accepting applica-
tions for cooks, cashiers, and dishwash-
ers. No experience needed, will train. Ap-
ply in person to 211 3rd St. across from
Village Inn near Atlantic Blvd. Manage-
ment candidates fax resume (904)683-
8753. No calls please.
CLEANER/ DRIVER, 11pm-7:30am,
$350/wk. Must have van or truck and be
able to travel Jacksonville surrounding
area. Will train. Serious inquiries only.
TIRE & OIL TECH Wanted. Monday-Fri-
day. Call Bob, 241-5311.
LAWN CARE Helper needed $10. No ex-
perience necessary. Must have transpor-
tation, license. Call 285-2952.
help wanted. Hiring all positions. Calf'aftbf
2pm, 246-0005.


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We offer competitive wages, excellent benefits,
opportunities for advancement and
a caring management staff.
Please apply in person Tuesday- Friday. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. or by appt.
1000 PGA TOUR Boulevard; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Job Hotline: (904) 280-7070

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TPC SAWGRASS will be hiring an energetic staff to work
with the Merchandise and Food & Beverage teams during the
2007 PLAYERS. The dates needed for tournament staff
employment are May 2 through May 14, 2007. Staff will receive
monetary compensation and will qualify for complementary
rounds of golf, determined by the number of shifts worked during
the week of THE PLAYERS.

Please apply in person or call for applications, for merchandise
positions please call the Golf Shop (904) 273-3430 and for Food
& Beverage positions call (904-273-3556.

Jim Jordan Assistant Golf Professional
Adam Shirah Assistant Director of Food and Beverage
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Experience preferred, local company. Call
DENTAL ASSISTANT needed for exciting
cosmetic & implant practice at the beach.
Must have excellent communication skills
& be self-motivated. Excellent pay for the
right person. Fax resume to: 247-3320.
tendent for established company. Drug
free work place. Benefits. 241-2721.
be able to work weekends. Please apply
at Gene's Seafood, 1249 Penman Rd.,
between 2-4pm.
FULL-TIME (Split Shift) in our main dining
room. Must be available weekends. Holi-
days a must. Experinece preferred. Great
benefits and work environment. Applica-
tions at Fleet Landing Security Gate, One
Fleet Landing Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL;
Fax to (904)246-9447; email to: Website: fleet- EOE/Drug-Free Workplace.
OFFICE. CLEANERS needed for cleaning
nightly. Will train, must have transportation
and phone. Call 273-2761.
MOVING AND Storage Co. is currently
seeking professional, courteous and expe-
rienced Laborers and Drivers. Drivers
must possess a valid A or B CDL Drivers
License. Drug testing is required. For
more information call 241-2921.
DRIVERS & O/Os- CDL- A: Top pay, Ex-
cellent Hometime & Benefits! Must have
2yrs. Recent dar hauling exp! Centurion
Auto Transport, 800-889-8139.
NEEDED for home health & area hospi-
tals. To apply visit our website @ or apply in person,
North Florida Health Services, 710 3rd St.
N., Jax Bch. 241-1656.
ADMIN. ASST. Must be highly organized,
detail oriented, and able to multi-task in a
fast paced environment with a positive at-
titude and excellent people skill. 40hr./wk.
w/full benefits, supporting both the Senior
and Executive Pastors. Submit resume to
Beaches United Methodist Church, 325
7th Ave. No, Jax Beach, 32250. Attention:
Human Resources or fax to (904)249-
We are looking for independent contrac-
tors to perform Exterior Residential Prop-
erty Insurance inspections in a local terri-
tory. Earnings based on number of inspec-
tions you complete. Commitment to a local
territory is required. Direct or related ex-
perience required. You will need the fbl-
owing items to begin: dependable vehicle,
digital camera, measuring wheel & PC
with high-speed internet access. To learn
more about Millennium and to register on-
line, please visit us at:
and register under property inspector on
our employment page. EOE.
AMERICAN HOME 'Companions seeks
compassionate caregivers for the elderly.
Must drive and be able to work weekends.

Join the crew at The
Boathouse Grill.


Apply In Person
M-F 9am -3pm
2321 Bac Blvd.

1S 6,

wanted for debt settlement company.
Credit card & collections knowledge pre-
ferred. Immediate openings. Call 904-737-
4020 or fax resume to 731-9759.
and installation. Must be dependable and
have a positive attitude. Clean driving re-
cord a must! Pay will be based upon expe-
rience. Must have reliable transportation.
220-9457, (904)465-3590.
EXPERIENCED LINE Cook & Utility per-
son for breakfast and lunch. Apply within
@ Ellen's Kitchen 1824 South 3rd St.
Answer multiline phone, computer/ clerical
work. $9-$10/hr. M-F, FT or PT. Great of-
fice environment. Near UNF/ FCCJ. Fax
resume (904)928-0266.
HOUSEKEEPER FOR beach condos, self
starter. Drug free environment, benefits.
Call Harold (904)553-9946.
REPRESENTATIVE position available.
Candidate must have excellent computer,
customer service and phone skills. Look-
ing for a candidate that works effectively
with others in a team based environment
to accomplish company goals. HS Diplo-
ma or equivalent required. Please
email resume to
DRIVER- BYNUM Transport needs quali-
fied drivers for Central Florida Local & Na-
tional OTR positions. Food grade tanker,
no hazmat, no pumps, great benefits,
competitive pay & new equipment.
(866)GO-BYNUM. Need 2 years experi-

Lawn service seeks individual to perform
dependable quality work. Excellent pay &
overtime available. Crew Leaders wanted.
Perschel Brothers Services, Inc. 246-

A premier retirement community in Atlantic
Beach is seeking a dynamic RN, capable
of multitasking and filling numerous roles
within our health care setting. Experience
in long term care desired and strong com-
munication skills. This position will super-
vise specific functions within the nursing
department, conduct chart and record au-
dits, and participate in the community wide
interdisciplinary care team. Excellent ben-
efits and pleasant work environment. Ap-
plications available at Fleet Landing Se-
curity Gate, One Fleet Landing Blvd., At-
lantic Beach, FL 32233; Fax to (904)246-
9447; email to:
EOE/ Drug-Free Workplace.

Perfect Part-Time Job!
(Full-Time Too!)
Home Cleaners
$200 $400/wk.
Flexible Daytime
Work Near Home
Own Transportation


1617 North First Street
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
(904) 249-9071
Fax (904) 435-0106
Guest Service Manager
Position will over see the front desk team, must be energetic, friendly,
strong organization skills required. Marriott Exp preferred.
P.M. Operations Manager
Position to include hotel manager on duty, accounting functions, guest
service, beverage operations ard catering contractors. Hotel exp preferred.
Front Desk Supervisor
AM & PM positions available. Marriott exp preferred.
Administrative Assistants
Sales and Executive positions.
Fax Resume to (904) 435-0106
Or E-Mail to
Or apply in person at Fairfield Inn & Suites
1616 North First Street
Jacksonville Beach

.... Expect Nithing Less
'4' Than "Five Diamonds"
Do something special for yourself today! Work with one of the
premier luxury resorts in the world by joining the elite staff at Ponte
Vedra Inn & Club. We proudly display our Five Diamond Award
for the dedication our staff delivers every day!

Seasonal and Regular

Full/Part Time Careers

Patio Servers

HK Inspectors

HK Turndown



Personal Trainer


Training Coord.



Conference Setup

Beach Reception

Room Service

Front Desk Spa

For immediate consideration apply in person to
Human Resources between 9am- 4pm
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. 32082
Job Line: 904-280-3607 Fax... 904-273-7753

Oceanfront Excellence

PaPe 6BR

Positions Available
Reservation Supervisor Dishroom Supervisor
Spa Receptionist Beverage Server
Beach Club Server Lead Starbucks Attd.
Beach Club Lifeguard. Honor Bar Supervisor
Beach Club Recreation Attd. Banquet Supervisor





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RN, LPN, MA, BOS skills a plus. Family
practice. Fax resume to: 285-7442.
NEEDS FULL time Servers, Host/ Hostess
& Experienced Line Cooks with open
availability. Apply within 1018 North 3rd
St., Mon- Fri, 2pm- 4pm.
SERVERS WANTED. Chizu Japanese
Steak House. Apply after 2pm, 1227
South 3rd St.

REPRESENTIVE. Will be conducting busi-
ness sales; 100+ calls per day in the
Ponte Vedra Beach area. Ideal Candidate
will have 1+ years experience in telemar-
keting, and customer service, experience
with high volume outbound calls and ex-
cellent communication skills, F/T. Send re-
sume to
BEACHES CAR Wash- full time help
needed, Wages negotiable+ tips. Benefits
Avail. Apply In person, 1401 Beach Blvd.

,We are currently accepting applications for energetic, customer
service oriented team members for the following positions:
Relief Night Auditor
Maintenance Technician
Reservations Coordinator
Yoga Instructor
Aerobics Instructor
Oasis Restaurant Supervisor

Diningroom Attendant/Barback
Great opportunity to work in an oceanfront resort with
terrific earning potential. We offer an excellent benefits package
including medical/dental, life insurance, sick and vacation days,
and discounts at our retail outlets, golf course and spa.

Apply in person to:
607 Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

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16' FIBERGLASS Canoe, square-back, .1999 FORD F-150 truck Super Cab, 195k
w/paddles. $325. Four cast aluminum mi., tow pkg., back rack, $5500. 838-9786.
patio chairs, no cushions $40. 223-5211.

GATHER 'ROUND- Pool table/ all acces-
sories $500. 247-1333.
19TH CENTURY golden oak dresser.
Gorgeous solid oak in near mint condition.
A comparable dresser would retail for
$1200, but this one is priced to sell at
,$600. Measure 45.5"H, 43.5"W, 20"D,
BRAND NEW 1600 + sq ft Mohawk premi-
um grade carpet & pad $975,.vita spa, as
is, new motor $500. 424-6809.
RALLY SCOOTER (for seniors), 2 years
old, $500. 241-8232.
ANTIQUE MAHOG. china cabinet, $150,
antique mahogany DR table, leg needs
fixed, $200, cherry entertainment center
$100. Call 200-1298.

6 PIECE Bedroom Set includes queen
mattress & box, new still in boxes. $499.
Can deliver. 858-9350.

LOOKING FOR Free piano upright, good
condition. Will pickup. 543-1644.
EPIPHONE LES Paul, like new. Must sell.
$395, 207-2373.

THREE UPCOMING Florida IRS auction
sales! Merritt Island home, Palm Coast
home site, and Orlando-area lot with parti-
ally-built luxury home. April 10-12, 2007.
Visit or call (850)445-
4625 for info.

HUGE SALE! 488 14th Ave S., Saturday,
3/24, 8am-12pm. Lots of children toys and
MOVING SALE! 20 Tallwood Rd. Friday,
Saturday, 8am-1pm. King & twin bedroom,
LR, bookshelves, entertainment ctr.,
dishes, household, etc.
SEVERAL YARD sales on Coral Way.
March 24th, 8:3p-until.
SATURDAY 8AM-2PM, 1626 5th Street
South, 2 bedroom suites, hope chest, din-
ing room set, 2 sofa sets, bikes, patio fur-
oiture, bar stools. Lots of good furniture &
lots of good odds & ends.
clubs, clothing, lawn mower, fans and lots
more. Saturday, 8am-2pm, 1104 N. 9th St.

8am-12pm Saturday, March 24th. Off
South Beach Parkway, to Jacksonville Dr.,
to Sanctuary Blvd. Raindate March 31st..

MOVING SALE! Saturday & Sunday,
Ocean Oaks Apartments, Penman and
Seagate. Coke items, Elvis, Barbie, furni-
ture. (904)249-5128.
1990 JOHNSON 175GT outboard w/con-
trols, stainless marine single engine out-
board bracket, stainless steel flip cooler
seat, fiberglass center console, misc boat
parts. Little Tykes kitchen and artdesk,
girls clothes, sandblaster, other misc. Sat-
urday, 8am-12pm, 1127 Hamlet Court,
LARGE GARAGE sale, collectables, some
antiques, furniture, kitchen ware,, etc.
Dealers welcome. 1714 Forest Ave, Fri. &
Sat., 7am-5pm.

MEGA SALE- awesome variety, 2109
Beach Ave., Fri. & Sat., 8:30am til.
SAT., 8AM-2PM. Fumiture, household
'items, kids clothes, misc., 447 Selva
Lakes Circle.

SATURDAY, 8AM-1PM, 1765 Seminole
Rd9 Lots-of good stuff.
MOVING SALEI Household iTems,
clothes/ shoes. Everything must go. Satur-
day, 8:30am-?. 41 Ardella Rd. off Mayport
SATURDAY, 3/24, 8am-4pm, 1582 Ocean
Blvd. vintage raleigh, TV, furniture, plants,
quilting and lots more.

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KIRBY G6 Vacuum Cleaner w/bags,
shampooer and manual. Paid $900, Ask-
ing $250. 223-7797.

ALL CASH candy route. Do you earn
$800/day? 30 machines, free candy. All
for $9995. (888)629-9968. B02000033.
Call us: We will not be undersoldl

NEW 10X12 Captiva glass sunroom kit.
Frank 945-7315.

ACTIVE NANNY honest, dependable,
transportation & references. $10-$12/hr.,
any area. CPR & First Aid. P/T or F/T.

with ill or elderly in their home. Local refer-
ences. 246-1206 ask for Alice.
PRIVATE DUTY CNA looking to care for
elderly. Exc. refs. Degree w/many years
exp. Please call Donna 285-0432.

AT&T PARTNER phone system. 5 phones
installed for $899. 249-8877.
27" SONY TV $50. Sofa & coffee table.
Call 249-9196.

MULTI FAMILY, Sat., 8am-12noon. Many
items and Red Hat Stuff, 117 Marsh Cove
Dr. (A1A to Ponte Vedra Lakes Blvd., left
on Marsh Cove).

ADULT AND children's clothes/ toys, furni-
ture, household items. Friday and Satur-
day, 8am-2pm. 13925 Shipwreck Cir. S..

BEDROOM SET, sofa, dining room table,
chairs, buffet, lamps, wicker, shelves, lots
more. By apopolntment, 543-9395 or 625-


BOAT SLIP For Rent, Harbortown Marina,
40' with water & electric, $500. 463-2845.

HONDA 2000 Sabre, 1100cc V-twin, low
miles, windshield, mustang seat, back
rest. Asking $5000 OBO. Phone 247-1733
for appt.
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2000 FORD 250 XLT, v-8, diesel,.4DR, 8ft
bed w/ fiberglass locking bed cover. Full
towing pkg. Exc. cond. $18,500. Tel.
(904)725-7753, cell. (904)386-3010.
CHEAP '89 PLYMOUTH Grand Voyager
LE, van, $400 OBO, (904)249-7879.

# 0' *:

1996 MERCEDES-BENZ E320, 136K
miles, leather, PW/PL, CD player, A/C
& heat work great. $5500 OBO.
SOMMER FUN- Sebring Limited Converti-
ble, navy blue/ tan leather interior, 54,000
mi.. 2001, well kept. $9,500. 247-1333.

'89 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER, 7 passenger, 1979 PONTIAC-Daddy's car, 59,000
$750 OBO, 249-3117. miles, x-clean. Asing $4950 OBO. Call
.. 607-6358..

2001 LEXUS RX300 58k miles, extended
warranty from Lexus, champaign color,
roof rack, sun roof, leather interior 6 disc
CD changer, all service records, $18,250
OBO 904-669-9008
2000 VOLVO 870, metallic green w/tan
leather, exc. condition. $6800. 568-7139.
2003 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5S, low mileage,
excellent condition, $12,000 OBO,

1992 CAMRY LE; sunroof, power, excel-
lent condition. Must See! $2800.

.2000 Mercedes C230 Kompressor, cham-
pagne, new brakes, 1 owner, all mainte-
nance records, 127K miles. $8500 OBO.

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Clear Panels, aluminum, steel, bahama,
accordion, colonial, roll down. For all your
hurricane protection needs. (904)716-
4565 or (904)388-3792.

PADGErTS A/C & Heating, Inc. Family
owned and operated. When quality and
customer service are demanded call
Travis at 588-5222.
Free Estimates. License CAC1814887.

Credit repair, taxes, freelance paralegal,
courier, computer repairs, much more. No


new accounts. Excellent references. Free
estimates. 904-699-7757.
PLEASE CALL Lynne's Cleaning Service
for your cleaning needs. Honest, depend-
able; silver polishing. Pet & house sitting
available, 343-4018.
ble. Reasonable rates, free estimates. Call
Roxanne (904)477-5398.
CRYSTAL CLEAN Housecleaning with a
personal touch. PV area & beaches. 10yrs
exp. in private residential homes` & vaca-
tion rentals. Bonded. Krista 377-3052.
BEACHES CLEANING. Residential, Com-
mercial; Move-in/ Move-out and Construc-
tion Cleaning..Weekly, Bi-weekly or
Monthly services provided. Call for free
estimate. 718-5471.
FOR REASONABLE fees, call Betty Lees.
I don't cut corners, I .clean them,
238-64356.,., min r ;i %q .airi2 hi0
CLEANING' BY-'Chris'tpher,' ctaringit d
the beaches area, (904)725-2738.
14 years experience. Reasonable prices,
low minimum rates, weekend appoint-
ments available. (904)525-7419.
HOUSES WANTED to clean, weekly or bi-
weekly, references, Tara 683-6614.

WOOD Fence Installation. 35yrs Experi-
ence. Mick Outdoor Enterprises.
241-7276, 838-9599.


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Specializing in "Complete Flowerbed
Cleaning and Workover". Lawn care,
Janitorial Service, etc. Call Hermon, 246-
4238, 612-1755.

mates, local, reasonable prices. We do it
right the first time. No contracts required.
Resdential & Commercial Call Ray,
Total Lawn Maintenance. Clean-ups, Sod-
ding, Mulching, Re-planting Free 'esti-
mates. 247-3344.
ENDLESS SUMMER Lawncare. Free esti-
mates. Professional customer service.
Mowing, edging, weeding, trimming- trees,
shrubs. Licensed & insured. Residential &
commercial. CALL US FIRST! 270-2664.
Gardener Deg. L & S.. Yard restoration,
discounts. 30 years experience 242-2546,

WINSOR LAWN Service, Inc Competitive
rales. Call Alan. 237-5301

lawns. Free estimates. 246-0967.
One lime or yearly. Licensed, Insured
Residential, Commercial. 742-6763.
SCAPING. Dependable. Quality Service
at competitive pnces Licensed' insured
PALM TREES, Hedges Trimmed, Yard
Clean-ups, Mulching, Sodding, whatever it
takes, etc. Dave 249-4724.
KEN'S LAWN CARE. Cut, edge, weed-
eating, landscaping, pressure washing,
grading anrd sodding. Free estimate.
252-6112'. .

Dependable Quality Service. Reasonable
rates. 821-0737.

Docks, Boat Houses, Bulkheads, Boar Lilt
Installation and Repairs. Take advantage
of our Spring Discounts. Call now for a
free estimate. 422-0463.

mow# F .q] g- ,

Iks, Pa-
no Cell

tios, Driveways, Room Additior
339-1287, Bus.. 722-0182.

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NEW CONSTRUCTION, remodeling and
iepliht 'Residlntial ain commercial Men-
Iron this ad. 246-1529.
free estimates, work guaranteed, licensed.
SAVE 30%-50% NOW on all Interior & ex-
terior painting, pressure washing & home
repairs. Free estimate. Jeff 881-4223
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Safe roof cleaning. Deck & fence
restoration. Pressure washing. Licensed &
Insured. Call Kevin 994-0045.

knotch work guaranteed. Painting, trim,
carpentry, wood repair, pressure washing.
Licensed/ Insured. Free estimates.
QUALITY HOME Improvements. Interior
Paiting. Free estimates. Licensed/ Insur-
ed. 254-2655.
sure washing, painting, drywall repair, tex-
ture & wallcoverings. 25 years experience.
Lic., insured, refs. (904)403-7389

DAVID'S POOL Service. Weekly cleaning.
Most residential pools $25/week+ chemi-
cals. Licensed, Insured. We make your life
a little easier. 285-0240.

'Spring Special, 20% off all painting, wall
covenng & renovation. Free estimates,
ROOM ADD-ONS, Inlaw suites, kitchen
remodels and more Call (904)545-5971.
TAKE ADVANTAGE of our Spring Prices!
All exterior projects, custom decks, gaze-
bos, arbors, children playsets, fences and
more are now discounted. Call Now for
free estimates. 422-0463.

Repairs; specializing in termite damage.

S. RICHARD E. Kennedy GC. Custom
Homes, Room Additions, Carpentry, Dry-
wall and Painting. 221-5304 Richard,
228-9241 Bill.

ing in drywall & home maintenance. Lic. &
Ins. (904)509-284P.; ,
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C&J REPAIR Services. Carpentry, Dry-
wall, Painting, Paperhanging, Tiling, etc.
Occupational License/ Insured. 241-1461,
955-0593 (cell)

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IRRIGATION AND Landscape Installa-
tions and Repair. Free Quotes, Ask For
Scott. (904)303-3779.




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AVON, JANA Duguid, Independent Sales
Representative. Please Call 904-338-8191
or email: gotta.luv.avon @
MOWER- CRAFTSMAN 22" self propelled
high wheel, mulches, bags. Good condi-
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Fletcher High shortstop Sam Perry (9) gets ready to tag out Mandarin baserunner Trevor Mooneyhan on a stolen base attempt
during last Friday night's game at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville. Senators second baseman backs up the play. Fletcher
staged a late-inning rally to emerge with a 4-3 victory in a key District 1-6A matchup. Perry came on in relief of Senators starter
Sam Darr in the sixth inning and struck out three of the four batters he faced to seal the victory. While Duval County schools are on
spring break this week, Fletcher is participating in the Mandarin Tournament, winning its opening round contest against Martin
Luther King (Memphis, Tenn.) High 15-1 on Monday. The Senators were'scheduled to face Stanton in the second round of the
tournament Tuesday.

Beaches Leader FILE PHOTO
Fletcher High's Alex Schanen placed in both the 1,600 and
3,200 meter runs in last Saturday's Bob Hayes Invitational
track meet at Raines High School. Schanen finished third in
the 1,600 with a time of 4:39.27 and fifth in the 3,200 in
9:58.25. Senators teammates Marki Lyon (14th in the girls
1,600) and Megan Bary (15th in the 1,600 and 11th in the
3,200) also participated in the prestigious track meet.

Island FC is seeking players
in the following groups for
spring soccer: U-12 boys, U-14
girls and U-14 boys.
Island FC consists of com-
petitive soccer teams that play
home games at San Pablo
Elementary School and travel
throughout North East Florida.
For more information con-
tact Mike Levine at 635-8969
or via e-mail at levinem@edu-

Northeast Florida Girls
Softball is conducting spring
registration and offering a free
skills and coaches clinic. Girls
ages 4 to 16 are welcome.
For more information visit or call
247-6347 or e-mail nfgssoft-

Sports Camp
Tommy Hulihan's St. Paul's
Sports Camp, for kindergart-
ners through eighth-graders,
begins June 4 and concludes
July 27. Week-long sessions,
which run from 8:30 a.m. to 3
p.m. each day, will be held
June 4 to June 8, June 11 to
June 15, June 25 to June 29,
July 2 to July 6, July 9 to July
13 and July 23 to July 27.
The cost of each camp is
$110, except for July 2 to July
6, when there's no camp on
the Fourth of July. That week's
charge is $90. Single Day rates
are available.
Campers will participate in
team sports and age-appropri-
ate activities, such as basket-
ball, soccer, flag football, kick
ball and tag games. Friday
offer pizza and a bus to Beach
Bowl for bowling. All campers
receive a T-shirt.
For information or to regis-
ter, call 904-349-2611 or e-mail
The website is www.beaches-; click on Sports

The Beaches Intracoastal
West Wrestling Club will begin
its annual spring-fall program
at the Fletcher High School
cafeteria on Mondays from 6
p.m. until 8 p.m. beginning
March 26.
All wrestlers or new wrestlers
in the local area are invited to
attend. Wrestlers visiting the
local area are also welcome.
Wrestlers will train in
Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-
Roman techniques for month-
ly FAW/USA tournaments.
Participants must be enrolled
in grades 6 to 11 (any school)
to take part. Fee is $50 includ-
ing USA membership and a
club T-shirt.
Interested wrestlers may
contact club director Roy
Fallon at 233-5008 for more
information. Former wrestlers
may apply to help coach.

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Adding value to your home's exterior

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A special publication of The Leader

March 2007

Residential and com-
mercial building was
brisk at the Beaches
during 2006, according
to building permit

See page 6 The shoreline of Jacksonville Beach shows some of the many condominiums built recently.

Solution to affordable housi

There are many rentals
available at the
Beaches. Few are less
than $1,000 a month .
See page 6

shOrtall at Beaches elusive

As the Beaches continue to thrive,
affordable housing for the workforce
is a growing concern, according to
Property near a coastline has usu-
ally been valuable, according to real
estate professionals. The truth of the
adage "location, location, location"
was borne out by the developers
and builders busy here in recent
As the housing market cooled
slightly last year, plans for a few,
condo projects were delayed. A
planned revitalization of the
Mayport fishing village has taken
longer than some expected.
Despite that brief slowing, howev-
er, there are no signs that home
prices will not stay as high as or go
higher than they are currently,
according to several real estate pro-
Meanwhile, the cost of living in
the coastal community has contin-
ued to increase as insurance premi-
ums rise for many and property
taxes go up as assessed home values
rise -(unless the home has a home-
stead exemption and its attendant 3
percent cap on value increases)..

Part 2
in a series

With the cost of living increasing, it
is becoming more difficult for some
of the workforce to live at the
Beaches, according to Cindy
Funkhouser, executive director of the
Beaches Emergency Assistance
Ministry (B.E.A.M.) and chair of the
Beaches Housing Coalition.
That means some businesses have
trouble finding staff.
The fabric of the community is also
affected by a lack of affordable hous-
ing, according to members of the
Beaches Housing Coalition, a local
group of civic and business represen-
tatives formed in response to the loss
of several affordable housing units at
the Beaches last year.
Neptune Beach Realtor Paul
Gruenther, who works with the coali-
tion, has said there are real concerns
about the workers who are shut out of
living close to their workplace and
the resulting effects that can have on
the Beaches community.

Problem Not Ui
are also struggling with t
of insufficient affordable
In Highlands, an affi
community North Caro


market an


Many get creative

g^ to sell property

Just as Beaches residents have had to
adjust to changes in the local real estate
market, so have those marketing it.
"We all know the mar-
^ kket has shifted. We are Staging
S experiencing what the
rest of the country has property:
gone through," said ._
Phyllis Staines, Broker at IS a Skilli
RE/Max Coastal Real
SSfaines describes the Story, page2-
real estate market at the
Beaches as "more realistic."
This is the time for real estate profes-
sionals to educate buyers and sellers, she
"'"We have gotten used to a quick'
pace...Everyone in real estate needs to refO.
cus, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Photo bySTAFF This is a great opportunity."
'The Beaches and Jacksonville have "so
much ,going for it...the weather, the
lifestyle, and affordable housing."
"I haven't seen a better buyer's market,"
n g said Staines.
People interested ,in buying real estate
should be looking for a "good quality piece
of property where the- would want to live .
Properties are staying on the market
longer. This gives buyers the chance to do
their research and not feel the need to
make an offer too quickly, she said..
At the same time, "reasonable sellers are
unique going to do well," she said.
the country As the market stabilizes, motivated prop-
he problem erty owners can be confident that "you can
housing. sell anything if it is priced right...priced
luent resort where it should be at a fair price," said
linai many Staines.

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workers are priced out of the market
and commute to work from more
affordable communities.
"It's harder to be a part of the
community (when you don't live
where you work)," said MaryAnn
Sloan, a Highlands resident and for-
mer director of a program estab-
lished to develop affordable housing
in Macon County where Highlands
is located.
Concerns Include
At the Beaches, many public safe-
ty workers have moved west of the
Intracoastal Waterway because of
housing costs at the Beaches,
according to Jacksonville Beach Fire
Chief Gary Frazier, who is in charge
of Beaches emergency operations.
He said that careful planning allows
public safety workers who do not
live at the Beach to be available in a
state of emergency.

See AFFORDABLE, page 5


For sale signs are expected to be visible as
home sales typically pick up in the spring
and summer.

Single-family housing market stabilizes; area picks up

More homes and offices
here bring more drivers
and there are many
road projects under
way. Roads can impact
development, according
to planners..

See page 7

Hopeful homebuyers in Florida
should act now: The price is right as the
state's single-family residential housing
market bottoms out, according to a
University of Florida study released this
"If you're thinking of buying a house,
there's probably not much to be gained
by holding out at this point," said Wayne
Archer, director of UF's Bergstrom Center
for Real Estate Studies. "It doesn't look
like prices are going to fall any more."
The quarterly survey of experts in the
real estate industry completed in January
shows that the share of respondents
observing a drop in single-family hous-
ing prices has dipped, while a growing
number find prices staying even with
inflation, Archer said.
"We see that as a benchmark," he said.
"When prices maintain the same level as
inflation, then we're probably in some
kind of equilibrium. It indicates the mar-
ket is stabilizing."
The exception is condominiums,
which are overbuilt and prone to specu-
lative and naive investors, he said.
This is the first time in the UF survey's

UF report based on sales
reports from regional boards,
including the Northeast Florida
Association of Realtors, which
tracks sales in the Beaches
and Ponte Vedra Beach
five-quarter history that the buyers'
investment outlook for residential devel-
opment has brightened. It declined for
the first three surveys and remained flat
for the fourth survey at the end of
October, starting to rise in this latest sur-
vey, he said.
Because of the dominance of single-
family housing, the findings have far-
reaching and potentially optimistic
implications for the state's real estate
industry, Archer said.
"You can't get away from the fact that
the single-family housing market is the
single largest driver of the real estate
market," he said. "Most brokers and real
estate agents are dealing with single-fam-
ily housing. Most lending is for single-
family housing. And home furnishings
are driven by single-family housing. So
when it stabilizes, that's important."

One possible explanation for the
housing market turning the comer is a
restricted supply of land for residential
development, Archer said. The shortage,
meant there was less overbuilding than
there might otherwise have been.
Condos did not have this land
restraint, which is one reason they are
overbuilt, Archer said. Condos are prone
to strong speculative swings because
they are considered a relatively easy
commodity to exchange, he said.
The stabilization of the single-family
housing market came earlier than antic-
ipated and is not expected to affect all
parts of the state equally, Archer said.
Quieter markets likely will take longer to
rebound than those in Central and
South Florida, where growth has been
explosive, he said.
Jacksonville typically has been a slow-
er and steadier market than Orlando,
Tampa-St. Petersburg and other cities,
but that is changing, Archer said.
Recently, Jacksonville's housing market
has picked up momentum, he said,
adding he does not believe Florida's real
estate market will reach its 2005-06
"I don't think any thoughtful person
would expect sales to go back to where

they were a year or so ago," he said. "That
was probably an overheated condition
and it was extraordinary."
On a positive note, nearly all other
markets, including apartments and com-
mercial rental markets, appear to be
remaining steady or even experiencing
robust growth, Archer said. "They did
not experience a downturn in the same
sense that the single-family develop-
ment market did and they're continuing
to be strong," he said.
Optimism about Florida real estate
seems to be particularly apparent among
foreign investors, Archer said. Many
respondents commented that foreign
investors and lenders are aggressively
trying to invest more capital in the
state's rental markets, he said.
"They apparently have no fears about
the future of these markets, despite what
we perceive as our problems with hurri-
canes, taxes and other concerns," he
For the survey, UF's Survey Research
Center asked a series of questions of 318
industry executives, real estate lawyers,
market analysts, title insurers, financial
advisers, market research economist,
real estate scholars and other experts.

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Tides of Change

Market: Beaches marketplace getting stronger

March 2007

Cont. from A-1
There has been a lot of
adjustment in the Beaches real
estate market, said Jenet
Cattar, owner and broker at
Cattar Realty in Jacksonville
"People are taking their
time to make up their minds
and the buyers are in the dri-
ver's seat."
"People are still buying.
People are still selling," she
Sellers used to be able to
name their price. Now sellers
and lenders are finding they
"have to be creative."
Some lenders are responding
by providing incentives, such
as offering to cover a portion
of closing costs, said Cattar..
One lender is offering to,
delay a buyer's first mortgage
payment until three months,
after closing, said Staines.
Real estate professionals are-
encouraging sellers to look at
their competition, said
Cattar.Then they can find ways
to encourage buyers to look at'
and buy their property.
Offering to cover some of
the closing costs is one option
used by sellers. Others offer
incentives such as gift cards,
she said.

Both Staines and Cattar
emphasized the importance of
the condition of the property
for sale. Sellers need to pay
attention to how the property
will show to potential buyers
This goes beyond curb
appeal, said Staines.
Basics, like keeping the prop-
erty looking and smelling
clean, are important.
These days, many sellers are
using cleaning services and
staging services to make their
properties more attractive to
buyers, she said.
Changes in the market have
also had an impact on
"Builders do a little more to
make houses stand out," said
Nancy Morrison of Benchmark
Some of the areas where
Benchmark builds are
Queens Harbor, Marsh
Landing, Palencia, and Pablo
Creek, she said. .
They are offering more
unique interiors and other fea-
tures, she said. After people
come in to look, they are
choosing to buy.
"It was kind of slow 8 to 12
months ago. The luxury mar-
ket has started to pick up," said

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Benchmark Homes is building this Santa Barbara style house in the Found Forest section of Marsh Landing in Ponte Vedra.


|real estate

can help

-with sales

,Appearance and
.smells do matter
Staging is a design service that
.showcases a property to make it
more appealing to potential
:buyers, said Sandra Racz of
5Signature Redesign in Ponte
"Staged homes sell quicker,"
she said. "It is one of the most
Effective marketing tools."
SSince opening Signature
.Redesign four years ago, Racz
said that requests for staging
have doubled.
"Staging helps a seller see
Stheishoameasthe buyer would."
Schecist of what to to make
their home more attractive to
Staging can be as simple as
rearranging the furniture and
.putting away family photos,
Said Racz.
There also could be recom-
imendations regarding painting,
:repairs, and cleaning.
"The goal is to sell the home
Sas quickly as possible for the
: best price," said Racz.
Staging makes a home look
more like a model house, said
:Phyllis Staines of RE/MAX
:P Coastal.
Vacant homes benefit from
/stagingtoo, saidJenet Cattar of
Cattar Realty. It helps potential
buyers visualize living there.



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SUPPLY & DEMAND: There are only so many miles of beach and many people who want to live here

Some local property appraisers say
that the market is getting ready to
turn upward again.
Tony Hamilton, owner of
Hamilton Appraisal Services, says
that while the market has leveled
out, and even gone down in some
instances over the past year, there
have been more new home sales
recently than there have been in at
least a year.
"I think the market's turning right
now," Hamilton, who has been
appraising real estate since 1971,
said in a telephone interview last
For the past four or five years,
home values were increasing in
value at a rate of about 10 percent to
15 percent a year, he said, noting
that specialty properties, such as
waterfront properties, tended to
show an even higher annual
"[The] market was going ballistic,"
he said. South Florida was essential-
ly moving up to North Florida, he
said, Hamilton said that it was only
natural for the market to peak and
come back down a little.
"If it (home prices) did not, the
market couldn't have sustained it."

* The Beaches compose
less than 1% of
Jacksonville's land area

5% of the population in
Duval County lives at the

The Jacksonville area is a unique
market because those moving to the
area were also coming from up
north, where values had already
peaked, he said, and that started
appreciation because they didn't
mind paying higher costs here.
Over the past year or so, home val-
ues have pretty much stayed level,
he said.
While some real estate profession-
als may have thought that the Beach
would be able to buck market trends,
there is no difference at the Beach
than in other areas appraised by
Hamilton's company, he said.
Hamilton said he thought it was
almost "bulletproof" at the Beach,
that it would be able to sustain its
own market, but it followed suit
with the trends in the five-county

area in which he appraises, and
some property owners felt that sting.
He noted that one man's home came
in at $400,000 less than he thought.
"The market dictates what I do,"
he said, adding that the market is in
the process of coming back around.
"I think we're going to be fine."
Sam Langham is president of
Langham Appraisals Inc., specializes
in commercial appraisals. He said he
believes the market will remain stag-
nant for a little while, but that he
doesn't foresee appraisals going
He said it's a classic case of supply
and demand. There are only so
many miles of beach, and many peo-
ple who want to live on it.
According to the Duval County
Property Appraiser's Annual Report
for 2006, Duval County is 841
square miles with a population of
838,209. City-data.con shows that
the Beaches make up 13.8 square
miles and while the Beaches com-
pose less than 1 percent of the land
area, 5 percent of the population in
Duval County lives at the Beach.
In the early 1990s, Langham said,
home values were changing so
quickly because there was so much
vacant land. He said it is always
cheaper to buy undeveloped land

and build something on it, than to
try and renovate. There was the ini-
tial jump in values because old
buildings were replaced with new
Now that the values have stabi-
lized, demand is once again increas-
ing, Langham said.
"Jacksonville is a great place to
live," he said in a telephone inter-
view last week, noting that
Jacksonville has a business-friendly
government, a military base and a
manufacturing base among other
The Duval County Property
Appraiser's report noted that new
construction in 2005 added $2.2 bil-
lion in taxable value to the 2006 tax
roll, and in 2006 the market value of
real estate in Duval County
increased 16 percent from the previ-
ous year.
"I see it just limping along for a
while," Langham said of the market,
adding that pockets of places at the
Beach will do really well, and the
Beach in general continues to be a
prime place, to be.
"They're (appraisal values) defi-
nitely not going down yet."

Ponte Vedra Beach Atlantic Beach

Total Population
Total Households
Female Population
% Female
Male Population
% Male
Pop. Density (per Sq. Mi.)
Age 0 4
Age 5 14
Age 15 19
SAge 20 24
Age 25 34
Age 35 44
Age 45 54
Age 55 64
Age 65 74
Age 75 84
Age 85 +
Median Age



Jacksonville Beach Neptune Beach
Total Population 29,526 7,356
Total Households' "-".--i .1' -''-' 13,414-' -L ...... 3,323 .
. .... emale Population. ...... ... 14,692 ................. .. 3,594 .. .
% Female 49.8% 48.9%
Male Population 14,834 3,762
% Male 50.2% 51.1%
Pop. Density (per Sq. Mi.) 2,788.4 2,845.3
Age 0 4 5.8% 4.7%
Age 5 14 9.8% 11.0%
Age'15 19 5.6% 6.4%
Age 20 24 16.4% 5.9%
Age 25 34 14.1% 12.8%
Age 35 44 16.3% 16.0%
Age 45 54 17.3% 18.9%
Age 55 64 11.9% 12.2%
.Age 65 74 6.9% 7.1%
Age 75 84 4.3% 4.0%
Age 85 +. 1.6% 1.1%
Median Age 40.4 41.5

Ponte Vedra Beach Atlantic Beach
Total Population 37,314 28,548
Total Households 14,446 11,078
Jacksonville Beach Neptune Beach
Total Population 32,764 7,452
Total Households 14,904 3,372

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Five mistakes to avoid in home buying

Information Source:
Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce

Whether you're a first-time buyer or a seasoned veteran,
you might be among those who plan to buy a home this
year. If so, avoid some big mistakes.
Failing to do your homework. This applies to a number
of areas, including understanding how much home you can
afford, knowing your credit score, and getting pre-approved
for a loan. But homework also applies to thoroughly
researching the neighborhood in which you are considering
buying. Drive by at various times of the day and evening, as
well as on the weekends; investigate the school district if
you have school-age children; go online and get crime sta-
tistics for the area. All these issues will affect your quality of
life once you have moved in. Failing to fully research and
prepare before you sign a contract is one of the biggest mis-
takes you can make as a home buyer.
Being impatient. Buyifig a home is a big decision, and is
likely the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime.
Take your time to look at as many houses as possible in the
neighborhood where you wish to buy. Consult with a real
estate professional who is well-versed in the area. For many
of us, a home is an emotional purchase-we walk in and
know it's "the one." But don't rush in and buy the first
house you fall in love with. Be sure to consider the floor
plan (will it work for your family?), the size (is it big
enough?), and the location (is it close to shops, transporta-
,tion and schools, if this is important to you?). Love can be
blind, but don't make this crucial mistake when shopping
for a home.
Picking the wrong mortgage. The competitive lending
environment has many homebuyers rushing out to secure

the first mortgage they are offered without researching all
options. Understand the pros and cons of long-term fixed
loans, ARMs, no-interest loans, etc. Consult with your
lender about which one will suit your family's finances and
long-range plans. One of the worst mistakes you can make
is to secure a mortgage that you will have to refinance in
short order-including having to pay the related closing
costs all over again.
Skipping a professional inspection. A thorough profes-
sional home inspection typically runs between $300 and
$600, and generally includes a check of a home's heating
and air condition systems, plumbing and electrical works,
roof, walls, foundation/structure, drainage, garage and base-
ment. If the inspector discovers hidden flaws, structural
damage or faulty systems, you may want to back out of the
deal, or at least revisit your offer. Always show the inspec-
tor's report to your real estate attorney, who can help inter-
pret it and negotiate to have the seller correct any defects
before closing.
Not consulting legal counsel. Your real estate attorney is
an integral part of your home-buying team, and it's essential
that you find one early in the process. Interview several and
pick one with whom you have confidence and who has
dealt in the county where you are looking to buy. You pay
the same fee whether you hire the attorney right before the
closing or early on, so it is to your advantage to bring one
on as soon as possible. When the attorney acts as the clos-
ing agent and provides the title insurance in standard real
estate transactions, costs are comparable to non-lawyer title
agencies, but homebuyers receive the added value of legal
representation and protection of their interests for free.
Kovaleski is president of Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc.,
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Ponte Vedra Beach Atlantic Beach
Total Housing Units 15,549 11,947
Owner Occupied Housing 63.4% 49.0%
Renter Occupied Housing 23.5% 39.0%
Vacant Housing Units 13.1% 12.1%

Jacksonville Beach Neptune Beach
Total Housing Units 15,500 3,683
OwnerOccupied Housing 54.1% 56.9%
Renter Occupied Housing 32.4% 33.3%
Vacant Housing Units 13.5% 9.8%

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Ponte Vedra Beach Atlantic Beach
Total Housing Units 16,989 13,013
Owner Occupied Housing 61.8% 47.7%
Renter Occupied Housing 23.3% 37.4%
Vacant Housing Units 15.0% 14.9%

Jacksonville Beach

Total Housing Units
Owner Occupied Housing
Renter Occupied Housing
Vacant Housing Units


Neptune Beach


Ponte Vedra Beach

Atlantic Beach

Age 15 + Population 28,020 "20,748
Divorced 11.2% 12.7%
Never Married 17.5% 25.0%
Now Married 63.7% 51.8%
Separated 2.6% 5.1%
Widowed 5.1% 5.5%
Jacksonville Beach Neptune Beach,
Age 15 + Population 24,916 6,203
Divorced 13.7% 17.5%
Never Married 26.1% 24.7%
Now Married 50.1% 49.0%
Separated 3.8% 2.5%
Widowed 6.3% 6.2%

Ponte Vedra Beach Atlantic Beach
Total Population Age 25+ 24,341 16,817
Grade K 8 0.8% 1.8%
Grade 9 12 2.2% 4.4%
High School Graduate 11.6% 32.0%
' Associates Degree 7.4% 8.8%
Bachelor's Degree 38.1% 18.8%
Graduate Degree 19.6% 12.0%
Some College, No Degree 20.3% 22.2%
Jacksonville Beach Neptune Beach

STotal Population Age 25+
Grade K 8
Grade 9 12
High School Graduate
Associates Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Graduate Degree
SSome College, No Degree




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How much house you can afford depends on income i

The median household income
in Duval County is $60,000 annu-
ally, according to Cindy
Funkhouser, executive director of
However, the majority of work-
force employees earn approxi-
mately $10 per hour, according to
Jeffrey Oliasami, president of the
Ponte Vedra Beach Chamber of
Commerce and hotel manager of
the Sawgrass Marriott Resort
An hourly income of approxi-
mately $10 per hour roughly
amounts to $20,000 annually,
according to Amy Snowden, a
mortgage specialist at the
"Someone making $20,000 per
year would really have a hard
time finding something," said
Snowden, referring to housing at
the Beaches.
There are many different loan
packages available and most
mortgage specialists can tailor-
make a package to fit a homebuy-
er's needs. However, if a person
makes $20,000 annually, even a
loan that offers 100 percent
financing would only leave

approximately $500 a month
towards a house payment, which
is unrealistic at the Beaches,
Snowden said.
With a salary of approximately
$20,000, a person could afford a
house in the $50,000 to $60,000
range, according to Snowden.
Affordable housing is targeted
towards people earning between
30 to 50 percent of the median
income, according to Cindy
The median price range for a
house at the Beaches in 2006 was
between $170,000 and $1 million,
depending on location (see chart
for a breakdown of price listings),
according to a report from the
Northeast Florida Association of
Realtors. In most areas of the
Beaches, homes generally cost
approximately $300,000 or more,
according to real estate reports.
In 2000, the median house
price for a house at the Beaches
was $126,600 in Jacksonville
Beach, $169,800 in Atlantic Beach
and $148,400 in Neptune Beach,
according to a
While no Beaches cities ranked
on the 2006 Forbes list of the top

10 most overpriced housing mar-
kets in the U.S., the median home
prices in Forbes' priciest cities
ranged from $248,600 to
$720,400 similar to some areas
of the Beaches.
While median home price is
considered a solid gauge of a real
estate market, it doesn't precisely
measure top prices in an area. The
median is where half of all sales
were above and half were below.
* *
An example of a standard loan
program, such as one offered by
the Federal Housing
Administration (FHA),
suggests that your house
payment should not
exceed 29 percent of your
gross income and your
house payments and debts
should not exceed 43 per-
cent of income, according to
Snowden. This program, t\as
originally established to help first
time and low income homebuy-
ers, but even these requirements
would be difficult for someone
making less than $30,000 annual-
ly to meet at the Beaches, accord-

ing to Snowden.
For example, to qualify for
loan for a house that costs
approximately $1-47,000, a
person would need to earn
about $36,000 annually, ,
according to Jimm n /y
Jones, vice prest- /
dent of lending /.
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Residential Housing Prices
for the Beaches in 2006

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Average: $360,744
Median: $344,950
Average: $1,225,000
Median $800,000
Average: $479,920
Median: $340,000
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Median 1'1 250
A' erage. $1-0.89o
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Information from the
Northeast Florida
Association of Realtor

Average- $ 43,343
Median: $665,000
Average: $383,500
Median: $387,500
East of .4 i.(North Corona Boulevard)
Average: $1,955,722
Median: $1,145,000
East ofAlA (South Corona Boulei ard)
Average: $852,077
Median: $612,000
lWest of 1.4A (at North Solana Road)
Average $1.091,o86
hedaan. S680.000
South Solana Road-Palm Ialley
A\eiage: 625.,952
Median- $482. 500
West Palm Iallae) Nocatee
Average: $349.500
Median $340,000

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Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
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Ponte Vedra Beach Atlantic Beach
Income $ 0 $9,999 2.5% 5.0%
Income $ 10,000 $14,999 2.6% 4.1%
Income $ 15,000 $24,999 5.9% 11.9%
Income $ 25,000 $34,999 7.0% 15.1%
Income $ 35,000 $49,999 10.1% 18.6%
Income $ 50,000 $74,999 16.7% 20.3%
Income $ 75,000 $99,999 12.9% 8.1%
Income$100,000 $124,999 10.9% 6.4%
Income $125,000 $149,999 7.3% 4.5%
Income $150,000 + 24.2% 5.9%
Average Household Income $125,448 $59,607
Median Household Income $83,863 $45,736
Per Capita Income $50,734 $23,181
Jacksonville Beach Neptune Beach

Income $ 0 $9,999
Income $ 10,000- $14,999
Income $ 15,000 $24,999
Income $ 25,000 $34,999
Income $ 35,000 $49,999
Income $ 50,000 $74,999
Income $ 75,000 $99,999
Income$100,000 $124,999
Income $125,000 $149,999
Income $150,000 +
Average Household Income
Median Household Income
Per Capita Income



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Cont. from Page 1
The shift in Beaches housing could
also have a long-term effect on Beaches
schools, School Board Member Nancy
Broner warned local Realtors last year,
explaining that if fewer young families
can afford homes here, then there may
be fewer children to fill classrooms here.
The impact on businesses is also a
subject of concern, Funkhouser said.
She cited an example of an employee
who used to live at the Beach but was
forced to leave to find affordable hous-
ing. The woman had to begin commut-
ing by bus from Art Museum Drive in
Jacksonville to work at the Beach,
Funkhouser said, meaning it sometimes_.
took the worker up to two hours to get:
to work.
Jeffrey Oliasami, president of the
Ponte Vedra Beach Chamber of
Commerce and hotel manager of the
Sawgrass Marriott Resort said that on
any given day, his staff as well as other
businesses in the area are 20 percent
short of the number of workers needed.
According to Funkhouser, businesses
are eventually going to feel the effects of
the shortage of affordable housing
because they are going to start losing
Others suggest businesses here will
have to pay higher salaries to make a
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It's a renter's market


Hundreds of Beach proper-
ties can be rented for three
nights, a week, even six
One of the primary ques-
tions Realtors get is whether a
property is east of 3rd Street
or A1A in other words is it
close to the ocean?
For anyone looking for a
long-term rental, properties
appear to be plentiful, but
prospective tenants are often
concerned about price.
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Realty in Jacksonville Beach
listed 14 long-term proper-
ties: three 3/2 oceanfront
ranging from $1,850 to
$2,200; four in Jacksonville
Beach, ranging from a 3/2 at
$1,950 to a 2/1 at $775; two
in Atlantic Beach, a 2/2 at
$1,450 and a 4/3.5 at $3,500;
one 3/2 on Atlantic
Boulevard/Intracoastal West
for $2,600; and three in Ponte
Vedra Beach, ranging from a
3/2 at $1,950 to a 2/2 at $875.
Most of the apartment
buildings Ponte Vedra used to
house have undergone con-
version to condominiums
,though at least one
:hanh.cover was cancelled
when the condo market soft-
ened last year.
SCondo conversions in
Jacksonville Beach include
Ocean Edge.
SSoleil, which used to be
Polos, is going back to apart-
-ments. because condos
haven't been selling, accord-
ing to reports.
SOther conversions have
taken place, however. The
Greens is Villas at Marsh
:Landing, Palms used to be
.'Tides, Summer House was
Fairways and Ponte Vedra
Village, Arbor Club is Ocean
Grove, Belleza was Boardwalk,
SMany condos are owned by
-investors unable to flip them
quickly in today's condo mar-
-ket, according to local market
Observers, and that, means
:many rentals.

"The condo conversion
drove out tenants," said A
South broker Jeanell Wilso
"The economy was chea
money was. good. They we
resold to investors who a
renting them. Only so mai
people can afford them. As
result, there's not a lot
affordable housing.
"Then there's all the nm
high-rise condos at tl
Beach," she said. "Some wl
bought condos as inve!
ments can't flip them.
You can't rent a $1-mil-
lion condo for $2,000."
Most interested tenants
calling Wilson's office
are looking for a rental for
under $1,000 a month,
she said.
"Those are few and far
between," she said.
Wilson said there's a
"huge amount" of avail-
able rental property, but
pricing is the key.
"There's a lot to rent,
and the prices are coming
down, but not substan-
"What you could have
rented for three years ago,
you won't get today. I've
seen sales prices come
way down on condos. You
can imagine .how much
the inventory has gone
up in the last 4-5 years,
when the conversions
have gone in," said
Donna Goedecke, prop-
erty manager for Stockton
Real Estate in Ponte
Vedra, agreed that more
conversions mean more
rentals on the market.
"I would say, because of
the change in real estate,
there's quite a bit more-
out there with conver-
sions and with people
who have tried to sell
their homes, but haven't
been able to, and have
put them into a rental
program. More along the
oceanfront is coming up
for rental, most of them
being furnished vacation

Goedecke said there's
ample rental property
throughout the Beaches com-
"Right now, from Atlantic
Beach to Vilano Beach, there
are approximately 400-475
rental properties listed with
Goedecke thinks pricing
has stayed "about the same
since January of last year.
When you have a lot of
rentals, the public has a lot to

Jacksonville Beach
New Construction
Single Family
Two Family
3 & 4 Family
5 + Family
Mobile Homes
Residential Additions
Other Misc.

New Construction
Commercial Additions


- plenty of choices

choose from. It is very strong
at the Beach, where there's a
lot more to do."
"Prices all over Jacksonville
have increased, but they're
higher at the Beach," said
Goedecke. "Property is more
expensive, the closer to the
ocean you get."
The availability of apart-
ments at the Beaches is in
contrast to some other areas
of Jacksonville.
The Apartment Guide of

the First Coast advises
prospective tenants that
"there is currently a shortage
of apartments in the Greater
Jacksonville area," and cites
the conversion of many
apartment communities into
Condo Connections, based
in the Villas at Marsh
Landing, said 20-to-40-per-
cent rental is allowed in
condo complexes. The num-
ber depends on the complex.

Villas at Marsh Landing is a
192-unit complex, 25 of
which are rentals, said man-
agement representative
Bethanne McGraw.
Summer House, a conver-
sion on both sides of A1A, is
sold out on the west side in
what used to be Fairways.
There are still openings on
the east side, which used to
be Ponte Vedra Village.


Permits Buildings

Value # of Units




0 $755,115

0 $27,660,322

1,724 59 $85,327,467




Permits Buildings





Value # of Units



1 $11,560,400

0 $40,508,567

2,024 84. $118,587,796






Atlantic Beach 2005 2006
Residential Permits Value Permits Value
Single Family 49 $15,895,464 26 $12,491,285
Duplex 28 $3,133,314 32 $5,988,872
Additions 245 $8,572,404 328 $9,276,984
Commercial 36 $2.189,900 Permits Value
Others 1805 $3,917,887
Total 2163 $33,708,969 9 $7,361,741
113 $23,050,277
508 $58,169,159

Neptune Beach 2005 2006
Residential Permits Value Permits Value
Total 16 $4,403,365 19 $6,374,015
Commercial Permits Value Permits Value
Total 0 0 2 $2,480,000

FY 2005 FY 2006
Total Building Permits (inc. renovations) 12,310 10,069
Total Single Family Permits Issued 4,545 2,998
Total Commercial Permits Issued 1,255 835
County Building Valuation:
All New Building Valuation for year $1,567,005,629 $1,216,450,471
All New Single Family Valuation for year $1,185,444,495 $767,274,107
All new Commercial Valuation for year $268,735,997 $229,394,545

Local builders report seeing evidence of Data compiled from city and county primary indicator of a buyers' market,
the market solidifying here. building departments by the Northeast Cellar said. Fewer new permits issued
"As inventories are being depleted, we Florida Builders Association for Clay, means the inventory of new hbmes is
are experiencing a transition to a better Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties show decreasing.
balance between buyers and sellers," said the number of permits issued in February With 576 single-family permits issued in
Bill Cellar, president of the Northeast in the area is comparable to the last quarter the four-county area, construction in
Florida Builders Association. "This 'buyers' of 2006. February, while slower than in 2006, is con-
market' is fading with the housing inven- The slowdown in permit activity reflects sistent with slower first-quarter activity in
tory." the inventory builders have available a years past, the association reports.

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Insurance concern for Beaches

Property insurance near the
coast has proven costly for
some in recent years, as is has
throughout the state, and the
costs can impact home afford-
Premiums have soared in
recent years, according to John
Fletcher, an insurance special-
ist with McNeill, Garrison &
Fletcher in Jacksonville Beach.
"One problem is that the
insurance market is so unsta-
ble right now," Fletcher said.
The instability of the insur-
ance market has a significant
impact on everyone, but espe-
cially on low-income families
trying to buy homes because
the premiums can increase so
drastically, according to
Fletcher attributes these
price fluctuations to insurance

carriers who are either leaving
the market or have non-
renewing policies, he said.
A "safe" estimate for a stan-
dard insurance rate for a sin-
gle-family home at the beach
can range from $6.50 to $15
per $1,000 of value insured, he
said, which is based on the
year the home was built and
the quality of construction, he
Recent action by the state
legislature to help stabilize
home insurance will likely
have the reverse effect,
Fletcher said, adding the legis-
lature acted "recklessly".
The state is taking a "big bet"
that major hurricanes will not
strike and has set aside signifi-
cantly less capital than the
state would need in the event
of a disaster, he said.
He explained that instead of

attracting large, secure carriers
back to the state, more carriers
may leave.
Given that more insurance
carriers are leaving the state,
property owners with home
insurance already are being
careful not to risk being can-
celled, according to agents.
"Save it for the big one,"
Fletcher said of filing claims
with a home insurance compa-
"If you have two claims in a
three year period you run the
risk of being canceled."
Flood insurance is different
from property insurance
because the rates are much
more stable than property
insurance rates, he said.
Whether you need flood insur-
ance is determined by a flood
map and the zone in which
you live.

Road work impacts community

Barricades, heavy equip-
ment and diverted traffic pat-
terns will be commonplace at
the Beaches as construction
projects are planned on many
of the area's major roads.
In the decade of the barri-
cade, residents and business
owners struggle to maintain
access to their property..
Transportation officials are
working to lessen the impact
on progress by posting access
signs and city officials contin-
ue to develop master plans
that will help shape the future
of the community.
With the widening of Beach
Boulevard to six lanes from
San Pablo Road to Penman
Road North in Jacksonville
Beach, businesses along the
construction corridor are feel-
ing the most constrained.
Blue signs beckon motorists
to restaurants, offices and
other businesses located with-
in the project zone.
Mike Miller, director of
external affairs for JTA, said
the JTA is being diligent in its
communication with busi-
nesses positioned inside the
construction zone bound-
JTA is replacing the
McCormick Bridge over the
Intracoastal Waterway with a
fixed span bridge, adding to
the congestion. The
Department of Transportation
is managing the widening
project. .
Construction of the north
span of the new high level
bridge will continue over the
next 18 months. Work is
under way on the west
approach and will begin soon
on the east approach.
Construction of the south
span will begin once the
north bridge is completed and
the existing bridge is demol-
The north bridge should be
open to traffic in fall 2007.
Both spans are expected to be
complete by summer 2009.
Once the construction of
the north span is complete,
traffic will be diverted to that
span, thus alleviating the
need to wait for the draw-
A new northwest access
road embankment is in place
and will meet with the new
southwest access road to pro-
vide motorists with the ability
to travel underneath the west-
ern portion of the bridges sim-
ilar to the east access road.
"We know that eventually it
will be better for the commu-
nity,". Adventure Landing
general manager Lee Hovis
said at the start of construc-
tion. "But it's going to be

JTA has erected several blue directional signs to point
motorists to businesses located within the construction zones
along Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach.

The realignment of the
north and south legs of
Penman Road will correct the
current jog which forces vehi-
cles southbound on Penman
to turn left onto Beach
Boulevard followed by a right
turn onto Penman Road
Once the. realignment is
complete, traffic will be able
to directly cross Beach
Boulevard at a signalized
intersection. The existing sig-
nal at 15th Street South will
be eliminated to improve traf-
fic flow and allow for a longer
turning lane at Penman from
eastbound Beach Boulevard.
"This takes care of a huge
problem that has existed for
20 years there. I am just so
excited about this project, "
Jacksonville Beach City
Manager George Forbes said.
City officials hired an urban
design firm to review other
issues along the Penman Road
corridor and develop a
"vision" for the roadway.
Traffic engineer Ian
Lockwood with Glatting
Jackson unveiled a prelimi-
nary concept design for the'
portion of the road between
Beach Boulevard and Seagate
"Design matters. A good
street is more than the ingre-
dients. It's how you cook
them," Lockwood said. "Each
place deserves a design that
suits its context."
City Councilman and
Realtor Lee Buck said traffic,
safety issues and aesthetics
make it difficult to sell proper-
ty along Penman Road.
"To sell one of those houses
on Penman Road is an impos-
sibility," Buck said. "This
would be an unbelievable
enhancement to those home-

Lockwood said property
values would benefit
immensely if conditions
along the corridor improved.
Roundabouts, lower speed
limits, splitter islands in the
road and trees along it are
among the recommendations.
Funding constraints are
impeding progress along the
9th Street South corridor in
Jacksonville Beach.
Consultants with the firm
Reynolds, Smith and Hills
were charged with determin-
ing ways to improve design
and capacity issues that have
plagued the two-lane portion
of the roadway between
Beach Boulevard and Osceola
A conceptual plan for
improvements to 9th Street
was developed based on an
extensive corridor study and
community input.
The project area, which
extends from Beach
Boulevard to Osceola Avenue,
is slated to receive enhanced
landscaping, sidewalks along
both sides of the Street,
improved lighting and deco-
rative paving at five key inter-
Officials rejected widening
as an option because of under-
ground utilities and limited
right of way.

The corridor that connects
Atlantic Boulevard to
Mayport Naval Station is also
scheduled for improvements,
including improved medians
and landscaping. Atlantic
Beach have participated in the
planning, but the project was
pushed back a few months
because of funding shortfalls.

Wider 210 may be at Sawmill Lake's expense

Ever since the four-lane
bridge over the Intracoastal
Waterway in Palm. Valley
replaced a narrow, two-lane
draw bridge, questions have
been raised about the two-
lane road on either side of the
bridge County Road 210.
A four-lane highway being
built by the developer of
Nocatee will eventually con-
nect the bridge to U.S. 1 sev-
eral miles west of the water-
Two lanes of the highway
- Nocatee Parkway -
opened this month, and the
remainder is expected to
open in several months.
The new road is seen as a
necessary part of growth but
also will help move traffic out
of the Ponte Vedra area in a
hurricane evacuation.
But questions continue to

be brought up about 210 on
the east side of the
The developer of Nocatee is
required to improve that por-
tion of 210 or donate several
million dollars to St. Johns
County, supposedly so the
county can make the
But some powerful forces
may stand in the way.
If 210 is to be widened east
of the bridge, land would
have to come from the north
side where Sawmill Lakes
homes have been built near
210 or from the south side
- which is preservation land
known as the Guana
Tolomato Matanzas National
Estuarine Research Reserve.
Members of the communi-
ty this week once again began
discussion of the issue of 210
widening in Ponte Vedra

The Ponte Vedra Beaches
Coalition, an organization of
nearly two dozen homeowner
associations, was scheduled
to discuss the issue at its
monthly meeting March 19.
Clara Cowan, president of
the Coalition, said she hopes
to hear from the Sawmill
Lakes Homeowners
Association on what that
group would suggest for the
Cowan said the Coalition
wants to support its member
association in voicing a col-
lective opinion on the future
of the road.
If Nocatee donates money
rather than making road
improvements, some say, the
money may make its way to
other projects in St. Johns
County instead of being used
in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Good Time

To Buy I

Unless you've been liv-
ing under a rock, you
know or have at least have
heard that the real-estate
market has changed.
Changed it has, however I
personally do not believe
it is as bad as reported in
the media.
When taking a step back
and looking at the big pic-
ture, interest rates are still
low and very much favor-
ing the borrower. In the
summer of 2001, before
9/11, my husband and I
purchased a home here in
the Jacksonville area. We
put a significant amount
down and it was a full
documentation loan, not a
lower documentation that
would have a higher rate.
It was a good market and
we were very happy with
our 30-year fixed- rate
mortgage at 7.250 percent
Current interest rates for
the same type of 30 year
fixed- rate loan in Florida
are anywhere between
6.250 & 6.500, depending
on the market. Therefore,
it's puzzling to me when I
hear that these rates are
high. Especially when
there are those of us that
remember the when inter-
est rates were in the high
teens and then thought 12
or 13 percent was a great
deal! Funny how percep-
tion changes, isn't it?
With interest rates still
favoring the borrower and
the housing market now
favoring the buyer/bor-
rower, it is a great time to
buy. Sellers seem to be
adjusting to the new mar-
lowering prices if need
be. Some are adding other

incentives such
as carpet and
p a i n t i n g
allowances or
paying some of
the buyers clos-
ing costs. Even
in doing so, the
larger majority of
sellers are still
making a profit.
It might not be
the same profit Margarel
as in the past, Countr
but still a profit particular
none theless. Is five child
either party real- home bu
ly on the loosing forward i
end? Not in my
Buyers are getting good
deals on their purchases.
The lower selling prices are
offsetting the higher inter-
est rates, still enabling
home buyers to purchase
the size home they need or
Lenders are also adjust-
ing. Rates on no- and low-
down payment mortgages
are very competitive. Not
only does this enable pur-
chasers to buy a home
with little or no money
down, but they are buying
in a market favorable to
them! With sellers willing
to pay closing costs, many
times no cash on- hand is
,needed. Required reserves
can be in a 401K, IRA,
stocks, bonds, investment
accounts, etc.
My Community, Combo.
100 (80/20), Fannie Mae
Flexible 97, 100, 75/25,
80/20, & Jumbo 103% are
a few programs to help
borrowers purchase and be
creative with their financ-
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.considering the tax benefit
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becomes the favored
Buying a home in the
Northeast Florida area
doesn't really fall into one
of the problem areas of the
country either. Housing,
utilities, transportation
and other costs are well
below the national aver-
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SThe Jacksonville area
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Residents enjoy year
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FROM STAFF Town of Nocatee and its sur-
The "Town of Nocatee," a rounds was given anew zip code What' in a ZIP?
15,000 acre mixed-use develop- and a new name -- Ponte Vedra. Before
ment going up just west of As of July 1, the U.S. Postal ZIP stands for Zoning-
Ponte Vedra Beach, has begun Service began using the zip code Improvement Plan. The :. .....
making its imprint. 32081 for the Nocatee area. codes were first used in
After months of construction Homes in the 32081 zip code are the 1960s when the U.S.
that slowed and sometimes halt- considered "Ponte Vedra" for Postal Service wanted a, '
ed traffic along County Rad mail purposes. better way to manage ani,
210 west of the Intracoastal Zip code 32082-- commonly increase in population, as
Waterway, part of the Nocatee known as Ponte Vedra for many well as an influx of busi-
2a0wes tzip code 3208 coNl inrhease indpop uati onflas of ,249
Parkway opened this month. years shrank in size and is ness mail. Prior to Ithat .
Eventually, the parkway will known as "Ponte Vedra Beach." the postal service only
consist of four lanes between The new designations apply used addressed althi ough
210 near the entrance to Davis not only within St. Johns used addrese, altho ugh ..
Park and U.S. 1, leaving part of County, but also within an area large cities have had After
210 for local traffic only. of Duval County that is part of postal zones since 1943.
Along with the construction the Nocatee mixed-use develop- There are more than E' N
of one of the development's ment. 40,000 ZIP codes.
major roads, housing units have Some questioned why the The first of the five ES IDENA
begun going up, and in the name Ponte Vedra was chosen, numbers in a zip code V i A- C i '
process, the landscape of the and others applauded the refers to a broad region, 447 Atlantic Boulevard A Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
area has undergone significant change as good for homes in the from zero for the
change. new zip code area. Northeast (draw what Telephone 904.249.9839
Whereas drivers traversing Addresses in that area conclusions you will) to
210 west of Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High School among them nine for the West Coast. CBC 057271
used to see miles of green on changed from St. Augustine, The second and third dig-
both sides, now many of the 32095, to Ponte Vedra, 32081. its narrow to population
trees have been leveled to make The U.S. Postal Service said centers, and the last two
way for Nocatee, which is "Town of Nocatee" could not be represent individual post
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