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Midweek Edition January 2, 2008


TheAC




BEACHES


Vol. 45, No. 56


LEADER


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


Meeting

on Mayport

cruise ship

planned with

merchants

by ALEXANDRA KUMMERNES
STAFF WRITER
A Jacksonville City
Councilor will hold a commu-
nity meeting to discuss a pro-
posed cruise terminal with
Mayport residents in January.
Councilor Ray Holt has ten-
tatively scheduled a communi-
ty meeting for Jan. 17 from
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the
Marine Science Center, 1347
Palmer Street. Officials from
the Jacksonville Port Authority
will also be in attendance to
discuss a proposal for a cruise
terminal in the historic
Mayport Fishing Village.
Although no application has
been submitted to the city to
date, according to Edward
Lukacovic, project 'manager
for the Mayport Waterfront
Partnership, the proposal has
met with opposition from
locals who do not want the
terminal to destroy the fishing
village lifestyle.
Lukacovic, who works for
the city of Jacksonville, said
that the meeting is a chance
for JPA officials to explain
more details about the propos-
al to the community.
It will also give Holt "a feel
for some of the concerns" so
he can better explain them .to
the City Council, Lukacovic
said.
JPA, which recently assumed
responsibility of the ferry
operations, is studying the
feasibility of putting in a
cruise terminal adjacent to the
ferry docks along Ocean
Street.


Holiday business strong for some, slow for others


by ALEXANDRA KUMMERNES
STAFF WRITER
Some Beaches business fared well dur-
ing the holidays, while others did not
make the profits they anticipated,
according to local retailers.
"I don't think we quite met our goal,
but we did all right," said Pineapple Post
Manager Gail Tetreault.
Although Tetreault said that she could
not specifically say what caused the
slump, she said that many families
"scaled back this year."
"I think it's kind of tough when you're
paying $70 for a tank of gas," she said.


Other businesses reported a similar
trend. For example, Jagmania in
Jacksonville Beach also had a slow holi-
day season.
"We had the traffic, but people weren't
buying this much," said Manager Marcus
Stacks, adding that sales were down.
"All I can chalk it up to is the econo-
my," he said.
The manager of Peterbrooke
Chocolatier in Atlantic Beach said that
while company-wide sales were better
than last year, the Atlantic Beach loca-
tion did not sell as much as they antici-
pated, according to Manager Krissy Able.
Able said she attributes the decrease in


sales to the recent franchise expansion.
But, some other local businesses saw a
greater return this season, selling more
than expected.
One of the Aqua East Surf Shop own-
ers, Andrea Forsyth, said that gift certifi-
.cates were a significant part of the store's
sales this year.
Other businesses relied on regular cus-
tomers and a last minute shopping rush
for their biggest profits.
"We did better than we thought," said
Sunrise Surf Shop Manager Keri Peterson,
adding that the holiday rush that started
around Dec. 16 kept them busy.
Gail Lee, owner of Gail's Boutique in


Atlantic Beach, said that last minute
shoppers specifically men looking for
gifts for their wives and regular cus-
tomers helped her business this season.
Despite fewer patrons at the Sea Turtle
Inn, Ukelele boutique owner Dottie
Shoffner said that business was "on tar-
get" with last year, if not slightly better.
Shoffner said that merchants in the
area receive a lot of business from guests
staying at the hotel which is undergo-
ing renovations and if it were fully
booked, business right have been bet-
ter, but she said she was "content" with,
sales this season.


Photos by CHUCKADAMS
Surfer James Edward "Jed" Davis is memorialized by family and friends Saturday on the beachfront adja-
cent to the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Davis' ashes are taken into the Atlantic on his flower-draped long-


board and spread in the ocean off the pier.


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SParticipants qualify for insurance discount


My Safe Home offers free program for homeowners


by ALEXANDRA KUMMERNES
STAFF WRITER
A Florida-based program aimed at pro-
tecting Florida homeowners from hurri-
cane damage is requiring higher wind
inspection standards, according to offi-
cials.
The My Safe Florida Home program,
which helps Floridians identify how
they can strengthen their homes against
hurricanes, is increasing wind inspec-
tion standards for firms and inspectors
and offering free wind inspections for
those who qualify, according to Alex
Sink, chief financial Officer for the
Florida Department of Financial Affairs.


After conducting a review of random-
ly selected homes which were inspected,
the MSFH program renewed contracts
with six of the 11 wind inspection firms
and increased the requirements that
must be met, according to Sink's office.
Some of the requirements include:
*a minimum of two years experience
in residential construction or residential
inspection or be licensed in "good stand-
ing" as a professional engineer, architect
or building contractor
*provide the actual measurement of
window and door openings
*complete the niform mitigation
form required by insurance companies
for homeowners to be eligible for dis-


counts on their insurance premiums
Many homeowners who have received
free wind inspections through the pro-
gram are eligible for discounts on their
wind insurance premiums, according to
Sink. To date, 71 percent of participat-
ing homeowners are eligible for an aver-
age discount of $192.55 on their wind
insurance premiums. The program las
performed more than 111,200 free wind
inspections since April.
Any Tloridian who lives in a single-
family, site-built home is eligible for free
wind inspection through the program.
For more information or to apply, visit
www.MySafeFloridaHome.com or call 1-
800-513-6734.


State Farm joins exodus from

Florida home coverage


FROM STAFF
State Farm insurance will not
renew insurance coverage in
2008 for any homes within one
mile of the coast.
State Farm Agent Don Chao
said the decision will impact 600
customers at his office alone -
including himself.
."It includes me," Chao said of
State Farm's decision to drop cov-
erage on its Beaches customers.
"State Farm is the last of the
major carriers to take.this action
and we're trying to work around
it," Chao said.
The nonrenewals will impact
everyone who lives within one


mile of the coast, "unless they
[State Farm] have an oversight on
the GPS."
Most of those who will lose
coverage will find that the state
insurance pool, Citizens, is the'
only "viable market," Chao said.
Citizens will not insure homes
valued at $1 million or more.
Chao said that some of the
small carriers still writing insur-
ance here are not well rated
meaning homeowners could face
problems if a catastrophic event
occurs.
State Farm home insurance
customers will get written notice
before their policy expires.


Senior center cuts fees

PV facility open to all Beaches residents


by CHUCK ADAMS
STAFF WRITER
A number of questions are frequently asked
about The Players Community Senior Center,
and the answers may surprise.
For instance, you don't have to live in St.
Johns County to attend activities or ,use the
facility, located on Landrum Lane in Ponte
Vedra Beach. And you don't have to be 55 or 65
to take part in its activities.
"There's no age limit," said Julie Wright, the
St. Johns County Council on Aging program
manager who's based at the center.
"Everybody's welcome at the community sen-
ior center."
Also, there's no longer a charge for most activ-
ities at the center.
"Charging for events was a deterrent," said
Wright. "When we first opened [in May], we had
a $5 fee for tai chi and yoga. We had 25 people
sitting in the dining room doing nothing, and
three in each class.
"When it became free [by July], it was a com-
plete reverse," she said. "My goal is to have as
much participation as possible."


The pier stands in the distance on a clear winter day in Jacksonville Beach.


One new, and free, class is "Enjoyment .in
Music," a weekly session to be taught by classic
pianist Gerson Yessin, former chair of the
University of North Florida's Department of
Music.
The class begins Jan. 7 and runs 1 p.m. to 2
p.m. every Monday.
By dropping fees, the instructors the facility'
now has are all volunteers. And Wright said the
center is on the, lookout for more, volunteer
,,instructors.: .
SioSme classes continue to have a small fee, typ-
ically for materials. Jewelry-making classes
require a $5 supply fee, and crafts classes have a
$3 supply fee.
Another exception is eating lunch at the cen-
ter, where Alan McWilliam is the chef.
"We need a 24-hour advance reservation
notice for lunches," said, Wright. "That's a $5
donation."
The Players Community Senior Center has
been able to expand its program offerings by
entering into partnerships with the Cultural
Center at Ponte Vedra Beach and the Winston
Family YMCA.
"[Cultural Center program director]
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Police academy opens registration


FROM STAFF
Citizens interested in learning the ins and
outs of law enforcement are encouraged to
participate in the 20th session of the Citizen
Police Academy.
Sessions will begin Jan. 10 and will meet
from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday
through April 3 at police headquarters
located at 101 South Penman Road in
Jacksonville Beach.
Cost is $10 which covers a small portion
of class supplies. All who attend will receive
a golf shirt with the CPA logo, a notebook


explaining police lingo, various laws and
real crime reports. Refreshments will also be
provided.
Police officers promised that information
presented during sessions will include the
answers to common questions such as do
police officers have quotas for traffic tickets,
can I drive one mile over the posted speed
limit for every minute I'm late for my doc-
tor's appointment and do cops really eat
lots of donuts?
Participants will also experience an in-
depth examination of a real-life homicide,


hands-on crime scene processing with the
department's C.S.I. expert, a ride in the
front seat of a police car, practice defensive
tactics used by police officers, shoot a police
officer's gun at the firearms range and an
up-close look at a SWAT Team in operation.
Applications must be completed today
and submitted to the attention of Sergeant
Thomas W. Bingham, c/o Jacksonville
Beach Police Department, 101 South
Penman Road, Jacksonville Beach, FL
32250. Call Sgt. Bingham at 247-6193 for
information.


JB garbage customers to be billed a one-time 50 cent fee to cover costs


Jacksonville Beach garbage
customers are expected to be
billed a one-time 50 cent fee
beginning at the first of the
year, city officials said.
City Manager George
Forbes said staff is currently
Reviewing a request to raise
the rates paid to garbage con-


tractors with Southland
Waste Systems.
"With the end of the first
year of service under the
extended contract, the con-
tractor has requested an
increase in rates as author-
ized by the contract," Forbes
said.


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City officials do not antici-
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One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, located at 1198
Mayport Road, suite 11, is a family owned and operated busi-
ness with a history of serving the Beaches since 1981. The
business was formerly known as Emory Instant Air and since
it's inception had one singular mission: To provide customers
with the highest quality service, however, this company has
taken their legendary service to an even higher level of serv-
ice excellence. How? One Hour Air's focus is all about "time"
and how important and valuable it is to you. While "on-time
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Frustrating, isn't it? Well, we think wasting your time is a
crime. We're One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Always
On Time ... Or You Don't Pay A Dime!" It's our way of letting
you know that we do what we say we'll do. When we say we'll
be there, we'll be there because Always On Time ... Or You
Don't Pay A Dime!""
"We knqw when you need us," Dee says, "you really need
;us. We also know your time is valuable. So if.we're late for:an;
appointment, your repair is free." That's a strong incentive for'
the skilled professionals at One Hour Air to get it right. They
do get it right where timing is concerned, and they get it right
where the work is concerned.
"We're ,proud of the top-quality, professional services we
offer our customers," says Eddy. "We guarantee our work and
we are a UWIN elite service provider." UWIN is a third party
consumer agency that allows elite home service contractors
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homeowners. UWIN's goal is 100% Customer Satisfaction.
When you do business with a UWIN endorsed contractor you
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bonuses that few air conditioning contractors are able to
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staff includes co-owners Eddy and Dee, and son Craig.
Technicians Joshua Davis & Brad Poursartip and our
Customer Service Representative Sharon Robinson. Sissy does
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Craig is on his second deployment, having already served in
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tomers and he is looking forward to returning to serve them
again.
"Because our professional technicians are the best in the
business," Dee says, "over 98 percent of our first-time cus-
tomers become long-term repeat customers." You get nation-
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about you and this community.
To find out why One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating is
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Dee and Eddy are offering a Precision Tune-Up a 14 point
service inspection now for just $79. "Let me share with you
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"Because your time is valuable, we will send a fully trained
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That's right; one of One Hour Air's reliable technicians will
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future repairs that may save you money in the future. If your
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"Consider joining the Comfort Club because every air con-
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A way of life is passing away for shrimpers


by ANGELA DAUGHTRY
CONTRIBUTOR

Fernandina Beach's past is
clearly entwined with the histo-
ry of the commercial shrimping
industry, which was born here
more than 100 years ago. Yet
the very industry that has made
this island what it is today is
rapidly fading into memory.
According to Kevin McCarthy,
owner of Amelia River Cruises
& Charters, there are only about
a dozen shrimp boats left, and
the shrimpers' unique lifestyle
is becoming more difficult to
sustain by the day; new down-
town development plans also
are squeezing out the remain-
ing space left for commercial
shrimp docks.
McCarthy, who has gathered
extensive knowledge of the
industry over several decades,
and gives talks on the subject,
says Fernandina Beach
shrimpers are "starving to
death. They won't be around
much longer. They won't sur-
vive," he said.
In a recent talk given to an
Elderhostel group, McCarthy
said shrimping started here in
the late 19th century when
effluence from the paper mills
put oystering out of business.
Fernandina Beach was at that
time an export spot for
Southern yellow pine. The lum-
ber business was also declining
because of the practice of clear
cutting.
Some of the old buildings on
the waterfront, once meant to
hold lumber, were later convert-
ed to accommodate the shrimp
industry.
At that time, says McCarthy,
there was no market for shrimp,
but they were so plentiful that
"you could put a dip net in the
Water and pull them out."
Locals even threw out cast nets
from shore and brought them
in.
Before the turn of the centu-
ry, families from southern Italy
had immigrated to the island,
bringing seine nets along with


photo submitted
Local shrimp boats are surrounded by seagulls in the photo in the collection of the Amelia Island
Museum of History. ,


them and increasing the shrimp
catch. According to. the Bureau
of Seafood and Aquaculture
Marketing, it was around this
time that commercial shrimp-
ing began in earnest. Sallecito
Salvador, an Italian immigrant,
put a small engine on his boat,
which gave him enough power
to pull the seine nets through
deep water, scraping the ocean.
floor for the "bygs."
His brother-in-law, Salvatore
Versaggi, came to work for
Salvador, but eventually made
his way to New York City and
the famous Fulton Fish Market.
Through his contacts in New
York, a market was created for
shrimp, and Versaggi sent rail
cars filled with iced shrimp up
the coast. At first this was so
expensive that costs were barely
covered.
In 1913, a man from
Gloucester, Mass., named Billy


Corkum, got the idea of using
otter trawl nets, meant to catch
bluefish, as a way to catch loads
of shrimp. Invented in.the 18th
century, trawl nets were perfect-
ed in Gloucester, says
McCarthy, for deep-sea fish-
ing. Within a year of this inno-
vation, he says, three million
pounds of shrimp were caught
by the first 'commercial
shrimpers. Shrimping contin-
ued to be profitable, but began
to decline over the years
because of over-fishing.
According to McCarthy, fall is
the peak of shrimping season,
and an excellent time to catch
the coveted white shrimp. Only
one shrimp boat is grandfa-
thered in and allowed to net
shrimp in the Amelia River,
because the river is spawning
territory. All other shrimp boats
must be three miles out, or their
nets may be confiscated.


Although the shrimping
industry has never been as con-
trolled as fishing has been in
New England, said McCarthy,
the government does have con-
trols on the nets and equip-
ment used.
Shrimpers were condemned
by environmentalists, he said,
because the by-catch meaning
anything else caught in the nets
- was about 40 percent.
Although any catch that has
market value is sold, the rest is
thrown back into the water, and
some of the by-catch includes
protected species like sea tur-
tles. The University of Georgia
has partly solved the problem
by developing TEDs, or turtle
excluder devices, which have a
chute at the top to allow sea
turtles to swim out. The size of
the mesh also has to be big
enough to allow smaller shrimp
to get out.


The University of Georgia has
also helped in developing the
trawl system, according to the
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services. The Marine
Extension Service's Fishery
Station in Brunswick, Ga.,
developed the twin trawl sys-
tem, which is now being used
by all types of commercial fish-
ermen around the world.
There are at least two major
issues facing shrimpers today.
One is the rise of landside
shrimp farming; the other is the
cost of fuel. Between these two
factors, oldfashioned shrimp
boat captains have had a hard
time making ends meet.
McCarthy said many local
shrimpers are surviving by car-
rying peddlers' licenses so they
can sell their product directly to
the public rather than going
through supermarkets or restau-
rants.
According to McCarthy, 90
percent of the shrimp we eat
today is farm-raised in places
like Thailand, China, India,
Indonesia and Ecuador, with a
few farms in the United States.
Shrimp aquaculture has led to
its own problems.
Farmed shrimp contains
antibiotics and higher levels of
pollutants than wild-caught
shrimp. Shrimp farming has
also contributed to the demise
of mangrove swamps, which
are important ecosystems that
act as a buffer for large storm
waves, and are a large part of
fishery life cycles.
According to Worldwatch
Institute, almost a quarter of
the world's mangrove swamps
have been destroyed in the past
20 years, mostly to make way
for shrimp farms.
"The same countries that pro-
duce lead-filled toys are produc-
ing seafood," says McCarthy.
And only 1 percent of overseas
food products are tested in the
United
States, he says. "Wild shrimp
is nutritionally better for us
even though it's caught from
the bottom."


Center open to all

lo- SENIORS, from Page 1 .........


Leigh Rodante had some grants," Wright said., "That's how acrylic
painting came to be. Acrylic, sculpting, ballet and drawing are all
granted through the Woodcock Foundation.
"We also have a partnership with the YMCA. One of their
instructors teaches yoga. And we did offer water aerobics for one
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On the subject of grantsWrightisaid; ">We .justreceivedl.agrarnt
-just'shy ofr$ ,000 froin'thl Florida-Wildflower Society fdr-a Wild--
flower butterfly garden in back of the center."
Coming soon is a tie to the University of North Floiida.
"We are going to be a satellite campus for UNF Lifelong
Learning," said Wright. "The first class will be French. That comes
with a small fee, but that's through UNF."
The center also is adding a square-dancing class on Thursday
night.
"We're very open to having new volunteers join us," Wright
said of the center's need for general volunteers. "[Site coordina-
tor] Vicki [Van Horn] and I both make an effort to find a niche for
the'iolunteers as they come in."
For information on volunteering or on classes, call the center at
280-3233 or visit the St. Johns County Council on Aging's web
site (www.stjohnscoa.com), click on "calendar of activities" then
on the Players Community Senior Center.


photo by Chuck Adams
Celebrating New Year's Eve Thursday at The Players Community Senior Center are Sid Mickler
(from left), Ursula Weinrich, Jean Nicholson and Jo Mickler. The center is located at 175 Landrum
Lane, .Ponte Vedra Beach, is generally open Monday through Friday.


Thieves go postal in Marsh Landing


FROM STAFF
Pieces of mail that filled at least
two garbage bags were found scat-
tered in Marsh Landing and
Dolphin Cove Christmas morn-
ing, according to a police report.
Three St. Johns County Sheriff's
deputies returned much of the
mail to 19 residences in the two
communities, which are one block
apart but are separated by a fence.
One of the deputies also took
reports the same morning of items
stolen from vehicles at two homes
on Linkside Circle in Marsh
Landing, according to the report.
The Sheriff's Office was called
about 6 a.m. Tuesday by a Marsh
Landing security officer who said
he noticed several articles of mail
scattered on various streets while
he was patrolling.
The officer, Steve Schiffman,
said that about 5:30 a.m. he saw


two persons running east across
Linkside toward a wooded berm.
One of the persons, a male wear-
ing a gray hooded sweatshirt,
dropped a bicycle he was running
with and fled, according to the
report.
The other person wore dark
clothes, and Schiffman said he
could not determine that person's
gender.
Two radios, headphones,
opened mail, a CD case and CDs
were found on the ground in
Marsh Landing by Deputy Craig
Maguire, who discovered that at
least two vehicles at homes on
Linkside Circle had been,burglar-
ized.
One of the victims told Maguire
he has "repeatedly seen [three]
juveniles crossing from Dolphin
Cove . and into Marsh
Landing."


Another security guard had col-
lected two garbage bags full of
mail found scattered, and.Maguire
and two other deputies returned
mail to homes in Marsh Landing,
as follows: Eight homes on
Merganser Drive; four on Linkside
Circle, one on Cypress Hollow and
one on Bent Pine Court.
Mail also was returned to three
homes on Cobia Street and two on
Dolphin Boulevard in Dolphin
Cove.
St. Johns County Sheriff's Sgt.
Chuck Mulligan said Thursday a
U.S. Postal Service inspector called
him and inquired about the inci-
dent.
According to the U.S. Code,
.taking or opening mail before it
reaches the addressee is a crime
punishable by a fine of up to
$2,000 or imprisonment for up to
five years, or both.


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Two spots vacant on Ponte Vedra MSD


by GRAY ROHRER
STAFF WRITER

Help wanted: two, Ponte
Vedra residents for local gov-
erning board. Must reside in
the Ponte Vedra Municipal
Service District (MSD).
Monthly meetings. No pay.
The recent resignations of
two members of the MSD
Board of Trustees have left the
MSD with five remaining
trustees instead of the usual
seven.
Meetings are typically at 6
p.m. the second Monday of
each month at the Ponte
Vedra Beach Branch Library,
although there are exceptions,
such as the January meeting,


which is Wednesday.
Curtis Long resigned as an
MSD trustee earlier this month
because he moved outside of
the MSD boundaries.
Fellow trustee William
Donovan resigned in
November for the same rea-
son.
Although board members
are elected, such vacancies are
filled by appointment of
Florida's Gov. Charlie Crist.
"At this time, we haven't
received any applications,"
Thomas Philpot,. the
Governor's office deputy press
secretary, said Wednesday dur-
ing an interview.
"We have had a few calls
expressing interest," he added,
saying he expects applications


to start coming in soon.
Application forms can be
found on the Gbvernor's office
web site
(www.flgov.com/2007_boards_
commissions).
The application forms cover
education and employment
history, as well as personal
experiences relating to the
position.
MSD trustee Doug Crane
said he thinks the amount of
time an applicant has lived in
the area deserves the highest
consideration.
"The most important thing
is that they've been here at
least five years," Crane said
Wednesday during an inter-
view. He added that public
service on a local council or


board is also a plus.
Although the MSD
announced Long's resignation
during their Dec. 10 meeting,
Philpot said the vacancy has
yet to be officially processed.
That means the governor's
office is currently only accept-
ing applications for one MSD
trustee slot.
The remaining MSD board
members may have to carry
the load left by the departing
trustees for the foreseeable
future.
"There really is no standard
timeline for each application,"
Philpot said.
"There's no telling how
long. I think it depends on
how many applicants [there
are]," Crane said.


Philpot said the term of the
seat vacated by Donovan will
end Nov. 4. Crane said there
are three years remaining on.
Long's four-year term.
The MSD is a special taxing
district whose property owners
pay about 35 cents per $1,000
in assessed property value for
extra garbage pickup, extra
police protection, street signs
and beautification.
Property taxes and interest
income are expected to pro-
duce $606,350 in the year that
began Oct. 1.
The MSD generally includes
the area east of State Road A1A
from the Duval County line to
Corona Road, then south
along both sides of Ponte
Vedra Boulevard for six miles.


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presenting teen

safe driving class

A safe driving for teens program is planned at
Fletcher High School this month.
The program is the first.is a series of family edu-
cational programs that the Fletcher High School
PTSA will be sponsoring..
The series will kick off on Thursday, January 10.
with a evening presentation on Safe Driving for
Teens presented by William Miller of Allstate
Insurance in Atlantic Beach.
Attendees will learn how to help teens beat the
statistics and be safer drivers.
That's a cause we can all support whether you
have a teen driver in your future or not. Teens are
inexperienced drivers and, as veteran drivers
know, that can lead to mistakes -sometimes
deadly.
Those attending the free program will learn
about the leading cause of teen accidents.
Parents will learn how to tell if a teen is ready to
drive.
The economic impact of teen driving will also
be explored as Miller will explain how insurance
rates are affected when you add your teen driver
and what happens when you buy a teen a car.
Future topics in the Keeping Our Kids Safe Series
will include Internet Safety, Healthy Relationships
and the Dangers of Drugs, Drinking and
Addiction. Programs will be held on a series of
Thursdays February 7, March 6 and April 10 with
specific topics to be scheduled based on speaker
availability.
All programs will be held in the Fletcher High
School Media Center. Participation is recommend-
ed for teens over age 13 and adults.
To accommodate the many parents who may
come straight from work, the PTSA is even arrang-
ing a pizza dinner at a cost of $3 per person on a
reservation only basis by contacting Cindy
Henehan at 241-0000. The pizza dinher will be
served from 6 7 p.m. with the presentation
beginning at 7 p.m.
The PTSA is to be commended for its initiative
in presenting practical programs on hot topics
that are relevant to today's youth and their fami-
lies.
Going the extra step to accommodate working
families is further proof that the PTSA aims to be
as inclusive and relevant as possible.
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Following up on
a few columns
while they may
be remembered:

he bull wins: You may
recall that David and
SAshley Waldrep have
been waiting to see if their
54-inch-tall bull would be
allowed to assume a perma-
nent pose on the porch roof
of their. Corner Butcher
Shop in downtown
Hayesville, N.C.
Well, after a two-month
delay, members of the
Hayesville Board of
Adjustment said yes, the
bull can stand--on certain
conditions: It must be kept
in a natural color and
shape; it cannot be illumi-
nated, and it cannot sport a
message. It can only be a
regular old standing bull.
That's what the Waldreps
wanted in the first place: a
regular,. old fiberglass bull
from a Bi-Lo Supermarket to
tell folks, subliminally, of
course, "You can get your
beef here." And they figure
it'll attract tourists, too.
At first, officials weren't
sure the town's sign ordi-
nance allowed such a crit-
ter. It wasn't a sign, really; it
was more of an architectur-
al ornament. But 755 cus-
tomers and fellow business-
people signed a petition
favoring the bull. And
building owner Dan
McGlamery told the board
of adjustment "TI hebull
- should have' a postire
impact because of the peo-
ple it will bring in."
So the bull has taken its
rightful place on the porch
roof of the Waldreps' butch-
er shop on Highway 64
Business.
Check it out. You can't
miss it.
S**


-Aren't you somebody
famous? Ed Parks of
S- -Gainesville, Ga., and
Highlands, N.C., was
extremely helpful in
researching a column and a
S- history program about auto
racing in the South. Ed told
me this story about some-
- thing that happened several
years ago in Dawsdnville,
where auto racing originat-
- ed in Georgia:
Ed and Randy Parks and
their longtime friends, rac-
ing legend Richard Petty
and wife Linda, had met
Dan Elliott, brother of driv-
er Bill Elliott, and others at
a restaurant to have dinner
before touring Dan's auto
shop. They had just about
finished dinner when an
elderly couple came in and
started eyeing Dan and
Richard. Finally, the woman
asked Dan, "Aren't you Bill
LCO M E Elliott?" He said, "No,
m'am, I'm Dan." The
ide t woman said, "I know better.
resi ent I see you all the time on
TV." She argued with him
about aand was never convinced
ab 0 U ashe was wrong.
Her husband then said to
? Richard, "Hey, man, aren't
( you somebody famous?"
S* Richard said, "No, sir." The
man said, "Yes, you are. I
watch the Braves every
night and you're that man
:ed in on there who's had a thou-
^ J I n sand headaches."
SThe man didn't realize
Sf r this was Richard Petty, the
m n fo r famous race car driver. But
he did recognize him as the
d guy who took Goody's pow-
d n ders for his thousand
headaches.


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Following a column about
John Gorrie, who invented
air conditioning, David
Price of Habersham County,
Ga., e-mailed to say that
when he and his family vis-
ited the John Gorrie
Museum in Apalachicola,
Fla., the place was unbear-
ably hot. Turned out the air
conditioning was not work-
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Land Trust buys to conserve, 1 acre at a time


by Melissa Dixon
CONTRIBUTOR
Ponte Vedra residents have
one more reason to love their
neighborhood thanks to the
North Florida Land Trust
(NFLT.
The Gloria Goelz Preserve is a
40-acre wildlife sanctuary in
Ponte Vedra Beach at the
northeast corner of Micker
Road and State Road A1A. The
NFLT, a nonprofit organization
created to protect and conserve
the local environment,
acquired'the wetland, one of
the few remaining undevel-
oped areas in Ponte Vedra, in
2005, and has been letting
nature control the land ever
since.
Mark Middlebrook of Ponte
Vedra Beach, president of the
NFLT board of directors, said
that his organization bought
the property for. below its
appraised value,
"It was a bargain sale," he
said.
"What happened," said
NFLT's ,executive director,
Bonnie Barnes, "is that 40 acres
we were able to buy andaget out
of the market from being lev-
eled, flattened, and turned into
development because it was
wetlands, but it's critical to this
environment'because it is the
headwaters for Guana [Guana
Tolomato" Matanzas; -National
Estuarine Research Reserve]."
Barnes said that her organiza-
tion, which has saved an aver-
age of oneparcel per year, is dif-
ferent from similar. organiza-
tions like the Nature
Conservancy because; "We are
local. We can react quicker."
The organization covers
seven counties: Nassau, Baker,
Clay, Duval, St. Johns, Flagler,
and Putnam.
Barnes said the NFLT's mis-
sion is "to permanently pre-
serve natural areas and special
places in North' Florida. So we
are not in the business of buy-
ing-lands just to luy them. We
want them to be used. We want
them to be enjoyed by the peo-
ple."
Had the NFLT not stepped in
when it did and purchased the
Gloria Goelz Preserve, ,Barnes
said, the land may. have been
developed, destroying much of
the wildlife habitat. there.
"Goodness knows what
impact it would have had on
the wildlife around it," she


Photo courtesy of NORTH FLORIDA LAND TRUST
Pictured is part of the Gloria Goelz Preserve, a 40-acre wildlife sanctuary in Ponte Vedra BeachIat
the northeast corner of Micker Road and State Rbad A1A. The North Florida Land Trust, which
purchased the property in 2005 for conservation.


said. Fortunately that didn't
happen and residents of the
community can enjoy the
preservation in its natural state.
"We take kayaking tours
through. there, and when you
go in you don't'even hear. the
road; and there's all this arotihd
you..
S"There's wildlife and alliga-
tors and birds. It's just beauti-
ful," said Barnes. She said the
organization closed this fall on
another one-acre parcel right


next to it called the 'Austin
property, ,
'The siall size of the parcel
would have elinfinated it for
consideration by other preserve-
organizations, she said..
Barnes noted that there., is
actually one additional piece of
property in. that area that. the
NFLT is considering buying.
"We don't' always hav 'to
buy a piece of land. We're'
sometimes just the connector
between .two people," said


Barnes. The NFLT also partners
with many other agencies and
organizations, ,including the
Nature Conservatory and the
city of Jacksonville.
Barnes, who has been serving
.as the NFLT's executive director
for1 a few month;, learned
,about the land. trust' in 2000
while serving on th Girl Scout
board; Her troop had been
going to a camp in Fleming
Island for years when it was
faced with a tough situation:


Potential development of 700
homes adjacent to the land.
"We can't protect the girls
that way," said Barnes, "and so
we started looking, and at the
same time the North Florida
Land Trust had been
approached by Betsy Towers,
who had property that had
been in her family for 50.years
and she wanted a way to con-
serve it.
"The. North Florida Land
Trust brought the two of them
together and through that the
Girl Scouts purchased this. 250-
acre piece of parcel in Clay
County on .the Black Creek
with two miles I think of
waterfront where the girls can
commute, kayak. An entire,
beautiful camp is being' built
there right now, and my girls:
learned to canoe there."
Barnes said she is proud of'
; the work NFLT did as'a collabo-.
rative effort with the Gil Scouts
and ;Betsy Towers. The new
camp is' better and much safer,
said Barnes.
"There was so. much water
traffic- going by in Fleming
Island' [that] the girls: weren't
safe. So this gave us something
really strong. It's theGirl Scouts
job to conserve it and keep it
nice for years and years to
come for their children and
their children's children.' But
we didn't do that, we just
helped make it happen."
The NFLT is going to focus.
on the north side of
Jacksonville over the next year
or so, said Barnes. There are
about 150 pieces of property
adjacent to the Timuicuan, but
are still privately held. Out of
those, the NFLT is interested in
purchasing 20 pieces.
S"We'relooking for tE itical
ones that are headwateirsfor
the St. Johns, which 'provide
that clean water that keeps
our water quality fresh because
what happens is that if some-.
one develops there, they put in.
septic," said Barmes, "At some
point that septic is going to
leak into the water supply, so
we know that is critical."
Middlebrook concurred that
conserving land that helps pre-
.serve water quality is the orga-
nization's priority.
.Also in the w oks for the
NFLT is a plan for Miayport. The
development in that region has
many residents very worried.
Barnes said the Mapport area
has been a concern, because


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Meeting set

to detail

Land Trust's

work here
On Jan. 22 at noon, the
North Florida Land Trust
will present a one-hour
brown bag lunch program to
introduce the public to its
work in preserving natural
areas from development.
The program will explain
how a land trust operates
and present an overview of
conservation options. The
event will be held at WJCT
in Jacksonville, 100 Festival
Park Dr. and includes speak-
ers, a short video, free litera-
ture, and a question-and-
answer session.
Some of the properties the
North Florida Land Trust has
already protected include a
40-acre wetland in Ponte
Vedra :Beach, a 250-acre
ranch in Clay County, and a
historic family property on
the St. Johns River.
The North Florida Land
Trust is a community-based,
nonprofit 501(c)(3) organi-
zation dedicated, to perma-
-nently preserving natural
areas and special places in
North Florida. It works in
partnership with landown-
ers, local government and
environmental organiza-
tions.and is a member of the
national and Trust Alliance.
For information and reser-
vations, call 827-9870.

"They are looking at putting all
the" terminals for the cruise
lines there.,
She said a homeowner in the
area contacted her "saying,,
'Help, we -need to conserve our
land and take them off the
market so that they cannot buy
them from us.' "
Still, Barnes said that the
organization can't save every-
thing. "That's why we have to
ask what's most important to
this community, and it's
longevity," she said.
"Conserve, conserve, con-
serve," Barnes said. "It's not
preserve. It's conserve because
it's not about taking it and
holding it and nobody having
accessto it. It's about being able
to use it in a respectful, proper
'way of -honoring our
resources...You want people to
be able to enjoy Florida in its
natural state."








Januar 2, 2008,


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OBITUARIES


LLOYD G. ANDERS


JACOB BARILE


Lloyd G. Anders, 67, of
Jacksonville Beach died
December 29, 2007.
He is survived by his wife,
Deloris; his children, Eric
Anders (Laurie), Deidra
Christianson (im), Jimmy
Muesing (Misty) and Stephanie
Erd (Jesse); his grandchildren,
Shelby Anders, lan, Kirt and
Cierra; and his siblings, Glenn
Anders (Susan) and Wanda
Anders.
Funeral services will be held


at 2 p.m. January 3, 2008 at
Jacksonville Beach Church of
Christ, with Rev. Joel
Dalrymple officiating.
Visitation with the family will
be at 1 p.m., one hour prior to
service time at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the benevo-
lent fund at the church.
Arrangements under the
direction of Quinn-Shalz
Family Funeral Home,
Jacksonville Beach;


Jacob Barile, 80, died
December 28, 2007. He was
born November 10, 1927 in
Bronx, N.Y, to Donato and
Concetta Barile.
After serving during World
War II, he moved to
Jacksonville and began a
career in the Duval County
School System. His legacy was
his love of teaching children,
and for more than 40 years he
invested himself in the lives of
many. He retired after being
principal of Alden Road


JUANITA FLOWERS CHAMPION


Juanita Flowers Champion,
born February 8, 1948, died
December 27, 2007. She was
born in Live Oak, Fla. and later
moved to Jacksonville.
She was loved by all and will
be missed by many. She was
our best friend, the family
said.
She is survived by one sister,
Mary Bott; one brother, Frank
Flowers; her three children,
Timothy (Cindy) Champion,
Sarina Segers and Gwen
(Brian) Sutton; five grandchil-
dren, Heather, Caitlinn,


Zachary, Joshua and
Alexander, all of whom will
miss their MiMi; and one
great-grandchild, Hailee.
A Memorial Service was held
in her honor Dec. 30-in the
Atlantic Beachl Assembly of
God, with Rev. G. Donriie
Hutto officiating.
Memorial contributions
may be made to Atlantic Beach
Assembly of God and will be
greatly appreciated.
Services under the direction
of Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral
Home, Jacksonville Beach.


CAROLYN HUMPHREY


Carolyn Humphrey, 63, died
December 27, 2007 in Orange
Park. She was ,born in
Parkersburg, W.Va. and moved
to Florida in 1975. She was of
the Catholic faith.
She was predeceased by her
husband, George Humphrey;
parents, Guy and Grace Smith;
and sister Sharon Clinton. She is
survived by her son, Charles
Humphrey; daughters,
Leighann Humphrey and Lori
Semler; brother, Guy Smith; and


grandchildren, Erica, Skyler,
Brittany, Jason and Ashley.
A Memorial Service will be
held at 10 a.m. January 5 in the
Chapel of Quinn-Shalz Family
Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to Community
Hospice of Northeast Florida,
4266 Sunbeam Road,
Jacksonville, FL 32257.
Services under the direction
of Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral
Home, Jacksonville Beach.


Exceptional Child Center,
where he will be remembered
for the many ways he enriched
the lives of children with spe-
cial needs.
Family members include his
sister, Maria Tice, and many
nieces, nephews and special
friends. He was predeceased by
his wife, Alice Barile.
Private family services will
be held.
Arrangements by Hardage-
Giddens Funeral Home,
Jacksonville Beach.


JAMES HILL


James P. Hill, Gunner's Mate
Third Class, USS Indiana, died
December 26, 2007. He was
born February 25, 1926 and
grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y.'
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy
in March 1943 at the age of 17.
After completing boot camp at
Great Lakes Naval Station, he
reported aboard USS Indiana
at Pearl Harbor June 1943 and
was assigned to 5-inch 38
mount in 6th Division.
He participated in every
major campaign in the Pacific,
from Marcus Island, Tarawa
and Kwajalein to Saipan. A
collision at sea with USS
Washington prompted time
out in Pearl Harbor. He
returned to the Marianas and
the "Great Marianas Turkey
Shoot," where the combined
fleet shot down 370 Japanese
planes.
USS Indiana joined Task
Force 58 to strike at Iwo Jima
and Okinawa. In August 1945,
he joined in Indiana's quota
for the initial landing and
occupation of Yokasuka Naval
Base and capture of HIJMS
Nagato, which signaled the


end of war with Japan.
He arrived stateside to put
Indiana in mothballs, then
went to USS Lexington as part
of its mothball crew. He was
honorably discharged Feb.
1947 in Seattle, Wash.
He owned Jax Letter and
Printing Company and retired
from the Times-Union in
2000.
.He is survived by his wife of
55 years, Kathleen; daughters,
Janet, Patricia and Susie; sons,
Mike and wife Kathy, Steve
and Hurley; grandchildren,
Zac and Hannah Smith and
Clayton Hill; sister-in-law,
Cathy Hill; and 12 grandpets.
He was preceded in death by
his brother, Michael Hill.
A Memorial Service was
December 29 in Southside
United Methodist Church,
Jacksonville.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made in his honor to
the Jacksonville Humane
Society, 8464 Beach Blvd.,
Jacksonville, FL 32216.
Services under the direction
of Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral
Home, Jacksonville Beach.


Jacksonville Beach
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Sun 6:24 am 12:01 am 6:31 pm 12:53 pm
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TODAY
Northwest winds 20 to 25
knots. Occasional gusts to
gale force in the morning.
Seas 3 to 5 feet. Inland waters
rough.

TONIGHT
North winds 20 knots. Seas
3 to 5 feet. Inland waters
choppy.

THURSDAY
North winds 20 knots. Seas
3 to. 5 feet. Inland waters
choppy.


Mayport
High Low High
3:54am 10:00am 3:59pm
4:46am 10:51am 4:51 pm
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6:19am 12:26pm 6:26pm
7:02am 12:10am 7:09pm
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Palm Valley
High Low High
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1:39 pm
2:25 pm
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THURSDAY NIGHT
Northeast winds 15 to 20
knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet. Inland
waters a moderate chop.

FRIDAY
Northeast winds 15 knots.
Seas 4 to 6 feet. Inland waters
a moderate chop.

FRIDAY NIGHT
Northeast winds 10 to 15
knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet. Inland
waters a light chop.


Information from AccessWeather.com and
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration


ROBERT FRANK KUHLING


Robert Frank Kuhling, 84, of
Ponte Vedra Beach died
December 26, 2007. He was
born in Dayton, Ohio and
moved to Jacksonville in 1925.
He graduated from Robert E.
Lee High School in 1941 and
attended the.:-.nijvyrsity ,:pf
floridliprior toenlisg in the
Army in World War II. He was
selected for the Army
Specialized: Training Program
[ASTP], as a part of which he
took accelerated academic col-
lege classes at The Citadel and
Georgia Tech. For his overseas
duty, he was assigned for two
years to a jungle area in Assam,
India, to manage and provide
supplies for the troops flying
over "The Hump" in the China-
Burma-India Theater. After the
war, he returned to Jacksonville,
where he entered the civilian
work force in the life insurance
business, employed by John
Hancock, Guardian Life and
Gulf Life insurance companies.
In the late 1960s he changed


careers to become a stockbroker.
He began at Hayden-Stone and
eventually moved to Thomson-
McKinnon Brokerage, where he
was the manager until it was
purchased by Prudential in
1988. He officially retired in
19%o4 R)IW J1till ]jSJU1)
g i~r;,dBI.e~iWtWt aiga, Aaqtyile
community organizations. He
was a Mason, member of the
Exchange Club, Toastmasters
and a traveling instructor for
Dale Carnegie courses. He
served as president of the local
Sales and Marketing Club. He
also held memberships in the
Florida Yacht Club, Timuquana
Country Club, Ponte Vedra
Club and the River Club.
He.moved to the beach in
1995 and later served in the
Auxiliary of Baptist Medical
Center Beaches. He also worked
in Mission House, feeding the
homeless as part of his church
outreach services. He was a
member of Christ Episcopal
Church in Ponte Vedra Beach.


He was predeceased by his
first wife, Audrey Jordan
Barnard. He is survived by his
wife of 35 years, Stephanie; his
three children, Robert Kuhling
Jr. (Michelle), Michael Kuhling
and Carol Kuhling .Barrett
,u(Degrs.); fr,, t st.pehkdarenm,
Stephen Ira, Cynthia Reynolds
(Perry), Gregory Ira (Ami) and
Clifford Ira; grandchildren, lan
and Galen Barrett .and Norma
Kuhling; and step-grandchil-
dren, Christine and Stephanie-
Ira.
His Memorial Service will be
at 1 p.m. Jan. 4 at Christ
Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan
Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, with
interment in the Christ Church
Memorial Garden. A reception
will follow at the church.
The family wishes to extend
deepest appreciation to his last
caregivers, Jane, Anne, Tameka,
Remona and Sherry, as well as
the staff at Community
Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials


ANNA R. OTT


Anna R. Ott, 80, of Neptune
Beach died December 27,
2007. She was born April 3,
1927 in Bronx, N.Y. She was
predeceased by her husband
of 53 years, Robert Ott, and
her parents, Frank and Anna
Bachmann.
Survivors include her three


A
Anne
Adams
Wheeler,
87, died
Deceniber
27, 2007.
She was
b o r n
November
8, 1920 in
Athens,
Ga. and,
h a d
resided in
Atlantic Beach for 20 years.
She graduated from the
University of Georgia and


sons, Robert A. Ott of
Casselberry, Fla., Donald E.
Ott of Farmingdale, N.Y. and
Thomas M. Ott of South
Salem, N.Y.; sister, Rita
Rollman of West Islip, N.Y.;
five grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren.
Service of Christian Burial


was celebrated December 31
in the Ponte Vedra Valley
Cemetery Columbarium, with
the Rev. William Kelly as
Celebrant.
Services under the direction
of Quinn-Shalz Family
Funeral Home, Jacksonville
Beach.


may be sent to Community
Hospice of Northeast Florida,
4266 Sunbeam Road,
Jacksonville, FL 32257 or to the
Building Fund of Christ
Episcopal Church in Ponte
Vedra Beach.
Services under the direction
of Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral
Home, Jacksonville Beach.


received her Master's degree
from the University of
Connecticut. Prior to moving
to Florida, she taught high
school biology in Coventry,
Conn. for more than 20 years.
She was preceded in death
by her husband of 52. years,
William C. Wheeler. She is
survived by her son, James D.
.Wheeler (Vicki); her daughter,
Betty Clogher; sister, Betty
Cruce; brothers-in-law, Jack
D. Wheeler and Robert Hock;
sister-in-law, Helen Wheeler;
grandchild, Jodi; and great-
grandchildren, Maxwell and


Lily.
She loved her family, her
church, her wide circle of
friends, playing bridge, travel
and reading.
A memorial service will be
held at 1 p.m. January 4, 2008
at Community Presbyterian
Church, 150 Sherry Dr.,
Atlantic Beach. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be
made to Community
Presbyterian Church.
Services under the direction
of Quinn-Shalz Family
Funeral Home, Jacksonville
Beach.


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Bell tolls for Kelly's return from Iraq


by JOHNNY WOODHOUSE
ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Outside Linda Kelly's ranch-
style home in south
Jacksonville Beach, the one she
and her husband built from
the ground up nearly 30 years
ago, a large cast-iron bell sits
on a post near the driveway.
Visitors to the Kellys home
on Jacksonville Drive can't
resist ringing the old-fashioned
dinner bell upon arrival.
In June 2006, Linda's hus-
band, Jimmy, painted the bell
red, white and blue to honor
the couple's only son, a soldier
then serving in Iraq,
Last month, the bell tolled
triumphantly to announce the
long-nticipated homecoming
of Anry Spc. Jason Kelly.
"It's been so wonderful to
have him home," Linda Kelly
said in a recent interview at her
home,
"That's all I wanted for
Christmas was to watch him
walk off that plane."
Kelly's 21-year-old son
recently returned from Iraq,


after serving a 15-month
deployment with the Army's
2nd Infantry Division. He is on
a 30-day leave until Jan. 6.
A Jacksonville native, Kelly
attended Beaches schools
before enlisting in the Army in
May 2005. He is a 2003 gradu-
ate of The Foundation
Academy.
"He's lived here all his life,"
Kelly's mother said.
"When Jason was born at
Memorial Hospital, my hus-
band hired a black stretch limo
to carry him home."
The couple hadn't planned
on a fourth child, but Jason
was a pleasant surprise. Linda
Kelly said she worked three
jobs to help put Jason through
private school.
After he graduated at 17, her
son studied auto mechanics at
Florida Community College at
Jacksonville. He followed a for-
mer classmate into the Army,
where he earned airborne
wings at Fort Benning, Ga.
Following jump school,
Kelly was assigned to a Stryker
brigade based in Fort Lewis,


photo courtesy of LINDA KELLY
Above: Army Spc. Jason Kelly inside a Stryker vehicle in Iraq. Bottom left: The Kellys painted an old-fashioned bell in son's honor.


Wash.
Soldiers in Stryker units
operate out of 8-wheel-drive
armored vehicles that weigh 19
tons and can reach speeds of
60 mph.
A unit in Iraq Kelly served
with was profiled by Fox News
in October 2006.
"He saw a lot of bad stuff.
Lost a few friends," Linda Kelly
*said*.J1"I I tn

Kelly'S' lo 'deployment -
his unit had its tour of duty


extended by three months -
was hard on his mother, too.
Linda Kelly said she lost 25
pounds while her son was serv-
ing overseas in a combat zone.
Mother and son sought com-
fort from the same support
group: Seabreeze Elementary.
For Christmas 2006, students
from the Jacksonville Beach
grade school mailed the soldier
, homemade' holiday cards -and
"IHe still "hai 'them," '"s-id
Linda Kelly, a secretary at


Seabreeze for the past,14 years.
"He kept every card and
every letter. He mailed them all
back home."
Linda Kelly tied yellow rib-
bons around every tree in her
front yard when her son left
for Iraq.
Her husband painted the bell
in patriotic colors with a blue
star in the middle. He also
added the words "My soldier"
fia't a 1ndl sabTi efff iHAting
w er the 'hlidays.in a uihlir,
-who served in a unit that


earned a Presidential Citation
in Iraq, received a rifle for
Christmas and an Xbox 360.
Kelly also wants to visit
Disney World before his leave
is up.
"I hate to carry him back to
that airport, but you want him
to finish what he started,"
added Linda Kelly, whose son's
enlistment doesn't end until
tSeptember 2009,'' ...
Sway.: ilnmy' mi'tiae' stiliTmy
little boy."


Photo by CHUCK ADAMS
Kathryn Smith, left, and Sullivan Brown put frosting on ice cream cone holiday trees Dec. 27 at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra
Beach's three-day Holiday Art Camp. The Cultural Center is holding another camp Jan. 2-4.




December was month of kindness


hose good-hearted
Lions are always on the
prowl looking for good
deeds to do.
In fact, one of the friendly
felines has gone to sea. On
Dec. 6, member Steve Smith
of the Jacksonville Beach
Noon Lions Club embarked
on a cruise aboard the
Carnival Cruise Line's
Celebration as a guide for
Ponte Vedra's Sam Rogers,
who has seriously impaired
vision.
Sam couldn't have gone
alone, so Steve volunteered
to accompany him as a sort
of "Seeing Eye Lion."
The club paid Steve's fare,
and Sam's was provided as a
present by a group of his
friends.
According to Steve, Sam
had "a great time," and Sam
agrees. Steve told me,
"People loved him and he


JOHN
HARDEBECK
COLUMNIST


loved the people. He was a
hit. It probably made the
cruise for some of them."
Evidently, Steve does quite
a lot of these good turns for
other folks.
When I complimented him
on that, he said, "I love to
do things for people. I love
people." Spoken like a true,


dedicated Lion's Clubber.
They're well known for their
good works. In fact, their
motto is "We Serve."
This is the time of year
when, I'm sure, most of that
kind of kindness goes on.
Often, as I think of
Christmas, the famous O.
Henry short story "The Gift
of the Magi" comes to mind.
A brief synopsis from The
Reader's Encyclopedia:
"...this Yuletide narrative
tells how a nearly penniless
young husband and wife are
each determined to buy the
other a suitable Christmas
present.
He sells his watch to buy
her a set of combs; she has
her beautiful hair cut off and
sells the tresses to buy him a
watch fob."
The road to irony is some-
times paved with good inten-
tions, but the loving


thoughts were right on tar-
get.
Added proof that it's more
blessed to give than to
receive appears in a recent
Newsweek essay by a happily
unprosperous Salvation Army
bell ringer.
At one point, the essay
states, "Near the end of the
year, when I put on the
Salvation Army's red apron,
something changes inside
me.
"Instead of feeling out of
place economically, I begin
to feel a genuine sense of
belonging.
"As I ring my bell, people
stop to share their personal
stories of how much it meant
to be helped when they were
going through a rough time.
"People helping people is
something I feel deeply con-
nected to."
Amen to that.


Local pediatrician


left tumultuous.


life back in Cuba


by ALEXANDRA KUMMERNES
STAFF WRITER
One Jacksonville Beach pedi-
atrician was younger than
most of her patients when she
left a tumultuous past in Cuba
and began a new life in this
country.
Dr. Barbara O'Reilly of
Oceanside Pediatrics has been'a
practicing pediatrician in
Jacksonville Beach for more
than 15 years but not before
experiencing an array of differ-
ent cultures.
O'Reilly moved to the
United States at the age of five
after she left Cuba with her
mom and younger brother as a
political refugee in 1961.
"My mom came [to this
country] with a dime," O'Reilly
said.
After O'Reilly's father was
shot and killed in Cuba when
she was three years old,
O'Reilly's mother was deter-
mined to leave the country
with her children.
The family initially moved to
Miami and was there with
another Cuban family until
after the Bay of Pigs invasion.
O'Reilly's mother, who was
then 30, found a job cleaning
houses and saved up enough
money for the family to estab-
lish a life.
"My mom was a strong lady.
She managed to give us a good
life in this country," said
O'Reilly.
The family moved from
Miami to Union City, N.J.,
where O'Reilly said she was
"Americanized" because there
were no other Cuban families
in the area.
"I was the first Cuban in
school," she said.
Although O'Reilly adapted to
an American lifestyle, at 21 she
moved to Spain for eight years
to attend medical school.
"I loved it," she said. "I did-
n't want to come back."
While O'Reilly only remem-
bers snippets of her former life


photo by ALEXANDRA KUMMERNES
Dr. Barbara O'Reilly
in Cuba (such as peanut and
ice cream vendors selling food
every night), she distinctly
recalls a live open-heart stir-
gery aired on a Cuban televi-
sion station that sparked her
interest in medicine.
"I thought, oh my gosh.
That is so cool. I have to do
that," she said, and decided
then that she would pursue a
medical career.
When she returned from
Spain, O'Reilly moved back to
Florida to work with another
doctor at a private practice.
Although O'Reilly is settled
into her life here, with two
children and a stepson, and
plans to eventually retire in
Atlantic Beach, she misses her
family members who still live
in Cuba.
"We're the only ones that
got out. It's very difficult to
talk to my family," she said.
"They monitor conversations.
They open mail."
Although she is afraid to go
back to Cuba now, O'Reilly
said "when Castro dies, I'll be
partying in Havana."
In the meantime, she plans
to pursue more traveling, per-
haps to Spain, when her
youngest child is older.
"You have to look at life as
an adventure," she said.


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STERLING'S RAISES $5,000


50TH ANNIVERSARY


The Szymanskis


Deanna and Joseph
Szymanski of Jacksonville
Beach celebrated their. 50th
wedding anniverary on Dec.
14.
The couple met. at a
Woolworth's Five & Dime and
were married on Dec. 15, 1957,
at St. Joseph's Catholic Church
in Lynn, Mass.


photo submitted
Melinda Morgan Spires, executive director of H.E.R.O.E.S, with sailors from Mayport Naval Station, who donated their time at
Sterling Joyce's eighth annual Birthday Bash and Charity Cookoff Dec. 12 at the Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant. The event
raised more than $5,000 for scholarships for at-risk kids. An estimated $2,000 in canned goods and toys were brought as admis-
sion to the party. The toys and canned goods went to needy families at the Beaches. In the backgroundis a Lamborghini from East
Coast Exotics.


She is the former Deanna
Thibodeau of Lynn, Mass.
He is from Miami, Fla.
The couple have four chil-
dren, Michael, Linda, Wayne
and Stephen, a grandson,
Christopher Hollenbeck, and a
great-granddaughter, Kailey
Hollenbeck.


MILITARY NEWS


Army Pvt. Brandie N. Frey
has graduated from basic com-
bat training at Fort Jackson,
Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of
training, the soldier studied
the Army mission, history, tra-
dition and core values, physi-
cal fitness, and received
instruction and practice in
basic combat skills, military
weapons, chemical warfare
and bayonet training, drill and


ceremony, marching, rifle
marksmanship, armed and
unarmed combat, map read-
ing, field tactics, military cour-
tesy, military justice system,
basic first aid, foot marches,
and field training exercises.
She is the daughter of Billie
Jo Williams of Jacksonville.
The private is a 2007 gradu-
ate of Duncan U. Fletcher High
School.


ENGAGEMENT


Audrey Lynn Roach and
David Slivinski have
announced their engagement
to be married.
The bride-elect is the daugh-
ter of Katherine Roach-Kerns
and the late William G. Roach.
She is a graduate of the Yale
Child Study Center and New
York University. She is
employed as a residential child


therapist in Jackson Hole,
Wyo.
The groom-elect is the son
of Alan and Maureen Slivinski
of Hernderson, Nev. He is a
graduate of the University of
Connecticut and is employed
as a realtor and propriator of
Teton Valley Realty Property
Management in Driggs, Idaho.
A June wedding is planned.


photo submitted
A fashion show hosted by Black Tie Formals, .Steps Shoe-tique, and AFM Model Management was a highlight of Sterling's charity
event at the Casa Marina.


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Films are offered at the
Coastal Community Center,
180 Marine St., St. Augustine.
All movies are shown on wide
screen, with captioning cour-
tesy of the St. Johns Cultural
Council.
*Jan. 3 features an after-
noon matinee, "Bridge To
Terabithia," from 1-3:30 p.m.
The cost, $5 per person,
includes snacks and beverages.
*Jan. 16, dinner and a
movie, "Ratatouille," 4:30-7:30
p.m. $10 per person includes
dinner and beverages.
*Feb. 7, afternoon matinee,
"Hairspray," 1-3:30 p.m. $5 per
person includes snacks and
beverages.
*Feb. 21, dinner and a
movie, "Blood Diamond," 4:30-
7:30 p.m. $10 per person
includes dinner and beverages.
*March 6, afternoon mati-
nee, "Amazing Grace," 1-3:30
p.m. $5 per person includes
snacks and beverages.
*March 20, dinner and a
movie, "Bourne Ultimatum,"
4:30-7:30 p.m. $10 per person
includes dinner and beverages.
Call 904-209-3700 for
details.

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

Ballroom Dancing
Ballroom Dancing is offered
at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday
at the Beaches Senior Center,
281 19th Avenue S.,
Jacksonville Beach. The cost is
$5. For information, call 241-'
3796.

Gentle Yoga
The Neptune Beach Senior
Activity Center offers yoga
Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m.,
Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
and Wednesdays from 10-11
a.m. Mats, pillows, blocks,
music and instructors are sup-
plied. No reservations are


required.

Tap Classes
The Neptune Beach Senior
Activity Center offers
Beginning Tap Classes at 6:30
p.m. Wednesday evenings and
10 a.m. Monday mornings.
Call Jane at 241-0432 for infor-
mation.

Consider Yoga
Yoga for Health & Healing is
offered from 11:30 a.m.-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 fundamentals of yoga. For
information, contact Leslie
Lyne at the Senior Activity
Center, 270-1688, or call the
teacher, Nancy Rathburn, at
386-6453.

Senior Yoga Classes
Senior Yoga Classes are
offered from 10-11 a.m. every
Thursday at Let's Dance
Studio, 246 Solano Road,
Ponte Vedra Beach. Senior
yoga is adaptive and done
standing or using a chair. No
prior experience is required.
For information, call Joan
Ryan at 280-4628 or email
yogajoan@comcast.net.

Players Community Senior
Center
Beginning Jan. 7, and con-
tinuing each Monday from 1-2
p.m, The Players Community
Senior Center offers a series of
classes entitled "Enjoyment of
Music." Gerson Yessin will be
the instructor. Yessin made his
debut as a pianist at the age of
17 with Arthur Fiedler and the
Boston Pops Orchestra. He has
been a soloist with a host of
other major orchestras. Yessin's
classes are free. The senior cen-
ter is at 175 Landrum Lane,
Ponte Vedra Beach. Call 280-
3233 for information.

Monday Movie Matinees
Every Monday, the Neptune


Beach Senior Activity Center
serves popcorn, candy and a
soda for $2 to go along with
Monday Movie Matinee
Madness. Call 270-1688 for
details.

New Intermediate Tap
Starting Jan. 7, Intermediate
Tap by Jane will be offered at
the Neptune Beach Senior
Activity Center from 10-10:45
a.m. Call Jane at 241-0432 for
required registration.

Computer Classes at Senior
Center
*Senior Computer Classes:
The Neptune Beach Senior
Activity Center offers comput-
er classes for seniors Jan. 8-24.
Beginning Computers is sched-
uled Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., while
Intermediate Computer Class,
including Microsoft Word, is
scheduled the same days from
1-3 p.m.
*Introduction to Digital
Cameras: Introduction to
Digital Cameras is scheduled
Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1
p.m. Jan. 9-23. Attendees are
asked to bring their own cam-
eras, fresh batteries, power
cords and instruction manuals.
The senior center furnishes
computers for downloading
and Internet access, as well as a
textbook.
eShop Victoriously: An Ebay
class is scheduled Jan. 9-23
from 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays.
This is a step-by-step class on
the process of selling an item
on Ebay. All participants are
required to have an established
e-mail account and credit card.
Focus will be on selling a small
item at auction on Ebay.com.
All computer classes are $40,
including a textbook. Call the
senior enter at 270-1688 to
reserve a seat.

Beginning Bridge
Beginners Bridge Class will
be offered for five weeks begin-
ning Jan. 8 through Feb. 5.
from 3-5 p.m.


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Photo submitted
Dawson, Mikey and Dylan Ondrejicka with Gregory Butcher at the monthly Beaches Chapel School Spirit Night at the Neptune
Beach Firehouse Subs on Wednesday, Dec.12.


POLICE BEAT


JACKSONVILLE BEACH
Battery was reported Dec. 23
in the 300 block of 15th
Avenue North. The victim told
police he was driving south-
bound on Penman Road when
he blocked a driver from mak-
ing a left turn into a business
parking lot in the center lane.
Police said both parties
exchanged words and hand
gestures. The driver of the other
vehicle followed the victim to
his residence and exited his
vehicle trying to start a fight,
police said. The suspect
approached the victini and
elbowed him in the mouth
before driving away in'a gray
Tundra. Police located the sus-
pect's vehicle at the business he
was previously attempting to
enter. The man denied any
involvement, telling police he
just left his children and was
picking up some items at the
store. Police transported the
victim to the scene to identify
the suspect who was trespassed
from his property.
Criminal mischief was
reported Dec. 23 in the 3700
block of 3rd Street S. The victim
told police that she drove
around a vehicle in the parking
lot of a restaurant when the
other driver became enraged
and screamed at her from out-
side of her car. She said the
other driver could not see her
because her windows were tint-
ed and was later standing next
to her inside the restaurant. She
returned to her vehicle later
and observed several scratch
marks down the side of her
blue Audi. She copied the sus-
pect's license plate in case her
vehicle sustained later damage.
It was traced to a suspect in
Ponte Vedra Beach, police said.


Armed robbery was reported
Dec. 24 at a convenience store
in the 1300 block of 3rd Street
S. The suspect entered the store
at 5:28 a.m. brandishing a sil-
ver handgun and demanded
money. The clerk handed the
suspect $65 from the register
drawer but he insisted that the
clerk use her key to open the
safe. The suspect asked
whether there was anyone else
in the business and walked the
clerk and the store owner's
daughter to the refrigerator to
check, continually asking them
to open the safe, police said.
The clerk kept telling the man
that the safe was on a time
delay and he fled after being in
the store for seven minutes.
An 18-year-old South
Carolina woman was arrested
Dec. 22 and charged with disor-
derly intoxication and creating
a public disturbance after she
ran out in .front of a marked
police car in the 1300 block of
Shetter Avenue. The woman
ran out in front of the vehicle
with her shoes in her hand,
causing the officer to swerve to
avoid hitting her. Police said
the woman was visibly intoxi-
cated, screaming that she did-
n't care about herself and laid
down in the middle of the
road. Other motorists were
forced to stop and go around
her before she was taken into
custody.
Peter Farrell McWilliams, 25,
of Jacksonville was arrested
Dec. 23 and charged with pos-
session of cocaine in the 1800
block of 3rd Street S., according
to a police report. McWilliams
was involved in a disturbance
at a bar when police ran a


check and found an active war-
rant for driving with a suspend-
ed license. A search revealed a
small bag of cocaine in the
front pocket of his pants as he
was arrested, police said.
Rainey, Barrett Hayes, 53, a
transient, was arrested Dec. 23
and charged with failure to reg-
ister as a sex offender in the
1400 block of 3rd Street S.,
according to a police report.
Police observed Hayes loitering
in front of a closed business at
3:30 a.m. A check revealed that
he last registered in 1994 in
Jacksonville, police said.
Grand theft of a motor vehi-
cle was reported Dec. 25 in the
1900 block of 1st Street N. A
white 1999 Nissan Maxima val-
ued at $10,000 was stolen with
a Smith 7 Wesson .40 caliber
handgun and a 12-round mag-
azine worth. $400 and two cell
phones in the car.
Dominique Latray Coleman,
20 of Jacksonville Beach was
arrested Dec. 21 and charged
with carrying a concealed
weapon in the 500 block of
Beach Blvd., according to a
police report. Police observed
Coleman and two other sub-
jects walking in the unit block
of 5th Avenue South in all
black clothing with hoods
pulled up to conceal their iden-
tity. When police attempted to
stop them for questioning they
took off running. Coleman was
later found hiding in a fast food
restaurant. Police located a .38
caliber handgun outside that
he dropped next to a curb.
* 0
Fraud was reported Dec. 27 in
the 3400 block of 1st Street S.
The victim told police that an


unauthorized charge of $2,500
appeared on a checking
account. The bank had no
record of the transaction. Police
determined that the suspect
used the victim's account infor-
mation and routing number to
set up a bank account, activate
a cell phone and racked up
$7,000 in fraudulent charges in
Tennessee.
Grand theft was reported
Dec. 26 in the 100 block of
Beach Blvd. An amplifier val-
ued at $450 was stolen from
the victim's vehicle.
Felony criminal mischief was
reported Dec. 26 in the 3500
block of Sanctuary Way S.
Police said a suspect was intox-
icated and pulled a refrigerator
out of the wall during an argu-
ment, breaking a water pipe
and flooding the floor of the
residence. The suspect also
stabbed the refrigerator with a
knife and tore a pantry door
out of the wall. Damage was
estimated at $3,000.
ATLANTIC BEACH
Gregory Vann Blaylock Jr.,
44, was arrested for burglary on
Dec. 27 in the 1300 block of
Violet Street, according to a
police report. The victim told
police that a suspect entered
his residence through a kitchen
window
NEPTUNE BEACH
No new reports.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH
A resident of Great Harbor
Way in the Ponte Vedra Lakes
area reported Dec. 26 that
someone stole a Sirius satellite
radio from his vehicle, which
was locked.


photo submitted
Crystal Aukens, an 8th grader at Mayport Middle School, was
recently selected for the All-State Honors Band. Aukens plays
the clarinet, and will be performing with the band in Tampa in
January.


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Wednesday, Jan. 2
First Wednesday Art Walk:
Jacksonville's first First
Wednesday Art Walk of the
New Year will be held from 5-9
p.m., rain or shine. The
evening, under the auspices of
Downtown Vision, Inc., is free
to the public. Cirque Dreams,
Jungle Fantasy, on stage at the
Center for the Performing Arts
Jan. 15-20, will be on display
Wednesday at MOCA, the
Museum of Contemporary Art.
LRK Architects-Fogle Fine Art
will showcase Jacksonville artist
Princess Simpson Rashid, while
work by Heather Blanton will
be at Burrito Gallery. The offi-
cial Art Walk After Party will be
held at Twisted Martini.

Thursday, Jan. 3
Beaches Kiwanis: The
Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville
Beaches meets at 12 p.m. at
Selva Marina Country Club.
The speaker will be announced.
The cost to non-members is
$15. For information, call club
president Neil Powell at 343-
3571 or visit www.beacheskiwa-
nis.com.

FRA Branch 290 General
Assembly: Fleet Reserve
Association Branch 290 holds
its monthly General Assembly
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Branch
Home, 390 Mayport Road,
Atlantic Beach. All members
and prospective members are
invited to attend. New mem-
bers are always welcome.


appointments beginning at 9
a.m. The complete screening
package includes a new Heart
Rhythm screening that checks
for irregular heartbeat, a major
risk factor for stroke. A Wellness
Package with Heart Rhythm
costs $149. For information
regarding the screenings or to
schedule an appointment, call
1-888-754-1464. Pre-registra-
tion is required.

Friday, Jan. 4

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture:
The January Brown Bag Lunch
Lecture on "Right Whales" by
Frank Gromling begins at 12
p.m. in the GTM Research
Reserve Environmental
Education Center's auditorium.
Gromling's book, "Frank's
Whales," is available for pur-
chase in the Friends of the
Reserve Nature Store. Bring
lunches and questions. There is
no cost to attend the lecture.
Call 904-823-4500 for informa-
tion.

Saturday, Jan. 5
Kayak Tours: The GTM
Research Reserve offers four
kayak tours to start the New
Year. Tours take place from 10
a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 5, 9, 10 and
14. Cost of each tour is $45.
The tours are appropriate for
age 12 and up. Reservations
must be made in advance. Call
the Ripple Effect Ecotours at
904-347-1565 to secure a place.
For information, go to
www.rippleeffectecotours.com.


Stroke and Osteoporosis.
Screening: Life Line Screening' Monday, Jan. 7
will be at the Watson Reality
Corporation, 1117 Atlantic Storm Path Photography:
Blvd., Neptune Beach, with The photography of Robert-


Storm-Burks will be on display
at the Guana Tolomato
Matanzas National Estuarine
Research Reserve from Jan. 7
through March 31. An ecologist
and marine biologist, Burks has
photographed magical
moments, moods and behav-
iors of creatures in more than
28 countries around the world.
A "Meet the Artist" reception
will be held from 6-8 p.m. Jan.
25 at the Environmental
Education Center. Reservations
are required. Call 904 823-4500
for information or to make a
reservation.

Tuesday, Jan. 8
D.A.R.: The Ponte Vedra
Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution meets at
10:45 a.m. at Marsh Landing
Country Club, 25655 Marsh
Landing Parkway. Rick Edwards
will talk about Northeast
Florida Sea Shells.

Jacksonville Beaches
Woman's Club: The
Jacksonville Beaches Woman's
Club meets at. 10 a.m. in the,
small meeting room at Selva
Marina Country Club. There
will be a social half hour to
start. Lunch' is served at 12
p.m., with a cost of $16. The
program .will be on
International Affairs.
Reservations are necessary. Call
Betty at 223-5218.

Parenting Enrichment
Series:. Beaches Exceptional
Education for Parents [BEEP]
presents "Yes! Post-Secondary
Education Can Be Your Future"
from 7-8:45 p.m. in the Fletcher
High School Media Center. The
session, which is free of charge,


will include a discussion about
programs at FCCJ and UNF that
serve students with disabilities.

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Ribault Garden Club: Start
the New Year off by learning
"Arranging Techniques" at the
Ribault Garden Club's "Fun
with Flowers," which begins at
10 a.m. The demonstration and
hands-on workshop will be led
by Pat Lopez of the Turner Ace
Floral Shop. Reservations are a
must and can be made by call-
ing 273-8053. Cost is $15, and
attendees are asked to bring
clippers. The Ribault Garden
Club is at 705 2nd Ave. N.,
Jacksonville Beach.

Thursday, Jan. 10
Beaches Kiwanis: The
Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville
Beaches meets at 12 p.m. at
Selva Marina Country Club.
The speaker will be Capt. Greg
Streeter, who will talk about the
Utah Beach Normandy
Landing. The cost to non-mem-
bers is $15. For information,
call club president Neil Powell
at 343-3571 or visit
www.beacheskiwanis.com.

Friday, Jan. 11
Talent Explosion: Talent
Explosion, presented by the
Oceanside Rotary Club, takes
the stage of FCCJ's Nathan H..
Wilson Center for the Arts at 8
p.m. The 10 finalists were
selected in on-line voting by
viewers who watched a 2-5
minute .video of their talent,
then paid $1 for each vote. The
money went to Oceanside
Rotary Charities, Inc. The win-


ner of the on-stage competi-
tion, chosen by a panel of
judges who will award points
based on their assessment of
each finalist's performance, will
receive $2,500. The runner-up
will get $1,500, while the third-
place finisher will receive
$1,000.

Saturday, Jan. 12
Atlantic Beach Tree
Conservation: The Atlantic
Beach Tree Conservation Board
presents Florida Arbor Day and
Adopt-A-Tree Community
Clinic from 1-4 p.m. at Donner
Park Community Center, 2072
George St. Early Piety, a
Specialty Tree Surgeons certi-
fied arborist, will give demon-
strations and answer questions.
Rick Carper, Atlantic Beach's
director of public works, and
city planner Erika Hall will lead
discussions. For information,
call Hall at 270-1605 or e-mail
her at ehall@coab.us.

Bike Guana: Guana
Tolomato Matanzas National
Estuarine Research Reserve
hosts a trail biking tour from 8-
10 a.m. Jan. 13. GTM Research
Reserve volunteer and Florida
master naturalist Craig O'Neal
leads the tour, which will cover
approximately 6-8 miles.
Participants need to provide
their own bikes, which must be
trail or beach. Helmet, closed-
toe shoes and water are
required. Space is limited, and
reservations are required. Call
904-823-4500 to reserve a spot.

Saturday Dance: The
American Ballroom and
Contemporary Dance
Association meets the second


Saturday of each month at
Bolero's Ballroom, 10131
Atlantic Blvd. This month, the
dance, with a live band, starts at
8 p.m. The event is BYOB;
setups and snacks are provided.
Guest admission is $12. .For
information and reservations,
call 246-2858.

Star Party: A Star Party will
be held starting at 6 p.m. at the
GTM Environmental Education
Center. The event begins with
a brief program, followed by an
opportunity to use telescopes to
check out planets, constella-
tions, stars, nebulae and galax-
ies. The cost is $5 per person;
Friends of the GTM Reserve
members are! free. Participants
may being their telelscopes.
Advanced.. reservations are
required. Call. 904-823-4500 to
reserve a space.

Monday, Jan. 14

Leave 'em Laughing: The
monthly meeting of the "Leave
'em Laughing Tent,"
Jacksonville's chapter of the
International Laurel & Hardy
Appreciation Society (a/k/a
Sons of the Desert), will be held
from 6:30-8:15 p.m. at Pablo
Creek Branch Library, 13295
Beach Blvd., between Kernan
and Hodges Boulevards
Admission is free for all ages;
free light snacks and sodas will
be served. The movies to be
screened are the short subjects
"Night Owls" (1930) and
"Scram!" (1932); and the feature
film "A Chump at Oxford"
(1940), co-starring Peter
Cushing. For information, call
Steve Bailey at 246-0312 or visit
the Tent's website at
www.leaveemlaughing.com.


Super Duper Sportkids
Photo by CHUCK ADAMS
Brian Payne of Super Duper Sportskids conducted a three-day Holiday Tumble and Tramp Camp.Dec.
26-28 at Infiniti All-Stars in Atlantic Beach. Each day's camp offered a morning session for junior/senior
[ages 12-18] and one in the afternoon for youth [ages 6-11]. Both were 2-1/2 hours long.
The holiday-break camp was for acrobats, cheerleaders and tumblers. Fletcher High School divers, who
Payne coaches, also turned out. Payne, a USTA national safety certified coach and trampoline judge,
uses a safety harness when teaching the youngsters how to flip. He can be reached at 273-8876.


Brian Payne, far left, adjusts Kristina Pitzel's safety harness before she starts working on flips. Payne,
the director of Super Duper Sportskids who held a three-day Holiday Tumble and Tramp Camp last week
at Infinity All-Stars in Atlantic Beach, said using a safety harness "is the safest way to learn flips." Carli
Watts, above left, is all harnessed up as she begins an exercise. And Pitzel, above right, is ready to go.


MEETINGS


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

Atlantic Beach Women's Connection:
Atlantic Beach Women's Connection meets
the first Wednesday of each month at Selva
Marina Country Club. All are welcome. For
information, go to
atlanticbeachwc@yahoo.com.

Beaches Watch: Beaches Watch meets at
7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.
Its meetings are open to the public. For
information, call 513-9242 or visit
www.beacheswatch.com.

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
information.

Man to Man: Man to Man, the prostate
cancer support group, meets every other
month at 6 p.m. on Tuesday dates, Jan. 8,
March 4, May 6, July 1, Sept. 2 and Nov. 4,
at Baptist Medical Center Beaches, in the
Medical Staff Conference Room of the East
Pavilion. Dr. Morris Dees is the facilitator.
For information, call 249-0022. Man to
Man, sponsored by the American Cancer
Society, is a program for people dealing
with or interested in learning about
prostate cancer while providing a forum for
prostate cancer survivors to offer support
and encouragement to those who have
been newly diagnosed. For information
about the American Cancer Society, call 1-
800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.


Overeaters Anonymous: Overeaters
Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. every
Wednesday at Baptist Beaches East
Pavilion. Enter left of Main Entrance. For
information, call 704-4782.

Ponte Vedra Democratic Club: The
Ponte Vedra Democratic Club meets at 6:30
p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at
the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. For
information, call Barb Paterick at 273-5310.

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


Local teams return to action this week


seniors Donald Grzena and
Aaron Gindlesperger, and stel-
lar goalkeeping from senior


Following a break for the Taylor Wyman.
holidays during which some The team is also stocked
teams participated in tourna- with talented underclassmen
ments, winter sports at both like sophomore Nick
Fletcher and Nease are set to November, and juniors Aaron
resume this week. Levine, Jarrett Hoey and Gabe
SOCCER Smith.
The Fletcher girls soccer At Nease, the soccer excel-
team is scheduled to:host lence continues. The Panthers
Englewood at 5:30 p.m. boys team, out to defend the
tonight at Jack Taylor- Stadium, Class 4A state championship it
with the won in Fort
Senators boys Lauderdale last
team taking on February, is 10-
Lee High imme- 2-2 with both
diately after- losses coming in
ward, atabout early December
7:20 p.m. :;a c to perennial
Fletcher's girls powerhouses
team was 7-4-1 : ;' Merritt Island
heading into and Melbourne.
the break, but Second-year
the team is head coach Ken
starting to jell Kirsch has his
under first-year head coach squad at the 14th annual
Nicole Conrad. Tampa High School
"At this point of the season Tournament this week with
we're fixing things and we're games scheduled for
-getting ready for the end," Wednesday, Thursday and
Conrad said last month. "I'm Friday.
resting people that need rest Nease returns to its regular-
and we're not season slate Jan.
pushing any- 7 when St. Johns
thing. County rival
"I [am] trying Bartram Trail
to get the non- comes to Panther
starters into the Stadium in a 7
game and onto p.m. start.
the pitch and The Panthers
seeing what they girls team is 11-2-
S need to do. 4 after playing in
Game situations the prestigious
are different than Michelle Akers
practice." Tournament two
While the team has experi- weeks ago. The Panthers
enced some growing pains in emerged'with a win, a loss and
transitioning to a new coach. a tie against premiere competi-
Fletcher's seven seniors have tion like Edgewater,.Lake
assumed leadership roles this Howell and Lyman.
year. The regular season resumes
Conrad is focusing on devel- Friday night when cross-coun-
oping younger players, the ty rival St. Augustine pays a Fletcher High's Tony Kattreh, right, boots a goal past Sandalwooc
future of Senators' soccer. visit to Panther Stadium in a Stadium. The Senators rolled to an 8-0 victory.
"We're all in it together," scheduled 6 p,m. start.
she.said. "Our goals are pate in any holiday tourna- from-behind 60-57 win over
fr ear a .. ASETBALL ment lastn aonth. Paxon in the. championship ;
w' ,t e o Zftryof the season Offii -garte, Fletcher's boys tea li .
id i ito easo I Lkh e Fletcher High girls eo' efrChistas that t wears hopes to build on that momen-
The Senators boys team is team. Head coach Rich Banks' on you so we'll get a little turn.
enjoying another outstanding squad is 11-4 and looks to be break," he said. The Arlington Tournament
campaign at 10-1-1 thus far. in prime position for a run at The Senators are back in was played at Terry Parker High
Head coach Mike Levine seems the Gateway Conference action Friday night with a trip and the Senators also played in
to have it all this season: championship and perhaps a to Mandarin and a scheduled, a Christmas Tournament at
Scoring punch from sopho.- state playoff berth. 7:30 p.m. tipoff. Forrest High last week.
more Tony Kattreh, junior With 15 games under its belt Fresh off some impressive vic- Head coach Corey Jackson's'
Sean Tracy and senior Cabe in November and December, tories in the Arlington troops will lace up their sneak-
Nolan; stout defense led by Banks decided not to partici- Tournament, including a come- ers and resume the regular-sea-
son slate Friday night at 7:30
p.m. when rival Sandalwood
pays a visit.
Struggles continue for Nease
boys basketball, with the team
2-6 entering last week's Bolles
Christmas Tournament.
After opening the season with
three losses, the Panthers beat
Matanzas and Clay in back to
back games before dropping
three straight to St. Augustine,
Atlantic and Bolles.
Another Nease football run
into mid-December meant first-
year head coach Koran Godwin
had to wait for a few players to
finish their pigskin responsibili-
ties before joining the hoops
squad. Godwin hopes the team
.. will get a boost from the returnm-
ing players and mount a chal-
lenge in the second half of the
I regular season, which begins
next Tuesday with a trip to
Matanzas.
The Panthers girls team is
also hoping for a reversal of for-


Photo by ROB DeANGELO
I keeper Jimmie Sparkman during their game Dec. 4 at Jack Taylor


tunes when regular-season play
3,-wesvsleSxtuesday as Palatka

Head cach Sherri Anthony's
squad is 4-9 but has shown
signs of promise, especially a
50-44 victory on Dec. 20.
The team participated in last
week's KSA Tournament in
Orlando.
"Our inside players have real-
ly started to step up and we
didn't have that in the begin-
ning of the season," Anthony
said late last month. "We were
dependent on all the guards
and Shakia [Roche] on the
wing. Now we're getting some
better inside play."
Despite some difficult losses,
Anthony insists she sees
progress.
"I like the fight in them," she
said of her players. "I like the
improvement. I've seen so
much improvement over the
last two games, but we've really
seen good improvement over
the last two weeks. The last two
games it's really come to
fruition. You wait for those
games to come around and say,
'That's what I was talking
about. That's what you've got
to do.'
"We just have to keep up the
effort. Keep our heads up and
do the good things we're doing
and keep knocking down those
negatives."


WRESTLING
SFletcher High continues its
outstanding season. The cam-
paign resumes with.this week-
end's Terry Parker Duals
Tournament on Friday and
Saturday.
Head coach Roy Fallon-said a
conference championship is
within reach.
With several wrestlers having
outstanding success thus far,
Fallon said last month his
troops are focused on winning
the Gateway tournament for
the first time in 27 years.
"After placing second last
year, that is the goal we have
been preparing for since last
January. Not all of our wrestlers
are champion quality, but
many will fill the top four
brackets if all goes well.
"If injuries do not set us
back, I believe [the Gateway
title] is ours for the taking."
Nease High will also partici-
pate in the Parker Duals
Tournament as the team seeks
to improve on its 3-2 mark this
season.
A pair of losses to Palatka and
Ridgeview was followed by con-
secutive victories over Atlantic,
Florida School for the Deaf and
Blind, and Florida Air Academy.
Following this weekend's
action, the Panthers won't hit
the mat again until Jan. 19 and
a dual meet re-match against
Ridgeview.





Fletcher
High's
Darren
Turner, top,
grimaces
as he pins
Fernandina
Beach's
Garrett
Sharp in
the 130-
pound bout
during a
wrestling
match Dec.
5 at
Fletcher.
The
Senators
rolled to
victory in
the dual
meet.


Photo by ROB DeANGELO
Fletcher High's Kristin HackOvorth, left, battles for a loose ball with Nease's Kendra Hentkowski
during a game November 13. The Senators are surging this season with an 11-4 record and
designs on a Gateway Conference title, while the Panthers (4-9) are seeking a turnaround for the
second half of the season which begins next Tuesday against Palatka.


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Jaguars face Steelers to start AFC playoffs


By ROBERT DeANGELO
SPORTS EDITOR

In a rematch of their Dec.
16 game, the Jacksonville
Jaguars will travel to
Pittsburgh on Saturday night
to take on the Steelers and
open the first round of the
AFC playoffs.
Amid flying snow flakes, the
Jaguars racked up 224 rushing
yards in that game on
their way to a 29-
22 victory -
perhaps the
team's signa-
ture win of'
the season.
Pittsburgh is
a tough place
for visiting
teams and the
final score of that con-
test wasn't really indicative
of how dominant Jacksonville
was.
Steelers quarterback Ben
Roethlisberger was nursing a
sore shoulder when the teams
met last month, and while he
seems fine now, Pittsburgh has
other injury worries. Halfback
Willie Parker is out,-as are
defensive end Aaron Smith
and left tackle Marvel Smith.
Without Parker to set the
tone, much of the offensive
burden will fall on
Roethlisberger to complete
passes and veteran Najeh
Davenport to pick up yardage
as the feature back.


Steelers defensive coordina-
tor Dick LeBeau must find a
way to stifle the Jaguars'
ground game, something his
troops failed miserably at a
few weeks ago.
Jacksonville has become the
team nobody wants to play
thanks to an 11-5 regular sea-
son, a potent running game
that features Fred Taylor and
Maurice Jones-Drew, efficient
quarterback-
S. ing from
David
SGarrard and
a still-formi-
dable
defense.
"They're the
team to watch
out for," Jerry Rice
told the Boston Globe.
It's been an impres-
sive campaign for the
Jaguars. Forgetting Sunday's
loss to the Houston Texans in
which most of Jacksonville's
starters did not play, the men
in teal outscored opponents
383-262. Taylor and Jones-
Drew combined to rush for
1,970 yards (131.3 per game
average).
A big difference between
this year's Jaguars team and
the one that went 8-8 last sea-
son is an ability to win close
ballgames. Victories over
Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh
were earned with fourth-quar-
ter scores.
On defense, Jacksonville has


looked vulnerable at times -
the Indianapolis Colts passed
and ran at will in a blowout
Monday Night Football win
Oct. 22 but has also man-
aged to shut down other
teams.
Thanks to Garrard's careful
distribution of the ball and a
focus on minimizing mistakes,
the Jaguars have a plus-9
turnover margin this season,
despite the defense not com-
ing up with as many intercep-
tions as last year.
Ultimately, what Saturday's
matchup may.come down to
is ball control. The Jaguars
have excelled at clock-eating,
sustained drives that showcase
the running skills of Taylor
and Jones-Drew, the efficiency
of Garrard on short tosses and
an occasional long pass
attempt thrown in to keep
opposing defense honest.
Undoubtedly the Steelers
know what Jacksonville will
try to do. Stopping it, however
is another matter entirely.
On the other side of the
coin, with Parker out the
Steelers don't have a break-
away threat in the running
game. That means the Jaguars
can sit-back a-bit on defense,
.keep Pittsburgh's receivers in
front of them and read
Roethlisberger while looking
for game-changing picks.
Look for a close contest that
willprobably be decided in
the final minutes.


SPOTS BRE


Beaches Basketball
League
A beaches basketball league
is open to boys and girls 3
years old through 5th grade.
The league began December
29 and runs through Saturday,
March 1.
Play consists of an eight-
game season and all players
receive a T-shirt, trophy and
basketball.
For more information or an
application, visit beachesbas-
ketball.com or phone Tommy
Hulihan at 349-2611.

Fitness Camps
Registration is now open for
Beach Girls Fitness, an out-
4oor. fitness program for
,woniie of all fitness levels.
The fitness camp involves a
total body workout designed
to help women lose weight,
gain:energy and boost self-
esteem.
Camps take place Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays from
5:30 a.m. until 6:45 a.m.
For more information
phone Pushpa Duncklee at
403-9568. or visit beachgirls-
fitness.com.

Lacrosse
Ponte Vedra Predators
lacrosse is seeking some dads
and volunteers to step up to
the plate to help with coach-


ing. No prior experience is
necessary.
Those interested in helping
out must become certified in
order to do so. Contact Scott
Cleary at scleary@harrelland-
harrell.com for more informa-
tion.
Also, visit PVAAcoachtrain-
ing.com User ID: PVAA,
Password: Coach for addition-
al details.
Team moms and other vari-
ous volunteers will be needed
throughout the season.

Soccer
The Over Forty Soccer Club
plays at the San Pablo Fields
(opposite Fletcher High
School) Sunday momings.
; Contact John Goetz at 654-:
4832 or via e-mail at
Hawkvalves@aol.com for more
information.


Ponte Vedra Soccer Club will
conduct registration for the'
spring 2008 season until Jan.
10.
Interested players may visit
PonteVedraSoccerClub.com for
registration information.
Children must have turned 4
by July 31, 2007 to be eligible
to play.
The spring season starts
March. 1 and ends May 3.
Recreation registration fee is


$130 and includes uniform
and all other fees.
For more information, e-
mail any questions to
Coors54mom@aol.com.

Wrestling
The Nease High wrestling
team defeated Florida Air
Academy, 60-9, on Dec. 19
and Florida School for the
Deaf and Blind (49-27) in the
second half of a dual meet.
In the first match, Panthers
winners included Christian
D'Allesandro (125 pounds) via
forfeit; Chris Sposito (135) via
forfeit; Wesley Smith (140) via
forfeit; Teddy Hughes (145) by
pinfall in 5:44; Julian Synan
Q(52) via forfeit.
iAlso, Mitch Eddy (160) by
pin in 4:19; David Bell (171)
by pin in 3:19; Phil Mauro
(103) by pin in 5:13; Mac
Walker (112) via forfeit; Jose
Baez (119) by pin in 4:18.
In the second match, Nease
winners included Alex Moye
(135) via pinfall; Eric Ketcham
(140) via technical fall; Julian
Synan (160) via pin; Mitch
Eddy (171) by pin.
Also, Phil Mauro (103) via
decision; Zach Causey (112) by
pin in 3:24; Dimitri Paspalaris
(119) via technical fall; Jose
Baez (125) via forfeit and
Christian D'Allesandro (130)
via pin.


Photo by ROB DeANGELO
Nease High's Megan Viola tracks down a loose ball during the Panthers game against Port
Orange Atlantic Dec. 18. Nease lost that contest but entered the holiday break on a positive note
with a victory at home over Stanton Prep two nights later.


Pelvis fractures more



common in adolescents


During a typical football
season, I will see two or
three young athletes
with avulsion fractures of the
pelvis. This is caused by the
strong thigh muscles popping
off their weaker attachment
point to the immature anterior
bony pelvis.
This typically occurs due to
a sudden forceful contraction
of the quadriceps muscles,
especially if the hip is being
stretched into ar extension or
"backward" motion.
This injury however is not
isolated to football players.
For example, one cheerleader
was dropping into a split, and
her back leg stretched quickly
into position. Immediate pain
was felt, and it was difficult for.
her to walk. Her x-rays
showed that she indeed pulled
off a small piece of the bony
attachment.
This type of injury usually
occurs in the athlete aged 12-
15, while they are still grow-
ing. The immature growth
center where the muscle
attaches is a weak spot and is
subjected to high stresses from
running and jumping.
As the bone matures and
strengthens, this injury fails to
occur, and it is more likely the
muscle itself may stretch or
tear.
These types of injuries
almost never need any form of
surgical treatment. No casting
or immobilization is necessary.
A rehab program is pre-
scribed, and the fracture heals
with often abundant new
bone being formed.
Baseball players are not
immune from this injury.
In the past seasons, I have
seen three baseball players
with this injury. One was
injured simply running to first
base, while another injured
himself while pitching.
One athlete pivoted though
his back hip and back foot
while batting. Pain shot
though his hip, along with
him hearing a loud pop. He
initially feared that he might
have even dislocated his hip.
X-rays revealed his fracture,
and he was begun with a
rehab program. After a few
weeks, he had healed his frac-
ture, and was returned to the
field.
A similar injury can occur
on your backside. The ham-
string muscles attach to the
bony knob deep within your
buttocks.
Again, a sudden forceful
contraction can yank of the
immature attachment. These
patients usually can be seen
sitting in the waiting room
leaning over to the other
cheek, avoiding any pressure
to the injury.
Even with a classic history
and mechanism of injury, the
athlete should see a doctor
and x-rays should be obtained.
Usually an athlete can be back
to their sport in about six
weeks.

Little ones less
likely injured


GREGORY
SMITH, M.D.
CONTRIBUTOR


Question: Dr. Smith, I am
considering letting my son
play peewee football. How
dangerous is it? I mean, how
likely is he to get hurt?

Answer: Letting your son
play peewee or little league
football is not without some
risk of injury, but overall, this
risk is pretty low.
Injury rates tend to increase
as forces at impact increase.
Force is determined by mass
(weight) and velocity (speed).
Because the players are smaller
and really don't move all that
fast, they cannot generate
enough force to typically
inflict serious harm.


Standard issue helmets and
shoulder pads also protect
players from injury.
In fact, a Mayo Clinic study
found that athletes in grades
four through eight were just as
likely to get injured in other
recreational: or competitive
sports, as they were to get
injured playing football.
Significant risks begin to
increase once the players reach
the high school ranks.
The Mayo study followed
about 900 kids over a season
and tracked rinjuAW,,c.p;i
rences. Taking i':tonaccount
even minor injuries such as
cuts or lacerations, there was
only a six percent prevalence
of injury. The most common
type of injury was a bad bruise
(contusion). There were four
fractures that occurred during
the time frame of the study.

This column is written to dis-
cuss issues regarding sports, med-
icine, and safety. It is not intend-
ed to serve as a replacement for
treatment by your regular doctor.
It is only designed to offer guide-
lines on the prevention, recogni-
tion, and care of injuries and ill-
ness. Specific concerns should be
discussed with your physician.
Mail.your questions to Gregory
Smith, MD Sportsmedicine,
1250 S. 18th Street, Suite 204,
Femandina Beach, Fl 32034.


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Jaguars
running
back
Maurice
Jones-
Drew fields
a kickoff
during
action ear-
lier this
season.
Jones-
Drew, in
his second
season,
vould be a
key factor
in
Saturday's
AFC play-
off garhe
against the
Pittsburgh
Steelers.


January 2, 2008


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The Beaches Leader/Ponte Vedra Leader Page 13


A Look Back at 2007


ABOVE: Fletcher High volleyball player Leah Tuckerdives for a dig during action last fall.
LEFT: Nease High's Dalton Faulds competes in the discus event in the St. Johns River Athletic Conference championships
last April at Bartram Trail High School.


Photo by DAVID ROSENBLUM
ABOVE: Nease's Tyler McCumber follows his iron shot during
play last fall. McCumber was a key member of the Panthers
team that won a state golf championship.
LEFT: Fletcher's Alex Tiemeier is picked off first against
Mandarin. (Photo by Rob DeAngelo)


ABOVE: Tiger Woods blasts from the sand at No. 15 during the final round of The Players Championship last May.
LEFT: Venus Williams eyes a return at the Bausch & Lomb tennis championships played at Amelia Island Plantation.


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ATLANTIC BEACH DUPLEX BY DUT-
TON ISLAND PRESERVE. 3BR/2BA.
Spacious, 1500sf. Built 2003, New carpet
& tile. CH&A, W/D. Easy bike to beach, 95
Dudley St., $950/mo. (904)610-2743.
NEPTUNE BEACH, 1 block to ocean,
2BR, sun porch, hardwood floors, CH/A,
WDHU..$950/mo. (904)398-0470.
SAWGRASS CC, Northgate, 2BR/2BA,
2100sf., 2 car garage. Fireplace. Water to
golf view. $1800/mo. Call Susan
(904)514-7150.
NEPTUNE BEACH 2BR/1BA, 1 year
lease, No pets, W/D, $1000/mo, $1000
deposit. 918A 1st Street (between Bay &
Pine). Call 591-1218 or 246-8970.
3BR/ 2.5BA plus loft townhouse in Atlantic
Bch. Newly renovated. $980/mo.,
$800/dep. 422-6747.
ATLANTIC BEACH, 1332 Main St.,
2BR/1.5BA duplex, $700/mo., 891-0606.
BRAND NEW Townhome 3/2.5, 1 car gar.
11563 Summer Tree Rd., off St. Johns
Bluff. $1200/mo. 860-1690,


1/1, CH/A, ceramic tile floors, very clean.
1/2 block to beach. $800/mo., lyr lease,
sec. dep. $800, credit check. 116 14th
Ave. S. 246-3878.
1654 MAIN Street, Atlantic Bch. 2/1,
WDHU, A/C, ceiling fans, fireplace. No
pets. $675/mo + dep. 246-4098.
MAYPORT LANDING, 2BR/2BA town-
home, fenced backyard, bonus room, tile
floor downstairs. 1255 Mayport Landing
Dr. $775/mo. +$700/dep. 280-2728 Iv
msg.
4 BLOCKS from ocean. S. Jax Bch, 2BR/
1BA, $750/mo. 514-4229. Broker/owner.
ATLANTIC BEACH, 2BR/2.5BA, garage,
WDHU, five blocks to Town Center &
beach, $1200/mo., (904)742-6423.
NEP BCH, EAST OF 3RD! Huge 2/1 du-
plex, top floor, 1200sf, all professional
hardwood flooring, diningroom, livingroom,
WDHU, CH/A, huge fenced yard, parking
for 2-3 cars. Home warranty. Lowest rpnt
since 1989, $1030/mo.+ 247-3191.
2BR/1BA APARTMENT in JB. Convenient
location, 9 blocks to beach. W/D included.
$760/mo. (904)246-6592.
4 BLOCKS to ocean, 220 4th St. S.
$500/mo. 904-891-0606.
1-1/2 BLOCKS to Ocean, 1stAve. South,
2BR/1BA. $725/mo., 1BR/1BA $600/mo.,
(904)891-0606.
2BR TOWNHOUSE, 5-blocks from ocean.
$785/mo. Call John (904)813-9723.
GREAT LOCATION! 2BR/1BA upstairs
apt., across from ocean, Jax Beach,
$1000/mo. Available now, 962-5035.
NEP BCH ALMOST OCEANFRONT
Modern 2BR/1BA, tile, berber, W/D, dish-
washer, upstairs. $1095/mo. Available
1/1/08. 333-8462, Harrigan Properties.
JAX BEACH, 1 and 2BR apartments near
ocean, CH&A, WDHU. No pets. $725/mo.-
$825/mo. +$400 deposit. 246-3130.

S. JAX BCH
2 BR APTS
CH/A, WDHU. East of 1st St. $795-
$895/mo. 241-RENT, 733-3730.


VERY NICE 3BR 2BA house, Ig gar., new-
ly renovated. Convenient to Wonderwood
Expwy. 3217 Hampsted Ct. $1100/mo.
891-0606.
NEPTUNE BCH. 2150 Florida Blvd.
2BR/1.5BA, renovated 2005, WDHU,
fenced back yard, credit check, No Cats/
Non-smoking. $800/mo. (904)221-5833.
NORTH JAX Beach, 1BR $615/mo., 2BR
$715/mo. 1 block to Ocean. Pool. No
pets. (904)249-5368.

WALK TO BEACH
2/1 townhouse, W/D included, CH&A, ce-
ramic tile, approx. 900sf. 405 14th Ave..
S., Unit C, Jax Bch. No pets. $825/mo,
$825/sec. dep. (904)343-9906.


W ATLANTIC Beach, 633 Stocks Street.
Clean, move-in ready, 3BR/2BA, W/D.
Screened patio, privacy fence, pets OK.
$1225/mo. +security. 373-0492.
618 9TH Ave. N. 3BR/1BA, CH&A,
fenced yard, $925/mo. 891-0606.
914 3RD Ave. S., Jax Bch. 2BR/ 1BA,
$875/mo. plus dep. 220-5797.

ATLANTIC BEACH
House w/ fenced yard, 2BR/ 1BA,
screened porch, eat-in kitchen, livingroom,
diningroom. Short term considered.
$1350/mo. 607-2794.
PONTE VEDRA/ Palm Valley, beautiful,
large, private, 4BR/3BA, plus bonus room,
2-car garage, w/many amenities.
,$1600/mo. 860-1690.
JAX BCH, 3/1, 2.5 car gar., fenced yard,
$1400/mo. 836 9th Ave. N. 318-0044.
NEPTUNE BEACH townhouse; 1.5 blocks
to ocean, 226A South St., 2BR/2.5BA +of-
fice, WDHU, garage. No smokers,
$1400/mo., 249-0073.
2BR/1.5BA Townhome, 4 blocks from
ocean, 1400sf. Everything brand new.
Amazing inside. Must see! 759-5623.


....-OCEAN VIEW:,brand new, 3/2, upgrad-
ATLANTIC BCH/ Mayport, 3 BR, new ap- ded; considetr-lese option, ocean view
pliances, terrazzo floors, W/D, fenced from most rooms. Owner/ Agent, 463-
yard, carport, very nice, 233-1346. 7343.


TOWNHOME, ATL. Bch, 3/2.5, $900/mo. NEPTUNE BCH 116 Lora St., large
476-6961. 3BR/2BA, 1/2 block to ocean. Deck, no
I,, Rl AIU .IR qnqrtmnt- B dogs $1950/mo. 463-0222 or 465-2653.


IlVr I UINL- L 3 1/ / :l 3A aplar mIen ,
laundry room, CH&A, convenient to May-
port, 247-7641.
NEPTUNE BCH, near ocean. Nice mod-
ern well taken care of 2BR Apt. All amen-
ites, $980/mo. Also 1 BR Apt $775/mo.
247-1417.
NEPTUNE BCH 2BR/1BA, deck, garage,
includes water, $1250/mo, no dogs,
463-0222, 465-2653
MOBILE HOMES. $525 to $575, on pri-
vate lots. Near Mayport Naval Station, no
dogs, 333-5579.
BEST DEAL
NEPTUNE BEACH, 2BR/2BA, upstairs,
covered balcony, WDHU, very private.
Many extras. $1045/mo. 616-3580.
BEACHES, 2BR/1.5BA TOWNHOUSE,
ceramic tile floors, CH&A, laundry room,
patio,, fenced yard, 1 yr. lease, no pets,
$950/mo. discounted rent, 993-1114,
270-1284.
BLOCK TO BEACH/NEPTUNE
Large 2BR/2BA, enormous, private,
fenced patio with fruit trees, indoor stor-
age room, WDHU, dishwasher, clerestory
window in LR, skylights both bathrooms,
ceramic tile floors. $1250/mo. 993-2555
BeachesApartments.com
JAX BEACH, 2.5 blocks to ocean, large
2BR/1BA, CH&A, W/D, deck. $1195/mo.,
655-5367, 803-3099.
OCEANFRONT 3/2, Jax Bch, newly reno-
vated w/ pool, $1800/mo. (904)246-7677.


PONTE VEDRA- nice, clean, 3BR/2BA,
garage, very private, maintenance free,
pets ok, $1200/mo. 241-4750.
ICW WEST, marsh front, two story, Cape
Cod brick, 3BR/2BA, deck, hot tub; gor-
geous views; immaculate. $1300/mo. Call
(904)874-1059.
ADORABLE, 3/2, newly renovated home
in Ponte Vedra. Wood floors, fenced yard,
quiet neighborhood. $1295/mo. Lawn
service incl. Available 1/1/08. Avail for
showing now. Call 476-5071 for an appt.
S. JAX Beach, great beach location, good
living spaces 3BR/2BA, $1550/mo.
(904)910-1108, (919)358-0244.
MARSH LANDING, executive 4BR/ 2.5BA
home. 3 car gar., totally renovated, granite
in kitchen & baths. $2495/mo. 537-4083.
NEAR HANNA Park- 3BR/2BA 1100sf,
fenced back yard, 1 car garage, No pets.
$1000/mo., + security. 553-9890.
N. JAX Beach, 3BR/2BA, 2 car garage,
$1500/mo. Call 241-7838.


OCEANFRONT, 1BR/1BA, Jax Beach
South, 811 Soq: 1'st St., unfurnished, pool,
ground floor..Unit remodeled and beauti-
ul. No pets. 1 parking space, $1299/mo.,
$1299 security deposit. Please call
(904)463-1036.
3BR/1.5BA, IN Mayport. Newly remod-
eled. $900/mo. 334-5421.


S. JAX Bch. 2BR, fully furnished, ocean-
front condo. Monthly/ Weekly. 241-0267.
www.rentjacksonvillebeach.com
BEACHES
3BR/2BA ground floor, pool, fully furnish-
ed $795 weekly. (904)608-4325.
OCEANFRONT RENTAL
4BR/4BA, weekly, monthly, yearly. Call
(904)249-8269.
OCEANFRONT CONDO, 2/2, end unit
.furnished. Daily, weekly, monthly.
(904)803-6560 Gail

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ROOMMATE FOR 3BR/2BA, Jax Beach.
ATLANTIC BEACH, 395 Bouy Lane; new- $575/mo +deposit, includes utilities
ly remodeled; 3BR/2BA, 2 car garage, (904)249-1890.
fenced back yard. $1400/mo., 710-7665. 49 89
NICE! NEWER Jax Bch condo, private
JAX BEACH, 3BR/1BA, large backyard, bedroom, bath & garage. Washer/ dryer.
pets OK, $1100/mo. +$1100/dep, lyr. $695/mo. incl. util. Owner/ realtor
ease. 568-6460 Mark. .994-36d8.
4-BLOCKS TO Ocean. 1BR/1BA, all tile. NEWLY RENOVATED bedroom. Furnish-
$699/mo.+ deposit. 405 Lower 8th Ave. ed, private half bath. Clean, quiet, non-
South. 534-2120. dramatic! Reasonable, details? 343-2051.


S. JAX BCH, 4 blocks from ocean,
3BR/1.5BA, CH&A, $1200/mo. Pets limit-
ed to 30lbs. 411 S. 10th Ave. 514-4229.
Broker/ Owner.
PONTE VEDRA Pool Home, spacious
3/2.5 on large lot, east of A1A, walk to
beach, $1900/mo. +deposit, lawn and pool.
care included. (904)607-6143.


JAX BEACH, $550/mo. includes all ameni-
ties, cable & internet, full privileges, 803-
8201
NICE, CLEAN 3BR/2BA. $400/mo. +utilit-
.jes Call 334-6266. ,


, fljP BCH, -EAST OF 3RD! 2/1 dufiex, Rtefit en g25/mipf fta de~' 2
1200sf., hardwood, diningroom, WDHU,, blocks to ocean, 521-8473.
huge fenced yard, $1030/mo. +dep. R M IN 3 A. $ o +2
(904)247-3191. ROOM IN 3BR2BA. $500/mo +1/2 util.
Less man I i fmi.irhnucu. I. h r)- Jr)


ATLANTIC BEACH. 5 Blocks to Ocean.
3BR/2.5BA, sunroom, fireplace, fenced
yard, carport, $1350/mo., (904)246-4856.
3BR/ 2BA, 2 car gar. 119 37th Ave. S.,
IlvaxPh t1 Qnn/mn (,n,,4)IR-88RB


Less man 1. mi. from beach. Dog Or\
w/dep. Email: navcomp@hotmail.com
PONTE VEDRA Beach. room w/private
bath. $550/mo. includes everything.
(904)415-6277.


.......... --iu.- ...-...- ROOM FOR rent in my home near ICW;
3BR 2BA, Ig fenced yard in beautiful Hot tub avail. $650/mo. incl. util. Call
Seabreeze. $1300/mo. 247-5334. (904)571-6533.


SOUTH JAX Beach. 3BR/1.5BA, 6 blocks
to ocean. $1300/mo. 710-5200.
ATLANTIC BCH, large 4BR/2BA, eat-in
kitchen, fenced backyard, WDHU, new
paint. $1275/mo. (904)571-5517.
PVB LAKEFRONT HOME, 2BR/2BA, ga-
rage, fireplace, pool, yard service, yr.
lease, $1250/mo. 404-290-4919, just ren-
ovated..
ISLE OF Palms, JB, 3/2, 2 car garage
$1395/mo. + deposit. 759-2349.


WANTED TO RENT Oceanfront condo,
3BR/2-3BA. yearly lease: needs applian-
ces, W/D, pool, prefer gated. 219-1638.

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JAX BEACH Condo, 2BR/2BA, 1.5 blocks
to beach, recently renovated, $1300/mo.,
(904)200-0374.
JAX BEACH, 2272 S. 2nd St. 2BR/2.5BA,
tri-level, 1 car garage, WDHU, 1.5 blocks
to ocean, Available Feb 2008, $1175/mo.
Call, 249-6585.


ATLANTIC BCH, 2BR 2BA, wood floors,
just remodeled. Pool, block to ocean. No
pets or smokers. $1050/mo. 505-1071.
ATLANTIC BEACH Condo, secluded,
2500sf, quaint area, by golf course,
3BR/3BA. $1200/mo. +deposit.
(407)415-9334.
PONTE VEDRA, 3/2, lake front, new tile,
paint, carpet, lots of storage, $1350/mo.
224-5100 or 285-5260.


NEPTUNE BEACH, on Third St., great
signage, 700sf., negotiable, 993-4011.
JAX BEACH, 711 S. 3rd Street, small sin-
gle room office, apx. 12X20, front and
back units available. TDO Management,
246-1125.
OFFICE SPACE, retail setting, Beach Pla-
za City Center. 242-9000 x222,



OFFICE/ WAREHOUSE/ Retail Space for
lease, 2 locations, Mayport Rd. and Noca-
tee. Free rent. 514-1090.


COTONDETULEAR PUPPIES accepting
reservations. Champion pedigree, show
quality. $2000-$4000 233-4545.
COCKER SPANIEL pups, CKC & HC;
starting at $275. (904)718-2884


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


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JAX BEACH, 2BR/1BA, hardwood floors,
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1BR/1BA, AVAILABLE 12/20. $850/mo.
water included. South Jax Beach.
(904)534-4559
JAX BEACH SOUTH. 811 So. 1st St.,
2BR/1BA, remodeled 2nd floor duplex, un-
furnished, 100 ft. from ocean. Pool,
CH&A, WDHU. No pets, 1 parking space.
$999/mo. $1000 security deposit. Please
call (904)463-1036.
LUXURY CONDO directly on Intracoastal
in MiraVista w/garage, 3BR/3BA, 2050sf,
$1950/mo. Boat slip available. Call Jay
343-1897.
OCEAN VIEW, JAX BEACH, 3BR/2BA,
vaulted ceiling, beautiful tile. Bright, open
floor plan. No dogs. $1600/mo. (discounts
avail.). Roommates considered. (404)325-
0820, (404)784-6601.
PONTE VEDRA,.2BR/2.5BA condo, FP,
new carpet, W/D, pool, etc. 1092 Sea-
hawk Dr. N. $900/mo. incl. water & sewer,
lyr lease. No pets, 221-6037.
TWO GREAT condos completely remod-
eled, over 1100sqft 2BR/2BA with private
patio, loft, fireplace, separate storage
room + laundry room. Lawn Service, pool
privileges, beautiful tile throughout, stain-
less appliances, $895/mo., (w/ garage
$950/mo,).,Call 887-6033 or 571-6664 or
247-7910.
2/2 CONDO, PV Bch, gated w/ amenities.
Call 294-6940.
J. B. newer 3/2, garage, fireplace, consid-
er lease option .6 month plus, $1250/mo,
463-7343.
PONTE VEdIRA' 1/1, 750sf, $850. 3/2,
1200sf, $1050.,2/2.5 townhouse, 1100sf,
$950. JAX BEACH- Furnished 2/2,
1100sf, $1050. INTERCOASTAL WEST-
3/2 single"family home, 1665sf, $1200.
Realty Executives Ponte Vedra (904)249-
7676 press 2.
THE PALMS,1BR/1BA, near beach, W/D,
pool, fitness'$850/mo. (904)610-3608.
PONTE VEDRA, 2/2 Ocean Grove,
$1050/mo. Top Iell Realty 270-0222.


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hearing, he will need a record of the pro-
ceedings and for such purpose he may
need to ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record in-
cluded the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the American with Dis-
abilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida
Statute, persons with disabilities needing
special accommodation to participate in
this meeting should contact the City
-Clerk's Office no later than 5:00 p.m., the
day of the meeting.
Code Enforcement Board
BL 1/02/08

AUCTION NOTICE
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the
"Self Storage Facility Act", Florida Statutes
Section 1, Part IV of Chapter 83, Laws of
Florida 1982; the personal property con-
sisting of clothing, personal items and
household goods of:
Frank Jenkins, Jacksonville, A097, 10x10,
furniture.
Thomas Edwards, Jacksonville, B234,
5x10, furniture, misc. boxes.
Perfecting Saint Church, Atlantic Beach,
C357, 5x5, misc. boxes.
Carlos Brutus, Jacksonville, D462, 5x5,
clothing,
Joshua Gant, Atlantic Beach, D475, 5x5,
misc. boxes, furniture.
Ezeikiel Jackson Jr., USS Tort McHenry,
C354, 5x10, misc. boxes: ..
Thomas Bennett Jr., Atlahtlc:B'each, B211,
5x10, furniture, misc. boxe's. :
Will be sold or otherwise disposed of at
10:00 AM, Saturday, January-12, 2008 to
satisfy lien(s) for past due rent(s) cost and
fees. Disposition will take, place at: Pan
Am Mini Storage, 2383:Mayport Rd., At-
lantic Beach, FL 32233.1 Pan Am Mini
Storage reserves the right to reject any
and all bids and establish minimum bids to
compensate for all costs .
BL 12/26, 1/2


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training in 3 weeks. Must be 21. Have
CDL? Tuition reimbursement] CRST.
(866)917-2778.
IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified @beachesleader.com
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Job placement assistance. Call Aviation
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Use code 'FLCNH" or call (866)218-2763.
NEED A Math Tutor? I tutor up through
Algebra I. Lyn Broderick, 247-8609.
PIANO LESSONS
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. Financial aid and computer provid-
ed if qualified. (866)858-2121
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FREE ROOM in Jax Beach in exchange
for part time caregiving. 610-9047.

The Beaches Leader has part-time open-
ings in the fast paced mechanized News-
paper Assembly Line. Day & Night shifts,
hours vary. Requires lifting. Starting pay is
$8.50/hr. Apply at 1114 Beach Blvd., Jax
Bch or contact Anya at (904)249-9033.
PVB AREA- Housekeeper wanted 4-5
hours per week. Thursday mornings. Must
be reliable, love cats and have a pleasant
personality. References required. Call
273-2987 for interview.
PART-TIME PAYROLL
Beaches company requires a Payroll Ad-
ministrator for Monday -Wednesday posi-
tion. Experience required. Fast paced en-
vironment. Competitive salary. Email re-
sume to: dvonberner@cntre.com

NOTICE TO READERS
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 TELLER/CSR
Peoples First Community Bank has a
Part-Time Teller position available at our
Kernan Branch location. Customer service
and cash handling experience required.
Previous banking experience helpful, but
not mandatory. Please visit our website at
www.peoplesfirst.com for an application
or contact Julie Hollis at
(800)624-9699 ext. 7327 or
juliehollis@peoplesfirst.com or fax
(850)770-7940. You may also apply in
person at: 3475 Kernan Blvd. S., Jackson-
ville Beach, FL 32224. DFWP/ EEO/, AA
Employer.

DRIVER NEEDED for moving company.
Experience helpful. Have phone/ transpor-
tation. 285-2426.
CLEANING HELP needed for restaurants,
late evenings. Office Cleaners needed,
evenings. Car and phone a must. Call
273-2761.



*DIANA'S STYLING SALON*
Looking for a career? Stylists, Barbers,
Nail/ Pedicure Techs needed. Great
incentives w/progression. Call Diane at
525-2164 for more details. EOE.
ADVERTISING SALES Manager- National
Newspaper Placement Services (N2PS) is
seeking an experienced sales person with
managerial experience to lead the sales
team. N2PS, a subsidiary of the Florida
Press Association, sells and services print
and online advertising for newspapers.
Successful account management, proven
leadership skills required and an under-
graduate degree or equivalent related ex-
perience required. Email your cover letter,
resume and salary history to:
hr@n2ps.com. EOE, drug-free workplace.
CAREGIVERS
AMERICAN HOME Companions seeks
experienced caregivers for the elderly.
Must drive and be able to work weekends.
247-7495.


SERVER NEEDED for Pablo Creek Club;
Great work environment, benefits, 1
month paid vacation. Call 992-6900 ext.
32.

CNA
FULL-Time, at a Premier Retirement
Community. Excellent benefit package,
competitive wages, good working environ-
ment. Applications available at Fleet Land-
ing Security Gate, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL; Fax to (904)246-
9447;' email to: jobs@fleetlariding.com
EOE/ Drug-Free Workplace.
CDL-A DRIVERS: Expanding Fleet offer-
ing regional/ OTR runs. Outstanding pay
package. Excellent benefits. Generous
ometime. Lease purchase on '07 Peter-
bilts. National Carriers (888)707-7729
www.nationalcarriers.com.

HOUSEKEEPER
needed in the Health Center at a premier
retirement community. Full-Time, with
great benefits and work environment Ex-
perience preferred.. Applications available
at Fleet Landing Security Gate, One Fleet
Landing Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233;
Fax to 904-246-9447;. email to
obs@fleetlanding.com. EOE/ Drug-free
Workplace.
JOHNSON'S PAINTING
Now hiring experienced painters. 568-
0990 962-2017.

OPERATIONS MANAGER needed for
Equipment Rental Business. Rent Beach
Stuff provides beach equipment to visitors
and vacationers that come to our beach-
es. You will be the person taking orders,
delivering, and maintaining the equipment.
You will have part-time help but the bulk of
responsibility is on you. This is an ex-
tremely unique position and you must be
flexible and motivated. Your responsibili-
ties, in order, are (1) ensure our custom-
ers are satisfied; (2) our equipment is
clean and in good working order; (3) ex-
pand our customer base. If youwould like
to know more about this position, please
send your resume or a bio to:
employement@rentbeachstuff.com. No
phone calls. Please include salary history
or your expectations. This is a salary plus
commission position.

OPTOMETRY, West Beaches, Front
desk, customer service, all office aspects.
Friendly personality, ability to multi-task,
bookkeeping, PC, medical office experi-
ence a plus. Fax resume to 221-6504.
BURDENBEARER SERVICES needs reli-
able cleaning help. Residential/ Commer-
cial. Call 246-7200.


DRIVERS- FLATBED recent average
$927.00/wk. Late model equipment,
strong freight network, 401K, Blue Cross
Insurance (800)771-6318 www.prime-
inc.com.

ADVERTISING SALES Representative-
National Newspaper Placement Services
(N2PS) is seeking an experienced sales
person to sell print and online advertising.
N2PS, a subsidiary of the Florida Press
Association, sells and services print and
online advertising for newspapers. Dem-
onstrated success with previous media
sales and an undergraduate degree or
equivalent related experience required.
Online sales experience a plus. Email
your cover letter, resume and salary histo-
ry to: hr@n2ps.com. EOE, drug-free work-
place.
KITCHEN ULITITY WORKER: FT\ bene-
fits\ 401 k\ flexible schedule. Golf Privileg-
es. Phone 904-246-4827, email:
accounting@selvamarina.com, or fax
resume to 246-9121. DFWP.
GM TECHNICIANS needed. 5 day work
week- ASE/GM certified preferred. Must
have 4yr. Driving record/ clean back-
ground, DFWP (904)249-8288 x128.
PALMS PRESCHOOL Assistant Teacher
needed for NAEYC accredited center.
Must be nurturing, energetic & someone
who truly enjoys children. Exp. preferred,
but willing to train the right person. Good
benefits & positive work environment.
EOE. 247-0983.
F/T & P/T Cashiers, Assistant Head Cash-
ier, Carry-out/ Sales Associates. Proctor
Ace Hardware, 870 A1A N., Ponte Vedra
Beach, 285-8101.
ATTN: DRIVER Paid orientation and bo-
nus 36-43 cpm ($1000+ wkly). Excellent
benefits Class A and 3 mos. OTR re-
qquired (800)635-8669.
TAXI DRIVERS Wanted. Clean driving re-
cord required. Call April, 246-9999.
MEDICAL ASSISTANT
Full-time medical assistant to work in a
Continuing Care Retirement Communi-
ty. Experience required. Excellent ben-
efits. Applications available at Fleet Land-
ing Security Gate,, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL 3223'3; faxt to
(904)246-9447: website at
www.fleetlanding.com; email to
jobs@fleetlandlng.com. EOE/ Drug-
Free Workplace.

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


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HAIR & NAILS booth rental. Great new HOUSEKEEPERS NEEDED. Immediately.
salon, 630 S. 3rd St., Jax Bch. $200 per Flexible hours, no weekends, excellent
week. Call Jimmaor Dixie 246-2121 pay. Transportation & phone requiired.
591-5901, 514-1188.


DRIVERS- REGIONAL $1,100 +/wk,
J'ville Terminal 100% Co. pd. benefits.
Must have Class A 100K miles. Pd Car
Haul Training! Call John @ Waggnoners
(866)413-3074.
TEACHER ASSISTANTS, infant & 2yr,
exp. preferred, church preschool. 249-
1204 or fax 241-3550.


Lawn service seeks individual to perform
dependable quality work. Excellent pay &,
overtime available. Crew Leaders wanted:
Perschel Brothers Services, Inc. 246-
0967.

OUR TOP driver made $71,087 in 20071
How much did you earn? $.45 per mile?
Make more in 2008! Home most week-
ends! Heartland Express (800)441-4953
www.heartlandexpress.com


HAIRSTYLISTS
Looking for change? New Day 'Spa seek-
ing up to four stylists that are talented and
outgoing. Rent or High Commission is
available plus large sign on bonus. Con-
tact (904)302-0880.
BEACHES CAR Wash-.:full time help
needed, Wages negotiable+ tips. Benefits
Avail. Apply in person, 1401-Beach Blvd.
FULL-TIME RECEPTIONIST
"George Moore Chevrolet is looking for a
qualified full-time Receptionist. Candidate
must be capable of handling multi-line
phone system, data entry and, filing. Gen-
erous benefits package available for right
candidate. Apply in person Monday Fri-
day, 10:00 am to Noon. Drug free work-
place. EOE.
George Moore Chevrolet
711 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville Beach
249-8282


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Are you ready to work for a City that is committed to its employees and citizens?

ffyou answered YES, we may have the career for you!

A complete list of opportunities, descriptions & applications
Scan be found online at www.COJB.jobs or in person at
11 North 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, Jacksonville Beach.
Call Amy with any questions at 904-247-6263
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2002- 25'9" Keystone Sprinter Travel
Trailer, queen bedroom, full bath, micro-
wave & gas oven, 3/4 refrigerator,
AM/FM/CD stereo, slide out living room,
new tires ..Great shape, warranty,
$11,000, 246-9025.


2002 DODGE DURANGO, black; fully
loaded, well maintained, $7300, 477-3756.
2000 GMC Sierra, white, long bed, great
shape, $6995. Call Mike, 285-2952.


MERCEDES 1987 420SEL, high mileage,
sound motor, $900, 220-3177.
1997 NISSAN. Maxima )etellentesonci-
tion, low miles, auto transmission, 4 dr,
power windows/ locks, cruise, CD, new
tires, $4900-OBO 887-9030.
1993 Red, 2 door Chevy Cavalier, perfect
inside and out, sunroof, 5 speed. $1400
OBO. 249-8819.
2004 TOYOTA Sequoia, loaded, V-8, low
miles, excellent condition, $26,000.
221-2235.

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20' UTILITY Trailer, triple axle,.good con-
dition. $1000 OBO. 249-8819.
SPLINTERS N MORE, INC.
Locally owned & operated, hand crafted
furniture and accessories. Personalized
pet products.
www.spllntersnmore.com.
ALL STEEL buildings. National manufac-
turer. 40x60 to 100x250 Factory direct to
contractor or customer. (800)658-2885
www.rigidbuilding.com.
METAL ROOFING. Save $$$ buy direct
from manufacturer. 20 colors in stock with
all accessories. Quick turn aroundl Deliv-
ery available. (352)496-0778 Toll free
888)93-0335 code 24. www.GulfCoast

TWO ADJACENT cemetery plots at
Beaches Memorial Gardens for $995.
Contact 904-744-2901 or cell 904-228-
8161.



HAMMOND ORGAN w/stool, Leslie Ani-
mation, excellent condition, $300 OBO.
Call 242-0189 or 616-6227.


IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified@beachesleader.com
WE BUY Scrap Gold for Cash! Estate and
old jewelry, Rolexes. 241-1889.


BOAT STORAGE in PV. Visit
www.MarinaClubPV.com


2000 HQNDA Ace 750, 4957 actual miles,
KNN, windshield, saddle bags, $2995.
Mike, 285-2952.


NOTICE TO READERS
ADVERTISERS IN this category are not
offering.jobs. They are offering job-related
services and may charge fees. Readers
are advised to exercise caution before giv-
ing credit card information over the phone
without knowing what specific product or
service they will receive.


ALL CASH candy route Do you earn
$800/day? 30 Machines, Free candy All
for $9,995. (888)629-9968 BO2000033.
Call us: We will not be undersoldl
ESTABLISHED, PROFITABLE frame
shop/ art gallery, must sell. Jonathan,
866-6937.
TURN KEY Restaurant, fully equipped,
Southside area. 242-9000 x222.



CERTIFIED NURSES Aide/ House Man-
ager. I am seeking a position in the home.
11yrs exp. I am able to work 24hrs a day. I
am unencumbered & personable/ respon-
sible & meticulous. I will provide transpor-
tation. Let me manage your home. Top
refs./ background. Will fax information
upon request. Cynthia (904)755-1461.


CAREGIVER AVAIL. Mon-Fri during the
day Call Jan 329-4622.


PADGETT'S A/C & Heating, Inc. Family
owned and operated. When quality and
customer service are demanded call
588-5222 Financing available.
SERVICE, REPAIRS; INSTALLATIONS
Free Estimates on replacements. License
CAC1814887. Credit cards accepted.


CAPURSO'S CLEANING
Need your home cleaned before moving-
in or out? One time home cleaning. Rental
properties, Offices, Homes. 248-9071.
HOUSEKEEPING, COMPANION Sitting
or Child Care, and more. PVB referen-
ces 534-3732.
UNIVERSAL CLEANER. Licensed and In-
sured. Call Beth (904)472-7286.


-. AN AMAZINGLY Clean House by Natasha
CERTIFIED CNA/HHC, available for full is expanding. Excellent prices and
time, unlimited home care. Brenda, detailed work. Lots of ref's. availablel
(904)910-4039. 210-1360.


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this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified@beachesleader.com

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this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified@beachesleader.com


1.02 CARET round diamond. Paid $5000 SNYDER & Baker Electric. Residential,
at Beards, asking $2000. 249-8819, commercial. Free estimates. Lid.
EC13003709 (904)237-3824.


MOVING SALE: furniture, king size sleigh
bed/ dresser, TV. armoire, end tables,
chairs, desk, 813-2283.
SALON EPISODE Pedi-Spa for sale. Like
new. $2500. Call (904)962-8863.
KENMORE WASHER & Dryer, $65/each;
Hotpoint refrigerator, $125; 641-9667,
838-5411.
CHERRY DINING room set: table w/6
chairs, china cabinet, and sideboard,
$1500, 249-7090.
BEACHES MEMORIAL Gardens, 2 burial
plots, includes vaults, $3700, 477-3756.


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


BEACH BOYS Firewood. Pickup or Deliv-
ery. Ranger Special $75. Call 759-1612.
FIREWOOD
By stacl or truckload or cordwood. 907
6th Ave. So., Jax Beach (for pickup);
285-6427 or 249-3478 (for delivery).


BEACH BOYS seasoned firewood. Nice
split oak. Small truck $50. Pickup or Deliv-
ery. Penman Road next to Terry's Country
Store. Call 759-1612.


STUCK? FRUSTRATED? Call Rob. All
applications, house calls, training, repairs,
upgrades, websites, graphics Free phone
tech. 904-249-3034 or email:
callrob@comcast.net.
IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified@beachesleader.com


IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email classified @beachesleader.com


ENDLESS SUMMER Lawncare. Free esti'
mates. Professional customer service.
Mowingt edging, weeding, trimming- trees,
shrubs. Licensed & insured. Residential &
commercial. CALL US FIRST! 270-2664.

PERSCHEL BROTHERS
SERVICES, INC.
PROFESSIONAL LAWN service. We mow
lawns. Free estimates. 246-0967.
P G Landscaping. Specializing in com-
plete lawn maintenance, remodeling con-
struction cleanup. (904)236-0055.
SHOW ME LAWN SERVICE, INC. Call
Pam 742-7769.
WINSOR LAWN Service, Inc. Competitive
rates. Call Alan. 237-5301.


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JAMES WYNNE REPAIRS, INC.
Block & Brick Masonry. New construction,
additions, repairs. Licensed & Insured.
333-1388.


SMALL TIME MOVING
Small to medium moves/ any distance/ flat
rates. Garage clean-outs/ trash removal.
(904)803-8201.


OCEANSIDE CLEANING INDUSTRIES
Safe roof cleaning. Spotless window
cleaning. Pressure washing. Licensed &
Insured. Call Kevin, 994-0045.




RELIABLE INTERIOR/ exterior painting,
pressure washing, drywall, texture, wall
coverings, Licensed, insured, references.
25 years, experience. (904)403-7389.
www.paintersyoucantrust.com
A PLUS QUALITY PAINTING, INC.
Top-notch work guaranteed. 17yrs. experi-
ence. Painting, trim, carpentry, wood re-
pair, pressure washing. Licensed/ Insured.
ree estimates. 861-9500.

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BEACHES HOME SERVICES. Painting,
free estimates, work guaranteed, licensed.
610-7768.

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email: classified@beachesleader.com


NEW POOL special, 15x30. Complete and
chlorine free, only $25,000. Call 568-4112.


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this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified @ beachesleader.com


CEDAR SHAKE Siding, Hardi siding,
Award winning homes at beach, insured/
full workers comp..Call for a free estimate.
Attantic Beach Exteriors 382-7969.


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HOME & roof repair & maintenance, com-
mercial property repair, driveway sealant.
I use materials from Texas Refinery Corp.
Free estimates. (904)879-4457 or
(904)813-2411.


QUALITY HOME REPAIR: Painting,
Wood Repair, Trim, Crown Moulding,
Pressure Washing, Flooring ,and more.
17yrs. experience. Licensed/ Insured.
861-9500.
HANDYMAN- EXPERIENCED and very
dependable for quality repairs, service
calls, painting, improvements and miscel-
laneous jobs. DAVE. 246-6628.
CABINETS, WINDOWS doors, trim,
painting etc. Good Service. Call Dave,
(904)755-6898.


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this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified@beachesleader.com

COAST TO COAST ROOFING
5th year anniversary special. Will beat any
written estimate, next 7 days.
904-755-7403. CCC1326983.

NELIGAN CONSTRUCTION
ROOFING DIVISION
ROOF REPAIRS & Re-Roofing. Trust a li-
censed professional. See our ad. under
Remodeling/Construction. State Certified
Roofer #CCC1325888. Member BBB
247-3777.



WEBERS TREE SERVICE
246-9930
Quality work at reasonable rates. Stump
grinding. Since 1986.



COASTLINE CUSTOM FLOORS, LLC.
Tile, Wood, Carpet & Vinyl Flooring. In-
stallation, Repairs. & Restretching. Free
estimates (904)233-9683.
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Rawlings stamp among dozens


Postal Service to debut in '08


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, namesake of an
elementary school in Ponte Vedra Beach, is rec-
ognized on a U.S. Postal Service stamp to be
issued Feb. 21.
The image of Rawlings, best known as the
author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The
Yearling," appears on the stamp with a back-
ground depicting a fawn at a watering hole in
the Florida scrub country, where she wrote "The
Yearling" and other tales.
The author is one of a wide range of subjects
that are recognized in the 2008 stamp program,
according to a news release from the U.S. Postal
Service.
"This stamp series celebrates pur greatest cre-
ative minds, our groundbreaking heroes, and
the places, institutions and values that have
made us who we are," Postmaster General. John
Potter said in the release.
A new series to be introduced in the summer
is "The Flags of Our Nation," with the first of 60
stamps available in mid-June.
The series, to be issued over a number of years,
will highlight the Stars and Stripes, as well as the
flags of the 50 states, five territories and the
District of Columbia.
The 2008 commemorative program launches
early this month with the "Celebrating Lunar
New Year: Year of the Rat" stamp for the Chinese
year that begins Feb. 7 and ends Jan. 25, 2009.
Among the other commemorative stamps for
the year are the following:
SAll Heart, this year's design for the U.S.


Postal
Service s
"Love" series
that began in
1973. The
2008 stamp
features an
oversized
heart being
transported
by its owner
to express that
a love-filled
heart could be
a gift to one's
beloved.
S Frank
Sinatra (1915-
1998), whose
image is based I
on publicity
photo.
Film diva Bette Davis, the 14th inductee into
the "Legends of Hollywood" series. The stamp is
being issued on the 100th anniversary of the
year of her birth.
Five stamps based on vintage movie posters
will celebrate "Vintage Black Cinema" and will
be availabk in June.
Four tisney stamps that will be the fifth and
final in the "Art of'Disney" series. The stamps
will feature Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie;
Princess Aurora and her helpers Flora, Fauna and
Merryweather
from. "Sleeping
Beauty;" Ponge
and one of his
pups from "101
Dalmations,"
and Mowgli
and Baloo from
"The Jungle
Book."

Images are
f r o m
www.usps.com.
They belong to a
collection being
released in
2008.


Tall tales of

tiny beasties

"Germ Stories" is a new chil-
dren's book by Dr. Arthur
Kornberg, the winner of the
1959 Nobel Prize for a ground-
breaking discovery about DNA
and the founder of Stanford
University's biochemistry
department.
Dr. Kofnberg, who died in
October at age 89 just weeks
before the book was published,
brings the microscopic world
to life with his poems and sto-
ries he recited to his children
and grandchildren.
With vivid illustrations
(example, left), and color pho-
tographs:the book will appeal
to children and adults alike.
For information, visit
(72.41.214.252/kornberg_gstories.htm).


Germs of endearment

There's nothing quite so cuddly as soft, stuffed ani-
mals.
Even if they are plush dolls that look like common
microbes, only a million times actual size. And with
eyes.
Introduced in 2002, the first Giantmicrobes were
Common Cold, Flu, Sore Throat: and Stomach
Ache, representing the microbes Rhinovirus,
Orthomyxoviridus, Streptococcus and
Sheigella, respectively. Each critter costs
under $8 and is accompanied by an image of
the real microbe it represents as well as
information about the microbe.
The following year, the company intro-
duced Bad Breath, Kissing Disease, Athlete's
Foot, Ulcer and Martian 'Life. Giantmicrobes
also has expanded into non-health related mar-
kets with the introduction of Martian Life, repre-
senting the microbe that was supposedly found in a
Mars rock in 1996.
Originally marketed as an educational product,
Giantmicrobes caught the interest of the general pub-
lic. "Everybody gets sick," said founder Drew Oliver.
"Giantmicrobes are a fun way of reifying that experi-
ence." For information, visit www.giantmicrobes.com.


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Vol. 45, No. 56


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


Follow road to PV High


Aug. 1981: Nease High School opens just east of
U.S. 1 off'County Road 210, becoming the high
school for teens throughout north St. Johns
County. Until then, most Palm Valley and Ponte
Vedra Beach teens attended Fletcher High in
Neptune Beach.
Aug. 2000: Bartram Trail High School opens in
Northwest St. Johns County, relieving Nease's pop-
ulation, which had reached 2,395.
Sept. 2000: St. Johns County schools
Superintendent Hugh Balboni expresses concern
that the Nocatee planned development will over-
crowd Ponte Vedra schools.
Jan. 2001: Nocatee developer tells School Board
the desired site is out of the question.

2002
Aug. 2002: First meetings of committee tasked
by the School Board with finding a high school
site east of the Intracoastal Waterway.


2004

Jan. 2004: Schools Superintendent Joseph
Joyner tells meeting of Ponte Vedra Beach PTOs,
"We want to see schools where the children are ..
We are committed to a high school in Ponte
Vedra."
Dec. 2005: The Nocatee developer offers to
donate a site east of Davis Park, the same site the
School District pushed for five years earlier.

2006
April 2006: School Board accepts site east of
Davis Park for a high school for Ponte Vedra teens.




April 2007: Ground formally broken for school.


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Nov. 13, 2007: School
Board names the school
"Ponte Vedra High
School."


FROM STAFF
The road to Ponte Vedra High School, which is
expected to open in August, has been a long and
winding one, involving developers, school offi-
cials, parents, community members and the state
of Florida, among others. Below are highlights of
the journey to the door of the school, being built
just east of Davis Park about one mile west of the
Intracoastal Waterway.
photo from Nease High School yearbook
Officers of the 1984 Nease High senior class-
the first graduating class at the school, which
opened in 1981 pose at Nease High School in
1984. With them are senior class sponsors
Phyllis Crotty (left) and Nancy Gormley.


1980


2000

Oct. 2000: School
Board position paper asks
for high school site on Judy Ham
east side of Nocatee.
Schools Superintendent Hugh Balboni, School
Board member Judy Ham and parents push for
the site.

2001

Feb. 2001: St. Johns County Commission
OKs Nocatee without requiring specific school
sites. The vote is 3-2, with Mary Kohnke, Marc
Jacalone and Jim Bryant voting yes.

2003
Jan. 2003: Site selection committee reaffirms
Sit willlook only ast of Intracoastal, despite
Spleas fromrniany residents tlook west of the
waterway. The issue is divisive in the communi-
ty.


Jan 2005: After the committee narrows its
choicesto a site in the Guana preserve and a 30-
acre parcel behind Talbots on State Road A1A,
the School District negotiates to buy the Talbots
site for a high school, over objections from
nearby residents.
March 2006: After Herb Peyton agrees to
swap 50 acres of his land surrounded by the
Guana for 50 acres of the Guana for a high
school site, a parent group gives up its fight for
the swap, which gets no support from the state.


--2007


July 2007: Craig Speziale begins as principal
of High School "CCC."


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November for the Ponte Vedra
High School mascot.


Several ballot issues

may change PV in '08


by GRAY ROHRER
STAFF WRITER
The year 2008 will have par-
ticular meaning for many
Ponte Vedra Beach youngsters
and their parents as the com-
munity's first high school is set
to open in August.
That and other phenomena
may change things for some
time in the Ponte Vedra area
and elsewhere, with a crucial
tax vote coming later this
month and a presidential elec-
tion in the fall.
Registration for Ponte Vedra
High School will begin in
March, but construction on the
school, which is being built
about one mile west of the
Palmi Valley bridge off the
Nocatee Parkway, isn't due to
be completed until July 1. The
following month the school is
scheduled to open to students
in grades nine, 10 and 11.
Nease High rising seniors
zoned for the school will finish
out their last year at Nease.
The election season will kick
off Jan. 29 with a statewide ref-
erendum on property tax
reform which, if passed by 60
percent of voters, could cost St.
Johns County an estimated
$10.5 million per year. County
officials have stated that if the
measure is passed, it could
affect some county services.


The presidential preference
primary will be on the same
ballot of Republicans and
Democrats, who will choose a
candidate from their party's
slate. It is still unclear, however,
how many Florida delegates
each party will count during
their national conventions.
Both the Democratic
National Committee (DNC)
and the Republican National
Committee (RNC) punished
their Florida wings for schedul-
ing a primary before Feb. 5,
with the DNC stripping Florida
of all of its delegates, and the
RNC taking away half of the
delegates. The nominees of
both parties, however, could
decide to reinstate the dele-
gates before the convention.
Ponte Vedra residents will
also help choose many local
officials this year, including
three county commissioners.
Commissioner Cyndi
Stevenson will attempt to keep
her seat against opponent Al
Abbatiello, a former aide of
Commissioner Tom Manuel,
for the Republican ticket in
District 1 during the primary
scheduled Aug. 26.
Commissioner Ben Rich will
face off against Randy Brunson
and Mark Miner in the August
primary for the Republican
nomination for the District 3
seat. Ken Bryan, who ran
See 2008, Page 3 -


Photos by CHUCK ADAMS
More than 100 surfers gathered on the oceanfront for a
memorial service on Saturday for James Edward "Jed" Davis,
who died Dec. 23 from injuries in a Dec. 6 bicycle accident.
Above, surfers head into the ocean to begin a paddle out.
Davis is memorialized by family and friends, below, on the
beachfront


photo by GRAY ROHRER
Ponte Vedra High
School, right, shown in
a photo from Monday, is
being built just east of
Davis Park. The new
school entrance, above,
under construction.


Holiday sales mixed for Beaches businesses


by ALEXANDRA KUMMERNES
STAFF WRITER
Some Beaches business fared
well during the holidays, while
others did not make the profits
they anticipated, according to
local retailers.
"I don't think we quite met
our goal, but we did all right,"
said Pineapple Post Manager
Gail Tetreault.
Although Tetreault said that
she could not specifically say


what caused the slump, she said
that many families "scaled back
this year."
"I think it's kind of tough
when you're paying $70 for a
tank of gas," she said.
Other businesses reported a
similar trend. For example,
Jagmania in Jacksonville Beach
.,also had a slow holiday season.
"We had the traffic, but peo-
ple weren't buying this much,"
said Manager Marcus Stacks,
adding that sales were down.


"All I can chalk it up to is the
economy," he said.
The manager of Peterbrooke
Chocolatier in Atlantic Beach
said that while company-wide
sales were better than last year,
the Atlantic Beach location did
not sell as much as they antici-
pated, according to Manager
Krissy Able.
Able said she attributes the
decrease in sales to the recent


franchise expansion.
But, some other local busi-
nesses saw a greater return this
season, selling more than
expected..
One of the Aqua East Surf
Shop owners, Andrea Forsyth,
said that gift certificates were a
significant part of the store's
sales this year.
Other businesses relied on
regular customers and a last


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The Beaches Leader/Ponte Vedra Leader


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History fades along with shrimping industry


ANGELA DAUGHTRY
CONTRIBUTOR

Fernandina Beach's past is
clearly entwined with the histo-
ry of the commercial shrimping
industry, which was born here
more than 100 years ago. Yet
the very industry that has made
this island what it is today is
rapidly fading into memory.
According to Kevin McCarthy,
owner of Amelia River Cruises
& Charters, there are only about
a dozen shrimp boats left, and
the shrimpers' unique lifestyle
is becoming more difficult to
sustain by the day; new down-
town development plans also
are squeezing out the remain-
ing space left for commercial
shrimp docks.
McCarthy, who has gathered
extensive knowledge of the
industry over several decades,
and gives talks on the subject,
says Fernandina Beach
shrimpers are "starving to
.death. They won't be around
much longer. They won't sur-
vive," he said.
In a recent talk given to an
Elderhostel group, McCarthy
said shrimping started here in
the late 19th century when
effluence from the paper mills
put oystering ostt of business.
Fernandina Beach was at that
time an export spot for
Southern yellow pine. The lum-
ber business was also declining
because of the practice of clear
cutting.
Some of the old buildings on
the waterfront, once meant to
hold lumber, were later convert-
ed to accommodate the shrimp
industry.
At that time, says McCarthy,
there was no market for shrimp,
but they were so plentiful that
"you could put a dip net in the
water and pull them out."
Locals even threw out cast nets
from shore and brought them
in.
Before the turn of the centu-
ry, families from southern Italy
had immigrated to the island,
bringing seine nets along with


photo submitted
Local shrimp boats are surrounded by sea gulls in the photo in the collection of the Amelia Island
Museum;of History.


them and increasing the shrimp
catch. According to the Bureau
of Seafood and Aquaculture
Marketing, it was around this
time that commercial shrimp-
ing began in earnest. Sallecito
Salvador, an:Italian immigrant,
put a small engine on his boat,
which gave him enough power
to pull the seine nets through
deep water, scraping the ocean
floor for the "bugs."
His brother-in-law, Salvatore
Versaggi, came to work for
Salvador, but eventually made
his way to New York City and
the famous Fulton Fish Market.
Through his contacts in New
York, a market was created for
shrimp, and Versaggi sent rail
cars filled with iced shrimp up
the coast. At first this was so
expensive that costs were barely
covered.
In 1913, a man from
Gloucester, Mass., named Billy


Corkum, got the idea of using
otter trawl nets, meant to catch
bluefish, as a way to catch loads
of shrimp. Invented in the 18th
century, trawl nets were perfect-
ed in Gloucester, says
McCarthy, for deep-sea fish-
ing. Within a year of this inno-
vation, he says, three million
pounds of shrimp were caught
by the first commercial
shrimpers. Shrimping contin-
ued to be profitable, but began
to decline over the years
because of over-fishing.
According to McCarthy, fall is
the peak of shrimping season,
and an excellent time to catch
the coveted white shrimp. Only
one shrimp boat is grandfa-
thered .in and allowed to net
shrimp in the Amelia River,
because the river is spawning
territory. All other shrimp boats
must be three miles out, or their
nets may be confiscated.


Although the shrimping
industry has never been as con-
trolled as fishing has been in
New England, said McCarthy,
the government does have con-
trols on the nets and equip-
ment used.
Shrimpers were condemned
by environmentalists, he said,
because the by-catch meaning
anything else caught in the nets
- was about 40 percent.
Although any catch that has
market value is sold, the rest is
thrown back into the water, and
some of the by-catch includes
protected species like sea tur-
tles. The University of Georgia
has partly solved the problem
by developing TEDs, or turtle
excluder devices, which have a
chute at the top to allow sea
turtles to swim out. The size of
the mesh also has to be big
enough to allow smaller shrimp
to get out.


Participants qualify for insurance discount


My Safe Home offers free program for homeowners


by ALEXANDRA KUMMERNES ly selected homes which were inspect-
STAFF WRITER ed, the MSFH program renewed con-
Atracts with six of the 11 wind inspection
-.i AFlorilia-based programE aimed -at-firms and increased the requirements.
protecting Florida homb8Wners1f oe h.teatAt be im.ti:;aqqqrdi~gtlo1 Sink's
hurricane damage is requiring higher office.
wind inspection standards, according to Some of the requirements include:
officials. *a minimum of two years experience
The My Safe Florida Home program, in residential construction or residential
which helps Floridians identify how inspection or be licensed in "good
they can strengthen their homes against standing" as a professional engineer,
hurricanes, is increasing wind inspec- architect or building contractor
tion standards for firms and inspectors *provide the actual measurement of
and offering free wind inspections for window and door openings
those who qualify, according to Alex -complete the uniform mitigation
Sink, chief financial Officer for the form required by insurance companies
Florida Department of Financial Affairs. for homeowners to be eligible for dis-
After conducting a review of random- counts on their insurance premiums


Many homeowners who have
received free wind inspections through
the program are eligible for discounts
on -their wirid insurance premiums,
ro.;cgordi.lg to !nk. To date, 71 percent
of participating homeowners are eligi-
ble for an average discount of $192.55
on their wind insurance premiums. The
program has performed more than
111,200 free wind inspections since
April.
Any Floridian who lives in a single-
family, site-built home is eligible for free
wind inspection through the program.
For more information or to apply,
visit www.MySafeFloridaHome.com or
call 1-800-513-6734.


Photo by LIZA MITCHELL


The pier stands in the distance on a clear winter day in Jacksonville Beach.


Last-minute buyers helped for some_

- BUSINESS, from A-1


minute shopping rush for their biggest profits.
"We did better than we thought," said Sunrise Surf
Shop Manager Keri Peterson, adding that the holiday
rush that started around Dec. 16 kept them busy.
Gail Lee, owner of Gail's Boutique in Atlantic Beach,
said that last minute shoppers specifically men looking
for gifts for their wives and regular customers helped
her business this season.


Despite fewer patrons at the Sea Turtle Inn, Ukelele
boutique owner Dottie Shoffner said that business was
"on target" with last year, if not slightly better.
Shoffner said that merchants in the area receive a lot
of business from guests staying at the hotel which is
undergoing renovations and if it were fully booked,
business might have been better, but she said she was
"content" with sales this season.


Three commissioners up for election

- 2008, from A-1


as a Democrat in 2006 for county
commissioner, will vie for the
Republican ticket in District 5 with
incumbent Jim Bryant. Although
Bryant has not officially registered to
run, during an interview last week
he stated he intends to do so later
this month.
The local political landscape could
change before August, however, as
there is still plenty of time for other
candidates to get in the races.
Four out of the seven trustees for
the Ponte Vedra Municipal Service


District will also be up for election in
2008, although they generally run
unopposed. Chairman Rob Becker,
along with trustees Bob Reesh and
Gary Jurenovich, will be up for re-
election. The seat recently vacated
by William Donovan will also be on
the slate, and it is still unclear
whether or not Gov. Charlie Crist
will appoint a replacement before
the November general election.
Despite the excitement of a new
high school and an important elec-
tion year, the Players Championship


golf tournament will, as usual, be a
highlight of 2008 in Ponte Vedra.
The world's best players, national
sports media, and throngs of golf
fans will converge on Ponte Vedra
May 5 through 11 for golf's "fifth
major," the second year the tourna-
ment will be held in May.
Phil Mickleson will look to defend
his title on the Players Stadium
Course.
No matter how you look at it,
2008 will be far from sub-par in
Ponte Vedra Beach.


The University of Georgia has
also helped in developing the
trawl system, according to the
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services. The Marine
Extension Service's Fishery
Station in Brunswick, Ga.,
developed the twin trawl sys-
tem, which is now being used
by all types of commercial fish-
ermen around the world.
There are at least two major
issues facing shrimpers today.
One is the rise of landside
shrimp farming; the other is the
cost of fuel. Between these two
factors, old-fashioned shrimp
boat captains have had a hard
time making. ends meet.
McCarthy said many local
shrimpers are surviving by car-
rying peddlers' licenses so they
can sell their product directly to
the public rather than going
through supermarkets or restau-
rants.
According to McCarthy, 90
percent of the shrimp we eat
today is farm-raised in places
like Thailand, China, India,
Indonesia and Ecuador, with a
few farms in the United States.
Shrimp aquaculture has led to
its own problems.
Farmed shrimp contains
antibiotics and higher levels of
pollutants than wild-caught
shrimp. Shrimp farming has
also contributed to the demise
of mangrove swamps, which
are important ecosystems that
act as a buffer for large storm
waves; and are a large part of
fishery life cycles.
According to Worldwatch
Institute, almost a quarter of
the world's mangrove swamps
have been destroyed in the past
20 years, mostly to make way
for shrimp farms.
"The same countries that pro-
duce lead-filled toys are produc-
ing seafood," says McCarthy.
And only 1 percent of overseas
food products are tested in the
United
States, he says. "Wild shrimp
is nutritionally better for us
even though it's caught from
the bottom."


State Farm

joins exodus

from Florida

on homes

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FROMSTAFF

State Farm insurance will
not renew insurance coverage
in 2008 for any homes within
one mile of the coast.
State Farm Agent Don Chao
said the decision will impact
600 customers at his office
alone including himself.
"It includes me," Chao said
of State Farm's decision to
drop coverage on its Beaches
customers.
"State Farm is the last of the
major carriers to take this
action and we're trying to
work around it," Chao said.
The nonrenewals will
impact everyone who lives
within one mile of the coast,
"unless they [State Farm] have
an oversight on the GPS."
Most of those who will lose
coverage will find that the
state insurance pool, Citizens,
is the only "viable market,"
Chao said.
Citizens will not insure
homes valued at $1 million or
more.
Chao said that some of the
small carriers still writing
insurance here are not well
rated meaning homeowners
could face problems if a cata-
strophic event occurs.
State Farm home insurance
customers will get written
notice before their policy
expires.


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