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Beaches News Journal P.O. Box 51593 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240 News Journal St.Au Facts Gardens and Things That Go Bump In the Night Whats Inside The This Month Crime Prevention Month M.R.S.A. (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) PRSRT SDT US POSTAGE PAID CALLAHAN, FL PERMIT #4 NEWS FOR AND ABOUT RESIDENTS OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE BEACHES AREA Be Prepared for Early and Possibly Unwanted Retirement Of Teachers & Capitalism Tricks and Treats St.AugustineBeaches October 2011 Sentimental Journey is a multi-element dance/social/heritage event, featuring the Florida Swing Orchestras 18 piece big band, Sea Cadets Color Guard opening cash bar, and complimentary dessert buffet, a photographer to capture the memories, and more. Members of the Armed Services will be present in uniform. Guests are encouraged to don 1940's period dress as well as military uniforms. (continued page 7) The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park will celebrate the 40th birthday of Maximo, the zoos largest living crocodilian on exhibit, October 8, 2011 by hosting a party for visitors of all ages. Guests are invited to enjoy a scavenger hunt, face painting, prizes and give-aways from 2:40 p.m. until 5:40 p.m. The celebrations key moments will be Maximos feeding, the croc cake cutting and a feeding at the Alligator Lagoon to round out the days events. All of the festivities are included as part of regular admission to the park. Maximo hatched in 1971 from an egg collected by aborigines along the Edward River on Australias Cape York Peninsula. As a juvenile, he was relocated to the Cairns Crocodile Farm, Australias largest commercial crocodile farm, where he grew into adulthood. Famed crocodile trapper George Craig led Alligator Farm Director and General Manager John Brueggen to Maximo as a possible successor to Gomek, formerly the parks largest live crocodile on exhibit. Brueggen traveled to Australia and was impressed by Maximos size, appearance and relatively young age. He brokered a deal for Maximo and his female companion, Sydney. The Alligator Farm met the stringent export permit requirements of the Australian government, and Maximo and Sydney were transported aboard an airliner shortly after Brueggens visit. I remember years ago, Arthur Jones, who sold Gomek to the Alligator Farm, said people are always attracted by great size and great numbers. And I think thats true, said Brueggen. When visitors are able to make a connection with a croc as big as Maximo, when they can get down and get eye-to-eye with a creature of that size and that majesty, then it makes them stop and think. Its an amazing connection. At the least, were helping people see that (continued page 2) Alligator Farm Celebrates 1,250 Pound Crocodiles 40th Birthday Big Band Music is back with Sentimental Journey Back by popular demand, Romanza reprises its Big Band Dance and commemoration of WWII in St. Augustine on Saturday October 15. The all-volunteer St. Augustine Community Orchestra is preparing for its gala 50th anniversary season. Re hearsals have be gun each Tuesday at Murray Middle School 150 N. Holmes Blvd. St. Augustine, from 7 pm to 9:15 pm. Especially desired are violists, bass players, trom bone, tuba, and percussionists. If you play any of these instruments competently and can read music accurately and easily, please call Becky Brown at 904-824-1156 to join the Or chestra. You will be welcomed and ap preciated for sharing your talent. All ages are represented in the Orchestra, from teens to octogenarians. The excit ing program planned for the October concerts includes Rossinis Wil liam Tell Over ture, Beethovens 9th Symphony Carmen Suite, Medley from Bernsteins West Side Story. and much more. Music Direc tor and Conductor William McNei land begins his 2nd season with the Orchestra, with innovative plans for scheduling chamber groups of orchestra members, for a modest fee, to play for (continued on page 3) The St. Augustine Community Orchestra


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2011 2 News From Around St. Johns County St. Augustine Crescent Beach ATLANTIC OCEAN St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Shores St. Augustine Beaches News Journal PO Box 51593, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240 Todd Logsdon General Manager (904) 505-0301 Email: Cliff Logsdon Publisher/Editor (270) 537-5304 Email: Online at News Journal St.AugustineBeaches The function of the Beaches News Journal is to serve the Neighborhoods of the St. Augustine Beaches area. First priority will be given to reporting news and activities of beaches residents and organiza tions, as well as news and events that directly affect the St. Augustine Beaches community. Second priority will be given to articles of general interest as space permits. Articles or information may be sent to the Beaches News Journal, P.O. Box 51593, Jack sonville Beach, Florida 32240. Information may also be e-mailed to beachesnewsjournal@yahoo. com or the editor at All articles submitted to the News Journal are subject to editing. Publishing of submitted letters and information is at the discretion of are those of the writer and do not express the viewpoint of the publisher or editorial staff of the News Journal. All ads submitted for publication in the Beaches News Journal should be received by the 15th of the month in order to appear in the following months issue. Matters concerning advertising should be referred to the General Manager or mailed to P.O. Box 51593 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240. The Beaches News Journal acceptance of advertising does not constitute an endorsement or approval of any product or services by the Beaches News Journal or its staff. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising that does not meet the publications standards. The Beaches News Journal is published by with any St. Augustine Beach community devel opment, management company or Homeowners Association. Anastasia Publix Plaza 471-1023 1021 A1A Beach Blvd. for an important and unique animal begins: the American Bald Eagle. In fact, there have already been a few eagle sightings around the County, although bald eagle nesting season juvenile eaglets observed. There have also been 10 new nests observed and added to the nest list over the last six seasons. Although the bald eagle is no longer listed as endangered, it is still protected at the Federal level by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Bald Eagle Protections At the State level, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission surveys eagle nests to ensure a stable or increasing population is maintained. At the local level, St. Johns County has regulations guiding development activities within County. Upon the end of the season, the number of active nests and juveniles within each nest are recorded. How You Can Help Eagles are sensitive to abrupt or loud noises within the vicinity of their nest which may interfere with nesting activities. If proposing any exterior eagles and their nest locations, please contact the County Environmental Division at (904) 209-0621. A map of known bald eagle nests in the County can be found here on the County website. Additional information may be found on the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission websites. The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners approved a proposed settlement agreement today that when fully executed will allow the St. Augustine Beach Renourishment project to commence construction this winter. The proposed settlement agreement was reached between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), St. Johns County, settlement will allow FDEP to issue a permit for the renourishment project, which will then be managed by ACOE. St. Johns County is the projects local sponsor. Construction of the Beach Renourishment project is anticipated to commence this winter on St. Augustine Beach beginning near the south end of Anastasia Island State Park and extending to south of F Street in St. Augustine Beach. The sand will come from the navigation lobe of the inlets ebb shoal. renourishment project will be constructed under this settlement agreement. The majority of the $16 million project is funded by the federal government. Maintaining our beaches is vital to the economy of all the local municipalities and St. Johns County, said Darrell Locklear, Assistant County Administrator for Operations. The federal funds for this renourishment project were at some risk of being reallocated elsewhere due to delays caused by the litigation. But thanks to Congressman Mica, the funds were secured until this settlement could be reached, allowing the ACOE to construct the project. There is considerable uncertainty of when these types of federal funds will be made available again. Settlement Reached to Proceed with St. Augustine Beach Renourishment Project Bald Eagle Nesting Season begins October 1st St. Johns County is local sponsor for federally-funded project to be managed by the Army Corps of Engineers these to be protected. And who knows? We may help inspire a lifelong commitment to education and preservation for creatures like Maximo. Hes an iconic animal. Hes our Shamuhes a very special part of the experience of the Alligator Farm. Maximo and Sydney have thrived at their Florida home since arriving in eggs in 2005. At 15 feet 3 inches long and 1,250 pounds, Maximo continues to grow and may live to between 60 and 80 years of age. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is one of Floridas oldest and most treasured attractions. Since 1893, it has provided visitors with exciting and educational opportunities to interact with a wide range of crocodilians, reptiles, mammals and birds. Located on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, The Alligator Farm features natural exhibits, wildlife shows and educational demonstrations. It is the only place in the world where visitors can see every species of alligator, crocodile, caiman and gharial. In 1992, The Alligator Farm was designated a U.S. Historic District. For more information, visit (continued from page 1) Crocodiles 40th Birthday be on Thursday evening October 20, 2011 from 5-8pm at The World Golf Hall of Fame in Shell Hall. This inaugural event will include fashions for the ladies from H.W. Davis of St. cost is $60 per person, and includes hors doeuvres, cash bar and a silent auction with some amazing items. We will also be collecting your gently used fashions to donate to our Thrift Shoppes, so clean out your closets and look for the donation box on site, as you enter that evening. This special evening is being sponsored by TotalCaring, Inc., The World Golf Hall men and women in every way. Make your reservations now, as this is going to be an incredible evening! For information or to purchase tickets please call Board Member, Linda Flahardy, at 904-940-5750. Tickets can also be purchased at The World Golf Hall of of domestic violence and working to eliminate domestic violence in our community is the resource for all of St. Johns County. For information or to make an investment in our or someone you know is being abused, please call our hotline at (904) 824-1555. Runway to Hope


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2011 3 City Hall Update MICHAEL A. DAGOSTINO, O.D. ELIZABETH K. MCLEOD, M.D. MEDICARE PARTICIPANTS ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS 1400 U.S. Highway 1 South 829-2286 TODD P. THOMPSON, M.D. PAUL W. HUND, III, M.D. N. PATRICK HALE, M.D. Best Vision Cen ter 10 Years WE ACCEPT MEDICARE, BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD, UNITED, CIGNA, AND MOST MAJOR MEDICAL HEALTH PLANS. TODD HOCKETT, O.D. 319 West Town Place, World Golf Village 940-9200 RUSSELL W. NELLIGAN, M.D.* *Cornea Specialist At its September 12, 2011 regular meeting, the St. Augustine Beach City Commission took the following actions: that levies the property tax millage for Fiscal Year 2012. The proposed millage is 2.3992 mills, or about $2.40 cents for each $1,000 of the assessed value of real property in the city. This millage rate is the same as the Commission adopted for Fiscal Year 2011. Property owners should see a reduction in their property taxes. reading the ordinance that adopts the City's budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which will begin on October 1, 2011 and end on September 30, 2012. In the budget, the Commission approved a 4% adjustment in pay for employees earning less than $50,000, and a 3% adjustment for those earning more than $50,000. These adjustments are to compensate the employees for the 3% statemandated contribution to the Florida Retirement System each must now make. The additional 1% for those making less than $50,000 a year is a cost-of-living increase. The budget also includes money for drainage projects, street paving and a new police car. reading of the millage and budget ordinances on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the city hall. 4. Appointed to a new three-year term three incumbent Planning Board members: Greg Crum, Al Guido and Steve Mitherz. 5. Approved a permit for an organization that will run a half marathon and a full marathon in part of the city on Sunday, November 20, 2011. The half marathon route will include a section of Pope Road. The route of the full marathon will include the section of SR-A1A that is in the city's limits and all of A1A Beach Boulevard. Persons with questions about the route of the half or full marathon may contact Police Chief Richard Hedges at 471-2122. the second vacates part of an alley (2nd Lane) east of A1A Beach Boulevard. 7. Discussed with the residents of the Sea Grove subdivision whether to install speed bumps on certain streets. The decision was to continue enforcement of the existing speed limit by the Police Department and to have the residents decide whether they want the speed limit lowered to 10 mph. will prohibit parking on certain streets in the Sea Grove subdivision from midnight to 8 a.m. 9. Asked the Police Chief to meet with residents of 5th Street east of A1A Beach Boulevard, to discuss solutions to parking problems on the street. 10. Reviewed the ordinance with new tree protection regulations and asked Building enforcing the regulations, to provide a list of the enforce or are unnecessary. 11. Decided not to approve the sale of the 6.l acre parcel north of the Anastasia shopping plaza to Regency Centers, the owner of the plaza. Regency wanted to purchase the land for the expansion of the shopping center. 12. Approved an interlocal agreement with the county for the city to administer the construction of new restrooms at the pier park. The county will provide $200,000 from bed tax funds for this project. The city commission also approved the use of $25,000 from money paid to the city as impact fees to augment the $200,000. 13. Approved an addition to the city's Splash Park at the pier park, and approved the use of $25,000 of impact fee money for this project. Additional money, $40,000, for the project will come from the proceeds raised by the city's 14. Approved three priorities for the 2012 session of the Florida legislature. The city's priorities are: a. full funding by the legislature for the Florida Communities Trust's Florida Forever program for the purchase of environmentally of its share of the cost of beach renourishment reuse projects. The city commission's next regular meeting will be held on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. private parties, clubs, or organizations. To request a chamber group performance, please call William McNeiland at 904743-5674. For more information and regular concert schedules, log on to (coninued from page 1) Tympanist Ed Wuellner St. Augustine Community Orchestra Duran Duran are thrilled to announce their North American Fall tour, and their stop in St. Augustine. After a brief run of intimate album release shows this past Spring, the band will return to this side of the pond for eagerly anticipated live dates behind their critically acclaimed 13th studio album ALL YOU NEED IS NOW, produced by Mark Ronson and out on S-Curve Records. The band will play their biggest hits and the incredible new songs that have inspired many to declare that Duran Duran are truly having a big moment in 2011. One of the most celebrated albums of the bands storied three-decade career, the nine-track digital-only version of ALL YOU NEED IS NOW hit #1 on the iTunes Albums Charts in 15 countries before the release of the 14-track LP earlier this year. Around the albums release, Duran Duran who have sold more than 80 million albums throughout their career graced the cover of Paper Magazine and were all over Americas television screens with performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (twice!), Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Tickets now on sale. Doors open at 5:30 pm and show starts at 7:00 pm. Call 904-209-0366. For information on Doran Doran, please contact 212-246-2640. Duran Duran at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Thursday October 13th, 2011 Neon Trees to support TEMPLE BY THE SEA 2055 Wildwood Drive, St. AugustineServices: First & Third Friday Evenings of the Month at 7:30 p.m.Rabbi Mark N. Goldman A Reform T emple Bet YamReach The Beach By U.S. MAIL! The Beaches News Journal reaches thousands of homes in the Beaches area by U.S. Mail.


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2011 4 By Robert Samuels, President St. Augustine Beach Civic Association St. Augustine Beach Civic Association October marks the end of the Civic Association's Music by the Sea Free Concert Series. Our 9th season has been the most successful yet! We'd like to recognize and thank those who made the concerts possible. Tony and Joan Torella worked diligently to setup, breakdown and clean up after every concert. Mike, Susan and Matt Mele supervised parking for all of our guests. Dan sound system and coordinated with all of the bands. All of those incredibly straight chalk lines for seating and aisles were provided by Dr. Eddie Fleming. Dave Nash volunteered to help with handicapped parking. Charlie and Julie Nelson of Sister Shack Italian Ices for providing frozen desserts all season. The St Augustine Beach Police Department for cuisine. All of our hugely talented musical performers for creating all that listening and dancing music. The Civic Association Board for their continued support and, of course, Andrea Samuels for producing and hosting the entire series. We are already planning for our 10th anniversary season and it will be extra special. Second Sunday Music in the Garden a series of free afternoon concerts behind the police station at A1AS and 16th St. will continue on October 9th with classical guitarist Sam Pacetti. The series is produced by St. Augustine Sculpture Garden, Inc., and Lisa Mack Productions, in conjunction with the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association. Bring the family, a blanket & a picnic and enjoy classical music from 2-4pm in the beautiful new Sculpture Garden. The Groove Cafe at Sea Grove will be offering a take away picnic dinner so guests can swing by there, pick up their picnic, maybe a bottle of wine and come down to enjoy the concert. For more picnic information contact Tasha at the Groove at 904-334-2849. The schedule of upcoming performances are: Free parking will be available at the City Hall complex. For more concert information visit or call 824-4493. The Civic Association has begun offering 2012 membership cards at the new rate of $10 individual and $20 for a family. New membership will include 3 free months of 2011. Don Ousley, our membership chairman is at the Wednesday Market and the general meeting, and will be happy to tell you about the advantages of Civic Association membership. There are over 50 local merchants offering discounts to members. We encourage our members and the community as a whole to shop locally and support our local businesses, especially when the tourist season ends. To view a complete list of Participating Merchants go to www. Activities at Pier Park will quiet down in October. Several events originally scheduled have been canceled. During that time a new information Kiosk should be completed on the center walkway with a grant from Scenic A1A. Planning continues Park area. Also continuing is the design for new bathrooms at the Splash Park. This will include a new entranceway around the current water features to lead people to the beach access. This area redesign will also include adding another water feature where the play equipment is now. A new play area will be moved north and more shade and seating will be added. Funding for the bathrooms comes from county TDC funds and Splash Park improvements will be funded by proceeds from several years of Beach Blast Off events. The Civic Association will meet on Tuesday October 11th at 7pm at City Hall. A representative from SHINE will be speaking about Medicare and Health Insurance. Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders is a program offered by the Department of Elder Affairs in partnership with our local Area Agency of Aging at no cost. Specially trained volunteers can assist with you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. SHINE services are open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Don't forget to visit the Wednesday Farmers/Arts & Crafts Market at the Pier Park. We always have new vendors joining the market. The produce is fresh, the food delicious and the shopping always unique. 6, 2011, 6:30pm Downtown St. Augustine in the Plaza de la Constitucion, as we The Silent Witness exhibit that will be displayed is made of red, life size silhouettes each representing a person who once lived, worked, had neighbors, please call Kim at 904-808-9984. to abused women, men, their minor children. Other support services available to Beach, St. Johns, St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. For more information someone you know is being abused, please call our hotline at (904) 824-1555. Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil Crime Prevention Month St. Johns County Sheriffs Corner By David Shoar, St. Johns County Sheriff October is Crime Prevention Month, and crime prevention is an essential function at the specially trained deputies, certified Crime Prevention Practitioners, dedicated to the mission of crime prevention. One of the most important components of crime prevention is you, as well as your friends and neighbors willingness to extend the eyes and ears of law enforcement to report suspicious activity. to helping strengthen this important partnership on our website at The mission of crime prevention is to encourage citizens to protect their homes and businesses against and to serve as a liaison with community organizations and other interested community groups. Some of the programs our Crime Prevention Unit offers include Computer and Fraud Crimes, Crimes against the Elderly, Financial Crimes, Home and Business Security Surveys, Identity Theft and establishing an effective Neighborhood Watch Program. The Crime Prevention section of our website has the contact information you need to arrange for a program or to interact with our specialists. Burglary is likely to be the crime that affects the most law abiding citizens. There are a few simple things you can do to assist in the event you become a victim. Write down the name brand, model, and serial number of all electronic devices, appliances, and tools. Take photos of every room in your home to include all furniture and appliances that could also be of use should you have an insurance claim. Be sure to photograph your valuable jewelry as well. Here is another excellent tip from the National Crime Prevention Council. If you have a printer or scanner take all of the important cards and documents you carry in your wallet or purse, such as licenses, credit cards, insurance cards, and membership cards. Arrange them on the glass then scan and print both sides on a single sheet of paper. Keep these copies in a safe place such as in a zip lock bag in a secure area. Scanners and printers are available for a very nominal fee at all branches of the St. Johns County Public Library. On a lighter note, law enforcement agencies are also celebrating an important birthday of one of our best known partners in Crime Prevention. Mc Gruff, the Crime Dog, turns 30 years old. When Mc Gruff was created by the Ad Council in 1980, the goal was to reach children with crime prevention messages but he quickly became popular though he didnt have a name, he had his famous tag line Take a bite out of crime. A nationwide contest was launched to give the well-dressed bloodhound some personal identity. Among the most popular suggestions were Sherlock Bones, Sarge-dog, Keystone Cop Dog, and J. Edgar Dog. The winning name Mc Gruff was submitted by so popular he even has his own web page at www. I suggest you log on with your children for an excellent presentation on dealing with a current and serious topic of bullying. I would like to close this month with some Halloween safety tips: Accompany your kids if you dont think theyre old enough to trick-or-treat on their own. If they are old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, be sure to tell your kids to stay in a group. Designate a route before your kids begin trick-ortreating, and emphasize the importance that they stick to it. Have your children trick-or-treat in areas where there are a lot of people around. They should also avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots. Ensure your kids only visit houses with lights on, and you might also suggest that the houses they visit have some sort of Halloween decoration on the porch. Make sure your children do not go inside someones house. They can get their candy from the porch. Dress kids in a bright costume so others your kids costumes are not so long that they can trip over them. Instead of masks, have your children wear make-up so they can see well, and, most importantly, check your kids candy before they eat it. Throw out any candy that is not in its original wrapper or looks like it has been tampered with. If you tampered with, call your local law enforcement agency immediately. I hope we have another safe year for a fun celebration of Halloween in St. Johns County. As always I appreciate your input and feedback. You can contact me at


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2011 5 Paradise is here... Paradise is here... Paradise is here... Paradise is here... Paradise is here...1 F Street 1 F Street 1 F Street 1 F Street 1 F Street St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 www.beachfrontbandb.comYour Hosts Your Hosts Your Hosts Your Hosts Your Hosts By Max Royle St. Augustine Beach City Manager Lets see: There are past facts (events, perso ns that have already occurred/existed), and there are present facts, but can we say there are future facts? I mean, is a fact in fact a fact before it becomes a fact? Yes, indeedy, another one of those 3 a.m. thought bombs that explode in your mind and utterly destroy any remnant of the mental calmness that is a requirement for sleep. This riddle making is my way of introducing the topic du jour, or more appropriately, du mois. Mois is the French word for month. You do learn so much information by reading my little literary opuses, nest-ce pas? Oh yes, I almost forgot to mention the topic: beach restoration. By the way of the past facts about this Beach in July 1989, I was amazed at how eroded the beach was from 3rd Street to the citys northern limit at Pope Road. The severity of the erosion was made all the more stark by the jumbled line of granite rocks that had been put along the shoreline to protect the upland homes, businesses, and even A1A Beach Boulevard itself from the powerful force of the Atlantic Ocean. This rock revetment had been constructed after Hurricane Dora in 1964 had pummeled the area and eroded so much of the beach. The citys shoreline would have likely remained that line of rocks had there not occurred around 1993-94 what I can of personalities and circumstances that restoration project in the long history of St. Johns County. It began in the early 1990s with a growing awareness by the city commission and economic resource and needed to be maintained. Before 1993, there had been the beach. The prevailing belief was: nature createth the beach, nature taketh away the beach, and mere man cannot win against nature. This belief was at odds with a key fact: the major cause of the erosion, according to an Army Corps of Engineers study, wasnt nature, but man, i.e., the construction in the 1940s of the St. Augustine Inlet jetties. The jetties, about 2,000 feet long, interrupted the natural drift of sand along the coast from north to south, a process that kept the beach stable and restored each year the sand that might be eroded by storms. The jetties in effect put the beach on a diet. Deprived of its food (sand), the beach became thinner and thinner until a catastrophic event like Hurricane Dora happened and caused the acceleration of the erosion to the degree that the beach in effect simply disappeared. In 1994, the citys mayor, Emmett Pacetti, became a strong advocate of beach restoration. He fortunately found a partner, without whose help the restoration project wouldnt have happened. She was Tillie Fowler, elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. She adopted the St. Johns County Shoreline Protection Project, federal budget to pay for the various studies, plans, and other requirements that the Army Corps of Engineers had to do as preliminary work for the project. Mayor Pacettis advocacy sparked such as Commissioner Jim Bryant and County Parks and Recreation Director Leon Shimer. There was as well citizen interest in the project. Gladys Humphreys became a citizen voice for it. The result in 2001-02 was the placing of 3.7 million cubic yards of sand on the beach from the middle of Anastasia State Park to the northern boundary of the Sea Colony subdivision. The cost was $15.8 million, with the federal government paying 75%, and the state and county splitting the remaining 25%. The countys share came from bed tax dollars, not local taxpayers. Now to the present facts. Chief among them is the beach has been eroded in certain areas, even though there was a subsequent smaller restoration project in 2005 to replace sand that had been lost because of the 2004 tropical storms. Yes, yes, I can imagine what the bloggers will post: **##&& TYPICAL Throwing our hard-earned money into the &@#$ ocean, you %#&& screw-ups!! As far as Im concerned, youre all a $#&&@ waste of @**$% mouse spit and you can take your &&$$% beach project and go stuff it up $&**@ $$*%, YOU &&%**!!! OK, so that may be one or several persons opinion. But the fact remember, were dealing with facts is that sand from the 2002 and 2005 restoration projects hasnt been lost. In certain sections of the beach, its simply been shifted offshore, which the designers of the project expected would happen. Theres been a buildup of sand on causes the waves to break farther offshore. This result is most visible in the vicinity of the pier. Prior to 2002, there was no bare sand along the shore there, except during rare periods of extremely low tides. Now, each time the tide recedes from high to low, theres an expanse of sand where people can walk, ride bicycles, play games on, bring children to. Farther south, say about A Street southwards, the stabilization of the beach by the restoration projects can be seen from the forming of a low secondary dune line where vegetation is now growing. The key fact is that Floridas beaches are an economic engine for the state. This fact is highlighted in a report titled Tourism in Paradise: the Economic Impact of Florida Beaches, by James Morley, Dr. Lenore Alpert, and Dr. William Stronge from the 2004 Proceedings of the 14th Biennial Coastal Zone Conference in New Orleans. The authors note in their report: [Beaches] increase sales, income, and employment opportunities from visitor and resident Benefactors of these economic prizes are local, state, and national governments. The authors conclusions were based on a two-year study (2002-04) that was done at Florida Atlantic Universitys Catanese Center for (continued page 6)


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2011 6 Financial Focus Information Provided By Edward Jones Spiritually Speaking By Dr. Nicholas A. Marziani Be Prepared for Early-and Possibly Unwanted-Retirement Dr. Marziani, an education and spiritual life Beach Civic Association. Currently he is completing a novel based on East-West Church relations. Given the economic climate were in, you may one day be faced with a downsizing or otherwise forced to retire earlier than you had planned. But even if that happens, you can still future if you make the right moves. Unfortunately, many of us are ill prepared for events such as forced early retirement. In 2009, more people in history, with a big increase in the retirement age. And they paid a heavy price, too 62-year-old workers who waiting until their full retirement age of 66, according to the Social Security Administration. Of course, if you are forced to take an early retirement, you, too, may need to tap into your Social Security earlier than you planned. But thats just the beginning you might also need to start withdrawals from your IRA and your 401(k) or other employersponsored retirement plan, even though you had planned on leaving those accounts intact for a few more years. And thats why you wont want to wait until early retirement is thrust upon you before taking action. While youre still working, consider these steps: retirement plans. Put as much as you can possibly afford into your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan. Every time your salary goes up, try to increase the amount you contribute to your retirement plan. Also, contribute regularly to your traditional or Roth IRA. your portfolio. If youre facing a forced early retirement, or even if you think its a possibility, you may want to rebalance your portfolio to provide more opportunities for income. income strategies appropriate for your particular situation. during normal times, its a good idea to keep an emergency fund, in cash or other liquid vehicles, containing six to 12 months worth of living expenses. If you suspect a forced early retirement is heading your way, try to beef up your cash holdings as much as possible. Once youve left your employer, you may be forced to repay a 401(k) loan within two months an obvious hardship during a stressful time. you were forced to retire from one another. This might be the perfect time to take a part-time job in an area in which youve always wanted to work. advisor can help you develop those income and spending strategies that are appropriate for your situation. And the earlier you get this type of help, the more options you ultimately may have. You may not be able to avert an unwanted, early retirement, but by preparing for it, as far in advance as possible, you can improve your chances of maintaining the retirement lifestyle youve envisioned. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Connie Reep Financial Advisor 1045 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32080 904460-1200 Member SIPC MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING EVEN IF YOU LOSE YOUR JOB YOU STILL HAVE CHOICES. especially when it comes to your retirement savings. Edward Jones can help. Well start by getting to know your goals. Then well sort through your current situation and work with you faceto-face to develop a strategy that can help you keep your retirement on track. To make sense of your retirement savings alternatives, Once upon a time, there was a society that, while having developed into an industrial powerhouse, also preserved an earlier memory of simpler days and village rhythms. These rhythms included a distinct pattern of service to growing, human things human minds, human souls, human bodies. Those who rendered these services the teacher, the minister or priest, the physician were highly respected members of their societies, and together with the local constabulary and others of like occupation received compensation for their services that, while not necessarily lavish, was not rendered begrudgingly either. Others plied trades and occupations necessary to an expanding merchant economy and in due course in the Western world they earned incomes based on a growing theory of capitalistic enterprise. Supply and demand, markets and freetrade characterized these rising nations on the world scene. And as important as the capitalistic system was to these growing societies, they never forgot the very different tone and motivational character of those who remained in the general service of the public good the teachers, the pastors, and the rest whose occupations general trade and production categories of the money-making society around them. Enlightened folk understood that you simply could not put a market price on the value of public and personal services essential to a proper running society in the same manner as a commodity. Somewhere, somehow in relatively recent days that long memory of human value and public service has slipped. Weve gone into a kind of institutional and societal Alzheimers state. Weve attempted to quantify that which is essentially priceless, and worse yet, have decided that of course it should be that way! The halls of Tallahassee echo with the voices of legislators with business backgrounds who loudly declare that the way they managed their corporate affairs servants in the great State of Florida. And its not restricted to the Sunshine State, this mindset. Its pandemic, this attitude, and hardly anywhere in America has escaped this sort of toxic new-think. Oh, yes, I know, some of you will tell me that its the public sector that has precipitated this situation why, werent they the ones who decided to unionize? chicken or the egg? No, somewhere as a society weve simply failed to understand the limits of the economic engine model that seemed to serve us so well at least until a perfect storm of societal and economic factors over the past decade started to tank the whole affair. Some of the best minds in and out of academia today are warning us that we may never return to the kind of comfy, middle-class dominated society most of us have grown up with. And in the meantime its the general public especially those growing, human things who will determine our future, the children that are getting the short end. Along with the people who, in spite of abuse and insult, just continue to show up for work in our schools and places of human capital development to do what they can to serve them. Why they continue to do so transcends the mindset of the market mavens who have hijacked our society. Thats OK, though. Let the cash-rich clueless continue to suppose theyre winning. Its all a game to them. Fair enough. But the Ultimate Umpire is on His way to this world, and the game is about over. Thats why I like the New Testament It gives the End Game to end all games. Not exactly light reading but I wouldnt without it check it out! Prayerfully, Dr. Nick Of Teachers and Capitalism Urban and Environmental Solutions. The study divided the state into four beach regions and determined that in 2002 visitors spent $9.1 billion in the southeast beach region, $6.4 billion in the southwest, $1 billion in the northwest, and $2.8 billion in the northeast region, which includes Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, spent in all four regions was $19.3 billion. for our region, I have to wonder: Lets say for strictly illustrative purposes, northeast Florida had $100 million worth lets say beach visitors spent $2 billion in that year in our region. $100 million is 5% of $2 billion. Id say a 95% return on the investment in beach restoration is one heck of a good deal and a solid repudiation of the belief that restoring a beach is like throwing money into the ocean. Oh no, not at all. Restoring a beach is like repairing and polishing a moneymaking machine. Now the future fact: its that the beach in our little corner of the Florida paradise is scheduled to be restored, either later in 2011 or in 2012. A total of 2.1 million cubic yards of sand will be put on the beach from the south end of the state park to south of F Street. The cost will be $16 million. Of that amount, the federal government will pay $13.7 million, the state $1 million, and the county, from bed tax funds, $1.3 million. Once again the beach will be wide the Inlet jetties hadnt been built. After all, what man disrupteth, man must restoreth. And thats a fact. Max FACTS (continued from page 5)


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2011 7 St. Augustine Beaches Advisory Committee Ann Palmquist, Committee Member Rich OBrien, Mayor City of St. Augustine Beach, FL Ask the Mayor Ogden Nash may have been inspired by a traditional Scottish Prayer recorded in The Cornish and West Country Litany, 1926. Google October is the time to celebrate: the fruits 26) and Halloween a time when things can go bump in the night. For industrious folk who have toiled in their gardens now is the time to gather the fruits of their labors, relax, and for the bountiful zucchini crop. Gardening on the Island offers challenges not unlike the one faced by Ginger Rogers when Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels, Faith Whittlesey, Wikipedia. Gardening at the beach has also been equated to growing roses on fence posts in sandy soil washed by salt breezes. Resolute gardeners respond to challenges not dreamed of by their northern cousins and tend their gardens albeit ornamental or kitchen garden variety, twelve months with no break for snow days. approved the concept of having a community garden. A possible location would be located on the plazas that border 2nd Avenue between A and 1st Streets. The property owners within 300 feet the Commissions October 3rd meeting. Folks interested in learning about a working successful Community Garden can visit and see the success of the Community Garden in Lincolnville. The Mission Statement: The purpose of the Lincolnville Community Garden (LCG) is to organize interested St. Augustine residents into a membership-based group that works together to perform gardening activities and create opportunities for social interaction. Our objective is to produce healthy organic food, to lower our carbon footprint, promote sustainable living and to master the art of gardening through collaborative learning. The list of sponsors is extensive and photos show a verity of events and active participants with 39 sites all are allocated. the Lincolnville Community Garden Inc. He addressed the City Commissioners and shared details of setting the garden up and answered questions. Interested St. Augustine Beach residents may include: condominium dwellers with limited to learn how to garden and perhaps teach their with a green thumb or those with challenged appendages, and all gardeners are invited to learn, lead or lend a hand, and grow something beautiful. The BAC is asking interested gardeners Community Garden. If you have an interest in this very worthwhile endeavor, please support it with your presence at this meeting. If you would like to participate in the initial organizing of the garden, please notify Max Royle at City Hall ( or call 471-2122. Gardeners interested in Native Plants are invited to the monthly meetings and programs of the Sea Oats Chapter, held on the third Tuesday of the month, and are open to the public, free of charge. Meetings are held at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 A1A South. For more information about this program or the Florida Native Plant Society, contact the Sea Oats Chapter Board at Website: This years Home and Garden Trade Show is October 1 & 2nd Saturday from 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM. Plans for this years event include: a Plant and an outstanding Home and Garden Trade Show with vendors who are familiar and know our area. Last years attendance was over 1,000, and there is no cost to attend. Call 209-0430 for additional information and learn details about being a vendor. The Sculpture Garden at Lakeside Park concerts from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., September 11, October 9, November 13th, and December 11th, 2011. The music featured will be chamber or concert, September 11, 2011 was a reminder that music has a power that can heal and sooth a troubled spirit. A gentle breeze made the day close to perfect and Wood Storks in tree tops across the lake added to the tranquil setting. kudos are sent to the Lisamack Productions & Pro motional Services who worked with Sculpture Garden Founders Thomas Glover W. & Marianne Lerbs and the JAIDD Band. This garden just keeps growing better each season. Fall is in the air and Octobers cool, crisp, clean air brings subtle, almost indistinguishable Fall colors in St. Augustine Beach are more restrained and show a genteel nature rather than the gaudy, vociferous, raucous, transient display seen in northern gardens. Many visitors and friends coordinate their return to our City to thick, creamy, wiped butter frosting, and makes middle and snitch a taste of sweetness. Mark your calendar, grab a friend, get there early, and share the moment. This sight promises to take your breath away. Its pure magic! As I write this column for the October issue it is the ten year anniversary of a tragedy that touched many with grief and sorrow. Images from the past recall the story of the Phoenix, a myth told across the world. This ancient folk tale tells of this noble mythical bird with feathers of gold who is reborn from the ashes of its own death, every hundred years. Like the Phoenix, also called the Firebird, we decide how we will for all we will build anew this great country, and we will garden. Motivated by the poets words and borrowing from the Scottish supplication this prayer is offered, We come from the earth We return to the earth and in between we garden. Good Lord, deliver us! Gardens & Things That Go Bump In the Night Q: I just returned from vacation and understand that there is not going to be a public meeting to discuss the offer received from Regency Centers for the acreage north of Publix. Why not? Is there any possibility that the Commission would reconsider? A: We intended to give the potential buyer the opportunity to outline their plans for the land adjacent to their existing shopping plaza at a City Commission meeting. Tom Fleming of Regency had planned to give a presentation in October. As we accumulated information over the past several months we promised the public a review of all information gathered so that they would be able to ask questions of Regency Centers and be given an opportunity to express to the Commission their opinions about whether or not to proceed. At Last week's September Commission meeting there was an agenda item to set a special meeting date to hear Regency Centers plans and to share the wealth of information gathered with the public. Four of our City Commissioners voted not to hold a special meeting and rejected Regency's purchase offer. The vote was 4 yes votes and 1 no vote. to ending the public process. My vote did the land as I wanted hear public comment To reconsider the matter at least one Commissioner would have to agree to change their vote to bring it back to the Commission for reconsideration. Q: Are City licenses required for dogs in St. Augustine Beach? A: Yes, City dog licenses are $3 an unspayed female. Bring your rabies paperwork from your vet to City Hall and they will issue a tag for your favorite pets your pet licensed is that if your pet is ever lost and this is its only tag, City Hall can help locate the owner. SAIRA, the INDEPENDENT Restaurant Association, offers special pricing. St. Francis Inn and Bayfront Marin House offer overnight discounts. And the St. lucky member of our audience. This unique social opportunity is designed as fun, educational entertainment to share an enduring genre that bridges the generations, and to commemorate a vibrant moment in our local history. Heading into World War II, tourism was, as it is now, St. Augustines economic lifeblood. When the War came, empty hotel rooms prompted William Kenan (brother of Henry Flaglers third wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler) to offer the Hotel Ponce de Leon to the Coast Guard as their national training center. Rooms of the quarters. The fort was used as a parade ground. The USO set up shop in the Plaza pavilion. Weapons training was conducted where the Conch House is now. Shells are still found on Conch Island. The tanker SS GulfAmerica, with a cargo of 90,000 barrels of fuel oil, was torpedoed off our beaches and German saboteurs were captured in Today the Coast Guard barracks at the St. Augustine Lighthouse are the home of LAMP the marine archaeology group. The Lighthouse and Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, offers a fabulous WWII Coast Guard exhibit. Romanza was founded to produce performing arts and cultural events that celebrate the splendor and heritage of St. Augustine. This dance is an important fundraiser for upcoming events including (continued from page 1) the St. Patricks Day Parade, the Celtic Music and Heritage Festival and our kickoff of the 450th and anniversary years with the weeklong extravaganza Romanza 2012 next May. St. Augustines historic district is bustling with charming restaurants, shops, B&Bs, horse-drawn carriages, and a centuries-old Spanish fort. Its the perfect setting to celebrate St. Augustines rich World War II legacies and a romantic getaway or gathering of friends and family while enjoying the Swing Eras style. Join the fun on October 15, 7:30 11:00 PM at Lance National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Avenue, St. General Admission. Available now at, or phone 904494-6660. Be there or be square! Sentimental Journey indoor Fitness room First month FREE with ad


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2011 8 By Gerald Townsend, M.D. Townsend Clinic 4475 U.S. 1 South, Suite 100 Call 461-1901 Health Focus My family likes to remind me that its always a good idea to not discuss medicine with me on a full stomach. An unfortunate side effect of having a parent that is also a physician is that communal meals become the verbal equivalent of a roller coaster ride where only the strong survive. One look at a type of vegetable can start a whole dissertation on tropical diseases. Innocent statements can wipe out any desire for dessert. With that in mind, were going to discuss MRSA (pronounced: Eeuuww, gross!). Actually, its pronounced Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus, or you can say the letters individually, like youre spelling it out. A lot of people like to call it mersa. Whatever we call it, we have it in our community. It has been here for a while now. Staphylococcus is a bacterium that looks like a cluster of grapes when you view it under a microscope. There are all sorts of Staph named Rosenbach in 1884. He was looking at various things under the microscope after applying special stains to the slides. He found two types of bacteria that looked like little round balls arranged in clusters. He knew they were different because even though they were shaped the same, they turned different colors with staining. One cluster stained yellow (aureus, a Latin term meaning golden), another stained white (albus, Latin for white). It turns out that the golden one was found in the nose and the white one was found on the skin. Staphylococcus aureus. Staph aureus has been around for a long, long time. In relation to people, it may cause a variety of suppurative (pus forming) infections from boils, styes (eye lid boils) and furunculosis (skin pustules). It can also cause more serious skin infections like pneumonia, mastitis (breast infection), phlebitis (blood vessel infection), and meningitis and urinary tract infections. There are even deep tissue Staph aureus infections such as osteomyelitis (bone infection) and endocarditis (heart infection). Whats this about noses and Staph aureus? It turns out that a fair number of people have Staph aureus in the front part of their noses. According to experts, about 80% of us will be colonized by Staph aureus at some time during our lives. According to the same people, about 20% of us will have the bacteria present in our noses forever. Before you start some sort of daily nasal disinfection routine, remember we are talking about only run-of-the-mill Staph aureus and not MRSA. Most of us never know when we have it and if we do have it, we get a common infection of the skin. What is MRSA then? It is interesting to note that it was not until on a terribly ill person with staphylococcal abscesses, bone and blood infections (by both staphylococcus and streptococcus) and near death. I wont go into details (youre welcome) but it sort of worked great. I mean, the antibiotic worked well until they ran out of the precious material and could no longer reconstitute it from his urine as they had been because they only had a few doses. The point is that this was only 60+ years ago! Ominously, resistance to the antibiotic became present within just a few years. That stimulated the study of ways to make synthetic penicillin. Two years after the development of a new type of semi synthetic penicillin, in the1960s, resistance to the new antibiotic was found in Staph aureus. It has been off to the races ever since. It has been a race to stay ahead. Well, that one bacterium we were talking about, the one from the1960s? THAT was named Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Thats right, the 1960s. It has been around for a while. There are two types of MRSA (CAMRSA and HA-MRSA). CA stands for Community Acquired and HA stands for Hospital Acquired. There are major differences between the two. HA MRSA is one bad bacterium. The resistance it has extends to most types of antibiotics. The resulting infection must be treated with very strong, usually intravenous, expensive medications to be given over a long period of time. This infection can be found in people with weak immune systems that may have to go in and out of the hospital. Other times, it may be found in someone who just got a large inoculation of bacteria at one time or on several occasions. I need to say this now, of the 20% of us colonized (in our noses) with Staph aureus all the time, only 1% will have MRSA of any kind. Much fewer have HA-MRSA. CA-MRSA is not necessarily a kinder, gentler staphylococcus, but its not as spooky as HA-MRSA. It can be found in reasonably healthy people. It usually appears as a skin infection. Most of the time, someone thinks its a spider bite or something of that sort. The wound appears to be swollen, warm, red, and painful. Often it has some clear or purulent (pus) draining from it. The way to tell if the wound is from MRSA and what type of antibiotic it is sensitive to, is by getting a culture (just a swab of goo on a special Q-tip) and sending it to a laboratory. It can take over a week to get the results back. In the meantime your physician will treat empirically (best guess at what it is). Im not nauseated yet, tell me more Factors associated with CA-MRSA spread are: close skin-to-skin contact, openings in the skin such as abrasions and cuts and contaminated items and surfaces. They also relate increased risk of CA-MRSA infection to crowded living conditions and some hygiene issues (think college dorms). The main way CA-MRSA is transmitted is by the hands which have become contaminated by contact with someone or something. Hand washing is paramount if you deal with people. Even if you dont deal with people often, just wash your hands. Sources also state that Staph aureus (as well as CA-MRSA) can be transmitted to and from dogs, cats, pigs, horses and cows. They can colonize their little (or big) noses also. Some can get wound or deeper infections. Im getting a little green O.K. By this time we want to know what to do about it. First, most CA-MRSA is treated successfully at home without ever knowing what it was. People usually open the wound, clean it out and rub some kind of antibiotic cream on it. The actual treatment is the opening and draining. CA-MRSA is usually resistant to over-the-counter topical antibiotics. Some infections may reoccur or become severe. When that happens, check with your doctor. A lot of times you may need to have the wound opened and/or get cultures and antibiotics. For those with recurrent infections, there are also some protocols to try and get rid of the bacterium or at least keep it under some kind of control. There are a lot of interesting things associated with MRSA alone that include why it seems to be so much worse for some and not for others and why it may become invasive at times and not at others. There are mind numbing arrays of biochemicals made by the person and the bacterium that play a large role in answering those questions. I hope I didnt make you too ill. Now if youre a little queasy and you dont want to start that bagel you got for breakfastcan I have it? We accept most INSURANCES, VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER & AMERICAN EXPRESS. C a l l t o g e t y o u r F l u S h o t a t T o w n s e n d C l i n i c 4475 US 1 SOUTH SUITE 100 X-Ray & Lab On Site A t T o w n s e n d C l i n i c w e p r o v i d e o u r p a t i e n t s w i t h c a r i n g a t t e n t i o n t o e v e r y s n e e z e c o u g h a c h e s c r a p e s p r a i n a n d b r u i s e a s w e l l a s w o r k s c h o o l o r s p o r t s p h y s i c a l s a n d i m m u n i z a t i o n s 904 461-1901 MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Beaches News Journal Locations If you are not in our free mailing area please get your copy at these locations: St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Halloween is just around the corner. Costumes and candy is already on the store shelves. We all want to have fun carving pumpkins, dressing in costume and consuming all those treats. However, our four legged family members may not be so keen on all the festivities. Below is a list tips to have a fun and safe Halloween. Treats Many of the treats on the market today have articial sweeteners in them like xylitol. Even the smallest amounts in a single piece of gum can be very toxic. Chocolate is a treat that can cause severe gastrointestinal and cardiac issues for pets. Occasionally, it is not the treat that causes the problem but the wrappers surrounding them. Foil and cellophane are common packaging products which can cause diarrhea, vomiting and intestinal obstructions. Keep all your goodies up and away from snifng noses. Unattended pets Keep your pets under tight supervision especially at night. This is Tricks And Treats the time of year when foolhardy individuals cause trouble. You do not want your pet to become the target of a cruel Halloween prank. Be safe and have your pet microchipped in case they should escape. This will help to identify your pet and get them safely back. Flammables Watch out for any candles, jack-o-lanterns or other ammable objects. Pets can become overexcited with all of the festivities. Many a wagging tail has tipped a aming pumpkin and one to many tails have gone up in smoke. Costumes If you dress up your pet for Halloween be sure that they enjoy it as much as you do. With all the activities surrounding Halloween they will become stressed enough. Do not add to the stress by dressing them up if they do not enjoy it. Remember the best treats are free treats. Hugs and Kisses are safe and inexpensive. Have a Happy and Harmless Halloween. By Anna Maxwell D.V.M. (904)886-2751 Pet Corner


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St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2011 10 NEWS JOURNALSt. Augustine BeachesP f fice of ______________________________________________________________________________________________ F AX Back to: (904)797-4311 or email: thepaper@bellsouth.netCORRECTED AD PROOF FOR NOV Fresh, Local Seafood Prepared the Way You Like it! Breakfast: 7 Days 7:30am-10:30am Lunch & Dinner: 7 Days 11am-9:00pm Early Bird Specials: M-F 3:30pm-5:30pmSt. Augustines Best Casual Oceanfront RestaurantGRILLED, FRIED, STEAMED, BROILED, SAUTEED or BLACKENED 45 Cubbedge Rd. Crescent Now Open For Join Us 7 Days A W eek from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and more! Not thrown on lawns or driveways narrowing or constriction of the diameter of a bodily passage or as narrowing of the lumbar spinal column that produces pressure on the nerve roots resulting in sciatica and a condition resembling intermittent claudication and that usually occurs in middle or old age. (http://www. Such narrowing can occur anywhere in the spine but is most often found in the cervical or lumbar spine, and its causes are varied. As the discs start to degenerate (DDD) the space between the vertebrae closes down. As the joints in the spine (facet joints) deteriorate the spaces can narrow. Osteophytes (little bony stalactites or stalagmites) can encroach on the space. In these cases the vertebrae approximate and the spaces either on their side (lateral foramen) place pressure on the nerve root or the space down the middle of the spine (spinal canal) narrows, placing pressure on the spinal cord. Many people have wear and tear but not all have pain. Contributing factors might be trauma such as falls, motor vehicle accidents or a history of high impact sports. Other factors may include lack of spinal stability, weak abdominals, poor posture, muscle imbalances and carrying additional weight. During an examination, physical therapists ask questions about function and pain. Do you have pain with prolonged standing or walking that is relieved with sitting or bending? (You cant walk down St. George St without sitting at every other bench or you cant complete your grocery shopping without leaning over your cart to reduce the pain.) Do you have with propping your legs on a pillow. If the answers to these questions are yes you may have a stenosis. If you also experience leg pain a nerve root may also be involved. If you have pain i n both legs there may be pressure on the spinal cord. Treatment for stenosis begins with identifying the level of compression. If treated conservatively an attempt is made minimize the mechanical pressure. Treatments such as heat, massage or soft tissue manipulation are used to soften the neighboring tissues. Traction to the spine, either manually or mechanically is used to open up the space and take pressure of the nerves. Stretches such as drawing ones knees to the chest are used to also open up the spaces and stretch the tight tissues. Exercises are prescribed to provide the stabilization that was lacking. incorporated to minimize or prevent can be utilized to daily activities. Provided you have adequate balance, if you have pain while standing at the sink open the lower cabinet door and place your foot on the bottom shelf. If you have pain while standing at your work bench, place one foot on a step stool or a block of wood. Both positions will drop the pelvis, open the spaces in the lumbar spine and remove pressure from the nerve root. If you wake with pain in the neck make sure you have adequate pillow support. Although these may help some the key to proper treatment is an accurate diagnosis. Back pain and leg pain can have a number of causes. Its always best to consult your MD or PT regarding your symptoms. Stenosis can be mild or serious. The sooner it is addressed the better so contact your healthcare professional today. First Coast Rehabilitation 829-3411. Rob Stanborough is a physical therapists, president and co-owner of First Coast Rehabilitation. He is coauthor of Myofascial Manipulation: Theory & Application, 3rd ed by Proed Inc. He has been in practice for over 13 years, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual number of soft tissue techniques. Stenosis By Rob Stanborough PT, DPT, MHSc, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT First Coast Rehabilitation (904) 829-3411 Reach The Beach By U.S. MAIL! (904)460-0022 For info & directions please see


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