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Beaches News Journal P.O. Box 51593 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240 News Journal St.Au Balance 2012 Make a Little History Whats Inside The This Month Re-organization Acute Bronchitis PRSRT SDT US POSTAGE PAID CALLAHAN, FL PERMIT #4 NEWS FOR AND ABOUT RESIDENTS OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE BEACHES AREA What Does Investment Land scape Look Like in 2012? An Ordinary What?! New Years Resolution: Examine Your Insurance Coverage St.AugustineBeaches Orchestra & Chorus Presents Christmas Flash Mob at Plaza de la Constitution At its December 5, 2011 meeting, the St. Augustine Beach city commission made the following decisions: 1. Elected Commissioner S. Gary Snodgrass and Commissioner Rich O'Brien as mayor and vice mayor, respectively, for 2012. 2. Reappointed to another three-year term the following members of the advisory committee: Tanya Frantzen, Hester Longstreet, Mary McCarthy, Robin Nadeau, Ann Palmquist and Jeanette Smith 3. Approved the following appointments to the code enforcement board: Mr. William Genovese as a regular member, and Mr. Thomas Masciarelli and Mr. Kevin Sweeny as alternates. 4. Heard the following reports: a. Mr. Robert Samuels on the pedestrian crossing 16th and F Streets; b. Ms. Jennifer Sauvage and Mr. Steve Cupolo on preparations for the city's 6th New Year's Eve chili cookreading: one to adopt parking regulations for certain streets in the Sea Grove subdivision; the other to adopt revised tree regulations. 6. Approved hold harmless agreements with the owners of parking lots that are used for satellite parking for the city's December 31st 7. Approved the donation of sick leave by police department employees for a sick and vacation leave while recuperating from a non-work related injury. 8. Asked the city attorney to review state laws that regulate the parking of recreational vehicles (continued on page 3) City Hall Update Starting a new Holiday tradition, members of the all-volunteer St. Augustine Community Orchestra and Chorus gathered at the Plaza in downtown St. Augustine on Saturday December 3rd to play cheery Christmas music directed by conductor William McNeiland. This extempo raneous, free performance was the idea of two of the orchestras violinists: Jeani Taliaferro and Sarah Page. Through e-mails to orchestra members, the event was organized as a surprise for visitors and residents of St. Augustine. The orchestra topped off the performance with a rendition of Handels Halleluia Chorus as onlookers joined in the singing. Members of the Flash Mob displayed a sign showing on lookers that the Orchestra is celebrating its 50th continuous year of concert performances. The Orchestras next concerts are scheduled March 9, 2012 at the Lightner Museum An tique Courtyard at 8 pm; with an encore performance on Sunday March 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm at the Ponte Vedra Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra. These March con certs will celebrate the Orchestras 50th anniversary with a musical Birthday Bash. For more information about the Orchestra, please log on to On Saturday, January 14, La Compaa de Juan Ponce de Len / The Company of Juan Ponce de Len (c. 1513-1521), in partnership with the offer a new heritage Event The Maritime World of Juan Ponce de Len. This living-history Event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum (www. in St. Augustine, FL, the oldest, continually occupied European settlement and port in the continental United States. The Maritime World of Juan Ponce de Len Event will explore the daily life of mariners in the early Spanish Caribbean and, in particular, focus on the "First Fleet". This the nao, Santa Maria de la Consolacin; the caravel, Santiago; and the bergantn, San Cristbal carried passengers and crew white, black, Native American; male and female; slave and free who is now the continental United States, landing on the east coast of Florida in April of 1513. In addition to historical demonstrations and displays, noted Florida map expert, Peter A. Cowdrey, Jr., Educator-in-Residence at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee, will be discussing the early 16th-century maps of the Caribbean and Florida, as well as demonstrating the use of the navigation tools which guided Ponce de Len's ships to Florida. Admission to the Event is free of charge to the public. (continued on page 2) The Maritime World of Juan Ponce de Len St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum January 2012


St. Johns River State College nursing graduates recently excelled on their licen sure exam. Students completing the 2011 August class achieved a 100% passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). According to the National Council State Boards of Nursing, the national average is 89%. NCLEX is the staterequired exam that determines whether graduates are prepared for entry-level nursing practice. We are proud of our outstanding graduates and dedicat ed faculty who work diligently to prepare the next generation of nurses to serve our lo cal workforce, said Dean of Nursing Mary Anne Laney, Ph.D., R.N.C. The gradu ates strong foundation of knowledge, skills and critical thinking is a result of their train ing in our state-of-the-art health care labs and on the high-tech patient simulators. SJR States nursing program is offered in Palatka and Orange Park. The program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and articulates into a baccalaureate degree in nursing. For more information, visit the Web site at SJR State offers additional health related programs such as respiratory care, nurs ing assistant, health information management and radiologic technology. For more in Photo: Nursing group August 2011 Front Row L-R: Kelly Kappele-Merchant, Natisha Howard, Marie Reeves, Amicha Kelly, Darnelle Mondesir, Caitlin Lockhart and Dawn Beahr: 2nd Row cia Mathis, Carrie Abell, Lori Coussens, Michele Latuch and Beatrice Kamentz: Back Row L-R: Heydi Cepeda, Jillian Stidham, Jim Lockhart, Jana Cadilova, Jill Ramsey, Cindy Cox and Jennifer Rus. St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2012 2 News From Around St. Johns County St. Augustine Crescent Beach ATLANTIC OCEAN St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Shores 904-471-1023 Bling in the New Year with diamonds from Carter's Jewelry. Anastasia Publix Plaza St. Augustine Beach 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, news, ads, or other informa tion submitted to the News Journal are subject to editing. Publishing of submitted letters and information is at the discretion of the publisher. Views and opinions expressed 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 Journals acceptance of advertising, articles, advertising, or other infor mation does not constitute endorsement. Nor will the Beaches News Journal and its staff be held liable for information provided herein by submit ters, including websites and/or emails listed, that may have the potential to constitue fraud or other violation of law. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising or information that does not meet the publications standards. The Beaches News Journal is published by an any St. Augustine Beach community develop ment, management company or Homeowners Association. City of St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beaches News Journal Mayor Rich OBrian City Manager Max Royle City of St. Augustine Beach Join the staff and volunteers of Keepers of the Coast and St. Augustine Eco Tours at the Groove Caf to help raise funds for underserved youth to participate in education programs in the spring of 2012. A portion of proceeds earned from Sweetwater beverage sales will be donated toward educational boating excursions for St. Johns County schools demonstrating a high ratio of free and reduced lunches. Come out to enjoy great food, drinks and live music! To learn more, visit or call (904) 687-7694 or (904) 5535239. The event is Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 6:309:00pm at the Groove Caf 128 Sea Grove Main Street St. Augustine Beach. This heritage Event is sponsored by Florida Living History, Inc. (www. NTE Energy, LLC ( For more information on La Compaa de Juan Ponce de Len, please contact us at or phone us, toll-free, at 1-877-FLA-HIST [1-877352-4478]. Photo by Charles Best. The Maritime World of Juan Ponce de Len St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum (continued from page 1) Partners Offer Underserved Youth Environmental Education Keepers of the Coast, St. Augustine Eco Tours and Sweetwater Brewing Company January 10th, 6:30 9:00 pm Original Art graced the stage and lobby of Flagler College Auditorium when Saint Augustine Ballet presented The Nutcracker on December 16 through 18th. Acclaimed artist and Saint Augustine resident, Ann McGlade, had her oil paintings on display in the lobby of Flagler College Auditorium. Her current work focuses on the grace, beauty, and athleticism of ballerinas. The paintings portray various dancers from Saint Augustine Ballet as they rehearse for The Nutcracker. McGlades award-winning oil paintings have been exhibited in museums and juried shows from New York to Oregon. To view a sample of McGlades paintings, visit www. The St. Augustine Ballet (SAB) was founded in 2010 organization. Their mission is to offer St. Johns County dancers the experience of performing in quality full-length classical ballet and to involve community members of all ages in meaningful dance experiences, whether as a participating dancer or audience member. The 2011 Nutcracker is made possible through the support of VyStar Credit Union, Flagler College, and the Saint Johns Cultural Councils State of the Arts License Plate grant program. For more information about Saint Augustine Ballet call 904-810-5670 or visit Original Artwork at Saint Augustine Ballets Nutcracker St Johns River State Nursing Graduates Achieve 100% Passing Rate Beaches News Journal Locations If not in our free mailing area please get your copy at these locations: St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2012 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 on private property. 9. Made the following decisions concerning solid waste disposal from city residences and businesses: a. set the non-ad valorem assessment for 2012 at $74 for the transportation and disposal of residential solid waste; b. approved a policy to collect partial assessments for new homes; c. approved a resolution to establish fees for the transportation and disposal of solid waste from businesses; d. changed the basis for charging for the disposal of yard trash from businesses; e. reduced the cost to businesses of 18-gallon recycling bins. ordinance to prohibit parking within 30 feet of the intersection of 5th Street east of A1A Beach Boulevard. 11. Asked the city attorney and city manager to research policies when commissioners are to be excused from attending a commission meeting and whether an absent commissioner can participate in the meeting by telephone. 12. Asked the city attorney to draft language for a policy to prohibit commissioners and city staff members from talking to the media on sensitive matters that may result in litigation against the city. 13. Asked the planning board to propose regulations for the use of storage trailers on commercial properties in the city. 14. Approved the paving of Oceanside Circle in the Overby-Gargan subdivision and the repaving of Kimberly Lane in the Sandpiper Village West subdivision. 15. Approved the public works local companies for the construction of an entry road and 20-vehicle parking lot on Ocean Hammock Park, which is between the Bermuda Run and Sea Colony subdivisions. 16. Approved the appointment of the 2nd, is a city holiday, the next commission meeting will be held on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the city hall at 2200 A1A South. The public is invited to attend. (continue from page 1) EMMA presents Americas Dream Chamber Artists in performance beginning at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 15,, 2012. The concert will be held in the Flagler College Auditorium located at 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 ($5 for students with a student I.D.). Reserved seats may be purchased in advance at www.emmaconcerts. com or by phone at 904-797-2800. Tickets are also available at the door. Americas Dream Chamber Artists (ADCA) brings together an elite group of the country's most superb, young musicians. ADCA's dynamic and inspiring performances represent a fresh approach to chamber music Americas Dream Chamber Artists Sunday, January 15, 2012, 2 P.M. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, 8 P.M. Trio con Brio Copenhagen, comprising the Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer and the of 2012. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. on January 7. It will be held in the Flagler College Auditorium located at 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 ($5 for students with a student I.D.). Reserved seats may be purchased in advance at www. or by phone at 904-797-2800. Tickets are also available at the door. Trio con Brio Copenhagen has performed at such major venues as Carnegie and the Mozart-Saal (Vienna). Saturday, January 28, 2012, 8 P.M. Virtuoso pianist Marika Bournaki will be in concert on January 28, 2012 as part of the EMMA Concert Associations 2011-2012 season. The concert will be held in the Flagler College Auditorium located at 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 ($5 for students with a student I.D.). Reserved seats may be purchased in advance at or by phone at 904-797-2800. Tickets are also available at the door. During the last two years Ms. Bournaki has performed at the Seoul Arts Center Opera House in South Korea, the Flanders Festival in Belgium, the Chamber Music Northwest in Portland Oregon and a sold-out concert at Carnegie Halls Weill Recital Hall. She has also been a featured guest on National Public Radios From the Top. EMMA Concert Associations 2011-2012 Season Trio con Brio Copenhagen Marika Bournaki An Evening with Rat Pack Review will be held January 21, 2012. Rat Pack Re view is a re-creation of performances by the legendary trio comprised by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Tickets on sale at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 3000. This will be a seated show. Doors open at 7:00 pm, Show 8:00 pm. Tickets are $55.50 and $44.50. RAT PACK REVIEW Ponte Vedra Concert Hall January 21, 2012, 8:00 pm Travis Tritt will return to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sunday, January 29, 2012. Unlike many other mainstream country acts, Tritt doesn't wear a cowboy hat and includes elements of rock 'n' roll in his music. Tritt has been on the country music scene since the 90s and won two Grammy awards for his work on the singles "The Whiskey Ain't Workin" and "Same Old Train." Tickets on sale at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 3000. Doors open at 7:00 pm and show at 8:00 pm. Ticket prices are $65.50 and $77.50. For more information, please visit or call (904) 209-3751. TRAVIS TRITT Ponte Vedra Concert Hall January 29, 2012


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2012 4 By Robert Samuels, President St. Augustine Beach Civic Association St. Augustine Beach Civic Association Rich OBrien, Mayor City of St. Augustine Beach, FL Ask the Mayor HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2012. The Civic Association will be meeting on Tuesday January 10th at 7pm at City Hall. We welcome Heather Neville to speak about Velofest,. Velofest is a 2-day festival to increase awareness to cyclists and drivers alike about the laws, health social aspect of cycling as a past time and as a sport. Velofest is a new event for St. Augustine. Making a special appearance will be Mr. Henry Flager, portrayed by Robert Gill. Mr. Gill is one of the busiest and most respected professional actors in Florida, with credits in St. Augustine dating back to 1981, and continuing today with his acclaimed one-man shows of Mark Twain and Henry Flagler. The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served. The 6th annual Beach Blast Off will be held on Saturday December 31 New Year's Eve at Pier Park from 4pm 10pm. The event includes: Chili Cook Off, Ice Sculpting Contest, Fireworks, Food, Wine & Beer, Kids Zone and Vendors. Come out and enjoy this family oriented event and be enchanted by the world class take place on stage throughout the evening. For more information www.beachblastoff. com. The Civic Association's 10th annual Surf Illumination celebration on December 3th was a wonderful community Christmas party. We would like to thank the following people for making the event so successful: Michelle Santorelli, event coordinator; John Reardon, emcee; Hal Stedman, Santa; Janet Smith and Cheryl Robertson, face painters; Sparky the Clown, balloon creations; Lisa Black, director Temple Bet Yam Chorus; Kerry Fradley, director St. Augustine Children's Chorus; Annette Danielson, director St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts; Jo Baker, director Allegro Bells; Bill Jones, sound and lighting; Mayor O'Brien, tree lighting ceremony; Vice Mayor Samuels and Commissioner Snodgrass, attending; and the great staff of the Public Works Department for decorating the Christmas tree and lighting the Pier Park. At the December City Commission meeting Police Chief Richard fortunate to have someone of his caliber. our community. Gary Killam is a native Floridian (Ft. Pierce). He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, to include, 16 years in command level and management roles. He started his career as a Police before being hired by the Davie Police Department where he was promoted through the ranks to Major. He worked for a couple of years as the Deputy Chief with Duval School Police before his current position as the Criminal Justice Director at St. Johns River State College. He has a Master of Education Degree from the University of Phoenix and is a PhD candidate in Criminal Justice Leadership at Nova Southeastern University. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and the FBI National Academy. He was awarded several law enforcement honors and has successfully completed numerous technical and leadership law enforcement courses. He lives with his wife, Debbie, in St. Johns and has two adult children. the St. Augustine Beach Police Department and will assist with the implementation of programs. Reserves must be Florida volunteer workers, Reserves are not paid and have no employment rights. Reserves have the same authority as a regular policy. Reserves may not ride solo patrol or work off-duty law enforcement jobs until they have successfully completed the Departments Field Training Program which is 3 months. The last order of business at the Commission meeting was the selection of Mayor and Vice Mayor for 2012. Congratulations to Mayor Gary Snodgrass and Vice Mayor Rich O'Brien. Continuing business of the the City that will begin early in 2012 is the beach renourishment project, building new bathrooms at Pier Park, renovation and expansion of Splash Park, and installation of new energy commission will continue developing an RFP for a Grant Writer to obtain monies to enhance our city. New policies that the commission will be reviewing in January include absenteeism, annexation and prohibition of discussion by city regarding legal issues. Review of ordinances will also include trailers on commercial property. 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. Temporary parking at Ocean Hammock park: Approval has been received from the St. Johns Water Management District to proceed with the temporary parking at Ocean Hammock Park. This parking will provide approximately 20-25 spaces including handicapped. The parking area will be fenced and have a gate which will be closed at night. Construction of the temporary parking is scheduled to begin in early 2012. The permanent design of the park has not begun and when it does the design team will schedule a number of public meetings to receive input from the public before any design decisions are made. Parking of large storage trailers: The Commission will continue discussion at the December 5th meeting regarding the parking of large storage trailers in the City. Currently these trailers are permitted without limitation in commercial zoning but complaints have been received about them being parked long term. Q: I read where the County has offered to forgive the debt on the 6 acre Atkerson tract (Hammock Dunes) if the sale to Regency were to be consummated. Is there a deadline for the City to respond to the County? A: The County offered to forgive the remaining debt of $539,000 if the City decides to move forward with the sale. The City's next payment due to the County is in January of $100,000 plus interest which they have agreed to delay until April of 2012 to allow time for the City to hear the revised proposal for Anastasia Plaza. Regency is revising their development proposal after meeting with Whispering Oaks and Sea Colony where they informed the Commission that they learned of a number of concerns they wanted to This will be my last column as your Mayor. I volunteered to write this column to help give the community a resource to ask questions and I hope that you have found it helpful. It has been an honor to serve you in this position and we have accomplished a great deal as a City over the past twelve months and we look forward with optimism and enthusiasm. My thanks to the community for their support and my best wishes to you in the new year. 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. Come join an intergenerational circle using music, dance/movement and signs (ASL) to enhance mindfulness, focus, attention, memory, balance, and motor planning. Change your brain! Find Joie de Vivre! All ages welcome, birth to 100 +, wheelchair access, children must be accompanied by an adult. The sessions are to be held January 10th, from 11:00 to noon and January 17, 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Admission is Free. I combine music, dance/movement and American Sign Language (ASL) to help children and adults acquire greater language and literacy skills. I have found that those who participate in these intergenerational circles have increased ability to focus, pay plan motorically. There is a joy, enthusiasm, and positive outlook that is found from the inside with participation in the music, dance/movement and American Sign Language. I have created these circles in many different parts of the country for many years an am excited to be doing it now, on the beach in St. Augustine. I have 4 music CDs Linda Stoler is a speech-language pathologist, educator, poet, songwriter and literacy consultant of more than 40 years. She is a speech-language pathologist with or email her at By Linda Stoler, MA, CCC-SLP Music, Movement, and Signs (American Sign Language) Anastasia Island Branch Library January 10th and 17th


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2012 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 BALANCE for a small Florida city of less than 10,000 population may seem like an uncomplicated gig. I mean, how much complexity can there be making decisions about the operations of a city that provides only the most basic of services, such as law enforcement, solid waste collection, road and drainage facilities maintenance, code enforcement, and planning and zoning? Say, a city like St. Augustine Beach, with its once-a-month meetings that require a few hours of sitting on cushy, executive-style chairs, dialoguing with some of the residents who care to come to the meetings, making motions, saying yes or no to them, and then moving on to the next topic on the agenda. Why, it sounds like a walk in the proverbial park, nest-ce pas? Well, not exactly. That walk in the park is more often like a drunken stumble along a bumpy trail in the dark of night with hidden tree roots, rocks, and potholes always present to trip the unwary. The reason is that the yes or no votes by the city commissioners are sometimes not the result of a stark choice between right and wrong, good and bad, desirable and not desirable, but are an attempt to reconcile the needs, demands, and wants of individual citizens or groups of citizens with the general welfare of the community. This reconciliation is no easy task and isnt for those faint of heart because of one simple that please all of the citizens all of the time. Such is impossible to do, given the variety of personalities, their backgrounds, likes, dislikes, and expectations in a city, even one as small as St. Augustine Beach. Hence, the title of my little essay here. Decision making by the commissioners is frequently a balancing act. How that balance is determined can be a complex matter, as youll see here. So whats the Tight Rope Act du jour seems simplicity itself: whether to support the selling by St. Johns County of the 6.1 acres of vacant land between the Anastasia shopping plaza and the Whispering Oaks subdivision. The buyer would be Regency Centers, the owner of the shopping plaza. Regency wants to expand the plaza to the north, and the 6.1 acres is the only land available for the expansion. Before we stumble farther along this path, some background is in order. In the spring of 2005, amid the land development frenzy, St. Johns County decided to purchase the 6.1 acres for $2.5 million to protect it from development. The county made the purchase with the city agreeing in writing to pay half the cost, or $1,250,000, starting with $200,000 on closing, and $100,000 plus interest each Then the county and the city will become joint owners of the property. Since 2005, the city has been dutifully making the payments, and since 2005, the 6.1 acres, now called Hammock Dunes Park, have been inaccessible to the public, because neither the county nor the city has the money to pay the costs to construct a parking lot and a walking trail through the propertys very hilly terrain. Heres where we are now: a) Regency has offered to pay the county $1,200,000 for the land, a price which regency says is above the propertys appraised value. Ive seen the appraisal, and Regencys statement is correct. b) Regency will give $300,000 to the city over three years to help pay the costs to build amenities (a parking lot, restrooms, picnic area, etc.) for the public in the park that the city owns on the east side of A1A Beach Boulevard between the Bermuda Run and Sea Colony subdivisions. c) The county will forgive the $539,010 that the city still owes for its half of the purchase price of the 6.1 acres north of the shopping plaza. This $539,010 is principal. The city will also save an estimated $124,000 in interest. d) Regency will have a vegetative buffer between the expanded shopping center and the Whispering Oaks subdivision. Regency proposed that the buffers width be 40 feet. The city believes the buffer should be wider. e) Regency will build a drainage pond on part of the 6.1 acres. The city has suggested that the drainage could be put underground, as was done for the Castillo Real hotel and will be done for the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel. In contrast to the proposed development of the 6.1 acres, here are the highlights of their features as a park. The description is in the application that the countys staff prepared in 2006 for a state grant that would have reimbursed the county for most or perhaps all of the $2.5 million cost to acquire the land. Though the application was well-researched and thorough, it didnt receive enough points to be awarded the grant. In the application, the staff noted the following about the 6.1 acres: The Maritime Hammock is unique in this area because it is home to a major dune that rises to 30 feet and shows a great example of the relationships of the plants that thrive within this community. The staff listed the species of plants: sand live oak, yaupon holly, red bay, and saw palmetto. The staff also noted that the wetland areas provide habitat for wading birds and wood storks. Adjacent residents have reported seeing deer on the property, as well as hawks, owls, and other types of birds. By now, my ever-clever and subtly discerning readers (have I complimented you enough?) will have decided that the balance question facing the city commission is this: Are the 6.1 acres that Regency wants to buy of more value to the citys residents as a park or as an expansion of the shopping plaza? I can hear the arguments now. 1) The city already has enough parkland in or adjacent to its borders: Ron Parker Park, the pier park, Anastasia State Park, and the 11.5 acres the city owns between the Bermuda Run and Sea Colony subdivisions. No, the city can never have enough open, undeveloped land for recreational purposes. 2) The city needs to expand its commercial tax base, as the base now rests too heavily on residential property owners. Also, the expanded shopping center will provide not only additional property tax revenue, but revenue from sales and utility taxes, and franchise fees. No, the bottom line shouldnt rule here. The 6.1 acres left in their natural state and preserved/protected from development have a value that cannot be measured in mere dollars. 3) Regencys purchase will relieve the city from having to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in principal and interest to the county between now and 2017. This money, combined with the $300,000 Regency will pay the city, residents, such as road paving, drainage, and the construction of a parking lot and other amenities on the 11.5-acre park east of the Boulevard. No, the city is hardly poor and can, with careful budgeting over a number of years, afford to pay for the drainage and other projects and to build the amenities in its 11.5-acre park. 4) Of what use/value are the 6.1 acres if theyre inaccessible to the public? Neither the city nor the county now has the money to build a parking lot and walking trail though the 6.1 acres. The costs will be high because of the steep hills and deep wetland depressions on the land. Also, there are no grants available at this time to help pay the leaving the 6.1 acres undisturbed for as long as possible as an oasis of open space, trees, and habitat for animals and birds in the midst of all the surrounding development. Besides, as the states economy improves, grant money will again become available. Though this may take will, and the parking lot and walking trail can be constructed so that residents and visitors can enjoy the unique features of the 6.1 acres, which are the last of their kind anywhere in the city and perhaps on Anastasia Island. Wheres the balance to be found among such competing opinions? At its November 7th meeting, the city commission gave Regency 60-90 days to provide a revised proposal that will address the concerns Regency has learned about from meeting with the residents of the Sea Colony and Whispering Oaks subdivisions. I expect that Regency in early January will tell me its proposal is ready. Ill then ask the commission to schedule a special meeting later in January or in February for Regency to present the proposal. The citizens can then tell the commission which outcome, parkland or shopping center expansion, they perceive will achieve the best balance for the citys shortand long-term well-being. Then the commission can decide what to recommend to the county should be done with the 6.1 acres. one the commission will make since 2001, when it decided that the city should give up its the special meeting. Companionship Driving For: Doctors Appointments, Grocery, Shopping, Etc.Carols Friendly Home CarePet Care In Your Home References Available


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2012 6 Financial Focus Information Provided By Edward Jones Spiritually Speaking By Dr. Nicholas A. Marziani What Does Investment Landscape Look Like in 2012? Dr. Marziani, an education and spiritual life consultant, is Vice-President of the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association. Currently he is completing a novel based on East-West Church relations. Connie Reep Financial Advisor 1045 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32080 904460-1200 Member SIPC MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING An Ordinary What?! As an investor, you know that 2011 was a somewhat choppy year, many ups and downs. So what can you expect in 2012? As baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is quoted as saying: Its hard to make predictions especially about the future. And these words are certainly applicable for anyone who would like an accurate forecast of the investment climate. Yet we do know of some factors that may affect your portfolio in the months ahead. Here are a few of them: This past year, all the noise about the debt ceiling debate, the size of the situation tended to drown out some fairly good news: U.S. businesses balance sheets were strong for the most part, borrowing costs remained low, driver of stock prices. Heading into 2012, these fundamentals continue to look positive, which may bode well for investors. Greeces economic problems made a lot of news in 2011, but they werent the end of the story in Europe, as major Spain, Portugal and Ireland. Its by no means clear how these problems will be resolved, so dont be surprised to see them lead to intermittent, if short-lived, shocks to the markets. youre well aware, were voting for president in 2012. But you might be surprised to learn that the S&P 500 index has shown negative returns in only three of the last 21 presidential election years. Coincidence? No one can say for sure and at this point, no one can say if this pattern of positive returns will continue during this election year. Still, its an interesting phenomenon. So there you have it: the good, the bad and the quirky. Take them all together, and you still may not be able to foresee what will happen with the markets this year, but youll have a lot to think about. But instead of trying to predict what will happen in 2012, you may be better off following these triedand-true investment strategies: By spreading your money among a wide range of investments, you can reduce the effects of volatility on your portfolio. Keep in mind, though, that tolerance. If you worry excessively about much risk in your portfolio, which means you may need to make some changes. picture. Financial markets will always on your long-term objectives, and make decisions accordingly, you can avoid overreacting to short-term events. Like other years, 2012 will bring with it periods of both turbulence and smooth sailing. But by making the right investment moves, you can still chart a course that can allow you to move ever closer to your future goals. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Has the gall to think talk with her, not at her. Is it crazy to demand an actual advisor? To expect that he listens as much as he speaks? Not to Edward Jones. With locations in neighborhoods, not skyscrapers, were built for easy access and genuine conversations. And have been for 88 years. Face time and tink time make sense. The focus of this column shifts Year. If youre into Maya calendars and other such exotica youre probably looking for the end of the world or some such by this coming December. There are not a few of us, however, who have waited for 2012 for a different reason, On this traditional eighth day of Christmas something very new is coming into being in the world of Anglicanism and Catholicism. It is the American Personal Anglican Ordinariate of the See of Peter and the Bishop of Rome, currently Pope Benedict XVI. Thats a mouthful, but in simple terms its referred to as the Ordinariate. Last year at this time such a new thing came into being in England; now we, her daughter nation the United States, have our own as well. Just what, you may ask, is an Ordinariate? And why should I care? Good questions, both. Let me answer Religious news as straight news is covered by the secular media with varying degrees of accuracy and completeness. Many folks dont care one way or another what goes on in the world of institutional religion, and the mainstream media often feels a need to either sensationalize or minimize developments in the same, depending upon their particular editorial bias and/ or their need for advertising dollars. What we have here is truly a new thing under the sun, and it warrants some attention by thoughtful people of whatever persuasion. And in this case its something that has a very personal application to yours truly, as youll see. U.S. Anglican-Catholic Ordinariate is a new creature in Roman Catholic canon law that establishes a territorial, nation-spanning diocese of former Anglicans, including Episcopalians and others who derive their spirituality and practice from the Church of England, who will keep much of their Anglican Patrimony but also come into communion with the worldwide Catholic Church. It has its own leader, or Ordinary, who can be either a bishop or senior priest, if married, and who sits alongside all the American bishops at national meetings throughout the year as a full member of that body. Oh, yes married clergy. That will be the norm for the Ordinariate, at least at the beginning. Later priest candidates will be increasingly encouraged to be celibate, but its anyones guess as to how general a rule that discipline will become down the line. And guess what, folks. This is also LOCAL NEWS! As I mentioned earlier, as I former Episcopal priest I have requested from the Vatican and received the required letter of permission that enables me to continue in the process to become a retread Ordinariate member of the clergy, a process that hopefully will reach its intended conclusion, my reordination as an Anglican-Catholic priest sometime early this summer. We currently have a small local fellowship in formation, St. James Anglican mission church, which meets in various locations convenient to its members. We will soon have a permanent arrangement for our meetings, which consist of weekly services of traditional Evensong on late Saturday afternoon. After my ordination we will, Lord willing, begin offering traditional Masses in the style of so-called high church English practice, a hybrid of the Book of Common Prayer and Catholic sources. Catholics attending the new Masses who choose to drop in one of our services (quite permissible!) will undoubtedly discover a richness in the liturgy that rivals that of the new Missal translations of the Latin Mass. OK, out of space! I encourage anyone who wants to learn more about this new development to contact me either at the email address listed above, or call me at 904.806.3037. Putative Mayan prophecies aside, this is a real centuries of longing for real unity in the Church which was fractured in the days of Henry VIII. And my personal of a longing of an old Jewish friend and former supervisor from my days at G.W.University that story will have to await another column! In the meantime God bless and love you all, Dr. Nick indoor Fitness room Atlantic Beach & Tennis Club 20th Anniversary Special! for St. Augustine Beach, Butler Beach & Crescent Beach. Save up to $150.00!


25% Advertising Discount Promotion New advertisers take advantage of a 25% discount off regular rates during the month of January for 2012. A great opportunity to reach the beach residents by US Mail. Go to and download the agreement form and select If you have questions or need assistance with your ad, please call Todd or Cliff. Happy New Year! St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2012 7 St. Augustine Beaches Advisory Committee Ann Palmquist, Committee Member Professional Packing, Shipping & Mailing Service Center (904)460-0022 With Safe ShipYou Have Options For info & directions please see St. Johns County Sheriffs Corner By David Shoar, St. Johns County Sheriff Re-organization Salutations and good wishes for a prosperous New Year. The New Year, full of promise, resembles a clean slate waiting to be written on. A succinct appraisal of Advisory Committee (BAC) faced and met numerous challenges and worked to make this community an exceptional place we call home. Making a little history is what we do, having fun is how we do it. Three challenges, born in 2011, included promoting Art In Public Places, supporting Florida Friendly Yards practices (FFY), and protecting our valuable resources Trees! A forth challenge saved for last, needs you help, so keep reading. Supporting the Arts was realized in June with the formal opening of the Sculpture Garden at Lakeside Park and again in concerts held on the shores of Lake Anhinga. Thanks and appreciation go to Thomas Glover W. and Marianne Lerbs, Sculpture Garden Founders for their generosity of the sculptures and creative vision. Continuing this auspicious successful example into 2012 will be riveting to watch. The newly reappointed members of the BAC is proud of the supportive role it played in this venture. Promoting Florida Friendly Yards sandy soil; salty sea breezes to mist your plants; water restrictions; and the lovely but tender tropical plants best moved, inside before the and fauna issues because they know Dorothy a Florida gardener you are an indomitable, the faint of heart. In order to provide focus by example, your BAC and the newest committee member, Nana Royer, are engaged in efforts The City Commission approved the location, A Street and 2nd Avenue Plaza, so in concept this challenge is underway. In order to move from concept to kitchen table a lot of planning, sweat equity, and vision is needed. Green thumbs, wan-a-bees, and folk who want to grow something form the ground ( pardon the pun) are invited to contribute their: time, talents, ideas, and funding ($$$.) Organizational meetings will be in January so stay tuned or watch for the soon-to-be web site. When asked for his support Frank Charles said he was very at fundraising and would be willing to help this valuable endeavor. It is hoped his support and funding will materialize but dont wait to step up and help. Offering naming rights associated with you contributions is one idea and there is the possibility of growing the best tasting tomatoes ever! Stay tuned for breaking news and lets grow something tasty in 2012. Check out and see what is possible with this salubrious project. Recognizing the impact of the Citys valuable treasure, her Trees includes understanding the economic impact of trees: increased property value; environmental impact; air quality; wildlife and bird habitat; control soil erosion; and summers cooling shade. Congratulations to Max Royle and Melissa Burns, Finance Director, for shepherding the paperwork needed so once again the City of St. Augustine Beach will receive the 2012 Tree City Award. Nice going Melissa and Max. Requirements include the Cities commitment to devote two dollars per citizen to maintain and/or acquire trees. Arbor Day Celebrations supports the idea it is fun to learn, and introduced Learning Stations. Each Station hosted by BAC members or volunteers from the Master Gardeners, Garden Clubs, the Native Plant Society, the US Forest Service, and our own Chuck Lippie new Tree Ordinance in place promises 2012 will be a good year for trees, BAC hopes so. The New Year offers an additional challenge, St. Augustines 450th Birthday commemorations and the far reaching impact. What role or contribution does the City of St. Augustine Beach plan to contribution as part of these celebrations? Our city a young 53 years still a youngster in years, enjoys the notoriety and proximity of living next to an esteemed Grande Dame of advanced years. of tiny shells the Spanish called coquina, were quarried from deposits on Anastasia Island and used as building blocks to construct the Castillo de San Marcos. Fast forward and discover the strategic role played by the Light House (current structure 1874.) documented in diary entries and the Keepers log records write indispensable chapters in Maritime History. Continue along our shared timeline of the Civil Rights Movement and discover photographs, news paper stories, arrest records, and documents recounting the public swim-ins at the beach. History more recent feels like it is still warm. The City of St. Augustine Beach used a Chautauqua format to commemorate the Citys 50th birthday and was an example of History, done right. Presentations by noted from people who had been there, done that 2012 Make a Little History The New Year is always an exciting time. On New Years Eve we celebrate to either put a not-so-good year to rest or to count our blessings for a good year now passing. In both cases we welcome the next 12 months with eager anticipation that family and friends. I am particularly looking forward to 2012 and the continuation of some exciting and rather dramatic changes that have been implemented for your St. Every generation of law enforcement professionals has faced unique challenges and yet used those challenges to substantially improve their organizations and the quality of the services they provide. The depression of the 1930s, the civil rights era of the 1960s, the anti-war and anti-police environment of the 1970s and the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s all resulted in historic changes in the training, equipment and tactics we use to enforce the law and protect the public. In St. Johns County we now face another historic challenge. We must continue to provide premium law enforcement and public safety services in an environment of rapid population increases and revenue stream decreases. Thankfully at the SJSO we have a workforce of intelligent, hardworking people who have the creative energy to seek out innovative ways to address this mandate. As a result we have implemented a comprehensive change in the organization There is a growing consensus that law enforcement can best control crime and provide the needed public safety such as criminal hot spots, repeat victims and frequent offenders within a given geographical area, as discussed a couple of months ago in a column titled Intelligence in a county as large as ours and given that areas outside the Cities of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach which have their own police departments. Our plan has reduced the size of the geographical areas for which assigned deputies, sergeants and lieutenants are responsible and created a new streamlined command staff to lead them. The county has been divided into two regions each overseen by a Regional Chief. Each region has two districts commanded by a District Commander. The District Commander could be comparable to a local police chief for the district in which you reside. The four districts have separated the county in the Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and the Southwest. as Central designed to perform the myriad of additional duties that are critical to public safety such as Investigations, Communications, the SWAT team, Marine and Air Units and other necessary specialized support services for the districts and the two regions. this plan will give you the opportunity to participate in the safety of your local area as you get to know patrol deputies, sergeants and lieutenants in your neighborhood and most likely your district commander who will be actively be involved in the local St. Johns County community where you live. This will be community policing at its best enhanced by the latest technology and best law enforcement support systems available today. As always I thank you for your support of the SJSO and welcome your comments and suggestions. My email address is then the City evolved, how decisions made had lasting contributions, and some enrich this community and this community became a wonderful place to call home. The Mission for 2012, should you choose to except it, is far from impossible. You are invited to share suggestions, ideas, energy, and decide what role, or contribution this island and/or the City of St. Augustine Beach will play. Perhaps planting a historic garden, or work of Art with memory and hope for the past and to celebrate the future, or a map showing location of trees with memories of all 164,250 days and more. Historical events constitute the very bones marrow of City of St. Augustine Beach, the most beautiful city by the sea, and you are invited you to make a little history in 2012.


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2012 8 By Gerald Townsend, M.D. Townsend Clinic 4475 U.S. 1 South, Suite 100 Call 461-1901 St. Augustine Beach Health Focus We accept most INSURANCES, VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER & AMERICAN EXPRESS. In this coming New Year, take charge of your health! Whether you need to monitor your on going good health, or you need help getting to good health, we are here for you! Call for a convenient appointment time with Dr. Townsend or K.Pacetti, ARNP Townsend Clinic always gives you caring attention to every sneeze, cough, ache, sprain, scrape and bruise. We'll help you start and stay healthy in the New Year Its that time of the year again: holiday cheer, families traveling and gathering, cool breezes, and cough, cough, hack! The sounds of various respiratory illnesses in the community are heard loud and clear. One common ailment is Acute Bronchitis. This annoying infirmity is most commonly produced by the same viruses that cause the common cold. Much less often acute bronchitis is caused by bacteria. Only rarely is acute bronchitis caused by a fungus. The viruses invade the lining of the bronchial tree. When the bronchial tree becomes damaged by the invading viruses, the normally smooth lining swells and makes thick mucous is made while viruses and begin to heal the damaged bronchial tubes. Now it becomes hard to breath and we start to cough. Sometimes its a dry cough but at other times we can really seem to bring up lots of mucous (like some of my famous younger patients say: gobs of goobers!). Whatever you like to call it, that same mucous and swelling can cause wheezing (that whistling sound when you breathe) and occasionally, truly disturbing symptoms of respiratory distress may occur. These viruses that cause acute bronchitis are spread by coughing (the virus is sprayed into the air and we may breathe in the virus). Or, while coughing, the virus may land on the infected persons hand. We may touch a hand coated in Acute Bronchitis virus, then touch our face, nose, eyes and allow the virus to enter our respiratory tract. Most often, acute bronchitis will go away on its own after a few days or a week. The usual rules of home treatment still apply: rest, drink plenty of non-caffeinated drinks (water and fruit juices). Sometimes its a good idea to increase the humidity in our room even more with a cool water vaporizer. Remember, because acute bronchitis is usually caused by a virus, antibiotics (drugs to kill bacteria) often do not help. Even with gobs of discolored goobers. Doctors may treat the symptoms of acute bronchitis with various medications to open and clear out the thick mucous. These may be in the form of inhalers or pills or liquids. Your doctor will help decide if this treatment is correct for you. The cough from an acute bronchitis may last for several weeks or even months. This occurs if the bronchial tree is taking a long time to heal. Remember, however, a cough that wont go away may be a sign of another problem, for example pneumonia or asthma. Prevention Is Key The best way to keep from getting acute bronchitis is to wash your hands often to get rid of any viruses. If you smoke, the best defense against acute bronchitis is to quit. The damage to the bronchial tubes from smoking allows viruses to enter more easily and cause infection. The damage from smoking also slows healing, keeping you ill longer. So, lets enjoy the season, and, remember to wash our hands! St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize the Associate in Sci ence in Nursing students. The pinning ceremony symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession, said Anna Lebesch, Ed.D., SJR States vice president for workforce development. The pin is a reminder to the 16 gradu ates of their purpose to serve the Lebesch describes the pin ning and lighting ceremony as the symbol of the care and devotion nurses provide. The ceremony is also a continued tradition of Florence Nightingales extended honor to her most outstanding nurses. In addition to the ceremony, students were recognized for special achievements throughout their two-year program. Special recognition went to St. Johns County resi dent Sarah Von Kieckebusch for the Academic Excellence Award, and Duval County resident Vanessa Denmark received the Florence Nightingale Award. Students were pinned by family members. The recipient of the Florence Nightin gale Award lit a single lamp and began the Florence Nightingale Pledge with all gradu ates joining in. This tradition serves as an icon in nursing from Nightingale, who is known as the founder of modern-day nursing. In the 1800s, Nightingale was known as the lady with the lamp, tending to the sick while carrying a lamp to light the way. SJR States nursing program is offered in Palatka and Orange Park. Applications for the summer 2012 nursing class on the Orange Park campus will be accepted Febru Morgan Meyer, Latarsha Moore, Naomi Roberts, Heather Stokes, Crystal Thomp son, Kimberly Van Soest and Karen Watkins. : Ellie Crocker, Amy Doyle, Diana Falise, Jessica Frick, Donna Riggs, Crys tal Steele and Sarah Von Kieckebusch. Sarah Snyder. Vanessa Denmark. Students from the SJR State nursing pro gram were recognized for special achievements throughout their two-year program. St. Johns County resident Sarah Von Kieckebusch received the Academic Excellence Award, and Duval County resident Vanessa Denmark received the Florence Nightingale Award. Nursing group photo: Front Row, L-R: Heather Stokes, Sarah Snyder, Kimberly Van Soest, Amy Doyle and Crystal Thompson Back Row, L-R: Vanessa Denmark, Naomi Roberts, Ellie Crocker, Karen Watkins, Latarsha Moore, Donna Riggs, Jessica Frick, Morgan Meyer and Crystal Steele Not Pictured: Sarah Von Kieckebush and Diana Falise SJR State offers additional health programs such as respiratory care, nursing assis tant, health information management and radiologic technology. For more information SJR State Holds Nursing Pinning Ceremony


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2012 9 Beaches Bistro By Paolo Pece, Cafe Atlantico Chicken with Prosciutto and Green Olives Contemporary Italian Grill 904-471-7332 647 A1A BEACH BLVD. ST. AUG. BEACH Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5-Closing Serves Four Chicken is a natural choice for Chardonnay, but chilies are not. The idea is to keep the chili addition minimal, so that contributes the deep-frying the garnish 8 ounces prosciutto julienned 1. For the garnish, cut the tortillas into halves or quarters and cut the rounded edges into a decorative pattern. Deep-fry in oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and set aside. 2. Blanch the onions in boiling water in a saucepan for 2 minutes; drain and cool. Peel and trim the ends, leaving enough of the root ends to hold the onions intact; set aside. 3. Cut the prosciutto into 1/4-inch pieces. Saut in a skillet until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and set aside. 4. Rinse the chicken well. 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St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2012 10 Muscle Myths By Rob Stanborough PT, DPT, MHSc, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT First Coast Rehabilitation (904) 829-3411 Fresh, Local Seafood Prepared the Way You Like it! Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday 7:30am-10:30am Lunch & Dinner: 7 Days 11am-9:00pm Early Bird Specials: M-F 3:30pm-5:30pm St. Augustines Best Casual Oceanfront Restaurant (904) 471-8700 Open For BREAKFAST Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Join Us For and more! We Cover The Beaches! 312 A1A S-3 Commodores Club Lions Gate Cedar Ridge Ocean Woods Ocean Oaks Marsh Creek Country Club Woodland Estates Ocean Walk Ocean Trace Sea Gate Anastasia Lakes Surfwood Sea Colony Magnolia Dunes Island Hammock Sea Oaks Ocean Palms Call Todd (904)-505-0301 For Advertising Information Sea Grove Distributed monthly by U.S. Mail to these large neighborhoods and more! This time of year usually dictates addressing New Years resolutions for commitment to diet change, exercise and a healthier life style. Like me, Im sure most realize when the pants are getting a little tight and breathing becomes a little postman. I interpret such signs as telling me its time to get back on the bandwagon. Instead I thought Id attempt to dispel muscle and exercise myths I often hear in the clinic. 1. No pain No gain False: It is true you might feel fatigue and even a little burn in the muscle if you are lifting heavy weights or doing high repetitions, but any discomfort should go away afterwards. If you feel soreness 1-2 days after your work-out that is normal called DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). The best thing to do for DOMS is to repeat your workout with a slight intensity reduction. Muscle and tissues respond to forces placed on our bodies. Too much force can cause damage and pain. Appropriate forces cause the tissues to build and become stronger. 2. Im too old and/or too out of shape to start exercising False: As long as you are medically and even build muscle but start slow. Exercising with light weights performing high repetitions (30-50) is usually prescribed for endurance. Exercising with high weights, performing low repetitions (5-7) is usually prescribed for increasing strength. Exercising with moderate weights (those you can lift 10-15 times) is usually prescribed for tone, endurance and moderate strengthening. 3. If I work-out Ill get bulky and muscle bound False: Rarely is this a male complaint. I cant promise the men they will buff up but I can say with reasonable certainty it wont happen to the women unless supplements are taken. In either case, resistance training will produce results of increased tone and moderate muscle mass, depending on the type of routine. As your body changes it may indirectly lead to a new wardrobe. 4. I cant work-out. I have osteoporosis False: The fact is weight-bearing and resistance exercises such as walking and resistance training are ideal for osteoporosis. Ive helped a number of women develop training programs who have seen their bone density scan improve or at least remain constant. The key is to start slowly. 5. I tried before. It never sticks False: Although success rests solely on the individual there are things that can Find someone who knows something about exercise and who will listen to you not someone who gets in your face like on The Biggest Loser. Try to make your exercise routine social. Most of us prefer not to eat alone, go to the movies alone, or even work alone. Why do we think we must exercise alone? There is strength in numbers. Lastly, start but start slowly. Reward yourself for your success (I exercised twice this week. Im doing great!). And, dont beat yourself up if you miss or skip just jump back on at the next opportunity. Although space limits the number of myths I can address, these are the ones I most commonly hear. It should go without saying, if you plan to start or modify an exercise routine, consult your physician or physical therapist. They can provide direction and even act as your advocate, adding to the likelihood of success. Happy Holidays! Rob Stanborough is a physical therapists, president and co-owner of First of Myofascial Manipulation: Theory & of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists. Read previous columns (904) 900-2717 Located in the Sea Grove Plaza across from Sun Trust Bank


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