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Beaches News Journal P.O. Box 51593 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240 News Journal St.Au Oddities Unconventional Love Whats Inside The This Month Aggressive Dogs Pneumococcal Pneumonia PRSRT SDT US POSTAGE PAID CALLAHAN, FL PERMIT #4 NEWS FOR AND ABOUT RESIDENTS OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE BEACHES AREA Delay in Investing Could Prove Costly Politics & Spiritual Sloth Who Pays for Long Term Care? St.AugustineBeaches City Hall Update February 2012 Following the swearing in of Commissioners S. Gary Snodgrass and Rich O'Brien as Mayor and Vice Mayor, respectively, for 2012, the St. Augustine Beach City Commission took the following actions at its January 9, 2012 meeting: 1. Heard a report by Mr. Andy Ames, county engineer, about the upcoming beach restoration project. It will begin in March 2012 and will be completed in six months. 2.1 million cubic yards on sand will be put on the beach from the south end of the state park to A Street. The cost will be $15 million. 2. Heard a report by Mr. Joe Stephenson, county public works director, on the installation of a pedestrian safety signal at the Pope Road/A1A Beach Boulevard intersection. The erection of the signal will be delayed until after the beach restoration project because the dredging contractor will use the east end of Pope Road as a staging area. To avoid accidents, only one project at a time will be done in the area. As the beach restoration project must be done later. 3. Heard a report from Mr. Matt Lahti Zev Cohen, about the project. Obsolete, energy will be replaced by 38 and eight solar-powered lights. The Commission approved the awarding of the contract to Heath Electric Company of St. Augustine. Heath was one of six companies which bid on the project. It submitted the lowest bid: $209,804. A federal economic stimulus contract will pay for the project. The grant requires that the project be completed by April 30, 2012. (continued on page 3) 2012 Beach Blast Off 2012 Started out with a bang at the 6th Annual New Years Eve Beach Blast Off. This year was the largest and most successful event in its history. The Annual event welcomed over 15k visitors to the St. Johns County Pier Park. The crowd enjoyed 5 local talented groups appearing on the newly completed event stage. Other activities included a Chili Cook Off contest with seven local restaurants competing. (continued on page 3) Rotarians Bus is Bright Futures for Boys & Girls Club Through the collective efforts of several Rotary Clubs, St. Augustines youth received a very prominent gift this holi day season: a new bus. When local Rotarians learned that THE PLAYERS Championship Boys & Girls Club (BGC) of St. Au gustines current bus was in disrepair, they rallied together to raise over $30,000 for the cause. The new vehicle will provide safe, dependable transportation for over 70 children from their respective schools to the Club on a daily basis. Sixty percent of the BGC members depend on bus transportation provided by the Club. This gener ous donation is a testament to how committed Rotary members are to putting their mis sion into action: serving others above self, stated Richard Hardy, Board Chair. THE PLAYERS Cham pionship Boys & Girls Club, located at 555 West King Street, opened its doors to children in August 2010. The Club was the sight of a recent bus dedication cer emony to honor the joint efforts of Rotary Clubs of Coastal St. Johns, Sunrise, St. Augustine and Rotary District 6970. THE PLAYERS Championship Boys & Girls Club helps to serve the 87% of St. Johns Countys six-to-eighteen year old providing after-school programs. According to the U.S. Depart ment of Education and Justice, at risk students who attend qual ity after-school programs demonstrate better academic perfor mance, more positive behavior and better school attendance than those who do not. They also develop greater expectations for the future. Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast (continued pge 2)


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 2012 2 News From Around St. Johns County St. Augustine Crescent Beach ATLANTIC OCEAN St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Shores 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 S. Gary Snodgrass City Manager Max Royle City of St. Augustine Beach Shape Up! 904-471-1023 Anastasia Publix Plaza St. Augustine Beach SJR State Taking Applications for Radiologic Technology & Nursing Programs St. Johns River State College will accept applications for the Radiologic Technology program from February through May 15, 2012. Classes will begin in August and are based on the St. Augustine campus with selected clinical education courses scheduled in health care facilities within the regional area. Upon successful completion of the will be eligible to apply to take the national administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists as well as the the State of Florida. Admission requirements and prerequisites apply. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring 2012 term. Visit the Web site for more information at or call (904) 808-7465. Photo: SJR State graduate Bridgit Duda shows the latest technology at St. Johns River State College. The Radiologic Technology program added a Fluoroscopy C-arm (the latest technology in vascular imaging) to its curriculum. Applications for the programs fall term will be accepted February to May 15. The nursing department at St. Johns River State College will accept applications from February 1 through February 28 for its Summer 2012 nursing class on the Orange Park campus. Classes will begin in May. SJR States Associate in Science in Nursing program is a limited access program which prepares students for a career as registered nurses and is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. The program consists of 76 credit hours of general education, nursingrelated and nursing core courses which may articulate into a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). day of the application period. Core courses will be offered on the Orange Park campus with selected clinical experiences in health care facilities within and around the Colleges tri-county service area. For more information, contact SJR States nursing department at (904) 276-6863 or (386) 312-4176. Photo: Elizabeth Hayes and Felix Soleh (graduates) perfect their nursing skills using the SJR State nursing programs state-of-the-art simulator. Applications for the Orange Park campus summer class are now being accepted. Florida offers time-tested and nation ally recognized programs and activities in education and careers, health and life skills, ation. The St. Augustine Unit is a branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida (BGCNF) and Clubs of America. BGCNF has played an in tegral role in Northeast Florida for 45 years, providing daily after-school programs to nearly 1,500 young people at 14 facilities in Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns County. The future is bright for children at the Boys & Girls Clubs. Picture is several Club kids, staff, Board Members and Rotarians. For further information regarding The Boys & Girls Club please contact Jennifer Tesori, St. Augustines Community Liaison at (904) 669-0107 or email Rotarians Bus for Boys & Girls Club (continued from page 1) PACT Prevention Coalition New CoordinatorLeAnn Daddario announce the recent appointment of LeAnn Daddario as Coalition Coordinator. LeAnn brings years management. "We are very excited to have LeAnn as part of the team and we look forward to her having a positive impact on our community through her leadership." says Colonel Art May who is "I am delighted to work with the coalition members and the community to educate our youth and families in St. Johns County." says Daddario. Daddario earned her MBA from the University of North Florida and a BA in Political Science. She has resided with her family in St. Johns County since 2003. PACT Prevention Coalition of St. Johns County is dedicated to making St. Johns County a healthy substance-free community for our youth through prevention, advocacy, choices and teamwork. For more information about PACT Prevention Coalition of St. Johns County call (904) 829-6261 or visit The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Florida Master Naturalist Program Environmental Interpretation Special Topics Course sponsored by Duval County Extension and St. Johns County Recreation and Parks will be offered February 14, 17, and 21. The course is a series of three 8 hour workshops that present the fundamental principles of interpretation through classroom presentations and practical exercises. The course is open to everyone; Florida Master Naturalist Program environmental professionals, educators, and citizens who just want to learn more about conservation. You do not need to be a graduate of a Florida Master Naturalist core module to participate. Registration closes February 7th. Course schedule and locations are: February 14, Interpretive Displays at Fort Mose Historic State Park, St. Augustine February 17, Guided Tours at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 Ocean Shore Blvd., Palm Coast February 21, Presentations at Trout Creek Park Orangedale Course instructors are Brad Burbaugh, Beverly Fleming, Lauren Swanson, and Carol Wyninger. Course fee $150. Student requirements include attendance, participation, and enthusiasm! Advance registration is required. For registration and program information contact the web site For further questions contact Carol Wyninger at (904) 220-0232, wyninger@comcast. net; or Brad Burbaugh at (904) 387-8850,


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 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 (continue from page 1) years of two conditional use permits for the Oasis Restaurant on A1A South. One permit allows for the sale of beer outside a t-shirt shack; the other allows the outside serving of food and beverages on a deck. 5. Approved a conditional use permit for three years for the outside serving of food and beverages at the Ripe Bistro, a new restaurant which will be located in the south section of the Anastasia shopping plaza adjacent to the Panache beauty salon. to regulate parking on 5th Street east of A1A Beach Boulevard. 7. Approved a contract with St. Augustine Animal Service and Trapping for the removal of feral chickens. 8. Approved the award of the bid from AWA Contracting of Jacksonville to construct the entry road and temporary parking lot in the City's Ocean Hammock Park, which is on the east side of A1A Beach Boulevard between the Bermuda Run and Sea Colony subdivisions. The project will cost $49,500 and will be completed within 90 days from the date when the notice to proceed is issued to the contractor. 9. Approved two budget resolutions, one to appropriate $2,000 for the removal of feral chickens; the other to appropriate $20,000 to purchase computer hardware and software for the police department. The money for the latter comes from the County Communication Surcharge, which can be used only for law enforcement communication devices such as radios and laptop computers. 10, Took no action on a request by a local activist, Mr. Ed Slavin, for the city to pass a resolution to support the creation of the St. Augustine National Historical Park, Seashore and Coastal Parkway. 11. Approved Mayor Snodgrass's request that the city engage a facilitator, Ms. Marilyn Crotty of the Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida, to assist the city with the development of a strategic plan for a cost not to exceed $3,000. Ms. Crotty will likely hold a one-day workshop sometime in April with the city commission and city staff to develop the plan. 12. Discussed with representatives from the St. Johns Cultural Council and the newly formed Art Studio Group the fate of the the former city hall on the south side of the pier park. The lease that the Cultural Council has with the city includes the former building determined that it has no use or need for the smaller building because of its dilapidated condition. The city is concerned that the building is structural unsound and may be a danger to the public. The outcome of the discussion is that Cultural Council may ask the commission to remove the smaller building from the lease. The Art Studio Group could then have the building inspected by a structural engineer and on the basis of that inspection develop a plan for rehabilitation of the former could be used as a ceramics studio. The city commission's next regular meeting will be held on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the city hall at 2200 A1A South. The public is invited to attend. PLEASE NOTE: Under Florida law, most communications to and from the City are public records. Your e-mails, including your e-mail address, may be subject to public disclosure. Max Royle, City Manager, City of St. Augustine Beach, 2200 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080, 904-471-2122 The results from the cook off: Judges Choice: 1st place Sunset Grille, 2nd Cabo Taco & 3rd South Beach Grill. Peoples Choice: 1st South Beach Grill, 2nd Sunset Grille & 3rd Paulas Beachside Grille. Best Decorated Booth: Cabo Taco. Visitors from near and far were able to cool their taste buds with ice cold Budweiser, sparkling champagne and wine in the Chill Zone while watching David Bearl from FCTC create his ice carving masterpieces. from funnel cakes to jambalaya. Clowns, face painting, pony & carousel family oriented event. Event goers rested and digested in the large Comfort Zone Rent to Own. Once rested and relaxed event goers tried their luck at the Dunkin Donuts Dunk Tank hoping to dunk local personalities: Wil Smith, Maxine McChesney, Rob West & Brad Brown.Who all were great sports! Old Town Trolleys provided transportation along A1A Beach Blvd and free buses shuttled event goers from 6 remote parking locations on the Island. The highlight of the evening was the spectacular TDC funded Fireworks Display considered by most as the best in Northeast Florida. Folks along the coast were also able to watch and listen to the WYRE radio station live simulcast of the synchronized music to the Fireworks. This event is a year long undertaking by the Beach Blast Off Committee with all proceeds from the event going back into the community. Projects such as Splash Park at The Pier & pavilions, the Welcome to St. Augustine Beach signs and the Veterans Memorial at Lakeside Park. All have revitalization & expansion of the very popular and well used Splash Park at The Pier. Special thanks to all of the Executive Committee: Jennifer Sauvage, Chair, Steve Cupolo, CoChair, Ken Gatchell, Dan Carignan, Rob Dowling, Rick McChesney & Robert Samuels. Advisory Committee: Max Royle, Marc Chattin, Melissa Burns, Lori Mullinax, Chief Richard Hedges, Asst. Chief Dan DeCoursey & Wil Smith. Coordinators: Beth Neyhart, Sam Barresi, Charlene Gatchell & Jake Sauvage. Outstanding and very special thanks to Ken Gatchell & the SAB Public Works Dept. SAB Police Dept & SJC Police & Mobile Command and all of our wonderful volunteers! This event is brought to you by: City of St. Augustine Beach, Tourist Development Council, St. Johns County & St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce. Next years planning is already in the works! 2012 Beach Blast Off (continue from page 1) FEB 1The Civil Wars With Zach Williams & The Bellow FEB 2-Richard Thompson Electric Trio With Sam Pacetti FEB 5Second City Touring Company FEB 9They Might Be Giants With Jonathan Coulton FEB 14The Robert Cray Band Contact: Natacha McLeod, Marketing Manager If you have just 45 minutes available each week, there are children in your community that could use your help! Reading Pals are needed in child care settings, as well as Head Start and kindergarten classes in Its The New Year Become A Reading Pal With Willie Green FEB 17Patrizio Buanne FEB 18Brandi Carlile FEB 19Shemekia Copeland FEB 22Saw Doctors FEB 25Pablo Cruise FEB 29Dark Star Orchestra the St. Johns County School District. If you are interested in opening the world of reading to young learners, call RSVP of St. Johns County at 904-547-3945 or email


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 2012 4 By Robert Samuels, President St. Augustine Beach Civic Association St. Augustine Beach Civic Association S. Gary Snodgrass, Mayor City of St. Augustine Beach, FL Ask the Mayor 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. Happy Valentine's Day! And because Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this month, the Civic Association meeting will be scheduled for Monday February 13 at 7:00pm at City Hall. Our featured speaker this month will be from The Art Studio Group, Inc. who will be discussing the long awaited venue for the arts at St. Augustine Beach. Renovation of their space in the Cultural Council building is nearing completion. It will be available for art classes, sessions, workshops, lectures, visiting artists, art shows, children's art camps and classes as well as a place for artists to meet for critiques and the sharing of ideas. Also appearing at our meeting will be one of Anastasia Island's original settlers, Jessie Fish authentically portrayed by beach resident John Stavely. This is sure to be an interesting and entertaining meeting. As always, the public is invited and refreshments will be served. Membership renewals for 2012 will be taking place. More information is available at We would like to thank Heather Neville of Velofest for presenting at last month's meeting. The two day event on April 13&14 should raise awareness about cars and bicycles sharing the roads. For more information about the event please visit Thanks also to Robert Gill for bringing Mr. Henry Flagler to life at the meeting. Mr. Gill has most recently been performing at the Raintree Restaurant as Mark Twain. His last dinner show will be on January 27. The Civic Association is happy to introduce two new Participating Merchants. Brand new, just opened Maui Grill brings you a Taste of Aloha! Chef Don Locklin his Maui Sauce, sweet 'n spicy, in which he grills meats and seafood. You will also Tacos and Maui Mahi. Maui Grill is open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner in the location formerly Old City Grill in the Staples Plaza, 1968 US 1 South at SR 312. Come by for a Taste of Aloha and enjoy a 10% discount and check out our menu (new items being added daily) at www. Dine in or take out! Flybys will be introduced soon stay tuned! 904-599-6391. Civic Association members will get a 25% discount on all services offered at Jetway Parking DBA Park EZ Fly Jacksonville thanks to member Bill Genovese speaking with owner Shaun Nicholson. Bill parked at the airport lot and took their shuttle to JaxPort for his cruise. The overall cost was less than parking at the port. This family owned and operated business does things a little differently. Their 7 acre airport/cruise parking lot is partially paved for vehicles and grass for their pet friendly customers. It is the only 24hr parking and pet boarding combo facility at JAX. They also offer detail services while customers are away. On your next trip look for them at 1479 Airport Rd. For more information 904741-6300 or At the January City Commission meeting Andy Ames of St. Johns County reported on the Beach Restoration Project. Bids have been awarded for 2.1 million yards of sand to be pumped beginning in March and continuing for 6 months. Work will take place 24/7 starting at the southern end of Anastasia State Park and taper off at A Street. Permits have been received to monitor turtle nesting and and relocation of nests if necessary. It was hoped that work would have started sooner so as to cause less disruption during the busy tourist season. The city will monitor progress carefully with Mayor Snodgrass attending regular meetings. Joe Stephenson, St. Johns County Director of Public Works, reported on the Pope Road Pedestrian Signal. Installation of the light will be delayed until completion of the Beach Restoration Project some time after August because Pope Rd will be the staging area for all of the heavy equipment and piping. Matt Lahti, Project Manager the Heath Electric of St. Augustine was the panels, conduit, wiring and labor. Several of the poles will have solar collectors and batteries. Fixtures near the ocean will be amber LED turtle friendly, and dimmers will be used for all lighting zones throughout the park. Work should begin soon. Another project that will begin soon is the Ocean Hammock Park Entry Road and Parking Lot. Marc Chatin, Public Works Director, reported that a low bid of $49,500 was accepted from AWA Contracting of Jacksonville. This unpaved project will have a circular loop parking lot for at least 20 cars. Included in this project will be an access to the walkway across from the lot. 2012 will see the completion of many projects that have been years in the planning. Several new restaurants are in the works along Beach Blvd. Ripe Bistro owner Jeffery Holleran received conditional use approval for outside seating at his soon to open restaurant in the Anastasia Shopping Center. Last month the Planning and Zoning Board reviewed concept plans for a French Crepe restaurant to be built on the corner of B Street. In mid January the P&Z Board will review plans for a two story Salt Life Restaurant to be built across from the Pier Park. A variance is being requested for reduced parking spaces. Parking at the pier area events and amenities have developed. It is always encouraging to see commercial development in the City which adds to the tax base and job market. We will all have to adjust to the increased parking demands that progress brings. Several agenda items carried over from last year were again postponed because of the late hour of the meeting. Still needing to be considered are new policies about absenteeism, annexation and prohibition of discussion by city staff legal issues. Also, a review of ordinances about trailers on commercial property and RV parking on private 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. Mayor. I am excited and honored to have been elected by the Commission to serve in this role for 2012. I thank my colleagues Vice Mayor OBrien and Commissioners Helhoski, Pawlowski and Samuels for their commitment and hard work this past year. To my fellow Commissioners, City Staff and our citizens, I pledge to work with each of you to preserve our quality of life and welcome all those who visit our community. We have many challenges and opportunities confronting our City this year and beyond. Here are some of the initiatives for our City in 2012: In April, the Commission and City Staff will participate in a one-day workshop designed to focus our thoughts and efforts out how to get there. Because we spend so much effort on day-to-day operations, objectivity and creativity, essential ingredients of the planning process may suffer. An important outcome from this workshop will be to develop realistic, achievable, measurable goals and objectives for the City. effort, which is part of a 50-year plan to rebuild shoreline shaved away after the St. Augustine Inlet was carved in the 1930s, will commence in March and continue for approximately 6 months. While any inconvenience to our citizens from this effort is unfortunate, in the long run, our Community, citizens, businesses and tourists, are far better off with a beach that h as been renourished versus one that is allowed to deteriorate over time. revising their proposal to purchase/develop the former Atkinson property, the 6.1 acre tract north of Anastasia Plaza and adjacent to the Whispering Oaks subdivision (currently owned jointly by the County and City) after meeting with Whispering Oaks and Sea Colony Homeowners Associations to address issues raised in those meetings. Regency desires to build a new Publix and present a proposal to the City Commission within the next 30 to 60 days. Here is a quick listing of City sponsored/led projects for 2012: Park Splash Park (at Pier Park) improvement projects (Lockhart Lane, east end of 2nd Street, E Street and 2nd Avenue and F Street and 3rd Avenue) parking lot in the Citys Ocean Hammock Park (between Bermuda Run and Sea Colony subdivisions) the erosion along a section of the Citys main drainage canal that goes through the Marsh Creek subdivision We value your inputs and ideas for making our City a better community. For all of us, its the place we call home. S. Gary Snodgrass


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 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 Companionship Driving For: Doctors Appointments, Grocery, Shopping, Etc.Carols Friendly Home CarePet Care In Your Home References Available Its been a spell since Ive highlighted here for you some tales of the weird and the wacky in the public sector world. There is, most fortunately, a seemingly inexhaustible supply of such fables, as the duplicitousness and stupidity of human nature has remained unchanged since Eve enticed poor Adam with that delicious apple. A side note: My computer just told me that duplicitousness isnt a proper word. Well, glory be, Samuel Johnson, in response Im go ing to make a rude noise at the computer and continue my epigrammatic saga here and not change a single letter of the offending word. Yes, I know what the computer is telling me, namely to use the word duplicity. But why a question, kingdoms have risen and fallen, marriages have succeeded or failed. To con tinue: Over the months, Ive collected quite a number of newspaper articles about the weird and the wacky. However, space limitations here allow me to feature only three. Where to forever, it seems, such a fertile ground for ex amples of behavior in local government that braska, New England small towns, or certain ly anywhere in Northeast Florida. Perish that thought! Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I the following: Manholegate. About a year ago a South Florida newspaper trumpeted in a headline the astonishing news: that the city of North Mi ami Beach, population over 41,000, was miss ing 254 manholes, despite paying $782,000 for them. built under the streets of most cities with a de veloped infrastructure, a manhole is literally a hole in a street, lined usually with concrete and covered with a circular piece of strong metal. A manhole allows a person access to do inspections and repairs to underground water, sewer, and other types of utility systems. Side note here: When you think about, and Im certain youre so enthralled with what Im writing here that you will think about, youll have to be shocked that in these politi cally correct times the English language is al lowed to have such a word as manhole. The word really should be personhole, for its likely that cities and utility companies now have female workers who go underground. Someone high up in the Political Correctness Movement may read my comments here, and a week from now youll see in a major news paper: GENDER DISCRIMINATION UN DER AMERICAS STREETS!! Back to North Miami Beach: So how is very simple: They never existed, i.e., they were never built, along with over four miles of water and sewer pipes that were paid for but not constructed, along with 142 valves to How did such an imbroglio ever hap side job. For over 12 years, the North Miami Beach public services director diverted $2.3 million of taxpayer money to a shell com chase orders to the company. The city paid for work that wasnt done, items that werent purchased. The director spent the money on goodies for himself and presumably the Mrs. If youre wondering who in the city adminis tration was overseeing this fox as he cavorted in the henhouse the answer should be obvi ous: no one. Capegate. This gem is really one for the think: How did this crazy, cock-a-doodle idea collective, mental synergies of a group of folks sitting in a room, either drinking Alice in Wonderland tea or smoking those Stash This oddity came not from a local gov Workforce Central Florida, which is the re gions federally-funded jobs organization. Its led by over 40 business persons. The con ventional wisdom is that business types are more practical and reality-oriented than those who work in government. Thus, business leaders shouldnt dream up such absurdities as Capegate. Well, in this instance, reality went missing, like those manholes in North Miami Beach. Heres what happened: In the spring of 2011, Workforce Central Florida began a campaign to generate public awareness of its A cartoon villain, Dr. Evil Unemployment, was created, and over 6,000 shiny, red capes were to be manufactured for distribution to jobless persons who had participated in WCFs Cape-A-Bility Campaign. On each cape would be the Cape-A-Bililty logo and the WCF website address. The campaign would have cost the taxpayers $73,000, in cluding $14,000 for the capes. The sneering laughter and derision that greeted this misbegotten effort to help the unemployed stopped the Cape Campaign be fore it was unfurled. Silly, shiny red capes to Florida had many jobless folks who regu larly wore a cape as a fashion statement, so the WCF cape would be a free addition to the wardrobe. Or maybe the area had some outof-work, cape-clad comic book and movie characters, such as Superman and Super woman, Batman and Batwoman, Count and Countess Dracula, and Darth and Mrs. Vader, who needed a replacement cape. A shiny red one that would make them stand out from the crowd and be noticed by potential employers. Perhaps. oddity. It has nothing to do with dishonesty or stupidity, but with humankinds ever-inven tive ability to create paradox: to make some thing seem to be real, when it really isnt real. Im certain that after my explanation here youll clearly understand my gibberish. In September 2011, the Detroit News reported that, according to a study by the Michigan Townships Association, the state has fewer government employees and pays them less than other states do. The study determined that Michigan has 12.2 city and county employees per 1,000 residents, com pared to the national average of 16.4 em ployees. The average pay for government employees in Michigan is $617 per taxpayer, compared to a national average of $887 per taxpayer. The study concluded that Michigan viding local government services. Hooray and hallelujah! Youre going to shout. Finally, one state has gotten it right. Wellmaybe not exactly, especially when you consider this question: Does fewer really Think about the Michigan study the one clerk, and the line of customers is out the door. Remember it when youre crammed in a sausage machine formerly called an airliner, of water that you requested 30 minutes ago. Recall it when youre in a department store searching up and down the aisles for a partic ular item and it appears that all the sales per sonnel must be hiding among the mannequins or your eyesight has deteriorated, because you every time youll say to yourself: This sure country wed have if only all companies and ODDITIES A route is now available on Monday or Wednesday mornings in the Fruit Cove area. Volunteer counter help is needed at the on Monday or Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is seeking a volunteer Spanish interpreter from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. COA is seeking a volunteer to lead a large project team that would result in our reaccreditation. Expertise needed: Highly evolved administrative and Volunteer Opportunities At Council On Aging organizational skills, able to develop and follow a project plan, able to lead a meeting and work with a group of volunteers. Very computer literate and detail oriented. is looking for a few good singers no experience necessary. Volunteer receptionists are needed for River House and Coastal and good communications skills required morning or afternoon hours available. To volunteer or for more informationplease call Ginny Draper at 904-209-3686 or email


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 2012 6 Financial Focus Information Provided By Edward Jones Spiritually Speaking By Dr. Nicholas A. Marziani Delay in Investing Could Prove Costly 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 Politics & Spiritual Sloth indoor Fitness room Atlantic Beach & Tennis Club 20th Anniversary Special! for St. Augustine Beach, Butler Beach & Crescent Beach. Save up to $150.00! Youve no doubt heard that time is money. While this expression may be applicable in many areas of life, its especially relevant for investors because the more time you spend not investing, the less money you are likely to have when you really need it, such as during your retirement. Thats why its essential that you dont wait to start saving for your days as a retiree. Many people think it wont make much difference if they delay investing for a few years. As you it, a few years turns into a decade and a decades postponement in saving for retirement can make an enormous difference in your life. you plan to retire at age 65. If at age 25, you began putting $200 a month into a tax-deferred vehicle, such as a traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA), and your investments inside that IRA hypothetically earned on average 7% a year, you would accumulate about $512,000 after 40 years. However, if you had waited until you were age 30 to start saving for retirement, with all else being equal, youd end up with only about $355,000 when you reached 65 delay. And if you waited 10 years, until you were 35, youd end up with about $243,000 far less than half of what you would have accumulated had you started saving at 25. (Keep in mind that you will eventually have to pay taxes on these accumulations, and commissions or expenses.) Clearly, the cost of delay can be considerable which is why you should consider taking these steps: a strategy if you know where youre you determine how much you need to save to reach the type of retirement youve envisioned. begin now. If you wait until you feel you invest for retirement, you may never begin. Even if you can put away only a small amount, such as $50 per month, youll have made a start. To make it easier on yourself, set up your accounts to automatically move a set amount each month into your IRA. As the above examples show, the best way to build substantial savings is to start early, but even if youre in your 30s or 40s, you can catch up although youll need to save more to potentially get to the same level. when your income rises. Every time you get a salary increase, boost your contributions to your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. investing. Keep on investing, whether the news of the day is positive or negative. The best investors are those who follow a consistent strategy and continue investing, year in and year out. In short, save early, save often and keep investing. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor As we round the corner to the kick-off of Lent later this month, it occurs to me that in this political season as in previous ones, but maybe especially now there is one so-called cardinal sin (seven in all) of which far too many of us are guilty. Obviously this isnt a sin that only applies red-capped cardinals of the Catholic church. Cardinal here is used in the root sense of the Latin word cardo, or hinge. A cardinal sin or deadly sin is a core attitude or behavior that left unchecked can spiritually and quite possibly physically kill off its willing victim (gluttony comes to mind here). And believe it or not, in the political arena, at least when it comes to the voting public, the premier capital sin is spiritual sloth. Sloth is often misunderstood. It does not refer merely to laziness in a secular sense. In fact, one can be a very busy bee in an everyday sense indeed, on the job or whatever, and yet be grievously guilty of the sin of sloth. Sloth is fundamentally a failure to exercise due diligence in the realm of faith or morals, to lightly dismiss our higher instincts which bid us to attend with care to the love of God and the love of our fellow human beings. Easy just look at those who happily respond to slick, character-degrading political advertising. As of the writing of this article nearly $20 MILLION dollars have been spent in negative and personal attack ads in early national political campaigns. Why all that money spent, trees killed and trillions upon trillions of electrons pressed too many people are guilt of spiritual sloth, are lazy consumers of such negative advertising, never checking the veracity of those ads and just assuming that because some newspaper or TV/ Cable station carried the ad it must be true. Im sorry folks, but this kind of laziness is going to sink us as a nation if we continue to indulge in it. When you contrast such a disposition to that of our founding fathers and mothers one can get very alarmed indeed! The founding of this country and the careful crafting of its institutions was the work of diligent, spiritually responsible people of many faith groups. They shared a sense of sacred calling, of even discipleship to use that churchy word, as they created that then unprecedented entity we call a democratic republic born of its mother country, England, with its own extensive spiritual patrimony. So how are we going to respond to the endless stream of irresponsible, misleading and often negative advertising that will come across the transom via our mailboxes, TV screens and telephones (through mindless, sound-bite robofor the wisdom and courage to investigate candidate claims and not just assume that a seemingly compelling ad piece truly represents and local elections as well as national ones. Candidate oversell and voter laziness are a deadly combination at any level of government, and if dear reader, as voters and electors) in our society, we will have to answer to him for how well we discharged our responsibility in this area. Just a thought or two to roll around your heads as the 2012 race heats up. God bless one and all, Dr. Nick. 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St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 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 Unconventional Love February, the shortest month of the year, has a lot to offer: love found in unconventional places; love of a feathered kind; and love of friendship. The 29th of February is called Leap Day and all of 2012 is a Leap Year. The the age old questions can true love still be A possible answer was once chronicled by the late cartoonist Al Capp in his longrunning syndicated newspaper comic strip, Lil Abner. Each Leap Year hope sprang anew with the starry-eyed, blond, buxom, beautiful, Daisy Mae Scragg. She would make plans to land her man, the forever-hunky-dashingdufus, Lil Abner, and pop the question. If Daisy Mae was successful, all the old maids of Dogpatch, would follow suit, give chase in hot pursuit, and hopefully, a slew of shotgun nuptials would follow. Every February 29, Sadie Hawkins Day was celebrated and all the unmarried women would chase, jump and tackle Dogpatch bachelors, and lay claim to the ones they could trap. For just one-day, every Leap Year put Leap Day is for Unconventional Lovers in the search green-homes/blogs/nontoxic/leap-day-loverssome interesting similarities between Mister Capps unforgettable, totally magical, makebelieve place, and the City of St. Augustine Beach. Makes one wonder if Mister Capp and Daisy Mae had visited our fair city if they would have agreed our beautiful city by habitat unforgettable and a totally magical place. If the number of beach-side weddings is up, the reason could be its Leap Year. Finding true love, might mean learning about the care and feeling of one of the symbol of true love, the Turtle Dove, which mates for life. Finding interests to share might include long walks along the beach and learning more about the birds and the bees. Speaking of birds, the results of the annual Christmas Bird Count, CBC, are in. The longest running citizen science project in the world, Audubon's CBC, ran from December 25, 2011 through Jan. 5, 2012. We learn the count grew out of a revolution in the way people appreciated birds. Begun in New York's Central Park on Christmas Day in 1900, American Museum of Natural History scientist Frank Chapman posed an alternative to the traditional holiday "side hunt," when teams competed to see who could shoot the most birds and small mammals. Instead, Chapman proposed they "hunt" birds to identify, count, and record their numbers. Read more. environmental-news/latest/christmas-birdcount-47121203#ixzz1iT7oHtbu. The data is gathered and analyzed by the Audubon about the state of bird populations across North America. The annual State of the Birds report, which this year detailed alarming trends in population loss among dozens of U.S. birds, would not be possible without the thousands of citizen scientists who have participated in projects like the Christmas Bird Count over the years. Diane Reed, member of Audubon, shared the results of the St Johns CBC, conducted on December 17, 2011. With 37 participants covering the survey circle, the total species tallied are tentatively 146. The circle includes seven territories that have been established since the 1980s. The survey area includes boat surveys conducted to the south of the SR 312 bridge and north to Pine Island, as well as ocean viewing. The land areas include portions of the GTMNERR/WMA properties, south and western St Johns County, Anastasia Island, Stokes Landing and downtown St Augustine. Participants also survey for wild birds at the St Augustine Alligator Farm. Beach surveys and sea watches are also conducted throughout the day. The day begins pre-dawn in search of owls and other nocturnal birds. It ends at sunset with a compilation dinner at a local restaurant. This is where participants get together to share their stories and accounts of their surveys. Rarities this year included Purple Sandpipers seen at Porpoise Point. Other rarities for winter species include Common Tern, Painted Bunting, Northern Parula, Greater Scaup and Goldencrowned Kinglets. Written documention is required for the rarities, which is forwarded to the National Audubon Society CBC database along with the total statistics, Diane said. Read more at: http://www.thedailygreen. com/environmental-news/ latest/christmas-bird-count47121203#ixzz1iT7oHtbu. Sharing what we love with those we love is a gift enjoyed by people who love. This has been called friendship and I have been blessed with friends who listened, shared laughter, and tears, comforted, understanding when there were not enough words to tell what was in my heart. Such a friend was Robin Nadeau who passed on January 6, 2012. Robin was a gift who stood is mightier than the sword. Her letters to the Editor of the St. Augustine Record succinctly gave the facts, cited and backed with reasoned and offered positive corrective action where needed. Robin was a long standing member Advisory Committee, BAC, and worked tirelessly to promote and protect her beloved trees, the environment, and her adopted city she loved so dearly. The start up of the Citys that Robin had been excited to work on in its Robin a donation to support the St. Augustine Beach Community Garden Inc. will gratefully be accepted. Please contact Nana Royer at 4613541, or Max Royle City Manager 471-2122. The master plan for the garden has a gathering place under the giant trees and perhaps this will be known as Robins Nest. February, the month of love, reminds us that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 'In Memoriam.' Make a little history and tell someone that you love them. I will always treasure the friendship that Robin and I shared and feel privileged to have known such an exceptional lady. (Photo of Robin Nadeau by Floyd Boatwright) The topic for this column was suggested by a reader. They are concerned about aggressive, unleashed dogs that are allowed to roam in their neighborhood. They wrote : There have been so many incidents in our county with Pit Bulls and dog attacks recently that I thought subject. I know this really is an animal control issue, but many people (including myself) type of problem. From my own personal experience over the past few months in dealing with a Pit Bull that runs loose through our neighborhood, your department has been so helpful in doing what they can. The owners of those dogs are in violation of the St. Johns County leash law ordinance and dangerous and thus can be charged with another misdemeanor. In this case, the reader called to my attention the dogs in question are pit bulls. This breed is often involved in vicious attacks although responsible owners of pit bulls will tell you they can be docile and are wonderful pets. As the reader suggested the enforcement of ordinances involving dogs and cats is the responsibility of St. Johns County Animal part of their job description the safe return of healthy pets to their rightful owners but they also issue citations to pet owners who are repeat offenders of the county ordinances regarding dogs and cats. That said, a call to the Sheriffs regarding aggressive dogs, or any other issue, threatens public safety. We will respond as promptly as possible. These situations can be very serious. As you probably recall last June in neighboring Putnam County a 76 year old man died from injuries he sustained in a pit bull attack. The owner of the two dogs involved was recently indicted by a Grand Jury and faces the likelihood however will compensate for the loss of life as a result of their alleged negligence. Nearly one thousand people in the U.S. go to emergency rooms for treatment of dog bites each day. Many of those victims are children and most of them have been bitten in the face. Here are some recommendations from animal control experts to help prevent a dog attack: Keep on the lookout for aggressive dogs when you are walking or jogging. If you spot one in the distance, try to alter your route or simply cross the street. If you see a dog in the distance, be sure not to surprise it. An unknown person entering a dogs space can be interpreted as threatening, especially if the dog is unaware of your approach. Dont be afraid to say something to the dog when you are heading its way. If you spot an aggressive dog off leash and approaching you, stop walking or running. Even though this goes against your instinct, it will stop the game in which you are the prey and it is the hunter. Avoid eye contact with the dog. Do not strike the dog unless he has already attacked you but also do not put your hand out to the dog if it is snarling or acting aggressive in any other way. If the dog does attack you, try to get something in its mouth that is not a body part such as a shirt or jacket or even a water bottle or iPod. Report the incident to our I hope that this information assists you in the event an aggressive dog confronts yourself. If you have a suggestion for a future column or a comment or just wish to contact me on any matter involving county law enforcement please e-mail me at As always thank you for taking the time to read my monthly comments. Aggressive Dogs


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 2012 8 By Gerald Townsend, M.D. Townsend Clinic 4475 U.S. 1 South, Suite 100 Call 461-1901 St. Augustine Beach Health Focus Contemporary Italian Grill 904-471-7332 647 A1A BEACH BLVD. ST. AUG. BEACH Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5-Closing Party Platters or even the beach! Just call us in advance, and well have your order ready to pick up at your convenience! Call (904) 461-1077 APPETIZERS (Serves approx. 10) PARTY TRAYS (Serves approx. 12) is from some form of infection like a virus, bacteria or even a fungus. But inflammation can also be caused by chemicals or microscopic particles that irritate the lungs and set off an One type of bacteria that causes pneumonia is called Streptococcus pneumoniae. This is what we immunize against when we give the pneumonia vaccine to older adults or younger people with certain types of medical problems. Ill talk more about this in a minute. Granted, any type of pneumonia can be serious. However, Streptococcus pneumoniae is a common bacterium that can cause Pneumococcal pneumonia. This particular type of pneumonia mainly produces illness in those younger than 2 years of age and those 65 and older. The elderly are at particular risk of dying from this disease or becoming very, very ill. Streptococcus pneumoniae also called pneumococcus, causes 40,000 deaths and 500,000 cases of pneumonia each year in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pneumococcus is also responsible for an estimated 3000 cases of meningitis, 50,000 cases of sepsis (bacteria in the blood stream), and 7,000,000 cases of middle ear infections each year in the United States alone! More facts about Strep pneumo: healthy people will have pneumococcus in their nose and throats. pneumococcus on board than adults. breathing the bacteria into the lungs directly thereby skipping the normal immune system defenses. What are the symptoms of hallmark of Pneumococcal pneumonia: a bone shaking chill followed by further symptoms. The chill is usually sudden in onset and called rigors to delineate it from your run-of-the-mill, average chill. high fever, cough, shortness of breath, rapid breathing and chest pain. Some of the other typical symptoms may be: nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue and body aches. good history and doing a thorough physical exam are always in order. Then, if needed, blood tests or a chest x-ray may be done. type of pneumonia is made with the history and physical alone. How ill you are, if there is any possibility of further problems, or even the information gleaned from the history often determines what testing is done next. Often, the appearance of the pneumonia on chest x-ray helps diagnose the type of pneumonia it is (or what bug is causing to determine what is most likely causing the pneumonia. Just so you know, the other you have to be really sick to get to the point Antibiotics: Penicillin, penicillin derivatives or something as effective for those allergic to penicillin. Usually after starting medication the symptoms will resolve within 12 to 36 hours. Thats it! Of course, your physician will also treat the symptoms for comfort and prevention of further problems. When I was in medical school I was lucky enough to have a professor who practiced medicine just at the time before penicillin was available. His stories were vivid memories of treating injured or ill children and adults with (what we would now consider to be simple) infections and feeling helpless as they died. In 1942, 122 million units of penicillin became available Pneumococcal Pneumonia at Yale University and the Mayo Clinic. In 1943 the results of the trial involving only 200 people were so spectacular, the Surgeon General of the Military ordered further testing with a military hospital. Soon afterward this miracle of medicine was shipped overseas to our troops during WWII. By 1950, the United States was producing 150 tons of penicillin a month. He was a remarkable man that lived in remarkable times. His lectures were exciting, not only because of his ability to convey the feeling of hope and triumph in medicine, but also because he was so old we were scared to death he would keel over any minute at the podium. How can I prevent this from happening is a vaccination available for those in the following high risk categories: diabetes, heart disease, sickle cell disease, lung disease (not including asthma), liver leaks. Immune System: Cancer, cancer treatment with x-rays or drugs, lymphoma, leukemia, long-term steroid use, transplants (bone marrow or organ), kidney failure, nephrotic syndrome, damaged or no spleen, AIDS or HIV disease, and those taking medications that lower their resistance to infection. American populations. a regular immunization now of a specially produced vaccine made just for the little ones. No, you dont have to get a shot every year. In fact, for many, a single shot during a lifetime is all that is needed. The best prevention is to begin with good health (if you can) and good sanitary practices. Exercise regularly, eat well and in moderation and wash your hands. Stay well! On Friday, February 17 from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon, the St. Johns County Extension Ofce will be holding a Rain Barrel class. The class is a make and take class with participants leaving with a nished barrel. The cost of the class is $40.00. The barrels are 55 gallons. During the dry season, rain barrels can come in handy for capturing what little rain we do get. You must pre-register to attend and do so by calling 209-0430. The class will be held at the St. Johns County Agriculture Center-3125 Agricultural Center Drive, in St. Augustine. Rain Barrel Class February 17th


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12 St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 2012 Top Producer For Watson Watson Realty Corp. St. Augustine Beach Elaine Wallace Call Elaine at (904) 347-5439 3175-1 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach Broker/Associate, PA 2008 Best Real Estate Agency Choose Watson. Get More. TOP PRODUCER St. Augustines Top Producer, Eaine Wallace, has hit a level of achievement in real estate that few agents reach. Buying or selling, let Elaine put her experience to work for you. UPSCALE WATERRONT CONDO offers 3BR/2BA and beautiful views of the Intracoastal and Salt Run. Take your boat out to the ocean only mile away. Comes with its own boat slip and 2 parking spaces in the garage. Large balcony to take in the views. Community pool and elevator. $585,000. GORGEOUS ELEVATOR POOL HOME in Sea Colony offers 4BR/4.5BA and 3+ garage. Large wrap-around porches to capture the ocean breezes. Beautiful pool area. This home screams quality from the arches at the front door to the $999,000. ELEGANT SEA COLONY HOME No detail was overlooked in this amazing beachfront ocean view home. Spacious 5BR/4.5BA, 2 car garage with over 7,000 sq ft of upscale detail indoors and out. Home features an elevator, tower ceilings and porches galore! Come home to the beach! $1,150,000. MARSH CREEK VILLA W/POOL Upscale 3BR/3.5BA home is located in a picturesque lakefront setting on a beautiful 60x150 lot in gated Marsh Creek. Outdoor tropical retreat features an inground pool pool. Interior crown molding, high ceilings, roof, fountain and tropical landscaping provide fantastic curb appeal $499,500. OCEANFRONT W/POOL IN SEA COLONY Amazing panoramic views from 4BR/5BA European style home with in-ground pool plus numerous upgrades. Great architectural features, high end windows and doors, coquina shell concrete walk, privacy wall, premium lighting, quality cabinets, stone countertops, high end appliances, tumbled OCEAN GRANDE INTRACOASTAL CONDO. Located in a serene and peaceful setting, this like new 3 BR/3BA unit has upgrades galore. Chefs kitchen has center island, granite countertops and 42 maple evenings. Gas grill on large screened porch overlooking the marsh and Intracoastal for spectacular views. Tranquility and beauty in Ponte Vedra await you! $429,000. TROPICAL LUXURY IN BERMUDA RUN. Step into paradise. Arthur brings the outdoors in. Lanai doors recede into walls revealing a relaxing screened living area with small pool and fountain. 3BR/3BA with 2 MBR suites and chefs kitchen. Custom concrete block with tile roof. This home shows like a model. Small oceanfront community with pool discriminating buyer. $598,000. OCEAN VIEW BEACH HOME in bells and whistles, designed for beach maintenance free materials available. 4BR/4.5BA and over 3,000 sq ft of luxury. Chefs kitchen with granite, SS upscale appliances, warming oven, wine cooler. A coastal home with great style and a must see! Gated oceanfront community with pool, clubhouse and beach walkovers. $1,275,000. SEASIDE STYLE IN SEA COLONY Over 3000 sq ft of upscale living in this 3BR/3BA two story delight with additional tower room for great ocean views. Large upscale kitchen has a breakfast room overlooking the preserves. There are porches off all main living areas and MBR to enjoy beautiful outdoor views and breezes. Tandem 4 car garage and much more! $769,000. OCEANSIDE SEA COLONY VILLA. Over 2400 sq ft 3BR/2.5BA with large, spacious bedrooms. Numerous upgrades include chefs kitchen w/granite & stainless appliances, and security system. Key West style with porches galore! Just steps to the beach in the oceanfront community of Sea Colony, offering gated security, community pool & pavilion, and 4 beach walkovers. $559,000. BEAUTIFUL OCEAN VIEWS from the tower room in this four level home in Sea Colony. This home has everything the discriminating buyer desires. Exercise rm, hurricane rm, full house generator, Garage tek built-ins, and California closets throughout. If that is not enough, it has an elevator. Wow! The owners have thought of everything in building this dream house. $999,500. NATURE LOVERS DREAM IN TURTLE SHORES. It would be hard and intracoastal views. 4BR/3BA home views and a private deck. Great room disappearing sliding glass doors that open to a large private screened porch. Gated community offers pool, tennis, clubhouse, sauna and ocean access via a private tunnel. $329,500. ONE OF THE FINEST HOMES ON THE ISLAND located in oceanfront Sea Colony. bedrooms in the main house and a full apartment over the garage, perfect for a mother-in-law suite or for guests. Five car garage plus space for golf cart. Fireplace, cathedral ceilings, balconies and patios galore, plus ocean views. This home is for the discriminating buyer who wants only the best. $1,375,000. ISLAND HAMMOCK HOME ON HALF ACRE LOT. What a buy in one of the most desirable neighborhoods on Anastasia Island. You can hear the waves from this upscale home, or take a short walk to the beach. Home features 3 plan, chefs kitchen w/granite island and gorgeous master suite w/2 walk-in closets. Huge lot, 149x152 and beautiful entry w/ welcoming majestic oaks. $449,000. GREAT OPPORTUNITY IN SEA COLONY Beautiful 3BR/3BA home w/2 car garage, upgrades galore and custom quality throughout. Large kitchen w/granite counters and breakfast room, 10 ceilings wood ceiling in great room. Great porches hurricane hold down system. Best buy of any home in Sea colony. $399,000.