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Beaches News Journal P.O. Box 51593 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240 News Journal St.Au Alaska Light As A Feather Whats Inside The This Month Padicu...what? PRSRT SDT US POSTAGE PAID CALLAHAN, FL PERMIT #4 NEWS FOR AND ABOUT RESIDENTS OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE BEACHES AREA Investing is a Marathron Not a Sprint Brand New Website City Hall Update Improv ing Life Choices City Commission held two meetings in of the City's Police Chief, Mr. Robert Hardwick. The second was the Commission's regular meeting. The Commission took the following actions at it: 1. Witnessed the swearing in of Mr. Rich O'Brien and Ms. Andrea Samuels to their four-year terms on the Commission. 2. Voted to have Commissioner Gary Snodgrass and Commissioner Rich O'Brien St.AugustineBeaches St. Augustine Beach Police Chief Hardwick was sworn in before a full house in a special ceremony prior to the January Commissioners meeting. Co-Chairs, Steve Cupolo and Jennifer Sauvage of Coldwell Banker Premier Properties Celebration was another successful event. Augustine Beach. Crowds were reported the largest in the history of the event. With the beach sand renourshement it allowed for more visitors to get closer to the festivities. Olde Towne Trolley's and buses brought folks to and fro to the event which included a Chili Cook Off competition. Celebrity Judges were on hand for in the Pavilion for the Chili Cook Off sponsored by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association with judges tasting and in the Beer & Wine Garden sponsored by Burkhardt Distributing and enjoyed the sounds of several local bands & The Dance Company perform on the Prosperity Bank (See page 3 ) Photo by Debbie Hubert Over the last couple of years, Anastasia Island Library witnessed a huge response to programs that focused on the environment, birds and our natural resources. We hope to encourage our youth, as well as our adult population, to be informed stewards of our natural environment. Because of this response, we stepped up this year as a community sponsor of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Anastasia Island Library created a multifaceted program for our community from bird lectures to birdhouse decorating contest to haiku poetry contest. And to top off all the events, hold a big day of birding throughout St. Johns County to count and identify all of our birds. We would like for you to join our efforts this year in the Great Backyard Bird Count. ages with an opportunity to put St. Augustine on the map with their sighted bird numbers! the US in number of birds -3,683,813 sighted. As background, The Great Backyard Bird Count is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with Bird Studies Canada and sponsorship from Wild Birds Unlimited. This annual national backyard birding count spans over four days February 15 18, 2013 with the goal to create a real-time snapshot of where birds research and planning. out your backyard. There will be lots of birding information available at the library starting February 9th that includes lists, guidelines and locations as well as id sheets of shore and programs are free, for all ages and the public are invited to participate. (See page 2)


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 2013 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 (904) 607-1410 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 organizations, 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, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32240. Information may also be e-mailed to or the editor at All 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 ad vertising, articles, advertising, or other information does not constitute endorsement. Nor will the Beaches News Journal and its staff be held liable for information provided herein by submitters, 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 Augustine Beach community development, 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 Eat, Shop and Tap your toes at the St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival March 1st-3rd, 2013. The Festival features great Seafood, Arts & Crafts, Live Music and the Kids Zone with Pirate Landing. Eat before shopping with more than 100 artists and crafters while enjoying the music. Featuring CMA winner Kickin' Grass Band out of Raliegh N.C. These are just a few of the highlights of the 32nd St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival on March 1st-3rd 2013. This event, drawing over 20,000 people is a favorite throughout northeast Florida. It is fun for all ages while helping out a too. To be held on Francis Field at 29 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine, next to the Visitors Center. Presented by Winn Legends 100.7 and The St. Augustine Record. No pets or coolers allowed at the event. For complete details go to or email Telephone 904-829-1753. Become a facebook fan today! Join us for our FREE travel club get together. It will be held on Wed., February 13, 2013, at 3:00p.m. at the Southeast Branch Library. The feature of the afternoon will be Micro Countries of Europe. The main focus of the Club is to educate, inform, and enjoy armchair travel. The Travel Club is open to all St.Augustine residents, free of charge. We also would be happy to help you plan your trips to any destination as a free service of our expertise. Group travel can be arranged if enough members are interested. Below are the many activities planned to celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count. All prizes, awards and special incentives are donated by our community partners and local merchants. For guidelines and more information, you can contact or call Anastasia Island Library at 904.209.3735. The public is invited to participate in any or all of the activities, which are free and fun. 1. Art is for the Birds ---AKA Birdhouse Decorating Contest Anastasia Island Library with its community partner, The Art Studio, is sponsoring a birdhouse decorating contest. Three categories Kids (12 & under), Adults (13+) and Groups/Families/Classes are available for the public to submit birdhouses that you build or buy to decorate. Birdhouses will be shown at Anastasia Island Library (February 9 16) and at the Art Studio (February 1723). The general public can vote at each location to select the winners in each category. At the end of the second week, the winners will be announced. Prizes are donated by our community partners and local businesses. Guidelines are available at or at the Anastasia Library. 2. A Haiku Poetry Contest Bird Talk The public are invited to write a haiku about birds and birding life. There are two categories Kids (12 & under) and Adults (13 and up). Haiku is a three-line poem about nature, and in this instance, birds. Entries are due February 8th and may be mailed, dropped off or emailed to Guidelines are available at Prizes are donated by community partners and local businesses. Built around three February dates, all programs are at Anastasia Library, Seagrove Town Center: 1. GBBC Gear Up Saturday, February 9th @ 2pm. Monique Borboen, Audubons Northeast Policy Associate, will provide an informative and interesting presentation on how to identify the various birds you will likely see in this part of the world. This will following weekend for the GBBC. A go-kit will be available that provides all the basic information a new or experienced birder will likely need. 2. GBBC Kids Bird Art Wednesday, February 13, @ 2:30 pm 4pm. Participating children will make bird craft items with the guidance of Library staff. All supplies furnished. Free. 3. GBBC Meet Up Saturday, February 16th, 10am-5pm. This is the second of the four days of the GBBC and the day the participants head out to count as many feathered friends locations throughout St. Johns County who will take groups, classes and others on a birding adventure or participants can bird at their own favorite spot. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Anastasia Library during the day as people, groups and classes meet each other to start the day and return with their counts. Backyard birders are welcomed to participate as well as classrooms and groups. Details, for locations and information, contact All activities are free, open to the general public and based out of Anastasia Island Library. Located at Seagrove Town Center, you can contact the Library at 904.209.3730 or drop an email to Come join us, and be a part of an important abundance of shore, wading and woodlands birds. (continued from page 1) (Photo by Jennifer Bates) for savings: no join fee, free sport of your choice or free swim lesson session. Demonstrations and information about Group Exercise Classes, Personal Training, Swim Lessons, Sports Program and Healthy Living Tips will take place. For more information visit our website at YMCA OPEN HOUSE Travel Club Meeting The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Fort Mose Historic State Park States during Black History Month on February 9, 2013 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Re-enactors in period clothing will tell the story of the founding of Fort Mose. In addition, Florida Living History Inc. will perform Colonial Spanish military drills and also include a cooking demonstration, an exhibit on Native Indians and various exhibits, performances and food vendors. Museum entry fee is $2.00 per person. For event details, please contact the park at 904-823-2232. For additional information, visit FortMoseHistoricStatePark. The event will take place: 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013 Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, Florida FORT MOSE CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH Fort Mose Historic State Park invites visitors to annual Flight to Freedom event


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 Center 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 Email: as the Mayor and Vice Mayor, respectively, for 2013. 3. Heard a resolution from the Florida Association of City Clerks to honor the City's Deputy City Clerk, retired after 23 years of employment with the City. 4. Approved a special event permit for the Lewis/ Wacera wedding, which is to be held in April in the City. 5. Approved the hiring of Municipal Management Services to write grants for the City. ordinance to annex the Watson Reality property, 3175 State Road A1A, into the City. 7. Approved separation agreements take the City's offer of severance pay and ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing based on sexual orientation. year contract with The Lake Doctors for aquatic weed control in the City's drainage facilities. 10. Approved Mayor Snodgrass's request to hire an intern to do two strategic plan goals: a pay study and the development of an employee performance evaluation system. 11. Approved keeping at $74 the yearly non-ad valorem assessment each property owner pays for the transportation and disposal of solid waste. 12. Referred to the Planning Board the question whether allowing buildings to exceed the 35-foot height limit should require four votes, a supermajority, by the Commission, and a supermajority of Board for approval. 13. Approved a resolution to authorize City money to be placed in the Florida Municipal Investment Trust, which offers better interest rates. 14. Recommended that the County notify all the property owners within 300 feet of the site for the community garden at Ron Parker Park where the community garden is proposed to be relocated, with the City 15. Approved two requests from Police Chief Hardwick: a. that he be allowed to hire a person who will hold the rank of lieutenant, to help him with administrative work in the Police Department; b. that he be allowed to purchase three new patrol vehicles to replace ones that are either now inoperable or becoming costly to repair because of age and use. The City Commission's next meeting will be on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the city hall, 2200 State Road A1A. The public is invited to attend. PLEASE NOTE: Under Florida law, most communications to and from the City 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 and The Bailey Group Entertainment stage. Former City Commissioner and local business woman Barbara Ellis was recognized for her inspiration and vision for this annual event. array of food from vendors who participated from as far Celebrity Dunk tank stayed active throughout the night. But the highlight of the evening was the Spectacular display of Fireworks from the the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Crowds were awed by the 25 min from the Tourist Development Council. this event go directly back to the City of St. Augustine Beach to improve and enhance the City. Past monies raised from this event have helped bring the City: The Veteran's Memorial Park, Splash Park at The Pier and the expansion of Splash Park~Spring 2013. January 19th the volunteers were recognized and enjoyed a volunteer appreciation dinner at Holiday Isle Resort. Thank you to all the folks who made this event possible: City of St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns County, Tourist Development Council, Beach Blast Off Executive Committee and most of all the volunteers. This has truly become a destination event and will continue to do so. If you would like more information on being involved in this years event. Please call 904.471.2122. or Like Us on Facebook! Jennifer Sauvage, Co-Chair BBO 2013. (continued from page 1) Beaches News Journal Locations If not in our please get your copy at these locations: St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 2013 4 St. Augustine Beach Civic Association Message from the Mayor St. Augustine Beach Civic Association 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. The next meeting of the Civic Association will be held Tuesday February 12th at 7pm at City Hall. Our speaker will be second term St. Augustine Beach Mayor S. Gary Snodgrass. Membership renewal for 2013 will be available before the meeting begins. Our meetings are always open the the public and of course refreshments will be served. We'd like to thank County Commissioner Rachael Bennett for speaking at January's meeting. She informed us that she is on numerous committees on both the county and regional levels and that she is unique in the County Commission for representing two municipalities, St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach, whereas other commissioners represent county residents. She encouraged those in attendance to contact her with questions and concerns and stressed the importance of communication between representatives and constituents. Another item of concern at the meeting was a situation at the Anastasia Library Branch which had an attempted break late in December. It was suggested that the Civic Association might be However, it was determined that this was a county issue and most likely insurance could cover it. Commissioner Bennett said she would look into the situation. Also concerning the library was illegal and inconsiderate parking in front to drop off books and/ or return books inside. The roadway is narrow there there. It was determined that the situation could be helped by placing no parking/no stopping signs at would have to approve. Then enforcement could take place. It was also suggested that a bicycle rack was needed at the library and the Civic Association will look into donating one, after coordinating with the library. The Civic Association Board presented Children's Demonstration Garden. Civic Association member and Master Gardener LeaAnn Lombari is heading this up. In December Ms. Lombari arranged a site visit from Mr. Keith Fuller of the SJC Agricultural Extension Department to evaluate the garden area on the north side of the Civic Association building at Pier Park. This was followed by having a water sample analyzed from the irrigation well. By April there should be several raised beds built which will be tended by local youngsters supervised by master gardeners. The visibility of the garden should prove educational and motivational to the many passersby. Another project at the Civic Association building will be repainting of its exterior by volunteers. It should be completed by February. Bocce Court Renovation is being planned as a joint venture with the Sons of Italy. The courts are used and enjoyed by many and it has been quite a few years since they were originally constructed by the two groups. The Civic Association will match all costs for the project. Finally, the Civic Association has committed to make a donation towards the construction of a shade structure over the playground at Splash Park. Progress on the expansion and renovation the new bathroom and complete renovation of the original bathroom will be completed by mid January. Coquina cement walkways have been poured, knee walls with sitting areas have been constructed around the water features creating a new entrance to the park and the beach. The brick entrance walkway has been laid and so have other pavers been installed around Public Works Director Joe Howell have been making daily inspections supervising the many contractors Park recently, it is certainly worth a look. What a great addition to our community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County is holding its annual Tips For Kids' Sake on Tuesday February 5th 5pm to 8pm. This event will be held throughout the area with many local restaurants and civic leaders participating. My favorite Commissioner Andrea Samuels will be serving dinner again this year at South Beach Grill and donating all her tips to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.. Reservations are requested, please call South Beach Grill at 471-8700. The Community Garden received approval by the County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to be located within Ron Parker Park. There were two stipulations: a sign be provided with contact information and membership in the Community Garden be open to all people. This clears the way for the relocation of the garden which will now be within the jurisdiction of St. Johns County. The Community Garden will be moved later this year. The barricades are still up at Pope Road and A1A Beach Blvd. But they should be coming down soon to allow free parking at the oceanfront. Work has been done grading the surface and parking spaces will more clearly marked for safety and access. A meeting with City, County, DEP, and Corps of Engineers was held to discuss extending parking east of the fenced area on Pope Rd. It was determined that the extra parking was not required to it would be very expensive to try to obtain permitting for that area to be used for parking. Approximately 30 spaces should be available before the start of the beach season. At the conclusion of the January Civic Association meeting I announced that I would be stepping down as the President and that Vice President Bill Jones would take that position beginning in February. I have had the honor of leading the Civic Association for 12 years and am proud of the many accomplishments made since 2001 such as expanding the Farmers/Arts & Crafts Market from 6 to over 80 vendors; creating community and tourism events namely the Surf Illumination(11years), Music by the Sea Free Concerts (10years), Taste of the Beach(6 years); supporting/promoting local businesses with our Participating Merchant program (60+ businesses); increasing membership from less than 50 to over 450; adding to the quality of life here at the beach by donating to Arbor Day, Splash Park, Veterans Memorial, bocce courts, shade tree planting, public benches, A Street shower; giving this column; and networking throughout the county to keep St. Augustine Beach involved with the many other entities and activities that go on in our busy tourist related county. Of course, I did not do this alone and wish to thank the many volunteers, Civic Association members and Board members who have all made this a better place to live. 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. The market is open from 8:00am 12:30pm. It's a great place to grab a quick bite, hear some music and enjoy the view. Free WIFI is always available and provided by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association at the Pier. MARITIME ARCHEOLOGY DAY -Park promotes local Maritime History February 2ndThe Florida Department of Environmental Protections Anastasia State Park invites families to come explore the park while investigating local maritime history. the public in Maritime History. The goal is to illuminate the connection between Maritime History and our park. Organizations like the Florida Public Archeology Network, LAMP of the Matanzas, and various other groups will set up educational, fun, and informational booths. Seafood fare will be available made with local recipes at the Island Grill located within the serve basis (seating is limited) and live local music, and a guided nature walks will plunge you into the wild side of our park. This event is free with paid park admission. Complementary Kayak Tours (First Come, First Serve) 10:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m. Guided Walks 11:00 a.m. Ancient Dunes Nature Trail Walk, 1:00 p.m. Beach Nature Walk Live Music 10:30 a.m. Amy Hendrickson, 12:30 a.m. Warehouse Blues The program will take place 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Anastasia State Park. FUNdrasier YARD SALE The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Anastasia State Park, in conjunction with the Friends of Anastasia will offer an outdoor yard sale in a fundraising effort intended for playground restorations and upgrades. One of the continued goals for The Friends of Anastasia State Park in the year 2013 is to refurbish and upgrade the current playground that is located within the place in the parking lot across from the Amphitheatre, in combination with the local Saturday Farmers Market, on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 7:30 to 1:00 p.m. Items to be sold at this yard sale include household items, clothing, and seasonal displays; especially Halloween items, furniture, and more. All items not sold will Anastasia in an attempt to support the park. Anastasia State Parks goal is to provide access for people of all abilities. If you have any special needs, please contact park staff at (904) 461-2033 before your arrival. Accessible parking is provided throughout the park. For more information, visit Another year is in the records. It is time to focus on the challenges and opportunities for 2013 and beyond. Our focus this year will be on accomplishing goals and objectives as established during a Human Resources appraisal process and guidelines (3). Develop a succession plan (4). Economic Developments (5). Develop comprehensive economic plan that addresses existing and new businesses, partnerships, special events and develop an economic development philosophy. Fiscal Matters (1). Develop policies regarding investments, reserves, fund balance and debt (2). Growth Management (3). Review and update Land Development Regulations (LDR) including overlay district. Governance Issues Public Safety (3). Identify and upgrade pedestrian crosswalks (4). Seek opportunities for greater involvement between police department and residents. Infra-structure (1). Update storm water master plan (2). Review and develop master plan for development of Hammock Dune Park and other parks. As the year evolves we will report on the progress toward achieving the above listed objectives and keep you updated on other plans, programs, services and initiatives being pursued. We have many opportunities to move our City forward being always mindful, though, of preserving what is best and unique about our City by the sea. I am honored to serve as your Mayor for 2013 and look forward to working together with my fellow Commissioners. Best regards, S. Gary Snodgrass. Anastasia State Park in February


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 2013 5 By Max Royle St. Augustine Beach City Manager ALASKA THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST and RUNNER-UP for in st. augustine for This is an instructive tale about preening pride that this drubbing happened in Alaska, a state that can only be described as overwhelming in many ways and for which a string of superlatives indicating size huge, grand, colossal, vast, gigantic is hardly adequate. Within its borders, Alaskas 663,267 square miles could contain two states the size of Texas (a paltry 268,580 square miles). Even more astonishing, Alaska is big enough to hold three egos the size of Donald Trumps with enough space left over for several dozen of those monolithic Trump signature casino hotels. Will the jaw-dropping marvels associated with Alaska never cease? Read on and ye shall I was job hunting. Applied for city manager positions in Florida as well as other states, where cities paid my expenses to, from and overnight for interviews in such places as Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Westborough, Massachusetts; Kittery, Maine; Charleston, Missouri; Alliance, that applying to posh, sophisticated Hilton Head Island and quaint, historic Kittery, which was a mere two hours drive from Boston, made sense, but obscure, remote Charleston, Alliance and Seward? Why? Because the very obscurity/ remoteness of these cities piqued the same nerve of curiosity that had enticed me to go to India and other countries, the curiosity that asked whats around that next curve in the road, over the next hill, on the other side of that river or mountain range? What would it be like to live and work in such a place, experience the rhythms of its life, meet the people who were the movers, shakers and characters? Alliance with its 8,000 residents was located in Big Sky Country, and I mean BIG, humongous, never ending, all-encompassing sky. A person could get lost underneath such a sky. Cattle ranching and railroading were the backbones of Alliances economy. However, lest you think the city council folks were a bunch of homespun rubes, the reality was far from that. So seriously did they take their who administered a series of tests, including the Rorschach to us four applicants. Ive always thought that that sophisticated council didnt hire me because the psychologist told them I saw images of bunnies, orchids and Liz Taylor on a bad hair day in the Rorschach inkblot designs. Maybe the psychologist said that from his interpretation, the Rorschach revealed the feminine, poetically dreamy side of my personality, a personality that wouldnt have been compatible with the rough and tough mores and habits that came from Alliances ability to adapt, I thought that had I been hired, I would have adjusted very well to life in Alliance: learned how to ride a horse, rustle (oops! wrong word), corral cattle, and handle a six shooter. I would have changed my name to Prairie Dog Max, Toughest Hombre on the High Plains, and by writing dreamy, cowboy poetry brought fame to Alliance, earned the adoration of its citizens, and become one of its endearing characters. My dreams of what I could accomplish as Alliances city manager were as seemingly limitless (and just as empty) as that Big Sky of western Nebraska. But, alas, as the Alliance city council didnt share my dreams, I had to move on. It was to a place, the very name of which is synonymous with distance, remoteness, isolation and mystique: Alaska. With Alaska, I really got to satisfy that curiosity as to whats on the other side of that mountain range, or in this case, many mountain ranges and glaciers and miles of wilderness where there were no cities, towns, villages, tiny settlements or even isolated shacks to show the presence of man (or woman). There were no Rorschach or other tests given to me in Seward, and I was the only applicant interviewed by six of the seven-member city council on a cloudy and chilly Thursday morning in August 1988. I dont recall the details of the interview, but I do remember the aftermath, when and said I had the job, even before the mayor informed me of the councils decision to hire me. I should have realized then that the chief was the real power in Seward. Would that realization have made any difference? Certainly not in the that my skills could master all the challenges that life in Seward would toss at me. After all, I had lived nearly four years in India and overcome language, customs and climate were so different from anything I had previously experienced. In Seward, there was familiarity: the locals spoke English, were U.S. Citizens, celebrated the same holidays, had the customary Christian religions ranging from tiny sects to mainline faiths. And Seward had the manager/council form of government, which I knew well. Working in such an environment would be easy. Piece of cake. Walk in the park. I just forgot that it was an Alaska cake, an Alaskan park. Big, big difference. First, there was the isolation. Seward was a tiny dot of about 3,000 residents at the head of a deep water bay and the end of one of rural Alaskas few paved roads. Anchorage was 125 miles to the north through mountain passes that could be blocked by winter avalanches. All around Seward were uninhabited miles of mountains, glaciers, forests. Then there were the seasons and the climate: a hurry up spring, summer and autumn, a seemingly endless winter from October through April and even into May. The long hours of daylight in the summer were more than evened out by winters long hours of darkness, when Seward might have a mere 7-8 hours of daylight. But daylight didnt always mean sunlight, for all too often there were interminable days of rain or sleet or snow, fog, clouds, gloom, misery. After living 12 years in subtropical west coast Florida, I didnt adjust to the cold and darkness. Every time I left my apartment, even for the short four-block walk to hat and thick gloves, and would put rubber bands with cleats on my shoes to prevent slipping on the ice which remained on many of the citys streets the entire winter. thwarted expectations. Cities and their managers are like spouses: for a lasting relationship, there has to be compatibility and trust, which come from mutual expectations being met. I thought Seward wanted me for my skills as a nuts-andthe budget balanced, respond to citizen needs/ complaints, make certain the (see page 8)


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 2013 6 Financial Focus Information Provided By Edward Jones Spiritually Speaking By Dr. Nicholas A. Marziani Father Marziani serves as the Pastor of St. James Mission in St. Augustine, and also as Vice-President of the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association. Financial Advisor Member SIPC MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING St. James Mission Services of Holy Eucharist St. Augustine House of Prayer THE WORLD, LANDLORD TENANT LAW 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE (RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL) JOHN G. STINSON, ESQUIRE SCRUGGS & CARMICHAEL, P.A. Gainesville, FL Website: Toll Free: 866-896-9424 Facsimile: 352-375-0690 E-Mail: St. Augustine Consultations Available Improving Life Choices YOU CANT CONTROL I hinted in last months column that the best way to set oneself up for a more meaningful end of the old one. Those of devout Hindu persuasion make a special point of applying and contemplation designed to maximize their next reincarnation. Christians, Jews, and Muslims in varying degrees practice similar disciplines, with resurrection, as opposed to reincarnation, in mind. Either way, thoughtful people will seek to make the most of the cardinal, or hinge, points of their lives in order to improve the outcomes of them thereafter. Each year is like a mini-life, as the familiar sketches of the old man and the baby with calendars might suggest. Just how exactly do we go about the business of making the best choices in our lives at critical junctures? I think most of us realize that the stiff upper lip or brute force approach doesnt work very well over the long haul. The best of the research tell us that it is a rare bird among us who can change their lives by simply gutsing it out, grim determination alone making it all happen. I know Im not that talented! So how do we maximize our chances to make progress in our lives, however we Our energies run deep, and so do our motivations. In order to tap those energies and direct them toward positive behaviors we can, in fact, engage in a bit of trickery to channel our emotional and volitional wellsprings and virtually create new versions of ourselves. The AA crowd has a saying: fake it till you make it. The Christian theological tradition has another: lex orandi, lex credendi (the law of prayer is the way toward belief and by extension, practice). Our preferred behaviors will follow, like obedient and compliant baby ducks, the rituals and little rewards we establish for ourselves as we seek to pattern and order our lives. The Church, for its part, has required the clergy of all levels to engage in disciplines of structured daily prayer, which are not however mere repetitious drudgery, but are fairly sprinkled with all kinds of props to make the practice enjoyable. And by golly, when one comes to these classic disciplines on their own terms, they have a way of sneaking up on you and actually changing your everyday thought patterns, and in turn, your behaviors. Before going for that Prozac pill, pick up a Prayerbook very effective, and with much fewer side effects! By altering the bedrock, bottom-line fabric of our subconscious and unconscious humans are created with what neuroscientists have come to call a plasticity of mind-brain capability. The Bible simply states, as a man thinketh, so he is. However you articulate it, its nice to know that we really can change for the better, make more prudent, life-giving choices, and ultimately come to actually which will always be with us until God closes got some big plans for this year coming up may the God Lord complete in me and you that which He has already begun, to His Honor and Glory. Be Blessed, my friends and neighbors, Fr. Nick Investors sometimes may get frustrated with their investments because those investments don't seem to produce quick results. And perhaps that's understandable in our fast-paced society, in which we've But investing is, by nature, a long-term activity. If you look at it in terms of an athletic event, it's not a sprint, in which you must pull out all the stops to quickly get where you're going. Instead, it's more like the 26.2-mile race known as a marathon. And as an investor, you can learn a few things from marathoners, such as: and is ready to run a marathon. Marathon runners train for months, and even years. As an investor, you, too, need to prepare yourself for the long run. How? By learning as much as you can about different asset classes, types of risk and all the other factors associated with investing. have a long haul in front of them, so they takes into account such factors as their physical condition, the weather on race day, and the characteristics of the course, encompasses their goals and ways of strategy. deal with injuries, dehydration and other setbacks, either while training or during the actual race. But as long as theyre able to keep going, they do so. As an investor, you, too, will face obstacles, such as market downturns. But as long as you continue investing and dont head to the sidelines, you have a good chance of making progress toward your goals. and where they're going. As an investor, you also need a vision of what lies in front retirement, the type of retirement lifestyle you anticipate, what sort of legacy you plan drive your investment decisions. have individual coaches, but many have at least gone to clinics or joined running clubs so they could learn more about the various aspects of this grueling event. And guidance or coaching in the form of a knows your individual needs, goals and risk tolerance and who has the experience to make recommendations that are appropriate for your situation. Every marathoner is familiar with investor, you also will be tested many times. Furthermore, youll never really always have goals toward which youll be successful marathoners, you can continue perhaps youll avoid the blisters, too. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor Investing is a Marathon -Not a Sprint BUT YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR DECISIONS. 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Diane Reed, member of Audubon, said the St. Johns CBC, conducted Dec. 15, 2012 enjoyed 25 participants with the total species tallied at tentatively 142. The circle surveyed includes seven territories, begins pre-dawn in search of owls and other nocturnal birds, and ends at sunset with a compilation dinner at a local restaurant, Diane said. The highlights of the day were the offshore observations of Northern Gannets, the largest of the seabirds, who migrate from northern Canadian islands. The group was thrilled to add the observation of Red-breasted Nuthatches to their count. The SJC Team were lucky enough to actually see two Razorbills offshore, with one being relatively close, at the jetties at St. Augustine Inlet. Written contribution is required for the rarities, which is forwarded to the National Audubon Society CBC database along with the total statistics. Birders like the winged wonders they follow have been compared to the Canary in the coal mine, always a trusted indication of the quality of air (read life) in the area. Knowing the names and being able to identify them is a learned processed enhanced with practice and the help of a hallmark bird guide such as Petersons Guide to North American Birds. Barbara Brenner lives in our city and shared her story of her priced signed copy.In 1985 my husband and I were invited to a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the and certainly one of the greatest American bird artists. The event took place at Mill Grove Audubon Center, a beautiful old stone house in the United States. The gathering consisted of( to put it in Audubon biographers. I was there because I had written a children's book based on a true JJA story (On the Frontier With Mr. Audubon). My late husband, Fred Brenner, was a wellknown bird artist and had illustrated, among other things, A Child's Book of Birds. Of course Peterson was there because he was Roger Tory Peterson--the man who took Audubons brilliant original gorgeous concept and put it into a form that people So we met the great man and we chatted and his books were there for sale and we bought one and he signed it. It was a great day. Along with enjoyment, the economics of birding is far reaching and can be tallied on April 18 to April 21, 2013 at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM). Perhaps the greatest collection of upper echelon international nature and wildlife photographers include this years presenters award winners Kevin Karlson and George Lepp making the Floridas Birding & Photo Fest one of the premier and prized events in all of North America. The community of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine Beach, and all of Floridas in 2012s economic impact of $453,292. For additional details contact Erin Masters Special Events Manager 904209-4422 or has a wealth of information. The City of St. Augustine Beach supports and values the honored designation Tree City USA appreciating the value of our emerald jewels role of enhancing our reputation as a friendly hospitable world-class destination. Speaking of treasures, this years Garden Blitz is set for March 2nd from 9:00 AM till 2:00 PM, and be at the St. Johns County Extension Building. Master Gardeners will help Keith, Fuller Horticulture Agent and cover topics such as native pollinators, compost, herbs, eat your vegetables and colorful landscapes. Give Keith a call at 209-0430 for details. February, the shortest month of the year, reminds us to share the power of love. Snowbirds and Turtledoves have been sighted strolling our pristine beaches, and reports of sounds emanating from the latter have been giggles and laughter. Sharing what we love with those we love is a gift and how memories always a good place to nest. Footnote: The darkness of cowardly acts of self-destruction tear at the heart compelling us to search for answers. We lit a candle, joining many, hoping to shine a shaft of light to pierce in the darkness like a fog dissipates in the light of a new day and we stronger than hate! In February, in the most beautiful city by the sea, there is time to make beautiful memories, a little history and always time to share the power of love and the light to be seen from coast to coast.


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 2013 8 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 GRILLED, FRIED, STEAMED, BROILED, SAUTEED or BLACKENED (904) 471-8700 45 Cubbedge Rd. Crescent Beach Open For BREAKFAST Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Join Us For and more! Tell our advertisers and contributors you saw them in the Beaches News Journal St. Johns County This month it gives me great pleasure to announce the unveiling of a brand new St. Johns at I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this valuable 24-hour-a-day resource. We are continuing to improve our to be as convenient and open as possible. We have developed a comprehensive and updated collection of links to a variety of informational pages designed to educate you about our history, our mission and the administration of points of contact with direct telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for the most commonly contacted divisions. We have outlined our programs and services in a way that we hope will enable you to obtain the details that you need as Some of the useful features of our website include the ability to register your alarm system, a Citizens Comment Form for communicating both praise and criticism of your dealings with our agency, an inmate visitation questionnaire and registration form, an event calendar for Police Athletic League activities, CODE RED Citizen Alert System and an online version of our citizens survey where we ask for you to evaluate the level of quality and satisfaction you have experienced and paid off-duty enforcement by SJSO personnel district and private roads together with instructions for submitting them to the County Attorney. We also offer an online registration to participate in our many Crime Prevention Programs including; Shoplifting Prevention Program, Residential Alert System, Business Security Surveys, Womens Personal Safety Program, Residential Security Surveys, Workplace Violence Prevention, Emergency Identification Cards, Agricultural & Rural Crime Prevention, Financial Crimes Prevention, Business Watch, Home Security, Crimes Against the Elderly, Homeland Security, Drug Awareness, Awareness Booth. There are links to related external sites including the Florida Computer Crime Center, the statewide sexual offender registry, the Department of Corrections inmate search, the AMBER Plan, CrimeStoppers, Wanted, and information about unsolved homicides and missing persons. As part of our domestic violence prevention initiative, we have an interactive survey that will provide us with information that we can use to measure and improve the delivery of these services to you. Release and Agreement form required to participate in our Civilian Law Enforcement Academy. Additionally, we provide employment application forms in a portable document format available for download directly to your computer. There are packages for available sworn law enforcement as well as civilian employee positions. We are proud of the joint efforts of our various Districts, Investigative Sections and Support staff who participated in making this contribution to improving communications with our citizens. I congratulate our team in Community Affairs as well as Information Technology (I.T.) who put this vital project together. I ask that you please check back on our website regularly when you need information about the agency or whenever you are conducting business with us as we will be routinely updating our content and enhancing the features available online in the future. Once again the site is at Please feel free to contact me if you have any issues regarding law enforcement and/or public safety, or if you would like to see a particular topic for this column by email at Brand New Website ordinances and council policies were carried out, do long range planning. Some council members did want a traditional manager, especially one who would rein in the too-powerful police chief. Other members, though, wanted the type of manager t he city usually had had: a corporate CEO, who would direct Seward like the business enterprise it actually was. The city had raw materials (river gravel and land) and facilities (docks, coalloading machinery, a small ship repair yard) to lease or sell and thus make money to fund the services that the city provided. But its much too easy to blame isolation, climate and mismatched expectations for my brief, nine-month tenure as Sewards city manager. I was ultimately responsible for my failure to adjust, though the police chief likely helped to hasten my exit when I tried to check his power and failed. Despite the pride being battered, my brief time in Seward provided me with many vivid memories: the Exxon Valdez oil spill which directly affected the city when I was there; the coldest winter in that part of Alaska in decades; the howling winds that on many a winter night would shake the roof of the small apartment building where I lived, the indescribable beauty of the Alaskan landscape and how the huge mountains made humankind seem so struggle by people to make a living in such a harsh and unforgiving environment, the friendship of an older couple, Ray and Mary, long-time Alaskans, who often invited me into their home to sit next a warm, wood-burning stove. From this snug refuge, Id gaze out their living room picture window at a cold, alien world of swirling snow and the cloud-shrouded mountains across the bay. Mary would ply me with food and drinks, while Ray entertained us with earthy Alaskan jokes and and working in a dust speck of a city on the edge of the immense Alaskan wilderness would be put in their proper perspective, and Id relax. I will extol forever Alaskas otherworldly beauty and encourage people to visit the state. Id like to return myself, but as a tourist, not as someone in a political job. Such a job Ill leave to those who like to test their pride and skills in a blood sport, such as wrestling with grizzly bears. ALASKA (continued from page 5)


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East of the Intracoastal. Call us for the BEST rate for which you qualify. Quotes ar e subject to Underwriting Guidelines. St. Augustine Beaches News Journal July 2012 Issue Seared Mushroom Salad Contemporary Italian Grill Brunch on Saturday & Sunday The combination of mushrooms and Pinot Noir is one of the more inspired food and wine matchings I've experienced. Although mushrooms are earthy, their the subtleness of the wine. Searing them to serve over greens makes a bit of richness which anchors the salad and wine. Serves four. crimini, shitake, Portobello, black chanterelle or more to taste cheese chopped Italian parsley for garnish 1. For the salad, select one or more of the mushroom types. Clean with a brush or paper towel and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Heat the olive oil in a large saut pan and add the mushrooms and onion in 3 or 4 batches. 2. Sear over high heat just until the mushrooms begin to brown, stirring constantly and seasoning with the garlic, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and remove the mushrooms to a side dish. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms and seasonings. Return all the mushrooms to the saut pan. 3. For the vinaigrette, combine the vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce and pepper in a bowl and mix well. 4. Toss the salad greens with 3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Divide among 4 serving plates. Top with the mushroom mixture and sprinkle with the cheese. Garnish with thyme leaves or parsley. Serve immediately. When you elect to take Social Security, you want to create a strategy coordinating savings, but couples also need to avoid a common mistake. Almost everyone thinks of it as their own earnings record, their they receive. Instead, make the decision as a couple. Consider a hypothetical situation. The husband, the higher earner, believes hes going to die relatively early and the wife thinks shell live a long time. So the husband the wife delays. Thats exactly opposite of the scenario that should happen. Each year you delay claiming your age 70, thanks to what the Social Security Administration calls delayed retirement credits. And in the event of a spouses death, the surviving spouse can take the dead spouse. If the husband claims early and then husband should delay his claim, so if need be the wife can claim the highest possible over both spouses lives. Thats the key that most people miss. suspend can help get the most money. Say make that initial claim, his wife, at her on her husbands record, but not her earned at full retirement age (some age restrictions now can grow until she hits 70, too. scenario, a couple, both 66, could collect an additional $60,000 by delaying their benefits and the wife taking spousal payouts while they wait. Another use of a restricted application: Say a 66-year-old husband decides it makes sense for him to delay his When he turns his full retirement age, the husband can tell the Social Security By Jane Tucker, First Florida Insurance


Greetings Beach Readers! How about that January weather? Couldnt have asked for any better weather. And here we are in February, wonder what Mother Nature has planned for us. How about it Mow, how are things with Power House? Do you have anything planned for the readers this month? touched all of us. And that is thieves. We had some inventory stolen from us, not during the night like a break in or anything, but while we were open. These thieves were good, pros if you will. I dont want to give them any credit because they are low life you know whats. Really, during the day? How does that happen? I would rather not go into the details, the message here is for all of us to keep our eyes open, and protect yourself at all times. We have security cameras all over the perimeter, and these thieves will not go unpunished. Anyway just keep an eye on your stuff, and lock up when you can. Okay back to business, as the season comes back around again, there is quite a bit of equipment from Echo and Stihl available with reduced prices. Also our Snapper order for 2013 is in; if you havent seen a Snapper rider in awhile, check out the new redesigned Snapper, very nice. Remember when you purchase a Snapper mower from Power House you automatically are registered as a Power House Partner! And this goes for riders or a dealer exclusive. Thats all the time we have now, Thanks for the input Mow. So until next month, remember St Augustine Power House is located at 125 Pope Road right here on the Beach. Visit us at and if you have any questions for Mow email him Answering questions about Home Owner lawn equipment. Featuring Mow St Augustine Power House spokes person. St. Augustine Beaches News Journal February 2013 10 By Rob Stanborough PT, DPT, MHSc, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT First Coast Rehabilitation (904) 829-3411 Padicu...what? Professional Packing, Shipping & Mailing Service Center (904)460-0022 With Safe ShipYou Have Options For info & directions please see Pandiculation is involuntary stretching dog or cat perform such stretches upon waking from a nap or even experienced the perfect example of pandiculation arms stretched over head, back arched. Its a stretch that cant be stopped. But why do our bodies do such strange things? One current hypothesis is that it helps regulate our locomotor or musculoskeletal system. Most people know muscles move bones, which create movement but few have heard about fascia. Fascia is the fab ric that helps hold us together and more. Current research now tells us fascia not only holds us together but also plays an integrative role with muscles. It helps distribute forces as we move and assist in locomotion. So why stretch or pandiculate? Al though fascia is a durable connective tissue and remains lubricated and mobile with movement, it can become sticky and stiff with the lack thereof, hence the need to pandiculate or yawn upon rising from rest. Such stretches are thought to reverse the affects of the stillness of sleeping. The purpose of this column is to em phasize the need to stretch. Chances are the last time many of you stretched with a goal in mind was when you participated in hips, ankles, knees and toes during elementary school PE. The fact is, stretching should be a regular part of ones life. Gentle stretches to the neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs are thought to decreases compressive forces to the joints and only take a few minutes. Ive been focusing on posture in my last few columns because it is our daily, habitual postures, in part, dictate our we hold ourselves and move. If you tend to sit at the computer much of the day you should reverse the affects by stretching your shoulders back as you walk through door or stretch your front hip muscles by placing your hands on your hips and bend ing backwards. As Ive shown, your body will auto matically attempt to maintain the mobility of soft tissue via pandiculation (involuntary stretches). Voluntary, and routine, stretch ing is bound to have a greater and longer lasting effect. If you are getting stiffer or feel you are losing range of motion, perhaps you should consult your physician or physical therapist regarding a stretching program. It may be a stretching program can be de many group exercise programs offered in St. Augustine. Why not be a part of one. have a need to pandiculate. Rob Stanborough is a physical thera pists, president and co-owner of First Coast Rehabilitation. He is co-author of Myofascial Manipulation: Theory & Ap plication, 3 rd ed by Proed Inc. He has been in practice for over 13 years, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic a number of soft tissue techniques. Read at the same time. First Florida Insurance will help you put together a strategy that helps you decide for a report. First Floridas friendly agents. (continued from page 9) Fitness room 8 Ocean Trace Road St. Augustine, FL 32080 Atlantic Beach & Tennis Club Are you looking for a friendly place to work out, swim, or play tennis? The Atlantic Beach and Tennis Club, located at 8 Ocean Trace Road on the Island, provides a casual, community of members of all ages. The Club offers 10 HarTru tennis courts, 2 swimming pools, one outdoor and one indoor heated saltwater women. Other Club amenities include an indoor whirlpool, snack bar and a regular bar, and locker rooms with showers, steam rooms, and saunas. Water classes are held every day in the indoor pool instructors. jewel can help you stay healthy all year long on the Island! Visit the Club at 8 Ocean Trace Road, Monday through Friday 7 am to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 5 pm. The Hidden Jewel on Anastasia Island


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