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Beaches News Journal 1965 A1A SOUTH #180 ST AUGUSTINE, FL 32080-6509News JournalSt.Au Parking A Gift for the BirdsWhats Inside The This MonthCrooked Feet PRSRT SDT US POSTAGE PAID ST. AUGUSTINE, FL PERMIT #132 NEWS FOR AND ABOUT RESIDENTS OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE BEACHES AREAAssumptions Can be Dangerous to Investors Salmond Steaks with Saffron-Onion Sauce Holiday Crime PreventionCity Hall Update Father ChristmasDecember 2013 Season At its November 4, 2013 regular meeting, the St. Augustine Beach City Commission took the following actions: 1, Made the following appointments to the Comprehensive Planning and Zoning Board: Ms. Margaret England as regular member; Mr. Lennet Daigle and Ms. Jane West as alternates. 2. Approved providing $5,000 to the Friends of A1A to help the organization market the segment of the A1A Scenic Highway, which goes through city as A1A Beach Boulevard. 3. Heard an update report by citys event coordinator, Mr. Michael Cunningham, on preparations for the Veterans Day event, November 11th, and Beach Blast Off, which will take place on December 30th and 31st at the county pier park. reading: a. to revise the Land Development Regulations concerning building height and setbacks; b. to change the regulations regarding fences and retaining walls; c. to change the regulations governing the sale of vehicles on private property. 5. Passed two resolutions: a. to adopt the position description for the citys Information Technology Specialist and for the Information Technology Support Specialist; b. to oppose changes to the states chart of accounts. 6. Approved an agreement with the Anastasia Baptist Church for use of the Churchs parking lot for satellite parking for persons attending the Beach Blast Off event on December 30 and 31, 2013. his proposed changes to the citys alcoholic beverage regulations, and decided to have the city attorney work with the building St.AugustineBeachesThis year we are doing things a little different. Beach Blast Off has turned into a 2-day Block Party complete with a takeover of A1A Beach Blvd. Throw in a Regional Chili Cook-off World Championship you have fun for the whole family. Special 2-day wristbands can be purchased for a discounted rate at St. Augustine Beach City Hall from December 2nd through December 20th. On the 30th, the International Chili Society will hold a Regional Homestyle Chili Cookoff Competition to include local and regional challengers. The winner will qualify for the World Chili Cook-off Championships in 2014 and a chance at $25,000 in prizes. Tastes are available to the general public if you dare. On the 31st, enjoy a full day of live music and activities leading up to the big FIREWORKS DISPLAY at 8:30pm. Visit for updated information and local specials. Welcome to Beach Blast Off 2014! and better each month with more participating shops, restaurants and artists. The next event is Monday, December 16th from 5:00pm to 7:00 just in time for Holiday Shopping to get that one of a kind gift. Starting at LYMI Oddities Boutique at 305 A1A Beach Blvd. and continuing with artists and craftspeople. Enjoy music, food and performances with a courtesy shuttle sponsored by The Civic Association looping up and down the boulevard. The Island Duet at The Art Studio on Friday, December 6th at 5:00pm. The Art Studio will be celebrating First Friday Art Walk and kicking off Admission is Free! For more information visit: Beach Arts Group (BAG) Art & Merchant Walk


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 20132 St. Augustine Beach Civic Association St. Augustine Beach Civic AssociationSURF ILLUMINATION SURF ILLUMINATIONPresentsArts & Craft Vendors Carolers & Holiday Music Food & Hot Beverages from Local Restaurants Tree Lighting & Park Illumination at SunsetFor Information Saturday, December 7th4 pm to 7 pmSaturday, December 7th4 pm to 7 pmSaint Augustine Beach Pier Park Saint Augustine Beach Pier ParkCall 347-8007 Call 347-8007 ST.JOHN S COUNTY, FLORIDATOURI S T DEVELOPMENT COUN C IL 350 A1A South Beach Blvd. 50% off *SERVING PASTA, CHICKEN, VEAL, SEAFOOD, SALADS, PIZZA & FRESH BAKED BREAD DAILY!WE ARE A FAMILY OWNED ESTABLISHMENT. ALL OUR MENU ITEMS ARE MADE INHOUSE AND COOKED TO ORDER Buy one entree or Pizza at full price get a 2nd entree or pizza of equal or lesser value for 50 % off. Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon. Simply clip this ad and present it at either of our Romano's locations. Our complete Restaurant Menu is available for FREE delivery. Valid through 12-31-2013. DINE-IN PICK-UP OR DELIVERY Telephone 461-1111 We also offer: 904-471-1023Make it a sparkling Christmas with Diamonds, Diamonds, Diamonds! Make it a sparkling Christmas with Diamonds, Diamonds, Diamonds!


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 20133 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Top Producer For WatsonWatson Realty Corp. St. Augustine Beach Elaine WallaceCall Elaine at (904) 347-54393175-1 A1A South, St. Augustine BeachBroker/Associate, PA 2008Best Real Estate AgencyChoose Watson. Get More.TOP PRODUCERSt. Augustines Elaine Wallace, has obtained a level of achievement in real estate few agents reach. Whether buying or selling let Elaine put her professional experience to work for YOU! SEA COLONY GORGEOUS! 464 Ocean Grove Circle. materials. Windows are hurricane resistant to 125 MPH. Kitchen w/ granite, SS appliances and more. In beautiful gated community with pool, clubhouse and private access to the ocean. Perfect upscale beach house! $1,190,000PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE OCEAN! 716 Ocean Palm Way. 4 BR/5 BA European style home w/upgrades--great architectural coquina shell concrete walkway, privacy wall and driveway. Premium lighting. Quality cabinets w/stone countertops and Viking appliances. Tumbled travertine $1,997,000 The WOW House!!! 312 S Forest Dune Dr. Spacious 5BR/4.5BA home in the gated community of Sea Colony. Chefs kitchen with all the Elevator takes you to all 3 levels of Maintenance-free decking on front counters, stainless steel appliances, much more to see. $1,365,000 REMARKABLE ISLAND ESTATE! 413 Night Hawk Ln. Beautiful custom home w/new roof, boasts 4,950 sf of living area w/5BR/5.5BA, multiple Screened Patio and Pool. Separate guest qtrs perfect for visitors, 25x20 bonus/ stroll to St. Aug beach! $739,000 DIRECT OCEAN FRONT CONDO! 8550 A1A South, Unit 259. Recently 2 Ton A/C and air handler with 10 year warranty. New paint, carpet, balcony and much more. Completely furnished and located in a complex with 4 heated pools, tennis, racquetball, playground, and boat storage. Great investment property for the discriminating condo buyer! $369,900 GREAT LOTS FOR SALE Williamson Manor $111,000 Pelican Reef $117,000 Grand Oaks $149,000 Sea Colony $249,000 Pelican Reef $59,900 Sea Colony $299,000 SALT RUN ESTATE. 953 Lew Blvd. 5BR/4BA waterfront estate with private entry. Old World Charm with all the beveled glass French doors, pool and Jacuzzi, patio w/beadboard ceiling and to dawn lighting lets you truly enjoy this paradise estate. $1,975,000PRIVATE SETTING IN SEA COLONY. 916 Ocean Palm Way. This pristine 5BR/5.5BA home will impress and inspire the most discerning vistas from each deck and every room create a sense of tranquility and calm. Gourmet kitchen, Bonus Room, patio with pool and spa--everything you need to relax and entertain. $1,395,000 CUSTOM HOME IN SEA COLONY. 240 N. Forest Dune Dr. This 3BR/4BA beautiful home has everything you desire-plantation shutters, custom pool, two gas fps for the cool winter evenings, upscale the Ocean sounds as you enjoy the peace and quiet on the preserves. $925,000 NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGADORABLE COTTAGE IN SEAGROVE. 488 High Tide Drive. Lovely 3BR/2BA cottage w/Chefs cabinets w/crown moulding. Two Seagrove community has Clubhouse, pool, boat ramp, Town Center with Library. Just minutes from the Ocean. $289,000 BEST VIEW IN THE COMMUNITY. 1602 Windjammer Ln. 4BR/3.5B all concrete home w/direct view of the ICW. Approx 3500 sq ft of luxury living. Shows like a model w/amazing countertops. Security system and hurricane shutters. $499,900ADORABLE HOME IN OAK GROVE. 4225 A1A South, #106A. This tidy 1/BR/1BA mobile home has 94 yrs left on the lease. Brand new carpet, refrigerator and range. New roof in 2009. Located in lovely gated community with large pool and lots of outdoor spaces. Low HOA fees include water, cable, internet, security, clubhouse, pool and dock. $125,000New Home. 353 Ocean Forest Drive. Open living spaces in this 4BR/3.5BA home in Anastasia Dunes. Gourmet kitchen features large island and is open to the Dining Room. Large storage or beach toys. Oversized porch w/ with extra storage to help keep your dream home organized. $749,900BEAUTIFUL DEEP WATER LOT ON THE INTRACOASTAL. 120 Grand Oaks Dr. Amazing water views with a shared dock and private boat slip. Located in a small exclusive enclave of custom homes. Just a few minutes' walk to the beach, shopping, restaurants, and endless water activities. Bring your plans and build your prefect dream home. $535,000 GREAT INVESTMENT CONDO. 880 A1A Beach Blvd #2306. Beautiful Tommy Bahama look in this furnished unit. Steps from the ocean in a wellmaintained complex w/great amenitiesracquetball courts, private ocean walkover, and on-site rental program. This 2BR/2BA condo is on the incomeproducing program. A great buy for beach lovers. $167,000


our citizens to call Law Enforcement if they believe methamphetamines are being manufactured in their area. I also discussed a popular new drug that is being used primarily by our youth called; synthetic marijuana or spices. These products contain dried shredded plant material and chemical additives that alter the brain similar to potent marijuana. As the this drug and declare them illegal, the manufactures change the ingredients In St. Johns County we have discovered these illegal products at gas stations and head shops, making numerous arrests in an attempt to deter the criminal use. These chemicals are normally smoked or absorbed into a tea. St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 20134 MICHAEL A. DAGOSTINO, O.D. ELIZABETH K. MCLEOD, M.D.MEDICARE PARTICIPANTS ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS1400 U.S. Highway 1 South829-2286TODD 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 Village940-9200 RUSSELL W. NELLIGAN, M.D.* *Cornea Specialist 12. Approved an interlocal agreement with the county for the construction of an off-beach parking lot at the east end of Pope Road. The citys share of the cost will be $59,500. 13. Decided to take no action on regulating the parking of vehicles in the city hall parking lot. 14. Agreed to support the 13-mile Diva Run, which is scheduled to be held in the city on December 7, 2014. 15. Approved Commissioner Samuelss request to consult with a local expert regarding funding options to continue renovations to the citys former city hall, which is adjacent to the county pier park. The commissions next meeting will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the city hall at 2200 A1A South. The public is invited to attend. The St. Augustine Beach charter review committee held its fourth meeting on the city commission, instead of the current mandate in the charter that requires four out concerning the appointment of an acting city manager in the event the manager becomes temporarily ill or incapacitated; 3. agreed by consensus to add to the charter a section regarding the city clerk, with the clerk being hired by and reporting to the city manager. At this time, the city has a deputy city clerk while the city manager is considered to be the city clerk; 4. agreed to include in the charter a provision concerning the hiring by the city commission of the city attorney; 5. discussed at length whether the police chief should be a department head appointed by and reporting to the city manager. At this time, the police chief is hired by the city commission, as is the city manager and the city attorney. The charter review committee agreed that the police chief should be hired by the city manager and be a department head under the manager with the provision that the hiring 6. discussed whether the requirement that the police chief and city manager should be evaluated annually by the city commission. The committees facilitator, Ms. Marilyn Crotty, will bring suggested language to the committees next meeting, which will be held early because of the Thanksgiving Day holiday: 7 p.m. in the city hall, 2200 A1A South, on Wednesday, November 20th. The committees December meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Citizens can submit suggestions for changes to the charter to the deputy city clerk, Ms. Cathy Benson, at; by 32080. CITY CHARTER REVIEW UPDATEBeach Blast Off for 2014 will be a two-day event again at December 31st from 2:00pm to 10:00pm. Volunteers are needed for both days to sell tickets, beer, and Novelties. If can help, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Verna Brown @ if you would like to help. Volunteers Needed for 2014 Beach Blast Off Update on Drugs at South Beaches CouncilThere are three areas of concern that have recently been keeping Law Enforcement busy, both at the local and National levels. Because of the increase in the use and manufacturing of methamphetamines, two of Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team. This Specialized Team is made up of members the St. Augustine Police Department and the St. Augustine Beach Police Department. from local, state and federal experts. In 2011 and 2012 over 30 meth labs were reported to Law Enforcement in St. Johns County. The numbers have continued to rise across the state; 2008 180, 2011 676 and in 2012 930 labs were discovered by Law Enforcement. Most by St. Augustine Beach Police Chief Robert Hardwickof these labs were what the experts call one personal use. These small labs have been found in hotel rooms, cars, back packs and homes with children. We have continued to see a steady rise in 2013 in reference to this dangerous drug. Some of the ingredients used to make meth are; ephedrine, cold tablets, acetone, brake cleaner, engine starter, drain cleaner, rock salt, lithium batteries, farm fertilizer, muriatic acid, iodine, and all other sorts of dangerous chemicals. These chemicals cooked in make shift labs form a crystalized substance that is injected, smoked and innocent victims can be extremely harmful and cause serious injury. Methamphetamine increases criminal activity and effects surrounding communities. Were encouraging Chief Hardwick with Memory Hopkins, President of the Chamber of Commerce South Beaches Council at the Elks Club regular monthly meeting.8. Authorized an appraisal not to exceed $800 of two lots on the north side of 8th Street, east of A1A Beach Boulevard. The owner has said shes willing to negotiate with the city on possibly selling the lots, which are adjacent to a plaza and could be used for off-beach parking. 9. Reviewed suggested provisions for a social media policy, and asked the city attorney to make changes for review by the commission at its next meeting. for the ticketing of abandoned vehicles on the right-of-way by either the code 11. Discussed the building of a board walk to the beach at the east end of Versaggi Drive. Mayor Snodgrass is to ask the Tourist Development Council for money for this project. City Hall Update


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 20135 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-5:30pmSt. Augustines Best Casual Oceanfront RestaurantGRILLED, FRIED, STEAMED, BROILED, SAUTEED or BLACKENED (904) 471-870045 Cubbedge Rd. Crescent Open For BREAKFASTSaturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Join Us For and more!by Bill Jones, President www.thecivicassociation.comS. Gary Snodgrass, Mayor City of St. Augustine Beach, FL comsgsnodgrass@cityofsab.orgFarewell Message from the Mayor St. Augustine Beach Civic Association The Art Studioof St. Augustine Beachby Jan Heusdens www.beachartstudio.comTHE ART STUDIO in the Cultural Arts Center Building at St. John's County Pier Park will host a Holiday Art Show during First Friday's Art Walk on December 6th. New works of art will be featured with local artists present. As a new member of AGOSA, the Art Galleries Of St. Augustine, TAS has become a destination to experience and enjoy art at the beach. The Halloween fundraiser held on October 25th was a success with great costumes, delicious small bites of food, beautiful music and wine. Thank you to all attending and to donated a platter of outstanding house smoked salmon and other items, the talented Island Duet for great, live music and to Tim's Wine Market, tending bar with a great selection of Holiday Art Show on First Friday Art Walkof admission. This party will become an annual event.TAS Board of Directors is preparing a presentation for the renovation of the small coquina outbuilding located next to The Art Studio. The renovated space will be used as a clay and sculpture studio with outdoor sculpture garden. The TAS presentation is listed as an agenda item at the December 2nd meeting of the St.Augustine City Beach Commission at 7:00PM. Citizen support has been positive. All are encouraged to attend and become informed on this unique project which increases cultural opportunities/ activities at the beach. Please visit for studio/gallery open hours, class schedules, and membership information. Membership in The Art Studio is open to everyone.The 3rd Monday of each month will be very special at St Augustine Beach as Slava of BAG hopes this is the start of a great tradition on A1A Beach Boulevard. "We've got live music in some of the parklets and stores", Slava said. "We have the work of many local artists on display and retail merchants and restaurants are running specials in support of the event." kicked off last month and was big hit for merchants and shoppers! This coming Monday will have even more merchant participation. Shoppers can enjoy this shopping and cultural experience that runs from FA Cafe at the north end of A1A Beach Boulevard to the Sunshine Shop at the intersection of A1A Beach Boulevard and 3rd Street. Shoppers and diners can park anywhere on the Boulevard and either walk or ride the free trolley provided by the St Augustine Beach Civic Association. will attract locals and visitors alike to our business district at the beach", says Bill Jones President of the St Augustine Beach Civic Association. "We wanted to provide a free trolly to allow shoppers to get to as many places on the Boulevard as possible". Walk will take place next Monday November 18th from 5 until 7 pm. The event is produced by the Beach Art Group and sponsored by the St Augustine Beach Civic Association.Dear Citizens and Friends of St. Augustine Beach: There is an old English proverb that states, term as your Mayor concludes at year-end. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with an extremely dedicated, competent City staff, talented and hard-working City Commissioners and dozens of volunteers on the various boards. Working together, we have made considerable progress on many fronts: years 2012, 2013 and 2014, keeping the property tax millage at 2.3992 mills for each year, while infrastructure improvements, needed purchases such as Public Works equipment, police patrol cars and technology updates; at the same time maintaining reserves for storm events, other emergencies and special opportunities. the Citys Police Department including employment of a Police Chief, adoption of revised policies, practices and procedures and establishment/ implementation of plan to ensure the Department becomes a fully accredited law enforcement agency this level of recognition and professionalism. established under each goal. Several objectives have been achieved and progress is being made on others. have been completed including renovations of Splash Park construction of new restrooms and rebuilding of existing restrooms at Pier Park, drainage improvements at Woodland Estates, updating of the master drainage plan, erection of pedestrian safety signal at Pope Road/A1A Beach Boulevard, construction of a bulkhead along the Citys drainage canal in Marsh Creek, lighting for several City sidewalks, 2nd Avenue drainage project forming of a citizens committee to conduct the tenyear review of the Citys Charter under the guidance of a facilitator from the University of Central Floridas Institute of Government. employees to data covering employees in Florida cities with 10,000 or less in population and less than 100 employees. Based on the formal survey results, proposed and implemented a compensation levels for City employees are pegged at the competitive market range. Performance Appraisal System A review was conducted to determine best practices within the Florida League of Cities and other Florida municipalities. Adopted and implemented a new performance review and evaluation process for the City Manager, Police Chief and City Department Heads. The new approach will focus on achievement of on-going position responsibilities, ethical performance standards. in cooperation with St. Johns County, the community garden from two City plazas to a larger area on the east side of Ron Parker Park. Both gardeners and the vegetables they grow are thriving in the new location. ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation of various businesses and properties broadening the Citys tax base; established part-time City positions to enhance events planning efforts and code enforcement; approved measures to enhance the Citys web site and improve technology capabilities; approved an ordinance prohibiting telecommunication towers east of A1A Beach Boulevard; extended for two years the deadline for when construction is to begin of the 204 room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, which is to be located west of A1A Beach Boulevard between 5th and 7th Streets. We have not just marked time the past two years but have moved the City forward. We have done this with a disciplined, business-like management at City Hall while ensuring public safety, keeping taxes low, balancing the budget, addressing short term and longer range challenges and opportunities, improving infrastructure and enhancing the quality of life of citizens. Weve done this by working together, not always in perfect harmony, but with a commitment to making our City a better community. It has been a privilege to serve as your Mayor. My heartfelt thanks are extended to our engaged citizens, a dedicated City staff and knowledgeable City Commissioners. Finally, I thank my family and friends for their support and encouragement, with a special thanks to Patsy T. Snodgrass, my wife of nearly 44 years for her patience and wise counsel. In the spirit of the Season, I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy Holidays! Best regards,S. Gary Snodgrass


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 20136 Phone: 904-236-6243 Fax: 904-239-5505 Email: 107 A 11th Street St. Augustine, FL 32080 News From Around St. Johns County St. Augustine Crescent Beach ATLANTIC OCEAN St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine ShoresCommunities are often measured by their natural amenities, job markets, or purchasing power. St. Johns County gets top ratings on so many things: our school system, our natural environment, and our visitor amenities receive high praise. Our economic development efforts are paying off with new jobs coming to the County. In my mind, the reason that St. Johns County is so great is that the people who live here are amazing. I consider our residents to be the greatest asset the County has. During my time on the St. Johns County Commission, I have been fortunate enough to meet and spend time with residents from all areas of the County. These conversations have provided valuable feedback from the community regarding County programs and services, and the fact that there are many who are unaware of the programs and their families and community. I believe that government close to the people best serves those people. outreach presentations and workshops that are designed to provide St. Johns County residents with information regarding services and programs that exist in our community and Human Services Department hosts meetings for residents to learn more about Reform. The last scheduled meeting is December 10 a.m. on December 4 at 10 am at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center in the Multi-Purpose room. Summary and presents information regarding how Amendment 11 allows counties and municipalities to grant an additional homestead tax exemption for qualifying lowincome seniors. In addition, St. Johns County Social Services staff members discusses various services tailored to low-income families and uninsured or underinsured residents, including assistance available for doctors visits and limited prescription assistance. The St. Johns County Housing and Community Development Division presents a workshop on fair housing, and the Bailey Group will presents information on healthcare reform and how it affects individuals. This workshop will feature a services presentation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and many Community partners will have booths open until 1 p.m. to showcase their programs. Providers scheduled to attend include Legal Aide, the Supervisor of Elections, County Social Services, Council on Aging, Home Again St. Johns, Community Hospice, County Planning Department. In todays world, we are bombarded with so much information that it is often needs or situations. The goal is to demystify and humanize the government process. The program ensures the segments of our community who are most in need of assistance are aware that it exists and have access to the information that will help them receive those services. The St. Johns County Employees who help facilitate these programs are compassionate, caring, and more than willing to go the extra mile to help our citizens. I encourage you to attend one of these workshops to become more informed. If you this wonderful opportunity to obtain more information. The people who call St. Johns County home are our communitys most valuable asset. Helping our family members, to them will preserve a high quality of life for all St. Johns County residents and ensure our community remains one of the most desirable in which to live, work, and raise a family. For additional information, please contact the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Department at 904.209.6064. St. Johns County County Community Outreach Workshop December 4thby Rachael Bennett St. Johns County Board of County Commissioner, District 5 100 Whetstone Place Suite 308 St. Augustine, FL Isabell G. OxfordDMD General Dentist (white) Fillings & Partials Gregory E. Oxford Dental Associates St. Augustine Travel Club Cruise March 2014 St. Augustine Travel ClubPlease join us for our FREE St. Augustine Travel Club get together on Wednesday, December 11, at 3pm at the Southeast Branch Public Library on U. S. 1 when we will present on Bavaria and the Black Forest. The video is 80 min. so we will have a brief introduction then get right to the video. It is an excellent video and hope you will be able to stay for its entirety; however, you will still get much out of the video even if not through its entirety. I have been in the travel industry for 40 years and retired with a love of travel, and volunteer at the library to share my extensive background in the to come. The club is open to all St. Augustine residents and friends. For any questions, please call Peter at 904 797-3736. The St. Augustine Travel Club will again be sailing the seas on Saturday, March 15 to 23, 2014, on the beautiful Carnival Breeze out of Miami to the Southern Caribbean Prices start from $863.00 per person, double occupancy, for inside cabin, inclusive of all port fees and taxes. Book now with a $300 deposit and receive $100 per stateroom information and reservations. The VFW, Bryan Tutten Memorial Post 2391 located at 6184 US Hwy 1 South in St. Augustine will be hosting its 8th annual Christmas USO style show on December 7th. A ham dinner with all the trimmings and Christmas Cookies for dessert will start at 5 p.m. with the show to follow around 6:30. Tickets are $15.00 and proceeds will go to help our Veterans have a Merry Christmas. For tickets and information please contact Debbie Tilley @ 460-9345 or Sue Hunter @ 767-5267.8th Annual Christmas Show "It's Christmas Time Again" OULTRIE CREEK MNURSING & REHAB CENTER ...your bridge between the Hospital & Home Rehabilitation Center prides itself in providing home-like amenities during your stay. A personalized plan of care teaches and educates you for continued improvement after returning home. Gingie MacQueen, Admission Director 904-864-1051


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 20137 See page 8 for shuttles and road closing.


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St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 20139 By Max Royle St. Augustine Beach City ManagerParkingIn an essay that I wrote for the August the countys recently completed off-beach parking study, and commented that an entire essay could be devoted to two questions concerning parking: First, whether its possible for a small barrier island city to have enough off-beach parking spaces for most of the persons who want to spend a day at the beach; and second, whether the city alone should be responsible for paying the costs to construct parking lots when the beach is a recreational magnet that attracts visitors from areas far beyond the citys borders. Time now for that essay devoted to parking. This is about two Florida coastal cities, the limited land area each has for beach visitor parking; each dissimilar in a key way Ill describe here; and both similar and dissimilar to dozens of other Florida barrier island cities that face the same question: public parking without changing for the worse the cities character? For 11 years, I worked for a Florida west coast city, St. Pete Beach. It occupies an entire seven-mile long, thin barrier island located a short distance from St. Petersburg. At the islands widest part, theres perhaps less than 1500 feet of land separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Intracoastal Waterway. Though there are other barrier island cities north of it that attract their share of beach visitors, St. Pete Beach has what the other cities lack: the shortest, most direct connection to I-275, which acts as a funnel on summer weekends for the hundreds of Tampa and St. Petersburg residents who want their day in the sun on the hot sand. St. Pete Beach, unlike St. Augustine Beach, doesnt allow driving/parking on its six-mile long beach. To compensate, St. Pete Beach has what our city lacks: road frontage next to the beach where visitors can park. Theres a mile long road adjacent to the beach at the citys southern end, and a large, paved parking area thats part of the citys street network next to the beach at its northern end. And everywhere, it seems, there are or were parking meters, over 1,200 of them. At $1 an hour to park, they provided $300,000 annually to the city, if my recollection is correct. This money helped pay the costs of beach cleaning and trash removal parking enforcement, collecting the money from the meters, maintaining the meters in the salt air environment and when they were vandalized, and replacing them when they were stolen. A method favored by thieves was to cut off the meter heads in the dead of night. Did the residents on the adjacent side streets object to meters in front of their homes? No, because the residents for a modest, annual fee of $5 per sticker could purchase a sticker for each of the vehicles registered at a particular address. The sticker allowed the resident to park at any metered space in the city without having to feed quarters to a voracious meter. It also helped that in the citys southern Professional Packing, Shipping & Mailing Service Center (904)460-0022 With Safe ShipYou Have Options For info & directions please see www.safeshipstaug.comsection there were alleys that the residents used for access to garages, or to parking spaces behind their homes. And it helped businesses near the beach that from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next morning, the meters were for free. In contrast, St. Augustine Beach doesnt have a street thats adjacent and parallel to its beach where visitors can park. It does have numerous residential streets from Pope Road to Versaggi Road that are perpendicular to the beach and dead end at it. Beach visitors can park along many of these streets. Better still, from the visitors point of view, for a fee they can drive and park on the beach from A Street to the citys southern limit and beyond. The money from the fee is collected by the county under an interlocal agreement with the city and is used for such beach-related services as lifeguards, police patrols, portable sanitary facilities, trash collection and the costs of collecting the fee itself at the A Street and Ocean Trace Road vehicle access ramps. Nowhere in the city are there parking meters. Between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. on the Sunday before Memorial Day 2013, I counted the vehicles parked on the beach between A Street and Ocean Trace Road. The total was 450. As there were vacant spaces here and there, lets say that a total of 500 vehicles could be parked on that section of beach. After my count, I had to wonder: If our city were like St. Pete those 500 vehicles have been parked on that Sunday afternoon? The answer was: nowhere in the city. The pier parking lot lots at 10th, 8th and A streets, as well as all the side streets where parking is allowed. The city had reached its stuffed saturation visitors, unless they parked on residential streets west of A1A Beach Boulevard and hoofed the distance to the beach with their radio, play toys, children and the family dog. The countys off-beach parking study, which I referred to earlier here, listed and ranked the existing lots or parking areas within the city owned by the county and the city: east end of Pope Road, the pier park, the lots on 10th, 8th and A streets, and the east end of Versaggi Road in the Linda Mar subdivision, which is on the south side of Sea Colony. The only new area the study proposed for parking is the 8th Street plaza and unopened section of 8th Street west of the Boulevard. The study also suggested improvements for both drivers and pedestrians to certain streets, such as 16th east of the Boulevard. The study didnt address using some of the miniparks or plazas along the Boulevard and along 2nd Avenue for off-beach parking. The commission reviewed the study at its May 6, 2013 meeting, and agreed with the Linda Mar residents not to make a parking lot at the east end of Versaggi Road. The county could have a hundred more parking studies done, yet two basic questions would remain: Is providing parking for beach visitors solely the citys responsibility? And how much land can be made into parking lots without detrimentally affecting the citys quality of life and residential character? easy: Speaking or writing only for myself, its not the citys taxpayers who should be responsible for providing off-beach parking. As the beach is a recreational magnet that attracts visitors from beyond the citys and even the countys borders, the money to buy land for parking should come from either the state, the local bed tax, or both. The answer to the second question is a political one and is therefore far more complicated to answer. The citizens and the city commission together will have to decide how much of the city they want to be used for public parking. Is it to be every side street to the beach? More of the mini-parks? Buy and convert valuable commercial land to parking lots? Should 10, 20, 25 percent of the citys land area be devoted to public parking? What does having more parking lots do to citys quality of life and largely residential character? Its possible that even if all of the area east of the Boulevard were converted to public parking, this still wouldnt provide enough space to meet the demand. Some folks have suggested that the answer is to have parking lots west of the city or even on the mainland. Shuttle buses would take visitors to and from the beach. How realistic is it to expect a family to tote on and off a bus and then to and from the beach the tent, chairs, cooler, refreshments, toys and the a day at the beach? Would families have to hire porters, as if they were on a safari, if on-beach parking is allowed for the next 50 years, parking for beach visitors will continue to be a complex problem with no easy, inexpensive solutions that will satisfy everyone. Youll notice that Ive not discussed here whether the city should have parking meters. Thats a whole other can of creepy, crawly creatures that will have to remain unopened for the time being. During todays Child Abduction Response Team table top exercise, there was discussion about Code Red. The CODE RED system the ability to deliver prerecorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to the entire county or to targeted areas at a rate of up to 60,000 calls an hour. Once the call is launched, it In order to receive calls to cell phones or text messages, users must register at the Code Red website https://cne.coderedweb. com/Default.aspx?groupid=b4aY2NaIe% 2faTlWsk14pzVw%3d%3d. It would be a great idea for everyone in the agency, who has a cellphone to take the time and register on the website. This helps you to stay informed during a critical incident. We typically push this information out to the public once a month through social media. St. Johns County Fire Rescue, St. Augustine Police, and St. Augustine Beach Police Department have been trained on the system to ensure all citizens can be informed of any public safety issues. The system can be used on a variety of events to include, but not limited to, bomb threats, gas leaks, missing children or adults, escaped prisoners, hazardous material emergencies, and sexual offender Code Red, please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions. Thanks Code Red Systemby Sergeant Catherine Payne Community Affairs Section will be held at St. Augustine Beach Pier Park. Free parking and shuttle service is available both days from 3-11pm; check for parking and shuttle information. Celtic Rock band Seven Nations will headline the event that will include Mojo Roux, Those Guys, Falling Bones, Man of Color, Mid Life Crisis, The Big Picture and Girl on Fire. As in the past, a very large crowd is expected and special parking and shuttles will maps of Shuttles and street closures.Beach Blast Off 2014


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 201310Ask Mow?Answering Questions About Homeowner Lawn Equipment. Check out our Holiday Specials! Echo & Stihl Chain Saws starting at $179.95 Leaf Blowers starting at $149.95The Holidays are approaching and its time to be with family and friends to celebrate the Holidays and another year coming to an end. Thanks, to all of our customers it has been a great year and all of us here at St. Augustine Power House want to wish everyone Happy Holidays! We look forward to serving you in the New Year. Mow, with the Holidays coming do you have any suggestion for holiday gifts? Good question, with winter upon us and the leaves are gathered in our yards. Leaf Blowers are an idea as a gift for the person who is raking and removing the falling leaves. There are different types from Hand Held Blowers to Back Pack Blowers that can meet anyones price range or needs. Chain Saws are another idea for the person who is trimming trimming limbs to rear handle saws for log cutting, they priced for anyones price range and needs. Mow, what is the best way to prepare our outdoor power equipment for winter storage? Great question, with all the fuel issues we are seeing with equipment if possible drain your fuel tanks and run all the fuel out of your equipment. If thats not possible use a fuel treatment that works to slow the effects of Ethanol. An example is premixed fuel i.e. True Fuel which has stabilizers and additives already in it and has a shelf life of 2 years, which regular fuel only has a shelf life of 30 days. Winter is also a good time to bring your lawn equipment to the Power House for annual service so it will be ready for spring.Thats all the time we have for now, come by and check out all of our Holiday Specials on Chain Saws, Leaf Blowers and many other items that would be great for Holiday gifts. Come visit us at 125 Pope Rd. or at www.staugpowerhouse. com and if you have any questions for Mow email him at askmow@ POWER HOUSE St. AugustineMOW125 Pope Road, St. Augustine, Florida 32080www.staugpowerhouse.comResidential & Commercial Outdoor Power Equipment 904-461-0310 Financial FocusInformation Provided By Edward Jones Assumptions Can Be Dangerous to Investors Every day of our lives, we make assumptions. We assume that the people we encounter regularly will behave in the manner to which we are accustomed. We assume that if we take care of our cars, they will get us to where we want to go. In fact, we need to make assumptions to bring order to our world. But in some parts of our can prove dangerous. Of course, not all investment-related assumptions are bad. But here are a few that, at the least, may prove to be counterproductive: which was caused, at least partially, by probably have said that real estate is always a good investment. But since then, were all more painfully aware that housing prices can rise and fall. That isnt to say that real estate is always a bad investment portfolio, it can be appropriate, depending on your goals and risk tolerance. But dont expect endless gains, with no setbacks. periods of market volatility, investors often greatly, and there are risks in all types of gold ownership, whether youre investing the stocks of gold-mining companies. principal. But theyre not risk-free; their rates of return may be so low that they means you could incur purchasing-power risk. Again, having CDs in your portfolio is not a bad thing, but youll only want to own those amounts that are suitable for your objectives. The price of my investment has gone This assumption could also be made in the price of your investment has dropped, you must have made the wrong choice. This type of thinking causes investors to hold on to some investments too long, in the hopes of recapturing early gains, or selling promising investments too soon, just to cut on short-term performance; instead, look at fundamentals and long-term potential. of long-term care, but if you do, be prepared for some big expenses. The national average per year for a private room in a nursing home is nearly $84,000, according security company. This cost, repeated over a period of years, could prove catastrophic retirement. And, contrary to many peoples assumptions, Medicare may only pay a small percentage of long-term care costs. You can help yourself by consulting with a with strategies designed to help cope with long-term care costs. You cant avoid all assumptions when youre investing. But by staying away from questionable ones, you may avoid being goals. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. 4108 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080904 460 Member SIPC MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING Connie ReepFinancial AdvisorBen ReepFinancial AdvisorMerry ChristmasDuring this holiday season and every day of the year, we wish you all the best. Look!South Beach Barber Shop & Salon904-461-9866Julia RoquesWildower Plaza 6045 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080


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East of the Intracoastal. St. Augustine BeachesAD PROOF FOR NOV. 2013NEWS JOURNAL The holiday season is an exciting time of year for all families. To help ensure you and your family have a safe holiday, here are a few tips. Look for and eliminate potential dangers from holiday lights and injuries. Each year, hospital emergency rooms treat more than 8,000 people for injuries, such as falls, cuts and shocks related to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees. In addition, Christmas trees are involved in about 400 fires annually, resulting in deaths, injuries and an average of more than $15 million in property loss. Make sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves. Check the wiring of Christmas lights on your tree to ensure the wiring is not by frayed or damaged wiring. If you have a live, fresh cut Christmas tree in your home, place it in water or wet sand to keep it green. Although this label does not mean the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly. More than 10,000 candle-related candles in your home and keep matches, lighters and candles away from children. Do not burn wrapping papers in your fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely. We know crime is everywhere. To help you be more careful, prepared and aware during this holiday season, the LAPD Crime Prevention Unit has prepared a list of dos and donts: Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. Dress casually and comfortably. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry. Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. Keep cash in your front pocket. Theft is most often a crime of opportunity if your car looks easy to break into or steal, thieves will be drawn to it. Park your car in an area that is well-lit and near lots of people. Keep the windows rolled up and the car locked, even if its parked at your own house. Hide valuables and recently purchased packages in your trunk. We want to extend Best Wishes from our staff for a Happy Holiday Season. First Florida agents invite you to Florida to discuss your current policy coverages. Their goal is to be certain you have the absolute best rate for which you qualify. Call 808-8600, click on www. to visit one of First Floridas friendly agents.By Jane Tucker, First Florida InsuranceSafety Tips For This Holiday Season Beaches Bistro By Paolo Pece, Cafe Atlanticocafeatlantico@comcast.netSalmon Steaks with Saffron-Onion SauceSalmon and bacon are high in fat big, full bodied Chardonnay with equal richness. Serves four to six. chopped to taste For the sauce, combine the onions, wine and vinegar in a saucepan. Cook over high heat until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add 2 cups of the chicken stock and the saffron. Simmer, covered, until the onions are very tender. Process in a food processor and return to the saucepan. Add the butter and the remaining 1/4 cup chicken stock if needed for the desired consistency. Season with salt and white pepper. Heat to serving temperature and keep warm. For the salmon, cut the steaks away from the bones in 2 pieces, discarding the skin. Fit the 2 pieces together ying/ yang style to form a circle. Wrap the circumference with the bacon and secure with skewers. Grill or pan-sear the steaks for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until cooked remove the skewers carefully. Spoon the sauce onto serving plates. Place the steaks in the sauce and garnish with chervil leaves. Contemporary Italian Grill904-471-7332 647 A1A BEACH BLVD. ST. AUG. Dinner Mon.-Sun. 5 p.m to Closing


12St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 2013 St. Augustine Beaches Advisory CommitteeAnn Palmquist, Vice Chair Spiritually SpeakingBy Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr. D. St. James Church Services of Holy Eucharist Saturdays 4:30 pmSt. Augustine House of Prayer 34 Ocean Avenue St. Augustine, FL 32084Call for more info: 904-460-0535 Father ChristmasPastor, St. James Church, a Catholic Community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peterwww.saintjameschurchsaintaugustine.orgA Gift Fit for the Birds Residential/Commercial Prompt, Reliable Service Call Us At794-7001 Temple Bet Yam2055 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine Rabbi Fred RaskindA Reform Congregation The City of St. Augustine Beach has a story to tell during this season of light, and telling the story is like unwrapping a gift. The gift is our pristine beaches, an environment where a salt breeze invites relaxation and promotes restore fragile health and escape harsh winters found the warmth of sunshine, an unspoiled environment, rich biodiversity, maritime history dating back to the 16th century and some of the freshest seafood available, a tonic my state continues to offer gifts, and in turn receive many the riches and diverse partners for life, or, as the T-shirt proclaims, Almost the goal of BAC and member Nana Royer. The City of St. Augustine Beach is hosting its annual holiday lighting competition to encourage homeowners and businesses to light up our fair city. Three categories include: Community Entrance, Residential and Commercial. Judging Dazzle your neighborhood with LED lighting, which uses 70 to 90 percent less energy and lasts 10 times longer. This is a gift you can give your grandchildren and the planet, so be creative and surprise us! Displays need to be in place by Dec. 1, with judging between Dec. 1 and 9. Residents are encouraged to nominate Advisory Committee members view your lighting. Submit your name and address, list how you met the three criteria, and email that information to, or snail mail to City of St. Augustine Beach, 2200 SR A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, FL Royer said. The old question: How many people does it take to change a light bulb? The answer is at the end of this column.* Developing ideas to promote tree projects to be funded by urban forestry grants is a goal of the Tree Board and the BAC, chairman Eric Chaconas said. Public Works director Mr. Howell said in 2007 that the City worked with arborist Chuck Lippi to develop a master urban tree plan which provided a layout of trees, including crepe myrtles, live oaks, Sabal palms, and southern magnolias, for six project areas. Of those six, the City has so far completed parts of two, Mr. Howell explained. The Master Urban Forest Plan and the Master Tree Plan is a cooperative project of the City of St. Augustine Beach, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Community Forestry Grant Program. The Advisory Committee and Tree Board. City staff and the BAC were instrumental in obtaining the Master Tree Plan Grant in 2006. Trees in an urban forest provide adequate food and protection for many species of migrating birds; however, there is a riddle: Is a bird in hand better than two in the bush? The answer is at end of this column.* For well over one hundred years there has been a Christmas Bird Count. This years, the 114th CBC, will take place from Dec. 14, 2013, through Jan. 5, 2014. Diana Reed, member of Audubon, said Dec. 14 is the day set for St. Johns County because this is a dedicated count. Persons interested should contact Reed at 904-829-9854 for additional details. What started with a few volunteers now has tens of thousands and has become a family tradition. At the turn of the century, many Americans took part in another tradition known as a many birds they could kill, disregarding the Chapman, an American ornithologist and Audubon Society, proposed counting and identifying birds instead of killing them. A desire to make a difference and experience the beauty of nature has feathered this event during the holidays. A good case can be made for the role birding plays in ecotourism, destination travel and conservation efforts, making these more than just buzz words and slogans. As a little bird would tweet, You cant fool Mother protecting birds, trees and the environment is, to borrow horse-racing lingo, a trifecta where and third in exact order. This winning formula, driven by the birds, yields a positive economic impact because many birders follow the coastal migratory routes of birds. See The vision shared by the late Robin Nadeau, former BAC member, community and environmental activist, will live on through an endowment created in her honor, to extend her conservation vision for generations. Robin loved this city, worked tirelessly to promote environmental concerns and always encouraged the city to reach its higher purpose. Light as a feather or as loud as a whisper, Robins spirit continues to grace the most beautiful city by the sea.* Answer: Light bulb riddle: Only one, but the bulb must want to change, last longer and shine LED-brighter. Answer: Bird in the hand riddle: If there is an urban forest with A gift to the community, for all to share, is The Second Sunday Music in the Park concert on Dec. 9 from Lakeside Park, 2300 SR A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, 824-4493, Happy holidays to all and to all a good light.Ive always enjoyed the traditional depiction of Father Christmas, something in his German language incarnation as and sentimental non-religious entities associated with the holiday. One might even add that from a Christian Trinitarian the real gift-giver, the One who bestows his Son to the world for its ultimate peace and salvation. that a new book by a former atheist and one-time professor of psychology at New York University, Dr. Paul Vitz, argues vigorously the very Freudian notion that disappointment with ones earthly father predisposes a person to choose atheism as It is now a documented fact that nearly one-third of the collegians in this country adhere to no belief system that includes a Supreme Being, or even a vague notion of that has been coined to designate this cohort but none as in no belief in God or a realm of the spirit. Having taught as a part-time adjunct instructor and as an observer of the general population at Flagler College some years ago, I can tell you that that statistic is in my Major World Religions elective course were atypical in this regard, nearly all of them displaying some interest and Dr. Vitz cites some famous examples of men whose abusive, negligent or in some cases simply deceased fathers produced addition to Freud: Nietzche, promulgator of nihilism; Stalin, destroyer of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches in Russia and throughout central and eastern Europe and central Asia; Hitler, whose infamy will endure forever; and modern academic atheists such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. By contrast Vitz argues that among men or women who profess some kind of religion or spiritual tradition there are relatively few examples of a The Religion News Service cites Vitz as articulating the idea that the crisis of fatherhood in our culture has us in the midst of a 500-year period of commentator Mary Eberstadt, who opines In deploying Freudian theory against atheism itself, Paul Vitz has proven beyond a doubt whats missing from secular accounts of secularization, namely, actual human beings. His thesis is intellectual Well, Vitz theory may not be beyond admittedly controversial. But as the old ungrammatical but pointed saying goes, any time. Father Christmas should become every dads patron saint, and it is my hope and prayer in this special season that more men will come to regard their biological reproductive capacity as only the start of the art of parenting. Merry Christmas to one and all, Fr. Nick


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 201313 Celebrating 15 years in Business Bring this ad to receive a VIP Discount CardGood for 1 year!Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-5pm Tuesday, Thursday 10am-6pm Saturday 10am-2pmWalk Ins Welcome!471-82224110 A1A South (Sand Piper Plaze) St. Augustine, FL 32080 By Rob Stanborough PT, DPT, MHSc, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT First Coast Rehabilitation (904) 829-3411Crooked FeetWith the holidays approaching many of us will increase our walking. mall and the paved streets downtown. Its an enjoyable time for most unless you have painful feet. If so, its just one more thing that can make this season a challenge. People experience foot pain for a number of reasons. We have people come for therapy due to plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, overuse injuries and bunions. Its the latter Id like to focus on. My grandmother had bunions and blamed it on her tight shoes but this is only partially correct. Believe it or not bunions form to protect the feet. As pressure is place against the big toe develops in an effort to protect the joint and counter the pressure. It could be when the arches have fallen. The arch we usually see in peoples runs from the inside of the heel to the big toe. Sometimes it does not develop bone in the arch moves closer to the ground and rolls in, toward the arch. This puts the tendon on the underside of the foot on great tension which in turn pulls the tip of the big toe toward the Sometimes it pulls so hard it causes the big toes to cross over the others. If this is you, you have whats called a hallux When a hallux valgus is formed the joint of the big toe presses and rubs against the inside of the shoe. Such constant or regular pressure will produce thickening of the tissues and the development of bony hurt much initially but as time goes on the pressure builds, the tendon gets sore and the joint does not function properly. It can become extremely painful as the bunion just keeps growing and growing. foremost, prevention is best. If you have a family medical history of hallux valgus and your arches have or are falling, make sure you have proper footwear, with adequate arch supports. If you have already started to develop a bunion, it will not resolve itself but conservative treatment such as manual therapy, exercise and proper footwear may prevent further damage. However, if the bunion has grown too large and has become too painful, many folks chose surgery and have the bunion removed. Surgery is usually followed-up with physical therapy to assist in proper movement and healing. Ive helped many individuals recover following surgery and theyve done very one thing that is imperative is to treat that fallen arch, even after the bunion is gone. It can come back, especially if the arch does not get support it needs. So, if you have a bunion, get support. If youve had support. But if your shoes are too tight, just loosen them up a little and enjoy the season. Happy Holidays from all of us at First Coast Rehabilitation. Rob Stanborough is a physical therapists, president and co-owner of First is co-author of Myofascial Manipulation: rd ed by Proed a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists. Read previous columns posted on www. ALLSTARINC.Electrical FULL SERVICE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Family Owned Over 30 Years Experience FREE ESTIMATES Call for Discounts & Specials Trouble shooting Circuits Check Mobile Homes TV, Cable, Phone Wiring New Construction Ceiling Fans Repairs Generators Installed Pool & Pond Wiring Service Changes & Upgrades Decreased Power Problems Washer/Dryer Receptacles Indoor/Outdoor Wiring Surge Protection24 HOUR EMERGENCY SEVICE904-460-1001CALL! 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The Beaches News Journal is published by an Augustine Beach community development, management company or Homeowners Association. City of St. Augustine BeachSt. Augustine Beaches News Journal Mayor S. Gary Snodgrass City Manager Max Royle St.AugustineBeaches Youre invited to come experience the magic and excitement of the holidays at the St. Augustine Winter Spectacular! Directed by Stephanie Burkhardt, Executive Artistic Director of The Dance Company, this new production will be debuting Thanksgiving weekend and will kick-off the holiday season in the nations oldest city. A family entertainment production, the show will feature different scenes that comprise a storyline with dances choreographed by local and guest artists in ballet, tap, modern, musical theatre, jazz and acrobatics. The show will star The Dance Companys elite Performance Ensemble as well as other dancers who auditioned for roles. Brittany Marcin, an alumna of The ST. AUGUSTINE WINTER SPECTACULAR TO DEBUT Dance Company who is a former Radio City Rockette, and currently performing in various roles on Broadway, choreographed a Broadway-style jazz number featuring high-kick dancers for the production. Carey Stomkin, former choreographer for the Hungarian National Dance Academy and instructor for Brooklyn Ballet, choreographed a pointe piece for the advanced ballet students set to traditional holiday music. The Dance Company, located in the Cultural Arts Center in St. Augustine dance studio that has been providing strong technical and artistic dance training for the past 20 years. The studio has four state of the art dance rooms with premium sprung for dancers in training, with a beautiful ballet room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and St. Augustine Beach pier. Our goal is to help kick-off the holiday season in the nations oldest city by providing high-quality entertainment during a weekend with family and Burkhardt. Two performances of St. Augustine Winter Spectacular will be held in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada Street, on Saturday, November 30 at 7:00pm and on Sunday, December 1 at 2:00pm, in downtown St. Augustine. Tickets will be available for purchase in early November. Visit The Dance Company website at or call the studio at 904-471-4946 for more information. An event website will be available soon.


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 2013 14We are coming up on one of the most festive times of the year for families with the celebration of several holidays. However, joy and fun can quickly turn to disappointment and sorrow when someone becomes a victim of a scam, burglary or online fraudulent holiday shopping scheme. At a time of year when most people who relish taking advantage of it. Crime statistics always rise during the holiday season and I wish to pass along a few tips to help you avoid becoming a victim. Business experts tell us that again this year the number of people who shop online for gifts will increase dramatically and therefore so do the opportunities for those who use new technology to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. The cyber-crimes that become more popular during the holiday shopping season include fraudulent auction sites, resale of stolen or counterfeit gift cards and reshipping merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards. One of the most common internet scams involves using an auction at a bargain price. If you place an order the crook will charge your legitimate credit card for the order then use a separate stolen credit card to purchase the product and have it shipped. This could make you liable for receiving stolen goods. I recommend if you wish to purchase a gift through an auction or or some other reputable third party payment service. That way your credit card number and personal information is not shared with the seller. Most of you already know the safety tips for traditional retail shopping: take Holiday Crime Preventionyour purchases to your vehicle frequently and lock them in the trunk or out-of-site; carry purses with the strap going over one shoulder and the purse against your body on the opposite side; carry billfolds in a side pants pocket; pay by credit card or check if at all possible: and if you must use an ATM always shield the keypad when entering your PIN and put cash away promptly in your purse or wallet. Home burglaries are more common during the holidays and sadly the thieves target the gifts under the tree. If you are going to be away from home, leave some lights on and a radio or television to make it appear and sound as if someone is home. After the celebration do not put the boxes of expensive gifts out for street garbage pickup them so only plain cardboard shows so they dont become an unintended billboard for what you have in your home. Holiday parties can be wonderful fun but please remember to celebrate safely and if alcoholic beverages are served, moderation is the best practice. The concept of friends driver patrols out in full force to help keep your family safe during the holidays. Whether you will be celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or a holiday of another faith on behalf of all of us at the a merry, happy, joyous and safe celebration and best wishes for the New Year. For any issue regarding law enforcement and/ or public safety you can always contact me by email at You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.St. Johns County Sheriffs Corner By David Shoar, St. Johns County Sheriff We Cover The Beaches! 312A1AS-3 Commodores Club Lions Gate Cedar Ridge Ocean Woods Ocean OaksMarsh Creek Country Club Woodland Estates Ocean Walk Ocean Trace Sea Gate Anastasia Lakes Surfwood Sea Colony Magnolia Dunes Island Hammock Sea Oaks Ocean Palms Call (904) 607-1410 For Advertising Information Sea GroveDistributed monthly by U.S. Mail to these large neighborhoods and more! Habitat dedicated two new homes on 1019 Scheidel Way, St. Augustine, FL 32084 on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11 AM. These homes were built with funds provided by the 92 current homeowners mortgage payments. Mortgage payments are collected monthly from the homeowners, and the principal is placed into a Building Fund that supports the building of 2-3 homes per year. was established in 1993 in St. Johns County; homes in the area. Several of the homeowners have completely paid off their mortgages and several are very close to that pay off date. Habitat for Humanity was established to provide safe, decent, affordable housing to families that are in need. Habitat homeowners must meet income guidelines to be able to pay an interest free mortgage, attend credit counseling, and be willing to partner with Habitat to build their home and their neighbors homes. The homeownership program from application to move in date can take from one to three years to complete all the necessary requirements. Families complete an application, are interviewed by the Family Selection Committee, and approved by the Board of Director for homeownership. They are required to donate at least on the worksite building homes. Prior to beginning their sweat classes, homeownership workshops, and make a small down payment on their homes. Homeowners and their children have an incredible opportunity to participate in the Scheidel Scholarship Program. This program, created by a generous benefactor, enables homeowners and their children to receive a full college scholarship to the University of North Florida, Florida State College of Jacksonville, or St. Johns River State College.Habitat for Humanity Dedicated 2 New Homes November 9, 2013 On Saturday, December 21st, the second, annual Navidad en el Viejo San heritage Event will take place in St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest, continually occupied European city, port, and parish in the continental United States! Featuring the Christmas customs and music of 16th-century Florida, circa 1580, Navidad en el Viejo San Agustn is hosted by Florida Living History, Inc. the Diocese of St. Augustine/ Presented by FLHs member the Music of Colonial Florida Event will take place at Mission Augustine, FL 32084. This holiday, heritage celebration will include: representing the citizens of 16th-century San Agustn de la Florida, circa 1580; Spanish Christmas tradition, this procession for children of all ages reenacts Mary and Josephs search for lodgings in Bethlehem Eve; musical entertainment; play, which follows the Magi on their journey to Bethlehem, to welcome the new-born Messiah; or Nativity scene, constructed by Elizabeth Duran Gessner, featuring hand-made scenery and structures, as well as over Spain; on the grounds of historic Mission of Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, on the shores of beautiful Matanzas Bay. Navidad will take place from 6PM to 9PM. Admission to this Event is free of charge to the public.Christmas in Old St. Augustine


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St. Augustine Beaches News Journal December 2013 16 A legless lizard yes, NOT a snake licks ants off a warm concrete driveway while a green anole hides in plain view among the cacti it calls home A blue-tailed skink escapes a cocktail glass. A tree frog pretends to be a pine cone on holiday wreath These four creatures were captured with an iPhone in the same island garden, all within a 24 hour period. Wildlife requires three key ingredients in order to survive and thrive: water, a place to hide from predators, and food. The easiest way to accomplish this in your own backyard: eliminate and/or reduce the use of chemicals and resist the temptation to over groom grass, shrubbery & leaf litter.