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Beaches News Journal 1965 A1A SOUTH #180 ST AUGUSTINE, FL 32080-6509 News Journal St.Au Focus Sage Advice from a Parrot Whats Inside The This Month You Are What You Eat PRSRT SDT US POSTAGE PAID ST. AUGUSTINE, FL PERMIT #132 NEWS FOR AND ABOUT RESIDENTS OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE BEACHES AREA Financial Resolutions for the New Year RISI E BISI Neighborhood Watch Program City Hall Update Hope Going forward January 2014 Season St.AugustineBeaches At its December 2, 2013 meeting, the St. Augustine Beach City Commission took the following actions: 1. Approved the plans and costs to beautify the southeast corner of Pope Road and A1A Beach Boulevard. 2. Heard an update report from the citys events coordinator, Mr. Michael Cunningham, about the citys upcoming New Years Beach Blast Off event on December 30th and 31st at the county pier park; and approved the mayor signing an agreement with the Tourist Development Council for a $27,000 grant, which will be used to advertise the 2013 New Years Eve event and other city events during 2014. citations for junk or abandoned vehicles parked on the right-of-way of streets. 4. Approved two budget resolutions: the the A1A Scenic Coastal and Historic Byway for the printing of brochures; the second to appropriate money for 800 megahertz radio equipment, the cell phone stipend for police for the police stations parking lot. 5. Approved amending the planned unit development ordinance for the proposed Courtyard by Marriott Hotel to require the preservation of two trees, reserving in perpetuity 10 lots, which the developer, MSB Hotels, owns between 7th an 8th Streets, for parking by the hotel guests and the public, and reducing from $560,000 to $316,000 the payment by MSB to the city for the vacating of the 6th Street right-ofway between A1A Beach Boulevard and 2nd Avenue. The proposed Marriott is to be built across the right-of-way.(See pg 3) The St. Augustine Beach Bocce Courts beside Pier Park were built 10 years ago by the Sons of Italy in conjunction with the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association. The courts are used by our members regularly and by the general public and are always open. They were in need of total renovation and the Sons of Italy undertook the task again. Monies were received from the Sons of Italy, President Depot and the Beach Civic Association. Robert Samuels, the civic association (continued on page 3) Sons of Italy Bocce Court Gets Repair & Update 2013 was a banner year for the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division. Year-end ticket sales topped 100,000 tickets at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, up from 84,000 tickets in 2012. The Amphitheatres regular concert season began with a sold out show by the legendary Hall and Oates on March 1, and recently ended with a performance by Grammy nominated band Alabama Shakes on December 7. Other notable sell out shows included Matchbox 20 on March 17, Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent on May 3, Bob Dylan on May 5, Imagine Dragons on May 11, Alan Jackson on May 17, Alabama on August 9, Steely Dan on September 8, The Lumineers on October 18, John Fogerty on October 26, and The Avett Brothers on November 15 among many other international touring acts. The 100,000 ticket statistic does not include the many free or non-ticketed community events, including the Community First Credit Union Night Owl Cinema Series, which brought back the beloved free movie series to the Amphitheatre this summer, or the Community First Credit Unions A December to Remember free event series which runs until December 22. The St. Johns County Cultural Events Division also served as advisors to the City of St. Augustine and was heavily involved in all aspects of planning and execution of the Gentlemen of the Road St. Augustine Stopover featuring Mumford and Sons. This event sold 25,000 tickets and brought a new audience of travelers to St. Augustine. In addition to advising many events and festivals around St. Johns County, the Cultural Events Division also manages the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, which sold over 12,000 tickets this year and hosted private rental events and fundraisers. (continued on page 2) Amphitheatre Sets New Record: Over 100,000 Tickets Sold in 2013


St. Johns County is offering 2014 Beach Parking Passes at pre-season prices of $30 for County residents and $40 for non-residents. These passes are now available for purchase at the St. Johns County Pier and at the Beach Services, County Tax Collector, and Recreation and Parks will continue to be available at all locations through March 1. Beginning March 2, 2014, prices will increase and passes will only be available at beach toll booths. Beginning March 1, vehicle owners who choose to access St. Johns County corner of their windshield or purchase a day pass at the toll booth. From May 1 through October 31, vehicle access gates open at 8 a.m. and no vehicles may enter the beach after 7:30 p.m. have 10 or more years of Beach Parking Passes on their vehicle window will receive a free 2014 Annual Beach Pass. This promotion will take place at the St. Johns County the near future. Current information on beach regulations will be provided when obtaining an onindex.aspx or call Beach Services at 904.209.0331. St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2014 2 News Journal 1965 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080 #180 Todd Logsdon General Manager (904) 505-0301 Email: Cliff Logsdon (904) 607-1410 Email: Online at 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, 1965 A1A South #180, St. Augustine Beach, Florida 32080-6509. Information may also be e-mailed to or the editor at All articles, news, ads, or other information 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 1965 A1A South #180, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080-6509. 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 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 Andrea Samuels City Manager Max Royle City of St. Augustine Beach News Journal St.AugustineBeaches 904-471-1023 Bling in the New Year! Anastasia Publix Plaza St. Augustine Beach News From Around St. Johns County St. Augustine Crescent Beach ATLANTIC OCEAN St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Shores My sister tried an online ancestor search application a few years ago and discovered much to everyones surprise that our family was directly descended from Sacagawea. I was immediately skeptical...the Three Stooges, maybe... but Sacagawea? As it turns out, and over a period of a few years, I have met many more of my Shoshone relatives, each of who made the family connection via the same Internet application. Enter Denise Olson. Denise leads genealogy workshops every Wednesday from 1 2:30pm at COAs River House 179 Marine St. (Fees are $3 for River House activity members and $4 for all others.) I told her about my connection with Sacagawea but she didnt seem impressed with my lineage. Most people want to discover that they are related to someone famous laughs Denise. However, if you want to base your family history on actual fact, there are research strategies that can help you do that! Denise was born and raised in St. Augustine and has been interested in genealogy for as far back as she can remember. I grew up hearing all kinds of stories about my relatives and I often wondered how much of what I heard was fact and how much was embellished. So, I decided to According to Denise, the best place to begin is by pestering the people around you with a bazillion questions about your family! Any history is colored by the viewpoints of the person doing the telling. So talk to as many relatives as you can, evaluate your sources to determine how reliable they are and discover different perspectives that you can blend together to paint an accurate family portrait. Other great resources include historical societies, land records, wills and birth and baptism records. If youre interested in learning more about your roots, please contact COAs River House at (904) 209-3655. A factual family tree makes a great gift for people of all ages but genealogy can also provide a means for families to connect their past with their present and offer a foundation on which future generations can build! And remember! A River House or Players Community Senior Center activity membership entitles you to reciprocity at the other! For more information about activities and services of the Council on Aging, please visit On Sunday, February 9th, at 4:00 P.M., singer Maida Feingold (known fondly as Temple Bet Yam in St. Augustine. Maida is an accomplished singer-guitarist with a beautiful voice, engaging style and rare bilingual repertoire that delights audiences of all ages. She is a frequent performer at music festivals, on the radio, and with traveling Yiddish theatrical groups. Yiddish (with translations) and in English, drawing from the songs of struggle sung by Jewish immigrants in the sweat shops to the songs sung on picket lines, freedom songs and songs of protest from the 60s. She also delights in having the audience join in as much as possible. Temple Bet Yam invites the public to join them for this wonderful performance. Tickets are $18.00. Please mail checks, payable to Temple Bet Yam, to: Temple Bet Yam, P. O. Box 860098, St Augustine FL 32086-1146 Please place the notation "Maida" on the memo portion of the check. Tickets will be waiting at the door. For questions, contact Andi, 904-460-9569 or Terre Wallach:terretsp@ Early reservations are strongly suggested. Temple Bet Yam is located at 2055 Wildwood Dr, St. Augustine. Telephone 819-1875. Yiddish Folk Singer Maida to Perform at Temple Bet Yam Sacagawea, King George or Cleopatra...Its All Relative! by Susan Johnson, Council on Aging Beach Parking Passes On Sale for 2014 "It is because of the hard work, creativity, passion and dedication of the Cultural Events Division staff that we have said St. Johns County Cultural Events Division General Manager Ryan Murphy. Each year gets better and better and it proves to us that we have truly created an organization that can work not just harder, but smarter in bringing quality cultural (continued from page 1) events to St. Johns County." 2014 is already shaping up to be quite a year, with tickets currently sold out for Santana on April 27, and tickets on sale today (Friday, December 13) for The Moody Blues. Please stay tuned for many more blockbuster announcements in early 2014. For general information, please contact our website at Amphitheatre Sets New Record: Over 100,000 Tickets Sold in 2013


At the December Commissioner meeting Chief Robert Hardwick provided an update on the Police Departments process of obtaining professional Florida State Accrediation Law Enforcement Agency with the State. Since hired by the Commissioners January 7, 2013 as Police Chief, Chief to policy & procedure needs as required for the City of St. Augustine. The following general areas were presented to the 1. Accomplishments 2. Current Shortfalls 3. Personnel 4. Evidence 5. Policies & Procedures 6. Accreditation 7. Budget 8. Progression of Agency. Successfully completing these areas will lead to the St. Augustine Beach Department as a State Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. In November 2013 the application was processed with the State of Florida. The city Police Departmen has 2 years to complete the accreditation. Neptune Beach Chief Sembach has agreed to become the State Accreditation County Sheriff Hardy agreed to also assist through the initial state inspection providing feedback and recommendations. By September 2014 the Police Department will request city is expected to be a State Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. Chief Hardwick informed the Commissioners that the Police Department is making St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2014 3 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 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 CITY CHARTER REVIEW UPDATE City Hall Update The St. Augustine Beach charter Wednesday, November 20, 2013, and did the following: a. added that the current city b. added to the list in the charter of the city managers responsibilities that he insure all employees receive at least an annual evaluation; c. added that a majority vote of the full city commission be required to appoint or remove the chief of police; d. talked about putting a limit in the charter of the amount of debt the city could incur, but decided not to recommend this (the citys comprehensive plan already limits the amount of debt to 2% of the assessed value of all privately-owned real estate in the city); e. decided not to add to the charter language concerning the citys budget, when its to be submitted, having an independent audit, etc., as such matters are already regulated by state law; f. discussed whether the sale of city-owned parkland citys facilitator, Ms. Marilyn Crotty, will draft language for the committee to review at its December meeting); g. discussed putting a height limit on buildings in the charter. The citys director of planning and zoning, Mr. Gary Larson, will provide at the committees next meeting examples of how building height. The charter review committees December meeting will be held early, on Wednesday, December 18th, at 6:30 p.m., because of the Christmas holiday. The public is invited to attend. Citizens can submit suggestions for changes to the charter to the deputy city clerk, Ms. Cathy Benson, at cbenson@ 2122), or by regular mail, 2200 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080. 6. Heard a report by Chief Robert Hardwick on the progress the police department is making towards accreditation. 7. Discussed allowing golf carts in the city, and directed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance which will state which streets golf carts cannot be ridden on. 8. Heard a report by Commissioner Samuels on the award to the city of a $44,000 grant for public transportation improvements, and agreed that Commissioner Samuels should continue with working on using such a grant to enhance public transportation in the city. 9. Approved a non-ad valorem assessment of $74 per household for solid waste disposal. 10. Elected Commissioner Andrea Samuels as mayor and Commissioner Rich OBrien as vice mayor for 2014. The commissions next meeting will be held on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the commission meeting room at city hall. The public is invited to attend. Police Department Accreditation & Update Vice President, (pictured in center front photo), not only was a tremendous help in and helped manually. The Department of Public Works director, Joe Howell, supplied Bocce Courts (continued from page 1) additional workers and heavy equipment to help our members to get the job done. Sons of Italy member, Roy Torboli, supervised the day to day constructionand his son-inlaw, Troy Jones, operated the bulldozer. St. Johns County Commissioner Rachael Bennett Selected as Vice Chair Cell: 315-7260 Anastasia Island resident Rachael Bennett was recently selected representing District 5 on the Commission. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree (BLA). She began her career here for St. Johns County as the Assistant Zoning Manager and had the opportunity to interact with a wide cross-section of the residents, businesses, and professionals. It was during this time that she became thoroughly familiar with the County growth management regulations and policies. Rachael continued her experience becaming involved in project planning and management, and interaction with regulatory agencies. Rachael now has an independent consulting company in St. Augustine specializing in land management, permitting issues, ad valorem property tax management, management of farming leases, and helping farm and timber properties to qualify for Best Management Practices standing with various Florida agencies. She is active within the community and member in the St. Augustine Art Association, St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Library, St. Johns Federated Republican Women, St. Johns County


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2014 4 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! by Bill Jones, President Andrea Samuels, Mayor City of St. Augustine Beach, FL Message from the Mayor St. Augustine Beach Civic Association The Art Studio of St. Augustine Beach by Jan Heusdens Holiday Art Show on First Friday Art Walk some changes at the St Augustine Beach Civic Association. Longtime President Bob Samuels and remained on the board as a Vice President. Now that 2014 is here the Civic Association says goodbye and thank you to Bob for over a decade of exemplary service to our group and the community. Instead of just saying thank you the Civic Association, we will be honoring Bob by presenting an annual Community announce criteria and instructions on how you may nominate someone to receive the Robert Samuels Award for Community Service. most successful year ever. Market Manager Nico Recore has done an incredible job working with vendors and the local media to raise awareness of the many products that can be found at the Wednesday market. We look forward to working closely with our family of over 80 vendors to make the shopping experience even more enjoyable for our locals and our many out of town patrons. The Wednesday Market is open year round from 8 am until 12:30 pm at the St Johns County Pier Park. In 2014 we hope to improve our the way we operate. The Civic Association is bring on an intern to assist us with Social Media tasks and other marketing related duties. We welcome Flagler College junior Anna Ruth Bernhardt to our family. We are very excited to have Ann Ruth on our team and we hope this internship will be ongoing. A big thank you person and student to help us! Johns County Parks & Recreation Department for 2014. Save these dates; Music by the Sea free concert series starts Wednesday May 14th and runs for 21 consecutive weeks through violence will be held Sunday may 18th. That event is also a part of the Romanza Week Festivale; Surf Illumination Holiday Tree Lighting will take place on Saturday December 6th. All of these events will take place at the St Johns County Pier Park at 350 A1A Beach Blvd 2014 Civic Association memberships are now available. Individuals pay just $10 per year and Family & Corporate members pay just $20 per year. Membership in our group helps support our many local activities and we give our members a chance to recoup their money very easily. Just present your membership card or more an all of your purchases. Shop local and your membership is more than covered by the great discounts! Visit our website at and click on the of teh new year Tuesday January 14 at 7 pm at City Hall in St Augustine Beach. As I start my tenure as Mayor of St. everyone a safe and happy New Year. I believe that the commission as a whole wants only to enhance our city and its residents. So I thank my fellow commissioners for their trust and will do my very best to be a source of pride for them and for my city. I look forward to the coming year. We, as a commission are looking to complete ordinances related to the use of Golf Carts and Pedicabs on our city streets. Working with City staff and the Police Department we will be vigilante to ensure public safety. A policy in regard to Social Media is actively being worked on that media, what is the appropriate use and what would be considered appropriate postings. This policy will establish guidelines and standards that we can all adhere to. Another positive direction is the initiation of an event coordinator for the city. This position is focused on promoting our city and our businesses through events and the media. Our city and pier park area has become more of a focal point for major events. The event coordinator is an integral part of the team that will work to insure the best possible outcome of these events. This team also consists of our Police and Public Works Departments. With the cooperation and input of all the city departments we can expect the best outcome for public safety and enjoyment of all types of events that make our city the best place to live. In closing I encourage every citizen of the City of St. Augustine Beach to either attend or watch your Commission meetings. You can also write or call us individually to express your thoughts and ideas. We have citizen advisory boards that need your involvement. Please check the city web site www. for more information or call (904) 471-2122. Zoe Lewis, international folk musician, will be performing at The Art Studio Saturday, February 1st. A silent auction and music by The Island Duet will begin at 6:00 PM. The concert will follow at 7:00 PM. For tickets and more information, please call Jayne Moon at 904-3772892. The Art Studio welcomes local artist Joan Dorrill. She will be teaching a watercolor class on Mondays from 10-12 noon starting January 20th. For more information or to register, please call Joan at 904-471-3439 or Best wishes for a Happy New Year from everyone at The Art Studio. Please visit our website at St. Augustine Travel Club Please join us for our FREE St. Augustine Travel Club get together on Wednesday, January 8, at 3pm at the Southeast Branch Public Library on U. S. 1 when we will present with a love of travel, and volunteer at the library to share my extensive background in able to come. The club is open to all St. Augustine residents and friends. Cruise to Southern Caribbean March 15, 2014 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 ports of Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic Aruba and Curacao for an 8-day cruise. 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 On Board Credit. Call Peter Dytrych, St. Augustine Travel Club at (904) 797-3736 for more information and reservations. Have News? We welcome Community and Civic news and information about the Anastasia Island area. Please forward those items of general interest to the General Manager or Phone: 904-607-1410


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2014 5 By Max Royle St. Augustine Beach City Manager FOCUS Professional Packing, Shipping & Mailing Service Center (904)460-0022 With Safe ShipYou Have Options For info & directions please see This little essay may be appropriate for the occasion, which is the arrival of a new year when the thoughts of some of us are focused on a fresh start and those pesky resolutions to change this or that habit. But instead of giving you Maximum Maxims from Max for your resolutions, I want to bring to your attention a man whose life was a prominent example of one well-focused and who I doubt ever felt the need to waste time on New Years resolutions. He knew at an early age what he wanted to be (a pilot), knew as well the young woman he would marry for a union that lasted an amazing 65 years. Colonel Paul R. Von Ins, United States Air Force, Retired, died at age 90 in early November 2013. His name is likely unfamiliar to many of our citys residents, but there was a time in the citys history when Paul was a he was a leader who saw problems and issues that needed to be solved and resolved; when he took action and supported others who were working to improve the city and give its government stability and a new direction. when I was hired as city manager in 1989 was to make an index of the minutes of city commission meetings. Such hadnt been done since the commission of the then newly incorporated Town of St. Augustine Beach creating of the index required that I read the minutes of every commission meeting held over the years, so that I could create an discussed and the decisions made. Interesting reading. I learned that from the midto late 1980s our little corner of the Florida paradise experienced a series of upheavals that could have done it in, i.e., created a potentially unstoppable ground swell of citizen discontent that might have resulted in the citys dissolution. There were grand jury investigations, removal of two commissioners violations, removal of a city manager for of another city manager for incompetence, the credentials, a controversy over Muscovy ducks that tore apart a neighborhood and the city, and seemingly endless squabbling by citizens and commissioners over issues, major and minor, that consumed time and delayed the commission from giving its full attention to a multitude of issues, such whether to levy a property tax for street paving and drainage improvements, doing comprehensive land use planning, and remodeling the downstairs of the former beach hotel to convert it from its previous uses (arcade, restaurant, dance and a meeting room for the commission. What saved the city was a nucleus of like-minded citizens who wanted an end to the seemingly unstoppable merry-go-round of strife. These were community movers and shakers like Emmett Pacetti, Tom Wilson and John Rowland, who were already on a city board, or on the commission, or were interested in winning election to the commission, or Association. Then there were the powers behind the throne, citizens like Betty Norris, Barbara Kay, Virginia Rowland, and Bill and Phyllis van Marter, who organized themselves scout out and encourage sensible, credible citizens to run for the commission and steer the city on a productive course. Paul Von Ins was a member of that nucleus of citizens who wanted to move the city from its state of stagnated turmoil. The appointment to the planning board in October 1982. This was after he had retired from a 31-year distinguished military career as a pilot and administrator, and moved with his wife Sarah to St. Augustine Beach. He was working at the time as a civilian administrator at the Grumman Aerospace facility in St. Augustine. That he was the boards chairman by April 1983 is testimony to his leadership abilities. In January 1985, he was appointed to the commission to serve the remainder of the term of a commissioner who resigned. He then was elected to the commission by the citizens, and was selected by the other commissioners to be the citys mayor in 1986, of 1989, when the commission decided to go back to selecting the mayor and vice mayor in June instead of January. He was a member of the commission that interviewed me for the position of city manager in mid-July 1989. I remember him didnt try to dominate the interview and his manner was far from the snap-to, take-charge image of the career, high ranking military during the interview likely underwhelmed him, he still voted to hire me, perhaps because he saw something in me that made him think I could do the job. I certainly hope so, for to be positively measured by such a man as Paul would be a high compliment. Paul and I worked well together during the He wasnt a helicopter commissioner, i.e., he didnt hover around city hall to microdirect. I appreciated that, though, in a way, often, because then I might have found out more about his background and learned what an extraordinary man he was. I saw a hint of his uniqueness when he apologized to me on the dais at a commission meeting. I dont recall what the issue was, but Paul admitted then-12 years as a city manager that I saw an It was, regretfully, from his obituary that I learned more about him, and what a record of achievement he had. Paul joined what was then the Army Air Corps in 1942 and graduated from pilot school. He was triple rated in three skill areas: Command mainly bomber aircraft: the B-24, B-29, B-47 and B-52s. He also was awarded the Missile Badge and spent eight years in the strategic missile program. During World War II, he trained bombardier students, B-24 crews and A-26 pilots. He was in the Strategic Air Command for 20-plus years; participated for four years in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks with the Soviet Union; and served as Paradise is here... Paradise is here... Paradise is here... Paradise is here... Paradise is here...1 F Street 1 F Street 1 F Street 1 F Street 1 F Street St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beach 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 904-461-8727 www.beachfrontbandb.comYour Hosts Your Hosts Your Hosts Your Hosts Your Hosts deputy assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. After he retired from military service, he worked for the Grumman Aerospace Corporation and lived four years in Iran to work on the F-14 At the Grumman facility in St. Augustine, he assisted in establishing and operating the companys aircraft renovation program from 1980 to 1989, when he retired. However, for Paul, retired seemed not to have much relevance. Instead he transitioned himself to other activities, such as serving on the Council of Aging Board of Directors and United Way Committees, being president of the Northeast Florida League of Cities, and being a member of various veterans organizations. He was also intensely involved with his church, Anastasia Baptist, where he served as a deacon and was chairman of the Stewardship Committee and of the Building Committee. It was at his funeral that I learned in the Churchs expansion. Above all else, there was his 65-year marriage to Sarah and his role as father to three sons. His family was the crucial anchor of his life. If theres one word that could summarize Pauls life, it might be focus, a focus that wasnt on the shallow and transitory values of our countrys celebrity-besotted, pop culture, but on the strong, enduring values found in an unwavering commitment to family, church, community and country. Pauls funeral was held at the Anastasia Baptist Church on, appropriately, Veterans to pay respect, members of the family; clergy, current and one retired, of the Church; a pianist to accompany the hymns; perhaps 50 other persons, likely some of them veterans.


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2014 6 St. Augustine Beaches Advisory Committee Ann Palmquist, Vice Chair Spiritually Speaking By Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr. D. Min. St. James Church Services of Holy Eucharist Saturdays 4:30 pm St. Augustine House of Prayer 34 Ocean Avenue St. Augustine, FL 32084 Call for more info: 904-460-0535 Hope Going Forward Pastor, St. James Church, a Catholic Community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter Sage Advice from a Parrot in a Papaya Tree Prompt, Reliable Service Licensed & Insured Call Us At 794-7001 It does the heart good to realize, in the midst of so much that is awry in our world, that the spark of goodness and decency still glows in the human heart, a product to be sure of the Grace of God, but a Grace that requires some kind of response from us to make it real. How about this for being real? There was a short piece too short in my opinion in the December 9th issue of USA Today that I picked up at a major evening church event in Jacksonville (Immaculate Conception parish in the downtown, the place where I was ordained a Catholic priest on Fathers Day, 2012, had just been named a minor Basilica, and at the Mass of Thanksgiving reception held in a hotel across the St. Johns River there were still some morning papers hanging around). Flipping through the rag I saw this article entitled, Growth in online Giving Tuesday numbers inspiring. Now, whenever I see the word inspiring in a secular paper, I immediately take notice. I learned something of which I was previously unaware, namely that there is such a thing as Giving Tuesday, a new initiative barely one year old that is the charitable donation answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Who knew? Turns out that online giving skyrocketed 90% during the December 3, 2013 installment of Giving Tuesday over the previous year, from $10.1 million to $19.2 recipients of the publics largess, according to BLACKBAUD, and the average online gift was just over $142, up from barely over $100 the previous year. Notably, donations alike, suggesting a general groundswell of interest in the concept. According to the folks who sparked this initiative, the need for donations remains ongoing, and is certainly not restricted to that single Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Now whats really interesting is that even as the #GivingTuesday (the pound sign is intentional) movement was posting such a huge uptick, Black Fridays numbers were down by 3%. Just exactly what this like to believe that Americans are perhaps been supposed. As we begin a new year, maybe we should all take encouragement and a challenge to increase our own sense of social justice and compassion during 2014. With the naming of Pope Francis as the Person of the Year by Time magazine last month, all of us have an additional incentive, whatever our belief system, to make service to the needy (and not merely the truly needy, as our own prejudices social foment of a divided nation, such as we have become, this may seem an unrealistic hope, but it is hope alone that provides the energy to propel us successfully into the future, and not fall victim to despondency. During January many folks experience symptoms of major depression, as we all know. Maybe the therapy for them and all of us is to go outside ourselves and do something for someone else beyond our accustomed comfort levels of altruism. At least it cant hurt! God bless you all, and Happy New Year, Fr. Nick. Look! South Beach Barber Shop & Salon 904-461-9866 Julia Roques Wildower Plaza 6045 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080 For the New Year, Write on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson. After the wrapping papers have been saved or crumpled, boxes relegated to the big blue bin, thankyou notes written and mailed and before Januarys bills arrive, it might be a good time to consider the sage advice of a parrot in a papaya tree. The abridged version of the parrots advice is like the proverbial New Years resolution: Express gratitude, dream big dreams and live each moment as if it were your last. Gratitude for where you have been is a good way to move forward. Your history is a gift and in most cases the been there, done that provides a retrospect of pitfalls to avoid and a new direction to build on. However, the City of St. Augustine curve ahead because for years, the sitting mayor is a woman, Andrea Samuels. An old Irish toast may be appropriate: In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want. In the spirit of a timehonored sports tradition, congratulations are in order. Some condolences may also be in order because all eyes will be on the new mayor. The learning curve for the job of being a public servant is on par to mastering the north inside curve at Daytona Speedway. Its not easy driving in bright sunshine. The P.I.M. the previously important mayor Gary Snodgrass, will continue his term as a commissioner, providing his vast experience, and cast his one vote and servant is not a job for sissies. Thank you, Gary, for your service. The second advice from the parrot in the papaya tree is to dream big dreams. Kudos and best wishes to Eric Chaconas, chairman of the BAC, who will be stepping down in order to focus his energy on educational goals. Eric will be pursuing a PhD from the University of St. Augustine and, like the schools founder Dr. Stanley Paris, Eric is a man on the move. Dr. Paris leads by example on land or sea, unafraid of failure. He pursues his dreams. Dr. Paris and Eric exemplify the extraordinary gift of dreaming big dreams. Good luck, Eric. The BAC will be looking forward to attending your graduation party. The following was in response to the challenge offered by the BAC, to light up our fair city for the holidays with energyrecycled decorations while incorporating natures sheer beauty. More is not always better, but persuading Mr. FPL Watt to dress down the wattage will not be easy. In the spirit of the season, the following account describes an attempt to follow the challenge. Fostered with a sense of humor, the small Florida Friendly Yard located at 213 10th St. was transformed into a Tropical Holiday design. Out with the old partridge in a pear tree and in with a parrot in a papaya tree. Think local, think native, think solar. All lights were LED and all but one set in the shady papaya tree were solar. Several surfer Santa dudes with surfboards greet each wave of visitors. Only a few visitors have ventured to the end of road, a cul-desac with recently completed roadwork, so this Tropical Holiday design is a gift to the brave-hearted residents who live on the street. Santa hats and stockings hung on the fence were purchased from the St. Vincent de Paul Society thrift store, which serves many in need year-round. A fancy bird cage in the papaya tree was another rescued item; however, the parrot has not decided to move in yet because he is on loan from (continued on page 10)


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2014 7 Phone: 904-236-6243 Fax: 904-239-5505 Email: 107 A 11th Street St. Augustine, FL 32080 810-2345 100 Whetstone Place Suite 308 St. Augustine, FL Isabell G. Oxford DMD General Dentist (white) Fillings & Partials Gregory E. Oxford Dental Associates OULTRIE CREEK M NURSING & REHAB CENTER ...your bridge between the Hospital & Home Moultrie Creek Nursing & 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 During these tough economic times, residential and vehicle burglaries continue to be prevalent, not only in St. Johns County, but throughout the country. Many thieves gain entry simply by opening unlocked doors and windows. I urge each of you to remember to lock your doors and windows in an effort to stop these burglaries. Another tool in combating neighborhood crime is through the Neighborhood Watch Program offered here at the St. Johns County law enforcement, neighborhoods are more apt to prevent crime before it occurs. This community-based program has been proven to deter crime. The National Neighborhood Watch Program, which began in 1972 through the National Sheriffs Association, unites law enforcement, local organizations and citizens in a community-wide effort to reduce residential crime. Thousands of these programs have been developed throughout the country and many thrive here in St. Johns County. The concept for the program is simple: Neighbors looking out for neighbors. Any community resident can take part, young and old, single and married, renter and home owner. Just a few concerned residents, a community can spearhead the effort to organize a Neighborhood Watch. Members learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and, most importantly, REPORT activities that raise their suspicions to the Sheriffs Watch group around any geographical unit such as, a block, apartment building, park, marina. Watch groups are NOT vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crimes and helping neighbors. The programs also builds pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address other community concerns, such as recreation for youth, child care, and affordable housing. If you are interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch in your area, and one does not exist, form a small planning committee. Set a date and location for an initial neighborhood meeting. Then communitys problems and needs. Contact as many of your neighbors as possible and ask if they would be willing to meet to organize a Neighborhood Watch group in your area. Once your program is beginning to get under way, there are several concrete steps you should take to make the organization for help in training members in home security and reporting skills as well as for information on local crime patterns. Select a coordinator and block captain who will be responsible for organizing meetings and relaying information to members. Recruit new members and notify any new residents moving into the area. Make special efforts to involve the elderly, working parents, and young people into the program. You can then organize citizen patrols with assistance from law enforcement. Some things to look and listen out for: Screaming or shouting for help; someone looking into windows of homes or parked cars. Unusual noises. Property being taken out of houses or building where no one is at home, or the business is closed. Cars, vans or trucks moving slowly with no lights or with no apparent destination. Anyone being forced into a vehicle. A stranger running through private yards or alleyways. A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk to a child. Abandoned cars. Most importantly try to obtain a tag number and direction of travel of a suspect and pass that information investigate these problems yourself. Report these and any other suspicious incidents to Once you get started in organizing a Neighborhood Watch, there is virtually no limit to the innovative ways to combat crime and increase involvement of your community. Your neighborhood will not only become safer and more secure, but brought closer together, with opportunities to rekindle the sense of community that many areas of the country have lost over the years. For additional information on the Neighborhood Watch program or any of the other Crime Prevention programs, please contact Corporal Diana Bryant at 209-1551, or Deputy Melissa Swindull at 209-1553. There is much more information available to our residents on our many programs offered For those of you on Social Media, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and please download the SJSO mobile Ap to connect with your Sheriffs me anytime at my e-mail address at dshoar@ Thank you and it is our hope that you have a very happy and safe New Year. Neighborhood Watch Program St. Johns County Sheriffs Corner By David Shoar, St. Johns County Sheriff Mayor S. Gary Snodgrass announced that the City of St. Augustine Beach was selected as a National Award Winner for its outstanding participation in the "30th Anniversary National Night Out" (NNO) crime, drug and violence prevention program. The award is presented by the National Association of Town Watch, an organization whose mission is to help neighborhoods everywhere bring back a sense of community and cooperation with law enforcement. The City of St. Augustine Beach is 1 of only 4 cities in the state of Florida to win this national honor in 2013; the other cities in Florida are Orlando, Temple Terrace and Palm Beach Gardens. The award is to honor 6, 2013 National Night Out at Beach Pier Park. There are 10 categories; St. Category 5, population under 15,000. Chief of Police, Robert Hardwick, said, "Winning this award was a team effort. More than a dozen state and local law enforcement agencies were involved in the planning and execution. I would like to personally thank Oasis Restaurant, Old Town Trolley, Pro Show DJ Service, St. Johns Law Group, St. Augustine Civic Association, St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine Pirate Museum and Sunset Grille. Their donations each year make this event possible. The City of St. Augustine Beach is honored to host and we look forward to our next National Night Out, August 5, 2014. For more information or to become involved contact Michael Cunningham at City of St. Augustine Beach Selected as National Award Winner ~30th Anniversary National Night Out" (NNO)~


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2014 8 By Rob Stanborough PT, DPT, MHSc, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT First Coast Rehabilitation (904) 829-3411 ALLSTAR INC. Electrical Contractors 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 Protection 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SEVICE 904-460-1001 CALL! WE DO IT ALL!! Credit Cards Accepted You Are What You Eat When I was younger my m other used to tell me, you are what you eat, which did not make sense at the time. The child motivated response was, am I going to turn into a chocolate cookie? The truth of the matter is our bodies, actually the cells and tissues of our bodies, require nutrition for fuel to make us go, grow and heal. That includes the joints. In construction and manufacturing joints are the moving parts. Its the same in the body except the tissues of our joints are living and ever changing compared to man-made plastics and metals. Similar to manmade joints, natural joints have two way. If too tight the materials may wear down prematurely. If too loose, the movement can be sloppy and not well controlled or unsafe. In many cases joints, such as door hinges, can be replaced if worn out. Im not sure our joints were intended to be replaced but I know many folks who are thankful someone a good thing. So, how to keep a joint healthy, which brings me back to you are what you eat. Most tissues in the body get nutrition directly from the circulating blood but not joints. Most moving joints in the body are what we call synovial joints. They consist of two articulating surfaces, are held together by a capsule, reinforced by ligaments, and coated in a slick but tough surface called cartilage. The interesting thing is there is no blood inside of the joint. Instead lubrication and nutrition. by movement. So, you are what you eat joints feed, if you will, from the is little movement there will little feedling. It seems our society is becoming less and less mobile, like slowly drying concrete. We move less and less with each day, staring at earlier and earlier sitting in school, at the computer, texting, gaming, eating or even sleeping in chairs, cars, airplanes. When my children were young they would just run to run, squat their arms and legs about because it was fun. When was the last time you in public or the privacy of your own home? Its been a while for me too. The point is, we are made to move. We need to move. The health of our joints depends on it. Their nutrition and health depend on it. If we dont move, they dont eat. Why starve a joint. We feed the hungry. We save the whales. We protect the rainforest. Why not feed a joint. Its easy. All you have to do is move. Have a great 2014 make it the year of moving. Rob Stanborough is a physical therapists, president and co-owner of First Coast Rehabilitation (St. Augustine 904-829-3411 or Palatka 386-325-2721). He is co-author of Myofascial Manipulation: Theory & Application, 3rd ed by Proed Inc. a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists. Read previous columns posted on Bone Articular Cartilage Synovial Membrane Joint Cavity containing synovial fluid Synovial Joint By Dr. Jack R. Thompson Doctor of Chiropractic 105 Mariner Way, Suite 204 (904) 794-5500 Ive been a Chiropractor in private practice since 1996 and love helping people feel better and regain their health through natural means. Over the years Ive come to understand that, in general, people are confused as to exactly what a Chiropractor does and how he or she is able to help them with a stubborn back pain or other ailment. In this short article Ive listed several of or observations Ive come across. Maybe it will help you understand better just exactly how Chiropractors help people. I dont believe in Chiropractic. Chiropractic is different compared to traditional medical treatment, it certainly isnt something you have to believe in for it to work. Instead, Chiropractic results are produced relating to the function of the spine and how it can affect the brain and nerve system. Removing dangerous nerve pressure by gently moving locked-up spinal bones is how Chiropractors help patients to heal without taking drugs. Do the treatments hurt? While I would never tell you that treatments never hurt, I will tell you in most cases, there is very little discomfort from a Chiropractic treatment. I routinely treat children, who, in general, will enthusiastically climb up on my treatment table and anxiously await their treatment. (We all know children WILL NOT allow a doctor to give them a painful treatment without usually pitching a Ive heard that once I start seeing a Chiropractor, Ill have to go for the rest of my life? How long a patient care is always their choice. Since many spinal problems get started from accidents or injuries early in life, permanent correction can be scar tissue, and ligamental instability can set the stage for relapse. Most of my patients who undergo initial intensive care continue on with regular treatments to protect the progress and investment theyve made and to avoid relapse. Ive heard Chiropractic treatments can wear out your joints? In actuality, just the opposite is true. Joints that stop moving properly are much more prone to degenerative joint disease than joints that move freely through their full range of motion. Chiropractic treatments are designed to restore full range of motion to the joints of the spine. Is Chiropractic safe? Critics of Chiropractic often mislead the public by saying that Chiropractic treatments (especially to the neck) are dangerous and can lead to a stroke or other problems. If this were true and the spine was that fragile, then just about anyone involved in even a minor auto accident would be in much more danger of having a stroke than a person receiving a Chiropractic treatment. The techniques used by Chiropractors are and used safely and effectively for over 100 years. If you have a headaches, neck or back pain, or a stubborn health condition that has not responded to traditional medical care, you might want to consider giving Chiropractic care a try. Questions about Chiropractic Care Chiropractic Care 25% Advertising Discount Promotion New advertisers take advantage of a 25% discount off regular rates during the month of January for 2012. A great opportunity to reach the beach residents by US Mail. 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St. Augustine Beaches News Journal January 2014 10 Financial Focus Information Provided By Edward Jones Financial Resolutions for the New Year 4108 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080 904 460 1200 Member SIPC MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING Connie Reep Financial Advisor Ben Reep Financial Advisor About 45% of Americans usually make New Years resolutions, according to a survey from the University of Scranton. But the same survey shows that only 8% of us actually keep our resolutions. Perhaps this low success rate isnt such a tragedy when our resolutions involve things like losing a little weight or learning a foreign resolutions resolutions that, if achieved, of our important long-term goals its clearly worthwhile to make every effort to follow through. might you consider? Here are a few possibilities: retirement plans. Each year, try to put in a little more to your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plans. These tax-advantaged accounts are good options for your retirement savings strategy. easy to reduce your debts, but make it a load than you had going into the new year. The lower your monthly debt payments, the more money youll have to invest for retirement, college for your children (or grandchildren) and other important objectives. building an emergency fund containing six to 12 months worth of living expenses, with the money held in a liquid account that offers a high degree of preservation of principal. Without such a fund, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investments to pay for emergencies, such as a new furnace, a major car repair, and creating your emergency fund in one year, but contribute as much as you can afford. dont already have the proper amounts of life and disability insurance in place, put it on your To Do list for 2014. Also, if you havent taken steps to protect yourself from the considerable costs of long-term care, such as an extended nursing home stay, who can suggest the appropriate protection or investment vehicles. You may never need such care, but thats a chance you may not want to take and the longer you wait, the more expensive your protection options may become. Too many people head to the investment sidelines during market downturns. But if youre not invested, then you miss any potential market gains and the biggest gains are often realized at the early stages of the rally. probably check your investment balance online, which means you can do it every day, or even several times a day but should you? If youre following a strategy thats appropriate for your needs, goals, risk tolerance and time horizon, youre already doing what you should be doing in the long run. So theres no need to stress yourself over the short-term movements that show up in your investment statements. Do whatever you can to turn these New Years resolutions into realities. Your efforts could pay off well beyond 2014. Retirement goals arent easy to meet. So is it crazy are in neighborhoods like yours, not downtown skyscrapers. So a face-to-face talk about your retirement is always close at hand. Join the nearly 7 million investors who know. Face time and thinkmake sense. Actually believes retirement goals that seem out of reach advisor whos not. Mr. Chips Boatwright, a wonderful Santas helper. This hesitation may indicate a desire on the parrots part to join the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Based on the votes submitted the winners of the holiday lighting awards are: Best lighting): 22 Surfcrest Street, Best Residential for use of recycled materials: 213 10th Street, Best Neighborhood Subdivision Entrance: Spanish Oaks Subdivision. Once again the library is going to the birds, for the Great Backyard Bird Count. From Feb. 14, 2014, the Anastasia Island Library will be hosting this event. GBBC activities will include a bird feeder art contest in three categories: adults, kids (up to 16 years old) and families. Email for applications and guidelines, or call the Anastasia Island Library at 904-209-3730 and ask for C.J. An Audubon member will talk about gardening to attract birds to your yard and how to identify birds. There will be a community-wide bird-a-thon for St. Johns County residents, which includes counting and identifying birds and then turning their lists in to the library or the bookmobile (or bird mobile, as we are calling it). Nursing home residents are encouraged to participate. On Saturday, Feb. 15, a fun community birding day is planned, we hope at the St. Johns County Pier Park & Pavilion on A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach (tentative at this point). We will have bird guides on site, with spare binoculars for the community to participate, and have fun learning to identify and count birds. One last piece of sage advice from the parrot in the papaya tree is summed up in the words of the English writer, Rose Tremain: Life is not a dress rehearsal. So preen your feathers and be as happy as a parrot in a papaya tree, living in the most beautiful city by the sea. Happy New Year and peace to all. Sage Advice from a Parrot in a Papaya Tree (continued from page 7) The 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 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 from top handle saws good for 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 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 and if you have any questions for Mow email him at Check out our Holiday Specials! Echo & Stihl Chain Saws starting at $179.95 Leaf Blowers starting at $149.95 Answering Questions About Homeowner Lawn Equipment. Featuring Mow, St. Augustine Power House Spokesperson.


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