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News August 25, 2014

Best Friends Forever-Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library

Friends Of The Anastasia Branch Library volunteers help book sale customer Bill Mayer

Friends Of The Anastasia Branch Library volunteers, Claire Comstock, David Farah and Karen Maxwell help book sale customer Bill Mayer

Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library (FAIBL) held their annual one day book sale on Saturday at Sea Grove Center.


VOTE To Make Your Voice Heard

Meet The Candidates

Meet the candidates in St Augustine Beach

St Augustine Beach Civic Association president Bill Jones addresses the crowd before the Meet the Candidates program

The St Augustine Beach Civic Association hosted a Meet the Candidates night on August 11, 2014.


News August 18, 2014

RB Hunt Elementary School
Lighting The Way To A Bright Future

RB Hunt Elementary School

Ms. Amanda Garman (Principal) and Ms. Marcie Knight (Assistant Principal) Looking forward to a bright year at RB Hunt Elementary School

The halls of RB Hunt Elementary were filled once again with the sound of children’s laughter during the first open house of the new school year. With over 670 students expected to attend the kindergarten through fifth grade school, newly appointed principal Ms. Amanda Garman does not see things changing much while under her watch.


Roger Howell Keeps Moving On

Roger Howell and Banjo

Roger Howell and Banjo

Retired Police Chief, Roger Howell took to the road with his two horses, his buggy and his dog Banjo to begin a journey in search of family and to fulfill a dream.


Early Voting Has Begun

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Campaign signs in front of St Augustine Beach City Hall

The numerous campaign signs posted in front of the St Augustine Beach City Hall is evident that early voting has begun in St Johns County. Early voting runs from Aug 15 through Aug 23 with the polling place hours open from 8am to 6pm. The Primary Election will be held Aug 26 from 7am to 7pm.

According to poll workers on Friday, Aug15th there were almost 200 voters who walked through the doors of the St Augustine Beach City Hall and cast their vote and a steady stream of voters continued throughout Saturday.

SAB City Hall has been chosen as one of six early voting location for any St Johns County resident. According to St Johns County voting website, there are over 158,000 registered voters with roughly 82,000 registered Republicans and roughly 38,000 registered Democrats. Since Florida is a closed primary state,Democrats receive a Democratic Ballot and Republicans receive a Republican ballot. Non-Party affiliation or minor party will receive a nonpartisan ballot.

Included on the primary ballot are: State Senate,St Augustine City Commissioner and Mayor, St Johns County Commissioners, St Johns County School Board, Circuit Judge, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General depending on your party affiliation. The St Augustine Beach ballot has also included 12 Charter Amendments for SAB residents to vote.

News August 11, 2014

Let’s Go-Stand Up Paddle By Moonlight

With Ocean Extreme Sports  No One Paddles Alone

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A man and his dog enjoying a Moonlight SUP on Salt Run

As the sun set and the full moon rose above the horizon, dozens of Stand Up Paddle-boarders made their way across Salt Run with expert guides from Ocean Extreme Sports. From beginners to expert Stand Up Paddle enthusiasts, this group meets once a month for quite an unparalleled experience. With paddles in hand, the SUP glided across the across the waters of Salt Run as it glistened and sparkled under the moonlight.


Night Owl Cinema Comes To A Close

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The Final Night Owl Cinema

The parking lot at the St Augustine Amphitheater was overflowing for the final Night Owl Cinema sponsored by Community First Credit Union. The Lego Movie brought close to a thousand people to the Amphitheater.


Gamble Rogers Concert Series Presents

The New 76ers With Elisabeth Williamson & Jim Quine

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Saturday Oct 4th 7pm

The community is invited to enjoy another spectacular concert sponsored by The Gamble Rogers Concert Series. The New 76ers with Elisabeth Williamson and Jim Quine will take place at Lohman Auditorium at Marineland.

The unique pairing of voices and musical talent of The New 76ers draws inspiration from many different kinds of American music including: folk, country, blues and rock and roll. This family trio from Talahassee, Florida has been featured at the Great Southern Music Festival, The Tallahassee Swamp Fest and the Suwannee Springfest. If you are looking for some magnificent harmonies, toe tapping, sing along music, these singer songwriters and unbelievable guitarists should not be missed.

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Elisabeth Williamson

Opening the show will be Elisabeth Williamson and Jim Quine. Elisabeth has played over 3000 musical events including festivals, honky-tonks, celebrations and rodeos around the country. A lead singer in a variety of bands from jazz to bluegrass, this native Florida girl is beloved by many. Her latest recording Deep is magical and can be found on her website Get your tickets early as a packed house is a sure thing.

Doors will open at 6pm and the music starts at 7pm. Reserve the date and check frequently for updates. Tickets will go on sale locally and online on September 1st Please stay tuned for updated information and check out the radio show every Saturday morning from 7-9 AM on WFCF 88.5 FM, Flagler College radio (an iheart radio station available on your computer or portable device free anytime)

St Augustine Amphitheatre Presents

The Lost Skills Workshop Series


The St Augustine Amphitheatre will present The Lost Skills Workshop Series starting in September. Learn skills from long ago. This diverse set of community-based workshops aim to create a skill-sharing experience in the new gathering space at the amphitheater. Classes will fill up quickly. Purchase tickets and register at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office.

All Lost-Skills students are invited to celebrate on Friday, Oct 3rd by attending the “Lost Skills Soiree”. Bring a guest and enjoy great local food, beverages & live music. Share the new skills you have learned and enjoy the company of new friends. Eat, Dance and be Merry!

The classes include:

Wild Edibles Forage & Apothecary / Teacher: Mariah Goelz of Southern Roots Apothecary and Ben Davenport of Green Harmony Aromatherapy / Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm / Class Fee: $20 (includes cost of materials)

Fermented Beverages / Teacher: Kristin Adamcyck of Small Batch Farms / Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm / Class Fee: $25 (includes cost of materials)

Natural Dye / Teacher: Amy Armstrong of The Conservatorie / Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm / Class Fee: $25 (includes cost of materials)

Fermented Vegetables / Teacher: Leda Balch and Kristin Adamcyck of The Present Moment Café / Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm / Class Fee: $25 (includes cost of materials)

Leather Smithing / Teacher: Tyler Boutin of Silverfox Leather Shop / Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm / Class Fee: $50 (includes cost of materials)

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flag SAB governmentCity Commission Update

Awards: Max Royal was presented with a 25 Years of Service Award. Max has served as City Manager through 25 City Commissioners and 10 Mayors. Nana Royer was presented with an award for four years of service on the Tree Board Beautification Advisory Committee.

Parking: Final reading regarding removing the signs and allowing parking on the north side of 16th St.  A better surface upon which to park will be laid and with adequate funding should be completed by Labor Day.

Beachfront Resort: Due to dangerous conditions on the second floor balcony, demolition has come to a halt at the old Beachfront Resort. The company will reassess the situation to see what the next steps will be.

Food Trucks: Much discussion was held regarding allowing food trucks on the beach. Business owners and the public discussed the pros and cons of allowing food trucks. Ordinances from Jacksonville Beach and Panama City Beach were reviewed for the proper wording. This item will go back to Planning and Zoning for review and approval and come before the SAB City Commission once again for first reading.

Planning & Zoning: David Bradfield and Steve Matherz were reappointed.

News August 4, 2014

A Unique Partnership That Keeps The Community First

Community First Family Movie Night at the St Augustine Amphitheatre

The Community First Family

The name Community First is synonymous with a business that truly gives back to the community. Community First Credit Union is making a real difference in our community by promoting family fun activities and ensuring equal access for all. Working in partnership with the St Augustine Amphitheatre, this summer’s Night Owl Cinema has proven to be a real success. With almost 5000 visitors so far enjoying the free weekly movies, The St Augustine Amphitheatre and Community First has establish one of the best “staycation” activities available in St Johns County.


 First Friday At The Art Studio

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The Art Studio Walls Full Of Art

Walk into The Art Studio on First Friday Art Walk and you will be flooded with some imaginative artwork created by local artists. Drawing over 30 visitors for August First Friday’s-Members Show, this 501-C 3 organization is a “big plus in the community.” according to artist Dante Donofrino. Donofrio has been a member since October and has created some unique, airbrush paintings influenced by the ocean.


King Of The Beach Challenge 2014

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King Of The Beach In And Out Of The Ocean

Competition was the name of the game for the lifeguards and fire rescue members of St Johns County last week with The King Of The Beach Challenge. Held on St Augustine Beach, The St Johns County Lifeguards and Fire Rescue members competed in different drills and relay events throughout the week.


Music By The Sea July 2014

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The crowd enjoys the music

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The shuttle had riders all night long

The pavilion at the pier was really rockin’ for Wednesday’s Music By The Sea with music by Jimmy Parrish & the Ocean Waves and food being served by Mango-Mangos restaurant. The weather was perfect as kids and adults played, sat and danced in the sand. Couples enjoyed a picnic dinner and the wine was flowing freely. This beach music event is sponsored by the St Augustine Beach Civic Association and is one of the most popular musical events in all of St Johns County. The Wednesday beach shuttle bus has proven to be a success. The shuttle bus is sponsored by Salt Life Food Shack. With free parking being available at the SAB City Hall parking lot, the shuttle had riders for almost every run. A kids art camp is available for a small donation. Leave the kids at The Art Studio and mom and dad can enjoy the music while Junior is creating a great art project.