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News: December 22, 2015


The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Receives The  Jack Johnson Greening Initiative Award


jack johnson plays st augustineJack Johnson Plays St Augustine

Singer, songwriter Jack Johnson has announced the recipients of the inaugural All At Once Sustainability Award, awarding Honorable Mention to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Jack Johnson and his band played to a sold out crowd at the Amphitheatre in May 2014.


Courtyard Is Coming Along

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The Courtyard by Marriott has broken ground and is in the process of  laying the foundation for the new 206 room hotel/convention center. Located between 5th and 7th street on A1A Beach Blvd the hotel is taking shape and the much of the foundation has been poured. Many of the trees were removed to make room for the new hotel. Two stately oaks have withstood the land clearing and sit on the Northwest corner of the lot. The hotel is slated to be completed in 2016.

Blast Off To 2015

St Augustine Beach Blast Off 2014


Welcome in the New Year with a family celebration at the SJC Pier Park.  The events  will begin at 4pm on December 31st. Bring the kids as there will be things for the whole family to enjoy. This free event was voted one of the best events on New Years Eve in all of Florida. The Family Fun Zone will include:  nine inflatables to bunch, jump and slide on, face painting, a dunk tank and the incredible HumanHamster Balls. There will be 30 food vendors with beer and wine available for those of age.  Special musical guests- The Red River Band, Billy Buchanan, Man of Color and Pristine Strings will provide the music to “dance the night away.” Stay until 8:30 pm and enjoy FIREWORKS OVER THE OCEAN!

This family, friendly event is sponsored by the SAB Civic Association, The City Of St Augustine Beach, The SJC Tourists Development Council and many local businesses.

Visit:  BEACH BLAST OFF 2015

 News: December 15, 2014

 Much Go Around About Food Trucks On The Beach

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Brenden Schneck has a food truck at the Wednesday Market

After six months of back and forth, the final hearing of the food truck ordinance came in front of the city commission during the December meeting. A discussion was held and the commissioner did not approve St Augustine Beach City “Food Truck” Ordinance 14-06 as written. Seven community members spoke against the ordinance, mostly restaurant owners. Although Commissioner Helhoski abstained from the vote, he did speak in favor of the food trucks. “It comes down to fair business,” said Helhoski. If it doesn’t fit they are mobile and they will go. It is a matter of fairness” he continued.


 Celebrate The Third Annual Santa Suits On The Loose

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Run Santa Run…Ho Ho Ho!

The third annual Santa Suits on the Loose 5K Event was held last weekend as a fundraiser for St Augustine Youth Services (SAYS). Close to 400 runners dressed in Santa suits and Santa shirts “jingled” on down A1A Beach Blvd early Saturday morning. The air was brisk but that didn’t stop the participants from making this annual fun run.


It’s Book Sale Time Again At The Anastasia Branch Library

Saturday January 10, 2015  10am to 2pm

Finding a treasure at the book sale

Finding a treasure at the book sale

The Friends of Anastasia Island Branch Library (FAIBL)  will be holding a One-Day Book Sale on Saturday, January 10, 2015.  Hours of the book sale will be 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.   The library is located at 124 Sea Grove Main Street, Sea Grove Town Center, St Augustine Beach.

With close to 2,000 books and media items available, you will find something for every member in the family. The books range in price from .25 cents for children’s books to $1.00 for hard cover books with dust jackets.

The book and media inventory is comprised of about 90% donations and 10% library discards.  These books have been sorted by volunteers who select books for special pricing and there have been no commercial consignor who has scanned our inventory since the last sale.

For frequent library visitors, a small collection of books are available on an on-going basis in the library. For a donation of $2.00 you will find a special collection of books selected by the Library staff.

Proceeds from the book sale are used for the library to purchase items on their “wish list.” The wish list includes the summer Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP) for children, adult/children/teen book collections and programs as well as specialized equipment (e.g., movie screen, furniture) needed to implement targeted programs.  The proceeds supplement funds from the county and with continuing cuts in the county budget, the money raised is critical to provide ongoing quality programs and materials for the citizens of St Johns County.

There is no better way to enjoy the winter months. So… grab a book and a cup of hot cocoa and sit back and READ!

Alan Jackson Coming To St Augustine In April

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Alan Jackson will bring his 25th Anniversary “Keepin’ It Country” Tour featuring special guests Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary Keepin’ It Country Tour will be a memorable celebration for his longtime fans as well as legions of new fans who are discovering his music through the many songs that have withstood the test of time and influenced many new artists of today like the tour’s special guests Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous including his massive debut hit, “Here In The Real World” to “Chattahoochee,” “Drive,” “Gone Country,” the summertime party-anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time,” and many more. Tickets on sale now!

flag SAB governmentSAB City Commission Update: December 2014

Awards: Commissioner Brud Halhoski was presented a plaque for eight years of service with St Augustine Beach. Halhoski served as a city commissioner for eight years. He served as mayor, vice mayor and commissioner. Commissioner Helhoski will leave office at the end of the year and Margaret England will take his seat, which she won in the 2014 election. Helhoski choked up when he was asked to address the commission. “It’s been an honor.” he said.

Mr. Rick Johnson was recognized with a Good Citizenship Award by the Sons Of The American Revolution for his years of service with the Seniors Verses Crime Program.

Boards: Code Enforcement Board; Hester Longstreet appointed / Tree Board: Mary Beth Hutchinson & Mr Craig Thompson (alternate) appointed / Planning and Zoning Board: Alternate- Jeff Halloran was appointed

Food Trucks: The last hearing of the food truck ordinance came in front of the SAB City Commission this month. After much discussion the commissioner did not approve ordinance 14-06 as written. Seven community members spoke against the ordinance, mostly restaurant owners and one person, a food truck owner spoke in support. Upon final reading the ordinance did not pass with a vote of four no and one abstaining.

Approval: Island Prep Academy was given approval to run a preschool out of the old Beach Zone property on A1A. Plans are to have five classrooms with 100 students age VPK and Kindergarten.

Manhattan Transfer A “Do Wopp” Christmas

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The Manhattan Transfer sing a mix of music for their Christmas Show

The Manhattan Transfer took to the stage and heated up the night in St Augustine Thursday evening with their Christmas Show. Even though the temperatures were in the 40’s, the crowd at the Amphitheater didn’t let that bother them. Many felt that it was just a part of the season


 News: December 8, 2014

yes virginiaFriday, December 12, 7pm

Students from Murry Middle School will perform “Yes Virginia” the musical at the St Augustine Amphitheatre during the December To Remember Event.The students range from 6th through 8th grade and all are members of St. Johns County Center for the Arts. Kyler Unsworth who plays the title role of Virginia O’Hanlon is a 7th grader. “This is very much an ensemble effort and everyone is vital to the success of the show.” said Joan Vance, teacher. “These kids are hardworking and dedicated performers.”  Support The Arts and come out and see Yes Virginia the Musical.

 Live Nativity To Be Held At  St Anastasia Catholic Church

Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3pm

st anastasia crossThe children of St Anastasia Catholic Church will hold a live nativity on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3pm. Travel back in time and view a nativity that will include the children dressed as Mary, Joseph and the others involved in the birth of Jesus. Live farm animals will make this activity special.  Join in the festivities and sing Christmas Carols, eat treats and so much more. Bring the family and experience the perfect way to keep Christ in Christmas.


 Empowered Women Run- Run Diva Run

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Thousand of Divas Run In St Augustine Beach

Empowered women took over the beach on Sunday for the much anticipated Diva Run. Women from around the country came to put on their pink and collect some much deserved “Bling.”


They Made Our Dreams Come True-Darrel Hall and John Oates Play St Augustine

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Darrel Hall and John Oates Bring the crowd to their feet at the St Augustine Amphitheatre

Under a full moon and a cloudless sky, rock legends Darrel Hall and John Oates played to a sold out crowd at the St Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday night. These two boys from Philly put on a show with music that spanned the decades.


A Tradition Continues – Luminaries at The St Augustine Lighthouse

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Thousands of luminaries light the St Augustine Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Park neighborhood.

The tradition continues at the St Augustine Lighthouse with thousands of luminaries gracing the grounds of the Lighthouse and the streets along the famous Lighthouse Park neighborhood. The Lighthouse staff opened their doors to the citizens of St Johns County and welcomed everyone to a treat of music, food and of course Santa Clause. The tower doors were open to anyone willing to climb the over 200 steps to the top. Although the fog was thick blocking the sight of the city lights, many hardy souls made the climb into the clouds.


Santa Suits On The Loose Jingle On Down The BeachDSC02731  Gift Gallery Dec 12 / 5K Run Dec 13

St Augustine Youth Services puts on one of their biggest fundraisers of the SAYS gift gallery flyer newyear.Santa Suits On The Loose 5K will take place on Sunday December 13th. Starting at the SJC Pier, hundreds of Santas are expected to make their yearly run down the beach and along A1A Beach Blvd. All proceeds from the event go to help troubled youth in St Johns County. There will be a Santa Gift Gallery in the pavilion from 5 to 8pm on Saturday evening December 12th. The race starts at 8:00 Sunday, December 13th. Expect road closures and traffic delays.

For more information visit: SANTA SUITS

 News: December 1, 2014


A December To Remember Holiday Celebration

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A December To Remember Opens at the St Augustine Amphitheatre

The holidays began with a “toot and a holler” when A December To Remember opened at the St Augustine Amphitheatre. Sponsored by Community First Credit Union and Friends Of The St Augustine Amphitheatre, this holiday event has been welcoming families from far and wide for many years.

Families filled the venue to watch their first Christmas movie of the season. Although the weather was brisk, the little ones snuggled down in their seats to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the classic holiday movie starring Jimmy Stewart.


staugustine-diva runExpect Road Closures For The Diva Run

Thousands are expected for the Diva Run on Dec 6th and 7th being held in St Augustine Beach. In conjunction with the Diva Run a Health & Fitness Fair will be held at the St Augustine Amphitheatre on Dec 6th. The Diva Run is a half marathon as well as a 5K running event put on for women. On Sunday, December 7th, the group will start at the pier and travel throughout the beach area. There will be traffic delays as well as lane closures from 5am to noon.

To View ROAD CLOSURES     For More Info : DIVA

R & B Legends Hall & Oates To Play St Augustine

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Singer, songwriters and R & B legends Hall and Oates will be coming in person at the St Augustine Amphitheatre, Saturday Dec 6th. Introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, Darrell Hall and John Oats have been playing together since they were youngsters in Philly.  Prolific song writers, there unique rockin’, soul sound has influenced the newest soul lovers Rob Thomas and John Mayer. There second album “Abandoned Luncheonette” was produced by Atlantic Records exec Arif Mardin. Released in November 1973 the album included “Laughing Boy”, “She’s Gone” and “Las Vegas Turnaround” (The Stewardess Song) and was embraced by loyal fans and continues to be enjoyed around the world.  “That space was one of the most amazing, exciting, and inspiring that I’ve ever experienced in my life,” explained John Oates in his interview with UCR.

From the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including Rich Girl (#1 R&B), Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), Maneater and Out of Touch from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums—’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ‘82’s H2O, ‘83’s Rock N Soul, Part I and ‘84’s Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional five Top 10 singles: Sara Smile, One on One, You Make My Dreams, Say It Isn’t So and Method of Modern Love. Darrel Hall continues to inspire with his TV show “Live From Darrel’s Place”. Shot in Hall’s living room, Hall chats, cooks, eats and plays with musicians from around the globe.