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News July 28, 2014


Unleash Your Soul-AquaSoul

Aqua Soul

Steve Suddeth Creator Of AquaSoul

“Sometimes you just have to go with what’s in your soul.” said Steve Suddeth the creator of the brand AquaSoul. Steve has been a surfer all his life. Growing up just a block from the ocean, Steve spent all of his formative years surfing, playing in the ocean waves and creating art. As a co-creator of the brand CountyLife, Suddeth has been able to put his drawing ability to good use. He was able create the logo and different design elements for the brand CountryLife.



flag SAB governmentSt Augustine Beach Budget Meeting

A meeting for St Augustine Beach to review the budget for 2015 will be held July 28, 2014 at 7pm in the SAB City Hall Meeting Room. The expenditures to be discussed include: the City Commission, City Manager, Police Dept., Garbage, Parks and Recreation, Building and Grounds, Road and Bridge etc. A 2.4% cost of living increase has been proposed for those working for the City. There are over $7,000,000 in proposed revenue and expenditures which will be discussed. Also on the agenda is the $560,000 due from the Courtyard by Marriott as well as setting the proposed millage rate. The first public hearing on the budget will be Sept 8,2014.

The next SAB City Commission Meeting will be held August 4th at 7pm. Presently no agenda is available to post.

News July 21, 2014

St Johns County Junior Lifeguards * Building Skills For Life

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Lt Pete Weiland and Jr Lifeguards

When you look into the eyes of a firefighter everyone will agree, you are looking into the eyes of a true American Hero. That is also apparent for the fire and rescue personnel in St Johns County.


City Commission Meeting July 2014


Noise: The noise issue was addressed once again at the July SAB City Commission Meeting. Chief Hardwick and Commissioner Rich O’Brian met with the City of St Augustine Police Dept. to review the policy and procedures they use. It was suggested by the St Augustine Police that SAB update our noise ordinance. According to the police, as written it is not enforceable and is only imposed by officer discretion. Mayor Andrea Samuels agrees and stated “The ordinance is outdated and needs to be tweeked.” With much discussion from the public it was agreed food truckby the St Augustine Beach City Commissioners to put the subject on hold for six months and monitor complaints.

Shuttle Bus: The St Augustine Beach will try a 10 week pilot program to run a shuttle bus from the City Hall parking lot to the Pier Park. Bids were submitted and the cost will be $25.00 per hour.  The shuttle will run from 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday at a total cost of $5000.00. The $25.00 per hour cost was bid below cost. A special compensation was given for  this pilot program in order to gather information for further shuttle services.

16th Street: The no parking signs on the north side of 16th street will be removed allowing for additional parking.

Food Trucks: Food truck issue was again in front of the SAB City Commission. Much discussion was had from public businesses opposing food trucks. It was suggested by Commissioner O’Brian that there could be a lottery of five licenses for food trucks in the city. The food truck issue was sent to the SAB Planning and Zoning Board to review and make suggestions.

News July 14, 2014

Flip-Flopping For The Family * Flip Flop ‘Till You Drop 2014

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Hanging At The Sunshine Shop During The Flip-Flop Event

Not even the pitter-patter of the rain drops could keep the flip flops away from the 12th annual Flip Flop ‘Till You Drop Charity Walk. Hundred and hundreds of people walked down A1A beach Boulevard in their signature tee shirts and flip flops all to help out our local charity Kids Bridge. With Jacks Bar-B-Q as the starting and ending point of this years walk, things were really happening throughout the day and well into the evening down on the corner of A Street and A1A Beach Blvd.


The Farm To Family Mobile Food Truck Is Island Bound

Wednesday/ 11am to noon / RB Hunt School

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George Helps Customers At The Farm To Family Mobile Food Truck

The Farm to Family truck is headed to an island by you. Ready to share the freshest, locally grown fruits and veggies with your family, the Farm to Family mobile market travels directly from local growers to families bringing the freshness of the farm to your kitchen table.


News July 7, 2014

Riding The Wave For The Next Generation

48th Annual 4th of July Sun-n-Surf Contest

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Andy & Shantel DeLorenzo stand by the ESA, St Augustine, Fl sponsor board.

With the exit of Tropical Storm Arthur, the ocean waves settled down a bit for the 48th Annual Sun n’ Surf 4th of July Surf Classic presented by the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA). The Eastern Surfing Association is the oldest amateur surfing association in the USA. Founded in 1967 by surfers living on the East Coast, ESA is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and protection of the sport of surfing as well as the environmental aspect of keeping our shoreline and oceans clean.


Shuttle Off To… Music By The Sea

St Augustine Beach Wednesday Shuttle Bus

JP John Prichard shuttle driver on Wednesday nights

As the music ended on Wednesday evening the new Beach Shuttle had already taken visitors to their cars parked at the SAB City Hall. The Beach Shuttle Bus runs continuous from 5:30pm to 9:45pm on Wednesdays giving guests the opportunity to hop on at any time during the evening. The shuttle travels from the SAB City Hall parking lot up 16th St to the SJC pier and back to the SAB City Hall on Wednesday evening to help alleviate the parking woes at the beach during the Music by the Sea event. Sponsored by the SAB Civic Association and underwritten by Salt Life Food Shack, the open air shuttle is a welcomed addition, alleviating the hassles of parking and making the Music by the Sea more than an event to enjoy but an adventure to experience.

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JP talks to a shuttle rider

“This is a great family experience” said John (JP) Pritchard, shuttle driver. “The kids love riding the shuttle and it is real safe inside.” he continued. For people with coolers and chairs it is so much easier to ride the shuttle than carrying items for blocks. Just park the car and hop on the shuttle. With the shuttle being continuous, there is no need to worry about leaving the pier area at any specific time. A short wait at the Sunshine bus stop at the pier and a shuttle will be by quickly to take you back to your car. “We hope the demand will increase the more people hear about the shuttle.” said JP.  Although the shuttle has only been in operation for two weeks, ridership has increased. The open air shuttle not only alleviates parking issues, it also adds a feeling of nostalgia to the beach.

With the demand for beach parking increasing during the 4th of July holiday weekend, the county offered free shuttle service from the SAB City Hall parking lot to the pier from 10am to 6pm through-out the weekend. The new Reach the Beach mobile website can be found at as well as information being provided by Twitter feeds and Facebook 24/7. For those needing beach access the Beach Conditions Hotline at (904) 209-0331 is where to call to obtain updated vehicle information on whether 4WD is needed to drive onto the  beach. With the new redesign of the pier parking lot and at the Pope Rd parking lot where showers are now available, the city and county are doing all they can to make sure the public has an enjoyable experience when they come to our beach-friendly town.

City Commission Update


The City Of St Augustine Beach will hold their monthly meeting Monday night at 7pm. Some items for review include:

Food Trucks: Review regulations from other Florida cities

Noise: Review regulations from other Florida cities

Parking: 16th Street parking / Weekend Bus Shuttle / Leasing lots from Elite Hospitality for parking

Information Provided For Meeting

Grant For Ocean Hammock Park: A grant was submitted to assist with building a walkway, restrooms and other amenities in Ocean Hammock Park. The city estimates the cost to be $200,000 with the city providing $100,000 matching the grant funds of $100,000.

Building Permits: As of June 27, 2014, there were 36 active permits for single-family residences located in the city of St Augustine Beach.  Those include: 4-Anastasia Dunes/ 7-Sea Colony/ 3-Sea Grove/ 3-Atlantic Beach/ 5-Chautauqua Beach/ 2-Whispering Oaks/ 2-St Augustine Beach/ 5-Coquina Gables/ 2-Spanish Oaks/ 3-Lake Sienna

Planning: Approval of outside deck to be built at the Island Grille facility

Parking: The construction at the corner of B St and A1A Beach Boulevard will be parking for Mango-Mango’s