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Jacksonville Symphony along with Wilson Phillips Play St Augustine

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Wilson Phillips Hold On. photo: 2016

Saturday evening was the perfect time to enjoy the music of the Jacksonville Symphony along with Wilson Phillips at the St Augustine Amphitheatre.



Duffy Bishop Band Bring It Home

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Duffy Bishop sings to the crowd. photo: M.Stuart 2016

A pink and gold sunset at St. Augustine Beach was the backdrop to Wednesday evenings’ bluesy, jazzy performance by the Duffy Bishop Blues Band. With food provided by The Purple Olive, it was a perfect night to enjoy the magic of the beach.


Whitney Lab Sea Turtle Hospital Latest Treatment Begins

Sea Turtle Hospital Surgery

The University of Florida Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital is now using advanced carbon dioxide laser technology in the treatment of its sea turtle patients that are infected with the Fibropapilloma virus (FP). The FP virus creates internal and external tumors on the sea turtle that inhibit normal functioning such as mobility, eating and vision. While the cause of the virus is unclear, the current form of treatment is the removal of the external growths once the sea turtle is healthy enough to undergo surgery. Now at the Sea Turtle Hospital, a carbon dioxide laser is used during surgery to remove the tumors, thanks to a generous donation from a sea turtle enthusiast and community member. Since there are very few grants available to sustain programs such as these, donations to the hospital are incredibly important.


Community First Movie Night Begin

Community First Family Movie Night at the St Augustine Amphitheatre

Community First Credit Union (Community First) and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre proudly announce the return of the free, family-friendly “Community First Night Owl Cinema” Series. This year, the series will feature four movie nights, beginning with the 2015 smash “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Friday, June 17 and ending with Disney comedy “Inside Out” on Friday, July 22. The series is free and open to all ages, with free parking and concessions available for purchase.


Music By The Sea Begins

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Hundreds came out last Wednesday night for the first Music By The Sea of the 2016 season. Keeping with tradition, the event opened with The Outta Sight Band, from Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. The band Rotageezer continued as the hour became later, giving the student a chance to catch a few zzz’s for school in the morning. Wednesday the food was provided by the Raintree Restaurant.


Ocean Ridge and the Trees

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Land clearing for Ocean Ridge. photo 2016

Land Clearing continues on the new development off of 11th Street. The new development, Ocean Ridge, consists of a 23-acre wooded parcels that sits between 11th St and Mickler Rd. Owner Jay McGarvey, of McGarvey Residential Communities, plan to build over 70 homes, including a pond on the property.


 Marine Biology Camp at Whitney Lab

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Students enjoy camp. photo: contributed

Take the excitement of science into summer with Whitney Lab’s newest Marine Biology Camp. Students in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade are encouraged to join in and discover the Matanzas River Basin. The emerging scientists will learn about biodiversity, while enjoying exciting outdoor field adventures, including an exciting kayak trip on the innercoastal. All activities will take place at the Whitney Laboratory.


Keeping Our Sea Turtle Safe

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With sea turtle season between May 1 and October 31 it is the responsibility of beachfront property owners and visitors to the beach to keep our beaches sea turtle friendly. With about 90% of all sea turtle nesting in the United States taking place on Florida’s beaches, St Johns County has a part to play in helping to keep the endangered sea turtle from becoming extinct.


Officer Martinez Honored

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Crime-Stoppers of Northeast Florida Annual Awards Ceremony was held last week. The award ceremony honors law enforcement officers in St Johns, Flagler, and Putnam Counties. This year, Officer Ed Martinez, from the St Augustine Beach Police Department, was honored as the top law enforcement officer representing St Johns County.


Gipsy Kings Wow St Augustine

Gipsy Kings Play St Augustine 2016. photo: 2016

Gipsy Kings Play St Augustine 2016. photo: 2016

The sun went down on the Amphitheater on Sunday night, as the sounds of Rumba-Latin music filled the air. The world renowned band, The Gipsy Kings, made St Augustine a stop in there 2016 World Tour. Starting off in Liege, Belgium, the band will visit over 35 cites worldwide, wrapping it up in Aspen, Colorado in September.


Flagler Graduation

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2016 Flagler seniors await graduation. photo: 2016

Cheers filled the air on Saturday morning, at the St Augustine Amphitheater, while over 400 students took to the stage to collect their diploma from Flagler College. Family and friends, dressed in their Sunday best, came out to support and cheer on the graduates. Although the graduation ceremony was live-streamed, many flew in from around the globe to show their love and give the graduates an “in person hug.”


oak trees

Historic Trees: The Science Behind the Preservation and Conservation of our Largest Specimens

Next Free Lecture Evenings at Whitney , May 12, 7 p.m.

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returns on May 12, 2016, at 7 p.m. with the program titled Historic Trees: The Science Behind the Preservation and Conservation of our Largest Specimens.