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News: November 24, 2014

Surf Illumination Lights Up The Beach 2014

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A crowd gathers at the pier to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

Although there was a bite in the air, it did not keep the multitude of people home on Friday night. Hundreds joined in at the St Johns County Pier Park to celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree and start what could be a new tradition, the first illumination of the holiday lights in the Nations Oldest City.


Community First’s “A December To Remember” Begins This Week

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Nov 28th through Dec 20th

Community First Credit Union has once again joined hands with the St Augustine Amphitheatre, Friends of the St Augustine Amphitheatre and Precision Turf to sponsor a month long of family friendly events. “A December to Remember” will offer the community free events for the whole family to enjoy throughout the month of December. With the focus on the holidays, the community is invited to enjoy music, movies and more making sure your holidays are magical.

The Amphitheatre will be open to the public and fully decorated all month long with lights, festive décor, a holiday tree, an Elf Village and festive music. Families are invited to enjoy free train rides, visits with Santa, face-painting and a bounce house during the free holiday events held at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.


A Blessing Of Musicians-St Cecilia Ecumenical Choral Festival

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Cathedral Basilica Choir performs

The pews were full at St Anastasia Catholic Church on Friday night in celebration of St. Cecilia. The second annual St. Cecilia Ecumenical Festival Concert brought choirs from throughout the Northeast Florida region so that they could raise their voices in joyous song and receive a special blessing.


CJ Rides for A Reason

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9 year old CJ Burford       photo: contributed

 Nine year old CJ Burford dipped his wheels in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday to complete his 2700 mile ride across the USA to help raise funds for The National Children’s Cancer Society.  CJ started in Oceanside, California on September 1 to begin this ride.  The last leg of the ride brought CJ over the 206 bridge and into St Augustine Beach.  Joined by a group of riders, the SJC Fire Department and the Pink Heals fire truck, CJ headed up A1A Beach Blvd to finally finish his ride under the SJC Pier.


Look Out For Divas On The Run

staugustine-diva runBoa’s, ponytails and the color pink will engulf those who hit the streets for the first Diva Run at the beach. The half marathon and 5K race events will take place on December 6th & 7th. The Diva Run is an event to celebrate women. The weekend will start out with a Health & Fitness Boutique on Friday and Saturday, December 5 & 6. Located at the St Augustine Amphitheatre, the Health & Fitness Boutique will feature exhibitors showcasing the women’s latest trends, designs, and advances in running shoes and apparel. There will be free prizes and information. The big race day, December 7th, will have the group start at the pier and continue along different routes throughout the beach.

This event is organized by Continental Event and Sports Management Group LLC. This small business group is passionate about running. Based out of Miami, Continental Event and Sports Management Group produces race functions throughout the USA. It’s all about being strong and feeling GLAM. With thousands expected for this event as well as the event dynamics, on race day Dec 7th, there will be traffic delays and road closures.

To View ROAD CLOSURES     For More Info : DIVA

flag SAB governmentSAB City Commission Update

Recognized: Mr. Guido was recognized for nine years on the SAB Planning and Zoning Board. Sunset Grill and Oasis Restaurant were recognized for community service and for assisting with the National Night Out event.  Ms. Muller was appointed to Tree Board and Ms. McCarthy was appointed as alternate to the Planning and Zoning Board.

Food Trucks: After much discussion regarding policy and procedures for food trucks, the ordinance was finally agreed upon and signed. The ordinance requires 2 parking spaces per food truck. SAB will allow four trucks on various sites at the beach. Commissioner George stated that she supported moving forward and that food trucks will add diversity to our community. Along with the required licenses from the city and state, the food truck owners must come up with a letter from property owner and must not be located within 70 feet of residence. The food trucks must be removed from the site daily. The motion passed and the second and final reading of the ordinance will take place at the December meeting.

Beach Walk Over: The new dune walkover off of Versaggi Rd has begun. The six foot wide walkover will be built three feet above the dunes and include all ramps making it ADA compliant. According to the DEP, construction could not begin until the end of the sea turtle season. “We continue to mourn the loss of beloved Kingsley.” said Commissioner Snodgrass reminding the commission about the dog who died after being bit by a snake as he ran throughout the neighborhood. The walkover is scheduled to be completed by May 1, 2015.

 News: November 17, 2014

A Day to Honor Our Veterans


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Mayor Samuels and dignitaries surround the Veterans Memorial.

A day to remember and honor our veterans did not go unnoticed in St Augustine Beach. Over 100 citizens and veterans alike, turned out to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th at the Veterans Memorial at Lakeside Park.

The weather was perfect for the celebration and the event started with an entrance lead by the honorary bagpipers from The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Pipes and Drums Corp as well as an honor guard of representatives from the police and sheriff departments.


Vietnam Veterans Of America Chapter 1084 Welcome Vets To Join

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Vietnam Veterans Of America Chapter 1084…Let one generation never forget another

Vietnam is a war we must not forget. Although it ended almost 40 years ago, many Vietnam vets came home to a country that was unforgiving and non-supportive. During the Vietnam war the draft was in place and many of our soldiers did not have a choice but to fight in that faraway land.


With The St Augustine Amphitheatre We Are All Winners

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St Augustine Amphitheatre Wows The Community

2014 has proven to be a “bang out” year for our own St Augustine Amphitheatre. Along with the headline acts that have performed this year, the St Augustine Amphitheatre has been nominated for two prestigious awards by industry leaders. In recognition of a superior entertainment venue that has had a major economic impact on the surrounding community, this year’s nominations come from the Pollstar Concert Industry Award in the category of Red Rocks Award for Best Small Outdoor Venue and the 2014 Venues Today Hall of Headlines in the category of news.


SANTA SURFINGSurf Illumination New Day and Time

Friday Nov 21st-4pm to 7pm

With the influx of people expected for the Diva Run in St Augustine Beach, the SAB Surf Illumination committee has change the date to correspond with St Augustine Night of Lights. The new date will be Friday November 21.  The activities will begin at 4pm. Sponsored by the St Augustine Civic Association, there will be music, food and activities for the kids. Arts and craft tents will be set up and a much anticipated visit by Santa will surely happen. The lighting of the Christmas tree will take place and the whole pier area will be illuminated by the Mayor. Have the kids write their letters for Santa as the holidays are right around the corner.

ida buckler1Longtime Beach Resident Ida Buckler Will Be Missed

Services were held last week for Ida Buckler who passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile, pedestrian accident. 89 year old Buckner was crossing the street on A1A Beach Blvd by Ocean Hammock Park when she was struck by a car. After being flown to a Jacksonville hospital Buckler seemed to be improving but later succumbed to her injuries.

Buckler was a longtime resident of St Augustine Beach. An avid beach walker, Ida had many friends who welcomed her infectious smile as she stopped to chat. She was a member of St Anastasia Catholic Church and was involved in all aspects of volunteering at the church and in the community. Buckler served as president of the St. Anastasia Ladies Association and in 2012 Buckler was awarded the Good Samaritan Award for her service. The family request that all donations be be made to Anastasia Branch of Friends of the Library and Wildflower Clinic Homeless Services.

 News: November 10, 2014

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Heart Rocks St Augustine During The Fanatic Live Tour

Legendary Rock Group HEART “Kicks It Out” at The St Augustine Amphitheatre

The legendary, Seattle rock group Heart played to a sold out audience at the St Augustine Amphitheatre last Saturday night. Coming right off the heals of a “GRAMMY Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock” cruise, the band headed up the interstate from Miami to close the night out with a party in St Augustine. Their new album “Fanatic” had the band on the road once again…and what a party it was!


Margaret England Wins SAB City Commission Seat 4

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Margaret England Seat 4 – SAB City Commissioner

SAB resident Margaret England took the lead vote for the St Augustine Beach City Commission Seat 4, winning with over 64% of the vote. England, age 64, moved to the area in 2000 and presently serves as the vice-chair for the St Augustine Beach Planning and Zoning Board. She has served on the SAB Planning and Zoning Board for the past five years.


Veterans Day Celebration at The Veterans Memorial

In honor of those who served

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Chief Hardwick addresses the crowd in 2013

In honor of our veterans, St Augustine Beach will celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th at the Veterans Memorial at Lakeside Park as a way to honor and thank those who put their lives on the line everyday. Along with the veterans, there will be a recognition of others serving in uniform which includes the police, fire and St Johns County Sheriff officers. Mayor Andrea Samuels feels it is important to honor all who keep our community safe. The Veterans Service Office of St Johns County along with the Veterans Council and the Navy League including other agencies serving veterans will also be in attendance at the event.

Held on the shores of Anhinga Lake in front of the Veterans Memorial at Lakeside Park, the activities will begin at 3pm with speakers, music and refreshments.  Speakers that are scheduled to address the crowd include: Bill Dudley, a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Air Force, SAB Police Chief Robert Hardwick and Colonel Lisa Craig.  They plan to speak about their experiences as well as remember those we have lost.  Refreshments will be served and the event will commence at 5pm. The community is invited to help honor our veterans.

scenic A1AThe “Worlds Longest Garage Sale”

In search of that perfect gift of treasure? The “Worlds Longest Garage Sale” will be held Saturday, November 15th from 8am until things are sold. Travel down A1A from Ponta Vedra to Flagler Beach. Businesses and homes along and off of A1A will open their doors with special sales. Sponsored by the Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, the sale will accent the beauty of the byway. Empty the car and bring your wallet on Saturday and let the treasure hunt begin.


News: November 3, 2014

 A Guy Harvey Outpost Resort is Coming To The Beach

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Holiday Isle Resort soon to transform to a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort

The Holiday Isle Resort on St Augustine Beach will soon transition to a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort.   Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts will partner with H.I. Development who presently manages the Holiday Isle Resort. With plans to complete the renovation by fall 2015, this will be the third Guy Harvey Outpost Resort in Florida. Other Outpost Resorts can be found in Islamorada and St. Petersburg Beach as well as the Bahamas, Mexico and beyond.


 A Night Of Spooky Happenings In SAB

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SAB home really makes it fun for the kids and adults at Halloween

Spooks, tiny ninja’s, witches and even sumo wrestlers took to the streets on Halloween night in search of goodies and frightening fun. Sea Grove was awash with the little devils darting from house to house. Moms and dads joined in the fun dressing up the house with Halloween  decorations as well as themselves. Even baby sister’s stroller was covered with funky spider webs.


 Make Your Voice Heard – Get Out And VOTE!

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Signs posted at SAB City Hall

With over 100 signs posted in front of the SAB City Hall, voters need only look to find the name of their favorite candidate. Early voting for the general election was open at SAB City Hall to any voter in St Johns County until November 1st.  The precinct will open once again on Tuesday, November 4th at 7am and registered beach voters will have until 7pm to cast their ballots. There are a few controversial amendments on the ballot including allowing the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions. A heated Governor’s race is also in the forefront.

There are many items on the ballot this year that will affect the beach. SAB has a charter amendment, Preposition three that addresses the issue of  imposing height limits on buildings and structures to a maximum of thirty-five feet, allowing for architectural features up to an additional ten feet.  Preposition one addresses the appointment of Chief of Police as well as removal of the City Manager. As a citizen of the United States we have a civic duty to vote. You can vote Tuesday, November 4th from 7am to 7pm at the SAB City Hall.