SAB News: October 2014


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News; October 27, 2014

Anastasia State Park Is A Magical Place

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Getting Ready For The Haunted Hayride

Fairies with wings, walking zombies and super heroes ran amongst the grass and throughout the park during the Haunted Hayride Halloween event held at Anastasia State Park last weekend. A line of cars filled the entrance as people of all ages waited in anticipation for the gates to open. In the past this event was held at the St Augustine Amphitheater but it was so successful and grew so big the park had to do away with it for a while to reorganize and rethink things. This years event was held inside the state park and by the smile on the people’s faces and the excitement in the crowd, everyone seemed to be having an enchanting time.


Owning A Piece Of Music History

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Music lovers along with memorabilia collectors from throughout Northeast Florida, spent Saturday evening at the Friends of the St Augustine Amphitheater Annual Guitar Auction. With twenty-two autographed guitars from famous, world renowned musicians up for auction, any autographed guitar was within reach to the highest bidder.


Finding A Sense Of Community In SAB

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Kickin’ It On 16th Street

There is nothing like a good neighbor and 16th Street is full of good neighbors. With the friendship of two ladies who are willing to open their home and open their hearts, our beach community just keeps on getting better . Holley Humphrey and Brigitte Madeline started their block party with a sign and a string of flags. “People stop and people bring food.” said Brigitte as she stood in her front yard enjoying the company of her neighbors and some homemade quiche. This is the fourth 16th Street meet and greet Holley and Brigitte have hosted. Neighbors rode on their bikes and walked with their dogs on a leash to join in the fun. Some just stopped by to say hello and wound up staying. Holley and Brigitte are creating a true sense of community along 16th street, but more that that they are showing us all what a good neighbor is all about. We can honestly say that thanks to Holley and Brigitte ….it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

News: October 20, 2014

St Johns County K-9 Officer Baron Put To Rest

K9 Baron Funeral

Officer Ashe tells about her K-9 partner Baron

Close to a thousand people attended the memorial service for St Johns County Sheriff Officer K-9 “Baron” who was killed in the line of duty on October 7, 2014. Held at the St Johns County Amphitheater, the service was not only attended by the public but also by St Johns County government officials as well as other SJC K-9 officers and their K-9 partners. St Johns County Fire and Rescue stood at attention at the front of the entrance to the Amphitheater. Two firetrucks with their ladders extended held a flag in honor of the fallen comrade. Police departments from around the state as well as the country sent representatives to show their respect. Officers from as far away as California came to honor our fallen hero “Baron”. K-9 Baron died while on duty as he and his partner Officer Ferrah Ashe were in pursuit of a suspect.

While the K-9’s barked and whined, the mourners listened to the loud speaker at the memorial service call out for the last time, “K-9 Officer Baron end of watch October 7th 2014.” Not a dry eye was in the house and it seemed as if the other K-9 companions could instinctively feel the pain.


St Augustine & St Johns County Board Of Realtors

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People of all ages came out in support

A Race for Education & Our Future

The weather could not have been any more perfect for the first annual St Augustine & St Johns Board Of Realtors 5K walk/ Run for Education. The Fall temperatures were welcomed for the over 60 participants who decided to run or walk along the shoreline and up A1A Beach Blvd for this event. With the waves lapping at the shore, this group started in the sand with a cruise down the beach to Ocean Hammock Park, along the boardwalk and than traveled back to the pier park at whatever pace they chose. Awards were given out in both the runner and walking category.


Farm to Family Truck Now At The Wednesday Market

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Visit The Farm to Family Truck At The Wednesday Market

No need to shop for your fruits and vegetables at those large grocery outlets where you will often find genetically modified produce. Go local with Farm to Family. You can now find The Farm to Family truck at the Wednesday Market at the pier from 8am to 12:30pm. This local fresh food truck’s mission is to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to “food deserts” in the area. A food desert is an area or a community that lacks access to fresh food sources such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

With the fresh produce coming right from our local farms straight to your neighborhood, this unique partnership is a win-win for the farmer as well as the community. The food does not get any fresher than this. This outreach program of Pie In The Sky not only provides jobs for residents of St Johns County, it delivers food on the truck that is often picked the morning it is delivered, giving our local farmers the boost they need to keep growing. And remember..along with fresh food, The Pie In The Sky Organization also helps those less fortunate with other life necessities such as medication, bills and clothing.

Earn Reward Points With Farm To Family And Save

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Fresh Local Produce On The Truck

Shop The Farm To Family Truck And Keep Our Local Economy Thriving While You Help Our Neighbors in St Johns County Who Struggle With The Basic Necessities Of Life!

Starting this new reward card system, Farm to Family gives local families another opportunity to save money off their food bill.
This Is How It Works
1. Pick Up Your Card : Choose a Farm to Family stop and pick up a Farm to Family Reward Card. The cards are offered to the public free of charge. While you are there, don’t forget to pick one up for a friend and neighbor.
2. Begin Shopping: You will receive a reward stamp for every $10.00 you spend. Once you collect nine stamps you will get a reward perk.
3. Take Your Pick: After your card is full of stamps you will be able to select $10.00 worth of fresh, local produce at absolutely no charge. Take your pick of what’s in stock that day or save your reward card for another visit.

It’s The Real Deal * Pie In The Sky

 * You Can Own A Piece Of Music History *

FOSAA Guitar Raffle Poster 1 2014FREE Guitar Auction To Benefit Friends of the St Augustine Amphitheatre

Saturday October 25, 2014  4pm to 9pm

Legendary musicians autographed items are being auctioned off by the Friends of the St Augustine Amphitheatre (FOSAA) to help fund their Summer Music and Arts Camp. The Summer Camp is held for one week in the summer to expose those children who otherwise would have little creative expression throughout their summer vacation. Last year the Music and Arts Camp was a huge success with close to 60 children attending the camp for free. “We will target students that are on the free and reduced lunch list.” said Jessica Ray, FOSAA member. The funds raise from the auction will provide scholarships, cover materials, instructors fees, snacks and other expenses. A performance at the end of the camp give the students the opportunity to show off their talents. Autographed guitars from numerous bands and amazing musicians are up for auction on the web site. Bands such as YES, Chicago, LL Cool J and more are a few of the guitars available.


Another FREE Community Event At The St Augustine Amptheatre

Monday October 20, 2014  7pm

Singing Sergeants USAF

Singing Sergeants USAF

Join the Friends Of The St Augustine Amphitheater as they treat the community to a FREE concert to celebrate our men and women in uniform. The US Air Force Band along with the Singing Sergeants will perform Monday, October 20 at the St Augustine Amphitheater. ‘The Singing Sergeants’ is the official chorus of the United States Air Force and has performed for every US President since it’s inception in 1945. Composed of professional singers, the amazing voices of The Singing Sergeants will make you feel proud to be an American. This is a MUST SEE EVENT!  Tickets are not required for this concert. Bring the family and enjoy the evening together.

flag SAB governmentCity Commission Update

Food Trucks: A pilot program has been approved to allow food trucks in St Augustine Beach. With a requirement of $500,000 insurance, a limit of six food trucks will be allowed. As the board continued making changes and stipulations Gary Snodgrass said “If we wait for the perfect ordnance it is never going to happen.” Due to the set back limits there are only a few lots available for food trucks. Although most business’ in the community were against Food Trucks, all commissioners supported the pilot program. “This competes with fast food.’ said Ed Slavin, “What helps one business helps another.” he continued. After final approval, the program should start by the end of the year.

Events Coordinator: A change in status to full time and a salary  of $54,000 a year was proposed for Michael Cunningham the SAB City Event Coordinator. A discussion was held between the board. City Manager Max Royal supported the full time status stating that more responsibilities have been given to Cunningham such as social media, the city web page update as well as other projects including the Diva Run in December. “I would rather ride the wave than have the wave crash on me.” said Mayor Andrea Samuels in support of the proposal. The proposal did not pass with a vote of three to two.

Elite Payment: A discussion was held regarding what to do with the $560,000 received from Elite Hospitality. Andrea Samuels proposed paying  the county $220,000 for the title to Ocean Hammock Park. Discussion was held and it was decided that there was not an immediate need to spend the monies. The commission suggested a ride around to see the infrastructure needs of the city as well as come up with a list of needs. Public input is needed by January 2015.

News: October 12, 2014

Pink It Up With Salt Life Food Shack

Pink Up Salt Life

Salt Life Food Shack and The Donna Foundation Partner Up

Join Salt Life Food Shack to “Finish” breast cancer forever. Throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Salt Life has really pinked it up with pink lights, pink ribbons and the signature 26.2 with Donna, life-size running logo situated in the front of the building. Salt Life Food Shack has really put their heart and soul into supporting those in our local community affected by this disease. Along with the Salt Life Food Shack in Jax Beach, Salt Life Food Shack in St Augustine Beach will be collecting donations for The Donna Foundation. “This is an awesome way to connect with the community.” said Marcos Jovel, Salt Life Food Shack General Manager in St Augustine Beach. “It has gone so much better than expected.” he continued.

The Donna Foundation was founded by Donna Deegan to assist women struggling with breast cancer. Deegan, a three time breast cancer survivor, realized she was fortunate to have a good employer, a fantastic support system but most of all she did not have to worry about finances, which has proven to be a challenge for many going through treatment.


Pink Heals Makes A Stop In SAB

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Pink Heals Visits The Beach

The Pink Heals Organization made a stop last week at Salt Life Food Shack in St Augustine Beach. The pink fire truck and giant pink camper were here to raise awareness to the community and community leaders about the importance of keeping our local fund raising donations-local, in support of women and their families.


“Doc” Charlie Wilson-The Real Sandman

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Doc Charlie…a true Sand Man

Dr. Charley Wilson has been running  since he was a young man. Starting in 2006, Wilson started running the beach.  It took “Doc” a year for his feet and body to adjust to running in the sand just so he could run a couple of miles. Logging over 14,000 miles of barefoot beach running, Charlie is noted in Ripleys for logging the most miles while running barefoot in the sand.


St Augustine Beach Police Department Host The Award Winning National Night Out

National Night Out

Taking A Tour

Neighbors came together last week to celebrate the 25th National Night Out at the St Johns County Pier Park. Hosted by the St Augustine Beach Police Department, this county wide event had visitors attend from all around the county. This national event is usually held in August, right before school starts but due to the hot summer weather in Florida, this year the agencies decided to hold it in October.


News: October 6, 2014

“Get Your Groove On”

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Earth, Wind & Fire Plays St Augustine Amphitheatre

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 @ 7pm

Dancing to the music of Earth, Wind and Fire was what you did if you came of age in the 1970’s. One of the most successful bands of the twentieth century, the funky, pop, soul sound of Earth, Wind & Fire has sold over 100 million records worldwide. With songs such as “Shining Star”, “Fantasy”, “Boogie Wonderland” and “That’s the Way of The World”, it is no wonder EWF has been nominated for 20 Grammy nominations winning eight and 12 American Music Awards taking home four. EWF has one of the most dynamic horn sections of any band  and one of the most elaborate stage show ever performed on stage. EWF was one of the first bands to integrate laser lights, magic and pyrotechnics into their act. As a matter of fact, magician Doug Henning and David Copperfield directed many of their tours throughout the 1970’s. EWF was invited to play at the first social event held at the White House for the Obama administration. This iconic band also was chosen to close out the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City. If you are ready to dance, groove and celebrate the music don’t miss Earth, Wind and Fire at the St Augustine Amphitheatre Saturday Night.


Pink Up The Pace

Pink Up The Pace 2014

Two Local Heroes *Never Give Up*

On Saturday when the sun rose over St Augustine, along with the morning sky, the color pink also graced the thousand of participants anticipating the start of the Sixth Annual Pink Up The Pace (PUTP) Race for Breast Cancer. The weather was perfect for the run / walk with the temperatures in the 60’s and throngs of people saved this date to publicly celebrate life, honor those who fought the battle and to remember those we lost. “This town has been very compassionate and supportive in regards to our event. We are very grateful. Our success has been due to the wonderful board and volunteers I have and have had and the fact that our cause unfortunately touches so many people in one way or another.” said Cindy Chaconas, PUTP founder. Saturday was the day for everyone to make the statement …You are not alone in this battle! We stand by you!


St Augustine Beach Hosts National Night Out

nationalNational Night Out will be held on Tuesday, October 7th at the St Johns County Pier Park from 6pm to 8pm.  Hosted by the St Augustine Beach Police Department, this national even is held to strengthen neighborhoods and share ways to keep our community safe. Sponsored by the St Augustine Beach Civic Association, Sunset Grille and Oasis Restaurant will provide the goodies for the evening. Prizes for the kids and safety checks will be held throughout the evening.  Booths will be set up around the park with different information for families. Turn on the front porch light and help keep your community safe.

Keep Your Porch Light On For Safety

To Keep Your Neighborhood Safe

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1. Get to know your neighbors: The best way to know what is going on in your neighborhood is to know your neighbors. Know when they work and are away from home.  Do they have children? Know what the children look like. Do they have any special needs? Are they elderly?

2. Contact your neighbors if you see anything suspicious. It may help to develop a neighborhood calling tree.

3. Keep your lawn and bushes cut. Bushes that are trimmed give criminals less of a place to hide. A well kept neighborhood deters crime.

4. Install a security system and put out signs.

5. Keep a light on at night or use a motion detector. Criminals do not like light and will stay away.

6. Make sure you stop the paper or mail if you go out of town or get a neighbor to bring it in. A pile of papers on the lawn is a certain clue you are out of town.

7.Never post online that you will be out of town. Remind your children not to post either.

8. Start a Neighborhood Watch Program.

9. Contact the police if something does not seem right. The police are there to help us.