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News: September 29, 2014


Good Bye Old Friend

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old oak tree was cut down last week

After much debate and many years of waiting, the impact fees from Elite Hospitality were passed along to the City of St Augustine Beach and the Courtyard by Marriott project has begun.


Music By The Sea “Tie-Dye” Fun

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Phoenix plays for Music by the Sea

The pier pavilion was really hopping for the final Music By The Sea Concert of the 2014 season.


 October Brings Fun and More

To The Anastasia Island Branch Library

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Anastasia Island Branch Library is full of spooky fun for the kids as well as for the adults the month of October. From movies, crafts, science, parties, art, fitness and of course book clubs the library is the place to be all month long. Kids from one to one hundred are welcome. Sign up now for your library card and join in the fun. Don’t forget the annual book sale held by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Library. It is a great place to start your holiday shopping. After all…who doesn’t love a book?

Friends of the Anastasia Island Library Book Sale
Thursday, October 9 @ 10am – 8pm
Friday, October 10 @ 10am – 6pm
Saturday, October 11 @ 10am – 5pm

To See The Events For October Visit: OCTOBER AT THE LIBRARY

Enjoy A Special Concert At The Pier

With The US Navy Southeast Band

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Swinging with the US Navy Southeast TGIF Band

The Navy Southeast TGIF Band will play at the pier pavilion on WEDNESDAY October 1, 2014. These sailors are a part of the US Navy and play a real swinging style of all different kinds of music. This music is enjoyed by many throughout the Southeast and around the world. These guys will really have you on your feet. So…bring the family and come out to support our troops in uniform and enjoy the Music by the Sea for one last time with this special concert. Sponsored by The St Augustine Beach Civic Association


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The New 76ers with Elisabeth Williamson & Jim Quine

Saturday Oct 4th 7pm

The Gamble Rogers Concert Series presents The New 76ers with Elisabeth Williamson and Jim Quine at Lohman Auditorium/ Marineland. The New 76ers draws inspiration from many different kinds of American music including: folk, country, blues and rock and roll. Opening the show will be Elisabeth Williamson and Jim Quine.

Doors will open at 6pm and the music starts at 7pm.  Check out the radio show every Saturday morning from 7-9 AM on WFCF 88.5 FM, Flagler College radio (an iheart radio station available on your computer or portable device free anytime)

visit for updates and ticket info. 

News: September 22, 2014

International Coastal Clean Up Comes To St Johns County Beaches

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The Altman family and the Boy Scouts from Pack #345

The day started overcast but that did not hold anyone back from assisting with the International Coastal Clean Up Day sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy and St Johns County Solid Waste Department.


Some Tips To Help Keep Our Waterway & Beaches Safe and Clean

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A surfer enjoys a cleaner ocean thanks to the volunteers who keep our beaches clean.

  • Plastic Bags are a real threat to marine life. Instead of using plastic bags use reusable bags and containers. Use a picnic basket to bring your lunch to the beach. (Balloons, plastic bags, nylon rope, Styrofoam etc. are swallowed by sea turtles, sea birds and other marine life which they mistake for jellyfish and food)



Celebrate Your Wedding On The Beach

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Steven and Paulinda Vann enjoy their special day.

Every year hundreds of couples get married on St Johns County beaches. St Augustine Beach is considered by many to be a hidden gem.


16th Street Pavers Set & Parking Is Ready

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Construction work along 16th St.

Parking along 16th Street has been approved by the SAB City Commission. The pavers have been laid adding an additional twenty parking spaces at the beach.



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Shuttle Update: The shuttle cost $2681.00. Down from the $5000.00 allocated due to rain days. On the highest day there were 58 riders. The average for Saturday / Sunday was 18 riders. The peak periods were between noon and 2pm. “There is a desire to have a shuttle run from downtown St Augustine to the beach.” said Michael Cunningham.

Upcoming Events: National Night Out-Oct 7th- 6pm to 8pm-Pier Park / Diva Run-Dec 7th / Veterans Day Celebration-Nov 11th-3pm to 5pm -Veterans Memorial Park / Surf Illumination-Dec 6th-Pier Park-4pm to 7pm / Santa Run-Dec 13th-6am to noon / Beach Blast Off 2014-Pier Park-Dec 31 / Ron Parker 4oth Anniversary-Ron Parker Park-Jan 9th

Budget: $560.000 of impact fees were received from Elite Hospitality and construction has begun on the Courtyard by Marriott land clearing. A final budget hearing was scheduled for Sept 22. The commission decided to keep the millage rate unchanged at 2.3992 mills. The total SAB budget for the 2015 year is $7,199 million.

Food Trucks: A pilot program will be started for food trucks at the beach. An ordinance with the guidelines will be created for the next City Commission meeting. “We should be open to new ideas.” stated Commissioner Gary Snodgrass. All commissioners were in support of the pilot program with a possible start date of later this year.


To  view the  budget: BUDGET

News: September 15, 2014

Don’s Friends, Running To Keep The Dream Alive

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400 runners start the Endless Summer Run on St Augustine Beach


As the sun rose on St Augustine Beach Saturday morning, hundreds of Don’s Friends and Friends Of Anastasia State Park gathered on the shore ready to run for charity.


Whale Stranded South Of  Crescent Beach

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Stranded whale on the beach with trash in its stomach

A juvenile cuvier beaked whale became stranded on the beach just north of Fort Matanzas Beach last week.


Parking at Crescent Beach Is Expanding

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Crescent Beach Parking Lot

The Crescent Beach Park is expanding the parking area to give visitors to the beach additional parking spaces. The end of SR 207 has become a day trip beach destination to many Florida residents from as far away a Gainesville, Palatka and even points further west.

Parking along A1A has become crowded and dangerous and the need for additional parking spaces has become apparent. With children back in school the county felt this was the perfect time to begin the project.

Resurfacing and restriping the parking lot, adding bicycle parking as well as various landscape elements will make the park more inviting for visitors to the beach. A new walkway to the beach will keep people out of the dunes. The project is slated for completion mid September.


Honor Our Troops-The US Air Force Band To Perform At The St Augustine Amphitheater

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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 US Air Force Band is based out of Washington D.C.

The concert will include inspiring patriotic works, Broadway selections and instrumental and vocal features. Join in and sing along as we honor our troops. Several of our own Florida State University alumni will be performing on this tour. With the anniversary of September 11 right around the corner, this is a perfect way to remember the heroes and love ones we have lost in the line of duty.

Throughout it’s tour, The United States Air Force Band has performed live around the world for more than 100 million people. It has been broadcast via television and radio to audiences both young and old. ‘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. You will be talking about this family friendly event for years to come. This is a MUST SEE EVENT! Join The Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre FOSAA, Monday, October 20, 2014, at 7 p.m. Tickets are not required for this concert.

To See More & Listen Visit: SINGING SERGEANTS

News: September 8, 2014

Sea Turtle Hospital To Open At Whitney Lab

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Groundbreaking for the new sea turtle hospital at Whitney Lab.

Hundreds of people, both young and old, joined in to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Sea Turtle Hospital at the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory in Marineland.


A Visit To The Georgia Aquarium At Marineland’s New Sea Turtle Exhibit

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Tank is Marineland’s new rescue turtle

Open for four months, the new sea turtle exhibit at Marineland has become the forever home to two large rescued sea turtles.


The Blue Balloon

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Author-Melanie Zoe Cavanaugh and Illustrator-Libby Heinken autograph their book The Blue Balloon

The Blue Balloon is a magical children’s story about how to keep our sea turtles and ocean animals safe. The book is written and illustrated by two local ladies, author Melanie Zoe Cavanaugh and illustartor Libby Heinken and makes the perfect read for storytime.


News: September 1, 2014

St Augustine High Class Of 1974 Reunite and Raise Funds For A Good Cause

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Ginny Gupton and Monique Estevez draw the winning raffle ticket.

The St Augustine High School class of 1974 celebrated their 40th high school class reunion at Coquina Beach Surf Club Grill last week.



A Busy Labor Day Weekend For Lifeguards In SAB

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Lifeguard Alex Angyalfy – Saving Lives In SAB

St Augustine Beach was busier than usual this Labor Day weekend. The red warning flags were posted along the beach warning beach visitors of dangerous rip currents.Although the surf looked calm, the possibility of dangerous rip currents were possible due to the storms last week.



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Poll workers welcome voters at St Augustine Beach City Hall.

Less Than 16% of St Johns County Voters Turn Out For The Primary Election

Residents of St Johns County voted Tuesday in the Primary Election. Out of the 157,958 registered voters in St Johns County,25,229 cast a ballot which equates to 15.97% of the voters. In precinct 509 (SAB City), out of 5,205 registered voters 1,069 ballots were cast with a voter turn out of 20.54%. In precinct 309 which includes Crescent Beach and runs from SAB limits south to the county line, of the 5,222 registered voters 21.81% of the voters cast a ballot or 1,139 voters. The citizens of St Augustine Beach voters passed all 12 Charter Amendments that were on the ballot. There will be additional Charter Amendments on the ballot in the general election being held in November.


To See The Vote Count On The Charter Amendments Visit: SAB CHARTER AMENDMENTS


Nor’easter Conditions Caused Beach Erosion and Dump Tide

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Storms cause beach erosion on SAB

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Thomas Grosmann exits the surf

The circumstances were just right for immense beach erosion last week while Tropical Storm Cristobal skirted our coast. The waves battered the shoreline of the beach throughout the day on Monday with head-high surf of four foot and larger waves, some over seven feet high. A strong mix of NE and ESE winds ripped the surf to pieces and caused erosion to the beach. Rough waters brought on by the nor’easter conditions increased the risk of rip currents making the ocean unsafe for even the experienced surfers. Red flags flew throughout the county last week reminding swimmers of the danger.

Surfer Thomas Grosmann spent his time in the water enjoying the waves brought on by the storms. “It was great until the dump tide came in.” said Grosmann, “Than it was kind of rough.” he continued. The dump tide is caused by a change in the ocean tides and currents which carry trash and other objects up onto the beach making it dangerous for the surfers. Beachcombers along the beach were finding various items on the beach throughout the week caused by the storms.

Pedestrian Condition Upgraded After Being Struck By Car

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Ida enjoys beach

Ida Goss Buckler’s condition is upgraded to stable after being hit by a car on Saturday while crossing A1A Beach Blvd.  Buckler, 88 years old and her daughter were taking their daily morning walk. Heading toward the boardwalk at Ocean Hammock Park, Buckler stepped into the crosswalk at A1A Beach Blvd near Whispering Oaks Circle and the driver did not see her. She was struck by the vehicle and sustained lacerations and injuries to her leg and and was airlifted to a Jacksonville hospital. Charges are pending against the 28 year old driver who struck Buckler. The family asked that you continue to remember Ida in your prayers.



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Dusty Hill & ZZ Top

ZZ Top with Jeff Beck Suspend Their Show At The  St Augustine Amphitheatre

Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top slipped and fell while aboard his tour bus injuring his hip. As a result of Hill’s injury, which requires immediate attention, ZZ Top performance dates have been temporarily suspended for the St Augustine Amphitheatre while Hill recovers. The tour dates affected by the suspension include all of the scheduled shows shared with Jeff Beck through September 13. Ticket holders for the September 7th show at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre should retain their tickets pending the possibility of rescheduling the show. Information will be upcoming on the rescheduled date. Please check back at for the latest information.