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St Augustine Beach Remembers The Fallen On Memorial Day 2015

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Memorial Weekend brought thousands of visitors to the beach as families came together to relax and enjoy the sun, sand and surf. With a strong rip-current and a red flag warning, the lifeguards from the St Johns Fire and Rescue were busy and alert, ready to jump in the water at a moments notice. With 22 towers and full summer staffing, the St Johns Lifeguards personnel do all they can to keep us safe and these ocean rescue responders, along with the St Johns Fire and Rescue, will respond to beach emergencies 24 hours a day.

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Lifeguards Scout The Ocean

“We are at full staffing,” stated Lt. Coursey of St Johns Fire and Rescue. “With the hazardous water, we have had a couple of assists,” he continued as he sat in his tower chair watching the swimmers in the rough surf.

Lifeguard Alac Zappone was on the beach with his eyes scouting the ocean. “Memorial Day is always busy,” he said. “It seems like it is National Go To The Beach Day,” Zappone laughed.
The St Augustine Beach Pier was busy all day long. Along with the fishermen and women, sight-seers took the long walk to the end to enjoy the ocean breeze and watch those in and out of the water. Along with beach-goers, the beach was also crowded with those enjoying the First Coast Bud Light Volleyball Tournament.

“Although the fishing is slow, they had a great turnout for the volleyball tournament,” said SJC Pier attendant Ashley. “After the storm the pressure will change it up and there should be more (fishing) activity,” she advised.

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Flags Flew High And Proud

Homes throughout the beach were adorned with flags to honor those we lost in the battle. Flags could also be seen flying on fence posts, trees, cars and motorcycles and some people even got in the spirit by wearing the symbol of freedom.

St Augustine Beach is not a town to falter when it comes to our men and women in uniform. The whole town showed their support to remembered the fallen on this Memorial Day Weekend.