St. Johns Magazine May 2022

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MAY 2022

ST. JOHNS magazine


WHAT’S NEW at Shearwater


It’s time for healing. Having a wound that won’t heal can put your entire life on hold. Now you can get comprehensive wound care without leaving the area at Baptist South’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. If you have a wound that hasn’t healed within the expected amount of time, our team can help you get on the road to recovery. We treat a variety of wounds: • Arterial ulcers • Diabetic ulcers • Neuropathic ulcers • Pressure ulcers • Venous insufficiency • Traumatic wounds

• Surgical wounds • Vasculitis • Radiation wounds • Burns • Other chronic, non-healing wounds

Baptist South Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center 14534 Old St. Augustine Road Medical Office Building 3 • Suite 3110 Jacksonville, FL 32258


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The longer a wound goes without effective treatment, the greater the risk of infection. What are you waiting for? It’s time for healing. Call

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St. Johns Magazine May 2022

MAY 2022

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WHAT’S NEW at Shearwater

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Please enjoy our May issue, featuring Shearwater. Learn all about their amazing amenities and new neighborhoods. (read more on page 6)

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THE OUTPOST Features a wraparound porch with a screened-in, open-air gathering space.

LAZY BIRD RIVER Relax on Northeast Florida’s longest lazy river, the Lazy Bird.

FITNESS LODGE Offers state-of-the-art cardio and muscle-building equipment.

KAYAK LAUNCH Easy access to Trout Creek, which connects to the St. Johns River.

NATURE TRAILS Enjoy 15 miles of winding trails through preserved habitats.

KAYAK CLUB Features a resort-style lagoon and multi-lane lap pool, tennis, 3-story waterslide and more.

NEW NEIGHBORHOODS. NEW AMENITIES. EXPLORE WHAT’S NEW AT SHEARWATER It’s no wonder Shearwater is one of the fastest-growing communities in St. Johns County. The vibrant award-winning neighborhood is known for its incredible vacation-worthy amenities, beautiful natural scenery, healthy living activities, and 40+ gorgeous homeplans. Best of all, the dynamic master-planned community just opened its latest building phase, complete with brand new amenities. Recent Updates From The Community What do you want to do this weekend? Shearwater’s newest amenity — the Kayak Launch and Outpost — brings the next level of fun for residents! The Kayak Launch connects to Trout Creek so paddlers can launch canoes and kayaks for an afternoon of exploration or even fishing. The Outpost is an oasis where you can connect with family and friends. It features an inviting wraparound porch and 30� stone fireplace. The welcoming gathering space includes an outdoor pavilion, plenty of seating, and a firepit. There’s even a zipline that both kids and kids at heart can enjoy! Explore Our New Neighborhoods Shearwater’s next phase has opened and features several new home designs. There’s at least one neighborhood, floorplan, and style that’s ‘just right’ for you. Whether your home

builder is Lennar, David Weekley, or Dream Finders, count on craftsmanship and timeless style. Details like front porches, walkways, and courtyards bring neighbors together and tons of options allow you to express your individuality while maintaining a harmonious streetscape. Escape From The Ordinary Resort-style amenities abound at Shearwater. Favorites include floating down the Lazy Bird River or spinning down The Perch, a three-story waterslide; getting in a good workout at the Fitness Lodge, complete with all of the state-ofthe-art equipment you could want; or spending time in the garden. There are also 15 miles of magnificent nature trails to stroll, a manicured sports field that’s perfect for soccer or frisbee, and four illuminated Har-Tru tennis courts.



Our latest amenity is open! Explore the new Outpost featuring a waterfront amenity, the Kayak Launch. From there you can paddle your way down Trout Creek and connect with the St. Johns River while enjoying Florida’s native beauty. Shearwater’s exceptional amenities also include 15 miles of nature trails that run throughout the community, the Kayak Club amenity center, oversized fitness lodge, The Perch Waterslide Tower, Lazy Bird River, illuminated Har-Tru tennis courts and KOMPAN free-range playgrounds. Also, brand new neighborhoods are now selling with plenty of homeownership opportunities from our award-winning builders.

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by Lori Allen My Wandering Fork

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in St. Johns


y brother Adam passed away recently so I’ve decided to dedicate this article to him. He loved a good cocktail and loved chatting about crazy subjects to write about. He actually came up with the idea of my TO-Go article so I saw it befitting to honor him with this article about all the great margaritas that are served up in our area. And of course it is just in time for Cinco de Mayo! So Cheers to Adam Yourell – you will forever be in our hearts and soul.

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South Lake Plaza 2245 County Rd 210 St Augustine, FL 32092 (904) 819-1486 Who doesn’t love a great cheap Margarita after a tiring day? Lost Portales serves up just that with their best priced house Margaritas at $2.25 all day Mon-Thur from 11-5 on Friday and Saturday

Back 40 Urban Fresh

450 State Road 13 Ste 113 St. Johns, FL 32259 (904) 287-8226 Top Shelf Margarita is the way to go at Back40. Here the Top Shelf Margarita replaces the normal Triple Sec with Grand Marnier and, generally, uses better tequila. This gives the margarita a bigger orange flavor and even a little richer consistency. Delish!

Cantina Louie

10870 us Hwy 1 North Ponte Vedra Florida 32082 (904) 217-3238 One of the fave’s here is the Fresh Guavarita - Blanco tequila, Gran Gala, lime juice, house made sour, and guava juicewhich gives the tart lime a nice sweet taste. Very refreshing. They also have Fro- Jo-Rita Monday- frozen margaritas at a special price and 7 different flavors every Monday for that weekend recovery!


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Lori's "Adamrita Pimienta Frambuesa"

155 Hampton Point Dr. Suite #10, St. Augustine, FL 32092 The Blueberry Jalapeno Margarita is a must at this establishment. It is made with Jose Cuervo Blanco, Agave Nectar, Lime Juice, Fresh Blueberries, Triple Sec and Jalapeno. It’s the best of both world’s sweet and heat. So good! Another cool combo is their Blueberry Pineapple Margarita with Jose Cuervo Blanco, Coconut, Agave Nectar, Lime Juice, Fresh Blueberries, Fresh Pineapple and Triple Sec. Yum!

Lori's "Adamrita Pimienta Frambuesa" 8oz Silver tequila 3 limes juiced ¼ cup muddled/smashed fresh raspberries 2oz Agave or simple syrup 1tsp Crushed Red Pepper- more if you want more heat Blend all in a shaker pour over a salted or sugar rimmed glass with crushed ice

Hurricane Grill & Wings CR 210 3055 County Rd 210 Suite 101, Jacksonville, FL 32259 (904) 230-6445 Coronarita – one of my favorite going on vacation drinks. It’s a house margarita with a corona beer slowly poured into it so as you drink down, so you get the tanginess of the margarita and the light lime freshness of the beer. It’s a win win situation! This place does them right!

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(World golf village) 705 Hortons Trce, St. Augustine, FL 32095 (904) 547-2578 And for the best tasting, best Value for your money and lightest freshest Margarita around I have to choose the Elevated St. Mary's Margarita. This enticing concoction comes in its own shaker (so you get way more than one drink) and is filled with Avion Silver, Bauchant Orange liqueur, agave nectar and fresh squeezed lime juice. It is so light and refreshing and packs a punch. If you love margaritas like me you will not be disappointed! I’ve come up with a little concoction of my own and named it The Adamrita Pimienta Frambuesa – a little sweet, a little tangy and just right amount of heat. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Fun Fact: The Margarita- so how and when this beauty was created. As the story goes, it was 1938. Carlos “ Danny” Herrera owned a restaurant between Tijuana and Rosarito in Baja, California. He fancied a dancer by the name of Marjorie King who was allergic to many spirits. But not tequila...Thus we must say thanks to Danny and love for his creation!

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Healing from the inside out

HOW HYPERBARIC MEDICINE HELPED ROCKER GET BACK ON STAGE. By Beth Stambaugh, Senior Communications Consultant for Baptist Health


ennis Herbert, a cancer survivor and lead guitarist in a classic rock band, is no stranger to challenges. But he was worried that radiation damage to his tissue from his cancer treatment would get the best of him. Defeating prostate cancer required radiation treatments, and, as a result, Herbert developed a condition called radiation cystitis, which damages tissue in the bladder and causes scarring. The scars caused Herbert pelvic pain and bleeding, making it hard to walk and function normally. It got to the point where he needed a catheter bag. Herbert thought this would be his “new normal” – a vast difference from the life he was accustomed to, spending time with his seven grandkids, designing custom jewelry and, of course, playing in his band. “I’m the guy who hurts your ears,” he said jokingly about being lead guitarist. Herbert continued to play at weddings and local venues even though he could barely walk. “They propped me up on a stool, but it was getting really difficult,” he said. He and his wife, Peggy, were relieved when they learned that Baptist Medical Center South had recently opened a Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, hoping it might be the answer he needed to resume normal life.


Herbert was evaluated by Anamika Agrawal, DO, a wound care and hyperbaric medicine specialist, who determined that hyperbaric oxygen therapy would be a good option for healing his internal wounds. How can oxygen heal? Hyperbaric medicine works by delivering high levels of oxygen to the patient’s bloodstream in a pressurized environment. This increases the supply of oxygen delivered to the wounded tissue, stimulating new growth in blood vessels. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to enhance the healing process. The treatment takes place in a chamber you can see out of, and the patient lies on a stretcher inside the pressurized chamber. Patients breathe 100% oxygen and their blood carries the extra oxygen to the injured area. “When you breathe 100% oxygen, it reaches your blood vessels and helps renew dead tissue,” explained Dr. Agrawal. “When a person has radiation treatment [for cancer], it kills the bad cells but unfortunately, it kills good tissue as well. That’s what happened in Dennis’s case.” Hyperbaric medicine is increasingly being used for cancer patients who’ve had the same experience.

Herbert had a total of 50 treatments (90 minutes each) which he went to every day for three months except on weekends. “I didn’t feel any pain. The SPONSORED BY ears popping only thing I noticed was my MURRAY AUTOMOTIVE and a little pressure,” he said.


Being in a small space was not a problem for Herbert, who spent many years piloting his own single-engine plane. “The chamber is about the same size as a small cockpit,” he said. To help pass the time, patients can watch movies or TV. “I watched all nine Star Wars movies,” he said. “The experience was so much better than I ever expected.” After about 15 treatments, Herbert started to notice a difference. Half-way through his treatments, he felt well enough to walk on a treadmill. Now that his treatments are over, Herbert’s wounds are healed and he’s been able to resume his normal activities and add a few new ones, like working out at the gym and doing yoga. “Before this treatment, my walk was a shuffle. Now I can dance,” said Herbert. And, he’s back on stage rockin’ out with his band. If you're experiencing a wound that won't heal, visit or call 904.202.HEAL for an appointment at Baptist South’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center.

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May 2022

May 4 to 8

St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival

Discover why it was recently named “One of the Top 10 Food and Wine Festivals in Florida” by USA Today. The St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival is a culinary celebration taking place in one of the country’s most beautiful and historic cities. A showcase of culinary, beverage and culture that highlights celebrity guest chefs, celebrity winemakers/ proprietors, local chefs, artisans and local craft spirits/ beers. The festival offers a wide variety of events for all tastebuds, from wine dinners and tasting events, to masterclasses and more.Renaissance Resort World Golf Village 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32092, 904-385-9121

May 3

Ponte Vedra Beach Library FOL Concert Series

At Ponte Vedra Beach Library. The last concert of the season presents concert pianist Lucy Chen performing with UNF


graduate student Corina Danica on violin. Also performing will be UNF students Evan Guttormson, violin, Grace Raper, cello, and Eunice Palily, piano. And performing also will be the Cathedral Arts Project String Ensemble with Conductor Joshua Stone. Lucy is the Vice President of Advocacy and Community Engagement for CAP. Lucy began playing piano at age 3 and has continued ever since performing at Carnegie Hall, St. Martin-in -the-Fields in London and the Spring of the Shanghai Concert Series. Lucy continues to promote and work with students of all ages and advocates for access and equity in arts education. The concert starts at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6pm. The concert is free to the public.

MAY 6 to 29

Here & There Art Exhibit, STAAA

Travels here and there, bucket list vacations, weekend getaways and staycations. Hiking in the mountains or climbing Everest, white water rapids or lazy rivers. Iconic landmarks and historical sites.

Here & There is on display both in-gallery and online May 6 – 29, 2022. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesdays - Sundays from 1-4 p.m. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-824-2310 www.

MAY 6 to 8

Gamble Rogers Music Festival

The 2022 event will include more than 30 musical acts. Along with three full days of music, the Gamble Rogers Music Festival will offer plenty of food and drink available at the Colonial Quarter’s restaurants and beverage sales areas, a jam area. New this year, the Riberia Gardens stage, located across the street from Colonial Oak Music Park, will feature youth-friendly performances and activities including a ukulele workshop, storytelling, hands-on music-making, and family-friendly music. $60 for the 3-day event; $20 for Friday, May 6; $30 for all-day Saturday, May 7; and $20 for Sunday, May 8.


First Friday Art Walk

Join Art Galleries of St. Augustine from 5-9 p.m. for new exhibits, refreshments and live music at many participating galleries.For easy mobility downtown, patrons and visitors can enjoy the complimentary shuttle service that runs from 6-9 p.m. provided by Old Town Trolleys. To use this service, shuttle stickers may be picked up at any participating AGOSA gallery. Shuttles can be boarded at any of the following stops: in front of Butterfield Garage and ArtBox, the Lightner Museum, Aviles Street, as well as in front of Bold Art Gallery near Hypolita Street. https://www.artgalleriesofstaugustine. com/ Tour maps are available at participating galleries or online. 904-373-8697


Menorcan Heritage Festival

Join the Menorcan Cultural Society from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Llambias House to commemorate the anniversary of the Menorcans arriving in Florida. Heritage food, entertainment, and more. Admission is free. 31 St. Francis St., St. Augustine 904-826-3388


Guided Exploration Hike of the GTM Research Reserve

9 to 11 am, learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula a and its natural biodiversity. Find out about the peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like, and current efforts to save these resources. GTM Research Reserve’s Trailhead Pavilion located west of the Guana Dam. 505 Guana River Rd. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. Reservations are required and space is limited. www.

May 8

Mother’s Day Brunch

Join us at the Bridge at St. Johns for Brunch on May 8th from 9 am - 1 pm and dine on an elegant buffet full of delicious choices that include a selection of salads, an omelet bar, a waffle bar, glazed ham, and a cold seafood display!! Mom will be treated to a special welcome cocktail as well as a unique gift upon departure. We will have a professional photographer onsite to snap a family photo on our event lawn. Tickets are $45 for adults, $15 for kids 4-10, and Free for kids 3 and under.

MAY 11

River to Sea Trail Walk

The GTM Research Reserve leads a walk on the wooded trail to the Matanzas River at the River-to-Sea Preserve. An interpretive guide will talk about old Florida’s moss-laden trees, seasonal flowering shrubs, and Native American lore, including how they used various plants for food, beverage, and medicine. 9-11am free, but online registration is required. 9805 N. Ocean Shore Blvd., Marineland. visit

MAY 14

Yatch Rock Revue at the AMP

Doors open at 7 p.m., and performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$70. The AMP is located at 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. For more information, visit

MAY 15

Beaches: A Celebration of the Arts

The First Coast Cultural Center presents a new celebration of artists, individuals, and organizations who have shaped and enhanced the art-filled beaches community. This fun and formal affair will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The

Surf Club at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. There will be winners in five categories announced at this black-tie event. Tickets are $250. 904-280-0614

May 21

Nocatee Farmers Market

10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Nocatee Farmers Market. Every third Saturday of the month at Nocatee Station Field, enjoy a traditional market with a new and unique theme. The Nocatee Farmers Market is full of activities, shows, and demonstrations for the entire family. The freshest locally grown produce and herbs as well as homemade jams, jellies, home-baked goods, hand-stitched quilts, plants, art, and pottery items. Nocatee Station Field, 400 Nocatee Center Way, Ponte Vedra. For more information, visit

May 21

Cruise-In St. Augustine Cruisers Cruise in and check out the classics 5-7 p.m. There will be music, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing! Cruise in and check it out! The Cruisers promote interest in various types of special auto activities, create good fellowship and sportsmanship among the members, and support charities! Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine, 4370 Dixie Hwy South, St. Augustine. Sidney Hobbs, 904-806-4625

MAY 25

Music & Art by the Sea

The Grapes of Roth (Classic & Alternative Rock).This free weekly concert series at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier features a wide variety of musical genres from 7-9 p.m. Bring a beach chair or blanket along with a favorite beverage and get ready to dance. Starting at 6 p.m., a local food truck will be on-site. Concert goers are encouraged to car pool. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-347-8007


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Happy Birthday, Bartram Dental! By Dr Jason Lewis, DDS, FAGD BARTRAM DENTAL CENTER (BARTRAMDENTAL.COM) Take a deep breath and blow out the candles! Bartram Dental Center celebrates its birthday in May. But how many candles are there? Bartram Dental Center (BDC) originally opened its doors in May 2005. Saint Johns was just beginning to expand. Ironically, the housing market was similar to todays! Homes were being sold quickly as people flocked to the area. The outstanding schools, location, and weather were drawing in record numbers of people. Over the next 10 years I worked with schools, sports teams, doing lunch and learns in communities, etc. I also worked to expand the services we offered. The one thing I consistently heard from patients, was that they were thankful they found a dental home that they trusted and felt we genuinely cared about them and their families. And even though we were treating the people of Saint Johns, I still felt like something was missing. Around the 12-year mark, I really started focusing on the oral-systemic relationship in the body. I always knew that the health of the mouth and the health of the whole body were connected, but I didn't how closely. My perspective of how I wanted to approach dentistry changed. I felt like I had a greater responsibility to my patients. Of course, I wanted to


give them a smile that made them feel confident and proud. But I also wanted to make a difference in how they felt every day of their lives. I started treating patients diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. With the treatment we were able to provide, they were able to sleep better. This resulted in weight loss, playing with their kids, and even being able to sleep in the same bed with their spouse again! Now that is impactful! But I still wanted to do more. To do that, I was going to need some help, and a bigger space. Dr Royce Barlow joined our team in 2018. I couldn’t have found a better partner. It didn’t take long for our philosophies to align. We both, along with our entire hygiene team, became Re-CODE certified. This is a certification for both the medical and dental communities in the “Reversal of Cognitive Decline”. This training provided us the ability to help reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other similar diagnoses. Now, we are bridging the gap between the dental and medical communities to provide “Complete Health” to our patients.

Where are we doing this? In our new location! We were so fortunate to land in the Fountains of Saint Johns. When we met with the developer of the project, he told us he wanted a medical community where people could go and see doctors from the womb to the grave. We had the honor of being the first to open our doors. Soon, we will have orthopedics, eye care, an ENT and even an entire hospital as neighbors. Talk about a vision coming full circle. Looking back, I am not sure how many candles should be on the BDC birthday cake. 17? 1? Who knows…? But as I close my eyes to blow out the candles, instead of a wish, I will make a pledge to this community. We will continue to grow and evolve as the needs of this community change. Happy Birthday Bartram Dental Center!

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MOMS by Diana Brummer LCSW, Good Mental Health


othering is an activity that unites northern Saint Johns.

With our family-friendly communities, great schools, stellar weather, and beautiful natural landscapes to enjoy outdoor activities, our area attracts families of all varieties. As a result, our community seems to revolve around the joys and pressures of raising a family: nurturing, parenting, schooling, and, of course, mothering. Being a mom might be the most difficult job we will ever do and, although far from easy, we wouldn’t trade it for the world. So, in our community, Mother’s Day is a collective celebration as well as a personal one. Together we recognize and celebrate the public displays of mothering (shout out to all the room moms, team moms, and coach moms out there!) while also honoring the private sacrifices, satisfactions, and struggles of motherhood.

Giving Past Our Limits: One of the defining characteristics of motherhood is sacrifice. It is the action of putting the needs of our children and our family above our own. We give up hours of our own sleep, self-care, and leisure time to nurture and care for the people we love. Sacrifice is a noble part of the job, however, giving past our own limits is unsustainable and serves


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Releasing Guilt: As mothers we can hold the unrealistic expectation that we should be all things to all people: exemplary employees, chief family financial officers, master chefs, math tutors, and logistics coordinators, just to name a few. However, unrealistic expectations are just that. They erode our self-esteem and our energy, feeding the internal dialogue that somehow we are not enough. That we should be doing more. That we ought to have it more “together.” Today, let’s agree to release the mom guilt. The greatest gift we can offer our children is to be present. Spend time together. Get to know them as human beings. Allow them to know you. Talk about your likes, your dislikes, your goals, your dreams. Share with them your successes and your failures. Let’s allow our children to know us as the perfectly imperfect human beings we are so that they may grow up appreciating themselves as the same.

Recognizing loss: For all of motherhood’s expressions of joy, it is an area of life that can be shadowed by tremendous loss. Whether we have lost our own mother, lost a child, or lost the dream of having a child, mother wounds can make Mother’s Day bittersweet. This Mother’s Day marks the oneyear anniversary of the death of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey, whose tragic loss broke the collective heart of our entire community. Teal bows still decorate homes, mailboxes, and businesses in remembrance of her. Our community continues to honor her memory by celebrating her life and envelopes her family with our love and support. I wish you all a very happy Mother's Day, in whatever way you choose to recognize this special day. Good Mental Health, LLC is a counseling and coaching practice located in St. Johns, Florida, offering individual, couples, and family counseling to adolescents and adults. With sessions available face-to-face and online, we hope to provide the tools and skills necessary to heal past wounds, grow healthy relationships, and build stronger families. For more information find us online at GoodMentalHealthLLC. com.

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Participants left to right are Mr. Seck Lim (BSA district representative), Mr. Steve Jones (county worker with parks and recreation), Manny H, Oliver W, Eric D, Ethan F, Tim W and Sheri W. (my parents), Jack W. (me), and Cle W.

Local Eagle Scout Project Enhances Nocatee Preserve

By Jack Wilcox

"The Nocatee preserve trail, a hidden

first on a prior workday. Another group

to help out on other projects that the

gem in our community, is a 3.5 mile

of volunteers participated in that first

community may need. If an organization

out-and-back hike, starting at Ponte

workday, sealing and carving each

is in need of some extra volunteers, or

Vedra high school and ending at the

wooden post in Jack’s garage on a

you may be prospective about joining

Nocatee paddle launch. It traverses

rainy Saturday morning in January. On

the Troop yourself, you can reach out

several different ecosystems including

the day of installing the mile markers,

to PatrickJohns.Troop23Nocatee@

marshlands and swamps, and offers a

a member from the county drove their"

unique insight into our natural world.

truck alongside the volunteers as they

With several mountain biking trails

dug the post-holes,

throughout the expansive preserve, it

inserted the markers, and

makes a perfect activity for a weekend

dry-packed the hole with


concrete. The group also replaced the top boards

Recently, on Sunday, February 20th,

on a bench, and installed

a group of volunteers from BSA Troop

a picnic table kit provided

23 helped to install mile markers and a

by the county in one of

picnic table along the trail. The group

the ideal rest stops along

was led by Jack Wilcox, soon-to-be

the trail.

Eagle scout, as per request by the St. Johns county, and as the scout’s Eagle

The county agrees that

project. The mile markers have been long

the markers and other

needed by the county, as they help both

improvements were a

the county get a better sense of direction

well-needed addition to

on the trail for maintenance projects, but

the trail. In addition to trail

also help direct any potential emergency

maintenance, the county offers several

services who may need to respond to

other volunteer opportunities across


many of the amenities and sites that

left to right is Eric D, Oliver W, Ethan F, Cle W, Jack W, and Manny H.

they manage. Anyone looking to help The project was in the works for quite

out can call the Parks and Recreation

some time, with the mile markers

Department at (904) 209-0333. In

themselves needing to be engraved

addition, local BSA Troop 23 would love

Photos courtesy of Jack Wilcox


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his is a story about Sally, an 8 year old female chocolate Labrador who came to us with a history of having some urinary accidents in the house and needing to urinate outside more frequently. She had no history of any urinary symptoms in the past. When we have a pet showing urinary signs, the first thing we do is to get a urine sample and run a urinalysis to check for infection and glucose to rule out diabetes. At our hospital, we commonly get our urine sample using our ultrasound machine which can quickly give us some important information to help diagnose the problem. With the help of the ultrasound, we can detect bladder wall thickness, masses in the bladder, blood clots, cellular material and stones as well as obtain a sterile urine sample in case a culture is needed. Sally’s ultrasound showed a bladder that appeared to be full of a lot of large stones. The number of stones were so many that the bladder could no longer hold much urine and her bladder wall was very thick. The urinalysis showed that she had a bacterial urinary tract infection. It was recommended that we do a urine culture to help us know which antibiotic should be used to treat the infection. In the meantime, Sally was started on a broad spectrum antibiotic until the results were available. An x-ray was obtained to get

a better picture of how many stones were present and what size they were. The two most common bladder stones seen in our dogs and cats are struvites and calcium oxalates. Struvite stones are caused most often by infection and if they are a pure struvite stone, they can many times be dissolved with a prescription diet and antibiotics. This can take 4-8 weeks on average to work. Since Sally had infection present, it was assumed that these were likely struvite stones so it was decided to attempt dissolution. The other factor was that Sally is a female which means that she is not as likely to become blocked with a stone while we are waiting for dissolution. Calcium oxalate stones are related to genetics and diet and cannot be dissolved. The only way to truly know what type of stone a pet has is to send the stone to the lab for analysis.

on preventing and treating urinary tract infections. We recommend a urinalysis every 3-6 months even if the dog has no symptoms at all after they have had a history of struvite stones. Sally made a full recovery and has been infection and stone free for many months now. She is a happy, healthy and energetic lab again.

After a week of starting the appropriate antibiotics and diet, Sally was showing signs that she was uncomfortable so her parents decided to proceed with surgery to remove the stones. At surgery, we removed too many stones to count. They all appeared like very smooth rocks which is classic for struvite stones. A cystotomy is a fairly routine procedure and has a quick recovery time. In Sally’s case it was the best choice for her because of how large and plentiful her stones were. It’s amazing that she didn’t show any real symptoms until the stones were so big. Prevention for struvite stones is focused



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